Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Planning for April

Today's Weight:  261 pounds

After a weekend of being out of town and then an evening spending time with McDonald's and Taco Bell, I hope to have all  bad eating habits out of my system so that I can concentrate on dropping weight again.  My only good news is that I'm up two pounds instead of fifteen.

I'm not going to worry about what happened and start to concentrate on what I need to do right now. And that begins with getting back on a low carb, wheat-free diet. It's time to prepare for a nice drop in April.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Month End Goal

Today's Weight:  259 pounds

All hands on deck to drop down to 255 by month end. 

Monday, March 14, 2011

Wheat-Free this Weekend - NOT!

Today's Weight:  261 pounds

Broke down on Friday and had a cheese danish, McDonald's McChickens, McDoubles, and Girl Scout Cookies (Peanut Butter Cremes).  I'm amazed that I didn't gain more weight.  My goal is to get back on track with this wheat-free lifestyle and get the carb percent down back below 20%.  Caloric intake increased by about 1000 per day, just by given in to wheat.  Less control.

Once again, I will fight the good fight. 

Thursday, March 10, 2011

New Territory

Today's Weight:  259 pounds

Entering into new lows, down 22 pounds for the year.  Full blown, concentrating efforts will be enforced to ensure a drop below 250. 

Saturday, March 5, 2011

On the Cusp

Today's Weight:  260 pounds

I never did get a chance to go to the gym for my leg and ab workout--fortunately I did get in the jump rope session.  The great news about jumping rope is that you can do it in a short amount of time and reap some amazing benefits. 

Once again I must realize that I have not established this as a habit, having only recently started this. 

Friday, March 4, 2011

Earth Shattering News

Today's Weight:  261 pounds

Just finished a round of jumping rope, going 14:37 minutes, doing 70 reps at a time  with one minute intervals.  This is an underutilized strategy for getting back in shape that I hope to continue and make part of my weekly routine.  My timing is off, but I doubt anyone was watching.  If they were, I hope they were amused. 

Thursday, March 3, 2011

New Low for the Last Two Years

Today's Weight:  261 pounds

Documenting this so that I can utilize this as motivation to reach the next level.   Anything to keep me from sliding back to my old ways.  24 days now as a wheat-free eater.   Good day.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Small Step - Small Success

I've always heard that it takes 21 days to form a new habit so with that in mind I'm utilizing this strategy in my own personal weight loss goal.  In my lifetime I've concluded that it's easy to create a new habit, but keeping up on it has been my downfall.  I always end up quitting and falling back into that old lifestyle that keeps me from really rising to new success. 

So for the time being, I'll take this three week strategy, complete it, and then create the next 21 day habit.  On February 7th, I began my first attempt at this and completed it on the 28th.  Here are the results.

  • Lost 8 pounds - drop from 272 to 264
  • 21 days wheat-free
  • Began four day/week weightlifting program
  • Kept net carbs to less than 20% of total calories

  • Enjoyed  M & M Peanut candy
  • Made one visit to KFC for a grilled Double Down
Overall this was a great short term success but  nothing to brag about.   You may ask why I'm not giving up other grains, and my answer to that is that my weakness has always been breads, pastries, cookies, donuts, etc.  By eliminating wheat, I eliminate my biggest eating pitfalls.   If I begin to have problems with sodas, HFCS, rice, corn, oats, potatoes, then I'll move to remove those, but for now I've been able to eliminate most of my cravings by just giving up wheat.

Was this easy?  No!  For the first week I real had issues, but after that, my body adjusted and my cravings  waned.  Going to IHOP was a real challenge, but I made do with the Caesar salad sans the croutons.  I  now feel great without any real urges to binge.  So far so good.

Yesterday I started my next 21 day plan.  Here's what I'll add to this:

Jump rope 3-4 times per week
Eat higher quality foods
Eat more veggies
Eliminate M & M's and all candy.

Other than that I'm continuing my low carb, wheat-free lifestyle, focusing on weights, adding in some aerobics, and fine tuning my eating.  Keep up the good fight.