Went to the gym today. I'm only starting back out, so today was a cardio concentration. I burned 235 calories - ten minutes warmup on a stationary bike, 15 minutes of carido on an elliptical machine, ten minutes cooldown back on the bike. I could have gone longer on the elliptical, but I didn't want to overdo it since it's been a while. Not bad for a start, I think.
So that I can track my progress most objectively, I got on the scale and measured my stomach (measured right at the navel). Here are the numbers:
As of 31 May, 2011:
Weight: 230 pounds.
Stomach measurement: 48 inches.
I was horrified to find I had a 48 inch stomach. One more piece of motivation, I think.
I plan on concentrating primarily on cardio for the first two weeks to get my strength there back, but tomorrow I signed up for a demonstration session of some new all-around resistance equipment they have. I know the importance of alternating between cardio and full-body resistance, especially in eliminating visceral fat (which is what I have in higher concentration than subdermal fat).
My diet was successful yesterday - no lapses. I know it's early yet, but I trust my self-control. I am eating regularly at three-hour intervals, focusing on small, low-calorie, low-sodium, high-protein meals. I am also working more fresh vegetables into my diet. I eliminated the vast majority of processed foods from my regular diet a long time ago, and I almost never eat fast food anymore. I drink only water and fruit juices.
My one weakness is chocolate. But I control that, too. Dark chocolate is my favorite, anyway, and the darker it is, the better it is for you. My 3:00 snack is a one ounce mixture of raw almonds and 60% dark chocolate, for a total of 145 calories, 0 sodium and 5 protein. I find that it helps me tremendously knowing that I still have at least that one small indulgence every day - and that that one small indulgence is also pretty darn good for me.
I have also found, in just one day, that keeping this blog and posting it here for all to see is another tremendously effective motivator. I had one hell of a bad day yesterday, and I came damn close to giving up for at least one more day and binging - but knowing that I had started this and posted it kept me on track.
I'd like to thank everybody that has stated that they'll help me; and everybody else, too, who's even just looked and not said anything. Knowing that all of you are watching me is really going to make the difference this time.
I can do it.