How this will work

Rescued from Posterous

Ok, I'm going to make 2010 the year that I take my weight in hand. I've been overweight since I was about 15 and seriously overweight since I was about 21, meaning it has been out of control for over a decade. I've had enough. I want to be able to play for an hour in the park with the kids without getting out of breath. I want to be able to go into M&S or Next and be able to get clothes that fit me. I want to sit in tiny chairs in fancy coffee shops without feeling uncomfortable. And I definitely don't want to have a heart attack before I turn 40. I'm lazy, I know this, and I don't think that's something I can change. I rarely stick to exercise so I'm not going to pretend I'm going to do a daily walk or anything. Doesn't mean I won't, but don't bet on it. However, what I will be doing is cutting way, way back on the stuff I eat, especially those high in fat items that I love like pastry and cheese. I'll be cutting out "munchies" from my life. I'll be eating smaller portions. I'll be removing takeaways (sorry @niftynosh).

I'm going to do this in public. I'm going to bare my soul, keep nothing secret. I'll be posting my weight and clothes sizes. I'm going to snap a photo of everything I eat and post it here to give a historical record of what I did (and didn't do) right. I am going to be posting pictures of what I look like with nothing but a pair of boxer shorts (don't look if you don't want to see).

If I can't find the strength of will to do this, perhaps I can shame or embarass myself into it.

What do I want you to do?

Encouragement is good. Criticism is better. If I post that I've eaten a pizza, chastise me (exceptions allowed for birthdays). If I haven't posted, shout at me. I have a Twitter account for this: @stuartsdiet which is the easiest way to contact me. I'm open to suggestions as to the best way to reach my goal.

On the first of January I will be starting. On that day I will post the first pictures, weights, measurements and what I hope to achieve.

In the meantime, I'm going to stuff my face over Christmas :)