Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Dieting... dieting

So I really need to lose some weight. Really.

Years ago I lost weight on a low-carb diet and kept it off for a few years. I found in the long run it's not sustainable (for me, at least... and I wonder if it really is for anyone). But after years of false starts and failures, I figured I'd give it another try.

Three weeks ago, I started Atkins. I lasted two weeks. My food choices were so limited. I could have meats, non-starchy veg (I love my starchy veg!), small amounts of cheese, and ... and... ummm. Atkins bars/shakes. Yeah. Not so much. And I was hit with migraines. Ugh.

Soooo... this week (read: yesterday) I started on the Spark People website. It's a free website with lots of great trackers (nutrition, fitness, weight). I'm encouraged to eat healthy and count those darned calories, but that's okay. That's what I should be doing. So far it seems like a nice community.

After tracking my nutrition yesterday, I was impressed by the graphs and charts and suggestions I got. (You can see them below).

I like the graphs and the trackers and the accountability they give me. And speaking of accountability - I plan on updating here each week to say how I'm doing. So, if I don't post about my weight loss, you'll know I'm not doing well. :(

If anyone wants to join me, just let me know what your Spark People name is and I'll friend you on the site.