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graindart - Saturday Sep 08, 2018
(30 days - weigh & post daily)
Weight: 203.8

Day 4 completed successfully.

Yesterday was closer to my self-imposed calorie limit than previous days (still under).  I found myself wanting to snack more and the calories added up quicker. 

Now that I'm back on track again for a few days in a row, I woke up this morning thinking "I'm doing good, I should reward myself with food".  I also thought "It's the weekend, I should go off plan for a couple days.  A couple days don't matter in the grand scheme of things." 

If I was at goal weight and just maintaining, I think that a 5 on, 2 off schedule might work for me.  Stay on plan for 5 days per week and eat whatever for 2 days per week.  Something to think about as a possible sustainable plan when I get back down into the 170's again.

On to conquer day 5...

Progress as of today: 79.2 lbs lost so far, only 28.8 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 09/08/2018:
Good for you! I will strive to emulate your “staying on track”. If you fall off, are you starting your count over or just continuing?

graindart on 09/08/2018:
If I screw up, I start the count over.

happy-1 on 09/08/2018:
Ok. I did that too. I am on Day 2 again.

happy-1 on 09/08/2018:
And good comments today on Donkey’s post. You are good at focusing on goals.

graindart on 09/08/2018:
And I'm also really good at falling off the wagon. I'm like a light switch. I'm either on or off.

Donkey on 09/08/2018:
I'm confident that when you get to the point that you are maintaining and have been maintaining - consistently - for a while, that you will be able to explore having a day that is more "relaxed" with food. I'm not sure why it would need to be 2 days, though... Hmm, food for thought --- thinking more for myself than your situation, lol. Speaking of which...

BTW - thank you for the comments on my entry today. What you said to me today is kind of what I was trying to convey to you yesterday -- doing the "same old same-old"... I should take my own advice!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/09/2018:
i agree with your plans and eating tactics 100%...and i agree it'd be helpful until you get to goal to stay accountable more often than not! great job!

BearCountryGG on 09/09/2018:
The more days on track the better...as long as every day isn't off track...you will get there.

graindart - Friday Sep 07, 2018
(30 days - weigh & post daily)
Weight: 205.3

Day 3 completed successfully.

Got caught up with work yesterday.  Have to go do some end of season yardwork and then watch some volleyball with my youngest daughter.

Oldest daughter had fun on the rafting / camping trip with the high school.  She came back really tired, but said everything went well.

Doing ok with my food intake, but really down on any motivation to "do" anything.  

On to conquer day 4...

Progress as of today: 77.7 lbs lost so far, only 30.3 lbs to go!

Donkey on 09/08/2018:
I don't know that it's always necessary to "do" something. Most of losing weight is just "same old same-old"...

Horn_of_plenty on 09/09/2018:
that's so cool having a trip at the beginning of the year, i'd be beat too after it!

if you're motivation is too down, perhaps you aren't eating enough cals?

graindart - Thursday Sep 06, 2018
(30 days - weigh & post daily)
Weight: 206.7

Day 2 completed successfully.

Have some work to get caught up on today.  Oldest daughter gets back from retreat today and youngest has volleyball practice tonight.  Pulling the youngest out of school tomorrow around lunchtime to go watch some varsity volleyball games together.  Then Saturday begins the normal volleyball game season for her on junior varsity.

Eating went decent yesterday and no real problem staying under my self imposed calorie count.  Day 2 or 3 is usually the make or break day for me, so as long as I make it through today I should be ok.

On to conquer day 3....

Progress as of today: 76.3 lbs lost so far, only 31.7 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 09/06/2018:
DOING AWESOME! time is flying i cannot believe your daughter is already returning from her retreat! so fast!

BearCountryGG on 09/06/2018:
Doing good!

graindart - Wednesday Sep 05, 2018
(30 days - weigh & post daily)
Weight: 208.5

Day 1 completed successfully.

With the family off at school, I didn't have as many temptations / reminders to eat during the day.  Of course, it was the first day after an off-plan day which is usually fairly easy anyways.  It's day 2 (today) that is usually the tougher one to stay on track.

On to conquer day 2.....

Progress as of today: 74.5 lbs lost so far, only 33.5 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 09/05/2018:
Working on day 2 here myself.....

Horn_of_plenty on 09/05/2018:
you are doing great, sir.

me? well, i have distractions galore right now. it was supposed to be an easy week...and still gym keeps getting skipped. hilarious that i could be struggling so much...this is my planned month to improve. will be working on it starting tomorrow!

happy-1 on 09/05/2018:
Good job! I'm on Day 2 of my reset too.

graindart - Tuesday Sep 04, 2018
(30 days - weigh & post daily)
Weight: 211.3

Wife and daughters headed off to first day of school today.  In theory, my weekday food temptations should be diminished now.


Progress as of today: 71.7 lbs lost so far, only 36.3 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 09/04/2018:
for sure...so keep on....

BearCountryGG on 09/04/2018:
Will definitely be easier.

happy-1 on 09/04/2018:
aaaaw they grow up fast

Donkey on 09/05/2018:
Were the food temptations diminished?

graindart on 09/05/2018:
Yes, easier to not snack when I don't see others snacking throughout the day. The wife and daughters are all near their ideal weights and none of them seem to overeat.

They all snack lightly at different times throughout the day. So when I see my wife eating a snack, I want to snack. Then when I see a daughter snacking, I want to. Then when I see my other daughter snacking, I want to. So in a typical afternoon, they each only snack once, but not usually at the same time as each other. So I want to eat snacks with each one of them, which obviously works against my trying to eat less at present.

graindart - Monday Sep 03, 2018
(30 days - weigh & post daily)
Weight: 209.1

Day 1 completed successfully.

Yesterday was back on plan and it went fairly smoothly.  It's usually the 2nd day (today) that I have more problems with.  We're getting together with my parents for dinner today and it's mostly just going to be meat / vegetable kebabs, so I should be fine in theory.

Should work on my race car project today, but haven't had much drive to do it lately.  Will probably spend a good portion of the day just chiling with the family.  Tomorrow is their first day back to school.  Although the oldest (10th grade) is having a fun first week back.  First day of school the high school is taking a rafting trip on the Missouri River.  As soon as they get back, the high school will head straight to a lodge in the mountains for a couple day retreat.  They'll be back Thursday afternoon and will actually set foot in the school on Friday.  But Friday has an early-out at 1pm to watch the boy's soccer game.  So my oldest will have a total of 5 hours inside the school classrooms in her first week back.

On to conquer day 2.....

Progress as of today: 73.9 lbs lost so far, only 34.1 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/03/2018:
No reason you cannot splurge on vegetable kabobs! yesterday, i totally splurged but also splurged on veggies which was a good thing..

Now, that sounds like a fun week back! NEVER ohhhh NEVER did my high school plan a trip on the first week back - that's awesome!

BearCountryGG on 09/03/2018:
I've never heard of a first week back to school like that...amazing! Kebabs are perfect.

Donkey on 09/03/2018:
That's quite a first week of school... Have fun today with the family :)

happy-1 on 09/05/2018:
That's amazing for a high school! Must be private!

graindart on 09/06/2018:
Yes, they go to a private school. Since the high school is only around 40-50 kids, they're sometimes able to do some additional outings together.

graindart - Sunday Sep 02, 2018
(30 days - weigh & post daily)
Weight: 211.4

Back on plan today. Past 2 days have been tasty, but back to eating right again.

Progress as of today: 71.6 lbs lost so far, only 36.4 lbs to go!

Donkey on 09/03/2018:
Well done!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/03/2018:
YES, excellent job GAINS! super duper !!!

BearCountryGG on 09/03/2018:

graindart - Saturday Sep 01, 2018
(30 days - weigh & post daily)
Weight: 207.5

Yesterday wasn't on plan and today won't be either.  Tomorrow I'll be back on my regular plan.

Oldest daughter (15) easily passed her driving exam and now has her real driver's license.  So we went out to lunch to celebrate, then out for dessert.  Later in the evening we went to the car races and had some goodies.  I was trying to figure out what to do about lunch with friends today.  After going off-plan yesterday, I decided to stay off-plan today and eat whatever I want for lunch.

Tomorrow I'm right back on-plan.

Progress as of today: 75.5 lbs lost so far, only 32.5 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 09/01/2018:
Sounds like a plan.

Donkey on 09/01/2018:
Following your lead, I too have abandoned my plan for today. I had about 20 chocolate chips and now I'm baking a cake.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/01/2018:
now that's what i call an excellent bounce-back..rebound! that's how you do it, Gains! This is a great entry bc i'm in full support of how your making the lifestyle work for you...with some wiggle room! good for you...

and congrats to your daughter! i'm glad it was easy for her.

for me, i was REALLY poor at parallel parking, but they passed me by the skin of my teeth, thankfully!

graindart - Friday Aug 31, 2018
(30 days - weigh & post daily)
Weight: 203.0

Day 11 completed successfully.

Just killing time until my taking my daughter for her driving test.  Over the past few days we followed some of the other test takers at a distance.  They've taken the same route and done the same things each time.  We went and practiced that same route over and over so that she is hopefully less nervous.  Even without practicing the route, she seems to be ready.  The only thing that could potentially give her an issue is parallel parking.  She nails it 9 out of 10 times, but every once in awhile she screws it up.  Since the driving test is short and you only get one chance to parallel park in the test, it's probably a make or break thing.

Got invited out to try a new restaurant for lunch tomorrow with friends.  Have to figure out my plan of attack for that.

On to conquer day 12.....

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

legcramps on 08/31/2018:
Good luck to your daughter! Way to nail 11 days so far!

BearCountryGG on 08/31/2018:
Sounds like she is ready!! Good luck to her...it's a big step for teens and their parents.

Donkey on 08/31/2018:
How did your daughter do? :)

Did you figure out a plan for tomorrow's lunch outing? I find it infinitely helpful to see the menu in advance, in private, so that I can plan a first and second choice. Good luck!

graindart - Thursday Aug 30, 2018
(30 days - weigh & post daily)
Weight: 202.9

Day 10 completed successfully.  It's good to be in the double digits and I'm feeling much more in control that just a few days ago.  The calorie restriction isn't that much effort and I'm not dwelling on thoughts of food very often.  So everything is going pretty smooth right now.

Spending some extra time riding around with my oldest daughter today.  She's 15 years old and has had her driving learner's license for the past 10 months.  Tomorrow morning she goes in to take her driving test in an attempt to get her real driver's license.  So today we're going to get some extra practice in.  

Looking ahead for events that may temporarily derail my steady progress, we have a birthday party for a nephew and an out of town volleyball trip.  The birthday party should be doable, but I haven't made up my mind about the out of town trip yet.  The trip isn't for another couple weeks, so I'll make a decision on my plan of attack when that gets closer.

On to conquer day 11.......

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

horn_of_plenty on 08/30/2018:
yes, as things get closer, it becomes easier to think about the plan for the trip :)

you are doing very well, Gains!

I like the way you say "on the way to conquer day 11"....it's the right attitude!

BearCountryGG on 08/30/2018:
It sure is scary when they first start driving on their own...….I used to stay awake until they were home....once or twice I fell asleep and woke up in a panic to look out and see their cars were in the driveway......

Donkey on 08/30/2018:
I hope your daughter passes. I was thinking back to my driver's test. I never want to do that again!

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