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Hungry Monster Weigh-In

Few things to note before I jump into another weigh-in:

First of all, I am following the Paleo diet because I am in Nerd Fitness’ contest for the Rebel Strength Training Guide.

I am now doing my weigh-ins (and the only time I get on a scale) at my Weight Watchers @Work Meeting at WKU on Tuesdays. I will post my weigh-ins either on Tuesday or Wednesday, depending truly upon when I have time.

Last week’s weigh-in of 362.0 was at home, in my boxers, on my scale. This weigh-in of April 26th was done at my Weight Watchers meeting, where I was weighing considerably more than just my boxers. Therefore, I feel a little better about my low weight loss, as I expect it was higher than what this number shows. Regardless, it is going down, and for that, I am pleased.

April 26, 2011
Last Week’s Weight: 362.0
Today’s Weight: 361.6
Change from All-Time High: -41.2 pounds
Change from Last Week: -0.4 pounds

So why is this a Hungry Monster Weigh-In?

Because, as said above, I am doing the paleo diet. I’ve done it for almost two and a half weeks now.

My thoughts?

IT SUCKS! I feel like I am always hungry because I feel so ridiculously unsatisfied.

I thought the first week might be the worst because I was detoxing. No grains, no cheese… gotta be a shock to my system.

Week two… still no grains, still no cheese… and while I do not feel like I am detoxing, I do not feel amazing, either.

My food obsession is growing. I am almost counting down to May 31st when I am going to eat a grilled cheese (which I will count with my Weight Watchers Points, by the way).

I’m probably being a little overdramatic. The plusses of Paleo…

I am eating WAY more fruits, veggies, and lean proteins. That is awesome.

I don’t feel BAD. That’s a big deal, too. I felt bad when I did Atkins. I physically feel fine, more or less. I’ve got some extra joint pain, which is unusual as I expected eliminating grains to eliminate (or reduce) that, but it’s not. I’m finding my knee and hips hurt a bit worse than usual, and my feet are frequently exhausted at the end of the day. Still, it isn’t something that I’m going to blame on the diet. It may truly be because all is has done here in the South this spring is rain. (And tornadoes, too, but I don’t think I can blame joint pain on tornadoes.)

Or can I?

Tornadoes - responsible for trailer park damage and mild joint pain

Tornadoes - responsible for trailer park damage and mild joint pain

The Cons of Paleo…

I am more obsessed with food now than I was before. I think I may be a “moderation or else” kind of person. Eliminating a food makes me a wee bit obsessive about it. This is definitely mental and may end before the six week contest is up. We’ll see.

It’s harder to eat on the go. Meals must be planned out in ridiculous detail. I can’t even swing by Subway or Einstein Bagels to grab a bite here on campus. Not many places are Paleo friendly.

So… that’s where I’m at, food wise.

Exercise is going fantastically. Steve has created a great workout plan in the Rebel Strength Guide, and I’m really enjoying working out at home. I did find that I actually missed going to the gym, so a few times a week, Tina and I head to the gym to do our dumbbell workout there, along with some time on the cardio equipment.

My clothes are feeling a bit looser. I was tempted to take a photo last night for comparison’s sake, but I talked myself out of it. I want to see the big reveal when the contest is over.

I’ve got to get better at blogging. I’m going to try a little experiment for the next week so see if I can blog more often. Nothing big – I’m just going to try and do some theme days and see how that feels.

I have no plans to be one of the Big Boys of Blogging because I simply don’t have time. I’ll admit to be envious of people who can make their blogs amazing places on the internet with frequently updated content, but I don’t see that ever becoming me. I am still quite grateful for those of you who do read, comment, and email me. Thanks for sticking with me – I may not produce the most content, (Lord knows I don’t produce the most content), but I hope I am at least entertaining and worth a read.


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A Healthy Calories Weigh In

As with last week, let’s get right to it, shall we? And if you are wondering, this is A Healthy Calories Weigh-in.

March 4, 2011
Last Week’s Weight: 358.0
Today’s Weight: 356.9
Change from All-Time High: -45.9 pounds
Change from Last Week: -1.1 pounds

That’s not significantly higher than my loss last week that led to me deciding to forego Weight Watchers and just count calories. Before I detail the last week, let me just say that I have enjoyed counting calories and I will continue counting calories for the immediate future.

I checked out an online calculator that said, based on my height, weight, age, and activity level (which I underestimated, just in case), I could consume 5100 calories a day and maintain.

That can’t be right, can it?

So far three days, I ate around 3500 to 4000 calories.

My weight initially dropped and then climbed back up.

For the rest of the week, I ate around 2,500 to 3,000 calories a day. And I lost 1.1 pounds.

I am currently weighing in everyday, and I am tracking my weight on PhysicsDiet.com. This is a screenshot of my chart thus far.

So, what has this past week shown me?

For one thing, one week is meaningless. I may do everything right one week and gain and do everything wrong one week and lose. It is the overall trend and my actions that will make me lose weight. This means I can occasionally eat fast food, even… so long as the key word is occasionally. I refuse to demonize any particular food. To be quite often, if I want something, I eat it and I count the calories.

It does help, honestly, that I’m finding myself craving healthy foods. Fruit is AWESOME. I’m still eating fruit, even though probably not as much as I ate last week when it was unlimited on WW.

And two, I’m in this for the long haul. One pound at a time is FINE for me. If I have a week where I do better, awesome. And if not, I’ll take one pound a week for as long as it takes.

So, to sum up:

I’m counting calories.
I do eat what I want, but I still emphasize healthy foods.
As long as it takes, one pound at a time, I will get to goal weight.

Oh, and in other news… I walk/jogged a 5K today. My last time was 56:47. Today… 53:36. I’m getting faster.

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An Albert Einstein Weigh-in

Let’s just get right to it, shall we? What kind of a weigh in is this? This is an Albert Einstein weigh-in. I’ll explain in a moment.

February 25, 2011
Last Week’s Weight: 359.0
Today’s Weight: 358.0
Change from All-Time High: -44.8 pounds
Change from Last Week: -1.0 pounds

Hey, I lost a pound. That’s great. Right?

Yeah, not so much. I was FLAWLESS this week. No splurges. No cheat meals. Healthy, nutrient dense food. Every point counted for. Every bite marked.

And I lost ONE pound.

One measly pound. In the words of Ned Flanders, big diddily deal.

Albert Einstein is alleged to have said, (and I roughly paraphrase), “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.”

I have flippin’ lost my mind, then, because I keep playing with the same few pounds. I’m tired of it.

I’m not giving up. I will NEVER give up, even if I am still struggling to get below 350 on my dying day. So… don’t worry. This isn’t going to turn into a woe-is-me-I’ll-just-die fat post. It isn’t.

But I’m not going to lie – I am FRUSTRATED to the nth degree.

So, when I realized this happened this week, when a week of SUPREME effort resulted in a loss of one pound, I decided to put on my scientist hat and try to figure out why this happened.

What are the major culprits? Let’s get those out of the way first.

Water gain caused by… salty foods… and weight lifting.

Okay, salty foods. Not going to blame that one this time. I purposefully ate very low sodium foods yesterday (i.e. – no spaghetti or popcorn, two foods that will make me gain water weight every single time). I drank lemon juice in every glass of water I had. That’s a diuretic. Can’t blame salt.

Okay, did I lift weights? Lifting weights will temporarily make me gain water weight because it engorges my muscles with blood. (And please pardon the twelve year old version of me who is now snickering in the corner because I said engorge.) Well, I can’t blame this one, either, because I did cardio yesterday. Cardio doesn’t make me gain weight, even temporarily.

Is it my thyroid? I was having some pretty ugly problems with my thyroid all last year. I don’t really think it is, because I don’t have the lethargy that came with that. I think my thyroid is fine, now. If I’m still struggling in a month, I’ll go have blood work done again, but for now, I don’t think that is the problem.

Is it stress? No, not stress. I’m happy as a clam, except for this weight loss problem.

Did I eat too much? I measured EVERYTHING, including things that I had been eyeballing before. I realized just how small a cup of cereal is. I ate less this week. Bingo.

Except for fruit.

Shit.

On the new Weight Watchers Plus, fruit is unlimited. Zero points. Is it really possible that I’ve screwed up my calorie deficit by eating FRUIT?

Okay, let’s think about this rationally. How much fruit (and veggies) might I eat in a day?

Four oranges. Three bananas. Four apples. LOTS of pineapple. Unsweetened applesauce…

Shit part deux.

I should have KNOWN this was going to happen! I cannot be given unlimited reign of ANYTHING! If I knew how to frickin’ limit myself to normal servings of food, I wouldn’t have ballooned up to 400 pounds in the first place!

“Okay, calm down, you’re scaring the twelve year old you in the corner.”

So, we’ve potentially identified the problem. How are we going to fix this?

As I see it, I have two options. One, I can continue doing Weight Watchers (which is a program I believe in, I really do) and just be more aware of my fruit.

Or I’ll just count calories. Of everything. Including fruit, which I do realize is not evil in any way, shape, or form. It’s just that 1,000 calories of fruit on top of a day of healthy eating is still 1,000 calories too many.

I’m counting calories. I’m a member of a Weight Watchers @Work meeting, and I am paid up until March 17th. I’ll continue going, because for one, I’ve already paid, and for two, I still enjoy the group atmosphere. But I’m going to count calories.

I’m still going to eat REAL food as often as possible. I think that’s just simply a matter of health. Even if I was a stick, I still think real food is preferable over processed frankenfood, which I’ll eat only in limited amounts.

I’ll continue exercising. I’ve already gotten in an excellent hour of weights and cardio at the gym. After all, I still have Run For Your Lives to train for.

And I’m going back to weighing in everyday. I promise myself I won’t freak out if my weight fluctuates a bit, day by day, but if I’m creeping steadily upward, I want to know. I may change this later, but for now, that’s where I am.

So, please don’t give up on me. I’m still trying. I swear I’m not stuffing myself with hamburgers from fast food restaurants and drinking Coke by the gallon. But I am struggling. I have my game plan. I just hope it works. And if it doesn’t, I’ll figure out why it didn’t work then.

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An I’m Struggling Weigh In

Every time I think I have it, something happens that proves to me I do not. It’s always time to reevaulate, and that is what I’m doing this week.

Yesterday, I posted this picture and said that this represents my weight loss journey this week.

Why is that?

Because as I see that photo, the person is struggling. Yes, they are trying to reach a mighty goal, and they might succeed…

…but at the moment, they are dangling off of a rock. In my mind, they are closer to utterly falling to failure than making it to success.

Am I being too bitter and pessimistic?

Yeah, probably. I need to get it out of my system for a minute. Don’t worry; as soon as I post my weigh-in results for this week, I’ll let you know my game plan.

February 18, 2011
Last Week’s Weight: 356.6
Today’s Weight: 359.0
Change from All-Time High: -43.8 pounds
Change from Last Week: +2.4 pounds

I’ve been counting my points. Weight Watchers emphasizes making healthy choices.

I’ve only been counting my points. I have not been making healthy choices. That is the ONLY thing that I can see I am doing wrong here, so therefore, that is what I must change.

Some people say that a calorie is a calorie.

I call crap on that statement. When I was in my mid-twenties, it did work that way. As I am getting older, my metabolism changes. If you can lose weight eating fast food several times a week and just keeping your calories under control, then good for you. You have the benefit of youth and a faster metabolism than most on your side. For those of us in our thirties, it just doesn’t work that way anymore. We have to watch our calories AND be mindful of what we fuel our bodies with.

Experience on MULTIPLE occasions has shown that, for me, this is not the case. I can keep my calories (or points – same diff) under tight control, but if I have made poor food choices, I will not lose weight.

Craig recently posted a NINE pound weight loss, and he did it by watching what he ate and cleaning up his diet.

So, how have I been eating?

I have a little confession to make. I’m a Mystery Shopper. Usually two or three times a week, I go to a fast food restaurant, order a certain meal, time how long it takes for the food to come to me, eat said meal to evaluate the food, and then go home, report my results, and I get reimbursed for my meal and usually an extra $5 to $30. It has been decent money for doing something that is pretty easy.

And it’s wreaking havoc on my health.

Don’t get me wrong – I don’t pretend that these calories don’t count. I have been counting every single bite that goes in my mouth, and I am not overeating otherwise.

I’m finding that if I eat three or four fast food hamburgers a week, even counting those calories, I can’t lose weight.

A friend recommend that I try eating very healthy and clean, just to give me more energy to train for the Run For Your Lives 5K in October. What do I have to lose?

I’m putting Mystery Shopping on the back burner for a while. Yes, that extra $200 a month or so is amazingly good money for a job that doesn’t even really take much time, but my health is worth far more to me than $200 a month. I’ll try and find another way to make some extra income to help pay the bills. Anyone need a copywriter? My wife knits – want to buy a baby blanket?

But seriously, money isn’t everything. Tina and I talked about this last night. What good is it making an extra $200 a month to help pay down some credit card debt if I’m going to die in my forties because I can’t get my obesity under control?

I know that I won’t eat clean for every meal for the rest of my life. It isn’t possible. Holidays and parties will come up. I’ll feel the urge to have a Papa Johns Pizza sometimes.

I’m going to shoot for 90% healthy and 10% whatever. Somedays will be 100% healthy. I’m going to try and use the next week for a cleanse as much as possible, so I’m hoping to be 100% for the next week.

There are TONS of great meals we can make that are going to be 100% clean and healthy for us. I don’t even have to give up homemade pizza. Tina is making a crust tonight out of whole wheat flour. I just have to limit my indulgences and always go for the healthier option.

This is my body. My vehicle. I have to give it the best fuel I possibly can. Why should I cram a fast food hamburger down my gullet when I can create a similar food masterpiece at home that might even taste better that will be better for me in all possible ways?

Let me return to my photo. I’ve been struggling. I don’t deny that. I don’t apologize for it, and I’m not saying this for sympathy. Every weight loss blogger I’ve ever known who has had any degree of success as has struggled to some degree or another. I’m certainly no different.

So yes, that rock climber is struggling. How else does that photo match my experience?

He has equipment to help him succeed. I have Weight Watchers, I have people reading my blog who offer tons of support (seriously – I love you people!), I have family and friends who want to see me do well, and I currently have a kitchen stocked full of healthy, clean, nourishing foods.

He clearly isn’t climbing alone, or there wouldn’t have been anyone to take the picture. I’ve got the aforementioned people, and I’m certainly not the only fat person in the world struggling to lose weight.

He has a beautiful destination ahead of him, and he’s going to reach it soon.

So am I.

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A Don’t Stop Believing Weigh-In

Any other Glee fans in here? Maybe just a fan of Journey?

Me, I like both.

So why is this a Don’t Stop Believing Weigh-In?

‘Cause I gained weight.

February 11, 2011
Last Week’s Weight: 355.6
Today’s Weight: 356.6
Change from All-Time High: -46.2 pounds
Change from Last Week: +1.0 pounds

I’m not even one hundred percent sure why. I got in more activity this week than last week. I think my diet was about as good this week as last week.

So why did I gain?

It’s one of those things.

One thing I’ve heard in Weight Watchers before is, “Don’t stress it until it becomes a pattern.”

I gained this week. That isn’t a pattern. If I gain this week, then I’ll figure out why.

But for this week, it could be for any number of reasons.

Maybe my body is holding on to a bit more water than it should. Maybe I need to take a big poop and just haven’t realized it yet.

But I do not believe my actions are indicative of gaining an entire pound of fat this week, so I’m not going to worry about it. After all, that stupid scale weighs muscle, fat, skin, bone, water, poop, and everything else that currently exists in my body.

I almost slipped up and got into a funk about it. I ate more at lunch than I had planned to. I went out with colleagues, we went to a Mexican place, and rather than order my Mexican-go-to-healthier-option meal of chicken fajitas, I got a chimichanga. If you don’t know what that is, just know that it’s fried.

But I’m not giving up on me or this diet because of one bad weigh-in or even one bad meal. I haven’t stopped believing (see that – there’s where I tie it in!) that Weight Watchers is going to work for me. It will.

I’m so much more than a number of the scale. In the past, I might have used this as an excuse to go on a binge, and then a month later, I’d write a post along the lines of, “For real this time, no more bull, I can do this!” And repeat ad infinitum until eventually, I’m being buried in a box they use to ship pianos.

Or I’ll keep my head up and keep on plowing on. After all, in a little over eight months, I’m going to be running for my life from zombies!

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