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graindart - Friday Apr 12, 2013
(drink water, eat 3 meals a day)
Weight: 223.8

Yesterday went alright.

B - Slimfast

L - homemade chilli leftovers, 1 piece of bread w/butter

S - cheese stick

D - fried spam sandwich, corn w/butter, side salad

Water intake was ok.  Went to the gym: 15 minutes elliptical lvl 3, 30 minutes recumbant bike.  

Non-diet:  9 days until the 1st race of the season (if the weather cooperates).  The Miata is fighting me every step of the way.  I cut my thumb pretty good and took a couple days off working out in an attempt to keep the cut from re-opening.  The aftermarket ECU was supposed to be a plug-and-play type thing, but I've been dealing with issues from it for the past couple weeks.  Two days ago it was on the road for the first time since I redid a bunch of stuff, but the brain wouldn't allow it to rev over 3300 rpms.  After some talk with the manufacturer and some adjustments inside the unit, it allowed reving to 6200 rpms.  Hooked up the laptop to see what was causing the issues and found out the brain had a different issue with another sensor.  Talked with the manufacturer again and found another potentiometer they said I could adjust to try to get better signals from that sensor.  Hoping to get some time today and hoping that the adjustments get the car to run smoothly up to the regular 7200rpm redline.  This extra 2 weeks spent on the brain ECU unit were the time I had allotted to installing the supercharger / intercooler and tuning.  I've got the supercharger pieces all laid out on a table and might attempt to install them this weekend.

Progress as of today: 45.8 lbs lost so far, only 48.8 lbs to go!

Puddles on 04/12/2013:
Have a great weekend. A lot of work ahead.


lolla on 04/12/2013:
WOW...I am feeling so clueless but have a great weekend!


IndependentEm93 on 04/12/2013:
Have a great weekend!! =)!



graindart - Wednesday Apr 10, 2013
(drink water, eat 3 meals a day)
Weight: 223.8

Yesterday was alright.

B - Slimfast

L - 3 large tacos

D - quiche

Water intake was low. 

Progress as of today: 45.8 lbs lost so far, only 48.8 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 04/10/2013:
Have a good day!


Umpqua on 04/10/2013:
Wow, your chart is very impressive - you've been losing slowly and steadily since December. Congratulations!!


IndependentEm93 on 04/10/2013:
I agree with the chart!


Puddles on 04/10/2013:
You are doing so good. Keep up the good work and have a great day.


hollybelle on 04/12/2013:
I'd say that day was more than alright! I like reading your comments about working on the car - even though I don't understand much about it....I have never been exposed to "car talk" except on public radio (click & clack). LOL! Interesting.



graindart - Tuesday Apr 09, 2013
(drink water, eat 3 meals a day)
Weight: 223.8

Yesterday went alright.

B - Slimfast

L - homemade soup leftovers

D - buttered popcorn at the movie theater

S - cold cheese sandwich with butter

Water intake was alright.  Went to the movies (G.I.Joe) around dinner time and ate a small popcorn with extra butter.  Then met the family at the skating rink for a litte over an hour of skating.  Got home and ate a cold cheese sandwich.

Non-diet:  The Miata was kicking my butt for a couple of weeks.  It would start with the stock ECU, but I couldn't get it to start with the aftermarket one.  After numerous emails with the supplier, I was given some troubleshooting steps that included opening the unit up and adjusting stuff.  In the end it turns out that they had adjusted a couple of potentiometers incorrectly.  While I was happy to finally get the car started, I was a little unhappy about the wasted couple of weeks and wasted money from other parts purchasing trying to chase the problem.  I have to install the lightweight aluminum race seats and wheels/tires before I can start driving it around and tuning it with the laptop.  Hopefully I'll get those items completed today, although it just snowed yesterday.  The weather isn't exactly conducive to driving a small lightweight convertible (with the top removed) that's been lowered.  I just checked the weather and it's 10F right now.

Progress as of today: 45.8 lbs lost so far, only 48.8 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 04/09/2013:
I could hold my own underneath a shade tree back in the 70s before that computer crap started. chasing problems and swapping out parts was much easier then.

graindart on 04/09/2013:
I know what you mean. My dad & I have a '67 Firebird show car with a big block in it. While the engine is shoe-horned into the engine bay, there are actually very few individual components and wiring is minimal. Compare that to my Miata which has a gazillion sensors, wiring everywhere, fuses for everything, and emissions tubes / sensors filling every nook and cranny. Just one thing adjusted wrong or one bad sensor can keep it from running at all.


getmebackto150 on 04/09/2013:
Have a good one:)


grannyannie on 04/09/2013:
Have a great day!


Puddles on 04/09/2013:
Hope you have a wonderful day.


supercheese on 04/09/2013:
Glad the car is working!! hopefully the weather brightens up for you!


legcramps on 04/09/2013:
Bah, sounds like a storm of trouble with that car. Hope it goes smoothly from here on out.


IndependentEm93 on 04/09/2013:
Have a great day! =)



graindart - Monday Apr 08, 2013
(drink water, eat 3 meals a day)
Weight: 223.8

Yesterday went alright.

B - Slimfast

L - grilled cheese sandwich, cup of tomato soup

D - homemade tomato based soup w/ hamburger, ham, bacon, pasta, corn, onion, garlic, and cheese on top

Water intake was alright.  Gym last night - 15 minutes elliptical lvl 3, 15 minutes treadmill, 15 minutes recumbant bike.  The elliptical is becoming easier and the bike more tedious.

Progress as of today: 45.8 lbs lost so far, only 48.8 lbs to go!

Puddles on 04/08/2013:
Grill cheese and tomato soup is my go to food when I am feeling a little bit in the dumps. Just something about it. Hope you have a wonderful day and a great week.

graindart on 04/08/2013:
For some reason I've been craving tomato-based things lately. I despised tomato soup as a child, but now half of my pantry has tomato-based stuff.


Puddles on 04/08/2013:
Congrats on the weight loss.


grannyannie on 04/08/2013:
Congrats on the loss. :)


getmebackto150 on 04/08/2013:
congrats on the loss... Have a great day!!


OhioRaven on 04/08/2013:
Good Job, Pal.


V on 04/08/2013:
Congrats on your loss!!


legcramps on 04/08/2013:
Way to go!



graindart - Sunday Apr 07, 2013
(drink water, eat 3 meals a day)
Weight: 226.4

Yesterday went alright.

B - Slimfast

L - gyro and cheese fries

D - pasta with chicken / spinach / cheese, corn, cheesy garlic bread

S - small orange

Went to the gym - 15 minutes elliptical lvl 3, 22 minutes treadmill, 15 minutes stationary bike.  

Friday night I took the family to a new indoor trampoline place that just opened up.  It has large connected trampolines all attached to each other.  With practice you can jump from one to the next, to the next, etc.  There's also a string of them that ends in a large foam pit.  Another couple trampoline areas are setup as dodge-ball courts.  And yet another is setup with a basketball hoop so that you can slam-dunk the balls.  It's an interesting place and the kids enjoyed it a lot.  For me the concept was good, but it was harder than it looked to be able to transition jump between the trampolines.  I ended up with "trampoline burns" on my knees and elbows and don't have any real big desire to try it again any time soon.

Progress as of today: 43.2 lbs lost so far, only 51.4 lbs to go!

puddles on 04/07/2013:
You have to try everything at least once and now you know trampolines are just not for you. lol Have a great day.



graindart - Thursday Apr 04, 2013
(drink water, eat 3 meals a day)
Weight: 226.4

Yesterday was better.

B - Slimfast

L - can of soup

D - 2 small homemade individual pizzas

Water intake was ok.  Went to the gym - 15 minutes elliptical lvl 3, 30 minutes stationary bike.  The exercise was weird last night.  Usually the elliptical kills me and the bike I could do forever.  It was the exact opposite - I felt much better on the elliptical, but the bike was a pain in the butt.

Girls and wife went back to school / work yesterday so it was much easier to watch what I ate. 

I so look forward to meals, but with the smaller portions it's a little depressing how quickly I'm finished with them.  Smaller portions means that a meal lasts about 5 minutes now.

Progress as of today: 43.2 lbs lost so far, only 51.4 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 04/04/2013:
Dr. Oz says we need to chew or food-each bite- longer. About 15 chews more.


Puddles on 04/04/2013:
yes chewing plus put your fork down between bits. That also helps. Have a great day.


legcramps on 04/04/2013:
Lots more filler needs to go on that plate, then. Salad, raw veggies, anything that is low in calories and can fill you up. My aunt, who is in Weight Watchers, fills her plate with salad and whatever veggies she can fit on there first and foremost before eating anything else.


legcramps on 04/04/2013:
Of course, easier said than done. Sorry if I sounded harsh there. I certainly don't follow in my aunt's footsteps all the time, so I hope you don't think I was preaching...


lolla on 04/04/2013:
I know how you feel with the portions, it really sucks specially if you enjoy food like I do.Like they say: it is not easy but it will eventually be worth it!!!!(I hope...) :)



graindart - Wednesday Apr 03, 2013
(drink water, eat 3 meals a day)
Weight: 226.4

Yesterday was ok.

B - Slimfast

L - went out for some sushi & thai food

S - grapes

D - small ham sandwich, small egg salad sandwich

S - grapes 

Went to the gym - 15 minutes elliptical lvl 3, 30 minutes stationary bike.

Progress as of today: 43.2 lbs lost so far, only 51.4 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 04/03/2013:
Have a great day. Good workout.


OhioRaven on 04/03/2013:
Doing good, man. Hope your car is in as good of shape.


getmebackto150 on 04/03/2013:
Have a good day today!!


Puddles on 04/03/2013:
Have a wonderful day.


legcramps on 04/03/2013:
Great day!



graindart - Tuesday Apr 02, 2013
(drink water, eat 3 meals a day)
Weight: 226.4

Yesterday was alright, until a late night blip.

B - Slimfast

L - hotdog w/bun, banana

D - chicken wings, pasta salad, piece of cheese

S - popcorn, peanut butter sandwich 

Water intake a little low.  Took the family skating.  

I was craving popcorn, so had it for a late night snack.  Then I wanted more.....  Searched the kitchen for the kid's Easter candy, but thankfully didn't find any.  Ended up eating a piece of bread with peanut butter on it and going to the bedroom to escape the temptations of the kitchen.

Progress as of today: 43.2 lbs lost so far, only 51.4 lbs to go!

Puddles on 04/02/2013:
Your doing really good. Have a great day.


legcramps on 04/02/2013:
Have a good one!


hollybelle on 04/03/2013:
I hate when I get the munchies, like that. I find it usually because I am bored or haven't eaten enough during the day. Good job escaping the kitchen!



graindart - Monday Apr 01, 2013
(drink water, eat 3 meals a day)
Weight: 226.4

Yesterday was full of food as expected, but I didn't do too bad.

B - Slimfast

L - ham, pineapple, mashed potatoes, stovetop stuffing, salad, 2 rolls, and half a glass of sparkling apple juice

D - egg salad sandwich, devlied egg, hard-boiled egg, and 2 rolls with ham in them

S - 1 jelly bean and 1 Cadbury's cream egg (I love the cream eggs!)

Water intake low as is usual on the weekends.

Progress as of today: 43.2 lbs lost so far, only 51.4 lbs to go!

Puddles on 04/01/2013:
With all of that you lost over 2 lbs how amazing. congrats - That was a great day. Have a great week.


supercheese on 04/01/2013:
Have a good one!!!.....1...jelly bean? Thats some control!

graindart on 04/01/2013:
Not control, it just wasn't good. My mom bought me tobasco flavored jelly beans in a tabasco shaped bottle. I felt obligated to try one. It didn't taste very good, so I had no desire to eat any more of them. (sent them home with my sister)


OhioRaven on 04/01/2013:
Good goin' on the loss. You're closing in on the 1/2 way mark. We're all pulling for you. Good job on the re-gifting the jelly beans too :v)>



graindart - Sunday Mar 31, 2013
(drink water, eat 3 meals a day)
Weight: 228.8

Yesterday was alright.

B - Slimfast

L - peanut butter and jelly sandwich

D -  chicken breast w/ cheese, corn, and something else that I don't remember

S - granny smith apple

Water intake was alright and went to the gym - 15 minutes elliptical lvl 3, 35 minutes stationary bike.

Progress as of today: 40.8 lbs lost so far, only 53.8 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 03/31/2013:
Happy Easter !


hollybelle on 03/31/2013:
Good menu and good exercise! You are workin' it!



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