Friday, October 29, 2010

Please Pass The Honey, Honey!

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 204.8-pounds.

A Tablespoon Of Honey May Be Good For Your Brain At Bedtime.

Yesterday I was in the public library. I was going between the book racks looking for something.

I came across a book about, of all things, Bee Hive Collapse Syndrome. I was paging through the book, and in the back it was listing all the benefits of consuming honey.

One of the benefits that was listed was honey may actually help prevent the death of brain cells in young children.
The book stated that brain cells die because they run out of glycogen. In small children because they grow so rapidly, they consume large amounts of glycogen in the cells.
If a child goes to bed hungry that means his or her cells are low on glycogen. Some tests have shown children in developmental stages of life can actually have slower brain development because they are losing brain cells as fast as they make them.
The book was emphatic that the human cell dies immediately as soon as it's source of glycogen is gone. Brain cells are especially vulnerable to this phenomenon.

The conclusion was that honey has the two essential sugars that are necessary for glycogen production. Tests showed that children who were given a couple of table spoons of honey before sleeping resulted in children sleeping sounder, and with less restlessness.

Their conclusion was before you tuck Mary or Johnny in for the night, serve them up two tablespoons of honey. This will help the body keep just enough sugar on hand to supply the body with essential glucose.

Years ago I wrote that at night when I was hungry I used to slurp down a Table Spoon of honey. I got away from that.

My reasoning about this is I am going back to taking honey at night before I go to bed. Who knows, with my going to bed at night hungry, I may have actually killed what few brain cells that were left.

Bye for now...

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

Thursday, October 28, 2010

My Weight Staying Up

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 206.2-pounds.

That's the same as yesterday.

This is so weird. I don't know why I jumped from 202 to 206-pounds. It doesn't make sense.

Bye for now...

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

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 206.2-pounds.

Whoa.... Honestly, I don't have any idea what happened. I ate some corn bread last night, but I wasn't way over my calorie count for the day.

Oh well, I don't know what to say right now about this.

Bye for now...

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

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Exercise And Diet Will Get The Results You Want

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 203.8-pounds.

That's better than the last two days. It's no where I want it to be.... My goal is still 180-pounds.

Today I was talking with a friend. This guy is an energizer bunny. He just loves to get out there and run for exercise. As we were talking he boasted that he lost a pound. Goodie......

I asked, "How did he do it?" He admitted that he exercises. But, he tossed in one more element into that weight loss mix: (And this is what I have been preaching.) "Eat Less Food." He admitted that he's had to cut back on his food consumption.

Well, well, well, well I thought; he's finally gotten it.

All along he's been telling me that I have to exercise. That will burn those extra calories.
Yeah, maybe. My experience has been that as I was running, my appetite increased accordingly.

Last year when I did some running, I was actually getting hungrier.

I am not knocking exercise. I knock the idea that exercise is the sole discipline needed to lose weight. I know the theory behind it. If someone burns more calories they will lose weight.

My contention is, and has been that someone must watch as carefully how much food is being eaten.

We all eat more than we should. By that I mean, we consume more calories than we need to live on. Short of having a really active lifestyle, we all probably should cut our calories in half.

We should eat only one or two pieces of bread a day. We should only consume about 6 ounces of some kind of meat each day. We should all eat more fruits and vegetables than we do.

When I say we should eat more vegetables, we should also monitor the calories on those as well.

I don't eat as many green vegetables as I did years ago when I first got started with this weight loss program. I used to eat a lot of green beans, and salads, along with my regular foods.

Hey, it's tough to stick to the weight loss program. We all have those days when we falter. It's normal.

I have been working diligently to get back on the wagon and stay there. Yet, last night I ate just a little bit too much Strawberry Ice Cream. I knew I shouldn't have purchased that the other day. So, I blew it..... Yah, Yah, Yah........

I am human... It wasn't me, it was temporary insanity.

That's all for now...

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

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Weight Jump Today...

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 205.2-pounds.

What happened? Yesterday happened. It a long, long day at work. I only made myself a couple of chicken sandwiches.

I ate some of the food that was given to me by the group I was with. That extra food broke the bank.

That's all for now...

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

Friday, October 22, 2010

Three Down Days; Which Is A Good Thing

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 202.2-pounds.

Wooo Hooo.... !!!!!!!

Honestly, I wondered if I would hit that so soon because last night I was waiting for some people on the bus, and was snacking on chocolate bear cookies. I ate two of those snack size bags, and that put me over my calorie count for the day.

I told you I have a sweet tooth.

This morning I ate a big chocolate chip cookie as part of my breakfast meal; Oh David... !!!!!

Let's see what that will do for me in the morning.

Tomorrow I am going to be getting up at 2 AM in the morning. I am going to be at work by 4 AM.

Let's just see what I look like in the morning.

Bye for now...

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

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Another Down Day; Which Is Actually A Good Day

Hello weight losing fans....

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 203.2-pounds.

Can you believe that? It wasn't 10 days ago that I was tipping the scale at 211-pounds.
Woo Hoooo ... !!!!!!!!

Question: How long will this last? Oh that seems like such a pessimistic question.
The reality has been I was down to 200 pounds a couple months ago. Then I turned around and started back up the poundage scale again. It was a very short time before I gained 10-pounds.

I tried to think what was causing this. I looked at my logs and thought, "Empty calories."
Where are the empty calories?

The answer was: I ate too much bread, one too many pieces of cake and, I was drinking beer at night after work.
I hate cutting out the beer. The issue is though, for every bottle of beer I drank, that was 145 empty calories.
Those two or three bottles of beer were impeding me from losing.
I already new this. But, I didn't want to give up the beer. And, I didn't want to give up the wine either.

If I was going to get back to where I should be, then I have to go back to sacrificing like I did in the past.

HEY......... You won't lose weight if you don't give up some of the goodies.
You won't lose weight if you aren't keenly aware of everything you drink; milk, orange juice, cool-aid, beer, or wines. Liquids contains calories, all except water, and non sweetened coffee, or teas.
You won't lose weight if you aren't keenly aware of all the food you eat.
You won't lose weight if you don't keep a count of every little calorie.

You have to figure out what you eat and drink. You cannot go absent minded throughout the day popping stuff in your mouth.

Let me tell you it's a pain in the back side. I get tired of writing stuff down, and I've been doing it for four year.

Good Habits are hard to develop, and are easy to break. Bad habits are easy to develop, and are very hard to break.

You are going to have to develop good eating habits. Then for the rest of your life you will always have to be ready for that moment in time when your flesh and will collapse.
That sounds pessimistic. But, it's the truth.

Most people who lose weight, regain it within a few short years.

This is a never ending battle.

Bye for now....

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

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Nobody Understands Your Plight But YOU

Hello weight losing fans....

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 204.2-pounds.

Woo Hoo..... !!!!!!!

Try To Explain Why I Do What I Do
I don't know how many people still follow my blog these days. I haven't had any comments lately. Maybe that's because I put such restrictions on the comments. That's because I was getting links to Porno-graphic web sites in the comments. I had to tighten up the restrictions.

I wrote years ago that your weight loss program is really nobodies business but yours. Now, maybe some people need a mentor to coach them to lose weight. I don't know.
For me that doesn't work. When the mentor is gone, or the coach is gone, or the device that's used to lose weight is gone, then back comes the weight.

I used to comment back and forth with someone who swore by weight watchers. He got offended when I told that it was an over priced organization. Ultimately the weight watchers program fails. Weight Watchers uses monetary rewards to incentivize people to lose weight. The biggest incentive being the weight watcher who achieves the weight loss goal no longer has to pay dues at the meetings.

I could solve that problem. I could fill a room with fatties and have them tell stories about how they tried to lose weight. That's Weight Watchers in my estimation.

Weight Watchers is far too complicated with it's points system in my estimation. People have to consult the Weight Watchers charts to get their point values for their food consumption.

I will make it easy:"Hey you're eating a donut for breakfast, and that's a lot of Calories. That better be all you eat."

With these last couple paragraphs, I never reached my point. I have a friend who is a coffee affection ado. For him, it's coffee, coffee, coffee, coffee. all the time. OK, that's good for him.

For me, I don't like paying for expensive bags of coffee. I get tired of paying nearly two dollars for a cup of coffee at the 7-11; and over two dollars for a cup of coffee at McDonald's.
The price of a cup of coffee has jumped since I used to pay just 30 cents for a cup.

But, it's not just the price of coffee that gets me. I am tired of the bitter taste. I think the only reason I drink coffee is because I experience a boost of energy from it.

The bottom line is: I am tired of drinking coffee. (At least for now.)
And, It's been a bear weening myself off of the stuff. The diet soda was tough to ween off of too.

The side effects though are: 1) I had to use the bathroom often. 2) I had the jitters. 3) I could feel the afters effects of a tired, worn out feeling because when the caffeine wore off I would drag 4) I think the caffeine stimulated my appetite.

When I told this to my friend, his response was that caffeine suppresses appetite.

Well, I don't think he really understands.

When I drank coffee, I always had to use cream, or some sort of cream substitute, and a sweetener. In my case I was using Splenda most of the time.

But, I've quit the Splenda. Sugar in my coffee is a better alternative. Yet, there's that problem: Sugar is empty calories. Sugar itself can become addictive.

I have fought my sweet-tooth for years in an effort to lose weight. That being so, I don't need to sit there and put sugar in my coffee.

As I just wrote: I am tired of coffee. I am working at drinking water. For a treat: I drink a juice, like orange juice. I limit that.

I Couldn't Sleep At All Last Night
I woke up this morning early around 2:30 AM. I layed in bed tossing and turning. My stomach was growling. I was hungry.

I realized that I wasn't going to fall back to sleep until I could get rid of the hunger. I thought about what could I eat that would be OK. I had Ice Cream in the Freezer (Evil Ice Cream!), and I thought about that. NOPE that wouldn't do.

At 3:30 I decided I was just to hungry to sleep. I got up poured a cup of cold milk and then sliced up an apple. I drank the milk, ate the apple, then went back to sleep.

I got up and saw what I weighed, and was pleasantly surprised. I thought sure that would have added to me a pound in the morning.

Sometimes, Sometimes, I just have to get something in my stomach. It hurts to wait. I can fast, but then I won't get any sleep either.

Here is my suggestion: Let's say it's late at night. If you are like me, you're rumbly-in-the tumbly. If you are like me, KNOW there is no way you're going to fall back to sleep, then try to think strategically.

Let's say you are an Ice Cream Nut. (I am one.) At night you have to have the Ice Cream. Well, did you ever think of trying yogurt instead?

Let's say you're one of those people who must have something before bed. Did you ever think of some chicken slices, or ham slices, and an apple?

Did you ever think: Since you are one of those people who must eat at night, maybe divide your dinner in two parts? That's right, save some of the dinner for later. Make use your evening meal as late night doggy bag.

These are just some ideas.

Hey, we're in the same boat. My boat has sprung another hole. I regained 30 pounds. That sucks.

I was 180-pounds for well over a year. Then, something happened. I began to regain those pounds. (I blame my cousin, I blame the government, I blame my friends. Just teasing.)

Imagine if I didn't keep written records. Which I do on most days. When I get to my cousin's up in Wisconsin then I blow it. YIKES.

Imagine if I wasn't in the habit of weighing myself every day like I do. I would blow up, and up like a not so "Beautiful Balloon." Then I would wake up again back up over 240-pounds. YIKES.....

And as my friend said, "No one would want to see me naked."

That's all for now folks...

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

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

I Am Up And Doing Better

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 205-pounds.

After having spent all day in bed on Saturday, and not eating anything more than a peanut butter sandwich for breakfast, I discovered a significant gain.... I lost some weight.

I was still achy on Sunday when I made my last post. I was still some what achy on Monday.

My appetite has returned with a vengeance. So it's back to the same old battle. I try to eat something that will be healthy and keep those calories down.

That's all for now....

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

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Was It Food Poisoning Or Was It The Flu That Made Me Sick?

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Scale weighing in at 205.4-pounds.

Yesterday I came down sick with some sort of flu virus, or was it food poisoning? I had muscle pain, and a fever at 100.3 degrees Fahrenheit. I had a real bad headache that lasted from when I woke up in the morning until early this morning.

I went to work and I could barely sit in my seat because my back and buttocs hurt so bad. So I dragged out 6 hours of work. I then went home and went immediately to bed.

I slept from 11:30 in the morning until 4:30 PM, at which time, I took a hot bath and soaked. I was hoping to sweat out in the bath the virus. I went back to bed and slept until 7:30 PM, at which time, I got up and took another hot bath. I soaked for over half an hour.

Another one of the things I struggled with all day was continuous heartburn. I was not vomiting, but my stomach had this volcanic burning in it that kept producing burning bile that would come up my throat.

I had no appetite anymore, and felt like I didn't dare eat anything more than the peanut butter on a bun that I ate for breakfast.

The day before some of my patrons on the bus gave to me a big bag of Greek food. There was some stuff in there that I didn't recognize including a aluminum foil tray of something that looked liked vomit.

Later that night I began to experience some strange symptoms which included heart burn which wouldn't go away even with my hydrochloric acid pills. I began to feel a little bit achy.

The next day (yesterday) I woke up with a full blown headache and progressively worsening muscle pain.

I am glad I only worked part of the day because I went home to sleep. And I am glad that I am off today because I am still recuperating, and don't know if I will have a relapse.

I don't usually get sick. The last time I had symptoms like this was well over a year ago. If I get a scratchy throat I usually start gargling with salt water, and take some cough drops, then soak in a hot tub. This was different, it came on suddenly, and there wasn't anything that I could take to treat the symptoms.

Well, hopefully I am getting better. I still have some aches and a slight headache. But, I think I will be ready to go to work at 5 AM tomorrow morning.

That's all for now...

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

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Not Where I Wanted To Be By Now, Ugh....!

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 207.8-pounds.

That's down from just a few days ago...

Needless to say this is just a little bit frustrating.
I have been working at getting back down to 180-pounds. I thought for sure I would have been there by now. Only, I like anyone, let my appetite get the best of me. It hasn't helped any to be drinking a few cans of beer everynight either. I am out of the beer for now. Well, that's until I get another customer that doesn't want to carry back into the hotel, or crate it around.
Then I will get the beer, and I will consume it. Oh, I am so evil....

That's all for now...

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

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 210.4-pounds...]

OH MY...

Bye for now....

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

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Hello weight losing fans....

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 209-pounds...

FREAKIN OUT HERE !!!!!!!!!!

I am now closer to that 240-pounds than I am to the180-pounds.....
YIKES....

Bye for now....

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

Saturday, October 2, 2010

I'm Still Writing It Down

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 206.6-pounds.

Not so long ago a friend of mine asked me if I still list out everyday the foods that I consume, and the calorie count. I told him that I still do. He was surprised at that considering I have regained a little over 20-pounds. He thought that I had given up the vigil.

This is true for most people. I wrote years ago that this is the "Battle of the Bulge." That we must never give up our vigilance, even if we backslide some like I have.

I never gave up the idea that I would get back down to 180-pounds. I still want to get back there.
It's not easy that's all.

Bye for now...

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

Friday, October 1, 2010

Not Enough Time.....

Hello weight losing fans...

I have four minutes to post....

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 207-pounds.

That's all for now...

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