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graindart - Saturday Nov 10, 2018
(30 days - weigh & post daily)
Weight: 187.7

Day 45 completed successfully.  17 of 30 walks completed.


Had to run out of town last minute yesterday, so will have a long drive back today after getting some stuff done.

Kind of boring 4 hour ride.  I'll be drinking diet drinks and muncjing on sunflower seeds for most of it.  Will eat dinner when I get home after dark.

On to conquer day 46.....

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

BearCountryGG on 11/10/2018:
Snowing there?

graindart on 11/10/2018:
We're in between right now. Still some snow on the grass, but most of the roads are clear / mostly clear. Less than your photo showed, but we're scheduled for a other round over the next few days.

graindart - Friday Nov 09, 2018
(30 days - weigh & post daily)
Weight: 187.7

Day 45 completed successfully.  17 of 30 walks completed.

Missed putting in an entry yesterday.  Didn't fall off the wagon, was just busy and forgot.

Went for a walk with the dog yesterday while it was in the low 30 degrees.  Didn't enjoy it much due to the cold, but the dog loved it like always.  Completed some work this morning and don't have too much else planned for this afternoon.  Am going to the store to get a new TV / computer monitor for my new computer build.

While at the store yesterday, they had the exact bone-conductive headphones that I've been thinking about buying for awhile.  They even had a demo pair sitting there, so I was able to try them out.  That saved me $100+.  Didn't do anything radically different than the other headphones I've already got.

I don't enjoy walking around, but can't ride dirtbikes during the winter and know that I should stay active in some way.

On to conquer day 46....

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

BearCountryGG on 11/09/2018:
Is the dog losing weight?

graindart on 11/09/2018:
Wouldn't be able to tell, but doubt it. He's not overweight, but is too big to get on a bathroom scale (around 100 lbs black lab).

horn_of_plenty on 11/09/2018:
perhaps buy clothing / headwear / gloves / shoes that will allow you to continue outdoor exercise if you like it...this is what i'm doing!

i'm gonna start wearing ear muffs next week / this weekend.

graindart on 11/09/2018:
I don't enjoy the walking anyway. No amount of clothing will help me enjoy it anymore. It's just a necessary evil right now, until I can go back to dirtbiking in the spring. I really should sit down and figure out some type of winter activity that I could do weekly. (Really don't enjoy skiing anymore.)

horn_of_plenty on 11/09/2018:
PLEASE figure out something to do in Winter, bc it's good for your heart, muscles, bones, joints, and burns calories.

if you don't exercise, you will have to eat even less....which sucks.

legcramps on 11/09/2018:
Hey graindart, I dislike winter also, so I feel for you. I also really need to be in the right mood in order to enjoy a long walk LOL, and in the winter months, I don't like to walk.

Last year, BF introduced me to snowboarding. I've downhill skied a few times, wasn't really my thing, but am loving snowboarding so far. I think it's the challenge i'm enjoying most, trying to figure out how it works.

Another sport I want to try maybe this winter is snowshoeing. It needs fresh, soft snow, but I did this a couple times as a kid and remember it being really difficult but fun.

How about weight training?

Donkey on 11/10/2018:
Some good ideas up above... I don't have anything to add. :)

graindart - Wednesday Nov 07, 2018
(30 days - weigh & post daily)
Weight: 186.7

Day 43 completed successfully.  15 of 30 walks completed.

Got my regular work done and decided to troubleshoot the heated seat installation.  Turned out to be installer error (me).  Had one thing plugged in the wrong way.  Flipped it around and now the new heated seats are working correctly.  Going to enjoy them today with a forecast high of 21 degrees F.

Kept calories low yesterday and went for a double walk (hands were freezing even though they were in gloves).  

Today is some regular work, church later, followed by date night with the wife.  Also messing with the new computer build - still waiting on a couple remaining pieces, but making progress with some minor software installations.

On to conquer day 44....

Progress as of today: 96.3 lbs lost so far, only 17.7 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 11/07/2018:
Glad that the problem was an easy fix........good job staying on track!

legcramps on 11/07/2018:
Way to get those heated seats working! I would be so pumped about that!

horn_of_plenty on 11/08/2018:
IF your hands are so cold even in gloves, maybe use those hand warmers in your gloves...same for feet, if necessary.

this winter, i have a GOOD plan of attack on these fronts...will be taking my hour walks after work on my commute coming home...and will stay warm because i'll make sure...i plan to use the hand/foot warmers if i have to (those pads that stay warm for like 4-8hrs or something?

graindart - Tuesday Nov 06, 2018
(30 days - weigh & post daily)
Weight: 185.2

Day 42 completed successfully.  13 of 30 walks completed.

Got the seats back in the truck and the wiring to the heated seats buttons is working correctly, however the seats aren't heating.  Have some other stuff I need to get done today and the high for today is 27 F, so may or may not get to troubleshooting the seats today.

Little lower calorie day yesterday.  Was quite low until 20 minutes before bed and I started snacking. 

On to conquer day 43...

Progress as of today: 97.8 lbs lost so far, only 16.2 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 11/06/2018:
That's frustrating...I know D runs into those kinds of truck troubles sometimes too.....the last time a neighbor wanted to help and he made it worse..

graindart on 11/06/2018:
You never know with parts / kits like this. Sometimes it's installer error and sometimes you received a bad part. Unfortunately it takes a lot of extra time to figure out which party to blame......

Donkey on 11/06/2018:
Snacking seems to be your Achilles' heel...

graindart on 11/06/2018:
That it does. As long as I'm not eating, I'm fine. As soon as I take a bite of food, I don't want to stop eating......

horn_of_plenty on 11/06/2018:
whoa soooo cold by you...here it's still 50's around NYC...get those heated seats working!

graindart on 11/06/2018:
Forecast doesn't have us climbing out of the 30's for the foreseeable future.....

Enjoy your "warm" weather while you can.

legcramps on 11/06/2018:
I woke up to snow this morning and was wishing my car had heated seats LOL.

Do you think you're snacking a lot because you're trying to stay lower calorie?

graindart on 11/06/2018:
That's a big part of it and I know it. It's unfortunately the best plan of attack for right now. Keep looking for the light at the end of the tunnel. Keep telling myself if I just keep on track and deal with stuff now, I'll be in a place to move on to "maintenance" by the end of the year. Only 56 days until the new year. I can do it (but I'll quietly complain about it anyways).

Horn_of_plenty on 11/07/2018:
yes, i guess we are quite "warm" over here!

I love countdowns too. I think it's very accountable to keep track of your success, your walks!

graindart - Monday Nov 05, 2018
(30 days - weigh & post daily)
Weight: 185.7

Day 41 completed successfully.  13 of 30 walks completed.

Yesterday's intake was at the max of allowed calories again.  Seems to be a pattern lately.  I start the day off thinking that I might just skip a day of eating to jump start the weight loss / "shock" the system.  Then I start to get tummy rumblings around noon and decide to eat a 100 calorie bag of popcorn.  I get through the afternoon and head into dinner.  Eat a fair amount of food and am sitting around 1000 calories for the day after dinner.  I feel good about myself and decide to eat a snack.  Then another.  Then another.  Pretty soon I'm down to only the last 30 calories allowed for the day and I'm trying to figure out how many grams of whatever I can eat for those last remaining calories.  Then I stop eating, but am craving food because I know that I can't have it (technically I can, but you know what I mean). 

Things are progressing in the right direction, but always slower than I'd prefer.  Was mainly in the upper 170's / low 180's for much of this spring.  Weighed 174 before leaving on the cruise June 7th.  Fell off the wagon from that time until getting back in control on August 20th, weighing 218.  So it took me 2-1/2 months to gain approximately 43 lbs.  In my mind, that 43 lbs should also only take 2-1/2 months to drop.  Today is near that 2-1/2 month period of being back on-plan and I've dropped approximately 32 lbs of the 43 lb gain over the summer. 

Got off my butt yesterday and started installing heated seats in the front seats of my truck yesterday.  Got a good amount of work done and thought there was a possibility that if everything went right, I might be able to get it all completed.  Then came wiring issues.  The issues were mainly due to the product having really poor instructions (china product sold on Amazon, but with really bad translation).  I thought I had it wired correctly, but it wasn't turning on, so I quit for the night.  Thought I might've received a defective product.  Went down later and rechecked my wiring, only to find out that it was my fault and due to a poor electrical connection that I made.  Fixed the connection and the thing turned on.  It was dark and I again just quit for the night, so the front seats are still sitting in my garage.  Have to drive the wife and kids to school today so that I have a vehicle to run around in during the day.  Have some regular work to accomplish, need to finish up my computer build and start the software installations, and also need to get the seats back in the truck today.  Of course I don't feel motivated to do any of it and would rather sit here on the computer typing away and researching other stuff on the web......

On to conquer day 42....

Progress as of today: 97.3 lbs lost so far, only 16.7 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 11/05/2018:
I totally understand the eating pattern you described.....and I fought it for many years...good all day...and then nighttime snacking starts and the day is no different than any other. Posting pics here of everything I eat does create a reason NOT to snack at night..for me....#1...I don't want to have to post another pic...#2...I have stopped it for a few nights now and I don't want to start that again.......in the past...the food won.....now.....I am refusing to let the food win...getting a few days past that..made it so much easier now......I can't swear that I will never start doing that again...but I can swear that I will not let it happen today, because I am determined. You and I have a lot of similar habits...we both have let the food control us....for me....having 3 specific meals per day, covering all of the food groups per day...and no snacking allowed along with posting pics...has put my head in a better place...for the first time in a long time I feel like I am in control of the food...instead of the other way around. I know that when I snack ( anytime...but especially in the evening).....I gulp the snacks down, I barely taste them, I act like someone is going to take them away...I need to make them disappear. I'm disgusted with myself...and then it happens again the next day...searching until I found something that changed that pattern in MY HEAD....finally made it stop it seems....My mind set is different now...it just clicked....light turning a light switch off....I think you will find the answer by shaking things up a bit...and maybe by staying busy working on things will do that...I hope today goes well for you.

legcramps on 11/05/2018:
It can be a long, drawn-out process when trying to decide what lifestyle choice is right for you when it comes to eating and exercise. In the end it's about eating less calories than you burn, but that is obviously easier said than done. I know it's tough, believe me; but you are the only one that knows how much effort you're putting into it. You have some fantastic goals - don't sabotage yourself now! You got this!

Donkey on 11/06/2018:
Whoa, what Bear said - spot on.

Also, to add my 2 cents, having lost the same 50 lbs (give or take) at least 4 times, it seems harder to lose weight each subsequent time.

My husband and I had a discussion yesterday because he can't exercise due to his limitations. (That's not entirely accurate, but in his mind it is. Whatever. ) He said that I have it easier. Oh no, I told him. I have fought hard for every pound lost and kept off.

horn_of_plenty on 11/06/2018:
regarding your comment yesterday - trust me, everyone's positivity wanes...even the Pros!

this time of year, it's easy to eat towards the max. i was doing that a couple weeks, now i'm back to working towards maintainng cals that are a bit lower again, this shift to lower them is NEVER fun haha!

graindart - Sunday Nov 04, 2018
(30 days - weigh & post daily)
Weight: 187.2

Day 40 completed successfully.  13 of 30 walks completed.

Yesterday's intake was at the max of allowed calories again.  Ate the remainder of allowed calories at the end of the night in tootsie rolls.  The remaining candy will be out of the house in a few hours.

New computer setup progressing slowly.  Have the majority of hardware installed, but waiting on a few more items that should be here over the next couple of days.

Today is the last decent weather day, with snow and low temps forecast for the coming week.  Wednesday is forecast to be a high of 21 F and low of 10 F.  Snow is forecast for 3 days in a row, hopefully with little sticking.

On to conquer day 41...

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

bearcountrygg on 11/04/2018:
Weather has arrived here too....time to batten down the hatches. Waiting for some deliveries here too....At least you get some trick or treaters...we have never had any here...but we do get a bag of candy just in case....we used to have a neighbor who saved pennies all year and let the little kids grab a handful...and handed some out himself to the older kids...I'm thinking we may just stop prepping for Halloween ourselves and just keep some change by the door in case....

graindart on 11/04/2018:
Never thought of that. Might consider doing that in the future, but with my luck some little kid would swallow the coins thinking they were candy......

BearCountryGG on 11/04/2018:
That is a very good point!!! Don't want to choke a little kid. ( We had a 5 year old foster daughter swallow a penny when she was in bed...thankfully she came down stairs and told us and she was able to breathe around it...but we headed to the ER and spent several hours there while they kept x-raying her...until it reached her stomach......I'm glad you mentioned that....not a good idea after all.....maybe the tiny boxes of raisins would work better.....or just keeping the lights out during begging hours....

graindart on 11/04/2018:
With daughters getting older, this was the first year in the past 13+ years that we didn't trick-or-treat and didn't hand out candy. Turned off all interior & exterior lighting, including flag light.

We bought one big bag of candy just in case we were home and someone didn't get the hint. It's a good thing, because people started bringing kids around about an hour before sunset this year. Saw them working their way down the street stopping at every house. Must've been awkward for some of the kids and also some of the homeowners that didn't plan on handing out candy.

Donkey on 11/04/2018:
On my walk yesterday morning, I realized that it's about time to get out the full-length winter coat (handles temps down to -40F -- it's a winner against the Illinois winter winds). It's cold & rainy here, with snow predicted for Thursday. So yep, time to transfer from the shorter winter coat to full-length protection.

graindart on 11/04/2018:
Wish I would've remembered to buy a new winter jacket this past Spring when everything went on clearance. I've had the same main winter coat for many years and love it, but it's an X-Large that fit well when I was 260+ lbs. Now it's so large that it allows drafts of air to go up it between me and the fabric, unless I wear several additional fluffy layers of clothing between my skin and the coat. Hoping to find a decent deal on a new smaller one over the next month or so before it get's bitter cold.....

Horn_of_plenty on 11/05/2018:
good idea to throw out the candy. it's a da*n good idea to throw away the stash if you aren't eating it in moderation.

almost all products i keep at home i've learned to be moderate with.

whenever it's a new item or change of pace from your typical, that's when moderation sometimes starts to fly out the window!

Horn_of_plenty on 11/05/2018:
oh, great job overall, your entries are all positive and you are on a roll!

graindart on 11/05/2018:
Thankfully on a roll as of late, but the positive-ity comes and goes with the day......

graindart - Saturday Nov 03, 2018
(30 days - weigh & post daily)
Weight: 186.6

Day 39 completed successfully.  13 of 30 walks completed.

Yesterday's intake was right up at the max of my allowance again.  It's the leftover Halloween candy.  It's sitting by the front door and I end up eating pieces at night until I get to my calorie limit.  Thankfully it's not candy that I really love, so I haven't gone over limit.  But now that I've typed that, all that I can think of is that big bag of candy sitting there calling my name......

Started piecing together the new desktop computer, but not really feeling motivated.  Have done it several times before and am looking forward to the finished product, but just not feeling like going through the process right now.  Don't really have much else scheduled today, so should get it done.

On to conquer day 40...

Progress as of today: 96.4 lbs lost so far, only 17.6 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 11/03/2018:
Calories in and calories out...I really don't think it makes any difference at all where the calories come from.....the difference seems to be in what foods keep us full longer...and which ones make us want to eat more......I believe that an egg is only 75 calories...so keeping some boiled eggs in the fridge may help when you eat things that won't keep you full...or a carrot....that takes awhile to eat.

Donkey on 11/03/2018:
When I am tempted with candy, etc., I ask myself if I'm really hungry or if this is something else. If I am really hungry, I would be fine with a hard boiled egg or carrot sticks or an apple. If those don't sound good to me, then I know I'm not really hungry.

Donkey on 11/03/2018:
If headphones aren't your goal any more, what will your prize be at the end of 30 walks?

graindart on 11/03/2018:
I'm sure something will catch my eye around Black Friday.

bearcountrygg on 11/03/2018:
Also...if the candy is chocolate...you can put it in the freezer...that will get it out of sight and slow you down.

graindart on 11/03/2018:
Bag of candy will be dropped off somewhere tomorrow morning, so I just have to make it through today without screwing up.....

happy-1 on 11/03/2018:
Candy sounds like a great donation to a food bank

Horn_of_plenty on 11/05/2018:
so at work people are brinigng in extra candy as well as myself eating extra sweets in the fridge...and ...voila!...my calories have increased!

i went as far as changing my work schedule to start at 8:30 for now on instead of 8am...and part of that decision is sleep/when i'll exercise/wanting to walk to the bus in the sun in the morning/EATING LESS IN MORNING HOURS at work!...i plan on being less snacky and moving my breakfast to later in the morning at work!

graindart - Friday Nov 02, 2018
(30 days - weigh & post daily)
Weight: 187.2

Day 38 completed successfully. 

13 walks completed, 17 more to go.  I'm starting to lean away from the bone conductive headphones.  They sound cool in theory, but I don't think that they solve any problem that I have with my other types of headphones I already own.

Yesterday's intake was right up at the max of my allowance.  I was actually ending the day with approximately 260 spare calories.  Checked the freezer and there was a breadless breakfast sandwich sitting in there that I thought should probably be eaten sometime soon.  Looked at the box and it said it was 240 calories, so I ate it.  Didn't really like it too much and it definitely wouldn't normally be worth the 240 calories it cost, but now it's gone.

Only 20 days to Thanksgiving.  Originally I figured I could make it to goal by Thanksgiving.  Now I know that's not going to happen.  Now hoping to drop into the 170's by Thanksgiving (179.9) and hoping to be at goal by Christmas.  Would LOVE to start January 1st with my only weight goal being to MAINTAIN!  I can dream.....

On to conquer day 39...

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

BearCountryGG on 11/02/2018:
Better to figure out that you don't want the headphones now than after you bought them. Seems like the idea of something new always sounds good at first...but is often disappointing. I grew up in the days of Boomboxes that people carried on their shoulders...boy have times changed.

Horn_of_plenty on 11/05/2018:
Perhaps there's something else you need, like a sporty type exercise jacket or something or warm gloves for outdoors cold weather instead of the headphones??

what's a breadless breakfast sandwich? whats it made with???

I know you want to maintain so badly...but the process (what you're going thru now!) is the learning you need to know how to eat for your maintenance...

the slower i have lost weight, the easier it's been to maintain.

now i'm in maintenance, currently weight is up a hair, and i know what i have to do (slightly less cals) but nothing major. i was eatng around 2200 everyday...and what i need to do to lose is 2000 or so a day...for a few weeks (or on and off). and that should keep me decent all winter long. :)

Winter is a hard time for loss...with the less exercise, but i'm also looking to continue my outdoor walks thru most of the Winter season.

graindart on 11/05/2018:
The breadless breakfast sandwich used like bun-sized egg omelette pieces as the 'buns'. They worked and held together decent, but the flavor just wasn't really there.

I know that losing weight slower and easing into maintenance would be optimal, but I'm tired of the process. Have to keep reminding myself that this process is of my own doing, my own choice.

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!

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