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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Kicking ass, taking names...

Sometimes I write post titles that have very little to do with what I intend to say.  This is one of those times.  Sadly, I have done no ass kicking, nor name taking.

But I do feel like I have taken steps to get back to where I want to be.  To re-cap, I had surgery last February and was very sick for several weeks.  During that time, I lost 20 lbs.  I didn't need to lose the weight, but I wasn't sad about it.  I maintained the loss after I recovered for about six months, but in about August I started re-gaining.

I didn't really change anything that I was doing.  Maybe it just took that long for my body to heal completely.  Between August and a couple of weeks ago, I gained about 16 lbs. 

More than five years ago, I lost 110 lbs.  I have maintained that loss for that long, but my weight has fluctuated some in those years.  Back when I was obese, I thought that once I got to my goal weight I wouldn't have to worry about my weight again.  Since then I have learned that it is something I have to work on every day and I will have to continue to do so for the rest of life. 

The thing that I find especially frustrating is that I have experienced weight gains even though I am doing all the right things.  I make good food choices.  I use MFP to track my food.  I exercise like a mo fo.  I drink water.  I weigh myself regularly.  Back in my obesity days, I would either be following some really rigid diet or I would be eating whatever I wanted without regard for calories, fat, protein, etc.  When I went on a diet, it would be easy to make changes because there were lots of things I was doing wrong.  But now the tweaks I make are much more subtle.

I have been eating dessert pretty much every night.  I've also been drinking (relatively) high-calorie coffee drinks every work day.  My meals have been very good and healthy, but those two areas were clearly becoming a problem.  In the last two weeks I have been eating a lower calorie dessert most nights (a tablespoon of cookie butter on a rice cake).  I've also been having a protein drink for lunch on the days I'm having coffee so I'm ending the day at 1,200 - 1,300 calories or so.  I've lost three pounds.  I think I would like to lose three more so that I weigh 160.  I've had a few days where I ate more than that (including today), but I am mostly staying around those numbers.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

January Blahs

The weather in Eugene, Oregon is CRAP.  Days of rain and cold and wind.  It is wet and gross.  I haven't seen the sun in weeks.  It hasn't been cold enough to snow, except for a light dusting on January 2nd.

My plan was to win that 1.5 billion power ball jackpot and move somewhere warm and sunny, but THAT didn't happen.

I continue to exercise outdoors, despite the bad weather.  I was looking at my rain pants today and they are covered with dried dirt.  I have to wear them pretty much every time I go out.  I think I wore them three times (maybe five?) all last year and I haven't started exercising more or anything.  Yes, I am complaining that the drought is over.  Fucking, el niƱo.

I am shaking up my calorie goals again because I just can't seem to get it right.

And what's up with celebrities dropping dead all over the place?

I'm already thoroughly over the elections.

But overall, things are good.