Saturday, May 28, 2011

May 28, 2011

Yesterday was a good day in an odd way. The calorie count was too high for a person trying to lose weight, but there's no doubt that I ate about 1,000 calories less than what would have been consumed normally. Cutting back 1,000 calories is a good thing even if there were still 500-1,000 calories that could have been trimmed from the day.

That's the thing--I don't have to be perfect, just do a lot better than what I've been doing. The good thing about performing poorly in the past is that there is a lot of room for improvement, therefore improvement is a very achievable goal. Today I'll be away from the house a lot, mostly hearing a bunch of bands playing at a local coffee shop. It could be a 4,000 calorie day or a 2,000 calorie day. The difference isn't going to be in how hungry I get, it will be in how much I resist the urge for mindless eating and drinking of items when there's no signal of hunger from the body. The purpose of doing a blog post is to make me think instead of doing mindless things, so hopefully this 5-10 minutes spent posting will save me at least another 1,000 calories today. That would be a very good thing.

Friday, May 27, 2011

May 27, 2011

Not only have I skipped on the blogging for about 6 weeks, I've basically ignored the notion of dieting as well. This morning's weight was 228.5 meaning that 6 weeks of potential weight loss was replaced by a few pounds of gain.

I've got to make this blog my priority along with making dieting a priority. All the things I do with photography and videos, those are things that give me satisfaction so it's a plus for me, but mostly those things produce things for other people. Why I put my effort into those things instead of putting time and effort into making myself more healthy is a mystery to me.

In theory, I should be able to make it through this day, May 27, 2011, without much in the way of food. Small meals and not eating unless there is a feeling of physical hunger is a formula that almost always leads to very few calories over the course of the day. It's all of the calories that are consumed for reasons other than hunger that kill a diet and eventually kill the person who can't work their way out of the obese category.

Following a theory and living a reality are often two very different things. My reality is that I cheat my long term well being for pleasure in the short term. Pleasure in the very short term. If I sneak some candy when going by the switchboard, it does produce pleasure but for how long. 30 seconds? A minute? Maybe even 5 minutes? No longer, and yet that's an extra 50-100 calories added on to the day. As I'm writing this far away from any candy bowl, cheating on the diet seems insane. When the candy bowl is 10 feet away, cheating seems like a fairly good idea.

I've just got to bite the bullet today and cut out all of the wasted calories. When I get up tomorrow there will be no visible difference, but in my mind I'll know it was a small start down the right path. Shedding 50 pounds and keeping it off would be a huge thing in my life, somewhat like making a monumental journey that is designed to be life changing. Both are things that take time, both are things that have to unfold one day at a time. I've got to get through one day--this day--with a successful effort and then I'll look at doing it again and again until I reach a better place in my physical well being.