Tuesday, February 3, 2009

The "D" Word

OK, so after a long time ignoring the obvious, I've decided I have to start paying attention to one thing in my life that I really have no desire at all to pay attention to: my weight. When Vicki and I got back from Gatlinburg, I did the one thing no sane human being should do after a vacation. I stepped on a scale. And it said I weighed 240 lbs. What the?!? I tried it again the next day and it wasn't much kinder...239.

I've tried to diet only once before in my life (and that was when I weighed about 15 pounds less than I do now!). Vicki and I did the South Beach low carb diet for maybe 6 weeks. I lost 15 pounds, but I was miserable. I don't know what it was, but I was ticked off all the time. Apparently carbs are really happy juice in disguise.

Anyway, I started exercising again right away. I actually like exercising, so that's not a problem. The thing is, I know myself pretty well by now. Exercise alone will get rid of the first 5 pounds, and pretty quickly. But then if I don't do anything else to change my eating habits, I'll be stuck. In the past, that hasn't been that big of a deal. But being stuck at 235 isn't going to work. I need to get back down to some realistically healthy weight.

I had gotten on the Spark People website (http://sparkpeople.com) after Dave spoke on the Physical Life as part of the One Life series. So a few days ago I started to use it to figure out what I need to do to lose weight. Apparently, I need to eat less! Well, really it was way more helpful than that. it gave me a target range of calories per day that theoretically over the course of a year will help me reach a target weight of 200 lbs. Secretly, I'd be thrilled if I got back down to 220, but according to the BMI calculator I should be more like 190-200.

So we're counting calories. The Spark People website actually makes it fairly easy, although you have to figure out their website first. It almost has too much information. But once you figure it out, it's really very helpful. It will be interesting to see if it helps me stick with a program this time. At least so far I'm not ticked off!

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