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Weight Loss and the Cravings
Creating Passionate Users: The strangest, easiest way to lose weight. Kathy Sierra posted a remarkable experience on changing her physical-weight “set point” using Seth Robert’s Shangri-La Diet: The No Hunger Eat Anything Weight-Loss Plan. Based on Kathy’s account and on observations made on the Freakonomics blog, I have ordered the book. To achieve the no-shipping level, I had Amazon toss in Freakonomics, a book I’ve not yet read.
In Winter 2004–2005 I successfully brought my weight range from a high of 168 to a comfortable-for-me 155. Along with the exercise and diet regimen, I also brought my cholesterol levels to the best they’ve ever been in the 20+ years that they’ve been monitored and medicated. I relaxed out of that, and lately my weight is stuck around 160 and is not budging.
I have become careless about exercise, so I’m putting daily exercise practices back in. I am working with an e-mail “vitality buddy” and reporting my weight, exercise, and other actions I’m taking every day. This seems to have stabilized the creeping weight-gain, and it is extremely valuable in having me perform in this area. But I have pretty constant cravings and I respond by wolfing down snack foods. There are baby carrots in the refrigerator, and I must put that in. That’s not where I look when I want a quick snack fix. I will make snacking on carrots, fruits and other vegetables an addition to what I account for with my vitality buddy and I’ll put that into practice right now.
Meanwhile, I am looking forward to the book. I will also getting a cholesterol check-point in a month or two and it will be interesting to see if I have reclaimed any or all of my prior victory. I know that exercise was a big factor, and it was the only way I’ve ever managed to raise my HDLs into the desired range.
My vitality buddy has been cutting back on caffeine, and I know Jeff Sandquist stopped drinking caffeine when he managed the weight reduction that inspired my previous victory. I started doing the same, and I’ve managed to reduce my intake to 1–2 cups of lip-smacking French Roast drip every two days. I learned something that I should have known. Caffeine works for me in managing my regular occurrences of sinus inflammation. So, in addition to becoming more lethargic than I was willing to continue, I found that caffeine was the best treatment when low-level allergy/sinus symptoms kick-in. That’s my story. I don’t think it is caffeine withdrawal.
Unfortunately, while in Mountain View on May 1–3 I became great buddies with the barista at the IIW2006 workshop and now must go into recovery. That’s working, although I find that I have begun to crave coffee too. I also see, in reviewing my previous experience, that I no longer measure calories and that I lost my original coach’s attention after that success.
At the bottom of all of this, I must embrace this effort as a journey and not as an end-point. I will never not be managing my weight, exercise, and overall health and vitality. Now it is time to click post and get on the rowing machine.
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