Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Weebles wobble...

When I actually think about it and I try really hard not to think about it often, lifelong maintenance of significant weight loss is more daunting than the weight loss ever was to me.

I feel like a performer who has plates balanced on sticks and is awing the audience with their amazing balance.  Each of these metaphorical plates represents some aspect of my life and personality that I hold as a core quality or desire.

Now we all know life is a balancing act, but I feel the aforementioned plates a-wobblin'. One could come crashing down on my head at any moment. I don't need to say it, but I will because I believe in the power of stating your feelings aloud (or in print).

I don't want that to happen. I refuse to regain.

When the initial loss phase clicked for me, I told myself that the choices I was making had to be maintainable for life. I carefully plotted out the things I wanted to do so that I could prevent my plates from falling into my face and breaking my nose. Lately though, I've been making choices that are not maintainable and these are what trigger the wobbling.

I've been allowing my exercise to become too much of my focus, and I'm having a difficult time motivating myself to run because of it. I threw an entire day's worth of choices down the toilet because I made one bad choice in the morning. This is all rather unlike me. So...
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It's time to regroup, reevaluate and re-plan.

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Time to dial back and change the exercise,
plan out my meals better
and find my enthusiasm.
I will accept no excuses from myself.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Weekly Weigh-In: 5/27/2011

Weight: 126.0
Body Fat: 20.2% + 3% = 23.2%
Measurements: 34"-26"-34"-17.5"


This one is obviously doing the best. I don't know if it's
a regular tomato plant or a cherry tomato plant. Guess I'll
have to wait and see. The little plants on the sides are

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Thursday Tips: Sweetening the deal?

Image: Danilo Rizzuti / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
I have a difficult time drinking tea without a touch of honey. It's a habit that I've always felt a mildly guilty about given that I don't add sweeteners to anything else that I eat or drink. I try to avoid adding any sugars throughout my day, lumping honey and table sugar into the same category

Turns out I shouldn't feel so guilty about my occasional honey and tea habit.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Can't Get No Satisfaction

When people learn that I've lost and kept off a significant amount of weight, the first thing they do is ask me how I did it. The answer (eat less, move more, introspection) usually leaves them looking like someone ran over their beloved family dog.

Clearly still looking for the dirty and hidden truth, they ask me what I eat. My reply never seems to make sense to them and it's obvious by the look on their faces that they don't believe my words as truth. Then I mention that I love to bake.

"You eat baked goods? You mean like, cookies, cakes and bread?"

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Pineapple-Cranberry Multigrain Muffins

I recently purchased some oat, barley and rye flours from my new favorite website Vitacost. Feeling rather experimental on Sunday morning, I decided that I wanted to make my own muffins completely from scratch. I used a couple of other muffin recipes to get the correct proportions of dry to wet ingredients but the choice of ingredients and preparation method was wholly my own.
Great with coffee!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Friday, May 20, 2011

Weekly Weigh-In: 5/20/2011

Weight: 125.4
Body Fat: 20.3% + 3 = 23.3%
Measurements: 34"-26"-34"-17.5"

Fat Loss Challenge @ Work

A bunch of my coworkers decided they wanted to have a weight loss challenge and I've been put in charge of it as a neutral third party. I'm actually pretty pleased with the method that I chose to evaluate them on: body fat weight.  It's a much better metric than total body weight alone. Currently there's no prize except bragging rights on the line, but I'm thinking that I might take the time to create a little trophy out of Sculpey.


The weather in NE has been complete crap this entire week. It hasn't gotten above 64 degrees and we haven't seen the sun in a week. Still, the plants seem to be surviving and the basil is slowly repairing itself. I did have to stage a rescue operation last weekend to save one of the tomato plants from being drowned. I think there's a bunch of leaves in the gutters at the top of our building and subsequently water doesn't flow correctly through them. Instead it pools up and then waterfalls over onto the deck, destroying any plants below it. Fortunately I heard the water noise and was like "OH CRAP! MUST SAVE PLANTS!"

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

What can I do to lose weight?

I'm running a small weight loss (peer pressure only) challenge for people at work, so I thought I'd finally put up what I normally recommend to people when they ask me what they can do to lose weight.

Hope it helps!

Image: winnond / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

1. Assess the situation

The first thing you should do when you decide you want to make a change and lose weight is figure out where you're starting from. Be honest with yourself and take your measurements. I recommend tracking weight, body fat percentage and waist (plus bust and hip for women) measurements.

If you want to track body fat percentage, you can pick up an Omron HBF-306C Fat Loss Monitor on Amazon for approximately $27 dollars.  Any old garment measuring tape will suffice to take waist measurements.

Additionally, I believe that just writing down what you eat for a couple of days gives you a good starting point for dietary change. Don't assess how many calories are in what you're eating right away, just write it all down. People have a tendency to forget when they have snacks and that can add up during the day. Successful weight loss (and maintenance) are achieved by making many tiny changes that accumulate into one large change over time.

2. Establish a method to track what you eat

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Road Not Taken

 I have never been much for poetry. I find the need to dissect and intricately analyze the written word for a hidden or true meaning tedious. As an engineer, I value succinctness.

And yet, I have always loved Robert Frost's The Road Not Taken.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Norway Trip: August 2008

I've traveled to Norway for business several times over the past 4 years, but the trip with the best pictures was my first trip in August of 2008. Here are a few photos from that trip. There are more to be found on my Flickr page.


Friday, May 13, 2011

Weekly Weigh-In: 5/13/2011

Weight: 124.4
Body Fat: 20.2% + 3 = 23.2%
Measurements: 34"-26"-34"-17.5"

Holy crap! Blogger's finally back!

And evidently, my Thursday Tips post is missing. That's a touch frustrating because I don't have a back-up copy stored anywhere.  I suppose this solidifies my decision to start maintaining unformatted html file copies of every single one of my posts. SIGH! I'll rewrite the post and put it back online tonight after the gym.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Failure Redefined

Last night, I set out to make a beautiful citrus pound cake to bring into work today for my Tuesday Kitchen Adventures post.  However, the oven seems to have turned my hard work (and money) into a loaf of dry, slightly charred pound cake. Oops. Oh well, I guess I can use this example to lead me into something I've been thinking about writing for a while now.

Monday, May 9, 2011

The Weekend in Food

I realized this weekend that I spend a lot of time talking about what I bake and my exercise on my blog, and precious little time talking about what I actually eat. Seems a little silly, since this is a "health" blog. My baked goods are a minuscule piece of my diet in a week!  As a general rule, I eat roughly 5-6 small meals a day with each being somewhere between 300-420 calories.

I have several go-to recipes that I don't need to write down or put much effort into and I've photographically documented a few of my meals from this past weekend for today.

The Gold Standard in Breakfasts:
Whole Oat Groats with
1 tbsp. peanut butter,
a small banana,
and a cup of black coffee.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Weekly Weigh-In: 05/06/2011

Weight: 125.6
Body Fat: 19.4% + 3 = 22.4%
Measurements: 34"-26"-34"-17.5"

General Squirrel Rantiness

I had one of the most frustrating experiences at the gym yesterday that I've had in quite a while. I was peacefully doing my workout with headphones on when a newcomer to the gym asked me about my jump roping skills, and then starts asking all about why I workout, what I do, my weight loss, pretty much my life story.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Major headache day

I had a major headache all day today, and so didn't feel entirely up to constructing the intricate food constitution post that I had intended.

I came across the food consitution concept while reading the Refuse to Regain blog by Dr. Barbara Berkeley, M.D. It's an excellent resource for anyone who is losing weight or maintaining a weight loss.  It's worth your time, so give it a whirl.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Kitchen Adventures: Key Lime Pie

I felt like pie this week. I've never gotten to use my pie plate in the entire time that I've owned it, so it seemed like an appropriate time to remedy that. One of my coworkers would argue that this isn't true Key Lime Pie and she would be correct.  It's more of a lime meringue pie, but like many other recipes, there are different versions with the same name due to ingredient availability.
Limey goodness!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Spring has officially sprung!

This tree flowered late last week. Indicating
(to me at least!) that spring has finally truly