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graindart - Wednesday Oct 10, 2018
(30 days - weigh & post daily)
Weight: 195.2

Day 15 completed successfully.

Not much new going on today, just work and the youngest daughter's volleyball practice. Finishing up some stuff before hitting the road for an out-of-town weekend of volleyball starting mid-day Friday.

On to conquer day 16...

Progress as of today: 87.8 lbs lost so far, only 26.2 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 10/10/2018:
does she have to leave school early for the tournament? and also, how many hours round trip is this one? good luck to her!

We are all very proud of you! Seems we are all doing well this fall. Actually, basically everyone who has entered diary entries as of late is doing better than they have in the past! DD is on the whole very successful as of late!

graindart on 10/10/2018:
We leave around lunch time and drive is about 4 hours each direction. Not looking forward to the driving, but it is the last major out-of-town for the season.

BearCountryGG on 10/10/2018:
You are doing great!!

BearCountryGG on 10/10/2018:
I see the scale is going in the right direction too!

graindart on 10/10/2018:
Kind of. The scale is really starting to frustrate me. It's registering me at the same weight I was on Sept 30th. Ten days later without a screwup and I keep waking up hoping to see it start dropping again. But there's nothing much I can really do about it right now. It'll start registering lower when it feels like it......

happy-1 on 10/10/2018:
Good job on the streak!

graindart on 10/10/2018:
You too.

horn_of_plenty on 10/11/2018:
omg lots of driving...it's good you have the company. do you ever switch off driving with your wife??

graindart on 10/11/2018:
Allow a woman to drive? I think not! (kidding of course)

I usually drive, but on some longer trips 6+ hours we'll sometimes switch. Also my oldest daughter has been driving occasionally on the highway trips too, so that she can get additional practice at it.

graindart - Tuesday Oct 09, 2018
(30 days - weigh & post daily)
Weight: 195.9

Day 14 completed successfully.

I think my scale is drunk.

The weight jumped up 1.7 lbs overnight and the bodyfat percent measured 3% lower overnight.  Didn't do anything out of the ordinary between the 2 days.  Didn't eat / drink / exercise any differently than I've been doing for the past couple weeks.  Same stuff day in and day out. 

I don't have a clue.

On to conquer day 15...

Progress as of today: 87.1 lbs lost so far, only 26.9 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 10/09/2018:
Salty treats?

graindart on 10/09/2018:
Every day. Nothing different lately.

BearCountryGG on 10/09/2018:
Just a natural scale fluctuation....might b the scale and not you!

Horn_of_plenty on 10/10/2018:
well, i know how annoying that is with the scale...it just goes to show as much as we'd like our bodies to act like machines, they aren't and they do fluctuate based on SO MANY variables!

overall tho, great job. my scale drinks too.

graindart - Monday Oct 08, 2018
(30 days - weigh & post daily)
Weight: 194.2

Day 13 completed successfully.

Received an invite to go out to eat to celebrate sister's birthday at a korean restaurant.  Love the food there, but am on enough of a streak that I didn't want the temporary jump in weight from falling off the wagon.  Went to dinner and ate very restrained.  Stayed on track, enjoyed the conversation, but didn't enjoy the food due to my own limiting.  However I woke up today and don't regret yesterdays decisions, so that's good.

Have some work to do today and daughter's volleyball game tonight.

On to conquer day 14...

Progress as of today: 88.8 lbs lost so far, only 25.2 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 10/08/2018:
nice job....as you good to maintenance, you will see how to be able to include what you like as i do ;)

keep on and i'm glad you didn't fall off the wagon. If you can chain together a month or two of mostly successful days, you will be so pleased! you are almost at 2 weeks so you are holding steady, Gains.

How has your daughter's games been going? Is her team strong?

graindart on 10/08/2018:
A couple month streak and I should be pretty close to entering maintenance.

Daughter is an 8th grader playing on the high school junior varsity (small school). The JV is middle of the road - win some, lose some. Varsity is very good (undefeated in conference for 3 years) and JV gets to practice with them several times per week, so JV is learning a lot.

Donkey on 10/08/2018:
Am I reading that right, that you could not enjoy the food because your portions were limited?

graindart on 10/08/2018:
Kind of. I really enjoy a lot of the different dishes there and it was being served "family style" with a lot of food available.

I'm at the 2 week mark for my current streak. When I get to this point, my mind starts telling me that I deserve a reward for being so good for so long.

I'm fine when I'm not eating during the day, but once I start eating, I really don't want to stop.

I figured this was going to be the perfect storm that would throw me off plan in a major way. Lots of food, food I really like to overeat, 12+ days streak..... Since I knew all of that, I just decided that I was only eating a thing of white rice and a large serving of kimchi.

I wasn't sitting there feeling unhappy with life, just didn't enjoy the rice / kimchi as much as I've normally enjoyed eating / overeating there in the past.

Felt good about afterwards and the restaurant will still be there once I make it to goal weight / maintenance.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/08/2018:
your daughter must be very good volleyball player, good for her!

graindart on 10/08/2018:
She's not really good right now, but it's a small school and she has potential. She's quick, agile, willing to learn, has a positive outlook on everything, and is willing to sacrifice her body diving to try to get to a ball. Right now that's enough to contribute to the JV team.

horn_of_plenty on 10/09/2018:
she's only 8th grade so i'm sure she'll improve more :)

graindart - Sunday Oct 07, 2018
(30 days - weigh & post daily)
Weight: 193.9

Day 12 completed successfully.

Past couple days have been filled with daughter's volleyball and other stuff.

Weight is dropping slowly and I'm getting impatient.  I know that it took time to put on and will take time to burn off, but I still want it done right now.  When I get to goal weight and switch to maintenance, I need to remember how unpleasant it is to restrict calories for extended lengths of time.  Remember that it's ok to eat what I want, when I want, as long as the portion size is controlled.  Remember that stuffing my face uncontrollably for a day can result in my having to "pay" for it for a week or more.

On to conquer day 13...

Progress as of today: 89.1 lbs lost so far, only 24.9 lbs to go!

Donkey on 10/07/2018:
Your thought on maintenance are spot on. This approach has really helped me stop binge eating, for the most part.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/08/2018:
If weight is dropping slowly, realize that it is the BEST way! congrats! try to keep being patient as if it's dropping, that is quite wonderful.

If you lose the weight fast, you can expect to gain it fast right back as you have to LEARN how to eat for a lighter body in the process. Only when i LEARNED how to maintain a body of lesser weight did it stick with me! :)

Try not to restrict always, even having a month of maintenance is a GOOD thing...then your metabolism will still be strong once you get to maintenance.

it took me awhile to raise my metabolism back up years ago, after too much dieting! keep on! your entry is a good one!

graindart on 10/08/2018:
Have considered pausing and maintaining for a month just to give myself a break. Might consider doing that for the month of December. Then lose the last little bit in January and transition to fulltime maintenance by February. Don't know for sure. Not in a good place to pause right now because I'm just not happy with being between clothing sizes (got rid of larger sizes and the new smaller sizes are a little snug right now).

graindart - Thursday Oct 04, 2018
(30 days - weigh & post daily)
Weight: 194.4

Day 9 completed successfully.

Lesson of the day:  When you step on the scale and see a number you like, don't step on it again to make sure it's real.  

Any day the number goes down by even 1/10th of a lb, I'm happy.  Stepped on the scale this morning, feeling "heavy" from eating some stuff right before bed.  Was expecting an uptick in the number, but saw it down 1/10th of a lb at 194.1.  Was happy, but made the mistake of stepping off the scale and right back on to double-check.  Then it changed to 194.4.  I understand that the tenth's of a pound don't matter, but 1/10th in the right direction sure makes me feel better than a couple tenths in the wrong direction.

Have daughter's volleyball games for the next 3 days.  Weather's crappy.  Sitting here trying to get some work done, but not feeling like it.  Which is why I stopped by here to place an entry.

On to conquer day 10....

Progress as of today: 88.6 lbs lost so far, only 25.4 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 10/04/2018:
That is a bummer....I was setting up the new electronic scale this morning and using D as the guinea pig...and 3 different weights showed up for him...all well under a pound...but kind of unnerving.....instructions mention several times...that numbers can vary.....I guess it is too easy to put all of our hopes into a relatively cheap item...…..$59.00 in this case...but it is just a reminder that we need to take things with a grain of salt sometimes...at least they aren't off 10 pounds or something. You are doing really good!!!

Donkey on 10/06/2018:
Now you understand why I step on the scale 3 times.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/08/2018:
lol scales are a man's enemy huh!?

we have cruddy drizzles all day, but, i am ok with it because it's WARMER lately than expected. even yesterday we walked thru lots of bugs ...seriously nats all over the place! but, it was almost 80! unreal for October...and i wore shorts! amazing! i'll take it.

keep on with your streak, you are doing wonderfully Gains! good luck to your daughter on her games!

graindart - Wednesday Oct 03, 2018
(30 days - weigh & post daily)
Weight: 194.2

Day 8 completed successfully.

I'll come back and update later when I have time.

Not much to say today.  Just kind of coasting right now until youngest daughter is done with volleyball in another 2 weeks.  Four games this week, four next, and maybe another couple after that.  It's a rather short season, but running 6 days per week (practices & games) gets old fast.

Did some of my work today, but had other things occupying my mind.  Will get up tomorrow and tackle the rest of it then.

On to conquer day 9...

Progress as of today: 88.8 lbs lost so far, only 25.2 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 10/03/2018:
freaking awesome to you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BearCountryGG on 10/03/2018:
Good Job!

graindart - Tuesday Oct 02, 2018
(30 days - weigh & post daily)
Weight: 194.9

Day 7 completed successfully.

Today is catching up with errands again.  Might actually get my office semi-cleaned today.  I'd like to figure out a better arrangement for my monitors and computer setups.

Haven't screwed up in a week, but keep having bad end of day munchies lately.  Do awesome until just before bed and am still several hundred calories down for the day.  Decide to have a little snack just before bed, then another, then another.  It becomes a snowball rolling down a hill.  So far I've been able to stop before going over the cliff at the bottom of that hill.

Don't know what my end goal weight is right now, before starting maintenance mode.  I spent much of the beginning of this year at 175-183 and it felt good, but still had a little flab I wanted to get rid of.  Dropped to around 172 at the beginning of May when I was experimenting with a LCHF OMAD diet that seemed to work well for me at the time.

My current plan of attack when I get to maintenance is to weigh myself each morning.  If I'm below a certain number, I don't have to track calories.  If I'm above a certain number I have to track calories for the day and stay under a certain amount.  In theory, I think I can live with this type of plan.  I need to figure out what that magic number will be.  I like easy to remember numbers, so was originally thinking about using the 170's.  As long as I didn't cross over to 180 I could eat without tracking.  But knowing that one over-the-top day can result in a 5 lb gain for me, means that I could conceivably jump from 179.9 to approximately 185 overnight.  And 185 just feels too chunky for me, with clothes starting to feel snugger than I'd prefer.  So my next thought is to make the trigger point be 170.  Meaning as long as I weight 169.9 or less, I don't have to track food intake.  I felt good and liked the way clothes were fitting when I was in the low 170's, but still had a little flab.  Because of that, I'm thinking that mid to high 160's is actually where my body would feel and look the best.  

So I've decided that the magic number will be 170 for my maintenance plan trigger number.  I hate to change my goal weight to further away, but feel it will be better for me to get to the right place before shifting into maintenance mode.  New goal weight is 169, at which point I'll transition to maintenance.  (As I get closer to that number, I'll be able to figure out if that's a reasonable number or not.)

On to conquer day 8...


Progress as of today: 88.1 lbs lost so far, only 25.9 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 10/02/2018:
I hav a childhood friend who to this day...weighs in every morning and either is on or below goal...and eats what she wants that day...or is over goal...and diets for that one day....she has stayed thin all of these years....I think that is a super plan...and it is what I plan to do when I reach goal myself......I can't think of a better way to maintain within a short weight range yet at what I want without counting...in fact I think I may just have a liquid fasting day if I am over...

graindart on 10/02/2018:
You mentioned it before and that's where I kind of "stole" the idea. I've made it to goal before, but have never had a successful plan for maintenance. Thinking I can live with this plan after getting to goal.

BearCountryGG on 10/02/2018:
I can live with that too..….I NEVER want to have to go through this ever again…..and the funny thing is...she was doing that...and I knew it...yet I actually watched myself get bigger and bigger..thinking...thats ok..I'll just diet and lose it....besides...there is the fact that yoyo dieting is so dangerous...…..when we get there...we need to stay there....and that will keep things from ever getting out of hand again. It's a very doable plan.

horn_of_plenty on 10/02/2018:
why don't you plan on having a late night snack instead of trying to avoid it just to end of eating several anyways: a large quart of strawberries, to eat the entire large container, is only 150 cal! why not have some and some yogurt / greek yogurt / sugar free whipped cream ( i love this!) ...i actually eat around 1/4 up to 1/2 a container of sf whipped cream at a time: 1/4 of the smaller tubs is 125 cals and half a tub is 250 cals...pretty low! and so filling when i mostly start with strawberries and eat those before delving more into the whipped cream...i rarely eat from the container tho, or i might start to eat the entire container of whipped cream! but it's a strong tatse, and i'm usually satisfied on less and i take the whipped cream that i'll be eating and usually serve myself on a plate / bowl the amount i want to eat with the strawberries.

another way to limit cals in the evening is to have a small snack bar (250 cal or less) that is natural with a mix of carbs, fat and protein. i find when they have some fats, they are more satisfying...to fill you, you can have seltzer or a drink with it, or decaf coffee, or tea / iced tea mixes...

your maintenance ideas for calorie tracking sound good...as you get to that phase, you will start to get used to and generally know what it takes to maintain and have an easier time choosing foods and portioning and getting some control on what you need to eat to make you happy / satisfied / and at a good weight.

horn_of_plenty on 10/02/2018:
i DO have a magic number, i like to weigh around 115 (or a hair less). anytime i dip too much lower, i cannot maintain...i'm short hence the low weight.

Donkey on 10/02/2018:
Those munchies at the end of your day is your body's signal that it's time to go to bed.

graindart - Monday Oct 01, 2018
(30 days - weigh & post daily)
Weight: 195.4

Day 6 completed successfully.

Beginning of a new month, so my October monthly average is equal to today's morning weigh-in.  No real change from yesterday, but a psychological boost seeing the difference in monthly average.

Today I have some regular work to get done and some other stuff I've been putting off for awhile.

On to conquer day 7...

Progress as of today: 87.6 lbs lost so far, only 20.4 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 10/01/2018:
Only 20 more pounds to go.…..!!!! You are racking up those successful days really well!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 10/01/2018:
I commented on yesterday too :)

I would say you are starting off this month on a good note! All things are looking towards a positive on your end!

I am also happy to start October.

Although i took time off work in September, it seemed to move MUCH TOO FAST due to so many events and plans i felt it was too fast paced, despite all the days off. Not sure why that is!?

Either way, like you, i'm positively looking towards this current new month!

happy-1 on 10/01/2018:
Good job!

Donkey on 10/01/2018:
Yuck, so now every first weigh-in of the month has to be good. It's discouraging to know that a month of work is down the tubes if the first weigh-in is bad.

graindart on 10/01/2018:
It all equals out by the end of the month. If you haven't weighed since your last entry and made a post today, your average October would be sitting at 126 until your next weigh-in.

They're just scale numbers anyways. It's just an easy metric that helps people see a sense of progress. It's easy to see the amount of progress you've completed and even if your monthly average jumped up a couple lbs at the beginning of a month, it wouldn't detract from all of your progress.

graindart - Sunday Sep 30, 2018
(30 days - weigh & post daily)
Weight: 195.2

Day 5 completed successfully.

Trip to / from volleyball was long, but mostly uneventful.  Today is just some miscellaneous errand type stuff after church.

Still need to clean office.  Have been putting it off for a long time.  Still don't feel like doing it at all.  Might chip away at it a little today, but may just decide to take the day off and worry about it later.

Looking forward to the start of a new month.  I'm tired of seeing my monthly average chart in the 200's.  Tomorrow will see the chart monthly average back in the 100's again.

On to conquer day 6.....

Progress as of today: 87.8 lbs lost so far, only 20.2 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 09/30/2018:
Day of rest...I agree.....……...I'm looking forward to a new month too.

Donkey on 09/30/2018:
I've been curious about the monthly chart as well. Does it register only your first weigh-in of the month? Is it an average of weigh-ins over the month?

For example: So if I weigh in on October 1st at 126 and then put on 10 pounds every week, will it show 126 for October? Or will it show the increased average with every time I weigh in in October?

One thing I'd like to change about the chart is to have my chart show a maintenance range, but then I would lose the "Progress as of today" down at the bottom of each entry. I don't want to lose that "60 lbs lost so far".

In case you're wondering, I've been thinking about this for quite some time. I just never got around to asking DD Webmaster about it. Oh well, now about you: YES, tomorrow your chart will be in the 100s! :)

graindart on 10/01/2018:
The monthly chart just averages any weight numbers you've input during that month. If you have entries for the month with recorded weights, it adds them altogether and divides by the number of entries to come up with the average monthly figure.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/01/2018:
That's a good thing that the overeating is not a problem for your family members. I totally get it, same thing with my family! I'm the only one who gets haunted by impulse and indulgence when it comes to eating and food choices. i totally get you in your comments to me from your last entry.

That's usually what helps you move forward, the boredom and a desire to move forward and past a "plateau" of remaining at the same point / fitness level / weight for a period of time. after a long time of the same, it's easy to get inspired. nice thoughts on your part.

happy-1 on 10/01/2018:
I’m having flashbacks to cleaning my dad’s office for him as a kid.

graindart - Saturday Sep 29, 2018
(30 days - weigh & post daily)
Weight: 196.6

Day 4 completed successfully.

Daughter had volleyball last night and we hit the road in another couple hours for an out-of-town volleyball game in a city 3 hours away.  Not looking forward to the drive back/forth, but since we're not staying at a hotel, at least there's no "free" breakfast temptations.  Packing drinks in a cooler and some sunflower seeds to snack on during the drive.

On to conquer day 5...

Progress as of today: 86.4 lbs lost so far, only 21.6 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 09/29/2018:
Have a nice weekend!

Donkey on 09/29/2018:
Being prepared is half the battle! You can do this! And I hope you enjoy the day. Driving sucks but you're spending time with your family, which is nice -- the daughters will be out of the house soon enough. Cherish these little moments when they are still with you.

PS Nice weigh-in!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/29/2018:
Yes, look at your nice weigh-in!

I have a similar long drive on Sunday which i am not particularly dreading, but also it's at such an early time...!6am the bus leaves!

anyways, you are prepared...sunflower seeds - do you eat the shells? i have but the cause tons of gas! lol...good thing tho if you don't eat them, they do take a long time to eat if you plan to spit shells out? good snack for a long trip! glad you have some drinks...i hope you have also packed some snacks for the rest of the crew traveling with you!?

i think 3hrs is so far, but then again, where you live, perhaps it's considered a close town!

graindart on 09/30/2018:
I don't eat the shells. Love the spicy jalapeno flavored seeds in the shell while driving. They give my something to do, taste good (mainly the spices), and have very little calories compared to what I'd normally eat during a drive. They're one of the foods that I enjoy eating, but only want a certain amount of at any one time. Yesterday I only ate 1/4 of the bag, which was approximately 95 calories. Normally I'd eat 1/2 of the bag before quitting, but I was trying to be mindful of being in control vs mindlessly eating all the time. The extra 95 calories from eating 1/2 the bag wouldn't have mattered, but it was just a mental game for me.

Distances / hours of travel are so different depending on what state you live in. For here, 3 hours covers approximately 200 miles. Where I live, most other cities of 30k people of more are all positioned around 200 miles apart. So a 3 hour drive one-way is pretty common when going out of town, although we only probably do it 5-10 times per year.

I didn't pack any snacks for the rest of the family. They got to do the regular routine, which is eat junk on the road from gas stations. They eat pretty healthy during the normal week, so trips are always a treat for them. Thankfully they don't go out of control with the junk and just eat quantities that they feel like. Like my youngest just finishing 1/3 of her slushy. Or my wife eating 1/2 of a bbq pork sandwich. I'm glad that they don't overeat, but it doesn't compute to me. If I buy a slushy or sandwich, I'm going to finish the entire slushy and sandwich even if it makes me uncomfortably full. Again, glad that the my wife and kids don't have my mindset when it comes to food.

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