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graindart - Sunday Oct 21, 2018
(30 days - weigh & post daily)
Weight: 189.8

Day 26 completed successfully.

Sorry I missed yesterday, nothing wrong, just was busy with other stuff and forgot.

Yesterday and today have been busy with little errand type stuff.  Nothing major completed and no major interuptions.  Weigh-in yesterday and today both peeked into the 180's again.  I was in the 170's for most of this Spring, up until the cruise in early June.  Since the beginning of June I've only dropped below 190 on a couple days in July, but quickly regressed and jumped back into the 190's and above.  I'm on a good string of successful days, but have been having thoughts of going off-plan recently.  It's that never-ending process of lose some weight and feel like rewarding my success.......by eating all of the junk I've been avoiding.  One day off plan usually adds 5 lbs to the scale and two days off plan can add up to 10 lbs on the scale. 

While I might like the momentary feeling of overeating for a day, I'm really not in the state of mind that would like to see the scale jump up 5-10 lbs.  Because of that, I'm planning on making it through tonight without going off plan.  We're having family over to celebrate my wife's birthday and I've decided not to cook tonight.  Going to order pizza and other stuff for the get-together instead.  Not the best thing for me, since I love pizza and have a hard time eating moderate portions of it, but I'll deal with it.

On to conquer day 27.....

Progress as of today: 93.2 lbs lost so far, only 20.8 lbs to go!

Donkey on 10/21/2018:
I'm glad to hear that you're still on track. :)

Donkey on 10/21/2018:
Oh hey, congratulations on the new set of numbers!

happy-1 on 10/21/2018:
Ha! I did that for the potluck yesterday. Pizza is always popular! Good job!

Horn_of_plenty on 10/24/2018:
WHOA...how did i miss 3 of your entries in a row!?

i totally think the way you do (in your last paragraph)...sometimes that taste for a moment in my mouth of food that i want doesn't excite me when i know the damage calorie-wise it's doing to my daily calorie count...

i also avoid cheesy foods...pizza i do not eat much since i KNOW the calories are hard to estimate and are higher with the dough / cheese...and that it causes me to spike my sugar levels causing me to crave more...

yep....it's pick and choose in terms of diet...and life!

graindart - Friday Oct 19, 2018
(30 days - weigh & post daily)
Weight: 191.0

Day 24 completed successfully.

Today is my wife's birthday.  Got up early and brought her home breakfast.  Used that as an excuse to pickup the flowers and treats that I next delivered to the school that she works at, along with a large helium balloon.  No one was in the school office when I dropped the stuff off, so I snapped a photo of the flowers / balloon and texted them to her when she was on the way to school, just in case no one knew who they were for.  Unfortunately I scheduled a work appointment for lunch time today, so won't be able to show up at her work to eat lunch with her, but I did pick up some of her favorites and packed her lunch for her last night.  Tonight were going out to one of her favorite restaurants (surprise). 

Since she's a girl, she gets more like a birth-week celebration.  Besides today, I surprised her be bringing balloon and treats to her church meeting thing on Wednesday.  On Sunday I've invited the family over to celebrate her birthday and will cook dinner for everyone.

As for her present, I've been working on installing the large heavy distressed mantle on the fireplace.  Bought a new larger smart tv and am installing it above the mantle to free up some space in the living room where we had the other tv sitting before.  Also reworked some wiring and fireplace controls to clean everything up and make it look better.  Am about 75% completed right now.  Will hopefully have everything done by 2pm, so I can spend the last hour cleaning everything up / vacuuming.

Even though I know it always happens, I'm still surprised at all of the little complications that have sprung up while completing this project.  In my mind I thought it would take 1 or 2 days.  It's now been closer to a week that I've had the living room torn apart, although a good portion of that has been having to order things and wait the couple days for delivery.

Will need to be very light on food during the day, so that I can eat something decent tonight at the restaurant and still not go over my calorie allotment.

On to conquer day 25....

Progress as of today: 92 lbs lost so far, only 22 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 10/19/2018:
This is a man who knows how to do a birthday right.

graindart on 10/21/2018:
Thanks, I try.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/20/2018:
awww! Happy Bday to your wifey! and i sooo agree with Happy! She will be so happy (as i'm sure she always is having YOU as her hubby) but so happy surprised by what you did for her for her bday! so thoughtful!!

let me tell you, even myself as a single person...seems making plans is SO TIME CONSUMING!

but everything you did is so nice!!!!

graindart on 10/21/2018:
Planning stuff and running around to make everything happen does end up consuming a lot more time than I usually expect. Whenever it's a birthday (wife/daughters), anniversary, or Valentines Day, I usually end up having to take most of the day off to get everything accomplished. It's not a huge thing since I'm self employed, but it means catching up on work at other times.

graindart - Thursday Oct 18, 2018
(30 days - weigh & post daily)
Weight: 191.9

Day 23 completed successfully.

Have some work to complete this morning, then taxi service for my daughters throughout the day.  In between things, working on installing a large mantle on the fireplace and mounting tv above it.

On to conquer day 24....

Progress as of today: 91.1 lbs lost so far, only 22.9 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 10/18/2018:
let us know how the mantle installation goes!

happy-1 on 10/18/2018:
Good job dadding today and staying on track!

graindart - Wednesday Oct 17, 2018
(30 days - weigh & post daily)
Weight: 190.8

Day 22 completed successfully.

One of the parent drivers for my youngest daughter's field trip today to the corn maze.  I think we're scheduled to be at the maze for something like 4 hours.  I have no clue what is going to occupy that large of an amount of time.  I've been to the maze a couple times over the years and in my mind it's a 1 hour activity.  Maybe 2 when you figure in eating a leisurely sack lunch and talking with classmates.

On to conquer day 23....

Progress as of today: 92.2 lbs lost so far, only 21.8 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 10/17/2018:
I commented on the post you made to HOP about the pumpkin you made......also some dessert options that may satisfy a sweet tooth are there too. Can you walk through the maze with them? Could be a good way to get in exercise and spend some of that time.

graindart on 10/18/2018:
Walked around the maze and other activities, but it was pretty boring as an adult. The kids enjoyed it, but mainly just because they were playing around with friends and didn't have to sit in a classroom.

happy-1 on 10/17/2018:
OMG... there are actually still corn mazes in the US? How did I not know this?

graindart on 10/18/2018:
We've been to a couple over the past few years with the daughters. They're interesting if you get there right when they open for the season and go when it's dark with a flashlight. As the season wears on, the height of the corn drops quite a bit and the pathways get really well worn.

horn_of_plenty on 10/17/2018:
I agree, 4 hours sounds long. Maybe lunch too...and also pumpkin picking etc....long day!

graindart on 10/18/2018:
I was bored after an hour. The kids were running strong throughout the entire time. Fueled by a combination of freedom, friends, and Mtn Dew.

happy-1 on 10/17/2018:
Spotted this... A non-candy advent calendar that teen girls will dig and thought of you.


graindart - Tuesday Oct 16, 2018
(30 days - weigh & post daily)
Weight: 191.9

Day 21 completed successfully.

Trying to get my mind on work, so just a quick check-in here.  Daughters have a bunch of stuff going on this week, which means I'm doing a lot of driving around.  Just have to make it to Sunday and life will slow down quite a bit.

On to conquer day 22.....

Progress as of today: 91.1 lbs lost so far, only 22.9 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 10/16/2018:
Great focus and time management!

happy-1 on 10/16/2018:
If you are craving pumpkin pie, try mixing a can with vanilla protein powder, sweet potato mash, a little paleo pancake mix or oat flour (just stick some oatmeal in a blender) for texture, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and then monkfruit/stevia to taste. Bake and then top with cream cheese. Lots of fiber, protein, and hits the right spot. Freezes well. Variations can include chopped dates and pecans for a caramelized nutty flavor and extra texture/nutrients.

BearCountryGG on 10/16/2018:
There are a lot of ww canned pumpkin recipes that are crustless….and they are basically plain canned pumpkin, sugar substitute, pumpkin pie spices and possibly an egg....simple, you can just google pumpkin weight watcher recipes...there are tons of them and they are basically veg/fruit

Horn_of_plenty on 10/16/2018:
my really slow weekend has turned into considering driving to a wake of a family friend's sister....i don't think i can bring myself to go because: 1. i'm not close with that family anymore - my parents are 2. the person who died i don't even know her name 3. i couldn't bring a date to the wedding i had to go to for them in the summer and it was a sour experience 4. it's a slow weekend before the next couple really busy ones!

sorry so much driving...i understand what it's like to have to turn up for things that maybe you do not always want to do...like the long drives...although i KNOW you enjoy the reason why you do them! for your daughters !

Donkey on 10/17/2018:
It helps when there's an end in sight... unlike this weight loss thing :/ (LOL)

graindart - Monday Oct 15, 2018
(30 days - weigh & post daily)
Weight: 191.1

Day 20 completed successfully.

Like usual I didn't have any real problem with not eating much during the day, but once I started eating around dinner time I really did not want to stop.

Tonight is the last home game for volleyball this season.  Have one more away game for the JV and then the season is done.

On to conquer day 21....

Progress as of today: 91.9 lbs lost so far, only 22.1 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 10/15/2018:
if you start to eat around dinner time, this is OK...just plan for a longer eating period with good eats during that time that work into your schedule...remember whatever you want to do you can do!! just plan it in!

Horn_of_plenty on 10/15/2018:
GOOD JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

happy-1 on 10/15/2018:
Love your streak!!!!! How many days are you shooting for?

graindart on 10/16/2018:
As many as possible. Really tired of dieting and the see-saw action of the scale. Really want to get to goal and focus on maintaining. Dieting sucks and I'm tired of it occupying my brain all of the time.

graindart - Sunday Oct 14, 2018
(30 days - weigh & post daily)
Weight: 191.4

Day 19 completed successfully.

Trip over, dog picked up, going to be an easier day today.

Scale was nice to me this morning.  Still had similar calorie counts over the past couple days, but didn't eat anywhere near as much popcorn as usual.  Thinking the popcorn and large amounts of salt have been keeping my scale numbers to drop.  Which probably means that now that I'm back home and will be eating more popcorn, the scale will probably go back up tomorrow.

On to conquer day 20...

Progress as of today: 91.6 lbs lost so far, only 22.4 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 10/14/2018:
Aw... the gang is all back together!

graindart - Saturday Oct 13, 2018
(30 days - weigh & post daily)
Weight: 194.4

Day 18 completed successfully.

It was under my calorie count, but wasn't what would normally be considered nutritional. Sunflower seeds, popcorn, and other little snacks here and there.

Heading back home after the vball weekend. 4 hour drive home and it's snowing. Packing snacks and drinks, so shouldn't have a problem staying on-plan on the way back, in theory again.

On to conquer day 19....

Progress as of today: 88.6 lbs lost so far, only 25.4 lbs to go!

Donkey on 10/14/2018:
Sometimes the nutrition gets skewed when we're traveling. My vacation this week will be evidence of that, which reminds me, I need to buy protein bars for the trip.

Keep up the good work! You've got a good streak going!

Horn_of_plenty on 10/14/2018:
it's really good you pack snacks so you have a plan for success.

whenever i go too many hours without eating is when i have a hard time, so it's great you have those snacks.

even it's it's not the most nutritional day, at least you are planning for decent calories. this is a move in a positive direction.

keep on, loving this streak you have going on.

oh and i agree with donkey...since you are traveling and on the road, maybe change your expectations nutrition-wise :)

happy-1 on 10/14/2018:
Love your streak! Good focus!

graindart - Friday Oct 12, 2018
(30 days - weigh & post daily)
Weight: 194.4

Day 17 completed successfully.

Just a quick note before heading off for the vball weekend.  Packing snacks and drinks, so shouldn't have a problem staying on-plan, in theory.

On to conquer day 18....

Progress as of today: 88.6 lbs lost so far, only 25.4 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 10/12/2018:
in theory if you plan it is logical that you will be successful! :)

Donkey on 10/13/2018:
Sounds like a good plan! I hope you have an enjoyable weekend.

happy-1 on 10/14/2018:
Good job prepping to stay focused!

graindart - Thursday Oct 11, 2018
(30 days - weigh & post daily)
Weight: 195.4

Day 16 completed successfully.

Another day with not much to say.  Was going to complain about the scale not moving, but I don't even feel motivated enough to complain......

On to conquer day 17....

Progress as of today: 87.6 lbs lost so far, only 26.4 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 10/11/2018:
My scale hasn't moved for a couple of days either...that is when I change things up a little. like more water or less water, decide if I have been eating 1 food too much etc…..but you are on the right track.....it will change for the good when you least expect it......one crazy thing I read...and I have no idea if it is true or not...is that if you think too much about foods you are not allowing yourself to eat...your body may actually ACT as IF you really ate them. Scary thought...and if it's true...it is truly unfair.....

graindart on 10/11/2018:
Planning on remaining on-plan through the volleyball trip over the next couple days and will decide what to do Sunday morning. If it doesn't start changing soon, I'll have to make some changes. I know that I could mess with water intake and I also know that I'm eating a ton of salt with my daily popcorn, but I really don't want to restrict my popcorn / salt while I'm already restricting calories.

But if there's no change by Sunday, I'll plan on shaking things up.

Donkey on 10/11/2018:
When the scale starts moving again - and it will - remember how difficult it was to move from this very spot. Apparently, your body likes this number (give or take an ounce). Just gotta push through it -- consistency is key!

graindart on 10/11/2018:
I spent a lot of time at this general weight back in the day (late high school and after). It's a weight where I feel decent, can do pretty much any physical activity, and clothes fit decent. It's just kind of your average ordinary guy weight for my height. Have a bit of a gut and don't want to take my shirt off to go swimming, but looks ok for daily living.

So "yeah", my body probably does like this number. But I don't. Enjoyed being in the 170's this Spring much more than the 190's.

I think your comment about remembering how difficult it was is going to be key to maintaining once I get to goal. Whenever I've gotten to goal in the past, I've just went back to eating whatever I wanted (and gained the weight back of course). Need to do something this time to remember how much this "losing" phase sucks.

BearCountryGG on 10/11/2018:
Yes...remembering is key here...…..learning to eat smaller portions is also key......it's difficult...but do-able.....and key to spending the rest of our lives healthy and happy...we never need to eat more than 1 portion of anything.....that can be a very hard lesson to learn....( hile I don't normally eat big portions...candy and things like peanut butter that are high calorie are my downfall.....not big amounts...but big calories)…..but I never want to be in this situation ever again either.....you will reach your goal well before I will...( I still have a lot of fat)....so I'm looking forward to observing the maintenance phase you will be on quite soon.

horn_of_plenty on 10/11/2018:
my scale i don't worry about anymore, i only weigh to see i am maintaining.

once the scale goes higher, i know i have to take my eating down a notch...

but i use the scale for maintenance mode !!!...so i get excited whenever it gives me relatively the same weight :) and do not care about the weight decreasing as i feel decent as i am at!

graindart on 10/11/2018:
I think that's been part of my downfall in previous times. The moment I've reached goal, I've stopped weighing myself. Then I'll check a couple weeks later because I've been eating tons of junk and will see a large uptick in the weight. At which point I'm depressed, which often drives me to eat more.

So this time, I'm going to continue to weigh daily / each morning. If I'm under the magic number, no calorie counting for the day. If I'm over the magic number, back on plan for that day.

As long as I don't get lazy about weighing myself, the plan should work for maintaining.

BearCountryGG on 10/11/2018:
I did the same thing as Graindart….once I got where I was comfy...I stayed away from the scale and went back to the old eating habits...I distinctly remember thinking...Hmmm...I'm gaining.....oh well.....I'll just keep eating...and lose it again...I did it before...……..( never again).

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