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graindart - Thursday Sep 20, 2018
(30 days - weigh & post daily)
Weight: 198.2

Day 16 completed successfully.

Don't have any normal work sitting on my desk today, but have to take my oldest daughter to her monthly teeth braces adjustment.  At 3pm we're heading out of town to a volleyball game about an hour and a half away.  It's a small town in the middle of nowhere, so won't be tempted by any restaurants.  Just have to avoid the concession stand and my day should be straight-forward.  Going to use the spare time today to clean my office and a couple other errands.

On to conquer day 17.

Progress as of today: 84.8 lbs lost so far, only 23.2 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 09/20/2018:
You are doing great!

innerpeace on 09/20/2018:
OMG I am just dreading all the braces stuff coming up in my life. I was just anticipating about $3500 grand with my insurance, I hope I don't have to pay as much as you did. Holy Cow!

graindart - Wednesday Sep 19, 2018
(30 days - weigh & post daily)
Weight: 198.0

Day 15 completed successfully.

Bought parsnip, rutabaga, and turnip at the grocery store yesterday and roasted them in the oven.  Parsnips tasted like carrots.......and I don't like carrots.  Won't be buying parsnips again.  Rutabaga tasted like a milder brussel sprout.  Would prefer brussel spouts.  Won't be buying rutabaga again.  Turnip was very mild and reminded me more of a potato with a slightly different flavor.  Could see buying turnips again, but not in the near future.

Dirt biking went good and saw some wild turkeys.  It's the end of the riding season and several of my riding buddies have transitioned over to bow hunting.  I don't hunt, but have effectively transitioned over to my youngest daughter's volleyball season.  So mostly done with riding until spring time, except for a couple of outings at lower elevations over the winter if it's mild.

On to conquer day 16...

Progress as of today: 85 lbs lost so far, only 23 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/19/2018:
that's cool you tried the other veggies...did you season them with some salt and pepper? if the turnip, you can always mix 'em with potato for another change.

also good roasted are cauliflower :) eggplant, peppers even...of course with a little olive oil. good for you on your attempt of trying new things!

awww, that's cool to see wild turkeys...i think i saw them once in a carribbean island or maybe it was Hawaii!? i went somewhere, they were all around :) but not here!

i hope you find another good escape if dirt biking is done...that burns some calories and gets you outside...maybe some hikes still with family? stay active, don't let all activity on your part cease because you will feel better when you are active, trust me!

once, when my injuries were at their height, i didn't exercise at all or walk much AT ALL for 3 months. i gained weight. i was very sedentary. i was in pain. and i became very depressed. luckily, i braved thru it, things improved, and i pushed onwards to once again seeking out fitness and ways to fit it into my schedule. i'm glad i chose that approach rather than giving up.!!!

graindart on 09/20/2018:
I didn't season the veggies with anything and just basically dry roasted them in the oven. I know they would've tasted better with seasoning, but wanted to see what they actually tasted like and not cover up their natural tastes. Since the turnip wasn't bad, I'll probably try it again with seasoning.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/19/2018:
and actually, i didn't regain all my weight, it was just a little blip in time and i was already very into veggies and transitioned away from binging, it was just like 4 years ago or so. so my weight went up, but i was able to bring it down after starting up with weights, and later some cardio...then when my sister got married 2 years ago, and i also got sick once more but not an injury, just exhaustion a couple years ago i think because i was just overworked too much overtime and horrible sleep, i took 5 weeks off work. came back lighter, then pushed on and basically lost the last 10 lbs in 6months overall and have kept it off with only minor gains and losses for two years. :)

BearCountryGG on 09/19/2018:
Definitely different flavors...and all pretty white and potato looking...….probably why they just don't draw peoples eye......I suspect that the brighter colored veggies have more nutrients anyway.

happy-1 on 09/19/2018:
I went to look for a potato but it didn’t turnip :-D

Donkey on 09/20/2018:
You are brave to try new vegetables. I've been so tempted to try leeks. Although your vegetable adventure was not entirely delicious, I am going to try to work up the courage to give these vegetables a try.

graindart - Tuesday Sep 18, 2018
(30 days - weigh & post daily)
Weight: 198.4

Day 14 completed successfully.

Pretty bored with recent food choices.  Roamed the local grocery store last night.  Should've taken a different route, because the donut's looked delicious.  Briefly contemplated buying one since I had calories to spare, but decided that doing so might trigger a fall from the wagon, so I didn't.  Came home with a turnip, rutabagas, and a parsnip.  I'm sure I've eaten them before at some time in my life, but don't think I've ever cooked them myself.  Will mess with them over the next couple days.

Going dirt biking in the mountains today with a friend.  Probably going to be one of the last days this year we go into the higher elevations.  Should be getting snow in the upper elevations pretty soon.

Off to conquer day 15...

Progress as of today: 84.6 lbs lost so far, only 23.4 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 09/18/2018:
Good food choices.....and a good day of burning calories...

BearCountryGG on 09/18/2018:
The power of suggestion is so difficult....the commercials, I turn on cooking shows out of habit......magazines ( at least womens magazines...) put diets right next to recipes...and it seems cruel....definitely seeing and hearing things...or finding them in MY house..…in fact shopping...in the store and online...just all seems like triggers......walking away and sticking to your plan is empowering.....I have to say that I did buy a few things yesterday that really are not doing me any good having them around...….I'm counting calories...and I have been mad at myself ever since...but I need to get the strength that you had in the store....like you...I have a birthday in a couple of days...and I will celebrate...but it scares me.

graindart on 09/18/2018:
I haven't decided what I'm going to do for the family get together on my birthday as far as food is concerned.

Part of me obviously thinks I should do whatever I want and overeat all that I want.......it's just one day......

The other part of me is happy to be back on track and in the groove. Right now I'm feeling good and things are moving in the right direction. I really don't want an instant 5+ lb uptick in the scale.

So right now, I'm leaning towards not going off-plan for my birthday, but that could all quickly change when I see the desserts.

BearCountryGG on 09/18/2018:
If you can do that then that is the right thing.

BearCountryGG on 09/18/2018:
I'm definitely thinking that virgos are especially plagued with this.....we like things in order...and when they get out of order...we are especially frustrated until things change...……...I know that I get into my own way so much....kind of like tripping over my own feet......

happy-1 on 09/18/2018:
I woke up in the middle of the night and heard my dad’s tv blaring about pizza and calzones. I just put in my earplugs.

I like the tactic of trying something new that’s healthy instead.

I like to dice turnips, carrots and potatoes toss with oil and salt and make roasted root veggies. Turnips don’t last overnight once they are cooked though so eat them all and don’t store. It gets bitter.

BearCountryGG on 09/18/2018:
Very good idea Happy has there.

graindart - Monday Sep 17, 2018
(30 days - weigh & post daily)
Weight: 199.5

Day 13 completed successfully.

Yesterday was spent winterizing things (hoses, AC, RV, lit gas fireplace pilot).

Today I have to get some regular work done.  Yesterday was pretty easy to stay under calorie allotment.  In theory today should be fairly easy too, although I'm thinking about food while sitting here typing this.

On to conquer day 14....

Progress as of today: 83.5 lbs lost so far, only 24.5 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 09/17/2018:
You r doing great!!! Keeping busy helps a lot!

horn_of_plenty on 09/17/2018:
I'm winterizing my apartment this year: i bought weights for home workouts, a workout bench, weighted bar, i also just purchased a daylight alarm clock.

i am making a big effort to keep with my routine this Winter!

my thoughts always go to food as a distraction...you might be bored!

happy-1 on 09/17/2018:
Good job of distracting yourself from food!

Donkey on 09/18/2018:
I hope it was a good day for you. I tend to fantasize about food at night. I just wrote that, and thinking that's pretty messed up...

graindart - Sunday Sep 16, 2018
(30 days - weigh & post daily)
Weight: 199.6

Day 12 completed successfully.

Yesterday I just had some sunflower seeds and zero calorie drinks while on the drive.  Technically I did try one of each of the family's snacks that they got.  I had 1 Pringles chip, 1 salt & vinegar Lays chip, 1 sour patch kid, and 2 or 3 small sips of my wife's orange cream soda.

Went and watched the go-kart racing.  One of my friends is involved with them and the rest were all friendly and willing to offer up information on getting involved.  One even offered to let me take his kart out for a couple laps.  I thanked him for the offer, but declined and just watched the racing with my oldest daughter.  It was interesting and I may or may not be picking up a kart now.  Did quite a bit of research into them on the internet when I got home.  

Pulled back into town around dinner time and we went out to Applebees for dinner since neither my wife nor I really had any desire to make dinner.  I've got my go-to dish there that easily keeps me under my daily calorie count, so it worked out well.

On to conquer day 13.....

Progress as of today: 83.4 lbs lost so far, only 24.6 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 09/16/2018:
Congratulations for succeeding when it could have been difficult...….it's nice to have a success to draw on in the future too.

graindart on 09/16/2018:
Very happy now at my decision to stay on-plan. Otherwise with 2-3 days off-plan, the scale would've registered approximately 212-ish and I would've felt semi-depressed over it.

Donkey on 09/16/2018:
I admit that go-karting sounds like it could be a lot of fun. I didn't even realize this was a thing to do. I should see if there's stuff like that in my area to do.

Well done on moderating the treats. I really like that you got a taste of everyone's snacks and then stopped at that. GOOD JOB. That is how behavior modification is accumulated. It really is a process.

I hadn't considered ever having a "go to" meal at the restaurants that I frequent - which ain't all that frequent - but that is a GREAT idea. I'm going to start keeping a list.

graindart on 09/16/2018:
It's a little boring having a go-to meal, but since I already know what I'm ordering I'm not tempted to order the super-terrific-limited-time-new-taste-explosion-super-duper-special-new-meal offering that probably packs 2000 calories into it.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/17/2018:
i love having tastes of people's food....it's not many calories for just a few tastes....excellent job!!!!!!!!!!!

happy-1 on 09/17/2018:
What’s your go to at Applebee’s? I thought that place was wall to wall sodium, sugar, and fat?

graindart - Saturday Sep 15, 2018
(30 days - weigh & post daily)
Weight: 202.0

Day 11 completed successfully.

Just had some sunflower seeds and zero calorie drinks on the drive. After the volleyball games, we went out to eat at a sushi restaurant. I don't know the exact calorie counts, but ate a reasonable amount.

After dinner, I did think I should reward myself with an ice cream cone from McDonald's. Decided against it. Then there was a McDonald's directly adjacent to the hotel we were staying, so thought I'd reward myself with 3 chocolate chip cookies for $1. Probably would've, but had the family with me, so just pulled into the hotel instead.

Sitting here in the hotel lobby watching my youngest daughter eat breakfast. Not really tempted to eat anything. We didn't get to the restaurant until around 8:30p last night, so my tummy still feels rather full.

On to conquer day 12.

Progress as of today: 81 lbs lost so far, only 27 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 09/15/2018:
Oh the perils of the free hotel breakfast. All those simple carbs

graindart on 09/16/2018:
Exactly. In times past, I've fallen off the wagon and probably eaten 2000+ calories worth of worthless crap at hotel breakfasts to start off my day. Worked out ok this time, so kept my streak alive.

Donkey on 09/15/2018:
I find that getting back on track is the hardest part -- which is why, I think, for the most part, my "relax" day (Saturdays, after weigh-in) haven't been so relaxing. Just easier to stay on track.

graindart on 09/16/2018:
Getting back on the wagon is definitely the hardest part for me. Especially when I see a 5-10 lb jump in the scale when I go off plan for a day or two in a row.

BearCountryGG on 09/16/2018:
Sounds like it is all going well with you...….

Horn_of_plenty on 09/17/2018:
Nice job....yes, listen to your body.

Proud of you for not having Mcdonalds...it could have triggered a binge so i'm glad you stayed away from it for now.

graindart - Friday Sep 14, 2018
(30 days - weigh & post daily)
Weight: 202.0

Day 10 completed successfully.

Have some work to get caught up on this morning and leaving for the out-of-town volleyball trip around 1pm.  Looking forward to getting out of town.  Swinging by a different city on our back Saturday afternoon and going to watch some gokart racing.  Have been thinking about getting back into some type of car / gokart racing that I could get my 15 year old daughter into.

On to conquer day 11....  (unless the out-of-town trip causes me to fall off the wagon....)

Progress as of today: 81 lbs lost so far, only 27 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 09/14/2018:
Have fun with your family!

Donkey on 09/14/2018:
Stay strong!

horn_of_plenty on 09/14/2018:
GoKart racing sounds so funnnnnn!

have fun and like Jdonk says, STAY STRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! conquer it and drive forward!

happy-1 on 09/14/2018:
Aw, good dad looking for stuff you can do with your girls!!!! Sniff.

Stay strong! They learn from you! You can do it! https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qztuEucrNBc

graindart - Thursday Sep 13, 2018
(30 days - weigh & post daily)
Weight: 201.9

Day 9 completed successfully.

Tomorrow we head out of town for an overnighter and a couple volleyball games.  This is usually when I almost always fall off the wagon.  I know it's a choice, but almost always decide the couple days of fun are more important than the number on the scale.  Today I'm feeling different and think that it would be best to stay on-plan throughout the weekend.  Of course that's how I've felt the last few times also and have quickly changed my mind once on the road.

If I stay on-plan, the scale could conceivably start with the number "1" within the next few days.  If I go off-plan, the scale will probably register around 212 lbs on Sunday when we're back.  

On to conquer day 10....

Progress as of today: 81.1 lbs lost so far, only 26.9 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 09/13/2018:
Have a great weekend!!!

happy-1 on 09/13/2018:
Good job! 9 day streak!!!

horn_of_plenty on 09/13/2018:
yes, if you stay on plan....you will be very impressed by the scale!

whenever i stay on plan when traveling, i have had situations, many, of weightloss while on the road!...especially for my Israel trip in the middle of the hot summer in the dessert, lost at least 5lbs if not closer to 10lbs! (long time ago, when i had weight to lose!)

graindart - Wednesday Sep 12, 2018
(30 days - weigh & post daily)
Weight: 203.0

Day 8 completed successfully.

Watched daughter's volleyball last night and got home late.  Feeling tired today.  Nothing much going through my head today either, so I'm on to conquer day 9.....

Progress as of today: 80 lbs lost so far, only 28 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 09/12/2018:
Looks like it may just be an easy day to work your way through....you are getting so close to onederland too.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/12/2018:
off you go, Mister Gains!

Donkey on 09/12/2018:
I like your attitude. I'm in a similar place. Just do it.

happy-1 on 09/12/2018:
an 8 day streak!!!! hood on you!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/13/2018:
yup, i'm in the same place as you and donkey!!! i wouldn't think to stop at this point...nike! just do it!

graindart - Tuesday Sep 11, 2018
(30 days - weigh & post daily)
Weight: 202.9

Day 7 completed successfully.

Not much to say today.

On to conquer day 8...

Progress as of today: 80.1 lbs lost so far, only 27.9 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 09/11/2018:
Good job!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/11/2018:

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