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.



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