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January 18, 2010

Baby Steps

Well, I'm still on track after a couple of weeks.  I'm making small changes in my lifestyle.  One of the things I did learn in my last attempt at weight loss is that you have to start out small.  If you make too many changes at once you end up with a plan that is so regimented that you won't follow it long term.  The best way is to make small changes.baby steps.

So here is a list of things I've changed so far in the last couple weeks.

Meals - 5 per day instead of 2.  This is one of the most important and hard to grasp concept for many dieters.  The whole secret to losing weight is based off the single principle of 'burning more calories that you consume'.  To that end, you want to keep your metabolism as high as you can for as long as you can.  Eating twice a day just slows your metabolism down to a crawl.  Then when you do finally eat, you tend to over eat and you body just stores everything up as fat.  Eat 5-6 small meals, spaced out about 3 hours apart and you will keep your system running high all day.

Exercise - I'm starting to lift weights and do my walk/run thing again.  I'm not doing it as often as should but I'm getting there.

Water - I'm still not drinking as much as I should but I'm drinking more than I was (how vague is that?!).  What's important for now is that I'm getting away from those sodas that I would chug so much.  I'm down to just one a day.  Soon I'll cut that out to but again.baby steps.

Body Bugg - So I can keep track of how many calories I burn all day, I reactivated my Body Bugg.

Blogging - This was an important part of my plan last time.  It allowed me to get my feelings out in the open instead of keeping them locked up in my head where they'd do the most damage.

Blog Doo Doo

My whole website is a mess.not just my blog.  I've been away for so long, I've forgotten how most of this stuff works.  And all my web admin stuff is still on my old computer.  I haven't moved anything to the new computer yet.

The only thing I have working is a new install of Windows Live Writer.  That's what I use to write and publish my blog.  It took me a couple hours to sort out that part, and I still have some big problems I need to fix.  The first was to get my pictures to save to the correct location so they would sho up on the blog.  And that's done at least.

One of the biggest problems is that I dropped one of my domain names.  Back when I was still doing this regularly, I had two domain names, strangedos.com and TokenFatGuy.com.  They both pointed at the same site.  However, I dropped strangedos.com as no one was getting to my site using that name anymore.  However, there a ton of references to strangedos.com in my blog's archives.  So now that the domain is gone all those links are broken.  And to fix this I need to get on my site and start looking at all my archive pages.  This is going to take a while.  And its going to drive me crazy since I hate it when I'm on someone else's site and their links aren't all working.  Lazy web admins!

Progress

I've only been on the plan for a couple of weeks but already I have some encouraging news.  I weighed in Saturday and found that I was 292 pounds.  That means I'm back to the starting point I was at when I came up with the whole TokenFatGuy idea.  Also, it means I back below 300 pounds. 

I guess that's all for now.  I'm going to go ahead and post.  I need to get to the track..today is running day.

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