Wednesday, June 25, 2008
A few posts ago I mentioned that I readjusted how I was doing things because I felt that I was slipping (wow there were a lot of "I's" in that sentence) I seem to have renewed my eager willingness to be as strict as a Sunday school teacher that has had a bad week where my intake is concerned. I have not slipped or eaten one single thing that has not made it onto my Excel sheet since that day and this is how it will be from here on out, no exceptions. somehow it feels as if I have reached an agreement with my will again and that agreement is that I have a long way to go and as long as my will can hold out and I can stay focused, what I want I shall have and thats that.
Intake was good for Tuesday coming in at 1273 calories for the day I can honestly say that lowering my calories to 1300 per day this week vs my normal 1500 is not effecting me one bit as far as the being hungry goes. Hopefully this tactic of cycling my calories lower this week kick starts me into a good week, not that last week was a bad week at a 3 lb loss but I know in my heart of hearts that I was not being true to myself when I was "taste testing" things or grabbing that extra few bites of whatever it might have been. bottom line is that I am back to the insane eat right guy status that I had lost there for a couple of weeks. I had this feeling of being unstoppable, the invincible weight loss guy and though I have not had a week where I have gained yet (I haven't even had a week where I didn't lose yet!), I felt like I was slowly losing focus because I was getting comfy with my size again but I just needed to realize that I am going for the Gold this time Bronze just will not cut it and the end result will be me at 275 lbs, and who knows? maybe I will go even lower once I hit 275.
Here is my menu from Tuesday.
1 banana 105
1 tbsp peanut butter 95
21 oz watermelon 178
2 multigrain muffins 200
sliced tomato 10
1 tbsp miracle whip 35
6oz deli turkey 180
3 slice whole wheat bread 210
slightly more than 1 tbsp miracle whip 45
1oz smart puffs 130
1 pear 85
Grand total is 1273 calories for Tuesday and were on our way to a nice loss this week. I AM determined to get to the end of this weight loss goal and I DO intend on becoming as healthy as I can so that I will be around a long long time , so thats bad news for anyone that would bet against me because I do not give up on things, especially things that important to me.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
As far as the change in my lifestyle goes I have to report only good things so far for this week, I have decided to drop the calories to no more than 1300 per day for this week while adding my push ups back into each and every day this week, at the end of the week I will go back to 1500 per day and hopefully this gash on my foot will be good enough to start in on the walks daily again. I have also been thinking about me still calling this "my lifestyle change", it dawned on me that this is my lifestyle now and were on month six, should I really still be calling it a new way of eating? I think not. I choose to live a healthy lifestyle that includes a sensible dietary intake and moderate exercise and this is the key to my success thus far in my opinion. From day one I never treated this like a "diet" but more of a new way of life and six months later it is what it is and thats all that it is. It comes natural to me to grab a piece of fruit instead of a package of cookies, and there ARE cookies in my home for the kiddos, I would not think of drinking a soda and I realize that things like ice cream are just a treat to have sparingly and not as a part of the main course, or to eat a strawberry for desert is closer to what desert should be instead of a triple scoop peanut butter fudge banana split. so there you have it, I do live a healthy lifestyle for the most part and its only getting better day by day.
The intake for Monday was pretty decent coming in at 1333 total calories and I had ground turkey soft tacos for dinner, very good meal I might add. I did get my "daily required push ups" into the day as well and feel good. I weigh slightly less than I did on Friday this morning so I am happy about that because this weekend I seem to have blew up a bit (retaining fluids I think because I did not drink enough Friday or Saturday) so I am cycling back to normal. I hope to have a decent loss by Friday because of the getting strict with the intake again as well as adding my calisthenics (partially) back into the mix. with that I give you the menu from Monday.
1 banana 105
1 tbsp peanut butter 95
18oz watermelon 153
cambells soup 240
Dannon light yogurt 60
6oz ground turkey 255
4 mission white tortilla shells 220
1.5 oz vermont white cheddar 165
taco sauce 20
Grand total of 1333 total calories so pretty much on my goal for the week of no more than 1300, I figure since my limit is really 1500 that the 33 I went over is ok. back to the normal and no looking back at the old, here I am and there you are and the choices are there to be made by each for their own good. I made my choice, Have you made yours?
Thanks for reading along.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
It is almost 3:00 pm Sunday, it is an odd day, the sun cannot decide if it wants to be shining or not and we have had a couple down pours. I have been sitting here most of the day thinking about my weight loss and I have to admit that I feel as though I have been slipping lately and what I mean when I say slipping I mean grabbing a couple extra olives with my Ground turkey tacos and not putting them into my excel sheet, or eating 2 Dunkin Donuts Munchkins while driving to the park and not putting them into the excel sheet right on down to taking a bite of macaroni and cheese that I made for the kiddos for lunch to "taste" it and see that it was "all the way done" bottom line, it needs to stop. Just 2 months ago these are the things that I would remind wify that she should not be doing and here I am with my hand in the cookie jar if you will. My exercise has slacked off as well, granted I do have a back injury and it did in fact act up a couple of weeks ago and I will admit that I am a bit worried about getting back into the workouts again because I don't want that pain to return, but then as I type that it sounds so much like an excuse to me, and I know that I need to get back into the frame of mind I was in back 2 months ago because I am admitting right now that I got comfortable and am in fact not being as strict with myself lately. I mentioned this very same thing about getting comfortable to a friend of mine that also blogs just a day or so ago and that comment on Robyn's page really got me thinking about being comfortable and slipping into old habits so I decided to take my own advice and fix it. I thought that if I posted on my blog and gave full disclosure about this fact that it would maybe help me re-focus and get back on track.
Now if you are a regular reader of my page you might be thinking "but you Mr. Meatball lose weight each week like clockwork" or "slipping here and there is not really a bad thing as long as you don't over do it we do after all need treats" yes I do lose each and every week, and yes it is ok to slip up here and there, BUT in the past 2-3 weeks I know that I have gotten comfy with the size I am and I AM slipping. I am approaching a weight and strength level that allows me to do whatever I want to do, I don't get out of breath any more, I do not have back pain related to just being too heavy, and I can out pace my bottle of energy running fool of a son on a hiking trail and not even feel it. I am back to a weight and fitness level that allows me to be active and in control of what I do and plain and simple I am getting too comfortable with it.
I have a long way to go before I am done with losing weight and just because I fit into the clothing that I was wearing when I met my wife 9 years ago and feel awesome that I am back to that size or at least very close to it does not mean its time to light the fireworks and call up the parade people. now with all of that said, I am not slipping to the point that I am not still losing, I am in fact still working very hard to eat properly and get exercise in, I do track my intake daily and do not eat mindlessly, all I am saying is that I have not been as diligent in the last couple weeks as I was in the beginning.
Friday, June 20, 2008
This 1971 Suzuki T500 weighs in at 418 lbs
and like every Friday to see what weighs as much a I have lost go to my every day blog @ zeusmeatball.blogspot.com/ because Spark only allows 1 upload per entry.
Friday morning is upon us again which means that its time to get on the scale and see what she says, I knew there was a loss because yesterday there was and when I got on this morning the scale said 417.6lbs woohoo I am solidly into the teens I think to myelf, so I get on again 417.8-418 even and its bouncing between those two numbers, third time on it says 417.6 again so it looks like more than a 3 lb loss this week and since I round up to the nearest pound I will call it 418 pounds which is a 3 pound loss for the week. not too shabby for a guy that had fried chicken strips, French fries and a sundae out at a restaurant on Monday, along with chocolate cake on Fathers day all within this week eh? thats not to down play all of the hard work that I did to lose that weight this week, I am just saying that a person does not have to give up everything that is good (and not so good for you) in the world of food to drop weight consistently. I am happy with the 3 pounds that is no longer a part of me.
I mentioned yesterday that I finally gave in and bought some of the laughing cow cheese that I have heard nothing but good things about. Welp since buying it I have been experimenting (a lot in my head) and have come up with a couple things that I really enjoy eating using these tiny wedges of deliciousness. for instance my breakfast this morning was two English muffin sandwiches which consisted of 2 multi grain English muffins, 2 wedges of perfection wrapped in foil triangles, sliced tomato, and a few slices of Turkey pepperoni topped with some black pepper, This is my new official favorite breakfast! I was being greedy and ate two, one would be perfectly fine for a breakfast with maybe a yogurt on the side but either way I am hooked. I am convinced that this Happy cow cheese is created artificially on a space craft not of this world using cows that were taken in the 1950's by the same extra terrestrial beings that make crop circles and is now imported here by the Chinese government for resale in a ploy for world dominance, ok that might be a stretch BUT this stuff is good!
Intake was average for Thursday coming in at 1375 calories total for the day and I am happy with that. over all I am feeling good and I am only 18 lbs away from hitting my goal of being under 400 pounds. I want to kick the exercise up a bit this week and see if I can get a nice sized drop in weight for the next weigh in day, this is the second week in a row that I did not eat perfect and exercise daily so maybe if I switch it up I will see a big loss in the coming week. 3 pounds down and this week will go in the W column for me because a loss is a loss and three pounds is a good loss. Thats that for todays post and I thank you for reading along with my ride of rides, I hope to soon be writing about how I am maintaining my weight instead of losing it.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Another day gone and another pound down, hopefully. Last time we met Batman was heading off to a lake in an attempt to rid the planet of some slimy villains known only as Rainbow trout! unfortunately for all involved no trout were caught so a recipe will have to wait until there are actual trout involved, thunder cut our trip to the lake short but I am planning on another trip this weekend so maybe a trout recipe will surface soon enough. The intake for the one hundred and seventieth day was lower than normal and for no good reason, just sort of ended up low. I ended up eating some cheese and crackers late in the day to make up some of the calories, we stopped at a grocery store earlier in the evening and bought some of that laughing cow cheese finally, I had been wanting to try it out, I have to say I am a believer! this stuff is good! I bought some of the light French onion and had it on ritz crackers and the little wedges of goodness will be added to the menu from here on out, I cannot believe I waited this long to try these tiny foil wrapped pieces of cheesy awesomeness until now! either way we have found one another and can now have a long relationship made of win from here on out.
while at the lake I did get some walking in, it was not too far (a mile at most) but it was walked fast and up hill half of the time, I did find out that the tables have been turned on my walking speed because while we were walking to the far side of the lake through the trail my son was having a time keeping up with me and I found myself having to slow down or just plain old wait for him to catch up a bit as we were walking through the woods. He is a very normal very able 9 year old kid who can run a mile in just over 8 minutes, I asked him if he was going to let his Dad out walk him and he picked up the pace a bit, I was just surprised that I had to wait for him. I also did 50 push ups earlier in the day so I am happy with my movement for the day. intake was as follows.
1 banana 105
1 tbsp peanut butter 95
1 cup white rice 200
1/2 cup black beans 90
3 slices whole wheat bread 210
1 can tuna 150
1 tbsp mayonnaise 90
2 wedges laughing cow french onion cheese 70
10 ritz crackers 140
1 pear 85
Grand total of 1235 Calories for the day and no fish for dinner today, maybe I will get a few next time out (which will be Tomorrow), I can get a little obsessed with what I am doing at times and with the new poles, fishing is what I will be doing for a bit. also on a side note I finally made it below last Fridays weight again this morning so I will hopefully have a decent weigh in for tomorrow. once again I thank you for following along with me and my trip to the half.
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