Archive for 2010

Getting harder…

Monday, December 6th, 2010 by Ian

The last two weeks haven’t gone very well weight lose wise (fine otherwise).  I see a couple problems:

  1. ‘Tis the season.  I’ve been to a couple good parties and let the diet slide — probably WELL exceeded my calorie limits, but I wasn’t tracking it.  A guy’s got to have some fun too!
  2. I think my body is getting hip to what’s going on and starting to slow down.  My metabolism is slower, and, frankly, I feel like crap — feeling weak and just “not well”.

I only want to go about 10 more pounds, so I’m trying to keep on it — Shelley thinks I’m getting too skinny already.  She’s happy with where I’ve gotten to.  To quote: “I’ve had the baby” — which is true.  Most of the “gut” is gone, I can tuck shirts in correctly now and feel better about myself, but I just want to get down to 195 so I can bounce around between 195 and 200 lbs.  I think that would be about the right place for me.

So, I’m persevering for the moment now, redoubling effort, and maintaining my drive — but it gets harder all the time.

A little addictive….

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010 by Ian

So this weight loss thing is getting a little addictive (or something).  Now that I’m seeing some motion, it gets harder and harder to slow down.  It’s going REALLY quickly right now.  Frankly, it’s going TOO quickly (2 to 3 lbs a week!) and I need to get my calorie count up a bit.  My fear is that once I start to let it go, I won’t be able to stop it.  It’s easier to keep tight control than to loosen up some.

Today, I forgot my lunch at home — packed up the griefcase (sic) and left it there.  This is NOT good.  I’m hungry and have very few ways to rectify that.  I need to get SOMETHING into me and am contemplating a bag of chips.  What’s 300 calories between friends?

Plateau — Arghhh….

Monday, November 1st, 2010 by Ian

Okay, look at the graph. Things were going swimmingly for a couple weeks – down about 12 pounds, but now they have almost completely stalled.  It’s NOT through increased caloric input, it’s not through lack of exercise — not even because I’m drinking beer (I haven’t had one in a month, er, um, well, one in a month).

So what’s going on? I couldn’t tell you. It’s hard to stay motivated when you don’t see any results, but I’m sticking to it — it’s just harder.  I’m hoping something gives in the next couple days….

This reminds me of the time I tried weight lifting.  For the first month or so (of six nights a week training) I made good improvements.  Then it stopped entirely and I gave up.  I’m not sure what I’ll do if I go for another month and nothing changes…


The Purge is Over

Monday, October 18th, 2010 by Ian

Okay, I’ve made it through the purge.  Honestly, it was painful.  The trouble I’m having now is bringing my consumption back up to normal, without letting it got too far.  It’s SOOO easy to just let things go back to normal, however, I find that I’m overcompensating and still not eating enough because I’m a little leery of eating too much.  It’s a fine line that’s hard to hold.

If you look at the weight graph, you’ll notice it dropped sharply for a couple days, then bounced back a bit.  This is perfectly normal.  It’s just the excess fluids being purged and now I can continue with “real” weight loss.  It’ll bounce around a fair bit from day to day, but the overall trend should be downward.  Let’s hope so.

I am still feeling pretty crappy too (my flu shot today didn’t help I’m sure)…gotta get some energy in!

Back to the Weigh Loss Grind

Thursday, October 14th, 2010 by Ian

Well, the good life and a lack of real stress have caught up with me again, and I’m not liking what I’m seeing in the mirror — never mind snoring (I actually suspect Apnea because I wake up very tired) and the health implications.

So, I’m back to cutting down. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not that far over-weight, but I AM over-weight for sure — I’m not a small person!

It’s going to go like this. I’m starting with 4-5 days of intense calorie reduction — 600-900 calories a day. This is just to get “kicked off”, get the body into a weight loss mode and shed the extra fluids that have been hanging around. In 4 days, I’m down 7 pounds. Yes, I’m well aware that none of that is fat loss, just fluids. After a couple more days I’ll start to bring the calories back up to a more “normal” level of around 1500 a day. At that rate I should be capable of losing close to a pound a week with the initial goal of getting to 200 lbs by Christmas.

I, however, am not viewing this as “dieting” as much as I view this as a lifestyle change and I have no misconceptions about avoiding all the food I love, but this has to happen.  I just didn’t like where I was any more.  As my energy level comes back up, I’ll be trying to get into the routine of getting more excersize as well, which should speed things up.

Not being sure who exactly “you” are, I’m not sure if you care.  This journal, however, is for me. By making a public statement, I’m hoping to keep my conviction, and not waste the pain (and the dreaming of food!) of the last couple days, and to make this “stick”.  It’s about time.

[Edit: if you want to keep track, I’m posting my weight and a graph (click on my current weight) on the left hand side over there.  I should be updating roughly daily]