Rorschach wrote:Honestly, thats the way I want to go. If I start restricting everything and not being able to do some of the things I want, I won't do it. It's happened before and I binned the whole thing pretty quickly.
I think that's the key for the vast majority of people. That and making baby steps is what has been working for me. Inevitably you'll plateau somewhere and have to stop and re-evaluate your choices, but more incremental changes are easier to make as you go.
I counted calories for a few months just to learn more about diet and nutrition; and it's probably high time I gave myself a refresher course. That was eye-opening and also helps with portion control. It's way too tedious to maintain indefinitely, but once you get the gist of what you're putting in your mouth, you can wing it from thereon in. I personally don't see the utility in the pre-prepared meals as ultimately you have to learn how to cook properly for yourself. Plus it's expensive.
Just a caveat - and you've probably been told already by absolutely everyone you know with kids - your free time factor will plummet and your fatigue level will sky-rocket. For a while at least. So avoid making grandiose exercise plans before he/she arrives! I started riding when my daughter was two, and then when my son was born soon after, my km reduced drastically. Zwift has made a huge difference there!