So, I hired a personal trainer last week. I'm only meeting with her twice a month because it's pretty expensive. But she'll be outlining a program for me to follow the rest of the time with specific workouts and stuff. The other thing about this deal is that she'll have access to check everything I'm eating every day. *Gulp* - It's really kept me on track this week and I've already lost 5 pounds!
The way I'm tracking my food is with an iPhone app called LiveStrong. You record all your food intake and exercise and it calculates up how many calories you are over or under your budget. I'm not a big believer in the calorie-in / calorie-out mindset - I think there are a lot of other factors that go into it. But regardless, keeping track of it and knowing you're going to have to record everything you eat keeps me eating less, and especially eating less JUNK. So it's still very helpful.
It links up with an online account on The Daily Plate, which you can use separately if you don't have an iPhone, but the phone is what makes it convenient to record every meal. And my trainer has access to my account. It's one thing to record your eating, but it's another thing entirely to record it knowing someone else is going to look you in the eye afterward.
I haven't been doing well on the Leptin diet. I want to give it another go, because I think there might really be something to it. But for now, I'm content with just eating well and exercising. With the trainer to push me and to design my program for me and show me what to do, I'm really confident that I'll see some good results over the next few months as I get ready for my triathlon.