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Monday, August 31, 2009

August 31, 2009--222.5 Pounds

This weigh-in came at 2:00 Monday morning so it's probably about a pound higher than if I had slept till 5:30. I just wasn't sleeping well and there were too many things on my list of things to do--worrying about those might have been why I wasn't sleeping well.

The group at work that likes to walk during break times is going to start back up this week. It doesn't seem like much, about .75 miles in the morning and then again in the afternoon if it isn't too hot, but it adds up. I'll probably also try to get in another 1.5 or 2 miles sometimes at lunch. When it's all combined, you can easily get to 10 miles of extra walking in a week. That's got to help.

Food on Sunday: bagel(330)--pineapple(320)--apple(120)--2 beers(300)--small combo at Wendy's(1,050) = 2,120 calories

Saturday, August 29, 2009

August 21, 2009--221 Pounds

While I've always assumed that anyone reading this blog also reads the "Slice of Frank's Life" blog, maybe I'm wrong about that. Most of my diet writing is going back to that blog and today there's a long post about dieting over there at this link:

August 21, 2009--221 Pounds

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

August 25, 2009--223.5 Pounds

It occurred to me that hiding my weight loss efforts over here isn't really the thing needed to keep me on the straight and narrow. I've got to get back to the food journal and that needs to be posted on the main blog which is consistently done Monday through Friday. There's no accountability here since I simply don't post when things are going poorly with the diet.

So starting tomorrow, there will be a daily food journal on the "Slice of Frank's Life" blog. If that doesn't get my diet going again then I'm not sure if I will ever find a way to successfully lose weight and keep it off. Failure to lose weight really isn't a viable option.

Monday, August 24, 2009

August 24, 2009--223.5 Pounds

There hasn't been much of an effort going on since my last post. The lack of damage has been thanks to my body wanting to stay near 222 pounds. If I'll give it half a chance, the odds are pretty good that we'll see 222 in a few days.

My life right now is like the opening to "A Tale of Two Cities"--it was the best of times, it was the worst of times. I'm happy about the productive nature of my activities. My free time over the last few months has been filled with photos of concerts, events, a couple of trips, day-to-day living, et al. If it wasn't for the requirement of going to work to earn a living, I would have found even more things to photograph.

But at times it weighs me down heavily. Depressed is not the right word. It's more like a long training run that turns into a grind. When I was a decent runner, that goes back a long way, going out for a 10 mile run was often a nice and refreshing way to start the day. It was a long enough run to be a challenge, but in most cases I was fairly fresh when returning to the YMCA to shower and get ready for the work day. On some rare occasions, it was just a bad run. I probably wasn't getting enough sleep or I had run too hard on some recent runs, but sometimes it was a struggle to get through the last few miles. Sometimes I get where my life is a struggle and lately has been one of those times.

When life becomes a bit of a struggle, mostly from having too much to do and too little time, adding in dieting feels like too much to ask. I'm hoping to get that straightened out this week and at least get everything tidied up in my life before the start of Millsaps sports. Maybe I can get back to reasonable eating as well, maybe even some walking. It's going to help a lot when the weather is cool enough that walking at break time during the working day is feasible. Until then, I'll just try to struggle along. And now, the clock is ticking again as I have to close to get to work. The clock is always ticking.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

August 18, 2009 -- 222 Pounds

This last weekend was suppose to be the one where I switched over to fruits and vegetables. That didn't happen. The Belhaven photo job, plus the fact that the landlord needed to show the duplex to an appraiser Monday morning made for a very hectic weekend. Trying to do months, or would that be years worth of cleaning over a weekend while also working is a tiring thing and I grabbed convenient and comforting food whenever it was available. And still I stayed at 222.

While this 222 setpoint can be great after a bad weekend, it isn't where I want to be and it has been ironclad for a long time now. The idea of focusing on 215 instead of 175 or even 190 is a good one. I'll never get below 200 pounds if I can't get to 215.

It's 6:06 now. I'm copying my Belhaven photos to a memory stick so I can put them on the external hard drive at work. Then it's a stop at Kroger to buy food that's different from the past. That means NO HOT POCKETS. It's painful to even type that, but it seems like pain is what will be needed to break free from 222.

Monday, August 17, 2009

August 17, 2009--222.5 Pounds

Only have a minute today. Realized in thinking about the weight loss that I'm setting the goal way over the horizon. Forget about getting to 175 or even 190. How about working hard to get to 215 pounds? That would be a huge accomplishment and while the first 7 pounds of a diet are often the easiest, in my case it might be that the first 7 pounds are the hardest.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

August 15, 2009 -- 223 Pounds

Not much has changed since my last post except that I ate up all the hot pockets and am determined to go mostly with fruits and vegetables in the future. I need a change, and I really do like fruits and a handful of the basic vegetables, so this is a more logical thing to try than something like Adkins (am I spelling that right?).

Up at work right now trying to find a virus on a co-worker's computer. At least I think it's a virus. The CPU time showing in the task master table acts like there's a hidden process running. Whatever it is, the computer often becomes painfully slow and things like virus checkers take forever to run. Considering the cost of the time spent working on his computer, and the low cost of computer, buying him a new PC is the smart thing to do. The problem is that this comes off the bottom line, plus if he has a virus it might simply be moved to his new computer when we are copying data.

Anyway, I'm up at work despite having a thousand things to do this weekend. I hate these computer viruses and all the bums who create them.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

August 11, 2009--223 Pounds

Let's see, I had my typical sub-400 calories prior to lunch yesterday, then about 700 calories at lunch, yogurt and popcorn later added 350 calories, and then the corn and potatoes for supper were about 500 calories. Okay, I did sneak a few pieces of candy out of the candy bowl at the front desk, so let's round things up to 2,000 calories.

My feeling is that my body is just fine with maintaining the low-220's on 2,000 calories a day. I could and should exercise more, but there's a limit because of pains that I get in both hips/legs when trying to do too much. What is probably needed is a drastic change in diet even if it stays at 2,000 calories. That most likely means Atkins or only eating fruits and vegetables. I don't like the sound of either one. This is something I'll have to think about.

Monday, August 10, 2009

August 10, 2009--222 Pounds

What else is new? I offset a calorie total of about 2,500 yesterday with a one hour walk that took me into the adjacent Belhaven neighborhood. I needed a photo for tomorrow's "Slice" post and that at least gave me a purpose and destination for my walk. That always helps get me out the door.

The walk was about 4 miles and the last mile was a real drag--as in drag myself over those final steps to my house. The Mississippi August heat along with being overweight and out of shape is a bad combination. I didn't include age in that grouping. While I don't expect to be able to do at 57 what was easily done at 27, age is not the biggest factor in my general poor state of fitness. It's the weight and the lack of activity. I know plenty of 57 year old people who can get out and go in this heat. I know my body would do the same if it got the training needed to be fit. What I don't know is if I'll every find the motivation and time to make that happen.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

August 9, 2009--222 Pounds

Yesterday's weight was 220.5 but it's amazing how the weigh-in changes if a person gets up early or sleeps late. Yesterday was a case of getting up in the middle of the night for a while, knowing I could sleep late in the morning. That led to a mid-morning weight that was probably a pound or so lower than what it would have been at 5:30.

I'm actually doing well on sticking to the 2,000 calorie level and of skipping the temptations to cheat a little here and there. Will that be enough to get me off this 222 pounds setpoint? I don't know. My body sure seems determined to hold the line here as a lower limit. Eventually the weight will drop if my choices continue to be the right choices. I just need to show persistent patience.

Friday, August 7, 2009

August 7, 2009--221.5 Pounds

Not a surprise on the weight today. There's the issue of the Wendy's meal last night ( picked up supper for Mother and me and ate at her house) and then my weigh-in was very early because today is the day I walk with Boty. He just called and had to cancel on the walking so I have a choice to make. I'm up at 4:30 and it's unlikely that much sleep would follow if I return to bed. Should I walk now in the dark, a bird in the hand situation where I'll definitely get a walk in today, or should my walk come this afternoon when I can see things and take photos.

My gut feeling is that my first action when getting off work today will be to come home and take a nap. That makes the idea of a 60 minute walk this evening far less likely. So, I'll close here and see what Fondren in the dark looks like.

Update: I have 50 minutes of walking in the bag today. That really needs to be all I do today in order to have enough left over for walking twice this weekend. It's not about energy or stamina, it's about how much I'm willing to endure with my hip. I have discomfort every day from that hip, an annoyance that is accepted as part of daily life. Walking once doesn't change things much. Walking two days in a row usually isn't too bad. Walking three days in a row will be problematic. Walking four times in three days is just asking for trouble.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

August 6, 2009--220.5 Pounds

Posting late not because the weight went up a half pound but simply because this has been a busy day from the start. It was nice to see the weight hold near 220 without going for a 3-4 mile walk Wednesday night.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

August 4, 2009--220 Pounds

It's amazing what cutting back on food and increasing exercise can do, especially in the middle of a Mississippi summer where dehydration can make a diet plan look great in the short run. Not that I'm complaining. It's better to have walked two straight days and lost 4 pounds than to have walked and seen no results. I just know that this 2 pounds per day won't keep up and there very well could be a 2 pound gain on the first day of rest.

While my diet plan has changed focus to be about making the right choices over and over throughout the day, I'll wait a while before changing the blog name. The right choices will keep me under 2,000 calories a day so that's still the key. Plus, this plan of making good choices has failed in the past so we might be back to the food journal and counting calories if there is some backsliding this time.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

August 4, 2009--221.5 Pounds

Yesterday was exactly what I wish my diet was like everyday because it was really a non-diet day. It was a day without the food journal or any special plans other than making the right choices as situations occurred throughout the day. This is exactly what I would like to see regarding my eating, weight loss effort, and all the other areas of my life--string together a lot of right choices throughout the day, and then string together a lot of days, weeks, and months of consistently making the right choice, and the end result would be astounding.

Because those choices were the same ones that I often make, I can tell you the calorie total: 360 before lunch, 680 at lunch, 100 during the afternoon break, and 700 at night. That adds up to 1,840 calories. The good choices were most evident in not piling on extra food to a routine that is designed to stay under 2,000 calories. While I wish cutting back on food alone could produce a 2.5 pound daily weight loss, most of the good results yesterday came from walking over an hour after work. To make that walk even more effective, there was no ice cream at the end because Sal and Mookie's is closed on Mondays.

There was one other big thing about yesterday. I wrote a letter to my doctor to cancel my blood work scheduled for later in the month. They recently switched me over to Crestor on my cholesterol medicine to get my very good test results down just a little lower. After two weeks I went back to the Vytorin. I felt like crap the whole time I was taking the Crestor and that feeling went away after switching back to Vytorin. So part of the reason for cancelling the blood test is because I quit taking the Crestor.

The other reason for cancelling the test--aside from the fact that I really hate needles, drawing blood, and going to the doctor's office--is because a different medicine is not the answer to getting my numbers down just a little lower. What I need is less body weight, more exercise, and better food choices. My health should come primarily from me leading a healthy life and then using a light dosage of medicine to give me a little bit of a safety net. It should not be higher and higher doses or switching to other medicines in an attempt to completely cover my lazy ass. That is fool's gold to think that my good health responsibilities can be covered by a daily pill.

So Monday I strung together one day of good decisions. Today I need to do the same which will start me on a string of good days. This needs to continue until next Monday when I can get started on stringing together some good weeks. Follow this plan and the results at the end of the year really will be astounding and something achieved with no pain and no real sacrifice.

Monday, August 3, 2009

August 3, 2009--224 Pounds

Got through the reunion and all the other events of July without too much damage. Now I need to turn more of my focus to myself.

I guess one of the silver linings of always being the fat kid during early schooling is that you can be fat at the 40th reunion and people think you look great. In all honesty, I probably do look better in regards to weight than I did as a 17 year old high school senior. That doesn't change the fact that my weight is now considered obese, and my feeling is definitely one of feeling uncomfortably overweight.

The reunion didn't get me all pumped up about getting in shape and impressing everyone for the 45th reunion. Somehow the motivational effort of "impressing everyone" never has been very strong for me. The reunion did put me in a room full of my age group peers and it clearly pointed out that people in their late 50's fit a wide range of the health scale. Some have fallen apart and some still look great. I'm in the middle, but need to move towards the looking great/feeling great end of the scale.

I want to try going through this week without the food journal. In the past that has always been my favorite mode of cheating. Doing away with accountability is rarely a good thing. What I would prefer is to simply get into the habit of making the right choices. When a person falls into the obese category, the right choice is to pass on free food brought to the office no matter how delicious it looks. The right choice is one hot pocket, not two--maybe hot pockets aren't the right choice but let's not expect a miracle. The right choice is to avoid all candy. The right choice is to get out and walk even if it is only 1-2 miles. The right choice is yogurt or fruit for a snack and not crackers. The right choice is to stretch and do a few exercises, at least get my foot back in the water on these things.

There are other right choices I need to make. One is to cut back on the photography. Even if that means going from overly obsessive to mildly obsessive, I need to take back some of that time for other things in life. The same is true about the blogging. I'm going to work on writing less, not that this post is any proof of that, but mostly writing less on the Slice of Frank blog. What I write here is just thinking without much structure. Over on the Slice blog it is often work like I'm turning in a paper for an English class. It take more time than it should.

So it's now 4:40 and I'll go take a little nap before the alarm goes off at 5:25. Today needs to be the start of doing a better job of taking care of me, and doing a better job of restoring some balance in my life. Not a life changing restructuring, just some tweaking in the right direction. Somewhat like turning a barge around and getting it moving in a different direction. I can do better for myself and I will.