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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

October 29, 2008 -- 220.5 Pounds

A quick post to let people know that I haven't blown up like the Goodyear Blimp. I also haven't done a very good job of cutting calories, actually going so far in the opposite direction that I have to be thankful for my setpoint keeping me at this 220 level.

October has been a hectic month of photography. I started back with some Millsaps shots but I was in catchup mode and I took photos of volleyball, men's and women's soccer, and one football game. Then I added in the Rocky Horror Show, Jacktoberfest, and Chad's comedy show. Compared to my old routine this looks like a piece of cake, but that's at least 11 seperate events that I photographed and processed this month--I have been spending a lot of time in front of my home PC and I have been doing what it takes to stay up late while trying to finish a project. That doing what I can usually involves some sort of eating.

Things might slow down in November and while there's Thanksgiving to think about, we will also be passed the Halloween candy at work. That has been tempting. At this point I can still make 200 pounds by the end of the year in theory, but I don't think I have the mindset at the moment to shoot for that goal. I'd like to be less than I am now, not a bad goal with the holidays coming up, and then make another big push in 2009.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

October 23, 2008 -- 220 Pounds

Considering my lack of effort of late and that Thursday morning is always the worst weigh-in of the week, I'm a little surprised to be as low as 220 pounds this morning. At best, I've only been following 1 rule of my 3 rule diet. As you would suspect, that would be rule #1 which says, "Always eat when you are hungry". I actually haven't followed that rule very often because I don't allow myself to get to the hungry stage.

The other two rules are so simple: (2) Never eat unless you are hungry, and (3) Eat half of what you think you should eat. When you have an intelligent adult unable to stick with something so simple you have to wonder if they really do want to lose weight. Since I'm that supposedly intelligent adult, I'll answer that I think I do want to lose weight and if I don't then it must be some deep, deep subconscious desire that is side tracking my efforts.

There was a time when I would have speculated that the deep subconscious desire theory might be valid. When I was a kid I think that being fat was a way to explain away any failures on my part. If I wasn't good in sports, it wasn't because I was a good athlete, it was because I was just too fat. If I wasn't popular in school, it wasn't because I was a bad person but it was because I was fat. In looking back, I realize that I wasn't unpopular, I just wasn't that cool kid that I wanted to be, a situation that probably describes 90% of school age kids.

Right now the problem seems to be that thinking I want to lose weight falls into the same vague category as things like: thinking I want to learn a foreign language; thinking that I should learn to play a musical instrument; thinking that I need to do a major organization job on all the photos and memorabilia things I have at my house; thinking that I need to read more; thinking I need to get out more; etc. It's easy to think you want to do something but that doesn't mean that you have to willpower to actually follow through. That seems to be where I'm at on too many days, thinking that I want to lose weight but then deciding that I want that piece of candy a little more, that extra hot pocket a little more, that 2nd bad of popcorn a little more, and on and on and on.

Today I can stick with my 3 rule diet. It means cutting down on temporary pleasures. It means fighting with old habits and subconscious patterns. The good news is that it doesn't really mean any sacrificing on my part--I get to eat whenever I'm hungry so how can that be sacrificing? It's all about making the right choice throughout the day and 4 out of 5 times the right choice is to not eat that offering of food because I not hungry. I'm an intelligent person with a weight problem--I should be able to make these right choices.

Friday, October 17, 2008

October 17, 2008

No weight to report today since I have the scales put away again. In theory, it would help if I just followed the plan without worrying from day-to-day about the results. In a surprise to no one, I find that rarely am I following the plan.

What is so difficult about a diet where the number one rule says to eat whenever you get hungry? If I called it the "Never Go Hungry" diet there would be a lot of people thinking that it's the plan they need to follow. Then they would eventually realize that hunger is not the main reason that they eat. I've certainly discovered that it is rarely the reason that I eat.

I eat because someone has candy out on their desk and I have a sweet tooth. I eat because it is a certain time of the day and I have trained myself to eat on a schedule. I eat because I'm bored. I eat because I want to put off some job that needs to be done. I eat as a reward. I eat for a lot of reasons and because of this, I almost never need to eat because I'm hungry. I never give myself the chance to be hungry.

Today will be a day that I get hungry, not just once, but several times. I'll eat when I get hungry, I won't eat until I'm hungry, and I'll fix small portions when I eat. It's all about breaking the habits and if I can do that then I'll be down to 175 in a hurry. I can do this and at some point I will do this. It might as well start today.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

October 14, 2008 -- 215.5 Pounds

I need to put the scale up for another week and just focus on doing those 3 steps that will work, but I still had it out this morning so I weighed myself and was pleased to see a small drop in weight.

Monday, October 13, 2008

October 13, 2008 -- 216.5 Pounds (41.5 Pounds to Go)

It seemed like a good idea to post something here every once in a while so it won't look like I fell off the wagon and gained 30 pounds.

The good news is that I haven't gone wild with my eating as indicated by today's weigh-in. The bad news is that I also haven't done a very good job of following my 3 step plan:

1) Always eat when you are hungry; 2) Only eat when you are hungry; and 3) Eat half of what you think you need to eat.

When I follow those three rules I find that I hardly eat. I give my body the chance to use some of the stored up energy. In a lot of ways my eating and my current overweight condition is like the Republican mantra of "Drill here--Drill now--Pay less". I have all of this stored energy and if I would tap into that energy I would eventually weigh less. What's keeping me from tapping into that energy is my insistence on bringing in foreign sources of energy in the form of my daily eating. If I would just eat less, my body would have a reason to use some of the stored energy that I have in great abundance.

I'm going to keep working on making the 3 step diet plan more of a habit. Old habits are hard to break, new habits are hard to form, but it can be done. I can do this.

Friday, October 10, 2008

The New Plan Has Worked for a Day

I don't plan to post here every day like in the past since I'm not doing a daily weigh-in or a food list. I will say that the new plan worked well for the first day even though I didn't actually stick to the plan.

The plan says to (1) Eat when you are hungry, and (2) Don't eat until you are hungry. The problem is that I really didn't get hungry in the morning so I finally ate some crackers at 10 and a hot pocket for lunch. I probably would have been under 1,000 calories for the day if I had followed the 3 rules. I'm not sure if I want to push it that hard, especially on the first day. I still stayed easily under 1,500 calories and I avoided the mindless eating that goes with evenings spent at the computer.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

October 9, 2008 -- Taking a Break!?!?!?!?

I know this is dangerous. In a very disjointed, slow and limited way, this blog and my current method is working. Past history has shown that when I move away from a list and posting on the blog, bad results are sure to follow. Is there any reason to think that this time will be any different?

Probably not. Still, I feel like I have to find something or some way to get things under control without it including the prospect of blogging for the next 20-25 years. The key is to change my mindset about food and eating to the point where food is seen as fuel and not all of the other things that cause most of the overeating. That gets back to the 3 simple rules that are guaranteed to get a person back to a healthy weight and keep them there:

1) Always eat when you are hungry.
2) Never eat unless you are hungry.
3) When you eat, eat half of what you think you need.

I shouldn't need a list of food eaten if I'm following those 3 rules. I shouldn't need a blog to force myself to follow 3 simple rules. If I will follow these three steps then I'll actually eat less than what I've been eating over the last couple of months. Every day will automatically become a "Very_good" day if I will just follow these three simple steps. I need to make this a mindset that isn't dependent on the fear of public shame from posting on a blog.

I had a recent post on the other blog with the Einstein quote about making everything as simple as possible. These 3 rules are as simple as possible. If I follow them I will get to 175 pounds without any difficulty. If I don't follow them then I'll be back to the food list and the daily blogging. I don't want that to be a part of my life forever but I'll do it if there is no other way. This is a chance for another way.

One last thing that I'm going to try as a way of going all in on this approach. I'm putting the scale away so that I can't weigh every day. I'll get it out around the first of the month and get a result to see how things are going. I'll get it out sooner if I find that I'm not following the 3 simple rules, but I want to focus on the rules without worrying about how much or how fast weight it coming off. Follow the rules and it will come off and it will come off faster than what I've been seeing. Focus on the rules, follow the rules--make things as simple as possible. I'm excited about the prospect of giving it a try.

Weigh-in List: July 14, 2008 thru Today

Losing weight is an ebb and flow and not a straight line event. I know there will be days when my weight shoots up. I just need to make sure that those are the exceptions and most of my days need to be losses or at least no gain. Here's my list of weigh-ins since July 14, 2008:

July 14, 2008 -- 225.5 Pounds (50.5 Pounds to Go) (Monday)
July 15, 2008 -- 223 Pounds (48 Pounds to Go) (Tuesday)
July 16, 2008 -- 221.5 Pounds (46.5 Pounds to Go) (Wednesday)
July 17, 2008 -- 222.5 Pounds (47.5 Pounds to Go) (Thursday)
July 18, 2008 -- 221.5 Pounds (46.5 Pounds to Go) (Friday)
July 19, 2008 -- 220.5 Pounds (45.5 Pounds to Go) (Saturday)
July 20, 2008 -- 220 Pounds (45 Pounds to Go) (Sunday)
July 21, 2008 -- 223 Pounds (48 Pounds to Go) (Monday)
July 22, 2008 -- 221.5 Pounds (46.5 Pounds to Go) (Tuesday)
July 23, 2008 -- 221 Pounds (46 Pounds to Go) (Wednesday)
July 24, 2008 -- 222 Pounds (47 Pounds to Go) (Thursday)
July 25, 2008 -- 221.5 Pounds (46.5 Pounds to Go) (Friday)
July 26, 2008 -- 220.5 Pounds (45.5 Pounds to Go) (Saturday)
July 27, 2008 -- 220.5 Pounds (45.5 Pounds to Go) (Sunday)
July 28, 2008 -- 221 Pounds (46 Pounds to Go) (Monday)
July 29, 2008 -- 222.5 Pounds (47.5 Pounds to Go) (Tuesday)
July 30, 2008 -- 220 Pounds (45 Pounds to Go) (Wednesday)
July 31, 2008 -- 220.5 Pounds (45.5 Pounds to Go) (Thursday)
August 1, 2008 -- 220 Pounds (45 Pounds to Go) (Friday)
August 2, 2008 -- 219 Pounds (44 Pounds to Go) (Saturday) (***First time below 220)
August 3, 2008 -- 220 Pounds (45 Pounds to Go) (Sunday)
August 4, 2008 -- 221.5 Pounds (46.5 Pounds to Go) (Monday)
August 5, 2008 -- 220 Pounds (45 Pounds to Go) (Tuesday)
August 6, 2008 -- 221.5 Pounds (46.5 Pounds to Go) (Wednesday)
August 7, 2008 -- 221.5 Pounds (46.5 Pounds to Go) (Thursday)
August 8, 2008 -- 220.5 Pounds (45.5 Pounds to Go) (Friday)
August 9, 2008 -- 219.5 Pounds (44.5 Pounds to Go) (Saturday)
August 10, 2008 -- 221 Pounds (46 Pounds to Go) (Sunday)
August 11, 2008 -- 221 Pounds (46 Pounds to Go) (Monday)
August 12, 2008 -- 221 Pounds (46 Pounds to Go) (Tuesday)
August 13, 2008 -- 220 Pounds (45 Pounds to Go) (Wednesday)
August 14, 2008 -- 221 Pounds (46 Pounds to Go) (Thursday)
August 15, 2008 -- 219.5 Pounds (44.5 Pounds to Go) (Friday)
August 16, 2008 -- 218 Pounds (43 Pounds to Go) (Saturday)
August 17, 2008 -- 218.5 Pounds (43.5 Pounds to Go) (Sunday)
August 18, 2008 -- 219.5 Pounds (44.5 Pounds to Go) (Monday)
August 19, 2008 -- 217.5 Pounds (42.5 Pounds to Go) (Tuesday)
August 20, 2008 -- 217.5 Pounds (42.5 Pounds to Go) (Wednesday)
August 21, 2008 -- 219.5 Pounds (44.5 Pounds to Go) (Thursday)
August 22, 2008 -- 219 Pounds (44 Pounds to Go) (Friday)
August 23, 2008 -- 218.5 Pounds (43.5 Pounds to Go) (Saturday)
August 24, 2008 -- 216.5 Pounds (41.5 Pounds to Go) (Sunday)
August 25, 2008 -- 217 Pounds (42 Pounds to Go) (Monday)
August 26, 2008 -- 218 Pounds (43 Pounds to Go) (Tuesday)
August 27, 2008 -- 217.5 Pounds (42.5 Pounds to Go) (Wednesday)
August 28, 2008 -- 218.5 Pounds (43.5 Pounds to Go) (Thursday)
August 29, 2008 -- 217 Pounds (42 Pounds to Go) (Friday)
August 30, 2008 -- 216 Pounds (41 Pounds to Go) (Saturday)
August 31, 2008 -- 216.5 Pounds (41.5 Pounds to Go) (Sunday)
September 1, 2008 -- 217.5 Pounds (42.5 Pounds to Go) (Monday)
September 2, 2008 -- 217.5 Pounds (42.5 Pounds to Go) (Tuesday)
September 3, 2008 -- 218 Pounds (43 Pounds to Go) (Wednesday)
September 4, 2008 -- 218 Pounds (43 Pounds to Go) (Thursday)
September 5, 2008 -- 218.5 Pounds (43.5 Pounds to Go) (Friday)
September 6, 2008 -- 217.5 Pounds (42.5 Pounds to Go) (Saturday)
September 7, 2008 -- 216.5 Pounds (41.5 Pounds to Go) (Sunday)
September 8, 2008 -- 215.5 Pounds (40.5 Pounds to Go) (Monday)
September 9, 2008 -- 216 Pounds (41 Pounds to Go) (Tuesday)
September 10, 2008 -- 216 Pounds (41 Pounds to Go) (Wednesday)
September 11, 2008 -- 218 Pounds (43 Pounds to Go) (Thursday)
September 12, 2008 -- 217.5 Pounds (42.5 Pounds to Go) (Friday)
September 13, 2008 -- 217 Pounds (42 Pounds to Go) (Saturday)
September 14, 2008 -- 217 Pounds (42 Pounds to Go) (Sunday)
September 15, 2008 -- 218 Pounds (43 Pounds to Go) (Monday)
September 16, 2008 -- 217.5 Pounds (42.5 Pounds to Go) (Tuesday)
September 17, 2008 -- 219 Pounds (44 Pounds to Go) (Wednesday)
September 18, 2008 -- 219.5 Pounds (44.5 Pounds to Go) (Thursday)
September 19, 2008 -- 218.5 Pounds (43.5 Pounds to Go) (Friday)
September 20, 2008 -- 219 Pounds (44 Pounds to Go) (Saturday)
September 21, 2008 -- 219.5 Pounds (44.5 Pounds to Go) (Sunday)
September 22, 2008 -- 218.5 Pounds (43.5 Pounds to Go) (Monday)
September 23, 2008 -- 217.5 Pounds (42.5 Pounds to Go) (Tuesday)
September 24, 2008 -- 217.5 Pounds (42.5 Pounds to Go) (Wednesday)
September 25, 2008 -- 218.5 Pounds (43.5 Pounds to Go) (Thursday)
September 26, 2008 -- 218.5 Pounds (43.5 Pounds to Go) (Friday)
September 27, 2008 -- 218.5 Pounds (43.5 Pounds to Go) (Saturday)
September 28, 2008 -- 218 Pounds (43 Pounds to Go) (Sunday)
September 29, 2008 -- 219.5 Pounds (44.5 Pounds to Go) (Monday)
September 30, 2008 -- 219.5 Pounds (44.5 Pounds to Go) (Tuesday)
October 1, 2008 -- 217 Pounds (42 Pounds to Go) (Wednesday)
October 2, 2008 -- 215 Pounds (40 Pounds to Go) (Thursday)
October 3, 2008 -- 215 Pounds (40 Pounds to Go) (Friday)
October 4, 2008 -- 214.5 Pounds (39.5 Pounds to Go) (Saturday) (***First time below 215)
October 5, 2008 -- 214.5 Pounds (39.5 Pounds to Go) (Sunday)
October 6, 2008 -- 216.5 Pounds (41.5 Pounds to Go) (Monday)
October 7, 2008 -- 216 Pounds (41 Pounds to Go) (Tuesday)
October 8, 2008 -- 217.5 Pounds (42.5 Pounds to Go) (Wednesday)

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

October 8, 2008 -- 217.5 Pounds (42.5 Pounds to Go)

I went to the MS State Fair yesterday and I had a large hamburger at the Cattleman Association Booth. Not knowing the calories for that hamburger was enough for me to decide to take a diet break yesterday. It didn't take much arm twisting for me to take that break.

While knowing that I have a good life and I have far more to be thankful for than to complain about, I must admit that I'm in a funk at the moment. It's a lot of things all piled together. The political scene has been depressing as has the falling of the stock market. Work has been a real drag lately with no signs of improvement between now and my retirement date at some point in the distant future. The difficulty of creating and maintaining any success with this diet is "weighing" on me, and the inability to really do much exercise because of various aches and pains seems to be a constant in my life.

I guess my life right now is like an optomist might describe the economy. It is fundamentally sound but obviously going through a rough spot. Things will get better but it might take time. I suspect that quitting the diet might seem like a quick fix for my blue funk, but then the resulting weight gains would make my life worse so I guess I need to keep trying. It's too bad that I'm not one of those persons who stops eating when I get depressed because would make this diet thing a lot easier right about now.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

October 7, 2008 -- 216 Pounds (41 Pounds to Go)



One thing this diet has taught me is why people will fall for just about any plan that promises quick and easy weight loss. Trying to lose weight by cutting back drastically is painfully slow and discouraging.

Monday, October 6, 2008

October 6, 2008 -- 216.5 Pounds (41.5 Pounds to Go)

I did not keep an index card yesterday and I also did not go wild. It was another day of photography at Millsaps and that dictated my behaviour for the day.

As best as I can remember, all I had in the morning was some popcorn before getting an early 700 calorie meal at Wendy's. I got extra because I was going to be at the soccer field for over 4 hours. In between games I did get a candy bar. After the game I stopped at the store to buy a pizza for supper (700 calories) and I had popcorn again before going to bed. That's only 2,000 calories for the day.

Today I'll get back on the index cards and the three steps to losing weight: (1) Eat when you are hungry; (2) Don't eat unless you are hungry; and (3) Eat half of what you think you need.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

October 5, 2008 -- 214.5 Pounds (39.5 Pounds to Go)



Yesterday was one of those days where my eating was greatly influenced by my surroundings. I was at Millsaps for a football game followed by two volleyball games and the food choices were primarily in the candy, chips, and nachos area of the food pyramid. I'll do better today even though I'll be up at Millsaps for two soccer games.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

October 4, 2008 -- 214.5 Pounds (39.5 Pounds to Go)



Thanks for the encouragement Rusty! It's amazing how doing the right actions will almost always lead to the right results. The problem is that often when we think we are doing the right actions, we are really doing less than what is needed or we are mistakenly doing things that won't really work. I feel like I have the right plan at the moment and now I have to be persistently aggressive in following the plan. There are times when persistent patience is the route to chipping away at a problem but I seem to fall off target when trying a long, slow diet. I'm discovering that aggressively attacking the weight feels like the right route for my current situation.

Friday, October 3, 2008

October 3, 2008 -- 215 Pounds (40 Pounds to Go)



I started to label this as a "Good" day and I changed it to "Very Good". Considering that it was a day that included a trip at lunch to the MS State Fair and an evening out with friends, staying under 2,000 calories was very good indeed.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

October 1, 2008 -- 217 Pounds (42 Pounds to Go)



Instead of keeping my food list on something the size of a business card, I plan to keep it on a 3 x 5 index card so I'll have room to add small pep talks during the day. I can do this and I believe I will do this.

(Added note after weighing in on Wednesday morning: Big drops are normal when you hardly put food in your body for a day. I'm still 10 pounds from that level that seperates me from obesity and just being classified as overweight. That's a mark I can pass by the end of October if I make every day a good day--even on Wednesdays when I meet with my friends.)