Here's another photo from the toilet.
I have started using a new app on my IPod touch, called Lose It, which is awesome and wonderful and amazing. You tell it how much you weigh, how much you want to weigh, how much weight you want to lose a week (unfortunately this is no Biggest Loser, no Bob and Jillian to make you work out for twelve hours, so the most you can hope for is two pounds a week. Bummer.), and it tells you how many calories you should eat every day to meet your goal. Then you enter everything you eat and all your exercise (vigorous sexual activity burns 55 calories an hour. I am thinking the people doing the figuring weren't doing it right, if that's all the calories they burned...).
I started using it a week ago, I have been tracking my food for a few days before that, and I have been using the elliptical trainer almost every day since the beginning of January. In the last week or so, I have lost three pounds. Woo! And lost it without "dieting" -- I still eat chocolate and salsa con queso (but with multigrain baked chips, not tortilla chips), Doritos, Coca Cola, pastrami sandwiches, and my hotdish made with breakfast sausage and pasta...I just am careful about how much of the junk I eat, and I love apples and spinach and sweet mini peppers, so there's lots of food I can eat as much as I want.
It's feeling like a real change -- I love being able to figure out if I am eating too much fat or not enough fiber, too many calories (or freaky! not enough calories, according to my daily log, I can still eat 1,000 more calories, but I had a huge salad for supper and am so not hungry! Weird.)
And I have actually started needing to use the elliptical trainer. I feel better when I use it.
The big question is, can I keep this up?