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June 14th, 2004
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Another day, another decade
No, I'm not abandoning my unhealthy fascination for all things 80s.

I just rolled over the tens digit on my fancy digital scale. Woohoo!

I've taken pictures each time I've crossed a "decade" marker, and since I've lost 16 pounds, that's two pictures plus the first picture... anyway, I've got three pictures of me, and I don't think I could put them in order by looking at them. So that's not so good. But every now and then when I just see the bathroom mirror out of the corner of my eye, I think I see a thinner guy. So that may be a good thing.

Speaking of fancy digital scale, I'm impressed with it. It measures to the fifth of a pound, so I can use decimal points as I track my weight. That's kinda cool. What surprises me more, though, is that if I get on it and weigh myself, and step off and get on and weigh myself again, it gives me the same number. You'd hope that's what would happen, but you know, calibration, cosmic rays, gremlins, whatever, I'm surprised that I get the same number over and over (and sometimes disappointed when the number's high and I re-weigh myself, and don't get any better news).

Also, another self-congratulatory set of numbers: I'm about 1/4 of the way to my goal.

It's weird - I'm a certain amount of proud about having lost 16 pounds. It doesn't take much math to figure out that I want to lose at least another 48. Or that overall, 64 pounds turned out to be my goal. And while I like the number 64 (I am a geek), it just worked out that way. So I can say 16 and be happy, but that 48 number still gives me the willies. We'll see, maybe I can look at the road ahead of me with confidence as I hit my 50% mark. My geeky spreadsheet predicts sometime in August for that - we'll see.

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From:kiffle
Date:June 14th, 2004 03:37 pm (UTC)
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I have to "calibrate" my scale every time I move it. Which includes stepping on and off it real quick-like. Whatever. But since I move it every time I use it, I have to do that. But once it's done, it gives me the same reading no matter how many times I weigh. But it's a cheap Target digital scale.

Anyway, what I really meant to say was Go You!
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From:tsmaster
Date:June 14th, 2004 04:53 pm (UTC)
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Thanks!

Maybe my old scale was just wildly random. If I'm remembering correctly, I could get a variation of a pound or two from one reading to the next.
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From:moonlightnrain
Date:June 14th, 2004 03:39 pm (UTC)
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maybe I missed the post, and maybe, also, I'm too lazy to go and try to find it... but how are you accomplishing your goals?

also, congratulations! I have another 5 pounds (or hopefully less) to go before I hit the 1/4 mark. I'm jealous, but in the "someday that'll be me" way.
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From:tsmaster
Date:June 14th, 2004 04:23 pm (UTC)
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> How are you accomplishing your goals?

I started with going to a friend's wedding last month (Pictures here, and also here.

If you follow the second link (the page with a lavender background), the guy in the first photo in the dark shirt - no, that's not me (ha!), his name is Erik - he's a college buddy that's lost a LOT of weight in the past ten years. He's looking much better today than he did when I met him his Freshman year in college, 14 years ago.

Combine the inspiration of his progress with looking at my own pictures from that event - I'm not as healthy as I was even 6 years ago.

So. I keep those images in mind. That's not really directly answering your question, but it's part of how I keep going.

The practical daily regimen answer to your question is that I've been exercising a bunch more than I had been. I've been holding myself to a target of at least 500 calories worth of walking on the treadmill a day. If I put on some hour-long TV show that TiVo has waiting for me, I find that an hour of walking at 3.4 mph at 3.0 (degrees? percent? I still don't know) incline burns over 500 calories, and is pretty bearable.

In addition to that, I've been trying to cut back on portion sizes a bit at meals and being more conscientious about what I eat in general. But I'm not making huge changes to my eating habits there (yet). It seems like I can get good results by making small changes elsewhere first.

But while I take inspiration from Erik's example, I also expect that it won't all be easy, a lesson that I'm trying to learn from a comment that he made when someone asked him how he's lost all the weight that he's lost so far. He mentioned a few things, but I think the important one was that he was identifying and eliminating bad habits and the way he thought about food.

So, I offer that to you all. Change your habits and think differently about food. The rest comes for free.
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From:moonlightnrain
Date:June 14th, 2004 04:43 pm (UTC)
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thank you for both explanations. I think the "no drastic changes" thing works best for me. I try to think of ADDING more healthy foods than taking anything away from my diet. and if I do that, I just naturally cannot cram much of the unhealthy crap in.

now I just really need to start on the exercise thing. I lack motivation. ugh.
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From:jsmitty_o
Date:June 14th, 2004 04:13 pm (UTC)

Bastard

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(faux crabby mode)I hate that men lose weight more quickly then women. It's so unfair. (/faux crabby mode)

And yes, I am that lazy to look up/remember the HTML code for a left and right angled bracket. =)

But in all seriousness... Yay you!!! That's wonderful progress and I'm very happy for you, even if a wee bit jealous, too. =}
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From:tsmaster
Date:June 14th, 2004 04:27 pm (UTC)

Re: Bastard

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(Playing along with the crabbiness for a moment)
If it was so easy for me to lose these 16 pounds, why didn't I do it before?

But seriously, thanks.
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From:tsmaster
Date:June 14th, 2004 04:56 pm (UTC)

Re: Bastard

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my quip reads more as I intended if I phrase it:

If it was THIS easy to lose these 16 pounds, why didn't I do it before?

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