A journey of a thousand miles starts with but a single step. While I already know the first step was starting this site because I am already finding my self thinking- What have I done?!?! That thought does reinforce what a good idea this is for me because I already feel the pressure not to back down.
I have received many good comments and suggestions here online and directly from people on the Craig’s List Diet section to which I posted as well. The most common theme of those posts is a need for a plan. Usually my plan is to at the least stop what I call instinctive eating. An example of this is that we’re bad in this house about keeping a dish of candy on the kitchen counter. I swear walking by the counter if like a food toll booth- except I get the chocolate token! Additionally we have trained ourselves over the years that night time TV time means snack time. That needs to end as well.
I have also been told that I need to eat a nutritional breakfast to get my metabolism going. That will be very difficult for me to do four days a week as I have to get up at 4AM for work and only have about ten minutes allotted for breakfast time. Usually it ends up with some cereal, pop tarts, yogurt… any ideas there?
As to exercise- I used to know a guy that said he used to get enough exercise going to the funerals of his friends that exercised! 🙂
I have the option of joining a gym on site at work but whether I do that or not is up in the air. Finances are one reason behind this but walking in as the fattest man on campus may play into it a bit as well. At the least I need to get myself outside and start walking every day. I do have a good set of dumb bells at home so I may start using those as well. Any other thoughts or suggestions? For those that aren’t aware my work lasts 10 1/2 hours a day and is totally sedentary in nature so no help there.
I have also had it suggested that I join a mass marketed diet type group that provides your food and meetings for support. I’m not sure that would work for me financially and I am not a real warm fuzzy kind of group guy!
I’m about 24 hours out from starting this thing so any input or ideas would be helpful.
Additionally two other people have volunteered to take this opportunity to lose weight as a way to share my pain. Any other takers?