posted 11-05-2002 10:16 PM PT (US)
Well, Halloween was hard on me this year - I totally pigged out in ways that I cannot believe. Prior to October 31st and since September 22nd, my highest 10 day average of my daily Calories eaten was 2425; bear in mind that the weight loss portion of my dieting ended on September 21st after 21 weeks of dieting...for those 21 weeks, I ate about 1450 Calories per day.
My average Calories eaten, per day, for October 31st - November 3rd, inclusive, was 3877 per day. And that wasn't good food, either. For months I've eaten practically nothing but fish, fruit, vegetables, and health/protein bars and powders; since Halloween, it's been mostly Milky Way bars and Ghirardelli chocolates.
And you wouldn't believe the energy loss from such a change in diet.
In addition to that, I skipped a night of sleep two nights ago for the purpose of preparing part of my home for getting sliding glass doors installed. And that resulted in a serious loss of energy for having a workout. My workout schedule has been, normally, a cardio workout every other day, and a weight training workout 2 out of 3 days (2 days on, then 1 day off, then repeat). I had no workout for 3 days (November 1st through November 3rd), and I'd taken an extra day off of both weight training and cardio just a day or two before Halloween as well.
And I've also found that there are $2000 of floor repairs that need to be done on my neighbor's floor (of my duplex), due to a leaking dishwasher - this was totally unexpected (who'd know if a dishwashwer is leaking?!). $2000!!! This is money that I simply don't have - it's going to have to go onto a high interest credit card. Psychologically, that loss is pretty significant to me. I'm getting nothing better for it - it's just money out of my pocket to pay for something that I thought I already had (a good kitchen floor).
So, I'm pretty down and out as compared to how I have been prior to Halloween.
"And so in the strife of the battle of life
It's easy to fight when you're winning;
It's easy to slave, and starve and be brave,
When the dawn of success is beginning.
But the man who can meet despair and defeat
With a cheer, there's a man of God's choosing;
The man who can fight to Heaven's own height
Is the man who can fight when he's losing.
Ahhhhh, though - the really neat thing is to realize that today is the first day of the rest of your life, eh? It felt good to get a mild cardio workout tonight - and, oddly enough - looking in the mirror afterwards, it appeared that I'd gained definition (i.e., lost bodyfat); I don't know what the mystery of THAT is.
Anyway, I'm on a 21 day self-discipline trip, beginning yesterday. For 21 days, I'm not going over my daily alotted Calories; it's amazing how exercising a simple self-discipline over an extended period of time can raise one's sense of well being dramatically - and I'm counting on it.
And, as for me, I've got 429 more Calories to eat tonight, so I'm about to watch Spiderman for the first time with some air popped popcorn (no butter, please).