I have an issue with my weight. My issue is that I probably don’t have an issue.
I know that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. Let me start at the beginning. See, I was
always very skinny. I could read all day and sit in school and never have to worry about gaining weight. I could eat anything and everything and never worry about gaining weight. This is what I looked like at 25 when my schedule consisted of working at Starbucks
and spending most of my days in college. I think I weighed about 130 in that picture. I didn’t do anything special. Didn’t diet, didn’t exercise. I was a size 28 and never thought twice about it.
Time went on and at about age 27, I packed on some pounds. There were boring extenuating circumstances that involved me spending a lot of time hiding food in my bedroom from my roommate and eating a lot of Wendy’s. I was at about 185ish and a 32. I was horrified. I went to the gym and got myself into shape. Down to 155 and a 30 waist. That was also the same time I was going through EMT and Fireman training. Then last year, right at about this time, I realized I’d gotten up to about 195. I was planning a Sept Europe trip and I wanted to be my best, so I went back to the gym and got down to a 32 waist and about 165 lbs.
Now I’m at about 200 lbs. I’m at a 35/36 waist. It’s not so much that I eat unhealthy, though when stressed (like the last month while doing revisions) I tend to go through phases of
cravings. While submitting Deathday Letter I ate a LOT of frozen juice bars. Mostly my problem is that I spend 2-4 hours a day writing, which is time spent sitting. My day job is in IT, so I spend 80% of my 9 hours sitting.
It doesn’t leave a lot of time for being active. I don’t live in an area that’s practical to do things like walk to work, and even if I did, the major problem is that (especially now) it’s so darned humid that I’d be disgusting by the time I got to the office. I’ve joined the gym again and I’ve been a few times. Generally, I like the gym. And now that I’m starting back, I’m sure I’ll be able to get back down to a healthy weight, but what I want to create is a sustainable lifestyle that ends this tired back and forth.
So I’m going to make a list of Challenges and Solutions. I’m going to put some of the solutions I’m trying over the next few months and if anyone has any others you think I should try, I’m game.
- Work requires me to spend 12-13 hours per day sitting
- Lack of local farmer’s market for healthy food solutions
- Lack of time to cook (also lack of skill)
- Time restraints (two days a week I don’t get home until after 8pm)
- Local environment isn’t conducive to integrating exercise into daily activities
- Watch Too Much Television
- Lack of Motivation
- I set a goal to run a Marathon. It’s doubtful I’ll be ready this year, but I’m going to try anyway. When I was in the academy I was doing 7 miles a day easy.
- I’m declaring the rest of July and all of August, TV Free!
- I’m going to attempt to eat only fresh foods or frozen, healthy options.
- Spend a min of 40 minutes at the gym 5 times a week.
- Possibly bicycle to work?
Okay, that’s it. I don’t have too much more. This week I’ll be hitting the gym fairly hard and trying to structure some kind of sustainable diet that’s not a diet.