For Lent this year, I decided to work on my "temple". I've been counting calories using MyFitnessPal.com since February 14th. For my 6' 3" frame, it recommends a 2000-calorie/day diet to reach my goal of losing a pound a week. My overall goal is to move from the 220-lb weight I've been for a long time to 200 pounds by June. I haven't tracked my weight much over the years, but I'm pretty sure I haven't been under 210 since college. I still need to get a good scale and start tracking my weight, but I know I've lost a few pounds already just by how I look and feel.
The first week of the diet was a real eye-opener. I already wasn't eating much junk food, but becoming aware of the caloric content of sodas, burgers, and other things I occasionally enjoyed in the context of the new diet was shocking. I usually go out to two lunches and one dinner per week, and those situations have been interesting. Subway and Chipotle make it easy, but Friendly's has a challenging menu, and Texas Roadhouse doesn't even publish nutrition info! Luckily the crowd-sourced MyFitnessPal database is a great tool.
I've also started working out mildly to complement this: 20 minutes at 4mph on my treadmill with a 10% incline at least 4 days a week, deep knee bends, and a few weight exercises. As it warms up I plan to get on my bike much more this year. I'm into backpacking (even though I only go once or twice per year); I carry about 20-25 pounds of gear for that. I want to lose as much weight as I would be carrying. 🙂 Our next backpacking trip is planned for early May, so that's where I'll do a serious weight check and see how my plan is going.
Inspirations for this journey have come from, who pulled off the most amazing weight-loss I've ever witnessed from friends or family, and , who's been working out and running much more recently. Thanks, guys!
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