Plateau — Arghhh….

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

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

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]

Netflix Canada…meh

September 22nd, 2010 by Ian

So, like a lot of people, I thought Netflix in Canada was gonna be great.  $8.00 a month for unlimited movies and TV shows.  Sounds like a deal!  Not so fast.  Have a look at the comments on the Netflix Blog.

Selection is piss poor.  I really want to give it a chance, but 19 out of 20 titles I looked for were “Not Available”.  Not one “Star Wars”, Quentin Tarentino movie, not one classic we looked for (Gone with the Wind, Casablanca), not one TV show, (Glee, House)…

There are probably about 8 movies available that I would like to see.  I guess I can watch them in my free month and then cancel.  Too bad — it shows promise.

I’m left wondering what the problem is.  Is it the f***ing CRTC again — man they bug me?  CanCon? Is it that Global and CTV have bought up the rights to everything?  Or is it Netflix just rolling out a half baked system.  I guess only time will tell, but if it’s longer than a month, I’d say it’ll die soon afterwards.

Yes, I Hate Plumbing.

September 20th, 2010 by Ian

On the way home today I got a panicked call from Shelley that the toilet in he back bathroom was overflowing.  “How bad could it be?”, I thought.  ”  The most you could get would be a tank full.  Well, I was wrong and it was bad enough.

Shel and Quinn managed to get the water turned off, but it was actually the bob valve at the top of the tank that failed — that coupled with the fact that bowl had been draining “slowly” of late, and sometimes not at all.  Honestly, it was on my list to replace — the whole toilet — but I hadn’t yet.

So, the good news is that it was MOSTLY clean water.  The bad news is that there was quite a bit of it.  We’re done mopping now, Shelley’s having a shower and the upstairs portion is dry.  We’ve got fans running in the basement to dry out the (open joist — thankfully) ceiling in the crawl space.  All that’s left is to go through the stuff that got wet and decide to keep in and clean it or chuck it.

Not exactly what any of us had planned for the evening….