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graindart - Friday Mar 04, 2011
(drink mainly water,no snacks,no food after 7pm)
Weight: 249.0

Thanks for the suggestions.  Please don't feel offended if I don't follow all of them.  I do agree that less processed and more exercise would do me a world of good.

I don't like eating breakfast, so drinking the Slimfast is about as good as it's going to get for breakfast, other than Saturdays when I make the kids breakfast and eat with them.  I'm almost never hungry and don't think I'm eating too little. 

My main problems are eating out at restaurants all of the time and not having a regular exercise program.

Yesterday I had a frozen dinner for lunch.  I understand it would be better with less "processed" foods, but life is extremely busy right now and with the time I have for lunch it's either pop a frozen dinner in the microwave or grab something from a drive-through.  I've compared the nutritional charts for the frozen dinners I buy (Lean Cuisine / Healthy Choice) versus the restaurants around here and the frozen dinners have similar or better specs.  

While checking the nutritional charts I was very surprised about Subway.  The sodium levels were surprising to me.  I checked the frozen dinners in my freezer and the sodium amounts ranged from 200mg - 700mg.  The Subway 6" sandwiches with no sauces / dressings ranged from 750mg - 1830mg+.  The majority of the 6" sandwiches were rated at 1100mg - 1500mg of sodium.  I excluded the veggie only 6" sandwich with no dressing that had 410mg of sodium because that wouldn't even be an option I'd consider.  I also excluded a regional / special 6" sub that had 2450mg of sodium with no dressings.  If someone were to order a 12" version of that regional special sub, added dressings, and topped it off with some salt/pepper, they could conceiveably be getting around 6000mg-7000mg of sodium intake from 1 sandwich.

Yesterdays dinner we ate at home.  I made meatballs wrapped in bacon along with a white mac-n-cheese.

Today starting off with Slimfast, vitamins, and water.

Progress as of today: 16.2 lbs lost so far, only 74 lbs to go!

legcramps on 03/04/2011:
Have you started P90X yet? I've seen some videos of success stories and it looks pretty interesting, but hard work. I guess it's supposed to be hard work to get the results though :)

I'm pretty true to the thought that if you up your exercise, your metabolism will increase and you'll be able to burn more calories each day. It takes a while to get to that point, but with P90X i'm sure you would see great results. Good luck to you today!

geevee on 03/04/2011:
What a surprise to find out how much sodium is in Subway's 6" subs! Thanks for that info!

Short lunch times are a real problem in this country. The only way to eat more healthful food is to spend a few minutes at home to prepare your own.

waydesmommy on 03/04/2011:
Life is busy...so frozen dinners are ok, just watch out for the ones with pasta and rice. And try eating a big salad before eating anything else at a restraunt. That's my only advice...have a great day and a wonderful weekend.

graindart - Thursday Mar 03, 2011
(drink mainly water,no snacks,no food after 7pm)
Weight: 250.6

Starting off the day with water, Slimfast, and vitamins.

Lunch I'm planning on a frozen dinner.

Progress as of today: 14.6 lbs lost so far, only 75.6 lbs to go!

sweetpea1977 on 03/03/2011:
So, I've been looking over your entries that you've posted in the last few weeks and I have to say that your food choices need a lot of work. I think the reason why you're struggling so much is due to your tiny breakfast of Slimfast. You need to eat calories to burn calories. What you are doing is slowing down your metabolism and going into starvation mode. Once this happens, you are burning muscle for fuel and storing fat for long term survival. So, any weight you are losing right now is muscle mass and water. And as soon as you eat a big meal, your weight jumps back up.

I recommend following a whole foods plan - get rid of the processed crap and fast food. Eat a healthy breakfast with lean proteins and complex carbs (no white breads, grains, etc) instead of just a slimfast. Eating a real breakfast will rev up your metabolism for the day. You will feel more energized and will not feel like you are starving to death by lunchtime.Do you know how many calories you need to lose weight? If not, you need to visit these websites and come up with a daily calorie budget:

http://calorieneedscalculator.com/ http://www.freedieting.com/tools/calorie_calculator.htm

Of course, the last half of the weightloss equation is to exercise daily. You dont have to do much...I started off just doing daily walks with my dog and husband. I lost 80% of my weight just with walking! At first, I could only do half mile walks, but over a long period of time, I was able to build up to 7-10 mile hikes. Another way to increase fat loss is to do resistance training. Im sure the P90X program you ordered has a lot of that in their workouts. If you cant keep up with them, you can always come up with your own program and go at your own pace until your endurance and strength improves. Sparkpeople.com has videos of exercise demos that you can use to come up with your own routine. If you sign up with them (free), they can design a routine for you to follow.

Anyway, I hope you found this info useful. I'll be joining you on the weightloss journey in a couple of weeks (pregnant with baby #2 at the moment!), so keep up the fight!

Best wishes!!

geevee on 03/03/2011:
Frozen meals are a terrible substitute for "real" nutritious food. You'd be better off going to Subway and avoiding the mayo and oil. Choose a whole grain bun, load it w/fresh veggies and add some meat, NOT the cold cuts-type. Those frozen dinners are loaded with salt and chemicals and are by no means low in calories.

You could also even make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on wholegrain bread and eat it with an apple and glass of water or real fruit juice.

Umpqua on 03/03/2011:
I have to agree about the processed foods, I think you would be better off with higher calories of real food, especially earlier in the day. And I will level with you because I tried Slimfast many years ago. I'm at half your weight right now and I could not get very far on a Slimfast shake for breakfast (or for any meal). I need something more substantial than that, so I think your body may be going into starvation mode and holding onto those pounds. I think if you eat more whole and healthy foods you may see the scale move in the right direction!

V on 03/03/2011:
You have some very helpful advice and might I add a P90X success story of a guy who weighed in well over 400 lbs and started the program, although he couldn't do all of the exercises when he started, he is now well on his way to being at a healthy weight http://external.ak.fbcdn.net/safe_image.php?d=2bdb721396bf9268651ee16162a0600c&w=130&h=130&url=http%3A%2F%2Fi.ytimg.com%2Fvi%2FCPhU-Ws710s%2F3.jpg

V on 03/03/2011:

Derrick's p90x story

graindart - Wednesday Mar 02, 2011
(drink mainly water,no snacks,no food after 7pm)
Weight: 251.0

A new month and I need to get going again.

I've been at a stand-still for the past 2 or 3 weeks and need to drop into the 140's to feel like I'm capable of making progress.


Progress as of today: 14.2 lbs lost so far, only 76 lbs to go!

graindart - Sunday Feb 27, 2011
(drink mainly water,no snacks,no food after 7pm)
Weight: 251.8

Yesterday started out good, but ended with chocolate and a lot of popcorn.

Today starting off with a Slimfast, water, and vitamins.

After seeing my friend's results, ordered the P90X dvds, but haven't opened the box yet.  I know there's nothing magical about the P90X program, but I like that there's 12 or 13 dvds to follow along with that end up working every part of your body.  I'm going to at least open the box later this afternoon.


Progress as of today: 13.4 lbs lost so far, only 76.8 lbs to go!

geevee on 02/28/2011:
I love popcorn too and could easily eat a family sized portion myself. Buying the pkg. w/100 calorie bags has helped limit what I eat. It makes a big difference!

liza36 on 02/28/2011:
Good luck with P90X. I recently saw Tony Horton in person at a health and fitness expo, and he's amazing. Hope it goes well!

graindart - Friday Feb 25, 2011
(drink mainly water,no snacks,no food after 7pm)
Weight: 250.6

A couple of so-so days.  Nothing really bad and nothing really good.  I'm still eating out too often.

Starting off today with a Slimfast, vitamins, and water.  

Today's supposed to be the last day of this run of bitter cold.  As I'm typing the actual temperature is a negative 24  (-24F).  That's 56 degrees below freezing and doesn't even take into account the windchill factor.  I'm really ready for Spring or would love to see some of that supposed global warming.

Planning on a frozen dinner for lunch.

Will need to figure out a plan for staying in for supper.


Progress as of today: 14.6 lbs lost so far, only 75.6 lbs to go!

legcramps on 02/25/2011:
Wow, cold out today! Over where I am it's cold too. Hate winter. Totally.

liza36 on 02/25/2011:
Have a good day, and stay warm!

chidogs on 02/25/2011:
That is really chilly! Take care.

graindart - Wednesday Feb 23, 2011
(drink mainly water,no snacks,no food after 7pm)
Weight: 250.6

Wednesday 2/23/2011

Slimfast for breakfast, water, and vitamins.

Lunch was a cup of soup and a hotdog.

Dinner was a large steak, salad, and baked potato.

Progress as of today: 14.6 lbs lost so far, only 75.6 lbs to go!

graindart - Monday Feb 21, 2011
(drink mainly water,no snacks,no food after 7pm)
Weight: 252.0

Have kind of fallen off the wagon for the past week.  Not completely off the wagon, but barely clinging to the back of it while being dragged.

This past week has been full of cravings and giving in to those cravings.  One day it was salt & vinegar chips.  Two or three days it was sour candy and chocolate.  A couple other days it was just eating whatever and whenever.  The only thing I did keep from giving in to was pop.

I'm planning on today being better, but we'll see.  Whenever I'm screwing up I avoid posting here.  I need to start posting daily even when I'm screwing up.  I know that if I posted my screwups daily, I'd be less inclined to let them stretch out for so long.

Started off today with Slimfast, water, and vitamins.  Hopefully can keep from going out for lunch and just eat a frozen dinner instead.

** Update **
Lunch - Campbells soup-at-hand

Dinner - had family over and ate quite a bit - 2 loaded chili cheese dogs, Doritos Cool Ranch chips, and a bunch of edamame

It was a better day than most over the past week.

Progress as of today: 13.2 lbs lost so far, only 77 lbs to go!

tangalyn on 02/21/2011:
i didnt have the best week either :( i know we both will do much better this week! hope u have a great day xx

chidogs on 02/21/2011:
I understand very well, I've dropped myself from the board before when I was gobbling everything in sight. Like you I am trying to post even if I am in that state. It does help! Those moods will hit, so best to take it in stride and learn to deal with it. Best of luck!

moogy on 02/21/2011:
I have had days when I have been choking on the dust at the back barely hanging on. If you commit to posting daily whatever is going on you will find that you have more success. No one judges how well you are doing. The object is that we do the best we can, we all fall down, then we get back up again and press forward.

graindart - Sunday Feb 13, 2011
(drink mainly water,no snacks,no food after 7pm)
Weight: 250.0

** Yesterday **
I wasn't feeling well, started with a Slimfast for breakfast.  Didn't end up eating much of anything for the rest of the day.  I drank plenty of water and had some soup / broth later in the evening.

** Today **
Still not feeling the best and kind of being careful what I eat today.  Skipped breakfast, went to church, drank a soup-to-go for lunch.  Will try to keep up with the water intake and will probably have some type of soup for dinner unless I feel like something more substantial.

Progress as of today: 15.2 lbs lost so far, only 75 lbs to go!

starfish on 02/14/2011:
I hope you feel better soon.

graindart - Friday Feb 11, 2011
(drink mainly water,no snacks,no food after 7pm)
Weight: 253.4

** Yesterday **
Lunch - frozen dinner
Dinner - went to Pizza Hut, had some pizza, salad, wings
Had a slice of cheese later at night.
Only water for liquid intake all day.

** Today **
Started with a Slimfast, vitamins, and water.

Had a slice of cheese and frozen dinner for lunch.

Don't know what I'll have for dinner.  My wife and girls have a sleepover at church tonight, so I'm on my own for dinner.

Got our reservations for the Alaskan cruise in September, so have 7 months to go, around 210 days.

Progress as of today: 11.8 lbs lost so far, only 78.4 lbs to go!

shadetree on 02/12/2011:
I'm jealous of the cruise - I've always wanted to go on an Alaskan cruise! Can't seem to get my husband into it, though. You're doing well - you've let go of the pop, which can have huge benefits, and roughly 4 pounds in less than two weeks! Good job!

geevee on 02/12/2011:
You gotta lay off the fast food, pizza and wings. Not good for weight.

graindart - Thursday Feb 10, 2011
(drink mainly water,no snacks,no food after 7pm)
Weight: 253.0

** Yesterday **
Lunch was a couple tacos (1 fish, 1 pork) and some nachos.
Dinner, the girls and I went out to Burger King so that they could play afterwards.  I had a whopper with cheese, fries, and some water.

** Today **
Starting off with water, vitamins, and a Slimfast.

My weight and recent start to losing weight is a bit depressing to me.  I know it's phsycological, but it's still depressing.  Even though I know factually that I weighed 265 when I started last month, in my mind I thought I've been hovering around 250 for the past few years.  So at first glance when I looked down at the scales and saw 253 this morning, my mind went directly to thinking that no progress is being made and I'm depriving myself of all the Mtn Dew, candy, chips, etc for no reason.  Of course sitting here and being rational, I understand that 12 lbs down is a good start and I just need to keep working on getting better and the weight will continue to come off over time.

Physcologically, getting into the 240's will at least cause me to feel like I'm making progress (beside factually knowing it).

There are 4 months until school's out for the kids and I'd like to be able to go swimming with my girls without feeling overly self-conscious about my weight.  There's also 7 months until our Alaskan cruise.  Although I doubt I'll be doing a lot of swimming on the cruise ship as September in Alaska won't be the warmest.

Progress as of today: 12.2 lbs lost so far, only 78 lbs to go!

waydesmommy on 02/10/2011:
You are doing really well. And the only way to get to the 240's is to keep doing well. You CAN and WILL do it!

geevee on 02/10/2011:
It helps if you think that the weight you put on didn't happen overnight. It took time for your body to process all that food and make it a permanent part of your body.

Now, the process is reversed. It will slowly come off if you do your part. It's never fast enough!

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