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graindart - Tuesday Mar 15, 2011
(drink mainly water,no snacks,no food after 7pm)
Weight: 244.6

Breakfast - Slimfast, vitamins, water
Lunch - frozen dinner
Dinner - chicken cordon bleu, mac-n-cheese, cooked spinach with cheese & bacon

Starting off with Slimfast, vitamins, water
Lunch planning on frozen dinner.
No plans yet for dinner.

My weight can fluctuate a couple pounds each day with no real reason.  This morning I weighed in at 244.6 lbs.  Hopefully it stays around there instead of jumping up a couple lbs tomorrow.  Anyways, that's 20 lbs down from January 1st, which seems like a decent start.  

My wife has commented a couple of times that I look thinner.  The only difference I've noticed is that a couple pairs of jeans aren't quite as snug as they were a couple months ago.  I'm also fastening my belt one notch smaller now.  I would've thought 20 lbs would've been more noticeable to me, but maybe the next 20 lbs will be.


Progress as of today: 20.6 lbs lost so far, only 69.6 lbs to go!

geevee on 03/15/2011:
Twenty pounds is a GOOD loss!

My weight fluctuates 2-3 lbs. during the day and also from day to day.Eventually the lower weight prevails.

It's funny how the noticeability of weight loss goes. Sometimes, it's like all of a sudden a person looks smaller. I remember commenting to a teacher at school, "Hey, haven't you lost weight?" "Sure have. 40 pounds!" It took me that long to notice.

To me the most important thing is being able to get back into clothes I'd outgrown. It's so rewarding.

Soon you'll be in the 230's!

lifestylechange on 03/15/2011:
Have a great day:) Keep up the good work!

legcramps on 03/15/2011:
20 pounds is great! And you know, you may not notice the loss the same way other people will. Especially people who haven't seen you for awhile. Test it out on them ;)

Have an awesome day today!

lolla on 03/15/2011:
WOW! 20 pounds is great! I bet you feel better. Sometimes I tell myself to concentrate on feelings and not so much on looks or if I dropped a size or not. I know I feel better at night if I had a healthy eating day. Eventually if you collect enough of those kind of days you will reach all your weight goals! Good Luck!

graindart - Sunday Mar 13, 2011
(drink mainly water,no snacks,no food after 7pm)
Weight: 247.8

** Yesterday **
Lunch we ate out Chinese food - ate quite a bit.
Dinner was Taco Bell

** Today **
Slimfast, vitamins, water for breakfast.
Lunch was a frozen dinner and a few slices of pepperoni.
Dinner I made pork chops, mac-n-cheese, green beans.

After dinner we went over to my parents for dessert.  My mom made a couple of pies from scratch - lemon meringue and coconut cream.  I had a small piece of lemon meringue which was nice and tart, just the way I like it.  Wife and girls tried the coconut cream.  I probably would've had a piece of both, but the coconut cream looked a little weird to me, although it supposedly tasted good.


Progress as of today: 17.4 lbs lost so far, only 72.8 lbs to go!

legcramps on 03/14/2011:

graindart - Saturday Mar 12, 2011
(drink mainly water,no snacks,no food after 7pm)
Weight: 247.8

** Yesterday **
Lunch - chow mein
Dinner - steak, shrimp, baked potato, salad, and piece of bread

** Today **
Starting off with Slimfast, vitamins, and water.

The oldest daughter has a basketball thing in the morning and invited to a birthday party in the afternoon.  I'll be running dropping her off and picking her up from basketball and the younger daughter will be coming with me so that my wife can sleep in.  

Haven't decided what to do for lunch, but probably going out as a family.

Progress as of today: 17.4 lbs lost so far, only 72.8 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/12/2011:
have a great day...menu of yesterday sounds tasty. when you buy chow mein, i'd reccommned eating half and getting also a container of steemed veggies. if you wanted, you could have an ENTIRE PINT of steamed veggies with HALF of the chow mein. have the veggies first so you can be already somewhat full when yuo start on the chow mein...this is what i'd do.

Runforfun on 03/12/2011:
Have a fun night with your family!

graindart - Friday Mar 11, 2011
(drink mainly water,no snacks,no food after 7pm)
Weight: 247.4

Starting off with Slimfast, water, vitamins.

Progress as of today: 17.8 lbs lost so far, only 72.4 lbs to go!

graindart - Thursday Mar 10, 2011
(drink mainly water,no snacks,no food after 7pm)
Weight: 246.4

Started off the day with Slimfast, water, and vitamins.

Lunch was a frozen dinner.

Went out with my family and my sisters family to Pizza Hut.  2 or 3 pieces of pizza and 5 or 6 hotwings along with water




Progress as of today: 18.8 lbs lost so far, only 71.4 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 03/10/2011:
Congrats on the loss, looking good!

graindart - Wednesday Mar 09, 2011
(drink mainly water,no snacks,no food after 7pm)
Weight: 248.2

Dinner - large hamburger patty with fried onions and mushrooms, side salad with blue cheese dressing, bread, baked beans

Breakfast - Slimfast, vitamins, water

Lunch - probably frozen dinner

Dinner - not a clue


Seeing the 240's for several days in a row has been encouraging.  Seeing progress makes it easier to stay closer to the plan. 

Progress as of today: 17 lbs lost so far, only 73.2 lbs to go!

getmebackto150 on 03/09/2011:
congrats on seeing the 240s for several days! I agree seeing progress definitely makes sticking with the plan much easier! Have a good one!

lolla on 03/09/2011:
Isn't it awesome to finally go down to the lower number? That's what I am working on right now! Keep up the good work!

nita51 on 03/09/2011:
Hang in there! We can do this. :)

graindart - Tuesday Mar 08, 2011
(drink mainly water,no snacks,no food after 7pm)
Weight: 249.6

** Yesterday **
Breakfast - part of an apple, Slimfast, water, vitamins
Lunch - 6" Subway sub
Dinner - went out as a family to Chilis and ate steak fajitas and onion strings

** Today **
Starting off with Slimfast, vitamins, water
Lunch planning on a frozen dinner

Progress as of today: 15.6 lbs lost so far, only 74.6 lbs to go!

legcramps on 03/08/2011:

geevee on 03/08/2011:
I'm with you on the no breakfast. I can't look at food until noon at the earliest. I'm simply not hungry, so why eat?

graindart - Sunday Mar 06, 2011
(drink mainly water,no snacks,no food after 7pm)
Weight: 249.0

Ended yesterday with going out for dinner.  Ate some chilli cheese fries and a large salad with everything.

Starting off today with Slimfast, water, and vitamins.

Lunch was frozen dinner and a large apple.

Had a 110 calorie bag of popcorn for snack.

Spaghetti, sauce, bread planned for dinner.

Progress as of today: 16.2 lbs lost so far, only 74 lbs to go!

chidogs on 03/07/2011:
Take care and have a great day. Watch those chili cheese fries now! :)

legcramps on 03/07/2011:
yum yum, dinner sounds lovely!

geevee on 03/07/2011:
Glad you tried the lo-cal bag of popcorn.That's my son's choice of snack every night.

graindart - Saturday Mar 05, 2011
(drink mainly water,no snacks,no food after 7pm)
Weight: 249.0

It's "daddy take care of us day" otherwise known as Saturday.  Made breakfast in bed for my wife while my daughters and I ate in the kitchen.  Cooked some pancakes and bacon.  Had chocolate chips in one pancake and syrup with the other pancake.  Drank some milk with breakfast.

Lunch we cooked some chicken fingers and french fries.  I then took the girls to the mall to go play at one of the stores that has inflated jumping things.

Now back home and drinking some water.

Haven't planned dinner yet.

Progress as of today: 16.2 lbs lost so far, only 74 lbs to go!

graindart - Friday Mar 04, 2011
(drink mainly water,no snacks,no food after 7pm)
Weight: 249.0

Thanks for the suggestions.  Please don't feel offended if I don't follow all of them.  I do agree that less processed and more exercise would do me a world of good.

I don't like eating breakfast, so drinking the Slimfast is about as good as it's going to get for breakfast, other than Saturdays when I make the kids breakfast and eat with them.  I'm almost never hungry and don't think I'm eating too little. 

My main problems are eating out at restaurants all of the time and not having a regular exercise program.

Yesterday I had a frozen dinner for lunch.  I understand it would be better with less "processed" foods, but life is extremely busy right now and with the time I have for lunch it's either pop a frozen dinner in the microwave or grab something from a drive-through.  I've compared the nutritional charts for the frozen dinners I buy (Lean Cuisine / Healthy Choice) versus the restaurants around here and the frozen dinners have similar or better specs.  

While checking the nutritional charts I was very surprised about Subway.  The sodium levels were surprising to me.  I checked the frozen dinners in my freezer and the sodium amounts ranged from 200mg - 700mg.  The Subway 6" sandwiches with no sauces / dressings ranged from 750mg - 1830mg+.  The majority of the 6" sandwiches were rated at 1100mg - 1500mg of sodium.  I excluded the veggie only 6" sandwich with no dressing that had 410mg of sodium because that wouldn't even be an option I'd consider.  I also excluded a regional / special 6" sub that had 2450mg of sodium with no dressings.  If someone were to order a 12" version of that regional special sub, added dressings, and topped it off with some salt/pepper, they could conceiveably be getting around 6000mg-7000mg of sodium intake from 1 sandwich.

Yesterdays dinner we ate at home.  I made meatballs wrapped in bacon along with a white mac-n-cheese.

Today starting off with Slimfast, vitamins, and water.

Progress as of today: 16.2 lbs lost so far, only 74 lbs to go!

legcramps on 03/04/2011:
Have you started P90X yet? I've seen some videos of success stories and it looks pretty interesting, but hard work. I guess it's supposed to be hard work to get the results though :)

I'm pretty true to the thought that if you up your exercise, your metabolism will increase and you'll be able to burn more calories each day. It takes a while to get to that point, but with P90X i'm sure you would see great results. Good luck to you today!

geevee on 03/04/2011:
What a surprise to find out how much sodium is in Subway's 6" subs! Thanks for that info!

Short lunch times are a real problem in this country. The only way to eat more healthful food is to spend a few minutes at home to prepare your own.

waydesmommy on 03/04/2011:
Life is busy...so frozen dinners are ok, just watch out for the ones with pasta and rice. And try eating a big salad before eating anything else at a restraunt. That's my only advice...have a great day and a wonderful weekend.

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