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Monday, February 16, 2015
The Weigh In Dilemma and Other First World Problems
All of that aside, I weigh myself every day before I take my shower. I stopped micro managing the exact times that I weigh myself because I learned a while ago, that I can’t even explain the factors that go into what I weigh at a given time. I have a few friends who have asked me recently what time they should weigh themselves and I really don’t know. My only reaction to this is “the same time” because that is the only way you are going to get a realistic outlook, regardless of eating or fitness schedule. Weight is a journey, not a destination or even a sprint to the finish line.
So what I did for research purposes, using my favorite test subject (meaning myself, I work cheap anyway) was to weigh myself throughout the day and try to figure out what changes what. This was actually pretty funny, and I will warn you that some of it may get a little crass, or too honest. One thing I have never done is weighed myself right when I wake up in the morning, because I am usually too disorganized, and I want some coffee in me before I do anything. Yesterday on a lark I did, and I registered a whopping 164.8 which is high end for my weight. I would have thought that I was quite empty at that moment, but I guess not.
I drank a pot of coffee, had a good trip to the bathroom (you know what I mean, no need to explain really) and weighed in at 164.2 which also is on the high end. I went out for a quarter mile walk in a blizzard (really good for the quads let me tell you) shoveled a bit of snow, and ate my breakfast. In theory I should have burned some calories and dehydrated myself a bit, but I added about 700 calories of food into my system. The scale registered 163.2 and that shocked me a bit. More coffee, a bit more shoveling, and I am ready for my shower which would be my usual weigh in time. The scale said 163.8 which I guess is normal based on my normal weigh in time.
Shower done, I am now doing loads of laundry, two loads of dishes, outside to finish the bulk of the shoveling, and I have eaten a couple of liverwurst and cottage cheese on pumpernickel (don’t judge!) and a strawberry yogurt. My weight at this point is 162.8 and I figured that might happen. For some strange reason I can come home from work after eating all day and weigh less than I did starving to death before work. As I said before I don’t know all the factors that go into it. For dinner I made a special Mexican pizza and had three big slices with a lot of lettuce and southwest dressing. It’s actually more of a bottom for a taco salad than it is a pizza. Before I went to bed, with a full belly I was back up to 163.4 and saw that despite the trends my weight is a given.
Today I was back to the usual, big pot of coffee, a good trip to the bathroom, at the gym dumping chemicals in myself to gain water, lots of water, great back and shoulders workout, home to 700 calories (Muscle Milk, Whey, 2 Eggs, 1 Cup Yogurt) and upstairs for my shower so I can go to work. My weight is at 163.2 (and MyFitnessPal is bragging to my friends that I lost a full pound) and the world goes on. In other words I can’t tell you the perfect weigh in time, and as I just showed, I don’t think anyone has that science. I prefer to look in the mirror or feel a little room in my pants to determine my weight, but I suggest that you just weigh yourself at the same time everyday and be honest about it. It’s the only way to truly track a journey, without worrying about the sprint at the finish.
This Is Me
I have been bouncing around online for just about 20 years, so I have been there and have done that. It doesn't mean I didn't like it and wouldn't do it again. As most humans, I am a social animal. To be a social animal on the internet it is social media that binds us all together. I prefer Google + and Twitter but have pages on the other ones that I ignore, so you probably should too.
I blog a lot. If you don't like people that blog a lot then I don't know how you got here to begin with. You may want to just move along.
Contrary to popular opinion I hate politics, but have political opinions ..
The easiest way to get under my skin is to apply the "all you talk about is politics" tag. This is a common knee jerk reaction some have when they see something political, and unfortunately I don't hold back sometimes. As a matter of fact, I share more about health, fitness and blogging than politics, which you would know if you weren't busy dismissing me. I actually follow and interact with more people that disagree with me than agree with me politically. The list of "other than politics" seems to be growing everyday and it probably looks a lot like this:
- Blogging (I am a blogger and I blog a lot. Get used to it.)
- Health & Fitness (Avid bodybuilder and diet guru)
- Photography (If I don't know your language now you know why I follow you)
- Android (I love Android, and wouldn't wipe my rear end with an iPhone)
- Humor (If you are funny, I am going to like you)
- Sports (Patriots and Red Sox mostly)
- Music (You'd be surprised how diverse I get here)
- Quotes (I love quotes from historical and hysterical figures)