Losing Weight, Gaining Perspective
July 9, 2009, 5:03 am
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Skinnier is the new first class....

Skinnier is the new first class....

Not really a serious post, but I thought I’d share some perspective or nuggets of wisdom that I’ve picked up lately from my experiences losing weight.

I’ve been on weight watchers since February, there are many reasons that brought me to this decision.  One of the big ones is the sinking (more squeezing) feeling I experienced at a trade show in San Diego.  I was as sick as I’d been in a long, long time and trying to get my company’s booth assembled.  I had a fever around 102 and probably should have been home in bed.  Miserable was a word that came easily to mind as I tried to assemble the contents of six red and black fiber cases surrounding me.  A task that normally took about two hours was taking around four hours.  In the depth of my pity party, I went to step around the back of the booth to plug in some of the electrical items.  I found myself unable to slip through a relatively generous sized gap around the side of the booth.  I quickly realized that my portable party keg I kept around my waist was preventing me from moving forward.  That moment of clarity coupled with the epiphany that my immune system probably wasn’t in much better shape hit me pretty hard.  So, I made the decision to lose weight and I have.  36 pounds in fact.  Only 48 pounds to go!

Things I realized losing weight:

Fat ain’t pretty – Well, at least, from all the positive reinforcement I’ve been getting.  “Viddy, have you lost weight?”  “Viddy, you look great!”  “Did you cut your hair?”  That last one threw me a bit, but I have gotten it a couple of times.  My guess is that proportional to my food storage compartment, my hair must have looked something like the green leafy stem of a tomato…Small, sparse, and leaving the observer to wonder why they bothered.   Seriously, if I am getting so many comments now, you have to wonder what the opposite of the comments I get now I must have been getting in various mental, one-sided dialogues else where.  “Viddy, you look like an XXL T-shirt model.”  “Wow, Viddy, that fat looks great on you.  Well, at least the parts I can see without walking around you.”  “Viddy, did you get a haircut?”

Positive Feedback and Dieting aren’t the same thing – Weight watchers is a great program and I love it.  I’ve recruited as many people as I can, because like Donkey from Shrek, I’m a believer.  It works.  However, the only flaw in the process is the negative feedback loop built into the point system.  You lose weight, you lose points.  Points equal food, and food equals blissful indulgence.  The less indulgence, the less fun a diet can be.  Other similar negative feedback loops include:

  • Dating  – The more you date the girl, the more you’re paying for her to eat, drink, and be entertained.  It’s like that guy that sleeps on your couch, but doesn’t spend the night.  You don’t kick him out because he’s funny and life affirming.(PS.  I’ve experienced that last one.  Not the dating, but the couch louch.)
  • Responsiblity – The more you got, the more you got to lose)
  • Losing weight – Ya, this is a double counter.  You lose weight, you lose the opportunity of wearing all your favorite clothes.  They don’t fit, and are left to be sold at a tent sale.  Depending on how big you were, they may be the actual tent.

Gravity Weakens the Skinnier You Are.  It’s amazing, since I’ve lost weight I’m able to leap single steps in a single bound. I can run and not feel like I”m going to puke afterward.  Stairs, a challenge for chubbier mortals and invitation to use the elevator, is what I call my preferred mode of escalation.  9.8 m/s2 has less of a hold on me now.



Return of the Diet Diary
January 2, 2008, 7:35 pm
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Well, as New Years Resolutions go, this will be an oldie but goodie.  My family and I have jointly decided that we’re all going to go on a diet.  Therefore, the food diary will return.  Thus allowing even more access to those web crawlers out there to my life.  However, I don’t really care.



Diet to Live
November 9, 2007, 7:39 pm
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Well, I decided that the time has come for me to take my health seriously.  Apparently, the last time I considered this, buying the shoes and the shuffle were not enough motivators to make myself go run.  Now that I’ve hit a new record high in terms of weight, I joined Sport & Health club to take control of my health.  Also, I’ve taken a more serious approach to dieting.  I’ll see how that all works.  The thing is I usually do just fine, but after a while it gets old.

On the good news front, I’ve already gone down a belt buckle notch and lost about eight pounds.  The miracle of dieting is that if you were eating in excess before, when you stop, your weight goes down.  Working out has been pretty fun, but I feel every little micro tear in my muskles.

Wish me luck.



Tales of the Fourth Grade Fatty
August 21, 2007, 3:34 am
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So, over the summer I had lost some weight and then decided to gain it back once I discovered buffalo wings. I have found a direct correlation between my chubbiness and the number of times that I’ve gone out on dates. While women may be slightly less superficial than us men, they still are to some point superficial. I can’t pretend otherwise, and I need to be doing my part to be the kind o fman that makes women go, hubba hubba.

You’ll notice a new page on my blog. This is where I’ll be tracking everything I eat for at least the next 30 days. While I realize its not fascinating reading material. Feel free to give me encouragement or incentives the best you can. I appreciate it all.