Reversing 10% Growth

In an earlier post, I mentioned the shock of seeing my weight gain from January 2007 to December 2007.

I just turned 36. I’d been hoping my age would finally catch up with waistline. Alas, my waistline stayed out in front of me. *sigh*

So here are a few of the things I’m doing this year to reverse that 10% growth.

  • I’ll be increasing the protein in my diet. According to Dr. Al Sears, protein tells my body that “the hunting is good” and I don’t need to convert my food into fat. No need for my body to hoard. (He also advocates cutting out grains. I’m not willing to go there yet!)
  • I’ll be drinking less beer and wine. ๐Ÿ™ It turns out that a beer has about 150 calories. Just one beer a night adds up to over 1000 extra calories a week. Apparently, that’s around 15 additional pounds a year! Very close to my 20 pounds!

    I’ve already started this. It’s really easy to grab a cup of tea or a glass of water rather than a beer. Who’d have thunk?!

  • I’ll be cutting down desserts. I liked a couple desserts a day. But that’s a lot of sugar (which I think makes me eat more) and “empty” calories. So I’m going to limit to Wednesday and weekends. Or just Wednesdays and Sundays. We’ll see how it works!

    (I can rationalize not abstaining on the Sabbath–Friday night and Saturday–and there’s ample historic evidence that Sunday is a Christian feast day. So not eating dessert on Sunday wouldn’t make sense. Ah the joys of rationalization!) ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I’ll be eating more fruits and vegetables. My awareness of these plummeted last year. But these are too important to neglect.
  • As a matter of fact, I’m committing to eating more “real” food than “low fat” or “low carb” chemical lab concoctions. Since I like food, particularly real food, this year I’ll learn to enjoy it more slowly, as opposed to shoveling it down.
  • Portion control. Ever since I did Weight Watchers years ago, I’ve been amazed at how small portion sizes really are. And how satisfying. I’m going to watch my portions–not just “watch them go into my mouth”! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Keeping them smaller will certainly help.
  • I’ll keep drinking a gallon of water a day. The health benefits of 8 glasses a day are dubious, but I know I have fewer zits when I stay well hydrated. That’s enough motivation for me!
  • Last year, I added an additional 2 months of circuit training simply by working out 12 times per month rather than 10. Thank God! I’m scared to think of how much more weight I’d have gained had I not done that!

    This year, I’ll keep up the 12 visits per month. But I’m adding aerobics and calesthenics. Probably an eliptical workout 2-3 times a week. (I’ve started this and it seems sustainable.) I’m coming to grips with how incredibly sedentary my life is: sitting in front of a computer at a desk, sitting behind the wheel, or sitting in front of a laptop on the couch. Certainly less activity than my farming forebears experienced in a typical day. So I’ll augment that with stepping up the exercise. Literally.

Overall, I think this is quite sustainable. Basically eat less, exercise more.