Over the past few weeks I've been frustrated with my ongoing attempts to bring my weight down (again). After a few weeks of no discernable progress, I'm about ready to throw in the towel on this and see what minimal changes I can make and still maintain where I am.
Basically, how can I eat what I want and at least not gain any weight....
Now, I did say "about ready" and not "I'm going to", so don't give up on me yet.
At the root of all this is my desire to eat what I want. And I want food that isn't exactly good for me - cheeseburgers and chili fries for example. But why is that?
For me, I'm finding (again) that this sort of eating seems to give me some sort of comfort/solace/respite. It's harder to deal with "eating right" the more stress or anxiety or fatigue that I have at any given moment.
I know I'm not alone in this behavior and this isn't some deep insight special to me, but I find that I have to remind myself of this time and again. For me, staying on track with eating right (or at least eating better) is an exercise of will power. A series of articles over at one of my new favorite site, Art of Manliness, talks about will power - what it is, how we use it up, and how to conserve/improve it. Check out the articles here:
- Part I - The Force of Greatness
- Part II - How Your Willpower is Depleted
- Part III - How to Strengten Your Willpower and 20 Ways to Conserve It
More to come on this topic, I'm sure.
As for the weight thing, I finally got the scales to move this week. And, yes, in the direction that I want them to...
At least it's something. Not much when I look at 1 pound in almost a month. But progress nonetheless.
Here is this week's LiveStrong data: Week 6
That also adds to the tally for Love146 and TWLOHA. $12 each so far. I'm still looking for some other folks to make a pledge for one or both of these fine organizations. Every little bit helps...
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