Today I am 17.6 pounds from my ideal weight, down 4.8 pounds from last week. I've been overall good to stay under 1500 calories a day. My "maintenance" level is 1918 calories, so anything less than that daily average should result in a drop. As there are 3500 'calories' in a pound of fat - I should lose a little under a pound a week. I'm trying to eat more protein than other calories, drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water a day, and get my vitamins and daily dose of caffeine to help amp up the process.There have been missteps - over indulging on Applebee's happy hour - our "Cinco de Ocho" party - but I try and even it out so that I don't have more than 10,500 calories in a week.
I reccommend http://www.bmi-calculator.net/ as a good place to start for creating your own measurements/plan. Or, for integration with a calorie counter - check out My Fitness Pal or WebMD.
The hard part for me is definitely increasing my activity level. When the weather is nice, this is easy. I'll gladly walk in a park for hours, or play in the grass with children, or hike, or etc. etc. However, when the water is pouring from the sky like an open faucet, it nixes the motivation entirely. The gym just isn't where it's at for me, and I'm not sure how to change that.
In other news, I'm rocking my inner 50s-60s beauty today. I actually had a blouse and high-waisted full skirt on this morning, but took it off - Stream doesn't deserve that much effort. Still the hot rollers / pin curl combo has my hair all curly like and I'm rockin the iconic red lip. You can blame me picking up Mad Men season 1 for this. Makes me feel like a bombshell, especially with the 5 pound droppage to report.
While 4.8 pounds isn't a huge dent in the overall weight loss scheme of things, it is 21.4% of my original weight loss goal. The first baby step.