Friday, December 25, 2009

Holiday Snacks

I have a tough time staying away from trays of treats during the holidays.  I haven't really found a trick to help yet.  I just have to keep telling myself that I'm not really hungry.  I have found drinking more water helps.  And if you are drinking alcohol, then don't eat at all.  The two don't mix well.


Saturday, December 19, 2009

be brave enought to go without

My fight is an emotional one.  I eat because I want to - not because I"m hungry.  It helps to know we are not alone.  If we get together for any reason, we bring food.  Birthday - bring food. Wedding - bring food. Christmas - bring food.  Sad - eat; happy - eat; mad - eat. etc.... 

Try getting together without bring snacks.  Leave the kitchen until you feel full. 

Any ideas out there?


Friday, November 27, 2009

Fighting the Fight

I thought it would be easier.  I thought my less eating would allow the weight to melt off, but the weight is still here.  I eat less than ever, and I exercise more than ever.  Why isn't the weight going away faster?  I don't have that answer. I can only assume that my body's psychological set-point has lowered from 235 to 200.  My calorie consumption evidently matches the weight I'm at now, but I don't want to be at this weight.  I'm still about 15 to 20 pounds over what I think I should be at -- "should" being a strange word to use.

I'm still fighting.  If your heavy, read this blog; there is hope.  Fight the fight.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

spend less lose weight?

I've been having trouble getting my snacking under control.  My wife and I agreed to get on a budget, and the budget forced me to realize I was spending about 1200 dollars per year on coffee, and about 500 bucks per year in a vending machine for pop -- not counting all the extra candy bars, chips, etc...

When I decided to stop spending the extra money, I was forced to also stop consuming so much extra waste and junk food.

Weight is back down below 200 and feeling great.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Creeping back on... 15 pounds from my all-time low of 185

I've been around 195 for most of the summer (2009), and I've crept up to 200 to 202 for the past couple of months.  It's time to go back to the basics.  I find myself eating to being stuffed again.  I graze around the kitchen at night when I'm not even that hungry. 

I've used Paul McKenna's book, "I can make you thin." ISBN 978-1-4027-6571-1, and I'll use it again.
Here's the amazon link:

First step: hide the bathroom scale. check; it's in the closet.  Nov 1st is next weigh in.

Second step: If I think of eating when not hungry, try to change what I'm doing to a different activity.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

intense short term goal to distract from negative news

With all the sad news about what might or might not happen, how do I focus on the simple task of what's next? I'm in sales.  I won't sell more by worrying about what might happen.  

My solution is to attempt a mighty effort that will distract me from idle wondering about bad news.  Since I'm in sales, I believe that the more people I talk to the more chances to sell something I will discover -- shots on goal idea.

I'm setting a goal of 100 face-to-face visits for April.  Starting today.  

I'll post the struggle to meet this goal.  In my line of business, this is a large number. I visit hospitals for a living, and I attempt to help them envision a better IT infrastructure.  


Friday, February 13, 2009

pep rally

First a quiz:
1) Is $2:50 a lot for a gallon of gas?
2) Is 48 degrees farenheit cold?
3) Is 60 thousand per year a lot of money?
4) Is 5% return on investment good?

Can you see that the answer to the questions always depends on you? $2:50 for gass is good news if you've been paying $4:00. You must make a choice. Either way choose good or bad it is up to you.

One day I realized that my emotions about the weather, unemployment rate, price of gas, or type of car I drove are more about my choices than the condition itself. I am not suggesting we leave sanity at the door. Obviously a car that doesn't get me to work, price of gas beyond what I can pay, or temperature that freezes your skin are real boundries.

I'm thinking about the other 90+% of our lives that fit between the boundries. Our mental life is more like bowling. As long as we stay out of the gutters, a little curve could be a good thing.

My request to you is a simple one. Make a decision about today and live on purpose. Remember what it felt like to have a great year? Is it okay to make a choice to feel that way every year? I think it is.