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2014 Weight Loss, Week 11

Another quick post as I have a very packed schedule today. Regardless, the report on this week’s weight is an unimpressive 316.4, which is a 0.6 pound drop from last week. I actually thought I might weigh more than that since it wasn’t a good week, what with free donuts, free breakfast sandwiches, a free Three Musketeers candy bar, and some Cadbury Eggs.  There was even a day when I violated the Carb Addicts Diet rules. Ugh. *_*

Continuing my “tasty Japanese foods” segment of late, as usual, our group made a trip to Sakura House in Denver. We got Crystal Rolls as an appetizer, but I forgot to get a picture of it apparently. I got Katsudon, and actually remembered to get a picture of it.

Sakura House Katsudon

I love Katsodon.  Next time we go, I have to try the bento lunch, which a couple of the guys got and loved.

Sakura House Bento

Next week is going to be a bad week due to everything on my very busy schedule. I’m going to try to mitigate the damage, but we’ll see how things turn out.

2014 Weight Loss, Week 10

This isn’t going to be a long post as my incredibly busy week, complete with not enough sleep, ends. It was not a good eating week, and as a result, this week’s scales reported a 1.6 pound increase to 317 pounds. This was a direct result of stress eating early in the week. Though I followed the Carb Addicts Diet rules (save for an accidental fail), way too many calories were taken in.  If I’d remained sensible, which is what I started returning to on Wednesday, I’d have been OK.

Speaking of Wednesday, our group at work had our outing to Sakura House for tasty Japanese food.  I got the Katsu Curry Rice (breaded, boneless pork cutlet, rice, and Japanese curry sauce), which came with miso soup and a salad. Very tasty, and not heavy on calories.

Sakura House Katsu Curry Rice

Well, not that my site move from DreamHost to KnownHost is over, I’m hoping to get back on track with the weight loss. Stress eating is going to be a real danger for sure, especially as my job becomes more stressful over the next few months.

2014 Weight Loss, Week 9

This post is somewhat delayed due to the moving of my domain to a new hosting company. Also, I had to get a new cable so I can grab some pictures off the phone.  Regardless, when I weighed in this morning, I had a somewhat disappointing result of 315.4 pounds, which is only a 0.6 pound drop off of last week’s 316 pounds.

I did have a couple of failures.  The first happened early in the week, where I had way, way, way more than a few Chips Ahoy! Chewy Gooey Chocofudge chocolate chip cookies. ^_^;

Chips Ahoy Chewy Gooey Chocofudge

 

If that had been my load failure, I would have been OK. Unfortunately, some friends and went to Woody’s Tavern on Thursday evening after work and got the all you can eat pizza/salad/soup bar. I made sure to have a low carb meal for lunch (which is when I usually have carbs) so that I could eat my carb meal that evening. It was good, but alas, I ended up eating way more than I should have. ^_^;

This didn’t hurt me, but on Saturday, I got a Tokyo Joe’s large chicken bowl with yellow curry sauce (had a coupon to buy one, get one free). While this is not authentic Japanese food, it is pretty good for a rice bowl

Tokyo Joe's Chicken Bowl

Tokyo Joe’s large chicken bowl (to go).

Tokyo Joe's Large Chicken Bowl with Yellow Curry

Tokyo Joe’s large chicken bowl with yellow curry sauce. Very tasty, even if not authentic Japanese rice bowls.

Speaking of Japanese food, Wednesday, a group of us went to Sakura House, which is the Japanese restaurant I’ve mentioned previously.  I almost forgot to take photos, but I did manage to take a shot of the karage and korokke appetizers we ordered as well as the tempura set (tempura shrimp and tempura veggies with a bowl of udon). I’d eaten half of my tempura before I remembered I hadn’t taken the shot. ^_^;

Sakura House Korokke

Korokke (mashed potato croquette) from Sakura House.

Sakura House Karage

Karaage (Japanese style, boneless fried chicken) from Sakura House.

Sakura House Udon-Tempura Set

Udon and Tempura (shrimp and veggies) set, half eaten, from Sakura House.

Anyway, I have to try not to eat so much this week so that I can have more weight loss rather than minimal weight loss.

2014 Weight Loss, Week 8

I’m running behind on this week’s post, but better late than never. When I got up this morning, the scales reported my weight as 316 pounds, which is a 2.4 pound drop from last week’s 318.4. Initially, I didn’t believe it because I had a really bad Saturday to start things off, but repeated weight checks kept popping up the same result. ^_^

As to that bad Saturday, Pizza Hut is currently running a $10 pizza special with any toppings (extra charge for stuffed crust pizza or extra cheese). So I bought a couple of those as I planned to freeze most of it. However, as usually happens when I order freshly made food, I ended up eating way more than I should have, even though my “satisfied” switch had been flipped on, thanks to the Carb Addicts Diet. Out of the freezer, I can microwave or reheat in the oven a slice or two of pizza and I’m good, especially with sliced tomato on the side.  Fresh, I can easily eat six or more slices. ^_^;

Wednesday will be my Japanese food day. Dev-san, myself, and another developer or two will be hitting a nice Japanese restaurant about 10 minutes from work on most Wednesdays. This past Wednesday, I had my favorite Japanese dish, katsudon (fried, boneless pork cutlet which is then finished off by cooking in an egg mixture, along with grilled onions and served over rice). Man was it good. We also tried some shumai (a type of dumpling) which was good as well. I meant to take a picture of the meal, but I spaced it. So, here’s a stock image.

KatsudonThis Wednesday, I think we are doing the udon/tempura set, which I’m looking forward to. ^_^

So, despite a bad day to start things of with, the rest of the week was pretty good and I am happy with the 2.4 pound weight loss. I’m hoping for another good result next Saturday.

2014 Weight Loss, Week 7

A holiday week comes to an end, which is always a dangerous time since I have an extra day off (even if it is without pay), thus more opportunities to cave to temptation. ^_^; That said, it is time to get on the scales to face judgement. This week, pretty good news as I weighed in at 318.4 pounds, which is a 1. 6 pound drop from last week’s 320 pounds, and this marks a new low since I started losing weight.

I wasn’t as careful as I should have been at the start of the week. I still need to work on that. Also, I made baked chicken, using a recipe I found online, which turned out to be pretty good, especially in terms keeping the chicken breasts juicy. ^_^ I also did a batch of baked chicken drumsticks, and as has always been a problem for me, I did scarf out a lot on chicken while it was fresh. From Wednesday on, I was good, having salads for lunch with my diced chicken breasts in them, and then a sensible, low-carb dinner (like a can of tuna; some shredded cheddar; a couple of spoons of Parmesan cheese, and some pork rinds if I need crunch).

Speaking of pork rinds, I’m not crazy about plain ones, and the hot ones are just heat without flavor. But, I did finally find a brand and flavor that just rocks. Rudolph’s Bold & Spicy BBQ Flavored Pork Rinds.  I don’t like BBQ potato chips, but I do like these BBQ pork rinds. Man, these are good, and perfect for low-carb meals where I feel the need for crunch, or for when I feel the need for crunch in general (like last night, after a hard day at work).

RudolphsBBQPorkRinds5ozThis upcoming week has a lot of challenges for me to get through, including two or three outings with friends. Hopefully, I’ll still be able to lose some weight for next Saturday. ^_^

 

2014 Weight Loss, Week 6

A very busy week has ended, and though I won’t get paid for the upcoming holiday, nevertheless, I’m looking forward to the time off.  Still, as it is the weekend, I need to hop on the scales to face my doom. Not a great week as I clock in at 220.0, which is a 0.8 pound increase over last week.  Were the 5:2 Diet part of my weight loss scheme still in effect, no doubt the one-two punch from that would have caused me to lose weight, but since that’s not in effect, it is time to figure out what went wrong.

This past week saw the usual pitfalls that I tend to fall into. On Sunday, I had a big breakfast for my carb meal. (OK, it was HUGE.)  Rather than stop when I hit the “satisfied” sensation, I kept eating anyway. *_* Even then, I still had stuff left over for a lunch on Monday. ^_^;

Wednesday, Dev-san and I went to a new Japanese restaurant about a ten minute drive from where we work. I hadn’t had tonkotsu ramen since I left Japan, so I was eager to have it. We also ordered some gyoza. Both were quite excellent, though I couldn’t finish my giant bowl of soup (I ate all the ramen, pork, mushrooms, and the boiled egg though).  The killer here was less the ramen (which I think is fairly high in calories), but the multitude of glasses of root beer that I had. No doubt there were a ton of calories there. ^_^;

Tonkotsu Ramen

Friday saw free pizza enter the picture, which was the final nail on making sure I didn’t lose weight for the week.

Another element, which I’ve also mentioned before, is when I’m at home. I now have a work from home day, and I noticed that I was munching on things (low carb stuff to be sure to not violate the Carb Addicts Diet rules on carbs, but additional calories) throughout the day as I worked. When I’m in the office, all I have is what I bring in, so there’s nothing for me to get up and snack on.  I’ll really have to try to pay attention and stop myself from doing fridge raids.

Anyway, things could have been a lot worse. As it is, I need to just have some self control if I don’t want to bring back the 5:2 Diet element to force the weight loss.

2014 Weight Loss, Week 5

It is Saturday, which means it is time to get on them scales of doom again. This week, I weighed in at 319.2 pounds, which is a loss of 2.2 pounds from last week’s 321.4, and a new low since it drops be below my previous low two weeks ago of 319.6 pounds.  Needless to say, I’m pleased with the results, though I wasn’t sure this was going to be a positive weight loss week.

As I said last week, I decided to drop the 5:2 Diet portion of my weight loss scheme. The 5:2 Diet is great to get the ball rolling as it acts like a 2-punch sledgehammer, but I was ready to move on from the sledgehammer. Also, thought I haven’t mentioned this before on my 5:2 Diet fast days, I was always really cold, even on warm days.  I guess my blood pressure may have been down on those days, but I couldn’t say for sure.

Regardless, because I had dropped the 5:2 Diet, I monitored my weight pretty closely this week, something I don’t usually do. I pretty much decided to eat as normal using the Carb Addicts Diet rules so I wasn’t too bad for the week on the eating front. (I did have a chocolate cream filled long john on Saturday, and a “big breakfast” brunch for my carb meal on Sunday.)  However, I was horrified to see my weight shooting up to a peak of 325 pounds by Tuesday. After that, the weight loss began with a big drop, followed by a continued, slow drop on the subsequent days thereafter.

I figure that my body was reacting to having the 5:2 Diet completely removed with the weight gain, but then recovered and I resumed weight loss the rest of the week.

Hopefully, I’ll continue this positive trend and not start dreaming of food. ^_~x2 food

2014 Weight Loss, Week 4

Another week has come and gone, and with it, it is time for me to get on the scales. This week there’s been a small setback as the scales reported 321.4, which is a 1.8 pound increase from last week’s 319.6, and 0.2 pounds above two weeks ago. Not good, but considering how the week went, it could have been worse.

The week started off with a bad day as I decided to head down to a Dunkin’ Donuts to pick up some Chocolate Kreme Filled donuts. Sadly, they were out of them, but then the manager had two special made while I waited in the drive-thru, which she gave me for free as well as a dozen, fresh made glazed donuts (first time I’ve had these from Dunkin’ Donuts, and it will be the last time as they don’t do glazed donuts right, unlike Krispy Kreme, who does). The Chocolate Kreme Filled donuts were outstanding, and though I shouldn’t have, I went ahead and ate both, plus a glazed (the rest of the glazed are still sitting in my freezer). Some family members expressed concern over this, but I said that as long as the rest of the week was good, I’d be OK. Famous last words.

Dunkin Donuts Kreme Filled For Sale

Sadly, there were a number of events at work so that I was provided with free pizza, free cookies, free sandwiches, and free cheesecakes. Being that this stuff was free, naturally, I had to partake, and that was what killed me for the most part.

I probably could have recovered on Friday, which was my scheduled 5:2 Diet fast day. Since the snow storm that came through had me working from home that day, combined with it being a very busy work day, I ended up deciding to just go with a normal Carb Addicts Diet eating day in order to better get me through the day. Had I done the 5:2 Diet day, I no doubt would have dropped back below 320 pounds this morning.

Still, this small setback actually gives me a good excuse to do something I’d been pondering for a while. The 5:2 Diet has been great for getting me on the path, but it isn’t something I could do for life, whereas the Carb Addicts Diet is something I could do for the rest of my life, if needed.

Before I added the Carb Addicts Diet portion to the 5:2 Diet weight scheme, I noticed that on the days after a 5:2 Diet fast, I would overcompensate by having a mega feast the next day. After adding the Carb Addicts Diet to the overall weight loss scheme, I stopped mega feasting the day after, but at times, I still had a tendency to still eat too much, as evidenced when I went ahead and had both Chocolate Kreme Filled donuts (as mentioned above). I was satisfied after the first donut was consumed, but I said, “who cares” and ate the others.

Further, I have noted to myself that on days prior to a 5:2 Diet fast day, I have been eating more heartily that evening with the excuse, “Well, I need to fortify for a tough day of eating very little tomorrow!” That’s not a good thing.

As such, I’m going to drop the 5:2 Diet portion of my weight loss scheme and just continue with the Carb Addicts Diet portion. Back in 2007, I dropped from ~330+ pounds to 285 pounds in 2008 just on the Carb Addicts Diet, so weight loss can easily be done on this diet plan alone. The 5:2 Diet did what it was intended, but I feel now that in order to better proceed in my long term weight loss goals, I need to move on from it.

We’ll see how things go for the next four weeks and revisit the 5:2 Diet if needed.  For now, it is a solo Carb Addicts Diet.

2014 Weight Loss, Week 3

The third complete week in January has come to an end, which of course means that it is time for me to get on the scales. The weight loss continues as I weighed 319.6 this morning, which is a drop of 1.6 pounds from last week’s 321.2. While not the two pounds a week I would prefer, the continued weight loss is all that matters in the end.

I have to say that I was somewhat disbelieving of the scales. For starters, dropping below 320 looks odd to me (though I’ll get used to it) when I see it on the scales. I also had a couple of days were I didn’t break either my 5:2 Diet rules nor the Carb Addicts Diet rules, but where I did splurge food-wise.

Last Saturday, I made a large pot of spaghetti, which is tied with cheeseburgers as a favorite food of mine, and I overindulged somewhat.  Wednesday, I went out with Dev-san and Tests-a-lot to Sushi Den for lunch. I had recorded training lessons of the martial arts style that Tests-a-lot teaches for Dev-san, so he repaid us by buying lunch.  I had the chicken and vegetable tempura, which was incredible, and a bowl of miso soup, which was the best I’ve EVER had. Dev-san got me to try a couple of pieces of sushi. (I don’t remember the names, but I think one had grilled fatted tuna and the other was some raw fish of some kind.) There was a desert we shared, but the killer was probably the glasses of Coke with grenadine. ^_^;  It was all good though.

Sushi Den

Although it has been three weeks, I still don’t feel in a groove.  I have made progress in my weight loss, for which I am thankful, but I still don’t have the right mindset.  I have found that even when I haven’t craved foods on my Carb Addicts Diet days, I still want to eat, even if I still feel full. This is just a mental thing and I just need to put it in its place.

I know I have one bad thing coming up later today, but hopefully, that’ll be it and I’ll have a net positive week in weight loss. ^_^;

2014 Weight Loss, Week 2

It is the end of the second full week of 2014, which means it is time for me to do my weekly weigh in. I am happy to report that the positive progress continues as the scales reported my weight this week at 321.2, which is a loss of 1.6 pounds from last week’s 322.8.

It was a pretty normal week. No faltering on my 5:2 Diet days, nor on my Carb Addict Diet days. I did have a close call last night as I became the cameraman for some friends making a martial arts training video, but because the recording session ended up lasting until 22:00, their plans to take me out to eat awesome Japanese food are being delayed until this upcoming week.

Being a big Florida State Seminole college football fan, my boys winning the final BCS National Championship was pretty awesome for me.  I’ve been a Seminole football fan since I was a kid in 1978.  FSU’s previous national championship titles were nice, but not quite what I wanted. In 1993, FSU had one loss in the regular season, so that national championship was tainted to me. In 1999, FSU had a good year, but with one close call against an unranked Clemson team, where FSU only won 17-14.

This year was the year I’ve been looking for. FSU spanked every team they played in the regular season, including scoring a record-high 80 points in one game. Only our arch rivals, the University of Florida Gators, held us under 41 points.  Even there, we won 37-7, so there was no mistaking who the dominate team was. ^_^ Now that we know the only reason Auburn was able to hold FSU in check during the first half of the BCS National Championship game was because they were stealing the signs, FSU’s close call win over Auburn in that game no longer disappoints me (I had hoped FSU would spank Auburn).

So, why tell you this?

Well, being that my current girth means I’m wearing 5x t-shirts (if I wore jeans over my gut, I could wear 4x with no real problem), there are no FSU National Champions t-shirts in that size. The biggest one I could find was 3x.

As such, I now have a new, additional mission — lose weight so I can wear my FSU Nation Champions t-shirt.  ^_^

FSU 2013 National Champs