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graindart - Wednesday Jan 09, 2013
(drink water, eat 3 meals a day)
Weight: 261.4

Decent day again.

B - Slimfast

L - frozen dinner - WW Smart Ones roast turkey and mashed potatoes with a little butter added to the potatoes

D - 10oz steak with sauteed onion / garlic / spices

I thought the the steak for dinner would be filling / satisfying.  At first I was left wanting more, but an hour later I noticed that I was feeling satisfied.  I wasn't "hungry" at all yesterday, but I would've liked to have eaten other stuff.  

I'm used to eating until I'm "full" or "over-stuffed".  Eating a portioned meal feels different because I definitely don't feel full.  I'm sure I'll get used to it.

Progress as of today: 8.2 lbs lost so far, only 86.4 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 01/09/2013:
Good post today. Do you weigh in on Mondays too ?

legcramps on 01/09/2013:
Great job yesterday :)

Tangalyn~ on 01/09/2013:
good job on another decent day :) hope today is a good one for ya!

IndependentEm93 on 01/09/2013:
Great job!

V on 01/09/2013:
Awesome job with your intake! Have a great evening :)

graindart - Tuesday Jan 08, 2013
(drink water, eat 3 meals a day)
Weight: 262.8

Yesterday was uneventful.

B - Slimfast

L - 6" sub sandwich at Subway - turkey jalapeno melt on wheat

D - frozen dinner - Atkins broccoli chicken alfredo

Water intake was average.

I was feeling a little hungry before dinner and maybe a little hungry at bedtime.  This is the first time I've felt "hungry" during the past week.  I've had plenty of food cravings and desires, but no real hunger.

The frozen dinner was basic, but not too bad.  I mistakenly thought it would be bland or watery tasting so I added a bit of butter to it before tasting.  That was a mistake.  It was an extremely rich sauce already with almost too much of a buttery taste (and I like butter).

Since I'm feeling fine with the changes over the past week, I'd like to start eating a little healthier during the meals now, or at least try some portion control.  Ideally this would involve planning and cooking, but I just don't have any desire to do that right now.  While they may not be the healthiest option, frozen dinners do offer a simple solution to portion control.  I bought several frozen dinners to try over the next week or so to see how I like them.  

I know some of you reading this will want to list issues against frozen dinners whether it be sodium, fat, sugars, preservatives, lack of nutrients, etc (as compared to fresh).  I understand.   However I'm trying to take baby steps and you'll have to trust me, frozen dinners are a whole lot healthier than what I was eating before.

I've probably averaged 30-40ounces of Mtn Dew per day for the past few years.  Quitting Mtn Dew really wasn't that hard this time for some reason.  I had some headaches for the first 3 days, but other than that I really haven't been tempted.  Part of it may be that I like freshly carbonated fountain drinks most and I really haven't needed to go inside a gas station or convenience store since I started the diet.  Since I pay at the pump there's no real reason to go inside unless I was going specifically for pop, candy, or chips.

Progress as of today: 6.8 lbs lost so far, only 87.8 lbs to go!

IndependentEm93 on 01/08/2013:
Most frozen foods taste bad to me but glad it was somewhat good for u! Have a great day!

Innerpeace on 01/08/2013:
There are a few frozen dinners I could live off of, but I find myself staying hungry and then I snack more. Good luck.

mskitty on 01/08/2013:
I applaud your willpower in staying away from the sugary drinks. I too was a cola addict in my youth averaging 1-5 drinks a day. My School even nicked named me "Coke Girl." and I have 4 years of highschool photos where they let me hold a coke in the shot... ha ha back then I thought it was funny and a corky antidote and identified the drinks with who I was as a person. It wasn't until I finally stopped that a number of health issues stopped with it. I have been off soda for almost a decade now and I don't think I could ever go back. I think kicking Cola even diet cola is just as hard as quitting smoking or kicking a drug habit for some people. But once your off its hard to go back on again, I wish you luck and know that it is possible, I did it, you can do it too.

V on 01/09/2013:
Great job on giving up the sodas! Keep up the great job :)

graindart - Monday Jan 07, 2013
(drink water, eat 3 meals a day)
Weight: 265.4

Yesterday alright again.

B - Slimfast shake

L - fried breaded shrimp and potato skins

D - 2 fully loaded chilli cheese dogs and a couple pieces of cornbread with honey & butter

Water intake a bit below what I had planned.

Progress as of today: 4.2 lbs lost so far, only 90.4 lbs to go!

getmebackto150 on 01/07/2013:
Have a great day!!

IndependentEm93 on 01/07/2013:
Have a great day!

liza36 on 01/07/2013:
I read that you are giving up soda. I gave up diet coke 6 months ago, and I ocassionally have a diet 7up or ginger ale, but it's not nearly as often as before. It can be hard, but it can be done. Water is the best thing...keep it up! Have a great day.

graindart - Sunday Jan 06, 2013
(drink water, eat 3 meals a day)
Weight: 264.4

Yesterday went alright.

B - Slimfast shake

L - new restaurant in town "Beef O Bradys" - had about 5 chicken wings, 1 steak taco, piece of a chicken tender, and a few fries

D - mac-n-cheese with fried Spam

Water intake was a little low again.

Progress as of today: 5.2 lbs lost so far, only 89.4 lbs to go!

IndependentEm93 on 01/06/2013:
Have a great day!

graindart - Saturday Jan 05, 2013
(drink water, eat 3 meals a day)
Weight: 264.0

Yesterday went pretty much as planned.

Breakfast a Slimfast shake.

Lunch we went out and I had a gyro and some cheese fries.

Dinner ate at home and had chicken corden-bleu, canned corn, and spaghetti with butter & parmesan.  A nice ripe banana was just staring at me at the end of dinner, so I decided to polish that off for dinner also.

Water intake was a little down for the day.


For when I'm looking back to see where I started, I'd better list my current state.  
* I'm wearing jeans waist size 44 and they've become snug.  (Mens 44 are the largest size commonly carried at the majority of box stores.)
* My head always seems "foggy", hoping it's mild dehydration and some clarity comes from dropping pop and replacing with water.
* back is getting hurt on occasion just from bending over wrong - hoping that losing some significant weight will cause less pressure to be put on the back 
* last time I went on a waterslide I was going really slow on it which I'm guessing was attributable to the larger amount of surface area of skin touching the slide - I was surprised because I would've thought all of the extra weight would've made me go faster downhill
* I feel lethargic all the time and hope for some more energy with some lost weight
* I wake up multiple times throughout the night and reposition to try to get back to sleep - probably a combination of hurt back and too much weight





Progress as of today: 5.6 lbs lost so far, only 89 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 01/05/2013:
Keep at it, Pal. We're here for ya.

IndependentEm93 on 01/05/2013:
Have a great day!

graindart - Friday Jan 04, 2013
(drink water, eat 3 meals a day)
Weight: 265.2

Yesterday no pop and I only ate 3 meals.  

Breakfast was a Slimfast shake.  

Lunch was an egg-salad sandwich and a loaded hot dog w/bun.

Dinner was a family get together at an AYCE buffet.  Started with a wedge salad with ranch, blue cheese crumbles, bacon, onion, and dried cranberries.  Main course was a small steak, cheesy potatoes, mac-n-cheese, and a couple shrimp.  I considered going without dessert, but decided on a small scoop of banana pudding and a small slice of blueberry pie.  I justified dessert to myself by saying it was part of my 3 meal plan.

Later at night I was craving some popcorn, but got through the night without giving in.

Water intake was around 64 ounces for the day.

Progress as of today: 4.4 lbs lost so far, only 90.2 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 01/04/2013:
Hang in there !

graindart - Thursday Jan 03, 2013
(drink water, eat 3 meals a day)
Weight: 265.8

Yesterday was another alright day.  

No pop and I only ate 3 meals.  

Breakfast was a Slimfast shake.  

Lunch was a large can of soup and a hotdog with bun.

Dinner was some Hamburger Helper, canned corn with butter, and 2 slices of bread with butter.  The bread and butter tasted great and I wanted to eat another slice or two, but decided I wasn't hungry.

Water intake was around 64 ounces for the day.

Progress as of today: 3.8 lbs lost so far, only 90.8 lbs to go!

legcramps on 01/03/2013:
Have a good day today :)

OhioRaven on 01/03/2013:
You Can Do It !

graindart - Wednesday Jan 02, 2013
(drink water, eat 3 meals a day)
Weight: 267.6

Yesterday was an alright first day.  No pop and I only ate 3 meals.  Breakfast was a Slimfast shake.  Lunch we ate out at Cafe Rio - had the large salad with pork and an iced tea.  Dinner I ate a hotdog w/bun and a large can of soup.  Water intake was less than optimal.


Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 92.6 lbs to go!

graindart - Tuesday Jan 01, 2013
(drink water, eat 3 meals a day)
Weight: 269.6

January 1st.  Still fat.  Going to give up drinking pop and limit food to 3 meals per day.  

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 94.6 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 01/01/2013:
Hey, Graindart. How bout them seahawks .

hollybelle on 01/03/2013:
Welcome back! Good plan. I gave up my pop this year. I may have 1-2 per week - diet is what I've always drank, but I find that really, I don't miss it as long as I have lemon for my water and put just a teeny tiny bit of splenda or Truvia in it to take the edge off. There is really no nutrition in pop of any kind. Good luck giving it up. It was a gradual process for me-I found I was drinking pop out of habit more than actually enjoying it!

graindart - Tuesday Dec 04, 2012
(drink water, eat 3 meals a day)
Weight: 269.6

 Beginning stats

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 94.6 lbs to go!

TinaAnn on 03/11/2012:
Welcome back!

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