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i have decided to eat healthy and exercise. i've been tracking my food all week on daily plate and it's going okay... if I could drink less, that'd be good. I mean, i can't believe I consumed 600 calories of alcohol last night. That's a little above average, sure, but I do drink almost every night (I've found out, now that I track).

Part of the reason I have this new resolution is to help my husband out. since getting married, we've collectively put on like 60 pounds. I've never really gained weight before and it's freaking me out. also, the doctor said some not-so-encouraging things about the man's health, and I feel like I'm partially to blame because I love going out to eat and making cheesy foods.

people are annoying about weight loss! I mean, if we talk about saving money, everyone's pretty cool and honest and advice-giving about it. there are lots of logical ways to make yourself save... budgeting, direct deposit changes, the cash method, etc. when it comes to weight loss everyone's just like, "get off your ass and stop eating shit." um, thanks, I can do basic consume-burn calorie storage math. human brain discipline is the challenge. I have a bad habit of going on these little fitness kicks once a year or so, and it always fizzles out.

there's a health club about 3/4 mile from where I live, so I think I'll join that. I'm going to buy a new yoga DVD tomorrow. I made a spreadsheet that says what I'd like to weigh every week if I lose 1 lb a week.

I know I'm not fat, but I also know that I just don't feel great. I've got that nasty out of shape feeling and the extra 10-15 lbs confirm it for me. i'll feel better if I'm active and eating less. I'll sleep better. have better posture. it all goes together.


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Jul. 4th, 2008 03:23 am (UTC)
Kudos to you for wanting a healthier lifestyle.

I had high hopes of starting daily exercises, and making myself actually do them.

That all sort of went out the window when I broke my leg a couple weekends ago. O_O

So, I encourage you to do this while you are healthy and able, because you never know what life's going to throw at you. Good luck, you can make it happen!

Jul. 4th, 2008 05:12 am (UTC)
I've been counting calories every single day since January 24th. Once you get into the habit, you don't think about it any more; it just becomes second nature. I have the benefit of eating most of my calories at home when I can easily enter it into my database, and I choose things to eat based on how many calories I have left in my "budget" for the day. If you're like me, and I think you are, the numbers will guide your diet better than any weightloss tips or tricks will. When the number says I have calories left in the budget for the day, I eat, and when I'm past my limit, I stop. It's really pretty easy after awhile :)
Jul. 4th, 2008 11:09 am (UTC)
I think the key to discipline is rewards. If you know that if you stick to your diet all week, you can have a break from it for one day, or once you lose five pounds, you can go to Dairy Queen or something, that makes it worth it. (Sometimes...sometimes nothing in this world makes it worth eating vegetable soup every day for lunch!)

Seriously. Rewards.
Jul. 4th, 2008 11:26 am (UTC)
I hear you on the people being annoying about dieting. The calorie counting thing really depends highly on your overall activity level and base metabolism. Based on the fact that you could consume 600 calories worth of alcohol (and some of the other stuff you've posted at various times), I'm willing to bet that your taller than me by over 4 inches, weight 50 lbs less than me, and consume nearly twice as many calories as me per day.

I'm 5'1", weigh 180 lbs, and consume about 1500 calories a day. When I was consuming 1200 calories or less a day (less than 20% of which were fat) and doing cardio-vascular activity for at least half an hour a day (usually closer to an hour) I was still 150 lbs. But I felt a lot better than I do now. I should go back to that.

Course, I felt a lot better when I was 130 lbs, eating as much (nearly) vegan food as I wanted (almost certainly more than 2000/day), working aprox 8 hours of manual labor a day, and working out with weights for about an hour or so a day enough to maintain my ability to bench press nearly my own weight (128 lbs). I was also 20 years old. ;)

but yeah, as you get older your body changes too, and you might find that you have to adjust your diet and/or exercise habits to accommodate that.

I think being healthier is a good goal for everyone, but get highly annoyed when people start comparing themselves to Barbie - especially when they think that the way for them to look like they want is to just stop eating (or eat some crazy fad diet)

Jul. 4th, 2008 01:12 pm (UTC)
There's no way I'd be able to keep a gym membership going with any seriousness. The visits would dwindle, then one day I'd just decide that I'm not doing it enough to justify the cost any more. I know me, that's exactly how it would go. However, cycling to work every day for the past year has been something I can really do and keep doing, it saves me money and time, and it's an hour of "free" low-impact cardio every day. Since July last year I've lost 8kg (17lb) in weight, which for me was all excess.

I just wrote an LJ entry about my experiences if you have the time to read through it; a lot of useful comments were sparked-off as well, giving me ideas for more entries about cycling as primary mode of transport.
Jul. 4th, 2008 02:27 pm (UTC)
thanks for that entry, it was very informative. you bring up a good point about being a cyclist in order to teach drivers to share the road and make it easier for more cyclists... i really like that!

I used to ride my bike everywhere. in college, I'd use my car maybe once a week. i went to high school in a wealthy area where everybody's daddy bought them an SUV at 16 and there was NO BIKE RACK (at a school!) but I rode my bike, just to stick it to them. And I definitely saw the worst behavior from drivers then.

I live six miles from my work, and could probably bike 3 days a week if I wanted. Unfortunately we have another office 12 miles from there, and we're frequently expected to switch sides of town for meetings, and we get 30 minutes and no more for that commute. but oh well.

the office has a bike rack and several other cyclers.

i own a mountain bike, so that's not the best. but it'll do, I guess.

one big question: if I get a flat on the way to work, am I just... late for work? I can't see fixing that in a few seconds on the road. we live in a hazardous, thorny area, too... it's one reason I reduced my recreational cycling, there are neat paths around here but I always got a flat and had to walk home.
Jul. 4th, 2008 08:50 pm (UTC)
I've had a flat on the way to work, yes I was about half an hour late and that was fine with my boss, they understand that once in a while shit happens that's out of your control and you can't help it. To make my repair as fast as possible, I actually carry a spare inner-tube with my in my little bike toolkit. That way, instead of sitting there trying to glue a patch onto the tube at the side of a busy highway as the minutes tick away, I just throw the new tube on and fix the holed one later when I get home.
Jul. 4th, 2008 04:21 pm (UTC)
Every summer I try to take up an exercise regimen, which usually works somewhat. When school starts and/or it gets cold, it goes out the window. It's not about weight for me. I have one of those metabolisms that wouldn't let me gain weight if I wanted to (means I'll always be skinnier than I'd like until my mid-40's, but on the balance, thanks be to God). Still, it's no fun being out of breath after walking up a couple flights of stairs, so I run. And this going to be the year that I start going to the gym when it gets cold. I hope...
Jul. 4th, 2008 09:55 pm (UTC)
You might want to check out Health At Every Size. It's less about obsessing about calories and exercise and more about listening to your body. What is your body REALLY craving? Running, swimming, or a walk? Milk and cereal, salad, or a sandwich? People have more success settling back into their natural weight ranges with HAES than with traditional diets as well.
Jul. 5th, 2008 07:06 pm (UTC)
Good for you for trying to take back control of your weight/health. It is so easy for weight to get out of hand. And then so difficult to lose it. I am on that difficult journey right now. I have the knowledge to do it, but my willpower when food is offered to me is nil. And living with my elderly mother who buys crap hasn't helped me any. But she's just been read the riot act by the doctor regarding her diet, and terrified her, so it's making it easier for me now. Yay!

Good luck.
Jul. 6th, 2008 03:19 am (UTC)
I hate to be one of the people offering unhelpful advice, but eating less is what worked for me. I cut down to one meal a day and tried to keep it more or less reasonable. At first I made a vague effort at keeping track of calories in order to establish that my instincts were appropriate for how much I was consuming, but beyond that I more or less stopped. Considering it's only one meal eating more than 1000-1500 calories is pretty damn hard. I avoided snacking at any other time or eating other meals and switched to diet soda.

I used the program associated with The Hacker's Diet to keep track of my weight and graph it daily to keep track of progress and even it out. This allowed me to notice if I was actually overeating and not noticing it and try to correct it appropriately.

Based on this alone I went down from about 185 lbs to 150 or so. In about 7 months or so. A little exercise will, of course, help keep your metabolism up, but as you're probably already aware does almost nothing to burn calories at anything even remotely approaching a reasonable rate.
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