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!
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.)
Progress as of today: 107.8 lbs lost so far, only 16.2 lbs to go!
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.
Progress as of today: 106.5 lbs lost so far, only 17.5 lbs to go!
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!
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.
Progress as of today: 106.5 lbs lost so far, only 17.5 lbs to go!
graindart - Monday May 21, 2018
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.
Progress as of today: 107.2 lbs lost so far, only 16.8 lbs to go!
graindart - Saturday May 19, 2018
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).
Progress as of today: 106.8 lbs lost so far, only 17.2 lbs to go!
graindart - Friday May 18, 2018
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!
graindart - Thursday May 17, 2018
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!