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2014 Weight Loss, Week 24

It is another busy week, but I needed to make a quick update. I again clocked in at 327.6 pounds, which isn’t good. Had it not been for the 5:2 Diet element, I would have gained weight for sure.

Sunday, I had some slippage as I ended up pigging out with a massive breakfast meal for my carb meal under the Carb Additcs Diet plan. For some reason, I fancied hot buttered toast, and though I don’t have a toaster, I just fry my bread in butter to achieve the same result,  It was really good, but just way too any calories for the day, to say nothing of having some baked salmon that evening, adding to the calorie count.

I was really good again until Friday evening. When I came home, my neighbor was out with his wife and young kid grilling. As we chatted, he grabbed an ear of corn off the grill and gave it to me. I’m not a big corn fan, but once every couple of years or so, some hot buttered corn on the cob strikes my fancy.  It had been about that long.

When I got into my house, I just had to have this fresh rather than putting it into the fridge like I should have done. After shucking the corn and melting some butter, a couple of tasty bites in, I had to have something to go with this. I had a package of Hormel Pork Roast Au Jus, meaning in four minutes, I’d have a meat item.

Hormel Pork Roast Au Jus

However, butter and corn with roast pork made me crave rice, so out came a package of Japanese microwave rice, which then turned into two packages of rice. *_*  And then I decided to have a cheese sandwich for some odd reason. *_*

Japanese microwave Rice

Friday, despite the temptation of donuts, I stuck to my 5:2 Diet plan and saved the donuts given to me for Saturday after I’d weighed in. So not a good way to start the new week.


2014 Weight Loss, Week 23

A combination of being busy and being bummed out over my lack of weight loss kept me from making an update last week. I had jumped up to 334 pounds, though that probably wasn’t totally accurate. After all, that Friday, I had bought Dunkin’ Donuts for the team (after all the free donuts I’ve consumed from others, I felt I should return the favor) and I’d eaten a ton of them.

Regardless, the week left me frustrated, and after some prayer, I realized that I had no choice but to bring back the 5:2 Diet aspect to my life. I really didn’t want to do it since I don’t like feeling hungry (and I obviously feel hungry on days were I’m only consuming 600 calories for the entire day), and work stress is when I tend to eat more, but I had to do it to get back on the wagon and in the groove.

So, for week 23, I weighed in at 327.6 pounds. Yes, there’s a huge drop from last week, but as I said, I don’t think last week’s numbers were totally accurate after a day of gorging out on high calorie foods.

The question remains, what will next week be like?  Doing the combination of the 5:2 Diet and the Carb Addicts Diet again, I’m hoping to see positive results.

Garfield eating

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

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