I am beginning a diet today. I have tried to limit my food intake, and keep up with an exercise routine. Admittedly, when the school year starts, I am an inconsistent exerciser. A day of teaching that begins at 5:30, includes all the up and down stairs of teaching middle schoolers in an ancient building, followed by the usual routine of preparing, serving, and cleaning up after the evening meal, followed by my evening correspondence with students and parents, and other teacher related work, doesn't leave me a lot of time or energy at the end for exercise. But those are excuses. I could do it, and should do it. Everyday. Maybe I'll find the resolve for that. I haven't yet.
Today, I am resolved to diet, however. The only successful diet regimen I've ever used is the Atkins diet, so that's where I'm starting. It relies on protein and severely limits carbohydrates, especially in the beginning two weeks -- 20 grams / day.
Today, I stand 5'-11" and weigh 208.5 pounds. So that is the starting line.
Wish me luck.