The Grazing Man Cometh……

Just call me the grazing man. After an absence of naught treats on the table on Wednesday, sweet delights returned on Thursday. The darn cinnamon sugar cookies got me. Grazing Table – 3, Grumpy Man – 0!

The office lunch was today. The good news is that I ate some chicken and sausage with a salad. The bad news is that it was loaded with salt and of course those cookies will once again keep me out of induction.

Weight Statistics

323/171.9/165

No movement this morning. I was expecting a stall after dropping almost 9 pounds in two days. I am expecting a gain tomorrow with the food I ate coupled with the big sodium influx.

I have plans for New Years Eve so that is another bad night plus New Years Day won’t be much better. Looks like I won’t be under 170 until the New Year. Hopefully I can at least stay under the panic weight of 175.  Depends on the damage tomorrow.

Today’s Menu

Breakfast – Turkey Burger with cheese

Lunch – Baked Chicken & sausage with salad

Dinner – Turkey burger with cheese

Snack – Cinnamon sugar cookies

Beware the Pillsbury Doughboy. He is evil!!! 😛

Calories – 2200 or somewhere in that ballpark.

Tip Of The Day

Until January 5th, I will be repeating the long list of start-up tips so that any newcomers will be able to see my guide to getting started. I will try to add 1 new tip each day to the list.

My pal over at TestingTrueChange set me straight about tip  6. I mistakenly said a scale was the only way to measure progress which of course it is not. Along with the scale you should take body measurements. I didn’t do this and I wish that I had done it. There will come a time when you do EVERYTHING to perfection yet the weight does not drop off. This will happen a lot to people who work out and exercise a lot as they drop fat and add muscle. So being able to check measurements can confirm your progress even when the scale refuses to acknowledge your hard work.

1. Check with your doctor. I’m sure the doc will say to get on with it, but first make sure you aren’t constrained  by health issues.

2. Research diets online and pick one that you really think you can stick with. If you are miserable 100% of the time, you will not make it. You need to find a happy medium between losing weight but doing it in a way that doesn’t make you unhappy all the time.

3. Clean out the fridge and pantry of all bad food. THROW IT AWAY! Do not wait until you finish all of the bad food to start the diet. Get rid of it now!

4. Start a food, calorie, weight and exercise journal. You need to be able to see what works and what doesn’t work and a journal will help.

5. Seek online support. It is all over the place on the internet and the best support comes from people going through the same pain in the keister.

6. Weigh yourself at LEAST once a week. I just read some stupid article that said you should not get hung up on the scale. WTH??? You need to be able to gauge your results and the scale is the only way to do it. If your diet isn’t working, you need to know that and you need to make adjustments.

6. B. Take body measurements. You might not want to do this at the start but those measurements will be a source of inspiration at a later date and they will soothe your soul when the scale refuses to budge even though you are doing everything right.

7. Measure everything and read all labels. You need to know the caloric intake to know if you are actually operating on deficit calories.

8. Exercise is fine, BUT DON”T OVER DO IT! We tend to go overboard when we start diets and this leads to burn out. Take things very very very very very very very slowly. I did almost ZERO exercise the first year of my diet and I still lost over 100 pounds.

9. Always have a shopping list and never shop hungry.

10. Use smaller plates when eating.

11. Don’t take yourself too seriously and don’t rush the diet. Just do the best you can each day and one day you will see the light at the end of the tunnel.

I wish the grazing table was loaded with leftover fruitcake….

Happy dieting, see you tomorrow

 

 

 

The Grumpy Man

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Popcorn Time!

The good news is that nobody brought any food for the grazing table. The bad news is that 3pm popcorn time got me. Everyday at 3pm, someone pops up some popcorn and I was starving this afternoon.

I didn’t go crazy and popcorn isn’t very high in calories so I probably didn’t do any damage.

The Wednesday office lunch was called off today so I didn’t have any temptations. It wasn’t actually called off, just moved to Thursday so I am going to have a tough time being good tomorrow.

Weight Statistics

323/171.9/165

4 days to gain almost 14 pounds and now two days to drop almost 9 pounds. 5 more to go before I get back to my pre-Thanksgiving weight.

I’m about 8 pounds from my low but I won’t come close to that again until after the New Year.

Today’s Menu

Breakfast – Turkey burger with cheese

Lunch – None

Dinner – Baked chicken with salad

Snack – Popcorn, turkey burger

Calories – 1500

Not too bad. I just need to have a few good days in a row to get back  into induction. The popcorn will probably keep me out of induction. I am praying that the lunch tomorrow had some meat and salad so I can stick to Atkins.

Tip Of The Day

Until January 5th, I will be repeating the long list of start-up tips so that any newcomers will be able to see my guide to getting started. I will try to add 1 new tip each day to the list.

1. Check with your doctor. I’m sure the doc will say to get on with it, but first make sure you aren’t constrained  by health issues.

2. Research diets online and pick one that you really think you can stick with. If you are miserable 100% of the time, you will not make it. You need to find a happy medium between losing weight but doing it in a way that doesn’t make you unhappy all the time.

3. Clean out the fridge and pantry of all bad food. THROW IT AWAY! Do not wait until you finish all of the bad food to start the diet. Get rid of it now!

4. Start a food, calorie, weight and exercise journal. You need to be able to see what works and what doesn’t work and a journal will help.

5. Seek online support. It is all over the place on the internet and the best support comes from people going through the same pain in the keister.

6. Weigh yourself at LEAST once a week. I just read some stupid article that said you should not get hung up on the scale. WTH??? You need to be able to gauge your results and the scale is the only way to do it. If your diet isn’t working, you need to know that and you need to make adjustments.

7. Measure everything and read all labels. You need to know the caloric intake to know if you are actually operating on deficit calories.

8. Exercise is fine, BUT DON”T OVER DO IT! We tend to go overboard when we start diets and this leads to burn out. Take things very very very very very very very slowly. I did almost ZERO exercise the first year of my diet and I still lost over 100 pounds.

9. Always have a shopping list and never shop hungry.

10. Use smaller plates when eating.

11. Don’t take yourself too seriously and don’t rush the diet. Just do the best you can each day and one day you will see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Happy dieting, see you tomorrow

 

 

 

The Grumpy Man

Afraid To Look!

I was a bit afraid to look at the scale this morning. I was unsure if the scale would continue to climb upwards to the moon or if it would start to head back down.

I figured the upward trend had to stop and the 42 visits to the facilities last night had me thinking the scale just might head in the right direction this morning.

Whoosh!!!

Weight Statistics

323/174.2/165

Woot! I feel like dancing. I knew the 14 pounds had to be a big pile of water and off went about 6 pounds this morning.  I would imagine the weight loss will slow after a huge loss like that.  The free-for-all grazing table didn’t help matters….

Grazing Update

I started out doing a good job walking past the grazing table but by the end of the afternoon the score was 3-0 in favor of the Grazing table.

A cookie, a brownie and some fudge somehow found its way into my mouth. 😛

Oh well, the rest of my meals were fine.

Today’s Menu

Breakfast – Turkey burger with cheese

Lunch – Sweets from the grazing table

Dinner – Baked chicken with salad

Calories – 1750

A little higher than I wanted the calories to be and all of that sugar will keep me from hitting ketosis anytime soon. 😦

I need to get away from the darn sweets because eating carbs only makes you crave even more carbs.

I would like to avoid the kitchen but that isn’t going to happen. I need to use the copy room right next to the kitchen. I also need my 34 cups of coffee to make it through the day.

Hopefully the Christmas candy, cakes and other assorted confections run out soon. 😀

I need to learn to say no to Wonka Bars!

Tip Of The Day

With the new year approaching, I am sure there will be many New Years Resolutioners flooding the internet.

With that in mind, here are my standard tips to start a diet.

1. Check with your doctor. I’m sure the doc will say to get on with it, but first make sure you aren’t constrained  by health issues.

2. Research diets online and pick one that you really think you can stick with. If you are miserable 100% of the time, you will not make it. You need to find a happy medium between losing weight but doing it in a way that doesn’t make you unhappy all the time.

3. Start a food, calorie, weight and exercise journal. You need to be able to see what works and what doesn’t work and a journal will help.

4. Seek online support. It is all over the place on the internet and the best support comes from people going through the same pain in the keister.

5. Weigh yourself at LEAST once a week. I just read some stupid article that said you should not get hung up on the scale. WTH??? You need to be able to gauge your results and the scale is the only way to do it. If your diet isn’t working, you need to know that and you need to make adjustments.

6. Measure everything and read all labels. You need to know the caloric intake to know if you are actually operating on deficit calories.

7. Exercise is fine, BUT DON”T OVER DO IT! We tend to go overboard when we start diets and this leads to burn out. Take things very very very very very very very slowly. I did almost ZERO exercise the first year of my diet and I still lost over 100 pounds.

8. Always have a shopping list and never shop hungry.

9. Use smaller plates when eating.

10. Don’t take yourself too seriously and don’t rush the diet. Just do the best you can each day and one day you will see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Happy Dieting, see you tomorrow

 

 

 

The Grumpy Man

Requiem For A Scale……

Oh boy!

After 4 days of feasting, the scale was not happy. I stepped on it this morning and it exploded.

Weight Statistics

323/180.8/165

Thursday – 167.2

Friday – 171.6

Saturday – 175.6

Sunday – 176.4

Monday – 180.8

Holy smokes! Almost 14 pounds heavier than last Thursday morning. Yeah, I know a good chunk of that is water but I am sure a good bit is real weight gain.

I actually thought I did a little better than Thanksgiving but the scale begs to differ. Oh well, back to work.

It will take me a few days to  get back into Atkins. I’ve been starving all day today even though I had a decent amount to eat. I will behave New Years Eve but I am going to have my annual black-eyed peas and rice for good luck on New Years.

I am hoping the weight starts coming off tomorrow but it is possible I have some extra sodium to flush out before the weight starts moving down.

Today’s Menu

Breakfast – Turkey burger with cheese

Lunch – Chicken with salad

Dinner – Chicken

Snack – Turkey burger with cheese

Calories – 1750

My  body is screaming for more carbs. After 4 days of going crazy on carbs, my body wants to continue the party.

Tip Of The Day

Someone on another site was talking about hanging their head low in shame for all the food they ate over the last several days.

Don’t hang that head in shame or get depressed. Holidays are meant to be enjoyed, even if you went a little crazy, there is no reason to feel guilty or depressed.

I don’t feel guilt or shame and I can almost guarantee I put on more weight in a shorter period of time than anyone reading this.  😀

I might be a tad shocked but I am not worried about it. I know I can drop that weight and get back to my low in a couple of weeks max.

You just need to stop the partying and get back to work. Don’t wait until the New Year to get back to work. Hit the diet hard the next several days. Have fun on New Year’s Eve, but then get back to work with the new year.

BUT…. don’t use New Year’s Eve as an excuse to party until the New Year. Work hard up until New Year’s Eve, have some fun, then get back to work.

Happy Dieting, see you tomorrow

The Grumpy Man

Houston, We have a problem!

I need NASA to repair my willpower which totally crumbled the last two days.

The Thursday office lunch was a full sanctioned planned cheat although I went a bit overboard with the various sweets and the scale was brutal this morning.

As usual, I had a major jump up. Almost 5 pounds. Wth!

Weight Statistics

323/171.6/165

The turkey, ham and various dressings were heavy on the salt so I was expecting a big hike up this morning NOT 5 pounds though.

The good news is that some of that gain should drop off because it is water weight. The bad news is that there were LEFTOVERS.  😛

Looks like I am going to have 4 bad days in a row with Christmas Eve and Christmas.

I might be able to get through tomorrow with minor damage but Christmas will cause the scale to soar even higher.

I can’t tell you my menu. The Men In Black have erased my memory of the last 48 hours. 😛

Tip Of The Day

Do as I say, not as I do. 😛

Head for the bunker and hide until Christmas season is over. 😀

If you can’t behave just make sure, YOU ARE BACK AT IT ON THE 26th. 😀

If I don’t see you before Christmas, I wish all of you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

Happy Dieting

The Grumpy Man

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