For the last 2.5 years, I've been weighing nearly daily, trying to lose weight plus determine what behaviors helped or hurt. Take a look:
|My weight for the last 2.5 years.|
Look closely and some patterns appear:
- I lose weight best between the New Year and the end of the spring semester.
- Summers are flat or even a bit of gain.
- Weight creeps up in fall, and I'm lucky if I don't put on much over the Thanksgiving to Christmas holidays.
- On Thursday nights, I go to Jubeck's, a microbrewery where I've been a member for over five years, since even before they opened. I typically drink two ales and snack on the free peanuts, Chex mix, and other goodies.
- Over the weekend, my wife and I often eat out, sometimes multiple times, and I don't walk to school.
Still, from when I started to the current date, I've lost about 35 pounds. My blood-test results have improved, and I feel a significant difference when I walk. Uphills are easier without the 35-pound pack I carried on my stomach and hips. So what have I learned about my body and weight loss?
- Walking helps everything---weight loss, blood work, and mental health.
- Cutting out everything white matters---no white sugar, white rice, white flour, white potatoes, white supremacy, white privilege---all of it has to go. (The latter is the hardest to get rid of.)
- I can eat as many salads and fresh vegetables as I want as long as I don't slather them or fry them in oils.
- The improved feeling that comes with weight loss is itself an incentive to continue losing.
- I need to watch the beer consumption, especially as it easily gets tied to increased snacking. That said, I'd rather die young than drink light beer. Even if I didn't live longer, it would seem that way.