30 Apr

April 30, 2005

Weight: 324
Difference from last entry: -3

Just call me Mr. Yo-yo! Up three, down three. Up two, down three. I’m staying right around the same weight (325) that I’ve been at for quite a while now. I used to be content to do that, to just maintain my weight. But I just realized something today: I am maintaining a weight of 325 pounds! That’s not good. Sure, it’s not as bad as gaining, but just barely.

We humans aren’t meant to weigh over 300 pounds. It doesn’t come naturally. To get to that weight (or more), one has to actually work at it. Because a person’s body will work to shed all of that excess weight. At my weight, I don’t really need to diet. I just need to eat sensible meals. If I were to reduce my calorie intake to 2500 calories a day – 500 more than the generous RDA – I would still lose weight. It takes almost 3000 calories a day to maintain my current weight. How the hell is it even possible to eat 3000 calories in a day?

And there’s my assignment for myself for the next couple of weeks: figure out where my calories are coming from. I’m not going to try to make major modifications to my diet (aside from what I’ve already made – more on that in a bit). I’m just going to try and figure out how many calories I’m pulling in with my normal eating habits. Once I have that information, I can figure out what to cut out, and what modiciations need to be made.

As for the past week, Erin and I started following an eDiets meal plan again. I’ve not been sticking to it strictly, but using it as a guideline. And that’s helped me cut down on at least a couple hundred calories per day. The trick is to matching up meals to days when we have time to cook. And, of course, finding good meals to eat. For example, I’ll never have eDiets’s eggplant parmesan again. But the Pork Chops and Veggies In a Pita was much better than I’d ever have imagined.

Yum.

26 Apr

April 26, 2005 – Routines

Weight: 327
Difference from last entry: +3

I am a man of routines. Once I start doing something a certain way, I will continue to do it that way until something makes me change. This is not necessarily a bad thing. I can sometimes be very efficient at what I am doing because of this. Following routines allows me to focus more on areas of life that are dynamic without having to deal with the static parts of life. As an example, when I lost weight, I did so mainly because of routines. I started eating healthy, got into that habit, and then went onto cruise control.

Unfortunately, routines are a two-edged sword. Once I pick up a bad routine, it’s very difficult to shake it off. Over the past couple of weeks, one of my routines is stopping for breakfast on my way to work. Since I haven’t found a fast-food restaurant that serves healthy breakfast, that means I’ve been routinely eating very unhealthy breakfasts. Which has a chain-effect. With an unhealthy breakfast, I tend to get hungrier faster than normal. So I want something for lunch that I can eat quickly. And what’s faster than a burger and fries from a drive-thru?

As is the norm, Erin is helping me to get out of my current unhealthy routines. She’s given me the push I need to try and get things back under control. So far this week, I haven’t stopped for breakfast, and I’ve been eating healthy lunches. If I can get myself to slide into this routine, things should work out well.

Now that I think about it, this is – at the very least an excuse, but also possibly a valid reason why it’s been so hard to work exercise into my schedule. Because I haven’t found a way to make exercise into a routine. If I can do that, things would definitely get a little easier…

05 Apr

April 5, 2005

Current weight: 324
Difference from last entry: 0

Interesting couple of weeks. There were three major events: first, my son and wife ended up with a case of the flu. They were very sick for a couple of days. And that really freaked me out. And good ol dependable Mikey does what I always do when I’m freaked out: eat. Next, I caught the flu. So I spent the next weekend plus not eating. So those two events kinda balanced each other out.

Third, and most recently, I’ve started to realize that I am way behind on working on my masters thesis. I want to graduate sometime this century, so I cannot afford to be procrastinating as much as I am. The thesis is a major undertaking. It’s going to take me months to complete it. And I’ve been procrastinating for months. Theoretically, I should’ve been done by now! Needless to say, I’ve been eating bad stuff to deal with the stress.

So, add all that up, and I end up at the same place weight-wise that I was 22 days ago.

I’m thinking that I need to start exercising. Not just to lose weight. Actually, losing weight isn’t even a consideration. I think that exercise will help relieve some of my stress. And I can definitely use some stress relief.