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Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
I've been monitoring my weight over the past six months, not because I'm trying that hard to lose weight per se, but because it provides an impetus for me to pay closer attention to my body, which has given me so much trouble since moving to the desert. I often make notes on what I've eaten and how I've exercised, which has helped me enormously in becoming more aware of how different routines affect me. Many of the things I've learned probably qualify as obvious, but obviousness registers differently when it clearly applies to oneself. Among my discoveries are A) that it's better for me to stay awake for several hours after my last meal; B) that beer is really high in calories; C) that it's possible for me to eat a large steak and lose weight as a consequence, if I go light on the carbohydrates; and D) that it is better for me to eat a high calorie breakfast, even one full of starch, than to eat light and then fill up later. See what I mean about obviousness? On the other hand, I've also made some more intriguing finds, such as that a chocolate bar before bed, provided that it's not accompanied by anything other than a glass of water, actually seems to help me sleep and, yes, dream better. The most important discovery of all, though, is that weight loss -- for me, anyway -- seems to require a sudden loss of a few pounds, followed by a stepped-up effort to not put it all right back on. I haven't lost much weight, overall, but what I have lost has come almost entirely in three bursts of about five pounds each. Since the last of these, occasioned by spending several days too busy to eat while attending two conferences, I've had weeks when I rigidly adhere to an exercise plan and others when I'm much more lax. But during those three months my weight has consistently staying within a five-pound range. I've plateaued, in other words. And I'm fine with that. Like I said, it's not as if I'm that concerned with losing weight in the first place. I do wonder, though, what it would take for me to make it over the ridge to that next plateau.

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hollsterhambone From: hollsterhambone Date: August 4th, 2007 12:27 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Ooooooo, yes. I've plateaued too and I'm upset because I am trying to lose weight. I'm officially 40 pounds less than when you all last saw me, but I'd like there to be just a tad bit less of me even still. Maybe 15 to 20 pounds less. But I've been the same weight for about a month, now. I think the next bit will require a stricter regime of diet and exercise, something I'm not excited about. My approach thus far has been merely to eat just a little bit less than I usually do without really changing the foods I eat that much. If I go over or splurge one day, I make up for it the next day with a salad or something. Hmph. Maybe I'll just wait a little longer and see if another chunk of weight falls off. I hate that I seem to lose five pounds in three seconds and then it takes weeks before more comes off.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 4th, 2007 08:03 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Damn, that's some serious weight loss! Hard to believe your could lose that much and still want to lose that much more. But I don't think of you as the irrational sort when it comes to matters of either body or mind, so I'll trust your corporeal judgment.

I don't really eat any less. Other than the conference week, I've maintained my usual diet. I'm just trying to eat earlier in the day. And maybe eat a little less bready stuff and a little less dairy after dark. The latter, though, has more to do with sleeptime respiratory issues than anything else.
From: ex_benlinus Date: August 4th, 2007 12:56 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
You are looking pretty damned sleek sir, if I may say so.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 4th, 2007 08:04 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I wonder, though, whether sleek equals meek. I feel sort of rundown of late. Maybe that's allergy-related.
nondescriptgirl From: nondescriptgirl Date: August 4th, 2007 06:23 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Have someone break your heart. Works every time. I've lost almost fifteen pounds on the good ol' heartbreak diet. In less than a month. Can't beat it.

When I'm not suffering the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, however, I find that I lose weight fastest when I simply eliminate dairy, white flour, and white sugar from my diet.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 4th, 2007 08:06 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
The last time I went through that full force -- 1989, I should add -- I was hanging out with people who were recreationally amped, so it was hard to tell whether it was my internal anguish or my external stimulation that was doing the heavy lifting.

I am trying to cut back on bready things and dairy in the evening.
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