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Monday, July 13, 2009

July 13, 2009--221.5 Pounds

Food today: breakfast sandwich(330)--yogurt(100)--pizza hot pocket(350)--yogurt(100)--crackers(200)--soup(380)--popcorn(250) = 1,710 calories

Here's one of those early morning posts that comes when I can't sleep. Regarding the inability to sleep in the middle of the night, there was a recent article with the advice that one should get up and do something when they are tossing and turning in bed. The logic is that you don't want to train your mind to think that the bed is a place for non-sleep. That same article did say to avoid watching television or working on the computer when you got up because the bright lights would wake you up even more. Oops, too late now to follow that second part. Besides, if I'm awake and at home, then there's always something that needs to be written or edited at the PC.

I weighed a few minutes ago and it seems like the number was around 222 pounds. That doesn't surprise me since there was no 60 minute walk in 90 degree heat yesterday. This is that ebb and flow mentioned yesterday that is out of a dieter's control. Yesterday was a good day of dieting. That's what I can control and so yesterday was a success no matter what the scales say another couple of hours from now.

In a way, dieting is like having a job in sales. You can work hard, do all the right things, and at times there seems to be no results for your efforts. It can be frustrating which is why some people never do well in sales, getting frustrated and giving up when success isn't in line with their efforts. Eventually that success will come if you do the right things long enough. It's just that the rhythm connecting the effort with the success is sometimes hard to find, maybe like some sort of free form jazz piece instead of a nice sweet melody. The right steps taken produce the right results. One has to trust that principle and let nature take care of the rhythm.

It is my assumption that those who read here also read the "Slice of Frank's Life" blog. The first 2 or 3 posts over there this week are about my decision to make 2,000 calories or less a day my lifestyle, not just a diet for a few months until my weight gets down to a acceptable level. That sounds like wordplay, using "lifestyle" instead of "diet", but it is a huge change in the way I'm trying to look at food. When I'm staying under 2,000 calories because it's a diet, then that indicates that over 2,000 calories is normal and "cheating" a little here and there is simply a brief return to normal. When staying at or under 2,000 calories is a lifestyle, then going over 2,000 calories in a day is being excessive in my eating, not normal. It is really a huge change in outlook. Now we'll see if Frank will stick with this new change.

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