Taking the lead from the popular Couch to 5K program (http://www.c25k.com/), I’m instituting a “Couch to Coachella” plan to get me in better shape.  For a host of reasons (see the WHY post from yesterday), the least of which is I want to be ready to rage for three days in the desert come April.

A little background:  5’9….230/BMI – 34…previously (at my saddest, unhealthiest point) 117/BMI – 17.3.  No desire to be 117 again, just wanting to be in a healthy range.  Thus, the goal is 160/BMI – 23.6.

Funny, or sad maybe, that I remember being 160 and thinking that I was too heavy then.  Now, I long to be that number. Oh to be so naive again to think the days of wine and honey would never end.  Or rather, that my metabolism would nephoto (16)ver bite me in the ass the way it has.

The thyroid is a nasty bastard.

And thus, the program has started.

For the first time in my life I purchased a scale.  Weigh in days will be held weekly on Thursday AM…simply because I weighed myself this morning and well, why not Thursday?  Said scale is supposed to calculate fat v muscle, etc. but I’ve not yet read the instructions so I’ve no clue how to delve that deeply yet. Stay tuned on that front.

I am using FitBit to track my movements and exercises.  Goal is to get at least 5000 steps every day and to get to the gym at least 3 times a week for organized classes.  Other days I can do whatever I want as long as I break at least the 5000 step mark.  The gym will be the challenge as I don’t have a standard 8-5 job but I gotta start somewhere so, three classes a week is where I’ll be starting.

Fun fact – You are not has active as you think you are.  Or at least I am not.  35 minutes tonight on the elliptical and I didn’t even come close to breaking the 10,000 step mark for the day.  And I took a walk at lunchtime too.  Oh, and I was only what FitBit describes as “very active” for 12 minutes for the entire day.

Yee – haw.

With stats like that it’s no wonder those us trying to lose weight struggle so much.

Food consumption will be logged using the Lose It app.  Lose It has a robust database of foods, adjusts caloric intake when exercise is factored in and is easy-peesy to use.

Both Fitbit and Lose it also allows me to log my weight and graph my progress, so both will be used for that.  Plus I have an excel spreadsheet that does the same thing courtesy of my friend Brent.  So, I have adequate tools for charting progress.  Maybe too many, in fact.

As for food plan, well, I’ve done Jenny Craig, Nutrisystem, Weight Watchers (more than once), South Beach and even attempted what I have title the “Captain Caveman Diet”, i.e. The Paleo diet.

None has every really worked long term. None have I loved.

So the plan is to cook at home more, eat out less, not keep soda of any kind in the house, eat protein, fresh veggies and fruit with every meal, pack lunches when I don’t lunch meetings, and force myself to eat breakfast.  Oh, and go to the grocery store more than once a month.

For today, I think that is enough.

Even if FitBit might not agree.


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