(You know who you are.)
In my last post I was a little too waffly for the more goal-directed of you. I just ponied up for a Blackberry, which I am hoping will increase my abysmal efficiency rating. I plotted out everything to eat today within 1600 calories, and at 7 pm I'm on track, so keep your fingers crossed.
Because the thing is, planning works really well, but if I had to depend on it, I would still be buying size 18 jeans. I am simply awful at it. Not a strength. The naturally organized may find it hard to believe, but if I had to plan my pregnancies, my children would've been born without crucial organs. I've lost 10% of my body weight without more than the most rudimentary planning or writing down. What I do is exclude certain foods from my diet. Some people would hate that and find it intolerable. For me it leaves me with very little to keep track of ("YOU DON'T EAT BAGELS, REMEMBER, BONEHEAD?")and my calorie intake drops naturally by not eating desserts, bread, or full-fat cheese 6 days out of 7. The result is I'm not homing like a Polaris missile on my weight target, but on the plus side, by keeping my energy balance only slightly to the left of center, I'm eating pretty much as I expect to eat forever, and my body is slowly moving in the right direction even though I probably average around 2000 calories a day.
Still, I have a Blackberry now, so I expect to achieve my goal weight followed by world domination by Christmas. Stay tuned.