I've been terrible. I need to get back into a serious mode for exercise, diet and weight loss. I was over where I wanted to be by the middle of summer, and then things just went way downhill since I started the new job. Less exercise time, a ready supply of unhealthy snacks, and little willpower most of the time have not been a good combination. I have been doing 1hr hikes in the morning before work three days a week, but it's not been enough. Probably because of poor diet and less exercise the rest of the time. So, my plan: - Get back on a decent diet. This means logging what I eat and STICKING WITH IT. So many days I have started, only to quit halfway through the day. I need to keep to a decent caloric intake. Cut out foods I shouldn't be eating. And make myself stick with the logging, no matter how much of a pain in the ass it is. - Limit alcohol. It's nice to sometimes have a glass of wine with dinner after a long day at work, but it's just adding calories. And so much easier to have a second glass once you've had the first! So, no more drinking unless it's with a group of friends and limited in amount. - More exercise. I'd like to keep the morning hiking schedule - I go with friends and it's nice to get out in nature on a regular basis. But I need to add some more serious exercise on top of that. I'm looking into picking up a 24hr Fitness gym membership again. I haven't picked up the gym membership before now because it just didn't seem like it would work out to be worth it. I didn't want to give up the morning hikes, as they are good from a peaceful nature frame of mind point of view. It isn't worth it to pay for gym if I go only 2 mornings a week though. Another key point is that the 24hr Fitness gym just down the street from my work SUCKS. As in, I wouldn't pay money for that to be my gym. The other ones in the area, which I would presume are nicer, aren't quite as convenient which means I'm that less bit likely to go. My tentative plan to get around these points is to pick up a discounted multi-gym membership from Costco. It's like half-price or so over the long run. I can go to the nicer gym two mornings a week. Then, to make the investment worth it, I have to make myself go in the evenings a few days a week as well. That's the toughest part for me - doing it after a long, tiring day at work when all I want to do is go home. In the two years I had gym membership before, I managed this feat, like, twice? Maybe three times. My hope is that, since I drive right past the lame gym on my route home, that I can make myself stop off for some treadmill time at least 2 days a week. This will be key for making the cost worth it. I have a goal schedule. I'm attending Emerald City Comic Con up in Seattle next March. I want to be able to fit into the Star Trek short-skirt uniform I bought earlier this summer, and look good in it. The complication is that I'm trying to do this over the holidays. Holiday food. Leftovers. Winter baking. Mulled wine. All those wonderful things that I will have to either cut out or really reduce to strong moderation. To start, today I am going to start being good about food logging. I was good about it for almost a year before. It's just hard to do it now for some reason. I use BodyMedia, since it goes with the bodybug step counter I have. I'd love to join you guys on MyFitnessPal, but I have a hard enough time logging on ONE system. Chances of making myself do it on two places are 3720 to 1. I am going to check out gyms this weekend. There are two other options that I haven't seen yet. One is a sport, one a super sport. Cost is a factor of two. Need to see how the sport one is, and whether it's good enough to be worth saving the money - or if I'd be better off spending more to get a place more worth going. Once I decide, I need to get the membership from Costco, and hopefully have everything set sometime next week.