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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.

Continuing on the Weight Loss Road

Another week has passed, and of course, that means that it is time for me to get on the scales to see what number awaits me there. This week, the scales say I weigh 331.6, a loss of 1.6 pounds.  Considering how my weight loss plans were waylaid on Friday, I’m considering this a win.  And it is the lowest I’ve weighed since I started this whole weight loss journey.

So, what nailed me? My boss. ^_^;

Last week, some of the guys I work with had been pestering our boss about buying us a free lunch. I guess he does that from time to time.  So, he agreed to do so for Thursday of the following week.  As such, I made arrangements so that the 5:2 Diet fast days would not be on Thursday. Unfortunately, Thursday came and not only did issues force my boss to cancel our weekly staff meeting, he also had to cancel the lunch and reschedule for Friday.  As Friday had already been designated a fast day for me, I was in a bind.

I decided to play it by ear and proceed as if it was a fast day.  As such, I had only a boiled egg for Friday’s breakfast (90 calories). The boss came by that morning and told us to get in our orders for Red Robin. That meant no fast day. Instead of a Royal Red Robin cheeseburger, which is what I would normally order, I decided to go with the Red Robin Arctic Cod Fish and Chips.

Red Robin Artic Cod Fish & Chips

I noted that a serving of fries were ~450 calories, but I also know from experience that sometimes, you can get a lot of extra fries and sometimes not as many. That being said, I thought that maybe I could get away with just eating the fries and still be mostly OK. Fries don’t reheat well at all. I’d save the fish for later.  However, as it turned out, when the fish and chips arrived, I realized that the fish wouldn’t really survive being taken home and reheated later. So I made the supreme sacrifice and ate the whole thing. Man, it was tasty fresh. ^_^

Still, that did leave me in a bad way.  I decided to use this as an experiment to see what would happen.  As such, when I came home Friday night, I just had a single boiled egg for dinner and waited to see the results, which turned out to be pretty decent, all things considered.  Had I done Friday as planned, I know I would have easily lost two pounds. ^_^

Weight Loss Journey – 5:2 Diet + One New Element

It is a new week in my long, weight loss journey, and as always, it is time to see what progress, if any, I have made over the past week. Fortunately, there is good news to report as I checked in with the scales at 333.2 pounds, which is a 2.8 pound loss.  Good news for sure. ^_^

As witnessed with the post title change (and some category/tag modifications) and as mentioned last week, I decided to add a new element to the 5:2 Diet scheme to assist me in my weight loss. When I was working 12 hour shifts, the 5:2 Diet worked OK, though I had major problems with overeating on the day after a fast day. Once I shifted to a “normal” 9 hour work day, I discovered that while the 5:2 Diet had good uses, I was killing my efforts in other areas and I needed to fix that asap.

The solution I came up with was the Carb Addicts diet. Several years ago, I was on this diet and went from 330 pounds to 285 pounds, with less issues of setbacks than I had with the 5:2 Diet. However, I went on vacation, got off the diet, then didn’t want to get back on it. I did make an attempt, but there were issues I had with the diet, especially working 12 hour shifts.  More on that in a bit.

Basically, the Carb Addicts Diet works in two ways. First, it applies a discipline element in that one can only eat a single carb meal a day, and that within a small window (I’m basing my info from the book that was produced by Drs. Rachael and Richard Heller several years ago so I don’t know if they’ve changed a lot since then). The other two meals are basically carb free, meaning no more than four net carbs per meal. So, even if I do buy some chips or snack cakes, I don’t touch them unless it is in that tiny window (it was an hour window, but I usually make it 30 minutes).  It really makes a difference and since I’ve proven that I can keep discipline on my fast days for the 5:2 Diet, then I know I can (and will) keep discipline and not do carbs outside the window.

Secondly, the Carb Addicts Diet works on the body chemistry, which helps with appetite suppression. As I understand it, when one eats, the body detects this and immediately sends insulin into the body to deal with carbs that are being consumed.  The amount of insulin released is based on the amount of carbs consumed previously. About an hour later, the body does a second insulin release if needed. If you have consumed no carbs (or less than four net carbs) but only protein, then that second insulin release is not triggered, as I understand it.

What this does is make it so that you stop craving carbs, not to be confused with not wanting carbs. By craving, I mean that deep feeling that one generally succumbs to of, “Man, I’ve got to have some Twinkies and a big bag of Spicy Nacho Doritos dipped in a tub of sour cream right now!”  By wanting carbs, I mean a feeling of, “You know, I think I’ll grab a few Doritos with my carb meal today and maybe a Little Debbie Swiss Roll because it sounds tasty.”

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It does work because the ultimate test for me is a box of Little Debbie Swiss Rolls. Under the 5:2 Diet alone, I probably would have scarfed an entire box over the course of the day after a fast day, assuming I had them in the house. With the Carb Addicts Diet, they lasted for well over a week, that with eating one nearly every non-fast day over the past past nine days.  The discipline helps, but in addition, the massive craving just isn’t there, which is why I even skipped a day.  I even have a bag of Doritos that I’ve had for nine days that haven’t even been opened, something that would NOT have happened on a strictly 5:2 Diet plan.

So now, when I eat a carb meal, I find I eat less, even if I do consume a Little Debbie snack cake or the like. I still have to be careful though as I was reminded the other day when I brought in the last of my left over spaghetti to work the other day, which was a bit more than usual. After I ate, I was OK and even still a little peckish, but then a little later, the full feeling hit me like a ton of bricks. It wasn’t quite the same as when one has seriously overeaten, but it was a feeling of, “You really ate too much.” Therefor, I am going to be more cautious about how much I pack (which is good).

The other area I have to be careful with is still dinner. Even going carb free there, because it is the meal after my carb meal, there can be a bit of a temptation to think, “Well, since it is carb free, I can eat a bit more” which would boost the calorie count, something I need to avoid.

As to why the Carb Addicts Diet was so difficult when I worked 12 hour shifts, that was because I had to bring in two meals. Frankly, especially when I went into a period of working a lot of overtime, trying to figure out what to bring in for a low carb or carb free meal was difficult and often what I would choose would be unappealing to me at work. That resulted in me pushing the four net carb limit, which I would often break and that breaks the whole system. So I just stopped trying.  Now that I do my no carb meals at home, I don’t have that problem. I can just do whatever strikes my fancy, and it is fresh, which makes a HUGE difference.

If you are wondering why I don’t just give up the 5:2 Diet aspect, at the moment, I think I need the one-two punch that the 5:2 Diet and the Carb Addicts Diet bring to the table. Since I’m following the Carb Addicts Diet rules on the 5:2 Diet fast day (I usually have a boiled egg in the morning of 90 calories, a carb meal of either 210 calories or 260 calories for lunch, and a couple of boiled eggs that night for 180 calories, with maybe a couple of bites of cottage cheese, keeping me under the 600 calories for the day marker), they work quite well together. Plus, I’ve discovered that the Carb Addicts Diet has made the 5:2 Diet fast days a bit easier as the small carb meal at lunch feels like it goes further than it used to, though I’m still hungry that night. However, on the day after a fast, I’m not sucking down food like a famished person, which is a major difference thanks to the Carb Addicts Diet aspect.

If I start losing more than three pounds a week routinely, I may drop the 5:2 Diet part and keep it in reserve. However, for 2-3 pounds a week, I’ll keep it in place so that Lord willing, in two weeks, I’ll FINALLY be below 330 pounds.