End In Sight Monday

323/204.9/185

I am at the low-end of the plateau so hopefully tomorrow I will break all the way through.

Yesterday’s Meal Plan

Breakfast – grapefruit

Lunch – Red beans with sausage and salad

Dinner – Hamburger patties with salad

So it appears the evil plateau is possibly coming to an end. Good thing because I was really getting aggravated.

That of course is half the battle on a diet, heck most of the time the mental aspect is even more of the battle because it is so easy to just toss in the towel and head over to Taco Bell when aggravated or stressed out.

I use this site and a few forums to distract me when I am cracking a little. Letting off a little steam can be the difference between a great day and a day that ends looking like this.

Those trips to taco bell only end with temporary satisfaction followed by a sick stomach, guilt, depression and weight gain. So find a way to distract yourself away from hitting the fast food restaurants when you feel like you are going to crack.

RANT Time!

Wal-Mart! These guys are really bugging me. Day 8 of waiting for my bike. Along with hating their stupid ordering process I also hate their stupid tracking software.

Heck, If you buy something from Old Navy, they seem to give you tons of updates on each little step your clothes take from their warehouse to my door.

Not so much with Wal-Mart. Hey Mr. Wal-Mart manager, what is the point of having a tracking link on your stupid site if it TRACKS NOTHING! For 7 days there has been no activity. Does this mean my bike has not even left the warehouse yet? I know it has been sent since you tell me, but all your tracking link displays on my order is the following picture.

Boy, that sure is helpful. How about maybe spending a few of your BILLIONS and Billions of dollars to actually upgrade your tracking system.

End Wal-Mart rant.

Tip Of  The Day

Spice things up. Luckily for me, I love hot spicy food. I was forced to cut my sodium intake so I needed to add something else to my food to bring a little excitement to the palate.

I’ve tried several of the low to no salt substitutes but they all tasted horrible for the most part. I can tolerate some, but none of them actually make the food taste great.

Then I started using sriracha. It is a very spicy sauce and with only 100 mgs of sodium per teaspoon. I use this stuff on everything these days. Since I eat mostly fresh unprocessed food, I have some room for sriracha at breakfast, lunch and dinner.

I still come in under 1500 mgs of sodium per day and at least my food has some flavor now thanks to sriracha.

You need to find ways to make your meals taste better without breaking the calorie or sodium bank. I do it with some heat. This also helps induce water drinking which is good. 😀

Happy Dieting, see you tomorrow

The Grumpy Man

Infinite Plateau Sunday!

323/206.1/185

Not the right way to start the new week.

 

Not happy this morning. I really was expecting a drop today. It really is annoying being stuck on a plateau. I weighed 206.2 last Sunday so I have dropped only .1 pound this week even though I was under 1200 calories every day this week.

Yesterday’s Meal Plan

Breakfast – Grapefruit

Lunch – Red beans & sausage with salad

Dinner – Hamburger with salad

Things don’t seem to be working in the right direction at this point. I sure wish Wal-Mart would get moving on my bike because I need to do something to get the scale moving in the right direction.

I think my next meal plan will be much lower in carbs. Right now I am eating a full cup of beans a day along with a grapefruit. I think I will drop the fruit and lower the amount of beans per day.

With my birthday coming up in March, it will be too hard to stay in induction, but I plan to hit Atkins 100% after my birthday on the weekend following the 7th.

I know this plateau will break and probably not because of any changes I make, but I am getting a little more grumpy than normal and I am normally pretty grumpy.

Tip Of The Day

NEVER and I do mean NEVER reward yourself with food.  I have read many internet posts written by people who had a super workout day so they rewarded themselves with a trip to McDonald’s or Baskin Robbins.

NEVER! Find another way to reward yourself. We need to get out of the food for reward mentality. You can end up taking 2 steps forward and a half mile step backwards with the food reward mentality.

Happy Dieting, see you tomorrow

The Grumpy Man

Stuck On The Same Weight Plateau Saturday!

323/205.9/185

Yesterday’s Meal Plan

Breakfast – Eggs

Lunch – Red Beans with sausage and salad

Dinner – Hamburger patty with salad

Snack – String cheese and grapefruit

I am getting frustrated. :~(

3 or 4 days at about the same weight. I was really expecting a drop this morning so I am more than a little grumpy that I didn’t have a drop.

This little guy knows exactly how I feel.

Plateaus are probably one of the top causes for people quitting. They work hard with both their diet and exercise and yet they see no drop on the stinking scale.

The mental aspect of cracking a plateau is actually harder than eating less. Hunger comes and goes but that anxiety, anger and depression that can come from the scale not moving can last for days.

In the last year, I have had many plateaus. Usually they last no more than 4 days or less but I have had a couple that lasted longer, one of which lasted close to two weeks.

Eating is not the solution. Sure it may break the plateau, but going UP is not what we are trying to achieve here.

Tip Of The Day

When you weigh yourself and the scale seem welded in place on the same number day after day, then perhaps you need to switch things ups a bit.

I’ve tried all sorts of things: more exercise, less exercise, breakfast for dinner and dinner for breakfast, menu shift, lower calories, and higher calories.

I can’t say what actually finally breaks the plateau. I can say that the higher calorie option is probably not the way to go. DON’T use a plateau as an excuse to eat up a storm. Learn from my mistakes.

On one forum I visit, one of the members always suggests shocking the system with 3 to 4k calories when you get stuck. I actually took his advice a couple of time, but in reality I was just using his advice as an excuse to eat until I felt I would explode.

Been there, done that.

The few times I have tried the eating more to shock the system, I of course gained weight, anywhere from 1-3 pounds. So instead of moving down, I moved up. I guess it did move me off the plateau, but not in the right direction.

When feeling anger or anxiety over the scale being stuck in one place, you need to distract yourself from thinking about food.

Watch a movie, take a walk, go to the gym, read a good book, play a new video game, get distracted  on YouTube, call a friend. Do anything to take your mind off the diet for a few  minutes. That is usually all it takes for the sour mood to pass.

BUT DON’T EAT!

Happy Dieting, see you tomorrow.

TGIF Weight Loss

323/205.9/185


Stinking water weight is refusing to come off so I am more than a little frustrated the last 3 days. I think I need one of these.

Yesterday’s Meal Plan

Breakfast – Red beans and sausage with salad

Lunch – Red beans and sausage

Dinner- none

Snack -none

Woke up really hungry yesterday so I had my normal lunch meal for breakfast. I wish I could think of something else for breakfast because eggs aren’t cutting it for me. I think I am almost to the point that I am repulsed by eggs.

I then had the same meal for lunch. One of the problems with the red beans and sausage is that it is one of the few meals that I actually love to eat. So keeping my portions under control and trying to keep it to one portion a day is difficult.

I woke up at 4am for some reason and could not get back to sleep so I got up so when 5pm hit, I was tired and feel asleep on the couch.  I woke up at 7:20 and was late for a meeting. By the time, I got  home, it was too late for dinner so I skipped it. With 2 portions of beans and sausage, I was near my 1200 calorie goal anyway.

I know the scale will dip soon enough but I’m more than a little grumpy this week.

I wish my bike would hurry up and arrive so I can get out there and get some exercise to give me metabolism a little boost.

Tip Of The Day

Don’t overdo the exercise.

Exercise is great, but I think many of us overdo it. We go from a sedentary lifestyle to working out 5 to 7 days a week and we end up burning out.

3 to 5 days is a happy medium. Give your body time to rest. You can alternate workout days with rest days or at minimum alternate heavy workout days with light workouts.

In the past, I have been guilty of working out every day which leads to burnout and quitting. Set realistic goals for working out that don’t just end up a daily torture routine.

Giving yourself a few rest days each week will give you a much better chance to stay on the diet and workout plan.

I just hope I take my own advice when Walmart sees fit to let me have the bike I paid them for. 😀

Happy Dieting, see you tomorrow.

Water Weight Thursday!

323/206.1/185

Yesterday’s Meal Plan

Breakfast – Hamburger and salad

Lunch – Red beans with sausage

Dinner – Eggs with spinach

Snack – string cheese and grapefruit

Here we go again! :~(

The scale moving in the WRONG direction for the second day in a row. Managing frustration is very important in maintaining sanity while on a diet. 😀

How does one keep from using frustration as an excuse to cheat or toss in the towel? Well, one needs to find a way to vent frustration when things aren’t progressing the way we want.

This blog helps take some of my frustration away. Just writing about it helps in some way. I know that weight isn’t real. I didn’t eat more yesterday than the previous days. I was under 1200 calories so there is simply no real weight gain possible. My body has simply decided to hang on to some extra water the last couple of days.

I’ve mentioned using forums to help vent some frustration. Those are good because the people in the forum are experiencing the same frustrations and agitations that you are experiencing. I will be heading over to my favorites spot to vent a little about going from 204.9 to 206.1 the last couple of days.

I will also be venting that evidently there is nothing I can do to speed up delivery of my bike.  March 4 is the projected delivery date. :~<

Tip Of The Day

Don’t listen to everyone. Huh?

Find a diet that you like and that works for you and then keep your ears shut. There are plenty of people out there that will tell you that you are killing yourself with your diet.

You have to learn to shut out that noise.

Plenty of people feel that low carb diets are horrific for you. Well guess what? You know what else is horrific for you? Being over 100 pounds overweight.

I imagine in the long run, losing the weight is FAR more important than how you do it. I doubt one year of low carb is going to kill me, but another year at 323 could have killed me.

Of course if your doctor tells you differently, he is the one person that you need to listen to. I think most doctors have seen the results of low carb diets and even if they aren’t a huge fan, they probably won’t try and stop you either.

So, find a plan that works for you and stick to it even when the peanut gallery tries to tell you how you are going about it the wrong way.

The only diet I would try to dissuade people from undertaking would be a extreme starvation diet. Putting oneself through that misery is really not worth it.

Happy Dieting, see you tomorrow.

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