Monday, August 31, 2009

Surprise, My Weight Is Slowly Creeping Back Down

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 192.6-pounds.
Yesterday I was 191.4-pounds.

That's better than that 198-pounds that I have been dealing with over the last month.

Well, how? "Eat Less Food."

Bye for now...

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

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 197.6-pounds.

Bye for now...

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

Monday, August 24, 2009

I Do Not Have Much To Talk About Today

Hello weight losing fans....

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 195-pounds.

This morning I woke up at 3 AM. I fell asleep listening to the Coast-To-Coast Radio Show.
When the station changed programs, I found myself waking to someone talking about how bad economics are getting in America. They are getting worse. Meanwhile President Barack Obama still wants to implement policies that will further destroy our economy, and enslave you and I.
Yes Obama wants slaves. He is an elitist.

Well, I tried to sleep. I was hungry, so I got up and weighed myself at 196.4-pounds. Then I ate a big 20 ounces of watermelon, and downed half of a two-liter bottle of diet coke soda. I stayed awake until around 5:30 AM. I was surprised when I finally crawled out of bed at 10 AM that my weight went to 195-pounds.

I ate a hamburger with cheese and mayonnaise for a brunch. I was cleaning my kitchen and came across a container filled with Starburst, and Skittles candy. I chowed down on three of the small fun size bags. OH... the shame of it, how dare I? I am not really thinking that, but I know my one fan is.

So that's it for today so far...

Bye for now...

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

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Same Weight As Yesterday's Weight

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 195.4-pounds.

This the same weight as yesterday's weight.

Bye for now...

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

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Watermelon Won't Hurt... I Had A Big Piece Of It

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 195.4-pounds.

Today I had a juicy chunk of watermelon I purchased at a roadside farm stand. Oh it was so yummy.

Bye for now...

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

Friday, August 21, 2009

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 196-pounds.

Bye for now...

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

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Hell0 weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 196.6-pounds.

Bye for now...

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

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

What's It To You?

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 197.2-pounds.

So what?????

Bye for now.....

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

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 196.6-pounds.

Bye for now....

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Up, Up, Up, That Weight Goes.....

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 198.4-pounds.

Well, I am willing to admit it. I don't see so many people willing to admit they are going into reverse with the weight loss.

Time and time again I have written that losing weight is a real challenge. Keeping the weight off is a real challenge too.

The real challenge about this, is I have been exercising. This dispels the myth that exercise is the key source to weight loss. It's not. It's the amount of food consumed, and the kind of foods as well.

I can eat 1,500 calories a day in candy bars. That's not going to do me any good in the long run with my health. I could eat 1,500 calories a day in green salads. That won't help either. Nope there has to be a balance. It's tricky and it's a challenge.

I have gotten tired of being hungry all of the time. I have been exercising. It doesn't matter.

Well, I have to keep at it.

Bye for now...

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

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Weight Jump... Oooopsie

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 195.6-pounds.
Oh ouch...

Bye for now...

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

Friday, August 14, 2009

Rush Limbaugh Critisized For Losing Weight....

Hello Weight Losing Fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 193-pounds.
That's even up from yesterday's weight.

Yesterday I wrote about what someone was telling me about dealing with hunger.
I want to clarify something: I do believe we should pray. I do believe we ought to exercise our spiritual muscles and be filled with the grace and power of the Holy Spirit. (I think I am accomplishing about .001 % of that objective.)

It was my prayer that lead me to gain control of myself to lose weight this far. That all said, (written) I think that there is a lot of self sacrifice involved in the discipline to lose excessive weight. I haven't discovered a fool-proof method to lose weight and then not struggle with the appetite, and the bad habits that I learned along the way that got me into trouble.

I am constantly running into people who are eating the very things that I want to eat. I can smell cookies, and cake, and other foods. Sometimes the smell is all it takes for my tummy to begin to rumble. And when the vessel (my tummy) is empty, that makes the temptation all that much worse.

I think hunger is a normal reaction to reducing down the calories and making the sacrifice needed to lose weight. This has been my experience. And, no amount of experimentation over that last two years has given me any solution to my hunger issues. You might be different, but I really doubt it.

Rush Limbaugh Attacked For Losing 85 Pounds
Today I was listening to a radio broadcast on which Rush Limbaugh was saying he lost 85-pounds, and never once felt hunger during the weight loss process. He was saying that he is being verbally attacked as a liar because he lost this weight in less than one year. He is being verbally attacked because he has claimed he doesn't suffer with hunger. He is being verbally attacked because he claims he is not counting calories.

I believe him. From what I hear so far, I think he is practicing a modified version of the Doctor Atkins' Diet. On this weight loss program it's not really necessary to count calories. Instead carbohydrates are counted.

I practiced the Doctor Atkins' Plan. I lost weight. I didn't always struggle with hunger during the initial phases of the plan (Induction as it is called). However, I couldn't keep doing that plan. My body would no longer respond. Not only that, I craved sweets, and carbohydrates.

Now, my experience is: I figured out that I could lose weight at around 1,500 calories a day. Along with that came unbelievable struggles with hunger. To this day, I wrestle with bouts of hunger.

I have tried stuffing my face with large amounts of green vegetables. I have retried the Induction process from the Atkins' Diet. I have done all sorts of things hoping I will find a solution.

I found out that I am human. When I am at a birthday party, and the Ice Cream and Cake is being handed out; I find myself wanting some just like a little child would. When I am at a banquet, and I see that apple pie; I can smell it, and I want it too.

I could go on, but I am going to end this here with this thought: If it were so easy to stop over eating, then we wouldn't have more than one third of the American population walking around obese. If weight wasn't a problem for so many people, then we wouldn't have the do-good-pushy-busy-body-liberals writing articles about our health. It's because they don't have anything better to do (The control freaks).

If losing weight were easy, then we wouldn't have the control freak politicians (who themselves are fat) wanting to enact laws and taxes to control us. Illinois just enacted a Chocolate Tax. You don't hear too much about that in the Liberal Media.

No, it's hard. It's real hard to lose weight. It's hard to change the schedule and do some exercise. It just is.

I was teasing my friend who was telling me how good he feels when he exercises. I was yawning and saying Ho-hum. He doesn't understand, I am 50 and it's hard to get these joints and muscles to move like I was 20 again.

I don't know what he'll be doing when he reaches my age. But, I am telling you when you get older it does seem to get harder.

And, let's not forget that even though the sky line is cloudless and blue out there right now, there is lurking in the air that "Evil, Noxious, Killer Air Pollution." Yes, I heard a report that we shouldn't do vigorous exercise outside right now because the pollution is lurking and we can get an Asthma attack from it. I am serious, that's what's being reported. Check out this non-sense:
http://airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=airnow.showlocal&CityID=44
Yes it's an orange alert out there and I better be careful.

So there is my excuse for not running, or walking. How about you? Gee, where is that chocolate cake I put inside of the refrigerator? It's here somewhere. It's a shame I don't have some Vanilla Ice Cream for the top. This will do for now.

Bye for now...

And that's the way it is... I'm David Dane (Cough, Wheeze... Where is my oxygen?)

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Will A Lot Of Praying End My Hunger?

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 193-pounds.

I was talking to a friend about my unquenchable hunger. Mind you my friend has his own protruding package out in front of his tummy that could use some trimming.
Anyway, he seems to think that if I could just get satisfied spiritually, then my hunger would disappear.
Well, that's the way I am interpreting his reply to my complaint about being hungry.

And I have to wonder, if that's true, then why is he getting bigger?

Well, this just goes to show me that there are more than one people out there who have crazy ideas about dealing with this thing called hunger.

Yes, I am back at trimming down my total calories. I am back at eating less food, and drinking less calories. This afternoon I did go overboard with the pretzels. But, for the most part today I kept my food consumption within reasonable limits.

That written, I am dealing with the non-stoppable hunger that keeps gnawing away inside.
This morning I woke up at 3:00 AM. I was raving hungry. I was trying to figure out what to do. It was keeping me awake. I grabbed the rum, and swallowed down a shot.
This helped me get sleepy again so I could finish off the night.

Yes, it's tough losing weight again. I wish I didn't let my weight slip this far. But, over time I think I will see 180-pounds again. But, I wrote recently, that's it. I am stopping there. It's impossible for me to get down lower than that. I tried. No amount of calorie reduction was accomplishing my objective.
Even adding exercise in didn't matter.
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My food consumption for today: Early morning shot of rum (130 calories), 1 1/4 pound hamburger (290 calories), 1 hamburger bun (120 calories), 1 berry yogurt (270 calories), 2 cups milk (300 calories), 1 ounce peanuts (160 calories), 2 ounces of trail mix (360 calories), 4 serving of pretzels (4 x 160 = 640 calories), 1 hamburger bun (120 calories), 1 frozen meat paddy (150 calories), 1 Kelloggs Nutri-Grain bar (130 calories), 2 beers (300 calories). The total for today was: 2,970 calories. 600 calories of this was from beer and milk. Another 640 calories was wasted because of my indulging in the pretzels. Think about that the next time you are at a sporting event chowing down those beers, and pretzels.
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It just goes to show, that it doesn't take much to run up those extra calories.

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

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Friends Don't Always Help That Weight Loss Cause

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 193.4 (This error was corrected from this mistyped weight 183.4-pounds.) That's down from yesterday's total weight.

Today I had to add to my total calories for yesterday. Last night I went out with a friend to the store, and he wanted to stop in and drink a couple beers at the local restaurant. I told him it's too expensive for a glass of beer, and that it's cheaper to get a 12-pack from the local store, and then drink that.
A 12-ounce mug of beer at the Chili's restaurant was around $3.00. For two of us it would have been $6.00 and change for the tax and the tip. For $12.00 I picked up a name brand beer and got 6 times the beer. It was a lot less, and I saved myself that tip to have a bar maid walk to the bar and order a couple of beers. We drank a bottle of beer for about $1.00 a beer. That was a big savings.

When my friend and I went back to his house we had popcorn for a snack. I didn't want to eat it initially but he insisted I have some. He also whipped out some canned sausages, and insisted I chow down on a couple. NO didn't phase him.

Now, I never intended to be adding to my calorie totals for the day because I hit my consumption for the day. Only it just goes to show some friends don't respect my efforts to eat less food, and drink less caloric drinks, such as beer. I was being friendly and went along. Argh...

At the end of the day my totals went from just under 1,400 calories up to 2,155 calories. (I don't want a comment about this.)

So here is a lesson: Be weary of friends who want to eat at all hours of the day. You won't get any help trying to lose weight with them.
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So far today I have eaten: 1 hamburger (290 calories), 1 hamburger bun (120 calories), 1 salad with lettuce (50 calories), Italian Dressing (90 calories). Total calories as of 2:41 PM Chicago time 550 calories.
Well, it's the end of the day for me and my ability to get onto the Internet. I am posting the end of the day events. At the end of the day I have eaten: 1 hot dog (130 calories), 1 hot dog bun (120 calories), 1 Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Bar (130 calories), and to round everything off, 2 Leinenkugel Honey Beers. Succulent beer I might add, yum, yum. The total calories today are around: 1,250 calories.

I went to the prairie path and did a two mile jaunt for approximately 27 minutes. I walked about 3/4 miles, and jogged about 1 1/4 miles total. I built up a real good sweat. My shirt was soaked. I am estimating I burned about 150 calories. I didn't have my walking meter on, so I am not completely sure.
I am not sure I am going to run tomorrow, since I was getting in my car to come post this, my back went into a spasm. Bummer.

That's a rap on the day.
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Bye for now....

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

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Accept This Reality, Dieting Means Always Being Hungry For Something

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto that Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 194.6-pounds (This error was corrected from this mistyped weight of 184.6-pounds.)

OH, ouch..... David you Porky Pig, where did that 180-pounds go that you boasted about....?

Umm, ummm, be honest, are you doing any better? Oh, and you want to be critical of me?

Guilty as charged... I have eaten more than my daily allocation of 1,500 calories which is what got me to the 180-pounds in the first place.

I have a friend who criticized me and said that I have given up. Who said? Who said that I have quit for good trying to get that weight down?

Here is what I told my friend... "I got sick and tired of being hungry all of the time." That's right, I was hungry all of the time. Most people don't understand that. I know he doesn't.

I would eat my measly little 500 calories for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and 30 minutes later I would be starving.

I don't have some internal organism in me that's eating my guts either. I just get hungry. Less than one hour ago I ate a hamburger on a bun. That's all I ate.

Right now, having eaten, I am rip-roaring hungry. I ate breakfast, I ate my measly little hamburger. I was less than 500 calories total. Still I am hungry.....

Now, I am the master when it comes to losing weight. You read that right. I am the master. For over one year I kept my weight at a steady 180-pounds. I went up and down some.

Well, since I am the master, I am going to show you the skeptics, I can get there again. I don't know how many days it will take. I will get back there.

I have decided to stop at 180-pounds. Here is why... I can't stay any lower. My body absolutely refuses to stay below 180-pounds.

I will have to be hungry all of the time...

Here is the hardest thing to accept about any weight loss program: I am going to be hungry.

You will be hungry if you want to lose weight. I don't care what weight loss program you choose. You can't lose weight unless you change your diet. That means you'll have to cut out something.

Accept the inevitable, you'll have to give up something. I don't care what program you pick.
And, you will always, always be hungry.

I told my friend, who is convinced I could lose weight faster if I would exercise, that I was jogging and exercising. He's convinced that I can increase my food consumption accordingly. NO.... I can't. That's not the purpose of exercise.

Exercise is to condition the body. In the long run it might aid in the ability to control one's own weight, but that's all.

I told my friend that I was really, really, getting hungry as a result of exercising. Yep, my appetite actually increased as I exercised. And, it was down-right frustrating.

Think about it... I was burning up more energy. My body started screaming for food.

I told my friend, I got sick of the hunger, and I ate to try to satisfy that raging hunger. It hurts folks. My stomach churns with pain as I wait for my next meal.

This is why so many people fail with their weight losing programs. The liars, and propagandists that want to sell you something tell a different story. They will say that you aren't doing their program properly if you're hungry.... It's a freak lie......

Accept it... If you want to lose weight, cut back, and suffer with that hunger.
I hate it.
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So far today I have consumed: 1 hot dog (130 calories), 1 hot dog bun (120 calories), 1 quarter pound hamburger patty (290 calories), 1 hamburger bun (120 calories). I have some calories left for dinner. Here are the numbers for the end of the day, to include what's already there in front of this sentence: Salad with lettuce (50 calories), salad dressing (80 calories), 2 cups grapes (315 calories), 1 hot dog for dinner (130 calories), 1 hot dog bun (120 calories). I changed some of the numbers from earlier in the day upon finding I had underestimated the values. Grand total calories for today equal around 1355 calories.
Also I did some exercise today that used up about 157 calories. I jogged a little and then walked for almost 30 minutes total.
Whoops, it's the next day here, and I am adding to yesterdays numbers: Popcorn (130 calories), 2 small vienna dogs from the can (70 calories), 4 x 12-ounce beers (4 x 150 = 600 calories). This makes the days totals 2155 calories. Whoa....
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One final comment for the day: For you who are overly concerned that I am eating the wrong food. What's worse, getting fatter, or having a little extra sodium from the Hot Dogs?

Bye for now...

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

Thursday, August 6, 2009

I'm Crashing..... Ah, I Can't Give Up The Double Helpings

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 194-pounds.

Whoa... Pull those food eating reins. Get under control there David...

Ah, it is what it is...

I've noticed something. I am not the only one whose having a hard time saying no to that plate of cookies as a snack. I have been reading other posts. Some others who have checked in on me are wildly out of control. So, nah, nah, nah, blah, blah.....

Bye for now...

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