Category Archives: Health

The Weekly Weigh-In’s Permanent Return

As stated yesterday, properly taking care of myself was one of many things that fell by the wayside during the second half of last year. If it was simply the normal end-of-the-year slacking that occurred each of the last few years, then it wouldn’t have been problematic. However, that wasn’t the case as my weight hit its highest mark since I initially took 60 pounds off back in 2011. Even worse, the last few weeks saw the return of the same health issues that initially forced me to resolve to live a more healthy lifestyle. Making an unwelcome return: lower back pain, sciatica, an increase in blood pressure and bad cholesterol, and, most disconcertingly, a need to buy a new pair of jeans that could contain my expanding gut.

Admittedly, a complete cessation of healthy eating and not even nominal attempts at exercise (as opposed to merely half-assing the efforts) probably caused the number to jump an extra few pounds during the closing weeks of the year, but that’s just the extra flowery icing on the sweets I stuffed myself with as the year ended. While stress-induced comfort eating was by far the biggest factor contributing to a literally new waistband, I’ve decided that I really need permanently resume the weekly weigh-in posts. There’s no question they serve me incredibly well when I’m trying to eat and exercise properly. However, I’ve decided that it’s no coincidence that my weight begins creeping upward again almost immediately after ceasing to post them. Instead of simply using them to push my weight back down to ideal levels, it seems that they should also serve just as a way to force myself to maintain my health after a return to healthy benchmarks. Given that it took me until early June last year to shed 25 pounds, it’ll almost certainly be early July before I’m able to test this hypothesis.

Yesterday brought the return to healthy eating, and this morning I forced myself onto our treadmill for a 40-minute brisk walk. Ideally, this morning would’ve started with a trip to the gym to use the elliptical motion machine, but it was 1 F° this morning, and there was no way I was going to willingly see how quickly my testicles would retract in such temperatures. It looks like it will be the treadmill for at least a little while, given the forecast lows for most of the coming week.

If there’s one silver lining, it’s that I’m good at shedding pounds. I’m not concerned about failing to make my goal; I’m concerned about what happens after. But, that’s a worry I’ll ignore until the proper time comes.

Weight gain since last weigh-in post (6/7): 31.4 lb
2018 Cumulative loss: n/a
Pounds from goal: 30.6 lb

Weekly Weigh-In, Week #22

(Numbers are from yesterday, as Tuesday is my normal weigh-in day each week.)

Loss since last post (5/16): 1.0 lb
2017 Cumulative loss: 24.2 lb
Pounds from goal: -0.8 lb

Well, it took three weeks, but I finally made it — officially. Actually, a couple days after the last WWI post, I made my goal, and Sally made the argument that I shouldn’t have to wait for the next regular weigh-in before declaring victory. I certainly appreciated the merits to the argument, but given how much my weight can fluctuate over the course of just a few days, I decided that I wanted to be at my goal on my usual weigh-in day to make it official. Later that same day, I went on a three-day bender of eating whatever I wanted and avoiding anything that remotely resembled real exercise.

It took me over two weeks to recover from that lapse in sticking to my proper exercise and eating habits/routines.

The point is that I finally made it, and I can now move into maintenance mode. In an unintentional fashion, the past three weeks have served as a kind of preparation for it. In addition to the three-day bender, I also experienced two other off-diet days where my caloric intake was much higher than typical for the past five months. It does give me a sense of how much more I can eat, provided I continue with my exercise routine from since starting this particular round of weight loss. However, moving forward I intend to increase my calories in a more evenly distributed fashion.

These posts will continue under a new name, yet to be decided.

Weekly Weigh-In, Week #19

Loss since last week: 1.6 lb
2017 Cumulative loss: 23.2 lb
Pounds from goal: 0.2 lb

I could just go ahead and claim victory, but that’s the equivalent of starting a marathon and then giving up 400 yards from the finish line because you’re close enough. Sally suggested I could just weigh myself each morning the next couple days, stick to plan, and then claim victory the day my goal weight is met. However, there’s a reason I stick to weekly weigh-ins on a particular day and time, and even though I made the rules, I’m not going to break them.

So, barring a complete loss of sense of reason, I will make my goal next week. I could conceivably even begin slowly increasing the caloric intake by the end of this week, but for my own peace of mind I think I’ll stick to the plan until the next weigh-in. Besides, making the goal with a some extra room to spare will only be a plus as I move into the maintenance phase.

Weekly Weigh-In, Week #18

Loss since last weigh-in (4/25): 1.6 lb
2017 Cumulative loss: 21.6 lb
Pounds from goal: 1.8 lb

Plugging right along. Given my track record, I could conceivably make my goal by next week’s weigh-in, or it may take three weeks. Since I’m not trying to make reach 190 by a particular date, I don’t particularly care when it occurs, so long as I don’t take a month or longer. If that happens, then it’ll be because I temporarily abandoned all sense and reason in regards to both my exercise regimen and how I eat.

As stated in the past, taking weight off is easy but keeping it within ±5 lb of my target remains problematic. I don’t want to start looking ahead to much, but once I make my goal I will need to adjust my food intake for maintenance mode. Based on previous experience, attempting to make my exercise routine less strenuous just won’t work — best to keep the one I’ve consistently used for weight loss. So, it won’t hurt to start thinking now about alterations to what and how much I eat.

Finally, and this is also potentially thinking too far ahead, I feel like I should treat myself when I make goal. I’ll need to figure out what it should be and how to properly compensate for the increased caloric load that particular week. I have nothing in mind yet, but I’m sure something will occur to me.

Weekly Weigh-In, Week #16

Loss since last week: 2.4 lb
2017 Cumulative loss: 20.0 lb
Pounds from goal: 3.4 lb

So, after merely losing 1.8 pounds over the four-week period on April 18, I lose more than that in the following seven days. Although I did spend the past seven days fully compensating for some of the dietary sins from my birthday and Easter weekends, I can’t help but feel today’s reading benefited partially from a random weird daily low fluctuation. In fact, even though I’ve adhered to my routines today, I expect to weigh more when I step on the scale tomorrow. In addition, a reading showing little-to-no loss next week won’t disappoint me at all.

Weekly Weigh-In, Week #15

(A continuation of the series over at the old LJ site.)

Loss since last weigh-in (4/4): 1.0 lb
2017 Cumulative loss: 17.6 lb
Pounds from goal: 5.8 lb

Still plugging away, even if the rate isn’t as quick as I like. The excuses for the past fortnight are a trip to Philly for the Phillies home opener and Easter Sunday. Still, it’s a nice problem when you’re removing excess weight slower than you prefer. Enough about that, however. What I’d really like to do is share a few thoughts from the gym this morning:

  • My two currently preferred types of music when working out are metal and disco. I’m trying to figure out what this says about me.
  • I’d love to see how Beavis & Butt-Head would’ve reacted to the video for Ghost’s “Year Zero,” even if it wasn’t fully suitable for MTV airplay. My guess is that out of boredom and frustration the two of them would’ve turned off the video about five seconds before the parts they would’ve salivated over.
  • One of the women who frequently uses one of the elliptical motion machines near my preferred machine flails her arms for a good portion of her workout. Unless she’s a fan of the Phoebe Buffay philosophy of exercising (if she is, then kudos to her,) I just cannot fathom why she’s doing that. If she’s not working hard enough, why not just increase the resistance or incline?
  • I’m still waiting for the day where the readout on the elliptical motion machine’s screen tells me that I have worked out enough for the rest of my life so that I don’t ever have to go back. I’m certain I will never anticipate or enjoy exercising; it just runs counter to my default programming and settings.