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Thursday, April 28, 2011

April 28th - Official Weigh-in

Previous weight: 382.4
Current weight: 376.6

+/-: -5.8 lbs

Well, after my weigh-in on Easter looks like I only lost an additional tenth of a pound, but that's ok. Any loss is good, right?

To date, total weight lost is: 21.7 lbs.

Day Seven - April 27th, 2011

Whew! Finally made it! Another week of weight loss is in the books, and tomorrow I'll find out just how much I lost this time around.

I started the day by going in to the office, stopping on the way because I remembered it was Administrative Assistant's day. When the discussion of lunch arrangements came up before our AA came in, my diet was taken into consideration, which was awesome. Luckily, there were several options, and the closest/most convenient was the best one.

At the Hula Boy restaurant behind the office building I scoured the menu until I saw a rice and steamed veggies item. The only one on the menu! So I got that, with brown rice of course, and for the side dish the marinated vegetables. I got the Big Kahuna size, so I could make sure I got enough (last time I was in there my Kahuna was a bit lite on the fare). I did get enough, and using their selection of sauces I coated 1/4 of each in the following: Teriyaki, Sweet chili, Jamaican Jerk, and Spicy Teriyaki. The last two, probably the combination of the two together anyways, actually brought sweat to my brow. This doesn't happen often. A couple of my coworkers offered me some of their extra coconut shrimp, but I happily passed, knowing if I really wanted I could come back tomorrow after class during happy hour and have some for myself. I won't, but I could.

I got home from work and started to work on my homework. Around 6 I started feeling hungry again, and started to plan for dinner. I ended up going to Winco to get a bag of broccoli, cauliflower and baby carrots, some teriyaki sauce, and some salad mix. I had a couple small bowls of salad with just some olive oil and balsamic vinegar sprinkled over the top, and then around 8 heated up rice. I added a small can of corn and diced green peppers just before cooking, and then cut up some of the broccoli and cauliflower and steamed them with some of the baby carrots. I basically made my lunch all over again, minus the spicy teriyaki and jerk sauces. I only had enough steamed veggies for half the rice though, so on the 2nd half of the rice I just drizzled some teriyaki over the top. Good stuff.

A bowl of soup to top the night off, as well as my customary 2 mint Milanos, and it's been a pretty successful diet week.

Weigh-in is tomorrow, so make sure to check back and find out what the new low is!


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Day Six - April 26th, 2011

Yet another of my favorite days of the diet week: more meat!

I took another three bowls worth of soup with me to work today, but I didn't get the chance to eat any before I left to finish my homework before class. Seeing as how it's meat and veggies day, I grabbed a rotisserie chicken from Fred Meyer and some canned corn, and ate my fill of both before class.

After class, I went to the gym. Having eaten my fill of lunch I was not really up to lifting weights today so I alternated between hot tub, cold shower, sauna, and another cold shower. After I left I could tell that my muscles had loosened up considerably, evidenced by the loud cracks as I tilted my neck. I really should do that more often; might help me in my workouts too.

On the way home from the gym I stopped by the store again and picked up a salad-in-a-bag (lite) and a couple other things I needed too, including brown rice for tomorrow. When I got home, I cut up the remainder of the chicken and threw it in with the salad, leaving out the croutons (even tho they were non-fat and low in sodium).

I am, as I write this, eating a bowl of soup, but sadly I had to dilute the remaining broth to make sure I had enough for this batch, and I can definitely tell that it's less than spectacular, even with salt, pepper and hot sauce.

That's all for now. Thanks for all the support and most of all thanks for reading!


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Day Five - April 25th, 2011

Ahhhh, the day I most look forward to when I start the diet week. Steak day.

I took three bowls of soup with me to work today, and didn't eat at all until nearly three in the afternoon. I don't know if it was the better vegetables or what, but I didn't add any seasoning to the soup and it tasted great! I can't remember it tasting that good plain. Ever.

I was going to buy my steak from the butcher shop near my place, but it was closed, so I went to Fred Meyer instead. They had top sirloin on sale for $6.99/lb. I got the smallest one they had, which was approx. 19 oz, and then picked up a can of stewed tomatoes, sliced in half. I let the steak season for about a half hour with garlic, salt and pepper on both sides, being pressed by one of my cast iron skillets. Then I heated another up and started to cook it. Cooked it for 5 minutes on each side, and then put it on the plate with my tomatoes and went to watch the Blazer game.

The skinnier section of the steak was perfect, but then as I started to get further up into the thicker part of the meat it was too rare, even for me. So I reheated it for about 3 minutes on each side, covered this time, and it was perfect.

I'm probably going to have another bowl of soup before bed, but then again I might not. I'm still kinda full.

Thanks for reading! Cheers!

P.S. I'll get a picture of the steak up soon.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

April 24th, 2011 - For My Doubters

Yes, I have doubters. Some of them, if not most, read this blog. If you're reading this, you know who you are. I know who some of you are.

It has come to my attention that you, while encouraging me to my face, have been talking behind my back, questioning my choices and decisions. I don't like that. Not one bit.

You ask how I can be losing weight when you view me eating one somewhat unhealthy meal in a day, assuming that I don't eat healthy during the rest of the day. You ask how it is that I can't afford my diet food when I can afford other things. You question my devotion to my weight loss goals. You ask other people close to me about it, but don't have the guts to ask me yourself.

Well, I have some things to say to you.

First, maybe the reason you see me eating an unhealthy meal is because I'm at work, and aside from a salad there isn't a healthy thing on the menu to eat. Maybe I've been so busy that I don't have time to make a healthy meal before everything gets turned off for the night. How do you know what I eat when I'm not there, what you haven't seen with your own two eyes? I've made a pretty serious effort to eat better, healthier meals. But when you're in a time crunch there isn't always a healthy option, is there? When I'd like to bake some skinless chicken pieces, which is extremely healthy, I can't because the oven is turned off, leaving me only a deep fryer, so I make some chicken strips. Maybe I've eaten salads and fresh veggies all day, and would like a cheeseburger for dinner. That's my choice, and when it's an off-diet day I have a whole open world of menu choices to choose from, healthy or not. Just because you see me eat one unhealthy meal doesn't mean that's all I'm eating. Don't assume; you know the rest.

Second, maybe the reason I have money to spend on things other than food is because I've budgeted for it, and saved. A guy needs to be able to enjoy life a little, ya know? And considering that in the "off time" that I've had, including a 21 day and nearly 28 day span where my food budget has been smaller than I'd like, that I've got a net weight loss of 7.2 lbs., I'd say that I'm doing alright. Maybe I could lose more weight faster if I diverted some of my other budget money to my food budget. I won't deny that. However, my food budget money comes from my regular income, where my other budget money, to be used for activities, books, new furniture, saving up towards a new car, etc., comes from my tip money. You might think I do more more than I actually do. Ask my roommate: I go to work, and I come home and hide in my room for the most part. Occasionally I go out to spend time at a friend's house or an event, but most of the time I'm a homebody, unless I'm at the gym, which is getting to be more and more lately as I build from 1-2 times a week. I also know how to entertain myself cheap. If I want to go to a movie, I'll wait for it to go the $3 theater, instead of paying over $10 to see it when it first comes out. The only new movies I've seen in first-run theaters the last couple years have been because of free passes I've received as gifts. I don't have a ton of spending money so I budget it well. I save. So again, don't assume.

Finally, how can you have the nerve to question my desire to lose weight? When I first weighed myself for this journey, I was dumbfounded, shocked, and brought nearly to tears. For years I've tried to lose weight, several different plans from books and magazines, and all with the same outcomes: 2-3 months in with no change or progress shown. I finally find something that is working for me, doing almost no extra physical activity than my normal daily routine, that I've now lost nearly 22 lbs on, and you still have the nerve to talk behind my back and question how devoted to this plan I am? Do you really think I want to weigh nearly 400 pounds? Do you think I'm happy to look like this? Seriously? How in the hell can you even begin to think that I'm happy with my current physical shape? Not to mention that I have LOST 22 lbs. I'd say that I've been sticking with something that works, and that I'm showing results. For someone that's supposedly not devoted, I'd say that's pretty good. This is the most un-logical point of all, and yet from what I hear people are saying crap like this. For the last time, don't assume.

It really makes me angry that people are questioning me and my decisions. It's all people who have well-established and dependable streams of income, legal or not. Well, sorry to burst your bubble, but not everyone has a steady income stream. I'm one of them, and I make do with what I have. Everyone likes a nice tasty meal, myself included, and when I'm not in my diet week and have the opportunity to make one that might be unhealthier than you would like me to eat, well, that's not your choice to make. You can suggest to me nicely that I might make a healthier choice. But if I've been craving a cheeseburger for over a week, and I have the opportunity to have one, then damn it I'm going to have one. I am capable of eating a cheeseburger without eating a ton of french fries along with it. In fact, I rarely eat french fries anyway. And for the love of God, I'm losing weight. Don't question my desire when the proof is in baggier pants that I have to pull up all the time (and yes, there are witnesses) and more energy. If you want to make sure I'm sticking with the program, and I am because for once something is actually working, then encourage me, don't doubt me and talk behind my back. Build me up, don't tear me down. Believe me, things you say when I'm not around are being relayed to me, and I don't like it. And really, some of you have no room to talk, either.

They say that you have to believe in yourself before others will believe in you. Well, I believe in myself. The question is, do you believe in me too?

Day Four - April 24th, 2011

Today is Easter, and frankly not an easy day to be on a specified diet program, but I've had to make due.

Woke up late so I didn't have anything to eat at all until about 4:30, when we were at Easter dinner with family. I had a cup of black coffee after the church service today, but that was all. When I got to the restaurant I knew I wasn't going to be able to stick with the skim milk and bananas most likely, and I was half right: they had skim milk. I had two glasses.

When the appetizers came, it was mostly fried foods: calamari, onion rings, and a cheese and veggie platter. The "veggie platter" consisted of celery sticks and carrot pieces, along with the cheeses, crackers, and a salmon pate.  So I had four carrot pieces and two celery sticks. My dad attempted to pass me one onion ring, but with some encouragement from my uncle I resisted.

When it came to meals, there wasn't much to choose from that would be diet friendly. I ended up with a Caesar salad with grilled chicken (the latter at my dad's urging). I devoured it.

Since I got home, several hours later, I'm extremely hungry, and I'm currently on my 9th banana in a half hour, with 5 more to go, plus I'm about a third of the way through a half gallon of skim milk as I type. I have yet to have any soup, but I'll have a couple bowls I'm sure.

On another note, I discovered an error on my initial weigh in. I was a bit dyslexic when I typed the entry, and so instead of an initial weigh in of 393.8 lbs., it was actually 398.3. After checking my spreadsheet, which is the immediate entry I make on the weigh-in, I have corrected both the first weigh-in as well as the pre-diet week weigh-in for Week 2. I also discovered that when entering in the pre-diet week weigh-in for this cycle, I mistyped the entry, adding .3 lbs. This has been corrected also. Current weight loss as of my weigh-in this morning, while unofficial, is 21.6 lbs., and has been updated on the header on the front page. Thank you to my uncle and my sister who brought this to my attention.

I hope everyone had a nice Easter.


Day Three - April 23rd, 2011

Today was much like yesterday, in which I didn't eat a whole lot but it seemed like it.

During the first half of the Blazer game this afternoon I ate the second veggie tray. I then had a mixed bag of celery sticks and carrot sticks at work.

When I got home I had a bowl of soup and the pound of strawberries that I had left.

Happy Easter everyone. I'm probably gonna have trouble tomorrow, but that's a story to be told later.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Day Two - April 22nd, 2011

So today was a bit different than normal, mostly because when I left for work this morning I forgot to take either vegetables or soup, so by the time I got home at 2:30 (short day for the holiday weekend) I dove right into one of the vegetable trays I bought. Tons of baby carrots, some broccoli, and celery sticks. The ranch dressing that was included with the tray was made with a non-fat yogurt, so it was actually quite healthy by comparison, and I'll admit I used it to help get the raw broccoli down.

I forgot to get some chopped green onions or chives for my baked potato for dinner, so instead I put on the usual butter, some garlic salt, and sprinkled some of my cajun seasoning into it for extra flavor. Mmmm... delicious. Baked it for nearly 3 hours @ 400 degrees... next time I think I'll raise the temperature a smidge so the skin gets nice and crispy.

I followed that up with a big bowl of soup, heavy on the veggies and easy on the broth (I swear every time I make this since the first that the amount of broth lessens each time). Added a dash of salt and some of the Cholula hot sauce for flavor, and gobbled that right down as I watched a short movie.

Looking forward to tomorrow, when I have not only the veggie tray to look forward to again (which I'll probably destroy during the Blazer game) but also the other pound of strawberries and the big pear I still have. I'll also be able to snack a bit on some of the veggies at work tomorrow as well; celery, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower... make a salad with nothing but veggies and no dressing (doesn't sound good but what the heck, right?) or perhaps if tips are good enough to spare some from my gas tank I'll splurge on a bottle of the calorie-free dressing I've seen at Fred Meyer. Not sure how that works, but at least it would add some flavor to the otherwise dry salad.

Gotta get some bananas and skim milk for Sunday too, although I don't anticipate just soup and bananas for food... it is Easter after all... I'll just have to wing it, but not go too crazy.

Thanks again for reading. Today the blog topped the 800 view mark, and I appreciate everyone that has taken the time to read up on my journey. I'm at about 10% of the weight loss I want to make, and hope that it keeps up on this pace. Keep up the great encouragement!


Friday, April 22, 2011

Day One - April 21st, 2011

Ok, so this is getting posted a bit late... like about 13 hours late. My bad.

So today was kind of boring as far as the food goes. I ate a pound of strawberries, a large pear, and four bowls of soup.

I also drank a good amount of water.

I know, not the quality of exposé you're used to, but I unless you want to hear about all my other exploits of the day... feel free to chime in if you do.

I felt really happy though at the end of the night. I was trying to hold off on snacking on more strawberries and was looking through the freezer and very nearly had some vanilla ice cream (low fat/cholesterol/sugar) but held off.

Another nice tidbit of news: I went on Wednesday to pick something up in Portland, and had the opportunity to try on one of the Portland Timbers replica jerseys in a 2XL size. The last time I tried there was no way I was going to fit into it. However, after two months of dieting and nearly 20 pounds lost I was able to squeeze into it (not skin-tight but not loose either). Progress!

It's kind of sad but that's one of the reasons I really decided to go gangbusters on the diet program, was to be able to fit into my jerseys again. The Timbers jerseys run small for some reason, because of the particular type of pattern and material adidas uses to make them, so for me to fit into one is a big step! Already I've noticed I have more waist room in my jeans, and am having to resort to a belt again to keep them from falling down constantly.

I'm hoping to keep up the good work. I'll know I've made really good progress when I get to the point where the 2X authentic jersey fits, because it's even smaller than the replica. But in all actuality I prefer the replica anyways, so when I can fit into an XL replica it will be a good day.

Thanks for reading, and hope that you'll give me some feedback! For those of you who want to, all you need is a Google account to be able to leave comments.


Thursday, April 21, 2011

April 20th, 2011 - Diet costs

Some people have asked me how much I'm spending on this diet. Well, for the first time, I have some answers.

This time around, instead of buying my produce at Winco or Fred Meyer, I went to Gateway Produce (25th St and Andresen Rd in Vancouver). I have been pleasantly surprised! For the green beans and diced tomatoes I purchased those at Winco, however. Everything else listed for this came from Gateway.

For soup fixin's, I was able to purchase one bunch of celery, a bunch of green onions, 2 1-lb bags of baby carrots (cheaper than the whole carrots!), 2 green bell peppers, 2 cans of diced tomatoes and 2 cans of "fancy cut" green beans for a total of $7.19. This is, of course, not counting the cost of the water used to make the soup or the previously purchased beef bouillon and vegetable soup paste.

For days 1 (fruit), 2 (veggies + baked potato), and 3 (fruit and veggies), for two 1lb containers of FRESH strawberries, two big veggie platters (with ranch dip that I can't have), two big pears, and one large potato for Day 2's dinner, the total came to $9.16.

So, for the sake of breaking it down meal by meal, that's a total of $16.35 spent total. For the soup, I eat roughly 2 bowls a day, making it 51.3 cents a bowl (rounded up to $0.52). The other stuff comes out to $3.05 a day, rounding down from $3.0533. This means that my daily meal cost for the first three days (barring the purchase of more fruits and veggies as needed, which will most likely happen) is $4.09.

Better health and better diet for less than $5 a day. Not too shabby.

Obviously, once you tack on meat and some of the other ingredients for days 4-7, that might jump higher. But I'm going to keep track of it, and I'll post daily cost summaries as well in my daily wrap up.

Week 4 Official Weigh-in (pre-diet week)

Previous weight: 378.5
Current weight: 382.4

+/-: +3.9 lbs

Weighing in over this extended off-time has seen a low of 376 and a high of 387. I'm hoping that this gain is due to the volume of water I drank yesterday and last night before bed.

Here goes!

4/24/2011 Update: I discovered an error on this entry; the weight posted for the previous weigh-in was 378.5 lbs., not 378.8 lbs. as initially entered. This has been corrected above.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Off-time update: April 20th, 2011

Ok, well, due to an increased schedule load I haven't been able to update as frequently as I like, but this ends now. I am purchasing diet groceries this afternoon and the cycle begins again tomorrow. Yay!

The good news is I have been maintaining a weight hovering right around my last weigh-in. This is very good news. Another item of note is that local celebrity Joey Webber, a.k.a. Timber Joey, has taken an interest in my diet plan and might even give it a shot. Hopefully I'll be able to get some feedback from him on his experience with it.

I am most definitely ready for this cycle to start again; it's been way to long.

Look for the official weigh in tomorrow morning and the nightly posts as well!

Thanks again for reading. You guys are awesome!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Update - April 9th, 2011

So I have once again slacked on maintaining a decent record of my off-days during an overly extended break. I apologize. I tried to do this a couple nights ago when I had some spare time but for some reason I couldn't connect to the page.

Things have been holding steady weight-wise during the off time. I have been eating as healthy as I can, with a few exceptions, and have been considering myself very lucky to have not really gained any weight, but I haven't lost any either.

I am anticipating being able to start Week Four next week, but I am debating on starting it immediately when getting paid or waiting until after the Timbers match on Thursday, at which I would undoubtedly like to enjoy a beer. I suppose that as long as I am still monitoring closely the food that I am eating an extra three days (on top of the much extended time that has passed) wouldn't be completely out of the question.

Thank you to everyone that has contacted me about my diet since I went off the last diet week. I appreciate your well wishes and support. I am grateful to have you in my life.

The next entries will be coming soon, of course. I hope you'll keep reading, as boring as they are.