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Conventions and my weight occupy an interesting space. Generally speaking, I eat terribly and erratically at conventions, averaging 2.5 meals per day, but those meals consist mostly of super-carby fried everythings. On the other hand, I tend to spend my days at conventions toting around 60-lb bags, walking all over hell and back, and sweating off twice my daily intake in water weight.

AC 2014 was my first convention "on a diet," and while it was far from an exercise in healthy living, it was also not a huge disaster, either. I went a bit over on points every day (my current allotment: 63 points; my average intake at AC: 67), but I made up almost exactly the same amount in activity points, and that's what the weekly allotment of "flex points" is for anyway.

Buuuuuut... here's the thing. If I reach my goal of 200 lbs., assuming an average loss of 2 lbs/week, that means that next year at AnthroCon, I'll be living on 32 points. O.o

Right now, I can't even conceive of what a 32 point diet might look like, much less how I might be able to pull it off at a convention. One drink, like a margarita or a shot of Bailey's, averages 7-10 points. I'm nowhere near the hardcore boozer that many of my artistic colleagues are, but I still like to do a little partying. My beloved morning mochas, without which life can barely be called living, start at 5 points and go up from there. It took a lot of carefully selecting menu choices and discarding or saving-for-later of portions to keep my intake down to 67.

That's still a year away of course and presumably by then I'll be used to living on 32 points a day and wondering how I managed to eat as much as I do now. I will also presumably be living a more active life generally, although given that the default value of "10 minutes of (whatever) = 1 point" means that I'd have to spend an hour working out to burn off one mocha, so I dunno.

So we'll see. But in the meantime, I intend to keep cursing genetics, which have made it possible for my brother to live on burritos and ice cream and always be underweight, while forcing me to live on fumes and always be overweight. :P

-The Gneech



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Jul. 8th, 2014 05:20 pm (UTC)
I've likewise put myself on a diet, after discovering that I'd gone up a waist size, and had been edging up into the higher levels of over weight. This is a bit of a change for me since for a very long time I've struggled with being under-weight. But as I've been managing the CFS more, I've had more of an appetite...

To rectify that I switched up my diet. Entirely gone from my kitchen, sliced bread and muffins. If I really really want a sandwich or some cake, I have to bake it or go out. Added to my activities, a yoga routine with some moderate muscle toning for legs and arms when I'm able. Managing a reasonable average of 1lbs lost, and kept off, per week.
Jul. 9th, 2014 08:00 am (UTC)
Best of wishes as you move thru the paces, bud!

btw.. how many points is this? ...

2 bowls of cereal for breakfast

3 gobbles of trail mix for lunch & a soda

chicken sammich with lettuce and tomato for dinnah

Jul. 9th, 2014 11:54 am (UTC)
It depends on the cereal and the trail mix, because not all such things are created equal, and whether the chicken is fried, grilled, or roasted. But assuming an "average" variety of each (and that a "gobble" is 1/4 cup)...

Breakfast: 10 points
Lunch: 17 points
Dinner: 14 points
Total: 41 (not counting any snacks, dessert, beverage w/dinner, etc)

Trail mix (and mixed nuts generally) were a big surprise for me-- they're super point-heavy for what you get out of them.

-The Gneech
Jul. 10th, 2014 09:02 am (UTC)
Ah.. okee, thanks! That's roughly my daily plan, if it's of any help ^v^
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