Diet and Exercise Lessons Learned
The end of my ninth week on Weight Watchers is rapidly approaching. Including the eight pounds lost in the two weeks before I started, I’ve now lost almost twenty pounds. Slap my ass and call me skinny!
Well, not quite skinny. According to that silly Body Mass Index thingy, I’m still obese. I blame the vegetarians and dietitians of the world. Slap my ass and call me obese. When I lose a few more pounds, you can call me just overweight.
I’m proud of my progress. Still, I keep thinking I would have lost more if it wasn’t so darn hot. The temperature here in Athens has exceeded ninety degrees for something like two solid months. Getting my bike ride in is a chore, especially on days when I have to work. On weekends, I try to leave the house by seven a.m. so I can get back before it gets too hot. The rest of the week, getting a ride in is hit or miss.
Believe it or not, getting less exercise seems to work for me. Weight Watchers Online produces all kinds of reports from my several-times-a-day entries about my exercise, food consumption, and weight. The results to date are more than a little surprising.
Turns out, the more activity points I earn, the less likely I am to lose weight. It’s a perfect correlation, too. I’ve lost the most weight in the weeks with the fewest activity points. Who knew?
Sure, weight loss is a complicated thing. Maybe I retain fluid from all the chips and salsa consumed the day before my weigh in. The more activity points I’ve earned, the less inclined I am to worry about how many chips I eat. Or perhaps I gain muscle weight in the weeks with a lot of activity points.
The message here is probably something about moderation–a concept I’ve struggled with for most of my life. I’ve always believed if a little bit is good, lots is even better. Even with exercise, that is apparently not the case. Guess I’m still a slower learner.
In any case, I’m not giving up on the exercise. I’m trying to ride for 45 to 60 minutes, three or four times a week. I push myself to go faster during my rides, and I go for a longer ride at least once a week. But I’m no longer trying to ride farther and longer every time I go out.
And that’s what’s going on this week, here in…
My Glass House