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graindart - Friday Sep 08, 2006
(120 oz water)
Weight: 262.0

There's 114 days left until the end of the year. The past couple of years have not been good for me weight-wise. The rest of my life has been going pretty well, but it's time to try to tackle the weight problem again. I think this about the 10th time this year that I've decided to give it a go.

I'm 32 years old now, father of 2 young children, and need to get my weight and eating habits under control again. I'm guessing that my ideal weight would be somewhere around 175lbs. I doubt I've weighed that since I was in the early years of high school or maybe even middle school. I did lose over 50 lbs in 2003 to get down to 195, but then decided that I could go back to my old ways of eating and drinking boatloads of pop. I ended up gaining it all back over the course of a few months.

I remember it felt really good being under 200 lbs. The 190's are a pretty comfortable weight for me, still a bit of chub, but I could still go swimming without a shirt without feeling too self conscious. Weighing 175 lbs would be about as low as I'd want to go and that would be with a pretty low fat percentage. Although I'd be more than happy to get down into the 190's again. I'm much more interested in being able to be more active with my family than I am about looking good for others. So the first step is to get below 200 again and then I can evaluate what feels comfortable.

The positives for getting under 200 lbs:

1. I felt better. Right now I keep having little problems that I'm guessing have to do with my weight. I've strained something on the side of one of my feet a few times and have to be careful how I walk so as not to aggravate it again. My throat also feels fat and sometimes have problems swallowing food if I'm not careful to overchew it and wash it down with liquid. I'm always tired and lethargic. Anything over a 100 yard jog would probably kill me.

2. I looked better. I'm more concerned about this as it pertains to my family. My wife is a beautiful young woman who eats whatever she wants and still weighs in the low 120's; she's 5'9" tall so she looks great at that weight. I'd like to look healthier for my wife, although she says that it really doesn't matter to her what I weigh. Right now my kids are too young to be embarrassed by their dad's weight, but I know that I don't want to weigh the same when they get to school age.

3. I was able to be more active. I'm pretty much exercise free right now. Concerning exercise, not much interests me. I have no desire to do anything that I used to enjoy; paintball, skiing / snowboarding, etc. I've never enjoying walking / hiking, so that hasn't changed any.

4. Clothes fit better. It was nice to have shirts, pants, shorts, etc just fit right. The best was that I was able to wear dress clothing and they actually looked good. Right now I have to dig through my closet to find the right shirts that are large enough and then try to stretch them in the right places to gain a little more room where extra fat pockets require it.

The NEGATIVES for getting down under 200 lbs:

1. Change. I'll have to change my eating habits, drinking habits (pop), and exercise habits. I really enjoy eating food a lot. It doesn't even matter much what it is, I'll over-eat almost anything.

2. Feeling deprived. I hate feeling deprived. Part of me wants what I want, when I want. I know it's a baby attitude and it doesn't come out of my mouth in that way, but it's an underlying thought that I need to squash.

Now to appease my mathematical mind. If at all possible, I'd like to lose 62 lbs by the end of the year, which is about 3.5 lbs per week. I know that the first 10 or so lbs should go pretty quickly (water weight etc.). I also know that I'm not going to limit myself on Thanksgiving or Christmas, it's not even an option. This is just my best case scenario goal. It would still be great to be down 20-30 lbs by the end of the year to start a New Year's weight loss program with only another 30 or so lbs to lose, instead of the whold 60+.

Will check back tomorrow.

Progress as of today: 1.8 lbs lost so far, only 62 lbs to go!

borntocry on 09/08/2006:
1. Find a diet pop that you like!! Have you tried the Lime Diet Coke? Even my husband thinks that's okay, and he hates diet pop.<br><br>2. Isn't losing weight also something that you want? Aren't you depriving yourself by depriving yourself of that? I know what you mean though, because I used to hate the thought of depriving myself too. I didn't want a diet to infringe upon my life. But now that I've lost weight and then gained it back several times, I am willing to make the necessary sacrifices to break this terribly depressing cycle and feel good about myself again!

WorkingIt on 09/08/2006:
Welcome! It will be nice to have the perspective of a man regarding diet and exercise! Diet Dr.Pepper is pretty tasty lol

Good luck and I look forward to cheering you on!

cornucopia982 on 09/09/2006:
It sounds like you have the right approach. If you make even more mini-goals, like weight loss per week that you want to have, you may find yourself being able to be more successful. I know that I work better with small goals rather than one big one that scares me to death! Good luck!

graindart - Sunday Jul 09, 2006
(120 oz water)
Weight: 258.8

50 days to mini vacation.

No pop, not enough water, and food was alright. Day to day I'm doing good at dropping the pop, but I just can't seem to get on track with the food yet. I know the major reason is lack of planning. We just don't plan for meals and I don't have any great desire to start doing so.

I also haven't started any type of aerobic exercise yet.

I'm kind of in the mind set that at least I've cut out one of the things (pop) that causes me to stay at this weight. Maybe just cutting out or correcting one thing at a time will work better this time, instead of trying to change everything at once.

Progress as of today: 5 lbs lost so far, only 58.8 lbs to go!

jolt on 08/03/2006:
Cutting pop was a huge thing for me too :) It wasn't easy but you can do it in time. NEver stop beleiving in yourself. For cardio start with some walking! Thanks for your persepective :) Much appriciated.

Huggles and GL Pat

graindart - Saturday Jul 08, 2006
(120 oz water)
Weight: 258.8

51 days until mini vacation.

No pop, still eating bad.

Progress as of today: 5 lbs lost so far, only 58.8 lbs to go!

bikini_wanting on 07/08/2006:
I've always had an issue with not drinking carbenated beverages. I adore them in any form, but somethin' I was told to do that can make it kind of easier is putting soethin' like lemon in your water and it can make it all the better.

inmorning on 07/09/2006:
Hey, staying off that pop is hard enough.

graindart - Thursday Jul 06, 2006
(120 oz water)
Weight: 258.0

53 days until mini vacation.

No pop, about 100 ounces of water yesterday. Food eating started off good, but ended with a bag of chips and anything I could find in the fridge.

I really thought having a goal date to look forward to would help push me towards my goal, but I'm just not feeling motivated. I need to figure out some sort of regular aerobic exercise that doesn't completely bore me to death.

Progress as of today: 5.8 lbs lost so far, only 58 lbs to go!

liza36 on 07/06/2006:
Try Jazzercise. It's a great aerobic workout. Go to www.jazzercise.com to find a location near you. It's like traditional aerobics, but incorporates some pilates moves, tae bo type moves, strength training, cardio, all in an hour workout. It's more "dancy" than traditional aerobics, and that's what I like about it. It's definitely a fun workout. If that's not for you, I hope you find something you like. You might even try walking around your neighborhood or find a nearby park. Any movement is better than none! Have a great day - way to go on the water!

maria777 on 07/06/2006:
Where are you going on your mini vacation???? I always get SO EXCITED when Hubby and I take one!

graindart on 07/06/2006:
see June 28th entry for short trip details - basically just going to see family that we haven't seen for a few years

graindart - Wednesday Jul 05, 2006
(120 oz water)
Weight: 259.0

54 days until mini vacation.

The last few days have been pretty bad food wise. I almost had some regular pop yesterday. I kept justifying why I should have some regular pop, over and over. I ended up having a Coke Zero. Still a pop, but no calories.

Progress as of today: 4.8 lbs lost so far, only 59 lbs to go!

bikini_wanting on 07/05/2006:
Well, atleast you picked the healthier choice.

borntocry on 07/06/2006:
Way to go! I used to be completely anti-pop, but then my husband got me hooked. Now I find that a little diet pop every now and then gets rid of the craving without adding on any of those empty calories, which I would much rather spend on food, delicious food...

graindart - Friday Jun 30, 2006
(120 oz water)
Weight: 257.4

Yesterday was a little better than usual, foodwise. 120 ounces of water and no pop. I had a low carb SlimFast for breakfast. Then for lunch (Cracker Barrel at 2pm) I ate a 1/2 lb. bacon cheeseburger (no bun) with mustard, side salad with blue cheese dressing, and green beans with butter.

I'm not really planning on going on a low carb diet per say. I just know that I "loves me some carbs". Pasta, potatoes, breads, candy, pop, etc. After eating at Cracker Barrel I walked around the store looking for some type of candy that I wouldn't feel too guilty about eating. That was a mistake. I didn't find any candy, but I did find a brand of kettle cooked salt & vinegar chips that I hadn't tried before. Salt & vinegar potato chips are one of my favorite things to munch on. I like them so strong that if you open the bag and inhale, they'll take your breath away and make you cough a couple of times. The chips had good texture and crunch, but unfortunately they lacked the punch I was looking for. I still ate about half the bag while starting the trip home (3 hours more driving). By the time I got home, I wasn't really hungry, so I just skipped making anything for dinner.

All total I spent about 10 hours in the car yesterday, which would normally mean 2-3 32oz fountain pops, bag of chips, couple candy bars, and a sub sandwich or two, in addition to a meal or two outside the car. Even though it wasn't a perfect day food wise, it sure was a lot better than usual.

About the only exercise I got yesterday was mowing the lawn after I got back; and it's not exactly tough since the mower is self propelled. I guess it amounts to a 45 minute walk.

Progress as of today: 6.4 lbs lost so far, only 57.4 lbs to go!

kates on 06/30/2006:
I grew up going to cracker barrel anytime we were on vaction. I love that place but the gift shop just sucks me in! My favorite things there are the penny candy sticks. I love those, they're cheap and not to bad for the waist! Doesn't drinking that much water make you feel good! Keep strong!

graindart - Wednesday Jun 28, 2006
(120 oz water)
Weight: 260.4

64 days to go.

I've now got a date to work towards. I'm very goal oriented, so this should help get me on track. We're going to go on a short vacation over labor day weekend to visit my grandma and see some other relatives. We've been meaning to get up there since we had our last child, who's now 13 months old. Unfortunately 3.5 plane tickets are pretty pricey out of my hometown, so we'll be driving the 13 hours each way instead. We'll probably leave on September 1st, so I've effectively got 2 months to work towards being somewhat lighter.

It's been 7 days since I had a pop and I'm not craving it now, which is amazing. Although I do think I've been compensating with eating more junk food this past week. The whole box of Drumsticks (ice cream) have mysteriously disappeared over the last 5-6 days.

Since I've now got a date to work towards, I'm going to try to watch what I eat tomorrow and see how it goes. The only bad thing is that I'll be on the road for about 10 hours tomorrow, which is when I normally go crazy on my eating.....part out of boredom and part out of just trying to stay awake. Oh well, drinking lots of water will help keep me awake too......nothing keeps you awake like having a full bladder and praying that the rest area is just around the next corner.

Progress as of today: 3.4 lbs lost so far, only 60.4 lbs to go!

graindart - Tuesday Jun 27, 2006
(120 oz water)
Weight: 260.4

No pop yesterday and 100 ounces of water. Shy of my 120 ounce goal, but better than the past several days.

Progress as of today: 3.4 lbs lost so far, only 60.4 lbs to go!

graindart - Monday Jun 26, 2006
(120 oz water)
Weight: 261.8

Past few days I haven't been getting my water in, but at least I haven't drank any pop.

I just sort of feel "worn out" right now. I've got a lot of things on my plate, but don't feel like doing any of them. Unfortunately this means that I'm digging myself into an even larger hole.

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 61.8 lbs to go!

mwah on 06/26/2006:
hey graindart... i definitely know the feeling... too much to do and too little energy! this might sound like a stupid suggestion but maybe try everyday to do something just for you to help give you the drive to get through, like a reward. maybe watching the sunset, reading a book, walking a dog or having a glass of wine at the end of the day, it's something to look forward to and i know it sounds silly but can sometimes revitalise you as you know it is just for you. you can get throughthis tough period!


graindart - Friday Jun 23, 2006
(120 oz water)
Weight: 261.8

Yesterday - no pop, but only about 50 ounces of water, feeling thirsty and dehydrated. Will post more later.

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 61.8 lbs to go!

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