I don't actually mean that, I just felt I needed something suitably dramatic for day one of my weight loss journey. In fact in the story Dante did not abandon hope because he had a friend and guide, and I feel much the same way. Thank you again to all of you who have offered support and advice.
Not often do I spend $50 on something I am sure I will hate so much, but this was a necessary purchase. Yesterday my Escali glass top scale with body fat and water analysis arrived.
It is actually kind of pretty in a stainless steel refrigerator kind of way. But that is not why I got it. This is post #1 of weekly posts of my weight. I will probably post more frequently to discuss my trials and tribulations, but once a week is the bare minimum.
When I weighed myself this morning I discovered a small problem with the scale. Depending on how I balance myself on it (as it is a bit narrower than my natural stance) the result can vary a bit. So I will be averaging two readings to come up with my weight each week. Without further ado then, here is my starting weight.
It is a bit higher than I thought it would be, but being perfectly honest a number that high is not unexpected. I am shocked at how easy it was to get here, but the past is the past. This is the starting point. I am not sure how effective it will be to set a target weight because I have never been thin enough to really know my body type or how a certain weight level will sit on me, but I think 225 or so is a reasonable goal weight. I don't have to be married to that.
Do They Have Methadone For This?
Other beginnings I have made since my last post are to experiment with exercise and eliminating soda from my diet. The Biggest Loser Fitness book I got recommends starting with exercise three days a week to start with and I think that is a great start. Thursday morning I did 15 minutes on the treadmill and 70 crunches as well as some stretching to warm up and some light calisthenics. As I feel more comfortable I will be adding more time and exercises, but right now I just need to build up a bit of endurance.
Eliminating soda so far has not gone according to plan. Instead of being smart and doing a little research I just stopped drinking soda. Since I used to drink so much, and it was the only source of caffeine in my diet the withdrawal symptoms were incredible. I had to have half a cup of coffee at work Thursday night and another small mug Friday afternoon. The headache was still so bad that I vomited Friday morning and had to miss work. I heard once that caffeine was more addicting than heroin, and now I believe it. I am feeling better today, but stubborn refusal of all caffeine is in the past. If the Mayo clinic strongly recommends against quitting caffeine cold turkey, who am I to disagree. I do have some Folgers in the freezer and splenda in the pantry, so the effects on my diet should be minimal when I am forced to drink coffee as long as I remember to chase it with twice as much water.
Next post I will highlight some of my better food choices and struggles with cravings, but I think that is enough for now.
The game is afoot.