Sunday, February 27, 2011

Back to Blogging

One thing that I have discovered about myself during this journey is that I don’t have a future in a blogging career. I am still ticking along with this weight loss thing, but I still have a long way to go to my goal weight. I am not sure that I have it in me to get there. I am getting a little bored with this and tired of maintaining the discipline required to lose weight. I generally have no problem choosing the correct kind of foods to eat, it just comes down to the amount of food that I eat. Even after 38 days of this, I still struggle with portion control. Anyway, here are some pics. Its been a few weeks since posting pics, but here you go.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Wall

The Facts: Lost roughly 14 lbs in 28 days. My jump up in weight this morning is probably from the half gallon of zero calorie sweet tea that I drank last night. Though I feel like I am making good progress, I believe that I have hit my a wall a month into this thing. My weight loss has stalled out, My diet is becoming bland and my workouts are starting to get boring. How do I get through this? What will keep me motivated? Is the answer more cardio? How can I shock my body again?
I just had a conversation with a couple of friends on Saturday and it confirmed/reminded me that weight loss and weight management is 99% about diet. Someone once told me that you can never out run what you eat...meaning that in the long term, exercise is never enough to overcome a bad diet. I believe that diet is the key to getting my body to react the way I want it to. No pics again this week, I got too lazy. Maybe next week.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Preparing for the Super Bowl

Here is my game plan heading into a Super Bowl party. My kryptonite is a table full of party food. I can distinctly remember one time I was hanging out with a friend named Vince at a big gathering. We literally stood around a table full of party food for over an hour talking and we didn't stop putting food in our mouths the entire time. After an hour we both looked at each other and said, "holy crap, we have been stuffing our faces for an hour and didn't even know it."

Now I have always been a believer that one meal never kills a diet, but it can be a major set back or even worse a trigger that leads to days or weeks of binge eating. One time a Thanksgiving meal did that to me. I had been trying to lose some weight and then Thanksgiving came. I ate two absolutely huge meals that day and for some reason, that sent me into a downward spiral of over eating until my New Year's resolution came about month later.

Back to my plan for this Sunday, the first thing I am going to do is to change my expectations. I am going to preemptively remove any guilt associated eating too much. I mean come on, its a super bowl party and I have to expect that I am going to eat a few more calories than normal. I am making a deal with myself and giving myself permission to indulge a little. I will attempt to off set some of calories by getting in an extra workout (cardio) on Saturday or Sunday.

Secondly, I can not go into the party with an empty belly. If I go into it hungry, I'll fail. I'm too much of a foodie to win that battle . I may drink a big glass of milk or something before I head over there. It'll fill my belly some, make me feel fuller prior to eating because my body will be trying to digest all the protien and fat in the milk.

Finally...location, location, location. Once I eat, I need to get away from the table. I can not hover around the food table or I will turn into a bovine at a feeding trough. Luckily, the place I'm going has the media room downstairs and the kitchen is upstairs. It's going to take some serious effort to head upstairs and graze. Good luck this Sunday to anybody following my blog.

Sunday, January 30, 2011


The Facts: I have lost 9 lbs in 12 days so far. I started at 258 and I weighed in this morning at 249. I am currently 5 below my pacing line which would put me about 14 days ahead of schedule.

Sustainability – being able to sustain things long term. I have went about this weight loss with a whole different mindset that I have on previous attempts. My goals was not just to lose weight (which I have done on a number of occasions), but rather it was to settle in on a somewhat normal lifestyle that would reduce my weight my “body’s natural weight” (whatever the heck that is) and then I would hopefully stay there long term. The trend of my adult life has been a slow perpetual weight gain, where I would slowly creep up to near 250 or 260, and then I would crash diet and lose 40 or so lbs and then the slow weight gain would start back up again. I knew in the back of my mind that I could not keep this pattern up long term. This time around I am searching for the new normal on food and exercise that isn’t forced, looks and feels natural and doesn’t disrupt my family. Am I there yet…no, not yet, but I am slowly finding out what works and what doesn’t.

For example: Last Thursday my dinner consisted of a Wendy’s Chili and a baked potato. I didn’t feel like it was enough calories, but I stopped there anyway. I went to bed a little hungrier than usual. The next morning I got up and I worked out, and then my normal breakfast of two eggs, cheese, black beans and salsa was not enough. That usually is enough to tide me over to my protein shake 3 hours later. But since I didn’t give myself enough calories the night before, my body burned through breakfast too fast, thus leaving me hungry again an hour or two later. It threw my whole day off since I was snacks during times I wasn’t used to.

Day 1 Day 12

Day 1 Day 12

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The Restaurant Dilemma

When I go out to a restaurant, I am always trying to determine one of two paths to take: do I exercise restraint with the choices I make or do I let loose and enjoy this treat. Here lies the indulgent meal won't bury me. In theory this is true, but in practicality it could bury me. Ask any teacher "does one missing homework assignment put me in danger of failing, or is it the culmination of missing homework assignments?" I think the answer is yes to both.

Restaurant food is a special food that is different from the food that I make at home. That is why I want to eat as much as I can while I am out because it tastes so good. Will I never be able to stuff my face until my body falls into a food coma again? Restaurants can be a very dangerous place for people like me who have struggle with portion control. People like my wife don't seem to struggle with going out to eat. She doesn't seem to have this dilemma that I do. I know that I can't flip a switch and be like her, but I have found that the following works best for me.

My solution to this issue is that I have to make the decision about how I am going to eat prior to arriving at the restaurant. Like my pastor said at church on Sunday: "Plan your work and work your plan." If I am going out to a Mexican restaurant...yes, I will allow myself to eat chips and salsa or no I will not. If I'm heading out to a steakhouse...yes, I will chose to eat one roll or no I won't eat any. Prior to heading into I get the grilled or the fried, do I compensate by not getting the fries? These are the decisions I must make prior to stepping into the doors of a restaurant if I want to have a better chance of success. If I don't own up to a decision, then the food will own up to it for me.