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(Pre-Weigh In)

Hello again, everyone! I hope that you had a wonderful weekend. And I hope that your week has been relatively relaxing so far. I know that mine has been!

I am actually still recovering from a walk. I logged a little under 3/4 of a mile this morning. Yesterday, I was able to do a little more than a half a mile. I am very pleased with myself for continuing to get out there and walk. It’s exercise that my body so desperately needs.

I can actually already feel positive results from this walking. I am no longer out of breath climbing the single flight of stairs to my apartment. I can walk farther without feeling totally winded. And I can cover more distance in the same amount of time. These are all very good things. And they are positive indicators that allow me to track my progress, and keep my motivation.

Now, for the negative side. My girlfriend and I went to Nebraska this weekend, and I was not good at all regarding eating. I had far too many sweets, and far, far too much alcohol. I am pretty sure that I am going to show a weight gain this week. So I am now trying to prepare myself for this. I think that, the reason I was so upset by my weight gain three weeks ago is because it surprised me. Now that I am ready for it, I hope to be able to take the news in stride.

That’s all that I have for this entry. I should be back a little later on this week. Until then….

Ciao!

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Weigh-in

Weight: 287.6
Difference from last entry: -2.4 (!!!)

I DID IT! Wow! I am pretty pumped, in case you couldn’t tell. I was able to get myself back down beneath that 290 pound mark. Thank Tao! I feel much, much better than I did at this time last week. A lot of that negative thinking that I sunk into last week has gone away. Now, I am left with a couple of handfuls of motivation. Time for me to put them to use!

As I mentioned yesterday, I am having mixed results at actually doing the things I need to do to lose weight. I have started exercising (walking) regularly; I just got back from a 20 minute walk, for example. But I am still not doing some things correctly. (For example, I had two bowls of cereal last night, even though I had used up all of my points for the day).

Weight management is a balancing act. I have never been more sure of that than I am right now. It’s a series of choices and compromises one must make with ones’ self. If one makes the right choices and compromises, then one will be able to control their weight. It’s that easy; it is not that easy.

Last night was a great example of a compromise. I really wanted to walk over to Phar Mor (which is a three minute walk from my apartment) and get a Hostess cherry pie. For some reason, it sounded delightful. Yet I know just how bad those things are for a person. (We are talking hamburger range for calories and fat.) I was trying to argue with myself, but I knew this was one of those situations where I wasn’t going to get out of eating SOMETHING. So I decided that, if I were going to overeat, I’d do it with something healthy. (Or, at least, healthier.) So I had a bowl of cereal (raisin bran, very high in fiber, low in calories and fat).

The key to this whole game is the compromise, and the choice. Making the choice to not overeat, making the choice to exercise, is what I am striving towards. For the current time, compromising with my 30 years of learned behavior by eating healthy alternatives when I absolutely have to eat, or exercising for at least a short amount of time when I don’t want to exercise, is what I can do to gain control over my weight.

Cheers!

– Miguelito

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Exercise

[Pre-Weigh In]

Okay, I am a little bit nervous here. This is going to be a really quick update; I’ll have a more complete update either later today or tomorrow.

Anyway, I am nervous because I really, REALLY want my weight to be below the 290 mark. I have been trying to be EXTRA good this week. I have succeeded (mostly) in my goal to start walking. Thursday, Friday and Saturday I walked for 20 minutes per day. Sunday I did not. Monday, I walked for a little less than 20 minutes. Yesterday, I had a doctor’s appointment, and used that as an excuse to only get in about 5 minutes of walking. Today, I have done 15 minutes so far, and will get in the extra 5 soon.

My problem (as always) is snacking. I haven’t been able to keep myself from snacking at work. And while I am holding myself accountable for the snacking (making sure that I enter these snacks on my Weight Watchers journal), I haven’t done anything to actually make up for the snacking. I have gone above my allotted points the last four days, mostly because of snacking. [Sigh]

So now we’ll see what the tale of the scale shows. Only about 90 more minutes, and I’ll know what is going on. Wish me luck!

– Miguelito