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graindart - Thursday Apr 07, 2005
(no pop, no snacks, nothing after 7pm, 125 oz water)
Weight: 239.2

Current

DIET 2005 take 2 Current 1st Goal Final Goal 3/31/2005
Weight (lbs.) 239.2 200 180 247.8
Body Fat % 40.1 <30 <20 39.6

No regular pop, no snacks, and about 100 ounces of water. Low carb Slimfast for breakfast. Date night with my wife.....dinner out was a bunch of bread with garlic smear, salad, prime rib, asparagus, mashed potatoes, and ice tea. Then we went to a movie and I had a small Diet Coke and we shared a small buttered popcorn. Not that I was hungry, but I do love movie theater popcorn, it's the only place I ever eat it.

I left the movie choice up to my wife and she chose Miss Congeniality 2. It really wasn't very funny. Even my wife said that it was pretty stupid, and not in a funny way.


graindart - Tuesday Apr 05, 2005
(no pop, no snacks, nothing after 7pm, 125 oz water)
Weight: 239.4

Current

DIET 2005 take 2 Current 1st Goal Final Goal 3/31/2005
Weight (lbs.) 239.4 200 180 247.8
Body Fat % 41.6 <30 <20 39.6

No pop, no snacks, nothing after 7pm, 125 ounces of water.

Yesterday I was hosting a final 4 party, so I knew I'd be eating anything and everything. I knew there was no way I was going to watch what I was eating, so I didn't eat anything else the whole day. By the time the party started, I was famished and I ate plenty! The only thing I didn't do was drink pop.

Today went better, low carb Slimfast for breakfast. Cracker Barrel for lunch - low carb bacon cheeseburger, green beans, side salad with blue cheese dressing, 1/3 of a low carb chocolate bar for dessert. I would've eaten the whole chocolate bar, but it didn't taste very good. I still had to think about it, but decided there was no reason to eat it if I wasn't even enjoying the flavor of it. I wasn't hungry when dinner came along, so I didn't eat.

Now it's a few hours later, about an hour or two before bedtime, and I'm hungry. I'll just have to tough it out now.


graindart - Sunday Apr 03, 2005
(no pop, no snacks, nothing after 7pm, 125 oz water)
Weight: 242.2

Current

DIET 2005 take 2 Current 1st Goal Final Goal 3/31/2005
Weight (lbs.) 242.2 200 180 247.8
Body Fat % 41.3 <30 <20 39.6

So-so day. No pop, no snacks, nothing after 7pm. Only got about 75-100 ounces of water today.

Lunch was a little overdone at Applebee's. My little 2 year old daughter was asking for ice cream at the end of the meal, so I ordered the Apple Chimi-cheesecake that I love so much. My daughter, wife, and I were about halfway through it when my wife mentions "I thought you were on a diet." Doh! (done in Homer Simpson's voice) I had totally forgot that I was supposed to be skipping dessert. Oh well, it's just life, maybe tomorrow will be more on track.


graindart - Saturday Apr 02, 2005
(no pop, no snacks, nothing after 7pm, 125 oz water)
Weight: 241.8

Current

DIET 2005 take 2 Current 1st Goal Final Goal 3/31/2005
Weight (lbs.) 241.8 200 180 247.8
Body Fat % 41.3 <30 <20 39.6

Today went ok. No regular pop, no snacks, nothing after 7pm, and I'm working on my last bottle of water to bring me to a grand total of 125 ounces today.

Low carb Slimfast for breakfast. Lunch was all you can eat chinese buffet. I did so-so at it, still had all of the fried food with sugary sauces, but I didn't have the pudding and ice cream I normally would've. Dinner was nearly a complete waste. I had a craving for McDonald's french fries, so I got those and a Big Mac. The only redeeming thing about dinner was I didn't get a regular pop, but rather chose Diet Coke. I should've just got water, because I really don't like the taste of diet pop.

So looking at what I ate today, most people would probably count it as a complete loss. But compared to what I normally eat and drink, it's actually an improvement, so it's a small win in my column.

I do need to try adding some type of exercise into the mix.

Jennifer68 on 04/03/2005:
You are doing great on the no snacks after 7, no pop and drinking lots of water! Hooray for you!!! That is awesome. Its hard to give those things up, and I am not a water drinker by nature, lol, So I think your water intake is incredible.

About fast food restaurants and all-you-can-eat chinese buffets: They are POISON! I used to love them too, but had to totally change my view on them. My parents go out for chinese about 3 times a week-- and then talk about all the things they ate, to the point they made ME feel sick. Both my hubby and myself agreed its far better to order takeout if you have to get chinese, and order the low-fat meals if you can. Believe me, you CAN get used to it and enjoy it too. I refuse to EVER go to a buffett again. I have convinced myself I am allergic to them, and turned down invites to go from my family-- telling them we do not DO buffetts any more. If I need Mc'Ds I allow myself ONE item off the menu-- two choices: a burger or a small fries. It satisfies the craving without ruining my day. Hope you don't mind these tips but I know you want to succeed, and this worked for me so I wanted to share. Have a skinny day :O) (I stole that line from someone else here, lol) Jen



graindart - Saturday Apr 02, 2005
(no pop, no snacks, nothing after 7pm, 125 oz water)
Weight: 247.8

Current

DIET 2005 take 2 Current 1st Goal Final Goal 3/31/2005
Weight (lbs.) 247.8 200 180 247.8
Body Fat % 39.6 <30 <20 39.6

Yesterday went relatively well. No pop, no snacks, nothing after 7pm, and around 100-125 ounces of water. I was busy last night playing games with friends, so didn't get a chance to weigh myself.

I had a huge headache the latter half of the day, most likely from caffeine withdrawl. I almost just gave up when some friends brought over pizza and some 2 liter bottles of pop. I love them both, but somehow just made it through without them. I kept thinking how a glass of pop would cure my headache and probably calm me down a little, but somehow made it through the day. No exercise, but I did think about it. Unfortunately just "thinking" about it doesn't produce results.

I'm to mid morning now on the 2nd of April and things are starting off alright, however I'm behind on my water intake, so I'd better pick it up some.


graindart - Thursday Mar 31, 2005
(no pop, no snacks, nothing after 7pm, 125 oz water)
Weight: 247.8

Current

DIET 2005 take 2 Current 1st Goal Final Goal 3/31/2005
Weight (lbs.) 247.8 200 180 247.8
Body Fat % 39.6 <30 <20 39.6

This is just a rehash of everything I've written on my many restart attempts over the past few months. I can't seem to make it a day on any diet restart attempts. I don't know why, but I just don't seem to care about losing the weight right now. I'd much rather eat a bag of cookies or suck down a 2 liter of pop. I can feel the jiggling of fat again when I walk anywhere, but still would rather sit here munching away on sugary goodness. I feel a little winded when I carry my 2 year old daughter up the stairs from our basement and yet I'm just not motivated to put in the effort.

I'm usually an all or nothing type person. Unfortunately this means I've been off diet for the past several months and have gained ALL of the weight back, again. I've tried several times with good intentions to just give up one thing and count it as progress, but the longest it's lasted is a couple of days.

I've been reading everyone's entries almost daily, hoping to get excited about getting on track again. It's nice to see people succeeding even though I'm in a slump at this time. I'd like to be average weight, but I want to be average weight while consuming above-average amounts of stuff. That's the new American Dream.

I don't know why I keep yo-yo-ing like this. You'd think that I'd learn. In early 2003, I dieted from 250 down to the mid 190's, then packed on quite a few pounds, lost some more, then gained it all back. Early 2004 was pretty bad for weight loss, then fall of 2004 I got it together and got down to 215. Since then there've been plenty of excuses, Thanksgiving, a cruise, Christmas, New Years, etc. After each one, I told myself that I wasn't going to blow the weight loss and that I'd jump back on the wagon the next day. Unfortunately it never happened. Around mid January I basically just gave up and here I am near my high again.

It's really messed up. When I'm on track I feel better, but still can't find the motivation to do what it takes to feel (and look) better.

I'm thinking it's time for another stab at the diet thing. Starting tomorrow I'll try to go cold turkey on the pop, no snacks, nothing after 7pm, and try to get my 125 ounces of water in. The treadmill is still sitting there, maybe I should use it for more than a place to set stuff. Although, I'm not feeling very motivated right now while I'm typing this, so if you don't see any entries for a few days, you'll know what happened.

This is a picture of 247.8


graindart - Wednesday Mar 09, 2005
(no pop, no snacks, nothing after 7pm, 125 oz water)
Weight: 240.0

Current

DIET 2004 / 2005 Current 1st Goal Final Goal 9/25/2004
Weight (lbs.) 240.0 200 180 252
Body Fat % 38.0 <30 <20 41

---11:35am--- Weight and body fat % are just estimated guesses. I can't seem to make it a day on any diet restart attempts. I don't know why, but I just don't seem to care about losing the weight right now. I'd much rather eat a bag of cookies or suck down a 2 liter of pop. I can feel the jiggling of fat coming back again when I walk anywhere, but still would rather sit here munching away on sugary goodness.

I'm usually an all or nothing type person, but that hasn't been helping lately, maybe I'll just try to make it through the day with no pop. At least that would be a step in the right direction.

I've been reading everyone's entries almost daily, hoping to get excited about getting on track again. It's nice to see people succeeding even though I'm in a slump at this time. I'd like to be average weight, but I want to be average weight while consuming above-average amounts of stuff. That's the new American Dream.

TheMother on 03/09/2005:
I'm right there with you re: "don't seem to care about losing the weight right now"; however, I am making a conscientious effort to change that mentality and do something about it. Unfortunately, wishing doesn't make it so - WE have to make it happen. Spring is coming and soon after that it will be summer. Even if it's winter, it shouldn't matter what time of year it is - the point is I need to lose 50 lbs (already lost 25) and I am going to do this. This week has been great so far - started drinking the water and doing the treadmill for starters. Been watching what I'm eating and hopefully I will see a weight loss on Saturday when I weigh in. YOU can do it. The part about "not wanting to lose weight now" is an excuse. Sorry I'm sounding so harsh but it's just that I identify so much with what your feeling right now and I want to help you. YOU can do it - just take one day even one meal at a time. You've had success before, you can have it again. Come'on, we'll all do it together.

TM



graindart - Saturday Feb 26, 2005
(no pop, no snacks, nothing after 7pm, 125 oz water)
Weight: 238.0

Current

DIET 2004 / 2005 Current 1st Goal Final Goal 9/25/2004
Weight (lbs.) 238.0 200 180 252
Body Fat % 36.6 <30 <20 41

Tomorrow starts a new attempt at getting back on sometype of a diet. Since the beginning of 2005, I've probably restarted this diet approximately 10 times. Each time it lasts for between 1-4 days. Hopefully this time will be the time it finally takes. Once I'm on track for a couple of weeks, it becomes pretty easy. It's just tough for me to actually get started.

The picture is from tonight, the camera's date / time was off. I corrected the date / time, so it should be accurate the next time I take a picture. This time I want "before", "during", and "after" pictures. I've lost decent amounts of weight before, but I don't tend to remember how it feels to be lighter. I've gone back and re-read my past entries and I can get a sort of mental picture of how I was at that time, but an actual digital picture should give me a clearer indication of where I'm at physically.

To answer the first question that is probably going to pop into your head when you see this picture: "no, I don't go out in public dressed like this!" :-)

I wanted to wear something that wouldn't hide my fat, so I can hopefully see a shrinking belly / butt / etc, as the weeks and months go by. Before entering the room to take the picture, I warned my wife not to laugh at my homemade "man-bra" shirt. She really did try her best not to smile too much. I did make sure not to include my face, so you can't see how embarrased I look.

Anyways, the picture is a reminder to myself of what 238 looks like. I'll try to remember to periodically take more pictures from the same distance with the same clothes on. It'll help me be able to see if there's any visible changes going on.


graindart - Wednesday Feb 23, 2005
(no pop, no snacks, nothing after 7pm, 125 oz water)
Weight: 231.6

Current

DIET 2004 / 2005 Current 1st Goal Final Goal 9/25/2004
Weight (lbs.) 231.6 200 180 252
Body Fat % 36.4 <30 <20 41

I've been busy and haven't been doing anything for my own health. The past while has been bad eating / sparse sleeping / drinking lots of pop / etc.


graindart - Monday Jan 31, 2005
(no pop, no snacks, nothing after 7pm, 125 oz water)
Weight: 231.6

Current

DIET 2004 / 2005 Current 1st Goal Final Goal 9/25/2004
Weight (lbs.) 231.6 200 180 252
Body Fat % 36.4 <30 <20 41

Well, it's been over another month since my last post, and I've been off the diet for approximately 3 months now and have gained back around 15 pounds during that time. It was a food filled Thanksgiving, cruise, Christmas, and New Year's. I've drank so much pop and ate so much food that I haven't been feeling very good for the past couple of months. Even though I know I feel better when I cut out the pop and candy, I just haven't felt motivated to get back on the wagon.

I'm planning on starting my diet again tomorrow. I bought a case of bottled water and will hopefully remember to start drinking it when I wake up tomorrow.

Something different for this time. I haven't incorporated exercise into any of my dieting attempts over the past couple of years, but just went out and plunked down some money on a treadmill. I really don't enjoy walking all that much, but I feel like I need to try something. I don't like walking outside because I get bored so quickly. I don't want to join a gym, because it takes up too much time when you throw in the drive to / from, showering, etc. At least with a treadmill in the house, I shouldn't have half of the excuses. I don't need to take a shower before / get dressed (no, I'm not planning on doing it in the nude) / or be bored (placed in front of the television).

I haven't walked on a treadmill much. I realize that the amount of benefit can vary depending on number of miles walked, incline, speed, etc. However to help keep things simple, I'm thinking of just having a weekly mileage goal. I'm not sure how many miles per week sounds realistic, but 20 sounds like a good even number. In my head that is about 4 miles per day with 2 days off per week. Even just walking, I should be able to walk that 4 miles while watching an hour of television.

In my mind, 4 miles doesn't sound like that terrible long of a walk and I'm sure the first day will be alright. However, day 2 might seem a bit hard depending on how stiff I end up feeling after day 1. I'll just have to keep telling myself that after a few weeks / months, walking 4 miles per day should be a piece of cake.

NewHope05 on 01/31/2005:
Hey! It's okay, im almost in the same boat, i started last year at 255 lost down to 220 then gained 20 to 245, now at 240, but WE CAN do it, It's SO HARD getting back on that wagon, but once you get started it gets easier and better. Just make yourself excersise one day, then it will be a lil better the next and so on.. I really like your chart, it sets a good goal, i believe I will sneak this idea too! THANKS! take care!


NewHope05 on 01/31/2005:
That sounds like a wonderful goal! I goto the gym, bc I dont have the will power at home, I will just be like... maybe later, hehe, But the drive is about 20mins to and back, so there is 40mins, it does take a lot time.. Your goals are wonderful, 4miles a day is enough to burn a good bit of calories, but not too much to burn you out, let us know how it goes!! happy monday!


Soon2BThin on 01/31/2005:
Good to "see" you back again. How was your cruise? I hope you enjoyed it. Your plan sounds good. Stay strong and you WILL do it!!


Bandmom on 02/23/2005:
I love you goal chart! May I use it too? Bandmom



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