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graindart - Friday Jan 05, 2018
(moderate food, decent water intake)
Weight: 189.5

 Happy to see the 180's again this morning.  My weight can easily fluctuate a few lbs on any given morning, so I realize that I might see 190+ again tomorrow, but it was still a pleasant surprise. 

189.5 just sounds so much lighter than 190 to me. 

Just 7 more lbs to go to get down to my pre-Christmas Day weight again (182-ish).  I hate having to re-lose the same weight I've already lost before.  It was a conscious decision to go off-diet for a week.  At the time it sounded like a good idea and I did enjoy eating all of the different types of cookies.  Of course now I regret it, which is something I'll hopefully remember the next time I consider stuffing my face for a week straight.

My mini-goals:
181 - back on track before the Christmas choice
179 - first time I've seen the 170's in probably 25 years
169 - first time I've seen the 160's in probably 30 years
165 - final goal, based on current muscle mass

My final goal of 165 is based on body fat percentages, math calculations, and current muscle mass.  I'm contemplating starting to lift weights.  If I do start some type of muscle building regimen, my final goal weight might not be as low as 165.  I'll know better over the couple of months.  

It's funny how different environments can affect my willpower so much.  At home I'm in a normal pattern of eating and don't have a lot of temptations.  I know if I really wanted to, I could find some candy in the kids stuff, but don't really feel tempted.  This is in contrast to watching my oldest daughter playing basketball tonight (high school).  Over the couple hours I was in the stands, I saw so many people chowing down on loaded nachos.  I'm not usually a nachos type of guy, but I seriously considered jumping off the wagon again.  I didn't, but it was a brief thought I had 2 or 3 times during the games.

Sitting here still under calories for the day.  Have a couple hundred more that are allowed and will probably pop a bag of the 100 calorie popcorn and maybe eat a slice of cheese.  Day 5 a success......onto day 6.

Progress as of today: 93.5 lbs lost so far, only 24.5 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 01/05/2018:
Those are hormonal messages from your body fat to your brain "Candy"... "Nachos"... Think of it as a scifi alien that has invaded your body and suddenly you want to eat phone wires....

https://www.bariatriceating.com/2017/01/do-you-have-fatbrain/


Horn_of_plenty on 01/06/2018:
YOU CAN DO THIS! ....prove this to yourself that you can do it....and we want you to succeed...it's going to motivate all of us to keep on! So, keep on, GRAIN!


Donkey on 01/06/2018:
Congratulations on the new numbers! Isn't that wonderful? I completely get you on the fluctuations though. I would encourage you to be patient with your body, and you'll get there.

Regarding situational eating, it's really hard to be around people who are eating -- my husband falls into this trap quite often. I've learned to bring sugarless gum, water or flavored water (no calories), and sugarless hard candy (Life Savers) to help curb the temptation. IT'S REALLY DIFFICULT.

At your indirect suggestion (from your diary), I bought the 100-calorie packs of popcorn and promptly burnt a whole bag at work. The whole place stunk like fire. As I'm having difficulties at work with co-workers, this was sort of a sweet revenge, but I won't do that again. I'll pop the corn bag at home first. I put the bag in for an additional 15 seconds because the bag felt only half popped. Then it burned so I couldn't eat any of it. Oops.

graindart on 01/06/2018:
I've tried different brands with different results. Pop Secret tends to burn in my microwave. Healthy Pop 100's pop as close to perfect as possible in my microwave. 90 seconds in my microwave and usually only 3 or 4 unpopped kernels with no burning. It's also the cheapest 10 pack box at my local grocery store and comes with a free Redbox rental, so that's a bonus.


horn_of_plenty on 01/08/2018:
my fave is orville redenbachers..however you spell it...it's around 200 cal per minibag but tastes AMAZING!



graindart - Thursday Jan 04, 2018
(moderate food, decent water intake)
Weight: 190.3

Day 4 and still on track.  Ending today just a few calories below my daily allowance. 

Getting tired of sugar-free Jello and popcorn.  Have been eating much healthier lately, including vegetables.  Have the sugar-free Jello and popcorn 100 calorie packs in the house so if I get a craving it doesn't cause me to consume a few hundred calories in a sudden binge-fest.  I think a small bag of potato chips at the gas station is supposedly "3 servings" and around 500 calories.  A 5 calorie Jello cup or 100 calorie bag of popcorn causes much less damage.

Progress as of today: 92.7 lbs lost so far, only 25.3 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 01/05/2018:
Hello Grainy!

Another successful day for you in the books. What do you allow yourself for a daily allowance in calories? I want to see if it’s too low for you…If I were you, allow yourself up to 1800-2000 cals. You will lose weight at that amount…

If you want a change from the sugar free jello and popcorn, maybe try some fruit and veggies. Like cut up celery and eat it with blueberries? You can add a little salt to the celery if you want. Or seltzer (carbonated “bubble” water)….or warm teas (herbal not caffeine) instead of jello…there’s other options…oh, now I read you are eating veggies….GOOD!

Also, YES, eat small servings and you can still “eat the bad stuff” but in smaller servings like you are doing. This is also what I do. Instead of buying big bags, eat only a portion. Or eat chips, follow them up with jello or eat veggies first, then chips second. Try to make the portions of the unhealthy stuff small, but still enjoy it. You are doing GREAT, very on TRACK.

It’s not about denying yourself the unhealthy stuff, just eat it moderately inbetween eating the other healthy things too. YOU GOT THIS….i love what you wrote!

graindart on 01/05/2018:
Daily calorie limit is around 1500-1600 per day, which is enough for my height/weight/exercise level at present. I'm never hungry and never feel low on energy. According to calorie calculators online, my daily calorie intake to maintain (not lose) once I get to 165 lb goal weight is 1974 calories.

Moderation and portion sizes have always been my issue. I tend to be all-or-nothing, especially when dealing with foods I love. I have no desire to eat 1 slice of pizza, I want to eat the whole pizza. Knowing that, I just tend to mostly avoid pizza and other foods that I know I have no desire to eat in moderation. Veggies on the other hand, I have no problem measuring out a cup or two and only eating a certain amount.


happy-1 on 01/05/2018:
I like the apple slices from costco and the single serving peanut butter packets... I stay within a single serving that way.

graindart on 01/05/2018:
I like single serving stuff also. Much less likely for me to overindulge that way. I also prefer when the single serving size equates to 100 calories. When I have a set number of calories for the day, 100 calorie increments seem like more. If my daily limit were 1500 calories and each thing is 500 calories, that's only 3 things for the entire day. If each thing is 100 calories, that's 15 things I get to eat during the day. In the end it's the same calorie count, but 15 different things sounds so much more exciting than 3 things.



graindart - Wednesday Jan 03, 2018
(moderate food, decent water intake)
Weight: 192.4

Day 3 coming to a close and I'm staying within my calorie budget.

Been eating a lot of popcorn lately. My salt intake is probably a lot higher than optimal, but right now it's allowing me to cope and get back on track.

Progress as of today: 90.6 lbs lost so far, only 27.4 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 01/05/2018:
to cope with higher salt, drink more water / have more veggies (raw) things that are watery! :)



graindart - Tuesday Jan 02, 2018
(moderate food, decent water intake)
Weight: 197.2

 Made it through the 1st without going over calorie budget.  Sitting here at the end of January 2nd still under my budget for the day.  Just have to make it to bed without any major detours along the way (kitchen).

 

Progress as of today: 85.8 lbs lost so far, only 32.2 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 01/03/2018:
You can do it ! Be proud you kept your promise to yourself !!!!! Also, if you do get really hungry, don't let it get out o control and Have something small and simple like granola bar and it'll raise your blood sugar, keep you in good mood and help you sleep.


Donkey on 01/03/2018:
Way to go! I'm sorry if my comment on your last entry was too harsh. I've been in your place so many times before...



graindart - Monday Jan 01, 2018
(moderate food, decent water intake)
Weight: 198.5

 Another start of a new year.  Another attempt at losing weight.  But this time with much less to lose to get to my goal weight.

Recap of 2017:  I was totally out of control foodwise.  The rest of my life was good (family, job, etc), but my weight hit the highest I've ever seen before:  283 lbs.  Around April 6th I started logging everything I ate and kept under a daily calorie goal computed to lose 2 lbs per week.  It worked and I only had 1 day I went over my calorie allotment before Christmas hit.  I dropped from 283 lbs to 182 lbs before leaving for Christmas vacation a couple weeks ago.  My intention was to continue the diet through Christmas vacation so as not to suffer a setback.  That initially went out the window on Christmas day.  I started cramming cookies, candy, and everything else into my mouth.  The next day I woke up feeling like crap and was going to get right back on the diet.  Didn't happen.  Then it expanded a few more days and I decided to go fully off the rails and start new on January 1st.  

During those 7 days of excess, I ate every imaginable craving that I've had over the past 8 months on the diet.  I had a lot of cookies, candy, chips, pizza, pasta, etc.  I felt like crap the whole time, but continued to stuff my face.  I hopped on the scale today at 198.5 lbs, a full 16 lbs heavier than only 7 days ago.  It's amazing how quickly the pounds piled on in such a little amount of time.  I'm hoping a decent amount of them fall back off pretty quickly.  It's depressing to re-lose the weight again.  If only I could turn the clock back 1 week to where I was feeling super happy with my progress and apparent willpower.

Today I had to spend most of the day on the computer getting some work stuff caught up.  I'm below my calorie allowance for the day, but haven't eaten dinner yet.  As long as nothing stupid happens, today should be the start of another long run of successful days back on the diet and on my way to my final goal.

Progress as of today: 84.5 lbs lost so far, only 33.5 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 01/01/2018:
Welcome back! Glad to see you here!


Donkey on 01/01/2018:
The important thing is that you've come back on track. You've come so far -- why are you sabotaging yourself?

It IS amazing how quickly the pounds can come back on, but some, if not all, might come off quickly if you get back on track. The extra salt and carbs are probably causing water weight right now.

KEEP TRYING!! You can do this!!


happy-1 on 01/01/2018:
Also, have you checked your bodyfat and inches? It's ok to be heavier if you are adding muscle. Nothing wrong with a grandpa bringing sexy back!


horn_of_plenty on 01/02/2018:
So Welcome back ! As we all have on this site, it seems you have definitely learned and experienced many things over your past diet and weight loss journey! Good for you and welcome back! You have even more tools now in your pocket !!!!


innerpeace on 01/04/2018:
Wow that's an incredible accomplishment in 8 months. I know exactly how you feel. Though I've never had great success before, but I know all too well that feeling after bingeing on the sweet eats!

The good thing is you know you can do it, so just take one day at a time.



graindart - Monday Feb 02, 2015
(moderate food, decent water intake)
Weight: 271.8

Ate and drank everything I wanted yesterday at Super Bowl party.  

Starting new today.

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 102.8 lbs to go!

puddles on 02/02/2015:
Good Luck. Wishing you a great week.


thinnside40 on 02/02/2015:
Best wishes on the new start. Bio says your from Northwest and it's been a long while since I was active here and not sure if I ever knew what part of NW your from..


museumgirl on 02/03/2015:
Glad you had fun at the party. every day is a new day, right? have a great one!



graindart - Thursday Jan 01, 2015
(moderate food, decent water intake)
Weight: 269.2

Yearly starting stats.

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 94.2 lbs to go!

SkinInTheGame on 01/01/2015:
Good luck to you this year!!!


museumgirl on 01/01/2015:
Good luck, and a Happy new Year!


puddles on 01/01/2015:
Welcome to the site. Good luck and have a great day.


Umpqua on 01/01/2015:
Happy New Year, grain! We've been missing for roughly the same amount of time, since March. I wish you a very positive and healthy 2015.



graindart - Wednesday Mar 19, 2014
(moderate food, decent water intake)
Weight: 242.0

Yesterday went well food wise.  A couple large salads with mostly healthy stuff and low-cal dressings.  Made a soup of beef broth, mushrooms, small amount of pickled korean veggie thing w/sesame oil, and mostly shredded broccoli / carrot / cabbage.  Added a little sriracha sauce for some heat.

My weight has gone up after stopping the fast, but the body fat % has dropped quite a bit along with it.  I'm guessing that water / sodium levels are evening out and my body is going back to normal operating procedures now.

Progress as of today: 24.5 lbs lost so far, only 67 lbs to go!


graindart - Tuesday Mar 18, 2014
(moderate food, decent water intake)
Weight: 242.0

Yesterday was spent snacking and eating for a large portion, but it was all low-cal and healthy, except for a hotdog w/bun and a bagel at the end of the day.

Progress as of today: 24.5 lbs lost so far, only 67 lbs to go!


graindart - Monday Mar 17, 2014
(moderate food, decent water intake)
Weight: 238.0

Skipped eating yesterday, only drank water.  Back to eating today. 

Progress as of today: 28.5 lbs lost so far, only 63 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 03/17/2014:
wow...is it hard to skip eating all day??? i find it VERY difficult to FAST & then i just binge...

graindart on 03/17/2014:
I binged the night before. Woke up still feeling full, so it wasn't too bad until later at night.


horn_of_plenty on 03/17/2014:
even though you binged....i challenge you to still eat every few hours the next day after a binge...the more you try to stick on schedule & on track, the more likely it is to become a routine...when i start a process of binging & restricting....both of those habits are causing the other to occur. Right now, I am struggling to get out of that habit myself after doing pretty well for 3 months or so.

for me, i need to have LOTS of vegetables (cooked & even with sauces/oil....because vegetables, really all except FRIED ones, are MUCH healthier than all the other foods we eat....because you can have so many vegetables -- you can actually overdo it on the vegetables, and lose tons of weight.

if you want to lose weight, my recommendation is to eat 1/2 to 3/4 of a plate of vegetables with your meal at lunch & dinner. Then, have about a 1/4 size of a plate of the rest of the food (should be carbs & protein as the rest of the food.....i am telling you it works. some days, i eat way over a plate of just cooked veggies with my meals....in addition to a small wrap or something (on the small side).

you can even have fruit..or a diet drink....or fruit popsicle or something after you eat the meal....

doing it this way, you can eat literally more than you can imagine - and lose weight.

i am writing this as a friend, from what i've learned, for years...i've been doing the weightloss thing since i was 19/20 yrs old a junior in college and now i am 31.


horn_of_plenty on 03/17/2014:
even though you binged....i challenge you to still eat every few hours the next day after a binge...the more you try to stick on schedule & on track, the more likely it is to become a routine...when i start a process of binging & restricting....both of those habits are causing the other to occur. Right now, I am struggling to get out of that habit myself after doing pretty well for 3 months or so.

for me, i need to have LOTS of vegetables (cooked & even with sauces/oil....because vegetables, really all except FRIED ones, are MUCH healthier than all the other foods we eat....because you can have so many vegetables -- you can actually overdo it on the vegetables, and lose tons of weight.

if you want to lose weight, my recommendation is to eat 1/2 to 3/4 of a plate of vegetables with your meal at lunch & dinner. Then, have about a 1/4 size of a plate of the rest of the food (should be carbs & protein as the rest of the food.....i am telling you it works. some days, i eat way over a plate of just cooked veggies with my meals....in addition to a small wrap or something (on the small side).

you can even have fruit..or a diet drink....or fruit popsicle or something after you eat the meal....

doing it this way, you can eat literally more than you can imagine - and lose weight.

i am writing this as a friend, from what i've learned, for years...i've been doing the weightloss thing since i was 19/20 yrs old a junior in college and now i am 31.



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