Saturday, April 26, 2008

The Corner I've Painted Myself Into

In an earlier post this week I mentioned that I had painted myself into a corner in regards to exercise. Well, it's time to share.

Anyone who was here at the beginning of the year knows that I made a big deal about starting The Count, an attempt to get in some regular exercise and hold myself accountable. Then I had a trip to the emergency room, which put the Count on hold for a while. But that turned into a long while as I began my flirtation with the slippery slope. So here I am, two months later and needing to get back on track.

What would you do in that situation? Me? I signed up for a 5K. Not a bad way to jump start the old exercise routine, for sure. For those of you who don't know, I am not a runner although I did have an alien encounter once before. But I've walked that distance on many occasions and the 5K I signed up for is for a good cause.

Oh, one more thing - the race is 2 weeks from today. That pretty much assures that I'll be walking most of the way. I may put on a good show and trot across the finish line, but I don't want to do anything to hurt myself.

As far as training over the next two weeks, I plan on following the S25K (Sloth to 5K) program. The S25K routine just involves a lot of walking. If I survive, I may eventually graduate to the C25K, but I will probably need some major alien intervention to help with that...

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Avoiding The Iceberg

Last week marked the anniversary of the ocean liner Titanic hitting an iceberg and sinking in the North Atlantic back in 1912. I stared down my own iceberg this weekend, and I'm happy to say I survived.

In my case, the iceberg snuck up on me over the last two months, in the form of deadlines, family commitments, health issues and a general relaxing of my healthy habits.

This past Sunday I finally saw the iceberg for what it was, and took drastic action to avoid slamming into it. I did have to take a little damage, though. How did I do it? I ate. Way. Too. Much. On purpose. Until I was sick of even looking at food.

Believe it or not, it worked. By Sunday night I ready to get back on track, and first thing Monday morning it was business as usual. And thanks to Kathy's One Perfect Day, I had even more incentive to do the right thing. (Thanks, Kathy!)

Yesterday, though, I had to pay the piper. I needed to go to my Weight Watchers meeting last night, not only for the accountability, but because it marked my two year anniversary of joining Weight Watchers.

I knew before I went to the meeting that the scale was not going to be friendly to me. I never abandoned going to the meetings during my slump, although being a lifetime member I don't go every week. I also never stopped my morning visits to the bathroom scale. Still, the number I got at the meeting confirmed that indeed, it was time to get back on track.

For purposes of full disclosure, I weighed in at 168.6 pounds. While that number by itself isn't a problem at all, it does represent an 8.8 pound weight gain in only 6 weeks. That is totally unacceptable to me, and I'm using it as another source of motivation to stay back on track.

So I avoided the iceberg and got the ship turned around. There was a little damage, but nothing that wasn't repairable. Life is good!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Girth Day

Today marks the 39th observance of Earth Day, an annual event in which we examine the effects of our impact on the planet and our efforts to minimize the environmental damage we cause.

I believe that in some ways my efforts to lose weight may have helped reduce my environmental footprint as well as my waist size. For that reason (and because it rhymes with Earth Day), I'm also designating today as Girth Day.

"But Skinny Guy," I can hear you asking, "How can not eating like a pig anymore possibly have a positive effect on the environment??"

Boy, am I glad you asked! Keep in mind that the following statements are only my opinions and not necessarily approved by Al Gore...

  • Eating more whole foods and less pre-packaged food lessens the amount of trash I contribute to landfills.
  • Smaller clothes uses less energy and less fabric/synthetics/leather to manufacture.
  • Personal greenhouse emissions are way, way down with healthier eating habits.
  • More exercise (Don't you roll your eyes at me!) equals more exhaled CO2 to feed plant life.

Do you have any ideas to add to the list? Share them in the comments!

Reduce Your Girth and Save the Earth!

Monday, April 21, 2008

A Line In The Sand

In my last post 29 days ago I said that I didn't know when I would get back to my healthy eating, my exercise or my blogging. Now I know. That day is today, and I've drawn a figurative line in the sand, one that I will not cross.

There have been some casualties during my absence, The Count being among them. But I haven't been totally out of control. I'm still under my goal weight, if only by a thread. I'll know for sure when I weigh in tomorrow night.

In the mean time, I'm done with the decidedly unhealthy eating that I've been allowing myself to indulge in and I'm dusting off the blogging cobwebs beginning with this post. As always, the most difficult aspect will be getting back into the exercise habit, but I've painted myself into a corner in that regard. More on that later in the week.

For now, I'm happy to be back to my healthier habits which include blogging, the New York Times notwithstanding.