Efficiency. That’s the calling card of an engineer, and so the goal of everything I do in my professional career has to do with decreasing cost or solving a problem more effectively. When it comes to my weight, however, my behavior has been anything but efficient. For the past six months, I have been exercising so that I can eat. I haven’t gained any weight, but I haven’t lost any either. Clearly, this is not working.
Daniel 10:3 – “I ate no choice food; no meat or wine touched my lips; and I used no lotions at all until the three weeks were over.”
One of my baseball coaches used to say that to lose weight you just had to go to bed hungry. While not exactly a scientifically verified solution, the crux of his statement is that in order to lose weight (or achieve anything of value, really), there is sacrifice involved. My knee injury has made two things clear: 1) Exercising regularly is not a sacrifice. I enjoy exercise now. 2) I do not enjoy going to bed hungry. Clearly food is where I have to sacrifice.
I wrote a while back that I was going to track calories daily. That lasted about 12 hours. It didn’t last because I have an accountability problem. Well, I now have a calendar up on the fridge that for the next 21 days will get a red “X” marked on it every day that I record what I eat. I am taking a picture of myself every night for the next 21 days and will post the montage when it’s over. I am not going to focus on my weight. I’m going to focus on executing a process, and we’ll see where I am on December 26.
I started this blog wondering why some diet plans worked for some people but not for others. What I’m beginning to realize is that this is because everybody has a different weak point. Do you struggle with accepting that you need to change, making a commitment, putting together a plan, holding yourself accountable, or maintaining inspiration? Identifying your weak point is a major part of figuring out how to lose weight long term. Only then can you start marking your calendar with “X”s.