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graindart - Friday Jan 28, 2011
(drink mainly water,no snacks,no food after 7pm)
Weight: 258.4

Breakfast was a Slimfast shake.

Lunch was a Healthy Choice frozen dinner. 

Water intake has been a bit slow today.

Dinner I really wanted a huge hamburger so we cooked some on the grill.  Mine was probably 3/4 to 1 lb of meat.  I think 1/2 lb would've been plenty, but I took it as a challenge so ate it all.  Had some fries and potato salad with it also.  I'm stuffed.

I haven't been missing the candy, chips, etc much this week.........until today.  For some reason today I'm craving chocolate or pretty much any type of candy.  I haven't had any yet and don't plan on having any later, but they are calling.

Progress as of today: 6.8 lbs lost so far, only 83.4 lbs to go!

getmebackto150 on 01/28/2011:
ugghhh that is the worst!! I get cravings pretty bad sometimes.. I find that drinking water or hot tea helps... Looks like you had a pretty good day!!!

moogy on 01/28/2011:
Your dinner sounds as if it would do me for two or three meals, no wonder you feel stuffed. I hope you are able to resist the cravings!!!

shadetree on 01/29/2011:
I always keep SF fudgsicles on hand for when I'm having chocolate cravings - usually does the trick. Or maybe some SF pudding or hot chocolate? I find if I don't do something to address the cravings, I end up eating a bunch of other stuff hoping to make the cravings go away...

graindart - Thursday Jan 27, 2011
(drink mainly water,no snacks,no food after 7pm)
Weight: 258.4

Starting the day with a Slimfast chocolate shake and a couple of vitamins.

Got too busy during the day with work and stuff.  Didn't have time for lunch until about 3pm.  I decided that it was too close to dinner time, so I just skipped it.

Dinner was spicy chicken wings, a little salad, some puff pastry things, and a baked potato.

Only water for liquid intake today.

Progress as of today: 6.8 lbs lost so far, only 83.4 lbs to go!

geevee on 01/27/2011:
My son Billy started trying to lose weight when he was about your starting weight - 260. He's only 5ft 6in but solidly packed. But got him started was the high blood pressure and the uncomfortable symptoms he was getting: achey back, sore knees and ankles. That extra weight was too much for his body. We were talking about this today and how, now that he's down to 198, his joints and back aren't bothering him now. I'll tell ya, weight is a real killer!

You're off to a good start. Keep it up!

moogy on 01/27/2011:
Well, it is a good start for the day, I am glad you explained where you are on your journey. It makes it easier to understand what you are aiming for. have a good day!!

just42day on 01/28/2011:
Good for you for sticking to water. It's still so hard for me to comprehend that drinking sufficient water daily does make a huge difference. Keep up the good work. :)

graindart - Wednesday Jan 26, 2011
(drink mainly water,no snacks,no food after 7pm)
Weight: 257.8

** Yesterday **

- Slimfast shake for breakfast
- teriyaki chicken noodle bowl for lunch
- chinese buffet AYCE for dinner - ate a lot, including 2 scoops of ice cream
- only water to drink

** Today **

- had Slimfast shake for breakfast
- lunch had a Healthy Choice frozen dinner
- dinner we went out and I ate a very large salad with lots of non-healthy toppings along with a large order of nachos  

I bought some multi-vitamins yesterday and am going to try to remember to start taking them.  

** Updated response **

I'm trying to take it one step at a time.  The first couple of weeks of January were just cutting out caffeine.  The next couple weeks were about replacing pop with water intake.  I'm only paying a little attention to the food at present.  It may not look like it, but my daily meals the past few days are 10 times better than they were at the start of January.  My average daily Mtn Dew intake was about 700 calories per day and there was rarely a day that would go by without me snacking on candy, chips, donuts, etc.  I'm taking in about 1500-2000 calories less per day now as compared to just a few weeks ago.  I may get a little more serious about the food starting after the Superbowl, but I don't want to cut my calories too much and end up in starvation mode.

Progress as of today: 7.4 lbs lost so far, only 82.8 lbs to go!

emmy'smom-mom on 01/26/2011:
Ha ha, at first I read your entry as saying '2 spoons of ice cream' and thought you were being a bit hard on yourself! Have a great day :)

moogy on 01/26/2011:
I hope that you have a good day today and that you feel more in control of your eating.:)

moogy on 01/26/2011:
I am not sure that your head is in the right place at the moment. Yesterday was a good day, but you seem to be struggling to get a row of good days together. I was wondering if you need to rethink why you want to lose weight and how serious you are about putting in the work that is needed to acheive your goals. Maybe if you started counting your calories, that way you would really know how you were going. I am hoping that you can make healthy choices for all three meals each day. That would be great! Good luck!

Runforfun on 01/26/2011:
Good job! Cutting back a little at a time is good because then you won't feel overwhelmed! :)

newme24 on 01/27/2011:
Good job with your progress so far! Sometimes you do need to take it in steps, like your doing with cutting out soda. But that cuts so many calories and it's a great start! And once you feel confident that you don't need it, it'll be much easier to give up other unhealthy snacks. Since you mentioned Superbowl, I'm pretty nervous about overeating that day... especially since I'll still be upset over my beloved Jets :(

waydesmommy on 01/27/2011:
I won't lie. I've already decided that I'm going to splurge on Superbowl Sunday! One day of splurging on such event isn't going to kill my diet or pack on 5lbs. No need for you to feel guilty if you do. Just make sure you get back on track the next day. It's bad eating every day and not exercising that will do you in. Learning to eat right is the hardest part...in my opinion. And keeping on eating right is even harder...but YOU CAN DO IT!!!!

graindart - Monday Jan 24, 2011
(drink mainly water,no snacks,no food after 7pm)
Weight: 260.8

Slimfast low-carb chocolate shake for breakfast.

Lunch was a Healthy Choice frozen dinner - pesto chicken/pasta, broccoli/carrots, and some type of fruit cobbler dessert thing.

Dinner was chicken cordon bleu, angel hair pasta with garlic/butter sauce, edamame (baby green soybeans in the pod).

Only water for liquid intake today.


Progress as of today: 4.4 lbs lost so far, only 85.8 lbs to go!

moogy on 01/24/2011:
Sounds like you had a good day. Well done.

chidogs on 01/25/2011:
Sounds like a nice menu. I have heard a lot about edamame, what does it taste like?

graindart - Sunday Jan 23, 2011
(drink mainly water,no snacks,no food after 7pm)
Weight: 259.0


Yesterday was Saturday otherwise known as "Daddy Take Care Of Us Day".  Every Saturday for the past 5 or 6 years I get up and take care of our girls (now 5 and 7) so that the wife can have some time off.  She usually sleeps in during the winter and goes to garage sales in the spring / summer.  Daddy Take Care of Us Day usually ends around 11am and then we all go out for lunch somewhere together.

It's almost a requirement, Saturday breakfast must contain either bacon or Jimmy Dean sausage.  Breakfast yesterday was Jimmy Dean sausage and an omelette with hamburger and swiss cheese added.  The kids each had 1 birthday party to go to at different times, so we split up for most of the day.  

I took the youngest for lunch and she wanted Taco Bell.  I used to like Taco Bell, but the past few years I just haven't been impressed with anything there.  The youngest doesn't really like the food either, but goes for the cinnamon twists and blue Mtn Dew (mixed with Root Beer).  She opens up her chicken soft taco and eats the insides with a fork.  When we let her have pop, she's been on a kick for the past year where she mixes the flavors, which I think is pretty nasty.  If I do it for her I try to mix things that go together like Sprite and fruit punch, but when she chooses it usually has root beer mixed with something opposite (like blue Mtn Dew).  She drinks it and seems to like it, so I just leave it alone.

Dinner time was when we switched kids and I took the oldest out for dinner.  I love a local restaurant called Dantes.  It's an upper-scale restaurant that serves steaks, pastas, seafood, etc.  It's blackened prime rib is my favorite meat / steak.  We've been there numerous times over the past decade, but the wife can never quite find something that she likes.  Since she isn't fond of the place, we kind of limited the times we went to just my birthday and when we would take my best friend and wife out for their birthdays.  So basically we've been going about 3 times per year for the past few years.  And then my best friend and wife moved, so now it's down to just 1 time per year.  My oldest loves steak so I decided since it was just the two of us, we'd get dressed up and go to Dantes.  The food was good and my daughter was beaming.  She loves getting dressed-up, she loves surprises, and did I mention she loves steak.  

My dinner consisted of blackened prime rib, salad, some bread with roasted garlic spread, loaded baked potato, and some asparagus.

Made it through another day with just water.  I'm not remembering to drink as much as I'd like, probably only about 60oz yesterday.  When I consistently drink around 100oz per day I seem to feel better and tend to keep on track better.


Breakfast was a small bowl of sugary cereal and milk.  I need to hop in the shower in a few minutes and then get everyone to church.  I've been eating out a lot and think I'm going to go buy a bunch of frozen meals to eat for lunch during the weekdays.  That should save me some time, money, and at least I'll have a clue about how many calories I'm consuming.

Grabbed an 8" sub for lunch, then went shopping for frozen dinners for this next week's lunches. 

Basically spend the rest of the day on the couch watching football.  First games I've watched all year.  Ordered pizza and ate 1/2 of a large pizza by myself.

Only water to drink today.

Progress as of today: 6.2 lbs lost so far, only 84 lbs to go!

shadetree on 01/23/2011:
I don't know if kids ever outgrow that 'mix all sorts of pop together' phase. On the rare occasion that I take my son (he's 16) out and he can get his own pop, he'll mix four or five together...I just don't get it. But he's got to drink it, not me, so...

graindart - Friday Jan 21, 2011
(drink mainly water,no snacks,no food after 7pm)
Weight: 265.2

Ended up going out to eat last night to a chinese buffet restaurant.  Ate quite a bit, but only drank water.  Didn't have any snacks later in the evening.  

Went to the store yesterday and picked up some low-carb Slimfast shakes for breakfast.  I'm not usually a fan of breakfast, but figure if I have these sitting in my mini-fridge near my office, I can just grab one in the morning.

Kids and wife have the day off from school today, so will probably take part of the day off myself and spend with them.  It's even supposed to get up to a balmy 41F today, which is the highest temperature its been in a few weeks.

Will work today on trying to just drink water (no pop).

I went and reread a bunch of my entries from when I first started here at DD back in 2003.  Reading the first half of the year was motivating and then seeing what happened the last half of the year was just depressing.  2003 I started out at 250lbs, was down in the 190s by Summer, but then regained to 240 by the end of the year again.  I'd like to replay the first half of 2003 and this time not make the same mistakes.

A couple of close friends are going on an Alaskan cruise in September and asked if we were interested.  I'm not a big fan of being couped up in one place for that long, but I do love the food offered.  The wife loves an excuse to get dressed up (formal dinners), so we're going to go.  The cruise gives me something to look forward to and a goal weight and date.  While I'd like to be 199 by summer, I'd settle for 199 by the cruise.

UPDATE 11:30pm
- Lunch was sushi & some chinese food
- Dinner was some chicken fingers and fries
- had a 1/2 turkey & havarti sandwich for late night snack
- only water to drink


Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 90.2 lbs to go!

tangalyn on 01/21/2011:
hello, i got busy yesterday and didnt get a chance to say hi and welcome to DDs :) mountain dew was one of my biggest problems for the longest time, i no longer drink it at all, only on very rare very special occasions, good luck with all of ur goals, i look forward to hearing more from u :) have a great day!

hakuna_matata on 01/21/2011:
I started drinking seltzer water and really like it. Sometimes, that is the only thing that gets me drinking water. My mother-in-law likes the flavored seltzer - that might be a good alternative to soda. You have definitely proven that you can lose the weight! I've very impressed! Good luck!

hollybelle on 01/21/2011:
Hey - I remember when you used to be one here. I've back-slid a bit too, but I just look at it as a "phase". Trying to shoot for healthier habits FOR LIFE and for the most part I do pretty well. You can, too. Cruise is good motivation. Good luck hope to see posts often.

hollybelle on 01/21/2011:
P.S. Don't "do the Dew"!

moogy on 01/21/2011:
The cruise sounds wonderful, I would love to see the iceburgs, while we still have them!! Have a good day.

graindart - Thursday Jan 20, 2011
(drink mainly water,no snacks,no food after 7pm)
Weight: 262.2

Mountain Dew.  That's usually my biggest problem with keeping the weight on.  That sweet golden nectar.......  I don't know if it's the sugar, caffeine, carbonation, or taste that keeps drawing me back.

This year I decided to start off by just attempting one thing at a time.  A couple weeks ago I decided to give up the caffeine portion.  I've still been drinking tons of pop, just nothing with caffeine, mainly root beer and Sprite.  The first several days without caffeine were a little tough and I've missed not being able to drink Mtn Dew.

Yesterday I decided to start replacing the pop with water.  We'll see how that goes.

- Orange-cranberry muffin for breakfast.  
- Quiznos small sandwich and cup of broccoli cheese soup.  
- Only water to drink so far.

Progress as of today: 3 lbs lost so far, only 87.2 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 01/20/2011:
Welcome back! My husband used to be a huge Mountain Dew addict. Then someone told him that it has brominated vegetable oil in it. He kicked the habit pretty quickly (he also kicked caffeine and has been relatively caffeine free for years now). Good luck with the water intake!

moogy on 01/20/2011:
I think that cutting out all that sugar will make a big difference not only to your weight but also to your health. All that pop is like asking for diabeties. Good luck!!

shadetree on 01/20/2011:
You'll be amazed at how much of a difference giving up the pop will make! Not an easy thing to do, I'm sure, but you'll be so happy you did it once you kick the habit!

just42day on 01/21/2011:
welcome to dd! That's fabulous that you're eliminating caffeine. Good for you! I look forward to seeing future entries from you and wish you the best with your journey! I think you'll find that taking baby steps can make a huge difference for you! :)

geevee on 01/22/2011:
I am not a cruise lover, but an Alaskan cruise is another story. That I would definitely do after loving the inland ferry which is pretty much like a cruise ship. Those cruises and the one you're going to take, stop at the cities on the route and you're able to get off the ship and walk around. Some of of those towns are really interesting. You have something nice to look forward to.

Good going on subbing water for the pop.

graindart - Monday Jan 03, 2011
(drink mainly water,no snacks,no food after 7pm)
Weight: 265.2

Just entering my starting stats for the year.

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 90.2 lbs to go!

V on 01/03/2011:
Happy New Year and welcome back :)

graindart - Thursday Dec 30, 2010
(drink mainly water,no snacks,no food after 7pm)
Weight: 265.2

 2010 weight

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 90.2 lbs to go!

graindart - Thursday Oct 15, 2009
(drink mainly water,no snacks,no food after 7pm)
Weight: 258.4


Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 83.4 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/20/2009:
welcome. i remember you from a year or two ago!

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