Well this post is kind of off topic. Maybe I should put it under the category of mental health and fitness or stress management or aging without dignity. I did something foolish. I do a lot of foolish things actually but usually they don’t bite me in the butt as hard as this one. Here is the story. You may have noticed that in Canada this weekend is a long weekend because it is Thanksgiving here. I was invited down to my father’s house to celebrate with him and family on his side of his family. It was also my 50th birthday last week and I was expecting some extra fuss to be made over me. On that topic the YMCA ladies know how to make a proper fuss over a birthday gal!!!! Thanks again to everybody!
Don’t get excited yet! I still have to prove my theory through rigorous trials! I want to let my ten loyal readers know first! Yeah, I am using exclamation points on the end of each sentence. I am restraining myself from capitalizing every line so … deal with it! There is a possibility that I have found the magic bullet that allows me to lose weight almost effortlessly! I know! I know! I am this close to tears believe me! Will this cure work for you? UHhhh, I dunno!
My Head of Research at Fat Chicks Fitness Havva was kind enough to send this link to an article in the New York Times Magazine from yesterday. The article had a number of concepts I had heard before but also many I had not heard about. The article is fairly long and comprehensive. Enjoy! “…Fourteen years ago the heads of America’s biggest food companies held a secret meeting to discuss the early signs of an obesity epidemic. Did they agree to tackle the public health issue? Not exactly. They decided to profit from it, by making snack foods more addictive. Some industry figures now show a proper sense of shame. But the damage is done..” NY Times Magazine The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food
I can just tell this article is going to feel like giving a speech while naked! OK lets rip off the band-aid! I lost a pile of weight. I put a little bit back on and I have been sitting at the same weight for almost 2 years. Up 10 pounds then down 10 pounds. I’ll grant you I have tried some experiments that did not work out and I learned a few things about myself. I’ve been injured more than once for a long time now and that has added an extra level of difficulty to the challenge, but still I have a minimum of 150 pounds still to lose. I should be able to make some progress unless of course I am sabotaging my efforts. Dum, Dum, Dumb! The only reason to do that would be fear! So, what am I afraid of? Well like most people I am not a big risk taker and change is a risk. I have experienced some of my highest highs after taking a risk so I know stepping out of my comfort zone can be amazing. Hanging around in this big body, in my big comfortable chair, in my private … Continue reading
Unfortunately if I do that I have to work an extra half hour. Confession time. I don’t really pay attention during staff meetings or office one on ones. The kind of work I do means that somebody understands what I do. I just have to get accurate data to the next guy on time and nobody understand what he does either. I really have nothing to do with anybody else’s work in the office so generally nothing is discussed in these meetings that pertain to me. One day the Human Resources manager pointed out to me that I had taken a one hour lunch when I was only entitled to a half hour. Huh! When did that change? Like a year ago. Luckily I rarely take lunch at all and I put in a lot of unpaid overtime so the matter was dropped. Don’t get me wrong my employer does give me a bunch of perks that other companies would never give me. But, well now that it’s gone I want it back!
I think today I will talk about food and some strategies that are working for me. I know you are supposed to journal and I fight that tip every time I hear it. Well! I’m journaling just don’t call it that. I am using My Net Diary on my iPhone. Why does it work for me? Well first and foremost it doesn’t lie to me like much of the packaging at the store. I used to eat cereal, healthy cereal I thought. That was how it was packaged and presented. Put that in my handy dandy program and its telling me good job on the fibre but what’s with all this sugar and salt. Wait for this. The cereal was recommended by my doctor to get me more fibre. Anyway that has been a real help as I can scan barcodes at the store and see how different products compare quickly.
In yesterday’s article about the magic fork Crabby McSlacker commented that “a hint to slow the heck down when eating would probably be helpful too.” To which I thought I’ve read them all and I am not chewing my meat 15 times until it is sawdust in my mouth. Then I couldn’t come up with any other rules for slowing down your eating, so I looked it up on the internet. Turns out, there was a couple ideas that I didn’t reject outright with an imperious sniff and downward pointing thumb.
Bah Humbug! I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. I have found that I work best setting daily goals and assessing how I did as I wait to fall asleep each night. If I feel I came up short on a day then I try to push a little more the next day. If that doesn’t happen, I’m fine with it I just start fresh and forget the past. I know it seems like the slackers life plan but it works for me. I find even weekly goals are too far away and vacuous. Using visual representations for my goals like a gold star for each job completed or a monetary reward just doesn’t grab me. I can be a competitive person in the moment and that can help me in a tough workout but generally I don’t care who wins the race or gets the prize. Don’t think that didn’t drive some of my coaches crazy. My daily goal is just to stay in my healthy routine and once the routine is solid experiment with some additions or subtractions. When things got too far off the rails go back to the basics and get the routine running solid again.