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February 18, 2007

Calories Matter

I just thought I would provide an update. The biggest issue I have had with diets and weight management programs is that they may work short term, but the weight comes back as soon as you achieve your goal and relax, AKA fall off the wagon. I do not want to feel like I am "on a wagon".

I hit my ideal weight goal in January of 2006. That was one year ago. Since then I have been able to easily maintain that weight using a sane approach. That means I have been able to eat, drink and be merry without serious repercussions. The key is balancing total caloric intake and not making a habit of over indulging.

At 61 I am reasonably active but have had to adjust my caloric intake to about 1,500 calories a day to maintain my weight. Face it, our metabolisms simply change as we age. Playing tennis and exercising moderately help but no longer help as much as they did when I was in my twenties. I also admit that there is too much to do each day to spend hours a day exercising. Life is to be lived. It should not be a chore.

Having a computer program to help me track my weight, nutrition and calorie intake has been an excellent way for me to stay on track. Others will find tools they can use. The key is daily monitoring and intake adjustment. As weight starts to climb, drop a few calories, as it declines (yes, I have to watch both sides of the ledger for a change) add a few. Working within a pound of your ideal weight makes it easy to get results within a day or two.

I have developed a new way of eating. It does not exclude any food or drink. It only moderates the amount of total calories I consume. So I can go out and enjoy any restaurant, celebrate with any group, or dine in with take out. One word of caution, I don't do fast food any more. Way too many calories in each entree. For example, a Big Mac or Whopper with cheese represents half of one day's calories (about 750). Why expend them on that when I could have had an omelet for breakfast and a large turkey sandwich for lunch or had a large interesting salad and 8 oz of lamb steak for dinner. There is not much of a choice to me any more. But, if I did want one, all I need to do is adjust my breakfast slightly and pass on the fries!

It is all in the choices we make. I am enjoying being in control for a change. It is great positive reinforcement to continue to simply watch what I am doing and make smart choices.

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