I've decided against the DietBet for now. I may end up changing my mind tomorrow even, but for today, it's not happening.
I am still tweaking my spreadsheet, but it's in a pretty good state right now. I'm happy with what I have, and with where I think I can be headed.
I'm at work, have eaten nothing, and have brought my workout clothes. It's a blank slate today for me to start with.
For absolute total beginning...
I weighed this morning. Not as good as I had hoped. Not as bad as I had feared. But it's bad enough. Starting weight:
Interesting how it's very nearly exactly 100 pounds up from when I won the weight loss competition just over two years ago. Basically I'm up 1 pound a week. It's amazing how easy that is to do.
Doesn't matter. I know two things right now. Where I am, and where I want to go. Those are the two most important right now.
I am going to have two new goals starting today:
1) See how fast I can get to 1,000,000 steps. I want to try to do it in under 3 months. For those who are counting, that's just under 11,000 steps per day. That is VERY doable.
2) Start my long-term countdown to 100 pounds lost. Since that was what was gained, I think that it's only fair that this is my goal for what will be lost.
I'm not in a hurry to lose the weight. Yes, the sooner it comes off the better. But I am going to attempt something that I haven't done in the past, which is a slower, more methodical, and theoretically permanent life changing weight loss. The point of this mindset is so that I don't have any sort of let-down at the end. No changing back to bad habits. Or more accurately no ditching of new short-term habits for long term sloth and gluttony.
I guess we will see where this goes. But the good news is that I haven't felt this good about my direction in a while now. I know it's easy to lose this feeling. But at least it's here.
For the moment, anyway.