Wednesday, December 31, 2008

One More Post For 2008, An Unexpected One

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 177.8-pounds.

I thought that I wouldn't be able to post again for this year. Only, I didn't go to Wisconsin like I was planning to. So, I thought I would run to the library and post this.

If you will look to the left at my profile you will see another picture of me. This was taken today.

Bye for now...

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

Monday, December 29, 2008

How Can I Encourage You?

Hello weight losing fans...

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

It's Better Than Last Year.
OK... This is better than last years 181.2 pounds.

I am scratching my head. I went back over my food logs for the past week and did some calculating for calories that I consumed.

The reason I am scratching my head is, I can't figure out why I don't weigh more than I do now.

During Christmas, and some of the days following it, I blew way past my daily allotment of 1,500 calories. Most of those calories was because I went overboard with the Christmas treats. I Had more than one serving of pie, ice cream, cookies, and chocolate candy. Oink...

Phew, I really should be more than the 180-pound target. I am not.

I am grateful for that.

Hmmm, why then am I not heavier? It goes back to the patterns of food consumption that I have adapted up until now.

On most days, I eat around the 1,500 calories.

On most days, I eat more green foods, and small chunks of meat proteins (around 3-4 ounces), with protein powder.

On most days, I don't entitle myself to a dessert.

On most days, if I have to have something sweet, I will eat fruit of some kind.

On all the days, I record what I eat.

On all the days, I make a running tally of the calories I consume. Most of these calorie counts are best guess estimates for what it is that I am consuming, since I am not able to measure everything.

On most days, I try to quit eating anything well before I have to go to bed. (Around 5 hours or more.)

On most days, I quit eating when I am at the 1,500 calories. I quit even if it's around the middle of the day. Then I tough it out with the hunger pains.

There's more to what I do. You do get the idea, I hope. I have built certain patterns that I follow.

Don't be naive, and believe that I follow every detail perfectly. I don't. Sometimes I forget to do something, then I have to back track. Some times, I can't wait out the hunger, then I eat something.

I am just like you. I fight the daily rituals and patterns. Yet, I've done just enough to get me this far. I've done just enough that I am able to at the very least maintain.

I am not striving to lose massive amounts of weight rapidly. I am not striving to develop a lifestyle that is difficult to maintain. If my weight losing program were too complicated then the day would come when I finally abandoned it.

Although I have explained to many people what I do, and had complaints it's too complicated.
Go figure...

What Would Make It Easier For You?
This is my last post for the year of 2008. I am hoping to go to visit someone up in Wisconsin, my cousin, doesn't have a computer.

As I am completing this, I am thinking, "Does anyone read this that struggles?" Is there someone, who is over weight, and tossed in the towel?"

What can I share? I believe you're going to have to be honest with yourself. I mean it. I was honest with myself. I knew I was in trouble with my weight. I didn't say like some people that this was OK. I wanted a solution for this mass of weight that was clinging to me.

Honestly, I had given up hope. Yet, again I wasn't in denial. You can't be either. If you are weighing yourself, you have to be honest about it. Is this the weight you should be at?

It might provoke an emotional response in you as well. You might become a little bit distressed. I sure did. I really became distressed when I was trying to button some pants that I was given the year before. I had to suck in my stomach real tight. Then I had to look at the bulge of fat hanging over the belt. It wasn't pretty.

I had to look at a weight that was at least 70-pounds over what was normal. I didn't look good, and I didn't feel good.

I had no choice but to face the ugly truth. What is the truth for you? Do you even care?

Let's just say, you have no answers. Let's just say, you know in your heart-of-hearts you couldn't do half what I did and maintain those habits.

If it's any comfort to you, I built these habits one step at a time. I wasn't weighing myself everyday initially. I wasn't writing everything down initially.

I did take a big leap. I literally started eating "Lean Cuisines" that were only about 250 to 300 calories a meal. I got results from that.

I progressed from that point. The same might be true for you. There is an old saying, "Rome wasn't built in a day."
Something great may not necessarily appear without great effort.

Those habits and efforts have to be worked into. Right now I am trying to learn the guitar. I have this fantasy that when I am 80 years old I will be up on the stage with 80 year old woman down below rocking-and-rolling then pulling their bras off to throw them on the stage. Argh...

It's not easy for me to play the guitar. I have no prior understanding of musical theory. I have no prior experience playing anything musical. It's been a real challenge for me.

I am much better than I was two years ago. Yet, I am no where near the expertise of a more experienced player. My playing has been more hit and miss too.

My point is this; I have to learn the guitar one step at a time. The same goes for anything we attempt. It's learning to do it one step at a time.

This year is almost over. Many people will be putting together those New Years Resolutions. The news networks will have their bubble headed blonds smiling and announcing this person here has their New Years Resolutions. Do you have your New Years Resolutions?

Of course everyone seems to think 2009 will be a new beginning. Yeah this the year things will be different.

Oh nonsense, I used to be into that New Years Resolution stuff. It's hype. Most people never stick to their resolutions. Most people never stick to their weight loss programs.

Why? Because it's a lot easier to write those resolutions on paper, and talk about them, than it is to implement them.

Most people start out trying to do too much, too soon. Don't be so gullible to believe that you can make a jump start with your exercise, and diet then stick to it forever. Most people make their programs much, much too complicated.

My program is real simple: Cut down the food portions. Eat, but eat less than you used to eat.

Keep in mind you are going to stumble. I have, everyone does. The trick is; you have to get back at it.

Don't strive for perfection with your weight loss. Don't strive for perfection with your exercise program. They both have to be programs that you can maintain.

Remember, a little bit more everyday, goes a long way towards the end results. This was true for me.

Number counter when I completed this post: 8443

Bye for now...

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

Saturday, December 27, 2008

December 27, 2008; I'm Less Weight Than Last Year.

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 179.6-pounds.
That's down a little tiny bit from yesterday.

On December 27, 2007 I stepped onto the scale at 182.6-pounds. This is an improvement over last year. I am again holding the line.

Like always, I face the usual temptations of the Christmas season. I am in the house of chocolate and sweets are all around me.

Hey, I didn't become immune over night to the temptations to eat goodies. If you are honest with you, you haven't either. My goodness, it makes me crazy when I see these people who are so strict with their food consumption.

I have never written don't eat sugar. I said cut it down as far as possible. I think I have written before it's nearly impossible to eliminate sugar out of the diet. That is unless, someone is actually eating a strict Doctor Atkins's diet.

I know that I couldn't maintain it forever. I wish I could follow around some of these weight loss gurus and see what they eat throughout the day. Would we go into a Denise Austin's home and not find a bag of Doritos?
I wonder.

Day-in-and-day-out we all face our challenges. As the mental and emotional pressure builds, up goes the temptation to eat. Sometimes we eat because we're bored. We don't know what to do with ourselves. There are all kinds of reasons we eat.

It's normal. What? It's normal to want to over eat. What? Isn't it an out of control undisciplined fat person? What are you talking about?

Nope, it may not be. I don't know anyone who's normal that likes being overweight. Like me, some people may have reached a point where giving up is the answer. The mental and emotional excursion isn't there anymore. The thoughts run through the mind, "What's the use?"

Well, I haven't given up. I will get off the poundage. I am lower than this time last year. I have held the line one more year. I think that's pretty good.

It's one day at a time. It's one day at a time for you and for me. Hey, you didn't get over weight over night. What makes you think that over night you'll get the weight off?

Maybe you are one of those really strong willed people who doesn't need inspiring. Well good. Go read some other blog.

If you are like me, you just might need a small spark of inspiration.
I kept off 60-pounds this last year.
I went a little out of control during part of May, and June. That's because I had a real bad cold, and trying to watch what I eat, and fight the cold wasn't working.

I regained my composure. Got back up onto the wagon, got back down to 180-pounds, and have held that line.

I lost sixty, and have kept it off. I haven't killed myself to do it. It's tedious. I am constantly watching what I eat. Yes, I even watch the chocolate. This is so I know where I messed up.

Number counter when I finished today's thoughts: 8403

Bye for now...

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

Friday, December 26, 2008

Slid In Under 180-Pounds The Day After Christmas; And Better Than Last Year

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 179.8-pounds.

Whoo Hooo... I just missed that 180-pounds.

There's a real good reason I am at this weight today. Yesterday I celebrated Christmas. I ate, and ate. I ate a plate full of food, and I ate sweets like pie, and cheese cake.

I enjoyed the day for sure. Last year at this time I was a few more pounds. Last year, December 26, 2007 I was 183.8-pounds. This means I have held the "Fort" for one more year.

I went back to read my post for the day after Christmas from last year. My thoughts today aren't too much different than they were last year.

I am still planning to write those posts that will shock you. Oh yeah, it's emotions that get us into motion. That's sales 101. Find the prospect's hot buttons, and then close the sale.

My sales pitch is this: "Eat Less Food."

Oh drat, there he goes again. What's so motivational about that? It's worse reading that, than hearing a bad pick-up line at the bar.

Well Mr Dane, you didn't eat less food yesterday. From what I can tell you have been eating way more than I ever have. You oinker...

Hmmm... Look at the days that led up to yesterday, and then look at the days which will follow. If you have been paying attention, last week I hit a new record for this two year old weight loss season. I was at 174-pounds. That lasted a day, but I got there.

I must have been doing something to get there. I must have been careful about what I ate up until now.

Oh, I am 5.8-pounds over that 174-target. I am now shaking in my shoes at the prospect I am regaining weight. NOT!

Hey, I enjoyed the day. I am not going to hang my head feeling a needless sense of guilt and shame. It doesn't do anyone any good anyway.

I still think I have to continue the weight losing battle. I still remember what it was like to be over weight and my clothes didn't fit. I still remember how miserable I felt. I remember.

I still have the motivation. I still plan to get to 160-pounds. I still have people telling me that I don't need to lose more weight. I still have people telling me that I would look too skinny.

It doesn't matter ultimately what anyone thinks. It matters what I think.

The same thing goes for you. There is one thing you can't afford to be when it comes to losing weight, and that's being a "People Pleaser."

If I had depended on peoples ideas and opinions about losing weight, then I never would have lost weight. If I had depended on people to give me motivation to lose weight then I never would have lost the weight that I did.

People can't be inside your head. It's you up in your own head. It's time you start to govern those thoughts about what you eat.

My plan was simple. I didn't pick out a particular food to eat. I ate them all. I just ate less of it that's all. "I Ate Less Food."

How much less food you have to eat is going to be up to you to decide. I can't judge the situation for you. But, if I locked you in a room and fed you under that door, I bet I could get you to lose weight.

My thought is this: I hope you had a very nice Christmas.

It's not going to kill you to chow down on one or two more Christmas cookies. Only, remember to write it down. Remember that if you eat that big cookie, then something else has to go.
Gee, you might have to skip that hamburger for lunch.

Substitution is one of the things I do. If I have eaten to much of one thing, then I skip the next thing. I have skipped dinner after eating a big piece of cake for lunch.

Remember that this "weight loss thing" as people have called it is a life long exercise in self restraint. I realized that when I embarked on this endeavor, and then actually saw success, that for the rest of my adult life I will have to continue to use the same restraints.

If I don't continue to restrain myself. If I don't continue to watch what I am doing. If I don't keep at it, then the results that will return will be a disaster.

I have heard, and I have read, critical commentary about people who have gone on diets. The "Nay Sayers" would have us believe that once someone loses weight that it can't be maintained.

I and I have heard, and I have read, about people who can't keep the weight off.

OK, that doesn't have to me me. I found the source of my problem. I ate too much food. That's it in a nutshell.

The solution to that is "EAT LESS FOOD." It's an easy concept to understand, but it's oh so difficult to implement. It's hard to lose weight. It's hard to keep the weight off.

Just the other day I got an E-mail from an old friend. She told me she lost over 40-pounds doing weight watchers. She then regained 60-pounds. Her reason was, "She's an emotional eater."

Oh, how many times I have heard that phrase, "I'm an emotional eater." I am too. I love the taste of food. I love to eat. It provokes emotions in me to eat as well.

I am not different. Only, the consequences of me gaining back all that weight is something that provokes emotion in me too. I don't want to go back to that place. I don't want to live in the "land of the preponderant man."

I am going to wrap this up... Here it is just over two years ago that I decided to lose weight. I didn't have any idea what I was going to do. I found "Lean Cuisines" for sale at the Target store. I bought a freezer full. I ate one "Lean Cuisine" for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. By the time all of those meals were gone. I found out I lost weight.

The rest is history. I have written this all before. It's nothing different. But, I have held this "Weight Loss Line." I have kept at it.

My findings have been that most people would have quit by now. More than half of the people who lose weight regain it. I think the numbers are higher than that.

In the future, if you want to read more drab and dribble then by all means read this blog. It's going to be the same. If you want something more exiting, then read something else.

Bye for now...

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

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas Day 2008

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 177.4-pounds.

That's not bad. I am still under 180-pounds. I have had a few goodies here and there along the way. This Christmas season hasn't been a big blow out for me with food and junk foods.

I will try to finish this later. I've got to go set up some chairs and peel some potatoes.

Christmas Day Part Two
Last night was Christmas Eve. I am staying at a family members house, and have been helping here and there.

I don't have TV where I live. I simply refuse to get hooked on the Television. Last night though I could not sleep. I turned on the television and flipped through the channels.

I came upon Santa Clause II the movie. This is the episode where the Santa Claus has to find a wife or he can't remain Santa Claus. I recommend renting it, or Netflixing it. Some of it was so funny.

One clip in the movie had me roaring with laughter. Santa had run out of magic. He had to get back to the North Pole because a rouge Santa was making a disaster out of the Ice Paradise the North Pole.

The real Santa was hoping that he could get back to the North Pole on the back of one of his reindeer. When Santa went out to the back yard he found his reindeer Comet lying on his now over bloated body, groaning in pain. Around Comet was trash from opened chocolate bars, and Christmas Candy.

The part that made me laugh so much is the response Comet gave Santa as he was questioned about what he did to himself.

Santa asked Comet, "Comet what have you done?"
Comet, "I don't know."
Santa, asked Comet again, "What do you mean you don't know, look at you?"
Comet said he hadn't done anything.
Santa pointed out all the trash around Comet and said, "who ate all this candy?"
Comet said, "It was a squirrel."
That's when I busted out laughing. Because it reminded me of us, we humans.

Now, I can't write word for word the whole dialogue. Surely it would be tedious to read.

That particular dialogue between Santa and his reindeer Comet brought to mind some things we all have to deal with as humans. We don't want to take personal responsibility for the things we brought upon ourselves.

I am not writing this Christmas Day a sermon about personal responsibility. That would destroy the Mirth of this season. Surely I am endorsing eating today and enjoying the good things we have.

What I do want to ask is this: How did I get here? How did I get over weight? Was it me, or was it the squirrel that sneaks into my kitchen that did this to me? Am I making excuses for this?
What will I do to change this?

That's all. It's Christmas Time. It's the one day we humans put aside to remember the birth of Jesus Christ. If you have ever studied the old testament, you will find that God endorsed celebrating the times and seasons in remembrance of his goodness. Some of those celebrations involved consuming large amounts of food in feasting.

I don't think, (this is my opinion) God is upset with us celebrating a day of feasting. Today would be that day.

What I think happens is we go overboard and keeping feasting like there is no more tomorrows. It's sort of like the "Eat drink and be merry for tomorrow we die" mentality.

Well, what if tomorrow we don't die? What if tomorrow we are alive, but tortured by an over bloated body, and the diseases that follow?

Surely today is a day to remember Christ. Surely today is a day to celebrate with family and friends.

I say eat, eat, and eat... Then it's back to it tomorrow. Yep, it's back to the same grind watching what we eat.

If not, then we are the ones who will find ourselves looking like Santa. There won't be any "Magic" in that.

Have a blessed "Merry Christmas."

Bye for now...

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

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Still Under 180-Pounds

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 176.8-pounds.

That's down from yesterday.

It's just 2.8-eight pounds over the record.... La la la la...

Oh that just can't be...

Number counter when I wrote this: 8332

Bye for now....

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

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Holding Just Below 180-Pounds...

Hello Weight Losing Fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 179.2-pounds.
That's almost the same as yesterday, and just barely under 180-pounds.

Oh my, what has happened? Well, I must be having way too many calories...

So, am I suffering from the same problems that everyone is suffering with when entering the Christmas season? Well, I haven't had that many cookies. I haven't had but one piece of Rum Cake, and some ice cream.

Let's see what happens over the next few days.

Number counter when I completed this post: 8311

Bye for now...

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

Monday, December 22, 2008

You May Get Healthy By Limiting Your Food Consumption

Hello Weight Losing Fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 179.8-pounds.

Oh, oh... What happened? Why did I go from 174 to 179.8 in four days?

I think I have had to many carbs that's all.

The Way The Food Is Cooked Doesn't Change Anything
Today I was watching this program for a fancy food cooker. With the food cooker someone can take a frozen piece of meat, like steak, and cook it in 20 minutes. The food no doubt in my mind is cooked to a delicious morsel. The food no doubt has a little bit less grease on it.

That said, it doesn't matter if the food was thawed, then broiled. It doesn't matter if it was thawed then fried on a grill. Pound for pound that steak has as many calories it would if it was boiled.

It doesn't matter if that cake was cooked in a regular oven, or if it was cooked in a convection oven. It still has the same amount of calories.

Now maybe someone can save a few calories by eating boiled chicken vs eating a fried chicken. However, the meat calorie count doesn't change. The calorie count for that cake doesn't change any way it's cooked.

One of the things that is so often passed off deceptively is that if we would just cut down on the fat we would all be living healthier. That's not so. If we would quit eating until our guts blow out, we would ultimately be healthier.

Is It A Fungus?
Another program I was watching, was a doctor was saying on a TV program that if we could eat a certain way then we would solve our weight problem. He was talking about fungus being the cause of many peoples weigh problems. I agree with him on this point, we all eat way too much processed sugar.

OK... Let's do this... Cut the calories down. Limit what you eat. Limit the numbers of orange juices drunk in a day. Limit the chunks of food. Keep at a limited calorie count. Let's see what that does.

When I cut back on my total food consumption, a lot of the problems I was struggling with disappeared automatically. It took time for me to recover. However I found myself mysteriously getting better. Why? Because if I eat only so many calories, then I can only eat so much fat, sugar, or anything else. Once I cut out those excessive calories, the body had to figure out what it was going to do for more energy. It had to take out the excessive fat stores.

I am not a doctor. I am not a certified dietitian. However, I can tell you a lot of our trouble begins with us eating too much of the wrong stuff, and way, way too much of it.

Bye for now...

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

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Up Two Days In A Row

Hello Weight Losing Fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 177.6-pounds.
Oh... What happened?

Nothing happened.

It's better than 180-pounds.

Bye for now...

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

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Oh, I Wish I Could Write Magical Words That Would Make You Normal

Hello Weight Losing Fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 175.4-pounds. That's just 0.4-pounds over that 175-pound record, and 1.4-pounds over the new record.


OK, so I'm not at 174-pounds like I was yesterday. Should I be descending continuously every day? Perhaps I ought to. My target is 160-pounds after all.

I did something yesterday; I celebrated this little weight loss victory. Someone gave me a couple pieces of Rum Cake, and cookies. It's Christmas Time, and time for the goodies. I froze the cookies, and one piece of cake, then I ate the other piece (380 calories). Yummy...

Oh, how can I do that? How can I eat something with sugar, and it's so filled with those evil carbohydrates? Oh, I had some ice cream too. NO... David how could you? You dirty rat. Here you rant and rave about cutting out the donuts, and sugar, then you had cake and ice cream? That's so wicked.

I have a question: Where have I ever written don't eat a piece of cake? Where have I ever written don't have some candy? I have written don't make it a habit. I have written reduce down the sugar. I have written eliminate as much as you can. It's not going to kill you to have a piece of cake.

I have written time-and-time-again "It's not what you eat, it's how much you eat that gets all of us into trouble."

Golly, God gave us taste buds. He gave us the ability enjoy life. Eating and enjoying food is one of those abilities. Only, we all have a tendency to over do the good stuff. Me, and you, we all do.
This is where we get into trouble.

Don't think for five seconds I haven't struggled. Don't think for five seconds I still don't wrestle with my appetite. I still do. Do I like it? Nope, I don't like it.

I wish I could be like my one friend who eats and eats, and is still thin like a twig. I can't figure it out. In most cases that's rare.

When I was younger I did eat much more than I do now, and I was able to stay at a steady weight. But, I have always had an issue with my weight. Compared to now, I did eat more. Only those days are gone for good. Yep, I am older now. My metabolism has changed.
I have to accept this.

The hard reality is: If you are over weight, then it's a real good possibility you eat more than what you need to survive. There are of course exceptions. But, for most people, they just over eat.

Now, there are tricks you can use to give you the ability to consume more food. Someone can eat more green vegetables, and fruit. These provide bulk, fiber, and the body doesn't get that sudden jolt of sugar from eating a sweet.

Pound for pound vegetables are lower in calories than say a donut. Oh, but that little kid in us starts to turn it's head and say NO. It's a lot more tasty to eat a big bowl of pasta, than it is to eat a big bowl of green beans.

It's a lot more tasty to consume a lot of sweets, rather than some fruit. That's so dull after all.

I know, I struggle too.

I Am Just Like You
Hey, I love Cheetos. I love Potato Chips. I love big cinnamon rolls. I love big bowls of ice cream. Hey, I love everything you do. I like to sit with friends and chow down. I love to drink beer. I love my shots of Rum and Coke. I do too. I love to eat pizza until I burst.

What has it gotten me? What has it gotten you? What has it gotten any of us?
It's got us big butts, and big bellies, that's what it's got us. It's gotten us adult-on-set-diabetes, heart trouble, and other deceases.

It's all because we keep eating, and eating. Then we get into trouble. We aren't paying attention to what we put into our mouths, then one day that snake rears it's head and bites us.

Most Of Us Got Incrementally Over Weight
Suddenly we found ourselves with jeans that were too tight. So we went and purchased new jeans. Then one day those jeans didn't fit. So we got another bigger pair of jeans. Then one day those jeans didn't fit. Then we bought another pair of jeans. Then one day we woke up and didn't feel so good. Then we got the doctor who told us we have a decease related to obesity. Oh my...

Then we got that alarmed feeling. So we decided to change for good. So we joined a gym, or we got a bicycle. Then we exercised like there is no more tomorrow. Then that got old.

We decided to check our blood everyday like a good little boy, or little girl. We watched what we ate so carefully. We lost weight, and those numbers got closer to normal. Then one day we quit. Something happened. We forgot we were fat. We forgot that the blood sugar wasn't so normal. We didn't see the threat anymore. Then we went back to doing what we did.

I know, I have seen this before so many times. I have had the same thing happen to me. I have lost weight before, only to regain it again.

What Made The Difference?
So what's changed? I monitor my weight everyday. I remember the terrible feelings I felt being over weight. I remember that heart felt disappointment when my work pants wouldn't button up anymore. I remember the sore joints, and knees. I remember the high blood pressure, and the cholesterol that began to rise. I remember the look of a pudgy face and body in the pictures.

So what changed? I began to realize this "weight loss thing" is a life long process. I began to realise it's like having having a life long illness that I must constantly monitor. This isn't a goal setting, and accomplishing event. This is like dancing; it's two steps forward, and two steps back.
It's up two pounds, and back down three.

So what changed? I began to realize that it can't be business as usual with my food consumption. I began to realize that I can't eat every time I want to eat. I realised, I couldn't eat everything I wanted.

It's a life long battle this "weight loss thing" is. Many times it feels like I am so alone fighting for myself. I know that struggle.

It's Frustrating, And It's Worth It
Oh, how I wish this were so different for me. Oh, how I wish I could just write those magical words for you that if you said them; poof... you would be at a normal weight. I can't write them. There are no magical words.

It can be frustrating for sure. Why? Because it's so normal to eat, that's why. We have to have food to live. We must eat, or we shall die. Only, how much should we eat? And, why can't I eat what he's eating, or she is eating? Why do I have to feel so deprived?

Golly, I don't have the answer for those questions. I wish I did have answer for you. I really do.

Look around you. Pay attention. Open your eyes. You aren't the only one who has to battle with the weight. Only, you may be the only one who is taking the necessary steps.

It's deeply, deeply frustrating. I kid you not. I have never been so obsessed about anything like food, until I tried to lose weight. Then suddenly food became my god. I was dreaming about it, if you can believe that.

It's worth the effort. It's worth the struggle. I have lost 65-pounds. I have held off 60-pounds for over one year now. My blood pressure is normal. My heart rate is normal. My blood cholesterol went to normal. I look better than I did. Oh, I don't look like a runway model, I wish I did.

It's just better that's all. It was worth the effort and that frustration. Trust me it is. And, you have to realise, one's you get into this "weight loss thing," you can't quit. You can't ever let that guard down. You have to keep on fighting every day.

Number Counter when I finished this post today: 8216

Bye for now...

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

Friday, December 19, 2008

I Haven't Been This Weight In Years

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 174-pounds.

I was pleasantly surprised for sure.

Today I was so happy about this I had a piece of Rum Cake. Yummy.....

Number counter when I completed this post: 8203
Bye for now...

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

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Wishing You Could Lose Weight Won't Get The Weight Off

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 175-pounds.
That's at the record for this weight loss season that is just over two years old now.

Well, David what have you turned into, a bulimic? What do you do now, eat those big hamburgers, and sweet rolls, with chocolate shakes, and then stick your finger into the back of your throat to purge the food? There is no way you could be at 175-pounds now.

You are lying to us David...

Nope, I am not lying to you. I was surprised myself when I woke up and stepped onto the scale.

Well, the women would say, "Oh, I have had my ovaries removed, and I have gained weight." The guys would say, "Oh I don't eat that much, and if I could just exercise then I would lose this belly."

I have had people say some pretty crazy stuff when I have told them how much weight I lost. And, it's just a defense mechanism because they feel a sense of shame.

Listen... There is no shame to it. If you are over weight then just face the fact. Say, hey I am over weight. I have a family member who completely denies he's over weight. He says he's fine where he's at.

I am different. I know what it was like to weigh 160-pounds. I remember when I averaged between 160-170 pounds. When I gained more weight I suffered.

One thing I struggled with was sky rocketing blood pressure. A few years ago my blood pressure began going up over what is said to be normal. My heart kept beating way up over 90 beats a minute. Many times my resting heart rate was at 100 beats per minute.

Something had to be done. I had been thinking about losing weight for a long time. I had been talking about it for a long time. I had been wanting to lose weight for a long time.
I had actually decided to lose weight. Only, none of that got the weight off.

Wishing, hoping, praying, wanting, believing, writing goals, making New Years Day Resolutions, being positive, doesn't do anything to get the pounds off.

Shutting your mouth and refusing to over eat gets the pounds off. Yes, that's it in a three word phrase: "Eat Less Food."

Oh, it's the same thing every time. Can't you say, "exercise like a fool?" Can't you say do the exchange program? Can't you tell me something else?

Well, yes you can do something else. You can do exercise. You can eat vitamins, and minerals. You can try those weight loss pills. Only, it's really just a matter of having more fuel than the body needs. Too much food, and the body has to figure out what to do with it. It just stores it as fat. That's it. It's not rocket science.

And, what does it mean eat less food?

Well, limit yourself to the number of calories you consume each day. Here is an example:

  • Breakfast: 3-ounce sausage patty, 1/2 cup fuit cocktail, slice of wheat toast.
  • Lunch: 3-ounce thin slices of beef stuffed between bread that has been cut in half, orange,
  • Dinner: 3-4-ounce chicken breast with tomato paste on top, small bread roll, fruit cup of mixed fruits.

That is what I mean by eating less.

Now that's not fun for sure. Well, what do I do on Super Bowl Day when everyone is eating chips, pretzels and beers. Well, Eat a fistful of pretzels, and drink a couple beers, the quit.

Oh, that's not living. That's not fun.

I know... But, you got yourself here by eating like tomorrow won't ever come. Now, you have to do something to fix those errors.

It's not easy. Who said it was. I had to stop eating yesterday after lunch. I had hit 1,500 calories for the day. By the time I got home from work, I was hungry for sure. I went to bed hungry.

That's just the way it is. I don't like it. I wish it were different. But, it is what it is. I can't fix it.

Bye for now...

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

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

My Thought For Today

Hello Weight Losing Fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 176.6-pounds. That's down from yesterday. It's just 1.6-pounds over the record 175-pounds.

I had set up a different post than this one today. It didn't load this morning like it should have.

Today when I got home from work and stepped on the scale to take a look see. I actually weighed 178.2-pounds. This is after I ate all that I am planning to for the day. Oh, and I am so hungry.

Number counter: 8142

Bye for now...

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

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Weight Loss Means Being Self Aware

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 178-pounds.

This is up from yesterday, and still under 180-pounds. It's 3-pounds over my record for this weight loss season.

Now, I am up, but I weighed myself before I came to blog today. I stepped onto the scale weighing 180-pounds. This is after drinking a pot of tea, and eating my breakfast.

I have been hearing more and more lately this talk on the radio about obesity. This chatter is designed to start programming the American-Sheeple (American People who follow like sheep).

I keep telling people that fat people aren't accepted by the government control freaks who have power and want to take away peoples rights and freedoms. One of the ways to rob people of freedom is to take away their wealth. This is where the fat tax will come in. It will effectively rob people of their freedom of choice.

This fat tax will also eventually destroy companies like Culvers, McDonald's, Burger King (BK as it is now called.), Taco Bell (TB would not be a good acronym for this company.) etc... You know what I mean.

Here is what the media is doing: It's bringing obesity to the for front of every one's minds. And, the government ghouls are ready to usurp the situation to their advantage.

I have given you a link to Wikepedia for you to read at your leisure:

Well what does this have to do with you? If you are one of those people who are considered over weight by some arbitrary standard that the government imposes, then you will become the object of the government's oppression.

Here is my contention: Screw the government. Screw the State government. And screw the local authorities who think they have the right to impose local obesity laws.
It's wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong.

Even so, you have to be aware of the fact that you have a big red target on your chest and back. You are being suspiciously eyed by the general public as someone who lacks self control.

Now, someone like Oprah Winfrey, who's so wealthy she makes loans to God, can protect herself.
Also, she could pay a fat tax and not wink.

You and I can't defend ourselves against this. We have to look at this time as a time to shave off unwanted pounds.

Why would I write like this? Well, it's the harsh realities of this great country, which I love so much, having been overrun by freak politicians. It's gotten to a point where the insane people run the asylum.

Let's not forget: there are deceases out there who don't need a government sanction to destroy you. There are hundreds of ailments that are connected with obesity. I am not going to list them now.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news. I hate to have tell people "Hey there's trouble up ahead."

I wish I could put a message out there that says "All Is Well." It's Not All Well.

You aren't all well. You aren't running like the human machine you were designed to run like.
I am not writing it's easy either.

Having knowledge doesn't cure the problem. Making a decision doesn't cure the problem. Taking the action necessary to fix the problem is the answer to the problem.

Losing Weight Means Becoming Self Aware
Become self aware of what you are doing. Don't push food into your mouth, drink down a soda, slurp a slurpy without thinking about what you are doing.

You may not have to do something so dramatic as cutting back portions of food, as much as repositioning your portion choices.

Here is what I mean. Let's just say you are rip-roaring-hungry. You want something to eat. Well, put some frozen vegetables into the microwave, season them, and eat them. I can go on and on with making food decisions and then taking action.

If you can read this, then it's safe to say you are smart enought to figure it out. I don't have to play nanny to you.

My main purpose is to encourage you to lose the weight, and to let you know it can be done.
How true this is.
Be sure to read all the way to the end!
Tax Poem

Tax his land,
Tax his bed,
Tax the table
At which he's fed.

Tax his tractor,
Tax his mule,
Teach him taxes
Are the rule.

Tax his work,
Tax his pay,
He works for peanuts

Tax his cow,
Tax his goat,
Tax his pants,
Tax his coat.

Tax his ties,
Tax his shirt,
Tax his work,
Tax his dirt.

Tax his tobacco,
Tax his drink,Tax him if he
Tries to think.

Tax his cigars,
Tax his beers,If he cries
Tax his tears.

Tax his car,
Tax his gas,
Find other waysTo tax his ass.

Tax all he has
Then let him know
That you won't be done
Till he has no dough.

When he screams and hollers,
Then tax him more,
Tax him till
He's good and sore.

Then tax his coffin,
Tax his grave,
Tax the sod inWhich he's laid.

Put these wordsupon his tomb,' Taxes drove me to my doom...'

When he's gone,
Do not relax,
It's time to apply
The inheritance tax.

Still think this is funny!!
Accounts Receivable Tax
Building Permit Tax
CDL license Tax
Cigarette Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Dog License Tax
Excise Taxes
Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel Permit TaxGasoline Tax (42 cents per gallon)
Gross Receipts Tax
Hunting License Tax
Inheritance Tax
Inventory Tax
IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
Liquor Tax
Luxury Taxes
Marriage License Tax
Medicare Tax
Personal Property Tax
Privilege Tax
Property Tax
Real Estate Tax
Service Charge Tax
Social Security Tax
Road Usage Tax
Sales Tax
Recreational Vehicle Tax
School TaxState Income Tax
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
Telephone Federal Excise Tax
Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring Charges Tax
Telephone State and Local Tax
Telephone Usage Charge Tax
Use Tax Utility Taxes
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax

Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, and our nation was the most prosperous in the world. We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.What in the hell happened? Can you spell 'politicians!'And I still have to 'press 1' for English!?!?!? !? I hope this goes around THE USA at least 100 times

Number counter when I completed this post: 8105

Bye for now...

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

Monday, December 15, 2008

Up Some And Still Holding Steady Under 180

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 177.6-pounds.

I have to go perhaps, I can finish this later...

Bye for now...

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

Sunday, December 14, 2008

You Will Always Have To Watch What You Eat

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 177-pounds.
That's down 3-pounds from the 180-target, and 2-pounds over my record.

Now David, you are lying again. How could you be down to 177-pounds? Haven't you been eating extra stuff? Haven't you cheated? We don't believe you.

Well, I changed the menu a bit. I started eating more protein, and reduced down the carbohydrates a bit. Last night I got home from work and was famished. I ate one piece of bread with two tablespoons of peanut butter rolled up inside. Then I had a couple ounces of wine. This pushed me 150 calories over the 1,500 calories for the day. Perhaps this morning I may have been less. I don't know.

Are You Still Struggling With Your Weight?
Today I was asked if I still struggle with my weight. This was from a woman who is the wife of my friend. We have known each other for many, many years.

This woman has always been thin. She's tall around 5'11" and has a thin, lanky build. Even after having children her body snapped right back to being lean.

I wouldn't expect her to know how hard it is to maintain a normal weight. Her body does it automatically regulating a normal height weight ratio.

For me, and for many who are overweight, our bodies don't automatically consume the food we put into our body like a jet engine consumes jet fuel.

Ours are the bodies that instantaneously store that sweet roll in a package on our butts, or tummies.

Ours are the bodies where a greedy little man sits inside and hordes our food stuffs like a miser hording gold, and silver. He takes our foods and stores it in our fat vaults. Then he refuses to give it up when we call for it.

No, we aren't so fortunate as she, my skinny friend. That said, we have to come to the realization that we are constantly in a struggle to lose weight and to keep it off. I call it the never ending "Battle Of The Bulge."

I don't expect the more fortunate in our society to understand this. You really shouldn't either. I have written this before. No one lives inside your body except you. It's you in there, not them.
Although if you could hear the voices that fire off in my head, you would think there was someone in there with me. I guess I could call it my imagination.

I have to go, so I will finish with this. It's not easy to lose weight. It's not... Recently Oprah admitted she's regaining weight. Now, if the goddess of money and fame is having a hard time, what makes anyone think it's any different for us? It's not.

I didn't wake up 60-pounds lighter all in one day. And, I am not just automatically staying at 180-pounds either. I am in a continuous mode of alertness regarding what I eat. I write everything down. I write and I write. I know what I consumed.

And, if you are like me, then you'll have to realise that you too will have to be in a constant mode of food watching alertness. Oh, you'll have those days when you go over board. But, it's the over all disposition, and habit of watching, and building an ability to say no, that will make you successful. I do say NO. I do cut myself off. I am watching to see what will happen.

It's a constant monitoring of this one event called eating that I am so good at now. It will have to be the same with you. And, it never, never, never ends. It will be that way for the rest of your life.

I'm sorry if that bothers you. But, try to think about it like monitoring your business, or your check book. You're always watching the cash flow. You try to balance the money in, and money out.

Eating is the same thing. You're trying to balance the in, and the out. The in is the food, and the out is you losing some weight. In this case you're trying to prevent a surplus of fat, not a surplus of money.

Bye for now...

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

Friday, December 12, 2008

Just "Eat Less Food"

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 178-pounds.
That's down from yesterday. It's two pounds under that 180-target, and 3-pounds over the record.

This is a good thing. I am holding steady. This is even though I had that big meal I admitted to sometime last week. It means that I don't have to feel like I am starving myself to keep the weight off. It means that once in a while I can eat some goodies.

This makes me satisfied that I am right about weight loss and weight control.

I don't believe in an all liquid diet like I heard about recently. I don't believe in appetite suppressors. I don't believe in drastic surgery to alter the stomach.

An all liquid diet cannot be maintained for ever. If someone is used to an all liquid diet, the when he/she gets off that liquid diet, then they will go back to where they came from eating regular food.

I don't believe in appetite suppressors because when the appetite suppressor is gone there is no training to deal with hunger. When that appetite suppressor is taken away then there is nothing controlling the desire to eat. The person will balloon again.

I don't believe in surgery to alter the stomach because people are suffering from malnourishment because of it. The jury is out concerning how many people will die prematurely because of stomach surgery.

If you want to lose weight, "Eat Less Food."

Number Counter when I completed this post: 7982

Bye for now...

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

Coming Mandatory Purchase Of Carbon Credits

Hello weight losing fans...

There have been a few times where I have written things that were controversial.

I have written about "Fat Police." These are the people who the government will hire to scrutinize what you eat. These will be the people who will be allowed to deprive you of insurance because you are what is considered to be fat.

Well, there is a much more evil nemesis coming very soon. The United States will impose a tax on CO2 emissions. On the Internet there are now web sites that are being set up where Carbon Credits can be purchased. These carbon credits will be mandatory so you can run your car. You won't be able to run your car in the future without proof you purchase carbon credits.

You don't believe me? Open up this link:
I am sorry, but you need to contact your congressman or woman and inform them you don't want to pay a tax for CO2. This won't be voluntary.

Do you understand that you won't be able to run your car unless you buy these Carbon Credits. If you are like me your won't be able to get to work unless you use public transportation. My job won't permit that. My schedule isn't that regular.

You Morons who voted in Barack Obama should be ashamed of yourself.

Unfortunately this is the way it is...I'm David Dane

Thursday, December 11, 2008

If You'll Build The Right Habits: You'll Lose Weight

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 179.6-pounds. Oh, oh, that's just under 180-pounds. No, I haven't been pigging out.

I did have a few too many teaspoons laden with peanut butter last night. I was hungry.

Before I came to post today, I was already sitting at 180-pounds. This is after having a four ounce piece of chicken, and one cup of corn kernels, along with a pot full of coffee.

This added about two pounds of fluid and food. So, I know I am OK.

How did you like my message yesterday? Oh, that was a real zinger. I did that on purpose.
Sometimes we need a little mental jolt to break the momentum of our complacent minds.

We all have a tendency to get into a groove so to speak. We develop patterns of behavior and thought that don't move us toward a better way of being. I am as guilty as anyone about that.

We Live In Denial
What are you talking about David? I have a family member who is large. When he removes his shirt the fat flaps around his stomach area. His stomach protrudes beyond his chest, and his hips have those round bulging "love handles" Yet, he is convinced that he is at his optimal weight.
As a result he continues to eat like tomorrow will never come.

He has already had a doctor tell him that his blood sugar spikes up too high. Well, He gave up his sugar soda. He gave up some sugars. Only, he is still much larger than he ought to be.

I told my family member, that he should start ingesting protein powder, along with more green vegetables. I didn't have the heart to tell him he ought to lose weight. There is no use. He thinks he is OK.

Now, he sees his wife should lose weight. He sees his wife ought to give up smoking. Only he can't see his own need to address the things that effect his health. That being he's got too much body fat.

Is this you? Do you think that somehow you are OK? I don't know. You have to decide.

If you aren't OK, then what do you want to do, stay the way that you are? That's OK with me.
I don't have to live inside your body. I don't have to face the grim reaper who will come to get you before your time ought to reasonably expire.

Worse than that I don't have to be you who will develop life long deceases related to obesity. I don't have to be you.

One of the reasons I keep coming back and writing this post is: maybe, maybe someone will read it and find he/she can get off those unwanted pounds.

I didn't join a weight watching club. I didn't pay for a gym membership. I did spend some money to buy TV dinner trays of food. I got them on sale. I got them on sale, and consumed those three times a day.

From that experience I learned how to become a calorie counter. This is what I am today. I am a calorie counter. I call myself a "food watcher," not a "weight watcher."

I look at the food I am about to ingest and begin to ask the critical question: Should I eat this? That's it. I have programmed myself to look at food as a fuel. I like to eat sweets. I like to have goodies. I like food that tastes good. Yet, I know, I can only eat so much, and then that's it.

Why, oh why should I do it any differently than I am now? It's the most simple way to watch what I eat. I know that I can't eat large portions of potatoes. If I do then I can't eat something else. I know If I eat that big muffin. Then that's my meal for a while.

I know my limits. I have plenty of experience with them.

One thing I do everday, that seems to bother so many people, is I weigh myself. Every morning when I wake up I step up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale. I take a look see at how I am doing everyday.

I don't understand why this is so much trouble for people. I don't know why people take the numbers so personally. I look at the numbers as a tool to diagnose where I am.
I don't take it personally. Oh, some times I wince. That's rare.

I had a problem. I was over weight. Technically, I am still over weight. Many people say I look fine where I am. Only, I know differently. I have got some more poundage that has to go. How long will I take to lose it. I don't know.

I am not going to beat myself up to lose it. I won't let anyone bully me into losing it either. Here is why, no one lives in my skin. No one lives in this body.

No one lives in your body. That body that was loaned to you by God in heaven can't be experienced by anyone but you. So far as I know, no one has invented a machine that can read your thoughts. As far as I know, no one has invented a machine that can feel your pain. As far as I know, the experiences you experience are totally unique to you.

If this is all true, then how can anyone lose the weight for you? Oh, you can be given a program to follow. You can be given drugs that suppress your appetite. You can be given food that is expensive, and then be conned that it's magical.

I have been there. I know about what I am speaking. And, I have read many, many, weight loss books. I get tired of reading them. I get tired of the stuff that's out there.

Your key to losing weight is you, yep you, no one else. That is, unless you want to pay someone to lock you in a room and feed you under the door like animals in a zoo. That might work.

Forget the notion that you have a weight loss goal too. There is no goal. Here is why, because once you achieve that magical weight zone you want to be in, you'll still have to eat less than you did before.

Yep, as soon as you get to where you want to be, then you will forever have to monitor your weight. This weight losing thing is a life long program. It's naive to think you can return to your old way of being. That' what got you into trouble.

It's like the alcoholic, or the drug addict that finally gets cleaned up. They can't go back to the old ways. They can't have that drink of alcohol again. They can't have that pill, or joint again, besides it's being illegal.

You and I are food addicts. We ate food for a many reasons. We ate it because we were hungry. We ate food because we were neglected. We ate food because we felt lonely. We ate food because it tasted good. We ate, ate, ate, and ate. Then one day we realized we had a problem.

Like so many people we made a valiant effort to lose the weight. We did, and a few years later there it was again, only this time there seems to be more fat than ever before. I know, I have been there.

Don't think it's not frustrating. It is frustrating. I know that too.

I am offering free advise. I don't say it's easy to do, or follow. Old habits die hard. We are programmed from our birth to eat for many reasons besides eating to live.

We eat for birthday celebrations. We eat for the family reunion. We eat for the Thanksgiving day feast. We eat for the family picnic. We eat, we eat, everyday we eat, more and more.

What will you do? Are you in trouble? Are you seeing bulges you don't want to see? Is there a weight you wish you were? I still want to get down to 160-pounds.

Here is how you do it: "EAT LESS FOOD." That's it. Quit pounding down the candy. Quit pounding down the donuts. Quit eating those giant hamburgers everyday. Quit pounding down the chocolate shakes everyday. Quit eating like tomorrow may never come.

Oh, it's the same thing everyday with this blog. It's the same words everyday. How boring.

I don't care. Go jump in your car. Head down to Dunkin' Donuts. Buy that big muffin. Push that big muffin right up into your mouth. Now, do it tomorrow. Then do it the next day.
Tonight eat that bag of Doritos. (My friend did.) Then she said, oh I don't eat that much.
OK, you don't eat that much.

Then you can be like my brother-in-law who is laid up on his bed because he can't walk. Diabetes caused the nerves in his legs to die. Now, he is a cripple.
He ate at night these big bowls of cereal. He ate at night when he was hungry. He ate like there was nothing wrong. Now, he can't walk.

I don't care. You can go do the same thing. Don't say you weren't given fair warning.

And, I'm not telling you to dive off a bridge with this weight loss thing. You don't have to be that over dramatic.

I am telling you, if you will do those little things and build the habits up, you will lose weight. I promise you will.

Again, don't be deceived. It's not easy. If it was easy to do, then there wouldn't be so many over weight people out there. It can be done though.

Bye for now...

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

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Don't Read My Blog, I Don't Care

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 178.2-pounds.
That's down from yesterday. It's under 180-pounds.


I noticed my readership has gone down. I usually average around 30 to 35 look-sees on the number counter. Then it tapered off to around 20, and now it's ten.

Here's what I think. Don't read my blog. I kid you not. Because every time you open this thing and read it you'll get the same thing. You won't get a bunch of crap that if you'll just balance out your foods, you'll lose weight. You won't get points. You won't.

Here is what you'll get: Hey you Oinker, you eat too damned much food. Look at you. You need elastic in those britches. Hey mister you sure don't need those suspenders anymore.
Hey lady, yeah you the point counter, why is your dress hanging high in the back? Did you just steal a water melon or is that your big butt?

You know what I mean, jelly bean?

Oh, but if you'll just exercise enough, then you'll lose weight. Hey bozo, did you ever read the captions on the bottom of the television screen: yeah the little words that flash so fast, no one can read them? Let me give you a paraphrase of what it says: "Diet and Exercise."

What part of that don't you get? Exercise tones the muscles and helps expend energy, so you can burn calories off that fat fanny, and those chunky thighs.

Diet: Because you eat too damned much food. Yeah, you sit around the office at work with candy in your mouth 8 hours a day, you eat at the local fast food restaurant, then you go home and pound down another big meal.

Then you have the gall to wonder, "What happened?" Why am I like this?

Here is what kills me. We take our hard earned money. Then we plunk it down on an expensive gym membership. Then we use it three or four times.

We take our hard earned money, plunk it down on one of those weight management clubs. Six months later we're fatter than we were before.

Let me give you a clue... Get closer. Are you ready...? Hey, you're fat. No, you're more than fat, you're obese. You can't even fit in the pants you wore one year ago.

But, it's not you're fault. No, it's the food companies fault. It's the fast food restaurant's fault. It's my wife's fault. It's my husband's fault. It's my dogs fault. Well quit eating the food in his bowl for goodness sakes.

What is wrong with us? We want all this detail to lose weight.

It's not that complicated. It's not. Cut back on those food portions.

Quit lying to us and telling us you don't eat that much. Compared to who?

Get into your pea sized brain, that you don't have the same body as the next person. You may have to cut back to smaller portions than that lady next to you.

Oh but shouldn't I just exercise? OK, exercise but put that damned donut down for goodness sakes.

That's what you'll get when you open this blog. I'll tell it to you straight. It SUCKS being fat. It SUCKS trying to lose weight. There, you heard it here.

Number counter when I finished this post: 7868
Bye for now...

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

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Quit Beating Yourself Up: Just Change Your Behavior

Hello weight losing fan...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 178.8-pounds.
That's the same as yesterday. Nah-Nah-Nah-Bloo-Bloo-Bloo to all you doubters out there.

OK, I am only teasing. Oh I know it's hard to lose the weight, and you don't need someone needling you.

I am certainly happy about this. It's not 170-pounds. It's better than I thought would happen considering I ate what I have.

This only goes to show: No one has to starve himself/herself to death in order to lose weight.
No one has to deprive himself/herself of some goodies in order to shave those pounds off, or even to maintain weight.

I keep writing over and over: "Don't kill yourself trying to lose weight."

Sure, you need to reduce down your food portions. Sure you have to watch out for what you eat. Only, most people don't understand, they eat too much food.

In this country we eat because it tastes good. We eat because we need comfort. I don't blame anyone for this. However, it's high time some people realize that food they love so much is the enemy. I'm sorry.

We need food for fuel. We don't need food for comfort. We don't need food to entertain our hands and mouth as we feed all day long every time the urge hits.

We don't have to eat until the empty feeling is gone. I did and look at what happened. I blew up, up, and up.

Well David, how do you get away with what you admit to eating? Oh, I didn't confess what I ate today. I had two hot dogs on buns back-to-back. Each came in at 230 calories. That was 460 calories. Oh, my...
Then I ate a bag full of Trail Mix. By the way this so called "healthy snack food" came in at a whopping 640 calories for one 6-ounce bag. Remember that the next time you think you can eat the whole bag.

Well, David you pigged out. Sort-off... That was my last meal for the day. Yes, I cut myself off eating around 2 PM.

Just to let you know, when I got home after work, I weighed 178.2-pounds. So, maybe in the morning I will be under 178-pounds. Let's see what will happen.

Time and time again, I try to get across this point. You, and I are humans. We, were designed to eat. We must, must, have food and water. God in his wisdom made our taste buds, and intended for we humans to enjoy eating food.

Of course the food manufacturers do things to enhance the flavor of food. They add things to food that cause us to want to eat more food. I can't say I blame them. I can't fault them for enterprising. I can't fault anyone for getting trapped by a food addiction. God knows, I love chocolate. I love giant blueberry muffins.

That being said, or written in this case, there comes a point in time when reality should start to arouse our minds. We should start paying attention when that shirt, or pants get tighter. We should start paying attention when we step on the scale and the numbers tilt.

You know what I mean. Short of there being some illness, what is our excuse for gaining weight?
Mine was my ability to cook a frozen pizza, and then eating it all in one sitting. My was my ability to eat a bag of cookies within an eight hour period. Mine was my ability to buy a quart of ice cream, and then eat that quart. Whew...

Do you get what I mean?

So, what do you do? Well, don't beat yourself up. The damage has been done. The only thing you, or anyone can do is to change the behavior that got us into trouble. Stop eating like there won't be anymore food in the grocery store tomorrow.

And, you don't have to be so dramatic like I was. Yes, I hit the food deprivation trail running. I started eating TV dinners that were only around 250-300 calories each, three times a day. That created mental anguish for sure. Oh, and the hunger I suffered from was agonizing.

Oh, shut up David, you nanny-pooh-pooh-baby. Wah, Wah, Wah you keep crying David. OK...

You get what I mean. I am not here writing this hoping somehow you will buy my story. I have nothing to gain financially from my story. And, I am not trying to develop some loyal cult following.

I am here to tell you the reality. It's not easy to lose weight. If it was, don't you thing everybody would be doing it?

Number counter when I finished this post: 7853

Bye for now...

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

Monday, December 8, 2008

Don't Wait Until That Heart Attack To Change Your Diet

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 178.8-pounds.

I told you that I would come back in under 180-pounds. Nah-Nah-Bloo-Bloo...

Hey, you can't do that. You can't eat like a pig and then lose weight. You just can't.

Oh, contrary my good folks...I can, if I adjust the calories before and after the event. Oh, but you ate so much on Thanksgiving day, and so much on the next days.

Ah, but I knocked a couple hundred calories off on the following days. I quit eating at let's say around 1,300 to 1,500 calories, instead of 1,500 to 1,600 calories.

Did I cheat? No, I just adjusted.
Did I starve? Well, I felt some hunger.
What did you eat? I ate more proteins, like chicken, and bigger servings of green vegetables, with my sauerkraut. I also consume protein powder.

Let's not forget here, I can eat big portions of green vegetables like green beans, and the calories are negligible. One half cup of green beans is only 20 calories. One cup of sauerkraut is about 35-40 calories. So, I can scarf down vegetables, and fill the voids.

Also, I don't consume refined sugar all of the time. I had only one day where I pumped the refined sugar in with a chocolate shake. (Yummy) One week had passed since Thanksgiving day, I had already fallen back under 180-since then. So I was in good shape.

Well, David aren't you trying to get to 160-pounds?
Yes, I am, I am not going to kill myself to get there.

So here I am back under 180-pounds. What will happen from here I don't know. I don't have a crystal ball.

Strict Diet To Prevent Another Heart Attack Is Causing Frustration
Today I was talking to a guy who is currently repairing my car. He was telling me he had a heart attack while cutting his lawn this past summer. He said that he now has to consume a low fat diet, and take medicines. He said that his doctor blamed his diet.

As a result, this guy has to eat a restricted fat diet. He can't eat butters, gravies, real pastries, or anything that has fat. Golly, you talk about a boring life.

I noticed he has lost weight. I commented that he lost weight. He said he has, but he's already sick and tired of the diet. Well, of course he is. And, in a few years, he will eventually give up the diet, and go back to where he came from. This is conjecture on my part, but as I have seen with so many people, they get tired of the discipline, and quit.

Now, I think his diet might (I say might) be responsible for aiding in his heart attack. I don't think it's because of what he ate. I think it's the amount of food he ate that was the cause of his trouble. Also, he was a heavy smoker. This is really what was probably the biggest contributor to his heart attach.

Here was a man that smoked cigarettes. Every time I saw him in the past, he had to have a cigarette. He was obviously over weight. Did he get there because he ate the wrong kind of fat?
I don't think so.

I think he got there because of the amount of donuts, cake, french fries, big hamburgers, beef sandwiches, candy, etc., etc.. And, those cigarettes didn't help.

I think he got there because of the foods he didn't eat, large helping of green vegetables, large helpings of colored vegetables, not enough fish, protein enriched vegetables such as nuts.

I also think that he probably didn't take vitamin supplements. Most people don't even take something as simple as a multivitamin.

Our bodies go into to disrepair if we don't give them adequate nutrition. Well, if someone is fat, didn't they get enough nutrition?

Not necessarily. He may have been someone who ignored eating a balanced diet. Again, this is conjecture on my part.

I don't like restricting my food consumption any more than any one else would. However, I did it because I wanted to lose weight, and to post pone the next catastrophic event that would result from me being way over weight.

I don't worry about the kind of food I eat. I don't look at a blueberry muffin and speculate does this have animal fat (butter), or vegetable fat (corn oil).
I don't look at that bowl of chili and wonder did they suck the oil out of the meat.

I measure the food, or I weigh it. Then I can pretty much say to myself, "This muffin is 500 calories." Or, I can say this Chili is one cup, which is about 270 calories.

When I measure the food, and estimate the calories, this pretty much takes care of the fats and carbohydrates as well.

For example: Most fat, vegetable or animal fat is close to the same calories per tablespoon full, around 110-120 calories. So, if I have a tablespoon of fat in my muffin. I know there is 120 calories. And, that will be one incredibly soggy muffin.

If I use the food guides that are out there and watch my calories accordingly, then my fats, carbohydrates, proteins, etc. take care of themselves.

I don't make it complicated
The other day I was at my family members home. She offered me a Weight Watcher's Ice Cream Bar. I asked her how many calories was in the bar. She said it was so many points. I said no, I don't want the points value, I want the calories value.

I looked at the box, and saw this ice cream bar had 130 calories. I told her that's more calories than a regular ice cream bar.

Now, I don't care about how many points are in that bar. I care about the calories. My body isn't sitting there estimating points. It's looking for fuel. It wants fat, protein, and carbohydrates.

If I throw too much of anyone of them into my mouth, then I am going to see troubling results from it. I will get fat again.

The easiest way to calculate what I am eating is with calories.

When I cook an egg in fat, I add automatically 10 calories because the egg absorbs the grease.
When I use oil to cook, I add automatically 10 calories, because the food absorbs the grease.

I don't worry if it's a transfat, or vegetable fat, or any other kind of fat.

I do limit refined sugars. Those dirty little sugar calories add up quick. Only again, everything in moderation. I can have a donut for breakfast. I have to add that to the total calories I ate, or I will eat. There is also probably some fat in the donut. What kind of fat, I don't know.

At the end of the day; it's how much I ate, not what I ate.

I have written this all before. Look at the results of my simple plan.

Here is is:
  1. I know I should have some carbohydrates: I eat fruits, like a banana, or a half cup of fruit cocktail. I limit myself to a biscuit or slice of bread at a meal, which is about 3 slices of bread a day.
  2. I need protein: I eat some chicken, or eggs for breakfast. I try to eat around 9 ounces of protein a day.
  3. I know I need fat: I use fish oil capsules each day. I usually get the other fats from the meats that I consume. Last night I had fried chicken. I ate the chicken fat from the skin. I ate the fat that the chicken was fried in.
  4. I measure or calculate the calories, then I write them down.
  5. I weigh myself everyday morning when I wake up. I write that weight down.

It's not rocket science losing weight the way I have.

The hardest part of this "DIET" is saying no to any more food when I am raving hungry. It's hard to say no when I have a table full of food spread out in front of me. It's hard to resist the urge to over eat.

I have my cut off points. I stick to them fairly regularly. Oh, I have those days where I blow the calorie count clean out of the water; like three or four days ago.

Even so, I only ate 1,200 calories more than I had alloted for the day.

Don't kill yourself to lose weight. Don't get neurotic on yourself, and all of sudden become real strict when you don't have to.

It took you years to get over weight. It should take you years to shave the pounds off. I advocate about one pound per week. I worry when I see people losing 5 or more pounds a week.

Here is why: That heart is a muscle. It has to have protein. That brain is a bowl of geletin like fat. It has to have fat. Those muscles that cause you to breath, have to have protein.

If someone is depriving themselves of so much food that he/she is losing five pounds a week, then where is the body getting it's nutrients from?

Recently I read about a guy who lost 196-pounds in less than a year. It was said he exercised six days a week, and ate a lot of apples. OK, maybe his heart is OK. I don't know.

I have to wonder, how much food did this guy eat to get to 400 plus pounds? What's the damage from that? I don't know.

I have seen the results of bad dieting in my family. One family member has dieted for years. Now her arms have no tone. Now, she has flab. She's old for sure but, she dieted the wrong way.
She lost much of her muscle tone.

Now, I can't vouch for some man that loses 196-pounds. I can vouch for myself. I lost around one pound per week. There were some weeks I lost more than that initially, but it tapered off.

As anyone can see, who's been following my blog, I am still alive. Also, my body had settled on around 180-pounds. I don't exercise vigorously every day. Maybe, I would knock off that last twenty pounds one two three. Maybe...

Here is my point: If you must lose weight. If you must watch your diet, then do it now. Don't weight for a major catastrophe like type-2 diabetes, or a heart problem. Take care of your weight now.

"Eat Less Food!"

Number counter when I finished today's post: 7820

Bye for now...

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

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Wow Big Weight Drop, Even After Eating A Big Meal

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 176.6-pounds.
You read it right. Nah-Nah-Nah-Nah-Bloo-Bloo-Bloo to you doubters.

Oh David, you're lying to us again. We the readers don't believe you.
How did you drop to 176.6-pounds overnight?
It's that same story I have been writing all along.
Yeah, but you admitted to eating a giant hamburger, a large fries, and a giant cake filled chocolate shake, that had a billion-trillion calories. It's virtually impossible to lose weight after that.
NO... It's not.

Just "Eat Less Food."

Oh, tomorrow I am not going to see that 176.6-pounds again. Tonight I ate around 7:30 PM. I ate a cup of Cajun rice, a cup of corn, two fried chicken wings, fried chicken leg, and a thigh, made by Pop Eyes chicken. That was a little too late in the day. But, I didn't pay for it, I ate it. So, that will be sitting in me in the morning. But, you'll see me under 180-pound.

Well, why did you eat so much? I was hungry, I guess.

Number Counter After I posted: 7802

Bye for now...

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

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Oh, The Shame, I Have No Self Control

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 179.8-pounds.
That's just barely below the 180-pounds I have been hovering at for a year now.

Oh, the shame... I must hang my head here in shame. I have messed up and I am back at almost 180-pounds. Oh, I am such a food monger. I must eat those big hamburgers, and chocolate shakes, and look what's happened. OH, it's so awful.

Oh, I make myself laugh. Come on... this is a life long weight losing war. I am going to be at this for the rest of my adult life. I am not going to get bent out of shape because I ate a giant, thick, chocolate shake with a piece of chocolate cake blended in. Who cares if it was a billion, ca-zillion calories?

Number counter when I finished this post: 7780

Bye for now...

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

Friday, December 5, 2008

I've Been Admonished By One Of My Fans

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 181.2-pounds.
As, I reported yesterday, I went to a restaurant and ate a large meal later in the day. Then I went and posted on my blog.

Today I opened my blog to see this comment:
"Why would you do that? Why would someone who is trying to lose or maintain their weight eat like that? When you know how unhealthy all those calories and fat are. I can see, maybe a hamburger and a small fry and a diet coke. Or a small hamburger and shake. I would expect you to make some compromises.
Anyway, maybe you will make up for it in a couple of days.
I really like your blog, it is usually very motivational."

Ummm, Sorry I upset you there. Wow....

All I can say is better I mess up than you.

I am willing to bet you won't find even 1% of the dieters out there that have kept a consistent record of what he/she has eaten and drank for over one and a half years. I have kept a food journal for at least that long. There is a gap there because I lost one of the notebooks I was using last year, and with it went a couple months of records. I went out and got another journal and went from there.

I am willing to bet you won't find 5% of the people out there who weigh themselves at least once a day, and have a record of it. I have a record of my weight for almost two years now.

Not only that, but what I lost from my one journal is in the archives here on the Internet. Where that computer server is that holds these records is, I don't know. But, out there in cyberspace is a record of all my dribble.

And, as for the damage I may of done having eaten a large chocolate shake, I am not worried.

This weight loss gig, diet, or weight loss thing, is a life long process. I do this every day, day-in-and-day-out. I have written also that I am just like you. I have those days where I wipe out. Yesterday was one of those days.

I got up extremely early to go to work. I ate my measly little breakfast. I had a lunch that was just three small thin pieces of bread, one half of a slice of cheese, two small thin slices of pepperoni meat, a chunk of fish out of a finger cup, and a cup of rice pudding.
Bye the time I got off of work, I was absolutely famished. My stomach was raw waiting for food.

A friend and I went to the local hamburger joint. I saw the special for six bucks and ordered it. It was a fairly large meal. I could have stopped there, but my sweet tooth was bugging me, so I had a chocolate shake with some cake blended in. Oh, the evil in that...

To my surprise I opened my blog to find the above comment. Oooops.... I hope I didn't cause someone to stumble there. Argh....

I am just like you. I like the sweets. I like the goodies. I get hungry, and let my eyes and stomach decide for me sometimes what I will eat. I am human.

I guess I should let my conscience guide oh so much better than I did last night. Only, here it is in the afternoon of the next day, and I am already back under 180-pounds. Go figure...

Whew... I guess.

If there is one lesson that can be learned by this it's this: You just never know who is watching.

Who's watching you, and seeing if you are losing weight? Is it your husband, or your wife? Is it a co-worker that's waiting to see if you'll crash that diet eventually? Is it someone who reads that blog post, like I just found out?

Our lives, our thoughts, our actions touch so many others. It's not enough to say, "I am an Island." That's just not true.

You may have started out on a weight losing quest. You may have made up your mind to lose some weight. You might have joined some organization for motivation. You might have struck out on your own.

You may have had some noticeable progress losing weight. Then, all of a sudden the strain of sacrifice became overwhelming, and you threw in the towel.
Finally your giving up resulted in a regaining of all those lost pounds and then some.

Who saw you? Who was being inspired by you, and then crumbled after you crumbled? And, together you and the rest of the crowd can sit around that break room table making excuses for why you can't lose weight.

I can see, someones is watching me. I got admonished for deviating from the course. Perhaps you too would be wise to stay the course, keep at it.

You just never know who is watching. Scary...

Number counter when I completed this post: 7755

Bye for now...

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

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Too Many Calories Today, I'll See It Tommorrow

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 179-pounds.
That's down from yesterday.

Tomorrow I probably won't be so lucky. Tonight I had a large cheese hamburger, large fries, and a very large chocolate cake milk shake.
It's late in the day. That was lots, and lots of calories.

Bye for now...

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

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Breaking Dead Even With 180-pounds

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 180-pounds.
This is up from yesterday.

I am not worried about this because I weighed myself when I got home from work. I weighed in at 180.6-pounds. This is after having all my meals for today, and drinking all the fluids I drank.
This means that tomorrow morning when I weigh myself I will be under 180-pounds again.

Woman Laughing In Disbelief
This afternoon I was sitting at a table with a bunch of woman who were all senior citizens. We were all having lunch together. They paid for my meal, fish with potatoes, and mixed vegetables.
How nice...

One lady couldn't finish her pork slices, and asked me if I would eat them. I told her sure. Then the other women started offering me their left over food too. I said that's too much food even for me. I am watching my calories and I am on a diet I said. Well, one of the woman said oh and you're a part time comedian too.

I said no, I am serious, I said I was huge two years ago. They didn't believe me. They could not believe that anyone could lose so much weight and keep it off. They also couldn't believe it because I look real good this way. (No modesty here.)

Well, we had the usual discussions about calories, and what I was doing writing everything down. And, I have written about what others have said before as well.

All the conversations end up the same. Basically everyone finally admits that it's too hard to count calories. They admit it's too hard to write down what they eat. It's just too hard.
This explains why all the women at the table were over weight with chins that disappeared years ago.

This is the dilemma most people find themselves in these days. They don't want to do what it takes to have the kind of success I have had losing weight. They realize instinctively that if they were to go on a diet to lose weight, they would have to sacrifice those goodies. Yep, and it's not easy to do.

However, as usual, I will write, it takes time. It's not easy. It's down right frustrating to the core of my being. However, I have been at this now for two years. I have learned to do the same things everyday. I have become a food hawk. I watch what I eat very carefully.

I may not always stick to my own program either. But, I have it written down anyway. I can see where I blew the calorie counts. I can see the kind of food I ate that contributed to my failures.
Then I can adjust.

I do the things most people won't do. This is why it's been two years now of weight loss success. This is why I have now kept 60-pounds off for a year. This is why I could go out and eat like a little piggy around Thanksgiving day, and still weigh in at 180-pounds less than one week later.

Do I starve myself to death? Nope, I don't. Do I skip meals? Only if I exceed my total calorie count. Then I don't consider it skipping a meal. I consider it a time delay until I eat again.
Have I had my days where it's been a wipe out? Oh, you bet I have.

I get hungry just like you. I get frustrated just like you. I want to eat chocolate, cakes, and ice cream just like you. I want to eat that extra piece of pizza just like you.

I am no different than you. God didn't give me any special powers, that you don't possess.
I just fought with myself to excerpt my will in this one particular area of my life.
I still have other areas I want to change. But, one thing at a time.

Bye for now...

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

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Wow, A Big Weight Drop Day

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 179-pounds.
That's down 4.2-pounds from yesterday.
That's only 4-pounds over the record.

Oh David, you are lying. How did you lose 4-pounds over night?
I can't say why. I just did.

I have made sure to keep a careful check on my weight each day. I have made sure to keep a record of all the food, and drinks I consumed. I have carefully calculated these calories to the best of my ability.

Is it an exact science? No, I don't carry a measuring cup with me everywhere I go. Maybe I should.
All I do is make an attempt to estimate the calorie count for what I eat.

Obviously if I am at a restaurant, and I am served food portions, I have to make a guess about what it is I will consume.

Many times, I have the food container that my food came in. With that, I can look at the labels on the container, and get a good guess about the calories in that food.

Here is my point: I have been constantly monitoring my food consumption. I write down what I eat. Even if I don't know the calories for the food, and I can't calculate it, I write it down anyway.

Each day I weigh myself. This is a key to get a quick handle on unwanted weight gain. If I waited a week, or longer to see what my weight might be, I might actually gain four of five pounds of real fat.

There are times when I will step onto the scale and find myself up four or five pounds. This could be water weight, fluids, or just fat. If I weren't monitoring my weight, there would be no way to find out what's happening.

This may seem like neurotic behavior. It's not any more neurotic than testing my blood after eating a meal because of diabetes.
It's a habit that I have had to develop over time. Initially I would forget to weigh myself. Then sometime in the day I would realize that I had not weighed myself.

Now, I weigh myself as a habit, like brushing my teeth in the morning. I actually look forward to seeing what my weight will be.

It takes time to develop the habits necessary to lose weight. It takes time to overcome that urge to eat at just about anytime of the day. It takes time to undo the bad habits we've developed to get ourselves overweight.

I have written this all before. This isn't anything new for my posts. It's the same drum beat, with the same drum.

Someone told me that I should very my content more. Someone told me I ought to find some more stuff for people to read and ideas that would make my sight more interesting. Well, I thought about it. It's very time consuming.

All anyone has to do is use an Internet Search Engine. The Internet World is open for searching. All anyone has to do is read someones blog.

If you come to this blog then you'll see this: "Eat Less Food." If you'll do that, you will lose weight.

Number Counter After I Posted: 7689

Bye for now...

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

Monday, December 1, 2008

Weights Up: Gotta Close My Mouth

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 183.2-pounds.
That's down from yesterday's 183.8-pounds.

Oh David... What happened? Thanksgiving happened, and the left overs that I ate the next day happened. Ouch... I must admit, I winced when I stepped onto the scale when I saw those numbers. I didn't expect that I would. However, I was getting giddy when I hit 175-pounds a few weeks ago. Well, here it is, I'm back up 178.2-pounds over that record.

I will have to admit that's regained poundage. I went back into my food logs and carefully calculated what I ate Thanksgiving day. I had two overfilled plates of stuffing, turkey, and other foods. Then I consumed two different pies, and a cup filled with ice cream. That totalled up to as far as I could calculate to three times my normal calorie consumption for the day. I calculated 4,800 calories. Then next day I ate twice as many calories as I had planned. Then Saturday, and Sunday I blew past my calorie counts by as much as 750 calories.

Yesterday I went to a Christmas party. I ate like a normal human being until I got a fork full of the chocolate cake. It was good, and it had this real thick coating of chocolate cream frosting on it.
I ate three of those pieces of cake, at of course the continuous urging of the hostess who would not let up. She had the big cake she wanted gone, and she didn't want to have it go to waste.

So, I ate it, and ate it again. I calculated each piece to be 400 calories. That might be conservative considering the thickness of the frosting. The frosting was loaded up with sugar to sweeten it.

Today, I am back home and I am away from the "House-of-chocolate" and the perpetual temptations to eat all the goodies. I turned down the hostess from the party who offered to let me take home the rest of the cake. That would have been too much for me to resist.

I want to see some progress here getting back under 180-pounds. I don't want to see that scale ticking up higher than it already has. It's safe to say I ate much more than the additional 3,500 calories necessary to add a pound of fat. This is why I am where I am now.

But, am I worried? NO... It's back to the same routine. I can go back down under 180-pounds. I just have to say no to the extra goodies. I have to keep my calorie counts down. That's all.

Oh, by the way, I loved every bite of that food. It was so yummy.

Number counter when I finished this post today: 7663

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...