avoiding winter weight gain?

hi all,

i’m wondering if anyone has good tips/tricks/heuristics for avoiding winter
weight gain other than the obvious commitment to calorie tracking, which i
seem to suck at maintaining. (i know, i know, i should just beeminder it
with a high penalty …)

as it gets colder i inevitably end up exercising outdoors (running,
cycling) less frequently and i tend to consume more calories over the
holidays. while i’ve come to dislike exercising indoors, i can deal with
the exercise issue fairly effectively with a combination of spin classes,
weight training, etc., but i fall into the same traps each year with regard
to diet, gaining ~5 or more pounds over the winter that i spend the first
few weeks of spring working off.

i’m thinking along the lines of “plate your food, with a size limit” or
"weight X minutes between servings" or something of this sort. any/all tips
welcome!

thanks,
jake

I’d say don’t worry so much about winter weight gain, seasonal gains/losses are expected – our bodies do take cues based on light cycles, ect.
(Awesome book, lights out, sleep, sugar and survival)

-Jolly

From: akratics@googlegroups.com [mailto:akratics@googlegroups.com] On Behalf Of Jake Hofman
Sent: Tuesday, November 06, 2012 11:02 AM
To: akratics@googlegroups.com
Subject: avoiding winter weight gain?

hi all,

i’m wondering if anyone has good tips/tricks/heuristics for avoiding winter weight gain other than the obvious commitment to calorie tracking, which i seem to suck at maintaining. (i know, i know, i should just beeminder it with a high penalty …)

as it gets colder i inevitably end up exercising outdoors (running, cycling) less frequently and i tend to consume more calories over the holidays. while i’ve come to dislike exercising indoors, i can deal with the exercise issue fairly effectively with a combination of spin classes, weight training, etc., but i fall into the same traps each year with regard to diet, gaining ~5 or more pounds over the winter that i spend the first few weeks of spring working off.

i’m thinking along the lines of “plate your food, with a size limit” or “weight X minutes between servings” or something of this sort. any/all tips welcome!

thanks,
jake

I’m trying to think of some kind of Beeminder-based solution to
this… Oh right, I have such acute hammer/nail syndrome that I can’t
really fathom anything but Beeminder-based solutions.

  1. Beeminding weight works great even with a flat yellow brick road.

  2. Take Jolly’s advice and then just beemind yourself back down
    starting on January 1.

  3. As for general tips, the Beeminder Blog is pretty great, eg,
    http://blog.beeminder.com/foodhabits/

  4. Oh, and if you’re beeminding anything at all (we should change
    that) where you’re replying to the bot then when the bot replies back
    it will include random fitness tips of the day from Melanie. We’re
    pretty proud of those.

On Tue, Nov 6, 2012 at 8:01 AM, Jake Hofman jhofman@gmail.com wrote:

hi all,

i’m wondering if anyone has good tips/tricks/heuristics for avoiding winter
weight gain other than the obvious commitment to calorie tracking, which i
seem to suck at maintaining. (i know, i know, i should just beeminder it
with a high penalty …)

as it gets colder i inevitably end up exercising outdoors (running, cycling)
less frequently and i tend to consume more calories over the holidays. while
i’ve come to dislike exercising indoors, i can deal with the exercise issue
fairly effectively with a combination of spin classes, weight training,
etc., but i fall into the same traps each year with regard to diet, gaining
~5 or more pounds over the winter that i spend the first few weeks of spring
working off.

i’m thinking along the lines of “plate your food, with a size limit” or
"weight X minutes between servings" or something of this sort. any/all tips
welcome!

thanks,
jake


http://dreev.es – search://"Daniel Reeves"
Follow the Yellow Brick Road – http://beeminder.com

thanks guys!

the food habits post is along the lines of what i’m looking
for—simple hacks to avoid overeating in the moment(s) of temptation.

that being said, i should probably just beemind it. :slight_smile:

-j

On Wed, Nov 7, 2012 at 1:34 PM, Daniel Reeves dreeves@beeminder.com wrote:

I’m trying to think of some kind of Beeminder-based solution to
this… Oh right, I have such acute hammer/nail syndrome that I can’t
really fathom anything but Beeminder-based solutions.

  1. Beeminding weight works great even with a flat yellow brick road.

  2. Take Jolly’s advice and then just beemind yourself back down
    starting on January 1.

  3. As for general tips, the Beeminder Blog is pretty great, eg,
    http://blog.beeminder.com/foodhabits/

  4. Oh, and if you’re beeminding anything at all (we should change
    that) where you’re replying to the bot then when the bot replies back
    it will include random fitness tips of the day from Melanie. We’re
    pretty proud of those.

On Tue, Nov 6, 2012 at 8:01 AM, Jake Hofman jhofman@gmail.com wrote:

hi all,

i’m wondering if anyone has good tips/tricks/heuristics for avoiding winter
weight gain other than the obvious commitment to calorie tracking, which i
seem to suck at maintaining. (i know, i know, i should just beeminder it
with a high penalty …)

as it gets colder i inevitably end up exercising outdoors (running, cycling)
less frequently and i tend to consume more calories over the holidays. while
i’ve come to dislike exercising indoors, i can deal with the exercise issue
fairly effectively with a combination of spin classes, weight training,
etc., but i fall into the same traps each year with regard to diet, gaining
~5 or more pounds over the winter that i spend the first few weeks of spring
working off.

i’m thinking along the lines of “plate your food, with a size limit” or
“weight X minutes between servings” or something of this sort. any/all tips
welcome!

thanks,
jake


http://dreev.es – search://“Daniel Reeves”
Follow the Yellow Brick Road – http://beeminder.com

Ooh, here’s one that’s short and sweet and I think much more profound
than it seems on first blush:
http://blog.beeminder.com/preeat/

On Wed, Nov 7, 2012 at 10:39 AM, Jake Hofman jhofman@gmail.com wrote:

thanks guys!

the food habits post is along the lines of what i’m looking
for—simple hacks to avoid overeating in the moment(s) of temptation.

that being said, i should probably just beemind it. :slight_smile:

-j

On Wed, Nov 7, 2012 at 1:34 PM, Daniel Reeves dreeves@beeminder.com wrote:

I’m trying to think of some kind of Beeminder-based solution to
this… Oh right, I have such acute hammer/nail syndrome that I can’t
really fathom anything but Beeminder-based solutions.

  1. Beeminding weight works great even with a flat yellow brick road.

  2. Take Jolly’s advice and then just beemind yourself back down
    starting on January 1.

  3. As for general tips, the Beeminder Blog is pretty great, eg,
    http://blog.beeminder.com/foodhabits/

  4. Oh, and if you’re beeminding anything at all (we should change
    that) where you’re replying to the bot then when the bot replies back
    it will include random fitness tips of the day from Melanie. We’re
    pretty proud of those.

On Tue, Nov 6, 2012 at 8:01 AM, Jake Hofman jhofman@gmail.com wrote:

hi all,

i’m wondering if anyone has good tips/tricks/heuristics for avoiding winter
weight gain other than the obvious commitment to calorie tracking, which i
seem to suck at maintaining. (i know, i know, i should just beeminder it
with a high penalty …)

as it gets colder i inevitably end up exercising outdoors (running, cycling)
less frequently and i tend to consume more calories over the holidays. while
i’ve come to dislike exercising indoors, i can deal with the exercise issue
fairly effectively with a combination of spin classes, weight training,
etc., but i fall into the same traps each year with regard to diet, gaining
~5 or more pounds over the winter that i spend the first few weeks of spring
working off.

i’m thinking along the lines of “plate your food, with a size limit” or
“weight X minutes between servings” or something of this sort. any/all tips
welcome!

thanks,
jake


http://dreev.es – search://“Daniel Reeves”
Follow the Yellow Brick Road – http://beeminder.com


http://dreev.es – search://“Daniel Reeves”
Follow the Yellow Brick Road – http://beeminder.com

I disagree with melanies fitness tip about eating several meals a day to avoid putting yourself in starvation mode - I’m much more of a fan of intermittent fasting :slight_smile:

-----Original Message-----
From: akratics@googlegroups.com [mailto:akratics@googlegroups.com] On
Behalf Of Daniel Reeves
Sent: Wednesday, November 07, 2012 1:35 PM
To: akratics
Subject: Re: avoiding winter weight gain?

I’m trying to think of some kind of Beeminder-based solution to this… Oh
right, I have such acute hammer/nail syndrome that I can’t really fathom
anything but Beeminder-based solutions.

  1. Beeminding weight works great even with a flat yellow brick road.

  2. Take Jolly’s advice and then just beemind yourself back down starting on
    January 1.

  3. As for general tips, the Beeminder Blog is pretty great, eg,
    http://blog.beeminder.com/foodhabits/

  4. Oh, and if you’re beeminding anything at all (we should change
    that) where you’re replying to the bot then when the bot replies back it will
    include random fitness tips of the day from Melanie. We’re pretty proud of
    those.

On Tue, Nov 6, 2012 at 8:01 AM, Jake Hofman jhofman@gmail.com wrote:

hi all,

i’m wondering if anyone has good tips/tricks/heuristics for avoiding
winter weight gain other than the obvious commitment to calorie
tracking, which i seem to suck at maintaining. (i know, i know, i
should just beeminder it with a high penalty …)

as it gets colder i inevitably end up exercising outdoors (running,
cycling) less frequently and i tend to consume more calories over the
holidays. while i’ve come to dislike exercising indoors, i can deal
with the exercise issue fairly effectively with a combination of spin
classes, weight training, etc., but i fall into the same traps each
year with regard to diet, gaining
~5 or more pounds over the winter that i spend the first few weeks of
spring working off.

i’m thinking along the lines of “plate your food, with a size limit”
or “weight X minutes between servings” or something of this sort.
any/all tips welcome!

thanks,
jake


http://dreev.es – search://“Daniel Reeves”
Follow the Yellow Brick Road – http://beeminder.com

Her’s a general tip: restriction diets are a pretty simple heuristic
way to reduce calorie intake, and can change diet composition (often
for the better). So, you could go vegan for the winter. Or there are
other things that just cut out broad swaths of food options too, like
no high fructose corn syrup, or strict paleo, or whatever else.

Bethany

On Wed, Nov 7, 2012 at 10:59 AM, Apneet Jolly jolly@ajollylife.com wrote:

I disagree with melanies fitness tip about eating several meals a day to avoid putting yourself in starvation mode - I’m much more of a fan of intermittent fasting :slight_smile:

-----Original Message-----
From: akratics@googlegroups.com [mailto:akratics@googlegroups.com] On
Behalf Of Daniel Reeves
Sent: Wednesday, November 07, 2012 1:35 PM
To: akratics
Subject: Re: avoiding winter weight gain?

I’m trying to think of some kind of Beeminder-based solution to this… Oh
right, I have such acute hammer/nail syndrome that I can’t really fathom
anything but Beeminder-based solutions.

  1. Beeminding weight works great even with a flat yellow brick road.

  2. Take Jolly’s advice and then just beemind yourself back down starting on
    January 1.

  3. As for general tips, the Beeminder Blog is pretty great, eg,
    http://blog.beeminder.com/foodhabits/

  4. Oh, and if you’re beeminding anything at all (we should change
    that) where you’re replying to the bot then when the bot replies back it will
    include random fitness tips of the day from Melanie. We’re pretty proud of
    those.

On Tue, Nov 6, 2012 at 8:01 AM, Jake Hofman jhofman@gmail.com wrote:

hi all,

i’m wondering if anyone has good tips/tricks/heuristics for avoiding
winter weight gain other than the obvious commitment to calorie
tracking, which i seem to suck at maintaining. (i know, i know, i
should just beeminder it with a high penalty …)

as it gets colder i inevitably end up exercising outdoors (running,
cycling) less frequently and i tend to consume more calories over the
holidays. while i’ve come to dislike exercising indoors, i can deal
with the exercise issue fairly effectively with a combination of spin
classes, weight training, etc., but i fall into the same traps each
year with regard to diet, gaining
~5 or more pounds over the winter that i spend the first few weeks of
spring working off.

i’m thinking along the lines of “plate your food, with a size limit”
or “weight X minutes between servings” or something of this sort.
any/all tips welcome!

thanks,
jake


http://dreev.es – search://“Daniel Reeves”
Follow the Yellow Brick Road – http://beeminder.com

http://beeminder.com – Reminders with a sting

thanks bethany.

i’m going to try a few of the strategies mentioned above in
combination w/ a flat-road beeminder.

btw, great job on the site. the last time i set up a goal was about 10
months ago, and it’s a vastly better experience now compared to then.
(not to say that it was bad then, of course.)

those UVIs are paying off :slight_smile:

-j

On Mon, Nov 12, 2012 at 8:00 PM, Bethany M. Soule bsoule@beeminder.com wrote:

Her’s a general tip: restriction diets are a pretty simple heuristic
way to reduce calorie intake, and can change diet composition (often
for the better). So, you could go vegan for the winter. Or there are
other things that just cut out broad swaths of food options too, like
no high fructose corn syrup, or strict paleo, or whatever else.

Bethany

On Wed, Nov 7, 2012 at 10:59 AM, Apneet Jolly jolly@ajollylife.com wrote:

I disagree with melanies fitness tip about eating several meals a day to avoid putting yourself in starvation mode - I’m much more of a fan of intermittent fasting :slight_smile:

-----Original Message-----
From: akratics@googlegroups.com [mailto:akratics@googlegroups.com] On
Behalf Of Daniel Reeves
Sent: Wednesday, November 07, 2012 1:35 PM
To: akratics
Subject: Re: avoiding winter weight gain?

I’m trying to think of some kind of Beeminder-based solution to this… Oh
right, I have such acute hammer/nail syndrome that I can’t really fathom
anything but Beeminder-based solutions.

  1. Beeminding weight works great even with a flat yellow brick road.

  2. Take Jolly’s advice and then just beemind yourself back down starting on
    January 1.

  3. As for general tips, the Beeminder Blog is pretty great, eg,
    http://blog.beeminder.com/foodhabits/

  4. Oh, and if you’re beeminding anything at all (we should change
    that) where you’re replying to the bot then when the bot replies back it will
    include random fitness tips of the day from Melanie. We’re pretty proud of
    those.

On Tue, Nov 6, 2012 at 8:01 AM, Jake Hofman jhofman@gmail.com wrote:

hi all,

i’m wondering if anyone has good tips/tricks/heuristics for avoiding
winter weight gain other than the obvious commitment to calorie
tracking, which i seem to suck at maintaining. (i know, i know, i
should just beeminder it with a high penalty …)

as it gets colder i inevitably end up exercising outdoors (running,
cycling) less frequently and i tend to consume more calories over the
holidays. while i’ve come to dislike exercising indoors, i can deal
with the exercise issue fairly effectively with a combination of spin
classes, weight training, etc., but i fall into the same traps each
year with regard to diet, gaining
~5 or more pounds over the winter that i spend the first few weeks of
spring working off.

i’m thinking along the lines of “plate your food, with a size limit”
or “weight X minutes between servings” or something of this sort.
any/all tips welcome!

thanks,
jake


http://dreev.es – search://“Daniel Reeves”
Follow the Yellow Brick Road – http://beeminder.com


http://bethaknee.com
http://beeminder.com – Reminders with a sting

i think it’s still a little bad now, and was horrific then.
but another 600 UVIs from now it’s going to be mind-blowing! :slight_smile:

Slightly related, i’m thinking of starting my “rationality for
entrepreneurs” presentation like this:

The people I respect most for their startup advice – including Paul
Graham and Joel Spolsky – agree on the most important aspect of
entrepreneurship: relentlessly making some measurable forward progress
every day.
Paul Graham talks about it in “How Not to Die”.
“Startups rarely die in mid keystroke. So keep typing!”
He describes a crazy story involving what sounds like a fluff piece in
Newsweek that had the effect of making it psychologically impossible
for some founder to give up.
If every startup got themselves publicly on the hook to fight to the
death like that then the success rate would be 90%, he says, and
emphasizes that he’s not kidding.

On Tue, Nov 13, 2012 at 8:15 AM, Jake Hofman jhofman@gmail.com wrote:

thanks bethany.

i’m going to try a few of the strategies mentioned above in
combination w/ a flat-road beeminder.

btw, great job on the site. the last time i set up a goal was about 10
months ago, and it’s a vastly better experience now compared to then.
(not to say that it was bad then, of course.)

those UVIs are paying off :slight_smile:

-j

On Mon, Nov 12, 2012 at 8:00 PM, Bethany M. Soule bsoule@beeminder.com wrote:

Her’s a general tip: restriction diets are a pretty simple heuristic
way to reduce calorie intake, and can change diet composition (often
for the better). So, you could go vegan for the winter. Or there are
other things that just cut out broad swaths of food options too, like
no high fructose corn syrup, or strict paleo, or whatever else.

Bethany

On Wed, Nov 7, 2012 at 10:59 AM, Apneet Jolly jolly@ajollylife.com wrote:

I disagree with melanies fitness tip about eating several meals a day to avoid putting yourself in starvation mode - I’m much more of a fan of intermittent fasting :slight_smile:

-----Original Message-----
From: akratics@googlegroups.com [mailto:akratics@googlegroups.com] On
Behalf Of Daniel Reeves
Sent: Wednesday, November 07, 2012 1:35 PM
To: akratics
Subject: Re: avoiding winter weight gain?

I’m trying to think of some kind of Beeminder-based solution to this… Oh
right, I have such acute hammer/nail syndrome that I can’t really fathom
anything but Beeminder-based solutions.

  1. Beeminding weight works great even with a flat yellow brick road.

  2. Take Jolly’s advice and then just beemind yourself back down starting on
    January 1.

  3. As for general tips, the Beeminder Blog is pretty great, eg,
    http://blog.beeminder.com/foodhabits/

  4. Oh, and if you’re beeminding anything at all (we should change
    that) where you’re replying to the bot then when the bot replies back it will
    include random fitness tips of the day from Melanie. We’re pretty proud of
    those.

On Tue, Nov 6, 2012 at 8:01 AM, Jake Hofman jhofman@gmail.com wrote:

hi all,

i’m wondering if anyone has good tips/tricks/heuristics for avoiding
winter weight gain other than the obvious commitment to calorie
tracking, which i seem to suck at maintaining. (i know, i know, i
should just beeminder it with a high penalty …)

as it gets colder i inevitably end up exercising outdoors (running,
cycling) less frequently and i tend to consume more calories over the
holidays. while i’ve come to dislike exercising indoors, i can deal
with the exercise issue fairly effectively with a combination of spin
classes, weight training, etc., but i fall into the same traps each
year with regard to diet, gaining
~5 or more pounds over the winter that i spend the first few weeks of
spring working off.

i’m thinking along the lines of “plate your food, with a size limit”
or “weight X minutes between servings” or something of this sort.
any/all tips welcome!

thanks,
jake


http://dreev.es – search://“Daniel Reeves”
Follow the Yellow Brick Road – http://beeminder.com


http://bethaknee.com
http://beeminder.com – Reminders with a sting


http://dreev.es – search://“Daniel Reeves”
Follow the Yellow Brick Road – http://beeminder.com

Best tips I have are using 3/4 of your plate for vegetables (this does not
include mashed potatoes!), and 1/4 for higher calorie proteins and fats -
and that amount should be no bigger than your fist. Seconds (if any, and
only after a few minutes pause) should be more veggies/salad or save room
for a small dessert. Then, Beemind your weight and drink more water
instead of snacking if your weight starts to creep up. And most important,
at a minimum, keep walking whatever the weather - 10K steps a day is good
goal.

But I like Bethany’s suggestion - go vegan for the winter.

Judy

On Mon, Nov 12, 2012 at 5:00 PM, Bethany M. Soule bsoule@beeminder.comwrote:

Her’s a general tip: restriction diets are a pretty simple heuristic
way to reduce calorie intake, and can change diet composition (often
for the better). So, you could go vegan for the winter. Or there are
other things that just cut out broad swaths of food options too, like
no high fructose corn syrup, or strict paleo, or whatever else.

Bethany

On Wed, Nov 7, 2012 at 10:59 AM, Apneet Jolly jolly@ajollylife.com
wrote:

I disagree with melanies fitness tip about eating several meals a day to
avoid putting yourself in starvation mode - I’m much more of a fan of
intermittent fasting :slight_smile:

-----Original Message-----
From: akratics@googlegroups.com [mailto:akratics@googlegroups.com] On
Behalf Of Daniel Reeves
Sent: Wednesday, November 07, 2012 1:35 PM
To: akratics
Subject: Re: avoiding winter weight gain?

I’m trying to think of some kind of Beeminder-based solution to this…
Oh

right, I have such acute hammer/nail syndrome that I can’t really fathom
anything but Beeminder-based solutions.

  1. Beeminding weight works great even with a flat yellow brick road.

  2. Take Jolly’s advice and then just beemind yourself back down
    starting on

January 1.

  1. As for general tips, the Beeminder Blog is pretty great, eg,
    http://blog.beeminder.com/foodhabits/

  2. Oh, and if you’re beeminding anything at all (we should change
    that) where you’re replying to the bot then when the bot replies back
    it will

include random fitness tips of the day from Melanie. We’re pretty proud
of

those.

On Tue, Nov 6, 2012 at 8:01 AM, Jake Hofman jhofman@gmail.com wrote:

hi all,

i’m wondering if anyone has good tips/tricks/heuristics for avoiding
winter weight gain other than the obvious commitment to calorie
tracking, which i seem to suck at maintaining. (i know, i know, i
should just beeminder it with a high penalty …)

as it gets colder i inevitably end up exercising outdoors (running,
cycling) less frequently and i tend to consume more calories over the
holidays. while i’ve come to dislike exercising indoors, i can deal
with the exercise issue fairly effectively with a combination of spin
classes, weight training, etc., but i fall into the same traps each
year with regard to diet, gaining
~5 or more pounds over the winter that i spend the first few weeks of
spring working off.

i’m thinking along the lines of “plate your food, with a size limit”
or “weight X minutes between servings” or something of this sort.
any/all tips welcome!

thanks,
jake


http://dreev.es – search://“Daniel Reeves”
Follow the Yellow Brick Road – http://beeminder.com


http://bethaknee.com
http://beeminder.com – Reminders with a sting