Archive for July, 2008

Got a good joke today

Saturday, July 26th, 2008

Catherine, a little girl in our old neighborhood, told me that she wanted to be President one day.

Both of her parents, liberal Democrats, were standing there with us and I asked Catherine, “If you were President what would be the first thing you would do?”

Catherine replied, “I would give houses to all the homeless people. ”

“Wow – what a worthy goal you have there Catherine. ” I told her (while both parents beamed), “but, you don’t have to wait until you’re President to do that. You can come over to my house and clean up all the dog poop in the back yard and I will pay you $5 dollars. Then we can go over to the grocery store where the homeless guy hangs out and you can give him the $5 dollars to use for a new house.”

Catherine (who was about 4) thought that over for a second and then replied, “Why doesn’t the homeless guy come over and clean up the dog poop himself and you can pay him the $5 dollar.”

Welcome to the Republican Party, Catherine….

Bouncing

Friday, July 25th, 2008

At the risk of turning this into a “diet blog”, I thought I’d mention a phenomenon of weight loss that I call “bouncing”.

I’ve read quite a bit about losing weight, and one of the things I see a lot is this advice:  Do NOT check your weight every day.  Well, nuts to that!  I’m obsesive in a lot of ways, and I want immediate gratification.  I don’t want to wait a week to check my weight.  I want to check it every day.

So here are my tips on checking your weight every day:

  1. Try to weigh at around the same time every day, and under the same conditions.  Example – I wake up every morning, use the bathroom, then get on the scale.  Why do this?  Consistency mostly.  If you weigh before breakfast one day, and after breakfast the next, then you have to try and figure out how much your breakfast weighs.  Pick a time, and a set of conditions and keep to it.
  2. Weigh in the buff.  (Please, for your sanity, do NOT try to visualize me doing this – it’s not pretty!).  Why weigh in the buff?  It’s about being honest with yourself.  You might be tempted to say “oh, these pants weigh at least two pounds” or “I’ve got heavy shoes on”.  If you’re not wearing any clothes, then you KNOW that the only thing being weighed is YOU.
  3. Get a digital scale.  Mine measures in half-pound increments (see earlier post, “269.5”).  Why digital?  Honesty again.  If it’s got a dial with little tics on it, you might be tempted to round up or down.  With digital, there is no ambiguity.

So, why all of that when the subject is “bouncing”.  Well, when I weigh every day, I notice that my weight bounces up and down.  Today I weighed 260.5 (approaching goal #2, yay me!).  Tomorrow, I may weigh less, or my weight may “bounce” back up.  I’ve noticed that I tend to follow a bit of a bouncing pattern.  Day one, I’ll be down one and a half or two pounds.  Day two, I’ll be down another pound.  Day three I’ll be down another half pound.  Day four I’ll bounce and be up a pound.  Then the cycle starts over.  If you do the math, it works out to losing two to two and a half pounds every four days.  Which, is GREAT!

The key is to not get freaked out by the “bounce”.  Sometimes it’s a one pound bounce, but I’ve bounced as much as three pounds in a day.  Sometimes I’ll bounce up a couple of days in a row, but then I’ll have a day where I lose four pounds.  I don’t have any idea why this is.  Maybe I ate something that’s taking longer to digest?  Maybe retaining a little more or a little less water?  Who knows?

Anyhow – I’ll probably continue posting about the weight loss.  Maybe it’s not so exciting for the general population to read, but hey – it’s exciting to me to be losing weight again!  And sharing my methods is as good a subject to post on as any.  :)

Approaching my goal

Monday, July 14th, 2008

So it’s been a week and I’m approaching my weight loss goal.  Fast eh?

It sounds a little silly, but when it comes to losing weight I feel it’s best to lower your standards.  I know that in the back of my mind my ultimate goal is around 220 pounds, but from day to day I set my sights on five pound increments.  Last Monday, I weighed 269.5.  This morning I weighed 265.5.  As this is my first goal, I’ve lowered my expectations even more and I’m shooting for an “even” 265.  I’m hopeful that tomorrow will see the attainment of that goal, and then I will have a new goal of 260 and so on.  I guess to me, five pounds seems possible where 50 pounds does not.  So I’m always aiming at the next five pounds.

Here’s a free weight loss tip from me:  Water.  Drink it.  Lots of it.  Lots and lots and lots of it.  I got one of those “mega mugs” from the local convenience store – it’s 64oz.  I fill it with water at work after I’m done drinking coffee in the morning, and then I just sip on it all day.  By quiting time, I’ve drained it.  When I get home, I drink another glass of water before dinner, and another glass of water with dinner.  The whole point is that water does not contain any calories, and your body will actually burn (a very few) calories just warming the water up to 98.6 degrees.  And if you’re stomach is full of water, then you don’t feel so hungry, and you’re not as likely to want to snack on things.  I could go on with the health benefits, but hey – I’m just trying to lose weight here, so the fact that water helps with that is key.  Everything else is just a bonus.

269.5

Monday, July 7th, 2008

That’s two-hundred-sixty-nine and one half pounds.  Pounds of what you ask?  Pounds of me, says I.  That’s what I weighed this morning, and that my friends is as high as I am willing to let that number get.

Four years ago or so I weight right around 270, and I decided that enough was enough.  I changed my eating habits – I didn’t go on a diet per-se, I just stopped stuffing myself.  I started exercising, and by that I mean I started walking.  Just 10 minutes a day at first.  Then after a few weeks 20 minutes.  Then 30 minutes a few weeks later.  Eventually I was walking about 50 minutes a day.  That’s all the exercise I did, but that’s all it takes.  After about five months, I was down to 215 pounds.

People noticed my progress, and I’d get asked what kind of diet was I on?  South Beach?  Atkins?  Nope…I was on the good old fashioned “Eat Less, Exercise More” diet, and I can state from personal experience that it works fabulously.

So what happened?  Well, about three years ago or so, my Dad died.  I lost all enthusiasm for exercise so that stopped.  Gradually I began to eat more.  Gradually I began to gain weight again.  And here I am looking at 269.5 again.

They say time heals all wounds, and I’ve healed.  And I’m tired of being fat again.  So, starting today I have changed my lifestyle back to the healthy one I gave up on.  The one where I eat less and exercise more.  We’ll have to see what November (5 months from now) brings.