Updated Jan, 24th 2013
I actually started this "project" a year ago when I quit smoking (it will be one year on January 20). I gained a few lbs afterwards, but I'm ok with that because it was for a good reason. (I've also had 2 kids and work 70 hour weeks as a consultant.) But now the quitting smoking has finally stuck, I am ready for phase 2 which is losing the weight, building strength, and getting lean.
I joined Fitocracy in August and it helped me get started with bodyweight exercises (You Are Your Own Gym) and swimming longer and longer pool disctances (I think my personal record so far is 2750m). I learned to ditch the scale (which was depressing me because it wasn't changing despite my working out at least 4-5 days a week) and start measuring.
I also changed my diet over the last year or so - saw a nutritionist and went gluten-free (migraines stopped). Am now on a fast oxidizer diet (meaning high protein, medium fat, low carb) which is really good for me. I eat basically paleo - no sugar, no gluten, pretty much nothing with "ingredients" - just healthy organic meat and vegetables.
I feel stronger and healthier - but I am in a maintenance pattern (measurement-wise, diet-wise) and frustrated at not getting leaner despite all my hard work. I need to figure out what I'm doing wrong. I can't cut anything else out of my diet except alcohol, but then I'd have no vices left and that sucks.
Need help to get unstuck!
Today is my one-year anniversary of quitting smoking. Whoo hoo!
I'm currently on Week 8 of YAYOG.
Goal 1: 25% body fat
As per this - http://www.builtlean.com/2012/09/24/body-fat-percentage-men-women/ (I'm currently at 32%).
Goal 2: 1 full unassisted pull up.
Currently can lift myself a couple of inches (LOL).
Goal 3: Stop comparing myself to others.
This is going to be the hardest. I actually think I look tolerable, when I'm by myself in front of the mirror. I'm pretty proportionate, decently muscly. I want to lose weight (obviously) but otherwise look pretty healthy. But then I go out with friends and realize my arms and thighs are bigger than others' and I want to cry. :(
Goal 4: Figure out how to fix my diet plateau.
Currently following this, basically - http://www.niashanks.com/2012/07/10-commandments-for-simple-fat-loss/ - so why am I not losing any inches?
Found my Jawbone Up wristband, updated the app, started tracking my sleep and exercise and food and stuff.