Several people have asked how I’m doing it. It’s rather simple: no more soda, for one thing. I drink bottled water most of the time, but will usually drink a glass or two of orange juice for the vitamin C content. A friend of mine recommended that I switch to V8 instead so that I can still get the vitamin C and save myself the sugar. Perhaps I’ll do that sometime.
For breakfast I’m pretty predictable: I’ll eat one egg sandwich with cheese, except on Tuesdays when I have Eggs Florentine at a café to which I was recently introduced.
For lunch I end up getting the same thing almost everyday as well: a vegetarian sandwich from Safeway. I never thought I’d like such a thing but this one is great. They call it “Veggin’ Out” for those of you who have a Safeway close by. I highly recommend it. Make sure they don’t forget the olive spread. I get the meal deal, but substitute the soda and chips for bottled water and a banana.
Dinner is usually something random, but I watch the amount I eat and keep the portions small. Sometimes I’ll go to a restaurant. Sometimes I’ll be at Wendy’s house and she’ll make me something. Sometimes I’ll splurge and eat a few pieces of pizza. But I try to eat no later than 7pm. If I’m hungry after that time I’ll grab some pineapple or some green veggies.
I also take a men’s vitamin and usually a “vitamin B with C” pill as well. The latter was recommended to me by a person of low character who I once liked but am now having a hard time finding anything good about him. If you’re reading, you know who you are. Sorry, I couldn’t resist getting that dig in there. You’ll just never measure up, my man. (Hee Hee)
I still go to Starbucks every day just to enjoy the atmosphere while surfing the web on my Powerbook, but I’ve given up their Mochas. Those have been replaced with bottled water and a bottle of orange juice.
And then there’s The Trail. I walk and jog a 5.7 mile trail every morning. When walking, I do so as fast as I can without breaking into a jog. There are markers every half mile, so once in awhile I’ll break into a jog when I reach one of them and continue that jog until the next marker. By the time I’m back to my car I’m pouring sweat and look like I just stepped out of the shower, except clothed in sweat pants and a long sleeve sweat shirt. Oh, and my 49ers jacket. That’s worn every day to make me sweat more. Besides, the temperature is usually in the 30s when my walk begins.
I tried walking without my iPod the other day and my time was much worse. I figured I’d just spend the entire walk talking to God. It turns out I spent more time listening to how hard I was breathing. With the music turned up I can’t hear that. It must be psychological, but when I can hear myself breathing hard I tend to slow down a bit. With the music up I don’t feel I’m working myself above what I can stand.
The Trail playlist is almost entirely worship songs. I sing aloud as I walk (as long as nobody is around, that is) and enjoy time with my Creator. I’ll have to shoot some photos of the trail sometime so you can see why I think of it as “The God Trail”. It’s gorgeous. My favorite part is the spot between the 2.5 mile marker and the 3.0 mile marker. That’s usually where I see a beautiful bald eagle sitting on a rock in the middle of the river, looking for fish. He’s there almost every morning. Once in awhile I’m lucky enough to have him glide over my head with his wings stretched out.
This weekend I’ll be in New York for a Porn and Pancakes event and The Today Show is supposed to be there filming it. That being the case, I decided I’d better go to Macy’s and buy some clothes that fit right. Prior to the weight loss I wore a size 38 or 40 pants (depending on the brand) and a XXL shirt. Last night I was happy to discover I now wear a 36 pants and XL shirt. Yes! My goal is to reach a 32 waist and L shirt.
I’ll keep updating each week.