Earlier this week CNN posted a story about Tyler Weeks, who seems to be an average guy who succeeded at what I’ve been trying to do. He lost a LOT of weight – 125 pounds in 2009. Well, I don’t want to lose that much, but the remarkable thing is he did exactly what I’ve been trying to do. In the CNN story, he said:
“Instead of trying some fad, some quick diet gimmick, I decided to change my lifestyle. I decided to count calories and to be more active.” and “If you want to go crazy a couple of times a week, then fine,” he says. “Just eat well most of the time. It all comes down to calories.”
That’s it. Nothing more to it.
I’m reminded of a quote I saw a while back that said “Love God, then do what you want.” (Not sure who said that; maybe St. Augustine.) The idea is that if you truly love God, then what you want to do will be what He has asked you to do.
So it is with my dieting and exercise. When I truly get motivated to count calories (which means weighing, measuring, and keeping actual count of what goes in my mouth), and when I do spend a bit of time exercising, my desires do truly change. I am reminded of Newton’s Laws, again (have I posted about that??). I don’t think I’ll be posting a weekly update of my weight loss progress, like Tyler does over at his blog, 344pounds.com. Last year when I tried going public for Lent, I was a miserable failure . Something, however, tells me that this time might be different. No need to wait for Lent, and this is not a New Year’s resolution, it’s just time to get going again.
One of the chemical engineers I work with said he was going to write a diet guide for engineers, with the basic premise of the book being “if more energy goes out than is added to the system, there will be a net energy loss.”
It really is just that simple. Thanks to Tyler for helping me get re-inspired. I’ll keep you posted on how this works out.