It’s time for me to stop being lazy, get off of my butt, and start being more proactive in becoming more healthy. At 5’10″ and 180 lbs, it’s not THAT bad, but I know it can be better. I’ve been complaining about the donut I’ve been carrying around my waste but haven’t really done anything about it. It seems like it’s getting bigger and bigger. I still wear a size 33 waist, but around my stomach, it’s probably closer to 36. So, my goal is to bring my stomach down to 33, lose 10 lbs, and bulk up a little bit. All this, along with my bit to achieve clear skin must be accomplished on time for my March 2010 wedding.

Theory

I have a friend who is a nutritionist and he told me that exercising to lose weight rarely work due to the sheer fact that it takes so much work and effort to burn all those calories just to lose 1 lb.  I would have to burn 500 calories every day of the week just to lose 1 pound. That’s a lot of effort for such small result. He recommended exercising to become healthy and eating less to lose weight. If I ate 500 calories less every day, that would have the same effect as running 4 miles every day. I know it’s going to be hard as I’ve tried many different regimes only to succeed and then fail. The 100 push ups challenge was just too hard to maintain for me. But I have a plan.

Plan

My plan will be to consume 1,700 calories per day every day for 1 month. Since I normally eat around 2,500 calories in a typical day, I will lose about 7 lbs in one month at this rate. On top of this eat-less-diet, I will exercise and try to burn about 400 calories 6 days a week. That equates to about 3 lb loss in one month. This regime will help me lose 10 lbs in one month. After that, I have to figure out a way to keep it off. I’ll worry about that later.

Details

First I signed up for dailyburn.com and installed the iphone app for it. It helps you count calories for everything you eat. This is what I will try to eat every day for lunch at work.

  • Breakfast – 1 banana = 125 calories
  • Lunch – 2 slices of turkey meat in one piece of whole wheat bread, no may, no cheese = 170 calories; peanut butter jelly on one piece of whole wheat bread = 220 calories; 20 pcs of baby carrots = 35 calories; Total = 425 calories
  • Dinner – 2 pieces of grilled/baked chicken breast + steamed mixed veggies = 400 calories
  • Snacks = no candies; no regular sodas; no chips; just fruit or veggies = 150 calories
  • Total calories = 1100

This seems unreasonable to maintain, but I have to keep a very conservative diet to keep pressure on myself. I still have 600 calories of leeway if I go out to eat lunch with coworkers or go out to dinner with fiance. The reality is that 1700 calorie diet is very doable. Because the plan is to eat less and go out less often, I will definitely save some money with this diet. For one week, groceries for this diet will run me no more than $30. That’s less than $5 per day for 3 meals. With the money saved, I can deposit that into a high-yield online savings account such as Discoverbank, which gives me 1.35%.

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I have obtained a copy of the DVD exercise series, Insanity. It’s a tough 30-min workout, 6 days a week. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to maintain for a month, but I’ll give it a shot. If I find it too difficult, I can borrow P90X series from a friend of mine who tried it. It’s a little less rigorous than Insanity.

Ok, so that’s my plan. I’ll be starting today and I’ll make sure to provide updates on my progress. Hopefully, the title of my next update post won’t be something like “Stupid Diet, I Give Up!” So if you have a killer spaghetti sauce recipe you’re dying to share with me, please do me a favor and share it with someone else. At least for now.