Tuesday, September 12, 2006

When Carbs Attack...

I've been doing pretty good with my workout and eating regiment. I've been working out almost every day, some days twice a day, walking in the morning and lifting weights in the gym at work during lunch. Of course, the needle on the scale has not budged off of the 160 line, but it feels good to know that I am at least doing something about it.

Yesterday after the gym I ate lunch but I was still pretty hungry afterward. I was craving some kind of chips or candy or something. I thought about heading to Dunks for a coffee as that usually helps curve my cravings, but I did not. I was pretty busy at work and taking off to grab a coffee would not have been a good idea.

I should have just had some of the office coffee which is not that bad, but instead I caved in and had a soda and some pretzels. Lots of sugar, lots of carbs. Then to top that off, my Wife wanted spaghetti for dinner, so stack some spaghetti and a piece of bread on there too, cuz you've got to do something to sop up the tomato sauce. I did have a salad with dinner so it was not a complete disaster.

I guess it could have been worse. I could have had a beer too, ha.

Before I got married, I used to have a chew after working out to help cut down on the hunger, but I quit that stuff the day I got engaged over 12 years ago and I'm not going back to doing that again, even though every now and then I still do get the craving for a good chaw...

Overall I've been doing good with the regiment. It was a minor setback yesterday but not killer. I'm sure my friend the scale will remain stuck at 160 either way.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Confession time...

I ate a bowl of mint ice-cream last night... for dinner.


- I had a bad day at work and needed something to cheer me up

- I had an upset stomach and mint helps fix stomach-aches.

- Mint ice-cream is not as fattening as say, chocolate ice-cream*, so it's not as bad to eat.

* I totally made that fact up to help myself feel better about eating ice-cream for dinner

Ok, so I ate ice-cream for dinner, but other than that minor transgression, I have been doing pretty good with the eating and exercise and what-not, so the diet damage from the ice-cream is minimal I think... Roll on.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Starting to Feel the Chill of an Early Fall

Last night after work we had dinner in the back yard. It was really nice outside, but a bit cool, which took me by surprise. My daughter actually put on a sweatshirt because she was a little cold. It felt more like mid September, not early August. I'm not ready for Summer to end yet. The weather needs to stay hot for a few more weeks please.

I finally managed to drag my ass out of bed this morning and get out for some exercise. It was cold out! I was wearing just shorts and a light jacket and I was kind of chilly. Damn.

I warmed up once I started walking.

Something about August always makes me feel somewhat melancholy. It's like once August hits, I can feel the Summer slipping away and Winter looming ahead. I try not to think about it, but I can sense the cold and dark weather coming. It's like you can feel it in the air.

In the meantime, we just gotta enjoy this summertime weather while it lasts!

I was very sleepy again this morning. My baby daughter slept better last night, but she still woke up a few times because her teeth were bothering her. When the alarm went off I have to admit I got back into bed, but then my daughter started crying a little so I got up to help her. After she was settled I figured I was up so I may as well get my ass in gear.

My not being able to wake up in the mornings is more my own fault for not going to bed early enough than my daughter's for waking me up. I've gotten into a bad habit of staying up way too late, sometimes past 11 PM the last few nights. I need to get back to getting to sleep earlier so that I don't have such a hard time waking up.

I know if I can get into a routine, I'll be all set. It's overcoming that initial inertia and starting the routine that is the hard part. Well, I got it done today.

Try and keep it going again tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Try, try again...

For the past two days I've set my alarm with every intention of waking up and exercising before work. Unfortunately however, my baby daughter has been having a terrible time sleeping the last few days, which means that I have had a terrible time sleeping as well.

My daughter has a tooth coming in and it is really bothering her, so when she wakes up at night, my Wife and I take turns getting up to try and help her feel better.

So this morning, when my iPod, which also doubles as my alarm clock, started playing Turbonegro's 'Remain Untamed' at 5:30 AM, the only thing that remained was my ass in bed.

I'll just have to try again tomorrow.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

I suck at losing weight

Way back in March I broke through the 160 pound barrier and finally made it into the 150's. Since that time, I have made virtually no progress on my weight loss.

March to August. That's five months. A person should be able to lose a couple pounds in 5 months, but here I am 5 months later, and I'm still in the high 150's to 160 pound range.

In case you don't know, I am fixated on the number 155. That is what the scale told me I weighed on my wedding day, 11 years ago, and that is my weight loss goal.

My Wife tells me I look fine, so what's the difference between 160 and 155? But it makes a difference to me, even if it makes no sense.

In July I made a concerted effort to dig down and try and get to 155 pounds. I exercised every day and skipped dinner almost every night for a month. I only at dinners on the weekend and during the week I ate no dinner, or if I did have something for dinner, it was a very small portion. I lost 3 pounds. 3 fucking pounds. 157 was the lowest I got.

It was very frustrating, so after my wedding anniversary in July, I decided to take a break from the regimen. After a month of being super-strict, food-wise, I stopped worrying about food and exercise for a few weeks. Now it is time to get back in the saddle and keep at it.

They just recently made a small gym out of one of the conference rooms at work, so I am going to try and get in there 3 days a week and do a little weight lifting. I hope that, plus the daily walk and of course, various starvation techniques, will make a difference.

Yah. I'm going to try and achieve maximum pumpitude. Hear me now and believe me later, I'm going to get down to 155 if it kills me.

It's 5 pounds for crissakes. Why is this so damn hard? Maybe I'll just go on an all gin diet. Yeah thats it. Gin during the week and beer on the weekends. Ok. Maybe not. Stupid body. I suck at losing weight.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Starting over...

I've done a pretty poor job of getting back on track with my daily exercise routine. I've managed to get up and get outside only one day each week since I started again, but I just kept telling myself to keep trying and to start over the next day.

Well this week I've actually managed to get my tired self out of bed to go outside and exercise for two days in a row! Woo! I'm on a roll now. This morning I even ran instead of walking! Well, I jogged. Whatever. It was faster than walking.

I'd rather just walk, because I hate running, but I need to kick things into a higher gear with this whole losing weight thing.

I'm also back on the 'looking for people to jam with' list. This is a subject that I have found difficult to get my thoughts together on. I've actually tried to write a post about this several times but my thoughts surrounding the whole series of events are kind of mixed up and jumbled.

It turns out my latest stint playing with the band I was briefly in just did not work out. I thought that things were going well but I missed a practice one week so that I could install the floor in my basement and the band leader got all pissed off about it, to the point where he could not even respond to e-mails for over a week. I thought that his reaction was a bit over the top and ridiculous, and it really annoyed me that he was so angry about my not being able to make practice that one week.

Practices were on Sunday afternoons and I had told them right from the start that there would be times when I would not be able to come if there was something going on with my family or work that needed to be done at home. Everyone in the band seemed cool with that, until it actually happened, that is.

I was going to try and just blow the whole thing off but the issue with my missing practice did not go away and I decided that it was not in the best interest of either myself of the band to continue with them. I realized that I was not going to be able to give them the kind of commitment that they were going to need to accomplish their goals and from an irrational, emotional standpoint, the fact that the band leader was so pissed off at me made me even more pissed off at him and the whole situation. I thought it was asinine and it got to the point where I just did not want to deal with it. I was in this for fun, not a hassle.

I thought about trying to keep going with the band and see if things would work out, but my gut was telling me that it was not going to happen. I was at the point where I had become so annoyed with the whole situation that I would not have been able to let it go myself, so I told them thanks, it was fun and wished them luck. I realize I was probably being a little bit irrational about the whole thing, but sometimes you just have to listen to your gut. Most of the time, your gut is right and your head is wrong.

So now I'm back hoping to someday find some people I can just jam with and not have to worry about learning songs that I don't really like as fast as I can. I'll probably put another post up on Craigslist after my basement is finished and I have a cool place of my own to do some jamming.

Every time I do this whole band thing I learn a little more. I've been playing my guitar for a while now but I have not been in a lot of bands. I'm basically a newbie at this whole thing. I did not think it would be so hard to find people in common to just hang out and jam with. I'm sure my time constraints and grown-up responsibilities do not help the process. I'll just keep at it. Next time I will be a little more strict too, NO Beatles tunes.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Bitchy body...

5:30 AM:

Body: Oh my god. DUDE. What the fuck?? What fucking time is it?

Brain: Time to wake up fatty.

Body: Oh for cryin' out loud... The sun's not even up yet!

Brain: Technically it is.

Body: Grumble... now what the devil? What are you doing now you effin tool?

Brain: Stretching.

Body: Why? We never stretch when we walk.

Brain: We're done with the walkin' vag-boy. We are running now.

Body: WHAT??

Brain: Just shut up will ya? Jeez you're a pain in the ass.

Body: Oh my god dude, you suck!

Brain: You are flabby, you are weak. I am sick of what I see in the mirror. Deal.

Body: What do you care? You're married, you've got 2 kids and another one on the way. Dude, you are done impressing chicks so flab-out. Who cares??

Brain: Me

Body: Well for chris-sakes, can we at least get some tunes for this torture?

Brain: iPod's still in the shop. Believe me, I'd love to drown you out with some Maiden right now. Just pick em up and put em down Pizzaria Uno boy.

Monday, November 28, 2005

I want a perfect body, and a matching soul...

'This is a dangerous time for you, when you will be tempted by the dark side of the force food'

Between Halloween and my vacation to St. Thomas, I had packed on a few pounds, but I managed to get it back off before Thanksgiving.

The day before Thanksgiving I was back down to my summertime weight. Now, in the short span since Thanksgiving, I've managed to gain all that weight back. I am a fat fuck and now it all needs to come off before Christmas.

This time of year is always tough on the old diet-plan. There's too many goodies around and too many excuses to eat them. Its kind of frustrating how easily I can put the weight on but how difficult it is for me to get it back off, but that's just me. I've got the metabolism of a maple tree. Thanks God.

I've had a very hard time getting my lazy bonez out of bed at the ungodly hour of 5:30 AM to go out and walk 2 miles in the oh-so-inviting darkness. (Of course, going to bed before 10:30 at night would probably help...) I need to get back on the program and stop with the goodies at night.


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