Early Morning Wednesday

I am going to test out waking up real early to get my ride in. The wind usually picks up as the day progresses, so I am going to test out a dawn ride. Plus once out-of-the-way I won’t stress out all day over it.

Weight Statistics


I know I hit 189.5 yesterday but that number still boggles my mind. Ancient history since I last weighed  in the 180s. I bought a large shirt yesterday. First one since probably freshman year or sophomore year in high school and it isn’t snug. I probably could wear a medium!!! WTH! 😀

I list 185 as my goal, but that was my goal when the whole thing seemed impossible. Plus my original plan was to stop the diet at the one year mark, but I am a week away from 14 months.  Once I reach that first goal, then the next one will be put in place. I want to get to 173.  At 173, I will have lost 150 pounds. That is my final goal, then maintenance.

Yesterday’s Meal Plan

Breakfast – Hamburger and beans

Lunch – None

Dinner – Tuna with salad

Snack – String cheese

Calories – 1000

Grocery store day, so I was out of everything, so I did not eat my normal calorie load.

Biking Update

I was busy most of the day. I knew I was going to be busy with errands and a couple of meetings so I decided early on to swap my Wednesday day off with Tuesday. So no bike riding on Tuesday.

Here are a few pics from my ride on Monday.

Good old industrial complex that I am sure puts no pollutants in the nice river right next to it.

This picture is magic. There is a giant electrical tower over across the river but the wonderful low quality camera just deletes it. Nice!

Almost could have used rain as an excuse but once again, the sky was ugly but no real rain so I swapped days off. Since I started riding my bike almost 2 months ago, it has not rained one time during the day.  Crazy! I will hit the levee hard today, 0% chance of rain. 😦

Tip Of The Day

Enjoy your success.

Sometimes I tend to be a bit of a grump and a touch negative.  No, really, I do. 😛

I need to learn to pat myself on the back for a job well done more often.

Anyway, make sure you enjoy your success.  And if you aren’t there yet, keep plugging away. You can do it.

One way to make sure you are successful is to set realistic goals. Set several. Heck my first goal was under 300, then 250, then 220, then 200 then 185.  Don’t just start out with I need to lose 100 pounds. Well actually my very first goal was 100 pounds but I did set milestones to meet which were mini-goals I could celebrate as I passed them. 😛

Set realistic goals and when they are met you can celebrate. Just not with food. Celebrate with some new clothes just like I did yesterday. Just about everything I have is way too big. I have held off on buying too much because I still have about 20 pounds to drop. Heck, I bought a pair of jeans around Thanksgiving and only wore them a few times before they were too big. I got smart at that point and the next pair was tight so they would last longer.

Just remember to enjoy your success and the best way to make sure you have success is to set realistic goals.

Happy Dieting, see you tomorrow.

The Grumpy Man

Lazy Saturday

If I had pajamas, I would have kept them on all day. This was one of those days I just wanted to laze about.  I did need to muster the energy to run out in the afternoon but once again, if I had pajamas, I might have tossed a robe on and headed out like this guy.

Weight Statistcis


I feel pretty good about this week. The weight gain from last weekend is gone plus some. Tomorrow I could be in the 80s for the first time since 8th or 9th grade. 😀

Yesterday’s Meal Plan

Breakfast – Read beans and sausage

Lunch – Hamburger patty with cheese slice and salad

Dinner – Tuna and avocado

Snack – Red beans

Calories – 1400

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. I was thinking of heading back to low carb and Atkns, but I have been losing weight lately so my body at this point likes what I am doing. One more meal plan with the beans.

Bike Riding

I procrastinated too long yesterday. By the time I headed out it was already getting dark so I did not get my full ride in. Only made about 6.4 miles but at least I got out there. Today is my normal day off so no riding on Saturdays.

Tip Of The Day

What? I told you I was being lazy today. There is no tip.

Oh okay, a  short no thrills tip.

Find distractions. From time to time you may be hungry so you need to find things to do to distract you. In most cases that hunger will go away if you can just make it through a few minutes. I use Netflix or Hulu to watch a good show or movie. Some people exercise but that seems like a double whammy to me. I’ve tried reading but that doesn’t work for me.

The best things for me tend to be surfing the net, playing games on the net or watching a movie on the net.  I may start out hungry but within a few minutes, my brain forgets that and I am having a good time.

Happy Dieting, see you tomorrow

The Grumpy Man

Tired Contentment Tuesday

Biking Update

I actually was able to fix the back brakes to 100% yesterday! Yay me! The front brakes not so much but I didn’t have much time to fix them. I procrastinated yesterday and then I ran up to the hospital to see my dad.

When I came home, I really thought about using a few dark clouds as an excuse not to ride my bike. There was about a 30% chance of rain and with those dark clouds, I was all set to skip my ride.

Then I saw all your sad little faces in my head and you guilted me into heading back up to the levee. 😛

Now I know I complain about the wind. So much so that I have probably lost 72% of my readers because they are tired of me complaining about wind but…. the wind yesterday was insane.  Steady 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 25.

The tail wind going out was so strong that I felt good enough to blow past my previous record distance by almost a mile.  I knew it was going to be bad when I turned around because all of the flags, trees and wind socks were anchored upright and in the direction I was riding.

Turning around was hell.

I felt like I had slipped into this guy’s realm for most of the ride home, but eventually I made it back home. Tired but quite contented with the effort.

Road Marker 510 – 13.4 miles

5 heart attacks out of 5 on the Wind Scale.

There would literally have to be a massive storm or tropical depression for the wind to have been any stronger. 😀

Aquarium Update

Blue II has been renamed to Bluto. Bluto appears to be doing just fine. He is definitely much stronger than the night I brought him home. He zips all around the tank now constantly looking for food.

Weight Statistics


It sure would be nice if just one darn time after a long difficult ride, I could LOSE WEIGHT!!! 😦

Yesterday’s Meal Plan

Breakfast – Red beans and sausage

Lunch – Hamburger, cheese slice and spinach salad

Dinner – Tuna with avocados

Snack – Small sample of step-dad’s red beans.

Calories – 1200

I’m loving the red beans and sausage and so far I have been able to keep my portions under control which sometimes I can’t when I make them.

My sodium intake is slightly higher but only slightly.

Tip Of The Day

Friendly competition. On another forum I am racing someone to 185. We were both at about the same weight when we started the competition and we had the same goal so we decided to race to 185.

Unfortunately for about the last month we have both been stalled. Well, unfortunately for me that I have been stalled and good thing he did too or he would have crushed me.

I was way up on him for a while and then I started riding the bike which keeps replacing lost fat with muscle thus I can’t seem to lose anything on the scale. He too rides a bike but he REALLY rides a bike with races and stuff.  So he is in MUCH better shape than me.

Try to find someone to be your weight loss competition. The friendly competition can help keep you interested and motivated to keep moving forward with your goals.

Happy Dieting, see you tomorrow.

The Grumpy Man

Super Massively Frustrating Thursday


Almost 4 pounds higher than my weight 10 days ago. This is starting to drive me little bonkers.

Yesterday’s Meal Plan

Breakfast – Chicken with onions

Lunch – None

Dinner – Giant omelette  with sausage, onions, peppers, and cheese

Snack – Chicken

Calories – 1500

I missed lunch. Just couldn’t get to it. I took my sister out to Linner (lunch+dinner) at the Camellia Grill which serves diner food. I jumped on the omelette which for the most part is low carb. It comes with a giant order of french fries. I really wanted to bury my head in those fries but I only ate one fry.

I’m hoping the salt in the diner food is what caused the spike up in my weight. This is really getting frustrating. I haven’t held onto a weight gain for this long since I started the diet. Even when I pigged out over Christmas then New Years, I was able to lose all that weight pretty fast.  So this 10 days without losing the weight gain is making me Ultra Super Grumpy.

Biking Update

Wednesday is my day off. 😛

It was definitely a good day to take off because it rained all morning and was misting and cold all afternoon.

I’ll need to hit the levee hard today.

One bit of good news.  My resting heart rate is about 20 beats lower since before I started riding the bike.  It used to be higher than normal and now it is smack dab in the middle of the normal rate, so 3 weeks on the bike has already improved my health even if it has conspired with the evil scale to keep me from moving down.

Tip Of The Day

Never give up! You will always hit frustrating points in your diet and you just need to dig deep. If you are doing what you are supposed to be doing, the weight WILL start to come off. If not, then maybe something needs to be tweaked a bit. I know my calories are under 1500 almost every day so I should be able to lose about 2 pounds a week.

Not entirely sure about that omelette. I guess there could have been some hidden calories but I guesstimated pretty high.

Just don’t give up. Every diet is going to be frustrating. Nobody reaches their goal weight without more than a few frustrating moments.

That is why online forums and blogs are so great. You can come here and let off that anger and frustration with people who can relate to what you are going through.

I blame my sister. 😛 Just kidding Laura. 😀

Happy Dieting, see you tomorrow.

The Grumpy Man

Tremulous Tuesday

I am a little nervous about my weight in today. I was already up about a pound yesterday and yesterday I went out with my dad for my birthday lunch. As I have said before, when I am out on special occasions I don’t force myself to behave. I allow myself to have a nice treat guilt free.

It has been about a month since my last treat so I was chomping at the bit. Off we went to my favorite Mexican restaurant for fajitas. They were fantastic. Also split the basket of chips and salsa with my dad.  So the number is probably not going to be friendly. Lots of calories and even more sodium will probably cause a pop up.

BREAKING NEWS! My stupid browser crashed and I just lost a giant paragraph and have no memory of what I wrote. What if it was figured out the meaning of life in that paragraph??? Oh wait no, it was just about me being nervous and afraid to head over to the mean evil scale.

323/198.4/185  Ouch!

Yesterday’s Meal Plan

Breakfast – Tuna fish with avocado

Lunch – Massive fajitas fest and chips with salsa and bean dip. 😛

Dinner – None

Snacks – String Cheese

Calories – Approx 2000

It could have been worse but it also could have been better. I should have kept my hand out of the chip basket, but O how I love thee, salty snack.

Oh well, a little brush off and back to work.

Bike Update

So I woke up at 6:30am on Monday with the plan to hit the bike before my lunch with dad. I figured once I had lunch I would be too bloated to hit the bike.

So I got out my bike helmet and sunglasses, put them on and ….. oh no……what’s happening……. I realized I had not grabbed my bike helmet and glasses. I had in fact grabbed……

Somehow it went from 6am to ten minute of 6pm.  Somehow I was in my sisters apartment asleep on her couch. (ran by to get a few things for her. She is fine now)

I got back to my place at about 6pm and was all ready to toss in the towel. No way I can muster forces to get out on the road at this point. I’m still half asleep and my heart isn’t in it.

Then I thought about you guys and gals and how you would feel reading that I had let you down.

I kid. I know you wouldn’t have been upset. 😛

I still didn’t want to slink back onto the internet with my tail between my legs and report I missed a bike ride after my day off.

So off I trudged down the stairs. I rode the first 2.5 miles on the road then cut over to the levee because I knew I would have a tail wind home.

I actually felt a little stronger yesterday. Not sure if that was the extra food or some newly built stamina. Possibly both.

5 Mile Ride

Tip Of The Day

What to do after a real bad eating day? Well first off, don’t use this as an excuse to quit. I’ve jumped 3 pounds up so far this week. In the past that would be frustrating enough for me to use it as an excuse to quit.

The logic being, I’ve cheated and gained weight so this is too hard so I should just quit. Been there, done that, wrote the book, sold the movie rights, attended the Broadway show. 😀

Back around July, I almost did quit. I had an especially bad week and hit Taco Bell like 4 times. My diet was crumbling all around me as I reached for my keys to hit taco bell a 5th time but somehow I said enough is enough and stopped myself.

And I started over. Lots of water to flush out all the sodium from the binge.  And then I simply started over again. You just pick yourself up from the ground, brush yourself off and start over.

After my big gain this morning, I’ve already had about 32 ounces of water. I’ll simply go back to my normal meal plan and exercise routine. In a few days, that evil weight gain will be gone.

Thin people aren’t thin because they never eat food that is bad for them. They are thin because after eating those bad meals, they then make up for it the rest of the week by watching what they eat ( a mini-diet).

We just need to learn to have fewer bad days and more moderation in our lives. Yeah, I know. Easier said than done. 😀

Happy Dieting, see you tomorrow.


The Grumpy Man

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