Sunday, August 31, 2008

That Dog Goned Weight Plateau

Hello weight losing fans...

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

OK David... I thought you said goodbye forever to that 180-pounds. I thought that you were on your way to 170-pounds. What happened?

Nothing happened. I have been wrestling with this plateau for many, many months now.

This is where my body seems to want to be. I have cut way back on the food, and still, I am staying right around 180-pounds.

I am not worried about this.

I am on my way to work now. If I can get to a library today, then I will post part two.

Tomorrow is Labor Day. I won't be posting tomorrow.

So bye for now...

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

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Revisiting The Idea Of Stomach-By-Pass-Surgery

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 181.6-pounds.
Let's not panic. I had a very large Chicken Burrito yesterday.
That thing was still in my guts this morning.

Yesterday I was talking with a friend that I work with. He was telling me that a friend of his and his wife was so desperate to lose weight, she went and had a stomach-by-pass-surgery done.

Dumb, Dumb, Dumb....They don't work.

The biggest problem with stomach-by-pass-surgery is that the person who gets the surgery runs the risk of suffering from malnutrition.

Folks listen: the stomach is made from flesh. The stomach eventually stretches. The by-pass-surgery is meant to reduce down the size of the stomach. The doctor sections off the bottom of the stomach, then puts the intestine into the top part of the stomach.

This works for a little while. The person who had it will lose weight. But, then as the person forces more food into that little pouch, the sack or pouch begins to stretch. As it stretches, then more food can go into the stomach.

Anyone who considers getting stomach surgery is being fooled by the doctor.

The day will come when someone who had by-pass-surgery will be seen regaining all of the weight eventually. By-pass-surgery will be some day deemed a failure. Just watch and see.

Number counter when I completed this post today: 5220

Bye for now...

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

Thursday, August 28, 2008

A Talk Show Host Backed My Written Statements About Weight

Hello weight losing fans...

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

Today I was driving to where I work. I had the radio on in the car. I was tuning in the different stations, when I caught a station with Rush Limbaugh on talking.

He was talking about how hard it is to lose weight. He of course has struggled with obesity for most of his life.
As he was talking he explained how he had oral surgery, and it has prevented him from consuming certain foods that he believes caused him to gain weight. Of course the surgery has effected his appetite, and he has lost weight because of it.

He was pontificating about how hard it is to go all day without eating. He was saying that dieting, and losing weight is hard to do. He should know.

This is what I have written in the past. It's not easy to lose weight. It's not easy to go without food. That urge that most of us feel is hunger. The only thing is most of us are so disconnected to what prompts us, we think that it's just something caused by emotions.

Emotions can stir the urges to eat. However, it really is only because we are hungry.

What can you do? Well, I do tricks like eating a tablespoon full of honey before I go out to eat. I will eat a tablespoon of honey at night when I really can't go without something.

It's not easy to lose weight. It's just not.

I am attempting to lose this last twenty pounds. I am getting no where real fast with it. A friend of mine is convinced that it's the exercise that will get the job done.

This is something else Rush mentioned. He has friends that have told him if he would exercise, then he would lose weight. Rush concluded what I concluded. It's not the exercise that makes someone lose weight. It's the reduction in food consumption that does the work.

Yes, if you will cut back on the Oreo cookies, the big donuts, and the sodas, you will lose weight. Yes, if you cut back on the fried chicken, the mashed potatoes, and the bread, you will lose weight.

It's that simple. Eat less, and you will lose weight.

Who told you it would be easy to do? It's not.

Bye for now....

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

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

No Time To Write Today

Hello weight losing fans...

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

Bye for now...

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

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Digital-Scale weighing in at ??????

I don't have my scale here today.

And I don't have any ideas today.

Bye for now....

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

Monday, August 25, 2008

Weight Below 180-Target

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 177.4-pounds.
Well, that's certainly better than it's been.

I don't have my scale with me. Tomorrow I won't have any idea what my morning weight will be.

Counter when I completed this post today: 5100

Bye for now...

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

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Big Weight Drop In One Day

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 178.4-pounds.
That's down from yesterday, and I'm back under 180-pounds.

So, what happened? I don't know what happened. I guess it was just stuff waiting to leave.
I kid you not. There is no reason for my weight to be climbing up like it has been.

I've been a good boy.

This is one tough nut to crack here. I kid you not. I though for sure that I would be down around 175-pounds by now. I thought for sure I would never see that 180-pounds again.
Nope, it hasn't happened.

Number counter when I completed this post: 5044.

Bye for now...

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

Friday, August 22, 2008

Back Over 180-pounds, I Don't Know Why

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 181.4-pounds.
That's up from yesterday.

Am I heading into another out of control spin with my weight again?

NOT hardly!

I have no explanation for this either. It's just something weird going on.
It's not as if I have been consuming all these big meals day after day.

Bye for now...

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

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Not Budging Toward 160-Pounds

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 181-pounds. That's down from yesterday; not much though.

I am back over the 180-target today. I've had just one too many large burritos.

Oh, really who knows why? I sure don't.

Up, and down, it just seems to go in cycles here lately.

We'll get a lock on it.

Bye for now...

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

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 181.2-pounds.

That's all for now...

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

Friday, August 15, 2008

I'm Holding Just Above The Record

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 177.2-pounds.

I couldn't post yesterday. Yesterday I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 178-pounds.

Bye for now...

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

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

No Weight Today

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at ??????
I don't have my scale with me. I left for Michigan yesterday and did not know that I would be spending the night.

Yesterday I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 178.8-pounds. That's up over the days before.

I have to roll, so I won't be sharing my thoughts today.

Here is one brief thought. I didn't eat a lot yesterday. I couldn't eat today, so I had a couple crackers and a cookie before I turned in at midnight.

This morning I awoke starved. When I went to the morning buffet, the temptation was real strong to eat, and eat. Even though I was eating a waffle, and other things, I was still hungry.

If I were trying to use intuitive eating, I would have been fooled by my bodies response to the food that I was eating. I still had to use my sense of calorie counting. I am still hungry, and I ate.

You have to know what you are eating. The only way to know what you are eating is to be familiar with the amount of calories in the food that you might consume.

By for now...

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

Monday, August 11, 2008

Back Under 180-pounds

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 178.4-pounds.
Yesterday I didn't post, and stepped onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 178.2-pounds.

I do believe that I was right about the cold medicine. I was taking big doses of Alleve, and cough syrup, amongst other over the counter concoctions. I was treating the symptoms of my Summer cold. I think I caught it up in Wisconsin.

Anyway, my shoulder is still bugging me. I will probably have to see a Back-Cracking-Doctor, (Chiropractor).

My arm has been going numb lately. I think I have a pinched nerve in my back near the neck.

Bye for now...

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

Saturday, August 9, 2008

I'm Back At 180-Pounds: It Was All That Cold Medicine

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 180-pounds. That's down from where I have been.

My weight will continue to go down now that I am no longer taking that Alleve and the cough syrup.

I am still using Tylenol, and Aspirin for my goofy shoulder.

Now, have I blown it out here with my weight? No, I haven't. I am at 180-pounds. Tomorrow will be lower still. I could have gone below 180-pounds today, only last night when I got home, I ate.

I was starved.

I have every intention in hitting that 160-pound target. It's just taking it's sweet old time.

Bye for now...

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

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Up Again: No Crisis....

Hello weight losing fans...

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

Yesterday I just could not get to a computer to blog. I don't know what I weighed either. My clocks were set wrong and I woke up with a fright because I though that I was going to be late for work. A bad storm passed through the night before. When I reset the clocks, I by mistake, reset them one hour a head of time.
I got out of bed, pulled on my clothes and raced out of the door. I didn't weigh myself.

Now, my weight is up 7-pounds over the record. This all started because of this medicine that I am taking to treat cold symptoms, and a sore shoulder.

I did eat a large amount of food yesterday evening. Only, I had no lunch, and very little for breakfast. So, I was absolutely starving with hunger when I went to eat last night around 7-PM.

So, am I in a weight losing crisis here? Absolutely not. As long as I keep taking this medicine like I have, I am going to keep holding in the fluids. (Amongst other things as well.)

Don't forget where I came from.

Bye for now...

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

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

The Weight Is Up: I'm Not Worried About It

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 180-pounds.
That's up 5-pounds off the record.

I am not worried about this. I have been sick, and am still sick. I have been taking pills that are loaded with sodium to treat cold symptoms. Perhaps in a few days when I have stopped dosing myself with the medication, things will go back down.

Number counter when I completed this post today: 4649

Bye for now...

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

Monday, August 4, 2008

Two Days Of Eating Big, What Will It Look Like?

Hello weight losing fans...

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

Last night I had a late evening meal of Chinese food. I had what was supposed to be one serving of sweet and sour chicken. In reality, I could have split the meal of chicken into four individual meals, and done the same for the rice.
I ate much of the meal in one sitting. As a result I saw this on my scale this morning.

Today wasn't any better. I went to Dunkin' Donuts with a friend. I ended up eating a large blueberry muffin, and an apple filled Bismark.

For lunch I had a Wendy's 1/4 pounder hamburger with cheese, and the French Fries. It's safe to say I am out of calories for today, and have to wait for breakfast.

Number counter at the end of this post:4627

Bye for now...

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

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Just "Eat Less Food," That's All You Need To Do

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 178.8-pounds. That's up 2-pounds from yesterday.

No worry, I am holding onto fluids. I have been taking a lot of medicine for symptoms to treat this summer cold. The medicine has sodium in it. It's causing me to hold fluids.

My head is still down, and I am charging for that next target range of 170-pounds. I will get there soon enough.

Many people still tell me that I have lost enough weight. However when I have my shirt off, and can see my belly, I know there is more fat there that must go. It's at least 20-pounds more.

Some people may say, "What does it matter?" To me it matters because my body isn't functioning like it should. It's better than it has been over these years, but it's not what it could be.

Some people seem to think having some extra fat is harmless. No, it's not. If I am storing too much fat, this means there is a problem somewhere. The problem is my eating.

If I have extra fat, this means that I am eating more than I need to survive. I hate to write it again, but we all eat more than we should.

We all pop one too many pieces of chocolate into our mouths. We all eat more than we should at the picnic. We all eat more than we should at home when no one is looking.

Not only do we eat more of what we need to survive, but we eat too much of the wrong things. We dump two or three teaspoons of white sugar in the coffee. We, eat treats for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We eat a bag of potato chips for a snack. We, just eat the easy stuff like cookies, candy, and chips.

At night when we are sitting in front of the TV, if we get an urge, we look in the refrigerator. If we can't sleep at night we go look in the refrigerator. If we need a snack, we grab the cookies.

You know what am saying. We don't pay close enough attention to what it is we consume. Then one day our health fails us many years before it should.

I am convinced we would be far better off is we gave up the goodies as our regular meals. I am convinced we would be far better off if we got our weights back to where they should be.

I am convinced we lie to ourselves worse than we lie to anyone else. We have convinced ourselves that this being over weight is our destiny. Then we live according to that thought.

You don't have to stay 40-pounds overweight. You don't have to stay 100-pounds over weight.

Just cut back on what it is you are eating, and then your body will do the rest of the work.

I have cut way back on my food consumption. I used to eat a whole pizza in one sitting. Now, I may eat one slice.

Here is the hard thing to do, once you start down the road to losing weight, you must stay with it forever. You won't see giant losses of weight initially. But, if you keep with your program, you'll lose the weight.

It took me almost one year to lose 60-pounds. Here is one year and eight months into my weight loss program, and I am struggling with my last 20-pounds.

It's hard to make those last pounds finally disappear. But, I will do it. Just wait and see.

"Eat less food," is my motto. Yep, you have to give up those extra things you think makes life bearable.

Don't do this weight loss thing for anyone but you.

In My Refrigerator are two small unopened bags of Oreo cookies, four or five very large cookies, several bags of potato chips, and unopened bags of candy. All these things were given to me.

These items have been sitting in my refrigerator for many months. I don't touch them. I may throw them away some day. The reason they are sitting there is because if I ate them they would ruin my calorie count for the day. They would be more sweets than I can have to keep burning up the fat. So they sit, and sit.

I have been tempted to open them and eat them. Only, I ask myself this question, "What do I have to give up to eat them." Do I have to give up some chicken or meat? Do I have to give up something else that's more beneficial?

I can have a large strip of chicken, or a can of tuna fish that is equal in calories to one small bag of cookies. The chicken or tuna fish is far more beneficial to me.

You need to make the same decisions. You have to decide what will I eat? Are you really determined to get down to a reasonable weight, or are you just playing at it?

You must decide how serious you are. I can't decide for you. I can't take the actions you need to take. I can't take the food out of your mouth. Only you can.

I don't want to be your conscience for anything. I am just sharing with you my experience. Go look at the side panel and read some of what I have written in the past. Perhaps you'll get inspired to get serious about your weight.

Number counter when I finished posting this today:4584

Bye for now....

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

Friday, August 1, 2008

I Haven't Mastered Hunger Yet

Hello weight losing fans...

This morning I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 176.4-pounds.
That's down from yesterday.

I have been battling a summer cold here. As a result I have been pumping in medications to treat the symptoms. This has contributed to my holding onto extra fluids.

I have the usual symptoms. It started with a sore throat, which I have been gargling with hydrogen peroxide for. Then the mucous started. Then the running nose came, and of course the cough along with it.

It hasn't effected my appetite any. The last few nights I have been wrestling with ripping, stomach twisting hunger. Last night was a little bit better because I ate something later in the evening. I have been attempting to cut off my food consumption around 5 PM in the day.

This morning I woke up at around midnight. It took me half an hour to fall back to sleep. Since I have some aches and pains I decided to take some Tylenol PM. This helped put me back to sleep. I was hungry though. Had I not taken the Tylenol, I would not have fallen back to sleep so easily.

Now, some people may say: If you eat the right combinations of foods, then you won't have that hunger. Hey, I've tried it all. Usually, I take a tablespoon of honey. That's worked in the past.

I have been trying to ride out the hunger, and force my body to adjust. It really stinks.

I really believe this issue of hunger is the biggest hurdle people have to leap over to lose weight.

In our modern society, we have trained ourselves to eat when we are hungry. We aren't used to those long periods of time when we have to go without food. So, when we get an urge to eat, we pop something into our mouths.

I have been at this weight loss thing for over a year and a half. I thought I would have mastered this by now. Nope, I haven't. I guess the body is just stubborn.

I am in my second phase of weight loss. I am going for the 160-pound target. I am holding steady on the calories at around 1,500 calories per day. I have been calculating everything, even when I am not sure if I have estimated correctly. When I went to Ravinia, I exceeded the 1,500 calories.

My efforts have been paying off. I am pushing that 180-target everyday now. There may come a day not so far in the future when I can say goodbye to 180-pounds, and hello to 170-pounds.

We will see.

Number counter when I posted today: 4552

Bye for now...

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