I'm 5'7" tall. When this started, I weighed 167lbs. That is a BMI of 26.2. 25.0 is overweight. Bummer.
I was instructed to lose 27 lbs. That's a BMI of 21.9 - right in the middle of the normal range.
27 pounds! Dammit.
In the first month, I've lost almost 12 pounds. That's too much, too fast, but I'm sure it will slow down.
How, you ask, did I do that? My iPhone saved my life. (I've always wanted to say that.) The iPhone app LoseIt is very handy, and is well suited to my slightly data-obsessive mindset. I met with the very nice nutritionist at the end of January. She validated LoseIt for me - her pen-and-paper calculations for weight loss matched the phone. Yay.
I've been obsessively entering everything I eat and all of my exercise into LoseIt. It is compelling. And annoying to everyone around me - it's just something else to get me to stare at that tiny screen. To that I say: don't worry, my iPad will have a bigger screen. Ha.
I've also started eating at home, and dragging CuteDoc and Tinykins through my cooking and experimenting with recipes. I've only cooked from Cooking Light (the magazine), Cooking Light: Everyday Favorites (thanks, LawyerInLaw!), and the slow-cooker cookbook Fix It and Forget It Lightly. But more on that later...
The first two weeks were terrible. This blog was almost titled "I want to eat my laptop because I'm so God-damned hungry". Then I got over it. Now, it's not so bad. I know why diets fail though - those two weeks are almost not worth it. If I wasn't quite so motivated, I probably wouldn't have done it. And then I think it gets boring, and hard again. We'll see how long my motivation to not have a heart attack offsets my desire to eat 2-pound burritos and drink beer. I don't see myself lasting another 40 years that way. Plus, CuteDoc and Tinykins really do like to eat out. Hopefully someone will slip a burrito and a mug into my casket for me - I'll owe you.
Anyhow, we still eat out, but less often. Chipotle has good options, as does Jimmy John's, all of the Japanese restaurants, and even the steakhouses (filet is healthy, go figure). Eve, with enough exercise earlier in the day, was nice. It's not as depressing as I first thought it was. But I always want more than I get. My plan is that after I get to my target weight, I'll eat more of a maintenance calorie load, which will be quite a bit more food. My fingers are crossed that that will be as nice as I'm hoping it will be.
And we have found a number of very good recipes. And you'll see more about those as we go.
Thanks for reading.