When it comes to weight loss and weight management, I don’t particularly like the phrase “going on a diet”. The term diet refers to all food that a person eats. So just by living and consuming food, I am already on a diet. Restrictive diets are not appealing to me either. My regular diet usually consists of the “right” foods, just maybe not all the time nor in the right volumes. And taking out one food category or only eating one type of food for a certain period of time sounds unnatural and unsustainable. In the past I have had success with food journals and programs like “The Biggest Loser” and “My Fitness Pal,” which involve meticulous record keeping. It seems like the act of record keeping helps by making me more aware and more conscious and careful about my choices. That is one of the reasons I wanted to start this blog. I want to become more mindful of the food sliding past my lips, and hopefully lose the weight without restrictive avoidance of culinary deliciousness. As such, it is probably best to keep track of what I am eating and recording my progress. This isn’t going to be a quick “loss 20 pounds in 20 days” diet. Because the changes are gradual, the weight-loss will be gradual. I will most likely get side-tracked along the way or get frustrated by the slow progress. I apologize in advance for any sudden outbursts.