I have decided that I need to lose weight. Yeah, this took me long enough to decide, right? I am not sure what clicked in my head this time, but I am glad that it did. My goal is to lose one hundred pounds in one year, which should be do-able, and I should be able to do it in a healthy way. Two pounds per week does not seem ridiculous. And to those who do not know me in person - yes, I DO need to lose that much. In fact, I need to lose more than that. But, I figured setting one goal like that for now is more than enough to handle. I have not set any shorter-term goals, but am thinking that I may.
Basically, I have cut out soda and junk food in general. Though, if I decide that I want a snack once in a while, I will allow myself something sweet, but for now am trying to curb that snack-attack with bananas and apples and things.
According to some weight loss calculater I found online, it said that to MAINTAIN my body weight, I should be eating about 2825 calories per day (this is if I do not exercise at all), and to drop 100 pounds in a year, I need to drop that by 945 calories, so I should be eating about 1880 calories per day. Now, I'm a soda fiend. Just cutting out soda, that almost knocks out that many calories. So, this is awesome news.
I am also trying to eat more at home - in an effort to save both money and calories - and am thrilled that the best friend is supportive of this venture, as he wants to lose some weight as well. I have so far been eating a lot of fruit, making sure I get dairy (skim milk and cottage cheese! YUM!), some meat, yada yada.
I am keeping track on my calendar how much weight I am losing (I will weigh myself on Saturdays, since that is when I really started), and keep track of weight loss that way. I am not going to post my starting weight, because I am incredibly unhappy with it. But, once I (hopefully) shed some pounds, I will be a lot less embarassed to let people know where I started.
Wish me luck. :)