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Dec. 3rd, 2008 12:34 pm Chilly run

Finally wrenching free of my post-Thanksgiving food coma/slump, I dragged myself out of the house around 10:30 today and walked down to the Embarcadero. I was tired and it was chilly and I really wanted to stay in bed or at least stay home and play Nethack, but I'm glad I forced myself to get out of the apartment. I jogged from the Ferry Building to North Point and back in 29 minutes, for a bit over 12 1/2 min/mile pace. Not quick but should help make up for the missed runs Sunday and yesterday (though I did walk 30 minutes yesterday at a fairly brisk pace).

Having finished all I will allow myself to eat of the Thanksgiving leftovers, I've been eating better the last few days - more greens, like chard, broccoli, and spinach. Though I'm now chowing down on some leftover stuffed (vegan) pizza boyziggy brought home, at least I didn't eat it last night when I really wanted to. Not eating within two hours of bedtime, and waiting ten minutes after eating before deciding whether to have seconds, are two great weight-loss tips that can apply to any diet.

Nighttime is about the only time I do feel a bit deprived. Not famished, but a little hungry, and it takes willpower not to eat anything because I know those calories will not get burned off. I actually dreamed of donuts last night, which was strange. But I think it might have been related to watching the "Obesity" episode of Penn and Teller's Bullshit! series. It was embarrassingly unscientific, but they did make some good points about our society's obsession with weight loss. I still like to think of what I'm doing as getting fit and healthy rather than targeting a specific weight or clothing size, but I must admit I have a preference for a slimmer figure. Not skinny - I like curves - but without much noticeable excess fat. Getting there will require a lot more work and dedication, but I think the results will be worth it.

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Date:December 4th, 2008 12:21 am (UTC)
I remember recently reading that it doesn't matter when you eat. Calories are Calories, whether at breakfast or before bedtime.

Although most people may not realize that Calories are not calories, a Calorie is 1000 calories.
Date:December 4th, 2008 12:25 am (UTC)
I've read in a number of places that raising your metabolism via exercise and eating earlier in the day affects the rate at which you burn calories. So even though that pizza had the same number of calories whether I ate it last night at 11 p.m. or today at noon, if I'd eaten it last night it would have sat in my stomach while I slept and my body was at a very low rate of metabolism. By waiting till today I have a better chance of burning off more of the calories, even though I did my vigorous exercise before I ate the pizza.