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Losing Weight by Brain Power Alone?

September 13th, 2010

According to Wikipedia, "although the human brain represents only 2% of the body weight, it receives 15% of the cardiac output, 20% of total body oxygen consumption, and 25% of total body glucose utilisation." (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brain#Brain_energy_consumption).  Assuming of course that working the brain, like working the body, ups energy requirement and considering that I have spent over 2 months sweating my brain on a thinking treadmill getting my new project off the ground, I would expect that I would have lost some weight.  Alas, that does not appear to have happened. Why not?  Answers on a postcard, please.

Regular readers of this blog know that I propose balancing aspects of life in order to achieve some happiness.  Since leaving work at the end of July and working on my new project I have to admit that I have neglected my own advice.  However, as I have the initial part of project up and running now, I have recognised that I have to return to earth and have to deal with other earthly matters such as my emotions, health and wealth.  I am so much aware of my growing midriff and my growing unfitness.  This is what prompted my musings on the brain.

The truth of the matter is, I have never been a physical type of bloke.  Any physical endeavors, apart maybe from walking,  requires a major effort on my part and the only successful times I have engaged in any long term physical activity was when it was incorporated into my daily routine.  Any break in that routine, and it requires concerted effort to restart.  It seems so unfair that life expects a 'geekish' person like me to take up physical exercise to stay fit and healthy, so unfair.

Even my spiritual time, contemplation and day dreaming in my case, has been dominated by the project.  There are other things I need to contemplate though and I am becoming so aware that time is rushing past like an express train and I will need to deal with some of these matters very soon.

It would appear that being so engrossed in an activity can, at least for a certain period of time, overcome any shortcomings in your life balance.  I must admit I have not been particularly unhappy and I have been enjoying the change of working situation.  I know I have been firing on mental overload and emotional and physical suppression but I can feel I am heading for a 'sugar crash'. 

Now the project is in the sort of 'act, wait and see' stage, I need to turn my attention to other things and my physical aspect is the most pressing need and that needs lots of work, rats!  Ah well, it means I can post more regularly again.  Any suggestions of a weight loss exercise regime for one of the laziest people on the planet will be gratefully received.

May you find the balance.

[First published on my Talking2Myself blog on specified date]