Saturday, March 1, 2008

8th Anniversary & the Raison d'Etre

Weight: 332.0
Total loss: 18 pounds

Today is the 8th anniversary of C. and me. We met on the internet (a small, indie pop chatroom), were "friends" for a couple years, and then, one day something shifted and we realized that there was something more to it than that. I drove down to Tennessee to meet him in person, and we've been together ever since. I love you, C.!

I think I am on an upswing with this bug, but still feel very crappy. As you can see, I am back down .2 pounds from yesterday, which is nice seeing how I probably went a bit over on the calories. But, I figure when you're sick the last thing you really should do is deprive yourself, right? I guess I just mean, I am still holding the course, but I'm not quibbling over a few extra calories while I am ill. , as long as I don't get too crazy.

So in the past few weeks I have noticed another correlation between budgeting and losing weight. When I am counting calories, I generally don't like to squander them, that is, I like to make sure that I am eating foods that I really, really like, otherwise, it's wasted, gone for no good reason. It's the same thing with budgeting. When I am writing every single purchase down, accounting for it, it really makes me stop and ask myself: "Do I really want or need this item? Is it going to be worth not having that cash in my savings, or to be able to pay off another bill? Will I regret it down the line?"

There's real value in becoming a conscientious consumer, of food or of money. You're really examining who you are, what has meaning to you, and why.

See, it's not just about fitting into size 8 jeans or having the nicest mansion on the block. It's about the very core of who you are and why you are here.

Until next time, hand me a tissue!



Anonymous said...

Just happened over your site from PQ - Half of Me. I have a bit over 100 to lose my self and just turned 38. I would love to be down 70 by my 39th b-day (in Nov.) I love your correlation between weight loss and budgeting money (another area of personal struggle for me too!)
Take care and best of luck!

Megan said...

I came from Half of Me, too. Great site.

I've lost about 60 pounds in the last 8 months by counting calories. I completely agree that it's just like a financial budget. As long as I think of it as a budget, there's no problem: I can have whatever I want as long as I account for it.

radiosilents said...

Hi, and thanks for reading! It sounds like you have a totally achievable goal. I'm hoping to be down to half my goal by that time, so hopefully we'll both have some celebrating to do. :)


Anonymous said...

Funny - I found this link on PQ's site, too. I just turned 38 this week and need to lose about 100. Money was my other big struggle, but for the past year I've had a good grip on it. I'm an aspiring musician and so your talk about art interests me, too. I really look forward to reading more of your stuff! Good luck.

radiosilents said...

Thanks anonymouses and Megan, for reading. :)