Additionally, I'm using an application called My Plate on the Livestrong website to track my caloric intake. Over the course of the last 5 days, I've noticed that I alternate between over-consuming calories and eating within the range I'm supposed to, but I've also noticed a downward trend in calories consumed.
I'm not going to be super-annoying and write out what I eat on a daily basis, because that's what I have the My Plate app for, but I will probably track calories consumed vs. calories burned, and what I exercised with and for how long. Feel free to respond to this post with words of encouragement or constructive criticism, but please refrain from being insulting because the last thing I need here is discouragement.
So far, here are my stats:
Starting weight: 264 (work scale), 258 (doctor's scale).
Started working out on Tuesday 7/3/2012; did 10 minutes elliptical, 10 minutes recumbent bike and 10 minutes various weight machines. Calories consumed, 2186; calories burned, 412.
7/4/12, non-gym day; Calories consumed, 3986; calories burned, 643 (I spent a good chunk of the day walking around the mall).
7/5/12, did 15 minutes elliptical, 15 minutes recumbent bike. Calories consumed, 2571; calories burned, 1242 (I also did a lot of walking around this day between various appointments and going to the mall again).
7/6/12, non-gym day; Calories consumed, 3150; calories burned, 0 (I did nothing of note this day that I could put into the app).
7/7/12, did 30 minutes elliptical, 15 minutes recumbent bike, 15 minutes stationary bike; Calories consumed, 1688; calories burned, 937.
7/8/12, non-gym day; Calories consumed, 2991; calories burned, 78 (did some walking around boston and up and down a lot of stairs).
When I weighed myself on Friday after 2 workouts, my work scale said I weight 261.5, so, allegedly, I'm already down 2.5 pounds. I'm going to try not to weight myself as often because then I'll become too focused on the numbers, but when I do, I'll record it here.