a reply to: NarcolepticBuddha
Good luck Buddha! I would only want to share a few things that I have found important for me.
Obviously (or not so much) we are in a different age bracket (for sure) and different sexes but, perhaps something will be helpful.
When my mother died, I went on medication, drank like a fish and basically lost my lust for life. It's been a hard road back but, I was at that time
very apathetic, no desire for anything...just going through the motions. I packed on extra poundage for sure. I had started very early menopause a few
years before she passed and I think (I went undiagnosed for years) the hormonal issues coupled with the depression really contributed to any weight
gain because I did not desire to move anymore.
Well, slowly but surely, I started back doing the things that used to make me happy. I got back on the lake, back to taking adventures, back to
swimming, hiking and climbing, going to the track. I started teaching the more physical classes at work more often.
I gave myself a schedule for eating (rather than just eating when I 'thought' I was hungry) and I stuck to it. I also, in between scheduled times,
asked myself if I was hungry or if I was thirsty. I gave up any sugary drinks a few years ago, except alcohol
, and found that I was indeed thirsty
more often than not. Just a simple glass of water satiated me. Carbs are not my friend, neither are sweets which is good cause I don't care for many.
Portion control is key as well. I think we must slow down and enjoy the meal. Chewing slowly and savoring every bite. Eating on the run as you do at
work can be difficult. I wonder if you are really able to 'relax' while eating and concentrate on that task only? Without distractions?
One more thought (sorry for the long ramble if you've made it this far!). We may be what we think is physical but, for me I've learned, that
repetition is not ideal. I like to switch things up a bit. I've found it's helpful to increase the difficulty of my hikes and climbs (it really seems
to jump start not only my metabolism but my energy level). Some days increase my speed at the track or dancing. Summer's almost here so swimming is
soon back on the list! I have access to both indoor and outdoor pools but, prefer to be outside. Perhaps with the money you may save you could join a
gym? I really believe, with some folks, that repetition of the same physical movements becomes unhelpful. Got to switch it up a bit sometimes.
I'm glad you're not giving up the cheeses or meats entirely. Dried beans are very economical and although a little high in carbs, they have other
benefits that outweigh that, IMO. I don't prefer eggs but, will choke one down every so often if I feel like I'm craving/needing protein quickly. I
think just veggies and such would become boring (maybe unhealthy) and not ideal for a long term lifestyle.
Anyway, hopeful something above is encouraging or helpful but, either way, good luck to you. The first step is the hardest (cliche but, true). I hope
you find something to change your apathetic outlook as emotions play a big role in the choices we make sometimes, obviously.
You're handsome and won't it feel good to have a fit body to go with that look? For yourself? That will increase your good mood, IMO, and as a side
note...you'll be getting chased pretty regularly (if you're not already) and that can feel good also. You'll also be wanting to remove those Kurt
Russell photos from your mirrors!
Good luck my friend and please keep us posted on your progress?