I did it. (kinda)
Recently a friend of mine was talking about a website he'd been using to lose weight. He entered his age, pace of life, weight, and desired goal - and it gives him a calorie intake plan. He's lost like 30 pounds since January.
Now, he's a few years older than I am. That kept giving me the excuse of not needing to worry about things like that for now. But lately I've realized it may be easier to become healthy gradually starting now, than when I'm 100 pounds overweight and over "the hill", or even "a hill" :) .
So I figured I'd give this site a try. After all, at 200 pounds, I'm definitely in the kind of shape that could use some help. I began Sunday night by simply entering what I'd eaten throughout that day. Let's just say I was around 250% of what I needed. :) And I skipped breakfast that day!
So yesterday I began with the numbers in mind. 1,493 calories was my limit for the day. And guess what? I was very close. :) I was only 142 calories over, and I'll blame Nana's homemade pepperoni pizza for that. :) But it was worth it.
The most difficult time for me was just after arriving home from work. That is snack time defined, usually. That, and just after the kids are in bed. I think I eat simply to tell my body I'm moving from one part of the day into another. Maybe I could just change flip flops instead. :)
This is the kind of thing I used to make fun of when I heard other people doing it. Not because I thought it was silly, but mainly because I never wanted to actually do it. It's so much easier to go through the day tasting, chewing, swallowing, and becoming full over and over again. But I suppose we could all use a bit more discipline. Good thing they weren't measuring calories back when the Talmud was written....:)
Right now the goal is set to help me lose 2 pounds a week. I'll keep you posted...