Things I don’t need to be told


Number 1: I weigh too much and should lose some weight. Duh.

Number 2: I drink too much.

Time to do something about #1. #2 follows from #1. But first, why am I in condition #1? Well, simply, I like food, and I like to eat. Add to that that I am a stress eater (I fall back to comfort foods when I am highly stressed), and since I am a product manager, I am stressed pretty much 24-7-365.

Last time I got serious about this, I dropped from 260# to #180. I think at this point in my life, I would be satisfied with getting to the happy side of 200#.

Things are different this time:

  • Plantar Fasciitis limits the type and intensity of exercise. Not being able to consistently burn 1000+ calories a day exercising is a detriment, but not a roadblock.
  • I have to watch my sodium intake. Having coronary artery disease sucks, but it is a fact of life.
  • In line with the CAD above, I take fun medication that lowers my metabolism. Hence, I have a low rest metabolic rate. That makes it harder to burn the fat off.  Sigh, but I have to live with it.
  • I daily monitor my blood pressure, so I have one more input to deal with.

I already know the formula that is relevant:

(Calories Burned) – (Calories consumed) > 0

As long as I keep that equation true, I will lose weight.

The struggle is: convincing my body that 1400 calories a day is “good”. Teaching me to go to bed hungry. Control my portions. Don’t eat out too often. Exercise at lunch time (when I can). Measure my weight daily. Track it.

Fortunately, there is a great tool that I didn’t have last time, “Perfect Diet Tracker” is a great, cross platform application that if you use it right will keep you honest. It’s database is also pretty good about fiber and sodium, so I can be sure I don’t do too badly.

I can do this.

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