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graindart - Sunday Apr 08, 2018
(moderate food, decent water intake)
Weight: 177.9

Sunday, church, no exercise, but still on 1 gallon of water / 2000 calorie max for the day.

After finishing yesterday's entry, I put off the walk by doing some other tasks.  Finally started my 3 mile walk for the day mid-morning.  Decided to try stepping it up a notch and jogged for the first couple minutes at a 10 minute mile pace, which is what it'd take to get my daily 3 miles down below 30 minutes per day.  Slowed down when side started to hurt.  Walked another couple minutes, then jogged until side started hurting again (about 30 seconds).  Continued that pattern throughout the rest of the 3 miles.  Completed the 3 miles in 40:52 today.  Prior to today I was averaging 3.7mph, so 3 miles was taking approximately 48-49 minutes.  Near the end the side pain wasn't coming back as quickly and I actually jogged for a minute or two straight near the end.  Felt good about myself for stepping it up some.  Decided to tape a table / chart to the treadmill so that I can record my daily times for the 3 miles in an attempt to motivate myself to progress.

Today I can finally take a deep breath again.  All of both daughters sports seasons are finally over.  Most other of their extended commitments have also ended.  Prom was yesterday.  Other than end of school year stuff, we should have some spare family time at a more relaxed pace.  It started last August with daily volleyball practice and games for the youngest.  September brought daily commitment for the older daughter in the form of Driver's Ed.  Those both led directly into daily basketball practice and games for the older daughter.  That bball season lasted a few months and just ended 1 month ago, but was directly followed by the younger daughter's basketball season.  Final tournaments ended Friday.  Next year will be easier without Driver's Ed and also because both girls will be on the same basketball team if they decide to play.

Progress as of today: 105.1 lbs lost so far, only 18.9 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 04/08/2018:
Fast weight loss can sometimes cause gall bladder problems...hopefully that's not what is causing your pain...hopefully your next days running will be more comfortable. I well remember the busy after school and weekend activities....and I was always relieved when they ended...but having a driving child will help a lot...of course then you will have a new worry...Parenting...is never easy.


Horn_of_plenty on 04/08/2018:
It's nice when the commitments die down a bit and give time for other activities and/or some much needed slower pace. ..

Good idea with the walk jog. never do anything if there's pain...and try to do some shin stretches if you can to prevent any shin splints. i only say that bc i get them fairly easily.


Donkey on 04/08/2018:
Tracking your treadmill time is a great motivation idea.

If you're getting side pains only when you are in running mode, it probably is that you're not getting enough oxygen. Try taking deeper breaths.



graindart - Saturday Apr 07, 2018
(moderate food, decent water intake)
Weight: 177.9

Another successful day. This entry is more of a weekly recap for myself.

One other "CON" I've noticed from my weightloss over the past year is that my tailbone hurts due to the loss of some of that cushion from the "cheeks".  I broke my tailbone years ago while skiing and it took about 6 months to mostly heal.  There after it never really caused any real pain.  But now that I have less natural padding it can get very uncomfortable at times depending on the seating surface.  I've tried various pads and they all work to some extent, but none have been 100% comfortable.

Daily 1 gallon of water is now easily accomplished each day.  Staying under 2000 calories per day has been straight forward and I'm on a 24 day streak of not going over.  I haven't been losing weight and the scale has been showing the body fat % as being pretty much the same too. 

I think I'm building strength / muscle.  But if I am gaining muscle and the weight is staying the same, then the body fat % should be dropping.  Since the numbers on the scale have been pretty stagnant as of late, I've been thinking about dropping the calorie allowance lower.  But then I think that if I drop the daily calories it might hamper the strength / muscle building.  I guess I'll just wait and see what another couple weeks at 2000 calories ends up producing.

Exercise has been successful. 

WALKING - 6x per week I've been doing the daily 3 mile walk, but lately they've become monotonous.  I watch stuff on my tablet while walking, but have run out of stuff to watch that I'm interested in.  It's done at a brisk walking pace and takes approximately 50 minutes right now.  I know that if I would just progress to jogging it would be done and over with in less time.  While I would love to someday get it down to only taking 30 minutes for 3 miles, I really don't have any desire to transition from walking to jogging at present.  I'm sitting here writing up this post in part because I'm stalling.  I know I'll get my 3 mile walk in today, but really don't feel like it........

PUSHUPS - 3x per week - 5 sets of 10 with feet on chair - Not really straining the chest muscles as much as I'd like.  Thinking about adding weight or possible higher incline for the feet.  Might have to change to doing bench presses, but have always really hated that exercise and don't really feel like buying equipment that I've bought and sold several times over the past decades.

PULLUPS / CHINUPS - 3x per week - 5 sets of 10 with assistance bands - Was at the same assistance band for the past 6 weeks slowly building up to the full 5 sets of 10.  Just switched this week to a lower assistance band and things have gotten much more difficult.  I also have started testing my unassisted pullups / chinups each Tuesday before regular workout.  This week saw new records of 4 unassisted pullups in a row and later 7 unassisted chinups in a row.

PLANKING - 3x per week - have been doing 5 minutes total - 2.5 minutes of normal with 2.5 minutes split between left and right side planks - It's still a challenge, but have been thinking that I'm getting more used to it now.  So decided to up the normal plank to 3 minutes and split an additional 3 minutes between left / right side planks.  Did it successfully this morning, so the new plan is 6 minutes 3x per week.

DIPS - 3x per week - have only been doing them for a couple weeks.  The assistance band I started with allowed me to progress to the 5 sets of 10 pretty quickly, so I dropped to a lower assistance band and it became more difficult again.  It might be that it's the newest exercise added, but I actually kind of enjoy doing them right now.  Maybe it brings back good memories from my younger years where they were one of my favorite strength exercises.

STAIRS - Monday through Friday 8am-5pm - I'm often times sitting at my desk working for extended periods of time.  I've now got a smartwatch app that gives me an hourly warning if I haven't done at least 100 steps during that hour.  If it goes off, I stop what I'm doing and go up and down the 1 flight of stairs a total of 10 times as quickly as possible (10 up / 10 down).  It does work my legs, but is mainly just there to make sure that I'm not sitting in one position for extended periods of time. 

KNEELING CHAIR - The kneeling chair has really helped with me remembering to keep better posture when sitting at the desk.  It's not magic and you can still have bad posture with it.  However it doesn't have arms or a back, so it requires you to balance yourself instead of just leaning on the back and / or armrests of a chair.  That requires some small amount of additional core / ab / back work.  Because of that, when I have bad posture I notice that the muscles tire quicker and it reminds me to correct.  Again, it's not a magic cure, but is a tool that's working for me at present at not sitting with bad posture for hours upon hours.

 

Progress as of today: 105.1 lbs lost so far, only 18.9 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 04/07/2018:
You are doing really well.!!! You may not have any more weight to lose...or maybe your body is just resisting. You may also find that your weight suddenly starts dropping. At any rate...you lost a lot in a year, you may just be adjusting to that.

graindart on 04/07/2018:
Thanks. I'm a lot closer to switching to "maintenance" mode now, but still have a nice cushion of fat around the belly area that I'd like to see go. I've never been able to see my "abs" and have never had a 6-pack. So as I've been getting closer to my goal, visible abs / 6 pack has become part of the goal.

The number on the scale is good for me and I feel comfortable at this weight. I just now want to replace some of the leftover fat with additional muscle. Logically I know that the final stages of fat-loss are much slower, but since I'm goal oriented, I want to attain this goal and move on to the next one......


Donkey on 04/07/2018:
I usually have to have something on TV to watch while I exercise unless I'm walking outside. When I worked out at the gym, not only would I watch the TV (with closed captioning) but also listen to music (earphones - hey this was 10 years ago) with a faster beat, to help keep up my desired pace.

My problem is that the room with the treadmill has limited channels, so... boring. I used to read while riding the incumbent indoor bike, but haven't done so in a while.


happy-1 on 04/08/2018:
Clearly you need the RounderBum!!!!! https://rounderbum.com/



graindart - Wednesday Apr 04, 2018
(moderate food, decent water intake)
Weight: 177.0

ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY 

I started on a new diet exactly one year ago.  I had just stepped on the scale and saw a much higher than expected weight number of "283".  That was with very little clothing and was about 15 lbs heavier than I anticipated seeing.  The diet, weightloss, bodyfat loss, fitness levels, etc have all been mostly successful over the past 365 days.

I wish I would've taken photos of my "before" weight, but at the time I was embarrassed and honestly didn't know that I was going to be able to stick with it.  Why take photos if you're reasonably sure the diet isn't going to work anyway?  The first month was going well and I lost approximately 15 lbs.   While I was happy to record the loss, it was only to the weight that I already thought I was at.  Each month after that saw a loss somewhere around 10 lbs.  The only thing I changed about my life was I started recording every bit of food that I ate everyday and kept at a daily calorie budget that was around 1000 calories below my daily break-even calories.  At 283 lbs, the breakeven was around 3300 daily calories, so initial daily calorie budget was around 2300 calories.  As I lost weight, the number of course worked itself lower.  At any time during the journey I could've taken photos, but didn't for whatever reasons.

The first 9 months all I did was stick to my daily allotted calories.  Three months ago I slowly started introducing exercise to the mix.  I've built up the daily exercise a decent amount with mostly body-weight strength exercises that take about 15 minutes per day.  I've also started walking 3 miles per day on the treadmill, 6 days per week.

PROS
Now 1 year later I'm down from 283 lbs to 177 lbs.  Down from 45% bodyfat to 19% bodyfat.  Went from a size 46 waist jeans to a size 34 waist.  Went from having to pre-stretch a size 2XL shirt to being able to fit comfortably into a large shirt and sometimes a medium.  Went from not able to do a single pullup over the past 44 years of my existence to being able to do 4 in a row as of yesterday.  Now able to go on extended walks without being the first one tired out.  Now not having to check the weight rating of ladders / furniture before using them.  Now able to go on any amusement park rides without worrying if I'm over a weight limit or going to be able to fit.  Now able to fly on an airplane without "spilling" over into the adjacent seat area.

CONS
Shaving my face isn't as easy since my neck is less full of fat and now has additional creases.  I'm always cold now.  I went from wearing shorts and a t-shirt many days in winter to wearing long pants, a couple of shirts, hoodie, and jacket all at the same time.  The wife and kids don't enjoy the new temperature I prefer in the car when driving around.  I don't know how the weightloss is going to affect my summer, but am looking forward to getting out of winter.  Drinking boatloads of water means that I wake up at least once in the middle of the night, but I do usually fall back to sleep almost immediately.

OTHER
My back pain didn't completely disappear.  It does appear to have decreased and I'm now able to sleep through the night without waking up due to back pain.  Everyone wants to know your secret to weightloss and how you did it, especially if they haven't seen you in awhile.

I'm sure there are other pros, cons, and other stuff that I'm forgetting and may go back and edit this entry as I remember them.

I did whip out the camera today to mark the 1 year progress even though I don't have official starting photos.  I'm not at the finish line yet, but am making good progress and am still continuing to work towards various fitness goals that I'd like to attain.

I'm going to attach another post hopefully below this one with my 1 year progress photos and maybe some older photos if I can find some at various weights.

Progress as of today: 106 lbs lost so far, only 18 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 04/04/2018:
So many others needed weight loss surgery to accomplish what you have......I'm sure you are proud to have gotten so far...GREAT JOB!!!

graindart on 04/04/2018:
Thanks. Just trying to record my stuff so that I can look back later if I get discouraged. Wish I would've kept track through the entire process.


Donkey on 04/04/2018:
Like you, I have no pictures of myself at my highest weight. The closest I have is a half shot at Thanksgiving a couple of years ago when I was at 175. I went on to gain 11 more pounds, before I came back to DD and started the journey again...

graindart on 04/05/2018:
Yeah, I regret not having "before" photos at my highest, but at the time really didn't want to see any photos of myself.


horn_of_plenty on 04/05/2018:
You have made AMAZING progress. Please don't ever stop trying to be your best self. It will indeed always be a challenge - at least for me it remains a challenge bc i have a serious food addiction and like to eat. In some ways, i wish i could change myself. But in other ways i don't...

It will always feel good to wear clothes that fit and feel good in your own body. Always remember this feeling.


horn_of_plenty on 04/05/2018:
Your progress photos from below are amazing.

From here, you will start to gain more and more muscle.

I am always cold too.

that will get better over time...but yes the body does change when you take off a lot of fat...and many of us will be cold all the time. and that does sorta suck. but probably better than being fat.

graindart on 04/05/2018:
Yes, I'll definitely take being cold during the winter over weighing an extra 100 lbs.

I love to eat. I wish I didn't, but I always have and doubt that will ever change. I've successfully dropped a decent amount of weight before (15 years ago dropped 50 lbs). I didn't have a plan of what I was going to do once I hit my goal that time. As soon as I hit my goal at that time I went right back to eating and drinking whatever I wanted. So I lost 50 lbs in 6 months and had gained all 50 lbs back within the next 6 months.

This time I realize that I'm just going to have to stay on some sort of diet / exercise plan even when I get to goal.


horn_of_plenty on 04/05/2018:
I enjoyed reading your write-up bc it was well thought-out.

You are definitely at maintenance point now...i can tell by your photos. Now it's all about gaining muscle to increase your metabolism a little bit.

First time i lost weight, it was easy to gain because i had little muscle. I couldn't burn near the calories i do now. So, i'm glad you have started with your fitness. and it's great to see you have some muscles now ... you have a good start. especially in your arms.


horn_of_plenty on 04/05/2018:
yes, you can't stop the diet...that's why mine has also been a lifestyle approach of how i can eat daily so to maintain myself...i eat till being full, and continue to do so by eating things with more fiber...and also many things i don't eat too often because it's hard to get that full feeling on some of the higher cal options. like we said.



graindart - Wednesday Apr 04, 2018
(moderate food, decent water intake)
Weight: 176.9

BEFORE PHOTOS - not at my highest (283), but probably when I weighed around 260 lbs

Progress as of today: 106.1 lbs lost so far, only 17.9 lbs to go!


graindart - Wednesday Apr 04, 2018
(moderate food, decent water intake)
Weight: 176.9

CURRENT 1 YEAR PROGRESS PHOTOS

 

Progress as of today: 106.1 lbs lost so far, only 17.9 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 04/04/2018:
Amazing transformation!!! Congratulations!!


Donkey on 04/04/2018:
Very impressive! You have the back-of-the knees that I'd die for. You have not just lost weight but also built up a nice physique in the process. Well done!


happy-1 on 04/06/2018:
Holy schmoly! What a transformation!!!!! If it wasn't posted here I wouldn't believe it was the same person.



graindart - Tuesday Apr 03, 2018
(moderate food, decent water intake)
Weight: 176.9

Yesterday was successful.

Water intake used to be hard to accomplish, but is now routine to drink a gallon of water daily.  I've got 2 water jugs that are 64oz each and I fill them each morning.  First one is usually gone by mid-morning.  Second one is gone by end of dinner.  The morning one tends to go faster because I don't get to drink diet pop until I've finished it.

It's been 3 weeks since I switched to a higher daily calorie intake and I'm liking it.  The progress is much slower, but things are still moving in the right direction.  I'm not obsessing on food as much, so day to day life is more tolerable.

Saw a pizza delivery vehicle driving along last night and wondered how they were still in business now that I hardly ever eat it.  It's probably my favorite food in the world and I used to eat it a couple times per week for decades.  When I was younger I worked at a pizza place for years and ate it 5 times per week or more.  Now it seems like I eat it once every couple months.  I still love it, but it just doesn't fit into my current calorie budget plans.  At the start of this diet a year ago, I thought about it all the time.  I tried several low-cal or low-carb versions, frozen weight watchers version, and other substitutes.  While they weren't bad, they just weren't the same.  It became easier to just drop it from my routine.  Seeing the delivery vehicle made me realize that I haven't craved or even thought about pizza much over the past few months.

In fact I don't really have any food cravings at present.  I'm ok with the food choices we have in the house, portion control is the only thing I have to keep an eye on.

Note to self - the reason why today's post is more positive probably has to do with a slightly lower number on the scale this morning. 

Progress as of today: 106.1 lbs lost so far, only 17.9 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 04/03/2018:
Good Job!


horn_of_plenty on 04/04/2018:
yes and in the long run, you need it to be tolerable so i guess your switch to slightly higher cal is the better way if there are far less set backs :)

Congrats on the lower number, GREAT JOB GRAINS!

I also hardly ever do Pizza. It derails me completely. Similar to cheese...bread...there's nothing great about it and it doesn't fit into my lifestyle well. At my other job, they were ordering it quite a bit in the Winter that just passed and i started to eat it...it frustrated me because i didn't always feel full after eating a slice an my calories would just be higher after it..and i'd start to crave more of it / more things after. anyways, moving forward! they also ordered bagels a lot and had sweets in the mornings at the other location i was working - the sweets are not satisfying and i'm still breaking the bad habits learned at that job - i was there for two months.



graindart - Monday Apr 02, 2018
(moderate food, decent water intake)
Weight: 178.0

Made it through Easter successfully.  Easter dinner at the parents didn't pose a problem, but did have late night issue where I wanted to keep eating.  Had to go to bed a little early to keep from going over allotted calories for the day.

Monday the wife and girls have off from school, so it'll be a little more difficult than usual for me.  I have to get work done and I work from home.  Whenever the girls/wife have an extra day off, I feel like I should have the day off also.  I took Friday off and we all went skiing, which everyone enjoyed.  Monday I need to get stuff done while they're enjoying a down day, so will probably be feeling deprived.

Just need to put my "big boy pants" on and get my work done.  Only 60-some days left until the cruise.  Coming up on my 1 year anniversary of my current diet on April 5th.  You'd think that after a year it would feel more like a life change than a diet, but it doesn't really.

Progress as of today: 105 lbs lost so far, only 19 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 04/02/2018:
a year after my sister's wedding after i lost all my weight, i was still getting used to it...

Keep on, you are doing well! I remember around 10 years ago, I also had a 60 day countdown till a cruise! I was fully low carb then, had little energy, but lost every last bit of weight i could lose...then gained some back bc i was feeling very deprived on the low carb diet!! but it worked really well for that cruise man! i weighed even lower than i do now...but i do not like fully low carb anymore.


horn_of_plenty on 04/02/2018:
regarding your 100% perfect speech below, remember that people aren't perfect. i think you DO need to account for a little error space. ? no? however, now that the cruise is only 60 days away, one thing that i mentioned worked for me in the past is a 60 day countdown. i was really good for almost all of those 60 days. and was very successful.

graindart on 04/02/2018:
I'm not a fan of extremely low-carb either. It's not bad for a day or two, but then I just get tired of the meat and fat (butter/oil).

I know that my food intake won't always be 100% on plan. Food intake isn't my life and most other areas of my life are going good. I've ignored the food side of things for the majority of the past few decades. So the past year I've tried to get better at mastering my food intake.


bearcountrygg on 04/02/2018:
Working towards your physical made you accomplish what you wanted....you can use the cruise in the same way.

graindart on 04/02/2018:
Yep. I tend to have much greater motivation and success when I'm working towards a set goal with a set date. Without it, I tend to get bored and lazy.


Donkey on 04/02/2018:
I've done that before, gone to bed early to stop more eating. My husband drives me nuts with his "late night" munchies, which he gets usually around 8p.

Not this last time but the time before when I gained all this weight (remember, I've gained and lost the same weight at least 4-5 times in my adult life), I did it with late-night eating.



graindart - Saturday Mar 31, 2018
(moderate food, decent water intake)
Weight: 180.9

Yesterday was successful.  This post is mostly just for my records.  I'm not really looking for any answers, but rather just recording my currently frustrated state of mind.  Might be  best to stop reading if you want to remain positive.

I've been kind of standing on the edge of the cliff for the past week or so.  I keep deciding to step off it and have a binge eating reward day.  So far I've reached my foot over the edge several times and pulled it back.  I'm on a 17 day streak of not going over my new 2000 calorie per day budget.  Every time I don't go over the edge I think I'll be rewarded the next morning by some new lower number on the scale or lower body fat % on the scale.  And recently I've been disappointed.  

I'm apparently making muscle gains because I'm increasing in pullups, chinups, pushups, etc.  I'm also walking 6 days per week religiously.  It's 3 miles daily which only amounts to an additional 250-300 calories burned per day. 

What frustrates me is that my bodyfat % shown on the scale doesn't seem to be mirroring the supposed muscle gain.  In theory, if I'm gaining muscle the bodyfat % should be dropping since the weight is staying relatively static.  Or I should be seeing changes in the mirror.  Or with muscle taking up lesser amounts of space than the same weight in fat, my clothes should be fitting looser.

Body fat % appears to be mostly flat over the past bit.  Weight has been hovering around 180 for the past bit (178-182).  Clothes fit the same and the mirror shows similar chunkiness in the same areas.

So I'm back to evaluating my daily caloric intake budget.  Went to active.com and used the caloric needs calculator.  Input my gender, height, weight, age, and activity level.  Activity level choices include sedentary, low active, and active.  I chose "low active" to be safe.  It states 2750 calories per day to maintain.  So keeping my daily calories at 2000 should mean a weekly deficit.  Gaining muscle and having a caloric deficit should mean burning fat and the measured bodfat % should be dropping.

So I took a break from writing this post and looked up my recorded stats.  It does appear that I may have dropped approximately 1% on the measured bodyfat scale over the past couple weeks.  It's just hard to know how accurate things are, especially with things fluctuating daily.  I hate that it's now taking several weeks / months of work in order to see verifiable progress.  Of course if I screwup for a couple days in a row, the scale will instantly jump 10 lbs. 

I don't mean to be negative, but that's just where my mind's at today.  

Be good = wait weeks for future possible positive numbers. 
Be bad = see instant negative numbers.

Now to my future planning........ The cruise is 10 weeks away.  If I actually did lose 1% bodyfat over the past couple weeks and was able to continue dropping 0.5% bodyfat per week, that would mean a drop of 5% bodyfat by the cruise.  That would mean approximately 14% bodyfat if I were to be 100% perfect on calorie intake and exercise between now and then.  Not what I was hoping for and also probably not going to be 100% perfect given my recent mood.

Progress as of today: 102.1 lbs lost so far, only 21.9 lbs to go!

graindart on 03/31/2018:
After eating lunch and re-hashing what I wrote a little bit ago, I figured I'd better leave a reply to my own post with my own advice to myself:

Stop complaining about it being difficult and taking time! It's your own fault for letting yourself get out of shape in the first place. No one is making you change your habits. You're the one that has made these goals yourself and can choose daily whether or not you want to continue on with them or modify them. You can choose whether or not the current goal is worth it or not.

Set a goal, don't set a goal. Work towards a goal, don't work towards a goal. See the bigger picture or dwell on your current situation.

Decide what you want and what cost you're willing to pay. Know that being a certain weight, certain bodyfat %, or certain fitness level won't bring any extra happiness itself. Being fit can open doors of opportunity to do additional activities with friends and family, but you still need to plan for and initiate those activities.

Basically you need to make a decision about what you really want. And after deciding what you want, you need to stop complaining about it and just "suck it up Buttercup"!


Donkey on 03/31/2018:
I was at this point a couple of weeks ago, when I came to the conclusion that if I want change, I have to work hard at it. If change was easy, we'd all do it. If weight loss were easy, we'd all be thin.


Donkey on 03/31/2018:
One more thing to add: I felt your pain regarding the scale. Seriously, my weight fluctuates so much. One of the ladies who works in the same building I do had gastric surgery, and she's pretty much at goal. Her weight does not fluctuate much at all. So I don't know if it's genetics/biology or if it's the process (surgery versus non-surgical), or what.

The scale just gets so frustrating at times...



graindart - Thursday Mar 29, 2018
(moderate food, decent water intake)
Weight: 179.5

Yesterday was successful.

The scale went up 1 lb today, but the body fat dropped to 18.5% this morning.  How much I weigh doesn't really matter as long as the body fat gets to my goal of around 10% someday.  The bodyfat % on my scale is moving lower, but it's doing it extremely slowly.  It's also not doing it consistently.  While it was 18.5% this morning, it could easily say 19.5% tomorrow.  I've been kind of in a slow holding pattern since December.  I've had some ups and downs, but the scale and bodyfat % haven't changed a ton.  I've been able to work up to some pullups / chinups over the past few months, so I know that I'm progressing.  At the start of the diet last April things were moving so quickly that it was easy to stay motivated.  Now with very small changes happening over time it's less easy to stay motivated.

Progress as of today: 103.5 lbs lost so far, only 10.5 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 03/30/2018:
Overall, your body fat will go down but there will be little ups and downs over the course of a week...similar to how weight loss works...don't you think?

Keep on, Gains!


bearcountrygg on 03/30/2018:
Muscle weighs more than fat.


Donkey on 03/30/2018:
Motivation comes and goes... That's why it is important to have consistent habits (e.g. a program, a meal plan, etc.) that gets you through the hard times.



graindart - Tuesday Mar 27, 2018
(moderate food, decent water intake)
Weight: 178.5

Yesterday completed successfully.

I decided I'd start checking how many UN-assisted pullups / chinups I can do on Tuesdays before working arms with assisted pullups / assisted chinups.  Mondays I do some different arm / chest exercises that work different parts, so Tuesdays I'm still pretty rested since the last time I worked pullups/chinups was Saturday.

I've never been able to do either pullups or chinups for pretty much all of my life, whether due to weighing too much or not having enough upper body strength.  I've been working the band assisted pullups / chinups for the past 3 months and was finally able to do my first UNassisted pullup about a month ago.  I was able to do 4 chinups last week, which was a record for me also.

Today I was able to do 3 pullups in a row.  Rested 30 minutes and then was able to do 6-3/4 chinups in a row.  I so wanted that 7th chinup, but stalled with my chin a couple inches below the bar.  Even without getting my 7th, they were both still new records for me. 

The goal is 10 pullups in a row by the cruise in a little over 10 weeks.  

Since the scale hasn't really been  changing a lot recently, it's nice to see progress in the strength department.

Progress as of today: 104.5 lbs lost so far, only 9.5 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 03/28/2018:
GREAT job on this progress...it's very rapid changes for you, great work!!!!!!


Donkey on 03/28/2018:
Awesome! I especially love how you have found different ways to measure "success" other than just the number on the scale.



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