Thursday, August 30, 2007
Well, I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 187-pounds.
Oh, oh, me going up mommy. Oooooh.....
I can tell you what has done it. There are two things that have effected my weight: one, yesterday I had a thirst for beer so I drank two beers and a glass of wine, and I had too many carbs for lunch, French Fries, and a Chicken Sandwich.
Now, I haven't had beer in many months. In a post not so long ago I wrote that alcohol slows my weight loss progress. Well, since I haven't consumed any alcohol on a regular basis, I made a serious mistake thinking I could drink two beers and a glass of wine.
I made myself sick as a result of it. Yep, it did something to me and I found myself ill and in the bathroom.
I have become a lightweight. That's not so bad. I really should take it easier.
As for the other food that I have been consuming. I have been taking in much more carbohydrates than I usually do. No, I haven't been breaking the 1,500 calories, but, I have spiked up my sugar levels with the extra carbs. This does effect weight loss in my case.
So what do I do? Umm, just keep going that's all.
I guess the really great thing about what I am doing for myself is I am not promising anyone anything. I am not paying some dues somewhere and paying penalties if I gain the weight.
If you don't like my attitude, Umm, go stuff yourself with a Subway Sandwich.
I hate the though police who think they are going to infect me with their thoughts.
If everything in your world is just Hunky Dori, then terrific. In my view of the world it's not. Now, I am not walking around moaning. But, if I could leave the planet, I would.
In the mean time I must continue to do the things that are set before me, and keep praying my head off like I do by asking the Lord to give me strength and courage.
I am not excited that I have to walk around most of the day with an empty feeling in my stomach. That's right... Even after I have consumed what now is a normal meal, I still have a bite of hunger in me. Oh, I may find a meal that satisfies me for an hour, but then it's back to the hunger pains again.
I don't like having to pass by the pastry counters in the food store. I don't like having to restrict myself as to what I can and can't eat. The only good thing about it is for now it's all voluntary. Well, for now it is. That is until the fat police are appointed to their stations in the U.S. government.
It used to be the U.S. government just did research and gave advisory bulletins. But, now that people in America are becoming sheep, and brain dead the government will get bold and start forcing us to try and lose weight.
This will come in the form of confiscatory taxes on everything that we eat. Yep, you've heard of luxury taxes, well just imagine a 20 percent tax on Kentucky Fried Chicken. Just imagine a 20 percent tax on every ice cream bar that is sold or every quart of ice cream.
It's coming. And that's because people don't have the ability to say no anymore. It's an issue of the heart, not the stomach.
If we keep hearing the messages that it's OK to be greedy and gluttonous like a Hollywood Pig, then we will see people who won't control themselves.
And that's what it really comes down to. We know what's the right thing to do, but we think we have a license to violate the rules.
The rules are Eat Less Food. It's like I heard from a man on the Christian Radio one day who said, "We need to learn to eat to live, not live to eat." It's a subtle change in the order of the words, but it has a whole different meaning when you realize we should eat enough to live, and not live to eat.
I don't like it anymore than you do. I don't piously say Amen to that idea. I actually think, "Oh, do I have to? Can't I eat just a little bit more? Please?"
You don't know how many times I say to myself, "Oh how I wish it were different."
I do struggle. It's worth the struggle. It's worth fighting "The Battle Of The Bulge."
I Am Becoming An Inspiration
Well for a short while I am actually having an effect on people around me with this weight loss thing. One guy at work has seen my progress, now he is making a strong effort to get off his belly. I have a family member who has lost seven pounds.
I hope that they keep at it. It's not easy to say no to food. Some people get comfort from eating it. For me, it just takes away those hunger pains.
Bye for now...
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 186-pounds.
Oh come on David you're gaining weight here. Up, and Down you go but not down anymore. What are you eating these days? Have you gone soft trying to lose weight? Have you given up "The Battle Of The Bulge?"
No, I haven't given up. I am still doing or the normal things that I do. I am keeping at 1,500 calories or less a day. So, we'll see what happens in the future.
Bye for now....
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 185.2-pounds.
I am hovering up and down around 185-pounds. It's been many weeks since I have been at 190-pounds. Yeah...
Some People Think I have Lost Enough Weight
I have been running into people who seem to believe I am the weight that I should be at. I have had many compliments that I look good where I am. Most of these have come from women.
My Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale has been telling me the same thing. Well, on some days it does. My Scale indicates that I am around 20 to 21 percent body fat now.
There is a little flashing bar that flashes over a plus sign on the face of the scale that indicates I am now on the high side of normal for my weight. I found a fitness chart that indicated I am about right as well.
Should I lose more weight? I guess technically I could stop here where I am. However I still have some flab on my gut (my tummy). There is about twenty pounds of fat sitting on the surface there that has to go.
Understanding What Fat Is
Now, I have a friend that says do sit ups and stomach exercises to lose the rest of the fat. Umm, nope, that won't do it folks. It's because the fat has to be reconverted back to glucose before it can be burned.
The muscle in the human body is made up of chains of amino acids that are linked together to form protein. Protein in not the same molecule that fat is.
Fat is made from chains of sugars linked together. Fat is not the same thing as Protein. Amino acids are not sugars. And the two, protein and fat, use a different process to break apart down to their basic forms. They also use a different process to form back to where they came from.
The body has an easier time breaking apart a protein chain than it does breaking down a fat chain. This is why when someones fasts he/she will lose muscle mass before he/she loses fat mass.
It's because of this phenomenon of protein reduction ahead of fat reduction that I oppose strongly fasting to lose weight. I am vehemently opposed to fasting for weight reduction.
Anyone who thinks he/she can lose weight by missing meals and fasting is begging for problems in the future. One such problem could very well be a heart attack. Another problem is the body is now being primed for type-two-diabetes.
Here is why. We must have a balance of protein, fat, and sugar. That's why the government came out with the food pyramid. On that food pyramid it shows that we need protein (meat), sugar (sucrose from fruits, some vegetables: IE carrots), fibers (vegetables, and fruits), and fats (dairy products, and meat products).
It's a complex thing the body does to put all the different things together to help us live and survive. But, just because we don't have a full comprehension of all the processes doesn't mean we have to be ignorant about what to eat.
This whole explanation brings me back to my original point: Just doing sit ups will not dissipate the fat on my stomach. Doing sit ups will help build the muscle that sits under the fat. I could build some real tough stomach muscles. Only, if I don't get that fat off the surface, no one will ever see the muscle below it.
The same holds true for the other parts of the body. If there is fat on the surface and mingled around the muscle tissue, no will ever see the muscle. Oh, someone may have huge arms, but until the fat is burned off, that muscle will look smooth and continuous, not cut.
It's only when the body gets so lean, more muscle than fat, that the muscle structure shows.
So, I can do sit ups until the cows come to sit in my living room; it won't do any good until I shed this fat over the top of my tummy.
If you are one of those people who have heaped on the fat and are now bulging like I was, don't lose heart. I am now in my ninth month of working at losing fat. It's been a slow process.
I don't want it to be quick. If it were, then I could cause myself some real damage. Not only that, but this is a life time process now. I have to learn how to keep it off as well as learning to get it off.
The only reason I am writing this is because you need to know for sure that losing weight is a process that is day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute, and second by second.
This is "The Battle Of The Bulge", and it will go on for the rest of your life. Get ready, because it's a never ever ending thing.
I get mad at these so called positive freaks. I call them freaks. They think that it's all in the attitude. I had one friend tell me that my attitude was positive about losing weight.
Oh, hell no it wasn't. I wasn't sure how I was going to get all this fat off. I was skeptical, frustrated, and down right pissy about it. Well that's negative. I guess so.
Now, I don't like to be around people who complain. But, I also don't like being around people who think they are so positive. Here is why. Not everything is rosy.
If you are fat, that's not a rosy scenario. It's not healthy to be packing on the fat and then lie to yourself about it. For once I would love to read from someone writing that it sucked trying to lose weight.
No, I keep finding these idiots that write, "Oh, if you look at this whole thing with a positive attitude, you can do it." Forget you, you positive freak. Go stuff yourself with a Subway Sandwich. Let's see how many years you keep that so called positive attitude of yours and keep that fat off.
Why, why, do I write that? Because, it's tough to get back to being a skinny person. There are all sorts of things out their that trying to get us to eat, eat, and eat some more.
Food manufacturers make money when you and I eat and drink their products. They advertise like crazy, and they put sugar in our food. They make everything very tasty. Actually I like it.
But, it's a real mental challenge to reprogram years, and years of programming in our brains that has brought us to the brink of obesity. It's a real mental challenge to break old habits. Some times it takes grit and suffering to bring our body back under control.
I don't see anything positive and revitalizing in that process. I hate it.
What I Wish I Could Do
I wish I could wake up every day and eat a sugar jelly roll like I used to.
I wish I could go to the grocery store buy a pizza and then eat the whole thing.
I wish I could drink four beers a night.
I wish I could eat a quart of Ice Cream every night.
I wish I could eat until I don't feel hungry.
If I did all that then I would get fat again.
I can wish all that I want, but that will never change the reality that I can't eat like that anymore.
That's just the way it is.
The Coming Fat Police
I wrote many blogs ago the coming of the fat police. Well, following statements like this, what do you think is coming? I mean it, literally there will be fat police. Read this:
Jeffrey Levi, the report's co-author and executive director of the Trust for America's Health, says the government must treat this trend as an epidemic, dangerous to the health of Americans and must organize a national plan for combating obesity.
(Read the full report: http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/98965.html )
If people don't do something for themselves to lose weight, then the government will have an excuse to step in. This will come in the form of higher food taxes, and eventually in the form of individual penalties for being over weight.
Yes the government will start hammering families and parents for over weight children. Don't be surprised if you see parents being fined heavily for fat children. It may even come down to the confiscation of the children.
I am serious here. This obesity epidemic is just the ticket the government needs to stick it to the public and ruin our lives.
And, the Fatted Calves will willing go down to the slaughter.
Bye for now...
Monday, August 27, 2007
Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 187-pounds.
Oh come on David, what's with you? Why aren't you shattering those weight records everyday? Why aren't you losing weight everyday? Hey, and aren't you going into reverse here? Aren't you up three pounds from your record? Umm, golly boys, and girls, I don't know what happened.
Golly, I am so sorry. NOT!
If I Lived For Others Opinions I'd Be Frustrated
I have a family member who belongs to a weight losing club. (It's not Weight Watchers. So calm down.) She has belonged to this group for years, years, and years. She actually pays dues to this group and every week she dutifully drives to attend a weekly weigh in.
Many years ago she actually became the queen of the group. She attended a convention; they put a crown on her and one of those queen like looking robe things. She was photographed and published nation wide in their news letter.
She was so happy that she received the recognition and announced it to everyone who called that she achieved the most weight loss and that she was crowned the queen.
For her it was a great accomplishment and she was so proud. Then something happened.
As life wore on, and the memory of her glory started to fade, she slowly returned to where she was. She regained all of the weight that she lost, and today is even heavier than she ever was in her entire life. She is almost as heavy as I am now. Even though she remained a part of this group, she eventually kept gaining weight.
That's not good.
She Depended On The Wrong Motivation
The reason she lost weight was two fold: One, she really wanted to lose weight; Two, she was using the opinions and encouragement of the crowd to urge her on. There may have been other factors that helped motivate her as well, perhaps the encouragement of a now gone family member.
The motivation that comes from other people can be both uplifting, and crippling. My family member wanted the attention that came from being held up as someone who accomplished something. She wanted the accolades of the crowd and this pushed her on to shed a tremendous amount of weight. In the end it was her ultimate undoing.
It's like the football athlete who plays football to go to the Superbowl, or the track star who tries to get into the Olympics just so they hear the cheer of the crowds, and get famous. In the end when the crowds go home and the stadium is empty they are left standing looking at the empty chairs, and there is no one left to cheer them on anymore.
It's a hollow empty feeling for the person who is motivated by what others think or want; or the cheer of the crowd. When they go home, who's left to cheer?
I Don't Live For The Crowd
I was one of those people who was easily persuaded by people's opinions. I was especially vulnerable to my girlfriends. Once they hooked me, I became putty in their hands. Well, up to a point. Then they would find out I wasn't going to bend so easily anymore. That's when I would usually lose them.
Now that I am older I don't listen so easily to people's opinions. If I do, I try to verify if they are true before I am persuaded by them. I especially don't listen to them when it comes down to my losing weight. I darn sure don't listen to the preponderant one's.
I don't want the approval of the crowds when it comes to losing weight. Oh, I tell people about it. I really don't care what they have to say about it. They can scorn me and say I am a fool.
I don't care.
I saw what the crowd can do to damage a person's will to do something for himself, or herself. I hate the crowd mentality. We'll do it as a team. We'll lose weight together. Follow us.
Then when the crowd turns and leaves what's left? Nothing is left.
If you are losing weight for anyone else but for you and God then you are eventually going to fail. (In this case I mean God the father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. I don't mean Alla. Alla's a rock in a brick building that idiots worship.)
Losing weight is a life long process. It's going to be an every hour, every minute, every second kind of thing. As long as I have breath, my sanity, and memory, I will fight the "Battle Of The Bulge."
No one can fight this fight for me. It's impossible to surround myself with the kind of people that I would need to motivate me to lose weight. I don't have the money, and I don't have enough people who care.
No One Can Do It For You
Face the truth. No one can lose the weight for you. No one. You have to find the motivation that will last a life time to lose weight. No organization, no people, no group, no doctor, no TV show is going to stop you from stuffing your face with the wrong stuff.
You are nuts if you think that people really care what you are going through. Listen, most people are too preoccupied living to worry about you. You have to worry about you when it comes to getting off the weight.
Unfortunately I am the only one who is going to hit you in the face with the truth.
Someone Was Brutally Honest With Me
Last year someone who has known me for a little over three years remembered what I looked like three years ago. I was around 205-pounds. I gained weight and was up at 240-pounds.
This man asked me what happened and told me that I look like a big fat pig. That hurt my feelings and left me frustrated. He was only telling me the truth. It was his opinion. However it was actually what I was already thinking.
I knew that I was rapidly gaining weight. I just kept slapping on the pounds with more and more food. That scalding he gave me vibrated inside my being.
I wanted to lose weight. But, I couldn't do it because I was called a fat pig. I had to find better reasons to lose weight than some name someone tagged me with.
The same will be true for you. You have to find a better reason to lose weight than the opinion's of other people. You have to get motivated for you.
Learn To Face The Discouragement
Something I have learned along the weight losing trail is that my weight is going to vary wildly.
My weight goes up, and it goes down. I have seen it jump as much as five pounds per day.
It may because I have drunk a lot of water and haven't eliminated yet. It may be because I ate a lot of food the day before and haven't eliminated.
It may also be caused by actual weight gain from fat.
It doesn't matter why I have jumped up in weight. I still have to take in stride as a part of the process. I am not losing weight for some club or weigh in.
I don't pay some fine because I didn't hit the goal. I am losing weight for a totally different set of reasons than some external motivation that will not last.
I don't get frustrated when I see my weight jump up. And I won't have to pay some fine for it.
I usually know what causes the jump in weight. Here is why; I keep a written record of everything that I have eaten. I can just about predict when I am going to have a problem. Sometimes I am pleasantly surprised when I actually lose weight when I know I probably shouldn't have.
I am following a long term trend. I am careful on most days with my food consumption. I can't help but lose weight with this kind of a lifestyle. I may not see the pounds peel off every single day, but they will eventually disappear. Eventually...
So, if you think that I am wrong. So be it. It's just my opinion. However, I am someone who lost 55-pounds by his own initiative. Well, and with the Holy Spirit's power. Let's not forget that.
But, let me tell you something. Cut your food intake for the day in half. Ride out those hunger pains. They do hurt. Find out that you will lose weight.
Bye for now...
Friday, August 24, 2007
Yesterday I didn't blog. I went to Wisconsin and fished all day. I took my Magical-Digital-Scale with me and stepped up onto it at 185.6-pounds.
This morning I stepped up onto the Magical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 186.4-pounds. Later in the day when I returned home from work I weighed in at 185.2 pounds.
My Friend And I Were Discussing Weight Watchers
I have a friend who has a wife who joined Weight Watchers. I told him that I have received criticism because I am critical of Weight Watchers. We both concluded that I am critical of paying money to a weight watcher group. He thinks that I should temper my critical disposition.
So it's really the money he said. I guess so.
NO, it's not. If I were making big money I wouldn't join Weight Watchers. I don't want to have to have a support group for my behavior. My eating habits can't be monitored 24 hours a day.
I was listening to someone today talking about Oprah Winfrey. The man talking commented that Oprah Winfrey could afford to hire a personal trainer and a personal chef for everyday of the week. Then he said that she also has a Sumo Wrestler travel with her everywhere she goes to rip the Doritos out of her hand before she puts them in her mouth.
I thought it was funny. But then I though about how really sad it is that we in America have lost our ability to sacrifice.
Losing Weight takes a big personal sacrifice. It also consumes our every thought when we get hungry. It really does. Unfortunately most people don't have the stomach to sacrifice anymore.
Oh we can work hard for our boss and our money. However when it comes to something like trying to lose weight we don't want to work hard.
I don't know how to explain it. I wish I could. Somehow we seem to believe that we can eat just about everything in our sight and everything will be OK. We never believe that we are going to get fat.
I know I didn't want to get fat. I did though. And it took it's toll on me. It affected a whole list of things in my life that's too long to list here. And honestly I don't feel like typing that list right now.
Get it straight. I don't care who you are, or what station you hold in life. You can be the best medical surgeon in the world, or the President of the United States, or an astronaut for NASA; if you eat too much food you are going to get fat. That's it.
Now, for some people it's a little more food than someone else. But, we all have that point where the body says, "OK Pal, just keep piling in the food and watch where I'll put it. I'll put it on your fanny, your stomach, your ankles, your face, and your vital organs. Just keep piling in that food."
I am not sitting here in judgement of someone who chooses to use a weight watching group to lose weight.
What I am saying is. Don't fool yourself, it eventually comes down to one person, and that's you. I had to find a sensible solution to lose weight. I got tired. I got sick and stinking tired of being fat. I hated it.
I didn't wake up with a positive mental, can do, I am going to take the world kind of attitude. I didn't wake up and say hey today I am going to lose weight. I didn't say well, I am going to join this group over here and we'll lose weight together.
I don't buy their crap. It's crap. Yes, it's crap. Who is going to help you learn to overcome your compulsion to binge; Doctor Phil? Who has to wake up in the morning and look in the mirror at that blob? You do. I did.
Do you like tight fitting clothes? Do you like to be lethargic? Good, you do? Then go stuff yourself so you can get fatter. I mean it, go feed your face.
Then we'll hire a doctor for $30,000 to cut open your stomach and reroute your guts. Then you can sit there and tell me how wonderful it feels vomiting on yourself like a new born baby that just drank sour milk.
It's sucks trying lose weight. Did you want me to lie and tell you what a wonderfully positive experience it's been?
Today I was talking to a fat woman who was telling me that she likes men who have a little fat on them. She said that there is more to love.
She then told me, as she stuffed her face with a cinnamon bun, that she has more to love being fat. I had to hold back my mouth and my compulsion to say, "Are you kidding me? You look absolutely disgusting." I wanted to blast her.
I thought better and realized that if I had blasted her I would be wasting my breath.
I unfortunately have to work with these kinds of people. It's part of my job. In my real life I run from people like this. I won't hang out with them, and they won't get my attention.
If you have a fat person in your life that tells you it's OK to be fat, then run from him/her. Get away from that person. Oh, it's your wife, or your husband. Oh, I feel so sorry for you.
You can't change someone else. It's even harder to excerpt any change on someone who is mentally delusional about their weight.
You can only work on yourself. That' all I try to work on is me when it comes to my weight.
Now, I am writing this blog. I am doing it for me. Really I am. I am practising my writing skills, and getting ready to write another blog.
It's also my therapy. I am getting my thoughts out.
If you are preponderant, (you tip the scales) that's really your problem. I can't live for you. I can't think for you. And from the looks of some of the blogs I read out there, I would run from many of you. Some people are weird.
So, go eat, eat, eat, and then eat some more. Go, get fat, and fatter, and fatter. Delude yourself about what you really look like, and what you really are. Go, I don't care.
Bye for now...
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 188.6-pounds in the morning when I rolled out of bed.
Later in the day when I returned home from work I stepped up onto the scale weighing in at 166.4-pounds.
Now, why have I gained weight? Well, I really believe that it is because I haven't emptied out completely. I don't want to get graphic.
I have been drinking a lot of liquid protein lately. I think this has plugged my plumbing a bit. I am using Metamucil as a remedy to unstop the plumbing.
Now, I may have gained a pound or more because of all the food that I consumed on Saturday. I have been careful the days before and the days after to keep my calorie count close to 1,500 calories.
So, I am convinced that I don't have anything to be concerned about.
I have gone up about five or so pounds just because of food remaining inside of me. It's because of this I am not a fan of weekly-weigh-ins.
I was told that people can't handle the ups and downs that weighing in daily excerpts on the mind. I was told people get disappointed. Hey, get used to it. This weight losing thing is forever. I mean it. Once you hit the weight-loss-goals of any organization, you have to maintain those goals.
I have a friend who has a wife who joined Weight Watchers. Now, she believes that she needs the support that this organization can provide for her. But, think about it; once anyone gets hooked on this Weight Watcher thing, they have to be there for life.
I mean it. If you can't learn to get the weight off yourself then why bother? She and anyone else that doesn't hit the weight loss goal has to keep paying dues, or just quit Weight Watchers all together.
Then you are back at square one, you're all alone again.
I didn't use Weight Watchers, or any other organization to lose weight. I decided to get the weight off and then took action from there. I wasn't sure anymore if I could.
Common sense told me that if I eat less food I would eventually lose weight. The question was how many calories was I going to be at to get the weight off.
Well, I took little baby steps day by day. Finally, I am where I am. I am down at least 55-pounds and still working to lose more.
It wasn't easy. It won't be for you either.
Bye for now...
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
I didn't weigh myself this morning because I was out of town. When I returned home I stepped onto the scale weighing in at 185.6-pounds. That's not bad.
I posted on my Sunday blog that I ate a lot of food on Saturday. Before I left for the party I stepped up onto the scale weighing in at 184-pounds. I didn't post that on the side-bar.
On Saturday, August 18, 2007 I went to a friends block party. They had food there and I indulged myself. I calculated that it would add about three pounds to my weight on Sunday. I was right, it did. And then on Monday the weight stuck because I woke up and weighed in at 188.2-pounds.
Now, am I shaking in my boots? NO... Who cares? It's my problem and no one else's. I haven't returned to 190-pounds. I made no promises about when I would get the weight off.
I know that weight goes up and down; sometimes as much as five pounds or so.
What Did I Eat On Saturday?
- Chocolate protein (236 calories)
- Hamburger buns-three (330 calories)
- Hotdog bun (110 calories)
- Hamburger patties-two (430 calories)
- Bratwurst (280 calories)
- Chicken Breast (240 calories)
- Beers-three (330 calories)
- Wine (250 calories)
- Cookies-six pieces (340 calories)
- Banana Bread (150 calories)
- Clam dip (100 calories)
- Potato Chips-four fist fulls (860 calories)
- Total consumed: 3656 calories
So there you have it a day of eating more than I needed to survive. And later I could see the results. I gained about a pound and a half from it. Oh well...
Bye for now...
Monday, August 20, 2007
I didn't post on my blog yesterday. I awoke with a food hangover from the day before. Yes, I ate a lot of food on Saturday and when I stepped onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale I saw those digits tick up higher. Ooh.... I weighed in at 187-pounds.
Today I stepped onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 188.2-pounds. Ohhh, ohhh, me got fatter. NO...
It's just food waiting to make it's exit. I kid you not.
I am posting from Wisconsin Dells tonight. I have been out from my house since 3:45 AM. I am tired and can hardly think about what to write.
Tomorrow I will post what I ate on Saturday. For now I am going to retire to my hotel room and take a shower and then sleep. I have to be up very early.
Bye for now...
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 184.8-pounds.
Whoo, Whoo... This is a new record for this weight losing season. I blew past 185-pounds, much to my surprise.
I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw those digital numbers ticking down to a new weight loss low. I had to step up and down off the scale five or six times just to see if my scale wasn't giving me a false reading. Nope, it apparently wasn't. It better not, it is a very pricey scale.
This scale of mine can give me my weight, and my Body-Fat-Index. It sends a pulse of electricity from one leg through to my other leg. Then is calculates my body fat. It's cool.
When I started weighing myself up at 240 pounds the scale told me I had a Body-Fat-Index of 43 %. That means almost half of me was was Jello. Oh, I make myself laugh.
Now I step up onto the Magical-Mystical-Scale and it says that I am at a Body-Fat-Index of about 26 %. So, I guess I have a few more pounds to lose. But, I have lost 55-pounds; or in other words, 17 % of my body fat. Whoa, that's a lot dude....
My Special Weight Loss Program
Well, you may ask, what does a preponderant man (Fat Man...) eat to lose weight? Umm, I eat carboard with sweet-and-low sprinkled on top. NOT...
Well, then I call up every friend that I've got from my special weight loss group and beg them to come over and stuff a cork in my mouth. I have a group of people who are so dedicated to help me lose weight they race to where ever I am and snatch the food right out of my hands. Yes, I have had them come and take the food right out of my mouth and then pump my stomach. This service I get for just $35.00 a month. NOT...
There Is No Magic In What I Am Doing
Hey, I am just like you or anyone else out there who is struggling to lose weight. I have the same compulsions to over eat, and to comfort myself with food. I have the same desire to graze like a cow all day long by eating this and that until I slowly blow up like the Goodyear Blimp.
I wrestle with hunger. I wrestle with fatigue. I wrestle with my disposition when I am hungry and still have to put a smile on my face.
Maybe there are those super heros out there who never have to wrestle with their appetites, but that's not me. That's probably not you either.
What Do I Eat? I Eat Regular Food.
That's right. I eat what anyone else eats.
I have listed my food consumption for the week. Read Below.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Wakeup weight: 188.4-pounds
I consumed for the day:
- Banana Bread-1/2 slice (50 calories)
- Grapes-fist full
- Peanuts-two ounces (330 calories)
- Chocolate Protein Drink-one can (160 calories)
- Hamburger bun (110 calories)
- Hamburger patty (280 calories)
- Hot Dog Bun (110 calories)
- Bratwurst Sausage (280 calories)
- Potato Chips-for fist fulls (300 calories)
- Pretzels-one fist full (100 calories)
- Dill Pickle
- Diet Coke
- Deviled Eggs (70 calories)
- Ear of Buttered corn (100 calories)
- Total for the day 1,890 calories
Monday, August 13, 2007
Weight: 188.8-pounds <6:00>, before bed weight 188.2-pounds <10:00pm>
I consumed for the day:
- Chocolate Protein Bar (200 calories)
- Tuna-Stir Fried, 6 ounces (120 calories)
- Vegetables-Stir Fried, 20 ounces (360 calories)
- Chocolate Protein Drink-one can (160 calories)
- Slim Fast Chocolate Shake-one can (190 calories)
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Wakeup weight: 189-pounds <3:00am>, later in the day I weighed 187-pounds <6:00pm>
I consumed for the day:
- Eggs-three hard boiled eggs (210 calories)
- Slim Fast Shake-one can (190 calories)
- Danish Roll-Large Danish with Lemon Center (600 calories)
- Danish Roll-Large Rasberry Danish (600 calories)
- Orange Juice-four ounces (65 calories)
- Cookies-five 2.5 inch diameter cookies (500 calories)
- Large Salad with Chicken (200 calories)
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Wakeup weight: 187.6-pounds <3:00am>, before bed time weight 188.2-pounds
- Bread Roll (150 calories)
- Meat and Cheese (150 calories)
- Chips-1.5 ounce bag (150 calories)
- Cookies-Famous Amos, small bag (290 calories)
- Hershey Chocolate-two small pieces (100 calories)
- Sausage Cheese Biscuit (430 calories)
- McDonalds Fillet-O-Fish Sandwich (380 calories)
- Total for the day: 1,650 calories
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Wakeup weight: 187.8-pounds <3:00am>, later in the day 186.2-pounds <5:00pm>
I consumed for the day:
- Protein Bar (200 calories)
- Protein Shake (110 calories)
- Protein Shake (118 calories)
- Lean Pocket Sandwich (280 calories)
Friday, August 17, 2007
Wakeup weight: 187.2-pounds <3:00>, later in the day: 186.4-pounds
- Chocolate Protein Shake (236 calories)
- Vanilla Protein Shake (220 calories)
- Chicken Leg-fried
- Chicken Breast-fried
- Cole Slaw
- Slim Fast Shake-one can (190 calories)
- Beer-Budweiser-"This Bud's For You" (125 calories)
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Wakeup weight: 184.8-pounds <8:00>
- Chocolate Protein Drink
- The rest of the day I don't know yet...
Bye for now...
Friday, August 17, 2007
Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 186.4-pounds. Hey, I am pretty happy about that. This makes it five days in a row that I have weighed in under 190-pounds. Perhaps that's the last that I will see of 190-pounds. Well, maybe it will be.
Tomorrow I am going to a friends for a party. There will be food there to temp me. I will want to eat, and eat. I just might.
Will I kick myself if I do? NO, I won't kick myself. I don't make it an everyday thing feasting like there is no tomorrow. If I did that then every pound that I have so painfully lost would be regained; and maybe more than that even.
What I am going to do though is be proactive, act positively in my eating habits. I am going to tip the table over and say oops. No one will want the food after it hits the floor; not even me.
Oh, I make myself laugh.
No, I think tonight I will check myself into the emergency room and demand that my stomach be made smaller tonight. That will fix my problem. NOT...
I could go on and on about what to do when faced with temptations to eat. I could write about silly stuff like I just did.
The truth is am I going to realise that I am in a life long battle with my weight. I haven't lost "The Battle Of The Bulge" by eating a lot on a special day.
The "Battle Of The Bulge" gets lost when someone like me, who has already shed 54-pounds, forgets about the battle. If that will happen, then I will go back to where I came from.
I can't forget the sore knees. I can't forget the poorly fitting clothes. I can't forget my slogging around and huffing and puffing. I can't forget the lethargy.
I was far more frustrated being over weight than I am having to deal with hunger, and the bad habits that provoked my over eating. And, I don't want to have to re-master the skills that I have attained this far in my weight loss season.
- I have learned to look at food and estimate by sight just about how many calories is there.
- I have learned to overlook the bad commentary I get from people as they watch me pull out a paper and pencil to record my food consumption.
- I have learned to deal with gnawing, agonizing hunger pains, in the middle of the day, and at night when I wake up.
- I have learned to walk away from large meals set before me. Well most of the time I do.
- I have learned how to live on way less food than I used to consume. In the past I could eat a frozen pizza in one sitting. Now, I will eat one slice and call that a meal.
I have to continue to look at food under the eye-of-scrutiny. That will be as long as I have my wits about me.
I have beat this drum, and beat this drum to ad-nausea: Eat Less Food.
Don't kill yourself to try and lose weight. Don't play the martyr and fast yourself into oblivion. For goodness sakes learn to be patient with yourself, you didn't put that fat on overnight (Well, maybe you did.) you won't get it off overnight either.
And to hell with the so called experts that you will run into. These are the side liners that have a tummy and fat fanny who try to hand out weight loss advice.
Finally, I am starting a subscription to my special diet-sight on the Internet. It will be filled with diet advice on how to lose weight. It will be cheap compared to what's out there. The only reason I am going to charge anything is because I will have to pay maintenance fees to run the site. Otherwise I wouldn't charge. There will be a money back guarantee for your results. I am throwing in free stomach-by-pass surgery for the really tough cases once I have enough subscribers to the sight.
Also I am starting a new food line. Yep, I am going to manufacturer a new cereal. I have some people working on the process now. I will be using the money I get from subscribers to help fund the project.
The new cereal will be made from cardboard, which is really high in fiber, and low in calories. I am having a special hard, sugar free coating put onto the cardboard cereal. It will be delicious. Just wait and see.
I am now making an exercise video called: "Lose The Fat With Exercise." In the video I will have tight-bodied woman who never struggled with their weight exercising alongside of me for eye-candy. I am going to offer that video at a special price for my online subscribers to my diet sight.
Of course this is all non-sense. But, I think you are getting the gist of what I writing.
It's all sarcasm on my part. It comes down to one thing: Too much food in, and you'll see it on your fanny, legs, face, chest, and stomach.
You, like me, will have to lose weight the old fashion way: EAT LESS FOOD.
Bye for now...
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Today I stepped onto my Magical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 186.8-pounds in the morning, and when I returned home from work I stepped onto the scale weighing in at 186.2-pounds.
Well, I was simply amazed to say the least. I didn't expect to continue losing weight after having two Danish Sweet rolls one day ago, and a Bratwurst and Hamburger two days before that, including fists and fists full of potato chips.
I have stuck to the fundamentals. I have been staying pretty close to 1,500 calories each day. When I ate the Danish on Tuesday morning I had two things going for me. The day before I actually missed eating a meal. It wasn't deliberate. It had to do with my wacky work schedule. This gave me some wiggle room for eating the next day. I don't make a habit of this borrowing calories from one day to the next.
I pretty much stick to 1,500 calories each day no matter if I went over the 1,500 calories or under the 1,500 calories the day before.
If I get into the habit of borrowing calories each day then I will end up with a disaster keeping it all straight.
I Met A Lady
Last night I met a woman named Linda. I thought she looked like Linda Carter from Wonder Woman Fame. I gave her my telephone number, and my blog sight to look at. I hope that she calls. This message is for her.
Anyway, I don't have much to write about tonight. I am still losing weight.
I am now down 54-pounds from December of 2006. It was a long drawn out battle, and it's not over. No, I will never be able to stop fighting "The Battle Of The Bulge."
Bye for now...
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Today I stepped onto my Magical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 187.6-pounds.
If you will see on the chart I posted that yesterday I was at 187-pounds. This was what I weighed last night after coming in from working. I usually post my morning weights. But, it was what it was, so I posted that.
As you can see I came in this morning a little bit heavier than yesterday evening. This is only because I went to a friends house and had three bowls of salad and some cookies. Yep, I had cookies; and, this after having sweet rolls earlier in the day.
Oh My.... What am I doing to myself? Am I doomed? Have I lost my will to lose weight?
Not at all. As you can see I am still losing weight. I haven't returned to 190-pounds now for about three days.
What I love about this is I am breaking the rules. Why? It's because all that weight loss stuff is goofy. What?
Shouldn't I do the Doctor Atkin's Diet? Shouldn't I do the Blood Type Diet? Shouldn't I use the Fat Flush System? Shouldn't I buy all this expensive food sprinkled with Pixie Dust?
Well, that depends on you. You decide what you want to do with your diet.
And I am not on a diet. I call it a diet, and that's only because this is what many people would say that I am doing.
Calling it a diet implies that when I am done dieting and I have reached my "diet goal" I can return to my normal way of eating. That was very similar to a hog...
Oh, I make myself laugh.
Hey, this is the "Battle Of The Bulge" and it's a life long battle. It never, not ever, never, no never ends. This isn't a diet that I can just quit as soon as I hit my target weight; if I even hit it.
I can't go back to eating without exercising caution anymore. I can't just continue day in and day out to scarf the food down and plug my pie hole.
If you think this is a diet, then you don't know what you are here for. This is a life-long food regulation program. It goes on forever, and ever.
Diets are something people write books about and get rich off of. This isn't a diet. It comes down to one thing and one thing only: we're fat because we eat more than we need to survive.
Stop eating so much food. That's it.
Bye for now...
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Today I stepped up onto my magical digital scale weighing in at 189-pounds. That's up some from yesterday. I am not sure why.
It's a weird thing going to bed and only weighing 188.8-pounds last night only to awaken and weigh in at 189-pounds. I am not sure why that happened. I didn't eat anything. I did consume a protein shake, and a Slim Fast meal. Could that have done it? Naw...
Today I woke up and consumed three hard boiled eggs (210 calories), Slim Fast Chocolate Breakfast Shake (190 calories), and for giggles two large Danish (1,200 calories).
What? How can you do that? Well, yesterday, because of my work schedule, I didn't come close to 1,500 calories. I had very little to eat yesterday, with the exception of one large meal that was mostly green vegetables. I finished the day yesterday with a protein drink (160 calories), and a Slim Fast Chocolate Shake (190 calories)
I could afford to blow some calories today. I am watching what happens. I am not making this habitual. In other words, rarely do I eat sweet rolls for a meal, and even more rare is eating two together in one meal. Oh, but they were yummy.
Well, what about all the diet books? What would they say about this? Umm, I don't care one whit. I haven't been using any specific diet program in this weight loss season. I haven't made anyone any promises about what I decide to eat, and when I decide to eat.
I am the one that lives with the consequences of my actions, not someone else.
You have to live with the consequences of your actions too.
Let's just say for giggles I see maybe one more pound because of this? All I have to do is go back to 1,500 calories a day. That pound will disappear. Besides, to gain a pound 3,500 calories has to be consumed over and above my normal calorie count. To lose a pound 3,500 calories has to be burned up, either by exercising or by eating less food.
Now, if I keep eating a steady diet of sweet rolls, and other food as well, I will expect to see my weight go up. It's just that simple. Eat a lot of junk, and up the weight will go.
Now, I am not a big fan of sugary rolls. I was at a meeting for work. They were there on the table. They looked good for consumption. And of course the little snake coiled around the table leg said, "Did God say you should not eat these sweet rolls?"
I said, "God said don't eat them or touch them or I will die."
Then the little snake said, "God only told you that because he knew that if you should eat these sweet rolls, you will be like him, knowing good and evil."
Guess what? I believed that little sucker and grabbed two sweet rolls to eat. Did I sin? Hmmm?
I am not any wiser for it though. Huh, the little guy lied to me.
But, all the other overweight people in the room were eating them, so why not join them?
Bye for now....
Monday, August 13, 2007
Today I stepped onto my magical digital scale weighing in at 188.8-pounds. That's up 1/2 pound from yesterday. That is only because the food I ate last night hasn't left the barn yet.
My first thought is now that I am around 188-pounds is that the last of the 190-pounds? Have I finally turned the corner, and am I heading down to the 180-pound mark; or, will I continue to languish up around 190 or so for another week. I haven't got a crystal ball to view the future with, so who knows?
Great Things Have Happened Since Losing Weight
Here is a list of the benefits I have received since losing 50-pounds:
- My clothes started to fit better. The bulges in the fabric began to disappear. For awhile there they fit well. Now they are hanging on me like sacks. (This is a good thing, and a bad thing.)
- My work uniform pants no longer stay up on top of my hip line; even with a dress belt on they slipped off. I had to purchase suspenders to hold them up.
- I now have a closet full of clothing I can no longer wear. They all look like potato bags hanging on me. I now have to go out to get some more clothes. This is so I won't continue to look like a clown.
- I actually look much better. My face has lost that chubby look. My face is leaner looking. People are complimenting me on how much I have changed.
- Woman now stare at me when they don't think that I can see them. Yep, I have caught woman glancing my way and locking in on me when they think they can get away with it. I see them in store windows, and I see them in reflections. I kid you not.
- My cousin and aunt are telling me to stop at this weight, 190-pounds. They think I look good where I am now.
- My knees are less stressed out when I go up and down the stairs.
- I sleep at night like a baby, and most of the time I don't use a clock to wake myself up.
- My blood pressure has dropped down over 30 points. I am no longer border line up in the high blood pressure zones. I am well below the normal limits.
- My heart rate went down from over 95-100-beats-per-minute to 70-beats-per-minute. My resting rate in now around 68-beats-per-minute. This is because my heart isn't working so hard to pump the blood.
- I feel much better than I did. Many people seem to think my whole attitude has changed since I have lost so much weight. Some people think that I am more pleasant to be around. Oh, Really? Hmmm... Why don't I think the same about some of them? That's just a thought.
- I don't huff-and-puff when I walk, and when I climb stairs.
- I don't lose my balance as often as I did when I was heavy. Yep, I was top-heavy to say the very least.
It's easy to do... NOT. It's not so easy. That's only because it takes some personal sacrifice that most people aren't willing to engage in.
Bye for now...
What I ate today:
Before I left for work early this morning I ate a chocolate protein bar. (200 calories).
When I returned this morning I made stir fried vegetables with Tuna fish. I put a six ounce can of tuna fish in hot oil in the wok. I fried the tuna until it was browning. Then I tossed in a pound of peas, cubed carrots, and string beans. I fried those up as well. I tossed in Chili Pepper, Garlic Powder, Ginger Powder, and Soul Powder Spice to add flavor to the meal.
Before beddy-bye I drank a protein shake, and Slim Fast Breakfast Shake.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Today I jumped onto my magical digital scale to find the digits tick down to a new low for my weight. This season of weight loss I came in at 188.4-pounds.
I was wondering how I was going to do considering I had no way of weighing myself for three days. I had some hefty meals while I was up in Wisconsin. I ate one late night meal before bed two nights ago. It was fried potatoes (300 calories), two fried eggs (160 calories), and two pieces of white (180 calories). That's a bit much for a late night meal.
I have this cousin who, even though I don't think I have seen her eat more than half of a cheeseburger in my presence, insists that I eat when she tells me to eat. She actually gets testy with me when I refuse. And of course I am hungry, so I oblige her.
Anyway, I am delighted to say the very least to see that even though I was flying blind without my weight scale I actually lost more weight. I did make an attempt to use caution. But, I was wondering what would happen.
Well, I must end this here for now. I will continue another day.
Yesterday I didn't have time to post on my blog. I couldn't get to a library up in Wisconsin, and I had to go to work until late.
Friday, August 10, 2007
Yesterday I had for breakfast canned tuna stir fry with vegetables. (200 calories)
Next I went to a movie and had a large bag of popcorn, and a diet soda.
Then I went to lunch and had a Chicken Sandwich, and onion rings. Later I had bag of chocolate chip cookies.
That's all I ate for yesterday.
Today I consumed:
- Cheerios-Large bowl full (450 calories)
- Breaded Zuccini-three large pieces (100 calories)
- Tortilla (110 calories)
- Cheese (100 calories)
- Chicken pieces (100 calories)
- Fried potato squares (300 calories)
That's all I have for now. My time on this computer is real short. I am in a library up in Wisconsin. They only permit 15 minutes of use to non-library card holders.
Bye for now...
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
I am flying blind without my scale. We'll see if I gain or lose any weight before I manage to get my scale back.
In the interim I will be posting my food consumption and my thoughts. Oh, I know you will hang on every wise word that I type. I can tell I have such an overwhelmingly large audience out there.
I added to my post yesterday that when I went home I hadn't eaten anything else. That McDonald's meal wiped out most of my 1,500 calories. I was tired and retired to bed without anything to eat.
I woke up this morning very rumbly-in-my-tumbly. I boiled three eggs and ate those (210 calories). When I am done posting here I am going home to stir fry some Asian vegetables and a can of tuna fish (200 calories).
I will also prepare some food to carry with me to work. What will I prepare? Hmm?
As I am sitting here posting I can't help but feel hungry for food. I am really hungry.
Some people would go back home and eat just anything they can when they get this hungry. I try to figure out what would be best to eat with what I already have.
Just because I don't have my scale to weigh myself doesn't mean I should throw in the towel with my weight. I can still eat better so I can lose weight. I can still write down my food consumption on paper. I can still try to stay at around 1,500 calories.
I won't know what the outcome will be immediately. That's all. So, I am flying blind without my weight scale.
I Changed My Blog Format
Any of you who have read my blog in the past may have noticed I changed the page format. I am experimenting. I am attempting to get more onto the page. I am inserting links and stuff like that there.
You will see some links that relate to what I am writing. One link is for stomach surgery. I don't agree with stomach surgery to control weight. I never will. I don't care how morbidly obese someone gets.
I do think if someone can't control himself/herself then they should voluntarily get locked into a room and have food put under the door.
What, am I insane? NO, I am not. I think cutting someone's stomach to pieces is insane. After stomach surgery that person still has to adjust the diet. If he/she doesn't make the adjustments necessary he/she gets sick and vomits onto themselves.
The doctors won't tell you that. Why, it's because they make big money from doing surgery. And then they make big money from all the follow up visits and counseling. They have to monitor that person for the rest of that person's life. They charge for that.
The insurance companies make money too from the stomach surgery. They too benefit because now that person is supposed to be thin. This makes them less of a risk.
I am predicting that many of the people who have this stomach-by-pass-surgery will become a candidate for premature death. Here is why? One: they can't eat big meals any more. That is depressing. Two: they still get hungry. They can't satisfy that hunger. Three: let's say they attempt to satisfy that hunger, they will have to continuously eat, and eat, because they can't hold down the food. Four: They will suffer from malnutrition. Yep, the body doesn't process food normally anymore. This makes them a candidate for malnutrition. Even if they use vitamin supplements, the body may not be able to absorb them.
Quit Being A Pansy: EAT LESS FOOD
That's my solution to losing weight.
- Weigh yourself everyday.Write down that weight.
- Figure out what kind of food you are eating and write that down.
- Figure out how many calories that food was. It's easy; look at the side panel of most foods.
- Carry a calorie counter with you. Write down those calories.
- Stop eating after you hit your calorie count for the day
That's it: EAT LESS FOOD
By for now...
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
I am laughing at myself because yesterday I actually went to two different public libraries in Wisconsin and could not get onto the Internet to save my life.
I then realized that I had left my commercial driving license up in one small town two days before hand, and had to drive all the way there to get it. I could not wait for it to come to me.
Hello, is anybody home up in that head of mine?
Anyway yesterday was a bust for posting on my blog. I stepped on the scale four days consecutively weighing in at 190.4-pounds. That's not bad.
Today I stepped on the magical digital scale weighing in at 191.4-pounds. That's only because I ate a meal last night before I went to bed. Yep, I did. It was a large slice of homemade peach pie and Haagan Dazs Strawberry Ice Cream.
My cousin twisted my arm and made me eat it.
If she hadn't been there urging me on like the devil I never would have given in and eaten that sumptuous piece of peach pie. And that's only because I have this iron will.
Oh, I make myself laugh.
Here is another funny thing that I did. I was in a hurry to leave Wisconsin and get back home to go to work. I forgot my digital scale and my food journal at my cousin's home.
So, I won't be posting my weight for a while. But, I will entertain you with my absolute brilliance. Now, I get to see if I can keep my weight down without the aid of my scale. I am flying blind here for a while. This is going to be a test of my abilities.
Will I stumble and put on more weight? I am up two pounds from my record weight of 189-pounds. And over the last few days (I blame my cousin and aunt) I have consumed more than 1,500 calories each day.
I wasn't over eating hamburgers and hot dogs. I was over eating cookies, pie, and ice cream. You know the supposed diet killers that every weight watching guru scorns. I don't, but many of them do.
So where will this leave me? Umm, I won't know until I get my scale back someday. Until then we shall see what happens. I am not happy about being so forgetful and leaving that thing behind. It will be a challenge for sure to see what comes of my weight progression. In the mean time I will post my food consumption instead. If I get the time, and can get to a place to post.
An Overweight Teenage Girl Is Going To Mexico For Stomach Surgery
Today I saw on CNN a clip about a very young teenage girl who is going to Mexico to have a band put onto her stomach because she is 100-pounds overweight. She said she is tired of dieting and can't keep off her weight.
She is going to Mexico because her surgery is illegal for a girl her age. Well, put the poor thing in a locked room with a TV set for goodness sakes.
I couldn't believe I saw this. Here a preteen girl can come to Illinois and get an abortion to kill a baby, and this is without her parents permission, but she can't have stomach surgery because she's too young?
What is this country coming to? I don't think the girl should get the surgery. But, I am troubled that anyone with sense would allow this girl to get so over weight. What is the matter with her parents? They can't stop her?
Where are the officials who could say, "That's it, we will keep you in a padded-cell and feed you small meals until you get that weight off?" To me that would be far more humane than letting her take off to Mexico and get her stomach banded up.
I wonder, will that Mexican doctor come across the border and cut my grass and trim my hedges for me? Are those hospitals in Mexico sanitary?
If you want to lose weight, then don't eat so much food. Then, if you must eat, eat the right kind of food. That's it. There is no magical mystical way to lose weight.
Bye for now...
This Morning I was in a hurry and I consumed:
- Coffee (0 calories)
- Chocolate Protein Bar (200 calories)
- McDonald's Big Mac value meal (920 calories) (Hey it was free.)
- Diet Lemonade (40 calories)
I am posting this closing comment on July 8, 2007. I went home and did not eat anymore food.
Sunday, August 5, 2007
Today I stepped onto the scale weighing in at 190.4-pounds.
Hey that's not bad. That's my third day at that weight. It means I am stable. I am stable even after eating 400 calories worth of cookies yesterday. Oh, oh, blasphemy...
I guess I have lost some of my weight losing fans. I haven't seen any comments lately. It's OK.
I think I am actually running negative numbers now on the number of people who actually read and comment on my blog. But hey, the truth hurts. No one really wants the truth.
What? How dare you write that? How do you know David that I don't want the truth?
Well, just look at your waste line, and what are you eating?
Today I ran into some people who finally noticed that I have lost a significant amount of weight. One was a man who is very active with boating and water skiing. Years ago he was much more slender than he is now. His wife was very slender, and wow pretty. Now, she too needs to lose a bunch of weight, and she is developing a sagging chin. Oops, gravity and age get us all.
He wanted to know what I did to get off so much weight. I told him my story. You could see the eyes starting to glaze over. And off course he had excuses that it's summer and he's more active than in the winter, so he has to eat more food.
I know. I know that he is more active in the summer. That's good, but does he really need so much food? I don't think so. Not if it makes his face look like a puffed balloon he doesn't.
Another man that I ran into said he read my blog and liked it. OK, you read my blog. Whoopee do... Did you do anything about it? Hey, did you get some pains in your conscience there? Did you look in the mirror and see if maybe you might not need to trim some fat off there? Did you step onto a scale and ask yourself if this is the proper weight for me?
NO? Well, you didn't really read my blog that close. Hey, I am not kidding.
If you are a preponderant, and you need to trim some fat off, then it's high time to start now. Don't wait for the winter when things start to slow down. Don't wait for the right time. Get started now.
EAT LESS FOOD.
Did I write anywhere in my posts that it will be so easy? NO! Have I written if you just eat this high priced food sprinkled with Pixie Dust over here you'll magically lose weight? NO!
Have I written that I love losing weight? NO, I haven't! Why would I lie about it?
It sucks. I hate it, I hate it, I hate it. Whine, Whine, Whine...
Oh, I will admit that I too turned a deaf ear to the reality of weight loss. Yes, I hid my mind in a banana cream pie and refused to face the cold hard reality that I will have to sacrifice to get off the weight.
I knew in my heart-of-hearts that eventually something is going to have to change drastically if I am going to lose weight. Either I was going to have to exercise like a fiend (which I can't now), or I was going to have to change my eating habits.
I had to choose the last alternative, and that was I had to change my eating habits. Years ago I did the Doctor Atkin's Diet. With that diet I lost 60-pounds. But, I could not keep the weight off.
Even though the theory behind the Doctor Atkin's diet is sound; (To me it is.) I had to modify it. I couldn't keep eating all that meat. I had to have some bread, cookies, or something sweet.
I had to figure out what to do. I did figure it out. I prayed for wisdom. I asked God help me lose this weight. Voila, I got my answer: EAT LESS FOOD.
Oh, you don't like that? Hmmm....? Let me help you out here. Ummm, go to the cupboard pull out that bag of potato chips. No, don't pull out the small one; that's only 160 calories. No, pull out the real big one there; that's 1060 calories. Now sit down in front of the TV and eat the whole bag. While you're at it get that Real Coca-Cola two liter bottle out of the refrigerator. That's right. Swig that baby down. Do you feel better?
Oh, you can't sleep at night? I'm sorry, let me help you. Hey, go get that cold chicken in the ice box. Eat that whole fried breast. Eat both of those legs too. Oh you're still hungry. Hey, get out that quart of ice cream. Yep that one. Fill up that bowl to the top. Yeah empty that ice cream carton out baby. Don't forget to lick that spoon clean.
Do you feel better? Oh, you do? Good... The next time you can't sleep; be sure to repeat that pattern. The next time you and the kids are watching TV pull out those potato chips. Hey, let the kids join you too. Then you all can get fat together.
Hey, Hey what are you writing here? I thought this was a weight loss blog. What are you telling us? Oh...
I'm so sorry. I thought you wanted this life style. I thought you want to have tight clothes. I thought that you wanted to fit in with everyone else. I am only telling you what you want to hear. I am only encouraging you to keep going. Eat, eat, and eat some more. Go ahead, get fat, and fatter.
You aren't hurting me doing that. You are only hurting yourself. So keep being neurotic about food. Keep your mind and heart buried in a banana cream pie. When you die we'll get you a piano case for a casket. Then we'll make your clothes into a tent. Yep, they will make a great tent. Or maybe we'll turn them into a large sleeping bag.
One More Story
A while ago I told you about a man who lost a lot of weight because he was having his colon re-sectioned because of a cancerous tumor on the colon. In the process he lost a lot of weight.
He was thin again. Well, it's only a few months later and the guy is putting on weight again.
Why? It's because he has his guts put back together and now he can eat again. Now, he obviously doesn't care at all if he's getting fat again. Yep, I could see his fat belly and sides starting all over again.
He saw me and said, "I see you've lost a lot of weight too. Then he said he's regaining weight." He then pointed to his belly. I asked him if he is being careful about his food portions? I reminded him that he had ate less food in the past. He said, "I know Dave, good by Dave." He motioned me away. He didn't want to hear it.
He's happy getting fat. He can stuff his face until heart's content now. Admit it, you want to be fat. If you don't change then you will get fatter. Then we'll find you in the cardiac arrest ward in the emergency room. Keep it up. Keep eating.
Bye for now...
Saturday, August 4, 2007
I am posting on my blog today from Twin Lakes, Wisconsin. It's a small three-horse-carriage town just North of the Illinois border line.
I am in a very small community library that is set up in a store front just off the main road. If I blinked driving through the town I would have missed it completely.
Today I stepped onto the scale weighing in at 190.4-pounds. I was the same yesterday morning.
People Are Astounded
I am up at a Catholic retreat center. Today I was talking to two nuns who were curious about where I was going. I told them I was going to town to post on the Internet.
They wanted to know what I am writing about on the Internet.
I told them that I have a weight loss blog.
I told them that I was out to here, and motioned with my hands around my tummy. I put my hands out about six inches and told them this is how far out my belly was. They looked surprised. I told them that I have lost 50-pounds. One nun said, "You don't look like you were ever over weight."
They were surprised, and wanted to know what it was I did to lose that much weight. I told them that I prayed for wisdom and got the answer. I said I figured out how to eat less food.
One woman asked me if I used pills. I said, "I didn't use pills, or a diet club, or any surgery." I said that I did it on my own. Then the other nun said, "Wow that's hard to do."
Well, of course it's hard. It's hard to lose weight. It's hard to give up food. It's hard to be conscious all the time about my food consumption. It's hard.
I never wrote that it would be easy.
Well I couldn't finish my conversation with them, so I left to go to town.
My Friend's Friend Told Me He Had Stomach Surgery
Last night I was visiting a friend of mine. He was telling me that someone he knows well from our church had that stomach-by-pass-surgery. He said that the man lost a lot of weight. He said the reason the man used was because he was over 300-pounds. Here is what's sad. Now his wife is considering having the surgery too.
What? Is that all. This man who is six feet tall was three hundred pounds and because of that he needed to have his guts cut up? That's it?
This man only had to lose 100-pounds. That's all, and he couldn't do it on his own? Well, said my friend, "He has a lot of stress in his life dealing with the teens." What did people do before there was stomach-by-pass-surgery?
How did they deal with the teenagers then?
Here is what really galls me. I have lost 50-pounds. Before this I managed to lose 60-pounds doing the Doctor Atkin's Diet. I regained 40 of those pounds. Now I have lost 50-pounds and am sitting right on the 190-pound mark. When I have reached my target weight, I will have lost 90-pounds.
Here is why I am agitated with this story. It's because I lost 50-pounds by reducing the amount of food that I consumed. I am sitting here posting on my blog, and guess what, I am hungry?
I have stress on my job. I work the wackiest hours imaginable for a human being. I kid you not. I work 80 hours a week. (I am not getting rich because of it.)
I control my food consumption.
Here is a man and woman who are roll models for teenagers. These folks are supposed to be an example how to live. Then this guy goes and does something bone headed like getting stomach-by-pass-surgery because he can't control his appetite. Oh that's a great message to send to teenagers.
It's like this: "Well, we're going to tell you to live like this. We're going to tell you to have self-control. But, since we can't do it, we had to have our stomachs altered." What sort of message is that?
This was only so someone could lose 100-pounds? It's nuts.
What ever happened to personal sacrifice? I guess it's gone. It's gone even among the people who really should know better. What a shame.
Another Real Life Example
I have another cousin that I was talking to the other day. She used to be a vivaciously beautiful woman. She got old, and she got fat. She is obese.
She had here stomach tied with a band to reduce her stomachs total size.
It worked for awhile. She lost 15-pounds. Then she regained the 15-pounds and more. Why? It's because she never reduced down her food portions. In the beginning she was forced to reduce her food portions because if she didn't she would throw up.
In time her stomach stretched out. Her stomach stretched out some more, and as a result she could eat more and more food. Since she was eating uncontrolled again, guess what, she gained more weight?
I asked her if she would do the surgery again. She said no. Then I asked if she would recommend it for anyone else? She said emphatically, "No." She said, "It doesn't work."
Why didn't the doctor tell her that before? It's because these doctors don't have a clue what they are doing to people. They are just as lost about weight lose as anyone else.
Getting by-pass-surgery is no solution for losing weight. Eating Less Food is the proper weight loss solution.
Don't think for five seconds anyone has a quick fix solution for a problem that was in development for years. That problem is we all over eat. Some people under eat. They too have something wrong with their eating habits.
Well, if I can't eat a diet pill, I can't use a diet club, and I can't have stomach surgery, how can I lose weight?
EAT LESS FOOD. That's all.
What, who the heck are you to tell me to eat less food? What do you know David? Well, I have tried many things. The most productive thing I did to lose weight was to eat less food.
I weigh myself in the morning. I record that weight. Many times I weigh myself at night. I record that weight too.
When I eat, I record the kind of food that I have eaten. Then, I try to figure out how many calories I consumed in that meal. Sometimes I can't calculate the calories, but I write down what I ate. This way I have a record.
That's what I do. When I hit a certain amount of calories I cut myself off for the rest of the day.
Do I get hungry? Yep, I sure do? Do I get frustrated? Yep, I sure do. Do I wish I could eat, and eat? Yep, I do.
But, I found out that losing weight was worth it. I can look straight down and see the tops of my feet. I couldn't do that seven months ago.
I don't huff and puff walking up and down the stairs like I did.
I look better than I did.
It was worth the sacrifice. It was worth being hungry. It was worth the frustration that I felt. I can't describe how much better I feel.
If you want to lose weight then read my blog. What makes me the expert? Well, I lost 50-pounds without anyone's help but God's.
I will tell you, "For goodness sake quit whining, and eat that giant donut already." What? Yep, I have.
I add that big donut to my calorie count. If I go over that calorie count then I am done eating for the rest of the day.
That's how I do it.
Bye for now...
Friday, August 3, 2007
I am back from Wisconsin for today. Tomorrow I am making another trip up there to another town. I will see if I can find a local library to blog on. It will be Saturday and that might be a difficult thing to find.
I was talking to my cousin yesterday. She was showing me pictures of her friends. She was showing me a picture of a woman who was pretty. She was obviously thin. She didn't look like a very happy woman.
I asked my cousin about her. She told me that I was looking at a bad picture of her. She said she is actually a very funny, happy woman.
She told me that the woman used to be very fat. I asked my cousin how this woman lost so much weight. My cousin told me that her friend had that stomach-by-pass surgery. As a result of the surgery my cousin's friend lost over 100 pounds.
Then my cousin told me that this woman had to adjust her diet accordingly. This woman had to reduce down her food portions, or she would get sick. She also told me that the woman had to go from eating three meals per day to eating four or five meals per day.
Then I asked my cousin why she didn't just eat less food. My cousin said that it was a psychological thing getting the surgery.
What? It's a psychological thing getting the stomach cut open and cut up just to lose weight? In other words this woman, and anyone else that has this butchery done to themselves would rather be cut to pieces and maimed for life instead of eating less food?
First of all the surgery didn't make this woman lose weight. All it did was reduce her stomach down and rearrange her bowels. The smaller portions of food, eating less food, caused her weight loss.
Get it straight. Just because someone is stupid and has stomach surgery doesn't mean he/she is going to lose weight because of it. It's the reduced amount of food that produces the weight loss.
God, I wish there was a law against this butchery. It is right out of the mind of Satan himself. I really believe that. Why? Because it's completely unnecessary. It results in other side effects that the doctors won't tell anyone. One of which is vitamin B deficiency.
Remember something from now: weight loss and all it's aspects has become an industry of it's own. This includes the many varieties of food that can be purchased, the many diet clubs that can be joined, and this surgery that is supposed to help someone lose weight. There is a lot of money being made because people are ignorant about how to lose weight. I know that I was.
Anyway, this woman had surgery, now for the rest of her life she will have to eat smaller portions of food. Never again will she be able to sit down and eat a big Thanks giving feast, or a big Christmas dinner and enjoy it. The only thing she'll be ready for now is to celebrate the fasting for Ramadan with the Muslims. Those "Wacko Jobs" the Muslims are sick people. Now she can join them.
Stomach-By-Pass-Surgery Will Fail
Let me tell you how the stomach-by-pass-surgery will be found to fail completely in the future. And they say it can't. It sure can. Here is how. The body adapts itself to adversity. Somehow built into us by God's natural law we can adapt to things.
When I lost all the weight that I did by eating smaller portions my body adapted. I found that over time I could not eat as much food as I did and not eventually feel stuffed and ill too. I guess my stomach shrank.
Now, if my stomach can shrink, it can also expand. The stomach that has been altered by surgery can stretch and expand. Over time that little pocket that the doctors made inside this woman's stomach will stretch. Oh it may take a long time but it can stretch.
Supposedly the hunger center has been altered and people who have had the surgery don't feel hungry anymore. Well, it's a lie. The body still sends out that signal: Feed Me.
Someone pointed out to me that people eat for different reasons other than because they are hungry. Well, I will admit that psychology plays a role in our adapting bad eating habits. Those bad eating habits contribute to our over eating.
So let's say this person gets that stomach surgery. Now, overnight he/she has to suddenly eat less food because their stomach no longer has the capacity to take in as much food. If this person had the habit of eating continuously, do you think he/she is suddenly going to stop eating continuously? Maybe for a while he/she might.
But, old habits die hard, and with that comes the compulsion that sets people up for failure or success. This woman who had her surgery, or this man who had the surgery has to learn how to eat all over again. They have to learn to eat smaller portions or they will spit up onto themselves.
That's right, another one of the side effects of this stomach-by-pass-surgery is irregular vomiting. The doctors don't tell you that do they? Do they tell someone that if they exceed the recommended portions they vomit uncontrollably? Off course they didn't, or they glazed over it in the counseling sessions. If there were any.
And someone who is a compulsive eater will just keep eating, but in smaller portions. That's because the hunger doesn't go away. What? The doctor said I won't feel hungry.
Are you kidding me? Are you nuts? The center that causes hunger is inside the brain, it's not inside the stomach. When the body needs nutrition, and food it sends out the signal: Feed me I am hungry. Then the body responds by triggering hunger pains.
The whole process for hunger and why we need to eat is far more complicated than the doctors let on. I know, I am going through living hell trying to lose weight.
So, to continue my story, the compulsive eater will continue to be compulsive up until the point in time he/she confronts the personal issues that make him/her compulsive.
Just keep eating and you'll get fat in spite of your stomach surgery. You'll just be stuffing your face more often and with smaller amount of food. That is of course until your stomach expands more. Then you'll be able to stuff in more food without vomiting as often.
Do you really think that I don't know what I am writing about? Do you really think that just because I don't have a PhD I don't know what I am writing about?
In the future I will be proved right.
You are going to hear about some man or woman who had stomach-by-pass-surgery and then ended up being fat again. Then suddenly you will hear about another man, or woman that had the stomach-by-pass-surgery and he/she too got fat again.
Then you'll remember: Hey, years ago some know-nothing-guy wrote on the Internet that stomach-by-pass-surgery will fail. He was right. How did he know? I just do.
I talk to people who have had the stomach-by-pass surgery. I listen to what I am told. I hear the stories about how people suffer because of the stomach-by-pass surgery.
It doesn't solve anything. If anything it creates more problems for someone than it solves. Oh, someone may lose a tremendous amount of weight. But, for the rest of their lives they will have deal with the idiosyncrasies that go with the surgery. And, they are not pleasant.
Who wants to throw up onto themselves if they overeat? Who wants to suffer from malnourishment because the body no longer functions normally? Who wants to be hungry after eating a tiny little meal?
Why do that surgery? I am warning you, you will be sorry if you do. And I think the doctors who perform it for weight loss should be lose their licenses. I mean that.
Bye for now...
Below you will find some interesting statistics regarding my weight loss progress from month to month as I blogged and listed the information. I didn't collate the statistics I just pulled them out of my E-mail. So my thanks go to the Tony Trendl Enterprise's Studios (TTES) for this work.
My Weight Loss from month-to-month:
April 2007 5.8-pounds
May 2007 5.2-pounds
June 2007 5.4-pounds
July July 2007 4.0-pounds
August 2007 0.2-pounds
highlights include (I'm not sure if you counted your night weight. - I did.)
As you can see I have been losing around four to five pounds per month. It's been a slow, steady weight loss progression. I haven't done anything spectacular. I just ate less food. That's it.
EAT LESS FOOD
Bye for this posting...
Thursday, August 2, 2007
All none of you. Well I stepped onto the scale today weighing in at 189.0-pounds. I thought that I would be 188-pounds or so, but I was off. Maybe it was because of all those cookies that I ate last night.
Well, I am up in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin writing on the Internet. I don't have a whole lot to share today.
Yesterday I decided to eat more protein than carbohydrates. At night a friend offered me some Knot's Farm Cookies. The two small bags totaled about 660 calories. I also had a very small bag of cheese crackers. Those totaled about 230 calories.
It's amazing how such a small amount of food can add up so quickly when counting calories.
Most people are not aware of this when they are eating. They don't count calories and then they overeat. Then they end up fat.
I never wrote don't eat some cookies. I never wrote don't eat a donut. I never wrote that. I write count those calories. I write eat smaller portions. Did I write don't eat some cookies?
NO, I didn't. It's just you have to eat in moderation. You have eat less than you do.
You can't go out there and eat, and eat, and eat. That's what I write.
Oh just adjust your attitude and get positive. Oh just wish that fat off. Just do it. No, you can't. You have to EAT LESS FOOD.
Everyday isn't a feast day. It's not for me. I had some cookies, and look how many calories they were. Imagine if I did that blindly everyday. I would be back up at 240 or more pounds in no time at all.
Well, I am going to go.
Bye for now.
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
I was unable to get to a computer yesterday to post on my blog, so I missed a day of blogging.
Today I weighed in at 190.4-pounds. I am up and down around that 190-pound number. Oh well, what am I gonna do?
The other day I was with a co-worker. This guy is a huge man. He is so overweight he has one continuous chin. He probably weighs at least 400-pounds. He is two of me in his width. That's big.
Now, I wouldn't report on this but I am finding more and more people who are like him. He is not even aware that he has a serious weight problem. Not only will he not admit he has a problem, but he manufactures stories. He lies to me, and worse than that, he lies to himself.
He has been with our company for about a month. I was telling him about how much weight that I lost. He turned around and told me that since he worked for our company he lost 40-pounds.
What? He lost 40-pounds in one month? How come I couldn't see it? He lied.
I went to lunch with this man. I had a chicken sandwich and french fries. I told him that this is my last meal for the day. It was around noon time when I said this. He had a large plate full of macaroni smothered in tomato sauce topped with a large meatball. This meal came in at six hundred or seven hundred calories. He told me that he wasn't going to eat any more today either.
Before we left the restaurant he ordered a large beef sandwich. An hour later I watched him eat that whole beef sandwich. An hour after that I watched him pop a bunch of candy into his mouth.
Here is a guy that is eating and eating and can't admit it. He is so delusional he can't even admit he has a serious problem.
Is this you? Are you getting preponderant (tipping the scales)? Do you keep on eating when you should have stopped? Do you lie to yourself, and then to others because you can't face the truth?
I got sick and tired of being overweight. I knew I had a problem. I just couldn't figure out how to solve it.
Here is how I solved my weight loss problem:
- I weigh myself everyday on the digital scale
- I record my weight on paper
- Everything that I drink I record on paper. I figure out how many calories it was.
- Everything that I eat I record on paper. I figure out how many calories it was.
- I keep a running total of my calories for any given day. When I hit that 1,500 calorie mark I quit eating for the day.
- My clock is from midnight-to-midnight. Everything on any calender day goes with that day. I don't run the totals over to the next day.
This is my basic plan for losing weight. I am committed to do this for the rest of my life, God willing.
I have to do this because I can't remember what it was that I eat from hour to hour, let alone try to remember back one day, or one week. I don't like to do it, but I do.
Up to now I have lost 50-pounds doing this. Now, I don't have everything before January 11, 2007. But, I know through December I ate Lean Cuisines three times a day. With that I lost 9 pounds. Not bad Eeh?
You can lose weight if you are determined to lose weight. You don't have to starve to do it either. I don't.
Bye for now...
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