​[This post was originally a post on the DadLabs forums]

I recently embarked on a long-term weight loss journey. My point of departure was about 191lbs. The distant land is 150lbs, and I pledged to traverse the 41lb distance in 82 weeks (losing .5lb/week). 82 weeks is a long time, so I’ll be celebrating every 5lbs of net loss.

So far, so good. I’m slightly ahead of schedule, having lost 2lbs in 2 weeks. The app I’m using to track weight (Libra for Android) uses a moving average to indicate stable trends, and it expects me to hit 185lbs mid-April. It’s a little depressing to think of 185lbs as a loss, but I’ll take what I can get.

After that, I hope to hit 180 by Independence Day.

175lbs will hopefully be close Labor Day.

God-willing, I’ll face the gluttony of Thanksgiving at 170lbs.

I’d like to see a smaller shadow on Groundhog Day 2013, weighing in at 165lbs.

Some time between Easter and Tax Day 2013, I’ll be looking like a sophomore in college, weighing 160lbs.

A couple weeks before Independence Day 2013, I should be 155lbs.

As September 2013, 18 years after I left for college at the age of 18 as a scrawny weakling weighing 140lbs, I should be a toned 150lbs.

It’s going to be long, hard road, and I know there’ll be setbacks, but I’m determined to succeed. I need all the help and support I can get, so any you can offer will be appreciated. 🙂