Archive for October, 2010

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]