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graindart - Friday May 11, 2018
(Low Carb High Fat - One Meal A Day)
Weight: 174.1

Day 26 done and successfully stayed low-carb.

Yesterday was long.  Had a lot of driving and a lot of work to do.  Drank a few zero calorie drinks early afternoon just to keep me awake.  

Thursday was my scheduled workout day, but it didn't happen.  With all of the work, it just kept getting pushed back.  At 8pm, I finally finished work for the day and decided I'd attempt the workout.  Started.  Got a couple sets in.  Quit.  This week has just been non-stop and something had to give.

Have another full day of work today, although it should be much easier as it's mainly just working in the office at the computer.  While it's boring, it's a lot better than driving for hours at a time.

On to day 27.

Progress as of today: 108.9 lbs lost so far, only 15.1 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/11/2018:
Congrats on staying with the program....I think you have have the low carb issue figured out.....good job.

Horn_of_plenty on 05/11/2018:
Missing workouts upsets me greatly as my progress stalls and many times i have to "catch up" to where i was...and when i miss like a week, many times it takes me a month to get back to where i was...depending on why i missed. like a vacation or being sick, both of which can be draining, it usually takes me awhile to get back up to the weights level i was using prior to the time took off....

anyways, lately i'm drinking more of the calorie-free too...

It's great you stayed on your diet plan. With exercise, if it's not a set plan, it tends to get put to the wayside. however, i guess making money is a good reason to skip the workout...to do your work. it's always a give and take!

Have a good day 27!

graindart on 05/11/2018:
I prefer not to skip scheduled workouts, but this past week I had extra unscheduled workouts anyways (softball practice, softball game, hiking, car show, etc).

Couple that with a higher workload right now and I'm just feeling a bit overwhelmed right now.

Donkey on 05/11/2018:
Hey, at least you TRIED, and that's great! How easy it would have been to say, "Ah tomorrow", but you tried and realized, this is not going to work for me today, and stopped.

graindart - Wednesday May 09, 2018
(Low Carb High Fat - One Meal A Day)
Weight: 173.8

Day 24 completed successfully.

Yesterday went dirt biking (motor, not pedal) in the mountains with some friends for a few hours.  My energy level was good and the weather was perfect.

Stayed under calorie allotment, but would've preferred to continue snacking into the late night.

30 days until the cruise.  My bodyfat % isn't where I was hoping it would be by this time, but that's life.  This 4-week experiment ends at the end of this week and leaves just under another 4 weeks until the cruise.  Haven't made a firm decision on what the next 4 week plan will be, but leaning towards more of the same with a lower daily calorie intake.  I know that doing that would probably temporarily stall any muscle gains, but may help burn some fat.  I'll make a decision by the end of the week.

On to day 25, mostly just work today.

Progress as of today: 109.2 lbs lost so far, only 14.8 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 05/09/2018:
Thank you for being a great motivator for everyone here!

Great job with calories and exercise. I think the great weather has a positive effect on energy levels..I've been feeling much better too.

I am interested to know what you decide on diet by the end of the week. I also feel that doing something similarly in line to what you are doing now would make sense for the remaining 30 days..I gotta say, these 25 days went SO FAST it's like you just started with day 1 yesterday...makes me think how easy it can be to try something for just a month, how quickly it'll pass.

for instance, i have an event to go to on June 10, like a month away. If i can stick to lower calories for a month, I'd be looking better by then...just one month, like you, if i just make a change for one month...! (for me the change would be a slightly lower calorie average of no more than 2000 per day and i'd do it by changing the type of breakfast i eat at work and when...yup, thank you for helping me just figure this out.)

graindart on 05/09/2018:
Good plan. Yesterday I was feeling good, but today I'm a bit sore and out of energy. I did break down and squirt a little no calorie flavoring in my water this afternoon in an attempt to just make it through work today. Hoping that I have some additional energy tomorrow. Otherwise my Thursday workout is going to be terrible.

horn_of_plenty on 05/09/2018:
Even if you don't feel up to a workout do it!

bearcountrygg on 05/09/2018:
My 49 year old son is sore these days after riding his dirt bike too......

Donkey on 05/09/2018:
Donkey is also very interested to hear of your upcoming diet decision.

graindart - Tuesday May 08, 2018
(Low Carb High Fat - One Meal A Day)
Weight: 173.9

Day 23 successfully completed.

Yesterday was our first softball game of the season and I made it through without embarrassing myself, which was my main goal.  Batted 3 or 4 times and got a hit each time.  Made it to first base all but one time.  Played 3rd base and did decent.  A couple people have taken me under their wing and keep giving me pointers, so should hopefully progress fairly quickly.

Heading out dirt biking with a few friends in the mountains later today.  

The in-laws are getting older and the past Christmas they gifted us their small bumper-pull camper.  They bought it new back in 2003 and have only used it maybe 10 or 20 times, so it's still in really good condition.  Needs some minor upkeep items taken care of and I need to get off my butt and get them taken care of so we can take it out and get some relaxing time in the mountains as a family.  Haven't owned a camper before, so didn't really know about all of the different things (gray tank, black tank, propane / electric / battery operated appliances, etc).  Thankfully Youtube has just about every type of instructional video imaginable and now I have a decent grasp on the workings of the camper.  Can't really go camping until I'm off this low carb diet.  Because you can't go camping without smores.........it's the law......no.....really......

Was feeling bad for several people that saw an uptick on their scales recently.  Well I joined that club today with my scale up a little today too.

On to enjoy day number 24.

Progress as of today: 109.1 lbs lost so far, only 14.9 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/08/2018:
Your family will love camping.....my family camped as a child and it was some of my happiest memories...we camped with our kids...good healthy fun. You guys will enjoy it...what a nice gift to receive!!!

graindart on 05/08/2018:
We've gone camping over the years in tents as a family, so this will be a nice change. Don't mind the tents, but it'll be nice to not have the setup when we arrive on site. It'll also be nice to just store any camping stuff in the trailer so we don't have to search through the garage for stuff each time.

bearcountrygg on 05/08/2018:
This new way of camping will be so much easier....as a kid...my parents had a super tiny serro scotty trailer that had very little in it but a mattress...and a tiny place to stand at the sink and range...and a closet...we made do...and had lots of fun....when were had little ones...we camped in a pick up camper...and over the years had 2 or 3 fifth wheels....camping got a lot more luxurious over the years...but I have to say...the most fun was when it was simpler.....much more of the camping experience that way.

horn_of_plenty on 05/08/2018:
never been camping in my entire life (like with family / camper / tents - except for a girl scout sleepover in a park which doesn't count...) but it sounds fun!

your first game sounds great and even better the people on your team view you favorably !!

stupid scale driving me nuts..but i am working still on getting used to eating less once again...got so used to the other way around.

graindart on 05/08/2018:
I hear you about the scale. Logically I know that the number shouldn't dictate how I feel about things, but it does. And if I don't check it, I get lazy.

Donkey on 05/08/2018:
That's so cool about the camper! And WTG on your first game!

I see pros and cons to weighing in every day. I did it for so long, but then I had to give it up. So frustrating, but hang in there!

graindart - Monday May 07, 2018
(Low Carb High Fat - One Meal A Day)
Weight: 172.3

Day 22 successfully completed.

Stayed low carb.  Eating window around 5 hours.  Ate a small amount of calories (large salad) before softball practice.  Then ate the rest of the meal when I got home afterwards.

Workout yesterday went decent.  Took the family to the lake afterwards and the girls played in kayaks for a couple hours.  I went out on one for a bit, but spent much of the time just sitting around talking and soaking up the sun.  Have a very mild amount of sunburn on the shoulders, which probably hadn't seen the sun for about 6-8 months.

Softball practice went ok.  I haven't really touched a ball / bat since I was in little league approximately 30-some years ago, so it went probably as should be expected.  I'm used to being confident and in control of whatever I do, but at practice I was out of my element and had no confidence at all.  I'm going to start throwing the softball around in the yard daily to get used to the mechanics of it.  Confidence and skills will come with practice and time.  First game is tonight.  

On to conquer day 23.....

Progress as of today: 110.7 lbs lost so far, only 13.3 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 05/07/2018:
the way you feel about softball is prob how i feel with running...i think with practice we can improve as much as our hearts desire, we just need that patience and time to improve.

it's great you are enjoying the warmer weather and outdoor activities which are so healthy and good for your body!! i've been looking to do more outside too - and it's been a healthier feeling overall!

happy-1 on 05/07/2018:
Softball is self-perpetuating improvement. Get the girls involved and do group workouts

bearcountrygg on 05/07/2018:
Play catch with the girls in the back yard....good times and good exercise for all.

graindart - Sunday May 06, 2018
(Low Carb High Fat - One Meal A Day)
Weight: 172.9

Day 21 done and over with.

Successfully stayed low carb.  Eating window was agin more like 5 hours with some snacking between dinner and bedtime.  It was low carb stuff, so wasn't terrible, but may have gone over my daily calorie limit I'd like to meet.

Yesterday went on a hike around the dam.  Probably only an easy paced 3 miles with the family, friends, and dog.  Followed by a couple mile walk downtown for the car show with the family.  Got home and I was feeling dead tired.  The walking wasn't tiring, but I was just lethargic and way down on energy.  Made it through the afternoon without succumbing to a nap.  

Went to early church today.  Got home and immediately started my workout for the day.  Was dreading it due to low energy.  First exercise is pullups.  The first set I attempt without any assistance bands, then following sets are with assistance bands.  Record for unassisted has been 4 pullups, but the past few workouts I've only been able to do 3 which was disappointing.  Today I have a new record of 5 unassisted pullups in a row!!!!  That gave an instant shot of enthusiasm into the beginning of my workout.  Not all of the remaining exercises were quite as good as I'd like, but the new pullup record has me feeling good.

I've been typing this entry during my minute rests between sets.  As soon as I'm done with the workouts, most of our family, grandparents, and sisters family are all heading to the lake for a few hours.  After that I have to get back for the first practice of a slow pitch softball league I decided to join this year.  Should be fun and a bit of exercise.  A little worried that I haven't swung a bat in the past 15 years and didn't play all that much baseball when I was a child.

On to continue through day 22.

Progress as of today: 110.1 lbs lost so far, only 13.9 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/06/2018:
Looks like a nice full Sunday!!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 05/06/2018:
fun stuff and congrats majorly on doing 5 pull ups!...that's over halfway to doing a whole set of like 8! once i can do 8, i am always extremely happy with things :)

all the walking sounds wonderful. i am good for like 2mi lately.

and congrats on joining the league, that sounds fun and social and great to be out of the house for a bit and moving around :)

Horn_of_plenty on 05/06/2018:
you've shown us that with persistence, we can get a lot done and also stick to our goals/diets and lifestyles.

Donkey on 05/06/2018:
I would love to join a team of some sort, but many factors right now don't make that practical. I hope you find it fun!

graindart - Saturday May 05, 2018
(Low Carb High Fat - One Meal A Day)
Weight: 172.9

Day 20 completed.

Successfully stayed low carb.  Eating window was more like 5 hours again last night due to going out with the girls and parents.  Grandpa and grandma (my parents) took my daughters and myself to the dirt track races last night.  The wife chose a quiet night at home alone.  It's something we do a couple times per summer just to change things up, usually when the sprint cars are in town.

Today we're going on a hike with friends around a large dam within a couple miles of town.  Taking the dog.  Afterwards, going to take the girls down to the largest car show of the season in this area, so will also get some walking in there.

Haven't decided yet, but may go out dirt biking by myself tomorrow after church.

At the end of today, 3 weeks will be completed on this new 4 week plan.  So far so good.  I do miss the constant snacking and really miss popcorn.  Other than those preferences, I haven't really run into any negatives about the eating plan.  I am getting mild hunger pangs daily now in the afternoon, but they pass and actually make me think that maybe the body might choose to burn some fat during those times.

On to finish out week 3.....

Progress as of today: 110.1 lbs lost so far, only 13.9 lbs to go!

Donkey on 05/05/2018:
Oh sounds like a fun weekend! Lots of activity :-)

bearcountrygg on 05/05/2018:
Looks like a weekend winner for all of you...Have fun!

graindart - Friday May 04, 2018
(Low Carb High Fat - One Meal A Day)
Weight: 174.0

Day 19 completed.  

Successfully stayed low carb.  Eating window was more like 5 hours last night, with some late night snacking.  Calorie count was probably 200-300 calories higher than average, but didn't go off the low-carb plan for the snacks.  Also had several diet drinks during the eating time.

Have been feeling hungry again during the past few afternoons.  Have successfully resisted eating early so far, but have been tempted.

Workout wasn't fun.  Changed up some stuff, including less rest inbetween sets.  My energy levels were down, which returned less than stellar results.  But I still did it, so feel good about that.

Weight and registered bodyfat % on the scale registered a little lower today, so that's good (until tomorrow when it will probably shoot up for no reason). 

On to day 20.....

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

horn_of_plenty on 05/04/2018:
I can't believe you're already up to day 20!!!!!! time seriously flies! great job, Gains...i'm really impressed by you!

graindart on 05/04/2018:
Yep, day 20. And I'm actually getting used to the food intake part of the plan now. It's kind of repetitive what I eat daily, but I don't mind it all that much as long as I'm seeing positive results. It's still a little early to know for sure, but it appears that things might be going in the right direction as far as the food / weight / bodyfat %. Another 8 days and I'll step back, analyze, and see what to tweak for the next 4 week plan.

bearcountrygg on 05/04/2018:
Repetitive foods really do work for a lot of people...takes the fun out of eating...and turns it into something that becomes more of a fuel type of thing...and that isn't a bad thing for foodies.

Donkey on 05/04/2018:
Sometimes I fall into the exercise blahs too. I'm not sure how I get myself out of them, but I do. Maybe it depends on what else is happening in life overall that changes my mood, if that makes sense.

Anyway, I encourage you to continue, even on those days that you don't feel like exercising.

graindart - Thursday May 03, 2018
(Low Carb High Fat - One Meal A Day)
Weight: 175.2

Day 18 completed successfully.

Fought the urge for diet pop until dinner time.  Wednesday is a split eating night where I eat something around 5pm and then around 8:30pm for date night.  Went to Buffalo Wild Wings with the wife and ate the buffalo dry rub wings with blue cheese dipping sauce.

Sitting here with not much to say today.  Not looking forward to today's workout, but will do it.

On to day 19.


Progress as of today: 107.8 lbs lost so far, only 16.2 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 05/03/2018:
you better do that workout, Gains, otherwise there won't be any gains!

I'm happy to hear that day 18 went well and that it sounds to me like you had a wonderful date night! Would you and wife ever go bowling or something like this on date night? Or for a walk around the neighborhood? This is what i'd do if I had a date night !!!

graindart on 05/03/2018:
We do other stuff on occasion on real date nights. However Wednesday night is just a "wind down" type thing where we guarantee that we have an hour or two together just the two of us each week. By the end of Wednesday night we're both already tired and have work the next day, so neither of us are really looking for exercise by that time.

horn_of_plenty on 05/03/2018:
i was thinking that... :)

happy-1 on 05/03/2018:
Mmmm wings

bearcountrygg on 05/03/2018:
Never been to Buffalo Wild Wings......we used to libve near one...but never went there.

graindart on 05/03/2018:
Majority of stuff they serve is just unhealthy bar-food type stuff. The food isn't bad, but isn't anything special either. The only reason we've been there a couple times over the past couple weeks is because of my low carb current diet. Eating spicy chicken wings dipped in blue cheese dressing is high protein, higher fat, and extremely low carb. Although I did steal 2 of my wife's breaded deep fried cheese curds, which had a few carbs.

horn_of_plenty on 05/04/2018:
did you say your wife was into fitness too?

graindart on 05/04/2018:
No, she's never been into fitness or working out. She's never been overweight and has always been near her ideal weight. She's 5'9" and has weighed 130-135lbs for the past 20 years without trying.

horn_of_plenty on 05/04/2018:
lucky lady for sure....i guess she practices mindful eating...intuitively!

graindart - Wednesday May 02, 2018
(Low Carb High Fat - One Meal A Day)
Weight: 176.0

Day 17 completed.

Was on track through dinner.  After dinner I got to snacking on a few things (nothing off plan) and might've been 100 calories over goal for the day.

Been drinking more diet pop nightly, from dinner until bedtime.  I enjoy them.  Sitting here early morning working at the desk with my water bottle, but would really prefer another diet pop.

Over halfway through my 4 week experiment with LCHF OMAD.  No big weight changes, but glimmers of hope on the bodyfat % the scale is showing.  It's been a little lower 2 or 3 of the last few times.  Will know better in another week if it's a trend or just a fluke.

Progress as of today: 107 lbs lost so far, only 17 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 05/02/2018:
i'm big on "oral sensations" too and always wanting something to drink, something to eat...something to keep me busy chewing, my mouth, etc.

that's why i have also been big on diet drinks ...they gave a strong flavor for no calories and in my mind it's really indulgent but not making me fat. that's why i like my stevia flavors that i put in my coffee also...and why i like diet jello and all the artificial sugar stuff...even though it's not good, at all, it feels very indulgent. lol. it's an addiction that goes deep in the brain...probably similar to drugs....i'm actually not joking.

graindart on 05/02/2018:
I agree. Love the no calorie carbonated drinks and sugar free jello. Trying to not eat or drink them during my 20+ hour fasting periods for this 4 week trial due to some people claiming that even the fake sugars stimulate insulin production and other stuff like that.

After writing the above, I just realized something weird. A year ago before starting a diet, I could barely tolerate drinking a "diet" pop. It tasted flat or low on flavor. Now a year later that same diet drink tastes amazingly full of flavor and delicious. I've tried regular pop again a few times over the past few months and they usually seem overly syrupy now.

horn_of_plenty on 05/02/2018:
i guess you've acquired a taste for the diet pop...honestly, i believe some of the diet drinks are probably more flavorful than the regular. since the artificial sugars are so much sweeter than regular.

i do feel that drinking the diet stuff does stimulate insulin production...many times i have something with real sugar while i have the diet drink or food. like a granola bar with caffeine, for example.

bearcountrygg on 05/02/2018:
Sounds like it's working on the body fat...that's a tough thing to move down when a person has lost as much weight as you have....if the diet pop seems like a treat...then it will help you carry on......good work!

happy-1 on 05/02/2018:
If you have mcdonalds fries, you will be dissapointed. They are never as good as you remember!

graindart on 05/02/2018:
Actually for me, they're almost always a go-to food for me when I decide to have a cheat day..... and they always taste great to me. Of course I almost always regret it the next day.

happy-1 on 05/02/2018:
Doesn't diet pop slow down weight loss?

graindart on 05/02/2018:
Depends on who you believe. Some say yes, others say not that much. Still others say it varies by individual (some yes, some no).

So, I don't really know. I've just trying to shake things up in an attempt to find something that works and is sustainable.

happy-1 on 05/02/2018:
Doesn't diet pop slow down weight loss?

happy-1 on 05/02/2018:
I dunno. I wasn't losing weight so I dropped all fake sugars. I started drinking stevia again a couple of weeks ago and stopped losing weight.

Donkey on 05/02/2018:
I use flavored packets to add to my water bottle. Love seltzer water to get in my carbonation. But I do miss diet pop.

graindart - Tuesday May 01, 2018
(Low Carb High Fat - One Meal A Day)
Weight: 175.0

Day 16 completed successfully.

Had to drive out of town for work, approximately 4 hour round trip which was boring.  I've been on the drive hundreds of times and usually stuff my face to stay awake.  I didn't eat anything, but did grab a couple of zero calorie energy drinks on the return trip home.  Drank several cans of diet pop during and after dinner.

Had to skip dirt bike riding today due to needing to catch up on work stuff.  

Progress as of today: 108 lbs lost so far, only 16 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 05/01/2018:
i hope you catch up on your work stuff...sorry you have to miss the dirt bike riding!

i also enjoy a little drinking / eating while driving...i guess bc it's monotonous and boring like you said...perhaps try to listen to a book on tape? although - i think i prefer music for my drives...

graindart on 05/01/2018:
I have some podcasts that I listen to during the drive. It's just mind-numbing driving the exact same piece of highway over and over.....

horn_of_plenty on 05/01/2018:
yes, i am not a fan either of those types of drives...especially if the same scenery the whole way. i have to do a drive like that coming up around mother's day weekend....hoping i'm in the car with someone...they might be doing the driving too...

graindart on 05/01/2018:
Company is almost always better for me in the car. Even if it's only for an occasional conversation or round of the alphabet game.

horn_of_plenty on 05/01/2018:
gains, are you on facebook....if so, i'm Jacquie Dana if you look for me!

graindart on 05/01/2018:
I'm one of the 10 people in the world that isn't on FB. (Used to be, but it started consuming my life.)

horn_of_plenty on 05/01/2018:
oh, sorry to hear...many of us here on DD are there also!

horn_of_plenty on 05/01/2018:

bearcountrygg on 05/01/2018:
For 7 years I had that same boring drive ...also 4 hours 1 way....every couple of weeks...I don't miss it at all now...only have to do that a couple of times a year now.

Donkey on 05/01/2018:
When I worked in Madison I had a 1.5 hour commute one-way. I would chew mint gum and drink ice water to keep my mind sharp.

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