Stardate [-4] 94678.5
I've been meaning to keep a "blog" for some time, and while this isn't really the same, it serves the same purpose.
As of today, I have had net success in my efforts to get fit and stay healthy. I currently sit at a net weight loss of 45 lbs, yet I still have a ways to go. My goal is to weigh approximately 220 lbs with a body fat percentage below 18% by the time my younger brother Curtis (name changed for security reasons) marries his no girlfriend. He intends to do so within the next three years.
In the past, I've had success with counting calories. As such, I am retaining the practice. Not as a rule book to live by, but more that I think better in terms of numbers and like to keep track of things. Makes them easier for me to visualize.
In the more "actual" dietary progress, I have again met relative success. I have completely cut sodas and other liquid calories from my diet, and feel perfectly satisfied with water. This coming down from an all time high of eight sodas every day, I consider it an accomplishment. I am also experimenting with more interesting ways to prepare vegetables. I have discovered a particular liking for romaine lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, and green bell peppers. All of these I prefer raw, though I have found that baking carrots with olive oil, salt, and pepper yields a flavor and consistency similar to that of sweet potato fries.
Over time, I have also noticed my former love of beef to be dwindling. I'm not very keen on the taste and I've found the sheer density of the meat to be uncomfortable. Currently, most of my protein comes from poultry, pork, and fish.
Exercise is the most difficult part for me. Every morning, I've gotten into the habit of taking a 30 minute walk around my neighborhood at 0530, but getting into the habit of exercising during the day has so far eluded me. My intention was to strength train on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays, as these are the four days each week that I have the most free time. Again, the habit is the hard part. I have a full schedule with work and school. Energy levels throughout the day are low. I'll work on a remedy for this.
Anyway, good first log entry.
End of log.