Drugs are bad (for weight loss)

I live in California. More specifically, I live right next to the Emerald Triangle, meaning I've had access to good pot my whole life. I started using pot to sleep a couple of years ago. I was used to being awake until 2 or 3 am because I couldn't properly relax. Fortunately, I only had to pay about $25 for the privilege ("medical user/patient"), and I could buy as much as I wanted. For anybody...

One Big Reason Why Weight Loss Resolutions Fail: The Speed Bump

Almost every one of us, whether or not we've actually lost weight, has made a New Years Resolution to lose weight. In fact, it seems to be one of the most popular resolutions, with only exercise and "eating healthier" beating it. According to the New York Post, you'll quit before the end of the month, if you make it even halfway through. Why is this? Well, there are actually a lot of reasons:...

Of Broken Windows and Good Habits

Be it nail biting, spending too much on morning coffee, or checking your phone every 10 seconds, every one of us has a bad habit or two that we need to fix. We sometimes don't realize we have certain bad habits, since we've had them for so long. When we want to fix them, what do we do? We form a good habit to take their place. That's also how weight control works: you're fixing bad habits by...

Jealousy is Stupid

I've spent most of my life jealous of other people. Did they get a new job? Fuck them, lucky assholes. Lose weight? Must be nice! Jealousy is poisonous, but only to ourselves. It takes the place of action, and prevents us from learning and accomplishing anything. The person you're jealous of can be a resource to get you into a better position, but you're too busy hating them for what they have...

The Folly of Intent

There is a special problem that people face on a regular basis: they intend to do something they won't actually do. This applies heavily to weight loss/dietary changes, and I would argue that our desire to express intent is why we often fail at things. At some point, somewhere, most of us learned that merely expressing intent gives us a very similar high to actually achieving something. This...

Breaking Up With Food

I plan what I eat on a daily basis before I eat it. I don't wake up and say "I'm having spaghetti today." I don't meticulously plan every single item I put into my mouth. I used to, but that level of strict conformity isn't necessary for me. When I get up in the morning, I know what I'll have: coffee with a protein shake. Sometimes I have jerky too, but not often. I know that my lunch will be...

The Delusions of Obesity

I was fine when I was over 400 lbs. I had a job that paid decently, I had my own office, car, and had a place to live. I had friends and I went out sometimes but didn't like crowds. I felt I was living life the only way I could, and it was working. I was, of course, completely delusional. My job? It sucked. The company was a clusterfuck and I wasn't treated well.My apartment? Constantly messy. I...

The Places You Won’t Go

Quality of life is a huge issue when you're obese. Well, it's an issue outside of that, but obesity is where your quality of life goes to retire and die. One of the biggest problems with obesity is not moving. It doesn't mean you can't move (most obese people are mobile), it means you don't want to. It means you simply would rather watch TV, play video games, or stare at a computer or your...

3 Ways to Ignore Cravings and Stay Accountable

Everybody has cravings; these little desires to eat something we don't need, or do something we know we shouldn't. They can derail progress, piss people off, and are just absolute bullshit. How do you deal with cravings? This is a question I haven't had to answer in a long time. I used to crave things all of the time. When I was over 400 lbs, I gave in to every single craving. I do still have...

Failure Can Only Win If You Let It

I have a secret to tell you: I didn't track calories through the month of October 2018. I was too busy riding the high from leaving my shitty marriage and finally getting out of the house. But I failed. For a whole month. Yet here I am, still losing weight, still kicking ass. This is a problem that everybody has regularly. We are afraid to fail. We get comfortable, we decide to stop pursuing our...