Thank you all for your support. Reading your comments made me feel like I can actually achieve what I set out to do. Sometimes I forget anyone reads my blog. It was nice to be reminded so many people are reading and rooting for me.
I've got some new tools I'm hoping will play nice together and a new outlook.
I've been using my FitBit activity tracker for a couple months now on and off and it really gives me some useful information. I also just installed My Fitness Pal which allows me to adjust my intake goals based on how many steps I've taken from my fitbit (which syncs wirelessly). I've also installed the endomondo exercise tracker which has some really cool features I'm exploring including following other peoples' routes or designing your own. This also syncs with my fitbit. Cool stuff.
I'm going to start slowly. I tracked my intake today. Hopefully I'll be able to keep doing it, but if I miss a day I'm not going to get down on myself. I'm going to keep going to the gym. Hopefully, the weather will warm up soon so I can get back to bicycle commuting. That always makes me happy and gives me an excuse to exercise every day. I'm going to eat out less and try to eat healthier choices and most importantly, stop when I feel like I've had too much.
I think my biggest hang-up is things never seem to happen as fast as I want. This usually results in a backslide. I had a good day today. I'm going to try to make it a good day tomorrow, but if it's not, there's always the next day.
Last, but not least, it's Monday, so I need to get on the scale.
Last week I did weigh myself (though I didn't post it). I came in at 262.4 pounds. That's about a 15 pound backslide from my lowest weight. Let's see what the scale said this week.
A loss of 1.7 pounds is not bad. Like I said, I'm going to try to go easy on myself if I'm not losing as fast as I want. I'm still losing and that means I'm winning.