I talked about losing weight last year, and, well…It’s been a year of ups and downs. First my weight went up, and now it’s coming back down.
I was so proud of last year’s exercise streak, and it didn’t survive much past last year’s post. My knees have been a mess since a rec-league basketball accident in college, and one of them got really cranky a few weeks into 2019. From there, my weight started to creep up. And up.
After ignoring what the scale was telling me for most of the year – denial’s not just a river in Egypt – I got serious about my weight again in the fall. I decided to refocus, pay attention to what I eat, and work on building up my knee strength. (I know I should be doing my knee exercises, but I’ve been ignoring them for years. See “denial”, above.) I blew the dust off of our exercise bike and started riding it again. Cycling helps my balky knee, and bores me to death. I watch a lot of YouTube videos at 2x speed – it’s the only thing that can distract me while I’m cycling.
That got things moving in the right direction. My weight is back on a slow trend down – slower than I’d like, of course, but at least it’s trending down, not up.
I’m not big on New Years resolutions. To paraphrase CGP Grey, I always fail at them, and just feel bad about it. What’s helping me is habits – the book Atomic Habits was particularly useful. My exercise habit: when I get home from work, I change into my workout clothes. That’s it. Because, once I’ve put on my exercise shorts and my t-shirt, I’ve overcome the resistance – it’s easier to head down to the basement and hop on the exercycle.
Eating well is an occupational hazard for food bloggers. I started writing because I love to eat. I know how to lose weight – here’s what I should be doing. It’s the gap between “knowing” and “doing” that makes eating healthy such an issue. Sure, I know I should be ordering a salad…but that braised short rib on the menu is calling out to me. I should – and do- cook a lot of vegetables. But what I want on a cold winter night is a hearty stew, a bowl of soup, or a spicy curry. It’s a matter of moderation, which is not my strong point. But, I must be doing something right – my weight *is* going down, finally. Now all I have to do is keep after it.
Good luck in the New Year!
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