Making a Weight Loss eBook

Making a Weight Loss eBook

What the heck is this Windows fanatic doing – writing about losing weight? That makes no sense, as everybody in Gnomeland is in peak condition (and he’s the only one who could stand to lose a few pounds). Assuming the preceding statement is false, I’m going to move forward with sharing my weight loss experiences with everyone – as enough inspiration has already been spread through our little discussion list. In total, I’d guess that some of us have already lost a combined weight of 20lbs in the past week or so. I wish I could’ve lost twenty in the past week on my own, but that would have been entirely unhealthy to do. Regardless, I think there’s strength in numbers – which is causing me to formulate an idea that could benefit the lot of us.

Wanna share your weight loss / maintenance / health secrets with the rest of us? Tips and tricks could be geeky or not! I’ll get the ball rolling with a few bulletpoints, and I’m hoping that you can do the same. If you can, send those tips in to me ASAP – preferably in a semi-organized list format. Tell us who you are, what you do, and why you do it. Let’s inspire each other to keep going forward! Be sure to include your name and URL if you’d like to have credit for the submission. When I’ve collected notes from about 50 of you, I’ll issue volume one of Lockergnome’s Guide to Losing Weight. At the end of the day, we’ll have a small compendium of tips that might just help another Gnomie find his or her way to a happier body. Here are a few of my favorite geeky weight loss tips:
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The King of Counting Calories

As I outlined the other day in my Captain 173 article, I’ve become complacent in my eating habits once again – swelling to the size of one and a half gnomes (or a Wicket & a Pixie if you’re measuring in dogweight). I’ve got 30+ pounds of fat growing on my body, and it’s time (again) to reverse the trend. I’ve done the “lifestyle change” thing twice in my life, so I’m hoping that this third time will be the charm – as I learn something new every time I set out to slim down.

If you’ve been with me from the beginning, you’ll know that I used to be a voracious low-carber (losing enough to put me at 125lbs). Years later, I sponged back to a chunky size and did the portion-watching / calorie-measuring / exercising route (losing enough to put me at a very comfortable and healthy 142lbs). I’m older still, and likely at my heaviest ever – 173lbs, trying to get back down to ~145lbs by the time Gnomedex 6.0 rolls around. I don’t want to diet, and I don’t want to maintain – I want this to be a permanent change. I have to beat that into my head, lest I face this problem again in another few years. I got lazy. I got complacent.

A few minutes ago, I got an IM from a friend who said: “Good luck with the weight. I followed a lot of your advice back in summer of last year and dropped *30* pounds. So, if you can follow your own adviece, you’ll be set.” How true. If only I had continued to listen to my advice, I wouldn’t be in a Fatty McFatFat situation today. I’m 5’5″ and 173lbs – I’m overweight for my body type.

Everybody has “weight loss” advice – although I’ve already charted my course of action, which is (indeed) the healthiest and smartest. No magic pills, no wonder shakes – just plain ol’ food balance and exercise. I still have my Gazelle, I still have an Ab Lounge, I still don’t eat sugary foods or beverages, I still don’t eat hydrogenated products – I’m good to go. Slow and steady wins the race, they say – but I’m going to need help.
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