I just finished Willpower last night. I had a choice between reading and riding the bike, and I just couldn’t seem to find the fortitude to climb onto the trainer.
Not really. My willpower had been depleted over the past couple of days through some really tough workouts and carrying kids around EPCOT on my shoulders. One of the things I learned from “Willpower” was that it’s not an infinite resource. It gets worn down just like any other muscle, and physical strenuation (is that a word? It should be.) is one of the things that can wear it down. The key for me is to develop some preventive strategies to avoid bad food choices when I’m running low on willpower.
That brings me to my next read, which I started immediately after finishing “Willpower”.
Uh-oh. Two chapters in, and I don’t want to read this book. I’ve already gained enough information from it that I’m now afraid to eat anything with gluten at all. Actually, that’s not a huge problem most of the time, but when my willpower is low there isn’t much better to fix it than a chocolate croissant.
I’m not reading to try to get some miracle weight reduction, although 5 more pounds off would make me a little faster. I’m more interested in the long-term health implications. You know…finding out how I can live forever, or close to it.
Those are Amazon links–click through if you want to buy those books (or anything else). I promise to use it to pay for hosting fees and race entries. Maybe a bike trainer.
The newly designed visual that tells us what we should be eating is going to be revealed today. That’s probably a good thing, since no one was paying to much attention to the Food Pyramid as the chart below shows.
Since Al Gore has taught us that correlation and causation are interchangeable, it makes sense to blame the jump in obesity starting in the early 80s on Atari. I’m not sure what George W. Bush was doing during that time, but there’s probably plenty of blame for him too.
Of course, the real reason for the jump in obesity is that people consume more calories than they burn. They don’t exercise and don’t pay attention to the food pyramid, or any other reasonable recommendations. You know, they’d rather just eat stuff like this.
It probably would have made more sense to ditch the Food Pyramid for a Food White Castle, Food Pizza Hut, or some other more modern structure that people do want to acknowledge.
Digital Will – I could do a whole series of posts on this. Maybe I should. Maybe I will (no pun intended).
Just try to cut off Netflix’s content supply – Can’t wait until the cable companies are skipped entirely and we can buy directly from the producers and/or networks. Win-win-win-lose. The “lose” is for the cable companies. The market will find a way.
Stricter Limits on Debit Cards Coming? – No worries…they’ll be happy to issue you a credit card to cover larger purchases. Of course, the interest rate on that card will be about 10-20 times the amount of interest they are paying you on the MONEY YOU ALREADY HAVE BUT CAN’T SPEND BECAUSE THEY SET SUCH LOW LIMITS. Better not be late with that payment. Big banks suck.
I don’t really have a problem with eating healthy. In fact, I have a very healthy appetite. That’s the problem.
So while we generally eat pretty healthy food, my issue is with portion size. And no matter the portion size, if Going Back For Seconds was an Olympic event, there would be investigations into my use of performance enhancers due to my consistent domination of the sport.
So I’ve been pulling a little trick on myself I call “Psychological Seconds”. Pretty simple–I make my first serving of everything a little smaller. And I still have seconds, but now Seconds means the rest of the food that would have normally been on my plate for Firsts. I’m estimating I’ve reduced my caloric intake at meals by ~10-15% by doing this. I’m probably making up the calories throughout the day with snacking, but that’s ok since it probably keeps my metabolism more steady, which means they are probably burning off more efficiently.
At 204 today. My Clydesdale days are numbered.
By the way, if you try this and it works for you, feel free to send me a Little Debbie. They are delicious. “Little Debbie–Unwrap a Smile!”
Remove RelevantKnowledge – This has to be the worst piece of crapware ever. Not sure how I ended up with it, but it makes your machine crawl. I was able to uninstall through Add/Remove Programs, but this guide should help you if you aren’t able to handle it there.
If you haven’t checked out Livestrong, it’s the best site I’ve seen so far for tracking everything. They even have sports (like rugby) listed so that you can just pop in the amount of time you spent playing it will throw it into your calorie track. Lots of foods are already logged there, so just type in what you ate and it will more than likely show up. It also lets you group together common meals you eat and recommends healthier food choices.
There’s an active community there, and they also have really cool programs called “Dares” set up that allow you to join in and participate.
Success is much easier when you are quantifying everything. They have Facebook integration and an iPhone app, and I hope there’s an Android app coming out soon.
Other cool features–a water tracker in the sidebar that lets you hit a button and claim hydration. It’s actually a great motivator to drink more water.