Friday, February 24, 2012

Quickie post

Eating healthy does not need to be boring!  This salad is made with baked chicken, romaine, feta cheese, black beans, tomatoes and Kens light balsamic vinigarette. It is delicious!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Thursday Feb 23 Update

Interesting tree I pass along the way. We see the darndest things when we walk!

The view once I touch my stop sign and turn around!

My stop sign! This stop sign is 15 minutes away from the back door of my school. I walk there and back.

Ok folks, it has been a while since I posted, but I have not quit yet!  I am 9 days into my new and improved journey.  I got on the scale this morning, and am sitting at 288 pounds!  Not a bad start.  This week has been hard though. I am on vacation and it is surprisingly hard to eat right.  I am home, with all the naughty foods I should not be eating.  But honestly it is not the naughty food that I hear calling, it is ALL the food.  At work I have the ability to do portion control by only having the portions available to eat that I should be eating.  When I eat them, they are gone.  

But at home, I have access to every thing.  It is difficult to stop myself from eating that extra ounce of chicken out of habit.  

Any way, I'm feeling good and am motivated by seeing myself drop under 300 pounds for the first time in six months.  


Thursday, February 16, 2012

Day 3

Last night I was naughty. I ate a good dinner, but the wife made oatmeal cookies with no raisins.  Mmmmm.  I had 2.  I also ate 3 mini reces.  My bane.

I did start to realize how important it is to eat.  A big mistake I have made in the past thus failing at dieting was not eating enough. I would eat a couple eggs for breakfast, a grilled chicken salad for lunch, then some fish or meat and vegs for dinner.  Total probably about 1800 calories.  My body requires about 2500 a day to feel right including a combination of carbs and proteins.  Eating a drasticaly reduced amount of calories, with almost no carbs was my plan, but I always found myself waking up in the middle of the night and scarfing bread or stuff.

The trick that I need to master is giving my body the carbs it wants but in a controlled way, and they need to be "good" carbs. Whole wheats and fruits.

Ok I am off now to do my 30 minute walk.  I'm going to  bring my camera and maybe snap some pictures to make it a bit more fun!


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

How to plan ahead

A big problem I have had to losing weight is trying to do so without impacting my regular schedule.  Breakfast is a big part of that. I simply cannot get up earlier than normal. That means I have to scarf down something on the run.  I am trying to plan ahead though.  I like breakfast burritos. So I premeasured some Egg Substitute into a little container, and premeasured some cheese and prepped my pan the night before. So all I had to do was turn on the burner, throw the eggs in which take about a minute to cook, and nuke the tortilla with the cheese on it, then throw on the eggs and hot sauce.  That takes just a few minutes, then I can eat it as I go about my normal routine.  I need to work in a fruit as well.  Probably something I can eat as I drive to school in the morning.

As part of prep, I also portioned out some sandwich meat. I bought an 8oz package of turkey and one of ham, and split the contents in half, just eyeballing it.  Then put them into separate containers. I did this with cans of beans too. Now in the morning I was simply able to grab from the fridge the proper containers and be on my way.

Taking the time to do this at night is a hastle, but saves time in the morning when you are in a rush.


Feb 15th. Journal Entry

So today I did another 30 minute walk. I walk out into town, pretty much up hill the whole way for 15 minutes, touch a stop sign, then come back.  It feels great to get the blood moving!

For Breakfast I had a 1/3 cup of South West Egg Beaters scrambled and eaten on a 6" whole wheat tortilla with 2 ounces of shredded moz/cheddar and a little bit of hot sauce.  I drank a cup of fat free milk.

For lunch I had a salad. Chicken breast which was baked, about a half a breast, 3/4 cup of White beans, some feta cheese, olive oil/vinegar dressing, slice of whole wheat bread and a pear!

At this point, I am full and only consumed about 910 calories.  My daily allotment is about 2400.

For dinner I plan on eating some steak and pork.  3oz of each, with mashed potatoes, green beans and 2oz of cheese, a bit of butter. Then I plan a snack of 4oz of turkey breast on a 6" whole wheat tortilla, with mayo and lettuce.  In total that will be about 1900 calories... doesn't seem like a lot for all that food!  I may also eat a bit of sausage.  I love my meat!  I really shouldnt though as it hurts the triglicerides and cholesterol.  Instead of the sausage, a more sensible plan would be to eat some fruit.  I need to work more of that in!


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Just walked 30 minutes!

Ok so day one!  I just went out and walked 30 minutes. I walked 15 minutes in pretty much a straight line out into town, and turned around and came back.  On Tuesdays I am teaching night school at 5:30 and hang around in my classroom after school.  So it is a good time to get out and exercise a bit.  Now to look at the meal planner on Sparkpage and set up a diet plan!

Oh, and the BMI index is crap. This formula says I should weight 176 pounds. It is telling me I am 120 pounds over weight.  That is crap. I am definitely heavy, but that index does not take into consideration density and muscle mass.  Even when I was at my peak, I weighed 196 pounds and still had a belly.  At 220 I looked good. And since then I hit the gym pretty hard and packed on some muscle.  To try to imagine myself at 176 is a joke.

Ok, lets try this again!

It's been over a year since I started this blog. And a year since I posted... :(

I was motivated at the time, but things happen.  Now I want to try again.  First of all, I started a profile with the site SparkPeople.  It is free, and mostly is a tool for helping track weight loss, calorie intake and meal plans.  I suppose it is what you make of it!

Some of my goals:

I intend to blog about this journey three times a week.
I intend to walk 30 minutes a day.
I intend to shed 70 pounds.

Pretty lofty!

I do understand the principles behind weight loss. I understand nutrition, but I am addicted to sweets, and carbs and I drink too much!  I sometimes have this overwhelming compulsion to eat late at night. I'm sure a lot of you understand. Those are the battles I have to win if I want to be successful.  I can eat all the healthy dinners in the world, it won't matter if I scarf down a package of crackers or king size snickers after.

Any way, I will get some pictures uploaded once I have them.  I will try to get some gross fatty before pics to compare to the "after" pics I will hopefully have in 8 months.  My goal is to be at 220 by November.

Wish me luck!