A little positive news. My weight has been going up over the winter. I have been going through a reality check around diet and exercise over the last several weeks. I have made some changes, and I am starting to notice the results.
I was not been losing weight last summer. In spite of serious exercise, my weight hovered in the 149-152 pound range. I was generally avoiding burgers and fries and making a lot of healthy choices, but that wasn’t good enough. I was eating as if as if I was an athlete or a teenager. I often had large subs at lunch, donuts with my coffee, a beer after work, another drink or a glass of wine when I set down to read in the evening. I thought that if I was exercising hard, I would get the situation under control. There was a flaw in my logic. I was exercising a lot and I wasn’t losing weight.
My exercise became less frequent after the end of September. In October and November I rode occasionally and walked to work. By December, no more rides – a few hours of skating. In January and February I was able to add a few hours skiing. My clothes still fit – I was still comfortable in pants with a 32 inch waist. But while those clothes had been a little loose last summer, they have started to fit better, and I have let my belts out a notch. I suspected my weight was creeping up but I didn’t check.
About 5 weeks ago I eliminated most of the donuts, and switched to zero-alcohol beer and diet soft drinks. I allow myself a martini on the weekend, regular beer when I go out, but only an occasional real beer at home. I called it Lenten abstinence at first. About 3 weeks ago I weighed in at 162.5. I believed I had stopped the slow gain, but I wasn’t sure I was starting to lose weight. I began to pay attention to portion size and content. I have not exercised any more in the last 3 weeks than in the preceding months. I walk to work, I ski once or twice a week, weather permitting. Today I weighed in at 157.
I haven’t given up anything that I like. I am eating less and making sure to take less calories in fluids. I have started to assess how much I can eat without putting on weight and how to get things I enjoy within limits. I have faced the fact that when I eat out, I am generally getting portions that are too much for a larger person, and way too much for me.
When I was a teenager I weighed less than 130 pounds. I really should be under 140 pounds, perhaps under 135 pounds. I like food but I also like being able to ride and ski and I can’t do that if I have a stroke or a heart attack. I’m starting to think about getting some sessions on the stationary bike, a couple times a week. I can burn some calories, work out the kinks and prepare for spring riding.
If I lose a pound a week I can get to 140 before my next birthday. I’ve been here before, but this time I have a different plan. I am running out of chances to make changes.