Good Faith Effort

I tried to weigh in yesterday. That’s when – and I know this will sound like an excuse – I learned that the battery in the scale was dead. So, yeah. I have no idea how I did last week.

Probably not very well, though. Everything went well right up until… Wednesday, I think. And that’s when I started feeling tired, and when I feel tired I eat carbs in the form of sugar. And that never ends well.

Still, I had a happy Father’s Day yesterday, and I feel recommitted. Also, I’m not carrying cash or a debit card at the moment, so I gave pretty much no other choice than to eat what I packed now.

Yay strategy!

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“You Have To Swim Backwards!”

You know what’s surprisingly good exercise? Chasing a 7-year-old around a pool for 40 minutes. That’s surprisingly good exercise. Particularly when I let him make up the rules of the game we’re playing.

The one that was the most work started simply enough. He’d ask me to throw a ball into the deep end of the pool. And then we had to race to get it, and then race back to the shallow end and touch it to the edge of the pool while the other player tried to take it away. In practice, this led to my son hanging onto my arm and back as I dragged him through the water.

It got more complicated as it went, of course. After I scored the first point, I was then required to swim backwards. Which was actually run backwards, but it’s still a lot of work. Plus, of course, a seven year old wrestling me as I tried to make my way back across the pool.

It was exercise, yes. But it was exercise filled with joy and laughter and fun. And even better than that, it was time spent with my son, building memories as we spent time together.

Hey, Everyone

It’s been… what? About a week since my last update? Something like that, anyway. Far too long for my tastes, really. Particularly since this blog exists as much for my own accountability as anything else.

So. Where am I at? The bad news is, of course, that I’m up to 345 pounds as if my weigh-in yesterday. The good news, though, is that I’ve managed to go four days in a row eating within my calorie budget! Comfortably within my calorie budget at that. And I’m working hard on getting back on track with my walking goals, so I feel comfortable with declaring that 345 pound figure a high water mark.

Now, where do I go from here? Well, more of the same for now. Cool and eat my meals at home, stay within my calorie budget, walk a lot, and spin my staff. Nothing fancy yet, not while I’m getting back on track. Not during summer vacation, at least. I’d rather use the time to play with my son and go on evening walks with my wife and go on family adventures.

I Sense A Trend, Here

Clearly, exhaustion is a cause of overeating. I think it’s because I crave sugar and carbohydrates when I’m tired, as the rush of quick energy helps to perk me back up. And I have been tired, recently.

I blame allergies. It’s hard to sleep when you wake up because of sinus drainage, and I’ve been waking up a couple of times a night with no idea why. But then, when I get up, I’m coughing and choking and generally feeling stuff oozing down my throat. Quite unpleasant, really.

So last night I went through a hay fever regimen – pills and sprays and all, and then arranging to sleep with my head elevated. The results weren’t perfect, but I slept better than I have in about a week. Now, I just need to see if that translates into more willpower about staying on my calorie budget.

Trying To Get Sone Traction

I have not been anywhere as successful in my efforts to meet my diet and exercise goals as I would like, and I blame Thursdays for this.

Well, all right. Not really. But it always seems to be Thursday when my resolve crumbles. I’m not sure why, exactly. But there is something about that day if the week that causes me to chuck it all in and overeat, or fail to exercise, or both. And then it always seems like it ends up being Monday (or, in this case, Tuesday) when I try to get back on it again. Pretty much like clockwork.

Clearly, the solution is more of the same. Right?

I joke, but I still can’t see a problem with my strategy: eat within a calorie budget, and exercise more. It’s just the execution that is a problem. That and the doughnuts, that is. There’s three bags of them sitting just to my right here at work as I write this. Check it out:

Fortunately, they aren’t really good doughnuts.

I guess the solution is to remove as much temptation as I can. Pack my meals, try not to have cash in me, that sort of thing. Stop making excuses, and start planning. I mean, I know I can do this. I just need to actually do it.

Small Victories Are Still Victories

Well, I’m two days into hitting all of my goals now – walking, stretching, staying within my calorie budget, all of it. And I feel pretty good.

It was a bit of a struggle last night, though. I’d had to run to the grocery store to pick up a few things. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but grocery stores are full of food. Including chocolate, which I dearly love. Chocolate I walked past twice, thanks to nearly forgetting something and having to double back for it.

In the end, I didn’t buy any. As a result, I stayed within my calorie budget. I’ll call that a victory, thank you.

A Little Experiment

Something different, today. I noticed yesterday that WordPress claims that I can upload videos from my phone through their app. So, here’s an experimental video blog entry with me spinning my Kung Flow contact staff.

I’ll admit I was a bit hesitant about this. After all, like most overweight people, I have body image issues. But you know what? It’s better to be honest.

Anyway, assuming this worked as planned, I may do more. Enjoy!

Edit: Yah, that didn’t seem to work. Safari will play the video, but it doesn’t seem to work in IE or Chrome. I mean, let me know if I’m wrong, but it looks like I’m going back to typing.