2014 Weight Loss, Week 1

It is time for my 2014 weight loss, week 1 report. Last week I was at 324.0 pounds. This week, the scales gave me a surprising bit of good news as I weighed in at 322.8 pounds. While that’s only a 1.2 pound loss, I had been afraid that I would actually gain weight for the week.

Last Sunday, I had a failure as I didn’t follow the Carb Addicts Diet part of my weight loss scheme. As such, I ended up having a couple of large, regular meals. Monday, I decided to see what the damage was as I went into my 5:2 Diet fast day part of my weight loss scheme. The scales reported me at 327.8 that morning, but I knew that I had the rest of the week to correct things.

Tuesday morning, I weighed in again just to see the correction in my weight (for psychological reasons), and was shocked to see the scales report 329.0.  I thought the scales MUST be broken because after a 5:2 Diet fast day, I didn’t see how I could have gained another 1.2 pounds.  But, no matter how often I weight myself, the result was almost always the same. (I say “almost” because sometimes, the scales do go a bit wonky, which is why I have to weigh myself at least three times, just to make sure things are right.)

Naturally, I was bummed by this, but I knew I couldn’t let this get me derailed, as has happened in previous weight loss attempts on my part. Thus, I am glad to see the 322.8 weight today. (I weighed myself a dozen times today because I couldn’t believe it, but the scales only wavered a bit to report slightly lower weight a couple of times.)

I’m making chicken curry rice tomorrow for my Carb Addict Diet lunches on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  I just have to make sure I don’t don’t go el nutso and try to eat a massive pile, like this (see image below). ^_~

2014 Weight Loss, Week 1Heh!heh! At Gold Curry in Japan, if you can eat this 22-pound curry rice dish in an hour, not only is it free (the meal costs ¥8000, which depending on the dollar-yen exchange rate, is usually around $80, give or take some dollars), but the restaurant will pay you ¥100,000 (~$950 to $1000). I’d love to see some of the professional eaters try to master that. I don’t see how one could eat that much rice. ^_^;

Kotaku has all of the details about Gold Curry’s curry rice challenge, including the various levels of the challenge and pics of those trying to eat the smaller sizes.

New Year’s Weight Loss

Happy new year, everyone! With the start of 2014, it is time for my new year’s weight loss to begin.  Last week had been terrible with all of the extra food consumed and a near 100% abandonment of the 5:2 Diet and Carb Addicts Diet combo scheme that has been working pretty well for me.  This week, I only had two bad days before getting back on the wagon, which is a good thing.

So, for my first new year’s weight loss report, what did the scales say? A non-surprising weight of 324.0, a correction of 8.8 pounds.  Since I had the two bad days, I knew that I wouldn’t lose all 11.6 pounds I’d gained last week, but I didn’t know how much of a correction I’d have this week.

As for the new year’s weight loss goals, I’m pretty much going to keep to the plan. Ideally, I’d like to lose about two pounds a week.  Eventually, I want to drop the 5:2 Diet portion of the scheme, but for now I’m keeping it. I’ve switched my two fast days so that if something unexpected comes up, I have greater flexibility in moving a fast day around (the fast days cannot be consecutive).

On the Carb Addicts Diet part of the scheme, I’m obviously going to stick with that, making my carb meal at lunch as it has been. That works the best.

So, here’s to another year of losing weight. Lord willing, I’ll be much better this time next year. ^_^New Year's Weight Loss

Christmas Weight Loss Fun

Hey everyone. I hope you all had a good Christmas. Mine was a bit more interesting than I wanted, but that’s the way it is. Since it is Christmas and I’m trying to lose weight, it is now time for some Christmas weight loss fun. I say “fun” because before I’ve stepped on the scales, I know that it won’t be pretty. Indeed, there won’t be any Christmas weight loss is what I’m predicting. If I somehow end up with no weight gained, that would be a huge victory.

So what’s the verdict? An astonishing (yet not so astonishing when I think about it) 332.8, meaning that in one week, I packed on 11.6 pounds. I knew I’d gain weight, but man, I didn’t realize it would be quite so massive. ^_^;

I knew this week would be bad from the start. I had planned to make some accommodations to limit the damage, but alas, there were way too many things unaccounted for.  As such, I ingested way to many cakes, cookies, pies, and other deserts, to say nothing of the various other foods I had on a daily basis. I only had one 5:2 Diet day, and none of my Carb Addict days.  So yeah, it was pretty bad all the way around, and I knew I was in for failure of some sort by the time Tuesday hit.

This week, I do have a couple of bad days right from the start, but after that, I should be back on the wagon pretty much and hope to see a return to the weight loss rather than any more gains.

So until next week, a late Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! ^_^

Christmas Weight Loss

Time For a New Weight Loss Check-in

Another week has come and gone, and with it, it is time for a new weight loss check-in report. With the fun of the week, what do the scales say?  I was completely stunned when the scales reported a weight of 321.2, a weight loss of 2.4 pounds. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve very happy about this, but I didn’t think I’d lose much weight at all. Indeed, I had to check the scales several times this morning.

To be honest, it wasn’t a great week for me on the weight loss front.  One element of the fun was having one of my 5:2 Diet fast days hijacked at work due to foods being served there. Company B provided tubs of various flavored popcorn, cookies, muffins, pretzels, and more. Then, there was the free pizza. Well, it is the festive season, so they say. ^_^;

Another element of the fun came when one of my comrades in the development team, “Dev-san” (not a very creative name, but there ya go), invited me to his house last Saturday for food and a movie. He is married to a Japanese woman, so the promise of a home cooked Japanese meal was too much to pass up, even though this meant violating the Carb Addict Diet part of my weight loss scheme.  ^_^

Mrs. Dev-san decided to go mostly with izakaya type foods, which are the Japanese equivalent to “party foods” in my mind as everything is bite-sized and rice is off the menu for drinking purposes.  It was really good, so I thought I’d breakdown what we had.  (The pictures aren’t from our actual get together, but next time we do this, I’m bringing my camera for sure!)

Karaage — These are bite-sized, fried chicken pieces, similar to boneless chicken wings without any sauce on them. The breading and seasoning on karaage is a bit different from American breading on fried chicken, but it is quite good.

KaraageOkonomiyaki — This is often called a Japanese pancake, but I rather dislike calling it a pancake. However, because there’s a batter, the term “pancake” is used. That being said, the one made by Mrs. Dev-san was a veggie one, meaning the batter had shredded cabbage and onion. It was cut like a pizza and was very much like a pizza in how it looked, though one doesn’t pick up a piece of okonomiyaki with one’s fingers. Regardless, it was most excellent. ^_^

OkonomiyakiCold tofu salad — I’m not a fan of tofu, which is rather bland on its own, and it has a texture that for some reason doesn’t go well with me. Mrs. Dev-san did an excellent job of presentation and it was well made (unlike the picture below, hers had halved small tomatoes all around and some other garnishment and a dressing). I just don’t care for tofu, but I had some just the same. ^_^

cold tofu saladYasai no Nikumaki — In English, this would be Beef and Vegetable Rolls. By “rolls”, I don’t mean a bread product, but rather shaved beef steak that’s wrapped around a vegetable stick of some kind, then fried. Mrs. Dev-san used green beans as her vegetable (the image below uses some other vegetable), and man, was this awesome. ^_^

yasai_no_nikumakiNibitashi ZucchiniNibitashi is a kind of vegetable cooking where the vegetable is boiled in  dashi. Dashi is a kind of broth, stock, or soup. In this case, it was a broth made from soy sauce.  Obviously, the vegetable here was zucchini (sliced), but Mrs. Dev-san also made the nibitashi with bacon.  As a Southerner, I fully approved of this, since bacon makes lots of things taste better. ^_^  No images ’cause there was nothing on the Net like what we had.

Tamago-maki — This dish is a type of Japanese omelet (different from a Western omelet), which is rolled up and cut into pieces. Very good stuff.  (Sometimes, this is called tamagoyaki.)

tamago-makiNimono KobachaNimono is another Japanese cooking style (simmering) and kobacha is a Japanese pumpkin (sometimes referred to as a squash).  Very tasty indeed. ^_^

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOshitashi NappuOshitashi is another Japanese cooking style. Instead of the usual spinach that seems to be used for oshitashi, Mrs. Dev-san used nappu, which is Chinese cabbage. This was topped with katsuobushi, dried bonito fish flakes. This was the one thing that I wasn’t sure about, but it was most excellent. The bonito flakes came off more like dried, bacon flakes rather than fish flakes. Regardless, I really liked it.

There was sake and umeshu to boot (rice wine and plum wine respectively).  Good stuff and good times. ^_^

More fun happens next week. We’ll see how the weight loss goes. I can already report that my Saturday was completely destroyed for losing weight. ^_^;

Quick Weight Loss Post

Just a quick weight loss post here since my entire weekend was completely tied up in other things. That being said, I did weigh in on Saturday, as usual, and the scales reported 323.6, which is exactly a two pound loss over last week. Clearly, a good week for me, and I continue the number of consecutive weeks with at least some weight loss. That’s an improvement for sure over how things were. ^_^

Next week, and indeed the rest of the month of December, are going to prove very tricky as I will be engaged in quite a number of activities that will challenge both the 5:2 Diet aspects of my weight loss scheme as well as the Carb Addicts Diet part. In fact, Saturday night already challenged that part, but I’ll have to talk about that next Saturday. Hopefully, it didn’t mess me up too badly, but I will say this — there was awesome, homemade Japanese food, sake, and some VERY delicious umeshu (plum wine).

Choya Umeshu
That is the brand (Choya) if you were wondering. It is a sweet wine, served best over ice. And yeah. those are fermented plums in the bottle. ^_^  As I said, VERY tasty stuff. ^_^

Anyway, we’ll see how next week goes.

December Weight Loss Begins

My December weight loss journey begins, and as is custom for Saturdays, I start things off by weighing in. So, what do the scales say? I weighed in at 325.6 pounds, only a 0.6 pound loss from last week, but it could have been worse.

So, where did I go wrong?

Carryover from Thanksgiving.

When I got up last Saturday, my plan had been to just eat a light breakfast, which is my normal routine now for Saturdays, after which I would indulge in leftover Thanksgiving foods — turkey, rice, turkey gravy, hot buttered rolls, salad, and of course, pumpkin pie with Cool Whip.

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Sadly, seeing the food there, I decided that I didn’t want to wait until lunch to indulge, but would eat my carb meal (as part of the Carb Addicts Diet portion of my weight loss scheme) for breakfast instead.

All was well until around three or so in the afternoon. I’d planned to have some carb-free meal, but I kept thinking, “I never did get the ‘go back for a second round’ aspect when I had Thanksgiving last Thursday. I really, REALLY want to do that.”  So, with a very terrible, “who cares” attitude, I piled food on my plate and scarfed, with extra pie to boot.

I can’t even imagine how many calories I sucked down Saturday, but it wasn’t pretty. I did check the scales a couple of days later and saw a nearly five pound pickup. ^_^; So I am thankful that in the end, I still lost weight for the week, even if only a small amount.

As an aside, I didn’t have that kind of failing today, but it was a junk food kind of day. The rest of the week, I’ll have to be good.

Thanksgiving Time

Well, not only is it Thanksgiving time (or at least, the week ending Thanksgiving time), but it is also that time of week where I check in on how much I weigh.  So, what did the scales say when I got on them this morning? Fortunately, it was still positive movement as the scales reported that I weigh 326.2, which is a one pound drop from last week.

I had hoped to get the full two pound loss that set as a weekly goal, but in addition to it being Thanksgiving time, wherein more food is automatically consumed, I had an unexpected setback early in the week.

Sunday, I noticed that during my carb meal for the day, which is in keeping with the Carb Addicts Diet part of my weight loss scheme, I was consuming a lot junk food for the second day in a row.  I don’t remember what actual meals I had, only that I also had a heavy amount of Doritos dipped in sour cream and Little Debbie Swiss Rolls. I’d bought the snack cakes over three weeks prior and had only consumed two of them. Then over the Saturday and Sunday, I consumed the remaining four (two each day).

Doritos Nacho Cheese

When I took a moment to figure out why I was gorging myself (consuming less that I used to thanks to the Carb Addicts Diet, which causes me to feel full and satisfied MUCH quicker) even after I was full, I realized that I was subconsciously reacting to the passing of my Grandmother a couple of days before. Food is usually where I would dive for the endorphin boost, so without realizing it, that’s where I’d gone. However, once I realized my mistake, I took corrective action.

Thanksgiving was already a day I knew would be bad. I love brown & serve rolls with butter, and since this is the only time of year I eat them (and Christmas too, I guess), I scored a couple of packs. I decided to scarf six of them with my Thanksgiving meal, but I did sacrifice the cranberry sauce in order to do so. I’ll have that sometime later since it is still in the can.

For Thanksgiving, I cooked a turkey breast, rice, the rolls (obviously), and I made myself a salad with Thousand Island dressing. For desert, I had a normal slice of pumpkin pie with Cool Whip, but I also had part of a slice of ANDES® Mint Crème Pie from Schwan’s. I usually pick up a package of their microwave Angus steak burgers as they work well for my 5:2 Diet fast days.  The Schwan’s guy gave us regular customers this pie to share as a thank you, so I saved the regular slice I was given until Thursday. It isn’t the thing I would get on my own, but it was quite tasty.

Mint Creme Pie

Friday was supposed to be my second fast day as part of the 5:2 Diet part of my weight loss scheme. That means eating less than 600 calories. However, while I was good through the day, instead of just having about 140 calories to make 600, I think I did nearly 350 calories. *sigh*  I think that had I been good, I would have lost more than a pound for the week, but the good side of this tale of woe is that I did lose a pound. ^_^

I’ll have to freeze my pumpkin pie as I’ve only eaten a quarter of it (vs. normally it being gone at this point after Thanksgiving), but that’s fine. I’ve got room. ^_^

December is always a tough weight loss month, but I am determined to carry on. I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving. ^_^

My Weight Loss Milestones

It is Saturday again, thus another week in my weight loss journey has passed. That means it is time to get on the old scales and find out if I’ve succeeded or failed for the week. Thankfully, I can report success as I weighed in at 327.2 pounds, a weight loss of 2.2 pounds.  So, I’ll take some time a little later to discuss my weight loss milestones.

This was a week which I knew well in advance was going to be a bad one. On Tuesday, my contract company rep took me out to lunch at 3 Margaritas, a Mexican restaurant where the portions are quite large, even when not indulging. I got the Macho Burro (Macho Burrito), which was pretty good. No margaritas though.

3 Margaritas Burrito

Thursday, Company B, where I work, provided us a massive Thanksgiving lunch with thick sliced turkey breast, thick sliced ham, real mashed potatoes with gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, salad, and rolls with real butter. There were also cookies, donuts, apple pie, and pumpkin pie. An amazing spread to be sure, and one which even though I didn’t eat seconds, it felt like I’d eaten a ton.

As such, I did what I could to make sure these two bad days wouldn’t affect me as badly as they could have. I tried to be very careful on the other regular days, and on my 5:2 Diet fast days, I decided to go carb-free and forgo my usual small meals which contain carbs. Since I met my 2 pound goal, I was successful, for which I thank God.

Now, as to my weight loss milestones, I thought I’d break them down.

  • 330 pounds: My first milestone was set because for a few years, I hovered around the 330 pound mark.  It wasn’t until more recent years that I went up to close to 360 in weight. So getting back to 330 was a psychological milestone to be sure.
  • 300 pounds: This second milestone is pretty obvious. While there is little difference between 299 and 300, in terms of psychological mindset, being in the 200s looks better than being in the 300s. Also, a fair number of new t-shirts that have long sat in my closet will become available for me to wear again.
  • 285 pounds: For the third milestone, this is what I had gotten down to back in 2009 before I fell off the wagon (from 330 pounds). So getting below 285 would be big for me because it would mean I’d lost more weight than I had in 2009, and the psychological boost of getting below 285 would be good as well.
  • 250 pounds: There’s an obvious element of 250 being a milestone, in that it is the midpoint between 300 and 200, but this is also what I weighed the last time I dated anyone seriously. So there’s a double element to it.
  • 200 pounds: Since I have no ties with any weight between 250 and 200, making 200 is the next milestone. While there’s clearly the usual obvious reason for choosing 200 pounds, this is also what I weighed when I left the Air Force.
  • 179 pounds: This milestone is what I weighed when I finished with basic training in the Air Force, what my weight remained throughout my time at tech school, and what I weighed when I arrived at Yokota AB, Japan. So this one would be a big milestone.

Anything below 179 would be great. I think 165 would be ideal for me as a final goal, but it will be difficult to reach to be sure.

Regardless, I have a lot of work in front of me. It took far too long to get below 330 pounds, and it will only get harder as the weight loss continues. Nevertheless, I must keep pressing forward.

Weight Loss Report for Week Ending November 16, 2013

Well, it is that time of the week again, whereupon I have to face the scales to see what they say for this weight loss report. For this week, the scales say 329.4, a disappointing but not unsurprising loss of only 0.6 pounds.

This past week was pretty disastrous for me in terms of weight loss. I’m usually pretty lax on Saturday’s and Sunday’s in terms of what I eat, though I still follow the Carb Addicts Diet plans for these 5:2 Diet non-fast days. Then, I try to be pretty good the remaining five days of the week, two of which are the 5:2 Diet fast days where I consume less than 600 calories.  So what’s going to need to change is not being so lax on Saturday and Sunday when it comes to overall calories.

So, with that background set, I went into Monday to return to my, “let’s be good” phase. As such, I started the morning with a couple of eggs (~200 calories) and some sausage (~250 calories).  Not bad and low carb to boot. However, about an hour after I got to work, military veterans were asked to go to one of the conference rooms, where I discovered they were giving us breakfast. It was a nice gesture, but I knew I was in trouble immediately since I had nothing to store this in for later consumption, unlike when my contract company brings in breakfast for us and they usually announce it a day ahead of time.  I decided that if I only took a small amount of what appeared to be egg pie and one sausage link, maybe I’d be OK. I’d eat my lunch later.

Once lunchtime came, I did as planned and to my horror, discovered that I’d spaced out on actually putting my lunch into my small cooler. I had the freezer packs and my beverage, but no food. That meant I had two choices — go hungry or go out and get something. I wasn’t going without! Since I wasn’t in a very positive frame of mind, I decided that I just may as well go to Wendy’s since I haven’t had a cheeseburger in weeks, so that’s exactly what I did.

I’d planned to get a Dave’s Hot ‘n Juicy 1/2 lb. Double and a large fry (though the Bacon Portabella Melt looked tempting), which I know some folks I know would say, “That’s still too much food!” When I drove to Wendy’s I got into the drive-thru which was slow as molasses. My mood was not improved when some smeghead cut in front of me in line (not sure how that managed to get pulled off), nor was my mood improved when I learned that when ordering a combo, Wendy’s apparently no longer sells sweet tea nor Mello Yellow. *_* So I did what I usually do when I’m not in a proper frame of mind — I get stupid.  As such, my mouth ordered the Dave’s Hot ‘n Juicy 3/4 lb. triple combo. *_*

Dave's Hot 'n Juicy Triple

I returned to work and enjoyed my large cheeseburger (I love cheeseburgers), though I did think, “I’m going to pay for this.”  Before I could finish eating, a couple of maple donuts were dropped off at my desk because the person giving them away didn’t want them to go to waste, and naturally I took two. Again, since I had nothing to save them for later with, I ate them as well.

Yep, Monday was a bad, BAD day. ^_^;;;

Ah, but then there was Thursday. Some friends have been wanting to get me out of the house to go see a movie with them. After they picked a movie theater which I could easily get to from work that was also located in a direction that would get me home, I agreed. They wanted to do Philly cheese steaks, so we met there after work.  I shifted my carb meal for the day to dinner, but eating such a meal in the evening is not great for weight loss. I did refrain from getting the large cheese steak sandwich, which is what I usually order, and settled for the regular. But, I did order the large fries, which I shouldn’t have done.  I didn’t eat nor drink at the movie theater, so had I not been so terrible Monday, I don’t think Thursday’s splurge would have been too costly.

Frankly, I really thought that I’d either have no weight loss today, or I’d even gain a bit. Thankfully that didn’t happen.

Since I’ve already blathered enough, I save the weight loss milestone talk for next week. I will say that my next milestone is 280, but I’ll go into the why’s and such when I discuss this in detail. In the meantime, I’m going to try to have a good week.

Weight Loss Milestone Reached

It has taken entirely too long since I first mentioned my first weight loss milestone, but I’m happy to report that I’ve finally reached it. I checked in this morning at 330.0 pounds, a 1.6 pound loss from last week.

I really had hoped to break the 330 pound barrier, but that didn’t happen.  I think I had two causes for this. First, I made my version of Chicken à la King last week. That in and of itself isn’t a problem, but after making the meal and enjoying some, I divided the rest out for lunches for three day to take to work. I filled three of those Pyrex 6-cup rectangle containers (which are awesome for reheating things), but I figured out after having the first one on Monday that I had overfilled them. ^_^; However, I went ahead and ate all that was there for all three non-fast work days for the 5:2 Diet part of my week. I’m sure the calorie count was way high.

The other element that might have helped nail me was Friday, which was a fast day.  That morning, my contract company brought in Einstein Bros breakfast bagels for myself and those my boss manages. I was prepared for this, so I brought in one of those Pyrex 6-cup rectangle containers to toss my Einstein Bros Bacon & Cheddar Egg Bagel into my lunch cooler. I figure I’ll have that on Monday (not sure how a bagel will reheat, but I guess I’m going to find out).

Einstein Bros Bacon & Cheddar Egg Bagel

At lunch, Company C, who pays my contract company for me to work at Company B’s site, told its former Company B employees that they were getting a free lunch to celebrate something the company did. I wasn’t invited, but Old Salty came by my cubical and basically told me to get off my arse and get some food, my contractor status not withstanding. I was worried that if I went, someone else wouldn’t get food, plus I had to count calories for my fast day. As it turns out, I was allowed to attend, and even if I wasn’t, there was way more food than the limited number of Company C employees took.

Anyway, the gist of things is that the lunch was a large sandwich (roughly a four inch long sandwich), salad, and desert. I took the smallest sandwich I could find, and a pumpkin cheesecake piece.  The cheesecake I put into a plastic bag in my cooler, but there was no room in my cooler for the sandwich. So I ate it instead of what I brought in. I’ve no clue how many calories were in it, but it wouldn’t surprise me if it was in the 500 range. ^_^; Since I’d already had a couple of boiled eggs for breakfast at 180 calories, that would blow the 600 calorie cap.

Still, the Carb Addicts Diet part of my weight loss scheme is proving to be a good choice as far as I’m concerned. The fast days are not nearly as tough. Although I did overeat on my carb meals, that was more from my decision to go ahead and eat everything in what turned out to be overpacked containers. I notice that on my post-fast days, I don’t feel famished with a desperate need to eat a ton. Instead, I eat a normal breakfast (a couple of eggs and a serving of sausage) ad I’m fine, which helps cut back on calories.

Assuming I drop below 330 pounds next week, I’ll speak about my further weight loss milestones at that time.