"I've decided that perhaps I'm bulimic and just keep forgetting to purge."

-- Paula Poundstone

Monday, January 10, 2011

And … we're off!

Happy Monday. Where did that weekend go?

I'm off the treadmill and writing to report my (and Alan's) first official weigh-in of 2011.

Alan lost 2 for the week, and I lost 4.

(Scoreboard, Alan! Scoreboard!)

Nah, in all honesty, it is great having him beside me in this journey. Admittedly, his journey will be far shorter than mine.

Our "contest" is to see who can lose 10 percent of our weight fastest. Alan started this contest at 205, and I, well, am much higher.

So, he will win if he loses 21 pounds before I lose a number, well, higher.

One tool we're using is a free service called Lose It. There are free Lose It apps for the iPad and iPhone so you can easily and conveniently log all your food and keep track of your calories.

If you don't have an iPad or iPhone, you can just sign up and log everything right on the website. Again, it's FREE.

Recording my calories eaten vs. calories burned (yes, it takes those into account, too) has been eye-opening. (Measuring actual serving sizes has shown me I was eating way more than actual servings in most cases.)

Plus, Alan and I are "friends" on Lose It, so we can keep an eye on what the other has eaten throughout the day, etc.

There might even be a little trash-talking on there … if I were that sort of person. But of course, I'm not.

(Scoreboard, Alan! Scoreboard!)


  1. I love Lose It! Does that mean if I 'friend' you, that you'll appropriately yell at me when I'm in the red? And this competition sounds like fun...I hope there's some good cash on the line :)

  2. Kristy: Sure! Friend me! The sad part is, we don't really have a prize. Suggestions?

  3. If not cash to the winner...it should be something good that you wouldn't normally do for yourself. Day at the spa? Weekend getaway? Show or sports event in Detroit?