Friday, October 31, 2008

The Weight Is Up Some

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 180.2-pounds. That's up some from yesterday. It's back up over that 180-pound target.

Oh, I knew it couldn't last.

There is a simple explanation for this. I had some calories left over last night. I ate a 340 calorie piece of pizza, and a half cup of Japanese Saki.
This put me in just over the 1,500 calorie count for the day.

So, I am not so over whelmed. I have every intention at getting down from here.

Number counter when I completed this post: 6838

Bye for now...

And that's the way it is...I'm David Dane

Monday, October 27, 2008

I Just Keep Doing The Same Things That I Did To Lose Weight

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 179.2-pounds.

David, you must be lying to us. I thought you told us that you ate three donuts in the morning the other day. I thought you told us you ate some candy that night. I thought you admitted to binging.

Nope... I wrote I only exceeded my 1,500 calories by 300 calories on that day. Well, you had all that sugar, and those carbohydrates. You shouldn't be below 180-pounds today. You can't lose fat that fast. Nope, I can't.

Well, you must be doing something radical like not eating. Nope, I am not doing something that radical. I am keeping myself very close to 1,500 calories a day. This is what has corrected the situation.

I keep writing it's not what you eat, it's how much you eat. You can eat cake three times a day and lose weight. You just better figure out the calorie count that will be productive in losing weight, and go by that. Then limit the cake portions accordingly.

Now I don't think that's a very healthy diet. I don't eat cake every day. And I certainly don't eat candy every day either.

I do eat small portions of meat. I limit myself to around three to four ounces of meat each meal. Or, I will eat a couple eggs. If I consume my protein powder, I will skip the meat, and eat only vegetables, and fruit.

I still measure the portion sizes. I still look at everything that I eat and try to figure out how many calories I have eaten. Then I write it down and add up the numbers. I still weight myself just about every day.

I keep at it. I do the same things every day. It's boring. It's monotonous to do. But, I keep at it. Here it is two years after losing 60-pounds. I have not regained that weight.
It's only because I keep doing the same things day in and day out.
I watch, I weigh, I estimate, and I write it down.
Every bit of food gets logged.
Every drink that I drink that can produce calories I log.

I am not so careful with the diet soda, and the stuff that I use Stevia in.
I have learned those drinks don't have an adverse effect on my weight.

I keep doing the same things every day. This is why today I weigh what I weigh.

Number counter when I completed this post today: 6725

Bye for now...

And that's the way it is...I'm David Dane

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Eat Something Sweet For Goodness Sakes

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 180.8-pounds.

That's down from yesterday, when I stepped onto the scale just over 181-pounds.

Needless, Senseless Guilt Feelings For Regaining Weight
I have been reading some of these blogs where some people go into this long list of reasons they binge and over eat. Some people write oh I gained all this weight back. Now I feel so guilty.

Feeling guilty for over eating. What for? What good does feeling guilt for over eating and regaining a few pounds do for you? I wrote a few days ago that I ate three donuts in the morning. I ate some candy in the evening. I was speculating that I would see it on the scale in the morning. Well, I didn't.

I didn't see it on the scale the day after that, or even the day after that day. Here is why. I went back to eating like I usually do. My body took care of the rest.

Let me give you a clue about binging. You have to be doing it for a week or so, to see any weight gains. You have to be consuming 3,500 calories over and above your daily calorie consumption to see even one pound of extra fat. If you are an active person that is exercising and has a very physical job, you may not even see a weight gain.

It is the slow, lethargic, non active people who get to see that fat come on and stay on. It is the person who grazes all day log eating fist fulls of potato chips here, and there, every hour of the day that sees the slow increases of body weight. It's the person who walks into the convenience store and buys a 44 ounce soda pop and drinks it, that gets to see that extra fat come on slowly.
It's the guy on the construction site, that eats 12 inch sausages on big bread rolls, that sees that extra fat.

Years ago I actually hit 160-pounds. This was the largest I have ever been. I lost 5-pounds in six months by eliminating sugar soda pop and then substituting in diet soda. When I got onto the Doctor Atkins's Diet, I actually lost another 55-pounds by cutting out most of the carbohydrates.

I slowly regained 40-pounds which put me where I was 2 years ago. But, I tell you, I had to really be eating like a horse to put on that 40-pounds. I was eating whole pizza's by myself, and bags of cookies. I was eating big beef sandwiches, with French Fries. I was eating two eggs with cheese biscuits, along with hash browns for breakfast everyday.

I was reading on one blog where someone thinks they gained 6-pounds in three days by binging. It doesn't work that way. That six pounds was probably crap that should have been passing out. I have written time and time again it's possible to gain 5-pounds in one day just because the plumbing is plugged. In a woman's case she could be retaining water.

Over and over again, I keep writing, "It's not what you eat, it's how much you eat."
We have gained this extra weight over time. We were over eating everyday over many years. Then one day we have awakened and looked in the mirror only to ask, "How did that happen?"

It happened over time, we gained that weight. Don't be surprised to see 20 extra pounds on your gut if you drink soda pop, and high fructose juice everyday. Don't be surprised to see your gut getting bigger if you eat donuts everyday. Don't be surprised if you get fat because you really don't pay close attention to what you eat.

I have a friend who told me yesterday, "He won't be surprised if he sees me fat one day." I asked him why? He said because he never sees me turn down food. I said you're right I don't.

Here is what's wrong this guys thinking. He is not around me 24 hours a day. He doesn't see me writing down all of the food I consume. He doesn't see me step up on the scale every morning. He doesn't see what I eat for breakfast. He doesn't see that I immediately quit eating after I have exceeded my calories for the day. He doesn't have any idea what I am doing.
Yet he can make a careless comment like that. He has no idea.

No one, no one, no one, can be around you or I twenty four hours each day to see what we are eating. It's impossible to do. Therefore it's no one's responsibility to monitor you and get you back slim again.

Even the great and mighty Oprah Winfrey can't keep her weight off. Here's why, she's depending on outside advisers to tell her how to lose weight. She lives a very lavish lifestyle and food is readily accessible to her. She has never learned on her own to fight those cravings that we must fight to avoid eating too much food. Now, this is all speculation on my part. I can't cast my idea's in stone and say this is it.

I can only go by my own experience. I can only share with you my experience. My experience has been this; "Eat Less Food," you will lose weight.

That's is in a nut shell. Quit thinking that you can keep consuming those donuts and soda pops each day. Quit assuming you can keep chowing down at the buffet for lunch everyday. Quit thinking that you can eat all those bags of potato chips. Quit thinking you can get away with out monitoring your weight. Quit thinking you are so special you don't have to cut back on your calories.

You aren't any more special than anyone else. And you will put on the weight if you keep eating and eating.

Finally, I wrote eat something sweet for goodness sakes. The other day I was in the food store. I was hungry and I was buying groceries. I thought I had lots of calories I could use left. I brought a Hershey Chocolate bar. I ate it that night. I didn't over exceed my calorie count for the day.

I didn't eat any dinner after that either. Here is why. It's because I was almost to my limit for the calories that day. I had my chocolate bar, and I satisfied my sweet tooth. I had my goody.

The other night I ate a bunch of Halloween Candy. Even though I did, I only exceeded my calorie consumption for the day by 300 calories. I also ate three donuts that morning. Here I am at 180.8-pounds. Didn't I binge? Shouldn't I be seeing that on me right now?

No, no, no, no I shouldn't. it's because I had been pretty consistent and careful up to that day, and those days following. One day of feasting a diet will not break.

Bye for now...

And that's the way it is...I'm David Dane

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Not A Lot Of Time To Post Today

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 181.2-pounds. That's down from yesterday.

OK tomorrow may not look so good on the scale. I went wacky today. I had a cinnamon sweet roll for breakfast. When I got to work I ate a Donut. When I got to my customer, I ate another donut. When I went to lunch I had a big salad, three bread rolls, and beef in gravy on noodles. When I got home from work I did a dreadful thing. I ate a bunch of Holloween Candy that was sitting in my refrigerator. Oh the shame...

Well, I guess tomorrow I'll step up onto the scale at somewhere in the neighborhood of 185-pounds. Yep, I'll pay for it.

OH I should hang my little head. How can I face my fans?

Here is something scary for you who know your Bible. Today I ended this post with the counter at 6666. Ooooh... So Scary...

Bye for now...

And that's the way it is...I'm David Dane

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Pickled Radish: A Good Food For The Diet

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 182.2-pounds.
That's up from yesterday.

Hmmm... I wonder what happened? I looked at the numbers for my food consumption and found that I only came in 300 calories over the 1,500 calories for the day. I didn't even get to the 2,000 calorie intake for the day.

I guess it's only stuff that's waiting to go.

Here is a problem that I am having. I want to get to 160-pounds. I keep myself around 1,500 calories a day. Only my weight just keeps hanging around that 180-pounds. I go up and down around that number.

Now, I am not deeply troubled by it because I have been hanging around this weight now for almost a year. This means that I am stable. I will stay here as long as I keep my total calories around 1,500-2,000 calories each day.

I keep monitoring my weight daily, and I keep writing down everything that I consume. This includes the nights when I may indulge in a couple glasses of wine.

Last night I had a 4 ounce serving of Japanese Saki. I warmed it up in the microwave oven for a minute. Then I slowly drank it down. Whooops.... It wasn't long after that it was lights out for me. Of course I had been awake since 4:30 in the morning that day, so it wasn't going to take much to knock me out.

Eating Those Fermented Vegetables Which Are Good For The Guts
Yesterday after work I stopped at the Japanese Food Market. I purchased two jars of fermented vegetables. One jar was Kim Chi, and the other was small Chinese radishes in hot sauce. I decided to start eating the radish this morning. I am not a big fan of raw radish. However, I bought the stuff thinking it was going to taste different than what I thought. Well, like always it was bitter to eat. It takes getting used to eating.

The benefits are profound eating this little delicacy which makes me gag a little eating it. I gag initially that is. Radish has a high amount of potassium which makes it as good as eating a banana. It's also good for the teeth, the skin, the stomach, the colon, and the list goes on.
Radish is filled with B vitamins, and other beneficial chemicals which are said to fight cancer.

Like I wrote before it takes a little getting used to eating it. I will finish this jar of radish. However, this will be my last jar I purchase. I can eat it, but I don't like the bitter aftertaste.

Even though I know it's one food that is loaded with goodies that help the body. I can't keep eating something that really challenges my taste buds. I will stick with the Korean Kim Chi, and the sauerkraut.

Calorie Counter when I completed this post: 6630

Bye for now...

And that's the way it is...I'm David Dane

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

I Dropped Below 180-Pounds

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 179.6-pounds. That's down from yesterday, and it's back below 180-pounds, which I seem to have been at forever.

No worry, I will get down to that 160-pound target someday. I am not so sure that tomorrow I will step onto the scale below 180 again. It's only because I had this big breakfast while eating with some people from work. I blew out my calorie count, I think. I haven't done the math yet. When I got off work I was eating out of a bag filled with dry cuddle fish. Oh, you should try the stuff. Yummm.....

We'll see what happens tomorrow.

Number Counter when I completed this post: 6601

Bye for now...

And that's the way it is...I'm David Dane

Monday, October 20, 2008

Will You Pick Me David Dane For The President?

Hello weight losing fans...

Will you elect me for President Of The United States?

Open this link and read it, then watch the video:

Number counter when I completed this post: 6558

I'm David Dane and I approve this add...

I Worked Out Just A Little And Went From There

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 181.2-pounds.
That's up from yesterday's weight of 180.6-pounds.

I couldn't post yesterday. I was at work by 5:00 AM. I got home and was wiped out. That's because I woke up so much earlier around 2:00 AM or so.

I exceeded my calorie intake yesterday by 300 calories. This is because I went with a friend to a restaurant and ate a chili dog with a medium French Fries.

Today I did more squats. I exceeded my 75 squats from two days ago. If I told you how many I actually did, you wouldn't believe me. So let's just say I did 75+ squats and leave it there. It's needless to say, I am very excited about this progress.

I wrote before my knees were in bad shape, and I couldn't even do one squat. The pain was unbearable. I kept working at the squats through out these last two years. I started doing very shallow squats in the kitchen holding onto the sink or the back of a chair. I just kept working at it until finally I was able to complete just a few squats. Over time I would do my couple deep squats, and then I added in the shallow squats on the back end. It's taken me this long by being stubborn and persistent to get this far.

So what does it matter if I can do squats? Well, at my age it matters a lot. It means that my heart is in pretty good shape because there are tremendous pressures excerpted on the heart when I press up from the ground level with my legs. All my leg muscles are involved, including the muscles in my back and stomach.

It's important to be able to squat because it means my legs are able to maintain my balance when I walk normally, and when I slip. If I have week leg muscles at my age, almost 50, this means I can fall and injure myself much easier.

There's no guarantee I won't fall, but my odds have been improved.

Here is the Moral of this story: Don't kill yourself. Most people see that they have a problem with weight, and know that they should exercise. Then many people will get excited and jump into exercise by doing too much too soon. The results are they have to fight injuries like over tired muscles, pulled joints, with aches and pains from over excursion. When they find they have to take time to recover, they lose that motivation.

The trick to over come any problems with exercise is to do a little bit over long periods of time. Hey, we aren't preparing ourselves to go into a body building contest. We aren't getting ready to compete in the Olympics. So why train yourself like you are? It's foolish. And, if you were like I was with bad knees, and joints, you could cause yourself to be seriously injured.

I must credit one more thing that I did for this success. I started taking a minimum of 1000 mg of vitamin D each day. This one vitamin has made all the difference with my joints, especially my left knee. When I began taking the vitamin D, in one month I knew something was different. My knee used to swell, and get black and blue behind the joint. When I took the vitamin D, and still do, that black and blue behind the knee began to disappear. I knew I was onto something when that happened.

It took a few more months for the tenderness to disappear. The swelling was going down and the black and blue disappeared. So far it has not returned.

What about my weight? Why should I worry about it anymore because my weight seems to have stabilized here at 180-pounds?

I am not neurotic when it comes to my weight. There are plenty of people who say that I should stay here at this weight. They think that I would look gaunt, or too skinny at 160-pounds.
The height/weight charts reveal a different story. They say for my frame, which is a small frame, I should be somewhere around 160-pounds. I tend to agree. I do have extra fat around my stomach. This area of my body is the last strong hold for my fat reserves.

I am not writing anything different than I did before. I just keep pounding the same drum, and beating the same beat. It's seems like it's old stuff by now. But, if you want to lose weight, you must eat less food. That's the bottom line.

Number counter when I completed this post: 6549

Bye for now...

And that's the way it is...I'm David Dane

Saturday, October 18, 2008

I'm So Excited

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 180.6-pounds. That's down from yesterday. This ends the week down for my weight totals. That's a good thing.

I titled my blog-post for today, "I'm So Excited."

I am excited for a real good reason. Today I completed 75 deep squats. This is significant because two years ago I couldn't even do one squat. I was so over weight, my knees were blown out. I was a wreck.

Now, I am doing 75 squats. Not only is this so, I am also doing leg lifts by putting my paws (OK feet) up onto the bathroom sink by alternating them back and forth. I did 50 of those lifts for each leg.

I am excited because I am actually seeing improvements in my over all health. Oh, I still struggle with aches and pains here and there. But, lately I have been saying, "To H..... with it." Then I try to work through the pain.

Here are some of the results of my stubborn persistence:
  • I'm down 60-pounds from this time two years ago.
  • My heart rate has dropped from beating in the 100s all of the time to beating in the 60s.
  • My blood pressure has dropped below the normal mark from being high blood pressure.
  • My cholesterol is down from the 200s into the 160s.
  • I look better, and feel better. This has helped me improve my disposition.
  • I can run up a stair case now. Before I was crawling up the stairs.
These are just a few of the good things that have happened as a result of losing weight, and keeping it off.

How did I do it? I ate less food. That's right, I ate less food.

Let me give you an idea how you should eat.

If you must eat one of those Hershey Chocolate bars. Then skip anything else. That's your meal.

Yep, there are 230 calories in the medium Hershey Chocolate bar. That's almost a complete meal if someone is dieting. And it's really not a very good one at that.

If you are eating breakfast, eat a couple of eggs, or a 3 ounce piece of meat, along with a piece of bread, or small biscuit. Eat 1/2 cup of fruit salad, or eat an apple or orange.

For lunch, eat half of a sandwich. Keep yourself down to one piece of bread. Eat something green like beans, or salads. Consider eating a cup of sauerkraut or Kim Chi.

For dinner, eat a three or four ounce piece of meat or fish. Eat 1/2 of a baked potato, eat something green. Again consider adding sauerkraut or Kim Chi to the meal.

Here is what the sauerkraut and Kim Chi have done for me. For some odd reason that I cannot explain this rotting cabbage has been like an appetite suppressor for me. I kid you not. I am not having the raw, gut pulling, cat's scratching in my tummy feeling that I have struggled with.

As a result, I have been able to cut back comfortably to 1,500 calories. Barring any unforeseen events I am predicting I will get down to 160-pounds.

Well David, that's not a lot of food. Nope, it's not. Perhaps you need a little bit more than that. I don't know. However, let me put it to you like this: If you're fat, then you better do something about it. How else can I put it. You have to get off that weight. Your health depends on it.

Your pocket book depends on it too. Yes, the insurance companies will penalize you with higher insurance rates. The government will penalize you with taxes on food. And, we might see fines in the future.

Let me make this clear. The government wants your money. They don't care if you are fat. They want an excuse to take your money. This obesity epidemic, just like the lie about global warming, is an excuse to get your money.

You can beat the governments a... holes to the punch by getting that weight off.

You'll feel better for it. You'll look better for it too.

I have been making slow progress here. I keep at it just a little bit everyday. Let's see what it gets me.

Number Counter when I finished this post: 6507

Bye for now...

And that's the way it is...I'm David Dane

Friday, October 17, 2008

Over And Over, It's How Much We Eat, Not What We Eat

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 181-pounds.
That's down from yesterday 3.6-pounds.

Hmm, how is that possible? This is what I have been writing about all along. The weight can go up, and then down as much as 5-pounds in one day.

This dramatic weight change can be caused by many different things. I am not going to go into it. This is why I wasn't worried when I saw my weight at almost 185-pounds.

I have also been writing time, and time again that it's the amount of food that we consume that gets us into trouble. Someone can be determined to eat the wrong food by eating a lot of sugar. Only even so, if that food doesn't exceed a particular calorie count each day, no weight will be gained.

I stepped up on the scale early this evening and found my weight at 181.6-pounds. Then I ate my sauerkraut, and five scoops of protein powder to end the day at just under 1,500 calories.

We'll see where I am in the morning. Maybe I will see 180-pounds. I doubt it, but then I might be wrong.

Number counter when I completed this post today: 6491

Bye for now...

And that's the way it is...I'm David Dane

Thursday, October 16, 2008

My Weight Is Up, I'm Not Worred

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 184.6-pounds.
That's up again from yesterday.

I am not worried about this. I ate over the weekend some extra food that brought me over my calorie count for Saturday. Two days ago in the afternoon I ate a very large corn beef sandwich, and a piece of blueberry pie. Perhaps this has added to my weight. I really doubt it.

Yesterday I ate late in the evening, ate around 7 PM. I had two cups of Spanish Rice, mixed with a can of diced tomatoes with onions, and added in a cup of sauerkraut.
That food may be what showed up on the scale this morning.

Yesterday I did come in just over 1,500 calories.

No Hunger In The Early Morning Hours
This morning around 4:30 AM, God's nature made a telephone call. I had to get up to answer it. (Use your imagination.)

When I laid back down I began to realize something was different. I thought I am not hungry. That's right, the nauseous, gnawing hunger that I have been used to struggling with wasn't there.
I was thinking, what changed? What has happened that I am not struggling with an overwhelming desire to eat?

Now, as I am sitting here typing, I am not wrestling with hunger either. I am guessing, and only time will prove me right or wrong, that the sauerkraut, and Kim Chi has a chemical that helps to subdue hunger. If this is true, then can you imagine what this would mean for people who are struggling with their weight?

For the last week, I have been making it a habit to eat some sauerkraut at every meal. The only exceptions were on Saturday, and when I went to visit family. On those days I wrestled with eating more than I should. This included dipping into the vanilla ice cream. Oooops...

When I am in my own environment, and I can chow down on some Kim Chi, or sauerkraut, that hunger has seemed to subside. It's certainly not with me now, and all I had for breakfast was two eggs, three strips of bacon, sauerkraut, and a cup of Kim Chi.

I don't know. Perhaps I have found the answer to my hunger. Perhaps I have found your answer to hunger as well.

To find out if I am right or wrong you can do a search for "The Health Benefits of Sauerkraut."
I have not included this as a link. There are so many sights out there that can be searched.

Number counter when I completed this post: 6455

Bye for now...

And that's the way it is...I'm David Dane

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Eating Fermented Cabbage, Could This Be A Wonder Food?

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 184-pounds. That's up two pounds from yesterday. Has the extra calories from the last couple days effected me? I don't know. I guess we'll see over the next few days if the extra pounds stay put.

This morning I woke up and decided to eat something in the morning for breakfast that I think caused me to have the squiggles (that's loose foof). I had some cheese left over in the refrigerator. It wasn't much, but I put it in my breakfast omelet. I should have tossed it because it smelled bad, and it was open. I bit into it in the omelet and it was hard. The cheese didn't melt like it should have.
Me being the bachelor that I am, decided to eat it anyway thinking how bad can cheese get? I think I found out. Argh.
It's too late now, it's in there in my belly creating it's havoc.

Yesterday I went to the Japanese food store. It's a mall where many Asian products are sold. I purchased a jar of Kim Chi. I didn't know that the jar didn't have one of those wax seals. I let the jar of Kim Chi sit sideways in it's bag on the front seat of the car. When I got home the bottle was leaking. Oh that was a big mistake. That stuff leaked on my front seat. Oh my what a smell that created. Now, not only does my car smell like a fisherman's boat, it also smells like dirty feet. Argh...

I like the taste of Kim Chi, but the smell leaves something to be desired. Let's face it, it's rotten cabbage. It's cabbage, and in some cases other vegetables mixed in, that has been permitted to begin to decay in a jar in a warm place.

Now, cabbage doesn't have the most pleasant odor for a vegetable, but imagine what it smells like when it begins to go bad. It's obnoxious for sure. I will have to figure out how to get out that smell.

When I eat Kim Chi I find myself flashing back to when I was in the Army. I had a friend who would bring me to a bar by the military base that was owned by a Korean woman. She served many foods that Koreans liked to eat.

My friend and I would buy a tall mug of beer, and order a dried white fish, and Kim Chi. I don't know why I liked it, but that Kim Chi tasted so good with a real cold beer. Back then we would eat the fish with this meal. The fish was dried like shoe leather. We would grab an end of this tough fish and strip it like tree bark. Then we put it in our mouth and began the long arduous task of chewing this stuff. It was like chewing leather. It was tough. At first I hated eating it. For some reason it grew on me.

That year I was shipped off to spend 14 months of my life in Korea. I took to Kim Chi like a duck takes to water. When I was there I ate Kim Chi, white fish, and beer.

When I left the military I said good-bye to that food. I even gave up beer, and alcohol for well over 15 years, I didn't touch a drop.

Well, I read how good fermented cabbage is for the digestion, and decided to go looking for it. I found the fermented cabbage in the form of sauerkraut. Then I found some Kim Chi yesterday and purchased a bottle. Oh, I had forgotten how much I enjoyed the blast to my tongue and nostrils that I used to get when I ate this stuff. Eating Kim Chi really does take getting used to.
Phew, it stinks, and when eaten burns the tongue and lips. This is because it's loaded with red pepper.

I like eating the Kim Chi. There is only one serious problem with this stuff. It's the same problem Italians suffer with when they consume so much garlic. The Kim Chi begins to create an obnoxious body odor, and bad breath. Yes, even I the teeth cleaning fanatic that I am, will have to watch my breath after eating this stuff. It's because many people who eat the stuff can breath and knock a buzzard off of a dead man's decaying body fifty feet away.

As far as it's benefits go, fermented cabbage in the form of Kim Chi, or sauerkraut is super for the digestion. The rotting cabbage has fiber, and enzymes that help move the poop up and out of the bowels. There is also mounting evidence that the rotten cabbage helps to delay the onset of cancer. This is because scientists have been finding chemicals that are known to inhibit cancer in the cells.

I am no food expert, so you'll have to do the research. But, I can tell you this. I don't have to keep drinking down that chemical fiber while I eat this rotting cabbage. My poop has been moving on out very well thanks to consuming sauerkraut, and now the Kim Chi.

I know for many people eating rotten cabbage may be an obnoxious thought. But, do consider adding sauerkraut to your diet. Also, if you like spicy food, consider going to your local Korean, or Japanese food store and purchasing a jar of Kim Chi. I like the stuff. Of course, I like being tortured too. Just kiddding.

I have also found one more benefit of the sauerkraut. It seems to stave off hunger. That's right it's been knocking out my hunger. I have been going longer between meals, and not feeling so hungry after eating sauerkraut. I don't know what is in this stuff that does that. Maybe it's because it provides bulk.

Number Counter when I completed this post today: 6426

Bye for now...

And that's the way it is...I'm David Dane

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

My Weight's The Same

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 182-pounds. That is the same as yesterday.

Number Counter When I Completed This Post: 6413

Bye for now...

And that's the way it is...I'm David Dane

Monday, October 13, 2008

Fat Parents, And Fat Children... OH MY

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 182-pounds.
That's down from yesterday at 183-pounds.

Good, I'm glad. This means all that food I ate two days ago isn't hanging on me as extra fat.

Watching The Fat Children Go By... What A Shame It Is
On Saturday I went to a High School Marching Band competition down in Southern Illinois.
When I watched the various bands going through their routines, I could not help but notice how many fat children there are now-a-days. I am not talking about children who are just a little plump. I am talking about children who are more than just struggling with baby fat. I am talking about children who are fat, as in round like a beach ball.

This makes me wonder. What is causing this obesity epidemic? Why is it that now-a-days not only are the parents big and round, but their children are too?

When I was a child, my brothers, sisters and I couldn't wait to go outside to play. If it was summer, we were outside. My mother would go crazy trying to get us back in the house when the sun went down. We were out in the suburbs just before the area became civilized, and had homes on every block, and streets with cars every where. We would leave the house in the morning and then go out exploring. We didn't want to stay in the house.

Now, you don't dare let your children out of the house for fear they will be abducted. We didn't have video games that preoccupied our every moment of time.
I grew up riding horses and ponies, chasing bugs, and snakes. I grew up playing softball with the neighbor children, and Frisbee with my brothers and sisters. Now that neighborhood is closed in with houses. In my old neighbor, children can't go to the woods anymore because they are owned by the college, and the Nazi Fascist Barney Fife security guards will arrest anyone caught trespassing.

When I was small we went any where we wanted, and there wasn't a problem. We trespassed regularly on other peoples property, and the worst thing that happened was maybe we got chased off. Those days are long gone.

Now a days children aren't encouraged to get out side to play. Oh they can if they get involved in an organized sport. But, don't you dare try to play ball on the baseball field of the local school yard around here anymore. No, they better have a permit. I used to wander around the school with my one friend and no one worried about it. Now, if someone gets caught by any school, and the police think he's a terrorist.

Times are different now. My mom didn't by soda pop all of the time. She didn't have drinks for us to drink in the refrigerator. She had water, and she had milk. When the milk was gone, we drank water. She didn't want us filling up on the sweets.

Now, the parents have the soda, and the drinks ready for the kiddies. Children don't know what water is. I am convinced children are drinking themselves into fatty-hood. Yes, they drink that soda, lemonade, sport drinks, etc., and they have all those hidden calories they consume.

This is true for the adults too. I feel bad for the children. Their parents don't have the God given sense to teach them how to eat. Children grow quickly. They need food and high calories to burn. But, they don't need all the sugar that they consume. They don't have to have all of the processed wheat products that they eat. They don't have to have it.

If I was a parent, and I am not, I would be tempted to be measuring my child's height and weight often. If my son wasn't gaining inches in height, then he shouldn't be putting on the weight. There has to be a balance. I would push my children to be consuming the proteins, and leaving the sweet rolls alone.

I would teach my children that they will spike up that insulin when they keep putting sugar in their system. It's not a good thing to do.

I wouldn't let my child out of the house without first making sure he/she ate something. Yep, they must eat something to start up that metabolism in the morning. If you don't eat then the body reacts by storing fat when it gets food.

I have written that eating less food is the way to lose fat. I didn't write that we shouldn't eat food. We eat too much food. And we eat the wrong kind of food. We drink too many sugar soda's. We eat to may sweet rolls. We eat way to much candy. We eat for a regular meal the food that used to be considered a treat or a dessert years ago.

Sweet rolls used to be a treat. Now they are eaten for breakfast.
Ice Cream was something we ate on the weekend for a family occasion, now it sits in refrigerator waiting to get eaten on a night raid.
Soda was something I used to have to beg and plead with my dad to buy, and my mom refused to buy. Now, soda is something that is every where we go, and children drink at every meal.
Donkin Donuts was something that started when I was a child. My parents would by us some donuts for a treat. Now, the children eat the donuts all of the time.

I am not for the government making it mandatory that people regulate what it is that we eat. But, I see a trend coming here. I am hearing more and more how the state is getting into the middle of child rearing by threatening parents. Parents can't spank the child for being beligerant. They can't admonish their child. They can't punish the child. Yes the government is intruding into the family.

I can only imagine what the government has planned for us in the future as we all continue to gain weight.

Yes, you keep putting on the pounds there. Keep eating until there is no more tomorrow. Let's see what it gets you.

Number counter when I completed this post today: 6354

Bye for now...

And that's the way it is...I'm David Dane

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Long Hours, Long Hunger, And A Big Appetite

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 183-pounds.
That's up 3-pounds from yesterday.

Yesterday I was 179.8-pounds. So here I am up and down some more. Yesterday I was at work for 18.5 hours. I was too tired to hunt for a place to write my blog yesterday. I'm so sorry you fans of mine. I know some of you live for an encouraging word from me. Yeah right...

I ate a little bit more food yesterday than I usually do (3,000 calories). I was up early, and got home at 4:30 in the morning this morning. I was hungry for sure a good part of the day. I went to dinner and couldn't resist the small bag of Oreo cookies, a raising cookie, and two small brownies for dessert.

Oh, I don't think that's why I jumped 3-pounds. After I got back from church I stepped up onto the scale weighing in at 182-pounds. So I'm not worried.

Number Counter when I completed this post: 6,333
Bye for now...

And that's the way it is...I'm David Dane

Friday, October 10, 2008

Upping Those BTUs And Heating Up That Metabolism

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 180-pounds.
Yes you read it right, 180-pounds.

How? David, how did you jump around the scale as high 185-pounds four days ago, and then suddenly you are at 180-pounds? Gee, I must be lying here. Nope, it's the truth.

It's called changing the diet, and adding in some extra BTUs (British Thermal Units).

I have been having a problem getting my plumbing unstuck. Yep, the food has been sitting and going no where. Three days ago I heard on the radio how good fermented cabbage was for the digestion. I thought fermented cabbage? The only fermented cabbage I know about is made by the orientals, and it's called Kimchi by the South Koreans. Then it dawned on me. The Germans made fermented cabbage, it's called sauerkraut. That night I went to grocery store and purchased a jar of sauerkraut. I ate it along with a can of Campbell's chunky soup.

For the last three days I have been eating a little cabbage with my breakfast lunch and dinner. It so far has done a marvelous job unsticking the plumbing. There are some draw backs. One, I have been having gas that is obnoxious to the nostrils.

Second, when I need to go to the bathroom it's urgent. Yes, this stuff makes it a go-now situation. There is no putting off the desire. I am not talking diarrhea either. It's all solid. But, there is something in the sauerkraut that stimulates the bowel to the point I can't say no not now.

Third, the gas that escapes makes me sound like I'm a little motor boat. Sometimes when I am standing up the gas escapes in a flurry and I get that burr sound. Oooops...

The other thing I have been doing is in taking hotter foods. Yes, I have been eating very hot chili. It's not so hot, but it's hotter than most people like. Then I purchased a fermented vegetable salad that has hot peppers, and have mixed that in the food. I had forgotten about this, but red pepper, hot pepper, cayenne pepper, increase the heat in the body. This in turns seems to act like an aid to burning fat. I used red pepper years ago in capsules as I was losing weight. I forgot for some reason this actually can help with weight loss. I am proof that it's been working.

The bottom line though in all that I have been doing is that I am still very careful to adhere to one principal: Eat Less Food.

You can't go out and eat everything you want. You just can't. I can't either.

Counter when I completed this post today: 6284

Bye for now...

And that's the way it is...I'm David Dane

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Diet Pills: Danger In A Bottle

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 183.6-pounds.

Yesterday I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 181-pounds.

The Day before that, I stepped up onto the scale weighing in at 185.4-pounds.

Have you ever seen such an incredible change in weight in three days? Hey, I have written about it before. So, what's the cause? It's been dependent on the time of day that I have eaten. Last night I ate at around 8:30 PM. This was because I had been at work all day. I ate something at work around 11 AM. When I got home, I was hungry. I had lots of calories left, so I ate.

She Is Using A Prescription Diet Pill
Today I was talking to a casual friend. I see her at work every so often. I had not seen her since August. She was telling me how she has lost 16-pounds. She did it by taking a pill that her doctor prescribed. This pill revs up the metabolism. I call it speed. Look up Judy Garland. She died from an over dose of prescription diet pills.

She told me that there are two draw backs taking this pill. The first is she gets severe headaches. The second problem she's having is her blood pressure is up over 150 points.

I didn't tell her, but the other problem she's going to have one day if she keeps taking these pills is called adrenal failure. Yes, her adrenal gland will blow out. This is one of the nasty by-products of some of these diet pills. People think they rev up the metabolism. Nope, they kick in the adrenal glands.

She also admitted feeling more stressed out taking this medication. Well, if I had my adrenalin glands firing every time I took a pill then I would be stressed too. All one has to do is to google "effects of diet pills," and it can be found what I am writing is true.

Now, this poor lady is being given a prescription diet pill from a doctor. It would appear safe enough. Ummm, no it's worse. Here's why, the real potent drugs, that have addictive qualities are prescribed by doctors.

My thinking is this, let's just say this lady can lose the forty pounds she hopes to lose, with the pill that is. Let's just say it didn't blast her adrenal glands, and maybe give her a stroke. What will she do when she gets off the pill? That is if she can get off the pill.

She will regain all the weight she lost.

She told me that her metabolism is so low she couldn't lose weight. She said she would cut back to smaller portions. She said it didn't work.

Oh, it will work if it's given enough time. I told her that it takes time to lose weight. It takes time to shave off those pounds.

So she told me that she is going to get off of the pills. I don't think she can short of her doctor not writing her a prescription again. Then she can find another doctor who will prescribe her the medication.

One of the serious side effects of many diet pills that are prescribed is that they become addictive. Yes, they produce a sense of Euphoria, and a mental lift. She told me she is suffering from all the symptoms of the drugs effects. She said that she gets emotionally wrecked when she wakes up in the morning. She said that if she doesn't take the pills she feels drained.

Ooops, it sounds like she is headed for a drug addiction. She obsesses about her weight. She is striking out with her boy friend of two years. She was addicted to cigarettes for years since her teens. Now she's taking this so called "harmless pill."

She thinks she can quit it. Nope, she can't. This is one of the dirty little secrets of mixing an addictive personality, and speed.

Again what if she can kick the pill? Then what will she do about her weight? It will come back on again. The pill only delays the inevitable solution that she will eventually have to face.
That solution is: "Eat Less Food." Yep that's it.

The other alternative is to live with being forty or fifty pounds over weight.

Bye for now...

And that's the way it is...I'm David Dane

Monday, October 6, 2008

We Are Getting Played For Fools

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 185.2. I ate late last night, and that's hanging around.

Yesterday I wrote something about the government raising taxes on we poor suckers who are too incompetent to eat the right kinds of food. Here is the problem with the government bureaucrats. They are arrogant pricks. I mean it.

Everyday we wake up and we are assaulted by advertisements to buy this, and to buy that. When I was a child a gas station was a gas station. You filled your car up and you left. Maybe you could buy a soda from a machine that was sitting outside in the weather.

Now, when I fill up my car I have to watch the television at the gas pump. There are the advertisements to buy what's there in the store. There is the continuous entertainment. When I walk into the filling station to pay the bill, I will find myself surrounded by food, and merchandise.

For some poor, hungry soul, this is often to much to resist.

Another thing that ticks me off; Companies are allowed to put additives in food that actually increase hunger. Yes, sugar increases hunger. But that's benign compared to what's out there now.

How do I know that this is true? I used to deliver in a truck ingredients to a manufacturer that used additives in feed grains to cattle and hogs that would induce them to eat more and more food.

This has now transitioned over to the human side. Oh, you think I am full of it. Did you know that most of the food out there we eat is "Flavor enhanced?" That's right, manufacturers don't just rely on the natural flavors that are present in the food we eat. They add flavor enhancers to our food. These are raw chemicals that are mixed in batches and they mimic natural flavors.

Orange juice isn't orange juice. It has flavoring enhancers. Donuts aren't donuts, they have flavor enhancers. Read the label and see "artificial flavoring." All the additives that are added to these products produce abnormal appetites in the people who eat them.

Do you really think that hamburger at your local restaurant hasn't been tampered with? It's been injected with stuff. I kid you not. Beef isn't beef. Otherwise you wouldn't want to keep eating more and more of the stuff.

Oh come on David. Oh come on nothing, go read the labels.

How can we the American Public resist when the card deck has been stacked against us the game players? We can't.

We are becoming victims of a manufacturing consortium that plays with our foods. We are victims of law makers who suck up the campaign dollars so they can be our local dictators. Then they get to play footsies with the people who have the money and the power.

I hate it. There isn't much I can do. But, I can warn you. You eat too damned much food. That's why you are gaining weight.

Cut back before it's too late.

Bye for now...

And that's the way it is.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Reduce Those Calories And Live Longer

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 184.6-pounds.
That's down a small bit from two days ago when I last posted.

Today I was listening to the radio. There were two doctors discussing how restricting calories can actually prolong life. It seems that something in the body reacts to being deprived large amounts of food and kicks in chemicals that strengthen the Mitochondria in the cells.

Well La, Dee, Da...

I am not going to get into all the science the doctors were discussing. For one thing, I don't remember all that was said. For the second thing, most people wouldn't understand the technicals behind the science.

I don't have to have a doctor, or a scientist tell me that being over weight is not healthy. I don't have to have a doctor tell me that my life would be prolonged if I maintained a normal body weight. I would think this would be common sense. But alas, it doesn't seem to be so.

The evidence is mounting, and the government of the United States, and local municipal governments are taking notice that most Americans are getting fat. They know it's because we Americans eat more food than we should.

They will eventually start taxing every single thing we eat in a so called effort to get us to cut back. In New York the government has already required food labels to be put on all food, to include box lunches made by your local catering company.

How long do you think it's going to be before taxes are applied to this social problem called being fat, or obese. It's coming.

We eat more food than we need to survive. That's a fact. And if the food calories are reduced then that weight will be reduced.

Bye for now...

And that's the way it is...I'm David Dane

Friday, October 3, 2008

Save Those Food Storage Containers

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 184.8-pounds. That's UP.
Hmmm... I wonder what did that?

Have you ever had one of those situations where you want a food container for carrying food to work? Or have you ever had a situation where you want to store food, and you can't find a container?

I'm a bachelor, and I have been one all my life. I am not like a woman in that I have to have a Tupperware container, or one of those Rubbermaid containers to put my food in.

The other day I came from the store. I dropped my 18 egg container on it's corner by the door of my car while trying to carry in groceries. I was a bit miffed when I opened the egg container and saw 7 broken eggs. I raced the eggs up to my home and searched for a container. Nope, I couldn't find one of those fancy plastic containers.

Fortunately I had a glass jar that I very carefully dumped the seven eggs into and saved most of the fluid. Now why would I do that? Well, eggs are expensive, and so are fancy plastic containers.
I have found that the same glass jars, plastics jars, and flimsy little containers that I get food in make great storage containers for left overs.

It seems senseless to me to pay a lot of money for a fancy storage container when a large peanut butter jar, or that pickle jar can do the same thing.

If you are like me, save those peanut butter jars, and pickle jars, you never know what you can store inside of them. I have found that it's cheaper and the food stays as fresh in one of those containers as if stored into the more expensive Tupperware.

Bye for now...

And that's the way it is...I'm David Dane

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Why Am I Fat Now? I Don't Eat That Much Food

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto that Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 182.6-pounds. That's up a tiny bit.

Yesterday I went to the store to buy some stuff. I was in the vitamin section looking to purchase some Stevia sweetener. In front of me was a woman who said oh are you buying this too? I told her that I was because it's one of the safest sweeteners on the market.

From there we transitioned into a conversation about weight loss. I told her that two years ago I had a gut out to here as I motioned with my hands. I showed her the belt that I wear as a token of truth. I unlatched it and pulled it out 11 inches from my pants. Yes it's that long.

She was amazed and asked how much I lost. She wanted advice about how she could lose weight.
I told her that, "I just eat less food."

She came back with, "But, I don't eat that much food." Her friend standing next to me assured me that she really doesn't eat that much, she has watched. Both of these ladies were Butter Balls.

Honestly, this is what I get from just about everyone that I run into. Here is my thoughts now when I hear that, "Oh really, then why do you look like a nominee for the Butter Ball Turkey of the Year Award?" I don't say it, but I think it.

She went on to tell me how she only eats a few French Fries and a half of a hamburger. OH Really, she does?

I am not a medical doctor. I can't do a blood check, and enzyme checks to find out if there might be a physical problem or illness that is contributing to a gain in weight. So, I can't really put a finger on everyone's problem with their weight.

That said, what if I locked you away in a room that you could not get out of? What if I decided to feed you under the door? What if I slipped into your room about 1/2 cup of rice, about 3 ounces of meat, and a cup of green vegetables under your door three times a day? This would add up to about 12 ounces of food. Now, while you were locked up in that room, what if all I gave you to drink was water? You wouldn't get soda, or juice. Oh, and I would give you a multivitamin as well.

Do you think eating that diet everyday, you wouldn't lose weight? You bet your booties you would.
That's because that would be about 1,300 calories to consume, and that's it.

How do I know? This is close to what the American Diabetes Association recommends a diabetic eat for meals. And, when I started out losing weight this is what I was eating. And, today, I don't eat that much more than this because I am sticking to my 1,500 calories per day.

This morning I woke up and measured out a cup of chili and warmed it up in a pot. That alone was 340 calories. Then I carefully measured out 3/4 cups of bran flake cereal. There went 110 calories for a measly 3/4 cups of cereal. I added a cup of whole milk. That was another 150 calories. That was breakfast.

For my lunch, I measured out five scoops of Gold Standard Protein Powder (600 calories). I put this in the blender along with a cup of milk (150 calories). This was 750 calories. I had two tablespoons of a high fiber product for digestion. This product has sugar in it for taste. So there went another 85 calories. Yes, I even look for sugar, and calories in something like Metamucil. Because there is sugar added to sweeten it up.

I am just about out of calories for today. So here it is in the middle of the day. If I get hungry, I have to live with it. It's not easy to do on some days. But, I am better dealing with it now, than I was before.

This is what it means when I say, "Eat Less Food." It means grinding out the daily calorie counts. It means watching everything that goes into my mouth. This is why today I am still hanging out at around 180-pounds.

Bye for now...

And that's the way it is...I'm David Dane

Hello Weight Losing Fans... Today I stepped on the digital scale weighing 183-pounds. Take a look at thus photo of me at my nephew's...