Monday, March 31, 2008

Losing Weight Doesn't Depend On A Postive Attitude

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 183.4-pounds.

I guess the question is for me: Will my weight keep creeping up now? I imagine someone might think I am being careless with my consumption of food now.

So many people hit their target weight after a long period of time, which seems like forever, being careful about everything they eat. They get to the weight they want then only to slowly forget about what they originally wanted to be.

Over time we all seem to get forgetful or careless about weight. Then slowly all that poundage comes back. Well, I am here to say, no not me. Just because I am up some does not mean I have forgotten, or quit.

Remember, it's only been a little over one year and six months time that I couldn't button my pants anymore. It's only been a little bit of time, one year, that I have been posting on this blog.
Somewhere out there someone checks in on this blog. I imagine it's to see how the former preponderant is doing.

Perhaps, I am being secretly cheered on: Go David, Go David... You can do it.

Perhaps, secretly, I am being envied: Oh David, I hope you lose it. I hope you gather all that fat back, and more.

I don't know.

I do know this: You can do it. You can get that weight off of you. You can get down to a more reasonable weight. If you are over 100-pounds over the normal weight, then it may take two or more years. It may be a struggle for sure. But, all said and done, you can do it.

It doesn't depend on you being "Positive" either. This modern day "positive mental attitude" cult like behavior of people sickens me.

Your disposition, or your attitude has nothing to do with you losing weight. You don't have to wake up smiling ear to ear to lose weight. You may feel like someone who just got run over by a truck, and you can still lose weight. You can.

And, if you lose a significant amount of weight, don't be surprised if your "attitude" automatically gets better, because you'll be feeling better.

I am not a big one on self esteem. I thing many self esteem pushers are really pushing narcissism. The self focus people emphasize is destructive.

I wasn't turning inward to lose weight. I was actually turning outward to lose weight. I had to give up the one thing near and dear to me, and that was food. Yes, I had to forfeit my comfort to gain something better in the end.

How I felt about the process didn't matter. How you feel about the process doesn't matter. What matters is will you take the actions necessary to regain your health? Attitude has nothing to do with it.

I will prove it to you. I will lock you away in a room without food. You'll lose weight. I guarantee you will. Will you be healthy? No, but you will lose weight.

I have hundreds of posts that I have written for this blog. If you have time, you'll find I haven't been pushing for dramatic results losing weight. I advocate, steady, easy does it. This is a life long process.

You may go forward, and then you will go backwards. It's hard to break those old habits. It's hard to unlearn what has been learned, and then use the new knowledge. We all like to remain at the same place.

You may be in an environment where you feel like it's all you. You may be in an environment where you feel like it's not worth it anymore. This is a time to say: God help me. God's not far away. After all, he is omnipresent.

Who's to say, who's life you may change by you changing yours? Who's life might you ultimately save by your example? Who may be out there wondering, "What can I do?"
Who may wake up, because of you?

You don't know. Each life touches anthers. Big, or small, famous, or not, our life touches others.

Give it the one-two-try. Make up your mind to get off those extra pounds.

Ultimately, you'll have to sacrifice. Yep, you'll have to "EAT LESS FOOD."

I know you didn't want to read that. I know. I don't like it anymore than you.

I am better off for it. I really am.

You will be too. Trust me when I write that. You'll be better off.

Bye for now...

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

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Wedding, Beer, And Wine, And Up Over The Target

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 184.6-pounds.

Yesterday I mentioned that I was attending a wedding. Like all events there is food available. I had predetermined ahead of time that I was going to be eating a lot of food. I also consumed beer, wine, and champagne.

I had a ten ounce steak yesterday and I am sure this had an effect on the remainder of the food that would make it's way through the digestion.

The alcohol was as many as empty unproductive calories as I have consumed in many months. Alcohol has a slowing effect on the fat burning processes.

So the added poundage is easily explained.

I had a good time. I hope this marriage will make it through the long rocky roads that our modern world throws at marriages, and people.

As for me, I got the brides garter belt. I wish I had a dollar for every time I got the garter belt, I could go on vacation some where. Does this mean I am finally going to meet Miss Right and get married? Ummm.... Not likely.

Bye for now....

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

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Can't Fit All The Fat Clothes Anymore

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 182.8-pounds.

Today I was invited to a weddding. I haven't been to a formal event for well over a year.
In that time I have lost over six inches on my waist line.

Yesterday I looked in my closet for dress shirts that might fit me, and that were in good condition. I have many dress shirts. Unfortunately now they are nothing but what I call fat-clothes.

These dress shirts are 18 1/2 inch collars. The chest size was for a 48 inch chest and waist line.
I tried a few of them on and they hung on me like tents. I was surprised. I can easily slide three fingers into the collar. I can spread the sides out like that of a flying squirrel spreading its skin to leap into the air.

I went hunting for a new shirt. I had to buy a shirt that was a 16-16 1/2 shirt because my neck is now that small.

I am happy and unhappy at the same time. I am happy that I lost so much weight. I am unhappy that I will have to dispose of so many good clothes. What a bummer. I am also unhappy that now I have to purchase a whole new wardrobe. It's a bummer there too.

Bye for now...

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

Friday, March 28, 2008

I Didn't Quit Maintaining

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 182-pounds.

Someone asked if I have given up maintaining my weight. The answer is No, I haven't given up. I am still watching what I eat. I am staying in and around the 2,000 calorie limits per day.

This is a comfortable range to be in for now. The day will come though when I will put my head down, and charge for that last 20-pounds. I want to eventually reach the 160-target for my weight.

The best thing to do is for now, not struggle like I have.

The weight is going to go up and down even in the maintenance mode. I allow that I will be up 2 or 3 pounds around that 180-target range that I am at now. I don't sweat it.

You shouldn't either. I don't advocate killing onesself to get those pounds off. If the weight comes off too quickly that may cause problems in the future.

I will finish these thoughts later...

Bye for now...

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

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Keeping Healthy For the Sake Of Others.

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 182.6-pounds.

I put yesterday's posting into the draft folder. I am not so happy with the way I wrote it.

I was trying to get the point across that we have to survive. That we really need to make a best effort to be as healthy as we can be. This isn't for the sake of selfish gain, but because people around us benefit from you and me.

It's not a real good idea to keep gaining weight by consuming more food than is necessary to live and to survive. If you are overweight then you ought to work on getting to a normal weight.

I am close to my normal weight. I actually have people telling me that I should stay here at the 180-pound target. I differ with that thinking. I have had a ruff time trying to shed these last 20-pounds. I will get there some day.

Bye for now...

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

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

You Won't Lose Weight Until You Face The Truth, And Then Do It

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at ????
Again I don't have my scale with me.

If you will notice lately, I haven't been adding much commentary to this blog lately.
One reason is because I haven't had access to a computer.
The second reason is, I am out of ideas.

I wandered around on the Internet and I have seen all of these blogs, and Internet Pages.

I have wondered what I can contribute. Everyone out there has said just about everything that I could say.
Go open some of the links that are listed on the side of this blog. These folks are full of ideas.

I am really just a voice. I am just as many words scribbled onto a page somewhere in a computer. What does it really matter what I have to say and write? I think that I have written just about all that I can write. I think that I have said just about all that I can say.

I am at a family members house. She has some women here that are cleaning the place up, and doing things that she can't do anymore. It stinks getting old.

The one girl was talking about her Weight Watchers. I asked this woman what her goal was. She didn't give to me a straight answer. She said well I have been on weight watchers for three weeks now. The first week didn't count. Then she said that she has been at it for two weeks. Then she said I have lost five pounds.

Great, after all that I got the answer. Then I asked about calories. She said oh no "WE" go by points. Zeke Hale, Zeke Hale, Zeke Hale, ya voe heir commander!

Wait a minute? "WE" who's we? What do they do to you guys at those meetings? Is there some sort of subliminal tape playing in the background? I am serious here.

What is the matter with people these days that they don't have the stomach to think for themselves. It's the "WE" mentality everywhere I go.

I got news for you: Get a little closer to the computer. Are you ready? Idiot, it doesn't matter how many fat grams, or carbohydrates, or points you are eating if you keep stuffing your face.

Great the masters of Weight Watchers sent to you a little book that tells you how many points there are at the buffet table. Great the pages are full of politically correct pages of white people, black people, and Chinese all sitting around eating.

I am looking at the "Eating Out Companion Guide" where is the calories in this thing?

Here is what is upsetting the living day lights out me about Weight Watchers. They are changing the system for counting calories into a points system. They have figured out how to permeate the already established system and now things are turning to points. And the people who are fat, and stupid are buying the garbage. I wrote fat, and stupid.

I lost weight by cutting back on my portion sizes. I lost weight by counting the calories consumed over a set time period. That's that.

No, you pin heads at the Weight Watchers had to turn everything upside down. And I write this because when I talk to these folks they can't figure out ultimately the weight came off because they quit eating so damned much food. That's it.

I don't see Weight Watchers telling the one truth in the whole picture: If you are going to lose weight, you are going to be HUNGRY, HUNGRY, HUNGRY. That's that.

Get it straight: you're fat because you eat too much food. You eat chocolate when people aren't looking. You snack on stuff when the TV is on. You eat when you shouldn't eat. You do stuff that promotes getting fatter like consuming way to much sugary foods. You stimulate your appetite with dull stinking fat free foods, and then you wonder why you can't lose weight.

It's your fault you are fat. It's your fault you're fat. It's you bozo. You did it to you. NO one, did it to you. You stuffed your face. You kept eating. You didn't watch what you were doing. I don't care about your excuses. I don't care if the boss got on your butt today. He didn't stuff a twelve inch sub sandwich into your mouth.

No body made you eat all that food. You ate it yourself. Now, you think you have a magic formula to lose all that weight.

It will come down to one thing: "Eat Less Food."

Finally, I had written a long commentary. I lost half of it somewhere.

I am going to finish with this thought: It doesn't matter if you join Weight Watchers, Fat Busters, Food Fanatics Anonymous, Take Off Pounds Clubs, or read my dribble on the Internet, if you aren't serious about taking the right course of actions.

If you don't develop the heart and mind to lose the weight, and then keep it off the rest of your life, then you are just wasting your precious money, and time.

Bye for now...

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

Monday, March 24, 2008

Don't Expect Support Losing Weight

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Digital-Scale-weighing in at ??? I don't have my scale with me.

Yesterday was Easter. The Family was visiting at Grandma's. Food was laid out in a buffet type setting.
As I was picking around at things, I was carrying a piece of paper. I was writting down what I was nibbling on, and my main course items.

Wouldn't you know, as I was writting and thinking about what I was doing, here came the voices of devil's advocates. These are the onlookers who saw what I was doing and then told me today's a holiday. I don't have to write down what I was eating. I don't have excercise caution today, "It's a Holiday."

Well, as usual, I expected it. Then of course there were the usual conversations where people lied about their weight, and that they are normal weighing in at 320 pounds on a 5' 10" body. Or, that diets don't work. Oh, I guess I could eat another piece of cake, even thought I am diebetic, and on medication. If you're paying attention you'll hear these things too.

It's amazing how people begin to justify themselves as they watch me write stuff on a piece of paper. I was asked yesterday, well how much do you weigh anyway? Then I was told I don't need to lose anymore weight.
Gee thanks. The story is the same at every holiday.

Oh well, that's just the way it is. People are people.

Don't expect anyone, no not anyone, to support you to lose weight. You'll only be disappointed if you find yourself seeking approval trying to lose weight.

Bye for now...

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

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Easter Everyone

Hello weight losing fans...

I haven't posted for two days. Oops....
There wasn't anything that I could do. I wasn't able to get to a computer.

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 179.6-pounds.
That's not bad.

Today is the Easter Holiday. It's a celebration of the Resurection Of Jesus. Well at least to me it is.

It's also one of the times of year, like the Christmas Season, that chocolate is everywhere. Yesterday I was up in Wisconsin visiting my cousin. She had made up a bunch 0f Easter Baskets. There was a tub of chocolate left over that didn't get stuffed into the Easter Baskets.

How do you deal with left over chocolate? Give it to me. I'll stuff it down my mouth. Don't worry, I will polish it off. Hey, don't let the chocolate go to waste.

Actually I didn't do so bad. I chowed down on about five pieces of chocolate.

It's Easter, and I am with family. We will have a bunch of stuff to eat today. Let's just see what happens.

Bye for now...

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

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Can't Resist Those Chocolate Easter Eggs

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 180.4-pounds.
This is OK.

Today I went into work. Someone had left a bowl full of the chocolate Easter Eggs on the table in the employee break room. I saw those chocolate eggs in the colored tinfoil and avoided them initially. I was hungry, and started picking at the eggs two at a time. Each time I told myself these would be the last two. Well, they weren't the last two. I ended up eating ten of those little eggs.

Whew, I don't know what got into me. One, I was hungry. Two, I like chocolate Easter Eggs. So, there it was. I couldn't resist.

I am so ashamed of myself. NOT !.

I will just add them to my total calories for the day.

Bye for now...

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

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

I Ate A Chocolate Bar

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 180.6-pounds.
I couldn't post yesterday. There was no way that I could get to a computer.

Yesterday I didn't pack a lunch with me. I had to go to a local grocery store and buy something to eat.

I was walking through the store isles. In doing so I passed by the Easter Candy. I could actually smell the chocolate. It had an effect on my thinking.

After I ate my sandwich, and I had a bag of potato chips, I still had an urge to eat something. I looked across the street and saw the Walgreens.

I went into the Walgreens, and purchased a large Nestle Crunch Candy Bar. Oh be Quiet, I haven't had something like this in a long time.

This little candy bar was four servings, coming in at 170 calories a serving (680 calories). I ate the whole bar within minutes of opening it.

Well, what happened? "I got hungry for something sweet when I saw that Easter candy, and smelled that chocolate."

I did a calorie count at the end of the day. I came in at just over 2,000 calories. I couldn't eat anything else after that chocolate bar either. That was a lot of calories to consume all at once.

I felt woosie after I ate that thing. It was like pumping pure sugar into my system all at once.

So, where does this leave me today. Well, I was up a little this morning. And before I came to blog, I found myself actually back under 180-pounds.

I can't go eating big chocolate candy bars everyday like that. I view it like eating a couple chocolate donuts all at once.

I am being more careful today.

Bye for now...

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

Monday, March 17, 2008

If You Are Overweight, So What If You Take Fish Oil?

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto that Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 179-pounds.
That's not bad.

I am still up over my record. But, I am back down under 180-pounds.
This after having eaten so well yeasterday morning. By 9:00 in the morning I had blown past my 2,000 calories for the day. I was given some hotel coupons by a friend and I used them to buy breakfast. I stuffed myself. Oink... Oink...

As a result of consuming so much food, I didn't eat anything else for the rest of the day. Oh, I had a couple glasses of wine when I got home last night. Then I went to bed. I was wiped out.

Fat Ladies Boasting About Eating So Healthy
Yesterday I was sitting at the computer in the business office area of the hotel. Outside of the door stood two large round ladies. These chicks were round. One of them was boasting to the other about how healthy she eats. She was telling her friend that she takes fish oil, and vitamins, and all kinds of supplements. The other said, "Yeah I gotta start doin' that too."

Now, any of you who have been reading my blog for mental nourishment over the last year pretty much know how I would have responded in the middle of that conversation. (Oh I make myself laugh: Mental Nourishment.)

Me: "Uh huh, I can tell lady you are eating real healthy there."
Me: "In fact I can tell you are eating real healthy there for everyone else in your family too."
Me: "I can tell that fish oil is doing you so much good girl."
Me: "Look how smooth and silky your skin is."
Me: "I can tell those vitamins are making you so fit."
Me: "Oh come on girl, where is your sister? She is in those bluejeans with you isn't she?"

I could go on with that dialog. You know what I am getting at. What difference does it make if you take vitamins, but you are round like a beachball?

I took vitamins regularly for years. Maybe, maybe they helped me prevent cancer, and gave me some missing nutrients. They won't help you get fit if you keep eating and getting fatter.

You can swallow a whole bottle of fish oil. If you don't keep down that food consumption, you will still get fat. Getting fat is a serious problem for the heart, and all those surrounding tissues.

In the end, it comes down to one thing: "Eat Less Food."

Well, Mr. Dane, you let yourself get fat. No, I didn't do it on purpose. I was searching for an answer. I am searching for an answer still. I still want to improve more.

If you are going to lose weight; you will have to "Eat Less Food."

Bye for now....

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

Sunday, March 16, 2008

It's Hard To Regulate Eating On The Road

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 180.4-pounds.
That's up over the record, and it's down from yesterday.

When I am out on the road it's not easy to regulate my diet. It's hard because I have only the options of fast food, or bring my own. Since I have no refrigeration, I am left bringing foods that will not perish over a three or four days of time.

In this case, I made hard boiled eggs, some peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and granola bars. I really am trying to avoid buying food out on the road.

I have to switch over to my other blog for now. My time is limited today. If I can expand later, then I will.

Part Two Of Today's Thoughts
Over the last three days I have been in and out of my hotel room down here in Springfield, IL. I had a television in my room and I clicked it on to find something that might be interesting to watch.

As I clicked through the television channels, I found many infomercials. The commercials that grabbed my attention the most were three different commercials, produced by three different fitness gurus.

Two of the guys were tall and fit. They were very lean, and they were rippling with muscles. One of the guys was shorter than even the fitness women that appeared with him in his infomercial. All three of these guys were well built and claimed they went from looking like me, fat and dumpy, to being lean and loaded with muscles. They did it all in 90 days. Whew.... I wish....

All of these guys were showing how they have developed fitness routines that are designed to blast away the fat, then build that muscle, and make anyone into a mean, lean, fitness machine.

One guy said that in 90 days you'll be fitter than you have ever been. His routine promised to show you how to trick your muscles so they will fatique out and build like self building concrete on a wall. You'll lose weight, and you'll be fit, just buy my 20 CD's here and I will show you how.

How about I just trick my muscles into lifting this Vodka Martini here to my mouth?

All of the fitness gurus promised that if you'll purchase their program, you'll look like them and their models. Ummm... Yeah...

Well, first of all; like everything that's made with video, it will eventually end up on You Tube, My Space, or Google Video. So, I think I will wait for your videos to show up there. I may have to wait a month for the whole set to eventually be found there, but then I won't be out 200 bucks.
And, I won't have another DVD set that will be sitting around with all of my VHS tape videos that I purchased years before that now sit around collecting dust.

I, like many other sleps out there, have to find the time and space to do my workouts, like jumping up and down, and lifting weights that I don't have. And, I am not so sure the neighbors living below me would appreciate me banging on the floor no matter what time of the day it is.

My neighbor above me thinks she can tread mill and lift weights at 6:00 in the morning. I am very tempted to contact an attorney.

I already know that buying a membership at a gym will be a waste of money because I don't have a work schedule that I can even predict. No one else does either these days.

Let's just say I purchased your program, who can I get to exercise with me that will spurn me on like those hot little fem bots that are jumping around jiggling their jingglies (you know them things that flop up and down) with you oh fitness master?

I think if could even buy your program, I might, like all of the rest of America out there, find the ambition to use if maybe once. I might use it twice. Then it will end up stuffed in the back of my TV cabinet with the rest of the unused exercise videos that I purchased.

I want to know something, on your videos you never mentioned what kind of diet am I going to be consuming? Am I going to have to give up my usual breakfast fare of donuts and coffee? Will I have to forfeit my Sunday brunch with the people from church? You know what I mean: That's where we all go to the buffet and stuff ourselves like hogs going to the slaughter.

Surely Mr. Fitness Guru you aren't implying that I will be able to continue to stuff myself day in and day out with what ever catches my eye?

And how much sweat will I have to sweat anyway? For how long did you say, 90 days, and that's it? Then I can go put on my speedo suit and go to the beach?

I don't know if I can afford to sweat that much. Nope, I don't think I can give up my cinammon buns, my McDonald's Chocolate Shakes, and my daily bag of candy. Nope, I think I'll have to pass Mr. Fitness Guru.

Thanks for the offer. You sure look good. Those little fem-bots that excercise with you look even better.

I think I will keep my money. I know that in the end, I will eventually have to do something that I really don't want to do. Yep, in order for all those muscles to look cut, I will have to give up something that is so precious to me: Food. I don't know if I can do that.

I know that somewhere hidden in your wonderful video you are going to talk about diet.
You are going to tell me to "Eat Less Food." I know that's what's coming.

I don't want to.

Bye for now...

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

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Late Meal, And It Showed In The Morning

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 181.4-pounds...
Ooh.....

Yep, it's what it is. I am currently down at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Springfield, IL. Wow, what a nice place. The staff here is gracious.

Last night I missed the evening meal for the group that I am with. They had a banquet. I told one of the managers. She arranged to have a plate brought out to me.

I lifted the cover to see fresh Lasagna, corn, and a cigar shaped roll. For dessert I was given this absolutely delicious dark chocolate cake. Oh, wow, it was so good.

I didn't pay for this meal. I ate it all. It was yummy.

This explains why today I am seeing what it is that I am seeing on the scale.

Check out my other blog when you can. I have to really work at that one. I only have two posts for now. As the thoughts consolidate in my thinking, I will ramp it up.

Bye for now...

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

Friday, March 14, 2008

No Commentary

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 179.8-pounds.
That's back under the 180-pounds mark.

Yesterday I started posting on a different blog. It's still blogspot.com. But, I wanted to air my thoughts about different things. I am keeping this one dedicated to my dribble related to losing weight.

In some of my last posts I made my thoughs known about the Media's favorite darlings. It seems some certain people who used to comment on my blog disappeared. But, that's a liberal for ya, they are tolerant until your ideas and opinions differ from theirs. Then they become intolerant, and actually dispise the person who thinks different. Oops... So sorry....

You can find my first post on my other blog on the left under friends of this blog.

Bye for now...

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

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Leaping Lizards, The Weight's Jumped Up

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 180.4-pounds. Leaping Lizard's; That's a leap from yesterday's weight.
It's just stuff that's waiting to leave.

I ate a late night stir fry last night. It was the same meal that I wrote about yesterday.

It's strange. I went all those days with my weight below 180-pounds, all of a sudden, it's jumped up over 180-pounds. This is a tought nut to crack.

Rapidly approaching is my one year anniversary posting on this blog. That time went fast. I went back to my first posts. I can hardly believe I wrote some of the stuff.

I certainly hope that my blathering on with the keyboard of a computer, and the left behind entrails of incohesive thoughts, and wayward diatribe, has helped some poor soul. If not... OH WELL...I TRIED.

And here, let me write out some more intelligent, and tender words.

EAT LESS FOOD... DID YOU WANT TO GET FATTER THAN YOU ALREADY ARE?

Oh, I am so kind. Aren't you glad you clicked on my blog today?

Oh, and did you see my picture? Underneath that flannel shirt is a real buff guy...
Oh, I make myself laugh.

Bye for now...

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

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

A Recent Picture Of Me

Hello weight losing fans...

This is my second post for today.



Today I was sent a picture of me in my E-mail. This is me at 180-pounds. It's blurry. I have no control over that. I didn't take the picture. My friend send it to me.

My Family Member Thinks That Weight Watchers Will Help Her Lose Weight

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 178.4-pounds.
That's good.

This ought to give anyone who is attempting to lose weight, and then finally maintain that weight, it's an achievable reality.

A couple weeks ago I decided to go into a maintenance mode for my weight. I got tired of the 1,300 calories I had gone down to. I thought that reducing those calories would help me get onto the road to losing weight.

I ended up being nauseously hungry all of the time. I would wake up in the late night hours fighting hunger. I found that I would have to consume something to cut that hunger. In other words it was a futile attempt to lose weight by getting down the calories below the 1,500 calories that I had been maintaining.

Family and friends have been after me to stay at the weight I am currently at. This is around 180-pounds. It goes up and down some from there. But, it's pretty much been at 180-pounds.

I pushed those calories up to around 2,000-2,100 calories a day. This is what the recommended daily allotment of calories is anyway. Believe me this extra 500 calories has helped tremendously to assuage my nagging hunger pains.

I have been able to hold a stable weight here at the 180-pound target. It's not the target that I ultimately hope to get to. However, for the last year of so, I have really stressed my body trying to get down the 60-pounds that I have.

It's been a long road to get here. I guess my impatience to get that last 20-pounds off had pushed me to try to even reduce my calories more. I was miserable.

I am not telling you to go down so far with your calories that you become miserable losing weight. The reality is we all eat more food than our bodies need to survive. I have written this before.

How many cookies do we really need to satisfy that sweet tooth? How many donuts do we have to fill up with in the morning with our coffee.

Oh, once in a blue moon I will still stop and get myself a donut. But, it's one donut, not the two or three that I used to eat. I add that 350 calorie donut to my food log.

Be serious about your consumption of foods, and drinks. Analyze your consumption. You do it. Don't rely on someone else.

My Close Family Member Has Joined Weight Watchers
I have a family member that wants to lose 40 or so pounds. I think that she should lose more than that. But, she's worried about looking gaunt. She doesn't want to look like a walking dead person. OK...

I told her that I take swipes at Weight Watchers. She asked why? It's expensive. Ultimately what will Weight Watchers do for her? Is Weight Watchers going show up when she gets ready to eat that big bowl of pudding that she likes to eat? Is Weight Watchers going to show up when she makes that trip to the buffet?

Also, I warned her that she may find herself opposing me in the future. She said how? I said that Weight Watchers people have a tendency to become very protective of the Weight Watchers process. When I mention to some Weight Watchers that I know personally that I count calories, they get testy with me. When I get critical of points counting as a complicated system, they say no it's not.

OK, So I have to take the information from the side panel of my bread and run to the computer to see how many points weight watchers assigns bread? I have to consult that weight watchers diet expert on every bite of food that I take? I kid you not. That's crazy.

I asked her keep me updated on her weight loss. I am not so sure that I care to know. I am not even going to look at her literature. I told her that if this helps her to lose weight, then go for it. If it works.

It's still going to come down to her will power. She is going to have to be honest with herself.

I have eaten weight watcher's foods. I still get hungry after eating them. I have followed the advice to apportion certain foods. I still got hungry.

Their food isn't any different. Unless my suspicion that they sprinkle everything with Pixie Dust is really true. I joke about that.

Let's see what happens in the future with that. Ultimately I want my family member to get off the weight, and be happy about it. That's what I have been after her for.

How about you? What will you ultimately do to lose that extra weight? I don't know.

Bye for now...

And that's the way it is...I'm David Dane
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Here is an interesting recipe you may want to try (That is is you like tuna fish):

I made this in my WOK.
  1. Heat some olive oil up, 3/4 cups minumum, make sure that oil is hot. (BE CAREFUL.)
  2. Drain two cans of Albacore White Tuna. Very, very, carefully put the tuna in the hot oil. (It will spatter.)
  3. Cook the Tuna for five minutes and stir it around until it's heated up. (Don't burn the fish.)
  4. Add on top of the tuna 2 teaspoons of peanut butter.
  5. Stir in the peanut butter.
  6. Toss in one cup of chopped, frozen brocolli pieces.
  7. Toss in one can of green beans.
  8. Heat the vegetables until the brocolli gets tender.
  9. Keep moving the mass of food around.
  10. Pour in one teaspoon of honey. Stir that in.
  11. Dust the whole mess with some powdered ginger.
  12. Dust the whole mess with paprika.
  13. Salt, and pepper.
  14. Dust with garlic salt.
  15. Stir all of this together.
  16. Make sure the brocolli and green beans are heated inside then turn off the heat.
  17. Finally after the heat is off, pour in 3/4 cups of cream sherry wine. Yep, wine...
  18. Stir all the ingredients in the wine real well.
  19. Cover and let that food sit for about a minute and let the wine soak in some.

Serve it between two people. If you're like me, you'll eat that whole thing yourself. I made this last night. Oh, it was so good.

If you make this meal, send me your comments. I'd like to hear your thoughts.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Get Objective With That Weight

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto that Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 179.4-pounds.
That's not bad.

This is good, considering last night at around 8:30 PM I made myself a late night stir fry. This pushed my night time weight up a few pounds.

Another Family Member Is Excited I Lost So Much Weight
I have a family member that wasn't aware that I lost so much weight. I told her that I have lost 60-pounds.
She wanted to know how I did it. I gave her my blog site. I told her my story.

She admitted to me that it is so hard to lose weight. Well, dah...

Hey, food is an absolute necessity. It's our fuel to live off of. This should be common sense.

Food tastes good. With our modern day technology food not only tastes good, but for now, it's very plentiful. Food's everywhere. When you go to fill your car, food is there, candy, sweet rolls, sandwiches, sodas, sugar sweetened teas, and diet drinks. Now, when you go into a clothing store, like Burlington Coat Factory, there is candy there up front. Food is everywhere to tempt us. OK...

It's because companies want us buying that food, and consuming it.

I am not knocking the conveniences of food in America. I am not knocking all the bounty of food. God bless America.

And I have beaten this drum until I am nauseous writing about it.

It's going to come down to one thing, all said and done. It's like this: "EAT LESS FOOD."
OK, I wrote it again.

Hey bozo Dane can't you tell us something new? Well, NO...

Well, maybe I can, on second thought. "Count Those Calories." There...
Are you happy Mr. Blog-checker-in-on-person?

My family member inquired about how I lost this weight. I ate less food. You'll have to eat less food too. Yep, you will have to lose that weight by eating less food.

It's not going to be easy. Whew... I assure you it's not. I like food. I love Sticky-Cinnamon-Buns.
I like Hostess Ding Dongs, and Twinkies, and I could go on with the foods that I like.

I kid you not. I didn't want to give up that food. Nope, I like to cook up a big frozen pizza, and then eat that whole thing. I like taking out a whole quart of Ice Cream and consuming that thing. I do.

Unfortunately, I can't do that and keep the weight off. You probably can't do it either. Otherwise, if you could, you wouldn't be pushing up the numbers on your weight-scale.

Get Objective
Sooner of later you will have to get objective. You'll have to take the emotion out of your weight loss. You'll have to look at the digits on your scale with sober objectivity. It is what it is. Now, what will you do about it?

What is your body weight supposed to be? I don't mean what you think you want it to be. I mean what does an objective chart say your weight should be?

Years ago I had a friend who told me she wanted to be at 155-pounds because of her bottom. She said her butt would disappear. This is a subjective thought process. It's based totally on the way she viewed herself.

There is a video tape called "Buns of Steal." On that tape are exercises designed to build that posterior. It takes tremendous effort to build up those fanny muscles, and to round them out.
This would be the proper way to build a butt that is shapely.

This friend of mine should actually be at around 130-pounds based on her height and her frame.
She is large framed for a woman, only she isn't that tall.

So, get objective. Objectivity with your weight is necessary for losing weight.

Bye for now...

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

Monday, March 10, 2008

I Am Holding That Weight Loss Line

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scales weighing in at 179.2-pounds.
This is good, and it shows that I am staying the course. Well, so far I am.

About a week ago I was talking with a family member about putting carrots in a blender, and other fruits and vegetabes to make a juice with fiber.

My family member told me this wouldn't be a good idea because it makes the sugar in the fruits and vegetables more readily available. My family member is diabetic. He has to watch out for the food he consumes. OK, that's all well and good.

I want to know why he thinks he can sneek those cookies that are filled with chocolate in the center and wrapped in a wafer cookie dough?

Folks, my family member can't be sensible, and honest with himself. I have a question, how many of us are like this? We can't be honest with our food consumption. We make excuses for why we can't eat the good stuff. Then we rationalize eating the bad stuff.

Oh, I am not saying that eating cookies is such a bad thing. I am saying that too many cookies all of the time is a real problem.

Hey, if you are a diabetic, and you have to watch what you eat, then why aren't you keeping a menu? Doesn't your life and health depend on you keeping careful track of what you eat, and drink?

I am just wondering. I am no different. I chomped on one of those little cookies too. Only when I get home, I am going to write down what I ate. The cookie which was shaped like a little cigar was 60 calories. Two, which is a serving, are 120 calories.

OK, so 11 servings, or about one can of these cookies is about 1,320 calories. This is a days worth of calories for someone who is trying to lose weight.

My brother keeps cheating. How about you. Are you serious about your health?

If you are serious about losing weight, and about keeping up your health, then you have to be brutally honest. You need to work on you.

Bye for now....

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

Sunday, March 9, 2008

I Wish That I Could Eat Sticky Cinnamon Buns All Of The Time

Hello weight losing fans...

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

I didn't think that I was going to be at this weight this morning. Last night I had a late meal at around 8:00 PM. I fried up six slivers of chicken breast in my WOK with some oil. Then I tossed in one can of green beans, a cup of frozen snow peas, a 1/4 cup of sherry wine. I sprinkled on ginger, garlic salt, pepper, and salt. I made this mush mash of food, and ate the whole mess.
It was so good.

Having eaten that, I thought sure I would see that poundage of food on me this morning hovering over that 180-target by about a pound or so. I was surprised this morning when I weighed what I did.

Earlier I ruined the other pieces of chicken because they were frying, I forgot them because I was talking to some woman that I hadn't seen for a while. Out the window went the chicken; I threw it away. Maybe some raccoon, or skunk found it and had it for a meal. I realized again, I am so flaky at times. Arg...

I Was Told That I Am Disappearing
Some lady from church saw me and commented that I am disappearing. I told her that I am still around 180-pounds, which is the same I was the last time she saw me.

Maybe, I thought, that my body is repositioning itself. Perhaps there is a transition of muscle vs. fat shifting around. I don't know. I still have this fat hanging over the tummy. It's not like it was, but it's there.

I do make an effort to suck my stomach in. I do exercises where I stand straight against the wall. I push my back, head and shoulders against the wall. I then start breathing heavy and pull my stomach in as tight as I can. At the same time I pull in the muscles in my fanny. I try to tighten everything that I can all at once. Then I hold that for as long as I can physically stand it.

This may explain why I look thinner than I am. I make myself dizzy doing that. I am a dizzy enough individual as it is. I scare myself... Oh, I make myself laugh.

I Wish I Could Eat Cinnamon Buns All Of The Time
I am like anyone else, I like sweet tasty foods. I love ginger bread cookies, and ginger bread graham crackers. When Christmas comes around, I can't wait to buy a box of the ginger bread men made by Nabisco. These are seasonal items.

I also love to eat Sticky Cinnamon Buns. This morning I made myself breakfast. I ate some bacon strips, and made a three egg omelet with mozzarella cheese. As I was consuming this, I thought to myself, "I wish I were eating a big sticky cinnamon bun." Yes, I would rather have a cinnamon bun.

Yes, it's hard to keep eating the right foods, especially when the alternatives taste so much better. I am just like you. Why should I eat the good foods, when that junk food tastes so much better?

Everyday, I could consume the potato chips, and the Frito's, along with my sandwich. The only problem is this food is not nutritionally helpful. It's just fast food in a cellophane bag. Read the label. There isn't anything nutritionally helpful in a Frito.
Oh, they taste so good.

Everything in moderation because it all adds up. I am not writing you can't have Frito's. I am not writing you can't have a cookie. But, like everything else, those calories add up.

I was talking to a friend on the telephone yesterday and found that he agreed with me. His thoughts about obesity is that we nickel and dime ourselves into obesity. We eat a piece of candy here, and a fistful of potato chips there. Then the next thing we know, it's "up, up, and away, like a not so beautiful balloon."

Caution, Thought, Weariness, is how we should approach our food consumption. I don't like it either. It's not fun in some ways.

The results are well worth the effort. It's simply amazing how many people have noticed that my body has changed so dramatically.

The greatest change is in HOW I FEEL. This has made all the difference in the world. When you feel better then it makes a difference in the way life looks.

I am not writing that everything will come up like sweet roses when you lose weight. NO, you'll have to put up with all the things you did before. However, with that extra weight loss comes a little bit more energy. That extra energy makes all the difference when facing the torrents of life.

You'll extend your life. Yes, as you lose weight, then the body unloads a lot of unnecessary stress. This will help prolong your life. Isn't that worth it?

Think of it this way: You may think well what good am I making? Well, who is dependent on you? Is your husband used to you getting up and doing what you normally do? Is your wife dependant on the things you do for her, and for the family? Do you have children that you gave life to? Now, you want to rob them of the hope you gave them when they were born?
You gave life to the children, now you want to quit and die?

I don't know. But, if you keep piling in the food, and you keep adding on those pounds, then you are slowly killing yourself. God, doesn't want you killing yourself with a gun, or stepping in front of a train, and he doesn't want you killing yourself by overeating, and then getting fat.

I have to fight the little devils in my life each day. By the Grace Of God, I am still alive. Perhaps, I can help you, to get up the will to fight "The Battle Of The Bulge."

My Mantra is "Eat Less Food." "Eat Less Food." "Eat Less Food."

Bye for now....

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

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Diabetic And Having A Hard Time Picking That Meal Menu

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digial-Scale weighing in at 178.6-pounds.
Not Bad...

Yesterday (Friday) I couldn't get to post, and I stepped up onto the Magical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 180.4-pounds. This is not bad either.

The other day I was having a Bacon Sandwich over at one of my family member's home. He was diagnosed with type-two diabetes.

We were discussing the kind of diet that he should be consuming. I told him watch his calories. His wife interjected that he has to have at least 60 grams of carbohydrates per meal or his blood sugar would crash land. Hmmm... This goes against the philosophy of the Doctor Atkins's Diet.

Doctor Atkins's taught that the blood sugar goes crash because we have too much sugar, and the insulin can't do anything with it anymore. His contention was that fats, and protein consumed instead of carbohydrates would force the body to normalize it's insulin because the body would go for fat in the cells of the body for it's sugar.

Remember fat is only made up of chains of sugar. Chains of sugar are linked together by the body which forms up fat which gets stored on different locations of the body.
Fat isn't easy for the body to break either. The body has to expend energy to blast apart the links of sugar in the fat.

I don't want to get into all the particulars because it's complicated. Let's just say my brother has to have his 60 grams of carbohydrates per meal. Where would he get these carb's from?
If he was eating breakfast he could eat two packets of cinnamon oatmeal. This would be around 380 calories, and around 66 grams of carbohydrates. This would fix breakfast.

For a snack to keep up his sugar he could eat an orange. This would give him around 13-18 grams of sugar and about 80-100 calories.

For lunch, he could have a sandwich and some meat. Again he would have to have something with more carbohydrates so he could eat more fruit, or even a small chunk of candy. Oh, God forbid... He's a diabetic, don't you know?

For dinner, he could have a can of chunky noodle soup. This would be around 420 calories, and just about 50 grams of carbohydrates.

So, if he is creative, he could keep down his total calories, and still keep up those carb's. The easiest thing for him to do would be to go to the book store and purchase one of the many books published giving menu's for diabetics.

I am not an expert or nutritionist, so you can take my writing with a grain of salt. Pay no attention to that blithering idiot behind the keyboard....

My brother, is regaining weight. Here is why. He cheats. He keeps eating this, and that. He has no will to fight his hunger. If I were him I would have oranges and apples handy to grab.

He won't keep a food diary. I know it's not convenient to keep a record of everything eaten. I know it's a pain in the South Side of the human anatomy.

For my brother this whole diabetic thing is getting old. Here is the problem with this thinking. Can you say Kidney decease? Can you say neuropathy in the legs? Can you say blind? Can you say anemia? Can you say amputation?

These are many of the complications that are the result of unchecked diabetes.

If you are overweight, then it's very likely you will eventually become an adult diabetic. If you are a big consumer of processed sugars, the odds are real high you will become an adult diabetic.

This devastating decease if preventable with a careful diet. How do I know? I was on track to be an adult diabetic. My blood pressure was high. My cholesterol was high. My body fat was anywhere from 34-40 percent. This wasn't a real good scenario for me.

Now, my blood sugar comes in under 100. My cholesterol is back down. My blood pressure is back down. My body fat has dropped about 15 percent. My heart rate is down 40 beats per minute.

So, I could very well have been right there with the adult diabetes. Now, I have had my blood sugar checked. It hasn't blown past normal, but it was there on the precipice.

I don't have a crystal ball. I don't know what my body will do over the next ten years. I could still go over the edge. I think I have beaten off the dragon for a while. I think I have delayed a formidable foe.

If you need to get off those pounds, even if it's just ten pounds, then don't delay. Why, because bad habits compound themselves. This day you could be ten pounds over weight, and then one year from now 20 pounds overweight.

I don't know who looks at this blog. I do know that there have been around 700 onlookers since around mid February. Maybe, maybe, I help inspire one person to take seriously their health.

Losing weight is a real undertaking. It's a day in and day out battle to keep up. I know, I am fighting "The Battle Of The Buldge."

"Eat Less Food,' is my mantra. That's right, you can't eat everything you see. You can't eat everything at the family picnic. You can't eat everything at the company banquet. You can't eat everthing that's put before you.

That's that. Have fun with that.

Bye for now...

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

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Even If You Exercise, You Have To Watch That Food Consumption

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 179.2-pounds.
This is supper. It means that I am stable at around 180-pounds with a 2,000 calorie a day intake of food.

Oh weee ha... Now... Let's just see how long I can stay like this.

How did you like that video of Sheryl Crow...? I don't like her politics, but I think her music is fun.
Nobody is perfect.

I was thinking about this blog post for today. I was talking to a family member who would really like to lose some pounds. She complains about being tired all of the time. She's getting up there in years at 80-years old.

She wants to get off 40-pounds. I keep after her to take her multivitamins, and to drink her protein. I am convinced that part of her problem is she has more fat than muscle. She can't rev up.

She was saying to me that it's so hard to try to eat the right stuff. Well, dah... Everything is loaded up with sugar, and other yummy ingredients.

Let's face the truth here: Food is as addicting as naurcotics. If it wasn't then why do people have this continual need to be eating all of the time? I understand the compulsion to eat because food tastes good.

The only way that I could beat that compulsion was to fight it. I am not saying that I have it whipped yet. It's something that I am continuously contending with where ever I go to eat, or when I am home and am hungry.

Today I went to work at 4:00 AM. When I got off work, I went home and took a nap. It's only because I only had maybe five hours of sleep last night. I went to bed, and absolutely could not fall asleep. Then when I finally fell to sleep that clock beeped. It felt like I had not slept, or that I just got to sleep.

When I woke from my nap, I weighed myself, then decided to eat something. I ate a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, two scoops of vanilla protein powder, and half of a very large cookie. This half of the large cookie was 250 calories. (500 calories for the entire cookie)

Now. I am only up to around 1,000 calories so far for the day. I saw that cookie in the refrigerator, and decided that I wanted to eat it. That's OK... I just have to remember that I can't eat something else later on.

If you watch what you eat, you can have some goodies along the way. I keep writing it's not what you eat, it's how much you eat. Count up those calories.

My 250 calorie cookie could have been a bowl of soup instead. This would actually have been healthier. And, I like you, have to be aware that sugar can become and addiction. Yes, I can fall into the pit craving sugar all of the time. Here I kicked the habit, now I am tempting fate again.

Time and time again I write, "Eat Less Food."

You can have that chocolate covered donut for breakfast. But, remember you ate that donut when you go to pick out that extra long beef sandwich for lunch, and that big plate of pasta and meatballs for dinner. Those calories add up quick.

If you are going to lose weight, you are going to have to have a daily short fall of calories. You'll have to find a point in your food consumption where at the end of the day your body says "OH, OH... feed me, feed me... feed me."

I kid you not. Your body is going to play the devil on you while you are trying to shed those pounds. You'll probably get headaches, stomach aches, feel tired, you'll be over consumed thinking about food all the time, and suffer with incredible hunger.

I kid you not, you will. If you don't, then guess what? You aren't losing weight.

I have a friend who lost twenty pounds or more by running everyday. When the running stopped; back came the extra pounds. He didn't adjust his food consumption to compensate for the calories he wasn't burning by running.

I have an old friend who gained weight and was running and exercising everyday. His total food consumption exceeded what he was burning with exercise. This is what happens when food is overconsumed.

No amount of exercise is going to compensate for that food consumption. Even the incredible body builders that compete in these contests where they show off muscle know they have to eat more lean proteins, and cut way back on the carbohydrates before a competition. They have to burn the fat out from between those layers of muscle.

If you are going to lean up, then you have no choice but to eat less food. Even if you run, and exercise you will still have to adjust your food consumption. That's just the way it is.

I don't like it. But, hey, I feel much, much better having done it.

Bye for now...

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

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Have Fun: It's Time To Lighten Up...Soak Up Some Sun

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing 179.6-pounds.
Oh Weee Haaaa..... I can eat like a normal human being and keep my weight at almost a normal weight.

I don't have to starve to death everyday.
I can have a couple pieces of candy.
I can have a cupcake.
I can have some ice cream.
I can be human, and enjoy life....

Yes, Yes, Yes, oh weee haaaa.....

This morning I got up and decided to do my exercises.
I put on the radio to a station that had some fast beat to it.

This song came on the radio that is sung by Sheryl Crow. I listed the words. I am not a communist myself, but I want you to here the beat, and see if it wouldn't be something fun for you to do some in place exercises to. Some of these words actually make sense.

I am able to relate to the words: "I've got a crummy job. It don't pay near enough."
For now that's just the way it is. Oh, well...

I also thought about this: Hey Lighten up on yourself. Have some fun. Soak up the sun.

I am listing the words to the song, and I am including the video off of You Tube

My thanks go to MIX 101.9 Chicago for putting on the music I love to exercise to.
My thanks to the folks at You Tube
And my thanks go to Sheryl Crow for singing such a fun song.

"I'm Gonna Soak Up The Sun"
Sheryl Crow...

My friend the communist Holds meetings in his RV
I can't afford his gas
So I'm stuck here watching TVI
don't have digital
I don't have diddly squat
It's not having what you want
It's wanting what you've got

[CHORUS:]
I'm gonna soak up the sun
Gonna tell everyone To lighten up
(I'm gonna tell 'em that)I've got no one to blame
For every time I feel lame
I'm looking up
o I'm gonna soak up the sun
I'm gonna soak up the sun

I've got a crummy job
It don't pay near enough
To buy the things it takes
To win me some of your love
Every time I turn around
I'm looking up, you're looking down
Maybe something's wrong with you
That makes you act the way you do
Maybe i am crazy too

[CHORUS]
I'm gonna soak up the sun
While it's still free
I'm gonna soak up the sun
Before it goes out on me
Don't have no master suite
I'm still the king of me
You have a fancy ride,
but babyI'm the one who has the key
Every time I turn around
I'm looking up, you're looking down
Maybe something's wrong with you
That makes you act the way you doMaybe I am crazy too
[CHORUS]
I'm gonna soak up the sun
Got my 45 on
So I can rock on.



Wasn't This Fun?

Bye for now...

And That's The Way It Is...I'm David Dane

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

I Am Able To Maintain My Weight So Far

Hello weight losing fans...

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

I am happy with this. It means that I don't have to starve to death while maintaining my weight at a very near normal weight. In this case around 180-pounds.

This also means that along the way I can have some goodies. Yesterday I wrote that I ate half of a very large cupcake that was given to me by some children. I also ate three pieces of hard candy. My sister sent me candy in a care package, and I have been fighting myself so I won't down the whole bag in one day. Three pieces of this candy, which is old-fashion-hard-candy is 50 calories. And besides the flavoring inside the candy, it's all sugar.

My sister knows I am a sucker for licorice hard candy. I love licorice in general. I really do love to suck on hard licorice. It's not good for the teeth...

Some Lady At Church Gets My Humor
On Sunday I was talking to a woman at church. I was enamored with her, she's one of those Blue-Eyed, Blond Haired Beauty Queens, with great teeth, and is she is smart to boot.

Yep, this wasn't your typical dumb blond. She does voice overs for commercials, and small movies. I was telling her about my blog and that I wrote a piece about putting on an aluminum hat. She caught on to it immediately and started talking about chocolate pieces that talk to us. Ha... I knew I was hearing something... I told her that I wrote about this. She mentioned that the aluminum foil keeps out the alien radio frequency that is being broadcast out of the food. I laughed and said how did you know? She said that Mel Gibson had a movie years ago where his daughter would wear an aluminum foil skull cap to keep out the alien broadcasts.

I never saw Mel Gibson's movie. I wish that I had. Nope, I came up with that one on my own. I like to have fun with this blog. I try to be whimsical. I write stuff that is sure to make the poor person who is gullible enough to read to the end of the blog, even if it's only one post, walking away and scratching their heads. It's like this, "What did he just say?" Or, this it's like this, "This boy fell backwards this morning at the breakfast table and hit his head, cus' he's got screws lose."

Honestly, I wrote it for fun. I've never been able to get that aluminum skull cap to work.

It Comes Down To One Thing
In the end when all the "Weight Watch Wizards," all the "Weight Loss Gurus," all the geniuses behind the weight loss movements finally face the truth, it will come down to one thing: "Eat Less Food."

You'll have to have less food.
You'll have to cut that hamburger in half.
You'll have to cut down on those French Fries.
You'll have to have half of that cupcake.
You'll have to eat less candy.
You'll have to pay attention to everything that you eat.
You'll have to pay attention to that corn syrup laden orange juice.
You'll have to pay attention to how many sugar filled Coca-Cola's you drink in a day.
You'll have to struggle with those monsters that nag you.
You'll have to deal with the "Neurotic Monster."
You'll have to deal with the "Hunger Monster."
You'll have to deal with the "Wounded Feelings Monster."
You'll have to deal with all this.

It's not easy to deal with. It's not easy to fight these things in self.
It's not easy to lose weight.


Bye for now...

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

Monday, March 3, 2008

Happy With The Weight Right Now

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 181.6-pounds.

This makes me very happy. It's now been about 1 1/2 weeks since I decided to go into maintenance mode. I pushed the calorie count up to around 2,000 calories a day.
I have actually been more than that on some days. Yet, even with this higher calorie consumption I am still very close to the 180-pounds target range. I am ecstatic about this.

I am still weighing myself everyday. I still keep my food log. I still try to figure out how many calories are in what I am eating. For example: On Saturday some kids I was with gave me a very large cupcake to take home. Any ordinary person would have consumed this giant cupcake right there on the spot. I guarded the cupcake carefully and managed to get it home without smashing it or dumping it onto the ground, then it would have been ruined.

I put the cupcake in a food storage bag and stored it in the refrigerator over night. Then I put on my aluminum hat because I know the aliens probably tampered with this delicious looking chocolate cake. (You'll have to read one of my blog posts from a few days ago to get the foil hat thing.)

Well, the next day I was curious to see how many calories were in this over sized cupcake. I put it up onto my Magical-Kitchen-Scale and then punched in the code for a chocolate frosted cake. The digits ticked up to 630 calories. Whew...

That would be a lot of calories to consume in one sitting. Yet, how many Americans will consume something like this, and not give it a second thought? With food like this is it any wonder why children are getting obese at such an early age? Look what they are eating.

I ate half the cupcake yesterday, and then half of it today. Still half of the cupcake was 315 calories. This is about how many calories are in one regular cupcake. Remember this the next time you get ready to eat one of those home made cupcakes from the local bake-sale-fund-raising-event.

This weekend I had a couple days where I blew past 2,000 calories. I haven't made any adjustments in my eating to compensate for this. We'll see if I can maintain my weight close to 180-pounds over the next month.

When I am stable, and comfortable again with my eating, then I will push again for the 160-pounds target.

Bye for now...

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

Sunday, March 2, 2008

They Made Me Eat

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 183-pounds.

Well, well, have I been eating a bit much here? Hmmmm? Ummm, I ate an 11 ounce steak the other night. That's a bit much...

Yesterday I had a 1/2 pound hamburger. And, a big helping of French Fries. Oink, oink....

Oh, I didn't mention the big frosted cup cake. I didn't eat of my own free will. A bunch of people pinned me down, then stuffed the cup cake into my mouth. Then they moved my jaws up and down and made me swallow the cupcake.

Yeah, yeah that's it. I was made to eat like this over the weekend. Honest...it wasn't me.

Bye the way, Pay NO attention to the counter on the left of my blog. There aren't really that many people looking in on what I write.

I'm just a former Preponderant... Who cares what I have to say?
Bye for now...

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

Saturday, March 1, 2008

The Hotel Was Serving Up Nothing But Carbohydrate Filled Foods

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 183.2-pounds.

I gave a warning last night in a second post that I would see the extra poundage.

This is because last night I had a steak and baked potato in the evening. Hey, I was treated.

This morning in the hotel lobby a continental breakfast was served. There wasn't a meat product to be found. All the available food was carbohydrate food.

Here is the problem with that. Let's just say someone was to make an effort to live on this kind of diet, he/she would be finding themselves short of protein which is necessary for normal body function.

It's not what I would consider a real healthy way to eat over the long term. But, it's cheap for the hotel to put out this kind of food. It's easy to handle, and there isn't a lot of spoilage which reduces costs. So for the hotel it's a good deal. For their customers, it's a bad deal.

It doesn't matter really. Fifty percent to the people out there are overweight. Half the girls at breakfast were fat. I sat with a woman in front of me at her table eating. She was as round as a beach ball. So I guess it doesn't really matter.

I can preach until I am blue in the face: "Eat Less Food." Most people will ignore that advise.

Bye for now...

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