Saturday, March 10, 2012

Day 8: 233.5 Pounds

Haven't backtracked but did sort of take a detour or rest stop or something and haven't been following my 3 simple rules for losing weight.  Consequently, I haven't been losing weight.

Wednesday got me off track and I know that Wednesdays are always going to be difficult.  I leave work at 4 and go visit Mother for about an hour, then go to the pub and meet a group of friends.  It all involves no food and about 4 beers, not a great combination.  Plus, I don't get home for supper till around 7:30 so it makes me feel like I need a bigger lunch and maybe a bigger afternoon snack.  With my Wednesdays, I'll just have to do the best I can.

The problem this week is that the getting off track on Wednesday then bleed over into Thursday and Friday.  It's so easy to fall back into old habits, especially when those old habits allow for more eating and include stops at the candy bowl. 

Well, it's about 11 on Saturday and so far I've stuck to the plan with just a bagel eaten around mid-morning.  I am going out to shoot music videos tonight and the music starts around 10:30 and goes till after 1 Sunday morning.  That's problematic.  The key is that when perfection isn't possible, at least make an effort to do as good as possible.  After that, make an effort to get right back on course without two days of enjoying the detour.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Day 5: 232.5 Pounds

My goal is to reach 175 pounds so it's easy to look at early loses and feel like little progress is being made.  And truthfully, little progress has been made so far.  I've traveled this road between 236 and 232.5 so many times in recent years.  Sometimes while "really trying" to lose weight, sometimes just over the course of normal life.  Jockeying back and forth between these weights in the 230's is like driving around on city streets instead of hitting the highway for a total change of environment.

Still, you have to drive on city streets to get to the entrance for the highway.  I guess that highway entrance for me starts when I hit a number below 230.  That sub-230 number will mean that at least I've started the journey, gotten on the highway and am pointed in the right direction.  It might even represent that I've cleared the city limits.  It would still leave a long way to go, but it would be a somewhat serious start.

It's a little hard to look over the horizon and see the final destination.  For now, I'm just trying to get to the interstate and make sure that I get on the entrance ramp that will take me the right way.  It might take a week to get there, maybe two, but time isn't really a factor when setting out to lose weight.  Continuing towards the final destination in a persistent manner is all that matters.  So far, I'm sticking to that plan.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Day 4: 233.5 Pounds

Bad day of dieting?  No, just the ebb and flow that goes with dieting.  Yesterday was a good day of dieting and that's really my goal when it comes to this diet--stringing together good days until the weight loss happens.  Will that weight loss be 5 pounds per month or 10 pounds? Don't know and I really shouldn't care.  I just need to get going in the right direction and continue to go in the right direction.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Day 3: 233 Pounds

Work days present a problem.  What if I'm not hungry before starting work and during my lunch hour?  Those are time slots set aside for eating and the hunger signal isn't that predictable.  I'll probably eat about 300 calories during those time slots no matter how I'm feeling.  That small amount wouldn't be the source of overeating at work.  The big problems I have at work are free candy, people bringing treats, taking my full lunch hour in the break room where it tempts me to go get a little something extra for lunch, etc.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Day 2: 233.5 Pounds

How much does our daily intake of food and fluids weigh?  It's significant and when one cuts back on the input there should be an expectation of it showing up right away on the scale.  It will be a while before the weight loss is coming from significant amounts of fat being burned for energy.

When one follows the approach of waiting on hunger as the signal to eat, the infrequency of that signal is had to get use to.  You start going through the normal eating times without being hungry and it is a lot like waiting for the other shoe to drop.  Maybe it was mid-morning yesterday before I had a little snack.  Then mid-afternoon before I had one hot pocket.  Wasn't really hungry at night, but did eat something as prevention from waking in the middle of the night with a need for food. 

This morning I've had a grapefruit and maybe I'll get an apple later before thinking about something more substantial for lunch.  My rule of thumb on how much to eat at one time is somewhere in the neighborhood of 200-400 calories.  Sounds so small compared to what most of us view as an average meal.  On the other hand, that's a lot compared to the diet recommendations following gastric bypass surgery.  You know, if people would just follow the gastric bypass eating plan before getting surgery, there would be no need for any gastric bypass surgery.

---It's about 8 p.m. and I've hardly eaten all day because I haven't been hungry.  Maybe 1,000 calories total.  My goal in the last couple of hours today is to only eat if I get hungry.  There's a temptation to eat so I won't wake up in the middle of the night feeling starved.  Well, if that happens I'll just get up and eat something.  I've got to stop eating to keep hunger away and change to eating because I'm hungry.  That one basis change is all that should be needed to lose a lot of weight.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Day 1: 236 Pounds

I've been at the level for much of the last 5-6 years.  By now this has to be what my body accepts as the norm, both mentally and physically.  I may write a lot about not accepting this weight level mentally, but my actions day-to-day tell a different story.  When the actual steps for losing weight are so simple and possible to achieve, one has to question the true desire of those who say they want to lose weight but don't.  I question my own true desires of the last few years.

Hopefully my desire to lose weight is strong right now.  This 3 rule diet works like a charm and it would be hard to find anything more simple.  It doesn't involve physical pain from hunger, it doesn't set limits on what one can eat, it just asks that a person only eats when the body physically requests food.  It just asks that a person only eat a little bit at a time to see if that's all the body needs.  The person who can't follow this diet just doesn't have the desire it takes to lose weight.

Introduction to "The 3 Rule Diet"

I'll add an intro later...or maybe not. 

I've given up on the idea that people might get motivation and/or tips from my weight loss blogs.  That didn't happen despite the very successful weight loss results when writing my first diet blog, and it sure hasn't happened with all the sputtering followups blogs.  At this point I just need to think about the notion of "physician, heal thyself".