Today, I weighed in for the first time for Project New Me. I not only weighed in, however, but decided to track a few different factors. One thing I’ve noticed is that a poor nights’ sleep results in more snacking. It’s almost as if my body is low on energy from a lack of sleep and is trying to get more energy by ingesting more calories. So losing weight is going to likely mean no more staying up until 1am when I need to wake up at 6:30 the next morning. I also decided to track how much time I’ve worked out. After all, the equation for weight loss (or gain) is: Calories In – Calories Burned = Weight Change. I can drop the calories taken in, but increasing calories burned (through exercise) can result in greater weight loss. Exercise might also help improve my final set of numbers: the measurements of my waist, arms and thighs. (This last one will be taken on the first weigh-in of each month since it likely won’t change much week to week.)
So what are the numbers to start?
Weight: 207 lbs
Sleep & Workout Time: N/A (since this will reflect the previous week’s averages)
Waist: 39.25 inches
Arms: 14.5 inches
Thighs: 25.5 inches
Where is this headed? What are my targets? My only real target is my weight. I want to get back down below 190. Since I’m at 207 right now, I figure that I’ll shoot for 187. This means a 20 pound weight loss target. Since I’m going for 20 pounds, I’ll make the target time 20 weeks. This will allow for a gradual weight loss of 1 pound per week. (Realistically, I’ll likely lose more than that in the first few weeks, but might also plateau.)
So that’s where I am and where I hope I’m headed. Wish me luck. If you are participating in Project New Me as well (or are just on your own weight loss routine), I wish you luck as well.