Friday, March 03, 2006

Week 30 +2.6

Most of this came in week 29 when I skipped weigh in, but this week has not been an exactly model week. There are several reasons for the gain which I will now (thoughtfully I might add) list for the Weight Watchers police should they wish to try to press charges. (You'll never take me alive, Pigs!)

Please note I'm gonna skip the first level reasons (i.e eating food/drinking beer/not exercising) as they are pretty obvious. What follows is the second level reasons (i.e. the reasons for the first level reasons).

1) It's hard to be good when depressed. Depression is a funny thing. Sometimes you can beat it by "bucking up"; sometimes you beat it by taking it easier on yourself. At some point, getting out of the funk became more important than staying on the diet.

I am feeling great now though. It has passed.

2) Lately I have been gearing up for Lent. The exercise thing is my plan for the big final push to get me over the top (under the top?). As such, I haven't been too worried about staying on the diet.

3) I am still committed to my goal of making it to 177, but I'm in no real hurry. I look forward to shedding the last 8 pounds, but I'm feeling pretty good having lost the 25 already.

4) It's my mother's fault. She didn't toilet train me until I was two and half, and I have been a fuck up ever since.

And One More
Welcome to Lady FJL. She and I share a passion for white wine, and thanks to her I now know what type of undies I am. (I had been wondering). She may have the distinction of being the only current Knight whose family actually used to have a title. My ancestors only came out of the coal mines a few generations back, and our titles are related to ale consumption.

Weight: 185.4
Net Pounds Lost: -25.8
Pounds till goal: 8.4


Blogger Joel said...

As you have recently called me a retard, I feel I have license for one less than warm and fuzzy comment. Look at your stats. You've been treading water for a long time now, and you have just rationalized this to death. Either push over the line or call the weight thing done and move on.

Shit or get off the pot.

6:56 AM  
Blogger Lord Lessismore said...

Wow, that's some tough love for you. Welcome to the "slap on the side of the head" school of weight-loss inspiration, Joel! Sir C had talked about making this a regular part of the guys-centric Weight Watchers meeting.

7:17 AM  
Blogger Don Q. said...

In all fairness, I did just call Joel (aka Tim) a retard, so I had one coming. We have also been friends since second grade. I also called Sir Semisolid a knucklehead for gaining a pound last week, and I've only known him for a couple of years.

I do need to wrap this up. My personal stake in the ground is Easter. That's about 1.5 pounds/ week which is very doable, but not a layup. I had been thinking that the exercise would get me there without a whole lot of dieting, but 1.5/week is a lot. Your "less than warm and fuzzy" comment is noted and grudgingly admitted as "helpful". (You should see what his nasty comments are like!)

12:57 PM  
Blogger ArleneWKW said...

I must so disagree with Joel. As I mentioned in my blog, I got rid of 15 pounds of a 55+ pound regain, three months ago and have been on the proverbial elevator since then. I've done worse than tread water; I've re-regained about half of the 15 pounds, gotten re-rid of it, and re-re-gained again. I'm back at the point of having got rid of the multi-re-gain. BUT, if lI hadn't been "on the pot," I'd have gained 20 or 30 pounds during the last 3 months instead of "treading water."
Sorry for the long rant, but I feel strongly about this. Keep up the struggle Sir Chubalot

Sir C., post appeared as I was writing this. I'm going to post it even though you you've found the tough love helpful. Maybe both the good cop and the "bad" cop have a role in this thing.

2:52 PM  
Blogger Joel said...

To all: My comments must be taken in context of Sir Chub's and my on-going discussion of suitable goals. I, in fact, have been trying to get him to reset his goals to one's focused more on overall wellness, and forget about the weight loss number. He broke into the 180s in October of 2005, a more than 20 pound loss. That's damn fine work. The reality, if not the intent, is that he's been living a weight maintenance lifestyle since then. This too is terrific. He's kept that weight off for more than 4 months. Kudos. All I was saying is stop thinking this is all about weight loss, and pick some new goals already. You lose weight to be healthier. He's done that. Move on. The number of 177 is arbitrary (and besides that number would define him as normal).

Hanging onto and not accomplishing any goal becomes a negative influence. I'd love to be an Olympian, but at 40 I just don't see it happening. Time to let that go and move on. It doesn't mean I can't compete in races, I just need to do so for a different reason.

Or maybe I'm retarded (or an A-hole as Arlene is certainly thinking).

RDE, "Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it." Your issue has never been starting, it's been finishing, and you yourself have stated as much.

3:32 PM  
Blogger ArleneWKW said...

Actually I don't think you're an A-hole Joel. Sir Chubalot's response clarified that you have an on-going relationship. Also, I hadn't realized that Sir Chub is only a few pounds from his goal (which I should have realized since he wrote that he's only 8 pounds away from it in this post). And I agree with you on not focusing on the number, arbitrary or not. When I got rid of the 65+ lbs. the first time around, I was able to pretty much keep my focus on being self disciplined rather than on what the scale said at any given time. In any case, thanks for responding to my comment.

11:25 PM  
Blogger fjl said...

Hi, I have to disagree with Joel, I think that a permanent site for people who need it, to come and talk about weight and body issues, is a very good idea. Hence I have joined. I also think Chubalots design is innovative. His stats are his business. There's lots more you could do on the theme Chubalot btw, weight maintenance, health, psychology issues. I would like you to keep this going. It is not a question of sitting on a pot. Honestly! It is a world wide media subject now Joel, weight loss, maintenance and related issues, where have you been? On the pot a long time it seems.

11:07 AM  
Blogger Joel said...

Dear FJL,

I was not commenting on his site or the KOTRB. You may refer to my site for more on this:

The Word of Tim

Please read the two most recent posts:
My relationship with Sir Chubalot
Keeping It Real

1:37 PM  
Blogger fjl said...

Ok mate I was just sticking up for Chubalot as he is a good man. Get off the pot isn't an expression he deserves but I have no idea of the situation. Thanks for the link x

1:45 PM  
Blogger Joel said...

To all: This is my final word, and then I shall resign.

Perhaps this analogy will clarify my input, as all efforts to date seem to fall short. Have you ever been trying really hard to remember a name or solve a problem, and finding the harder you try the farther from the answer you seem to get and the more anxious you become? I contend that by focusing solely on weightloss you can find yourself in this same situation. You need to put focus somewhere else, just like when you're stuck on one of those problems. Take a break, and as your mind becomes freed, the answer comes to you all of a sudden. Perhaps you could try focusing on something that requires weightloss and fitness, but is not the weightloss itself. Have you ever climbed a mountain, run a marathon, hiked the Appalachian trail? Trust me, a week or two of fullpack hiking will do wonders for your weight.

S.O.G.O.T.P. is a call to action, that's all. I've known Sir Chub for over 30 years. He was in my wedding. The comment was for him, and I suspect he knows what I meant.

So cheerio mates. This Oracle has just resigned his post.

5:43 AM  
Blogger fjl said...

I have turned your name into a verb, chubalotting. To chubalot= to stuff one's face :-)

2:05 PM  

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