Actually I bought two, one for me and one for Craig. The job was to log everything we were putting in our mouths to figure out where we were going wrong. I'm using mine to log weight, exercise, and measurements, too.
Well, it didn't take more than a day to find our weaknesses. Craig's is fruit. He grabs it without even thinking, and before he realizes it, three apples and a hand of bananas are just gone. Plus, he was dipping into the candy jar of the guy next to him at work.
Mine rested with the kids. And writing it all down made me mostly stop. I also started monitoring calories, carbs, and fat, and threw myself into redesigning my kitchen to make it easier for me and Craig not to be bad.
I don't do a specific weight loss program; to others, it would seem like a low-carb diet, but it's not Atkins or the like. Seven years ago, I moved to PA and got a new ob-gyn who was more familiar with PCOS than my previous one. She suggested eliminating sugar from my diet, as sometimes diet changes could help. Sure enough, within 3 months I had a cycle for the first time since the age of 12, and I lost 45 pounds over the next 6 months.
So, that's the tried and true method for me. I know this. So I've fixed our kitchen accordingly.
In 2 weeks, I've lost just over 6 pounds and am starting to notice a difference in jeans being a week bit more comfortable. I always lose weight in the waist and ribcage area first, and sure enough, that's where my measurements are showing the first drops. I've been going to the gym 3 days a week after dropping the kids off at nursery, so I think that's helping, too. I know I need to do the strength training as well as the treadmill, but I haven't worked up the courage yet to ask for help. Plus, I get way self-conscious about exercising in front of others, so the fact that there's both an advanced pilates class and a spinning class going on at the same time I go really puts me off. It'll happen eventually, probably when I get frustrated with not losing fast enough. ;)