Being overweight, and then hitting Passover, well, it kind of hurts. I finally hit ~200 pounds, which means that I must lose weight or get new clothes. I haven't much money, or the the desire to go from store to store to find stuff that I like for decent price, so, I went on a diet.
That started Sunday. When I start a diet I start with a bang. It probably isn't too good, but it shouldn't hurt for one or two weeks. Basically, I eat when I get hungry. That's hungry, and not just a craving. So, on Sunday I had a couple handfuls of maccaroni (100-200 calories?). Yesterday I had two hamburgers with buns and ketchup (~900 calories), and since I'm still not hungry, I'll probably eat a fruit or two before dinner, which will probably only be about 600-700 calories. Under 1200 calories is not a good thing. But, from experience, one week like that doesn't hurt, especially if vitamins are used.
The idea for me right now is to get to 170-180 pounds. So I feel comfortable. But if I don't get a jumpstart, I'll lose my will to do it. So, probably next week, I'll switch to 1600-2000 calories (haven't quite decided yet) and site there until I hit my desired range. Then, should I feel like it, I'll lose some more.
To me, the hardest part of dieting is doing it with someone, or for an important goal. If I do it alone, and just to lose weight, I won't lose more than 10-20 pounds. However, if I diet with someone I can lose as much more. Which makes me realize that dieting is more emotional than physical.