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graindart - Wednesday Jan 16, 2013
(drink water, eat 3 meals a day)
Weight: 260.0

Yesterday decent again.

B - tried a different prepackaged breakfast shake - EAS AdvantEdge strawberry cream - It has less fat and calories as compared to the Slimfast high protein that I've been drinking, but the consistency is far inferior.  It's like water with some fake plastic strawberry flavoring.  The Slimfast definitely tastes better and has a better consistency which is probably the reason it has a higher fat content with more calories.

L - 6oz steak with garlic/onion and a large slice of Havarti cheese

D - chicken cordon bleu

It's a good thing I flipped my scale upside down a couple days ago otherwise I wouldn't have remembered that I was planning on weighing once per week.

I've been sleeping better this past week or two and am only usually waking up once in the night to reposition due to back.


Progress as of today: 9.6 lbs lost so far, only 85 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 01/16/2013:
Have a good one.

legcramps on 01/16/2013:
It's good that you're sleeping better; decent sleep equals decent days!!!

graindart - Tuesday Jan 15, 2013
(drink water, eat 3 meals a day)
Weight: 260.0

Pretty good day yesterday.

B - Slimfast - tred the vanilla cream for a change - taste wasn't the greatest

L - small steak with garlic / onions, 2 large slices of Havarti cheese

D - Atkins frozen dinner -  Italian Sausage Primavera - It didn't look good, but tasted alright.  The one thing I do like about the Atkins frozen dinners is that there is usually a decent amount of meat (or meat substance). 

I wasn't hungry, but really would've liked to have eaten about 5 more large slices of the Havarti cheese (my favorite).

I wanted to weight myself, but will hold off until next Monday.

Actually got a good amount of water intake without trying ~120 oz



Progress as of today: 9.6 lbs lost so far, only 85 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 01/15/2013:
I see the needle on your chart moving in the right direction. Way to go.

IndependentEm93 on 01/15/2013:
Have a great day!

OhioRaven on 01/16/2013:
When was on weight watchers I found I could get the most food for my points with a sm. Chili and a baked potato no butter/sour cream. But I would add a pack of their lite ranch dressing to the potato. Now if we have to eat on the fly, I try to steer us into wendys. Give it a try if you have to be out.

graindart - Monday Jan 14, 2013
(drink water, eat 3 meals a day)
Weight: 260.0

Yesterday alright again.

B - Slimfast shake

L - chinese food - bbq pork, spicy pork, s&s pork, fried rice, chow mein - pretty large helping

D - frozen dinner - turkey, potatoes, broccoli & carrots

water intake was a little low during the day so I drank a larger amount before bed, which of course meant that I woke up a couple hours later.......

I usually weigh myself daily, but turned my scale over this morning and will wait until next Monday to weigh myself again just to change things up a little.

Progress as of today: 9.6 lbs lost so far, only 85 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 01/14/2013:
Thanks, Dart. Keep up the good work.

legcramps on 01/14/2013:
LOL, I do the same thing sometimes with water intake. Around 9pm, I think to myself "oh, I still need to drink more water today" and i'll chug a bottle then go to bed. And then by 11-12pm, i'm up and heading downstairs to the bathroom. So annoying!!!!

liza36 on 01/14/2013:
Hope you have a good Monday.

graindart - Sunday Jan 13, 2013
(drink water, eat 3 meals a day)
Weight: 259.4

Yesterday went alright.

B - Slim Fast shake

L - large salad with all types of fixings

D - 3 cajun shrimp tacos at Cafe Rio

Water intake was alright. 

Lunch tasted good, but wasn't satisfiying at the time due to no meat.  A little while later I was feeling fine / satisfied.

For dinner we went to Cafe Rio.  I hate the noisy atmosphere, but love the fresh soft tortillas.  We only go on Saturdays because that's the only day that they have the shrimp tacos that I like.

I didn't feel hungry during the day, but I did find myself craving all sorts of things including candy, salty chips, french fries, etc.  I didn't give-in to the cravings, but they were there.

Progress as of today: 10.2 lbs lost so far, only 84.4 lbs to go!

IndependentEm93 on 01/13/2013:
Have a great day!

graindart - Saturday Jan 12, 2013
(drink water, eat 3 meals a day)
Weight: 259.8

Yesterday went alright.

B - Slimfast shake

L - frozen dinner - Atkins frozen dinner - Farmhous sausage scramble

D - went out for pizza - 2 slices of meat lovers and equivalent of 2 slices of cheese-bread

The frozen dinner for lunch actually tasted pretty good.  Not as good as fresh, but definitely not bad for a frozen dinner.

Water intake was acceptable.

Progress as of today: 9.8 lbs lost so far, only 84.8 lbs to go!

mskitty on 01/12/2013:
Congrats on your journey thus far. Keep it up and I hope the weekend is a blast for you mate.

Tangalyn~ on 01/12/2013:
hope u have a great day!

OhioRaven on 01/12/2013:
Have. Good weekend, Dart.

IndependentEm93 on 01/12/2013:
Have a great day!

graindart - Friday Jan 11, 2013
(drink water, eat 3 meals a day)
Weight: 260.6

Yesterday went alright, but with a little more food intake than planned for dinner.

B - Slimfast shake

L - frozen dinner - Atkins meatloaf with mushrooms, cauliflower, broccoli - It didn't taste as good as some of the other frozen dinners, but the piece of meat was larger and more filling

I felt a little hungry around 4pm and decided I was craving meat so announced that we were going out to a AYCE Mongolian Grill restaurant.

D - a large amount of various types of meat and some vegetables - the bad was the large quantity eaten, the good was passing on the noodles and rice which I normally also load up on.

Progress as of today: 9 lbs lost so far, only 85.6 lbs to go!

Just42day on 01/11/2013:
Congrats on passing on the noodles and rice. I'm a carb addict so I thinks that's great you were able to walk away from those. Hope today's a great day for you!

OhioRaven on 01/11/2013:
I hear ya, Pal. If it was me I'd get all the "baked" meat I could; fish, chicken, whatever. Good choice skipping the carbs. Hang in there. We're gonna do this.

Innerpeace on 01/11/2013:
I love the mongolian grill...my downfall is the sauces. Great job skipping the carbs.

IndependentEm93 on 01/11/2013:
Have a great day!

legcramps on 01/11/2013:
mongolian grill, awesome. Have a good day today :)

liza36 on 01/11/2013:
I've seen a commerical recently for the Atkins frozen dinners and wondered how they were. Good to know they are not as good as others. Nice job on passing on the rice and noodles - that can be tough! Have a good weekend.

graindart - Thursday Jan 10, 2013
(drink water, eat 3 meals a day)
Weight: 259.8

Yesterday was OK.

B - got up and made wife and kids breakfast and ate with them - bacon and cheesy scrambled eggs 

L - planned on frozen dinner at home, but got a craving for a Staggering Ox sandwich as I was driving by it so I ate the equivalent of a 6" sub

D - Tried a Lean Cuisine frozen dinner - Ranchero Braised Beef w/ chipotle mashed sweet potatoes.  The picture on the box looked good.  The flavor of the food tasted good.  The amount of meat was extremely disappointing, like 4 little bites.  It took me about 2 minutes to finish the frozen dinner.  Then I was just sitting there watching my wife and kids eating wings.  I would've rather had some wings, but a few days ago I told my wife that I'd be taking care of my dinners for the next little bit, so she only made enough for her and the kids.  Near the end I ended up with one drumette and it tasted alright.  I left dinner feeling unsatisfied, not hungry, not full.  A half hour later I realized that I was feeling normal / satisfied at that time so it may just be that I'm used to eating until full or over-full and that mentally I'm feeling unsatisfied with restricting portions.

Water intake was ok.  In past times I've tried for a gallon of water per day, 128oz.  This time I've started out pretty relaxed and drinking what I feel like, which has been equating to 80-90oz per day.  I seem to be feeling fine with this amount of water intake so don't think I'll push it at present.

Progress as of today: 9.8 lbs lost so far, only 84.8 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 01/10/2013:
Thanks for the encouragement. I hear you on them frozen TV dinners.

IndependentEm93 on 01/10/2013:
Have a great day!

mskitty on 01/10/2013:
Your brain and stomach register feelings of fullness after about 20-30 minutes. So you may not feel satisfied in the moment- but if you give it time you may feel better in a half hour or so. Also, When you do not drink enough water, your body receives mixed signals on hunger. Dehydration causes you to believe you need to eat when you really need liquid intake instead. Water has always been a struggle for me personally. Something else to consider is that if when your on a diet and you constantly feel hungry it could be a sign that your body is not receiving enough nutrients. Consider adding some leafy greens on the side of your tv dinners. The heat of cooking depletes vitamins, damages proteins and fats, and destroys enzymes which benefit digestion. As your percentage of live foods increases you feel fulfilled and have more energy and stamina on smaller meals because live foods have the best balance of water, nutrients, and fiber to meet your body's requirements. Adding even just a little fruits and veggies could make a huge difference to your hunger levels.

Tangalyn~ on 01/10/2013:
hope today is a good one for ya!! =)

liza36 on 01/10/2013:
I eat Lean Cuisines from time to time as well, and it's a great idea to supplement with a big salad or steamed veggies. The portions are tiny, but adding those other things will help. Great job on the H20!

V on 01/10/2013:
I don't think that I would be satisfied with tv dinners either. Great suggestions as far as a separate side dish..Stay strong, you can do this!

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.

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