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graindart - Wednesday Feb 02, 2011
(drink mainly water,no snacks,no food after 7pm)
Weight: 256.4

Starting with a Slimfast shake, couple vitamins, and some water.

Lunch I'm planning on a frozen dinner.

Don't know what for supper.

Progress as of today: 8.8 lbs lost so far, only 81.4 lbs to go!

liza36 on 02/02/2011:
The microwave popcorn you mentioned yesterday is not a terrible thing, even shared with your wife. Sounds like you are doing well with your plan. Have a great day.

chidogs on 02/02/2011:
Sounds like a good day so far! Have a great day.

graindart - Tuesday Feb 01, 2011
(drink mainly water,no snacks,no food after 7pm)
Weight: 257.0

Slimfast for breakfast.

Frozen dinner for lunch.

Dinner was some fried chicken, potato salad, baked beans, fried mushrooms, and fried zucchini.

Kind of low on the water intake, but didn't drink anything else beside water.

I was stuck inside working on the computer pretty much all day.  Bought a new faster computer, so now I'm also having to reinstall everything and transfer boatloads of data.

Made a bit of a screwup later after dinner.  Sat down to watch some TV with my wife and together we finished off a bag of microwave popcorn.

Progress as of today: 8.2 lbs lost so far, only 82 lbs to go!

graindart - Monday Jan 31, 2011
(drink mainly water,no snacks,no food after 7pm)
Weight: 256.6

Starting off the day with a Slimfast, a couple multi-vitamins, and some water.

As I sit here and type it's a -22F degrees.  That's 54 degrees below freezing, real temperature, no windchill factored in.  The forecasted high for today is 0.  I really hope the cars start today.  

Had a frozen dinner for lunch.

We went out to Chilis for dinner.  I had some cheese fries, fajitas, and a bit of coleslaw.

The weather warmed up to almost zero, but it's now back into the lower negatives.  The forecast overnight low is supposed to be -25F here in Montana.  Thankfully the bitter cold is only supposed to last another couple days, hitting 40F above by Thursday.

Only water to drink today.

Progress as of today: 8.6 lbs lost so far, only 81.6 lbs to go!

waydesmommy on 01/31/2011:
I hope your car started! Have a good day!

lifestylechange on 01/31/2011:
Brrrrr.... I should not be complaining about our negative 5 degree weather this am. LOL Hope it warms up for you!

tangalyn on 01/31/2011:
gah thats cold! hope u have a great day.. keep urself warm!

newme24 on 01/31/2011:
WOW. That's pretty ridiculous. LOL. Hope your car started and that you have a great day!

geevee on 01/31/2011:
I can't imagine such a temperature.

chidogs on 01/31/2011:
Your bio says Northwest, so from those temps, can I guess Alaska???? Woooo! That is so cold! I would think just trying not to freeze would burn calories! Take care.

graindart - Sunday Jan 30, 2011
(drink mainly water,no snacks,no food after 7pm)
Weight: 258.4

Last night we went out for Pizza Hut.  Had some pizza, wings, and a breadstick.

Starting this morning off with a Slimfast shake, a couple vitamins, and some water.

Off to church in a bit, then it'll be time for lunch.

After church we went out with my parents and some friends to a burger joint.  I had a 1/3lb burger with mushrooms, swiss, and bacon.  I also had a side of baked beans.

My wife made dinner tonight: peach chicken breasts, bowtie pasta, and some baby peppers w/ranch dressing.

Water intake has been pretty slow.  I'm not having any problems wanting to drink other liquids, but I'm just not making a conscious effort to drink a lot of water.

Progress as of today: 6.8 lbs lost so far, only 83.4 lbs to go!

moogy on 01/30/2011:
I think you are teasing me, pizza, wings, yum!! Enjoy your Sunday!

thisisit on 01/30/2011:
Ooo sounds so good!!! I love wings! Have a great day and a great coming week!

graindart - Saturday Jan 29, 2011
(drink mainly water,no snacks,no food after 7pm)
Weight: 257.0

Made it through yesterday without caving in to the sweets cravings.  

It's "daddy takes care of us day" (Saturday).  We started with some blueberry pancakes with a little whipped cream on top, along with some Jimmy Dean sausage patties.  Now we're getting ready to play some Xbox Kinect together.

We played the Xbox Kinect for awhile.  I played for about 10 minutes, they played for about an hour or so.

It's snowing and cold outside, so we went to the mall just to get out of the house.  We walked around and ate lunch at a Greek gyro place.  I had a gyro with feta and some cheese fries.

Don't know what's for dinner yet. 

Progress as of today: 8.2 lbs lost so far, only 82 lbs to go!

newme24 on 01/29/2011:
Sounds like a great day! Enjoy!

getmebackto150 on 01/29/2011:
yay for xbox kinect... I have heard its awesome and can be a great workout!

graindart - Friday Jan 28, 2011
(drink mainly water,no snacks,no food after 7pm)
Weight: 258.4

Breakfast was a Slimfast shake.

Lunch was a Healthy Choice frozen dinner. 

Water intake has been a bit slow today.

Dinner I really wanted a huge hamburger so we cooked some on the grill.  Mine was probably 3/4 to 1 lb of meat.  I think 1/2 lb would've been plenty, but I took it as a challenge so ate it all.  Had some fries and potato salad with it also.  I'm stuffed.

I haven't been missing the candy, chips, etc much this week.........until today.  For some reason today I'm craving chocolate or pretty much any type of candy.  I haven't had any yet and don't plan on having any later, but they are calling.

Progress as of today: 6.8 lbs lost so far, only 83.4 lbs to go!

getmebackto150 on 01/28/2011:
ugghhh that is the worst!! I get cravings pretty bad sometimes.. I find that drinking water or hot tea helps... Looks like you had a pretty good day!!!

moogy on 01/28/2011:
Your dinner sounds as if it would do me for two or three meals, no wonder you feel stuffed. I hope you are able to resist the cravings!!!

shadetree on 01/29/2011:
I always keep SF fudgsicles on hand for when I'm having chocolate cravings - usually does the trick. Or maybe some SF pudding or hot chocolate? I find if I don't do something to address the cravings, I end up eating a bunch of other stuff hoping to make the cravings go away...

graindart - Thursday Jan 27, 2011
(drink mainly water,no snacks,no food after 7pm)
Weight: 258.4

Starting the day with a Slimfast chocolate shake and a couple of vitamins.

Got too busy during the day with work and stuff.  Didn't have time for lunch until about 3pm.  I decided that it was too close to dinner time, so I just skipped it.

Dinner was spicy chicken wings, a little salad, some puff pastry things, and a baked potato.

Only water for liquid intake today.

Progress as of today: 6.8 lbs lost so far, only 83.4 lbs to go!

geevee on 01/27/2011:
My son Billy started trying to lose weight when he was about your starting weight - 260. He's only 5ft 6in but solidly packed. But got him started was the high blood pressure and the uncomfortable symptoms he was getting: achey back, sore knees and ankles. That extra weight was too much for his body. We were talking about this today and how, now that he's down to 198, his joints and back aren't bothering him now. I'll tell ya, weight is a real killer!

You're off to a good start. Keep it up!

moogy on 01/27/2011:
Well, it is a good start for the day, I am glad you explained where you are on your journey. It makes it easier to understand what you are aiming for. have a good day!!

just42day on 01/28/2011:
Good for you for sticking to water. It's still so hard for me to comprehend that drinking sufficient water daily does make a huge difference. Keep up the good work. :)

graindart - Wednesday Jan 26, 2011
(drink mainly water,no snacks,no food after 7pm)
Weight: 257.8

** Yesterday **

- Slimfast shake for breakfast
- teriyaki chicken noodle bowl for lunch
- chinese buffet AYCE for dinner - ate a lot, including 2 scoops of ice cream
- only water to drink

** Today **

- had Slimfast shake for breakfast
- lunch had a Healthy Choice frozen dinner
- dinner we went out and I ate a very large salad with lots of non-healthy toppings along with a large order of nachos  

I bought some multi-vitamins yesterday and am going to try to remember to start taking them.  

** Updated response **

I'm trying to take it one step at a time.  The first couple of weeks of January were just cutting out caffeine.  The next couple weeks were about replacing pop with water intake.  I'm only paying a little attention to the food at present.  It may not look like it, but my daily meals the past few days are 10 times better than they were at the start of January.  My average daily Mtn Dew intake was about 700 calories per day and there was rarely a day that would go by without me snacking on candy, chips, donuts, etc.  I'm taking in about 1500-2000 calories less per day now as compared to just a few weeks ago.  I may get a little more serious about the food starting after the Superbowl, but I don't want to cut my calories too much and end up in starvation mode.

Progress as of today: 7.4 lbs lost so far, only 82.8 lbs to go!

emmy'smom-mom on 01/26/2011:
Ha ha, at first I read your entry as saying '2 spoons of ice cream' and thought you were being a bit hard on yourself! Have a great day :)

moogy on 01/26/2011:
I hope that you have a good day today and that you feel more in control of your eating.:)

moogy on 01/26/2011:
I am not sure that your head is in the right place at the moment. Yesterday was a good day, but you seem to be struggling to get a row of good days together. I was wondering if you need to rethink why you want to lose weight and how serious you are about putting in the work that is needed to acheive your goals. Maybe if you started counting your calories, that way you would really know how you were going. I am hoping that you can make healthy choices for all three meals each day. That would be great! Good luck!

Runforfun on 01/26/2011:
Good job! Cutting back a little at a time is good because then you won't feel overwhelmed! :)

newme24 on 01/27/2011:
Good job with your progress so far! Sometimes you do need to take it in steps, like your doing with cutting out soda. But that cuts so many calories and it's a great start! And once you feel confident that you don't need it, it'll be much easier to give up other unhealthy snacks. Since you mentioned Superbowl, I'm pretty nervous about overeating that day... especially since I'll still be upset over my beloved Jets :(

waydesmommy on 01/27/2011:
I won't lie. I've already decided that I'm going to splurge on Superbowl Sunday! One day of splurging on such event isn't going to kill my diet or pack on 5lbs. No need for you to feel guilty if you do. Just make sure you get back on track the next day. It's bad eating every day and not exercising that will do you in. Learning to eat right is the hardest part...in my opinion. And keeping on eating right is even harder...but YOU CAN DO IT!!!!

graindart - Monday Jan 24, 2011
(drink mainly water,no snacks,no food after 7pm)
Weight: 260.8

Slimfast low-carb chocolate shake for breakfast.

Lunch was a Healthy Choice frozen dinner - pesto chicken/pasta, broccoli/carrots, and some type of fruit cobbler dessert thing.

Dinner was chicken cordon bleu, angel hair pasta with garlic/butter sauce, edamame (baby green soybeans in the pod).

Only water for liquid intake today.


Progress as of today: 4.4 lbs lost so far, only 85.8 lbs to go!

moogy on 01/24/2011:
Sounds like you had a good day. Well done.

chidogs on 01/25/2011:
Sounds like a nice menu. I have heard a lot about edamame, what does it taste like?

graindart - Sunday Jan 23, 2011
(drink mainly water,no snacks,no food after 7pm)
Weight: 259.0


Yesterday was Saturday otherwise known as "Daddy Take Care Of Us Day".  Every Saturday for the past 5 or 6 years I get up and take care of our girls (now 5 and 7) so that the wife can have some time off.  She usually sleeps in during the winter and goes to garage sales in the spring / summer.  Daddy Take Care of Us Day usually ends around 11am and then we all go out for lunch somewhere together.

It's almost a requirement, Saturday breakfast must contain either bacon or Jimmy Dean sausage.  Breakfast yesterday was Jimmy Dean sausage and an omelette with hamburger and swiss cheese added.  The kids each had 1 birthday party to go to at different times, so we split up for most of the day.  

I took the youngest for lunch and she wanted Taco Bell.  I used to like Taco Bell, but the past few years I just haven't been impressed with anything there.  The youngest doesn't really like the food either, but goes for the cinnamon twists and blue Mtn Dew (mixed with Root Beer).  She opens up her chicken soft taco and eats the insides with a fork.  When we let her have pop, she's been on a kick for the past year where she mixes the flavors, which I think is pretty nasty.  If I do it for her I try to mix things that go together like Sprite and fruit punch, but when she chooses it usually has root beer mixed with something opposite (like blue Mtn Dew).  She drinks it and seems to like it, so I just leave it alone.

Dinner time was when we switched kids and I took the oldest out for dinner.  I love a local restaurant called Dantes.  It's an upper-scale restaurant that serves steaks, pastas, seafood, etc.  It's blackened prime rib is my favorite meat / steak.  We've been there numerous times over the past decade, but the wife can never quite find something that she likes.  Since she isn't fond of the place, we kind of limited the times we went to just my birthday and when we would take my best friend and wife out for their birthdays.  So basically we've been going about 3 times per year for the past few years.  And then my best friend and wife moved, so now it's down to just 1 time per year.  My oldest loves steak so I decided since it was just the two of us, we'd get dressed up and go to Dantes.  The food was good and my daughter was beaming.  She loves getting dressed-up, she loves surprises, and did I mention she loves steak.  

My dinner consisted of blackened prime rib, salad, some bread with roasted garlic spread, loaded baked potato, and some asparagus.

Made it through another day with just water.  I'm not remembering to drink as much as I'd like, probably only about 60oz yesterday.  When I consistently drink around 100oz per day I seem to feel better and tend to keep on track better.


Breakfast was a small bowl of sugary cereal and milk.  I need to hop in the shower in a few minutes and then get everyone to church.  I've been eating out a lot and think I'm going to go buy a bunch of frozen meals to eat for lunch during the weekdays.  That should save me some time, money, and at least I'll have a clue about how many calories I'm consuming.

Grabbed an 8" sub for lunch, then went shopping for frozen dinners for this next week's lunches. 

Basically spend the rest of the day on the couch watching football.  First games I've watched all year.  Ordered pizza and ate 1/2 of a large pizza by myself.

Only water to drink today.

Progress as of today: 6.2 lbs lost so far, only 84 lbs to go!

shadetree on 01/23/2011:
I don't know if kids ever outgrow that 'mix all sorts of pop together' phase. On the rare occasion that I take my son (he's 16) out and he can get his own pop, he'll mix four or five together...I just don't get it. But he's got to drink it, not me, so...

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