Is Super Bowl Sunday sans Pizza and Wings still “Super?”

And the answer is…well no not really.

But I made it through without succumbing to my yearly desire for a large Dominos Pepperoni and Mushroom Pizza, order of BBQ wings and Beer…lots of beer. Instead I had a Panera Asian Sesame Chicken Salad and a bowl of Chicken Noodle Soup….and no beer (sob).

I can’t say I wasn’t pining for the former, but today I am glad I chose the latter. I am getting to the point where the desire to get to my goal is exceeding the cravings I am having for my favorite foods. So hopefully I have crossed some kind of threshold where I can better resist the foods that would normally tempt me to sin!!!

Also, cinched my belt one notch tighter this morning…!!! :-)

Lot’s of small victories add up to one big victory!!!

All for now

Jim

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25% of the way there…YEEHAAAW!!!

90 ÷ 4 = 22.5

Weight Loss so far = 22.7!!!

All for now

Jim

 


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Eating Out…and Beer!!!

So a few weeks ago I posted about my desire to eat in more…to make more food at home and stop relying on eating out so much. Now, while I have been eating at home more than I was, I am beginning to realize there are a lot of advantages to eating out (and some significant disadvantages).

The biggest advantage  is how easy it is to keep track of the number of calories you are eating. Almost every restaurant has a listing – either online or at the restaurant – showing the nutritional content of the food they serve. Some even have very handy meal calculators, where you select the menu items you want to have, and it will calculate all the nutritional information on that meal for you (kudos to Potbelly’s and Wendy’s). Even places you would think might not want to advertise how bad for you their food is (I’m looking at you McDonalds), has that information readily available.

So rather than having to measure out every ingredient when I make something at home, and then try to calculate how many calories is in a serving of whatever I am making, I can decide what I want to eat ahead of time, and go get my ready made meal!!!

The second big advantage to eating out while dieting, is that it doesn’t seem like dieting. Traditionally dieting, particularly using diet programs,  stresses eating certain quantities of set types of food. Generally you are encouraged to cook at home and to find recipes that provide a good variety of food, while staying within your preset limits. And for some  this works well – some people genuinely like to cook and find this a fun challenge. For me however it seems like an elaborate ruse designed to trick my body into thinking I am not dieting; just a big tease, giving me food that seems like it is decadent and bad for me, but in reality leaves me wanting the real thing…..Sorry, eating a slice of homemade low fat cheese and artichoke heart pizza isn’t a replacement for real pizza, but its close enough that I feel like dialing Domino’s immediately after eating it.

So, when I go out to eat, even though I am getting food that is within my daily limits, and is not the fatty, fried, artery choking, yet awesome fare you might normally get when eating out, it has that imprimatur. So whether I get the Wendy’s Triple with everything (except cheese), extra mayo, with an extra large order of fries, a large frosty, and a large diet coke (please, even I have limits), or I am getting the grilled chicken sandwich with low fat mustard sauce and a plain baked potato….I am still eating at Wendy’s!!!

Beer!!! I love Beer! I don’t drink it every day, and now that I am dieting I don’t dare drink it at home; if I do I will inevitably have another, and probably another – because hey…I love Beer!. Which brings me to he third advantage of eating out. I now feel safe having the occasional Beer. Eating out actually makes it harder for me to indulge in more than one of that frosty delight. It’s more expensive than just grabbing a bottle from the fridge, and it isn’t readily at my fingertips. So, for example one of my favorite places to eat and drink beer is the Dogfish Head Alehouse. Last night I took my son there for dinner. I had an Alehouse Salad with grilled steak and one Shelter Pale Ale. A very satisfying meal that only cost me about 600 calories! And…I had the beer I so dearly love!!

So, while there are disadvantages to eating out – it is definitely more expensive, and it is difficult to get the proper variety of foods you should be eating – I don’t plan on making any attempt to eat in every night. I am going to try and strike a proper balance between the two and move from there!!!

All for Now

Jim

p.s. Here is a link demonstrating the beneficial effect of Beer for your heart…as if I needed another reason to have one.

http://www.tgdaily.com/trendwatch-brief/59666-study-beer-reduces-risk-of-cardiovascular-disease

 

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“If thou tastest a crust of bread, thou tastest all the stars and all the heavens.”

Since I started the “Bite Me” diet a few weeks ago I have received lots of support from people urging me on…which is one of the things I hoped would happen when I decided to do it in public. And along with the encouragement has come lots of advice, which I actually appreciate, as I have been able to incorporate many good suggestions into my new daily routine.

Possibly the most frequent suggestion I have received – particularly from other people going through their own weight loss effort – has been that I need to cut out carbohydrates, particularly bread, from my diet. I am told that calories from carbohydrates are worse than the same number of calories from other sources.

Apparently, the theory behind cutting out carbs is that it lowers the insulin levels in your blood, which causes the body to burn stored fat for energy and ultimately helps you shed excess weight and reduce risk factors for a variety of health conditions.

Some low-carb diets, including the Atkins Diet, say that their eating plans can prevent or improve serious health conditions, such as metabolic syndrome, diabetes, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.

This is distressing to me because although the Robert Browning quote above is a bit of an exaggeration, I find it very hard to imagine not including bread in my diet…so I decided to do a bit of research to see what the truth was.

Turns out cutting carbs out of your diet is not only not beneficial for weight loss, cutting them back too far can be dangerous..as the Harvard School of Public Health says “…”don’t be misled by fad diets that make blanket pronouncements on the dangers of carbohydrates. They provide the body with fuel it needs for physical activity  and for proper organ function, and they are an important part of a healthy diet. But some kinds of carbohydrates are far better than others.”

That last point is key…it isn’t so much about cutting carbs from your diet…basically a calorie, is a calorie, is a calorie in terms of losing weight. In terms of your overall health however, it’s about the quality of the carbs you eat that can make the difference.

Rather than eat processed foods such as white bread, potato chips, refined grains, white rice etc, one should eat as many whole grains, legumes, vegetables, fruits and low-fat dairy. Harvard provides a handy list of tips for adding good carbs to your diet:

1. Start the day with whole grainsTry a hot cereal, like steel cut oats, or a cold cereal that lists a whole grain first on the ingredient list.

2. Use whole grain breads for lunch or snacks. Confused about how to find a whole-grain bread? Look for bread that lists as the first ingredient whole wheat, whole rye, or some other whole grain —and even better, one that is made with only whole grains, such as 100 percent whole wheat bread. Or try this recipe for hearty whole grain bread.

3. Bag the potatoes. Instead, try brown rice, bulgur, wheat berries, whole wheat pasta, or another whole grain with your dinner. Read “Health Gains from Whole Grains” for a list of whole grains and their health benefits, or check out these whole grain recipes.

4. Choose whole fruit instead of juice.An orange has two times as much fiber and half as much sugar as a 12-ounce glass of orange juice. Looking for juice alternatives? See six ideas for low-sugar drinks, a recipe for a low-sugar fruit cooler, and a recipe for sugar-free sparkling iced tea.

5. Bring on the beans. Beans are an excellent source of slowly digested carbohydrates as well as a great source of protein.

Now, unfortunately I do not see that most perfect of laboratory created foods – the Pop Tart – on that list. So unfortunately my monumental self-sacrifice will have to continue!! :) But as for the rest of it…I’m not so sure I will be adding a lot of bulgar, or wheat berries to my diet any time soon..but luckily I tend to eat whole grain breads, love veggies and beans…so Yeah!!!

All for now

Jim

Some helpful links:

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/what-should-you-eat/carbohydrates/

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/low-carb-diet/NU00279

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/what-should-you-eat/carbohydrates-full-story/index.html

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“Time is the longest distance between two places “

Oy…what is taking so long? A watched stomach never shrinks!!!

Every morning I drag my sorry ass out of bed, start the shower, step on the scale…and despite eating like a super model the day before…not an ounce lost.

I grab the scale, figuring there must be something wrong with the f’in thing. I mean how can I eat as little as I did and not lose anything? I yank out the batteries and put them back in…step on it again…nuthin!!! %^$#%^@#^&*.

So, in the past, this is often the point where I give up. Tennessee Williams had it right, time is the longest distance between two place. It seems like it takes soooo long to lose the weight. I figure what’s the point…it ain’t ever gonna happen so I might as well enjoy eating what I want to eat.

At this point I need to step back and look at the big picture, and recognize the realities of the human body…I’m not gonna lose weight every day…I’m gonna go several days in a row without losing any weight. My body is adjusting to the reduced calorie intake, so it is going to take longer than it did the first week. BUT… the fact is…I have lost 14.5 pounds in a little over six weeks….so it is working….I just need to learn not to obsess over each days weight.

And, I need to start exercising to increase my metabolism, so my body doesn’t get comfortable where it is. So my goal this week…at least three long walks…followed by some moderate weight training. I am so out of shape I am going to need to ease into this…but if I am consistent not only will my stamina and metabolism increase, so will the rate at which I lose weight!!

All for now

Jim

 

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The Christmas Challenge

Well somehow I have managed to emerge from that most gluttonous time of year, Christmas, with a net weight loss of 1.6 pounds. How did I do it? I haven’t got the foggiest idea.

I knew with the number of parties and celebrations I would be attending there was no way I would going to be able to keep a strict calorie count; so I decided at the outset I wouldn’t even try. What I did was visualize how much I remember eating during past Christmas seasons, and just try not to eat as much. I did indulge in cookies, pie, popcorn, and all the other goodies attendent to this time of year, but did my best to not eat as much as I normally would. And when I wasn’t at one of those functions, I tried to eat as if it were a normal day.

My only guess is that this somehow worked – or my body is waiting to play a trick on me by delaying the actual addition of weight to when I am not looking.

The danger now of course, is that I will look back on this and use it as a license to start eating those bad for me foods all the time…I mean I ate ’em at Christmas and lost weight, so why not just do that all the time. Hopefully being aware of that tendency, along with knowing I will have to explain myself if I do slip back, will keep me on the straight and narrow.

All for now

Jim

 

 

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Still Huge…But!!! A “Bite Me” Diet Update

Well after three weeks on the “Bite Me” Diet I am still enormous…but…not quite as enormous as I was. I’ve lost 12 pounds so far bringing me to 278 lbs even. So 78 pounds to go.

Some lessens I have learned so far:

1. It is possible to eat at fast food restaurants without getting fast food. All you have to do is research a little. I have eaten at Potbelly’s, Wendy’s and Chipotle and have managed to stay within the calorie guidelines I have set for myself.

2. It’s not good for you to eat at Fast Food places all the time because you rarely get a balanced meal…usually heavy on either carbs, protein or both…not enough fiber or vegetables. So I have to reduce the number of meals at fast food places and cook at home more!

3. The possibility of public failure is an ever present consideration when I decide what to eat. In the past when I have dieted I have always managed to find an excuse for eating that one meal off the plan ; justifying it using one lame rationale or another. I still do that, but the backstop has been to ask myself how I am going to explain my failure to all those that know I have been dieting. That has kept me on the straight and narrow. Even the last two days, home sick, when I would normally not worry about what I was eating it became a consideration…and I managed to stay within the guidelines I set.

4. You start to feel better almost immediately. Even though I have lost a relatively small amount of weight so far, I am definitely feeling better…not as winded walking up stairs, even the other worldly noises I usually make when pulling myself up out of a chair have lessened!!

All for now!

Jim

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I think I am having Pizza withdrawal…I swear I’ve seen Papa John walking through the office today !!! 😉

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“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”

Normally I am not a fan of motivational speakers, but this quote from Jim Rohn is perfect for this situation. The first part was to get off my ass and get started….and I did that! The second part is to get into a routine of eating well and exercising. To early to tell if I am there yet…but so far, so good.

The biggest hurdle will be consistently cooking at home. I HATE cooking (plus I am really bad at it…I can boil pasta and that’s about it). If I can’t make a meal in under 10 minutes I get impatient and usually just end up eating out. That has to stop!

Now I realize this very notion will cause panic at the corporate headquarters of  Domino’s McDonald’s, and of course Kellogg (maker of the most perfect food ever devised by chemists…the Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pop Tart)…and I wouldn’t be surprised if I received a midnight visit from a representative of those companies to try and “persuade” me to change my mind. But it won’t work…I mean sure a thin crust pizza with extra sauce, pepperoni and spinach, followed by a brown sugar cinnamon pop tart would really taste good…and hey maybe it wouldn’t be all that bad for me right….? Ugh…ok gotta focus!!!

Ok…I’m back…so,  my goal starting this weekend will be to make dinner at home every night for the next week…and to make at least one meal that does not utilize the microwave oven!!

That gives me two days to make sure the smoke detector in my apartment is working…cause I have a feeling it’s gonna get used!

Jim

 

 

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Take My Pondus…Please!

In the spirit of Jeff Foxworthy’s “You know you’re a Redneck…” routine, my son and I decided to try and come up with funny ways of knowing when your stomach is too big. We aren’t comedians (we only came up with 5)…as you can tell…but hell…we had some time on our hands…especially now that I’m not stuffing my face most of the day!!!

So…you know your stomach’s too big…

…when bending over to tie your shoes forces you to make a noise that sounds like a slipping fan belt.

…when targeting the urinal is based on memory rather than actual line of sight (for guys only…I hope).

…when your belt becomes more a tool for keeping your stomach above your waist than as a way to keep your pants on.

…when you start using your stomach as a keyboard rest cushion.

…when it becomes possible to use your belly button as a cup holder.

 

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