Start Weight:(11 Jun 13) 187.0 lb
Current Weight:(11 Feb 16) 177.2 lb
Goal Weight:150.0 lb
following: westcoastbroke's own diet
performance: losing 6.3 lb a week

First, an apology - that's not my photo. I'm seriously camera-shy. But it is a sorta famous guy who everybody says "You look just like xx" when they see me. Except that the hair is more gray now, for both of us.

-High school weight 185
-Age 30, dropped to 170, doing "Nutri-System" with then-girlfriend
-Age 33, new job, everybody was a runner and I joined them. Dropped to 155 without effort. More energy, emotional stamina, endurance than ever.
-Age 36, dumped girlfriend, employer went bankrupt, got depressed, dropped to 135 and organs began to shut down. Doc put me on a Big Mac diet, I got back up to 150.
-Age 37, first job with Fortune 500 company. Stress and long hours helped me gain almost 5 pounds a year.
-Age 47, move to small company and from city to country, dropped to 165 in a few years and held steady. Loved running the country roads.
-Age 53, small company bought by Big company, stress and long hours, 180 came fast.
-Age 54, regained control, back to 165.
-Age 55, major layoff, frantic job search, depression, lost to 160.
-Age 57, have been with lots of badly-run companies, some famous. Now 185. Done with it.

The last job was the end of it. 57 years of being frugal means I don't need much, so I just quit. I'll do something else, just not sure what.

For a month I've reduced home junkage, practiced piano, run 3-4 times a week, see a little weight loss. Generally trying to decide when I'm "done" getting ready to start a company and then do it.

Weight reduction plan:
Mostly involves running
Partly involves not over-indulging
Interference will come from the high-maintenance SO and her drama, which tends to stress me and I react by over-eating.

We all have challenges, I'm hoping to figure out how to best handle mine.

FatSecret member since: 06 May 11

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Working in exercise when you work 2 jobs
I have done that, and worked the exercise into my day. Since there can be no dedicated afternoon, you have to do it minutes at a time.

- I would intentionally park 1/2 mile from work. Then walk the rest of the day.
- Same thing when shopping.
- never use elevators, always use the stairs.
- If the person I need to exhange notes with is on the other end of the building, get up and go see them, don't send email

And so on....
posted 20 Mar 2015, 20:52
Addicted to Weighing Few Times a Day
There's a principle in science that says you should measure something at least ten times as frequently as you plan to make adjustments to it.

So, if you might adjust your food intake weekly because you see a trend you want to change, then you should, scientifically, weigh yourself every 0.7 days. In human terms, this is not very practical, so a daily weigh-in is more appropriate.

If you weigh only weekly, then this would be consistent with a plan to adjust your diet every two months.

I have to say that, for me, I plan to adjust my diet as soon as I see a trend that's taking me away from my goal, so I do a daily weigh-in.

It is also a psychological principal that we diminish our likely diet success when we judge our behaviors: calling a habit "bad" is risky...gives us the impression that we succeed or fail...and failure is permanent and our mind immediately goes to "Well, I've failed, game over" and we give up.

It seems to be more useful to refer to a habit or behavior in terms of whether it's getting us closer to, or further from, our goals.

We don't gain or lose weight based on weigh-ins, so that particular habit, IMO, doesn't get us closer to or further from the goals.
posted 11 May 2014, 19:50
Nighttime eating
That's exactly my problem, too. If I'm going to go over, it's at night.

I have determined the emotions underlying my problem. I over-burden my to-do list. I create projects that cannot be done in one sitting (repair a chair, etc). When it gets close to bedtime, I see unfinished projects, loose ends. And that frustrates me. I feel unsuccessful (not quite the same as a failure, at least!).

But I can, indeed, succeed - at eating. So I do and it gives a final "I got something done this evening" sense.

Maybe I could substitute reading and call it a success if I finish one page?
posted 29 Jan 2014, 08:50
Calories do not add up
Three things:

1) Round-off error. I see that FatSecret is pretty forgiving about round-off error. Some foods calculate to, say, 122.5 calories, but FS shows them as 120 or 125.

2) The fiber adjustment

Fat Secret is inconsistent about this. On some foods, FS makes the fiber adjustment, on others, it doesn't.

There's a theory that claims any fiber grams don't count as calories, that your body passes fiber through without extracting any nutrients.

But fiber is included in the total carbs of a food. So, the theory says that to get correct calorie count, you don't just multiply carbs times 4, you first subtract fiber from carbs then multiply by 4.

Example from FS, a medium apple:
If I don't do the subtraction, here are the figures:
FS claimed calories 72
Fat 0.23G X 9 = 2.07 cals
Carbs 19.06 X 4 = 76.24 cals
Protein 0.36 X 4 = 1.44 cals
Total = 75.61

I disagree with FS in this case, I'm claiming 3.61 more calories.

But if I do correct for fiber:

If I don't do the subtraction, here are the figures:
FS claimed calories 72
Fat 0.23G X 9 = 2.07 cals
Carbs 19.06
Fiber 3.3
C minus F = 15.76 X 4 = 15.76 cals
Protein 0.36 X 4 = 1.44 cals
Total = 66.55 calories

I still disagree with FS, but now I'm on the low side

3) This is only partially scientific anyway

Foods come from nature, and even after a lot of processing, there's natural variation in the nutritional breakdown. I can find five different claimed amounts of calories in a banana online, for instance, with a 2:1 variation even if the claimed serving size is the same number of ounces. So, it's not worth the added time to split things too finely. 20% is about as good as you'll ever get to accurate anyway.
posted 01 Jan 2014, 13:06
RDI question for Calorie Counting
It's a target. If you undershoot by too much, you may end up so hungry that you binge. If you overshoot, you won't lose as quickly.

I use it as a daily target, and I'm happy if, at the end of the week, I'm close to the weekly target (daily X 7)
posted 12 Jun 2013, 12:37
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