Archives for January 2013

Weekly Weigh-in (2013-01-27)

Weigh-in – 297.8 PoundsI’ve been neglecting posting here the last couple of weeks and my weekly weigh-in post is a few days late (although the picture is actually from my normal Sunday weigh-in day), but better late than never!  I missed last week’s weigh-in since I was out of state, so the 297.8 pounds is 2.4 pounds less than my weigh-in two weeks ago.  That’s 1.2 pounds lost on average the last couple of weeks, and I’ll take that, although I certainly know I can’t rest on my laurels because really I’m not doing anything really hard yet, and these first pounds are always the easiest.  Overall I am down 9.6 pounds since the beginning of the year when I started this new weight loss kick, with a small loss every week.  I’m liking the consistency of these weigh-ins!

So far I am doing very well at breakfast, at snacks and at lunch.  What’s still hurting me is the grazing I am doing when I get home.  I’m going to have to get that under control and I am going to have to start exercising.  Sweating is a good thing.

A couple of times this week I found myself at a McDonald’s drive-through drooling over the McRib advertisement.  The new me found the strength to ignore it and just to order a diet Coke.  Felt good and I need to remember that it felt good because if I don’t then the next time I will order that McRib (or two) and the next thing you know I am in a funk and back to gaining weigh.  Can’t let it happen, not now, not ever.

I’ll try to be better about posting here, I know it will help keep my weigh-in going in the direction I want.

I hope your New Years Resolutions are still in full force!

Weekly Weigh-in (2013-01-13)

Weigh-in - 300.2 PoundsAfter posting a 7-pound loss in my last weigh-in I managed a paltry .2 pound loss this week.  If I had been at this for a year I’d probably be OK with such a small loss – any loss is a good loss when you are trying to drop 100 pounds.  But no, this is only the second week of my long-term plan to “get fit by fifty” and these first few weeks should be the easy weight to drop.

Anything less than a couple of pounds is a major disappointment at this stage of the game, and this weigh-in shows me that I have to do better.  Overall my eating this week was not terrible but I definitely strayed a couple of days and I certainly didn’t do any exercise to help the progress.

This week will be a bit of a challenge because I am traveling for work the first couple of days, but my plan is to stay on plan, drink a lot of water, and get a couple of pounds off for next week’s weigh-in.


Bucket of Food

Food BucketFood BucketI’ve had some ups and downs so far this week, although the downs haven’t been too bad – no major food binges, just a couple of nights when I know I needed to do better.

Daniel from needlespounds posted an interesting comment the other day about how he packs his “bucket o’ food” the night before for the next day’s meals.  I’m not so disciplined yet that I have been able to do that, but one day this week I did lay out my breakfast and lunch, which is pictured here.

My original plan for this post was to try to calculate the calories here, but it’s been awhile since I have done that and it looks like there have been some changes to the primary site I used to use for that.  When I looked across a couple of other calorie information sites I found wide ranges in listed calories for something as simple as an egg.  So I have some research to do here before I rely on any of them.  What do you use to count and track calories in food?

Anyway, I can still write about what I had, and this has been a pretty normal days eating up to dinner.

Breakfast was a 3-egg omelet with cheese, a clementine orange and a small can of v8.  The protein in the morning is essential to help get me through the day.  The sweet peppers in the middle of the picture are what I snack on at work.  No dip needed.

Lunch was “ants on a log” (celery sticks with peanut butter and raisins), a couple of rollups with shaved turkey and thin-sliced cheese, some baby carrots, a clementine orange and a cheese stick.  I had the almonds as a later snack.

I guess it’s hard to know for sure until I do find a good way to add up the calories in this food but overall I think it’s not too bad of a “bucket” for the bulk of the day.  What;s missing, of course, is dinner, and based on some of my going off the wagon this week I know that it is going to be important for me to find a way to plan out my dinner meal and get that added to the bucket as well.

Small steps, and as long as I am ever making progress forward I’ll be happy.


Meals from Monday – Salads Galore!

After posting a good weigh-in on Sunday I managed to follow it up with another decent day of eating yesterday.  Not a perfect day because I ended up spending a little more money on meals than I would like, but still I didn’t cheat at all and did a pretty good job on portion size and food quality.

Monday’s Meals

Breakfast bowl meals Breakfast bowl meal - cookedFor breakfast I tried something a little different.  I’m very comfortable making my own meals having been a cook in a past life, but I had a coupon for this Jimmy Dean breakfast bowl and gave it a try.  Contains egg whites, potatoes, turkey sausage and cheese – only 240 calories.  I really liked it!  Very simple to make (thanks Mr. Microwave) and cleanup was a breeze.  Protein-filled breakfast kept me satisfies until lunch.  I’ll be having this again, although certainly not every day.

Lunch meal - chopped saladI brought a container of small sweet peppers to work as a snack (bought a 2lb bag last week so I’ve been bringing these to work every day) and I went to Subway for another double chicken chopped salad.  Had them go lite on the dressing but they still put too much on.  Next time I need to say “tiny” amount of dressing instead of “little” and maybe that will make the difference.  I liked the salad and I like to have something fresh that someone else makes, but the bill was over $9.00 for this salad and a diet Coke, and that isn’t good for the budget.  Need to do better at packing meals.

Dinner meal - saladI guess I was in a salad mood yesterday because I also had a salad for dinner – herb greens, an english cucumber, cherry tomatoes, almonds, a little shredded cheese, cold poached chicken and a little blue cheese dressing.  I put more dressing on than I would like so I guess that was a trend for the day!

I snacked on some nut crackers made from almonds and brown rice flour (I really like these) and I had a jello for dessert.

As I am writing this the next morning before breakfast I feel good, not overly hungry and certainly not bloated like I might normally feel have a day of fast food crap.  So I know I’m on the right track.  Still looking at incorporating exercise into my plan, but I’m good with where I am at right now which is focusing on the meals and so far things are looking good.

Here’s to another good day!

Weekly Weigh-in (2013-01-06)

Weigh-in - 300.4 PoundsMy first weigh-in of the year just 3 days ago had me at 307.4 pounds.  Today I’m at 300.4 pounds for a total loss of 7 pounds.  I’m under no illusion that this represents any real fat loss, but it surely does offer proof that if I set my mind to something I can accomplish it.  I’ve eaten well over the past three days, I’ve never felt really hungry, and I’m really happy about this start.  I’ve got so much to do, but so far so good!

Here is some of the food I ate yesterday.

Open faced omelete Subway chopped salad RadishesFor breakfast I made an open-faced 3-egg omelet with a little shredded cheese, a sauteed yellow zuchini, a banana on the side and a little mango chutney.  I was not expecting to eat the banana together with the omelete but it worked so well with the mango chutney that I ended up cutting the banana up and eating together with the egg and zuchini.  And this morning I made a similar omelet only this time I put the banana slices right in the pan!

We were stuck at a gym for my daughter’s volleyball tournament for about 7 hours during the middle of the day and about the only healthy snack option I could find was a banana, so I ended up eating two of those for lunch.  Yeah, 3 bananas in a day is not optimal.  On the way home we stopped at Subway for a late lunch/early dinner and I had one of their new chopped salads where you can take any sub and have them turn it into a chopped salad (minus the bread, of course – and I turned down the offer of croutons).  I had the grilled chicken chopped salad and it was really good, I’ll be doing that again.  Just need them to go even lighter on the dressing next time.

I snacked on a bit more than just radishes, but nothing bad for me.  Today I’ll be going to the grocery store to stock up for the week and I look forward to packing healthy lunches and eating good throughout the week.  I probably should start some exercise too.

Good luck to you on your 2013 journey!

Progress – 2013-01-02

Progress 2013-01-02

There is really little that I can say here. Ugh, I hate these pictures.  If there is ever any evidence of a failed weight loss effort here it is with these progress pictures! But I am going to update them quarterly to attempt to show myself visible evidence of how far I have come.  These are me trying to squeeze into some different sizes of shorts – from 38 to 44.  Unfortunately they are all different brands so they each fit a little differently, but it’s still a good proxy for the success I plan to have.

As of the start of this year, for this first progress report, the only ones I can button are the 44s but that doesn’t mean they fit well – as you can see I have to button them underneath that massive gut.

Here’s hoping for a better fit 3 months from now!


Another Day, Another Success on my Eating Plan

Eating plan - OmeletHere is how I started my eating plan on Friday – with a simple 3-egg omelet, a Cutie tangerine and a small can of Spicy V8.  I know I’m not the first person to observe that the day starts off better with a little protein, and it was a good thing I did because my hectic day had me skipping lunch so I needed this breakfast to give me legs.

The first two days on my diet (eating plan, eating plan, remember John this is a lifestyle change not a diet!) I brought some sweet peppers to workEating plan - Peppers as a snack.  Love these things because they taste good enough themselves that I don’t feel I need to use any sort of a dip.  Just pure veggie.

Hate to say it, but this jerky was lunch.  I had plans to go to a health place with a couple of co-workers but a meeting went long, then a side conversation went long, then when I got back to my desk I found myself under crunch time to get my budget submitted, so Eating plan - JerkyI had to take a rain check on lunch.  But I knew I needed to get a little something in me so I hit the vending machine and got a little protein.  $1.50 for this tiny little bag, what a ripoff!  But it got me through the day.  Which is weird to think about because normally my lunch would be something bad at a fast food place that cost about $7.00 and probably had over 1,000 calories – so to think that 70 calories did it for me yesterday it makes me remember that I don’t need to eat as much as I want to.  But of course, 70 calorie lunches won’t be the norm.

Eating plan - SaladI got home from work at about 6 but then went on a wild-goose chase for volleyball knee-pads for my daughter (which was fruitless, I had to order online and she won’t have the new ones for her tournament today), so it wasn’t until after 7 that I thought about dinner.  I made a simple salad with herb greens, cucumber, radish, a few almonds and a little Caesar dressing.  I tried to go easy on the dressing.

I made a couple of other pit-stops at the fridge which included a little turkey and a pickle.  I didn’t cheat at all and for the second day in a row I feel good about what I ate.

Feels good to be eating healthy an sticking to me eating plan, but I haven’t done any exercise at all.  I’ll need to start getting in gear with that soon.



A Good Start on My New Health Plan

Yesterday was the first day on my commitment to a better life through improved health.  I will be fit by fifty!

I started the day with a 3-egg omelet with diced yellow zucchini, washed down with a small can of V8 juice.  I packed a container of small sweet peppers for a snack and I munched on them throughout the day.  No dip of any kind, just the peppers themselves and they were great!

I also packed my lunch (side note – I fully expect as a side effect of this new health kick to be saving money too – so much cheaper to pack your own food than to do fast-food every day.  And of course better for you!).  Lunch consisted of some small “sandwiches” where I used cucumber slices as the bread, with a little sliced cheese and turkey along with a dollop of horseradish.  These were really good although next time I need to salt the cucumbers and let them release some water before I make and pack the sandwiches.

I also had some celery with peanut butter and an orange.

(at this point I am really regretting not taking pictures of anything, I’ll try to be better there.  Although one thing I learned from my other blog was I don’t want to put pressure on myself to record every single thing because that becomes some pretty serious pressure that puts the focus away from doing the health plan).

Dinner was a bit of a challenge as I found myself grazing instead of doing a sit-down, but I was committed to not eating crap and I think I managed that.  Had a salad with herb greens and a cucumber, some almonds, side of rice and some turkey and cheese.  Just water to drink.

I have been rewarded with my good behavior with feeling pretty good this morning and a 3 pound loss on the scale (I’ll be doing official weigh-ins every Sunday).

So, so far so good!

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2013 Healthy Weight Loss Commitment

307.4 Pounds - Need commitment to health! I started a weight loss blog a little over five years ago which includes the following in the About page:

My name John and as I start writing this blog at the beginning of August, 2007 I am not fit, I am fat. 41 years old, 6’0″, 295 pounds fat. Far from fit. I have struggled with my weight for 20 years and have seen the writing on the wall. It’s time to get serious. Being honest with myself is a key component to being successful and being honest with you, whoever you may be, helps me to be honest with myself.

What do I have to show for it? Another 12 pounds. That’s depressing.

Like a lot of new weight loss bloggers I had good early success. Within 6 months I had dropped 30 pounds. But I couldn’t keep it going. The commitment to my health changed to a commitment to my blog, and while I continued to focus on things like content and SEO, like any good blogger, I found myself tantalized by offers for paid links and guest posts. To the deteriment of the blog and to the detriment of my health.

So when I decided to give this another try in 2013 I knew I had to start over in all sense of the word. New lifestyle, new blog. I’m now 46 and a half years old and I am committed to getting healthy before I turn fifty.


I learned a lot the first time around and I will do better this time.