On the diet again

posted by Jeff | Tuesday, June 14, 2005, 5:49 PM | comments: 0

I decided that since I'm generally taking better care of myself these days (those of you that can view my private blog know how I arrived there), it might be a good time to try and lose the last few pounds I wanted to lose.

Weight has always been a weird thing to me. In high school I was skinny, but around 180 pounds. The doctor I saw for my college physical said it was probably bone density, and to a lesser degree muscle mass in my legs (I was hardcore into cycling at the time). As college went on and I discovered beer, I added a beer trophy, which has kind of always bothered me. I've still got that crazy 30" vertical leap and a 36-38" waist, but it just doesn't feel right.

So in the last few months of 2003, I signed up for Weight Watcher's online, and I lost around 16 pounds. I'd like to lose about 16 more.

My diet weaknesses include an attachment to meat and an aversion to vegetables, neither of which is good. The meat consumption I've backed off on quite a bit, eating red meat only once or twice a month, and I'm eating a lot less chicken too. The vegetable thing I'm getting better at as I discover ways to prepare it and order it (thank God for Asian food). I've got a long way to go, but the mental blocks are finally coming off.

This time around, I've also discovered various vegetarian faux meats, and they make it insanely easy to stick to the diet. A Boca vegan burger is just one WW point! The simulated Italian sausage and spicy chicken patties, also from Boca, are only three points each, and both are very yummy. I want to try some of the organic, more hardcore varieties too. There's no danger of exceeding your point totals eating this stuff. The next challenge is integrating in more vegetable servings.

It's funny how much better I feel not eating crap. I nearly eliminated fast food from my diet the first time I tried this, and I suspect that's part of the reason why I didn't gain back anything I lost. Now I need to keep adding good things in. It's kind of exciting, even though I have weak moments and want to pig out.


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