Aetobatus (aeto) wrote,

A Demon on a Diet (or, "How not to loose weight.")

I've mentioned to a few folks that I'm on a "diet" now, and that's kind-of true.  It's not entirely true though, as loosing weight is not a goal of this "diet."  I've dropped a few pounds, yes, and I'm happy about that, but that's not really the point.

What IS the point is to be healthy.  If I can turn some fat into muscle and keep the same weight, I'll certainly be happy.  On top of the diet, I'm a couple months into a semi-regular workout regime which certainly has helped as well.  Some weeks tend to be heavily focused on cardio over at the nearby gym, others on weight routines in the machine in my living room.  Still others are like last week, where I didn't "work out" per se, but spent quite a few of the evenings as well as days on the weekends/holidays tearing apart my bathroom and rebuilding the floor.  In other words, I'm making sure to do something physically active at least 4 days a week, ideally all of them.

In terms of food, I'm trying to cut out sweet things, fast food, overly fatty foods, and the like.  I'm cooking a lot more for myself in the evenings, usually simple things, though I'm starting to think more about more complex stuff, especially on weekends when I have more time.  That's actually working well with the weight machine: I start a meal cooking then check on it between sets.  I've got an indoor grill, so lots of my meals are basically grilled meats with a starch (potato, rice, etc) and some veggies (though too often I leave them out; something I need to fix still).

But when it all comes down, it's not about losing weight.  It's about being healthy, and a scale won't tell me that.  How I feel after an hour on the elliptical tells me how healthy I am, how I feel taking the stairs at work instead of the elevator, and that sort of thing.  By that metric, I'm feeling pretty good after two months.

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