A failure in discipline, a lesson in status quo

So here we are 26 full days in – I technically started on the evening of January 2nd, so January 3rd is my first full day.  I’d say that after the 15th, I have barely touched a can of soup.  While at work, it’s rather easy to stick with the soup option.  I basically get hungry, go to my drawer, and get a can of soup.  At home, I have more choices.  In fact, the last half of the month, I have taken a number of days off, making every week a short week.

When I’m home and it comes to making a choice about what to eat, the fact that I’m on a diet barely registers on my mind.  My brain pays no attention to that fact.  It’s not like I have an argument with myself over eating either soup or a hamburger and then give in — rather, I just grab something.  Sometimes it’s soup, other times it’s a bag of M&Ms.

The one thing I have managed to do is to track my food intake.  I’ve primarily been interested in calories, with a secondary eye on sodium intake.  I was originally shooting for approximately 1500 calories per day, over 26 days though, I am at an average of 1712.  I kept being amazed by how many calories everything has.  “LIte” syrup has 100 calories in a serving.  I did however, find some Splenda-based syrup that is only 30 calories per serving.  Since I love waffles and pancakes, I will be purchasing this type of syrup more often.

>>> # starting from Jan 2nd
… print (1450 + 825 + 2473 + 1220 + 1190 + 1980 + 1910 + 1630 + 1338 + 1734 + 1653 + 1190 + 2497 + 1630 + 1370 + 2680 + 1078 + 1694 + 1264 + 2662 + 1366 + 1820 + 1877 + 2511 + 1862 + 1616)/26

Weight-loss: I went from 204 lbs to 200 lbs at a steady decline.  My weight loss moved decently in the beginning, and then levelled off as I strayed further and further from the original diet plan.

Excercise:  During this experiment, I did almost no exercise — I wanted to see how well a strict diet did.  Unfortunately, since I didn’t keep a strict diet, it’s pretty inconclusive.   It did however, test my ability to stick to a diet, even a temporary one.  Going into this, I figured that I would do much better at sticking to a diet than I would at motivating myself to do exercise.  To a point of watching calories, I was mostly able to.  To sticking with a certain food regime (even with allowances on certain days a week), I failed.

Looking forward: For February, I’m going to continue tracking my calories, but I’m also going to attempt to increase my exercise.  My two primary exercises I’m hoping to get into will be sprinting and the 100 push-ups plan. I did the 100 push-ups before, but did not complete the program.  Hopefully between February and March, I can push myself to do so.  As for sprinting, up until this point, I have been focusing on distance and endurance — walking or jogging for several hours at time.  My goal now is to go fast and sweat quicker.  I’m not sure if I can really do this on the treadmill or elliptical — I’ll have to look around.  Otherwise, it will be an outdoor activity (as it was meant to be).  Hopefully snow and ice won’t interfere too much.  Even if it does force me indoors, I can still set those treadmills up faster than I can run.  It is just somewhat tricky press the speed buttons as you’re running.