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Ok.  Another month, another challenge.  What I'm doing has been working ok.  Adjusting my "waking up" goal so it's no longer extra credit, now that I'm getting into the swing of it a bit.  Weight loss has slowed a bit, but it still is noticeable.  Last month I went from 199.7 to 196.4 with eating mostly at 1600 calories and some really over doing it cheat days spread in there.  I'll take 3 pounds on such a manageable diet.  I may emphasize the "or less" part of my 1600 calories or less, since it feels like I've been taking in some empty calories I don't need just to say I ate 1600 calories.  I do pretty good in less calories anyway (around 1200 or so) .  My overall weight loss for last month is better than I was giving myself credit for now that I actually look back at the numbers, so maybe 1600 even with some empty cals thrown in isn't so bad.  Anyway, I'm mostly doing more of the same, but I did include two new goals to try to cut out some of the empty calories I've been getting.

 

1) Continue my diet.  Simple calorie restriction with target of 1600 calories or less daily.  Counting in MyFitnessPal on phone.  (+3 CON)

2) Meditate every day for 15 minutes.  If I don't do it in the morning, then do it after work.  Everyday; including weekends.  (+3 WIS)

3) Spend 30 minutes reading from the Great Books of the Western World (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Books_of_the_Western_World).  (+3 WIS)

4) Wake up every weekday morning by 5 AM.  I did a bit better with this as extra credit last month, so I'm moving it up to a core goal. (+3 CON)

5) Floss my teeth.  I had cavities in between my teeth last time I went to dentist, so they said I really should floss.  (+1 CHA)

6) No granola (+1 CON).  Granola has been my empty calorie of choice.  I've been allowing it as long as I don't go over 1600 calories, but I have impulse control problems keeping it in line and sometimes have to cut out real healthy meals or go over my calorie count because I had too much granola early on in the day.  It's easiest to just cut it out entirely.  I have to deal with it being in the house, since my wife eats it too, so I can't entirely avoid it being there like I do with most temptations, so I just need to double down on my commitment to avoid it.

7) No candy from basket (+1 CON).  My co-worker has a candy basket on his desk.  I tend to grab a piece or two a day...  Sometimes four.  I have problems enjoying candy in moderation, so it would be best for me to learn to leave the candy basket alone.  It's such a pain already having to log individual pieces of bite size candy in MyFitnessPal, and I don't like having all these different candies in my recent food items list.

# Extra Credit

8) Do yoga every weekday (easiest when I get up early, but in all honesty, I could squeeze it in after dinner pretty easy when baby is down for night [but that's probably when I'll be doing my 30 mins of reading too]).  YogaWithAdrienne or some other yoga is fine.  I just got a new Insight Yoga DVD for myself for my birthday.  (+5 DEX [1 per day, up to +7 really if I did weekends, but I'm not planning on weekends])

9) Go to the gym (+2 STR per day, aiming for 3 days a week, but I wouldn't complain if I did more)

# Keeping this around as a goal, but probably for next month when it's warmer.  Maybe mess around with it this month; will see.

10) Modified Couch 2 5K.  I'm totally not a runner, but maybe I could become one.?.  A basic level of endurance is a helpful prerequisite to most other physical activity.  (+6 END [2 per day for up to three days a week])

 

Wow, my list is growing pretty large.  Most of these are tasks that I'll never really be "finished" with...  Maybe I'll overcome my desire for granola or the candy basket enough at some point that I don't need to keep track of them...  Maybe I'll institute a house rule that a goal can appear three times as a core goal before it either needs to be modified (like upping my meditation minutes from 15 to 20, which I think is the plan for next month) or reduced in points to a +1 for the week "maintenance goal".  That way I have somewhere to put flossing once I'm totally used to flossing but don't want to remove it as a challenge because I probably wouldn't do it anymore but don't think it's worth 3 points over and over and over again.  Not sure if I want to reduce my Great Books points after three months though, because it's so time consuming it feels like I really earn those points.  Maybe I'll just do that for flossing and other low maintenance maintenance activities.  Or else I'll just drown in Charisma points.  I have some other CHA ideas too, like brush twice a day instead of once, and shave daily rather than every third day or so like I do now.  Both seem like habit improvements worth considering.  Too bad I don't want CHA points very much.  CHA is usually my dump stat.  It makes sense that I would increase in CHA while doing stuff in a public forum though.  Anyway those seem like neat changes to consider adding in at some point.  Maybe the modified goal will just replace the basic flossing goal.  So flossing becomes: brush twice a day and floss once, then graduates to brush and floss twice a day.  Do people actually need to floss twice a day?  I think dentists say brush twice, floss once.  Shaving still seems to fit into its own thing.  So maybe I don't need that house rule about shaking it up every third repeat or so.  Eating granola and eating candy don't seem like they should be worth as much as my entire diet; especially once I'm used to them.  Hmm....  Will keep an eye on it.  Everything's fine enough for now.

 

Classics read so far: Iliad, the Odyssey, Edith Hamilton's Mythology, Meditations, the Inner Citadel, The Divine Comedy

Currently reading: Paradise Lost

 

Current Weight: 193.8

Pounds lost so far: 54.2

Pounds lost last challenge: 3.3

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I totally shouldn't knock 3 pounds in a month.  It would be a fine rate to sustain for the next 10 months or so until I hit my target weight.  I know I can lose a little more without ill effect though, because when I started before I was actually tracking calories, I was reliably eating one meal of about 1200 calories a day instead of forcing myself up to a 1600 target, and unsurprisingly, that caused me to lose weight more quickly.  Granted, that also made me start feeling a little sick to my stomach some nights, which is why I re-thought it.  But I know I can do around 1200-1600 with more reasonable cheat days and lose a little more quickly... 

 

Anyway, I'll see how I do after I cut out the empty calories of granola and candy.  I know I don't need them.  That'll probably lead to me ending some days closer to 1200 and some under 1200 assuming that doesn't start bothering my stomach again, but I'll still leave the hard target at 1600 so I have room to adjust.  I don't know what I'll do to fill in the extra calories though, if I find out I need them.  Maybe peanut butter sandwich.  That with a 1200 calorie dinner makes for 1600 pretty easy, and gives me something with protein in it to eat during day.  A peanut butter sandwich and a bowl of beans is 950, and a peanut butter sandwich and two slices of broccoli-cheese quiche is around 1050, and a veggie sub and peanut butter sandwich is around 1030.  So having a pattern of where I go 950, 1050, 1030, 1600 for a bit may be more manageable.  I can always switch out a peanut butter sandwich with a veggie sub any day to add 200 calories to that day, and I'ld still be in at close to 1200 for three out of four days.

 

For now, I'm just going to roll back with the one meal a day plan for a bit, and see how it treats me.  I'll probably be too under on calories for a bit, since that'll make for days like 500, 650, 630, 1200, unless I get a sub or do something on my beans and quiche days.  I don't mind just being too under for a bit though.  It worked for me really well for a long time with no ill effect.  That's probably why I'm spoiled with sustaining over a pound a week weight loss.  It makes sense that I need to live with slower weight loss as there's less weight to lose anyway.

 

If it doesn't work well for me, then peanut butter sandwiches and maybe even adding in protein shakes some day seems like a good way to up my calories on days I'ld otherwise have too few.  I could just eat two peanut butter sandwiches on beans and quiche and veggie sub days, to make the pattern more like 1350, 1450, 1430, 1600...  That would be a nice pattern, if I decide staying closer to 1600 works best for me.  I hate having one day where I eat 1 sandwich, and the rest where I eat two though.  What if I decide too late in the day that I want to do pasta and I've already eaten two sandwiches...  If I can sustain 3 pounds a month like that, it would be quite manageable and relatively pleasant.  After all, I lost 3 pounds last month with eating granola bars and what not to get me up to the 1600 calorie mark each day, and I had some way over-doing it cheat days to work around and a couple of non-compliance days to boot, so a regular 1600 calorie goal is definitely not as bad as I'm picturing it.

 

As you can probably tell, my secret to weight loss so far has mostly been just eating once per day, and keeping my once per day meal to one of: bowl of beans (500), beans and rice (850), 2 slices broccoli and cheese quiche (680), and pasta with pesto (1250).  I often fix one other dish during the week, which I vary around to keep things interesting.  It's never more calories than the pasta with pesto, which is my "worst" of my meals that I eat regularly.  I allow for one cheat day, where I often go out to a buffet for lunch and don't eat anything for dinner.  Those are still roughly 2400 calorie or so day (estimating, since it's a buffet).  I'm technically massively under-eating doing what I've been doing, which I noticed once I started counting calories, after I had already lost 45 pounds or so.  That's why I have room to supplement with a peanut butter sandwich (400) or two (800) in most cases, and still end up shy my 1600 calorie target.  It's also why I'm keeping a close eye on how I do at 1600 calories, which really doesn't seem that bad with 3 pounds lost in a month, but it's also why I'm used to losing a little more than that.  I'm slightly torn between doing what has worked for me, and doing what is advised when it's obviously a bit slower.  Maybe I should just try a month of each and see how I feel and how the weight loss figures shake out at the end...  Either way, peanut butter sandwiches seem like better calorie filler meals than filling in my spare calories with granola and candy.

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And while I'm publicly over-analyzing portions of my life, let's talk about morning routine.

 

Last challenge, the perfect morning was get up at 5 am, then in the hour and a half I had before getting ready: meditate 15 minutes and read a classic for an hour and 15 minutes while having a cup of coffee.  That way on day's I get up early, I knocked three things off my checklist (meditate, read classic, floss) before the day even officially started.

 

This challenge, the perfect morning will be to get up at 5 am, then in the hour and a half I have before getting ready: meditate 15 minutes, and either A: do a 30 minute Yoga with Adrienne and read my classic for 30 minutes while having a cup of coffee or B: do a 1 hour yoga from my new video and wait until work for coffee, then read my classic when I am home with baby from 4 pm-5 pm and then later either read a classic or something else from 7:30-8:30 after dinner (the second reading session becomes time for C25K sometime later this month or next, but I like to do it while there's still light, so it pushes dinner back, which is not a big worry once I'm packing a sandwich).  I still knock out three things early, and on some days four, but I make room for yoga (which should also add to my weight loss that I was so worried about, despite fine results for last month).  When I get four knocked out, I still get "everything but diet" done early, since my remaining goals are all dietary.  It's going to be different having three goals that can only be properly accounted for at end of day.

 

I must admit that I like the idea of days that I knock out both my classics and my yoga before the day starts, but I think the one hour yoga sessions are better for me, especially since I'm not really doing any other exercise. 

 

I also dislike that I have to cut out my personal reading time to fit in trying to run, but there's nothing much to be done about that.  Perhaps I'll listen to an audiobook while trying to run.  Or else I could opt for 30 minute yoga sessions on days that I run, so I can knock out my classics in the morning, and still have my 4 pm-5 pm block for other reading.  That might be more sustainable, especially since I'll probably try to work in a bodyweight workout my alternate days from running, assuming I ever make running a habit, so ultimately I won't really have any off days for personal reading, so would only be doing it on weekends.  Not sure what I think of sticking to 30 minute yoga sessions though.  I guess part of it depends on how much I like my new DVD.  There's time before I have to worry about that too much though.

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I guess I'm not earning points for this week, but no reason not to keep track.  Since I wasn't officially on a challenge yet, I didn't pull myself out of bed, even though I had a chance to continue my streak.  I ate candy from the candy bowl everyday; normally around 100 calories or a little more worth.  I ate granola Monday.  But I didn't even know I was going to challenge myself to cut out granola and candy, so I can't really hold that against me.

 

Saturday: Read an hour or two. Entertained my parents who came to celebrate my birthday with me a little late.  Meditated and flossed  Estimated 3200 calories.  Used my cheat day for last week.

Sunday: Read most of the day.  Meditated and flossed.  2590 calories. Used my cheat day early this week.  I should really do cheat days like challenges.  Monday-Sundayl

Monday: Read a couple of hours.  Meditated and flossed.  800 calories. (under ate as much as I overate Sunday)

Tuesday: Stayed home from work and looked after baby.  Read all day.  Meditated (only 10 mins), flossed.  1570 calories.

Wednesday: Day isn't done yet.  Estimating 1000 calories.  Already flossed.  About to meditate, then pickup baby, and then read 45 mins or so.

 

New rule: Weeks are Mon-Sun for calculating cheat days, and I've already used mine for this week. (which hardly matters if I'm not scoring this week, but I'll try to live up to it anyway). 

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In other news, I finished the Purgatorio with all my reading over weekend and what not and got seven cantos into the Paradiso. I'm learning lots about Middle Ages Theology and some outdated science too. In the Paradise, heaven is built on the Ptolomaic planetary spheres. The Paradiso has more long speeches about how things work than the other two books, or else it feels that way because I'm at the start of it. 

 

Dante has been compared to Shakespeare, and I will not that the most striking similarity between the two is that both are impossible to read without good footnotes about the time in which they wrote. I like to know "who's that guy," even if it's only of mild helpfulness in following the story. I do like to read through a canto to get the flow of it and fill in with all the footnotes for that particular canto. It works a lot better than immediately jumping to the footnote and taking myself out of the story. 

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Congrats on the weight loss ! Good job too on the great books reading. Getting through Purgatrio can be a tough read. I read them with my son, when he was in high school. I liked Inferno best (what does that say about me that I liked that one the best:lol:)  I think, if I'm remembering right, that the ending of Paradiso was more interesting than the beginning. And I agree,  I needed footnotes. In reading the great books, and how they always allude to famous people and other literary works, I am humbled by the fact that even though we as a society have so much of that information at our fingertips, we know so little of the references

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13 hours ago, Elastigirl said:

Congrats on the weight loss ! Good job too on the great books reading. Getting through Purgatrio can be a tough read. I read them with my son, when he was in high school. I liked Inferno best (what does that say about me that I liked that one the best:lol:)  I think, if I'm remembering right, that the ending of Paradiso was more interesting than the beginning. And I agree,  I needed footnotes. In reading the great books, and how they always allude to famous people and other literary works, I am humbled by the fact that even though we as a society have so much of that information at our fingertips, we know so little of the references

Yeah, I think the Inferno was my fave too.  Much more interesting sites to see in Hell.  The whole pattern of "get to place, describe place, talk to one or more people there about place and random topics" had become less repetitive at that point in the reading too.  It's a good pattern; I think the long-winded speeches on medieval science and theology at the beginning of Paradiso have just made it a bit more grating.  I've just gotten to where he meets St Thomas, and I'm pretty sure I didn't understand any of the body of the poem (other than, he's introducing a bunch of other guys) until I made it to the footnotes.

 

My recent readings of mythology have served me well in picking up some of the references, but I should've probably re-read my Bible before venturing to Heaven and Hell.  Footnotes help there as much as they help with all the unique people from the 13th century though.

 

Speaking of "information at our fingertips", I found Siri Knowledge really useful for looking up Greeks and Romans when I was reading Homer and Virgil.  Except in the cases where a band was using their name these days, it was surprisingly good at recognizing random names in the texts.  It's pretty much like a spruced up dictionary entry that gives you a paragraph on the party, and often who their siblings, parents, and children are.  I guess they are pretty unique names, and often their first time being used in any literary work ever.  But yeah, I've been happy with my choice to use iBooks for these readings so far.  I don't have ePub copies of everything, so sometimes have to use a PDF where the dictionary search is more basic and not supplemented by Siri Knowledge.  I recently read a real book and really missed being able to lookup words so easily.  With the classics especially, I find myself doing that often for words with archaic meanings I'm unfamiliar with.

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I am impressed with all your reading. What motivated you to decide to read through the great books? 

I can see where using Ibooks would be super helpful for that. I love how in my Kindle I could look up words without having to stop and get a dictionary. Now you have me interested in re-reading Homer , but this time on my Kindle

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20 hours ago, Elastigirl said:

I am impressed with all your reading. What motivated you to decide to read through the great books? 

 

I had been reading a lot of computer science books, since I'm a software developer.  And then I took a break to read something different (something about philosophy), and it felt really nice (of course, after working an 8 hour day, it feels nice to think about something different in my off time).  So I knew I wanted to read "something different", but hadn't really decided what.  And yeah, I still have some programming books I need to sneak in to my spare reading time outside the 30 minutes per day I set aside for this (I've been using my spare time to make progress in the great books too, which is why I've made it through several despite only being at this for a month), but I thought it would be nice to keep some break time for myself and use it to read some of the great books.  I read excerpts of some in school, but when I went to college, I got an Masters of Engineering degree, so there wasn't much reading beyond technical stuff.  It's working well so far, so I'll see how long I feel like keeping it up.

 

I get to read a lot of primary sources of philosophy in the great books too, so I'm looking forward to that.  It's been nice for the past month being able to absorb myself in some fiction.  I don't remember really reading any fiction since high school, probably, and I'm 41 now so that's been a bit.  I'm pleasantly surprised with how much I've enjoyed the endeavor so far.

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So, I'm glad I'm not keeping track of my getting up early this week, since I didn't manage it a single day.  Otherwise, I've met my goals once I figure out what they were.  Daily meditation is still riding a 59 day streak.  I also just hit 100 days with a session, since I had one 30-ish day streak before this and a couple of times that I tried the app.  Flossing is still going as planned.  My wife got some new sample floss from the dentist, and it's better quality than the generic Walgreens floss I've been using, so that's cool until the sample wears out.  I may throw out that generic floss and buy me something better.  Still making my way through Paradiso.  Haven't been able to spend a lot of extra time on it, since I've been busy with work and life, but I've dedicated at least 30 minutes a day to it.  I've also stayed away from granola and the candy basket.  I ate 990 calories on Wednesday, and 1250 calories yesterday.

 

But let me tell you about the candy basket.  It's taunting me.  It's had two pieces of candy left in it for a couple of days now, and I see them every time I walk to the coffee pot.  It would be so easy just to snap them up and finish them off and then not have to worry about it anymore.  But I said no candy from that basket, so I have to leave them there.  I've been thinking of asking someone else to eat the last two pieces, but I don't feel like having to explain "why" to them.  I don't see why no one has finished them off.  But I need to learn to not worry about what's in the candy basket anyway, since I'm not going to eat it.

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How would it feel to throw away the last two pieces of candy? I had some stuff hanging around in the back of my pantry for a while that I couldn't get my mind off of. I tossed it all and felt tons better after it was gone. Not knocking playing the game in hard mode if you feel like you need to or it's helping you in some way, but if it's nothing but torment, cast a banishing spell and send the temptation to some other plane.

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22 hours ago, Chant said:

How would it feel to throw away the last two pieces of candy? I had some stuff hanging around in the back of my pantry for a while that I couldn't get my mind off of. I tossed it all and felt tons better after it was gone. Not knocking playing the game in hard mode if you feel like you need to or it's helping you in some way, but if it's nothing but torment, cast a banishing spell and send the temptation to some other plane.

I like the idea of a banishment spell, but it isn't my candy basket.  It's there for all the office, so it wouldn't really feel right to just throw it out.  I made it through the day without touching it.  It would be nice if someone else would go ahead and eat it.  Then it would be empty until the next time Ranjith refills it.  It will get refilled at some point though, so I honestly just need to discipline myself to overlook it and not take any interest in what is or isn't in the candy basket, if I'm going to keep up to my challenge of not eating from it.

 

I'm often at one of my weaker points when I'm going to get coffee too, since I'm probably as often prompted by being a little hungry as by wanting coffee to go refill my cup.  Hot beverages tend to take the edge off of hunger.  But the candy basket is right there in the middle of my path to the coffee pot.  I could take a longer way, but it would be awfully weird pathing.  I've withstood it's temptations one day though, so that means I can do it easily enough.  I just have to multiply that one day out.

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My list of challenges is becoming quite a mouthful to individually claim that I've kept each one.  Is it enough sometimes to just say "did all that stuff" (NB: refer to original post if you have any questions about what "all that stuff" entails).  But even though I'm not keeping score this week, I did all the stuff.  Well, I still have some stuff left to do today.  Haven't flossed yet, and we won't know until the end of the day if I successfully avoided granola and finished the day under 1600 calories.  So far today, I've had 300 calories, so I still have a lot left over for dinner.  I haven't done the waking up early thing all week, but I don't try to on weekends anyway. 

 

I had a lot of time for reading (normally do on weekends, when none of the grandparents are in town), so finished the Divine Comedy (which did get better than my complaints after I made it a little further in the Paradiso) and read through the 100-some pages of introduction to my copy of Paradise Lost.  I think we're about to go get groceries and new shoes for the baby, so I'll wait until later to make it into the body of the work.

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Wow!  I'm starting to reconsider if Paradise Lost is a classic that I want to read.  The first page has 14 footnotes, and the first book (of 12) 798 footnotes!  That's crazy.  And the sections are too long to just put them off til the end like I did with Dante.  I'll try to struggle through it, I guess.

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I almost forgot the funniest thing about the book. It starts with a publisher mandated note from the author to explain why it’s a poem but doesn’t rhyme. 

 

That’s a note the original publisher added to later copies of the first and all copies of the second edition. 

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I was going to try this month with "no breakfast, no lunch; just eat dinner".  But that puts me in a calorie pattern that is arguably too low, even though it didn't cause me problems in the past.  500, 800, 1250, 500, 800, 700, 2400-ish.  Those are my dinners by themselves.  I used to do the "no breakfast, no lunch; just eat dinner" early in my weight loss when I hadn't actually counted up the calories and didn't realize how severely I was starving myself.  I didn't have a noticeable drop in energy levels and I lost weight fairly quickly, so it never worried me that much.  But really, I don't have so much weight to lose that such severe measures are necessary anymore, even though I wouldn't mind objectively trying them for a month and paying close attention to get a datapoint to compare to other calorie patterns.  Anyway, all this thinking came about because I was quite impressed with how much weight I lost last month (3.3 pounds) following a strict 1600 calories per day, with filling in a lot of empty calories of granola, and feeling like I was forcing myself to eat at times (and not so much at others; I also had severely over-indulgent cheat days, and failed to comply on at least three occasions), and I still lost over 3 pounds.  So with that in mind, let's try the less severe of two alternatives.  ...

 

This month, to get my less than 1600 calorie goals, I'll try the "one sammich protocol", in which I eat a peanut butter sammich for lunch, and eat a sensible dinner.  Doing so, I will follow a daily calorie pattern of 800, 1100, 1550, 800, 1100, 1000, 2400-ish (the actual meals are beans, beans & rice, pasta and pesto, bean, beans and rice, quiche or eggs & tots, reasonable cheat day).  Next month, I'll try the "two sammich protocol", where I eat two peanut butter sammiches for lunch, and my daily calories follow a pattern of 1100, 1400, 1850, 1100, 1400, 1300, 2400-ish.  I'm not to tight on my measuring peanut butter, so those may be a little higher than I give them credit for.  I think it's around 2 Tablespoons though. 

 

These patterns are not entirely exhaustive...  Sometimes in a week I fix a special meal that adds a couple of non-standard days, but they're normally healthy vegetarian fare, so make for another 800 calorie-ish dinner thrown in, which becomes 1100 and 1400 for the day when supplemented by sammiches.  But yeah, I want to compare to the two alternatives and see how much weight comes off with each.  I expect to lose more weight with the "one sammich protocol" than I do with the "two sammich protocol", barring my body freaking out at the really low calories and trying to fight me, but I expect to see weight loss both ways, since each puts me at a deficit most days.  It's entirely possible that I'll see comparable weight loss on both plans, and that I really have no reason putting myself through the deprivation of the lower calorie alternative.

 

We'll just hold off on testing the "no sammich protocol", and ultimately I think the "two sammich protocol" supplemented by some protein shakes or a light breakfast will make for a healthy "off my diet" meal plan of mostly 2000-ish calorie days.  Since I'm only about 20-25 pounds from my goal now, it pays to think about what is going to keep me stable.  I think when I am at optimal weight, the "two sammich protocol" plus shakes will do pretty good, since I'm used to not eating breakfast anyway.  And try to eat my beans with rice, or maybe even opt for some bean-less weeks of other healthy vegetarian fare.  But with two protein shakes add 460 calories, I'ld be at 1860, 1860, 2080 (one shakes on pasta day), 1860, 1860, 1760, 2400-ish.  I might have to increase those a tad to stay even, especially if I start working on strength at some point.  I could add in three eggs some mornings for 300 calories...  Or something else; it's really too easy to find calories.  That seems a reasonable way to maintain and keep an eye on things though, and I can take an idea from @Elastigirl in another thread, where she said once I'm at weight, I can buy clothes that fit, and then I'll know if my weight is creeping up when they start feeling tight.  It would be a fun change to not have to watch the scale so much.

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I think I've come to terms with Paradise Lost.  I'm reading the Cliff Notes summary of the book of the poem in advance of reading the book of the poem, so I don't get entirely lost, and I only look up a footnote if I think it will help me understand something I didn't get the gist of.  Looking at the Cliff Notes glossary for the chapter in advance also helps me avoid looking at some of the footnotes.  

 

It turns out a lot of the footnotes are archaic uses of words.  I didn't have to worry about that when reading the previous far older poems, since they were translations and the translators made things accessible for modern readers.  Since this was written in English, you get to read it without translation, which also means a lot of the words have uses that faded with time but were current at the time of publication, so those need to be dealt with.  Some of them you can guess by context without having to follow the footnote at least.  

 

Some of the other footnotes are references to bible verses or explanations of mythology that I can skip easy enough.  I'm up on most of the classic references thanks to my other recent readings, and knowing which verse of the Bible justifies a point doesn't help me much unless I feel like pulling out my Bible to see what the verse says.

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Hmm..  Fascinating issue to deal with.  When I bring a sandwich with me to work, it sits on my desk making me think about eating it.  I think I'll go find a quiet corner of the "eating room" to stash it in instead.  Especially when dieting, I'm generally hungry enough I could eat it at anytime, but I want to try saving it for a proper lunch time (why?  I don't know.  Because it splits up my day before dinner a bit better, I guess).  Especially since I'm not really that hungry right now, I just "could eat".  The only thing that's really making it stick in my mind is that it is there in my face.  So we'll fix that.

 

In other news, I didn't do so hot on my last day of not keeping score.  I decided to allow myself a grand farewell to granola, in which I ate an entire box.  With dinner, that put me over about 200-450 calories for the day (the exact amount I went over depends upon how much over two servings my bean helping was..  I was finishing what was left...  I should probably learn to stick to my proper portion size and just throw out what's left in the pot if it isn't enough for another helping).  Still got all that other stuff done at least.  If I was keeping track of last week, that would've lost me a point in avoiding granola and in my diet.  Fortunately, it was just a practice round.

 

Had a great meditation session yesterday.  I find so often that I complain about my meditation sessions without mentioning when I have a really good one.  I probably could've sat a while longer, if my timer hadn't gone off.  

 

I'm off to a bad start today.  Didn't drag myself out of bed at 5, even though I did get my eyes all the way open.  Does that count for half a point?  Since I didn't get up, there won't be any extra-credit yoga going on today probably.  I like to think that I could fit it in at the end of my day, but I never have so far, so I don't expect to.  It just seems to fit in well with my early morning.  Oh well, since I didn't wake up early, I still have all my remaining challenges hanging over my head.  I'll knock them out as the day goes on and report back later.  I'll probably rattle off my success or failure in each point.  It's kinda like a catechism where saying it helps reinforce the underlying ideas.  Going through each point instead of saying "did all the stuff" helps remind me what all commitments I should be living up to.  Guess I'll check in tomorrow to report my raging success on all points, except the getting up thing that I've already blown for today.  Maybe we'll get out of bed extra quick tomorrow as some form of make up.

 

In my defense, Monday's are always my worst day for doing the "getting up at 5" thing.  Sleeping in until 8 or so those two weekend days really throws me off.  One day, maybe I'll try getting up early on the weekends too.  My wife likes to sleep in as long as the baby will let her on weekends though, so I don't set an alarm, so as not to wake her up if the baby hasn't.  I should have her start waking me up when the baby wakes her up on weekends.  I would've been up at 5:30 Sunday then.  Anyway, hopefully tomorrow moving from 6:30 this morning to 5 am tomorrow morning proves more do-able.

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Updated my starting weight, since I'm measuring a routine.  Not sure what I think of the "1 sammich" protocol.  I thiink eating one sammich makes me hungrier than I would be if I just didn't eat.  Lost almost a pound and a half last week with my strict only eating at dinner time protocol though.  So starting at 193.8; let's see where this month takes me.

 

Didn't get up again this morning.  I'll get with the program on that at some point.  Already lost 2 out of 3 possible points for getting up this week.  Aside from not getting up yesterday morning, kept to all my commitments yesterday.  Meditated 15 minutes, read Paradise Lost for about an hour (finished Book 7 - it's where Milton re-tells Genesis in poetic fashion), flossed, avoided both granola and the candy basket, and ate a total of 1214 calories.

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Yay!  Got up this morning.  Felt more like reading than doing yoga.  Meditated, read Paradise Lost for an hour, and flossed.  The day is off to a good start.

 

Yesterday's calorie total was 1230.  I ended up reading two full books of Paradise Loss, meditating 15 minutes, flossed in the morning, avoided granola, and stayed away from the candy basket.  I worked from home instead of going into the office, so it was easy to avoid the candy basket.  Was noticeably harder avoiding granola, since I was locked in the house with it.

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Yesterday sounds like it really worked out for you! Great job on the calorie count and avoiding the granola. It is harder when something is in the house with you and you know where to find it.

 

Your flossing habit has spread. My husband and I are both being a lot more conscientious about it now because you are sticking to it. Reading the posts is a good reminder, too!

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On 4/26/2018 at 5:22 PM, Chant said:

Your flossing habit has spread. My husband and I are both being a lot more conscientious about it now because you are sticking to it. Reading the posts is a good reminder, too!

Yay!  More flossing.  It's one of those little things to do that supposedly has such great benefits.  My dentist loves to tell me why I should floss, so it seems about time I listened to him.  I got one of those waterpik things that you can put lots of water in your mouth instead of flossing, but it felt really weird to use.  Normal flossing is more straightforward.

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