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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:

graindart - Monday Sep 10, 2018
(30 days - weigh & post daily)
Weight: 202.5

Day 6 completed successfully.

It started off a little more difficult and I had a couple extra little snack things earlier in the day than usual, but I ended the day still in control.  Now that it's Monday again, should be easier for the next few days. 

Friday we leave for an out-of-town volleyball weekend.  If I go off-plan for the weekend, the scale will bump up approximately 10 lbs.  If I was at goal weight, that wouldn't bother me much since it's an artifical 10 lbs that usually drops back down within a week.  However now that I'm overweight again and trying to lose weight, it would be more discouraging.  I probably won't make any final decision until I'm actually on the road on Friday.  I'll pack a cooler with some zero calorie drinks and bring along my 100 calorie packets of popcorn and will see what happens...... 

On to conquer day 7...

Progress as of today: 80.5 lbs lost so far, only 27.5 lbs to go!

Donkey on 09/10/2018:
Good perspective on what it means to be in the diet-mode versus maintenance. I'm still working on trying to relax more with food choices, if I'm truly done losing weight (insert wicked laugh here), but logically, I know this is what people with a normal perspective do.

BearCountryGG on 09/11/2018:
Doing well....!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/11/2018:
GREAT job on day 6..i have had those days....my days also are based a lot on what happens thru the morning hours.

great plans and planning for Friday...have a wonderful trip! it's all in your hands...you are the decision maker for yourself, nobody else!

graindart - Sunday Sep 09, 2018
(30 days - weigh & post daily)
Weight: 204.2

Day 5 completed successfully.

I don't like watching what I eat.  

I'd like to go eat an entire pizza, bag of chocolate chip cookies, some potato chips, big plate of spaghetti, and a freshly baked loaf of bread with butter.  I know it would make me feel like crap afterwards, but that's where my head is at. 

With that said, today's not going to be the day that I fall off the wagon.  The weekdays were easier this week since the girls / wife were at school.  However this weekend has me craving carbs / junk food.

Tuesday I'm running my youngest to an out-of-town volleyball game, but I should be able to handle my food intake alright.  Next weekend we have an out-of-town overnighter with multiple games.  That's usually when I go off-plan and stuff my face with every imaginable type of food.  If I were at goal weight and maintaining, that wouldn't be a problem.  However since I'm way above goal weight right now, that could be a setback that might not be wise.  In the past I've had such good intentions leading up to the out-of-town trips, only to get on the road and change my mind almost immediately. 

I really wish my mindset was different.  I really wish I could just see the trips as fun family bonding times and that the food doesn't matter.  But the food has been the center of my mindset for trips for as long as I can remember.  When planning any trip, my wife looks up stores to go shopping at, the kids are happy with a pool at the hotel, and I research and plan what new restaurants we can try. 

Not writing this in the hope of getting a suggestion that works.  I know that I could eat anywhere and try anything I wanted, as long as I did it in moderation.  That's my problem.  I have no desire for moderation and I don't see that changing anytime soon.  I'm a light switch when it comes to eating food.  I'm either off or I'm on.  I'm either eating a boring measured amount daily or I'm going 100% off plan and gobbling up massive amounts of junk.  

I'm also very goal oriented.  I don't mind working towards something if there's a fixed end point and preferrably a reward at the end.  Even though I technically have a goal weight number right now, I don't have any real reward at the end other than just looking better.  

I've never had a good plan to switch from dieting to maintaining.  What works for most people is moderation.  Maybe I just need to realize that moderation isn't something that I'll be able to fully embrace in the near future.  Maybe when I transition to maintaining, I can combine my "light switch" mentallity with my work/reward mentallity.  Keep a rigid calorie-count plan Monday - Friday no matter what.  Overeat whatever I want on Saturday / Sunday.  That would definitely play into me being a light switch and my overeating weekends would be a weekly reward for eating right 5 days in a row each week.

Just throwing thoughts around for myself right now.  I know I'll get back to my goal weight over the next bit, but just have to figure out a plan of attack for after that happens.

On to conquer day 6...

Progress as of today: 78.8 lbs lost so far, only 29.2 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 09/09/2018:
I think your after goal weight idea of dieting for weekdays and no diet weekends is a very good idea.....with the stipulation that if you ever go over a specific weight...you then lose your free weekends until you reach that number again....I have an old friend from childhood who never did get fat.....she had a goal weight...and she got on the scales daily...if she was over it...it was a diet day...if she was under on on that wt...she could eat anything she wanted...that day..in her entire adulthood....she only ever dieted 1 day at a time...she ha never had a weight problem and I totally admire her ability to do that.

graindart on 09/10/2018:
I've considered doing your old friend's way of life. It might be something that would work for me too and might actually encourage daily moderation.

happy-1 on 09/09/2018:
I am right there with you on the inability to enjoy weekends away without good food. It’s one of the reasons I like camping. I can pack all the meals ahead of time and stay on plan. What if you looked at your food budget for the weekend and gave the girls the option to only do one meal out, but do an extra fun thing on the way home if you guys all pack meals in the cooler ahead.

happy-1 on 09/09/2018:
Ooh like go get a mani pedi with them!!!! Guys get them too and you can just get oil and buff for a male manicure. You might even look hotter! They’d probably get a kick out of you going with them.

happy-1 on 09/09/2018:
The goal thing is why I think you guys need an annual race ritual... something to get ready for every year... like a zombie fun run... a tough mudder... etc. Does your church do one?

graindart on 09/10/2018:
Repeating goals don't seem to work for me. I will work like crazy to reach a goal once. After I've reached the goal, I just kind of quit and have no desire to reach that goal again. It's that way with my hobbies, fitness goals, weight, etc. Doing the same thing annually doesn't interest me much.

I'm sure I'll figure out some type of new goal to work towards in the near future. Until then, I'll just continue on with baby steps in the right direction.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/11/2018:
i understand you completely...i also know you are relatively new to weightloss! so you do not need to moderate yet in terms of maintenance !

you are still doing weightloss and trying out what works for you...this is totally awesome!

i wish you a good day traveling.

if it makes you feel better, i think of food a lot too...and i will never change. i do what makes me happy...it's not moderate...i eat vastly larger quanitites than a lot of people. i do what works for me! :) so can you!

there are few if any rules you need to buckle down to do...it's your plan in the end....you don't have to listen to anyone but yourself. and then you must try to be happy with most, not all, of your decisions!

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