Archives for February 2013

Bento Box Lunch February 25th

Bento Box Lunch March 25thIt’s been awhile since I broke out my Bento Box but I did it today for lunch. I love Bento Box meals because they really help with portion control.

Here is what was in my Bento Box for lunch today:

  • A poached skinless, boneless chicken breast pre-cut into bite-sized slices.
  • A hard-boiled (really, oven baked) egg, with the shell still on. Yes I removed the shell before eating it!
  • A small amount of rice and bean based chips.
  • Some baby carrots and small radishes
  • Small amount of pasta salad I bought at the deli.
  • And for dessert, a Dole fruit-in-jello cup. Technically it wasn’t in the Bento Box itself but it was in the “laptop” case so I count it.
  • Bento Box Cartoon

Overall I feel very good about lunch today. But of course lunch hasn’t been my problem, it’s been dinner. I had a beer, some pickles, olives, pickled artichokes and 1.5 helpings of my wife’s Chicken Pot Pie. Not great, but not so terrible.

As I’m writing this after 9:00pm I sated my snacking urges by making some caffeine-free mint tea. Yummy.

Good start to the week and I’m feeling good about my chances of a 9th straight week of weight loss.

Do you use a Bento Box for portion control? If so, how does it work for you?

Weekly Weigh-in (2013-02-24)

Weigh-in – 292.4 PoundsI’m now down an even 15 pounds since I started at the beginning of the year. My weigh-in win streak continued for the 8th week in a row although the loss of .6 pounds was not as much as I would have liked – but a loss is a loss and I am not complaining! Other than taking the stairs at work I haven’t done much in the way of exercise, and I really haven’t done anything major on the diet side, for the most part I’ve just cut out bad fast-food meals and have incorporated a lot more salads into my diet. I’m not fooling myself, I know having gone through this weight loss before that these first pounds are the easy ones. It will get harder and I will have to work harder to get the loss. I’m prepared to do that as I want to keep that weigh-in win streak alive.  And I’ve got strong motivation to finally bust through all the plateaus and Get Fit by Fifty!

I went grocery shopping yesterday and stocked up some for the week ahead. I bought three bunches of fresh radishes and already prepped them and put into a bowl in the fridge for easy snacking access. I hard boiled a half dozen eggs (well actually I baked them in the oven, easiest “hard boiled” eggs approach ever), and I poached 6 skinless, boneless chicken breasts that I’ll be using in salads and when I’m in need of protein. My daughter also likes to slice them thin for sandwiches. I bought fennel, carrots, tomatoes, avocados, sweet peppers and herb lettuce for my salads. I’m feeling pretty good that I am prepped for the week.

Today will be a long day of watching volleyball as my daughter is playing in another all-day affair.

In addition to taking the stairs this week I’m going to incorporate a little strength training to get the blood going in the morning. I’m confident I can check in next week with another loss.

Weekly Weigh-in (2013-02-17)

Weigh-in – 293.0 PoundsWell this post is probably going to be a short one because I somehow just managed to lose a 400 word post I was just working on.  I hate that!

Anyway, another loss in this weeks weighin, albeit a small one of .8 pounds.  I started 2013 off at 307.4 pounds and am now down to 293.0 pounds for a total weight loss of 14.4 pounds.

I’ll never be overly disappointed with any loss but I am a little bit today because yesterday in my unofficial weighin I was 292.8 pounds, and yesterday I was so busy taking pictures at my daughter’s volleyball tournament that I hardly had a chance to eat anything.  A slice of cold pizza, a yogurt and a V8 for breakfast, some leftover jambalya for lunch and some sliced turkey and pickles for a late night dinner.  Nothing.

But I’ll tell you what else I didn’t have time to do yesterday and that was drink water.  So most of the food I ate had high sodium content and I didn’t drink much water.  The body is a funny thing but it sure knows when it needs to retain water.  When there is a lot of salt coming in but no water!  So, I’m pretty sure this weighin could have been a lot better and I need to remember that today when I’ll be there even longer than yesterday.  Stay hydrated!

This week I plan to do the same things that have been working so far:

  • Stay away from fast food (although I have been getting the occasional Egg McMuffin they really aren’t too bad at 300 calories)
  • Climb the steps at work
  • Bring veggies to work for snacks
  • Drink lots of water
  • Don’t graze at night (I haven’t been good at this yet but I know I need to be if I want to keep these good weekly weighins going!)

So far a sucessful start to the year although I know this is “easy” weight loss time and things will get much harder as I lose more weight.  But I can’t worry about that, all I can do now is celebrate that so far I have put my mind to losing weight and it is working.

How are you getting along on your plan?


Weekly Weigh-in (2013-02-010)

Weigh-in – 293.8 PoundsSomehow, magically, the weight just fell off this week with a loss of 2.4 pounds – a total of 13.6 pounds down since the start of the year.  I wish I could claim a ton of hard work, but I didn’t do much differently this week other than take the stairs at work most every day, and be sick since about Wednesday.

Ah yes, being sick probably did it. I started feeling my nose run on Wednesday and by Friday I was in a bad way.  The last couple of days of been sitting on the coach not doing much.  But also not eating much other than soup, so I would have to say that when I get better (hopefully soon!) it’s gonna be hard to keep a little bit of that weight from coming back.  This week marked the 6th straight week with a loss but I may be hard pressed to keep that going once I get back on my feet.

My plan for the week went well, I did take the stairs every day other than Friday when I really didn’t feel well, I had protein for breakfast every day, had good vegetable snacks and didn’t eat late at night.  My plan is for more of the same this week.

Hope you are all staying the course!


Weekly Weigh-in (2013-02-03)

Weigh-in – 296.2 PoundsI’m pleased to report another solid weigh-in with a loss of 1.6 pounds for the week, a total of 11.2 pounds lost since the start of the year.  As you can see by my weight loss progress this week’s weigh-in shows the biggest loss since the first week.

I’ve been done this path many times and I know how easy these first pounds really are – and how much harder it will soon get.  But as long as I stay focused and continue to challenge myself I should be able to stay on this path to a new, healthier me.

So what am I going to do this week to stay on the side of good and lock in another loss for the week at the weigh-in next week?  Here are some of what I have planned:

  • As I mentioned before, I have started to take the stairs at work.  I plan to do that every day this week, and I’ll be in this office for 4 days.  Assuming I go out to lunch each day, which I am planning to do, then by my estimates I will navigate 112 flights of stairs for the week (32 at the parking garage and 80 at the office).  (UPDATE – my match was bad, since I live in America and the ground floor is 1, I’m only going up four flights of stairs to get to the fifth floor.  So 96 flights of stairs for the week!)  So Glad I don’t need to do that all at once!
  • Protein for breakfast every day.  Vegetable snacks to work every day.  So far my problems have not been breakfast, snacks or lunch.  It’s been dinner and snacking at home after work.  But I can’t lose sight of what I am doing well at either, so need to stay focused on a good start to the day.
  • I did 30 minutes on the elliptical this morning, I’d like to do that another few times this week.  Also some free weights.
  • Stay focused at night.  I’m going to start by not eating after 9:00pm.  How hard can that be?

I am feeling good about the week behind me and am already anticipating a good week to come.  How was your weigh-in?  Link to your results in the comments!

Stay strong.

One Stair Step at a Time

Since the beginning of the year I have purposely parked at the top of the parking ramp at work and used the stairs instead of the elevator.  These stair steps are only 2 flights, however, so it doesn’t add all that much exercise in the day.  I’ll usually navigate them twice because I’ll go out for lunch.  I’m usually in this office 4 days a week and the way I figure it, every little bit counts.

Earlier this week I noticed someone in our office was using the stairs to get to our office floor instead of the elevator and it inspired me to do the same, which I have done the last couple of days.  We are on the 5th floor, and let me tell you I can really feel it when I go up those steps!  At this point I much prefer to go down. :-)

At my current level of inactive out-of-shapeness my legs are pretty dead and I am huffing and puffing at the top after navigating those five (well four, really) flights of stair steps.  I’m going to try to do it every day and we’ll see how long it takes before I don’t feel it.

On the progress front, things have been going slow but well, if I manage my eating today it looks like I will log another small loss for the week.  I’ve added a weight loss tracker page that is linked in the header of this website to track my weekly progress.  I’m not fooling myself about my early success – it’s not so much a factor of hard work but just simple adjustments in eating which shows weight loss in these early phases.  I know it will get a lot harder and I will have to do a lot more exercise than just climbing the stairs a few times a day.

But as long as I am losing I’ll be happy!

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