Within the last month I started my own health kick and I wanted to start a blog here, to input how I'm going and feeling on a regular basis. I also know there are some people here that are into fitness and health, so feel free to reply with a comment or advise, or even words of support - it would be appreciated.
I've started off doing Optifast, usually two a day (breakfast/lunch) and a frozen dinner (weightwatchers, lean cuisine, etc) or on the nights I've been working lates have even had a few days of only shakes in a row. I'm finding that hunger is a non issue, the first few days were rough but I've gotten used to it very quickly. I've almost given up on soft drink, though I still allow myself 2 cans of Pepsi Max / Diet Coke / Coke Zero a day usually at lunch and dinner time and found this to not be as hard as I thought it would be and in fact attempted to have a glass of coke, but struggled to drink half as I found it to be extremely syrapy and very sweet.
Most of the time now I stick to water, and have at least 6 mount franklin bottles in the fridge at any one time, refilling them as needed. Keeping them cold makes it a lot easier to drink and although at first I was peeing like a horse every ten minutes that has settled down a lot as well. I think for the first time in my life I am actually properly hydrated (chronic dehydration is apparently very common). I'm especially noticing a difference in my wallet too, since I'm not spending $4 here on a bottle of coke, $3 here in a mars bar, let alone the $20 McDonald/KFC runs.
I struggled a lot at first with boredom eating more than anything I think, just like I did with smoking (I've quit, 8 months now), it was just something to do when bored. I've replaced that with water now, and thats worked really well.
I'm not exercising yet, I hate walking and I'm too fat to run. I'm a member of a gym that hasn't opened yet that is 2 blocks away from work and am very excited about that. It should be opening in September sometime.
So I'll end this with something positive, I weighed in this morning with a total loss of 6.2kg so far. Very happy with that and have almost hit my first milestone (10kg loss).