I hate Head Colds (as if anyone likes them)
I have battled what I can only assume is a nasty cold for the past 6-7 days. Not a fun time I can tell you. I have spent more time in bed than out and I have missed four days of work. I expect to return to work tomorrow. I can’t say I feel good but I do feel better and that is a step in the right direction.
In the past, my way of dealing with being sick was to lie in bed and sleep or eat. I always figured the body needed the energy to fight the illness. This time I stuck with my eating plan and I am happy to say that I am still hovering at 201 pounds. Good job of being careful….
A Blogger-friend recently posted about going clothes shopping and the pleasure of getting smaller sizes. I can really relate to this. I still get a smile on my face when I think about being a 34-inch waist and a large size shirt.
Temptations still abound but I knew that my min d-set had changed when I read that today is Cheese Burger Day (not kidding) and the notion made me queasy. Was a time I would have had three to celebrate….. It is difficult to stay on a healthy plan in this culture. Inundated as we are by super-sized everything. A fast food “Value Meal” can easily pack well over a thousand calories, 50% of a days’ supply of salt and enough fat to choke a mule. It hasn’t been ALL that difficult for me and Missus but I have to admit to certain temptations… I see the commercials for IHOP or Denny’s and their breakfasts….. Some are very tempting. Haven’t given in and I won’t but I understand the people who do.
I have always said that staying thin will be about more than willpower. The willpower is there. I have lost well more than 100 pounds at this point. Obviously the willpower is there. It is a matter of something out there beyond willpower. I am not sure what it is or should be called but I can tell you that it is something more than willpower.
It is far too simple to say willpower. It ignores the millions of years of evolution acting on the brain. It ignores the fact that the weight was lost. It ignores the fact that the weight was gained in the first place. I am not sure what to call it but there is something more at play here. I know that I will have to stick with the plan I am on for the rest of my life if I am to keep this weight off.
I stepped on the scale this morning and I weighed in at 201 pounds. That is 4/10th of a pound up from my low weight of a weekend ago but nothing to be at all unhappy about. The 200.6 pounds was at the end of the work day when I had nothing to eat for lunch and a light breakfast. So to a degree it was really an artificially low weight. The 201, taken at 7:00 this morning, is a more accurate number and better reflects my actual weight loss.
I am comfortable with this weight. I will continue to eat right, eat less, stay active and let the weight move up and down a little as long as I stay within 3 pounds, plus or minus, of 200. It is really important to stay on the low side of the calorie limits so that the maintenance of the weight is not a struggle. I would rather struggle a little to keep the weight up. I have said that I want to stay between 195 and 200 and that is my long-term goal. For right now I am using the 200 pound center-point to learn to maintain my weight.
A nice test of all I have learned will come on Thursday when I have dinner with some friends. We are going to an Indian Restaurant not far from here and I have already selected what I will eat. The test will be ignoring the side dishes the restaurant puts on the table and eating only the meal I order. Another test will come at work tomorrow. We are having our annual employee appreciation cookout. Much good food. I will restrict myself to one veggie burger and a bit of salad. If I can do that I will be quite pleased with myself. I don’t really expect it to be a problem.
So now I am 201. My doctor showed a peak weight for me of 318 pounds. 117 pounds down from that. WOW.
No one can ever tell me that it cannot be done.
Mid-day and I am exhausted
So it is about 1:30 PM as I write this and I am exhausted. Sleep has not been restful as I battle this cold and I am not feeling at all energetic. I have barely done anything in 6 days. WE had company this weekend and I am fortunate that KAR was happy to just relax and chat with us. We did go for a wonderful sushi lunch and went to a farmers market but otherwise we mostly sat and chatted and occasionally walked the dogs. I will HATE myself is KAR or Missus or Da Boys get this thing.
I am off now to collapse in front of the sofa.