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graindart - Tuesday Apr 10, 2007
(120oz water,no snacks,no reg.pop, 3 meals per day)
Weight: 245.8

82 days to go....

B - slimfast

L - Wendys crispy chicken club sandwich and medium fries

D - 3 or 4 slices of pizza and a salad with blue cheese dressing

I was on the road all day so the eating wasn't even close to healthy, but it was about 10 times better than a usual day on the road. A usual day on the road sees me eating almost the whole 8-10 hours just to stay awake and stave off some of the boredom.

No pop, no snacks, only ate at meals, even got my 120 ounces of water in.

Progress as of today: 17.2 lbs lost so far, only 45.8 lbs to go!


graindart - Monday Apr 09, 2007
(120oz water,no snacks,no reg.pop, 3 meals per day)
Weight: 247.0

83 days to go.....

I had a Slimfast for breakfast and am now slowly working on a water bottle.

*** pm update ***

L - large enchilada plate with all the fixings and a bunch of loaded nachos

No pop, no snacks, only about 100 ounces of water so far. I'll finish off another bottle before falling asleep tonight, even though it'll mean waking up in the middle of the night for a bathroom break.

No exercise yet, although I did think about taking a walk tonight. In the end, I chose to work on a motorcycle project I picked up.

Progress as of today: 16 lbs lost so far, only 47 lbs to go!


graindart - Sunday Apr 08, 2007
(120oz water,no snacks,no reg.pop, 3 meals per day)
Weight: 247.0

84 days to go......

It's the start of what's traditionally my worst water day. I'm going to see if I can finish off a bottle before leaving for church.

B - nothing

*** pm update ***

Today hasn't been the best dietwise. No regular pop was about the only thing on track. I'm working on another bottle of water right now, but that'll only make 100 ounces of water, which will have to suffice.

I didn't feel like eating at breakfast time so I didn't. Lunch was a whole different matter. Lunch consisted of ham, potatoes, asparagus, corn, rolls, strawberry shortcake, and some cookies. I felt so guilty for overeating so much that I was about to just throw the day away and keep eating junk the rest of the day. I changed my mind and just decided that I had done enough damage and decided to skip dinner. Not the healthiest of days, but at least I didn't fall completely off the wagon and go on a huge binge-fest.

Tomorrow should be more controlled / structured and hopefully I'll be able to get the water in also.

Progress as of today: 16 lbs lost so far, only 47 lbs to go!

greengirl on 04/08/2007:
Weekend is always my worse water time too!! Do your best :)


hollybelle on 04/09/2007:
Sounds like a great Easter Dinner. You did wonderfully stopping yourself from just "chucking" the day. Sometimes the best plans just go awry. You did a great job of saving the day, though.



graindart - Saturday Apr 07, 2007
(120oz water,no snacks,no reg.pop, 3 meals per day)
Weight: 247.2

85 days to go....

Just finished off my first bottle of water.

B - scrambled eggs and a couple biscuits

L - fried sausage, potatoes, sauerkraut

*** pm update ***

D - very very large salad with all of the fixings (eggs,fried chicken,bread,tomatoes,cheese,black olives,and plenty of blue cheese dressing) and a Diet Pepsi

No regular pop, no snacks, 3 meals, and I'm still working on the water. I just finished my 3rd 24oz bottle, only 2 more to go.

Day 4 has gone pretty well. As long as I make it to the 2 week point without any screw-ups, everything should be fine. That's what it seems to take for me to get used to a new change. I think it was about that long for me to get used to having water and / or ice tea with meals. For the first couple weeks it was a conscious decision each time, but then it just became normal and I don't even think about it now. Hopefully the not snacking will just become "normal" too in a couple of weeks.

I don't know if drinking 120oz of water in a day could ever become "normal", but you do kind of get used to it after awhile. Sunday's my hardest day to get a decent amount of water intake. I usually sleep until about 8 or 9am, go to church, then go out to eat for lunch. That usually means that I get home around 1-2pm and probably haven't had more than 12 ounces of water. Trying to cram another 100+ ounces in before bedtime is usually pretty tough.

My wife knows that I've been off regular pop since the 1st of January, but I haven't mentioned my change to not snacking to her yet. I usually like to give it a whirl first to see if it's going to "stick" before mentioning it to her (or others).

Progress as of today: 15.8 lbs lost so far, only 47.2 lbs to go!

Chubby1 on 04/07/2007:
Keep up the good work!!!! Cutting out sodas it huge. My husband did the same thing. He feels better and got his cholesterol down a lot.


hollybelle on 04/07/2007:
Happy Easter


Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/07/2007:
i see you are doing 3 meals, no snacks. i wouldn't be able to take that diet...why have you chosen no snacks? then again, some people can do it.. in particular, my mom is always telling me I don't need to snack so often. however, it usually curbs your appetite, if you snack correctly. your body might benifit from snacking on healthy carrots/celery/tomatoes inbetween meals since it looks like you don't eat them during meals!


graindart on 04/07/2007:
Horn of Plenty, It just comes down to simplicity for me. I'm not suggesting it for others, but it works for me. I can remember to just grab something first thing in the morning, then all I have to remember is to only eat at 2 designated times, lunch and dinner. I've tried changing everything at once before and I end up failing and just giving up. Since I'm only making small changes, it's really easy to follow......drink water and only eat 3 meals. I have total respect for those who can successfully change all of their bad habits at once, but it just doesn't seem to work for me. So I'll just change 1 thing at a time. It'll be a longer process, but hopefully I'll just get used to each step and not feel like I'm constantly failing at something.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/08/2007:
wow, i really like your explanation of why you are taking the diet approach you have chosen. i like how you are taking one step at a time...very logical and i know you can do it!



graindart - Friday Apr 06, 2007
(120 oz water, no snacks, no pop, 3 meals per day)
Weight: 248.4

86 days to go....

Just finished a Slimfast for breakfast and have about 20 ounces of water completed for the morning.

** pm update **

B - Slimfast

L - hamburger in a bun with slice of ham and pineapple ring

D - spaghetti with sauce / sausage, couple slices of bread

Finished about 90-100 oz of water, will try to get 1 more bottle in before I head off to bed. No pop, no snacks, only ate 3 meals at mealtimes. Not a bad 3rd day.

Progress as of today: 14.6 lbs lost so far, only 48.4 lbs to go!


graindart - Thursday Apr 05, 2007
(120 oz water, no snacks, no pop, 3 meals per day)
Weight: 250.6

87 days to go......

Sitting here with a bottle of water and a Slimfast for breakfast.

Yesterday went pretty well. I ate plenty, but just limited it to the 3 meal times. I wasn't hungry in between, but I kept going for a snack out of habit every time I passed the kitchen. It wasn't even a conscious desire, I didn't think about it, I just opened the fridge or went to grab something out of a cupboard. Thankfully I remembered before I ate any of the items.

The day countdown is until the 1st of July, give or take a day due to my quick counting. It always seems to help me having a set goal / date to work towards. The in-laws are coming up for the yearly visit sometime in July and we also have a mini-vacation planned to Edmonton Mall in mid July. I'd like to be able to go to the water park in the mall without feeling as self conscious about my weight. My goal is to be as close to 200lbs as possible by then. I'd settle for just being in the 220's though. Technically I'd only need to lose 21 more lbs to slide into the high 220's. That's just under 2 lbs per week, which should be easily do-able as long as I stay on track.

As for work, I'm kind of taking this week easy. I've turned down several job orders and haven't really got much accomplished as of yet. I kind of needed to just have some down time, as the past several weeks have been hectic. The money's been good, but there's more to life than the money. Speaking of which, I think I'll stop wasting my time at this keyboard and go play with my kids for a little bit......

** pm update **

B - Slimfast

L - a few tamales w/ cheese and onions

D - went to a buffet - large salad, brisket, ribs, stuffing, baked beans (I actually ate less than normal at the buffet, as I skipped dessert this time.)

No pop, no snacks, ate food only at the 3 meals. Just finished off the 120 oz of water for the day. All in all, a pretty decent day.

Progress as of today: 12.4 lbs lost so far, only 50.6 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 04/05/2007:
Good job on stopping short of the snacks. Just speaks to how much we are creatures of habits, doesn't it? Ah, but new habits can be re-established. Love your goal of being unself-conscience at the waterpark.


WorkingIt2 on 04/06/2007:
You are right..there is more to life than money....and there is also more to life than food! Your goal sounds great, and every day you do it, you get better and better! Keep up the great work!



graindart - Wednesday Apr 04, 2007
(120 oz water, no snacks, no pop, 3 meals per day)
Weight: 252.0

88 days to go.....

I've been in a stand still for the past few months. The only thing I've been able to successfully accomplish is getting off regular pop.

It's now time to start being successful in other food areas. I'm going back to my old standby..... trying for 120 oz of water per day, no snacks, no regular pop, 3 meals per day.

I'm still not feeling like doing much in the way of exercise. I broke my tailbone about a month ago and it still hurts whenever I do much of anything. To be honest, I really wouldn't feel like exercising even if I hadn't broken my tailbone.

Sitting here this morning with a bottle of water and a can of Slimfast (breakfast, since I don't feel like making anything).

B - can of Slimfast

**** pm update ****

L - large can of soup and slice of bread w/butter

D - mashed potatoes, asparagus, sausage, sauerkraut, biscuits

I've only got about 80 ounces of water in today......hopefully do better tomorrow. No snacks, no regular pop..... not bad for a start.

Progress as of today: 11 lbs lost so far, only 52 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 04/04/2007:
Getting off regular pop - Way To Go! That's a big accomplishment. Ouch! on the tailbone. If exercise is not a big attraction for you - why not shoot for a 15 minute walk every day? Or just 15 minutes every other day of SOMEthing exercise-like? Would your kids like to walk with you? Would you be able to play ball or frisbe with the kids? I see they are very young (1 & 3) on your bio - so maybe just "chasing them around" in the yard for a little while??? Hang in there.


WorkingIt2 on 04/04/2007:
Exercise is work, so it is only natural that we wouldn't 'want' to exercise. However, when you do start to exercise and you start making those accomplishments (15 minutes then 20 then 30, intensity increases, endurance, health, better sleep..etc.) that is when we start to fall in love with it and enjoy it and miss it when we can't do it. But, it takes doing it, starting somewhere, anywhere, in order to reach that point. When I started walking little over a year ago, I could only walk half a mile in 25 minutes. But I kept going, kept moving, kept trying. Some days were better than others, I must say. Trying to move 213lbs on a 5'2" frame was HELL. Here I am, 60lbs lighter, and I can now fast-walk a mile in 13 minutes.

Look, don't worry if you don't want to exercise right this very moment. If all you can concentrate on right now are your food goals, then do that for a while until you are confident in your ability with that task. And if you have a day or two that you DO feel like taking a little walk, marching in place, etc. then go ahead and give yourself permission to do so and to experience the rush of accomplishing THAT task for THAT day. Don't worry about the past or the next day or the future. Rushing to the future without experiencing the present robs you of some very cool rewards!

I hope your tailbone feels better soon! And I wish you the best!


jon'smom on 04/04/2007:
Getting off regular pop is a very good thing! I hope your tailbone feels better soon.



graindart - Tuesday Apr 03, 2007
(120 oz water, no snacks, no pop, 3 meals per day)
Weight: 252.0

89 days to go.....

Progress as of today: 11 lbs lost so far, only 52 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 04/04/2007:
Almost 8 lbs lost - good going!



graindart - Thursday Mar 08, 2007
(120 oz water)
Weight: 250.2

I did better with water yesterday, about 75 ounces. Didn't do any exercise and didn't watch what I ate. I don't tend to remember that I want to be more selective with the things I'm eating. I need something to remind me.......maybe I'll just walk around with a big piece of duck-tape on my mouth. At least then I'd remember.

If I can get back in the habit of posting on here daily, it'll at least keep my mind on working towards a goal.

Progress as of today: 7.8 lbs lost so far, only 50.2 lbs to go!

borntocry on 03/08/2007:
Hmmm... yes, I've often thought about walking around with a duct-taped mouth as well. How about a piece of sugar-free gum in your mouth? At least you'd have to take it out before you put anything else in, so that should buy a you a couple of seconds! GG swears by it, and she sticks to 900 calories a day - she must have SOME trick!



graindart - Wednesday Mar 07, 2007
(120 oz water)
Weight: 252.4

I just can't seem to get started with eating correctly or exercising. The only thing that I've had good success with is kicking the regular pop. I haven't had a regular pop since January 1st. I still on occasion have a diet pop. I think the best tasting diet pop for me has to be the Diet Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper. It might have something to do with me never having tasted the regular version so I really don't have anything to compare it to. It tastes really sweet and doesn't have any weird "diet" aftertaste to it.

Water intake has been pretty bad for the past month or so. I need to work on that, start watching what I eat, and start some type of exercise.

Progress as of today: 5.6 lbs lost so far, only 52.4 lbs to go!

borntocry on 03/07/2007:
You and your pop. I know what you mean - the only diet one I like is Lime Coke, and I've never had the real version of that one either so maybe that's why. Have you tried it?


greengirl on 03/07/2007:
i always find that diet drinks taste sweeter than the ones with all the sugar in!!!


WorkingIt2 on 03/08/2007:
I LOVE diet dr pepper...love it. Congrats on getting off the regular pop!! As far as motivation, sometimes we have to CREATE our own by just jumping in with both feet and doing it! Have a great day =)



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