May 24, 2010

A different kind of streak

The emphasis I placed on running streaks is a non-ideal way to force yourself into a consistent pattern, says Coach/Shaman/Guru Tony (more on this later), and reporting mileage to someone else is better because I can have external accountability for consistency without losing the benefit of rest days.

Thus, Tony said, "the first order of business is to abandon the mile-a-day streak."  Co-coach/shaman/guru Herb agreed. Fair enough. These guys tell me what to do, and I do it.

Buffalo chicken slices
They don't, however, tell me what to eat. Or how much to eat.

In the past, the only times I have been successful losing weight is when I have logged every calorie.

Pastrami on Rye from Katz's deli
My tendency to overeat and/or snack was overwhelmed by the relatively tedious task of logging the calories.

Chicken sammich with a small salad
Not only did it prevent me from overeating, it kept me eating foods where I could easily determine the caloric content - avoiding restaurants.

Chicken Parm
And it always worked for as long as I was logging every calorie.

Homer Simpson Special
Problem was, I never was able to maintain it for more than a few weeks.

Honeydew, Cucumber
The rare times I did maintain it for 2-3 weeks, the amount of weight I lost was dramatic.

Carne Asada Fries
Suddenly, yesterday, it hit me. My pattern in running was the same as my pattern in eating.

PB on Toast, Apple
I needed some sort of structure to force consistency.

Sweetheart Deal, Dinosaur BBQ
And - a streak - where I can say I logged 1 mile every day for x days, forced consistency in my running.

Two hot dogs and a sunday from Stewarts
The parallel should be obvious here.

Cracker Barrel Breakfast
So, today, Monday May 24, is day 1 of my logging-every-calorie-I-eat steak.

And, by the way, this gallery of food I ate should leave no doubt in anyone's mind as to why I'm over 300lbs. These are typical meals for me. Most are not "treat meals," whatever that means.

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