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graindart - Thursday Nov 01, 2018
(30 days - weigh & post daily)
Weight: 187.2

Day 37 completed successfully.  12 walks completed, 18 more to get the headphones.

Yesterday we went out with friends to a pizza place.  Ordered a small thin crust that was within my allowance, but was going to take up most of the day's calories.  Place wasn't busy, but it still took them about 30-40 minutes to get the food out.  During that time we talked about a bunch of stuff, including plans to go to Dairy Queen after for dessert.  I was a little sad that I wouldn't be getting much at DQ because of lack of calories remaining, but would rather that then break my ongoing streak at this time.  So back to the waitress, she brought out all the food, but forgot my small pizza.  Said she'd go back to the kitchen and check on it.  About 10 minutes later everyone's part way through dinner and she comes back and says she'll go back to the kitchen to check on my pizza again.  Back another 5 minutes later and she says the same thing.  At that point everyone's winding down on dinner and thoughts have turned to DQ.  She noticed that and asked if she should bring boxes for everyone's food.  At that point, decided I'd rather have a sugar rush at DQ than eat the pizza by myself, so told her to cancel the pizza.  Went to DQ and had a nice 800 calorie peanut buster parfait.  Not a "nutritional" dinner, but I enjoyed it.  Didn't really care about not getting the pizza, and DQ was the fix I needed to keep me from raiding the Halloween candy bag at home.  I did eat a small box of "dots" and a small tootsie roll later on.

When I'm on track, I love seeing the start of a new month on this site, since my monthly average weight chart drops.

Today is just some regular work.

On to conquer day 38....

Progress as of today: 95.8 lbs lost so far, only 18.2 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 11/01/2018:
yum..........that DQ sounds delish!

crazy about a pizza ...seems it somehow got forgotten in the mix of orders!

good for you on holding out for the DQ!

happy-1 on 11/01/2018:
I will have to remember that your streak includes junk food if it stays within calories. I have been considering eating any simple carbs a slip, but maybe I'll make more defined rules for my streaks.

graindart on 11/01/2018:
Whether or not I had an on-plan day only depends on staying under a certain number of calories for the day. If I want to waste that calorie allowance on eating junk, it's still a success as long as I don't go over number of calories. Only 1 rule for the day makes it much easier to stay on-plan, which results in weightloss for me. When I have a list of rules to follow daily, I get overwhelmed more easily and tend to fail more often.

BearCountryGG on 11/01/2018:
Wow....I don't think I would ever go back to that restaurant again.....but sounds like you enjoyed the ice cream more. Good job staying within cals.

graindart on 11/01/2018:
Never had a problem at the restaurant before and really didn't care that the pizza never came. From owning a restaurant before, I know it's usually pretty difficult to get everyone to show up on holidays, especially when dealing with younger employees like this type of place usually has to rely on. Amazingly, many otherwise healthy employees suddenly come down with a one day sickness that keeps them from showing up for their shifts......

Donkey on 11/02/2018:
^ Your comment regarding working on holidays -- same thing happens at my daughter's store. Homecoming, Institute Day, Minor Holiday --- all of those seem to have a lot of call-offs.

I think the pizza vs. DQ episode was a good example of having your calories go towards what you really want. And I appreciate your positive attitude. Rather than throwing a fit that the pizza never came - like some donkeys I know would do - you just enjoyed DQ to your satisfaction. WELL DONE!

graindart - Wednesday Oct 31, 2018
(30 days - weigh & post daily)
Weight: 187.2

Day 36 completed successfully.  10 walks dwon, 20 to go for headphones.

No regular work scheduled for today.  Just doing some research on the internet for various stuff, including bone conductive headphones / earpieces.

Halloween tonight, first year of no trick-or-treating in a very long time (youngest is now 13).  Going out with friends for dinner tonight.  Really need to keep my daytime calories down to a minimum so that I have extras available for the restaurant.  Need to avoid the candy too, otherwise I'll be back at day 1 of my streak starting tomorrow.

Was in a snacking type mood yesterday and bought several small items at the grocery store including jello, yogurt, popsicles, and cookie dough.  Then my mom shows up with candy for the girls and brought me some sf jello pudding packs.  So I ended up eating several less healthy snack items yesterday, but was able to stay under my calorie allowance.  The baked cookies smelled delicious and tasted great.  Cookies are a major weakness of mine and I try to keep them out of the house because I know I just don't maintain self control when dealing with them.  I thought that since I've been on a 30+ day streak, that it would be easier to only eat 1.  Then I decided only 2.  Then decided only 3 as I went to bed.  Then as I lay in bed, decided 4 was acceptable, so got up and ate a 4th cookie.  Had my wife take the rest of the cookies to work / school with her this morning.  I remained under calories, but obviously cookies are still not something I should be toying with at this point.......

On to conquer day 37......

Progress as of today: 95.8 lbs lost so far, only 18.2 lbs to go!

legcramps on 10/31/2018:
You got this, graindart! Keep at it!

happy-1 on 10/31/2018:
36 days and owning it!

Donkey on 11/01/2018:
I try not to start what's difficult to stop. Wished that worked on crabbiness....

horn_of_plenty on 11/01/2018:
what is bone conducive???

let me tell you, i have researched wireless....and those are still not being well made, even the $200 ones can break quite easily per my coworkers' experiences!

however, i like mine which are with a cord / wire and wrap around the ear...i hate earbuds tho!

good job on the 4 cookies...you can count it as an improvement as you know in the past maybe it could have been far worse! this small change is a good one!

graindart - Tuesday Oct 30, 2018
(30 days - weigh & post daily)
Weight: 188.2

Day 35 completed successfully.  8 walks down, 22 to go for headphones.

No walk last night due to cold rainy weather.

Not much scheduled for today, just some regular work in morning and afternoon.

On to conquer day 36...


Progress as of today: 94.8 lbs lost so far, only 19.2 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 10/30/2018:
yes, walking in the rain can wait!...totally!

graindart on 10/30/2018:
Actually thought about going for a walk anyways, but with the temperatures dropping would hate to find a patch that had just frozen. Could've gone downstairs and walked on the treadmill, but other things came up.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/31/2018:
walking outside does top the treadmill indeed!!

graindart - Monday Oct 29, 2018
(30 days - weigh & post daily)
Weight: 186.9

After lunch update.

55 calorie ramen bowl...... 

Shirataki noodles - (Nasoya Pasta Zero Shirataki Spaghetti 8oz bag from Walmart)
couple mushrooms
green onion
chicken bouillion 1 tsp
little bit of other dry no calorie seasonings - trial / error

Rinsed the noodles in water / collander.  Sliced and fried the mushrooms without any oil in a pan.  Added a bit of water and the bouillion / seasoning.  Added the noodles and cooked for a couple minutes.  Added the chopped green onion and poured into a bowl.  Added sprinkle of other seasonings and a few drops of sriracha.  It was a large bowl and tasted good.  I could tell that the noodles weren't the normal instant ramen noodles, but no real difference in "taste" due to it all tasting mostly like the broth anyways.  Only 2 negatives - price (noodle pack is $2.28) and nothing really sticks to the noodles.  It's weird.  The noodle's texture is fine, but it's just abnormal for the noodles to not grab on to the seasonings / sauces.  

The packet of instant ramen sells 4 for $1.  If I added the same mushroom and green onion to it, the instant package would've had 400 calories.  I've been kind of wanting a package of the instant ramen for awhile, but have not been willing to "spend" 400 of my daily calorie allowance on it.  In contrast, I had more quantity with the shirataki noodles and it only cost me a total of 55 calories.  It did however cost approximately $2 more than the instant version.  If I weren't counting calories, I'd go with the instant ramen.  Since I am counting calories, the 55 calorie version is well worth the added expense right now. 

So I'll be picking up a few more bags of the shirataki noodles over the next couple days and will be having some more ramen bowls over the next few weeks.  But I doubt I'll continue buying them after I'm into maintenance mode.

Progress as of today: 96.1 lbs lost so far, only 17.9 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 10/30/2018:
i shall have to try using the ramen packet to flavor shirataki noodles...totally wanna do this too, but not on a night before work!...due to speed of digesting the noodles being slow on my end when they are the shirataki version. :)

i soooo wanna try it.

i also have thought that eating the "elbow" shirataki variety would be good / better for digestion and chewing purposes because they are small noodles.

i totally want to use this idea and do it at home with ramen seasoning.

graindart - Monday Oct 29, 2018
(30 days - weigh & post daily)
Weight: 186.9

Day 34 completed successfully.

8 walks down, 22 to go for the headphones.

Not much scheduled for today.  Halloween will be our first year without trick-or-treating since yougest daughter is now 13.  Plan is to go out with friends to a restaurant.

Tried the shirataki noodles yesterday.  Crazy how low the calories are for the size (30 calories vs 300 calories for spaghetti same size portion).  Initial impressions were that the texture was good.  Rinsed the noodles and stuck them in a non-stick skillet on medium heat to get rid of som of the moisture.  Initially liked the fact that they don't appear to stick to each other like regular pasta does.  Sauteed some mushrooms and asparagus alongside the noodles.  Tried a few different seasonings / hot mustard / sriracha on the noodles.  What I thought initially was a positive ended up being a negative (noodles not sticking to each other).  The noodles not being sticky was good for them not clumping together, but they also didn't hold onto the seasonings / sauce either.  The noodles don't really have any of their own flavor, which was as expected.  It was nice to have noodles again for a change, but not sure if they'll become a staple in the house.  Going to make a ramen soup with the other package that I bought.  Thinking that will be a better use for them.

On to conquer day 35...

Progress as of today: 96.1 lbs lost so far, only 17.9 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 10/29/2018:

yeah, they are good if you can dry them out completely...and get the sauce to attach itself onto them ! :)

graindart on 10/29/2018:
For ramen tonight, going to try rinsing / frying / drying the noodles. Might use a seasoning packet from instant ramen or might try a bouillon cube. Thinking about adding some other minor things including green onion, mushroom, and some type of protein.

If I wasn't dieting (and later maintaining), these noodles wouldn't interest me in the least. Side by side, regular pasta is better in almost all accounts. However, when you take into account the 30 calories vs 300 calories, these noodles suddenly become much more appealing. I've been kind of desiring instant ramen for awhile, but haven't had it due to being 380 calories for a packet with nothing added. For these noodles, it should be around 60 calories before adding protein (40 before adding a bit of onion/mushroom).

BearCountryGG on 10/29/2018:
I'm glad to hear that they don't taste funny...years ago everyone said they were smelly and were like eating rubber bands. It does sound like they may work better in a soup broth.

graindart on 10/29/2018:
From the little research I did, including Youtube, the general consensus is to rinse them well after taking them out of the package. And then try to get them drier, like HOP said. I thought the texture turned out good, but just didn't allow sauce to stick to them. Hoping for better use in ramen bowl.

graindart - Sunday Oct 28, 2018
(30 days - weigh & post daily)
Weight: 187.7

Day 33 completed successfully.

6 walks down, 24 to go for the headphones.

Feeling chilly. Running around taking care of the grocery shopping for the week. Did some more internet searching and will be buying some shirataki noodles today. Haven't tried them before, but super low in calories. Planning on using sauteed vegetables, Sriracha, and some type of protein with them.

On to conquer day 34....

Progress as of today: 95.3 lbs lost so far, only 18.7 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 10/28/2018:
Interested in finding out how you like the shirataki noodles.

Donkey on 10/28/2018:
^Yes, inquiring minds want to know :)

Horn_of_plenty on 10/28/2018:
if you make those noodles, plan to cover them well in flavor...and also make sure they are drained and dry lol before you cook with them...

also, without being a total biactch as i always am such a boss on here...i'd have LOVED to eat those noodles amongst other things but because they mess a slight bit with my digestive system, i cannot eat them unless i'm on vacation or something from work....because with my schedule it doesn't owrk well...

also, there's something called kelp noodles that i always liked..they are crunchy but i liked them.

i wanna know also how you like them...you may not want to eat a ton of it at once.

graindart - Saturday Oct 27, 2018
(30 days - weigh & post daily)
Weight: 187.7

Day 32 completed successfully.

4 walks down, 26 to go for the headphones.

Girls had a birthday party sleepover, so the wife and I went out for dinner.  I let her choose the restaurant and she actually had a place in mind.  Usually she doesn't have any suggestion and I end up just giving her a list of places that make it easy for me to stay on-plan.  When she mentioned the place we hadn't been in a long time, I kind of worried about it having any healthy options.  It's trying to be an upperscale gourmet pasta / pizza place and they have a lot of different options that sound great, but are far from diet friendly.  Not a single low calorie option on the menu that I could see.  Ended up ordering the steamed clams appetizer as my meal with a side salad.  If they hadn't had the steamed clams appetizer, I probably would've just ate a side salad and grabbed something later to eat.  After dinner we did run by DQ.  She got my favorite for this time of year, a pumpkin pie blizzard.  I ended up with a mint dilly bar to stay on-plan.

Got the harness for walking the dog.  It did a good job of keeping the leash up on his back so that he didn't get his feet tangled.  Wife went with us on the walk last night.  

Not sure what today will bring.  Few different options I'm considering now.

On to conquer day 33...

Progress as of today: 95.3 lbs lost so far, only 18.7 lbs to go!

Donkey on 10/27/2018:
You did very well handling the unexpected. I'm quite impressed -- that is to say, I do not think I could have done as well. Your post has made me realize that I should consider my own approach to the unexpected. What choice would I have made at the restaurant? How would I have reacted to the DQ ice cream situation?

Yours is an example of successful moderation and smart choices.

BearCountryGG on 10/27/2018:
You are doing super!!! Kids and sleepovers ( away from your house)…...are the rewards for raising kids.....glad you 2 had a nice evening......you dealt with that really well.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/27/2018:
I AM SO IMPRESSED with you and your food choices! and they sound good! yum! Have you always eaten clams? They are still sorta "new" to me...i do not eat them often - like less than 1x per year!

also, i'm so glad the harness worked out ...!

I am equally as impressed with your newly initiated walks and how regular you have been!

You are very structured when it comes to achieving a goal, like you always say here at DD! I'm so darn impressed!

And, by you talking about walking...and my newly minted walks at least a couple times a week, we are encouraging each other to move frequently and it helps!

graindart - Friday Oct 26, 2018
(30 days - weigh & post daily)
Weight: 189.0

Day 31 completed successfully.  

3 walks down, 27 to go for the headphones

Just some regular work type stuff yesterday.  Not much scheduled for today so far.  Did order a harness for the dog walking in order to keep the leash connection up on his back.  Right now I've been attaching it to his collar, which usually makes the leash drop below him and tangles with his feet.  It's irritating getting tangled up a few times each walk, so ordered the harness in the hopes that it takes care of that minor inconvienence.

Bought a head of cabbage and hard boiled some eggs yesterday.

On to conquer day 32....

Progress as of today: 94 lbs lost so far, only 20 lbs to go!

Donkey on 10/26/2018:
Just commented on yesterday's entry...

A harness is probably better for the dog as well. I'm not expert on dogs, but it seems that it would be ergonomically more comfortable.

horn_of_plenty on 10/26/2018:
tell us how the cabbage goes...i cut it in quarters...but it was so big, i then cut those quarters in half...i put butter on each quarter....gotta cook the cabbage a LONG time. i also used some other ingredients....

i also hard boil eggs...this week i ate hard boiled eggs all week, many days two a day with my lunch. they are cheap, fast and easy! and low cal!

i think your dog and you will have happier walks with the new harness.

graindart - Thursday Oct 25, 2018
(30 days - weigh & post daily)
Weight: 189.2

Day 30 completed successfully.  Two walks down, 28 to go to buy my headphones.

Yesterday went ok, with not a lot happening.  Have some work to do today, but I really don't want to.  The wife and daughters are home today and tomorrow, no school.

Came very close to my daily caloric limit and didn't really feel like stopping, but I did.  Thankfully there aren't a lot of food options in the house right now.  Eating choices are pretty boring, but I still want to overeat them.

Came home last night after date night and took the dog for another walk.  Listened to a podcast while walking and jotted down thoughts / notes every once in awhile.

On to conquer day 31....

Progress as of today: 93.8 lbs lost so far, only 20.2 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 10/25/2018:
At that rate you can get those head phones in a couple of weeks.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/26/2018:
Bone Conductive huh!? :-P

Why are they home? Administrative day at school? I don't know of any holidays ;)

i've overeaten boring food, too :)...ahh, you made me think of ice cream and how there's new seasonal flavors of Enlightened and if i don't order them soon, i'll miss out lol...and i feel i'd overeat them as they're new flavors....things i'm not used to...anyways...at least they're somewhat low cal!

Was the podcast good? Your doggie is getting such great treatment going on these nice walks with you!!!

that's great you even took some notes. taking notes, even if i never look again, helps me listen and remember things more clearly!

enjoy your day!

graindart on 10/26/2018:
It's state tournament time for varsity teams girls volleyball and boys soccer. A large percentage of the students and teachers all have to travel several hours away for the weekend to compete / coach / watch. So they just have a 4 day weekend for the school instead of trying to work out the substitute teachers / makeup assignments and tests. It's a week after the public schools have a similar couple extra days off for something like that also.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/26/2018:
for the cabbage, it was WONDERFUL in the slow cooker. i added butter over it, like a tablespoon per big wedge of cabbage...and the leaves cooked for 5 hours and were silky soft to eat, which is how i like them - fully cooked and no crispness left at all.

like the taste of some well cooked cabbage and you eat on St. Paddy's day...with corned beaf! :) i gotta learn to make the whole dish!

graindart on 10/26/2018:
Love making corned beef and cabbage. Usually do it a couple times per year. Love the cabbage limp with a nice sheen of butter on it. Also like taking that cooked cabbage and frying it over high heat while stirring for a couple more minutes. It browns some of the surfaces and adds a little different flavor / texture to it.

Since I'm calorie restricting, won't be using butter with the cabbage I just picked up. Going to sprinkle some different dry seasonings on it and also have some chinese hot mustard and sriracha to dip it in.

Donkey on 10/26/2018:
I meant to comment earlier this week that your headphone goal idea is wonderful! I don't know what bone conductive means, but I might have the same issue? My right ear opening is shaped differently and I cannot hold an ear bud in that ear to save my life. The left ear will accommodate, but it doesn't feel comfortable at all and will start to hurt after 5 minutes or so.

graindart - Wednesday Oct 24, 2018
(30 days - weigh & post daily)
Weight: 188.2

Day 29 completed successfully.

Feeling ok today.  Everything kind of worked out yesterday and I got off my butt and took the dog for a walk late at night.  He loved it and I didn't hate it.  Listened to some music and had a lot of stuff running through my mind so I recorded a few notes on my phone during the walk.  One thing I've been wanting to try is bone conductive headphones that don't actually go "in" your ears.  I don't "need" them and a decent set runs around $150-$200, which is a bit above my regular impulse buy $ limit.  While walking I rationalized that I should order a pair because they're safer than in-ear headphones by keeping your ears open to hear what's going on around you while wearing them.  Decided that as soon as I walked 30 times for half hour each, I'd splurge on the headphones for myself if I still wanted them then.  So one walk down, 29 to go......

On to conquer day 30....

Progress as of today: 94.8 lbs lost so far, only 19.2 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 10/24/2018:
Working toward a new headphone is a great plan....and the dog will like it too!

horn_of_plenty on 10/24/2018:
but even a slow walk burns cals and MUCH more than when you are sitting. it also helps work your muscles, is good for your bones :) it's good for your lungs and heart :) i wish to run thru winter but with the daylight savings time coming and darkness soon as soon as i get home / and then an early wakeup, there's no more time in the day to figure out running after i get home from work so i'm just figuring having a long walk as part of my commute / daily routine will suffice until Warmer weather returns in the Spring :)

It's good in Winter just for maintenance is success, so, for me, even continuing walking would be WAYYYY better than last Winter, which i mostly spent resting / sick / on couch after work (had a major change in work commute and it was tiring me out so much!)

happy-1 on 10/24/2018:
Those headphones are massively safer, especially for night walks with your dog. Maybe buy them now and only allow yourself to use them on walks till you hit 30. The most important thing is that you come home. Also never forget to wear a real belt, carry a flashlight, lighter, knife, phone, and pepper spray on a night walk.

graindart on 10/25/2018:
I've rationalized buying the headphones early, but whenever I get the "reward" early I rarely continue with the "work" I was supposed to do in order to obtain it.

Two walks down, 28 to go.... Have even contemplated taking 2 walks per day in order to get my headphones sooner.....

Horn_of_plenty on 10/25/2018:
also headphones will be so great to listen to whatever you want from tv shows to music to books on tape to podcasts to really anything :) even a phone call!

Horn_of_plenty on 10/25/2018:
i'm a cheapskate, so i do not usually purchase expensive headphones bc i've had experiences with them breaking, lol, then i get all frustrated lol

graindart on 10/25/2018:
I'm with you. I usually buy headphones / earbuds on the cheaper side of things. I've got several different types and don't really "need" another pair at present. But I'm intrigued by the bone conductive ones for awhile. I've gone back and forth on buying a set, but have always decided a decent pair was just to much $. I'm very goal oriented, so figure splurging on a set is a good goal "reward" that will motivate me to make a step in the right direction.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/26/2018:
Bone conductive!?!? i've never heard of those!...i like goals too and i support your thinking 100% !!!! goals definitely help us progress :-D

happy-1 on 11/01/2018:
Your dog would definitely be down for 2 walks a day to help you get those head phones

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