Saturday, November 29, 2008

That Weight Is Up Again

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 181.8-pounds.
Ooops, that's up again from yesterday.

Ooooooh... That Thanksgiving Day meal has stuck to my bones.

Number Counter when I finished posting this: 7615

Friday, November 28, 2008

This Holiday Is Past: Go Back To Your Regular Weight Loss Program

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 181-pounds. That's up 3-pounds from yesterday.

Oh boy, I ate too much yesterday for the Thanksgiving feast. I over filled myself with food, and was in pain from the bloating.

I was surprised, I have reached a point where I can't keep eating. My stomach may have shrank so far that it's far smaller than it was years ago.

All I know is I certainly could have passed up the dessert. I ate my dessert and felt stuffed.

The dessert was delicious. I had pumkin pie, blueberry pie, and ice cream. Halfway through the dessert I was really pushing it, because I was already feeling the pain of over stuffing myself.

Oh, but isn't that the folly of we human beings? We, eat more than we should.

Which makes me really wonder. I watched my in-laws eat. I noticed certain persons didn't eat all that much as far as I was able to see. Yet, they were the biggest people in the room.
It makes me wonder. What do they eat when no one sees them?

It's hard enough for me to keep track of me.

Well, now that Thanksgiving Day is gone, I can go back to eating like I have been. It's real hard to tell how many calories I ate yesterday. I wrote everything down that I ate. But, I didn't have the measurements of the contents of each food.

How about you? How did you do? Oh, there is no sence feeling quilty for going over board for one day. Just get back to your regular routine, and you will see some good things happen again.

Bye for now...

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

Thursday, November 27, 2008

It's Thanksgiving Day

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 178.2-pounds.

That's up from yesterday.

OH, I have a confession. I started celebrating this Thanksgiving day early. I came to a family members home to spend the night and help some with the feast we are having today.

I was awakend early to put a Turkey in the oven.

Anyway, back to my confession. Sometimes I have written this house is a Den-Of-Chocolate. Yes, there is chocolate everywhere. It's in the candy dishes, in both of the refrigerators, and it's inside the food pantry. And, it knows my name. I hear it calling me late into the night hours.

Well, I cracked yesterday when someone pulled out these chocolate clusters that were clumps of fruit, with nuts, and caramel coated with chocolate. Thankfuly the box had the calore count still on it. Yes, I could immediately see the damage one cluster would do. These little babies came in at 130 calories each. I consumed to of them.

I was in the refrigerator and heard some chocolate calling me. Then I ate 3 chocolate balls. The total damage was 570 calories for five pieces of chocolate.
Then I had some (1 cup) diet ice cream, at a calorie count 200 calories.

Bye the time the late evening rade was over, I was over my calories by 770 calories. Oh my...

The terrible shame.

Today it's Thanksgiving Day. I am going to feast I will report to you tomorrow the end results.

Bye for now...

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

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Short Post That I Might Add To Later

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 177.4-pounds.
That's up one pound from yesterday.

I had some friend pushing me last night to indulge in sharing some chicken. So what you are seeing is the results of a late night snack.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone

Bye for now...

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

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Thanksgiving Is Coming: Are You Ready?

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital Scale weighing in at 176.4-pounds.

David, are you lying? How did you shed 6-pounds in three days? There is an easy explanation for that. It's this, I never regained 6 pounds. That food I ate for my birthday had to go through it's normal cycle for digestion. When I went back to 1,500 calories the next day after my celebrating, my body did the rest of the necessary work.

Again, up until that one day, I've held pretty close to 1,500 calories each day. The one exception was, when I went out of town. I did my confession, and absolution for that.

I keep writing, it takes more than one day of stuffing oneself like a Thanksgiving Turkey to put back on the extra weight. We get into trouble when we treat everyday like it's a day for celebrating. It's those days when we don't pay attention to the amount of fruit-loops we put in our bowl, and the amount of milk we add, and the big hamburger, and French Fries, with chocolate shake, that add on the pounds.

It's a strange phenomenon here in America: We have to be so cautious about how we drive, we have to be so cautious about what we do at work, we have to be so careful counting our pennies, and dimes, but we don't pay attention at all to how much food we consume. We don't assess what we are eating, when we eat, and how much we eat. Then when the years of neglect catch us, and we find ourselves in the doctors office listening to that news about our new disease, we are baffled.

I am not writing that there aren't diseases that won't be attributable to outside events. However, if you are suffering from a disease like obesity, the odds are real good, you did it to you.

Well, I had people strapping me down everyday, and pouring milk shakes down my throat, and stuffing Oreo cookies in my mouth. Then they forced me to sit still all day in one place. It was truly a nightmare. (It wasn't my fault, Honest.) Then I got loose, and was able to quit those habits.
OK... I get it...

Nope, I did it to me. I can remember two years ago eating a bag of Oreo Cookies. I can remember eating a full size frozen pizza. I can remember going to a buffet, and going back three of four times for plates loaded with food. I can remember then returning after eating all of that food to the dessert counter, and consuming three or four plates filled with sweets. Oh my those were the days...

I have written about this before. It's nothing new for anyone who is checking in my blog.

If you check in on me often, you will find that I drum that same drum, with the same beat. I don't put if real fancy. If I did, then taking the proper course of action would be far too complicated.

This isn't rocket science. It's not as if we are calculating the potential skin temperatures of the space shuttle when it reenters the earth's atmosphere.

Well, if it's not rocket science, and it's so simple to understand, then why can't I do it? Why, after years of trying, do I still have this big belly? Why do I, after years of trying, still have these thick legs?

Here is why, understanding the phenomenon of weight loss is easy compared to applying the principals. It's easy to say, "Well I will only eat 1,500 calories today." It's not easy to keep eating only 1,500 calories a day.

It's easy to decide to lose weight. It's not easy to practice the necessary steps after making that decision.

There are a lot of external sources that will unwittingly try to keep you from following through with your decision, and action. I could make a list. But, I don't have the time today.

Your biggest detractor: YOU. You aren't convinced it's worth it to you. You don't want to do what is necessary to lose that weight. And, the odds are real good, you are probably doing it wrong.

Well, Mr. Smarty Pants, how do you know I am doing it wrong? Well, I have been there. Only, I didn't start this weight loss adventure, or season as I call it, unarmed. I had years of reading weight loss books, and diet books behind me. I had years of wrestling with my weight behind me. I had years of going up and down.

My biggest failure was, I let my guard down. I thought that once I arrived at the weight I wanted I would stay there. I thought, I could go back to the old way of eating.

Oh, no, no, that's not so. You can't go back to the old way of eating. My old way of eating is what got me into trouble. I ate too much food. My body said, "OK, watch this." I began to balloon up again.

I also had some misconceptions. I thought that the only way I could lose weight was doing the Doctor Atkins's diet. I had super success with that. Only, I couldn't keep eating only meat, eggs, and fat. When I quit doing the Atkins's diet, I began to regain the poundage.

When I tried to reapply the Doctor Atkins's diet I ran into some real stiff resistance in my body. I had reached a point where my body wouldn't respond to a high protein diet.

When using the Doctor Atkins's diet program I could monitor my fat burning by using a Ketosis stick. When the stick remained beige there was no fat burning. This was usually because I might have eaten something with sugar in the mix, maybe a meat marinade.

When the Ketosis stick turned various shades of maroon, I was burning fat. The darker of a maroon color on the end of that stick turned, the more fat that I was burning. There were times when I would turn that stick a dark maroon color for days and days, back to back. Yet, I wasn't losing a single pound.

In fact I started going into full reverse. I reached a point where the body rebelled. I found that phenomenon where it didn't matter how much ketosis was taking place. I was still gaining weight.

I was baffled. It didn't take long for me to give up again. I was defeated. The one diet I knew I was so successful at wasn't helping anymore.

And, I can definitely say, this is one diet that won't work forever. Nope, sooner or later, you will say, I want my sweet roll. That's all it will take to crash you off course from the Doctor Atkins's diet.

So, what is the proper diet? Ummm....Are you ready? Here it comes: "Eat Less Food."

Well, how much food should I eat? Ummm... you'll probably have to eat a lot less than you do.

But, I don't know how much I should eat. Take your current weight, multiply it by 8. For example: if you weigh 200-pounds, 200 x 8 = 1,600 calories. That's a real good place to start.

But, will I have to keep it at 1,600 calories? Ummm, no... you'll have to drop the calories as you lose weight.

What, when do I stop? When you get to the weight you want. Then you stop dropping the calories, and add in some to get to a steady weight.

Well, do I have to weigh myself everyday like you do? No, you don't.
But, let me tell you how pilots used to fly their airplanes years ago before they put all of this modern navigational equipment in those planes. They watched that compass, the altimeter, and the artificial horizon constantly. They looked out the window, then they scanned those instruments.

If a pilot who is flying to a certain destination has to constantly monitor his instruments to reach that destination, then what do you think you'll have to do to reach your weight loss destination?

Even in this modern time of flight instrumentation, the pilot can't take for granted that plane is always tracking on course. He still has to monitor the instruments. He still has to make sure that plane is tracking to where it is supposed to.

You will have to monitor your weight loss progress. You will have to set the course, and apply the physics related to eating less food, in order to get to the weight target you want.

Well, do I have to do it all of the time? Again, would you want a pilot who sets up his instruments to fly a course, and afterwards pulls out the hot rod magazine to study it while the plane goes it's merry way?

Would you want a ship captain to pilot his ship with anything less than diligent seamen who aren't deliberate in the actions they take with that ship?

Here is where we fall to pieces. We seem to think that that we can eat anything that's put before us. We grab that muffin. Then we grab that piece of chocolate. Then we grab that ice cream cone. Then we grab that chicken sandwich. Then we grab those French Fries. Then we eat that bowl of soup.

We eat, eat, eat, eat, eat, eat, and eat. Then we're so surprised when we find that tight tummy we had when we a teenagers turned into a bowl of jello. We eat, eat, eat, eat, and eat, then we are so shocked when the husband makes a snotty comment about our fat fanny.

We go into shock when we don't look so hot anymore. Well, how many finger sandwiches have you eaten over the years? How many bottles of wine did you consume? How many shots of liquor did you pass through the lips and over the gums. How many ice cream bars did you eat?

Can you remember what you ate two days ago? Do you know how many calories you ate two days ago? Do you remember what you ate for dinner last week?

I know how many calories I ate. I know what I ate two days ago. I can look in my food journal.
I'll tell you what I consumed.

It's because of this due diligence I have the success that I have so far. The hardest thing in it all, is getting used to the idea, "I ate more than I needed."

Yep, I am alive two years later. I am alive, and so far relatively healthy. (Watch, I'll get hit by a car outside.) And, I got here watching out for what I ate.

You can too. You can get that weight off. You can get to a reasonable weight. You don't have to have special surgery where they cut up your guts. You don't have to have a diet pill. You don't have to have a magic diet guru.

Yes, you can lose weight all by yourself. Here is how... "Eat Less Food."

That's it.

Number counter when I completed writting this post: 7503

Bye for now...

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

Monday, November 24, 2008

Fast Control Of My Weight

Hello weight losing fans...

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

Didn't I tell you that I would get down from that 182-pounds? All I did was, I went back to eating less food. Ta Da...

Well, Thanks Giving Day is coming. I won't be holding back on that day. Here is why. It's a day I will be celebrating the goodness God has spread on our country the United States.

I don't have everything going my way. I don't have all the money that I wish I could. I have had some goofy things happen to me that have made me sad for a while. Yep, it's been a crazy life for sure.

So, I will celebrate anyway. I will chow down on stuffing, mashed potatoes, chocolate ice cream, pumpkin pie, and other goodies. Get ready tummy because here it will come, the food extravaganza.

I'm gonna have more ice cream.

And I will say, "Thank you God."

And, don't think I won't eventually get down to 160-pounds. Don't think that I am going to go back to feasting on everything I can everyday. If I did, then I would get back up to 240-pounds in no time flat.

I have already defied the statistics. I have kept myself around 180-pounds for almost a year. Statistically that's an improbability. Here is why. Most people regain the weight that they lost in the first couple years after losing it.

Some people have commented to me,"Well, we'll see how you do." As if they are assuming I will regain all that weight. Why should I?

Bye for now...


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

Sunday, November 23, 2008

My Weight Is Already Down

Hello Weight Losing Fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 179.4 pounds.
That's down 3-pounds from yesterdays gain after I celebrated my birthday the evening before.

Bye for now...

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

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Ooops, My Weight Is Up Cus' I Celebrated My Birthday

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 182.4-pounds.
Yes, you read that right. Ohhh David....

What happened? It was my birthday. Yes, it was a turning point in my life where I turned 1/2 of a century old. Oh, and many people seem to think that I don't look like a 50 year old man.
They think I look younger.

Wow, that and $1.50 gets me a cup of coffee.

Trying To Encourage The Discouraged
Yesterday I wrote one of my longest posts in a long time. I had time to think about it, and I had the time to write it. So, as I began to write, I rambled on.

My desire was to encourage someone out there who is really wrestling with their weight. I want people to believe that there is hope at the end of that weight loss tunnel. If you are over weight, you can lose that weight.

The magical key to accomplishing that is to have stubborn resolve. Some would call that persistence. When I write this, I am not talking about "positive thinking." I am not talking about that "I think I can, can do attitude." Because for darn sure when I began to lose this weight; I didn't have it.

Well, what did I have? I was sick and tired. I was sick and tired of crawling up that staircase. I was sick and tired of seeing myself in the mirror. (Oh, it's not that much better now.) I was tired of clothing that didn't fit. I was sick and tired of being tired physically all of the time. I was sick and tired of being a preponderant.
I could go on.

What happened? I got resolve. I did something dramatic. I cut way back on my food portions. I wasn't recording the food content yet. I wasn't weighing myself everyday yet. I just plunged in, not knowing where it would lead me. I promise that's all true.

I got results. I got what I was looking for. I struggled with immense, oppressive hunger. I struggled with those mangy mood swings like a cigarette smoker does when he quits cigarettes.
I struggled with the frustation.

Then one day I stepped up onto the scale weighing less. This gave to me a glimmer of hope. I went from there. I experimented with bigger portions of food. I experimented with calorie counting.

I experimented and found a status-guo for my daily calorie counting that put me at that critical point where my body could lose weight.

What Happened To Today's Weight?
So, what about my weight today? Why have I gone from 175-pounds one week or so ago, to 182.4-pounds today? Well, yesterday was my birthday and I was treated, rather late in the evening, to a buffet. I ate more food than I usually do. Oh, and I had my chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream thank you very much.

So, am I going to feel so guilty for it? Gosh no. That's nutty. Why would I feel guilty?
Do I feel like I have let myself down? Gosh no. I will shed these pounds in a few days by going back to 1,500 calories.

What about someone like you? What if you are struggling to get off those pounds? What if your desire is to lose 50 or 100 pounds. What should you do?

Oh, get ready to set your resolve. Get ready to say to yourself this is going to be a life long event. Get ready to say to yourself that I have to be at this weight loss thing everyday of my life until they put dirt on you. That's so cold.

Is that deeply discouraging? Is it hard to imagine that you'll be at this your whole life? Well, you got here because you assumed, like so many people, you could eat everything that you did, and you wouldn't see a bad result.

Many people don't realize that all that sugar soda they consumed through the years was bad for them. I am not saying an eight ounce cup of Coke as part of a meal is bad all of the time. I am asking did you have to drink that whole bottle?

And how many times did we eat two or three donuts for breakfast, then a hamburger for lunch then a three course dinner? How much food did we consume? Then we smuggly said to ourselves, I didn't eat that much.

Well, you did something to get where you are.

I am not a nutritionist. I am not a doctor. When I am writing this I am writing from my own personal experience. I am writing about what I have observed.

Obesity isn't a respecter of persons. Those Twinkies, ding-dongs, bottles of wine, steaks, French fries, don't ask themselves, am I going in to a rich and beautiful person? Your body isn't asking well, how much money does this guy have in his bank account?

Your body isn't asking well is this guy I am about to make fat a doctor? It's not asking well, is she a Bay Watch beauty? It's not inquiring about your mental status or your social status.

All your body knows is, you have been shoveling in the food for years. You've been opening your mouth and pushing it in. You've been eating donuts, cake, candy, large portions of fried chicken, big servings of beef, Christmas cookies, and all kinds of sweet liquids for years.

Then one day your body says, "Hey, you're gonna pay. Sorry, I was built this way. I have certain chemical reactions that are pretty much standard in most people, and you abused your warranty."

It's like the drug abuser who got so addicted to drugs, he/she became a thief, or maybe a killer to get the drugs. Then one day, he/she awoke up in a jail cell and their life was ruined.

Oh, and don't think the warnings aren't going out there about this epidemic in the U.S. about obesity. They are. Only, the insurance companies don't want to pay the doctors bills because of your neglect. The insurance companies want to collect the premiums, and spend that money on big buildings, and big salaries for their top executives.

The U.S. Government doesn't want to spend it's medicare money on you or I either. And, now that the Messiah, Lord and Saviour, Barack Obama is in office we'll get universal mandatory health care that will cost a fortune.

In either scenario no one wants to pay for you, or I.

So what do you do? Be smart. Get that weight off. But, do it because you want a better quality of life for yourself. Do it because you will post-pone the diseases, like type-2 diabetes, that are associated with obesity.

Lose that weight for you. Oh, but your life is dark. Oh, it's not worth living. Oh, no body loves me.

Hey God Loves You. He does, that's really what matters.

Let me tell you something: In my 50 years of life, I have seen a lot of flaky people. I have seen people do terrible stuff to each other, and you want to depend on people for that feeling of love?

You do your part. You take care of yourself. I don't mean being a narcissist and looking in the mirror all time kind of person either.

You take care of you. You give yourself the right nutrition. You, if you can go do a little exercise. You work on you. Don't depend on someone else to. There are a lot of books out there that teach us how to live right. Dig into one and read.

Then again, there is one book out there that everyone should read and digest, and that's the Bible. I use the New International Version Bible. You can use some other modern versions.

I pray a lot. I think that's the only way I have managed to survive this long in this wigged out wacky world. Don't think for five seconds I don't struggle with my dark days. Don't think for five seconds, I don't worry sometimes about what will happen if. I am not supposed to. But I have.

Finally, I must be on my way. I will end with these thoughts.
Record your weight. Record what you are eating and drinking. Get a diary going about what you are eating.

For you who wrestle with those dark moods, (And many of us do.) write in your food diary a comment about your emotional state when you went to that refrigerator and raided it. Were you hungry? Were you feeling lonely? Did you feel neglected? Put that down.

When you go back to examine what's going on with your diet, you'll be able to diagnose the issues that are holding you back from progressing.

We live in a very self centered world now a days. That's a given. But, what people don't realize is; it's always been that way. We are really fortunate we live in a modern society full of modern conveniences. Some one around the world doesn't. But, if you are reading this, then the odds are real good, you are better off than you may know.

Number counter when I completed writing this post today: 7431
Bye for now...

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

Friday, November 21, 2008

Today's My Birthday; A Long Birthday Message

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 179.4-pounds.
That's down. Whew...

Hey, Today's my Birthday. I am 50 years old today.

All Together now, let's sing... Happy Birthday to me (you)
Happy Birthday to me (you)
Happy Birthday dear David
Happy Birthday to me (I mean you)

Oh thank you... thank you.. And I'd like to say thanks to my mother and father for making whoopee to get me... I'd like to thank all my adoring fans...
Oh, I make myself laugh.

Oh, shut-up David, and stuff a piece of birthday cake in your mouth... I will, but it's my fingers doing this obnoxious writing, not my mouth. But thanks for the thought, I think I'll have that cake now... Chocolate please... and put some vanilla ice cream on top... Thanks...

Those Radio And TV Commercials Might Be A Lie
What in the world are you talking about David?
Today I was getting ready to go post my blog. I was listening to something on the radio. A man's voice said, "I have tried everything to lose weight. I have tried fad diets, diet pills, and joined all kinds of clubs. I have tried hundreds of things. Nothing worked until I joined this S...... Group."

That statement is a paraphrase about what I heard. But you get the gist of the message, I think.

It's was a pre-scripted radio commercial designed specifically to suck in that poor dieter that wants to lose weight and thinks, she/he can't.

I tried a few things myself to lose weight. One of the things I tried, and I spent hundreds of dollars on, was a yucky tasting black liquid that was loaded up with ephedra. That was before Illinois outlawed it. Go figure. I live in the land of the Marxist, Fascist. Zeak hail to Governor Blagovich, and King Richard Daley.

Back to my point: I tried things too. I did use some dieting aids, they didn't work. I did do the Doctor Atkins's Diet. With that I did lose around 60-pounds. I couldn't sustain it.

I had given up trying. Yep, I was washed out. I went back and regained 40-pounds that I lost doing the Doctor Atkins's Diet. I gained about 20 pounds a year. I got back up to 240 pounds.

So, If anyone knows what it's like to struggle with his weight, it's me. It was shear disgust, and utter defeat that made me break and try one more time.

You Really Haven't Tried Everything
I am here to tell you that you haven't tried everything.

Let's begin with your mindset. You have to get it through you mind you are probably overweight because you are eating too much food. Yep, that's a fact Jack.
How dare I write that?

Let's also take a look at what you eat. You probably eat mostly foods made from flours, potatoes, starches, and sugars. Be honest, I'll bet you had a donut this morning. How do I know, I used to eat them everyday.

Back to your mindset. You have to accept that you have a problem. I still have a problem. I have to get off 20-more pounds. This is because I have seen table after table, and chart after chart that states my normal body weight should be from 132-pounds to 170-pounds. I am sitting at 180-pounds.

My body fat index is still up in the 25 zone and it should be down below 20 BFI. Go figure.
However, I am quite happy with the progress I have made so far.

Many people have the notion that once they set a goal, and then achieve it, they have arrived. They no longer have to strive to lose that weight. They go back to eating like they did before. This is why 95% of the people regain all the weight they lost, and then some.

NO...you have to decide that you are like the alcoholic. You can't ever take that drink again. Otherwise you'll slip off that wagon. Here is my point. Admit, you are freaking out of control.
What?

Yes, you are out of control. If you weren't, then you wouldn't be running around with that fat slapping on your belly and thighs.
What, how dare you write that?

Come on... I have been there. And, don't think for five seconds, I don't get tempted to quit.
I kind of enjoyed being able to eat one bag of cookies a day... I love Oreo Cookies. Yummm....

Today I heard on the radio someone say that everyone has to have a mentor. No, you have to have resolve. A mentor can't put that resolve into you. No one can. Well, God can.

When I was in the military, I was a mess. I was two inches shorter than I am now. I was a little round ball of jello. The drill sergeants zeroed in on me. Whew... they chewed me up.

I had one drill sergeant tell me he was putting me out of the Army. I had watched some other guys get put out. I didn't want to be put out. So, I did extra stuff on my own to toughen myself up. When the rest of the guys were on a break, I was practicing my marching. When the other guys were up in the barracks, I went out and did some of my own grass drill. This is along with all the grass drill the drill sergeants pounded me with.

I set up a mental resolve to finish basic training. The drill sergeants set a resolve to break me. Now, someone might say the drill sergeant was my mentor. NO, he was my tormentor. He wanted me to crack.

I watched guys cracking all around me. I watched guys washing out all around me. I watched guys crashing from heat prostration. I had a secret. I salted my apples in the morning. I drank a ton of water before I left the barracks. I filled my gut until it swashed inside. Here is why. I only had one canteen of water. And we marched for miles in hot, hot, humid weather with 40-pounds of gear on. It was grueling to say the least.

Buy the way, they don't do that to trainees anymore. They don't dare. It's the new Army. We're kinder and gentler now.

I wrote all of that to say this: NO one can get you to resolve to lose weight. No body can make you finally toss that jelly donut in the trash. No one can make you wake up and eat a couple ounces of meat, or a couple of eggs, and one piece of toast. No one can make you ride out that hunger.

It won't be until you make a resolve in your head, and heart, and then take the necessary actions that cause you to lose weight, that you will lose weight.

If you use a diet pill, what will you do when you get off that pill? What if that pill assuages those hunger pains? What if it gets you down 20 or so pounds? What will you do when you get off that pill?

What will be the effect of taking a diet pill on your body? What will happen to your nervous system? Will you be able to sleep taking it? Or will you be like I was, a bundle of jumping nerves?

What will you do if you get that stomach tied off? Did you know your hunger doesn't start in the stomach? Did you know that your hunger is activated by a lowering in your blood glucose levels? Did you know that your hunger gets activated by your hypothalamus in the brain, not your stomach?

So what if they tie off your stomach? Did you know your stomach will eventually stretch itself? Yes, they can tie it off, and you can stretch it by packing in the food.

Did you know that the jury is still out on what the terrible mental, and physical side effects that stomach by-pass surgery does to people? Doctors already know that many people who get by-pass surgery suffer from malnourishment.

But, you never hear that from that doctor who wants to perform that surgery on you.

I wrote all that to say this: YOU, YOU, YOU are the one who has to control that food consumption. YOU, YOU, have to resolve to get that weight off. YOU, can't depend on any one else to do it for you.

I guarantee beyond a shadow of a doubt: If I locked you in a room and fed you under the door. You would lose weight. Would you be healthy? That all depends on what I would decide to feed you.

However, If you reduced down your food portions. If you monitored your weight daily. If you realized that it's how much food you are eating that's getting you into trouble, and quit eating so much, then you would lose weight.

Again, don't kill yourself losing weight. There are foods out there that you can eat in huge quantities, and still not put on a pound. You can eat all the green vegetables by the cups full, and not gain weight. These vegetables can serve three purposes. They can displace space in the stomach and provide bulk. They can provide badly needed fiber to help clean the stomach and the colon. They can act as a slow release of some sugars into the body that helps reduce a raging appetite.

No one can eat everyday at that buffet table down the street, and then truly believe he/she will remain thin forever. Sooner of later those extra calories, along with the high insulin levels in the blood will take their toll.

Don't be naive and believe those slick radio commercials either. You can lose weight. You don't have to pay some doctor big dollars to get his advice about weight loss. Oh, you can go get a physical. You can see if your blood sugar is OK.

Only, remember something. That doctor has a vested interest in seeing you come back. Yes, he has a vested interest financially in getting you to become dependant on his clinic.
How dare I write that?

My doctor did a physical on me, and wanted to put me on a cholesterol medication. Oh, now the doctors are saying we should be on cholesterol medicines even if we don't have high cholesterol. This is because the Statin drugs prevent inflamation. Hey, take a simple aspirin each day, that will reduce inflammation.

When I lost this weight. My cholesterol sunk. That's right, it went back to normal. Gee, I wonder why?

Could it be that eating too much food overstresses the body? Could it be that constantly having something in your mouth from morning until bedtime, really isn't a good idea? I love hard candy, but do we have to be sucking on them all of the time? Get a baby pacifier for goodness sakes if you think you have to suck something.

Do I constantly have to have a beverage in my hand? Do I always have to have that coffee-latte that costs four dollars? So sorry Starbucks, but you are way too over rated by people.

Years ago, I knew this woman. This is over thirty years ago. She worked in the receiving office. She was always on a diet. She was a little round beach ball. She was pretty, but she was a little beach ball. She always had to chew saltine crackers. She would bring a sleeve of saltine crackers to work, and consume them throughout the day. Did you ever calculate up a sleeve of saltine crackers? There are hundreds of calories in a sleeve. The she would eat lunch.

It's this kind of mentality. Oh, I am on a diet, I can't deal with the hunger, so I suck on something, or I will eat some crackers. It's this kind of constant need to eat that really gets people in trouble.

Granted there are hypoglycemics that have low blood sugar, who must graze. But, most of us graze too much. Then we get fat, and can't figure out why.

Let me give you a real, real easy food formula here. Go to your grocery store. Go to the frozen food department. Buy up a couple dozen Banquet TV dinners. You know what I mean. I am talking about the TV dinners with the 1/4 cup of mashed potatoes, and the 1/4 cup of corn, and the 2.5 ounce piece of hamburger of chicken with some gravy. Yes, I mean those skimpy little meals.

Buy about 30 days worth. Buy enough to eat them three times a day. Each meal is around 250-300 calories. You'll consume around 1,000 calories eating one meal three times a day. Now, throw in an apple and and orange for the day.

I bet, I bet, I bet, by the time you finish that genre of food consumption in 30 days, you'll be down four of five pounds. I know you will. That's what I did.

Here is the toughest part. That hunger you'll get because your body will scream feed me, will drive you bats. Yes, you'll wake up in the middle of the night, and you'll hear gurgle, gurgle, growl. You'll want to eat something.
Suck on a teaspoon of honey, or drink it in your tea. Then go back to bed.

You will lose weight.

Number counter when I completed this post: 7411

Bye for now....


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

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Fad Diets Don't Work: Am I Doomed?

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 180-pounds. Yes, you read that right.
I am scratching my head, and wondering what happened?
Is it entirely possible this weekend caught me? Could it be true that I over shot my calories so badly they are compounding this far into the week? I assure you I went back to 1,500 calories.

Scratch, scratch, why the sudden change? Hmmm?

I Was Reading Healing The Body Naturally
Today I was reading in a book called "Healing The Body Naturally." This book had a four page section that explained how to deal with obesity. I am paraphrasing, but one of the comments in the book was, fad diets don't work. Another comment in the book was, 95 percent of the people who lose weight by dieting, using pills, and other methods regain all the weight they lost, plus another ten pounds in less than one year. Whew... Could you imagine regaining 60 pounds in less than one year, and another ten on top? That would be me if what had been written in this book is true.

I wonder? Is cutting back on the total amount of food consumed a fad diet? I mean I eat just about everything I did before, just much less of it.

If it's true that I am going to regain all the weight, then what am I supposed to do? Who is going to save me, if I am ultimately doomed?

I think I have an answer. It's simply this, monitor your weight more constantly. Keep records about your daily weight. If you see your weight increasing then reduce the food portions down.

One comment this book had that I have advocated all along was, no one should try to lose more than one pound each week. Bravo, I couldn't agree with it more. That's about what I did. Oh the first month was about 1.5 each week, but I went back to one pound a week after that.

Another comment this book made was, that it's only necessary to get one's total calories within 500 calories of critical fat calorie consumption, to have good results. In other words, you can eat, and not kill yourself, or starve trying to lose weight. It's unnecessary to starve.

My critical calorie consumption is around 1,500 calories each day. With that, I did a pretty good job cutting off the poundage. Only, there is no getting around the hunger. Yep, if you want to lose weight, you are going to be hungry. That's a fact.

I don't care what anyone says. I have had people sware to me they eat 1,200 calories a day, and don't feel hungry. Well, my book said, "Hunger" is the number one cause of weight loss failures. Most, people can't deal with the hunger.

The book also stated that eventually, as the stomach reduces in size, and the body begins getting used to smaller portions of food, the hunger subsides. Well, well, well....
How long it takes for that to be true? I don't know.

You can get the book at a health food store. I got mine at the vitamin store. It's a big thick book and it's loaded with neat information.

Here is the thing I try to get people to remember: We eat too much. We really do. Most of us can get away with much less food than we are accustomed to consuming.

I don't know what your critical calorie count will be. Certainly if you exercise, you can get away with a few more calories. Only, when the exercise ends, unless someone has learned to deal with that food consumption, all those pounds will come screaming back on. I kid you not, they will.

Here is why, It's just like using a diet pill, once the stimulation that causes the body to burn that fat is gone, then back will come the fat. It could be stimulation because of large amounts of regular exercise, or it can be stimulation because of a diet pill.

Diet, and exercise gets the best results. I haven't done so much of the exercise part. I have had some body trouble, and time issues. However, I can only imagine how fast 20 pounds would disappear if I could go out and exercise.

I would be back to square one again. The diet would have to remain constant. I couldn't arbitrarily add back the daily calories of food. I would go back to blimp-hood.

The same goes for any one.

By the way, tomorrow is going to be my birthday. I am turning 50 years old. Yep, I am going to be one half of a century old.

Number counter when I completed this post: 7391

Bye for now...

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

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Still Weighing Less Than 180

Hello weight losing fans....

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 179.2-pounds.
That's up from yesterday.

Number counter when I completed posting: 7363

Bye for now...

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

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

November Of 2008: A Record Setting Month For Me

Hello weight losing fans...

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

Record Breaking Month Of November
It was one year ago in the month of November, 2007 when I finally reached that illusive 180-pound target, and I was at a new weight that I had not been at since the year of 1994.

In the years following 1994 my weight began piling on. I left the army reserves, and was no longer having regular weigh-ins. I went without monitoring my weight on a regular basis. I had no real reason to keep exercising, and trimming that food intake. Just to let you know my food consumption, and weight loss attempts were inefficient up until that point anyway. (It's a long story.)

By the year of 1997 my weight had gone up to 215-pounds. Then again by the year of 2001 my weight was up around 260-pounds. Whew... This explains my closet full of shirts and pants that are like potato sacks when I put them on. (Oh I don't wear them anymore.) I will get pictures of those clothes on my body, and show you the dramatic change.

Between the years of 2003 and 2006 my weight went back up again to 240-pounds. Whew...

Well, this November of 2008 I set a new record of 175-pounds.

November of 2008 is also a record setting month for this 2-year-weight-loss-season. I went back into the history of my weight loss food journal, which is just a legal pad that I record on. I counted backwards the number of days I weighed less that 180-pounds.
Today is November 18, 2008 and I have weighed in below 180-pounds on 16 of those 18 days.
Woo Hoo...!

It was six days ago that I hit 175-pounds. I am now only at 178-pounds. That's a three pound difference. Woo Hooo...!

Here it is in a brief summary: Somewhere around Thanks Giving of 2006 I was way over weight.. I could not button my uniform pants anymore. I was deeply depressed about the condition I was in. I saw a commercial on the TV that showed I could lose weight if I would purchase this monthly food program. It was $300. I found Lean Cuisines on sale at Target. I purchased a months supply. I ate lean cuisines morning, noon, and night for one month or so. When I had emptied my freezer I had lost almost 9 pounds. I was shocked and surprised. I was also starving.

The rest is history. From there I became a calorie counter.

Here I am TWO-YEARS later and I have kept the weight off. Not only that, I am now beginning to break my records again. I am bound and determined to get down to 160-pounds. This is in spite of all the people who say I would look like an anorexic model. It won't be anorexia that gets me there. That's abnormal behavior, and I haven't been eating abnormally.

Oh, but my eyes will look sunken in my head. My facial skin will look saggy. My body would look like a skinny twig. Who cares, as long as I am healthy?

Yesterday I saw an old friend, she said I look real good where I am. So...? It's not where I think I should be.

The Weekend Of Breaking My Calorie Count
This last weekend I went down to Indiana because of work. I worked long days, late into the night. It was hard to fight the long periods of hunger. I didn't have sauerkraut to fill up on, or any other vegetables.

I wrote down everything that I ate and discovered that it was the little goodies on the side that blew my calorie counts clean out of the water for those three days, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

I went back and calculated up the food calories. For three days I should have consumed somewhere around 4,500 calories. Well, I ate double that for a grand total of 8,041 calories, which is 4,541 calories above 4,500. Whoops.... Oink.

OK... Scream at me if you must. I don't care... What? You read it right... I don't care what you think. I liked it. Ummm, that cinnamon roll (400 calories) was so good.

How Many Calories Equals A Pound?
I have a friend who sends me charts about calories. One day he sent me a chart that calculated calories consumed and how they metabolized into pounds. It said, 3,500 calories equals one pound. So, I could have gained 1.5-pounds because of my carelessness. (Perhaps...) Oooops....

Does this explain why I am at 178-pounds instead of 175-pounds? Does this explain why I almost crashed that 180-pounds? I don't know.

I am not worried about it. Here is why: a few days of extra calories does not a diet break. You read it right. It's going to take more than a few days of over consuming calories to see me turn backwards on the scale. Also, I am consuming 1,500-calories to lose weight. I will eventually have to find a status-quo of calories that's higher than 1,500 to stop losing weight.

Here is my point. Let's say that to maintain, and not regain weight, I can get away with 2,000 calories per day. This would mean my three day totals would be 6,000 calories, not 4,500. This would mean I blew 2,000 calories, not 4,500. Which means, I didn't lose anything, but I didn't gain anything either.

Haaaaa.......!

What Has Caused This Success As Of Late?
I went back into my food journal. I looked at when I figured out that sauerkraut, and fermented vegetables were actually an aid to the dieter. It was sometime in the middle of October when I started eating sauerkraut at least once a day.

It was around the 27-th day of October my weight dropped below 180-pounds. It's been below that just about everyday since.

I really believe the break through came when I began eating the sauerkraut. I don't know what the magic formula in this stuff is. All I know is the records seem to indicate that's when I started breaking new weight loss records again. This is when I began to realize that I don't have to starve at 1,200 or calories to achieve my weight loss target.

I am encouraging you to add sauerkraut, or Kim Chi into your daily diet. There is something in this fermented cabbage that aids in hunger suppression, and fat burning. Again, I don't know why.

All I know, is everyday that I have been consistent eating the sauerkraut I have been getting in below 180-pounds. It's on days like this weekend, when I haven't had it that I have eaten too much.

This Morning I woke up and fried in oil a can of green beans, a cup of sauerkraut, and one can of chopped tomato with onions in a skillet. I tossed in two scrambled eggs. That was breakfast. Here it is, three hours later and I still feel like I ate a full course dinner.
I am not hungry like I have been in the past.

Here is the great thing about this: I ate only 236 calories of food. Most of it was vegtable matter. This is a good thing.

Number counter when I completed this post: 7319

Bye for now....

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

Monday, November 17, 2008

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 179.6-pounds.
OK, that's up really close to that 180-pound target.

Well, David what happened to that 175-pounds? It sure disappeared quick. Just one week ago you were five pounds lighter than now. So Mr. Piggy Wiggly, have you been pounding down the food? You can't push yourself away from the table, Eh?
It Seems the pius-one-of-weight-loss has lost his way here.

Ummm, Golly, ummm, ummm, someone pinned me down and stuffed cinnamon rolls in my mouth. Yeah that's it. I was pushed down to the ground and an angry mob poured fruit loops, chocolate chip cookies, and candy down my mouth. Then they made me swallow it. It's not my fault. Honest...

OK, I will confess. I did over do it at the breakfast bar. Ummm, I love those big cinnamon rolls. You know the ones I am talking about. They are thick, and full of cinnamon, sugar, and coated with frosting. Oh, yes I ate one. That's so wicked.

So, I'm back on the wagon again. Hmmm, Thanks Giving will be here soon. That will be another day I can lose it. Yeah, I am looking forward to that.

Counter when I completed this post: 7302

Bye for now...

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

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Back Home And Going Back To Eating Normal

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 179.2-pounds.
That's up from yesterday, and still under 180-pounds.

I haven't stayed close to the 1,500 calories per day since Friday. I have probably consumed twice that. At least yesterday I did.

Let's see if I am below 180-pounds tomorrow. I may not be. I got home this afternoon and was physically wiped out from working the long days, and late nights. I took an unusually long nap this afternoon. When I woke up I drank three cups of milk, and two scoops of protein. This put me over 1,500 calories for today.

Number counter when I completed this post: 7284

Bye for now...

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

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Out Of Town Today

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 177.8-pounds. That's up from yesterday.

I am down in Indianapolis, Indiana for these three days. I am actually at a Holiday Inn Express outside that city in a town called Lebanon.

I woke up this morning and went to the complimentary breakfast bar. There it was with all it's goodies. There were the sweet rolls, the muffins, the sugar cereals, and all kinds of other goodies to temp me to overeat.

I usually try to keep myself close to a maximum of 400-500 calories a meal. Only this morning I went over because I saw the Fruit Loops and had to have a bowl full. I saw that small jelly Danish and had to have one. I saw the English Muffin and had to have one. Oooops...

Oh well, it's just one of those days.

Number counter when I completed this post: 7258
Bye for now...

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

Friday, November 14, 2008

Turning Outward Not Inward

Hello weight losing fans...


Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 177-pounds. That's up from yesterday, and still under that 180-pound target.


Today I was walking through the Wal mart store. I am getting ready to leave for three days, and I am trying to close up some loose ends before I leave.


As I was walking through the store, I saw a rather thin young man sitting in a black T-shirt. He had long unkempt hair. He looked scraggly. He was sitting on the bench by the Pharmacy, and he was looking down at a tattoo on his arm. He was systematically pulling at the skin on his fresh tattoo.

I looked at this tattoo and saw lines that went around his arms like whips. I was a bit frustrated by seeing him at such a young age with a tattoo on his arm. I couldn't help but wonder what is the fascination with tattoos?

The old testament has clear warnings to the people of God. One of the warnings was, don't put marks on the body. In that time the pagans tattooed their bodies as a sign of worship to their gods.

God detested this form of worship and said to his believers, don't mark yourself. Now, in this modern time I can't help but wonder, does this rule still exist in God's mind?

Today I wouldn't argue that tattooing oneself is a worship form for a pagan god. I would argue that tattooing represents a worship of self. Many of the people who get tattoos use the line: "It's my body, I can do anything I want with it."

My thought is this: Oh really, it's your body? Hmmm, did you make you? Did you suddenly appear on this planet by your own volition?

Today In our perverted sick schooling system, the so called teachers with so much as junk for knowledge, are dogmatically pushing on young minds that human beings came from a primordial stew of water and gas. Oh, they didn't just jump out of water onto dry land, they evolved from creatures. Therefore we are creatures, and things, not human beings.

If this is so, then there is no god who created us. There is no one in this universe we owe a sense of allegiance to. There is no one we should worship.

And, since I am just a creature that came from goo I have no dignity ultimately. I have no reason to do anything god would want. I certainly don't owe anyone any respect in return.

I can't help but think this bad thinking is partially responsible for the degradation we are seeing in our society, and the world in general. I can't help thinking all the obese people we are seeing growing out of the ranks of our society have been effected.

Here is what I mean. Someone wrote that the reason he/she eats so much is because they have lost the sense of self. This person actually wrote that he/she has a sense of self loathing. This bad sense of self compels this person to over eat. OK...

Hmmm? What if for just one day someone could turn his/her thoughts off of ones self and turn the thoughts toward something more important, like God?

What if just for one day that house wife who is exasperated with the children, and her neglectful husband could turn her thoughts toward God?

What if that husband who goes to work, and then comes home to find the house a little out of order, and the wife with her hair up in a fuss, would turn his thoughts towards God?
What would be the results?

How about that poor person who is struggling with those impulses with food, what if she or he turned his/her thoughts towards God in a prayer for strength, and guidance?
What could happen?

I know I prayed about my struggle with my weight. I asked God for wisdom to lose weight. Do you want to know what he told me? Here it is: David you eat too much food. Oh....

Now, I am not going to say he said that directly to me. I will say that is what I gathered over years of working on my weight. Yep, I figured it out.

Well, what does this have to do with the kid and that tattoo? Hey, it's not his body. It's not your body. You didn't come out of primordial soup. You are a human being.

You have an obligation to God to take care of the body he loaned to you. He doesn't want you treating it like it's your personal property. Here is why. Because like all self absorbed human beings, we eventually ruin the good things we have been given. We think we can do anything we want. Then we end up destroying the little bit of good we have been given.

When we focus on ourselves we end up with a dilemma. We find we have to meet a set of standards of our own making. When we focus on ourselves we find that we have to gratify ourselves.

When we turn our thoughts out toward a more glorious being than ourselves, in this case the one true God, we will find our minds changing. The Bible states clearly, draw nearer to me, and I will draw near to you.

The thing we over look is that we don't really draw near to God. Nope, we stay put in our thoughts, or we even start to move away. I am as guilty as anyone about this.
And, I find myself praying and asking God help me in this time of hunger.


Number counter: 7232

Bye for now....

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

When I get to where I am going in Indianapolis, Indiana I will see if I can post from there.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Again, I Am Touting The Wonder Of Sauerkraut

Hello weight losing fans....

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 175-pounds.

Are you surprised? You aren't nearly as surprised as I am. It's an unexpected pleasant surprise for sure.

I am thinking what has contributed to this success? What in my eating formula has changed that I have found myself suddenly at this weight?

I have to say I really believe it's because I have added in the sauerkraut to my diet. I eat at least one cup of sauerkraut each day. I try to eat more than that. On some days my schedule doesn't permit it.

I am not doing anything different than I was. Oh, I do some exercises. I really think my success is because of the sauerkraut. When I started eating this fermented vegetable, I noticed it acted like a natural hunger suppressant.

I don't know the scientific explanation for it. Perhaps it's mainly because it acts like a big hulk of bulk in my stomach that takes up space. Perhaps there is a little known chemical that the fermented cabbage has that aids in food digestion. Perhaps it has a chemical that helps suppress hunger. I don't know for sure.

I do know this. When I started eating the sauerkraut I found: It was easier to keep to my 1,500 calorie target. It was doing something for my appetite. I felt full after eating it and some other food. When I consumed the sauerkraut, and the other fermented vegetables, my 180-pound target started changing. I started seeing myself dropping below 180-pounds more often.
I began hanging around below 180-pounds of weight, instead of hovering over it.

I honestly don't know all the factors that the sauerkraut contribute. However, with a lower calorie intake of food, along with the sauerkraut, I got the changes I am looking for.

I am encouraging you to add sauerkraut to your diet. Oh, when I was growing up, I used to hate when my mother served it. However, as an adult, I have gotten used to eating it.

One thing I do recommend though: Keep your toothbrush handy. Yeah, I have had people ask me about my breath as a result of eating it. Ooops...

And believe me, I am very, very aware of my breath, and brush my teeth often. Along with that I rinse my mouth with mouthwash often as well.
I also carry around a packet of low-sugar gum to freshen my breath.

Controversy Arising About Me Losing More Weight
Today I called and told one of my family members the good news that I had hit the new bench mark of 175-pounds. She guessed it right away I hit this weight.

I asked her how she knew. She said because I have been talking about it so much. She also noticed that the last time I visited, I didn't dive head long into all her goodies. (Not while she was awake I didn't.) I call her house the "Den Of Chocolate." It's because every food cabinet in the house and the refrigerator has chocolate in it. It's the good stuff that I like so much.

Anyway, she guessed my new weight. Then she said now stop there. She said that I would look awful if I lost more weight. She exclaimed my eyes would sink into my head, and my face would look gaunt.

She isn't the only person who seems to think I have lost enough weight. Some of the people that I work with think I have lost enough weight. Like their opinion really matters to me? I have other family members who have remarked the same thoughts: I have lost enough weight.

So, I am in a quandary here. My height and weight charts say clearly I should be 160-170 pounds. I can see on my tummy a roll of fat that must go. There is no other way to get rid of it, except to diet it off. Oh, I used that word diet. Bad, Bad word.

So, what do I do? I don't know...

Number Counter when I completed posting today: 7206

Bye for now....

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

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Middle Of The Day, And The Weight's Down

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 179.2-pounds. That's down from yesterday.

When I got home from work this morning, I stepped back up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 178.2-pounds. This was after having a 600-calorie breakfast. Oh ho....

I wasn't dehydrated, and I had eaten. So, I still was down. This is a good sign for sure. Now, I have to go out of town for three days. Maybe tomorrow, I am going out of town as well. We'll see if I can hold myself steady under this 180-pounds.

Number Counter When I Completed This Post: 7179

Wish me luck on that one.

With that thought in mind. Perhaps this will be my last post for the next four days. I will see.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

I Am Trying To Get Into An Exercise Routine

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 179.6-pounds.
That's up from yesterday. I am just under that 180-pounds.

Hmmm? What has happened? I thought that I was on this downward trend with my weight.
All I can think is, for some reason I just stay here at this weight of around 180-pounds.
I can't figure it out. Oh well....

I have a friend who keeps harping on me to get out and exercise. Ah ha, and it's cold out there. It seems lately he hasn't been able to either, and he's admitted to gaining some poundage as a result.

My friend runs to exercise. I am not talking one or two miles a day. I am talking much greater distances. As a result he's shaved off the pounds. This has been without changing his consumption of food.

I lost weight the other way. I didn't exercise, I cut back my food portion sizes instead. Now, if I did decide to put in a regimen of exercise, perhaps this would put an end to this last 20-pounds I have been wrestling with.

Since I lost the weight that I have, I have noticed my body isn't so tight anymore. When I was in the military, I had a flat tummy, a fanny the girls would ogle at, and nice looking legs, that one woman said looked better than some women she has seen. Well, that's all gone for sure. Oh well...

I didn't get that body though without working at it. And, I worked at it, but not by my own determination. When I was in the army, we were the last of the brown boot army. The training I went through in Basic Training was the same training that the Marines were using. In a nut shell the drill sergeants pounded me into the ground.

When I left basic training every unit that I went to had mandatory training, and exercise. We were still under the threat of the cold war, and the military had a different attitude about preparedness than it has today.

The bottom line was I was in the best shape of my life. I was at 160-165-pounds for years. I was lean. My waist line was a 30-31 inches. It's no where near that now.

Here it is 31 years later, and I am seeing the after effects of my age, the stretching of skin by fat, and the deterioration of muscle.

I am sagging like a wet potato bag. Ouch...

There is no going backwards for sure. However I have been thinking. I am wondering what I can do going forwards?

One of my motivations for losing so much weight (60-pounds) was: I was sick-and-tired-of-being-sick-and-tired. I thought to myself, if I must live for another 30 or 40 years, what is my quality of life going to be like? I was thinking with my knees blowing out, my shoulder falling off, will I be able to work in the future? Will I end up in a nursing facility some day? Will I end up in a camp where they march me away to a furnace because I am no longer use full to society?

And, if you think that thought is extreme, then take a look at planned parent hood, and the number of babies they contribute to butchering everyday. All of which are unwanted human beings. Think about it.

What makes anyone think that on the end of someones life, the ghouls won't take the old people and butcher them? All because no one wants them.

Ultimately, I didn't want to be a contributor to my own demise.

I didn't have any great vision for the future. I couldn't say, today I am going to change for the sake of change. I didn't say; I think I can, I think I can. Bull, crap on all of that positive thinking crap.

I eked out each day. I had a notion that I will try, to lose some weight by eating these paltry trays of food. Don't get me wrong, the little tiny trays of food were delicious, however, they sure weren't satisfying my appetite.

Well, it worked. I can't say that it was some mighty revelation. I can't say that I even really thought that I was going to achieve the weight loss that I have.

Even though common sense dictated that if I ate less food, I would lose weight, I had given up any hope. I tried anyway.

Now, I have this last twenty pounds to lose. Now, I am looking at a tummy and bottom that has some loose skin.

I wrote all that to get to this point: It's time to tone and shape. Yep, I have reached a point where I must exercise. Since I have remedied some of my problems like my knees, I am getting that urge to put the muscle back into play.

I used to run everyday. I did that for years. I used to do sit ups, and push-ups. I could do 100 push-ups many years ago. I could run a seven minute mile. I could do 70 sit ups in two minutes during a Physical Training Test.

My body started blowing out. Yep, my knees went, and then my other joints started going. When I ran, my knees would hurt because of old injuries. My hips would burn, and I would suffer from fatigue.

Now that I started losing weight. My knees got unstressed. More than that, I started using vitamin D. Yep, that vitamin D changed everything.

To think much of my problems I suffered with may have only been related to poor vitamin consumption. Who would have thought this was so? Certainly not I.

Well, I started doing my squats. I would do the little shallow squats. I would do as many of those as I could. Gradually I worked into a complete deep squat. Then I managed to get to 10 squats. I did this over a years time.

Now, I am working on my sit ups. I am trying to get my tummy conditioned to tuck itself in flat, like it did so long, long ago. Sigh....

I do what I call a self assisted sit up. Many people do a full sit up with their hands held behind the head. They peel them selves up off of the floor into a full sit up.

There is much controversy about this kind of a sit up. And, the exercise gurus say that all is needed is to do a partial sit up, or a curl. The thinking is, that lower back muscles get overstressed and can become very painfully sore.
I agree.

This is why I do a self assisted sit up. I do a complete sit up flat from the floor, and use my hands and arms holding onto my lower thighs to assist myself into a complete sit up. This results in an unloading of the stress on the lower back muscles. I then go into a complete sit up. I use my arm strength to pull myself the rest of the way up into a complete sit up.

Today I managed to do 50 of those assisted sit ups. My back isn't experiencing any trauma as a result. Not yet anyway.

When I go home, I am going to do my squats. I am trying to get into a regular exercise routine. I am taking it slow but sure now. I don't want to injure myself.

For sure all of my joints, and bones creak when I do this. I am going to be 50 years old this month, that's a lot of years on this frame.

Number counter when I finished this post today: 7150

Bye for now...

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

Monday, November 10, 2008

Me In Late October-2008

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 179-pounds.
That's up from yesterday, and still below that 180-pound target.

As you can see I posted a recent photograph of myself. It's not the greatest picture in the world. It will give you an idea what I look like now at 180-pounds.

The one thing I don't like about this photo is my teeth look yellow. They aren't yellow. They are white. However the lighting where I had this photo done wasn't the greatest. I had to have the photo made in a hurry because I was getting an Identification Card renewed.

I am one of those "Gun Toting Americans" that clings to his religion and guns.

Number counter when I posted today: 7126

Bye for now...

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

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Don't Think For Five Seconds That I Don't Struggle

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 178.4-pounds.
Well, that's back under that 180-pound target.

I am happy with this progress. It seems to me my body is responding faster to me putting my appetite back under control after I have strayed with the goodies; like the chocolate. Ummm....

Health Expert Says: "Count Calories"
Yesterday I was getting ready to leave after visiting at a family members house. It was cold, and I wanted to warm up my car before I put my bird outside in the car. As I started up the car the radio came on and this phrase came out of the radio: It's becoming more and more abundantly clear that the only effective way to lose weight, and keep it off, is to learn to reduce the amount of calories consumed. That's a mouth full.

This statement is a paraphrase. But, you get the gist of what he was saying. This was from a physician who has a radio program devoted to healthy eating, and to using food to heal naturally. He is a big advocate of eating raw vegetables, and reducing down the kind of meat products anyone would eat.

Now, I am not going to argue with his ideas about eating. However, I want you to look at that statement again. Key in on the last part of that statement above and you'll see he was saying what I have been putting very simply all along: "Eat Less Food."

Yep that's it in a nut shell. Call it what you want. Call it the Cabbage Diet. Call it the Grape Fruit Diet. Call it the Doctor Atkins's Diet. Call it the Feng-Feng-Fooh-Fooh Chinese Asian Super Diet. Name your diet what ever you want to include: "The South Beach Diet."

It's still going to come down to one thing: "Eat Less Food."

Yep you'll have to reduce down those portions of meat. You'll have to cut out those donuts three times a day. You'll have to cut back to eating one slice of bread for lunch, and a 3-ounce piece of meat, like I just did today for lunch.

You can't go to that buffet each day and eat everything on the counters. You can't go to that steak house and eat that giant 12-ounce steak, and the giant potato with cheese melted on top.
You can't have that late night bag of microwave popcorn every night before bed. You can't eat that giant bag of Cheetos's. You can't eat a lot of things you used to eat. And I am so, so sorry you can't.

And don't you think for five seconds that I like it. Don't you think for five seconds that there aren't days when I wish I could dive head long into a quart of spumoni ice cream. Don't you think I don't wish I could eat that whole bag of Doritos's. Don't you think for five seconds I don't dream about eating a big tray of Oreo Cookies. Don't you think for five seconds that I don't struggle still, even after being at this for two years.

Yes, I am just like you. My appetite got the best of me. As a result of that appetite, I over ate, and gained far more weight than I should have.

I still have the flare ups with my appetite. I still struggle. Sometimes I dream about food at night.

I feel very fortunate that I was able to get a grip on myself. I feel very blessed that I figured out a safe way to lose weight. I feel blessed that I keep seeing little bits of progress along the way.

I feel blessed that even on those days that I wanted bite my fingers off because I was so hungry, I still hung out to see the results that I have today.

If you want to lose weight, then get ready. Ready for what David? Get ready to have your whole psychology change. Yep, if you lose weight like I did then you are going to have to grind it out. You are going to have to deal with mornings, and nights filled with hunger.

I was wimpy about it. I felt deprived, and angry when I finally got down to losing weight. I would see what people were eating, and actually feel a deep sense of resentment.
I wanted what those people at that table were eating.

I didn't want to have to throw out a lot of the junk I had in my cabinets. Yep, I threw out a lot of stuff that was tempting me to overeat. Actually, I didn't throw it away in the trash. I put in bags and brought it to work. The people at work made short work of my goodies.
Out of the door went the bags of candy. Out of the door went the bags of cookies. Out of the door went the bags of chips.

Now, that may seem so far fetched. Why would anyone do that? Well, because just like you, if it was there, I wanted to eat it. Yep, I don't have an Iron Will. I couldn't hold out.

And, if you are like I was, you'll have to avoid those things that temp you the most. You'll have avoid that buffet restaurant. You'll have to avoid going out to eat. You'll have to talk to yourself while you stand at the counter looking at rows of chocolate bars.

If you want to lose weight, then you'll have to do what it takes. You have to get into a regiment, and keep at that. You can cut corners once in a while. You can have a few days when you go over board. But, then you better pick yourself up and go back at it.

You can't quit. What will it mean if you quit: 10 more pounds, 20 more pounds, 50 more pounds? What will be the cost to your health if it hasn't already started to fail? What will be the cost?
You better figure it out.

Someone Wrote An Emotional Story
A while ago I read an emotional story written by a woman who said she wanted to live and be healthy for her children. She didn't want to die at an early age because of her weight. She didn't want to be alone like her mother who was over weight.

I saw the same story on TV this week on the "Greatest Loser Show" with famous celebrities. One of the women from the sitcom "Bay Watch" got fat. Here she was not so long ago a "Breath Taking Beauty Queen,"... She got Fat....
Anyway, she stated in her story she wanted to lose weight for her child.

Well, I hope she meant it. I hope she really means what she said. I hope she will lose that weight.
And I hope both these ladies get that weight off.

If they don't lose weight, then they didn't mean it. They weren't serious about losing weight. They gave us a sob story. Yeah, I am over weight, booh hooo...

You think that's cold? Hey, do you think a heart attack isn't cold? Do you think diabetes gives a crap about who it hurts? Do you think that a stroke and high blood pressure have feelings?

That's what happens when anyone lets their weight go out of control. Disease sets in faster than it really should.

And, who's to say what my health would be like right now, if I kept eating like I was? Who's to say that right now, I wouldn't be forced to use a diabetic medication? Who's to say, that I wouldn't have developed some other weight related illness? Who would know?

And the same goes for you. You think you can get away with it forever. No, I am here to tell you one day the Reaper will show up. He's going to extract his vengeance out on you because of your neglect. It's going to cost you.

It Doesn't Have To Be That Way
I am here to tell you for sure, you don't have to be over weight. If there isn't anything else in life I am sure about, this one I am sure about. You can lose weight. You can get down to a normal body weight. You don't have to stay over weight.

If you need to lose 60-pounds, you can. I did it.
You can keep that poundage off too. I did it. I am doing it now....
You have to have a plan that you will follow. You have to have a regimen that you will follow.
That's all.

But, you must, you must, you must do it for you. If you don't think you are worth it, then you won't try to lose the weight. And, if that's so, don't waste your time reading weight loss blogs.
Because you never will get that weight off, and keep it off.

You don't have enough motivation.
For that, I am truly sorry

Counter when I finished this post: 7070

Bye for now...

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

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Even Up With That 180-Target

Hello weight losing fans...

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

This is my fault. I had one too many pieces of chocolate these last couple days. I have also been visiting at a family member's home. I haven't been eating the sauerkraut like I do everyday.

I really believe the sauerkraut has been an agent assisting me to keep down my appetite, and to finally lose a couple more pounds.

I will be back at it tomorrow when I have finally left this Den Of Chocolate.

Bye for now...

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

Friday, November 7, 2008

Just Eat Less That's All

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 179.4-pounds.
That's up some from yesterday.

Here is a very profound thought. If you want to lose weight: "Eat Less Food."

Counter when I completed this post: 7027

Bye for now...

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

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Hello weight losing fans...

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

Thats down some.

Bye for now.

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

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Don't Know My Weight Yet, It's Looking Good Though

Hello weight losing fans...

I don't know if I will get to post today. I wrote this last night.

I don't know my weight yet.

Yesterday in the afternoon I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale at 178-pounds. This was not a morning weight. I don't consider it an official weight. It does signal that my weight is starting to remain stable down below that 180-target zone.

The reason I am stating this is I ate this morning. I had a lot of coffee, and other fluids. This means I was carrying around food, and still was at 178-pounds. That's encouraging to say the least.

I am going to try to post my weight. But, I don't know how long I am working today. So, we'll see what happens.

Bye for now...

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

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

If You Don't Like It, Read A Different Blog

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 179.4-pounds.
That's up a bit from yesterday. And, I am hanging just under 180-pounds.

Someone mentioned that some of the topics I have written about have chased people away. This subject matter has to do with what I will call nasty stuff. I agree...

Can we be grown up here? I have a question? Do you, or do you not want to lose weight? I am someone who lost weight. You see that drivers license. You see that there is 150-pounds on that license. You see the picture with me bulging out of my Army Shirt. This was the shirt I used to do physical training in while in the Army.

When someone doesn't like what I am writing all he/she has to do is tune me out. That's it. Just click out of the blog. It's like turning that radio dial, or turning off the radio completely.

You don't have to stay and laboriously work your way through my blathering.

Back to my question? Can we be grown up? I have experienced adverse effects from things that I eat, or I drink. I have tried to explain what I think may be pushing my weight up, and up.

A good example was in this past summer, I contracted a nasty summer cold. I got it from someone who had one already and touched me. The next thing I knew I was coming down sick.
I began gaining weight because I threw all caution to the wind because I felt miserable, and still had to go to work, working long, long days. Not only was this so, but I was taking medicines to treat the symptoms. As a result, I gained back almost ten pounds.

I have other things that I shared, for example I was eating protein powder. It has an effect on me. Not only me, but others too. I was trying to give fair warning to the events which might transpire.

If you don't like it, switch to a different blog.

I think I will start lying. I think I will start writing that I am actually losing more weight when I am not. I think I will start writing that I eat Big Ice Cream Floats everyday. I think I'll start writing that I eat huge hamburgers, and fries all of the time.

Yeah that's it. I am losing weight everyday, and then eating like a hog. Then I'll ask what's wrong with you fatty? Hey, why can't you lose weight fatty? Hey, you must have a problem.

The truth is losing weight is not easy. We have troubles along the way. Maybe something I will share can give you an Ah-ha moment.

Number counter when I finished this blog today: 6943

Bye for now...

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

Monday, November 3, 2008

An End To America And Her Industrial Might

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVuWNSMlqA8

Hello weight losing fans... Click on the link to the video above.

In this video you'll see Joe Biden telling someone no to coal in the United States. His reason is that it hurts you by breathing bad air.

OK... Now imagine Joe Biden saying no to sugar in the United States. His reasons, it makes people fat.

Now imagine America without Ice Cream Parlors. The reason people get fat eating Ice Cream.

Now Imagine McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's, Dunkin' Donuts, Pizza Hut, Pepsico, and other major food manufacturers moving their headquarters out of the United States. The reason will be because Joe Biden and Barack Obama will tax the life out of those companies. You know why? Because it hurts you to get fat, and they are responsible for you being fat.....

I'm David Dane

Did You Want To Pick Your Own Food?

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 179.2-pounds. That's up from yesterday by 1-pound.

I am still below 180-pounds.

Are You Dumb Enough To Vote For Empty Food Shelves Tomorrow?
What are you talking about David empty food shelves? Well, if you vote for Barack Hussein Obama who has made it clear that he is going to destroy peoples incentives to earn money, then you are voting for empty food shelves.

You are also voting away your right to pick the kind of food you want to eat. You will be voting in a man who believes in government control over your every day life. He will put the final bureaucracy in place that will make being fat illegal. That's right, with government health care, will come severe penalties for being obese.

How do I know that? Well, today I heard on the radio a statement where Barrack Hussein Obama will put high price caps on coal companies emissions. His literal statement was any one who wants to build a coal fired electric generation plant or factory will go bankrupt. Why, because they will have to pay taxes, and penalties on Carbon emissions?

Well, anyone who wants to build a food store, will be subject to those same pollution laws. Anyone who wants a pig farm, or cow farm where there are so called emissions will subject to the same laws.

You will be subjected to laws that infringe on you getting fatter. Yes, you will be scrutinized by your doctor, and your insurance company. They will be forced to report to the government who is fat, or who has a disease that is supposed related to being fat. In will come the fat police.

In will come the trained government bureaucrats in the schools who will scrutinize your chubby child.

Yes, vote in the Democrats and see America's Waterloo. You think that I am kidding?

In New York, they have already put in food restrictions in hospitals, and old peoples homes. They can't serve cookies and cake in the old peoples homes during a meal. They can't serve fatty foods like fried chicken, or fried anything.

You want that here? Go ahead vote in the fascist Democrats.

And do you really want a man who protects baby murderers? In his last debate with John McCain, Barack Hussein Obama stated that he believed Row Vs Wade was a right decision by the supreme court. Since Row Vs Wade was enacted 40,000,000 babies have been killed.

So what does this have to do with food? Well, Barack Obama is an elitist. He believes in death and murder of innocent children. He voted to have children left for dead when in the Illinois legislature.

What makes you think this man cares about any one's life? What change will he bring about? He'll bring about change that fat people will be shocked about. He will even screw the minorities too. But, they are too ignorant to understand that.

Back to the empty food shelves. Imagine a government that becomes so oppressive that companies can't manufacture. Imagine a government that is so oppressive it taxes anyone who makes a profit. What will be the result? Companies will go out of business.

You want that? I don't. I am voting for John McCain and Sarah Palin.

And judging by how much my total counts on the counter have fallen off, I am realizing that many people are opposed to my thinking. So what? You have been warned.

I usually average every day from 23 to 33 look sees on my counter each day. From yesterday, until today, I have had seven. This means people have lost interest. It's OK with me.

Open http://www.ontheissues.org/2008/Barack_Obama_Environment.htm the link, and read for yourself. Barack Obama will regulate farming out of existence:

You aren't convinced read this: http://www.slate.com/id/2184475/

Here watch this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVuWNSMlqA8
Make sure your friends and family get to see it.

Number counter when I completed this post: 6892

Bye for now...


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

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Don't Be A Neurotic Dieter

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.

I have certainly been able to hold a much closer tolerance to the 180-pounds than I was before.
I am not sure this is the end of 180-pounds.

In the past I figured by now I would have been at my projected target. I thought sure I would be holding steady at 170-pounds or lower. It hasn't happened yet.

Neurotic Thoughts About Food
The other day I ran into a woman at work who told me she lost 57 pounds over the last year. She was a short woman who had gotten way out of control and was way over her normal body weight.

She told me the reason she started losing weight is that her doctor scolded her and told her she was too fat. Great doc... Thanks for the tip. Now tell me to give up the cigarettes and beer too.

Anyway, this woman said that she was operating at 1,200 calories a day by eating pre made Seattle Sutton foods. She claims she doesn't eat the bread or muffin that comes with the meals because she can't eat sugar.

She claims the doctor told her that she was pre-diabetic. Her blood sugar was normal, but he made the assumption she was going to be a diabetic. Hey bud she could actually be going the wrong way with her blood sugar. If she had low blood sugar and was fat, she could be what is termed hypoglycemia.

Hypoglycemia is a different kind of diabetes that can actually be as serious as being hyperglycemia.

Someone who is hypoglycemic can go into shock and die because the body doesn't have enough glucose in the blood. The causes of hypoglycemia are many. In the case of a fat person it might be because the body is in a stage called hyper-insulinism. This is where the body is constantly pumping insulin into the blood stream. It could be caused by hormonal problems, or it may be the person just eats junk food constantly.

When this genius doctor examined this woman and told her she is fat, she contrived in her mind all kinds of nutty ideas. One of which is, "I can never eat sugar again." To which I say, are you nuts?
Just about every manufactured food you buy has sugar in it. This includes the wonderfully expensive foods that are produced by Seattle Suttons Healthy Eating.

If you eat a piece of fruit it has sugar in it.

When I was doing the Doctor Atkins's Diet I read the book and became and anti-carbohydrate nut. That's because I didn't carefully digest what he was trying to teach.

I have since read again The Doctor Atkins's Diet book. I have come up with new conclusions. Doctor Atkins's doesn't oppose anyone eating sugar. He is opposed to eating so much sugar and so much carbohydrates that the body has to keep pumping insulin into the blood.

This hyper-insulinism is responsible for so many fat people. That's right. When the body has to be constantly processing sugar, and carbohydrates, it has to keep pumping the insulin.
This is not a good thing.

There has to come a point in the day where the glands get a break pumping insulin. There has to come a time in the day when the body is finished processing the sugar, and the carbohydrates.
If it doesn't it goes into a different mode of operation.

The body begins to store fat. Fat is hard for the body to break down once it's stored. The body is now hyperinsulining. Now, the insulin starts causing failures of different organs. The insulin and excessive glucose in the body start causing the body to malfunction.

The body now goes into what is called hypoglycemia. That's where the body doesn't get it's energy from glucose like it should. It's gone wacko.

This woman who I was talking to may very well have been hypoglycemic. She needed to be screened better than she was. But, based on talking to her like I was, she seemed to be a bit nutty to me. She kept going over and over she shouldn't eat sugar. That's what I mean by being neurotic.

I can't help her. But, I have a question for you. When is the last time you had a blood check to find out if you are hyperglycemic, or hypoglycemic. If you are hypoglycemic, then for sure you can't live without a little sugar in your diet.

I am not a doctor. And this whole thing about sugar in the blood is complicated for sure.

I can guarantee this. If you'll eat a piece of bread, or small muffin along with some eggs for breakfast, and a piece of fruit you'll be starting the day out right.

This woman is lucky she and her husband are made of money. I can't afford the Seattle Sutton Diet Plan. It's way over priced for me. If I had money, I could do it.

Only, it's like the over priced Weight Watchers food. I can do the same things Seattle Sutton Does by watching my food portions sizes, and counting my calories.
You can too.

Don't be so neurotic about how you eat. A little sugar won't kill you. Look at me. I have something sweet every day. It's usually a banana, or 1/2 cup of fruit cocktail in the morning with my breakfast.
Then at night, I will have a couple teaspoons of honey in two cups of tea before bed time.

I have kept off the weight, and tickled my sweet tooth a little bit. This is so I don't feel so deprived.

Number counter when I finished this post: 6883
Bye for now...

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

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Holding At A Steady 180-Pounds, And Glad About It

Hello weight losing fans...

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

I feel pretty good about this weight. I am not planning to stay at this weight. I am certainly showing tremendous stability here.

It's only because I have working so hard at maintaining a 1,500-calorie intake of food.

Number counter when I completed this blog post: 6857

Bye for now...

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