Sunday, December 25, 2011

2nd Week Update

It hasn't been a wildly successful week, but I haven't started a backslide. Things are ok in that regard. This week has been a bit stressful since the microwave incident. We've cleaned 3 rooms, moved about 300 sq ft of stuff (I mean it literally, that's how much floor space that stuff took up) out of the house, and cleaned the vents. Leaving work to's not the best environment for sticking with the mostly protein diet.
You can guess that I've had more carbs than I should have, even caving a little Saturday morning and have a cheery cheese danish. More Peanut Butter sandwiches, the danish, a treat here and there. Enough to keep me stable, but not enough to cause gain, thankfully.
Now that the cleaning is, at the least, mostly done, it'll be MUCH easier to continue on the protein path that lies ahead. I, and probably everyone, have a stress limit, and that was about all I could put up with last week. This week, with less stress on the table, I can handle the stress of not eating what I want to.
Last week's weight was 188, the same as this week's. I'm looking to lose another 1-2 pounds by next Sunday.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Overcoming the Sugar Cravings

I've made some real progress this last week.
Conquest 1:
Work this weekend wasn't nearly as bad as it used to be. I shuffled (pretty literally) at 3am to work, and having already drank some water and eaten a PB sandwich (what else do you have time to make at 2:48am?), I didn't have that overwhelming mouth watering sensation that I used to get on approaching the bakery. I was able to avoid eating anything this weekend that took the form of chocolate, sugar, cookies, donuts, or otherwise. There were some close calls, where I actually stared at the chocolate for a few seconds, but I overcame. Go me!
Conquest 2:
Eating at home has worked out also. I've stuck with an almost nearly protein diet except for yesterday, where I actually needed some carbs because of work that I was doing to fix some smoke damage. Basically, I used an unfamiliar microwave on a chicken patty, and the thing was nuked. The microwave smells bad and smoke got everywhere, into a bunch of clothes that were out there, as well as the carpet and was bad. I've spent about ten hours wiping everything down, throwing stuff out, moving stuff around. The smoke smell is just about gone now. Problem with this whole mess is that I've been banned from don't know, I suppose I'll be eating a lot of canned tuna since I can't be trusted with a toaster after this.
Conquest 3:
I've also defeated soda, and graduated from flavored water to tap water. Now losing weight is even cheaper, and soda won't be holding back my efforts!
I've gone from 192 to 188. 

My 36's sag something horribly, but the 34's are still tight. Core workouts would fix the 34's tightness, but that's not the goal. The goal is and always was to get into 32's comfortably, and that occurs at about 170-165 pounds for me. I've considered working out, but my workouts typically add muscle mass. Having things fit better is nice, but I respond better to seeing actual numbers. For the time being, I don't plan on working out while I continue to work on keeping with good nutrition.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Hitting the Reset Button

I'm starting over with the weight loss thing. Not deleting the blog, just trying again. For the last week I've been pretty good about my eating. Weekends feel impossible since I work at a sugar factory known as a bakery, but during the week, my meals have been simple and sugar free.

Protein. Sometimes a salad. ZERO soda.

Most of my meals have been a Chicken Pattie in a salad, Chicken Pattie with eggs, Beef, salad, etc. Snacks have mostly been fruit with the occasional PB sandwich. Drinking wise, I'm completely off the diet pepsi, which I drank like water, and am now drinking flavored water. I'm not completely carb free, but I'm hitting about 10-20 grams of carbs a day.
Still, I'm eating a lot. I've got to get past these hunger cravings to start, no doubt brought on by sugar withdrawals. I think another week without sugar should do the trick, hopefully, and then it'll be easier to eat less and start losing weight. If it isn't, I'm just going to keep plugging away at it. Right now, it's like I need to eat every 2-3 hours, so I stuff myself with a salad between main meals.

Shopping has become a much bigger pain. I went to the gas station for ice a few days ago, and they have these delicious 500 calories ice cream sandwiches for sale. I stared at it for a good 30 seconds before managing to pull away and not buy it. 
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 sandwich (142g)
Servings Per Container 1
Amount Per Serving
Calories 460 Calories from Fat 200
% Daily Values**
Total Fat 23g 35%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 55mg 18%
Sodium 290mg 12%
Potassium 150mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 60g 20%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 40g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 0% 
Vitamin C 0% 
Calcium 0% 
Iron 0% 
*Contains less than 2% of these values
**Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:
Total Fat
Less than
Saturated Fat
Less than
Less than
Less than

Total Carbohydrate

Dietary Fiber



I can't believe 300g of carbs is the recommended diet for anyone. They must be intentionally trying to fatten people up. That is literally the only thing I can think. 
Just yesterday I went to a grocery store to buy milk and salad and the flavored water, and I happened by the pop-tart aisle...and I all but drooled over them for 2 minutes before tearing myself away. I had to pass the candy aisles, the chip aisle, and the ice cream aisle twice to get my chicken patties before checking out.

I haven't really lost any weight yet. I haven't even established my normal yet, as I'm still waiting for all the soda's sodium to leave the party. Also, eating all the time doesn't help with that, but at least I'm not scarfing sugary items down. Plus my weight machine doesn't quite work. It makes hand-wavy guess about my weight, so I have to check 3 times and come out with an average. My guess is that I've lost about a pound since changing my diet.
So, anyways, just wanted to write this little update. I don't plan on writing daily...maybe weekly will work best.