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graindart - Tuesday Dec 11, 2018
(Slow and Steady --OR-- Aggressive New Plan ????)
Weight: 180.0

Day 77 completed successfully.

Regular work caught up, just waiting on something new to come in now.  Have some general housekeeping items to complete while waiting.

Not much new on the diet-front.  Ate several bags of 100 cal popcorn yesterday with tons of salt / seasoning.  As such, wasn't surprised to see the scale number up this morning.  Will drop again when I decide to take it easy on the salt / popcorn.  Ideally I'd cut down on the popcorn, but the popcorn is keeping me sane and on-track so I'll continue with it for now.  Fully expect popcorn to remain as a staple once into maintenance.

Have worn the 20 lb weight vest a few more times.  One hour is about the max that I seem to be able to tolerate for.  Wore a baseball cap yesterday for an hour while running errands.  I almost never wear a hat and it gave me the same kind of dull headache that wearing the vest for an hour does.  Wonder if the discomfort would be compounded if I wore both at the same time for an hour...... (not going to find out)

On to conquer day 78....

Progress as of today: 103 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

legcramps on 12/11/2018:
Great day! What kind of popcorn do you make? Are they the microwavable bags?

graindart on 12/11/2018:
Microwave 100 cal bags. They work well to help satisfy my snack cravings due to the bulk and longer time it takes to eat.

BearCountryGG on 12/11/2018:
Do you want a reason to dislike popcorn?????????? If not...don't read this......................................................My aunt and my Mom used to work in a movie theatre...My Mom was an usher ( this is back in the 30's)....and my aunts job was to clean all of the mouse droppings out of the pop corn machine before the theatre opened each day.....

graindart on 12/11/2018:
So that's what gives the movie theater popcorn it's special taste.......

I think my little microwave packs will be safe. Although depending on who you talk to, the mouse droppings might be healthier than the magic dust sprinkled on the microwave popcorn.

BearCountryGG on 12/11/2018:
I've been getting D the individual bags from BOXED already popped....he likes those....I know there is an issue with the microwaved ones....but if they were that bad...he would be dead by now...he used to eat a lot of that stuff......myself...i'm not a popcorn fan...i hate the husks in my teeth...but I think it does smell good.

legcramps on 12/12/2018:
Haha! I knew movie theatre popcorn was special!!

horn_of_plenty on 12/12/2018:
you talking about the salt in your popcorn leads me back to remembering the meal last night...it was super salty of fried chicken cutlets on heroes. i enjoyed a couple pieces as well as an oatmeal raisin cookie. i woke up in the middle of the night soooo thirsty.

graindart - Monday Dec 10, 2018
(Slow and Steady --OR-- Aggressive New Plan ????)
Weight: 178.3

Day 76 completed successfully.

Not much scheduled for today yet.  Will see what comes up.

So I've been considering when my streak will come to an end.  The smarter option would be no going off-plan until reaching goal, but I've also been dreaming about food on Christmas.  In particular I've been dreaming of cookies.......gingerbread, chocolate chip, sugar, pumpkin spice, etc.  Last year I had a very long streak going into Christmas and decided to go off-plan for just 1 day.  That ended up extending to a 1 week off-plan bingefest where I gained like 15 lbs or so.  It was an artificial gain and dropped back off within the next couple weeks.  So I don't know and probably won't make a decision until Christmas Day when I sitting down staring at the goodies......

On to conquer day 77....

Progress as of today: 104.7 lbs lost so far, only 9.3 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 12/10/2018:
You are doing great....and you will know what to do when the time comes......and that is okay...whatever you decide.....

graindart on 12/10/2018:
I'm already "expecting" Christmas to be the day I break this streak and go off-plan. Based on my normal pattern, I'll have the best intentions all the way up to lunch time on Christmas and then will quickly de-rail. And that will be ok as long as it doesn't turn into a multi-day bingefest.....

horn_of_plenty on 12/10/2018:




so see what you can do and plan to enjoy some cookies :) sounds ok to me!!

graindart - Sunday Dec 09, 2018
(Slow and Steady --OR-- Aggressive New Plan ????)
Weight: 177.2

Day 75 completed successfully.

Yesterday was a bit more of a struggle concerning food control. I really wanted to snack.  It was Saturday, so the family was home. Due in part to lack of sleep, I really didn't want to do much of anything. I kind of wanted to go to a certain restaurant for lunch, but knew if I ate a decent amount of calories that early in the day, that it would be a major struggle not to go off plan by the end of the day.  The thought entered my head that this current streak of days "on plan" will have to come to an end sometime. And I thought maybe yesterday was that day.  Then I thought it would be a lot smarter to continue this streak until I hit my goal.  So I made it through the day without going out to eat or going over my calorie allotment. 

The struggle is real with my first world problems (having way too much food available).

Like a lot of overweight people, I've tried or thought about trying just about anything over the years to help lose the weight quicker or easier. I've gotten better this time around and have mainly focused on controlling my food portions, but my mind still thinks that there must be an easier way. So my latest thing I've decided to try is wearing a weighted vest to add additional resistance throughout my normal day. My thought was that I'd wear this 20 lb vest all day long and set it would help burn more calories without much extra effort. The reality of it is that a 20lb vest feels a lot heavier than it sounds. I've worn it 2 or 3 days, but I've only been able to wear it for about 2 or 3 hours per day before it just felt way too heavy to continue.  The main reason is that it puts the vast majority of the strain on my shoulder area, which must be constricting blood flow or something because it's been causing small headache type symptoms.  I plan on continuing to try to use it to see if it gets easier over the next week or so.

On to conquer day 76.....

Progress as of today: 105.8 lbs lost so far, only 8.2 lbs to go!

Donkey on 12/09/2018:
It's odd that our mind confuses the signals that our body gives us. I often confuse hunger with thirst or fatigue -- especially the latter!

That's very interesting about the weighted vest experiment. Is there a way to reduce the amount of weight? Some vests come with removable weights in the lining. I was thinking, maybe you could reduce to 10 pounds - that would still help.

Now imagine instead of a weighted vest, that this extra weight was actually your own body (fat)! See how taxing that is on your frame?

And now that I type that, I wonder if guys and gals who have significant bulk also feel that fatigue on their frame from carrying around the extra muscle mass? Seriously - I truly wonder at that. I don't know anyone who is big like that to ask. I'd really like to know!

graindart on 12/09/2018:
I will not reduce! I will conquer......or die trying......

BearCountryGG on 12/09/2018:
The headaches concern me...and I'm wondering if you are holding your breath more. You sure don't want to cut off blood flow if the vest is causing that.......maybe if you wore it over a heavy shirt...or as Donkey said....possibly remove some of the weights. When I lost wt in the past...I would make it a point to lift bags of dog food...or water softener salt...or potatoes as a gauge to show myself how much I had actually lost.....BUT....while I felt lighter...the weight was distributed differently than lifting a bag weighing that much....While you have lost a lot of weight.....this vest may be placing it on your lungs...and bothering your breathing.....I think I would be n=more inclined to use ankle weights.

graindart on 12/09/2018:
They're not major headaches, just nagging little ones that go away within 20-30 minutes after I take the vest off. Don't think it has anything to do with breathing.

Before wearing the 20 lb vest and finding out how heavy it actually feels, I was actually considering ordering a 80 lb one and then adding another 25 lbs between ankle / wrist weights. All to help remember what I used to weigh at the beginning of last year. I know that wearing the weight isn't the same as weighing that much due to distribution / mass / etc, but considered it anyway. After wearing the 20lb vest, I don't think I'd last too long carrying 100+.

BearCountryGG on 12/09/2018:
Oh my...they actually make 80 pound vests? It does explain why we don't want to weigh that again though...............no wonder sitting down seemed like the planned activity.......

horn_of_plenty on 12/10/2018:



graindart - Saturday Dec 08, 2018
(Slow and Steady --OR-- Aggressive New Plan ????)
Weight: 179.1

Day 74 completed successfully.

Tired.  Got up way to early after only 2 hours of sleep.  Wanted to research some stuff online and just kept researching.  Don't have anything planned for today, so have the option of going to bed whenever I want.  Rarely take naps, but today might be one of those rare times.

Had friends over last night.  The wife and girls had fun playing games with the other women-folk.  Us men-folk talked building & racing cars.  Which is what prompted my hours of research.  Have been contemplating starting on my 1975-ish Triumph Spitfire.  Haven't quite figured out which direction I'm going with the engine yet.

On to conquer day 75....

Progress as of today: 103.9 lbs lost so far, only 10.1 lbs to go!

Donkey on 12/08/2018:
Love the idea of a hobby to keep you busy! What a cute little car - just the kind Donkey dreams about driving around in - *beep beep*

Do not let potential fatigue get you off track today!!! You may feel like eating more because you are tired. I encourage a nap (or naps) or early bedtime if possible.

graindart on 12/08/2018:
I hadn't thought of the fatigue affecting my food desires until I read your response here, but today has been a harder day for me to stay in control of my food intake. I've been wanting to snack all day. I've kept things under my limit, but it hasn't been as easy as other days.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/09/2018:
Hi Mr. Gains!

So you have an older car that you are refurbishing? very cool!

I also tend to research things especially after chatting with folks and learning from them, but also because sometimes things they say i do not agree with lol and i like to see what the case really is...haha...sometimes.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/09/2018:
i find that when i cannot sleep well, the dieting gets harder....so i hope you are able to rest up!

graindart - Friday Dec 07, 2018
(Slow and Steady --OR-- Aggressive New Plan ????)
Weight: 179.7

Day 73 completed successfully.

Sigh of relief today as I stepped on the scale and it didn't jump right back into the 180's.  Yes, I know there's no real difference between 179.9 or 180, but seeing one over the other makes me feel better anyways.

Not much happening today unless something comes in within the next few hours.  Not sure what project I'll be concentrating on if regular work doesn't appear.

On to conquer day 74....

Progress as of today: 103.3 lbs lost so far, only 10.7 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 12/07/2018:
No NO....there IS A DIFFERENCE in the two #s. One is farther than your goal and one is closer.

I would feel better two, with the lower number closer to a goal!

Same here, i hope for this to be an uneventful day and to just relax here at my desk, doing my work, so i can head into the weekend with an attempt to diminish my stress as much as possible!...so far, so good!

keep on, Conquerer of Gains!

innerpeace on 12/07/2018:
There is a big difference....keep up the great work.

BearCountryGG on 12/07/2018:
So it wasn't a fluke...you are in the 170's........It's a great accomplishment.

Donkey on 12/08/2018:
Echoing what everyone else has said. You have arrived to 170-land :)

graindart - Thursday Dec 06, 2018
(Slow and Steady --OR-- Aggressive New Plan ????)
Weight: 179.9

Day 72 completed successfully.  30 of 30 walks completed.

Really wanted to see the 170's today.  Enough that I didn't care if it was an "artificial" self-imposed dip.......I just wanted to see it.  So I did everything I could think of yesterday to try to get that dip down.  Walked for an hour on the treadmill.  Had a lower calorie day (about 2/3rds of my already lower daily allowance).  And only ate 1 bag of popcorn.  To be honest, I was expecting to see a 1-2 lb artificial drop.  So when I stepped on the scale this morning and saw 179.9, I was both happy and unhappy at the same time.  Happy to see the dip into the 170's again, but disappointed that all of the stuff I did yesterday didn't result in much of a movement in the scale number.  

I understand that this isn't about a one day drop, a one day solution, a one day fix to all of my problems.  I completely understand that this a long-term thing.  But it's still disappointing knowing that my weight can swing by a couple pounds in any direction......and with deliberate nudging from me.....it didn't swing as much as I would've liked in the right direction.

Enough pouting.  I only have 10 lbs to go to make my goal.  Then I can enter maintenance-land and learn what struggles that will bring.

Things I'm looking forward to in maintenance:  
1. higher daily caloric intake - on average, should be able to up current levels by 500-1000 calories per day and still maintain
2. not having to log every single food I eat every single day  (only daily logging when I weigh 170+)
3. setting new health / fitness goals that don't require sustained low calorie limiting (strength, muscle definition, flexibility, etc)

On to conquer day 73....

Progress as of today: 103.1 lbs lost so far, only 10.9 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 12/06/2018:
Congratulations...the long awaited drop has occurred........Your shake up helped.....and I have to say here...that often...it really takes 4 days for changes in habits/diet to really show up....so you may even see results from yesterday over the next 3 days.......good work!! And I see that you also completed your 30 walks........they are doing you good......hope you can keep those up too...and I bet the dog is expecting them now...

graindart on 12/06/2018:
I think the walks are done. Need to find something else because they are boring me to death. The only reason I completed the 30 goal was because I already bought the headphones I wanted that were part of the goal/reward ($50 price drop on Black Friday pushed me over the edge to purchase them).

Thinking about jogging / running 1 mile daily on the treadmill instead of the walks. It would be less time commitment, but at a higher level of exertion. Haven't decided one way or the other yet.

Would much rather go eat a dozen donuts while sitting in front of the fireplace...... Simple glazed ones, so the heat from the fire would gently melt the glaze and soften the donut itself. I won't do it, but that's where my head's at right now.

BearCountryGG on 12/06/2018:
The dog will probably not be happy about the treadmill....but the doughnuts...that's another thing....don't let the dog talk you into the doughnuts!.....he really does not have your best interests at heart...LOL

BearCountryGG on 12/06/2018:
Also...I was happy to hear you comment to HOP I believe...that you are thinking in terms of portion sizes.......That is the key to the whole thing........I'm following those now...and it is surprising.......In the past...the last 3 sausages would never made it to the fridge....I would have had a lot more regular syrup and real butter and 4 or 5 pancakes............over time...by following the actual portions sizes...it does become second nature...and that will serve well when maintenance starts........at times when there is something here that tempts me too much...I put it in a ziplock bag and put it in the freezer......that is a total cure for me.....on another day...it will work into a meal just fine...but NOT TODAY....That type of thing works like turning off a switch for me.

horn_of_plenty on 12/06/2018:
but you did it...you saw the 170's....! :) congrats !

one word of advice...exercise will help you eat more of what you want in maintenance.

also, more points from experience of course:

right now i'm at like the highest cal intake i have ever had and able to maintain my weight. i'm even surprised just how high cal i've been eating as of late (over 2100 per day over a month already)...because i'm keeping some cardio in.

also, weight training - i've built enough muscle that i even burn more cals at rest than i did years ago.

you can do anything you want. your goals are more than attainable. congrats on your success today...and seeing the number you wanted to see (170's) even if it wasn't exactly your view of "perfect."

legcramps on 12/06/2018:
|^|^|^| what HoP said :)

Donkey on 12/07/2018:
I am glad to see that you finished the 30-day challenge, even though you already received the reward. It was the right thing to do.

Horn is 100%: increased muscle mass will allow you to eat more and burn it off. The downside (?) is that the muscle bulk weighs more too, so your goal weight would need to be adjusted to handle the extra muscle weight.

This is something that I've often struggled with: Do I have more beautiful muscle and see a higher number on the scale? Or do I relish the lower number but struggle with less definition?

horn_of_plenty on 12/07/2018:
...and i didn't even realize...you did the walks!!!!!!!!!!! they burn cals....lots more cals than sitting! great job!!!!!!!! your dog also thanks you!

horn_of_plenty on 12/07/2018:
why not listen to books on tape on your walks....or shows...or anything.

can you take different routes?

horn_of_plenty on 12/07/2018:
with maintenance, i am sure you will be able to maintain if you up the cals by 500...it will take the body time to adjust tho to eating more...so weight gain at first will be easy...so try to take it easy when you are increasing cals...needs to be little by little ...and it's trial and error with it.

with me, i just eat as much as i can before i gain weight...then sometimes i pull back if i start to feel heavier until i'm back where i feel good and so on!

graindart - Wednesday Dec 05, 2018
(Slow and Steady --OR-- Aggressive New Plan ????)
Weight: 180.2

Day 71 completed successfully.  28 of 30 walks completed.

Again yesterday was pretty straight forward with no real surprises.

On paper, today is going to be a pretty simple day.  A few less work distractions and in theory I should be done with work a little earlier in the day.

On to conquer day 72....

Progress as of today: 102.8 lbs lost so far, only 11.2 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/05/2018:
few distractions i hope for me too...

tonight i'll stay an hour OT so that i'm on schedule with my schedule...i made one up so i can just follow it without thinking :)

i didn't do any food shopping...so lots of lunch surprises...but for the better...change of pace at the NYC buffet!

have a good day....! way to go Day 72~

Donkey on 12/05/2018:
Keep on counting! Wow, that scale is being stubborn, isn't it? You are SO close to a new set of numbers. You can do this! Consistency is key! (as boring as it may be)

graindart on 12/05/2018:
I keep waking up each morning thinking "this will be the day I see 179.9 for the first time since the beginning of Summer". Today the scale was just mocking me.

BearCountryGG on 12/05/2018:
So close to the 170's!!!!!

graindart on 12/05/2018:
And I'm excited! Of course I have to keep reminding myself that tomorrow could swing higher. Could easily be 181-184 tomorrow. Trying to do as much as possible "right" today so that it has the best chance of a dip tomorrow. Tonight is "date night", so will be eating some restaurant food (still kept within calorie allowance).

graindart - Tuesday Dec 04, 2018
(Slow and Steady --OR-- Aggressive New Plan ????)
Weight: 180.9

Day 70 completed successfully.  26 of 30 walks completed.

Yesterday was pretty straight forward, although did end up having 4 bags of my 100 calorie popcorn (typically have 3, rarely 2 or less).

Youngest daughter (13) has been messing around with back-bends, walk-overs, balancing on hand-stands, and some mild contortionist moves.  Kind of out-of-the-blue she decided she was interested in these things and has been looking up exercises / stretching on youtube.  She wants to be able to walk on her hands and to be able to do a pushup while doing a handstand.  Seeing how quickly she's progressed with this stuff over the past month has given me a push to start stretching nightly in an attempt to get more flexible.

On to conquer day 71....

Progress as of today: 102.1 lbs lost so far, only 11.9 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 12/04/2018:
Good exercise there....great for both of you......is she interested in joining a gymnastics group? Stretching is always good.........helps prevent injuries when exercising......Yoga fills that purpose too........70 days....Wow!

graindart on 12/04/2018:
I don't think she's interested in joining something organized that would require her to work at something. I think this is just a fun side activity that she's enjoying messing around with.

70 day streak.....hasn't been a huge struggle, just extremely boring. Feeling better about it the past couple days due to the scale moving in the right direction. Really want to see it drop into the 170's. Would love to see that I'm within 10 lbs of goal. The thought crosses my mind every morning about skipping eating for the day just to see it artificially drop into the 170's. By lunchtime, I always decide to scrap that idea since I'm feeling hungry.

Donkey on 12/04/2018:
I've stumbled onto a thing called "Classical Stretch" that I'm going to check out on YouTube. It's not yoga per se, or any one defined "thing", from what I could discern from the clips I watched, but stretching in different ways to feel good and to feel better. I too think that stretching would be a good way for me to balance the other exercising that I do.

I love your daughter's approach. My hope for myself is to get some of these stretches - or even yoga movements would be OK - and then just do them on my own, kind of like your daughter does, for the fun of it.

horn_of_plenty on 12/04/2018:
STRETCHING is so healthy...That's so fun what your daughter is doing :) lol and my comment is weird bc i am so distracted right now at work!....ok back to a normal comment...

excellent with your walks. my walks are going to continue as long as i can all Winter long. no time for a decline in my cardio / muscle / bone maintenance at all.

if you are more flexible...it's a good thing for your movement....i'm reading that book on "sexy" feeling sexy...it's good in the bedroom....to not have muscle tightening / leg charlie horses or pulls at the wrong moment lol...you are still young, so, i'm just saying....stay young! LOL...really, this is what i read this morning on the train, that's the last chapter basically in the book.

maintain your health. without it, you are on a major decline....the book reminds me of one thing i do not do enough: socializing...

other than that, try to do things that help maintain your brain...this includes cardio. the book was an eye-opener onto how important it is to keep the brain healthy. life sucks without doing it.

a healthy brain is a healthy emotional state, balancing stress better, eating better, LOOKING BETTER. who wouldn't want that! this is why i'm changing my diet...salmon at least 1x per week if not 2x as the book recommneded two.

i'm ready to be at a better point in my life.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/05/2018:
you can feel better thinking like this: one bag of regular popcorn is prob around 400 cal...so you are ok with the four little bags lol....keep on my friend!

graindart - Monday Dec 03, 2018
(Slow and Steady --OR-- Aggressive New Plan ????)
Weight: 181.5

Day 69 completed successfully.  24 of 30 walks completed. 

Starting off in a better mood today because the scale was down a notch.  Of course it could swing the other way tomorrow causing the day to start off not so great.  Not a fan of the roller-coaster of initial emotions caused by weighing daily, but it's a necessary evil to keep me on track right now.  (I don't dwell on the number throughout the day, so it really doesn't affect me positive / negative other than that initial 5 or 10 minutes in the morning after stepping on the scale.)


Starting off the day with some regular work stuff.  Not too much planned for the day after I get that done.  Might work on my pinball project later, but it's kind of kicking my butt right now so it's not all that enjoyable.

On to conquer day 70....

Progress as of today: 101.5 lbs lost so far, only 12.5 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 12/03/2018:
I'm really glad to see that the scale made for a happier morning........You have this.......!!!

horn_of_plenty on 12/03/2018:
i'm glad you do not think of the # on the scale all day...it would be an unnecessary distraction :)

what's your pinball project?

graindart on 12/03/2018:
Just messing around with building a "virtual pinball" cabinet. It basically looks like a pinball cabinet, but uses a video screen to simulate the actual pinball stuff instead of having physical moving parts. Not quite as cool as real pinball machines, but a whole lot cheaper and can have hundreds of different tables on just one cabinet.

Donkey on 12/03/2018:
Glad to see a lower number -- gotta have some motivation to keep trying, right? And I hear you on the fluctuations, but I see it as kind of a pendulum, going back and forth, while the actual string is getting longer as you progress, so the "back and forth" takes longer between intervals.

The pinball project sounds like a lot of fun! I love to play pinball. I'm kind of old school like that.

graindart - Sunday Dec 02, 2018
(Slow and Steady --OR-- Aggressive New Plan ????)
Weight: 183.3

Day 68 completed 24 of 30 walks completed.

Like I thought.  Started the day thinking I was going to try a new agressive change in an attempt to jumpstart the weightloss.  And as the day progressed I lost interest and just wanted my low calorie diet "comfort" foods (popcorn, grapefruit).  Still going to see progress continuing like this, but will just take longer to get to goal if I don't do something to shake things up.

Today is a down day, just working on setting up a virtual pinball thing for part of the day.

On to conquer day 69....

Progress as of today: 99.7 lbs lost so far, only 14.3 lbs to go!

Donkey on 12/02/2018:
Has walking helped any (yet)? It may be that if you are approaching weight-loss from mainly a nutritional way, that slow and steady will get you to your goal.

When I think of a (productive, successful) "jump start", I tend to think of exercise, rather than nutrition. After all, there has to be some level of food to sustain you throughout a regular day. I don't subscribe to things like liquid fasts, detoxes/juicing, etc.

My male co-worker is doing keto to lose weight and manage his sugar levels (pre-diabetic or diabetic) with diet alone. My husband has to take this approach too, because of his limitations, unfortunately. It's harder to do, but I think that the habits become more sustainable through maintenance.

graindart on 12/02/2018:
Don't know that taking walks changes much of anything for me. It's at a brisk pace, but isn't exactly "challenging". Been doing it mainly to just kind of stay "loose" and stretched out.

BearCountryGG on 12/02/2018:
You know yourself best...the fact that you are resisting changing says you know what might get out of hand.......you worked out a successful plan, you will get there.

graindart on 12/02/2018:
Or I'm lazy and not willing to put in the extra effort right now.

Extra effort for a month versus the current plan for 3 months. Every other part of my life I'd pick the shorter time frame with additional hard work. Don't know why the food part of my life is so hard to make that same choice with.

BearCountryGG on 12/02/2018:
Unfortunately food can be an addiction...but unlike other addictions...we still have to eat....smoking and drinking never have to happen again...but food.....is sooo different. If as you say....you are just being lazy.....then so be it......you are motivated to continue...so you should continue.

Donkey on 12/02/2018:
100% agree with what Bear said!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/02/2018:
Popcorn, as you are making it so it's healthier than the cancer causing ingredient in the lining of microwavable bags, is a great benefit of fiber and low cal. i love that you add the seasonings. you can even find low salt seasonings or no salt and just plain herbs. you can add a little butter for taste and to feel more satisfied too! or olive oil or any other oil, just a little of course.

also, grapefuit is one of the lowest cal fruits. and Citrus is very important in the diet. the other fruit you should continue to consider is berries. i finally bought cranberries....! Of course i thought of YOU! finally, i found them at a store by me! i'm going to make my "stevia cranberry preserves!" how i love it mixed into yogurt!

berries are basically similar low cal to grapefruit and have so much benefits to your nutrition and energy. eat them!

remember, it's not about deprivation. nobody can stick to a "strict diet" of deprivation for life.

there's nothing wrong with your diet now.

this last time i lost the weight, and longest ever of keeping it so well maintained, was the longest it ever took to lose.

i have gained muscle in the 2.5 years of full maintenance which has helped and my cardio is a bit better.

i had a few periods where weight went up a hair (under 5 pounds) but when it does, i know to try to do cardio (last year i gained because i stopped the cardio completely in Winter) ...and to also just watch what i'm eating, a hair better.

also what helps me is cooking at home lately...and even switching up my meals. i do not like boredom either - as you can see from what i eat...it can vary. soon i'll be off my pumpkin brownies for breakfast!

enjoy your day!

OH, i wanted to tell you of a tasty drink you might like, CAFFEINE FREE, with the taste of those tasty energy drinks: BANG - caffeine free - they have two great flavors that i like: cotton candy caffeine free and also sour heads caffeine free. They are calorie free too. only have one a day, as they have healthy ingredients but can cause problems if consuming more than 1-2 a day (i get itchy from too many amino acid products). they also have some kinda cherry flavor, i don't like it. i think BANG offers 3 no caffeine flavors and the other flavors with caffeine are VERY high caffeine. 300mg per bottle which is like 3 cups coffee all at once. ouch. that's why i don't buy it ever to drink for a pre-workout - it's wayyy too much caffeine for me, i prefer monster that has more like 150mg per bottle. or coffee or more natural drinks. lately, i'm off the Monster drinks in general :)

Horn_of_plenty on 12/02/2018:
you are up to day 69...wouldn't it be nice to finish the year off with a continuation of your days...?

graindart on 12/02/2018:
Optimally, "yes" it would be great to finish the year by continuing the streak. But I'm getting "antsy". Feeling like something needs to "give". I keep hoping it's the number on the scale and it drops. Otherwise it may end up being a cheat day.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/02/2018:
69 + 30 = 99.

99/365 = success almost 30% of the year...but that's just this period...perhaps there's more days to add from previously this year.

just saying ;) you see, it all adds up!

graindart on 12/02/2018:
I know I've been complaining of late about the scale moving downward to slowly, but the vast majority of the year I've been successfully on-plan, which I'm guessing is why I feel so burnt out. Since starting this diet April 2017, I've only had a one-week detour last Christmas, 4 or 5 off-plan weekends this Spring, and 2-1/2 months off-plan this Summer. So the vast majority of days over the past 20 months time period have been spent on this lower calorie plan.

My guess of on-plan vs off-plan days over the past 20 months would be around 95 off-plan days out of the total 600 days. Unfortunately 75 of those off-plan days were all in a row (Summer).

Horn_of_plenty on 12/02/2018:
One cheat day is wayyyy better and will do no injustice compared to 2.5 months of cheat days. it's like maintenance to allow for indulgent days. just for you i guess to see how to work it in then :)

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