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graindart - Friday Jan 21, 2011
(drink mainly water,no snacks,no food after 7pm)
Weight: 265.2

Ended up going out to eat last night to a chinese buffet restaurant.  Ate quite a bit, but only drank water.  Didn't have any snacks later in the evening.  

Went to the store yesterday and picked up some low-carb Slimfast shakes for breakfast.  I'm not usually a fan of breakfast, but figure if I have these sitting in my mini-fridge near my office, I can just grab one in the morning.

Kids and wife have the day off from school today, so will probably take part of the day off myself and spend with them.  It's even supposed to get up to a balmy 41F today, which is the highest temperature its been in a few weeks.

Will work today on trying to just drink water (no pop).

I went and reread a bunch of my entries from when I first started here at DD back in 2003.  Reading the first half of the year was motivating and then seeing what happened the last half of the year was just depressing.  2003 I started out at 250lbs, was down in the 190s by Summer, but then regained to 240 by the end of the year again.  I'd like to replay the first half of 2003 and this time not make the same mistakes.

A couple of close friends are going on an Alaskan cruise in September and asked if we were interested.  I'm not a big fan of being couped up in one place for that long, but I do love the food offered.  The wife loves an excuse to get dressed up (formal dinners), so we're going to go.  The cruise gives me something to look forward to and a goal weight and date.  While I'd like to be 199 by summer, I'd settle for 199 by the cruise.

UPDATE 11:30pm
- Lunch was sushi & some chinese food
- Dinner was some chicken fingers and fries
- had a 1/2 turkey & havarti sandwich for late night snack
- only water to drink


Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 90.2 lbs to go!

tangalyn on 01/21/2011:
hello, i got busy yesterday and didnt get a chance to say hi and welcome to DDs :) mountain dew was one of my biggest problems for the longest time, i no longer drink it at all, only on very rare very special occasions, good luck with all of ur goals, i look forward to hearing more from u :) have a great day!

hakuna_matata on 01/21/2011:
I started drinking seltzer water and really like it. Sometimes, that is the only thing that gets me drinking water. My mother-in-law likes the flavored seltzer - that might be a good alternative to soda. You have definitely proven that you can lose the weight! I've very impressed! Good luck!

hollybelle on 01/21/2011:
Hey - I remember when you used to be one here. I've back-slid a bit too, but I just look at it as a "phase". Trying to shoot for healthier habits FOR LIFE and for the most part I do pretty well. You can, too. Cruise is good motivation. Good luck hope to see posts often.

hollybelle on 01/21/2011:
P.S. Don't "do the Dew"!

moogy on 01/21/2011:
The cruise sounds wonderful, I would love to see the iceburgs, while we still have them!! Have a good day.

graindart - Thursday Jan 20, 2011
(drink mainly water,no snacks,no food after 7pm)
Weight: 262.2

Mountain Dew.  That's usually my biggest problem with keeping the weight on.  That sweet golden nectar.......  I don't know if it's the sugar, caffeine, carbonation, or taste that keeps drawing me back.

This year I decided to start off by just attempting one thing at a time.  A couple weeks ago I decided to give up the caffeine portion.  I've still been drinking tons of pop, just nothing with caffeine, mainly root beer and Sprite.  The first several days without caffeine were a little tough and I've missed not being able to drink Mtn Dew.

Yesterday I decided to start replacing the pop with water.  We'll see how that goes.

- Orange-cranberry muffin for breakfast.  
- Quiznos small sandwich and cup of broccoli cheese soup.  
- Only water to drink so far.

Progress as of today: 3 lbs lost so far, only 87.2 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 01/20/2011:
Welcome back! My husband used to be a huge Mountain Dew addict. Then someone told him that it has brominated vegetable oil in it. He kicked the habit pretty quickly (he also kicked caffeine and has been relatively caffeine free for years now). Good luck with the water intake!

moogy on 01/20/2011:
I think that cutting out all that sugar will make a big difference not only to your weight but also to your health. All that pop is like asking for diabeties. Good luck!!

shadetree on 01/20/2011:
You'll be amazed at how much of a difference giving up the pop will make! Not an easy thing to do, I'm sure, but you'll be so happy you did it once you kick the habit!

just42day on 01/21/2011:
welcome to dd! That's fabulous that you're eliminating caffeine. Good for you! I look forward to seeing future entries from you and wish you the best with your journey! I think you'll find that taking baby steps can make a huge difference for you! :)

geevee on 01/22/2011:
I am not a cruise lover, but an Alaskan cruise is another story. That I would definitely do after loving the inland ferry which is pretty much like a cruise ship. Those cruises and the one you're going to take, stop at the cities on the route and you're able to get off the ship and walk around. Some of of those towns are really interesting. You have something nice to look forward to.

Good going on subbing water for the pop.

graindart - Monday Jan 03, 2011
(drink mainly water,no snacks,no food after 7pm)
Weight: 265.2

Just entering my starting stats for the year.

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 90.2 lbs to go!

V on 01/03/2011:
Happy New Year and welcome back :)

graindart - Thursday Dec 30, 2010
(drink mainly water,no snacks,no food after 7pm)
Weight: 265.2

 2010 weight

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 90.2 lbs to go!

graindart - Thursday Oct 15, 2009
(drink mainly water,no snacks,no food after 7pm)
Weight: 258.4


Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 83.4 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/20/2009:
welcome. i remember you from a year or two ago!

graindart - Friday May 01, 2009
(128oz water,no snacks,no reg.pop,no food after 7pm)
Weight: 265.0

I've been eating and drinking anything and everything lately.  My head feels "foggy" and I feel tired even after a good amount of sleep.

Going to try to drop the soda pop again and replace it with water.  

Started the morning off with a Slimfast shake and am working on my first bottle of water right now.

Progress as of today: -2.6 lbs lost so far, only 90 lbs to go!

nenak on 05/01/2009:
oh i know the feeling! how to get out of the eating cycle! you are doing the right thing hydration is the key! write down all food and have some water before everything you eat good luck

Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/02/2009:
one thing i do is drink around a cup or a bit less of water right when i get out of bed....it really helps. :)

graindart - Friday Dec 19, 2008
(128oz water,no snacks,no reg.pop,no food after 7pm)
Weight: 250.4

Yesterday was our early Christmas dinner party.  It was a non-traditional family get together with crab legs, shrimp, clams, etc.  I had been looking forward to the food, but knew I'd most likely overindulge.  I had an omelette with sausage and cheddar cheese for breakfast and just skipped lunch to kind of make up for what was going to be my big dinner.  I did end up eating quite a bit for dinner, but not as much as I usually would have.  I had a couple of small baked potatoes, about 8 crab legs, a small dinner salad, 4 or 5 shrimp, and a handful of fried clams.  I drank water with the meal instead of the pop or sparkling juices and I didn't have any of the chocolate truffles that were being passed around.  It wasn't the best of days, meal-wise, but it was a lot better than usual.

Today I again had some sausage for breakfast, for some reason I've had a craving for Jimmy Dean breakfast sausage lately.  Lunch was some mac-n-cheese.  Dinner time I really wanted to go out to eat.  The wife was also tired and more than willing to go out.  Unfortunately when I mentioned it to the girls, neither of them wanted to go out for dinner.  So instead of pushing them and dealing with them at the restaurant, we just found some stuff in the cupboards.  Soup for them and a couple bacon tomato sandwiches for me.  I was craving a nice greasy pepperoni pizza and thought I'd order one later at night, but got busy doing stuff and forgot about it.

Still not drinking a lot of water.

Tomorrow is "daddy takes care of us" day, so I'll probably make bacon / eggs / pancakes for breakfast.


Progress as of today: 12 lbs lost so far, only 75.4 lbs to go!

skinnyjeans on 12/22/2008:
Did you have fun on your "Daddy Day"? :) I hope you have a great week and Merry Christmas!!

graindart - Wednesday Dec 17, 2008
(128oz water,no snacks,no reg.pop,no food after 7pm)
Weight: 250.4

No pop, no snacks.  Breakfast was lemon yogurt with granola added.  I was on the road all day and it was real rushed with no real time in between appointments.  I did have time to grab something around 2:30pm if I wanted to eat something in the car, but decided I'd just wait until we were done with the last appointment around 5pm.  For supper I had water, a huge cheeseburger (probably 1/2 lb), and a large order of fries with ranch dip.  When I finally got home around 7pm I made the mistake of opening the fridge and then had to have 5 fresh cherries.  

I don't even know why I opened the fridge when I got home.  It must have been out of habit, as I wasn't hungry after eating plenty for dinner.  Cutting out the pop and snacks has gone fairly well, although I'm only on about day 17 or so this time around.  I'm still eating/overeating plenty at meal times (except for missing lunch today).  The only thing is that I feel "deprived" without sucking down gallons of Mtn Dew and eating chips/cookies/candy/etc.  I know that feeling "deprived" because of this is just plain stupid, but it's how I feel anyways.  In the greater outlook, there's probably whole families in other less fortunate countries/circumstances who would feel completely "blessed" to have the amount of food that I personally consume on a daily basis.

I was on the road today running between a few different cities several hours apart.  It's pretty much an every week or two trip and I've been doing it for the past 8 years.  It's long and boring.  This is the time that I usually eat so much junk and drink so much pop just to try to make it through the day and / or stay awake while driving.  During the drive I usually listen to talk radio and books on CD.  I usually see some deer and occasionaly see other animals, including bald eagles and a couple of times some moose.  Today I saw a large male bighorned sheep feeding right by the highway and later on saw a herd of 10 or so bighorned sheep again by the highway feeding on whatever grass they could get at under the snowpack.  I also saw several deer, thankfully none tried hopping out in front of me today.

As long as I don't screw up too much, I should see the 240's again sometime in the next week.  I was actually in the 240's before Halloween this year whileeating snacks and drinking pop.  Then came Halloween and we had a couple of huge bags of candy left over because of a less than stellar turnout of kids this year.  So I started eating probably about 15 of those snack size candy bars each day, along with other junk and that's how I gained about 15 more pounds in a little over a month.  The pounds can add on quickly at the weight I'm at, but thankfully the initial 20-30 pounds can come off pretty quickly too.  My weight easily fluctuates several pounds one way or the other just depending on what I'm doing.

Alright, now for my dreaming.......  With a little luck and not too many screwups, I'd like to see:

245lbs by Jan 1st
229lbs by Feb 1st
219lbs by March 1st
209lbs by April 1st
199lbs by May 1st

Anything after dipping into the 190's I'll have to play be ear.  The last time I was below 200 was in May of 2003.  Of course then I gained back to the 250's again.  Then lost down to 215 again in 2004.  Being below 200 felt really good in 2003.  I remember it well and sitting at 195 felt comfortable.  I have my "goal" listed as 175 on the tracking bar, but doubt that I'll actually be motivated enough to get down that low.  Being in the 190's felt good and looked good enough that I wasn't completely ashamed to go swimming without a shirt on.  I know that getting down below the 190's would take a lot of work and exercise that I doubt I'll be willing to put forth.

Progress as of today: 12 lbs lost so far, only 75.4 lbs to go!

skinnyjeans on 12/18/2008:
You are doing great! Keep it up!!

thinnside40 on 12/18/2008:
YOur just shy of being down by 4#'s......... That is wonderful!

graindart - Friday Dec 12, 2008
(128oz water,no snacks,no reg.pop,no food after 7pm)
Weight: 254.2

I've been doing good at cutting out the snacks and pop.  I've curtailed my eating to just meal times and we've been doing better about not going out to restaurants as much.  Now what I eat at meal times is still excessive, but at least it's restrained to only 3 times a day.

I haven't been able to get back on massive amounts of water, but have been drinking water with my meals.  I've stayed away from drinking other things even if they're no/low calorie, because I'm pretty much an all or nothing type person.  As soon as I start straying I usually just totally fall off the wagon.

Last night was a little bit of a test.  It was my daughter's school Christmas program.  My parents were able to make it to watch her also.  I was just planning on going home afterwards, but my parents brought up our family "tradition" of going to Dairy Queen after things like that.  I told them we were just going to go home, but then changed my mind a couple seconds later.  So they took our 2 daughters ahead to DQ and we took our time getting over there.  Once there, they were already partly done with the ice cream, so I only had to stare at ice cream for about 10 minutes.  To tell the truth it wasn't really a big deal, it really wasn't all that tempting.......maybe I was more tired than I thought.  Although now that I'm typing this, I'd pretty much kill for an M&M Blizzard.

Nothing for breakfast this morning.  PB&J sandwich for lunch.  Very large bacon cheeseburger and fries for dinner.

Progress as of today: 8.2 lbs lost so far, only 79.2 lbs to go!

graindart - Saturday Dec 06, 2008
(128oz water,no snacks,no reg.pop,no food after 7pm)
Weight: 256.4

I'm not having too much trouble staying off the pop, not because of will power, but due to laziness.  I've been wanting Diet Mtn Dew the past couple of nights.  I even asked my wife to run to the gas station to get me a freshly carbonated one.  She refused because she know's I'm trying to cut it out of my intake.  And I was too lazy to throw on some winter clothing, hop in a cold vehicle, and drive down to get it myself. 

Food intake at meals has still been quite high, but I've cut most of the snacking out these past few days. 

I have 2 little girls, 3 & 5 years old.  They know Saturday as "daddy takes care of us" day.  I try to spend time with them on other days also, but Saturday morning I get up and take care of them and let my wife sleep in or do whatever else she chooses by herself (sleep usually wins except for the occasional garage sale).  So this morning we ate omelettes and chocolate / strawberry milk.  We usually play some and then they get to watch an hour or two of television.  "Daddy takes care of us" day usually ends around 11am.  Then we usually eat lunch as a family or go out to do something somewhere.   Today I had to finish some car repairs so I was working on that when lunch time rolled around.  My wife was making us sandwiches and I was dirty, so I asked her to place them on paper plates and have the girls come eat with me in the garage.  I had a little table and chairs setup and we sat down, ate, and talked (which really means I listened to them tell me all about the couple of TV shows they just watched).  They finished and headed back inside for nap / quiet time.  Later my wife mentioned that my oldest had said that she liked the "picnic", but that it was kind of stinky.  I was covered in grease and grime, so I'm sure it was a little stinky.  Oh yeah, lunch was a pb&j sandwich and a 100 calorie pack of baked Cheetos.  That's the first time I tried the baked Cheetos and they're pretty lame.  I've tried the baked Lays also and thought they too were pretty much a waste of my time.

Dinner was spaghetti w/ red sauce and cheesy garlic bread.  I ate quite a bit of it.

Water intake has been practically non-existant lately.  I've been drinking it at meals, but not much other than that.

Progress as of today: 6 lbs lost so far, only 81.4 lbs to go!

thinnside40 on 12/06/2008:
Your Daddy Day sounds teriffic!.... Makes my heart jump when I hear a dad taking such time with his children.... My hubby is the same way......

Garage Sales !?!?!?!?!?!?! She's my kind of woman!

Have a terrific Sunday!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/07/2008:
i know what you mean. giving into temptation...laziness causing a person to eat poorly. i know it all. been doing it all too well. but, we have more knowledge and ability to succeed than we give ourselves credit for. gosh, i'm looking at these videos and pics i have of myself in 2006 and it is SO SAD to see the poor changes i've made. we can go back. don't settle!

skinnyjeans on 12/07/2008:
I hope you had a great weekend and good luck getting all of your water in this week!

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