Thursday, February 28, 2013

Hating exercise

I'm working on my memoirs and I'm up to 2009. I just wrote about the first time I experienced a Runner's High. Therefore, it's ironic that I came across this article about how humans are supposedly hard-wired to hate exercise.

Actually, the article doesn't say that all humans are hard-wired to hate exercise. That's just the catchy headline designed to make you read the article which is about something completely different.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Debunking the Diet - A new series by Luna

I got a present in my email today. It was a link to this video:



I love it for a number of reasons including the fact that there is lots of science showing that it doesn't matter what time you eat your calories but how many you eat. That means that this series might not be as full of stupid and mediocre dieting advice as a lot of them are.

Plus I thought it was entertaining.

As for myself, I have found times when I was snacking uncontrollably at night. Sometimes it was because I wasn't eating enough during the day. But mostly it was because I was mistaking other feelings for hunger.

That said, I generally find myself slightly hungry right before bedtime and, if I don't eat, I can't sleep because it's distracting. So now I just plan for it.

Usually I have protein hot chocolate. 60 calories, 15 g of protein and, hey, it's hot chocolate! It always fills me up and helps me sleep. I'm drinking some now.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Is there a cure for obesity?

In a recent article, Dr. Yoni Freedhoff writes "There is no cure for obesity". The article makes many great points. My favorite is when he says:
Your best weight is whatever weight you reach, when you're living the healthiest life you actually enjoy.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Every time I see you, you're smaller

Someone said that to me today. It's been YEARS since anyone has said that to me.

Of course, early pre-op easily I heard that ten times a week. This time I had more trouble accepting it. Probably because my scale says I haven't lost that much weight. I'm at 126 which is down from my absolute highest of 134 which I saw for one day before the number scared me into going back to logging my food. But I'm pretty sure I was more around 130 the last time this dude saw me.

And it's not like I've been working out and gaining lots of muscles either to make me smaller without the scale moving all that much.

However, I look in the mirror and it looks like I'm a lot smaller than four pounds would account for. So, as usual, the scale can suck it. Ha!

Anyway, I'm thinking about doing some sort of workout this weekend. It's probably too cold to go Open Water Swimming again but I don't belong to a gym any more so I can't swim in a pool. I haven't been walking at work at all lately as my head has been bothering me too much so I supposed I could just go for a walk.

I did just point out to someone else that running errands can burn more calories than an official workout. But it's not the same. I want to really workout because of the mental aspects of it.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Aftermath of the swim

My tri club is starting up this seasons New to the Sport program and I was hoping to be a regular participant as a way of getting back into training. But I'm not really ready. I did attend the first Open Water Swim yesterday.

OH. MY. GOD. It was FREAKING COLD.

Air Temp: 33 F
Water Temp: 51 F

I have never in my life swum in water that cold.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

The war against diet soda

I well remember a time when diet soda didn't exist. It's not that women weren't always on diets because they were. Or at least it seemed that way to my ten year old self with my yo-yo dieting mom. But artificial sweeteners hadn't been invented yet, I guess.

One of the first diet drinks I remember was Tab. It was sweetened with saccharine and it tasted kind of bitter. But we forced down the Tab because we were told that if we replaced our regular Coke with Tab that we'd save so many calories a week and that would lead to losing 10 pounds a year!

After a while we got used to it, too. I came to enjoy the bubbles and the crispness, in fact. I didn't lose 10 pound a year though. It didn't impact my weight at all. I wasn't the only one whose weight wasn't impacted, either.

But now, apparently, the same experts who told us to drink diet ida are telling us that it's evil. It causes obesity! It causes Type II diabetes!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

My team lost, so now I must cry

I'm a lot sadder about the 49ers losing the Super Bowl than I expected to be given that I kind of had a feeling they would lose. I also expected them to start off a little slow as every game I've watched this season has been like that. (Maybe it's me -- I don't think they are like that when I'm not watching.) But they sure took a very long time to find their groove. To the point where I almost gave up on them. Then again, the entire game was very strange -- full of weird mistakes, questionable calls, and a power outage. At the Super Bowl. Crazy.

What does this have to do with weight loss and health and all that stuff that I normally write about? Well, football is definitely exercise, but really what I say has more to do with food. Namely:

Super Bowl Parties!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Mini-Mac's Weight - An Update

It's been not quite two years since our PCP had "the talk" with Mini-Mac about her weight. What happened?

She's got taller. She didn't go on a diet. She didn't gain more weight and even lost about 20 pounds. She's back to being fairly tiny but now with adult curves.

Basically, what I've seen happen with other girls, happened with her. We didn't harp on her weight. She didn't go on a diet. Her weight just took care of itself once she got through puberty and started her menses.