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Thursday, March 26, 2009

March 26, 2009--220 Pounds

As you can see, I've stopped putting much effort into the blog but at least I'm not backsliding towards 230. What I need to do is make a really big effort on the dieting when it is actually possible to make such an effort, namely in the middle 4 months of the year.

Until that time, I can still try to eat less and I definitely don't need to lose any progress that has been made so far, even though that progress has been small.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

March 18, 2009--221 Pounds

Yesterday's post combined with Todd's comment got me thinking about something. Doing my photo projects has taken away just about all of the time that I once used for other things. That happens to everyone. Todd got married and that will shift the way he uses his time. Travis and his wife just had their first child and that will greatly shift the way they use their time. We all have to deal with these things.

It's true that I've given up a lot of "me" time. I rarely have time for reading, going to movies, sports, doing things with friends, etc. Somehow I've gotten the idea that splurging a little on food is the last little area of pleasure that I'm holding on to, but it seems like that is backwards. I'm sacrificing a lot for the photos, but I shouldn't sacrifice my health. What I should be holding on to is my health, not the pleasure of eating. My thinking needs to be reversed on this and I need to carve out the time to do the things that will get me healthy, not reward myself with the things that continue to keep me unfit.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

March 17, 2009--222 Pounds

I still weigh every morning even when I fail to post to the blog. As you might guess, I've run out of motivation to post because I've run out of motivation to diet. Mostly I'm just trying to juggle too many things. It is extremely difficult to do the photo project as it has sucked up almost every bit of personal time in my life. The only treat left is to get a snack that I enjoy, and sometimes the only way to keep going is to get a sugar high that will last me an hour or two until I reach for another sugar fix.

In theory, none of this is a valid excuse. I should be able to do the photos and still eat very little. If I were in a situation where there was very little food available, I'd still be able to do the photos and survive quite nicely on the energy stored throughout my body. It's the mental side of the equation that isn't working out. I'm depriving myself a good bit already for a good cause, and dieting is really all about depriving yourself of the foods you like at the volumes you want.

I can't quit trying or weighing myself every morning because that would mean 20 extra pounds in a flash. I just don't know if I can ramp up the mental effort needed to be successful while I'm pouring so much into another project.

I don't know what it is about this blog that makes it so difficult to add a comment. I've check all the settings and there are no limitations on making comments, but my reply to Todd sure wouldn't post. Here's the comment I wanted to make in the comment section:

Todd, I think you hit the nail on the head with the last two sentences. If I would put my camera away for a half year and get back into sports and having time for myself, I do believe that my weight problems would be successfully addressed. That's just not something that I'm willing to do.
Also, congratulations on your change of status to "newly wed". I knew the date was set for the end of February but I didn't know if you were still around for me to say congratulations. Take care--Frank.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

March 15, 2009--220.5 Pounds

I can't take much credit for the weight going down. I weighed yesterday before 5am and today it was closer to 8:30. That makes a difference. My Saturday schedule was getting up at 5 and sitting down at the computer to work on photos. Outside of a trip to Target to pick up an item that I delivered to Mother, I was working on photos from 5 in the morning till 11:30 at night.

During that 16 hours or so that I was working on photos, it did listen to music and I did keep up with two baseball games on the internet and I read an internet story here and there. Basically though, I stayed with the task of working on photos, cramming in two 8-hour work days into a single day. Now I need to get on with at least 8 hours of work today. I need to put in 16 hours, but my body can't take it and there are some things in my real life that need to get done before I start another work week.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

March 14, 2009--222 Pounds

I really expected more today. Last night ended around 11:30 as I got the final photos from the 3/7 Austin College baseball games posted. As is often the case, there were plenty of diet drinks consumed throughout the evening along with more than one bag of popcorn and a can of pineapples. Now it's before 5 and I'm up and at the photos again with over 1,000 to do by the end of the weekend. I've got to leave the house Monday morning being completely caught up on editing and posting for Millsaps. It just has to be done even if it takes getting up at 5 today and tomorrow.

Friday, March 13, 2009

March 13, 2009--222 Pounds

I haven't really cared about much of anything lately, including my efforts to lose weight. It seems like the combination of being so busy and being so far behind at the same time is leaving me in a funk without much concern about much of what's going on in my life. It's not depression, it's some sort of drifting from day to day until the summer comes and I get back something of a life. Maybe then I can concentrate on being healthy.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

March 11, 2009--220.5 Pounds

It would be nice to think that my body wants to get back to 218 pounds if I give it half a chance. Yesterday was a start of sorts on the cutting back. I need to do much better today even if it is Wednesday and I'll be meeting with the group this evening.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

March 10, 2009--221.5 Pounds

Suppose that on January 1st I had been offered $10,000 if my weight was under 200 pounds on April 1st. I guarantee that I would be under 200 pounds at this very moment and I would have done it by cutting down on food and exercising more. In other words, regardless of what is going on in my life, I could lose weight if I really, really made an effort.

The last week or so has followed the pattern that is too familiar: Lots of photography which means lots of standing which means my hip hurts which means I don't sleep well which makes me tired so I tend to eat more "for energy" and to help me stay up late because I'm working on lots of photos. It doesn't make losing weight impossible, it just makes it more difficult. Part of the reason it is difficult is because there's no time for anything that counts as pleasure except for the pleasure of eating. Also, I eat just to take a break from all the work.

I know the problems and the pitfalls. Maybe at least for today I can do better--of course, I'm taking off at 3 to go and photograph a tennis match, one of the few home matches Millsaps has this season. I will have to really load up on the pain killers if I want to get any sleep tonight after taking baseball photos on Saturday and JV baseball photos on Monday. At least today will be the last of the photo taking until this Saturday.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

March 7, 2009--221 Pounds

I splurge a little on myself yesterday, getting a small combo at Wendy's after going by Millsaps to have my photo taken. It was a day when I needed a little splurging and in addition to a regular day of eating, I stopped at a pawn shop and bought some used DVDs and then watched two of them Friday night. My life would be better if I had more Frank-time, but that has become so hard to find of late.

On the weigh-in today, it didn't help that I weighed in the middle of the night (see below). I couldn't sleep, something that hasn't been a problem of late. This time it was because I started thinking about a new project that really needs to be done, it could have very worthwhile results for others, and I don't think anyone else will do it if I don't. As a matter of fact, it is highly unlikely that anyone else will do it. This is where all the Frank-time goes, flying away to good causes that help me in a way while usually helping others more directly. There are times when I feel like I need to be put under house arrest to protect me from myself. That's probably the only way I'll stop and take care of myself.

(After posting this, I had a big can of pineapple chunks and then I went back to bed till 8:30. When I weighed then, I was 220 pounds despite having eaten. It just goes to show how the weigh-in is tied in with how early I weigh in the morning.)

Friday, March 6, 2009

March 6, 2009--219 Pounds

I doing okay on the eating, not much on the walking. Time is a problem, but not a problem I couldn't overcome if I tried harder.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

March 5, 2009--218.5 Pounds

I haven't been walking and I could do slightly better on the eating. I need to really do well over the next few days to get below this 218.5 mark if I want to get to 215 by the middle of March. It will help if all of the cold weather is gone until the end of the year.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

March 4, 2009--218.5 Pounds

Had to stop on the way to work to pick up soft drinks for the office birthday party. That took away the time I needed for a quick post prior to starting the work day.

Yesterday wasn't bad, wasn't great. Today needs to be very good. As mentioned, it is the day to celebrate our March birthdays here at the office and there's a table full of goodies in the lounge. Last month I managed to do pretty good and today there is a need to do well again. Usually Wednesdays are the worst days of my week. Today needs to be one of my best, especially since I'm skipping the Wednesday meeting to work on photos.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

March 3, 2009--218.5 Pounds

This appears to be my lowest weigh-in since October 14, 2008. That was the end of a stretch of time where I had bounced around in the mid and upper 2-teens without much success at getting lower.

I went back to see how long it has been since my weight was 210 pounds, my goal for the end of this month. I went back--and back--and back--and finally got to the day I started this blog, November 26, 2007. I was 225 pounds on that day and it appears that I haven't gotten below about 214 pounds since that time. I didn't realize my efforts had been that pathetic.

Monday, March 2, 2009

March 2, 2009--219 Pounds

Rusty's comment yesterday is correct, 219 pounds does look a lot better on the blog than 226 pounds. One thing that is a real positive is that I've gotten under and stayed under that 222 mark. That seemed to be the bottom of the old range, a number I would hit after a day that included jogging and little eating, but a number that always seemed to be the limit of my losses.

Last week Boty offered the suggestion that I forget about listing food and instead I go 8 weeks where I exercise at least 30 minutes a day. It sounded appealing, taking me back to the many years when I didn't worry about what I ate because my activity level kept me at 165 pounds and then in later years it seemed like 175 was the setpoint. I'd love to be back to that point, but it will never happen, or at least it will never happen without a new hip.

Maybe the time has come where I should consider having hip replacement surgery. Heck, that time was probably years ago. When I stand for 3 or 4 hours at a sporting event, the discomfort in my hip lasts for a day or two. When I walk/jog 4 miles, my limp is more noticeable for a couple of days. Losing weight will help and stretching would help if I did it, but this problem goes back 12-13 years when coaching soccer and playing tennis on the same day caused a night of no sleep because of the discomfort. I just don't think the hip can take the kind of activity that probably caused the problem in the first place.

Walking I can do. It has taken a while, but I seem to tolerate walking which hasn't always been the case. Maybe it's because the 50 minutes it now takes to walk 3 miles was once the same time it took to run 6. I wasn't getting much mileage for my time when I walked. Now 50 minutes of jogging would barely get me 4 miles, so walking makes a lot more sense. Actually, walking is more efficient time wise because there's no automatic need to shower and there's virtually no recovery time.

So, I think I've become a walker. Maybe I'll reconsider when I reach 180 pounds. Jogging is more fun if the pain factor goes away. At this point in time, I'm just not sure that the pain factor will ever go away.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

March 1, 2009--219.5 Pounds

Considering that I was at a party for over 3 hours, my willpower was remarkable. I stopped and got a small burger on the way to the party so there wouldn't be the issue of hunger at the party. There's no way that eating supper at the party was going to be anywhere close to just the 350 calories of the burger. I did have some beers and I did eat some small items after being at the party for 3 hours (I was taking photos so I needed to be there from start to finish).

It looks like 218 for Monday morning isn't going to happen. Maybe I can get 218.5 if I do really good today. The big target is 215 and my hopes are to get there before the 15th of March. When that happens, it will be interesting to see what follows. That 215 weight is a big setpoint, but I'm doing better on my diet now that at any time since the stretch in 2006 when I lost 35 pounds. Maybe 215 won't be such a difficult barrier to a person who is actually making a strong effort to lose weight.