Sunday, December 01, 2013
Taking a different bus to work - one that requires a mile and a half walk - seems to be working. Of course, it brings a substantial temptation - it drops me off right in front of Mc Donald's. Common sense factors hugely here: not eating breakfast twice, limiting myself to about 500 calories at McDonald's, skipping McD's all together, popping in for a smoothie or low calorie drink only (I have researched diet soda and found it to be a useful tool - the biggest problem we have is OVERCOMPENSATING for perceived caloric savings: "Go ahead and supersize those fries and give me a double bacon cheeseburger with that diet Coke.").
I'm feeling hopeful about my 1 lb a week goal. It's going to be a challenge to only weigh myself once a week - overweighing has been a problem in the past. Some results are immediate - I'm already seeing an increase in my energy level!
As to my recreational activity, I can start gay bowling two weeks from today. It ain't mountain climbing, but it's active, social and it gets me out of the house. It's important that I have some interaction with my community. There are a myriad of gay recreational groups in Portland - everything from hiking to square dancing - my work schedule presents a challenge because I work most evenings except Sundays and Mondays. I'll keep exploring.
Weight correction: My scale was a bit off in my favor. I'm starting this leg of my journey at 234, not 236. I'm still giving myself until next Oct 1 to achieve 199 or below.