Friday, October 7, 2011
Sunday, September 11, 2011
First the goals..
Excercise - My goal is to walk a minimum of 15 minutes every morning and to excercise an addtional 45 minutes three times a week - I was pretty good on this the first couple weeks of the month. Then things got wonky work wise and I lost my exercise mojo. We'll call this one a miss.
Creativity - Continue with lessons. Memorize an addtional 5 songs. Write two new songs. Go to the Common Grounds open mic night once and play three of my originals. Make at least one performance appearance at the Lexington Farmer's Market playing only memorized music (minimum ten songs). Make one appearance at the jam session after the Southland Jamboree. I hit on the memorized songs and I hit on the songwriting bit. I ended up writing 5 or 6 new songs in July and August. I attended all of my lessons and went to the entire 8 weeks session of guitar four. I did not make it to the Farmer's Market, the Southland Jamboree or the Common Grounds open mics. We'll call this one a partial hit. Glass half full and all that.
Personal - Lose 10 pounds this month. Realign my diet with the "no sugar/mo starches" concept. Go on a date. Just like with the exercise I lost my mojo a little bit when got a bit wonky in mid July. I ran on a pretty long leash and got farther away from the whole no sugar/no starch thing instead of closer to it. I also gained weight instead of lost it. I also didn't go on a date. I guess I'm not asking right. Big miss on this one.
Professional - No missed punches on my time card for the whole month. Bring lunch to work everyday. No going out and no eating free food in the breakroom's. No vending machine visits. When I posted this I couldn't post what my real professional goal was and I didn't want to hint that I may have been leaving my old job. So although I did hit my goal of no missed punches at Tempur for the last couple weeks I was there, I'm totally calling that a hit, my real goal was to get the job I applied for at Florida Tile and to that end I had a huge HIT! The transition to the new job was tough and the work is more demanding but I'm enjoying the new challenges and I'm working with some amazing folks at an amazing company. HIT x 3 more money, better work environment and accountability for my work.
So now we know how well I did in July and August... Let's look ahead to September/October
- Excercise - My goal is to walk a minimum of 15 minutes everyday and to excercise an addtional 30 minutes three times a week.
- Creativity - Continue with lessons. Get two good recordings of my songs. Hit two open mic/songwriter nights around town.
- Personal - Lose 10 pounds this by the end of October. Realign my diet with the "no sugar/mo starches" concept. Go on a date.
- Professional - Continue to kick ass and take names at my new job. Remember to add freight charges to my accounts when needed. Bring lunch to work four times a week and only eat out once.
Monday, July 11, 2011
- Excercise - Walked in the morning four days last week. Also walked an addtional 45 minutes on 2 days last week.
- Creativity - Wrote and performed one new song on Saturday. Had another song fall out of the sky on Saturday night and it should be complete this week. No performances to report other than Lexjam.
- Personal - Lost 1.6 pounds last week. Avoided sugar's and starches during 75% of meals.
- Professional - Did not miss any punches at work and only slipped on free food in the break room.
Monday, July 4, 2011
My last update was 3/21/11 and it was just a photo of the scrambled eggs I had for breakfast that day. I made a deal with myself almost three years ago that I could start/stop any bad habit at anytime as long as I didn't start smoking cigarette's again and blogging was one of those habbits I decided to just stop one morning. It got to be a hasle at a time when I wasn't dealing with "hasle" very well.
Since my last update I have gained... wait for it... 0 pounds. I've managed to keep off the 20 pounds I lost in March and February and I'm pretty pumped about that. I did however lose 10 additional pounds and then gain that back. I'm ok with that. I had fun gaining that ten pounds back, damnit, the food was good.
So, why am I writing today of all days you ask? Well cause it's goal setting time... I'm stepping up to the Skinny Devil Universe monthly lifestyle challenge. So here are my "July Lifestyle Challenge" goals
- Excercise - My goal is to walk a minimum of 15 minutes every morning and to excercise an addtional 45 minutes three times a week.
- Creativity - Continue with lessons. Memorize an addtional 5 songs. Write two new songs. Go to the Common Grounds open mic night once and play three of my originals. Make at least one performance appearance at the Lexington Farmer's Market playing only memorized music (minimum ten songs). Make one appearance at the jam session after the Southland Jamboree.
- Personal - Lose 10 pounds this month. Realign my diet with the "no sugar/mo starches" concept. Go on a date.
- Professional - No missed punches on my time card for the whole month. Bring lunch to work everyday. No going out and no eating free food in the breakroom's. No vending machine visits.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
I'm not deluding myself at all here. I know this will be a long haul thing. Even if I drop all the weight I want to lose in six months I will still have to fight and watch what I'm eating all the time. I'm learning as I go on several levels but, so far, the things I'm most impressed with are my cooking skills. Maybe I'll be as awesome as Tony Bourdain someday.
Signing just shy of 20 pounds lighter.
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Friday, March 11, 2011
Two eggs and two sausage patties.
About 11AM I had three slices of salami, 1 slice of Provolone cheese, 3 green olives and three mini dill pickles.
I'm going to start taking pictures of my meals instead of writing them down. Hopefully that will make me more consistent.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Monday, March 7, 2011
Friday, March 4, 2011
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Breakfast this morning was the usual eggs and sausage. This time two eggs and three sausage links.
Lunch was tuna salad stuff with tuna. Two cups of baby spinach with greek dressing.
Snack was a little finger food from work and a glass of champagne at work. That's right champagne at work.
I also got to hear my name and the words "great job" used in the same sentance today. Hell's yeah.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Dinner 3/1/2011 was a ribeye with green beans and butter(talk about a way to make canned green beans taste good). 1 cup of baby spinach and greek salad dressing.
Breakfast 3/2/2011 was two eggs with four pieces of bacon.
Lunch 3/2/2011 was my tuna salad concoction with salmon. Two cups of baby spinach with greek dressing.
Had an interesting morning… I’ve gained three pounds over the last three days. I think it’s all a result of cheating with some, ok several girl scout cookies on Sunday. Haven’t had anything with sugar or starch in it since Sunday evening so hopefully the upward trend will stop. We’ll find out tomorrow… and the next day.
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Ribeye steak with 1 cup of baby spinach and greek dressing. 1.5 cups of green beans. 6 olives and a slice of colby cheese.
Two eggs with four sausage links.
2 cups baby spinach with greek salad dressing. My tuna salad thing with Salmon instead of tuna. 6 olives.
Monday, February 28, 2011
Today also marks the beginning of work outs with my diet. My plan is to do 20 minutes on the elliptical after work today, Wednesday and Friday. I’m starting slow with it because I am unsure what the exercise will do to my appetite. Hopefully it won’t affect it much but we’ll see.
I’ve noticed a drop in my appetite lately. I’m not deciding to not be hungry I’m just not hungry and that’s a change from previous attempts. Here’s an example of what I’m talking about… On weight watchers points I can remember several times being out of points and still hungry. I had to decide to cheat, which makes you feel bad about yourself, or ignore the fact that I was hungry. Since I’m not counting anything there is nothing to “cheat” on if I get hungry away from normal meal time and since I’ve been eating the “right” foods I’m simply not hungry outside of meal times. I hope that makes sense.
So, right now we’re at 16 pounds lost in two weeks. Can’t wait to see where I am next week.
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
My tuna concoction(with tuna this time) and about two cups of baby spinach and greek salad dressing. Think I need to add a snack at about 11 am or add the third egg back at breakfast. I got very hungry at noonish but didn't have time to eat anything. Decisions decisions.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Monday, February 21, 2011
Here's what I know. Since last Monday 2/14/11 I have lost 11 lbs. That may seem like quite a bit to you but honestly I lost 13 or 14 pounds my first week on weight watchers a few years ago. There is a major difference between what I was doing with weight watchers and what I'm doing now though. My first week on weight watchers I walked 20 minutes every morning and then did a cardio workout 3 times a week for at least 45 minutes. My first week on the "Approved Foods List" I haven't worked out once!!! I have not walked, been on a bicycle, run on the elliptical, tried to kill myself with P90X, or done anything else outside of my normal routine. NOTHING! NADA! ZIP! Zilch! Zero! Are you picking up what I'm putting down?
How is that possible? Well I can't explain it but, everything I'm doing, I learned from this BOOK. Is one week enough to prove that everything Mr. Taubes or Dr. Atkins have asserted about low carb diets? No. And I'm certain they would both agree that one week is not enough time to prove whether or not this works. That being said I'm truly excited. This is working just like this BOOK said it would. I'm eating low carb foods and the weight is falling off all by itself.
Another thing I know. My skin feels healthier and is looking healthier than it has in a long time. I've been a body acne sufferer in a few places for a long time. I've been to Dr's and taken medicine and used weird smelling ointments and soaps with the same frustrating results of dieting. Short term success but long term failure. What if eating low carb cures acne? Wouldn't that be something?
Another thing I think. I'm pretty sure my resting heart rate is slower than it was at the beginning of last week. I'm going to start recording that in the morning and see if drops over time as well.
In short. I feel good. I'm lighter and smaller than I was last week. I'm still hopeful and I'm NOT HUNGRY and frustrated by my hunger like I was after my first week of weight watchers.
Bring it on week two.
Saul Good's chicken and waffles for lunch with Mom.
Waffle House for dinner where I had 3 eggs scrambled, 3 peices of bacon and two sausage patties. I had some sweet tarts at the theatre and two small bags of m and m's when I got home. I also had 1 small makers on the rocks in the evening. Slightly off the charts but no big deal.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Tuna with mayo and baby spinach with a yellow bell pepper. Cheese stick for lunch and snack too. Sadly there was no yum yum milk.
Monday, February 14, 2011
I have read so many different things about dieting I couldn't keep straight about what the "right" foods were and what was wrong. Was I counting calories or fat? Should I be worried about sodium? Should I drink lots of water or will that make me gain weight? Eventually I felt so confused I just stopped paying attention to what I ate and focused on excercise. Guess what? That didn't work at all. I worked out four times a week and gained all my weight back.
That's the very condensed version of my life for the last two years. Lots of effort with very little reward. If you search the web you'll find a large number of stories very similar to mine. It's amazing just how small obesity can make a person feel and, until about three months ago, that's exactly how I felt. Small and defeated.
While I'm opening my soul for everyone I'm going to make another confession. I really like bike porn. Right about now I bet you're asking yourself what bike porn has to do with weight loss?!? Well it doesn't... At least not directly but bear with me. One of the places where I go to look at bike porn is the Rivendell Bicycle Works website. These are some fantastic and well respected people within the bicycling community and they make some of the finest and most useful bicycles in the United States. They have lots of bicycle pictures and stories as well as lots of advice on equipment etcetera etcetera. Grant, the guy that runs the place, has a blog where he posts information about various and sundry things pertaining to Rivendell. I read this blog pretty regularly and there was a post made there one day about a book called "Why We Get Fat!" Grant went on about how good the book was and how the author, Gary Taubes, debunked most of the modern "thinking" about diet and excercise and I got pretty freakin' curious.
I checked out Gary Taubes website and read this article and I was pretty intrigued. I couldn't help but see myself as one of the people in one of those studies. As matter of fact when I was a teenager I was part of weight loss support group for teens and parents that used the calories in/calories out method in conjunction with the low fat method to produce weight loss. Bottom line... I lost quite a bit of weight when I was teenager. As soon as the support group ended I put all that weight and quite a bit more back on. I really think that was the point where all the depression feelings that come with being obese set in.
Today as I'm typing this I have read and feel like I understand the concepts explained in Mr. Taubes book. Today I am starting anew using the advice from Mr. Taubes book as a frame work for a way of eating that will, at least if the assertions in the book are true, allow me to attack my weight problem in a manner that makes sense. Eat when you are hungry, and eat until you are full. I feel hopeful about this for the first time in a long time.
From this day forward I will post a description of every meal I eat everyday right after eating. I will post my weight weekly and photos monthly documenting my success or failure using Mr. Taubes advice. I don't know what's actually going to happen but, I believe that if I follow the advice in the book, the outcome will be a smaller, happier and healthier me.