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Jun. 13th, 2007 10:47 am Taking charge - Two week report

It's been two weeks since I announced I was taking charge of my health again. I said I wasn't going to weigh myself but of course I couldn't resist temptation; I'm down about 3 or 4 pounds, to 148 1/2 (I don't remember exactly what my weight was when I started). My belt's tightened another notch, but more importantly, I feel more confident and have somewhat more energy.

I've only gone jogging the one time - having a really hard time getting up early enough in the morning to do it - but I am still walking almost every day, 45 minutes either to/from work or twice that when I walk both ways. The warmer weather is lovely, but it does make aerobic walking a bit harder as I break out a sweat sooner.

Diet is going well; I am enjoying my food and not feeling deprived or hungry all the time. My typical day starts with tea (usually decaf) and oatmeal with soymilk and fruit. Sometimes I'll have brown rice or baked yams with fruit instead. Lunch might be a baked potato and soup/chili or salad with beans. Snacks are normally raw fruits, sometimes raw veggies. Dinner will likely be more potatoes, yams, or brown rice with cooked vegetables. Last night I allowed myself whole-wheat pasta, making sure to add lots of broccoli. I have not stuck to these healthy whole foods exclusively, but they make up the bulk of my diet. Once I lose more weight and have a greater store of discipline, I can probably allow myself more flour products without harm.

Good health is my primary goal for losing weight. I know there is controversy over this subject, but I do believe that excess fat increases the risk of many diseases including cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Now that I'm approaching my late 30s, my body doesn't have the resiliency it once did, and I don't feel I can get away with eating junk food and not exercising anymore without suffering near-term consequences.

Energy level is another important goal. It is simply harder to move when I'm carrying more weight. That's part of why jogging has been much harder this time around than when I first started running races about ten years ago. It isn't just my age; I was one of the younger participants in the Lake Merritt Joggers and Striders, and people 10-20 years older literally left me in the dust on those 5 and 10K runs around the lake. Still, I managed to compete in these races regularly, and even complete a half marathon in 2000. Trying to accomplish the same thing again two years ago was immensely frustrating. I would like to have the stamina to, if not finish a long race again, at least do more physically intense activity like hiking without getting tired as quickly.

Aesthetics is not my primary concern for weight loss, though I would really like to get rid of my double chin, and from previous experience I know that's the last thing to go. I would like less belly fat as well.

So that's where I am now. If I can stick to these lifestyle choices, I have no doubt I will have success. I just need to remind myself that eating well and working out = feeling good, even if it takes a bit more time and effort.

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Date:June 13th, 2007 07:01 pm (UTC)
Having the energy to get out and be active is really important. I know I had a hard time convincing myself to be active when I weighed just 10lb more than I do now. I ALSO had a hard time trying to convince myself to be active while I was dieting though, so I've mostly given up on my "goal weight" and decided to stay as active as I can while hauling an extra 15lb around, since it still seems to be below the weight threshold that limits my activity.
Date:June 14th, 2007 06:49 pm (UTC)
I'm sure I'm not the first one to tell you "you certainly don't look like you need to lose 15 lbs!" ;-) But it's the physics, not the aesthetics, that matters when it comes to moving our bodies.