6.26.2005

Weight (A Moment)

My brother, Billy, can tell you that I've been watching a lot of movies lately. He loves them as much as I do, so whenever a week ends, I give him a little movie review of what I've seen in the past week in my weekly emails to him. Before Bella was born, it would be 1 or 2 movies at the most because that's all I had time for. Since Bella was born, it's been 5, 6, 7, sometimes 8 movies that I'd be sending per email, so that means an average of 6 to 7 movies per week since last October. That's a lot of movie watching, which means a lot of sitting.

This week's email had one movie review in it (Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou [5 of 5, I might add]). The reason why I only watched one movie this past week is because I realized that I’m becoming a fat, lazy ass that does nothing but sit with Bella and play with her when she’s awake (not necessarily a bad thing except for the sitting part) and sitting with Bella and watching movies when she’s asleep (movies are good in moderation, but not when so much sitting is required). Of course, Patrice put it in nicer words than "fat, lazy ass". Her telling me that things aren't getting done around the house on my days off like they used to helped me realize, as you already know, that weight loss is now mandatory.

So, the heaviest I’ve ever been was 245 before I lost all of the weight doing Slimfast followed by Weight Watchers and tons of exercise. When I started my new job last year (coming from a job where I was standing and lifting all day to a job where I am sitting at a computer all day), I weighed 190, which isn’t a bad weight for me. Almost a year and a half later, I’m almost back to my old self. I weighed myself this morning…230, and I feel it too. That’s the thing. I’m not that concerned with how I look, but how I feel is a different story. I’m eating too much, and I’m sitting around too much. I need to eat less and exercise more. Sounds easy, right?

My plan started last Tuesday. It consists of walking for at least half hour per day every day. It consists of eating three square meals within reason. It consists of only light snacking between meals when I’m hungry (no junk). It consists of eating as little as possible before bed with the lightest possible dessert (if any). It consists of making better choices for my healthy lifestyle instead of the anything goes lifestyle I had in the past year. What it comes down to is being active with Bella when she’s awake (long walks, dancing, lifting her in the air multiple times, etc.), and putting her down and working around the house when she’s asleep. Being on my feet will help me burn calories; the house will look nicer; and I’ll feel better about myself while Bella learns to sleep without being held.

I follow a schedule that Patrice and I crafted last week for Tuesday and Wednesday, and on Thursday, I follow the same schedule except, as a reward for hard work, I substitute a movie for house work. We’ll see how the plan goes. I have a lot of weight to lose. My goal is to get back to 190 (which is 40 lbs). If I go below it, I won’t complain as the ideal weight for someone my height and age is between 160 and 180. Wish me luck! More water/ fruits/ vegetables/exercise and smaller portions and less movie watching/snacking will hopefully equal my key to weight loss.

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Rebecca said...
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Rebecca said...

That deleted post is me... I saw a few typos. Anyway...

Good luck with your weight loss! I too am trying to make better decisions and just plain exercise more. One thing that may help keep you motivated is knowing what kind of example you're setting for Bella by being active. (Not that it's an excuse but I didn't have that sort of example growing up.) She may only be a baby but she's keenly aware of what's going on. If she sees you making the right choices it's more likely that as she gets older she'll make those same kinds of choices.

NME said...

Good luck! I too need to get more things done around the house while Noah is napping. I spend too much time in front of the computer - answering emails, reading and writing blogs. That's important to my sanity because it is my main form of socialization these days - but I need to scale back a bit. Maybe you can give me some good tips!