The journey began on Jan. 5, 2009.
I’ve been struggling with my weight for years. I’ve gone on diets before, sometimes with success but more often not – especially in recent years. And – obviously – I’ve never been able to maintain the weight loss.
For the last couple of years, I haven’t even been able to motivate myself to make the requisite “I’m going to lose weight” New Year’s Resolution. A lot of spiritual, emotional, and psychological factors figured into that, and really, 2009 didn’t begin any differently.
In fact, this is not a New Year’s Resolution. This is just me coming to the realization that I want to be thinner. I need to be. Strangely enough, we spent some time the first weekend of this year with some old friends who are big fans of The Biggest Loser. I’m not a big fan of reality TV, so I wasn’t really excited about watching this with them, but I did. And watching these people sometimes lose 100 pounds – 40 or 50% of their body weight – I was inspired. So, when Kacy and I got home, we laid out a plan.
I set up an account on FitDay.com to help me set up a healthy weight-loss goal. I set up an account at SparkPeople to help me calculate the calories of homemade foods. (Incidentally, if you’d like a pretty healthy and very flavorful recipe for Chicken Pomodoro, check it out here.)
As of Jan. 5, I weighed 260 pounds. My goal is be down to 180 – five pounds less than I weighed when I graduated from high school in 1991 – by Oct 12, 2009. (The odd date is so that I can maintain a healthy rate of weight loss – trying to keep it around two pounds a week.) That’s 80 pounds.
As of yesterday, I weighed 251 pounds. So, I’ve lost nine pounds, and I haven’t even really figured out how to stick to my diet plan (1,582 calories a day) consistently yet! Nor have I begun an exercise regimen. (That begins soon.)
So, please keep me in your prayers, and give me some encouragement. This is going to be a long, hard road. And, if you – like me – are struggling with weight loss, I hope this blog can be an encouragement to you.