Watching my diet
Thursday, June 07, 2012

I'm writing this because it happens to be what's on my mind.

I've gained some weight, which is why I'm watching my diet. Which surprisingly doesn't really do much to change my eating habits, I simply become more aware of what I'm putting into my mouth. And since it's the holidays, I've been starving almost everyday.

There's a perfectly good explanation for that.
I can't be bothered to go out and buy food.

Which is why I've been eating instant noodles, biscuits and whatnot that I can find around the house. Which obviously isn't going to help that much with my empty tummy. Today is in fact, the first time in 5 days I actually bought lunch for myself.

That brings me to my point.
Don't starve yourself.

No matter what people say, dieting is a horrible choice to take when you're thinking of cutting down your weight. This has nothing to do anything but just plain scientific fact.

When you eat less, and move less, your body will adjust and lower your metabolism rate.
A good thing, in some ways, because you don't need to eat so much.

However, when you think you've reached your targeted weight and start eating normally again, because of your lower metabolism rate, you will regain your weight faster than you normally would. Which makes the entire process of dieting unnecessarily painful and pointless.

The right way is to exercise and eat healthily, 
as cliche as that might sound.

Thing is, I have no trouble doing the exercise. It's the eating healthy part that has got my stumped. It's not that I hate vegetables or fruits. It's just... fast food are tastier. Or steak. Or chips. Or soda. I couldn't resist the stupid temptation.

So uh, to my future self, and more importantly to anyone out there dissing me,
My BMI is 21.6. (healthy = 18.5 ~ 24.9)
I'm just, kind of nervous about the whole NAPFA and NS thing. I really really would kill myself if I had to go in 2 months earlier. My pull-ups are pathetic by the way, need to train, but... sigh, such a pain in the ass.

All things said, I'm not really that obsessed about my weight, it's actually the money that drove me into thinking about this so much. I'm trying to save, and I'm learning to save, for the first time in years of my life. Saving is hard, saving for the sake of saving and not buying things is even harder.

Let me show you something that I've been working on for the past month.

I blurred it extensively due to obvious reasons

As you can see(or deduce), I have constructed a table in Excel for each month, charting down my daily spending. The days highlighted in red are the ones I've overspent. At the end of each week, I have my total spending, and amount saved. If I used more than I should, it will be highlighted red, if I saved even 1 cent, it'll be highlighted in green.

In order for it to make more sense to me visually, I created a line graph.

It becomes as clear as day (when it's not blurred), how I've been spending my money. Thanks to this, I've actually saved a little last month even after buying the NAS.

Doing this trains me in 3 areas.

  1. Being fully aware of my expenditure.
  2. Improving my memory as I have to recall everything I spend.
  3. Learning to plan ahead.

Yes, I'm ashamed to say that my ability in those 3 areas are near zero before I started this. I amuse myself with how I side track from diet into finance. But well, all I can say is, it doesn't hurt to start young when it comes to your health and money.

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