24 Oct

[Pre-Weigh In]

Hello again! I just had to give myself a little pat on the back. After avoiding exercise for quite a while, I finally bit the bullet and actually did some. I just finished a half-hour trek on the treadmill in the weight room at work. It was an exhilirating workout. I had forgotten how much fun exercise is once you actually get started. It’s the getting started part that sucks!

The fact is, our bodies love to be active. They love to expend energy. They love to work out. It is us who don’t like to work out. it is us who don’t like to exercise. We just need to get past those mental roadblocks that we’ve created. We have to stop thinking of exercise as something that has to be done. We have to stop thinking of exercise as an unpleasant activity, something along the lines of cleaning the cat’s litterbox. Exercise is fun, it is invigorating, it is stress-releasing. We need to think of it as such.

I keep using the word “we,” but I really mean I need to do all of this. Because, for the most part, I do view exercise very negatively. For the most part, if I can avoid doing exercise, I will. Because I think of it as a chore, as unpleasant, as something that I really don’t want to do. I will be working on my outlook on exercise in the next few days and weeks. Stop by in the very near future to see how I am doing!

– Miguelito

20 Oct

Weight: 284.2
Difference from last entry: +2.6

Hmmm…. I gave it right back, I guess. This has been an interesting month for me. A month of highs and lows. But, mainly, a month of lost motivation. I don’t feel much motivation to exercise lately. And that lack of exercise is showing up immediately in my weight. I did not realize just how big an impact my daily walks were having on my weight loss efforts. On weeks when I wasn’t eating the way I should, the exercise helped keep my weight gain to a minimum; on weeks that I did eat well, I would lose more weight thanks to the exercise. Now, I am gaining a small amount on good weeks, and gaining a lot on bad weeks. And this hasn’t been my best week.

I actually fell into the same trap that I always do: party eating! Between a birthday party and a long-term-service party, I’ve been eating a whole lot that I shouldn’t have. And that’s going to show up big time on my next official weigh in. I am a bit worried about that, but not to the point that I am in a pacnic. It goes back to the Chutes and Ladders thing. I just hit a chute that took me a long way from my goal. But I am going to get back to the playing board, spin the wheel, and see what comes up next.

I have been hesitant to post in my journal, for the first time in a long time, actually. I feel a bit embarrassed about my weight gain, and about the fact that so many people read this journal every week (or so). It’s like standing up in a room of strangers and screaming, “I GAINED THREE POUNDS THIS WEEK!” But then I realized two things: #1 – that you aren’t really strangers. If you’ve been reading my journal for a while, then you are pretty familiar with me. You know me, at least a little bit. You can be considered my weight confidant. #2 – I am doing this journal to help support others who are trying to lose weight. It would be a disservice to you to not share my rough patches with you. By not sharing my rough spots, it makes it seem that I don’t have any. That doesn’t help you when you are going through a rough spot. The most help I can give is to keep you up-to-date on my rough spot, and how I got past it. You can then learn from my mistakes, and from my successes.

Or at least that’s the way that I hope this works!

You have probably noticed a little bit of changes in the website. The Green motif is for the elections, in case you couldn’t tell. I am a firm supporter of the Green party, and of Ralph Nader for president. Our new logo (which may or may not be up on this page right now) is to help establish that we now have a custom URL, WeightJournal.com. In the next few weeks, I’ll be doing more to make the distinction between my personal site, miguelito.fierro.com, and WeightJournal.com.

That’s all for me for now! Thanks for stopping by, everyone. And be sure to vote on November 7th!

– Miguelito

08 Oct

Weight: 281.6
Difference from last entry: -2.6

Okay, I realize that it has been almost a month since I updated this journal. Sorry! The last month has simply flown by. But, on the plus side, after a whole month, I am actually at a lower weight than I was on my last entry. My pattern over this last year has been to lose a little weight, then to gain most of it back. Fortunately, that hasn’t happened so far.

If you have been in any weight management program, or if you are a long-time reader of my journal, then you have probably heard someone compare losing weight to playing a game of Chutes and Ladders (the children’s board game). In Chutes and Laddeers, it is impossible to not finish the game. If a person keeps playing long enough, no matter how many times they fall down the chutes, nor how many times they don’t grab a ladder, the person will eventually get to the top.

Weight management is exactly like this. If a person can only keep trying, eventually you will reach your weight goals. It may take a long time, or it might take a really short amount of time. You may gain some (or a lot) of weight along your route. But then you might find a ladder, and lose a lot of weight in a short amount of time. No matter what happens, though, as long as you don’t give up, you will get there.

The key is to not give up.

Having a definite, short-term goal helps a lot. I have two short-term goals: 1) I’d like to lose my first 10% at Weight Watchers before Valentine’s Day, and 2) I’d like to be down to 240-250 by the time I get married (sometime next summer). Short-term goals should be used to focus yourself on whatever program you have chosen to lose weight. Trust me, I am VERY well-focussed! 🙂

Have a wonderful week, everyone!

– Miguelito