So those of you who have met me in real life are now forming mental images that will haunt you for the rest of your days.  I do apologize for that.  Appropriate considering which comic this is, I suppose.

Regardless, I have been stymied by trying to figure this diet thing out of late.  It should be a matter of science.  Calories in, calories out.  Weight changes accordingly, but it really doesn’t seem to work that way.  For instance, the eagle-eyed of you out there will have noticed that the ticker has slipped down another 3 pounds during my two weeks of travel.  I have to be honest here, I really didn’t follow the eating rules all that closely, and there were a few days where I pretty much pigged out (Nordy’s with Tanya and Steve comes to mind), but still… I’m down in weight.

Sure there were things like this:

12.65 miles

Which at 12.65 miles accounts for about 3000 calories (and doesn’t include the 2 miles I walked to get to and from dinner later that evening), but still.  I ate a lot.  I really did.  Of course, I should have known I lost some more because I did have to drill another hole in my belt to keep the trousers up, and when I flex my calves… well… they are frickin’ cut!  I’m always had good leg muscles (cyclist, you know), but they are seriously… wow!

But, and never the less, I was sure that I had gained some weight.  I think I’m defying some basic physical principles at this point.

Regardless, it did give me yet another chance to reflect on the feelings resulting from free-range eating and the from sticking to my caloric limit.  I got to tell you, eating within the limit really is an more pleasant overall experience.  Exceeding it leaves on feeling… loagy… sluggish… dull.  But just a day or two into caloric recover, and you start to feel… better.  Like your standing on a precipice ready to leap… into adventure!  Quick, fresh, fast… it’s a great feeling…

…so why the constant tendency to backslide into the free-range lifestyle?  There doesn’t seem to be any pluses…

Well… that BBQ dinner was a plus, I’ll give you that.

Also, the reporting what I eat thing.  I haven’t been reporting the exact details of meal because I figured it made for a dull read… but… if I’m not reporting them, I also tend to be less accurate about counting them, and counting them accurately is a very important part of my process as it turns out, so… let’s run the numbers.

Food Intake:

  • Breakfast – Banana and Granola bar – 250 calories
  • Lunch – Ham and Cheese sammich – 250 calories
  • Afternoon snack 1 – Fiber Bar – 140 calories
  • Afternoon snack 2 – watermelon – 162 calories
  • Dinner – Sauteed gizzards, potatoes and cucumber – 800 calories
  • Evening snack – 3 brownie delight (little refrigerated square jobbers) – 180 calories

1782 calories total.  Not bad.  For the record, yesterday was 1825 calories.

Exercise:

Basic callisthenics… I’ve opted to leap onto the 100 pushup bandwagon and tonight was the first workout.  I also did some ab crunches and housework.  No idea what the caloric burn is there, but moving is good.

Until tomorrow…