You may have noticed that I relaunched The Diet page yesterday with new information, a new challenge for myself, and even a video. Yes, it is true, I'm going back on The Diet and this is my first weigh in.
Lets get this out of the way; I'm currently 220 pounds. The last time I did The Diet in 2006 I was able to get to my goal weight in 16 weeks. After going through my weigh-ins I realized that I didn't lose any weight a few of those weeks due to bad behavior. So my goal for this time around is to get to my goal weight in less than 16 weeks. My actual goal is 12 weeks but we'll see how it goes.With that goal in mind it means I'd need to lose 3.3 pounds per week. That means burning or simply not taking in about 10,000 calories per week. Not impossible but not that easy with a desk job either. I'll need to be super good.
So my goal for next week is to be at 216.something pounds.
I think it is interesting to look back at my mental state in 2006 and compare it to my mental state right now. An example of this would be my anxiety about running. In 2006 it took me three months, or 12 weeks into The Diet, before I could run 1 mile. This time around I can run a mile without even thinking about it. In fact, I'm going to begin my running routine at 3 and 6 mile runs a few times a week. In 2006 it was all my mental state holding me back. I had been fat for about 6 years at that point and didn't think I could run. Now I know that even if you are a little bit overweight running isn't all that hard to do. In fact, it is easy.
So I'm looking forward to this round on The Diet for many reasons and one of them is that I'm in a much better mental state to take this challenge on and chances are I'll be able to meet or beat my goals with ease. And that will be very motivating.
As always with The Diet I'm inviting others to join me. So if you want to participate simply weigh in every Tuesday in some way - Twitter, Facebook, your blog. You don't have to tell the world your actual weight if you're sensitive about that (though I recommend it) but it would be nice to share how much you've lost or gained to keep yourself accountable to the group.