Yeah, you heard me.
I have nine months to lose about 38lbs. I want to be confident in a bikini by the beginning of June 2013. I'm going to Florida with Mr Kawaii, and I don't want to have to cover up and feel fat the way I did last time I went. I want to be proud to show people my holiday snaps. I want to be able to put half a stone on by eating all the tasty nom I want, but not have to worry about it.
The thing is, I say this all the time. "I'm on a diet. I'm going to the gym. I'm doing Weightwatchers. What, did you say Burger King? Oh all right then!" But this time, I actually appear to be managing it.
I'm using an online/mobile app called MyFitnessPal to track my daily calorie intake and fitness levels. It's really simple, you tell it how much you weigh, your goal weight and how quickly you want to lose it (max 2lbs per week)... then you tell it exactly what you're eating. It works out a net calorie goal that you need to aim for to lose weight and all you have to do is try and stick to that number. Of course, the more calories you burn exercising, the more tasty food you can afford to eat, so as long as you work out you don't need to feel deprived of treats.
Here's a quick screen shot of my day so you can get an idea of how it works:
It looks like a bit of pain putting in every element of your meals separately but it remembers pretty much every food you tell it you've eaten, then you just have to pick it from a list. Unless the food isn't in the MASSIVE MFP database, you don't have to enter nutritional information yourself, but even doing that is quick and simple (you can just add the serving size and calorie count if you're feeling lazy!)
It's free on both the App Market and Android Google Play, and well worth it. I've already made some buddies on there to encourage me to reach my goals (Add me? Username - CarlyKawaii) and after using this app for 6 days I've already lost 4.2lbs! What more could you ask for from a free app?!
Of course, I have joined a gym and started walking too, but being able to track EXACTLY what I'm putting into my body might help me to treat it with a bit more respect. Besides, I'm going to Seaworld in June, and I don't fancy getting mistaken for Shamu...