October 22nd, 2013

Muscle Moose

Weekly Weigh-In

Gain/loss for the week: -1.5 lbs
Cumulative loss (past eight weeks): 12.4
Lbs away from revised goal: 4.4

Today's results are much better than anticipated at the start of the week. However, that has everything to do with the fact that I kept the eating in check during Friday's Philly day-trip with Tank. Yes, I had one Tastykake product, a proper Philly soft pretzel, and half of a cheesesteak (I shared one with Tank, who was interested in eating a variety of foods -- he likely ate more than I did), but otherwise I didn't really indulge in any meaningful way during the day. In fact, truth be told, I really wouldn't have minded skipping the cheesesteak -- though I do enjoy them on occasion, they were never a huge attraction to me in the first place, and the half I did consume resulted in some rather uncomfortable gastrointestinal distress (I'm probably not used to eating incredibly fatty foods anymore).

At this point, I have finally achieved the original goal I set for myself back in April -- a goal that I didn't actually reach before embarking on my unhealthy summer bender. I'm also quite pleased that this month I have managed to stay on course through TeenLitGirl's and Tank's birthdays. I'm certain that replacing my "bad" day with one "bad" meal is the biggest difference maker during this particular attempt to bring my weight down to where it should be. Earlier this year, I lost an average of just over 0.8 lbs/week; this time around it's slightly over 1.5 lbs/week. Once I reach my goal, I will resume allowing myself one bad day -- either that or a couple additional bad meals over the course of the week. I can make a decision as I get closer to my revised goal, but for now I just need to focus on maintaining the routines I've established over the past eight week.
Moose Music

Hall of Songs, Outer Circle: #43, "Walk" by Foo Fighters

Previous Installments: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Song #41, #42

I generally like Foo Fighters best when Dave Grohl is scream-singing about anger, pain, and persistence in the face of adversity. However, I would eventually get bored with a band that stuck solely to that kind of material, and thankfully Foo Fighters is much more than that. They released "Walk" a couple years after I finally felt as though I had fully recovered from my separation from my first wife, but that didn't stop me from reveling in its embrace of recovery, finding yourself again, and moving forward (yeah, there's an element of the persistence in the face of adversity and screaming in the song too, but it's just as elements, not the primary drivers). It's one of those songs that demands that I turn the volume to 11 when it starts playing.

I don't quite love the video the same way, but I am really amused at the clear allusion to Fallen, starring Michael Douglas.