Screeching to a halt

I feel a plateau coming. I’ve had almost 3 flawless weeks and the weight is starting to drizzle off. The scale barely moved a notch today. Just a tiny drop of .2 of a pound. I guess that is still a 1.4 pound a week drop but I’ll never keep up with you ladies and gents at that rate.

Weight Statistics


I haven’t completely crashed to a halt but I think tomorrow will be the first day with zero loss. In fact, I ate a little too much fresh pork loin this evening and I used a bit too much Tony C so the scale might even creep up tomorrow.

Today’s Menu

Breakfast – Pork loin with cheese

Lunch – Chicken with cheese

Dinner – Pork loin with salad

Snack – Pork loin and pistachios

Calories – 1400

I’m out of pistachios. My 12 day supply only lasted 8.5 days. Actually, for tasty snack food, I think I did pretty good making them last 8.5 days. The Wasabi Almonds and Wasabi peas never lasted that long. SO…. even though I have always hated tiny individual packages, they did help me with portion control.

I’m going to be snackless for a while because still have 2 bags of chicken breasts and half a pork loin left. I might go to the store tonight or tomorrow but I hate going to the store unless it is for a full-blown load up. I do need to gas up the car which I usually do at Sam’s so I might as well reload on snacks.

EDITED: Back from the store with 2 boxes of pistachios. Nice to make an impromptu trip to the store without grabbing some ice cream. 😀

The Contest

I’m feeling a little lazy tonight so I won’t be posting the weekly results until tomorrow. Plus I am still WAITING on some of you to post your results. Looking your way Shonnie, MS, Testy and a few others.

We still have a LONG way to go so don’t get discouraged. I know you don’t want me gloating Shonnie. Get to work. 😀

Happy Dieting, see you tomorrow

The Grumpy Man

Grumpy Man Coffee Mug Competition Rules!

1. Everyone must weigh-in by Friday the 27th.

2. The largest percentage loser will win the competition.

3. The final weigh-in will take place Monday October 1.

4. Every participant must weigh-in once a week to stay in the competition. I believe this step is important to keep everyone moving in the right direction. I know many of you have official weigh in days so just make sure you check-in once a week.

5. We are all on the honor system. We are only talking about a $20.00 coffee mug. No reason not to be truthful.

OK. Those are the rules. If anyone has questions or concerns or any additional rules let me know.

For Slim Joan


Happy Dieting, good luck to all….

The Grumpy Man

Scared Away!

If anyone out there wants a great tip to scare away all of your readers, just start a weight loss challenge and they will run for the hills like Godzilla is chasing after them.

Even Batman and Robin ran away in fear from the weight loss challenge. 😛

Weekend Report!

Weight Statistics 

Friday -170.5

Saturday – 168.9

Sunday – 170.3

I was looking for 168 this morning but the darn scale decided to move in the other direction!!! 😦

 My scale is the Devil, the Devil I tell you!


Friday -1700

Saturday – 1700

Sunday – 1700

My brain has been screaming for ice cream all day and night for 4 straight days. Instead of giving in to ice cream, I made some flavored oatmeal. I went with the maple sugar flavor and a few cinnamon spice packets. I’ve been chowing down on oatmeal all weekend so I probably haven’t been in ketosis since Thursday.

I figure eating some sugary oatmeal is much better than chowing down on a pint of Ben & Jerry’s.

I’ve been sticking with the extra salt soaked turkey burgers and cheese for breakfast with a second burger and salad for lunch. Then chicken with salad for dinner. Followed by a few oatmeal packets for snacks. Not good with all those carbs, but certainly better than eating 3 pints of ice cream! 😛

Biking Update

Friday – 10 miles – This ride wasn’t too bad BUT…. my MP3 player’s battery was dead. Riding without music makes the ride AT LEAST 25% harder.

Saturday – 10 miles – This ride nearly killed me. My legs were exhausted. I took 60 minutes for what normally takes me 45.

Sunday – 10 miles – This ride went perfect. Right on time around 45 minutes. The wind was barely blowing at all. Maybe a little bit aiding me on the last 3 miles.

I’m not happy with my weight moving up this morning after 3 great days. When you discount the biking burned calories, I was around 1250 3 days in a row but I am up this morning. I think it is a case of the dreaded increased muscle mass. The bike riding is probably putting some new muscle back on my legs after the 4 months of inactivity.

I need to have a great eating week because next weekend is the office crawfish boil. The following weekend is my 25th high school reunion so I have a couple of speed bumps in the final 2 weeks of our little May Challenge.

As a reminder to the one person still reading my blog, the final weigh-in for the challenge is Monday June 4th.

Tip Of The Day!

I mentioned up above, how tough riding can be without my MP3 player. No matter what form of exercise you are doing, listening to music makes the misery pass MUCH easier. Much Much Much easier!

If you don’t have a MP3 player get one. If you are walking, running or riding, you really HAVE to have some music moving you along.

Happy Dieting, see you tomorrow

The Grumpy Man

Bad Week!

I was in no mood to post last night!!! 😦



It was a dreadful sports week for me with both LSU and the Saints losing.

Last night the cookie monster portion of my brain was demanding comfort. My brain almost had me convinced in the diet applications of ice cream smothered blue berry muffins. I actually got up twice to head to the store but both times I sat back down. I already ate a little too much of my Atkins approved food so there was no way I could top that with 2000 calories of ice cream and blue berry muffins.

Saturday’s Weight Statistics


Today’s Weight Statistics


I was looking good for the competition on Saturday then Sunday things went to pot. The sodium bug struck again. I had about 2150 calories Saturday which should lead to no gain but instead I shot up 1.7 pounds from the excess sodium. Good thing I stopped myself from going all cookie monster on some ice cream and blueberry muffins.

I have had a pretty solid Sunday.

Today’s Menu

Breakfast – Turkey burger with cheese

Lunch – Baked chicken with salad

Dinner – Baked chicken with salad

Snack – Turkey burger with cheese

Calories – 1400

A funny thing….. I seem to be having a tougher time at home than the office since I started the Biggest Loser Competition. Even though there is more tempting food at the office, I had a really tough time not going crazy on Friday and Saturday nights. Heck, I almost had myself convinced last night that I could lose anything I put on by Wednesday.  😛

In the end, I avoided a big cheat and still got hit with a big temporary gain. Darn scale better move down sharply tomorrow or it could find itself desperately trying to learn flight on the way down from my 3rd floor balcony.

I have a feeling that Gail will once again put up big numbers this week. I need to do the same to keep the pressure on her. The Grumpy Man needs a new computer and that sompetition money would help me pick up a nice speedy computer.

My current PC is about 9 years old which is ancient in computer years. Yup! I just got some extra motivation to win the competition. Maybe that will give me the extra motivation needed to get back to some form of exercise even if it is just sit-ups and push-ups.

In that same line of thinking…..

Tip Of The Day

Don’t use food as a reward.  I know I just mentioned that we should not use food as a form of comfort, but we also shouldn’t use it as a reward. Find other ways to reward yourself for reaching goals.

As you can see above, I plan to reward myself with a fancy new computer with or without the Biggest Loser money.  I will buy that sucker on the 2 year birthday of my diet which happens I think on the 15th or 16th of March.

Make sure you set several attainable goals on your weight loss journey but NEVER reward yourself with food.

This doesn’t mean you can’t cheat from time to time. A cheat now and then, is not the same as rewarding yourself with food when meeting a goal. Do something nice for yourself when you reach a goal, just make sure it isn’t food based.

Happy Dieting, see you tomorrow




The Grumpy Man

Weekend Update

I’ve been in hiding the last couple of days.

I actually haven’t cheated but I have been eating a bit too  much of my Atkins food. My caloric intake has been around 2000 calories the last 3 days which isn’t going to help me win the Office Competition.

Weight Statistics


I was really surprised by the loss this morning because I have been eating too much the last couple of days. I wouldn’t be shocked to see a tick up tomorrow. I was really expecting an increase this morning.

I need to get through tomorrow without a cheat. Tomorrow could be a problem. My brain already tried to convince me of the healing powers of Dominos pizza during the Saints game. I know the little devil on my shoulder will be making a strong push to have me order a pizza for the LSU/Bama Championship Game.

I think I will be able to avoid the pizza because I know that my weight will spike up and I won’t be able to lose any of it before the Wednesday Weigh-In at the office. Geaux Tigers!!!

Today’s Menu

Breakfast – Turkey burger with cheese

Lunch – Baked chicken with salad

Dinner – Baked chicken with salad

Snack – Turkey burger with cheese

Calories – 1950

Mardi Gras season officially started last Friday, so King Cakes are going to be all over the place until the Mardi Gras season ends. 😦

I just need to keep my eye on the prize. I still don’t know who my competition is so hopefully Gail gets the list out before the Wednesday Weigh-In.

Oh. on Friday, in place of the usual donuts, there was a giant King Cake and …… 3 bags full of McDonald’s breakfast burritos, sausage biscuits and I think the other bag might have been bacon egg and cheese biscuits.

It wasn’t quite that bad, but I was sorely tempted by the evil savory treats in the McD’s bags.  I was able to defeat the evil grazing table. The Grumpy Man won the day but I cracked a bit in the night and ate too many turkey burgers.

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.


My final bit of advice for resolutioners and anyone reading is that you should…… GET TO WORK. Don’t just read about it. Start taking action on your diet. No matter how much weight you have to lose, it is possible. If I can lose 150 pounds, anyone can. You just need to get to work and have more good days than bad one. Good luck and Happy New Year!

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. :PI also sent an email explaining the healthy nutritional value of fried chicken. :D

15. Find a snack you like but don’t love. If you love it, you will eat too much.

Happy Dieting, see you tomorrow

 The Grumpy Man

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