- 10:31 AM - August
- A month ago
I announced to the world that I was really,
really, REALLY, starting the diet/workout routine and
for some reason? It worked.
- This is the magic
that I will never understand. Never. And I will be
here again in the future, spinning my wheels and
wondering why I can't get back at will. What, makes,
it, stick? Why was July 20th different than June, May,
April, March, February, January... what the fuck? I do
nothing different, I start with the same routine.
It feels like there has to be 3 or 4 elements that
align perfectly or I can't sustain it. And once
they align? Oh I'm in HARDCORE. Once I key in? Oh
you could eat an entire Donatos pizza in front of me
and I won't break. Nothing can penetrate the
discipline I have...
- ...but it can take
YEARS to regain that discipline. I had it for
about 8 weeks last summer and it was COMPLETELY
because of the disaster in France and the fallout. I
had to focus on the diet/workout so I wouldn't lose my
fucking mind. But before that? 3 full years. Start and
stop... not really caring. Just. Don't know. 40s
ambition is different than 20s and 30s? I guess?
I really don't have the answer but I'm a lot kinder to
myself than I used to be when I fail.
- But now? WHEW. I'm
on a streak I've honestly never been on before. At any
age. It's crazy how focused I am.
- So the apple-watch
tracks "move points". Roughly, they're the "active
calories" you're burning beyond your normal metabolic
rate of just LIVING. To those who never think about
shit like this: you burn calories by simply being
alive. And the bigger you are the more you burn.
Again, just by breathing and sitting. In order to NOT
lose weight you have to match those calories. Of
course if you eat more than that you gain weight and
if you eat less than that you lose weight. It's as
simple as can be and has never changed since the
beginning of time.
- So before when I'd
try this I had a 1.5 rule that I tried to stick to.
I'd try to eat 150% of my move. So if I could get
to 800 move points, or active calories, I would eat
1200 calories. If I wanted to eat more, I needed
to move more. Do the math, you will lose weight. A
couple times I tried to literally EAT my move -
so we're talking 1200-1200, but my goodness that's
hard. I think I made it 6 days once, and
even last year when I lost some weight I could
only ever do 3 days of that. You're moving. And it's a
tough balance because the more you move the hungrier
you are. The balance of 1.5x or 150% seemed
- Somehow, this is
day 31 of moving more than I'm eating. No idea how. No
idea why my mind and body are so clicked in. Yeah, I
was hungry the first week... but after that? It's
honestly been easy. I get my move up to around 250
early in the day... then eat about 250 calories...
that gives me the energy to move some more, then I eat
to match it. So on and so on throughout the day. If
I decide to eat more? I end up dancing with the
kids at night even though I just want to sleep.
I remember how much that sucks the next day - and
I go back to my routine. But no matter what? I
stay under my move. Might be 5 freaking calories
under, but I do it.
- And the results
are what they always are: crazy loss the first week
because of the shock after not moving for 6 months...
and then a steady 1-1.5% weight loss per week. Eat
less, move more works exactly the same in my mid-40s
as it does in my mid-20s. The only difference is my
brain and lack of motivation as I get older. For
whatever reason, though - I'm rolling like it's 2001.
<throws hands up>
- Ya know, it might
actually be Beat Saber. I don't want to admit that,
but the whole "high score" thing works on my
brain. And because I'm focused on that? And because
Beat Saber feels like playing music? It hits those
things in my brain that make me forget about time. I
may take 15-20 minutes to get a good score on a song
and it feels like 3 mintues. That doesn't fucking
happen when you run or sit on an exercise bike. Just
- Here's a video of
me knocking out $100 Bills on Expert + to give you an
- There's actually a
way for me to film that where it looks like I'm
literally IN the game, but it's a pain in the ass
and I'm too busy to figure that all out right now. But
I presume once I'm down to my fighting weight
I will want to show off. lol
- So it's
specifically great because the clutch injuries
I have from the Time Machine are still really bad
and running is just OUT. That was always my go-to. So
finding something that doesn't require legs, but still
gets your heart rate up? Miracle. Freaking wonderful.
The only side-effect has been my neck is sore because
the quest is poorly balanced. And to counter that you
have to put MORE weight on the back. 2 freaking
pounds on your head will give you some strain if you
do it 2 hours a day.
- But yeah, small
price to pay. I'm rolling. I won't be at my target
weight before Meeting Michael, but I will be
- So yay. For some
reason it worked. Why as why... just keep