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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

graindart - Tuesday Oct 23, 2018
(30 days - weigh & post daily)
Weight: 190.2

Day 28 completed successfully.

Kind of a low-key day today.  Not much regular work accomplished today.  Not hungry, but really wanting to eat stuff this morning.  Made it ok to dinner time.  Ate dinner stuff and am now sitting watching some tv.  Not "hungry", but still feel like I want to eat stuff.  Not too much food in the house right now, so not really craving anything, just feel like eating stuff.

Effectively a couple months into my pretty serious attempt to getting back down in weight.  That means I'm around half way there this time around.  Really tired of it.  Have been calorie restricting myself for approximately 15 out of the past 18 months.....and I'm tired of it.  The thought has crossed my mind to drop another 10 lbs into the 170's and transition to maintenance mode for the rest of the year.  Then drop the final 10 lbs starting January 1st.  On the one hand, it'd be nice to try "maintaining" during the holidays.  On the other hand, it would mean that I wouldn't make my final goal until the end of January / beginning of February.  While I'm tired of restricting calories, I don't know that I want to draw this out until February.

On to conquer day 29....

Progress as of today: 92.8 lbs lost so far, only 21.2 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 10/24/2018:
yes, if you are sooo sick of the restriction, try to stay where you are at for now...it doesn't need to be only restriction for months at a time, let your body learn how to maintain for a little bit...like BCGG seems to be doing now.

you do not want the same thing as last time where restriction leads to overeating...so try to keep where you've gotten to now.

that's my advice ;) i can be sooo opinionated!

graindart on 10/24/2018:
Back to feeling a bit more motivated today. Felt like a lazy lump after reading your entry, so went for a walk last night. It wasn't hard, strenuous, or anything and probably only burnt 100 calories. But it was good to get out of the house and breathe the cool autumn air. Will continue with my regular plan for now and play it by ear as the holidays approach.

BearCountryGG on 10/24/2018:
I'm also having boredom problems with the word diet....dieting of any kind....following a plan..I'm over it....I want to eat like a person without restrictions...I definitely get it. That's when I start making changes in my program...…..learning to maintain is just as important as losing I believe......because we never want to go back up again......leaning to maintain in place still feels like progress to me. Because I truly believe that happiness is as important or even more important in our lives as losing weight...I think it is good for us to learn to maintain as well as lose. I also think that our bodies get too used to a set amount of calories day in and day out...and need to get a little shaking up now and then. Learning to eat portions will be a necessity when we reach goal anyway...….but if you think you wouldn't be able to restrict quantities...you probably should keep doing the program as is...…….My guess is that we gained it because we didn't follow serving sizes...I think we have to learn that...even if we want more.....we need to be able to put the brakes on when we feel that way.

graindart - Monday Oct 22, 2018
(30 days - weigh & post daily)
Weight: 189.5

Day 27 completed successfully.

Last night family dinner turned out ok foodwise.  I stayed away from the kitchen for a bit and then went and ate 1 slice of pizza.  It tasted good and I wanted several more slices, but refrained.  Once I'm down to goal I can eat more of my favorites at times. 

Have to keep reminding myself that if I don't go crazy on overeating EVERYday, I can actually look fit AND enjoy food.  Just can't let myself go back to overeating daily and think that it won't cost me.  Because this endless calorie limiting stretch of months is the cost of daily overindulgence.  And months of calorie restriction at a time sucks!

So I've previously mentioned my plan of attack when I get to maintenance mode this time.  I'm just reposting it here because it's what I'm working towards and what is my main motivation right now.  Never had a structured plan for maintenance before and am looking forward to it.  Pick a magic number that I want to remain below.  Right now I'm thinking 170.  Continue weighing myself each and every morning.  If I weigh under 170, I can eat whatever I want during the day without recording anything.  If I weigh 170 or higher, I must record everything I eat and stay under a certain number of calories.  If I am consistent at weighing myself every day, it will work.  And on the days that I'm under the magic number, I should be motivated to eat sensibly because I don't want to overeat an entire day and pay for it by being back on-plan for the next week or so.  

Really don't enjoy the calorie restrictive plan I'm on right now because it's such a long drawn out process.  Depending on how the weight continues to drop over the next bit, I might be to maintenance mode by Christmas.  The holiday season is always a big problem for me to control eating, as I'm sure it is with most people.  We'll be driving a few states away to visit my wife's family for Christmas as we always do and will probably be gone for 7-10 days.  A lot can go wrong in 7-10 days.  Last year I went off-plan for 10 days between Christmas and New Years, over which I gained 17 lbs.  It wasn't a "real" 17 lbs and I dropped it pretty quickly, but my sanity can NOT handle a repeat of that much of a gain again this year.  In theory I may be able to get to maintenance mode prior to leaving for Christmas vacation.  I have been kind of dreading being without my trusty scale for that many days in a row, knowing that without a daily reminder I tend to think I still weigh whatever my last scale reading was.  So I decided if I'm to maintenance mode, I'll just pack the scale and bring it along with me on vacation.  It's a little weird and I feel kind of stupid for not thinking of it before.  It's not like it takes up any real space and we're driving anyway.

While I like my in-laws, I go mostly for my wife and daughters.  This year I've been looking for extra stuff to do on the way down and back.  Decided to go do "indoor skydiving" with the wife / kids on our way down.  It's the indoor thing where you're in a big wind tunnel with a giant fan pushing air through the floor.  I'm sure it won't be anywhere the adrenaline rush of bungee jumping this past summer, but should still be fun.

On to conquer day 28...

Progress as of today: 93.5 lbs lost so far, only 20.5 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 10/22/2018:
That's a good solid plan....and the indoor skydiving sounds like fun and a great activity to break up the car ride.

Donkey on 10/23/2018:
Good for you for starting to think ahead to the holidays. Me, I'm in complete denial, although I did buy my first Christmas gift 2 weeks ago.

I also like how you have planned for ACTIVITY for the holiday - keep moving! - in addition to some discussion regarding your food plan. Seriously, for holidays, planning ahead is really the key.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/24/2018:
who knows, once you are down to goal, one slice may end of being enough...if you have it more regularly (pizza)

oh i can't agree more that really low calorie restriction sucks...i used to do it quite well after a day of indulgence but it would backfire....very high days followed by really low days...oh how it sucked like you said...moderation is def a better feeling. the body once it gets more of what it really wants will begin to crave slightly more moderate amounts..

you have your experiences and knowledge from last year to help you change this year so it's not a repeat...i am sure you will do far better. keep reminding yourself what it is you want like you are doing here, it will work out. experience is what helps us do better each time!

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