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graindart - Monday Mar 26, 2018
(moderate food, decent water intake)
Weight: 177.5

Made it through the weekend successfully, but barely.

Unfortunately I'm back in the mindset that small self-accomplishments deserve a reward.  And I'm back to thinking the reward needs to be food.  Not just one food item, but a food cheat day.  

Day 9 or 10 in a row of being on-track I found myself thinking this way.  I made it through that day, only to be in the same state of mind the following day or two.  Each day I actually decided that I deserved it and I was going to go off plan.  Thankfully each day I reigned it back in and corrected before doing damage.  Saturday was sitting in the stands for basketball games and decided to go out to eat for lunch because we were getting done at a weird time.  I wrestled internally with myself and ended up just driving home instead of a restaurant.  I didn't mention it to the family, so no one was disappointed (besides me).  Sunday after church, decided to go out to eat and fully intended to blow the daily calorie budget.  Read through the menu and decided to avoid the obvious loaded carb/calorie foods like chocolate chip pancakes and such.  Was feeling more in control, so when my food arrived I actually gave the hashbrowns and one of the pieces of toast away to my daughters before starting to eat.  That left a large spicy breakfast sausage, 2 eggs, and one piece of toast.  So I did get to go out to eat and was able to stay under calorie allotment for the day after all.

The next 3 days should be easier for me to stay focused because it's back into the regular work routine, with the girls / wife off at school and work.  Of course Easter Break starts this Thursday and goes until next Tuesday, so that will be a challenge.  I know we're going skiing on one of the days, so will need to pack something or else I'll completely blow that day.  Haven't decided how I'll handle Easter dinner with the family yet.  It might be a cheat day or it might be something I decide to be "good" on.  Hate to admit it, but it'll probably depend on what the scale says that morning.  If it's an encouraging number, I'll probably stay on plan.

Progress as of today: 105.5 lbs lost so far, only 8.5 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 03/26/2018:
Dieting is not easy neither is maintenance. Here you made a good decision to stay on track. Lately, i have TOO MANY options...even healthy ones...too many variables and outings etc. can make it harder to maintain.

Continue to have healthy options around....so you don't have to blow it totally.

I went to a brunch last week and too many unhealthy options were up for grabs, when this happens, sorta like your breakfast, it's really easy to eat poorly....so try to keep healthy options around, and keep the other things in moderation - which you did PERFECTLY, by the way!!


bearcountrygg on 03/26/2018:
Sounds like you did a good job of resisting the temptations.


Donkey on 03/27/2018:
Even though your thought patterns are still not healthy -- or conducive to weight loss -- your actions are showing that you're getting it. Now just do it a million more times for the rest of your life... I'm coming to realize that this will be a lifelong mission, just as other members here have stated. *sigh*



graindart - Thursday Mar 22, 2018
(moderate food, decent water intake)
Weight: 180.8

Yesterday was successful.

Did the band-assisted "dips" last night.  Went well and did feel some mild soreness in the pecs.

My posture has been lacking when sitting at the computer desk for several hours in a row.  So I'm giving a kneeling chair another try.  I tried one back a few years ago and it killed my legs by putting way too much pressure on them.  The kneeling chair that I just picked up has more padding and has been much more comfortable.  I also weigh less this time, so that may have something to do with it also.  You can still slouch with a kneeling chair, but I find myself noticing it much more quickly and can correct.  The kneeling chair doesn't have a back and doesn't have armrests.  This means that I'm using more core muscles to sit and retain balance.  My mid-back has really been feeling it over the past few days.  This also causes me to get up and stretch or walk a little in order to tone down the back soreness.  I'll see how it goes, but right now I think I'll stick with the kneeling chair.

Progress as of today: 102.2 lbs lost so far, only 11.8 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 03/22/2018:
and of course, you can build up to a full day of the kneeling chair - it's good to even switch off every hour or so between the too.

i'm glad you had a great day!

the snow day cancelled my gym plans yesterday and i wasn't in the mood to do any of the workout at home...back to it tomorrow doing something :)


happy-1 on 03/23/2018:
Good job!


Donkey on 03/23/2018:
I had never heard of a kneeling chair before. Wow - interesting! I might try this some day...



graindart - Wednesday Mar 21, 2018
(moderate food, decent water intake)
Weight: 178.6

Yesterday was successful (food, water, exercise).

Tweaked my exercise schedule somewhat.

M-Sa mornings = walk 3 miles on treadmill (will hopefully progress to a jog later)

MWF mornings = pushups currently 60 total over a few sets

MWF night = band assisted 'dips' - 5 sets of 10 is the goal

TuThSa mornings = plank for 5 minutes (2.5 regular with the rest split on planking each side)

TuThSa night = band assisted pullups 5 sets, band assisted chinups 5 sets, unassisted count for each

Last night was my first night of adding band assisted chinups after completing my assisted pullups.  On paper I thought I might not be able to do them due to being tired from doing the prior pullups.  I just left an extended rest time of 15+ minutes between the exercises and the chinups worked out great.  The goal after completing 5 sets of each (pullups / chinups) is to see how many unassisted I can do.  I wasn't expecting much of anything for the unassisted attempts because they were done after the 10 assisted sets (and rest).  The unassisted pullup didn't even amount to an inch of movement, which I kind of expected.  Surprisingly I was able to a chinup, then 2, then 3, then 4.  It really surprised me that I was able to do 4 in a row, which is actually a new record for me.

So after adding the chinups and unassisted attempts to last night, I did wake up feeling a bit of soreness in my muscles (mainly shoulders).  It didn't affect my pushups this morning and doesn't "hurt", just a nice little soreness to remind me that I actually did something.

Progress as of today: 104.4 lbs lost so far, only 9.6 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 03/21/2018:
yes, chin-ups are easier for me also than pull ups. Also, i have been doing a bit of planking also.. I generally go for only a minute which is considered the minimum for a moderately healthy person i think! Do you plank for 2.5min straight!? that is very good if you do!

graindart on 03/21/2018:
I'm able to do a good form plank for about 2 minutes and then I start shaking and just fight through holding it for that last 30 seconds. The side planking on 1 arm is extremely difficult for me to hold for 75 seconds on each side. I don't enjoy it, but it's only 5 minutes out of my life 3 times per week.

Just looked up the world record for planking. 8 hours by someone in China. I don't think I could even STAND in one exact spot for 8 hours straight without moving.


Horn_of_plenty on 03/21/2018:
wowwwwwww 8 hours huh!?

btw, that's a great job for you...you sound like you are in decent shape! you must at least avg or above it if you can do those moves. great job! and def keep on!


Donkey on 03/21/2018:
Your exercise schedule/goals are very inspiring. Thank you for posting!



graindart - Tuesday Mar 20, 2018
(moderate food, decent water intake)
Weight: 178.6

Yesterday was on plan.

If a temptation food isn't in the house, it's a lot easier for me to stay on track.  I'm usually too lazy to hop in the car and drive somewhere to go off plan.  With that said, the house has been void of most temptations for the past several months (cookies, ice cream, candy, chips, etc).  They occasionally make there way into the house for my wife and daughters, but they're usually gone pretty quickly also.  Over the past couple months I've been screwing up by occasionally binging on other foods that have been staples in the house for them.  These include bread / jam / jelly / peanut butter / cereal / granola bars.  Taken in moderation none of them are terrible, but when I go off track I can easily eat half a loaf of bread, couple bowls of cereal, and / or several granola bars.  It's not the wife and kids fault that I do it, but unfortunately the stuff needed to leave the house in order for me to stay on track.

There's plenty of food in the house and it covers all of the required nutritional requirements, but there's just fewer simple processed carb-heavy foods now.  It's only been a couple days and the kids haven't brought up any issues with it, but the wife wasn't overly enthusiastic about losing the cereal, bread, pasta, and granola bars.  Up until now, the wife and I have alternated weeks of cooking dinners for the family.  Since I'm changing up the available ingredients, I said I'd take over cooking all dinners for the next while.  That seemed to appease her.  

As always, things aren't progressing as quickly as I'd prefer as far as fat loss / exercise gains.  I started off extremely slow in my exercise plan at the beginning of the year.  I started with a small number of pushups daily at the beginning just to get in the habit of doing something daily.  Since then I've slowly added several other things during the week and also tweaked the days that I do certain things in order to make sure I also give muscles rest so that they should continue to grow / progress.  Now I'm wondering if I'm pushing enough on certain muscle groups in order to see gains. 

My chest / pecs have always been my weak area and I've been trying to figure something out that would target that area specifically.  It seems that whatever I've experimented with has always worked the shoulders more and hasn't really seemed to affect the chest as much as I'd like.  Last night I did chest fly's with a cable machine and tried to concentrate on contracting the pecs.  It was the shoulders that felt like they were getting the most workout and today it's the shoulders that are sore.  Also saw a certain type of "dip" that is supposed to targer the chest area (along with the shoulders too).  Since I have dip bars on my pullup tower already I'll give dips a try tomorrow night and see how they feel.

Something else that crossed my mind is maybe my shoulder muscles will grow and get used to the exercise and then the chest muscles will end up being used more.

Progress as of today: 104.4 lbs lost so far, only 9.6 lbs to go!

Donkey on 03/20/2018:
I agree -- having it out of the house really helps. That's a nice swap deal you have with your wife, with cooking dinner. I'd make that trade :-)


Horn_of_plenty on 03/21/2018:
i am sure you are pushing enough...gains take time to see...when i first started weight training, actually the second time i went back to it after regaining weight around 10 yrs ago, it took a year to see any real transformation to even start...but it happens!



graindart - Monday Mar 19, 2018
(moderate food, decent water intake)
Weight: 178.1

It was a good week.  
- exercise = 7 days on track
- food = 6 days on track and the 7th wasn't terrible
- 2 legit unassisted pullups in a row
- 3 legit unassisted chinups in a row
- new record number of consecutive pushups = 30
- back to weighing in the 170's again

I think the higher daily calorie allowance of 2000 calories has me obsessing on food less.  Don't know if it's a permanent change, but dropped my premade sugarfree gelatin habit for this past week.  Some days I would eat the entire 12-pack.  At 5 calories per cup it only totalled 60 calories for the entire 12-pack.  Even though it wasn't calorie heavy, I think it may have pushed me towards other sweet snacking desires.  I didn't really miss them too much this past week, so I won't be buying them for this week and will see if I end up missing them or not.

 

Progress as of today: 104.9 lbs lost so far, only 9.1 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 03/19/2018:
Sounds like a plan!


Donkey on 03/19/2018:
I agree -- I find that when I eat too many of the "fail-safe" foods, that means I'm not getting enough calories from real food.

Well done on the exercise!!!!!!


horn_of_plenty on 03/20/2018:
the fail safe foods as donkey calls them tend to increase cravings, YES. i used to also easily eat a six pack of jello diet cups and yes, it'd cause me to continue to binge on like bowls of cereal and other carbs after. now i do not usually first eat the jello, but something substantial and satisfying food and jello can be more like a filler for topping off the meal...i also used to get cravings from after having diet soda, etc...i usually do better if i eat / drink these things along with something with actually sugar...like having a diet soda with a granola bar lol...it helped me not binge...and that's what i do with coffee...it has to be, for me, with at least a granola bar.



graindart - Sunday Mar 18, 2018
(moderate food, decent water intake)
Weight: 181.3

Made it through St Patricks Day ok.  Not great, but not terrible.  Controlled my food until the end of the day.  Dinner was controlled, but with fried potatoes and a normal sized dessert.  Late night became a bit of an issue as I kept walking past the kitchen and kept snacking on leftover fried potatoes and corned beef.  It wasn't crazy out of control, but still the intake wasn't on plan.

Exercise continues to be the bright spot and was successful yesterday.  After the guests left, I didn't really "feel" like doing my 30 minute treadmill walk or my assisted pullups for the night, but I did do them anyway.

I've been doing assisted pullups for the past couple months now and have been stuck on this current assistance band for the past many weeks as my weight has fluctuated up and down.  Last night I was finally able to do my 5 sets of 10 reps each with this assistance band.  So that means I'll be going to a lower assistance helper band soon, although I might put it off another week or so because the wife isn't quite ready to make the change.  She decided to 

Pullups are done with the palms of your hand facing away from you.  Chinups are very similar, but with the palms of your hand facing towards you.  I've only been working on pullups, with chinups utilizing some different muscles more and some less than pullups.  I've been thinking I'd like to work on building larger biceps and chinups use the biceps a lot more than pullups do.  I have a pullup goal I'm working towards right now, so can't really switch.  And I don't think my muscles can take adding in chinups to the current plan, so might have to put my chinups plan into action after I get back from the Alaskan cruise in June.  Out of curiosity I decided to try an unassisted chinup from a dead hang last night.  I've never been able to do a clean chinup and until last month had never been able to do a clean unassisted pullup either.  Since I was finally able to do 1 clean unassisted pullup last month, I figured that I should probably be able to do a chinup also.  Gripped the bar from a dead hang and did 3 nice controlled unassisted chinups in a row.  No swinging, no cheating.......just 3 nice-form chinups back to back.  It made my night.

Near the end of writing this entry, I was curious if I could still do my one unassisted pullup that I was able to do last month.  I know that I weigh a little more than I did then and had myself ready to accept defeat if it came.  Gripped the bar from a dead hang and did 2 nice controlled unassisted pullups in a row.  Third was briefly attempted, but definitely not possible currently.  The goal is 10 unassisted pullups in a row by the day of the cruise on June 8th. 

Progress as of today: 101.7 lbs lost so far, only 12.3 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 03/18/2018:
Good job with the pull ups....that's a big positive!!


Horn_of_plenty on 03/19/2018:
exercise is always a bright spot and well-maintained spot for me too - i've gotten really good at just sticking with it. you can switch from chin ups if you want to!

quite a coincidence, on saturday i was discussing the difference between chin ups and pull ups witth my friend!!!!! i never knew it previously.

eating commitment requires more planning, lighter food options available - you'll have to work on it even more - like me...which reminds me to eat less today....since i also had an indulgent weekend!



graindart - Friday Mar 16, 2018
(moderate food, decent water intake)
Weight: 180.9

Yesterday was successful.

Might need to change my menu plan somewhat.  I wanted to eat a big dinner in the hopes that I wouldn't want to snack as much afterwards.  The dinner plan included 8oz of cauliflower, 8oz broccoli, 8oz brussel sprouts, 3 slices of cheese, 8oz chicken breast, some mushroom / onion / garlic.  On paper, it filled all of the nutrient checkboxes and was a large amount of food for dinner.  In actuality, it was 2 heaping plates of food.  I forced myself to eat all of the veggie plate, mushrooms, onions, and 60% of the chicken last night, but had no desire to finish.  I put the remaining chicken in the fridge and snacked on it a few times, finishing it by the end of the night.  Later on, I did follow up the meal with 2 of the 100 calorie bags of popcorn, so I guess I wasn't completely stuffed. 

The dinner was less than enjoyable.  The mushrooms / onions / garlic / chicken breast tasted good.  But the massive amount of vegetables all tasted pretty much the same and were kind of a chore to finish off.  I guess it did kind of do it's job, in that I really didn't feel like snacking all that much (two 100 cal popcorn is a "light" amount of snacking in my world).

Have my smartwatch now alerting me hourly if I haven't got enough steps / movement.  I spend a lot of time working on the computer, so I could go several hours without much movement.  It's tough on my posture and back, so hopefully the reminder to move will help.  Right now I plan to just walk down and up the stairs to the basement 10 times whenever I get the notice. 

Progress as of today: 102.1 lbs lost so far, only 11.9 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 03/16/2018:
I don't enjoy vegetables either and if I feel like I HAVE to eat them...I despise them even more. Maybe you just sat down with all of that in front of you and treated it like it was a job you had to get done...and it was work. I've done that with vegetables too......Protein is filling and sticks with you longer...adding some veggies that appeal to you at that time makes the vegetables more tempting to me. Above you listed well over 2 pounds of food..that is quite a large quantity.....maybe the popcorn was a reward for eating all of the healthy stuff and not eaten out of hunger. I've looked at the food pyramid in the past and wondered how we were supposed to actually eat all of that in a day......at that point I decided to just start taking a daily multi vitamin to cover the nutrition...and then do what I can after that.

graindart on 03/16/2018:
I'm not a huge vegetable fan, but have gotten more tolerant of them over the past year. My main problem with the plate of vegetables last night was that I cooked them all together, so it all tasted pretty much the same for the entire plate. Probably need to cook each in it's own pan so that I can change-up the flavors.



graindart - Wednesday Mar 14, 2018
(moderate food, decent water intake)
Weight: 182.0

Exercise still going well.

Spent yesterday re-evaluating food.  Decided that I'm trying to go in 2 different directions at the same time.  I've been on a low calorie diet for the past year.  I think it worked well for the first 8 months because I wasn't exercising.  Since I've started exercising at the beginning of the year I've had several binge times where I've just gone full crazy at eating anything and everything.  The past few months have been a yo-yo.  On track for a week, off track for a day or two.  And my weight / bodyfat % has followed that yo-yo effect also.

I don't care what I actually end up weighing, but I do care about what my bodyfat percentage is.  I don't think it's sustainable for me to continue exercising and trying to stick to a strict low calorie amount at the same time.  So yesterday I recalculated the calories I'm burning with the daily exercise.  I also decided that a 2lb per week calorie deficit (1000 cal deficit per day) just wasn't going to work at this time.  Trying to build muscle takes calories and the more muscle I build, the more calories I can eat daily without storing fat.  So after all of the calculations, I decided that 2000 calories per day seemed like a number that would allow me enough food intake and still burn fat (although at a much slower pace).  I can see how I feel after a few days, but 2000 calories is a lot higher than what I've been trying to stick to over the past couple months (1500 calories).  

I also decided that I need to get rid of the temptations from the house, so the wife and kids will be changing a couple of their food items to alternatives.  Going to get rid of the bread, jam/jelly, peanut butter, and the breakfast cereal.  We haven't had candy, chips, and stuff like that in the house for quite awhile, but I've gone full-on bingefest several times with the bread / jam / jelly / peanut butter / cereal.  Getting through most of the day successfully, only to blow it at the end in spectacular fashion.  I'd start with just a piece of bread.....but the toaster has 2 slots, so it'd become 2 pieces of bread.  Spread the butter on, then jelly on one and peanut butter on the other.  Then I'd start craving other carbs and head for a big bowl of cereal.  Then I'd figure I've already screwed up, so might as well make it a cheat day.  At the end, I would've eaten half of the loaf of bread with butter / jelly / peanut butter, followed by another bowl or 2 of cereal.  Late night binging is my biggest problem lately and it'll be a lot harder to fall off the wagon with the empty carbs out of the house.  And late at night I'm way too lazy to get in the car and drive somewhere to buy food.

Decided to make up a preliminary menu for the day so that I'm not just winging it.  I tend to do better with structure and a plan.  Tweaked the menu a few times and ended up with something that appears to cover most of the daily recommended allowances for vitamins from the foods and will take a multi-vitamin to fill-in some of the missing items.  My goal was also to have it be high-protein to encourage muscle growth.  I also wanted a good amount of bulk so that hopefully I don't feel as deprived.  Finished creating 1 day's menu.  Probably just going to stick to it for the next couple days.  We're having friends over for dinner on St Patricks Day, so that will be a different combination of food and I'll just concentrate on staying under 2000 calories that day without being as picky on the types of food.  After I get past SPD, I'll work on the menu structure to have alternatives for certain items so that I don't get completely bored.

So the new menu consists of the following:

B - egg, 1 cup cottage cheese, 1 multi-vitamin
L - salad mix, dressing, bacos, tomato, package of flavored tuna
Snack - hard boiled egg, banana
D - 8oz chicken breast, onion/garlic, mushroom slices, 1Tbs butter, 8oz broccoli, 8oz cauliflower, 8oz brussel sprouts, 3 slices velveeta cheese melted over some of the vegetables
Snack - 100 calorie microwave popcorn  
Drink 1 gallon of water daily, after which I can drink cans of diet pop.

The above menu calculates out to around 1700 calories.  That leaves me a cushion for eating an extra piece of fruit, 2nd bag of popcorn, or other snack during the day or late at night.

Progress as of today: 101 lbs lost so far, only 13 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 03/14/2018:
Looks like a good workable menu!


horn_of_plenty on 03/15/2018:
good menu - yes, exercise DOES tend to increase hunger levels. You were most probably bingeing bc you were eating too low in general - this is what happened to me in college when i limited my calories to 1200...and even happened later when i was at 1500 cals per day. throughout my early 20's until around just recently, i was having a hard time with bingeing and it always got better when my avg calories went up a bit.

also, being able to eat carbs, yes carbs, in moderation (not big amounts but they are included for sure) in meals has helped me to NOT binge. Nothing is restricted and i do not feel a pull or need to have extra of things, when they are already in my diet.


horn_of_plenty on 03/16/2018:
i think your re-evaluation of menu will help you..



graindart - Monday Mar 12, 2018
(moderate food, decent water intake)
Weight: 187.0

Food intake currently a roller-coaster.  Several days good, followed by out of control day, then back on plan.  Just not feeling motivated.  

Got the treadmill back awhile ago and have used it daily since.  Currently walking for 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes at night Monday - Saturday.  I spent the extra money on a treadmill with builtin touchscreen tablet and ifit with some fancy "guided tours" of various places that you're supposed to walk along with your host / trainer.  It might appeal to others (and did entice me to buy it), but now I consider it just a gimmick.  While it's just an android tablet, they have it locked down with their own software so you can't even use it for netflix or youtube.  And to use most of the features on the touchscreen, you have to subscribe to their ifit monthly plan service for another $15-$20 per month.  I really feel like the treadmill is crippled and just serves as an advertising program for them trying to get you to sign up for ifit every time you use it.  The message I feel they're sending to me daily is:  "Thanks for buying the treadmill for $1700.  Now if you want to USE it, please send us another $300 per year."  Of course I'm exaggerating some, because it is still useable as a basic treadmill without the subscription.  I mounted another tablet in front of theirs so that I can now watch Netflix while walking.  In hindsight, I should've just bought a used treadmill off Craigslist for $200-$400. 

Have modified my exercise program some.  Nothing too strenuous and nothing that takes up too much time, other than the walking. 

M,W,F - 60 pushups in the morning - start with as many as I can do in a row (25) and rest for a couple minutes, continue, rest, continue until 60 done

Tu,Th,Sa - nightly 5 sets of assisted pullups (goal is working up to 10 per set)

Tu,Th,Sa - morning - various "plank" exercises for a total of 5 minutes

M,T,W,Th,F,Sa - walk 30 minutes in the morning & walk 30 minutes in the evening

Still drinking 1 gallon of water daily.

The only thing not on track is my diet.  It's like I've subconsciously already switched into maintenance mode.  There are days that I'm determined to get back to dropping to a lower bodyfat % and other days that I think my current weight / bodyfat % is good enough for now.

Progress as of today: 96 lbs lost so far, only 28 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 03/12/2018:
Despite the roller coaster which was pretty bad for me the second time into my weight loss, try to stick with the exercise part of your routine is my thought on it - and also try not to restrict as much the day after a binge - after a high cal day it's hard for me to drop right back down to something low and can create another binge cycle


horn_of_plenty on 03/12/2018:
Whatever you do, don't stop the exercise - this is how I regained my weight the second time - when my career changed, exercise stopped, and I was binging before studying. A Terrible mix - exercise may always be a challenge to find time for but it's worth it to pull you from bingeing and other time wasters - for me, exercise is a positive use of my time which also takes me away from less productive or unhealthy behaviors. I just wish I had a better balance but honestly nobody probably does ...unless you are rich and don't have to work !? I know now that whatever job I have, it will always be a challenge to make the time to exercise


trishpiglet3 on 03/12/2018:
Your exercise routine looks great


Donkey on 03/12/2018:
Good to know about the treadmill *sigh* I'm sorry if you're disappointed :-(

Horn has some really good advice about food intake - I second all that she says. You wouldn't want binge eating to become a habit - an acceptable habit or otherwise. It can be a slippery slope to bad things.



graindart - Thursday Mar 08, 2018
(moderate food, decent water intake)
Weight: 186.5

Controlling my food intake hasn't been going well the past couple months, but I have been able to become mostly consistent with a basic exercise plan.  It's the exact opposite of last year.  Last year I was rock solid on diet, but couldn't stick to any type of exercise plan.

I've decided that my intake calorie allowance per day must be too low, so I've upped it in hopes of being able to stay get back on track.  I think the combination of trying to add muscle and also lose weight at the same time just hasn't been working for me all that great. 

I've been drinking more diet pop lately, but have continued to drink at least 1 gallon of plain water daily.  Water intake and exercise on track, just need to reign-in the food now.

Progress as of today: 96.5 lbs lost so far, only 27.5 lbs to go!

trishpiglet3 on 03/08/2018:
Good luck with this :) Awesome that you've kept up with the exercise plan!


bearcountrygg on 03/08/2018:
Being at a certain weight for your physical has now been achieved.....it's easier to relax a bit now.

graindart on 03/09/2018:
Yep. I met that goal and instantly became lazy in my food choices. That's why I rarely set intermediate goals. I know that once I reach any goal, I want to reward myself by going off plan.


Donkey on 03/08/2018:
Increasing your calories and staying in control is also a step that will help you in maintenance, when you decide you are there.


horn_of_plenty on 03/09/2018:
every time i diet, it's hardest to reign in on the food. For me, it's the hardest part. But practically the whole thing with weight is determined on just that. i think increasing calories will help you if you have been having a really hard time - i don't usually binge much when calories are decent and not too restricted.

it's hard to both lose weight and gain muscle...

you just have to keep working on it and not give up....just remember it takes work and if it were easy everyone would do it...

sleep and getting enough helps me. the better i sleep, the less hunger and cravings i have.


horn_of_plenty on 03/09/2018:
one thing that helps me with eating is remembering there's always tomorrow to have more...and that it really all tastes the same whether it be the first bite or the 100th bite...i still work on this too.


horn_of_plenty on 03/09/2018:
i still work on the bite stuff bc i like to feel full...but then when i'm just indulging in a dessert i have been better at realizing it tastes the same - one bite or 100 bites. like when you are full after dinner and there's dessert...one bite tastes the same as the whole slice of cake....and if you want something to keep your mouth busy, my go-to is coffees / teas, low cal things. seltzer with stevia (which i don't buy as much anymore bc i don't drive as much during the week (i use bus now) so i don't like carrying the heavy bottles of seltzer home...lol.


Donkey on 03/10/2018:
Did you get the new treadmill yet?



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