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graindart - Friday Jan 31, 2003
(no pop, no snacks, nothing after 7pm)
Weight: 235.6

235.6 / 250.8 / 199

No pop, no snacks. Slimfast shake for breakfast. Busy, didn't get time for lunch until 2pm, didn't want to eat too much that close to dinner, so I just ate a "health" bar. Drank a decent amount of water. Dinner was large.....steak, salad, baked beans, bread, fries, and water.

Beth 201 on 02/01/2003:
GREAT JOB!! Have a great weekend. Keep up the good work!! Beth ;)



graindart - Thursday Jan 30, 2003
(no pop, no snacks, nothing after 7pm)
Weight: 236.6

236.6 / 250.8 / 199

No pop, no snacks. Large lunch, large dinner.


graindart - Wednesday Jan 29, 2003
(no pop, no snacks, nothing after 7pm)
Weight: 234.0

234.0 / 250.8 / 199

No pop, no snacks. Getting kind of tired of Slimfast shakes for breakfast every morning, so I also bought a 24 pack of "healthy" breakfast bars. Had one of the bars for breakfast. Lunch was a Healthy Choice blackened chicken. I think that as a whole, frozen dinners have gotten better tasting in recent years. I have to admit that the H.C. blackened chicken was probably one of the best frozen dinners / tv dinners I've ever eaten. For supper I had pork strips and a fried egg. Didn't get too much water in today, which probably accounts for the supposed weight loss.

pastagal on 01/30/2003:
Congrats on the weight loss,,and not eating past 7pm is a great idea,,have a wonderful day tomorrow ok:}


flowermoon on 01/30/2003:
I think the frozen dinners are really good. Sometimes I can't believe they are low-fat, low-cal! Your doing a great job, keep up the good work!!!


breakaway on 01/30/2003:
I think I'm going to try that heathy choice chicken...I'm always looking for better tasting tv dinners for sundays when I work the pm. Hubby can't cook, well, he can but he won't lol...so that will be a great choice for him. Hope your able to get in that water!! Take care and have a great day today!

Carrie


hope seeker on 01/30/2003:
There really are some great tasting frozen dinners out there now. My only problems are freezer space and sometimes the price :/ oh well. Have a good day :) Hope



graindart - Tuesday Jan 28, 2003

Weight: 236.8

236.8 / 250.8 / 199

No pop, no snacks. Slimfast shake for breakfast. Late lunch with a large mushroom & swiss cheeseburger, fries, and large side salad smothered with blue cheese dressing. I ate lunch late, so didn't really feel all that hungry when dinner time came around. Figured I'd be hungry later, but wanted to keep from eating past 7pm, so I had one of those "health bars" around dinner time. It has 110 calories, 3g fat, 16g carb (10g of which is sugars), and 5g protein. I've tried these bars before and they've always tasted nasty or pretty much tasteless. I doubt that their flavor has changed, but boy did it taste great tonight! It's probably because it's the only chocolate I've had in the past month, except for the 1/3 candy bar slip up a couple of weeks ago. I guess it all depends on what your reference point is......if I had been eating Reeses Peanut Butter Cups the day before, the "health bar" probably would've tasted extremely bland. But since I haven't had any sweets for the past month, that same "health bar" tastes excellent.

I wasn't really hungry today, but later tonight while driving home from a "child care class", I reeeaaallly wanted to go through any fastfood restaurant's drive-thru. It wasn't based on hunger, it just feels good to have some nice hot food to help comfort you. Well, I made it home without giving in. Now I feel fine, but those nice hot late night burgers were calling my name just 1/2 hour ago. :-)

MichelleP on 01/29/2003:
Hi,

Way to go on not giving in to the comfort food. It is such a hard thing to do, we have done it for so many years! Give yourself a big hug!


breakaway on 01/29/2003:
HOpe you made it through those late night burger calls. You did great passing up those fast food places! I have to go by them every day and it's really hard to pass them by but I've also been doing good at that. I know what you mean by things tasting better when your hungry. Same thing happened to me yesterday...I usually hate salads but yesterday I could have eaten three!! My husband said it was becasue I don't eat all the fat now so it will taste better to me. ANd it sure did! Have a great day and keep up the great work!

Carrie


Tigger on 01/29/2003:
I am proud of you for recognizing that your fast food craving was based on emotion not hunger. I am lucky that I do not like fast food! Chocolate is my weakness but I do okay as long as I indulge in moderation.

Sarah



graindart - Monday Jan 27, 2003

Weight: 237.8

237.8 / 250.8 / 199

No sweets, no pop. Slimfast for breakfast. Running around all day, finally had a bag of Corn Nuts for "lunch". Went out for Chinese food for dinner, ate a lot. Feel full, nothing after 7pm.

breakaway on 01/27/2003:
Good job not having nothing past 7pm...That is my goal as well. I started at 9pm and did ok...now I'm at 8pm. Getting a little harder but I know I can do it. WAY TO GO!! You sound like a busy man. Keep up the great work!

Carrie



graindart - Sunday Jan 26, 2003

Weight: 237.8

237.8 / 250.8 / 199

No pop, no sweets, forgot to drink a Slimfast for breakfast, didn't drink much water. No snacks and nothing during the Super Bowl, besides dinner. I reeeaaally wanted some pizza and hotwings, but when I called up they said that they were running about one and a half hours behind, so I decided against it.

flowermoon on 01/27/2003:
Well, I guess that was in your favor this time, them running so far behind! Good job, keep going!!!



graindart - Saturday Jan 25, 2003

Weight: 239.8

239.8 / 250.8 / 199

No pop, no sweets, no snacks, went skiing, very tired now.

breakaway on 01/25/2003:
Great job today! Skiing is great exercise. I used to do it all the time...not anymore. But hopefully soon. Have a great day today!

Carrie



graindart - Friday Jan 24, 2003

Weight: 239.8

239.8 / 250.8 / 199

No pop, no sweets, no snacks, ate dinner late (7:15pm), but nothing after 7:45pm.


graindart - Thursday Jan 23, 2003

Weight: 238.8

238.8 / 250.8 / 199

No pop, no sweets. Just a pb&j sandwich for lunch. Pizza and cheesbread for dinner. Nothing after 7pm and no snacks. As long as I'm seeing weight loss on a regular basis, I have no problem with not having snacks, pop, etc. However when I go a few days with no progress noted, or even a gained pound, I feel like it's not worth it and I might as well just gorge myself and suck down a 55 gallon barrel of pop. But as of today, everything's going good. It's been probably almost a year since I've seen the 230's, and I can't wait to see the 220's again soon, hopefully by the end of February. The end of February seems like such a long time from now. I don't usually try to figure out how much I'll weigh and when, but it'd be nice to think that I could get down to 199 lbs by the beginning of summer. That'd be about 10 lbs. lost each month. I don't know if that's practical or not. I'm kind of thinking that what will probably happen is an easy first 20 lbs of loss, followed by a plateau, which is where most people, me included, usually just decides that it's not worth it and starts gaining back some of the weight. As everyone knows and fears, if you start going back up, you get depressed and start to eat even more, and end up gaining all the weight back plus an extra 10-15 lbs.

It kind of stinks that you can't predict weight loss. If someone could guarantee me that I'd weigh 199 lbs by the beginning of summer, I'd stick with things and be looking forward to it. Although once I hit 199, I then have to keep going for my 170 lb "ideal weight". I think that 199 is achievable, but I'm not sure about 170. It doesn't matter too much, because 199 would be such an improvement that I doubt that it'd bother me all that much.

How do people let themselves go? I used to see people larger than me and ask that question. I guess I have to look in the mirror now when I ask that question. I know when I was overweight and weighed in the 190's, I use to justify my weight by seeing people in the 250+ range and saying to myself "I may be overweight, but at least I'm not that overweight, that obese." Now that I've hit 250, I'm still saying that to myself, only I have to look at people 300+ lbs to say it.

My best friend has been steadily gaining weight over the past 5-8 years, and is now within about 10 lbs of me. He's always mentioning how much he hates being that fat and disgusting. I don't ever really notice my weight, unless I hear him complaining about his own weight, and then I become a little more self conscious. I guess it's good to hear him complaining about it sometimes, otherwise I might just keep rationalizing my weight gain, as I don't usually think about it too much.

breakaway on 01/24/2003:
I know what you mean when you used to say that about overweight people...I am guilty of it too..When I was in high school I was alway 110 and wondered how some of the girl could let themselves get so big...I never seen this coming at all. It just seems like all of a sudden wham here I am huge as ever. I don't remember ever getting on the scale and seeing it go up ever. I was just here and then I wonder how it happened. Sick huh? oh well, we just have to work hard to get that off and feel better about ourselves. Good luck to you and hope your scale has nothing but good news for you next time you jump on it. Great job not giving into the soda and sweets today AGAIN!!

Have a great day!

Carrie


pastagal on 01/24/2003:
Just a few tips,,don't let the scale and numbers take over your thoughts and will power,,get yourself a pair of jeans that are one size to small and try them on daily,,be consistent with your diet and take each day like its the first day of your diet,drink alot of water ,use a straw if needed to get more water in,and know it takes time and patience but you will succeed if you want it bad enough,and remember there will be many days ahead that it feels like nothing is working,but it is,,just don't get discourged and think you should give up,its take lots of hard work and CONSISTENCY w/portion control and making better food choices to get the weight off and keep it off,,look at this as a Lifestyle change and not so much as a DIET,,,,hope this helps,,have a great day!


Tigger on 01/24/2003:
I know what you mean about not knowing how this happened. I think that a real wake up call for me was one day about two months ago. My best friend was dating a woman that I thought of as "really fat" I would think to myself, boy I might be out of shape but at least I don't look like her. Then one day I happened to be doing laundry in the laundry room of our duplex and noticed a pair of her pants hanging up... they were the same size I wear. I stepped on the scale for the first time in about a year and I honestly felt dizzy when I had to keep edging the weights up until the scale registered 200lbs.

But, on the same hand... don't be too hard on yourself. You are back in control now. I know sometimes it feels like food is in control, but you are the one in the drivers seat. Just keep going as best you can!

Sarah



graindart - Wednesday Jan 22, 2003

Weight: 239.8

239.8 / 250.8 / 199

No pop, no sweets. I kept walking past the Chex Mix, and finally succumbed to 1 mouthful. I'm not hungry, but I do miss the eating all of the time. Giving up on the pop has been a lot easier than I anticipated. I've just replaced my pop consumption with water. I've tried giving up on pop before, but it's never lasted more than a few weeks. I think that it's going good this time because whenever I go driving somewhere I usually remember to bring a bottle or two of water. Also, when I fill up the gas tank, I pay at the pump with a credit card. Since I don't even enter the gas station, I'm not tempted to buy pop.

I haven't cut down on my lunch and dinner at all, basically anything except for pop is allowed, just no snacking inbetween. Dinner was huge tonight. We went out to a nice restaurant. Big salad with all of the "not so good for you" fixings. Big prime rib with fresh ground horseradish; side of pasta and scones with honey butter. It was sooooooo good.

I've been contemplating about starting some exercise and/or watching what I eat for my meals. I'm kind of leaning away from watching what I eat for my meals, because it's just too much stuff to remember. Cutting out snacks, sweets, and pop has been working alright so far, no hunger and not feeling miserable or tired. I've tried changing all of my eating / drinking / exercise habits at once before, and it seemed like I spent all day just thinking about food, feeling tired, and being downright miserable. As long as the pounds keep dropping, allbeit slowly, I think I'll remain with my idea of eating whatever I feel like within reason for lunch or dinner.

As for the exercise, I don't know. Every form of regular exercise bores me to death. I HATE walking, running, or stair-climbing. I enjoy going skiing, but that's only doable once every 2-3 weeks. I've been thinking about putting up a "heavy bag" in the basement and seeing what punching it for 1/2 hour feels like. I really don't feel like going to the gym, it seems to take way too long. I don't know how some people can go to the gym over a lunch hour. With drive times, the minimum it takes me to go to the gym and get some decent exercise is approximately 2 hours, which is a lot more time than I'd care to spend. I wish I lived in a larger city; a 24 hour gym would be nice. I don't really have much spare time during the day, and things don't tend to slow down until around 8pm. I'd probably get some use out of the gym if it were open until at least midnight; that way I'd be able to go from 8:30pm - 10:30pm and not feel like I was getting rushed out because of closing time. A 24 hour gym would be even nicer, because I could go whenever I felt like it and wouldn't have any time constraints. Oh well, not planning on moving, so I'd better quit dreaming.

breakaway on 01/23/2003:
We have a 24 hour gym here and it is nice to have that choice. Your doing great with the idea to not do it all at once. That is exactly what I am doing and man is if ever working. The weight is really coming off now. All I did really is decrease my eating at night but not by much...and drink more water. I have decressed my calories a bit but nothing real large. You are doing wonderful!! Keep up the great work...Hope baby to be is doing good.

Have a great day today!

Carrie



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