I also learned (through a quite lengthy mathematical equation) what my basal metabolic rate (BMR) is. Mainly, it's how many calories your body would burn if you sat on the couch all day. For me, that number is 1580 (based on the 175 lbs I THOUGHT I weighed at the time). So mainly, if I consumed 1580 calories each day I would maintain my weight. If I want to lose weight, I need to each less than 1580...so my daily calorie intake is 1380 each day. I'm not sure how much of a weight loss this would bring each week, but I guess I'm going to focus on actually counting those dreaded cals first, then tweak the number as needed. I also can add in the calories I burn during workouts, however I'm not sure if I will. I may only add some in if it was a really hard workout where extra fuel is needed. For my workouts, I plan to take 3-4 mile walks, 3-4 mile runs, and go to the gym twice a week. I would also like to incorporate some strength training and core exercises here at home on my days off from the gym. But I can't overdo it and make a mile-long list of my eating and working out guidelines or I will become overwhelmed, so I'm going to just do those when I think about it.
So there's the plan. I pray that I can stick to it and see results. Once I do, I'm sure the motivation will keep me going. Right now I just want to see results...because it's been a long time since I have had any! Wish me luck!