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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.

graindart - Wednesday May 16, 2018
(daily calorie limit)
Weight: 181.0

23 DUC's

Progress as of today: 102 lbs lost so far, only 22 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 05/16/2018:
you know, 23 days is a rather SHORT amount of time!!!! cruise will be here before you can blink your eyes!

horn_of_plenty on 05/16/2018:
keep us updated, Gains!

bearcountrygg on 05/16/2018:
Lots of nice looking fresh fruits and berries in the stores here now ( not near me,,,that stuff is awful)....but an hour away.....there are lots of choices.....

Donkey on 05/16/2018:
Please do not be discouraged by the number on the scale this morning. Keep trying!

Yes, it's a pain that folks like us will always have to "keep trying", but consider the alternative.

horn_of_plenty on 05/16/2018:
Also, remember how far you've come and how goood you are looking now :) what made you decide on what your goal weight should be ?

graindart - Tuesday May 15, 2018
(daily calorie limit)
Weight: 177.0

Change of plans for this 4 week period.  Daily calorie limit.  Eat anything I want as long as I stop at a predetermined number of calories.  

I'm kind of burnt out on following numerous rules right now.  Yesterday I realized I wanted some popcorn and grapefruit, which I haven't had for over a month.  Decided to eat both, but remain in control by not going over a preset daily calorie limit.

24 DUC's (Days Until Cruise)

Progress as of today: 106 lbs lost so far, only 18 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/15/2018:
I think that is a wise decision...on the cruise you will have lots of choices in foods....starting right now to vary your foods may just make it easier to adjust to the choices there...every food offers different nutition, fiber and health benefits or deficits.....I think there is room for all of them...

horn_of_plenty on 05/15/2018:
As you already see, i'm a fellow calorie counter.

In addition to counting calories, I do aim to eat all food groups, meaning that i know that when i eat some fat, some carbs, some protein is when i feel best.

When i was doing low carb (and i think it was even low fat) MANY years ago, and even when i was just low carb a few years ago, i do not think i was happy because carbs give the brain seratonin i believe...When we eat carbs, they give energy right away and they will also help with giving off a happier mood associated with increased levels i believe of seratonin and i think that helps us stay on track more.

also what has helped me is volume eating. Grapefruits are GREAT for that. and they are one of the lowest sugar and lowest calorie fruits. High fiber. I love the ruby reds.

you are still in experimental phases of diet. when you restrict a lot, the tendency afterward, like you did after a month, is to binge the other way on everything restricted.

that's probably why my food entries are soo weird at times...i do not like to restrict...and that's why you see weird mixes and all kinds of things listed. for me, even though other ways might be healthier, i eat any kind of thing...and aim for around 2050 calories a day though it's been too high as of late...because as you know the more rules, the more we want to gravitate away from the rules..it's helpful to make choices and not to punish yourself..meaning, keep experimenting but i think it would help to do something that works with your body and how you feel more.

you did great with OMAD...i have never done it for a month! that was amazing, but perhaps it's not optimal for you. although, it is a major feat you didn't give up and accomplished it. Not an easy thing, especially working from home around food. I applaud you for your zeal and stick to it attitude. Perseverance is an important quality in life.

Donkey on 05/15/2018:
Very good advice/insight from the 2 ladies above! I can't do completely low carb either because, in order: I get crabby, I get sad, I get jittery. Having said that, I haven't found a happy balance between "low carbing" and letting myself have a treat. That's my struggle right now.

Of course, all of that will change once they cut the wedding cake on Sunday!!!!

Donkey on 05/15/2018:
PS Inspired by your entry today, I shall be taking a grapefruit with me to work tomorrow for my morning snack.

graindart - Monday May 14, 2018
(Low Carb High Fat - One Meal A Day)
Weight: 178.9

Scale was up 7.5 lbs this morning compared to yesterday.  Need I say more?

Yes, I went completely out of control and had one major cheat day.  Not worried about the 1 day spike on the scale, it's artificial and will be gone within the next few days again.  Ate a ton of food at the Mother's Day lunch we hosted and it all tasted pretty good (ham, potatoes, rolls, jello, cake, macaroni salad).  Followed by a McDonalds run later for a cheeseburger / small fries.  Followed by a Twix and a full sugar Redbull.  For dinner we had pizza and nachos, even though I was already stuffed from earlier.  Then hit the grocery store to finish off the list of my cravings.  Bought donut, fudge, cheesecake, cookies, and milk.  Then went from gas station to gas station until I found the tropical trail mix I was also craving.  Went home and ate some of each craving until all I wanted to do was puke.  Went to bed feeling like utter crap.  Woke up this morning still feeling like utter crap.  My tummy still has a giant gut-bomb of food rumbling around in it.

Yesterday I probably ate more carbs than the past 4 weeks combined.  It was completely nuts, but I covered pretty much all of my cravings and now feel almost physically ill.  Do I now regret yesterday's eating?  Sure, because it made me feel terrible.  However, it was a conscious decision and I knew how it always turns out.  I confined the "crazy" to an approximate 12 hour window of time and today I'm right back on the start of a new 3.5 week plan leading directly into the cruise. 

Only 25 DUC's (Days Until Cruise).

Progress as of today: 104.1 lbs lost so far, only 19.9 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 05/14/2018:
In my former years of earlier dieting when had lost weight for the first time, for many years i had horrible cravings. I guess i was very restrictive for some periods and then i'd do the same as you...actually driving around and eating whatever i craved one fast food after the next. It didn't turn out too well for me as a small woman, it wouldn't be able to fend off or balance out the extra calories and i ended up gaining over time, especially the couple years that i threw my workouts out the window when i was 25-27 and threw my workouts out the window. I've learned from that experience (lost large amounts of weight 2x in my life). That experience was the second time i gained weight and after losing it all for the second time, and knowing how it was so much harder the second time and took many years the second time (first time it took me just around one year to lose 30 lbs...and the second time it took me around 3 years to lose 15-20 lbs and another whole year to lose the last 5...anyways my point is i cannot go off my plan completely bc i end up gaining weight too easily as i as a woman don't burn much per day?

ok, that was a ramble. I'm glad you were able to indulge for ONE day and be back on plan. That's the difference between the pros and the amateurs. Pros recover faster. As you continue in your journey, you'll see what works for you. When you get back from your cruise, that'll also be a time to decide what you will do and to make plans for your future goals. Like is always changing and offers challenges and it's up to us to learn how to cope best for what we want. I am definitely not done learning. at all.

happy-1 on 05/14/2018:
Sounds like salt > water retention and a lot of poop. But you will probably end up losing more weight because your body will be like "oh I guess there's no famine after all"

happy-1 on 05/14/2018:
Love the countdown!!!

bearcountrygg on 05/14/2018:
Nifty little food fit there....got that out of the way now....and you even have a belly ache to remind you not to do that again too soon......all is well...you probably got some interesting new nutrients that you system has been craving. Good job getting back on track!!!

Donkey on 05/14/2018:
I guess if it keeps you sane, then keep doing it?

graindart - Sunday May 13, 2018
(Low Carb High Fat - One Meal A Day)
Weight: 171.5

My latest 4 week experiment comes to an end.  It was a successful 28 days and I'm glad to see it completed.

Set my alarm to wake me up at my normal weigh time around 6:45am this morning so that I could get a normal reading.  Saw 171.5 lbs and 17.3% bodyfat register on the scale.  The weight number has dropped over the past couple days and may either be a fluke or a new trend, who knows....  Either way, my new normal towards the end of this diet plan appears to be around 174, which is down from my "normal" of around 178 from a month ago.  The bodyfat % indicated on the scale has dropped from averaging around 19% a month ago to around 17.5% lately.

So I can say that the combination of diet / exercise over the past 4 weeks appears to have been successful in moving me towards goal.

Low Carb High Fat - I'm mostly ok with this type eating, especially the large nightly salad.  Although I really miss my popcorn and grapefruit.

OMAD - This part has been irritating me lately.  I'd really prefer to be snacking throughout the day.  It's not that I'm physically hungry, but I just like to eat.  

Surprisingly, I adjusted to the 2 above things pretty quickly and both are doable and sustainable at present without too much effort.  They're not my preferred methods, but they haven't had any big negatives and appear to be showing results.

The exercise plan has made me less happy.  I thought that switching to just 2 days per week of strength training would simplify things and it did in some respects.  However I hate the 2 hour per workout routine that I've got setup.  It just seems like a waste of my time when doing it for a 2 hour straight block each of those days.

I started the first couple weeks drinking mainly just water.  Then added in zero calorie pop just during meal time.  The past few days I've been drinking more zero calorie pop throughout the day.  Just drinking water is probably harder for me than all of the other self-imposed restrictions of this past plan.

Looking in the mirror, I'd still like to lose additional body fat, mainly around the tummy area.  I know you can't choose where the fat sheds from, but the tummy region is the only obvious area that I'm still not overly happy with.  The end weight number on the scale doesn't matter to me, but I've still got some extra chub I'd like to shed before feeling like I'm at a point of just maintaining. Ideally I'd like to get to the point of having a "6 pack" for once in my life. If that takes too much work, I'd probably be happy with a flat tummy that doesn't bounce on it's own when I move around. If I could just drop the layer of fat covering my abs, I think I'd be at a point to just start maintaining & trying to building muscle.

There are approximately 25-26 days until the cruise, effectively another 4 week plan.  I keep going over what to do today (Mother's Day).  Should I have a cheat day in between my change of 4-week plans?  It's Mother's Day and we're having the entire family over to our house for lunch, so would be pretty easy to go off plan.  Obviously I'm not doing OMAD today since we're hosting lunch.  I'm also not doing my 2 hour exercise block today either.  I think I'll probably try to remain low carb for the day.  Whatever happens today, I'll be on a new plan starting tomorrow.

So for the new 4 week plan leading into the cruise.  Since things appear to be progressing in the right direction at present, I don't see any reason for a huge shakeup.  I think I'm just going to tweak things to make myself feel "happier" at present.  I'm expecting to gain weight during the cruise, so can buckle-down again when I get back from that.  

New plan:
1. Continue LCHF the same as this past 4 weeks.  Although I'd prefer to eat popcorn and grapefruit several times per day, I think the LCHF is ok for now.
2. Relax somewhat on the OMAD if I feel like it on a daily basis.  Currently I've had some days in the afternoon where I really wanted to cave, but have mostly just made myself keep marching on.  I'll still initially plan on OMAD, but won't feel like I "have to" do it if I'm not feeling like it every day.
3. Pause the twice per week weight lifting plan.  I think I'll replace it with a less structured daily little mini-workout thing (15 minutes per day or something like that).  I realize that this may set me back somewhat on the strength progression, but it will contribute to my sanity.  Ideally I'd prefer to never just have to "exercise".  I'd much prefer just being active and having enough weekly fun things that included physical exertion that I wouldn't have to do the repetitive exercises in my house.
4. I'm reverting to drinking any zero calorie beverage I'd like at any time of day or night.  This just keeps me feeling "happy" and helps me cope with things.  Is it as healthy as drinking only water?  Not at all, but I enjoy them a lot and that's a good enough reason to drink them whenever I want during this coming 4 week plan.

So basically no major changes for this upcoming 4 week plan, just tweaks to make me feel better about stuff.  Right before the cruise I'll stop and re-assess whether these minor changes did anything to the progress I've seen in the last more structured 4 week plan.  If I still see progress in the right direction, this might be a lifestyle change I can continue with as I progress into maintenance mode sometime of the next few months.  If my progress stalls, I'll know to come back to the more structured plan that appears to have been worked over the past 4 weeks.

Progress as of today: 111.5 lbs lost so far, only 12.5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/13/2018:
That is the beauty of writing things out here...it's easy to go back and look at past days...it lets us assess and reassess....we get feedback and new ideas to consider....and we are a friendly group.....I'm happy to be a part of a group that really does care and want to help each other...Enjoy your family day.....and you did great on your past 4 weeks......I'm sure making little changes will make the next 4 weeks even more enjoyable and productive.

happy-1 on 05/13/2018:
Lol. Are you going to manscape with Nair for the cruise to get great photos?

The 2h workout sounds like you need a really good podcast to binge on!

Donkey on 05/13/2018:
Make sure that the "tummy" isn't just extra skin. That's one of the things that I'm having difficulty discerning right now.

graindart on 05/13/2018:
From what I read it's mostly fat. From what I've read and watched on Youtube if it's just skin, it's like pinching the skin on the back side of your hand (not palm). Any thicker and it's fat attached to the skin.

Horn_of_plenty on 05/14/2018:
i also sometimes dislike the need to have to go to the gym to get moving bc i know that my usual routine doesn't include enough lifting and stretching to make me look the way i want to look - so i need the gym. if i don't plan my exercise, my daily routine def doesn't suffice.... but you do seem to have a little more exercise options...

depends how you want to look...the gym look is more balanced or a strength look that needs maintenance by continuing with the gym...well, if you don't do normal lifting in your day i mean.

graindart - Saturday May 12, 2018
(Low Carb High Fat - One Meal A Day)
Weight: 174.0

Yesterday was completed successfully and today begins the last day of this 4 week trial.

Stayed up way to late last night (2am) and woke up at 5am.  Got up and weighed myself and saw an awesome number for bodyfat %.  Went back to bed and got back up at 8am.  Weighed myself again and saw awesome number for weight and good number for bodyfat %.  It's amazing that the scale & bodyfat measure can vary so much in the course of 3 hours when you're just sleeping.  My normal time to weigh is around 6:30am, so I don't know which measurement was more accurate for my normal time of day.  Doesn't matter, but the positive numbers on the scale help keep me motivated.

Will see my end of 4-week plan numbers tomorrow, which will hopefully even out so that I can get a decent analysis.  Will also decide on the direction for my next 4 weeks starting tomorrow.

On to conquer day 28.

Progress as of today: 109 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/12/2018:
Good job....sounds like the month was super successful.......I'm looking forward to seeing what you next plan is.

Donkey on 05/12/2018:
Maybe I'm getting ahead of myself here, but is your next 4-week plan going to involve more weight loss? Or do you feel that you've arrived?

graindart on 05/12/2018:
Still need to lose some body fat %. The end weight number doesn't matter to me, but I've still got some extra chub I'd like to shed before feeling like I'm at a point of just maintaining. Ideally I'd like to get to the point of having a "6 pack" for once in my life. If that takes too much work, I'd probably be happy with a flat tummy that doesn't bounce on it's own when I move around. If I could just drop 5 lbs off my tummy, I think I'd be at a point to just start maintaining & trying to building muscle.

Horn_of_plenty on 05/14/2018:
Congrats on a good number on the scale, as long as you haven't eaten yet for the day, i'd say the # is accurate!

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