September 10, 2009

The One After 9/09


The weight tracker has been updated on the sidebar. Missed the goal, as expected. This morning I actually thought I hadn't lost any weight at all, but I was wrong. Turns out I lost a little over 2 pounds. So that's something.

But, it's clear that I can't possibly reach the goal I had set for myself at the beginning of the year in getting below 230 pounds by my 30th birthday. And that's something, too.

I do have a shot of getting below 230 by the end of the year, though. While that's not exactly what I wanted, it'll work. My overall goal is to get to 200 pounds, so I have a long ways to go yet, but I'll get there, just not quickly. I don't know exactly when I'll get there but I'll keep tracking this weight progress until I get there. With weight loss, I am the tortoise. Goo goo ka choo.

I've moved the bar for the weight loss goal back to my birthday before I weigh in again. I figured that according to my goal I set out for myself, I need to lose, approximately, 0.1613 pounds every day. This means this time around, I need to try to lose 6.45 pounds to get within the goal, rather than the typical 5.

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In other weight loss news, I read this book called "Sayanora, Mr. Fatty" because I thought it was going to be a weight-loss memoir (since that's exactly what the cover says) but it's not a weight loss memoir. It's a how-to diet book. And a real bad one, too. You want to know the secret to this one? Count your calories. Limit what you eat. That's it. Oh, really groundbreaking shit right there. So I am so disappointed in this book and it's getting sold to a used book store during the next shelf cull. Just, god. Shouldn't there be some kind of oversight as to what could be considered memoir? My expectations were not fulfilled at all with this book (hence no link to purchase it).

Also, were you aware there is something called the fat acceptance movement? Yeah, it's totally real. It's also called the "fat liberation" movement. Check out the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance. There's also an article in Time about it. There's this "plus-sized" model Emme out there making hay for this cause, though she looks perfectly normal, and attractive (in the pictures I've seen...but isn't that a bit of a bait-and-switch or something like that saying just because pretty that the extra weight is okay and healthy when maybe it's not, I don't know), to me.

The Today show did something about it this morning. Check out the video here:

Not sure what I make of it because it is a combination of excuse making and absolving unhealthy lifestyles, yet also it's not because as that Emme person shows you can have a healthy, vital lifestyle but still not fit into the stereotypical image of "fit" so there needs to be something for those people to feel good about themselves. However, for me, anything I could find that helped me accept my huge fatness, like a person who is fatter than me or a joke or whatever, I latched onto it and kept living irresponsibly with my eating and inactivity because I was okay. And fat acceptance sure looks to be that to me, and I would have gravitated toward that idea so I wouldn't have to change. We don't need more reasons to think what we are is okay because that leads to complacency. Just need more realization that when we live right, we all won't end up looking like Brad Pitt so our expectations shouldn't be unrealistic.

viva el mustache


Luke said...

Dude, I think you are doing a pretty damn good job on the weight front. Face it, you lost over 30 pounds this year, so obviously you did something right. I'm sure it's possible for you to starve yourself and get down to 230 by your 30th birthday, but you're doing it the healthy way. If you want to do it the unhealthy way, just get a real good case of the swine flu and watch that weight melt off.

Anonymous said...

Keep in mind that the faster the weight comes off, the faster it is going to come back. Do you want to weigh 230 lbs by your birthday because you did something to make it come off quickly, and then have 5-10lbs come back taking you back (or behind) square one? The toroise approach is the only one that will give lasting results.

As far as fat acceptance, "I loves me because of my Twinkies, not in spite of them"


Bryan said...

Being under 230 for my 30th was just a goal I had set for myself that I can't reach. I'm not that upset about it because I did make some good progress, but just like any goal you set for yourself and don't reach, it's disappointing. It's wanting to run a sub-five minute mile, and you clock in at 5:25. That's still pretty damn good. Not want you want, so that's a bummer, but, shit, 5:25? Not bad.

Anonymous said...

I see your point, and i feel your pain.