Monday, July 11, 2011

The Reunions are Over

The last 3 weekends have involved 3 reunions, a long weekend in Dallas with friends, and 1,700 miles of extra travelling in the truck (see THIS POST on my main blog). I don't want to say that I totally quit dieting during that 17 day span, but must admit that I quit about 90% of my dieting effort.

There aren't many excuses on the horizon so maybe there will be time for the diet to take hold. Now truthfully, a very strong willed person on a diet could have gotten through the last 17 days and lost a few pounds. Of course, it's not the strong willed who have trouble with overeating and obesity. Most of us need a couple of ideal weeks at the beginning, ones where the temptation is low and we can get a little momentum going. I guess it's like planting a crop where the seeds need good conditions at the beginning in order to sprout roots and get a grip on the situation.

I need to get a grip on this diet situation. There is a plan in mind for going forward, but I'll try it out for a few days or a week before writing about it.  No point in writing about anything that I can't stick to for at least a week.  Less than 6 months to go in this year.  Work needs to start now if big changes are going to be made in 2011.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Thursday wasn't a good day---so it was a bad day!!!

There were too many times yesterday when I could have made a good choice and instead I made an okay choice.  Nothing terribly bad, but lots of small decisions that could have been better.  Those small decisions that could have been better are exactly the thing that prevents me from losing weight.  Maybe yesterday was good enough to keep from gaining weight, but neutral isn't what I'm shooting for.  Almost all of my small decisions have to be good ones if there's going to be any weight loss.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

A good start

Made it through the first day of this new beginning without any major missteps.  Thursday will need to be another good day because this weekend will be mostly about holding down the damage.  Two reunions on the same weekend with eating being a centerpiece of both.  I'm looking forward to both, and then I'm looking forward to the next weekend when I'll be in town all three days.  Dieting when travelling or attending major social functions can be difficult, but it isn't impossible.  It's certainly possible to prevent massive backsliding and that's a win in certain situations--like the ones I'll be facing Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

July 6, 2011--230.5 Pounds

Will try to stay consistent with my dieting and consistent with my posting for the rest of this year.  Just got back from visiting friends in Dallas and I'll see those same friends around Halloween.  That gives me just about 4 months before my return trip and I'd like to be below 200 pounds at that time.  That is a challenge that can be accomplished.  Plus, if things go slower than expected with the weight loss, then at least I can drop from the obese to overweight level, a change in designation that is right around the 207 mark for a person of my height.

It's all about eating less--it is that simple.  What's hard is to admit to yourself just how much less that needs to be.  I'm overweight because my average food intake is too much for my age and activity level.  There's a cutback that's needed just to get back to the normal food intake, and then an additional cutback that's needed in order to make my body burn stored energy.  A double cutback is the requirement for weight loss, not an easy concept for those of us with a natural desire to eat too much.  Fortunately, while it might not be an easy concept, it isn't an impossible concept to implement and achieve. 

I've discovered that waiting for a sign of hunger before I eat leads to very little eating during a day.  Most of us eat well before the hunger signal goes off.  During the times of dieting when I would wait for the signal and they eat a small amount, maybe 300-400 calories, the drop off in my eating was amazing.  Personally, I would prefer to eat 4,000 or more calories per day because eating is a great source of short time pleasure, but the good news is that eating below 2,000 calories a day isn't something that involves physical pain.  It just takes some mental toughness.  Let's see if I can find some of that for today.