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Progress… ish.

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

Report:

S – 1200 kcal consumed, 0 miles walked, 100 kcal exercised:  -10 pts

S –  990 kcal consumed, 2 miles walked, 0 kcal exercised: 20 pts

M – 2200 kcal consumed, 2 miles walked, 0 kcal exercised: -100 pts

T – 995 kcal consumed, 2 miles walked, 0 kcal exercised: 20 pts

W – 1340 kcal consumed, 2 miles walked, 0 kcal exercised: -20 pts

T – 990 kcal consumed, 1 mile walked, 100 kcal exercised: 20 pts

Last week’s weight: 103.9 kg

This week’s weight: 103.7 kg

Weight difference: -0.7 kg (25 pts)

Total ponts: -45

Progress… ish.

So, technically I weigh less than I did last week, in real terms my weight hasn’t really shifted all that much, which is something that I lay squarely at the feet of comfort-eating.

Comfort-eating’s probably one of my greatest enemies in my grand goal of weight-loss. As many of you know, I’m constantly fending off my old friends depression, anxiety and low self-esteem (all qualities that make me exceptionally well-suited to a career in creativity, of course). Eating is one of my favourite activities, as it requires relatively little effort for a good return on enjoyability. While this would be fine if I were content to stick to fruit and other healthy alternatives, I don’t get the same level of satisfaction as if I were to have something stodgy and substantial.

What I’ve discovered this week was quite effective in curbing the cravings, on Thursday night in particular, was simple monitoring of my weight. Weight really should be something that’s measured over longer time periods in order to eliminate minor variations. However, when faced with the temptation to eat more than I should, simply viewing how much progress I have to make is an excellent way of convincing myself to stick to the plan.

Of course, this is strong negative conditioning; not particularly useful during my darker moods. However, as it’s getting lighter, I’m finding it easier to motivate myself to do more exercise. When I do my exercise, I do genuinely feel better. I feel invigorated, my mood improves, and my appetite actually decreases. Definitely an avenue worth pursuing, I reckon!

Here’s to better results next week!

M.

Toughing It Out

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

Report:

S – 975 kcal consumed, 0 miles walked, 0 kcal exercised:  0 pts

S – 960 kcal consumed, 0 miles walked, 0 kcal exercised: 0 pts

M – 1800 kcal consumed, 2 miles walked, 0 kcal exercised: -60 pts

T – 1200 kcal consumed, 2 miles walked, 0 kcal exercised: 0 pts

W – 990 kcal consumed, 2 miles walked, 0 kcal exercised: 20 pts

T – 990 kcal consumed, 2 miles walked, 0 kcal exercised: 20 pts

Last week’s weight: 102.8 kg

This week’s weight: 102.8 kg

Weight difference: 0 kg (+0 pts)

Total ponts: -20

Toughing It Out

Not the greatest week I’ve had, weight-loss wise, but certainly not the worst either! It’s been a tough week, with some fairly stressful activity going on; more on that later, possibly. And, as is my wont, I’ve succumbed to comfort eating to get me through it.

What’s interesting is that, somehow, it doesn’t seem ‘real’ until I do this writeup. Even though I KNOW when I’m eating more than I should, because I tend to avoid the scales until the end of the week it doesn’t FEEL like I’m eating too much. But, once the figures are there in front of me, and I look at the chart, I can actually quantify the lack of progress.

As I’ve mentioned before, the key is not to get frustrated. What I need to do is address the root cause of my problem – namely, the stress. Remove the stress, and you remove the ‘excuse’ to begin comfort-eating. What do you do, however, when the source of said stress is just something you have to put up with for a period of time?

I’ll be honest, I don’t rightly know! But what I’ll be doing over the next week is figuring out what I can do to mitigate the desire to eat. In this instance, I don’t think sublimation is going to work, as the desire to eat is in itself a sublimation of the anxiety I’m experiencing. Any suggestions on actions to take would be greatly welcomed!

M.