May 13, 2002

Weight: 319
Difference from last entry: -1

I am of two minds on the subject of what my weight is doing. My first inclination is to think, “Why is my weight going down so slowly?” I am regularly exercising now (30 minutes a day, Monday – Friday). Exercise has always been my downfall. Now that I am actually exercising, I should be losing weight quickly. Right?

Obviously, that isn’t right. The problem is my eating. Still. And, if you have read my journal for any length of time, you know where my problems eating are. The problems aren’t with the meals I eat. Those are fine. I can do with lowering my portion size a bit more, but for the most part, meals are not my problems. It is snacking that is getting to me, that is keeping me from losing weight. Or, at least, losing weight a little faster than I am.

I mentioned that I have settled on a meal plan. The basics of the meal plan are:

I tend to eat breakfast around 7:00-7:30. A bowl of cereal is my favorite food for this meal, though I’ll substitute two slices of toast with peanut butter.

I eat this meal somewhere between 10:00am-11:00am. This really isn’t a meal; it’s a glorified snack. I’ll have a bagel or toast, along with a glass of juice.

I eat lunch every day somewhere between 12:30pm – 1:30pm. I really need to lower my portion size here. I tend to eat too much for lunch, and feel rather bloated through the rest of the day. A single sandwich, a bowl of soup, a small portion of pasta… these would all be fine for this meal.

I tend to eat this right around 4:30pm. This is a very light meal, really just a bite to get me by to dinner. An ounce or two of cheese, some beef jerky, or a cup of soup are my favorite foods to eat here.

We tend to eat dinner between 7:00pm-8:00pm. I am usually feeling quite content here, and can get by with a very small meal. I haven’t been doing this, however, and instead have been eating a full meal with my wife. I need to allow myself to eat a small portion, choosing to enjoy the company instead of continuing to put food in my mouth. The same foods that work for lunch work well for dinner.

That’s the basics of my meal plan. For the most part, these work. My problem, though, is that I still find ways to eat something I shouldn’t between these meals. My weakest times are between breakfast and brunch, and between lunch and linner. And what I sneak in are sweets. Empty calories that really don’t do me any good at all. I eat the sweets because I am used to it. I crave sweets not because my body needs sugar, but because my sweet tooth wants some satisfying. It is alternately amusing and annoying.

My goal for this next week will be to try to reduce the amount of snacks I have. Eventually, I will try to cut most sweets out of my diet. But for now, I am just going to concentrate on trying to reduce the amount that I eat. Assuming I stay on track with my exercising (and I see no reason why I wouldn’t), reducing the amount of sweets that I eat should have an immediate positive effect on my weight.

I hate ending these journal entries on a down note. I have a positive thought to leve you on this week: My jeans are fitting a tiny bit looser this week. Nothing to jump up and down about, true, but they are definitely not as tight as they were just a week ago. I am, once again, seeing progress in other areas besides the scale.

That is truly a Good Thing!

– Miguelito

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