I have decided to bare all with my weekly weigh in. And yes, the number is pretty staggering. It’s going to take some work to bare back down to the less than svelte 220 I was at 2 1/2 years ago, but it looks like I’ve got the weight going the right direction again. Unfortunately at 1800 calories a day. And 1800 calories a day without having an extra 200 to 300 calories from exercise is tough! But I’m managing.
This little exercise is reintroducing me to the concept of eating when hungry as opposed to eating out of habit. I think the one thing that I was able to get away with two years ago was I could eat almost at will. I was burning a few thousand extra calories a week, so a snack here or dessert there didn’t hurt.
Then it hit. Knee tendonitis and burn out. And it hit hard. Especially the latter. Check it out:
There were a couple of false starts in 2011, but it was so disheartening to huff and puff knowing what I used to be able to do that I just couldn’t get motivated. I threw in the towel.
All of a sudden I had a lot of time on my hands. And I had no trouble finding something to replace my running time with. It was a cool hobby that I actually had in college days. Poker. It was mentally stimulating. When you were successful, you actually got to put money in your pocket. And the best part was that the places that you played at knew that delicious, free food was one way to keep you in the place as opposed to go down the street. To say I took advantage of this perk would be a bit of an understatement. It took two years to do it, but I added a few pounds to my frame. Like 48 few pounds. In short, I ate like I used to. But throwing chips into the middle of a table I guess isn’t the same calorie burn as a 5 mile run. Hmm. Who would’ve thought?
I’m going to do a little celebrating. I’m down 13 pounds from my high. And this 1800 calorie a day budget seems to be working. Now if I can only find the motivation to put in 3 or 4 miles a day for some dessert…..