It's time for me to start Phase II of my plan to become Master of the Universe. (Just kidding!)
Phase I was quitting smoking. I consider myself a vigilant success at this phase. I quit cold turkey on March 14, 2012 and entered the Penthouse one year later. So I've got 14 months under my belt, and the memory of some wonderful posts and threads on this board during that time which inspired me, sustained me, and educated me.
So I'm back for Phase II: Diet and Fitness. Like so many others, I overate during my quit, and I was already overweight when I began. It's time to take control of that.
While I've improved my diet greatly (eliminated lots of junk food and snacks), there's a long ways to go. I've been inspired by a new book called Vegan Before 6 and plan to follow its advice.
At this point, I have to chuckle because I have all the first day nervousness I had when quitting smoking - the year ahead looks SO long! But this time, I have the experience of knowing if I take things a day at a time, before I know it, I will be in the dining room of the Penthouse feeling slimmer and fitter.
My goals, you ask?
In one year, I hope/plan/intend/will lose 65 pounds, and weigh 200 pounds or less.
My waist will shrink from an embarrassing 54 inches to a comparatively svelte 36 inches. (Which means, of course, that pants will be readily available in the clothing stores!).
Blood pressure will improve; cholesterol will go down, back pain and knee pain will diminish, etc.
I've borrowed a friend's copy of the P90X program to check out, but it's probably going to be too advanced so I may order something a little "gentler," so to speak.
Anyway, that's about it. I'm back posting on this forum because it was so helpful as I quit smoking. I realize it's not a weight loss site, but there is this little "room" of people who've gone through both experiences - quitting smoking and dealing with diet and fitness, and I think I'll fit right in here.
Feels good to be back!