Ok, so... I started the year off with a bang and went from being about 192lbs in December to 183 by mid-February.
Then I went on the road for six weeks and did absolutely nothing and gained it all back. Awesome. And as I read through this journal, I see this pattern emerge over and over. I start out strong, the first six months go well, and then it all reverts back. It's very frustrating, but I am not giving up hope.
I am, however, changing tactics.
I've been using a new program called LoseIt.com to track my food and exercise. I like it a lot - they have both a website and an app, and you can scan the barcodes on items to search for them. It's very handy. And it's got a social media aspect - you can have friends, and it also posts to facebook. I've been pretty good about tracking this month, but it occured to me the other day that I was just tracking, not actually planning meals to make my limit. So I've been working on that this weekend.
But today's biggest epiphany was reward-setting.
I was chatting with one of my friends who is also using Lose It, and she mentioned that she has set herself a reward for hitting her goal weight - an iPad. Now, I have been wanting and wanting one, but talking myself out of it because it's not something I need. But it is something I really want. So what better way to motivate myself?
For the record, my goal weight is 165. As of last week, I weigh 189.5. That's nearly 25 pounds.
Wish me luck!