Got to catch myself before I gain back all the weight

April 2nd, 2017

Update – November 4, 2017
I did manage to loose 30 pounds between April, 2017, and the beginning of September, 2017.  I went away for a week, and gained about 5 pounds. I was happy that I lost that 5 pound gain by the end of September.  Unfortunately,  I gained about 11 pounds from the beginning of October to today.   I must immediately stop this gain by returning to my successful weight loss behaviors.   My goal is to loose 90 pounds by Labor Day (September 4, 2018).

Original Post
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.