Rocket Man!

Just once I would love to over indulge a bit without my weight SHOOTING UP TO THE MOON. The Seafood Feast debacle sent my weight up 4 pounds yesterday. I really wasn’t expecting 4. I was hoping for a 2 but my scale refused to give me a 2. I’d like to attach my scale to that rocket!

Yesterday’s Weight


The fried seafood and pasta had a PILE of salt in it. I knew I was going to bounce higher but I just wasn’t expecting a four pound bounce.

That is a big pile of salt. I think about 42% of that was in my lunch on Wednesday! πŸ˜€

Yesterday’s Menu

Breakfast – Turkey burger with cheese

Lunch – 2 pears and an orange

Dinner – Turkey burgers with cheese

Snacks – Jimmy dean sausage patties

Calories – 1450

I cracked around 2pm and went cookie monster on the fruit basket. That was certainly better than the alternative. Someone left some pizza on the Grazing Table and then someone left about 200 finger sandwiches on the grazing table. Those looked really good and I was starving.

So I grabbed a pear, then another pear then an orange. Not very Atkins friendly but better than eating 20 roast beef finger sandwiches which is what I wanted to do. That pizza looked really good too!

Now the good news!

Weight Statistics


I dropped about 1.7 pounds this morning. Hopefully the rest will fall off fast once I get back into Ketosis. That is the tricky part. Getting back into Ketosis because I have a family lunch tomorrow and I might be going out to dinner tomorrow night. I steered by Dad to make hamburgers so I can avoid a bad meal there by just eating the meat with no bun but I am not sure my willpower is strong enough for a safe healthy dinner out. πŸ˜›

Today’s Menu

Breakfast – Turkey burger with cheese

Lunch – (going to be running errands all day so probably nothing)

Dinner – Chicken with salad

Snack – Cheese sticks

Calories- 1400

I’m off to Wal-Mart in a little bit. They better have chicken this time. πŸ˜›

If they don’t I will bust out the Arrested Development chicken dance and cause a commotion!

Tip Of The Day!

Lots of people lately have been asking me about maintenance and how I will keep the weight off after using the “fad atkins diet.”

I think after almost 2 years and 150 pounds dropped and kept off, we can stop calling my diet a “fad.” And I’ve pretty much been in maintenance for almost a year. I really haven’t lost much weight the last 9 months.

But…. to answer the question the absolute MOST IMPORTANT KEY TO MAINTENANCE IS………………..

No! Those aren't my feet!

When people hide the scale away, the diet is over and the weight will start to come back and stay back. Stepping on that scale every single day for the rest of my life will keep me within range on my goal weight. The second I stop weighing myself, is the second I am tossing in the towel and heading right back to my old size.

As long as you keep getting on that scale, you will keep adjusting your eating habits to at least steer yourself toward your goal weight. Once you stick the scale back under the bed or in the bathroom closet, IT IS OVER!

So the main tip for maintenance is to continue to weigh yourself. I am a firm believer of DAILY, although many argue weekly is fine. I am not one of them. πŸ˜›

And you need to set a PANIC WEIGHT!

The second you get over that Panic Weight, you need to get back to hardcore dieting. If I ever get and stick to 165, my panic weight will be 175. Anything over that and I can’t cheat or have any fun until I am back under 170.

Happy Dieting & Have A Great Weekend




The Grumpy Man


Oh No!!!

My plan was to skip lunch at work. Last night I was thinking it would be easy as long as they didn’t have the seafood feast.

They haven’t had the seafood feast since I started working for the company. Guess what? Yup, seafood feast.

Fried shrimp, fried catfish, french fries, sweet potato fries, crawfish pasta, shrimp cocktail salad and garlic bread.

About a zillion milligrams of sodium.

I will definitely be bloating up like that puffer fish tomorrow.

I started out with a reasonable amount of food and then went back for more pasta and then more pasta. Β Oh well, back to the drawing board tomorrow.

Weight Statistics


I dropped all of the weight I gained last week but I will probably end up packing a chunk back on after the Seafood Feast Debacle. πŸ˜›

Office Weigh-In

169.4 (last week)/168.6(this week)

Shockingly, Gail was up a little bit today. She celebrated a little bit over Mardi Gras. Even more surprising, Mr. National Guard, dropped 3.

He keeps running and running and running. He jumped well beyond me and he is now close to Gail. If he keeps running, he is going to run away with the competition. πŸ˜›

Today’s Menu

Breakfast – Turkey burger with cheese

Lunch – Fried fish, fried shrimp, pasta and shrimp salad

Dinner – Turkey burger with cheese, orange, and a banana

Calories – 2,000 + Β and 1 zillion milligrams of sodium

I told you my willpower was not strong enough to brave the Mardi Gras festivities.

I need to strap into the capsule because my weight will be lifting off to space tomorrow. I think I ate less than I did last week, but the food this week had more sodium. LOTS AND LOTS more. I think I am going to hold on to every drop I drink for the next two days.

Tip Of The Day

This is definitely a shrug it off and get back to work day.

I’m a little ticked off that I didn’t even make it past 1 lunch after proclaiming the end of eating Free Lunch Wednesday but I have been dying for fried shrimp for a long time and even more so, I have been dying for pasta. I used to eat pasta just about 3 to 4 nights a week every week before the diet and since I started almost 2 years ago, I think I can just about count the number of times I have had pasta on one hand. Β I’ve skipped the mac and cheese at work, but the second I read Crawfish pasta, I knew I was in trouble. πŸ˜›

So, I bang my head against the wall a few times…..

And then I get back to work tomorrow. The good news is that all of the food was demolished so I will not have to worry about leftover pasta tempting me tomorrow.

Don’t beat yourself up over a slip. Just jump RIGHT BACK TO IT. Don’t wait. Immediately get back up on that horse. πŸ˜›

Happy Dieting, see you tomorrow

The Grumpy Man

Full Hermit Mode!

Oh wow! I was just looking for a picture to put here to show my full hermit mode and I clicked a link that sent me to….. MY SITE. Ha!

I’m in full hermit mode because Mardi Gras day is here. Everyone I know has been hounding me to booze it up and get my eat on for Mardi Gras so I have been hiding in full hermit mode.

Okay this is just weird. I googled hiding and the first link I clicked to find a picture of “hiding” sent me to my site. 400 billion links on the internet and I hit back to back links to my own humble little site. Β That is just crazy!

I did see a little bit of a parade yesterday because we all had to leave the office early to go cheer on the Queen of Tucks who happens to work at my office. πŸ˜›

Other than that, I have been in full hermit mode. Sometimes you have to go into hermit mode and hide if you want to lose weight. My willpower is weak at the moment so I simply can’t be around massive stockpiles of tasty food. πŸ˜›

The good news is that next year I will be able to eat whatever I want and do whatever I want for Mardi Gras, but not so much this year. I still want to win the competition and I know Gail isn’t eating anything today.

Weight Statistics


The good news is that I dropped the weight I gained last week, but the bad news is that I will have almost no loss overall this week in the competition. Gail will continue to increase her lead. I’m not worried about Mr. National Guard this week because I am sure he has been enjoying the Mardi Gras festivities.

More good news….. with Mardi Gras ending, the king cakes will no longer be sitting on the grazing table. I think I did pretty good. I only went Cookie Monster on 1 king cake over 2 months. I thought about grabbing a piece yesterday but stopped myself at the last second. I NEED to at least get back to my weight from last week.

I weighted 167.1 last Wednesday and I was up to 172.1 on Thursday after the poboy and gumbo debacle. This week I plan to stay away from the free lunch. I am not even going to go up in the kitchen at lunch time to see what they are serving. Rats, I can’t do that because I do need to get my afternoon coffee so I can’t completely avoid the kitchen.

Today’s Menu

Breakfast – Sausage with onions and peppers

Lunch – Turkey burger with cheese and salad

Dinner – Turkey burger with cheese and salad

Snack – Sargento cheese stick

Calories – 1200

I need to have a great night tonight without any cheating. Β Shouldn’t be to hard because I demolished all of the sausage and don’t have much else to eat. I need to hit Walmart tomorrow or Thursday. I sure hope Walmart has some chicken this time. I still can’t understand how Walmart would be out of chicken. πŸ˜›

Speaking of chicken. Across the street from my office is a Popeye’s and the aroma of fresh fried chicken was almost more than I could take yesterday. Both inside and outside the office. A few people in the office loaded up on chicken for lunch.

Speaking of junk food, my nemesis Taco Bell is making a new taco using a Doritos shell. πŸ˜€

The one good thing about the Biggest Loser competition is that I haven’t hit taco bell since the competition started. Almost 2 months without a trip to Taco Bell. πŸ˜€

At least 5 more weeks before I can take a trip to taco bell. 😦

Tip Of The Day

Hermite Mode

I wasn’t kidding. Sometimes you really need to go into hiding. You simply can’t go out to dinner often or you won’t lose any weight unless you have insane amounts of willpower.

If someone put a piece of chicken in front of me now, I would demolish it. My only option was to skip the festivities this year. No big deal. I know next year I will be done. Heck,I will be done and on maintenance once the competition is over on March 28th.

CRAZY!!!! I just clicked on a picture of Popeye’s and once again…. my site. Ha! That really is crazy. I keep choosing the same pictures and ending up on my site from the past. πŸ˜€

You don’t need to go into 100% full hermit mode, but you definitely need to trim your social calendar. Some people will need to trim their socializing more than others. My willpower has been pretty weak lately so I need to be in full hermit mode until the end of the competition.

Happy Dieting, see you tomorrow




The Grumpy Man

Weekend Update!

I haven’t had a good weekend. Not terrible, but I could have done better on the eating front. I did stick to Atkins but I ate too much on Friday and Saturday. The good news is that I am within striking distance of my weight from last week. The bad news is that it is early and I am starving.

I need to keep from going cooking monster on everything that isn’t nailed down.

Weight Statistics


I’ve dropped over 4 pounds since my high of 172 on Thursday. I pray that the weekly pattern breaks and today is not my low weight for the week. For the last 3 or 4 weeks, Sunday has been my low weight followed by mystery gains on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Bike Update

I know I pretty much swore I was going to get out on the bike today but the weather didn’t cooperate. It was too darn cold. Plus exercise is too dangerous…..

The weather should be warming up and daylight is slowly lasting a bit longer. I should be able to get back on the bike pretty soon. I have Tuesday off for Mardi Gras so I might be able to get a ride done then. If not, Friday is looking much warmer than today.

Today’s Menu

Breakfast – Sausage with onions and peppers

Lunch – Turkey burger with cheese and salad

Dinner – Turkey burger with cheese and salad

Snack – Sargento cheese stick

Calories – 1550Β 

I’ve gone a bit overboard on the sausage. It is really almost impossible to eat just one serving. 2 servings don’t kill me on the calorie front but it does add LOADS of sodium. I may be heading back to Wal-MartΒ much sooner than normal because I have demolished most of the sausage and I also hit the turkey burgers harder than I should have. πŸ˜›

Tip Of The Day!

Small plates!

Yup. You need to fool your brain a bit. Don’t put a tiny amount of food on a giant plate. Fill up a small plate. This can actually trick your brain a bit, plus with a big plate sometimes you can be tempted to fill the plate with food.

Slow down!

Don’t shovel the food down so fast. Give your brain time to send the all full message to your stomach. Take your time eating. If you can’t get the hang of eating slower, then you need to put down the fork after each bite. It may sound silly but it can work!

Happy dieting, see you tomorrow




The Grumpy Man

Blast Off!

Pick a number and double it. That is how much I gained today after the Poboy and Gumbo debacle yesterday. πŸ˜›

I looked down at the scale and……


Super Face Palm! 5 pounds!!! I couldn’t believe it. I reset the scale and tried again. Still 5 pounds. I am now 6 pounds up from the weigh-in LAST WEEK!

The only good news is that Mr National Guard is up 5 and Gail only lost .6 this week. BUT….. that means I need to lose 6 just to get back within range. Hopefully most of that is water but I did eat A LOT of poboys and gumbo. 😦

Weight Statistics


To The Moon Alice

That is how high my weight bounced. Just about to the moon. Definitely past orbit.

Today’s Menu

Breakfast – Turkey burger with cheese

Lunch – None

Dinner – Chicken and salad

Snack – Cheese stick

Calories – 1,000

Low calorie day. I didn’t plan that but I didn’t get home until just a few minutes ago. I avoided fruit today. The fruit experiment is over. Once the competition is over, I look forward to eating the free fruit at the office, but once again, I can’t handle carbs without SHOOTING up like a bottle rocket.

I need to hit Atkins hard and stick to it. No more eating the Wednesday free lunch until the competition is over.

The Bike

I don’t like running, so it is time to break the bike out of storage. The chance of rain is supposed to be around 100% on Saturday but I will hit the levee NO MATTER WHAT on Sunday.

Tip Of The Day

Accountability is very important.

I started this little blog a year ago to keep the weight OFF and it has worked. Knowing that I have to come here and display my dirty laundry helps keep me on the straight and narrow path…. MOST of the time. πŸ˜›

You need to weigh yourself at MINIMUM once a week but I recommend daily. You need to keep a food journal using Starting a blog can be good but just understand up front you aren’t going to have a million visitors like the chick from that Julia Child movie. You need to tell every person on the planet that you are on a diet so they give you the stink eye when you reach for a donut.

Accountability can keep you from heading to Taco Bell. Maybe not every time, but it has stopped me on more than one occasion in the last year.

Happy Dieting, see you tomorrow

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