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(no subject) [Oct. 25th, 2011|12:12 pm]
Doctor Bombay
I think about food a lot, and somewhat obsessively. I think this is my biggest hurdle to overcome. When I am at Weight Watchers, I'm thinking about what I'm going to have for lunch afterwards. When I am going over to my friend Marty's place, I'm thinking about what kind of candy he'll have there (he always has candy). When I'm driving someplace to do something, I'm thinking about what kind of restaurants there are in the area. Thinking about food definitely occupies way too much of my thought processes. When I'm going to visit a friend or going to a party, I should think more about the people I'm going to see, and less about what I'm going to eat when I get there.
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a new day [Oct. 25th, 2011|08:34 am]
Doctor Bombay
So far this morning:

A bowl of Raisin Bran and skim milk. I did not finish the milk. This was about six am before leaving for work.

I just finished a Bacon and Egg Lean Pocket. The plan is that this should keep me until lunch.
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Weight Watchers results [Oct. 25th, 2011|08:29 am]
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I did make it to my meeting yesterday, just as they were starting. I was up .2 lbs, which was not bad. I expected it to be worse. After the meeting, I got lunch, which was a rice noodle salad with two Vietnamese egg rolls on top. For an afternoon snack, I had a tube of wasabi almonds, and a large gluten-free peanut butter and chocolate chip cookie. For dinner, I had half a 10" Spanish Chicken pizza from Pizza Luce. On my way home from Quatrefoil library, I had to stop to pick up cat food, and did a little grocery shopping at Rainbow at the same time. After I got home, I had two telera rolls with two slices of Oscar Mayer Oven Roasted turkey breast on each roll, and a tangelo.

I wasn't sure I'd remember all that, but I did.

Small victories: Not stopping by my co-worker's M&M dispenser.
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Weigh in day [Oct. 24th, 2011|12:20 pm]
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My Weight Watchers meeting starts in 10 minutes. I'm on the phone with a customer, which means I'll probably be a little late, but I should be able to make it before the end.
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Radio silence [Oct. 24th, 2011|11:02 am]
Doctor Bombay
So after making a big deal last week about being accountable, and writing down everything I eat, the astute reader might notice that I haven't posted since then. Therein lies part of my problem. Writing it down makes it real. If I track it, it counts. This is why Weight Watchers works, because we confront ourselves with everything we put in our mouths. By not writing it down, it makes it easier to ignore that I had that packet of M&Ms, the caramel roll (this morning), a second bowl of cereal. My body doesn't ignore it, of course, and the effects show up on the scale and in how my clothes fit.

So here goes:

So far today, I had an egg and ham brioche from The Real Meal Deli (246g) and a caramel roll (122g).
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A little background [Oct. 21st, 2011|02:50 pm]
Doctor Bombay
[mood |craving]
[music |Tea for Two]

I joined Weight Watchers in May of 2008 with a starting weight of 269. It worked very well for about a year, then I started gaining again. In February of 2010, I rededicated myself, and by summer of that year, I dropped below 200 pounds for the first time since my mid-20s. I was going to the gym nearly every day, and pushing myself. I was weighing and tracking everything I ate. In the words of my meeting leader, I was really doing it, and it was really working.

I'm now 40, and I've gone back up to about 242, which means that I've put on over half of what I lost. I still go to the gym, but I don't go every day, and I don't go for as long. The biggest obstacle for me to overcome right now is food. I know this to be true. I don't track. I eat too much junk food. I give in to cravings when I'm not hungry. I eat seconds and thirds of things like pizza. I need to get back on the wagon when it comes to food, if I'm going to turn things around. I need to write down everything, if it's going to work again. The good habits went away when I got lazy, and I need to stop being lazy, and full disclosure for awhile will be good. In much the same way that looking at your bank statement can make you realize where you're spending money, writing down what all I'm eating should be a bit of an eye opener. I'm not quite sure what I'm hoping to gain from doing it publicly. Accountability? Shame? Honesty? Or maybe I just want to put myself on display, setting myself up as an example to others. Of course, unless I make this journal absolutely public, I do have a somewhat limited audience for it. There's a thought, though. Create a new public blog someplace that has everything to do with my health, diet and fitness, thus sparing my LJ friends from all of this.
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Food for thought [Oct. 21st, 2011|11:02 am]
Doctor Bombay
[mood |hungryhungry]
[music |Food, Glorious Food]

I'm going to write about food, or more specifically, my relationship with food. It would be safe to say that I have an obsession with food, an unhealthy one at that. That is to say, most of the food I eat is unhealthy, and while I know this is the case, I still put it in my mouth. I'm not saying that I have an eating disorder, at least not any moreso than anyone who is overweight has one. It is my hope that in writing about food and my relationship with it, I'll be able to process my feelings regarding my diet, my health (physical, mental and emotional), and what the place that food occupies in my life. By putting it all out there, and being honest with others about my dietary habits, I'm going to try to be more honest with myself.
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summer weekends [Jul. 7th, 2011|02:43 pm]
Doctor Bombay
The Twin Cities Pride Festival was two weekends ago, followed fast upon by CONvergence, over the extended Independence Day weekend. I had extra days off of work for both of these events, but it feels like I was busier than if I had actually been working. Pride and CONvergence, also known as the Tentpoles of Madness, are more of a start of the summer season to me than Memorial Day, or the solstice. I do look forward to each of these every year, although when the events actually occur, I tend to go into an odd headspace, which roughly deals with how I identify myself amongst my peers. When I'm at various Pride events, whether at the park or block parties or house parties, I feel very similar to how I felt at high school dances. Essentially, I feel as much like a geek as I did back then, and that there aren't very many people who share my geeky interests wherever I am. Ironically, that includes when I'm hanging out with people I play D&D with.

The next week, at CONvergence, I keep thinking to myself, "Man, I wish there were some more gay people here." It seems that what I'm trying to do is reconcile my gay and geeky identities, and it's certainly not the easiest thing to do. I've had a theory for awhile, which I may have written about before, that it's often as hard to come out as a geek in the gay community as it is to come out as gay in the straight world. There's the same fear of being an outcast and losing your friends when they find out that you watch Doctor Who, play D&D, read comics, etc, as when they find out that you're gay. Less chance that you're going to be thrown out of your home or beaten to death, although I remember having fears of violence directed against me back then for being a nerd.

What it boils down to is that I feel like I'm a geek amongst the gays and a gay amongst the geeks, and could really use some more geeky gay people to accompany me when traveling in these worlds.
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I want to ride my bicycle [Jun. 5th, 2011|05:17 pm]
Doctor Bombay
Training for the Red Ribbon Ride hasn't been easy this year. We've had craptacular weather to deal with, including a delayed spring and summer, which has made riding a whole lot less than fun. I fully endorse all weather riding, and I have an immense amount of respect for year round commuters, but I don't have that level of commitment in me. Not since I left the U of M, at least. When I lived in the dorm, I would bicycle across campus in January. But the 11.5 miles to and from work, I won't bike if it's below 50 outside. Actually, that's not completely true. At the beginning of the season I was biking in that weather, with long pants, coat, gloves, hat, etc, but it's certainly not fun.

About a week and a halfd ago, it started to hurt to swallow. I'm not sure what it was, but a strep trest came back negative. I'm waiting for other throat cultures to come back, tests that were wise to do based on my lifestyle, to put it delicately. But since I haven't gotten that phone call, I think I'm safe. So it's either just some sort of virus that needs to run its course, or it's allergies. I do have allergies, but they've always been relatively mild. This year, however, the pollen is a lot worse, so it's a satrong possibility that that's all it is. Not sure what I can do in that case. I did bike around the lake twice, plus go to the gym, with only a few pauses for hacking coughs.
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Birthdays [May. 28th, 2011|11:20 am]
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It's my mom's 60th birthday today, so I'm driving down to Northfield with Steve to have lunch with the family and a number of friends. We're going to Chapati Indian Restaurant at the Archer House. I've heard it's good, but I've had a bit of a sore throat all week. That might affect my enjoyment of the cuisine. Steve and I will probably do a little shopping down there afterward. I do like Northfield for its downtown area. I really think some of the newer suburbs lack something for not having a strollable Main Street. Sure, they have shopping districts, but it's not the same thing. There's no sense of communal space; maybe it has something to do with the acres of parking lots.
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