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December 04, 2005

Busy days, but eating completely under control

These are busy, somewhat stressful days for me, but my eating is completely under control.

In fact, for what is I'm sure the first time in my life, I've gone 10 days in a row without a single sweet thing. And, not surprisingly, I'm finding that eliminating desset from my diet makes it easier to eat less than 2200 calories a day.

Even with my calorie reduction and seven days in a row of some type of exercise, I bet I still haven't made up for Thanksgiving's fun. I'm curious to see what the scale says next time I do an "official" weighing (in the morning at the Y after breakfast wearing shorts and a T-shirt).

December 11, 2005

More weight loss

I weighed 203 at the Y yesterday, meaning I'm three pounds less than my pre-Thanksgiving low and 123 pounds from my all-time high.

I realize for some people other factors may come into play, and that not eating enough can mess up one's metabolism and change formulas, but for me weight loss is quite simply a matter of math: expend more calories than you consume and the weight comes off. In addition to my 2200 promise I've been able to work out more frequently than normal, so the math is working in my behalf on both sides of the equation these days.

For a long, long time this was much easier said than done though!

December 24, 2005

To Binge or Not To Binge on Christmas Day?!?

I weighed 201 at the Y this morning -- I'm about to break below the 200s! BUT, tomorrow is Christmas, a free day from my 2500/2200 and "no sweets" promises. I've been debating with myself whether I should just eat normally and keep the weight loss momentum going, or fully enjoy the day and put off reaching my goal weight of 185 by another week or two. (I'm going to have exactly the same dilemma on New Year's Day.)

At this point, I'm planning to eat well, but not totally crazy. My family is planning to eat the evening meal at the local Mongolian Grill, which is going to be open, so that will help my calories out, as that place is as low-cal as it gets. (We moved into our new home two days ago and haven't unpacked the kitchen yet and thought eating out would be a nice way to celebrate as a family. We've "catered in" lasagna from A Taste of Italy for lunch as well. :)

My family's making brownies as I write this and at midnight tonight I'm going to get me a brownie and ice cream sundae!

I just can't express well the peace of mind I have knowing I can "climb down off the wagon" tomorrow, have a fun day, and then resume everything again the following day, no problem. That truly allows me to enjoy my fun days and illustrates the power of the Promise Diet to radically transform lives permanently. I am so thankful...

Merry Christmas to all!

Reflections on 2200 vs. 2500 (or, How many calories should I eat?)

It's been about a month now since I switched from eating no more than 2500 calories a day to eating no more than 2200 calories a day. During this time I have also been fairly active, going to the Y (especially for lifting weights 3x/week, but also for some cardio on "off days") and playing sports, including fun weekly full-court basketball, which I hadn't been doing before. And I'm not eating sweets, as opposed to having had limited sweets in my 2500 days.

I've lost about one pound a week during this time -- a total of four pounds.

And I've been hungry many times, in particular I've gone to bed hungry many times, feeling that for the first time since I began all of this I've been on "a diet".

I'm really wondering what my weight loss would have been had I stayed with 2500 calories a day. The math of weight loss tells me that, since losing a pound of fat means a reduction/expenditure of an extra 3500 calories, my 300 calories/day reduction should translate into an extra 0.6 lb/week, or 2.5 pounds in four weeks. That said, I wouldn't have been surprised to lose four pounds in four weeks with 2500 calories/day plus the exercise I've been doing.

(Perhaps I've gained some muscle mass with the weight lifting I've been doing, which would affect these numbers some of course. I continue to get stronger as I continue to lift weights.)

In other words, I'm wondering if 2500/day was my personal "sweet spot" -- no hunger with fairly steady weight loss, especially with plenty of exercise. Perhaps 2200/day is too little for me, especially with the regular weight lifting I'm doing, causing me to be hungry often and causing my metabolism to slow down, thus causing my weight loss to in effect slow down as well, to what it would have been more or less had I stuck with 2500.

I'll stick with the promised 2200 and get down to 185 and then relax a bit. But I'm developing a hypothesis that many dieters, especially those who are exercising, aren't eating enough when they start eating 1800 calories/day or less (for males, I realize women's numbers are different). Perhaps maybe they'd be better off not cutting down quite so much, to instead find their own personal "sweet spot", a number definitely higher than their Basal Metabolism?

If you're going to make a promise to limit calories, be careful you don't promise too low!!

(Perhaps I should mention that I'm 37 years old, 6'1", currently weigh 201 pounds (BMI 26.5), and have pretty much been lifting weights for a year and a half (although I still have a lot of upper-body strength to build. :). Shorter, taller, stronger, weaker, older, younger, lighter, and/or heavier people (especially female) would have different caloric "sweet spots", and most likely these sweet spots would shift downward over time anyway as one loses weight.)

December 27, 2005

A very sweet Christmas

A recipe for fun:

brownie(s)
Breyer's Oreo Cookie ice cream
chocolate chips
almond slivers
Hersey's hot fudge (heated up in microwave)

Put into a big bowl and enjoy.

Repeat several times during the course of 24 hours.

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Maybe it's because I hadn't had sweets in so long but this was really, really, really, really good. :)

Right before having the last bowl at 11:30 PM on Christmas Day, I told my wife, "I'm going to get me one more bowl, but then I'm not going to have any sweets on New Year's Day [my next free day]."

So, more more sweets until I get to 185 or until my daughter's birthday on March 26!

December 31, 2005

For success in the new year: Don't resolve; promise!

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