THEODORE1958's SparkPeople Blog THEODORE1958's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community New Year and No Resolutions As have been my practice the last few months I record how I did the previous month. I did okay last month. I started December at 245.8 and this morning I weighed in at 240.8. A loss of 5 lbs. I was hoping to start the new below 240, a weight I haven't seen in over 10 years, but I'm satisfied. I no longer consider myself on a diet. I am now fully committed to the lifestyle changes I've made. I eat healthy 80 to 90% of the time and I enjoy it! I'm having fun preparing meals that are tasty and h... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 09:18:22 EST First Plateau Another month is over and I stuck to my plan. But November is the month I hit my first plateau. I started the month at 248.4 lbs and ended the month at 245.8. So only a lost of 2.6 lbs. I'm not giving up hope. I will stick to my plan. If anyone has any suggestions on how I can break through the plateau I'm all ears. The good thing is I lost weight. So although it is a modest loss, it's a loss none-the-less. I'm thinking of tweaking my workouts to add more aerobic and slightly decrease the wei... Wed, 2 Dec 2015 08:24:00 EST 100 Days! Yesterday I reached 100 consecutive days of logging into sparkpeople. When I saw that I was approaching this milestone I decided to say something about it. I've been a member of sparkpeople for several years but never have I reached this many days of logging in. But more than logging in, it has been 100 days of accurately recording all of the food I've eaten and the exercise I've done. In the 100 days since I've committed to log in and accurately record all of my food and activity, I've dropp... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 09:23:34 EST Met My October Goal I started the month of October at around 260 lbs. So my monthly goal was to be under 250 lbs by the start of November. This morning I weighed in at 248.4 lbs! So another goal was met. I have stopped calling this process I'm undergoing a diet. I have completely changed the way I am eating. And it's working. As I've said in an earlier post I have implemented the 80/20 rule; where I eat healthy nutritious food 80% of the time. But what I've discovered since I've been on this journey is that once... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 10:33:11 EST Reached Monthly Goal My goal for September was to start off the month of October at or below 260 lbs. This morning when I got on the scale I weighed in at 259.2. So I reached my monthly goal! It is very satisfying to reach a goal. The last 2-1/2 months I've learned that consistency is the key. My goal for October is to be at or below 250. Hopefully if I stay consistent I'll reach this one too. Fri, 2 Oct 2015 08:22:33 EST Good Month On August 31st I was 274 lbs and as the month of September comes to a conclusion I'm 262 lbs as of last Friday. The downward trend is slow and steady and that's how it should be. I no longer consider myself on a diet. I eat healthy and make sure I get adequate exercise. The way I am feeling now I believe I can continue in this lifestyle change. Time will tell. But I'll continue to take it one day at a time. Tue, 29 Sep 2015 16:01:30 EST Hanging in There Personal family issues of my own making has got me down. Sometimes in life and while dieting we can be our own worst enemy. But I'm hanging in there. I've crossed the 20 lb mark and will continue to persevere. Tue, 8 Sep 2015 12:18:20 EST Minor Success I got back on track August 13th and as of today I'm down 9 lbs. My mind set has changed from thinking of dieting to making changes I can live with for a life time. I'm not doing anything extreme but I have watched how much junk food I eat. And since then my goal is make sure I eat healthy wholesome foods 80-90% of the time. I'm starting to find that joy I had previously from working out. I think the fact that I took baby steps didn't make it feel so daunting. I'm anxious to see how much I acc... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 10:26:01 EST Updated Photos I removed all my photos except for one and my weight loss awards. Since I gained the weight back I feel I need to start at ground zero. I will be posting recent pictures with progress photos to follow. Fri, 14 Aug 2015 06:07:12 EST Day One Was Good Yesterday was a good first step. I recorded everything I ate and made sure everything I ate was healthy. I plan on easing back into my weight training on Sunday. I may even post some "before" pictures to remind me why I have to make better choices. Fri, 14 Aug 2015 05:59:39 EST Here We Go Again I had gotten my weight down to 240 lbs (from 291) and then I tore my meniscus. I subsequently had surgery and had to stop exercising for a short time. The problem was I got lazy. That was a little over a year ago and I have ballooned to 283 lbs. The surgery is not to blame. It was me getting lazy and then getting down on myself. Once I got down on myself I stopped counting calories for extended periods and my workouts diminished to almost nothing. I am tired of this up and down treadmill of l... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 08:32:59 EST