I’ve had about 42 bad days in a row or so it seems. I haven’t been this bad since the week-long “Taco Bell Disaster of 2010.” As the saying goes, if you’ve got nothing good to say, don’t say it. I’ve been in hiding this week and that was a mistake. Not posting here allowed me to keep the disaster spiraling out of control. 😛

The diet has been an epic fail this week.

I am headed back to Atkins food today, so the goofing off is over. I’ll post more tomorrow but I need to get to work early today.

Happy Dieting, see you tomorrow

The Grumpy Man

Published in: on April 19, 2012 at 5:53 am  Comments (8)  

Uh oh!

Bad, bad bad bad bad weekend, followed by a bad Monday. Yikes!

Actually, Friday and Saturday weren’t terrible. They just weren’t good either.  I ate about 2000 calories on both Friday and Saturday but my weight stayed the same around 169. On a positive note, I did get a 10 mile ride done on Saturday.

Then Sunday happened. 😛

I forgot we were having the annual family grab bag party. I was pretty good for the first 90 minutes. In fact things would have been great if the party ended at the 90 minute mark. The second 90 were a disaster of spinach dip, finger sandwiches, cream cheese, Canes chicken strips and chocolate cake. Ouch.  Whoops.

Then today at work there was all sorts of junk food all over the place.  I nibbled pretty much all day.

I imagine by tomorrow I am going to be near my panic weight.  Good timing. I am out of carbs and going back to Atkins tomorrow. My little break is over and time to get back to work on the path to 159.9. I’ll be hitting the store tomorrow for my Atkins supplies.

Weight Statistics


Today’s Menu

Junk Junk and more Junk

Calories – Too many to count

Darn carbs. Once again they have proven to be my Achilles Heal.

The Bike

I really needed a ride tonight after work but the weather didn’t play nice.

Dancing may be fun in the rain but bike riding can be lethal so I passed for the night. Tomorrow, there is about a 70% chance of more rain so I might not be able to get up on the levee until Wednesday.

Tip Of The Day!

The good thing about tomorrow is you can always wipe the slate clean and start over.

When you hit a rough patch you need to put a stop to that rough patch and get back to work.

I’m wiping the weekend slate clean and getting back to work tomorrow. Done and done. 😛

Happy Dieting, see you tomorrow

Friday Night Report

The good news is the scale continued to drop on Thursday.

Just saying….. I kid I kid. 😀

Weight Statistics

Thursday – 323/170/159.9

I thought the baked chicken from the Wednesday lunch might get me with some sodium but evidently it was as bland as it tasted. 😀

The baked chicken is usually under seasoned while the grilled chicken is super salty. Or at least it tastes that way to me. The baked chicken needs some….

So the good news is the scale went down even though I ate the Wednesday lunch. The bad news is that Thursday was SUPER BIRTHDAY day!!!.

Even though there is food all over the place all the time at work, I have been surprised they don’t celebrate birthdays. Since I started working in December there have been no birthday cake celebrations in the office, that is until Thursday. Apparently they wait until a bunch of people have had their birthday then they combine forces and buy three MEGA JUMBO MODERN ART MASTERPIECE cakes.

They had a chocolate cake which was layered with all sorts of different hard chocolates, a spice cake and a red velvet cake. Since my birthday was in March it would have been antisocial of me not to have a piece. A GINORMOUS piece.

I would post a picture of an insanely awesome chocolate cake in this spot, but I decided to be nice. 😛

The good news is that after eating 14 pounds of cake I raced home and jumped on my bike……

Biking Update

I didn’t have much time to ride because I needed to leave my apartment around 7pm so I rushed home, got my gear on and raced as fast as I could.

Road Marker 410 – 10 miles

I was actually surprised how fast I was able to get my 10 miles done. Not near a record but also not too far off my normal pace from 5 months ago. My legs were once again, very wobbly by the time I climbed up to the 3rd floor and opened up my apartment.

Weight Statistics

Friday – 323/169/159.9

Woot! Even though I ate a totally HUGE piece of chocolate cake filled with hard chocolate candies, I was able to drop another pound this morning. 😀

I really was shocked to see the scale down a pound after the cake.

I think the losing streak ends here. My calories were too high today to drop any weight tomorrow and with the extra portion for dinner, my sodium was probably a little high to boot.

I’ll have a good eating day tomorrow and a nice ride and I should be back on the losing track on Sunday. I’m not worried.

Today’s Menu

Breakfast – Oatmeal and fruit

Lunch – Fruit

Dinner – Turkey burger, salad, red beans – double portion

Snack – Afternoon popcorn

Calories – 2,000

I thought about riding my bike this evening to make up for the excess calories but I decided not to push my legs too hard in the first week back on the bike. I’ll get a ride done tomorrow which will make 3 for the week which is the gold standard.

I want to do 3 rides a week. Two is acceptable but not great. Anything less is unacceptable unless it is storming outside all week. I want to give my legs a break, so I will try to take the day after a ride off no matter what.

Tip Of The Day!

If you exercise don’t over do it!!!

Those of us with weight problems tend to do everything to the extreme. I really was going to hit the levee this evening and I had to force myself to take it easy tonight. My legs are sore and weak from yesterday but my brain was pushing me to get back into bike shape faster than my body is able. 😀

If you push yourself too hard, you could burn out and quit. It is a fine line you need to walk. You need to  push yourself hard enough so that the exercise is beneficial but not too hard that you burn out and quit.

Happy Dieting and Happy Friday The 13th…….

See you tomorrow

The Grumpy Man

Mea Culpa

Issue 1

Ok. I might have gone a touch overboard on the poor person who made the objectionable comments a couple of days ago. I am sorry if I took my response further than it needed to go. Perhaps I shouldn’t have called the person a knucklehead but by internet standards, I thought that was pretty tame. 😛

However, I still take the exception to the comment about binge eating. I do not binge eat. Most of my cheats, my max calories were probably no more than 3k. I also don’t consider 1 or 2   bad meals a week anything remotely close to binge eating.

Second, I also took exception to the comment that if I don’t find a better balance I am slated to gain all of the weight back. Simply not going to happen. As long as I continue to get on that scale I probably won’t ever see North of 180 again.

Third, I took offense at the “making excuses” comment. How do I make excuses. I pretty much post every mistake I make on here.  I post the good and the bad.  Obviously I have had a heck of a lot more good days than bad or I would never have dropped 160 pounds. Excuses, heck how much weight does she think I should have lost by now?

I am never going to be some symbol of perfect eating. It isn’t going to happen but as long as I continue to make more good choices than bad, I will keep the weight off.

So, I am sorry with my over the top response which perhaps was not proportional to the comments made. 😀

Issue 2

It seems many of you don’t quite get my sense of humor. I have a dry sarcastic wit and I guess it doesn’t translate over the internet.  I am not in the least bit miserable. In fact, since I started this diet, I can’t say I have been in a state of misery one time. Quite the opposite. Even though I call myself the Grumpy Man, I’ve been too happy with my success to be in any state of misery. If I come off as miserable, then I think you are missing my sense of humor. I thought all the joking pictures and emoticons showed I was being playful most of the time but I guess some of you didn’t see it that way.

When I joke about my sister being to blame for my cheats, it is just that, a joke. I thought it was fairly obvious I was joking.

There you have it. I am not unhappy or miserable and I am sorry for my disproportionate response. 😛

Weight Statistics


Er….. proving my point about water weight, I’ve dropped almost 6 pounds in 2 days. It is not possible to lose that much fat in 2 days. That would require a deficit of 21,000 calories. Thus, most of that was water weight gained from eating the sodium bomb crawfish.

Today’s Menu – Victory

Breakfast – Oatmeal & fruit

Lunch – Baked chicken with salad

Dinner – Turkey burger with beans and rice

Calories – 1500

I was able to behave with the Wednesday lunch today and I dropped my fruit intake to 1 banana, 1 plum and 1 orange.  100% victory on the meal front today. Although I can’t take too much credit. The lunch wasn’t very tempting. I did skip the beef stew but it didn’t look very appetizing so I was able to stick to baked chicken and salad.

Biking Update

I rushed home to hit the levee on my bike only to be foiled by rain. Oh well. I can’t ride tomorrow because I don’t get home until 10pm on Thursday nights. I’ll try to get a ride done Friday and Saturday but I am not sure my legs are ready for back to back rides yet.

Tip Of The Day!!!

Nope. Don’t have one today.

Happy Dieting, see you tomorrow

The Grumpy Man

The Bike!!!

Bike Update

Woot! I tried to come up with any and every excuse possible to stay away from the levee but I couldn’t come up with anything, so off I went on a bike ride for the first time in almost 5 months.

The wind…… how I missed thee!!!

The trees weren’t moving but it sure felt like it was blowing pretty hard.  Not only that, but the darn wind seemed to be coming from every direction. It was blowing my shirt like a kite in a hurricane on the way out and it was blowing my shirt like a kite in a hurricane on the way back. 😛

I’m not sure how that is even possible. It was very annoying.

My plan was to start slow. I haven’t been on a ride in 5 months so I am sure I’ve lost a good bit of my bike shape. I was going to turn around at the 3 mile marker, but instead of doing that, I kept going to the 5 mile mark.

Trail Marker 410 – 10 miles

My legs were rubber by the time I got back to the apartment. I barely made it up the stairs before my knees were a wobbly mess. I plan to ride on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. I might not have enough daylight yet to get the full 10 done before the mosquitos go into attack mode.

Weight Statistics


I dropped about 4 pounds this morning. All water weight. The ride plus a low sodium Monday, helped knock some of that water weight off. I hope I can knock a little more off tomorrow.

If you read the comments from yesterday, I’ve got another person telling me I did it all wrong and I am going to gain all the weight back.

Aw geez!!!

My new friend also told me that water weight and leaving Ketosis are just an excuse for my poor eating habits.

I’m not sure why people feel the need to tell me this. Especially 2 years into my diet.

1. Water weight from sodium is real. I can eat 2500 calories and gain 3 pounds on Wednesday. It is impossible to gain 3 pounds of fat on 2500 calories. That is sodium water weight.

2. Atkins IS a natural diuretic. The first time I hit 165, I gained 10 pounds when I moved out of Ketosis even though I averaged under 1500 calories. Once again impossible, unless moving back to the car engine causes water gain.

I’ve  been doing this for 2 years. It seems to be working for me. I’ve not only continued to LOSE weight but I’ve kept it off.  Just because you failed doesn’t mean I will. I wish you the best, but you couldn’t be more wrong if you tried. Or maybe you can. Maybe you are really good at it. 😛

I kid. I kid. 😛

Tip Of The Day

You need to get thick skin. At some point, you will have people tell you that you are doing things wrong and will gain it all back unless you do it THEIR way. Don’t pay any attention to the knuckleheads.  Keep doing what works for you.

Heck I admit all the time that I still have a fat brain and I need to learn to dial it back a notch during holidays. That is where I am at the moment. First, I needed to lose the weight. Now I need to learn to keep it off.  Seems to be working for me.

Oh and my new friend said I would be less miserable if I was doing it the right way. Do any of my long time readers think I come off as remotely miserable??? Grumpy from time to time but nothing close to miserable.

Oh well, I need to take my own advice and let the snarky comments roll off of me as easy as that WATER WEIGHT this morning. 😛

Today’s Menu

Breakfast – Raisin Spice Oatmeal

Lunch – Fruit

Dinner – Turkey burger with beans and rice and salad

Snack – Fruit

Calories – 1300

I was able to knock my fruit consumption down some today. I still need to drop one more piece and I should be good to go. I’m loving the oatmeal, fruit and beans and rice. I could do without the Turkey burgers but sausage is simply too high in sodium and the portion is too small.

Happy Dieting, see you tomorrow

The Grumpy Man

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