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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.

Happy Thanksgiving

I want to wish you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving (well, for those of you who celebrate it). For those members of the armed services serving overseas, my thoughts and prayers are with you. For anyone else who has to work on Thanksgiving, my sympathies. *lol* I can laugh because I would have been among you, had I not been downsized. ^_^;