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Fat blogging: Reward yourself with non food rewards

I have found that rewarding myself with food based rewards is counter productive. It just makes me want those things that I can’t eat on a regular basis. So I have adopted a non food based reward model. As I achieve my reward milestones, I give myself things other than food. For example when my BMI drops into the “over weight” range I will buy myself a new tripod for my camera. For smaller milestones it might be a book or magazine subscription.

So, try to find a reward system that does not hinder your efforts.

Fat Blogging Update

I have been walking and counting. I have started counting every calorie I consume, with a maximum of 1,600 calories per day. Now I do have a free day once a week, if I need it. On my free day I don’t count anything and I eat what I want, within reason. So what has all this step and calorie counting done for my weight.

My goal is 185 or Normal BMI.
My weight at the beginning of my quest was 270 lbs and a BMI of 39.3.

Today 60 days later my weight is 242 lbs and a BMI of 35.7.

Fat Blog to date -28 lbs. and a reduction in BMI by 3.6 points.

So I have made great progress but I have a ways to go. I encourage anyone who thinks this is hard to just try, it can be done one step at a time. You just have to be focused and committed.

Fat Blogging and losing weight 1 step at a time

I have really taken seriously my efforts to get my weight to a healthy level. So in the spirit of the post by Jason Calacanis I will start fat blogging. I have taken the position that the more I measure my efforts the more likely I will stick with them. I have taken to wearing a pedometer during my waking hours, as a means of measuring my physical activity. My goal is to take 10,000 steps a day. For me that measures just under 5 miles of walking. I have found that I take on an average weekday 3,000 steps (it varies depending on my meeting schedule). So I seek every day to add steps. I do many things to add steps, her are some examples:

  • I park as far as possible from the door a work
  • I actually like going to the Mall on weekends
  • I park up the street from restaurants
  • I take the longer route to meetings

I just try to sneak more steps in when ever possible. I have started to track my steps in a google spreadsheet. I find that seeing my progress increases my determination. I have also started counting my calories, but have not started a food log yet. I work to keep my calorie intake at 1500 on everyday but Saturday (My free day, within reason).

So on the date I started the spreadsheet below I weighed 270 lbs. This is the most I have ever weighed. When I heard the nurse give me the number, I knew right then I was going to make some significant changes. I have not weighed in again, but I will soon. I have used some of the in cell graphing tricks, I like seeing the bar graphs I can quickly see my bad days and my good ones. My ultimate target weight is 185 lbs., so that leaves me 85 lbs. away and I’m going to do it one step at a time.

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Steps Per Day

Date Steps

7/29/2007 10485 ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||

7/30/2007 10534 |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||

7/31/2007 12886 ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||

8/1/2007 3000 ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||

8/2/2007 5608 ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||

8/3/2007 4444 ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||

8/4/2007 2294 ||||||||||||||||||||||

8/5/2007 13914 |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||

8/6/2007 9450 ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||

8/7/2007 7324 |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||

8/8/2007 11267 ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||

8/9/2007 10049 ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||

8/10/2007 11185 |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||

8/11/2007 10547 |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||