I actually thought he was kidding, so I rolled my eyes and said, "I'm going to burn more calories than I consume."
He said, seriously, "No, do you even know how many calories you have to burn to lose a pound?"
I didn't. It's 3,500.
So for 5 pounds, that's 17,500 calories for which I have to create a deficit.
Now, if you do Weight Watchers, the point system is really a calorie counter. Yes, fat makes the point value go up and fiber makes it go down, but you can always guesstimate that 50 calories = 1 point, and you won't be too far off. Yes, it's easier to count 25 points and write down your food than to get hugely anal and write down 164 calories for a baked potato or something (I completely made that up), but that's the real deal. It's calories. They're counting them.
For January, I'm going to use www.fitday.com to track my food, and see how it goes.
As far as my caloric intake, I went to http://caloriecount.about.com/cc/calories-goal.php, and here's what it told me:
You should consume about 1,200 calories a day to reach your goal weight of 150 lbs This is at a reasonable weight loss average of 1.46 lbs per week, which should be reached by September 05, 2011.
Now, my goal is 5 pounds a month, and I'm shooting for an end date of December 31, 2011, so I'm going to ease up on the throttle a little bit. Remember, I don't want this to feel like a hardcore diet -- I've already learned that those are a pain in the ass, and I invariably fall off the wagon at some point or another.
Remember: Five pounds, one month, that's it.
Also, I put in that I'm mostly sedentary, which is true for right now. My gym habits have gone from 5 days a week (last March), to basically nonexistent.
So for January, I'm going to set my target caloric intake to 1,400. I'm going to go to the gym three times per week, for 45 minutes each day. (I'm not sure what I'm going to do yet.)
I now have a few followers, and people who have jumped in with comments. Welcome, guys! I'm so excited we're doing this together! Tell your friends! I think this is going to be fun.
What are you guys doing this month?
Should I create a sidebar with everyone who's doing it, so we can all cheer each other on?