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graindart - Wednesday Jun 06, 2018
(OMAD, counting calories)
Weight: 178.6

Got sidetracked for a week.  My mind and tummy wanted to start my cruise vacation a week early.  Intended to only go off-plan for Memorial Day, but that extended to including my daughter's birthday, then camping in the mountains, then daughter's birthday with friends, then daughter's birthday with family.  

Scale shot up to 190, but got back under control the past few days and the scale dropped back down.  Today is the last day in town.  Have to get some work finished up, errands run, lawn mowed, etc.  We leave for Seattle tomorrow morning after dropping the dog off at the pet boarding place.  Should be boarding the ship to Alaska on Friday around 10am-noon.  Ideally I'd like to stay in control of food intake today, tomorrow, and until dinner on Friday night.  Today shouldn't be a problem, but I don't know about tomorrow.  We'll be on the road for 10-12 hours and that's the time I usually stuff my face in an attempt to fight boredom.  There is also Boehm's Chocolote Factory in Issaquah, WA.  Since I was a little kid, we always stopped there and I've always got a freshly dipped ice cream on a stick with thick dark chocolate and fresh roasted nuts.  I've told my daughters about it several times and am pretty sure we will be stopping there.  I suppose that will be later in the day around dinner time.  I guess my plan for traveling Friday will be to pack a ton of zero-calorie drinks for the trip and not eat anything until we get to the chocolate factory.  Order ice cream things for the family and leave without getting talked into any other stuff (chocolates, fudge, nuts, etc).

Alaskan cruise starts Friday and goes for a week.  Ideally the plan is to skip breakfast / lunch and effectively stay OMAD.  I don't know how possible that will be.  It's my vacation.  Part of me says "screw it" and I shouldn't worry what or when I eat.  The other part of me reminds myself that I feel like crap the next day when I overeat and I really don't want to feel like crap for a week straight because I've overeatten for a week straight.  So the plan is OMAD, the reality will be ?????

Progress as of today: 104.4 lbs lost so far, only 19.6 lbs to go!

innerpeace on 06/06/2018:
OMG I'm so excited for you! I hope you enjoy your vacation without all the worries of forever dieting. You have worked very hard and enjoy a peaceful stress free vacation. I hope you see whales and all kinds of cool stuff!

bearcountrygg on 06/06/2018:
Have a great trip.

horn_of_plenty on 06/07/2018:
Hi Gains! ! ! So happy to see you drop by – it’s sad to lose DDers from our online community!

I can understand how you got sidetracked with being off your plan the whole week because of all the bdays and celebrations. And I’m sure you had to do a lot of the driving and planning which requires energy and for me sometimes I’d indulge just due to the mental aspect of all the events and obligations. Remember how to get back…how you can order healthier options (when you feel like being back to that). Last night I went with a friend out to eat locally to a pizza shop and they have awesome sautéed mushrooms in olive oil with shaved slices of garlic.

Amazing. Ate the whole thing of mushrooms atop a couple small slices Italian bread and a little bit of minestrone soup. My issue was just still craving my home treats of sf jello, whipped cream (half a small container! – I eat it like ice cream) and also some ice cream. My weakness is my own little treats but luckily at least they are low cal one that I crave. I do realize there’s no nutrition that I actually need from these things. I’m debating pulling myself off for a little bit from the whipped cream and ice cream that I love…

lol…my point was to you really here is that there’s ways to eat what you enjoy when you can find ways to work them into your diet so it’s a way of life. So far, I’m sure you can say you’ve learned a ton and experienced a lot and learned from what you’d like to continue and also the techniques that were worth trying but maybe not a long term method for you!

I think the less rules you give yourself the better…with all the buffets and free food, are you sure you do not want to allow yourself to take advantage? I know that buffets on the ships even include some tomatoes and other veggies at breakfast! Coffee is low cal! There’s so many options…do you like smoked lox (salmon) slices that are usually served on the ship buffet breakfast?....

graindart - Monday May 28, 2018
(OMAD, counting calories)
Weight: 175.2

Past couple days have been on plan.

Went dirt biking for a good portion of Saturday.  

Having family over today for dinner.

Wiring an outlet for the RV today.  Going to take it out this next weekend for a couple days in the mountains to celebrate my youngest daughter's 13th birthday.  Taking the dog with us and should get some hiking in.

Not much else going on, although birthdays bring a lot extra stuff to the schedule.  Will take treats to her youth group Wednesday night.  Thursday will take treats, flowers, and balloon to school.  After school will take her and a couple of her friends bowling, followed by dinner.  Friday morning we'll leave to go camping.  Probably come back Saturday.  Sunday night the extended family is coming over for her family birthday dinner.

And she's nervously looking forward to her birthday present.  After the cruise we're heading up to Vancouver, BC for a mini family reunion (mom's family is Canadian).  I've been wanting to bungee jump for many years (never done it before).  Found a place in Whistler, British Columbia that offers bungee jumping 160' off a bridge over the Cheakamus River.  I'll attach a birdseye view photo from their website below.  I gave my daughter the option to do it as her birthday present and she decided she wanted to.  (Also gave my wife and older daughter the option, but neither were interested at all.)

10 DUC's

Progress as of today: 107.8 lbs lost so far, only 16.2 lbs to go!

Donkey on 05/28/2018:
What a cool birthday gift! I'm not sure I'd have the courage to try this, but just to be there would be an incredible view!

Glad to hear you're staying on track.

bearcountrygg on 05/28/2018:

Horn_of_plenty on 05/28/2018:
What a cool bday gift indeed...not sure if i could bungee jump! actually, i know i could, but i also know i'd be terrified! :P

the view is soooo beautiful! sounds like your daughter is going to have a wonderful bday and family time!!

happy-1 on 05/28/2018:
Bungee jumping is super fun but even if there is no accident can result in whiplash and TBI.

innerpeace on 05/30/2018:
How exciting! My son bungee jumped, he loved it, but lost his wallet, so don't take that!!

I always wanted to hang glide, maybe if I ever lose enough weight I will do this!

horn_of_plenty on 05/30/2018:
Cruise Dad!

Horn_of_plenty on 06/01/2018:
...6 days :)

graindart on 06/01/2018:
Yeah, but my mouth & tummy started the vacation 5 days ago......

Horn_of_plenty on 06/01/2018:
ohhh you bad Gains! jk...it happens to us all!!!

you shall be ok and we want to hear about vacation when it happens like what activities you did on vaca!

graindart - Friday May 25, 2018
(OMAD, counting calories)
Weight: 176.5

Barely reigned-in myself yesterday, but did it and remained under calorie allotment.

It all started when I woke up around 3am with ice cream sandwich on the brain.  I'd bought a large multi-pack the day before at the store for the girls and had avoided them initially.  In their place I decided to try the Halo Top ice cream pints and actually kept myself to only eating 1/2 pint initially.  Well at 3am yesterday I ate 1 of the ice cream sandwiches.  Then ate the 2nd half of the Halo Top.  Then decided to eat a 2nd ice cream sandwich.  Then a piece of string cheese.  I knew I was spiralling out of control and went back to bed.  Woke up and ate a couple more things, including the last ice cream sandwich (my 3rd).  Ate a couple more things in the morning hours and finished with a large salad around 1pm.  So at 1pm I was sitting at exactly my allowed calorie count for the day.  I fully intended to go off the deep end and have a major cheat day, but knew that I had a choice and at that point hadn't thrown the day away yet.  So I drank a boatload of zero calorie drinks through the rest of the day and didn't eat anything else.  Feel much better about myself today than if I would've kept eating.

If I don't have temptations in the house, it's a lot easier to stay on plan.  I won't usually drive to the store to buy junk I'm craving, but if it's just sitting there within 20 feet of me that's a different story.  Oh well, dodged a bullet yesterday and feeling in control today.

13 DUC's

Progress as of today: 106.5 lbs lost so far, only 17.5 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 05/25/2018:
same with me...and i do keep lots of temptations out of my place too.

The halo tops are so low cal that a whole pint probably equals one ice cream sandwich. so when you are feeling snacky, eating a whole pint will NOT break the calorie bank, AT ALL :) when i eat a whole pint, i tend to start to shiver after eating such cold stuff lol. in the winter, i'd have to shower after to get warm haha.

anyways, even eating TWO pints in one day if you are struggling, would equal only two ice cream sandwiches, approx.

moreover, GREAT JOB to decide not to go deeply off...

the older i get, the more healthy and ligher options i have at home, the more i learn, the easier it has become for me to NOT go off the deep end.

i have so many options comparative to other folks because i have tried a lot of the newer / lighter options in the world market...so it's become easier for me to keep calories in range and be full...

yes, i'm always tempted to eat more than i plan...but when i am doing that, it's far better than my earlier days in my mid 20's the time i regained all the weight i lost from my 1st weight loss (and only weight loss).

In those days in my mid 20's when i was changing careers and going back to school, i stopped the gym, and i would totally have days where i'd also drive from drive-thru to drive-thru with the fries/milkshakes etc....and also the nights of waking up and bingeing.

I've gotten better with all of it - with practice and also with having better options and also with eating more fulfilling things during the day so that my body doesn't feel so deprived or wake up in the middle of the night.

so you accomplished a lot by getting the temptation and habit of overeating back under control - always realize that it's not your last time to enjoy these types of foods...that you can have them...and even better, knowing you have options (halo top) that has more fiber i believe and is more filling...and a bigger volume. and to me, it's just as good as an ice cream bar...so i don't feel deprived, at all, when eating what i buy instead of ice cream regular brands for instance..

graindart on 05/25/2018:
It was my first time trying Halo Top since I've heard several people mention it over the past bit. I doubt I'll be buying it again. It tasted ok, but instead of filling a desire, it really just got me craving more sweets. Better for me to just avoid it for now.

horn_of_plenty on 05/25/2018:
also, perhaps no more ice cream bars in the house...perhaps you can buy halo for all? although, i am aware it is $$$$$$$$$. for myself living alone, i do eat it frequently and it's the ONLY brand i buy besides the other low cal brand, Enlightened.

graindart on 05/25/2018:
In the future I just need to drive the family to Dairy Queen or McDonalds when I feel like "treating" them. That was my plan a couple days ago, but then did the math and decided to get a giant box of ice cream sandwiches from the big box store because it was a better "bargain". Next time, no Halo Top, no box of bargain treats. Will go to a place and eat a single serving and go home without any further temptations sitting there in the house.

horn_of_plenty on 05/25/2018:
Oh, the whole time you spoke of the cruise, i thought it was like a tropical, caribbean one where you'd be flaunting yourself in a bathing suit for a week! So for one thing, with your weight and wanting to look a certain way, i think one point you can consider is that you will probably not be wearing a bathing suit much if at all? and that you can feel confident that you will look very good to your family and all who know you on the cruise. and that you should feel very confident in how far you've come and your success to this point :)

Royal Caribbean has great food options, healthy also if you don't order like 2 dinners every night lol. I've been on that line with my parents also as a teen and young 20's adult, to Caribbean islands. I'm glad you'll be getting off the ship..otherwise, it's such a waste when you don't see everything there is to experience and enjoy on the island!

Let us know how the weather is in Alaska and if you get to climb / walk on glaciers!

On a cruise, you don't necessarily have to gain tons of weight...if you watch the quantities of the totally unhealthy things you eat and make good use of all the healthy tasty options available. If i were going on a cruise, i'd try to even have the waiter bring a full plate of veggies to the dinner table each night as a side dish! oh yea! but yes, enjoy the food on the cruise as Royal Caribbean is known to be great.

On contrast, i went on one cruise in my late 20's think i was 20 with a friend on Carnival - i can tell you, the food was totally not up to par or near the same quality as Royal Caribbean. like, NO MATCH whatsoever.

graindart on 05/25/2018:
The wife and I did a cruise to the caribbean about 13 years ago on Carnival and had fun. We did this same Alaskan cruise about 5 years ago with a couple of friends. The ports are one that we've already been to and the activities there don't really interest me. This cruise is mainly just to get the entire extended family all together like a family reunion type thing. We chose Alaska so that everyone could save some money by being able to drive to Seattle to board the ship (we all live in the NW).

I know that I'm going to eat more daily than I am currently. My current plan is to eat whatever I want, but only at the nightly formal dinners. My thought is just to continue OMAD and not worry about what foods I eat for that week. It's the grazing / snacking ALL day that tends to be my Achilles heel.

horn_of_plenty on 05/25/2018:
i did like carnival, just the food wasn't tops. :) have a good day!

happy-1 on 05/25/2018:
The halo top makes me eat more too. The breyers cookie and cream and the smart cow vanilla bean are better and don't trigger me to keep eating. Smart cow makes chocolate protein ice cream sandwiches which I love love love

bearcountrygg on 05/25/2018:
We have found that regular fudgesicyles(sp) do the trick....they don't tempt me too uch.....but D likes them...and they are low cal for some reason...don't ev3en have to buy the sugar free.

Donkey on 05/26/2018:
It took me a LONG time to get to the point where I can have certain foods in the house and not go overboard. For years, I could not have potato chips anywhere in the house.

Horn_of_plenty on 05/27/2018:
i hope you are having a great weekend, i've been away from DD a bit too!

graindart - Thursday May 24, 2018
(OMAD, counting calories)
Weight: 177.2

Staying on-track as far as daily calorie restriction.  Need to get caught up on work today and tomorrow.  Going on a dirt biking trip all day Saturday.  Kids are winding up the end of school.  14 DUC's - we start the driving portion of the trip in 2 weeks (1 day drive to port).


Progress as of today: 105.8 lbs lost so far, only 18.2 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/24/2018:
Your family must be so excited for the cruise....They sound like fun...

graindart on 05/25/2018:
Yes, it's a completely new experience for my daughters, so they're really excited about it.

horn_of_plenty on 05/24/2018:
2 weeks till cruise! yay...what ports will it be docking at??? i'm intrigued! and how long is the entire cruise? oh, and what cruise line?

Here in NYC area, kids go to school till end of June! They start after Labor Day :)

Have fun Saturday dirt biking :)

graindart on 05/24/2018:
One of our daughters is done tomorrow and the other has a few days next week. Both start after Labor Day.

The cruise is to Alaska and the stops are Juneau, Skagway, Tracy Arm Fjord, and Victoria British Columbia. The wife and I have been on it before, so I don't really care about the ports. This cruise is mostly for my daughters and our entire extended family that is going (grandparents, sister's 9 member family). Royal Caribbean and it's a 7 day. I'll probably be hiding after day 3 because that's about my tolerance level for anyone other than my wife and daughters.

They'll have a good time with the entire experience. I'll enjoy seeing them experience stuff and I'll also enjoy the food.

Donkey on 05/24/2018:
Sounds very nice! Do you plan to stay on board when the ship docks at the ports? My boss is really big on cruises and he likes to do that sometimes, just to enjoy without so many other people around.

graindart on 05/25/2018:
I hadn't thought about staying on board before while at a port. I'm expecting to get off the boat each time and spend the day with my family. I get joy out of watching my daughters experience new things and watching their eyes light up. They both have positive attitudes, are happy, still exude child-like wonder at things, and are just enjoyable to be around.

By contrast, one of my nephews is the stereo-typical sarcastic, negative type that just tends to bring everyone down (not looking forward to that). It's a big boat, so other than nightly dinner, I may try to avoid him as much as possible.

graindart - Wednesday May 23, 2018
(OMAD, counting calories)
Weight: 175.8

Yesterday was successful as far as OMAD and counting calories.

Wasn't feeling good when softball time came around.  Showed up just in case they were short on players.  They had enough, so I bowed out for the night.

Today is a dental cleaning and trying to get caught up on work.  Don't know which I dislike more.

15 DUC's

Progress as of today: 107.2 lbs lost so far, only 16.8 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/23/2018:
Oh...I think I dislike the dentist more...LOL

horn_of_plenty on 05/23/2018:
Dentist vs Work = I dislike whatever takes longer to do. haha.

It's good you showed up as a team player despite not feeling well. Very considerate of you!

Nice job yesterday with balancing your calories with other wants and desires. nice job!

recently i notice that i keep messing with eating slightly higher than my limit, so now i'm in my head trying to make the limit lower with cals a hair so that if i break it, cals are still good...if you know what i mean! lol. i guess i am resisting my limits! but i want to be more like you...so i am imposing a lower limit!

horn_of_plenty on 05/23/2018:
oh, and just about 2 weeks left! good job!

happy-1 on 05/23/2018:
But you'll have great teeth to smile with in those cruise photos!!!

Donkey on 05/23/2018:
I'll take the dentist. I don't feel like eating after the dentist.

graindart - Tuesday May 22, 2018
(OMAD, counting calories)
Weight: 176.5

Have been busy lately.  Yesterday was a 14 hour work day with lots of driving and huge caffeine intake.  Had to pull an extended work day yesterday so that I could take today off to ride my dirt bike in the mountains and also have softball later tonight.   

Successfully stayed OMAD and under a self-imposed calorie limit.  Have been eating more carbs, so not doing LCHF at present.  Enjoying my popcorn while still staying in control.

16 DUC's



Progress as of today: 106.5 lbs lost so far, only 17.5 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 05/22/2018:
Good job!

bearcountrygg on 05/22/2018:
Some good activity with the sports.

Donkey on 05/22/2018:
Have fun at softball tonight!! Good job on the calories!

graindart - Monday May 21, 2018
Weight: 175.8

Did OMAD and stayed under calories for the day.  Decided to eat some popcorn, so it wasn't a low-carb type of day.  Will see if I have any cravings during the day.  I'd definitely prefer to eat carbs if I can control the quantity of them.  Wouldn't mind doing OMAD with a restricted calorie count if still able to stay under a certain daily number of calories.

Have to drive several hours today, so will pack a small cooler with a bunch of zero calorie drinks to make it through the boredom. 

17 DUC's

Progress as of today: 107.2 lbs lost so far, only 16.8 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 05/21/2018:
Good plan to plan to bring things along on your drive for mental stimulation / break up boredom. i do this too. 17 days is right around the corner! :) that's a wonderful thing!

Good job staying on track! It must feel wonderful to reach your daily goals!

horn_of_plenty on 05/21/2018:
oh, what made you choose your goal weight? your goal is 159 - what was your inspiration for choosing it?

graindart on 05/21/2018:
Math. I don't care what I weight, but want to get down to a certain bodyfat %. When doing the math and using the bodyfat % indicated on the scale, 159 is around the number that is calculated once losing the number of pounds of fat. Of course this assuming retaining the same amount of muscle mass / etc. So 159 is just the number that I ended up putting in that space, but don't really care if I get down to that number or not.

Donkey on 05/21/2018:
It may be that if you add enough muscle mass that you'll achieve your body fat % goal, rather than the weight goal, which is fine, of course.

graindart on 05/21/2018:
Yep. The body fat % is all that I really care about. I'd definitely rather have larger muscle mass with a low body fat %. I just don't know that I'm willing to put in the effort to attain that goal.

My best friend has lost a lot of weight over the past couple years and now weighs around 195 with body fat % approaching my goal. I'd be fine with weighing that much, but am not willing to go to the gym for 3 hours per day like he does.

bearcountrygg on 05/21/2018:
Good planning....good fat% goals.

horn_of_plenty on 05/21/2018:
very creative and good way to look at it, in my opinion! you know, i never looked at my body fat !!!! it's always been wanting to be a certain size of pants as long as i fit into them...that's a cool way to look at it...lately though, i am wanting to go slightly lower, based on BMI charts whatever is the right weight for my height....! I like your way of viewing things.

horn_of_plenty on 05/22/2018:

graindart on 05/22/2018:
Yep, doing fine, just busy. Entering a quick entry in a minute.

horn_of_plenty on 05/22/2018:

graindart - Saturday May 19, 2018
Weight: 176.2

Yesterday was successful and it feels good to be back on track.  

Today is Saturday and I have a list a mile long of stuff I "should" get done.  Of course everytime the weekend comes around, I have little desire to do work.  So I may or may not get anything accomplished today (which is ok).

19 DUC's.

Progress as of today: 106.8 lbs lost so far, only 17.2 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 05/19/2018:
i can't believe you are under 20 days until the cruise. Your countdowns make time seem to move faster!! :) have a pleasant Saturday!

graindart on 05/19/2018:
We scheduled this cruise almost 1 year ago. It's seemed to always be so far in the future. Now that it's down to 19 days, it's actually starting to seem "real".

bearcountrygg on 05/19/2018:
If that feels comfortable...then that is for you....you did great on that before....and the cruise is getting close.....good thing to use as a goal again.

Horn_of_plenty on 05/20/2018:
yes, i am sure you got a good discount by scheduling it a year in advance!!! it's amazing it's practically here now! i'd feel the same as you!

graindart - Friday May 18, 2018
Weight: 177.4

Fell off the wagon for a couple extra days and really didn't want to weigh myself or post anything.  Yesterday I was successfully back on diet.  I feel in control again and ready to finish off the last 3 weeks leading up to the cruise.

Various diet strategies work at various times for me.  Last year I went approximately 8 months straight just calorie counting and only had 1 day that I screwed up.  I could eat any type of food and had the willpower to just stop when I reached the end of the calorie allotment.  I've tried a couple different things since the beginning of the year and have generally moving in the right direction, but with several chosen cheat days / weekends / weeks interspersed.  Then I tried OMAD with LCHF for 4 weeks straight and was successful for 4 weeks straight without any real screwup.  After doing that I was really craving carbs.  Thought I got it out of my system with a major cheat day on Mother's Day.  Then I switched back to counting calories and started eating my couple 100 calorie bags of popcorn and couple grapefruit daily.  It was nice to go back to eating every hour or two and I LOVED eating the grapefruit.  I started off each day controlled, but by the end of the day I just wanted to continue eating and had no desire to stop.  

So yesterday I decided to go back to eating Low Carb High Fat and consuming all of my calories in an hour or two window at dinner time (OMAD).  It felt good.  It felt controlled.  I felt full after consuming 1500+ calories of mostly healthier food all at once.  I wasn't obsessing over food like the last couple of days counting calories.  So this morning is the start of day 2 back on the OMAD LCHF train.

20 DUC's (recalculated 20 days until cruise)

Progress as of today: 105.6 lbs lost so far, only 18.4 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/18/2018:
Good for you....and while it was fun while it lasted...it stopped being fun and you figured that out in time to stop any damage.....I agree that we just need a change of diet types sometimes......it worked for you and now you can be ready for the great Vacation!!!!

Donkey on 05/18/2018:
That's a good point that some diets that have worked in the past might not work now. Wow, I never considered that before, but that's really true.

Horn_of_plenty on 05/18/2018:
Like Donkey says, different things work for different people at different times. And you should do what makes you most comfortable and pleased with your progress.

graindart - Thursday May 17, 2018
Weight: 183.3

22 DUC's

Thanks for the encouraging words.  Don't really feel like posting anything today.  Know what I need to do.  Just need to decide to do it.

Progress as of today: 99.7 lbs lost so far, only 24.3 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/17/2018:
Completely understandable.....I've been there too.

horn_of_plenty on 05/17/2018:
hi there :) You went back to the LCHF OMAD...

keep going. you have goals to reach!

graindart on 05/18/2018:
Yep, decided to go back to what worked the most recently. It feels good getting back in control.

horn_of_plenty on 05/17/2018:
there's a guy online that is very structured and i believe he travels lots and also works from home and you may relate to him....James Clear..he does some intermittent fasting eating later in day.

Donkey on 05/17/2018:
I'm glad you logged in anyway. Keep trying...

Have you considered that perhaps your body does not work well with "eating whatever you want" -- even with restricted calories? Please allow me to clarify: FOR ME, there are foods that are pretty much automatic binge triggers. It's very hard to stop with just a set quantity. I truly believe it's my body's chemistry that causes this... almost like getting "high" from the sugar in chocolate or the salt in chips, for example.

IDK, probably not very helpful, but as Bear said, I've been there too. Self-sabotage is one of my biggest problems.

graindart on 05/18/2018:
I was thinking the same thing. I went back to eating every hour or so and ate a lot of popcorn and grapefruit. The more I ate of it, the more I craved it. While I love grapefruit and popcorn, I think I just need to avoid them completely for now. (Kind of like how I've mostly given up pizza for the past year, except for a slice or two every couple months.)

Donkey on 05/17/2018:
Please allow me to clarify further: even if I stay within calorie range, if I have certain foods - say french fries at dinner -- they cause me to gain weight or not lose weight, than if I had the same amount of calories as a protein or vegetable.

Even too much fresh fruit sometimes causes me to retain fluid or gain weight. Thought it'd be OK to eat as much as I wanted to, because it's fresh fruit, right? Mostly water? But alas, in reality, it backfired.

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