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I’m lucky in a lot of ways.

Here’s a brief list of advantages I have when I’m battling the weight loss devil:

Technology: My wife has an iPad, and that allowed me to buy a $3 program to count calories eaten and expended. I seriously could not have managed this without it. More detail later when I talk in depth about Livestrong.

Time: Not everyone can take an hour or two out of their day to take long walks.

Tastebuds: People often admonish fat people (like me) to eat more vegetables. Well, I’m lucky in that veggies taste good to me. It’s taken a long time for people to acknowledge (even a little bit) that we experience things in different ways. For people that experience greens as extremely bitter, eat your vegetables is terrible advice.

My wife: She’s going to turn up in the disadvantages post, too, but she’s been incredibly supportive of the efforts I’m making. For example, I’m happy to do the dishes after dinner, but I need her to put the leftovers away first. Also, she’s the one who’s almost obsessive about putting salads on the table. She helps a ton.

Lack of money: Mostly, it sucks to be short on cash, but when it comes to losing weight, adding “Do I want to spend money on pizza/beer/fries?” to “Do I want to spend calories on pizza/beer/fries?” adds some extra fortitude to my decision making.

Denial: Yes, I’m strong in the ways of pretending shit isn’t a problem when really it is. In most aspects of my life, it’s a problem. When it comes to hunger pangs, it makes it easy for me to put off a meal while I finish a chapter.

Body chemistry: So far, at least. My body really wanted to lose that first 10-15 pounds and they came off fairly easily. The pounds since then have been slower, but so far I haven’t been completely sabotaged by my physical need for food.

edited to add: (I knew I would forget some stuff)

Neighborhood: I’m lucky to live in a walkable neighborhood with access to healthy foods.

No sweet tooth: I have many food cravings, but I don’t crave sweets. That’s lucky for me, since the calories I do crave are more filling and (somewhat) nutritious.

Mirrored from Twenty Palaces. You can comment here or there.

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amberdine
Nov. 17th, 2011 02:41 am (UTC)
One more to add: your gender.

(NOT THAT I'M BITTER OR ANYTHING.)
burger_eater
Nov. 17th, 2011 03:48 am (UTC)
I'm tempted to make a joke here but I won't.
blackhanddpants
Nov. 18th, 2011 01:15 pm (UTC)
This. *sigh*
i_amsherlocked
Nov. 17th, 2011 08:50 am (UTC)
Would you mind sharing what ap you ended up using? It sounds pretty good!
burger_eater
Nov. 17th, 2011 03:03 pm (UTC)
Using for what?
barbarienne
Nov. 17th, 2011 07:26 pm (UTC)
No sweet tooth? That, right there, is the killer thing for me. I had cake for dinner last night, because I had been craving cake since about 2pm.
burger_eater
Nov. 18th, 2011 12:16 am (UTC)
A sweet tooth is tough for anyone. It's a lot of calories but not very filling, and that's killer.
mizkit
Nov. 18th, 2011 05:56 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's the sweet tooth that kills me. And I can't moderate: it's all or nothing with sweets, and I've been doing a crap job of getting on track with nothing. :p
burger_eater
Nov. 18th, 2011 06:24 pm (UTC)
I'm lucky in that I can moderate some of my cravings for fatty, meaty foods with hot spices. A little cheese with hot pepper rings make a sandwich really satisfying to me.
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