Got to catch myself before I gain back all the weight

April 2nd, 2017

As readers of this blog know, my weight is like a yo-yo. I loose significant weight, gain it back (usually with additional weight over and above what I just lost), loose again, gain again, etc. I had lost 53 pounds between March, and December 2015. A few weeks before Christmas 2015, I started cheating again with desserts, snacks, sweets, basically any food that results in weight gain. I told myself it would just be for the holidays; however, we have now passed two Ides of March, a Labor Day, a Halloween, celebrated two year changes, and I have not stopped. Result, I have gained 76 pounds since this latest eating splurge commenced. Totally unacceptable behavior that I regained all of the 53 pounds I managed to loose over a 10 month period in 2015 plus a 23 pound bonus.

    Starting Sunday, April 2, 2017, I am returning to my prior successful weight loss behavior – no desserts, no in between meals snacks, no snacks at movies, and only an apple (or other item with similar calorie amount) when I get home at night. Using this strategy, I did loose 165 pounds over a two year period (2009 – 2011). Unfortunately, I gained 120 pounds of that weight back, then lost 53, and now my recent 76 pound gain. I still weigh 22 pounds less than my all time high on November 29, 2009, but still weigh 143 pounds more than my 2011 lowest weight.

    I have also rediscovered that I can not suspend my successful weight loss practices for any period of time. All my adult weight gains have started with a temporary eating change for the holidays, vacation, etc. I thought that a short duration eating splurge wouldn’t hurt too much; however, and this is a big however, all those planned temporary for a few days to a few weeks (holiday season, vacation) eating splurges actually lasted for months / years with associated significant weight gains. I must follow my good weight control practices without deviation. If I deviate with good intentions for a short duration, my history demonstrates that short term deviations usually extend way beyond the intended end date, and I have gained significant weight before I finally wise up / get back on track.

    Starting today, I will focus on my weight loss again. I will not be satisfied until I equal, or am below my 2011 lowest weight which was achieved at the end of my 165 pounds loss. I need to loose a minimum of 143 pounds to achieve my goal. It took me 5+ years to gain the 143 pounds; however, my goal is to loose a minimum of 143 pounds within 2 years.  I did loose 165 pounds over a 2 year period in the past, now the essential question is do I have the motivation / focus to accomplish this formidable task again.

    Rectangle, or round smartwatch display

    July 23rd, 2017

    When reading tech posts about smartwatches, the reviewers frequently stipulate that a round display is the “proper” display for a smartwatch based on the majority of analog watches having a round display.  I understand the reviewers’ reasoning; however, for my needs, a rectangular display is preferred.  Being the tech addict that I am, I have purchased too many smartwatches with a plethora of screen technologies.

    I prefer a digital time display so the usual (which I do not agree with) statement that an analog watch face only looks good on a round display does not apply.  I also use the smartwatch to display bus arrival times; the live arrival times look more “natural”, and easier to read on the rectangular screen without the top / bottom lines being truncated by the round smartchwatch display.  Ditto for notifications.

    I realize a round smartwatch display is the proper fit for many people, but for my needs, I will always prefer a more computer like rectangular screen.

    Captain America: Civil War

    May 22nd, 2016

    Captain America: Civil War is solid. Top quality effects, plethora of action, genre appropriate storyline / performances.

    The Divergent Series: Allegiant – 4 stars

    March 20th, 2016

    For the genre, The Divergent Series: Allegiant is very good. Top notch effects, appropriate performances, interesting storyline.

    London Has Fallen – 3 1/2 stars

    March 6th, 2016

    London Has Fallen is good. Quality effects, intense chase scenes, plethora of action, appropriate performances, held your interest.

    Deadpool – 4 1/2 stars

    February 21st, 2016

    Deadpool is a very entertaining twist on superhero movies. Top effects, humorous story, Ryan Reynolds excellent.

    Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens – 3 1/2 stars

    December 24th, 2015

    Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens is solid. Fantastic effects, appropriate performances, plethora of action, excellent soundtrack.

    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 – 3 1/2 stars

    November 22nd, 2015

    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 is solid. Quality effects, appropriate performances, too long, a bit slow at times.

    Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials – 4 stars

    September 18th, 2015

    Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials is a somewhat dark, interesting movie. Appropriate performances, quality effects, maintains interest.

    Black Mass – 4 stars

    September 17th, 2015

    Black Mass is an intense, interesting movie. Quality performances, bit violent at times, good casting, Johnny Depp solid performance.