Short post tonight because I have a bit of a headache.
The scale toyed with me a bit. I got on and my weight was almost 6 pounds lighter. I knew that wasn’t right so I reset the scale and tried again and the second time it was 1.7 pounds. Went for a third time is the charm and the 1.7 pounds stuck.
I’ve dropped about 10 pounds of water in 3 days. Just insane the amount of water I can hold onto after a salty binge.
Breakfast – Turkey burger with cheese
Lunch – None
Dinner – Baked chicken with salad
Snack- Turkey burger
Calories – 1550
Another good day. I avoided the leftover chicken, mac n cheese and dirty rice. I don’t think there were any tasty treats on the table today so no temptation from the grazing table.
Tip Of The Day / Welcome Resolutioners!
Until January 8th, 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.
Finding the right snack food is very important. I’ve learned the hard way that you should like but not love the snacks.
If you love the snack you tend to go over your allotted portions. I love wasabi peas and wasabi almonds and no matter how hard I try, I can’t stick remotely close to my portion.
U haven’t been snacking much lately, but I settled on string cheese. I like it but don’t like it enough to eat more than my allotted portion. Those sargento pepper jack sticks are a little too tasty and I have some problems with them so I stick to plain old string cheese.
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.
6. C. Take some before pictures and keep taking pictures along your journey to chart your progress.
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.
12. When you make mistakes, don’t beat yourself up too much. Just make sure you don’t use a few days of cheating as an excuse to toss in the towel. Get back to work.
13. I would recommend Hermit Mode early in your diet but if you have to eat out, then you need to steer your friends to restaurants with healthy options. You need to check online for menus and figure out what is the best option. Then, you need to stick with that selection. Don’t even touch the menu at the restaurant. If you open the menu, chances are you will select something else so don’t touch the menu.
14.Competition Mode! Find someone to compete with. I’ve been in diet competitions with online friends, family and now my office. It makes losing weight much more fun and easier to do if you have a nice friendly competition.I did some serious trash talking and I threatened to send a pizza to a couple of people at their homes. I also sent an email explaining the healthy nutritional value of fried chicken.
Happy Dieting, see you tomorrow
The Grumpy Man