Thursday, February 04, 2010
When you break it down, there are two kinds of sports championship symbols. A trophy and a championship belt. Both of them can take various forms and appearances but there are only two concepts.
Trophy: After busting your butt for a season/year/lifetime, competing against the best, you prove yourself superior to the all of the competition. You are handed a trophy/medal that says you were the top for the finals of that year. No one can ever take that away from you. Next year you can lose every competition, but the trophy you won remains on your mantle as a symbol of victory.
Championship belt: There is someone who is the best in your sport. You fight them. You beat them. You become known as the best. The title belt is yours. It is defended every time you compete. One bad night and you get to "enjoy" the same experience that your predecessor enjoyed when you whupped em'. The pressure is always on. You can lose it any day.
I'm a trophy kind of guy. I like being able to say "I was once the greatest". It gives me freedom to have a great future year/season, not win that year's award/trophy/medal and still hold my head up high. It almost is enjoyable to watch someone else take over as top dog.
This has been my whole life: striving for top honors at school. Being awarded member of the month at my fitness club (years ago). Winning at an office sports tournament. No one can ever take those away.
Weight loss is the exact opposite. When I get down to my goal weight, I will only stay there if I continue doing well eating-wise. I always feel like I'm just a candy bar away from falling off the wagon. Like last time, I'm one illness away from losing motivation to go to the gym.
This week has been horrible eating-wise. Put it to you this way: If I gain weight this week, it's not the Cheeto's fault. In trying to lose weight it feels like I'm always lying on the bench trying to lift too much weight and that at any given point it will all come crashing down on my chest and throat. I'm burning out. Not just on this weight loss thing, but definitely on it.
Three short years after being in nearly perfect shape, I was too fat to even be in my church's choir (*1). I went from enjoying slim jeans fitting perfectly and getting random compliments on my personal appearance to only having two pairs of fat pants that fit. It happened in no time. I went from being someone that my girlfriend at the time thought was extremely handsome to being someone she looked at with pity two years after we had broken up when we ran into each other.
It's not not winning the belt that scares me. It's being able to keep it.
- TD Out
(*1) When I lost 10 pounds the director told me that I could join. I politely declined. Yeah, I know, why did I leave that church exactly?
Monday, February 01, 2010
In her book "The Great American Detox Diet", Alex Jamieson recounts the moment that the idea for "SuperSize Me" was conceived. She and her boyfriend, Morgan Spurlock, were watching a news report on the McDonalds lawsuit. Apparently a spokesperson for McDonalds made some kind of comment to the tune of "McDonalds food is perfectly normal healthy food". Morgan, taken aback by the comment, said basically that if that was the case, then he should be able to eat McDonalds three times a day and it shouldn't impact his health.
Now years later, I read an equally troubling comment (*en1) about eating in "moderation". Apparently "THEY" say that when trying to lose weight, one can eat any food in moderation (whoever "THEY" are (*en2)). Well, to that I say "Harumph!!"(*en3). This simply can't be. I must stop the INSANITY (*en4).
So here's what I'm going to do: I'm going to beat "THEY" at their own game. I will:
* Eat reasonably healthfully (details below) and track my calories.
* Exercise 3-5 hours a week as I have (Mix of cardio, strength and core)
* Motivation? Well, my SparkFriends give me that(*en5).
* Eat a small 160 calorie bag of Cheetos (Look MAW / "THEY"!! Moderation!!)
If the person selling me the Cheetos (a) asks me if I want a larger bag, (b)makes fun of me/my masculinity/my ancestry for buying a small bag (*en6), or (c)starts whistling "Turkey in the Straw"(*en7), then I will either upgrade to the 320 calorie sized bag or eat two of the 160 calorie sized ones.
My starting weight is: 209.4
Get ready to eat your words, "THEY".......
(*en1) To him, anyway.
(*en2) "THEY" are people who know what they are talking about (a category of people that "NIT-WIT" generally gets easily confused by).
(*en3) That's British for "OMG like, as IF!!"
(*en4) And yet, he's going to post another blog next week. Sigh.
(*en5) Amen! Wow, he said something accurate. Whoda thunk?
(*en6) Kids can be so cruel.
(*en7) Don't ask. Trust me, don't ask.
Eating Plan Details:
* 4 oz Lean Protein fried in 1T Olive Oil
* 1/2C Fiber one & Soy Milk
* 1/3C Multigrain Hot cereal/Oats with 2T Peanut Butter
* Whatever Dave serves at the cafeteria. Vegetables as sides when available. Will eat out on weekends.
* 1/2C Fiber one & Soy Milk
* Copious fruits and vegetables
* If hungry: 1/3C Multigrain Hot cereal/Oatmeal with 2T Peanut Butter
* Will eat home cooked meals mostly (Maybe eat out 1-2 times per week)
* Fage or Kefir with berries (and flax seeds if low on Omega 3's) or similar 100-200 calorie snack
My calories usually come out to 2500-2900. Weekends will have the same calories but different foods.
Saturday, January 30, 2010
You hear people say it about bad things all the time. There's never a good time to...fill in the blank. Never a good day to be sick, get locked out of your car/house, lose your job, etc. In general I agree with such statements (Although I once got locked out of my car on a warm Spring day that I had off from work and had nothing scheduled until hours from then. Couldn't think of a better time personally).
So I'm hearing that everyone is getting this cold in my office. I hate taking sick days if I can avoid it. I'll absolutely do it if I'm actually sick, but still. I hate getting sick when I'm on vacation or have a day off as well. That leaves, you guessed it, Weekends. On Thursday, I was talking with a co-worker and said, "I hope that if I catch this stupid cold going around that I get it on a Weekend".
Sure shooting, late Friday afternoon, I started getting the sniffles. Today I've got the whole kit and caboodle: Sniffles, sneezing, burning sinuses etc. And the cool thing is that this weekend I had nothing actually planned anyway. Monday I will be mostly recovered but have the really deep voice so I can do my Barry White/Isaac Hayes impersonation (w00t!!!11) for my poor co-workers to enjoy/endure/suffer.
Plus I will be healthy enough later in the week to get my four hours of exercise in for my blogumentary. How cool is that?
Ahhhh, the 1990's are going to be a great decade.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
OK, here's my conundrum. I read on this here SparkPeople interweb site that I can eat anything I want in "moderation" while building a "healthy" lifestyle. Makes sense......or DOES IT (Dramatic conundrum music flashes)? I'm sorry, I'm just not buying it. Yeah, sure I've lost almost fifteen pounds while eating out at least once a day and having a candy bar or potato chips on most afternoons. But let's be realistic.....How do I know that I actually lost the weight (Selah)?
I read so many people who start this and other diets say that they are going to stop eating all of these "bad" and "sinful" and "awful" and "(insert-your-favorite-pejorative-adjectiv
e-here)" foods. Give 'em up for good. You know which ones I mean: carbs, sugar, chocolate, deep-fried butter, pasta, glue (*en1), etc.
You see, Mr. Chris Downie (If that is in fact his real name(*en2)) thinks that I'm stupid(*en3). That I'm going to believe him just because he runs a healthy lifestyle site. Oh and then there's Coach Nicole talking the same rubbish, the same poppy-cock, the same balderdash, the same banana oil (pardon my language).
Oh yeah, really!!? Well let me ask you this, "Could they kick my b@#t?"(*en4). I rest my case.
So here it is. In the spirit of Morgan Spurlock, I will unleash my Blogumentary starting in February........"Cheeto-Size Me!!!!" Here's the deal. I will prove them wrong. I will eat healthfully every day in February(*en5) and continue my core, cardio and strength exercises. However, every day, I also will eat Cheetos (mmm MMM, I loves me my Cheetos, so I's gonna eats me my Cheetos). And I will do it on Their Terms!!! In Moderation(*en6)
So in conclusion(*en7), for the entire month of February, I'm going to eat really healthy, as I have been, and I'm going to exercise at least 4 hours/week. At the same time, I'm going to eat a snack sized bag of Cheetos every day. Be ready to watch my diet go down in Flames!!!!
I will blog about it once a week.
(en1) He's just seeing if you're still reading. I probably wouldn't be.
(en2) It is.
(en3) A really tough case to argue against.
(en4) Yes they easily could: Coach Nicole with both hands tied behind her back and Chris Downie probably could while on horse tranquilizers.
(en5) Unless he has a bad day or two. We all have bad days.
(en6) Snack size bags are 160 calories. Quite reasonable.
(en7) Thank goodness, I thought that he'd never shut up.
Monday, January 25, 2010
I have a confession. Of the five months or so that I've been on SparkPeople, I've kept to my calorie range a grand total of twice. Yes, you read that right. Twice.
In my earlier blogs, I used to refer to my range as being 2700-2900. It wasn't then nor is it now. I saw the range that SP gave me and said, "Forget that, I couldn't do that on my best day". Even now after making several positive adjustments to my eating. I'm still eating 2500-2600 on most days(about 100 more than my range).
SparkPeople provides a calorie range based on where you are and where you need to be. The numbers appear to be a range by which one can safely lose 1-2 pounds. It's a good guideline and I hope to be there someday.
When I was looking into calorie cycling, I found the concept of the BMR. Basically it's the rate that your body will burn calories if you do absolutely nothing on a given day. This rate changes the more active you are. If you either eat 500 calories less per day, or burn it exercising you will lose a pound.
I bring this up because I see people who are trying really hard beat themselves up for going like 200 calories above their range. It saddens me, frankly. These people have a good/great week and get upset with themselves for having a bad day. This results in them losing 0.8-1.8 pounds rather than 1-2.
As a result of only making minor changes and not quite hitting my range, I've lost 15 pounds in 21 weeks. Again, you read that right. Do the math, that comes to about .8 pounds per week. Generally far less if you consider that I've had two weeks where I lost over 3 pounds. Not too impressive, eh?
If I had dogmatically kept to my range, made huge changes, given up all of my "sinful" foods, I could have been at my goal weight weeks ago. Right? In theory, yes. In reality, no, not really. I would have felt restricted and would have burnt out. Happened on every other diet I tried.
I want a changed life. I want to enjoy the journey to health. There have been times when I forced myself to eat bad foods that I no longer enjoyed, because I wanted to give my body time to adjust well to the other changes that I was making. To some extent, I'm still doing that in certain areas today. They will be addressed eventually, but not now.
I am very happy with my progress and will continue to make very small changes, not restricting myself from eating foods (unless they are addictive). It will take me longer than most people to get to my goal....
But I wouldn't have it any other way.
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