Monday, June 11, 2012

Weight Loss - Day 1

To make life easier for those that don't care I'm going to use the generic naming category above for all of my weight loss posts. My theory is that by at least talking about it I'll be more likely to keep it up. If y'all know anything by this point you know that I like to write and this gives me another reason to put pen to paper (fingers to keyboard?) and babble some more. With that being said...

Ahhh, the official start to the new me, Weight Loss Day 1.
After going through my trial run for the past 5 or so days I feel like the hardest part is going to be limiting my bad snacks.  There are too many times where I’m either sitting around and bored or I’ve already eaten but I start to look for a snack.
Last night was one of those nights and I decided to go to the fridge and grab a handful of fruit to get me by, strawberries specifically.  At the end of the night I noticed my points total and I still had some left so I decided to eat One Single Serving of Swedish Fish.
That is going to be another big issue, portion control.  Looking at packages and sticking to actual serving sizes.  The fish for instance, one serving size is 7 pieces and there are approx 5 servings per package.  Under normal circumstances I am pretty sure I could devour all 35 pieces without thinking about it too much, however last night I exercised control and counted out 7 pieces, and only 7 pieces.  I’m content that I was able to do that even though I wanted to just tear into the whole damned package.

Last Wednesday when I bought my scale I immediately took it out of the package so I could weigh myself.  I was 282.8 or something like that.  I was very happy with that number because I know I was just 300 recently.  I felt like all of my hard work of trying to avoid most snacks and stop eating out so much was not for nothing.
Of course this was mid-day and I know that there has to be consistency of when I weigh myself in order to track proper results.

So, I’ve decided that I will weigh myself upon waking up, first thing in the morning.  While I should stick to just on Sundays to just see my weekly results I’ve been pretty much doing it every single day at this point.  I’ll probably stop that once I show a gain from the previous day or once I show that I’m flat over a few days in a row.  I know the ultimate goal is slow steady weight loss and I feel like I’m at a point where I can be happy with that.
So, on Sunday when I jumped on the scale 1st thing in the morning I was at 277 which is great.  Almost down 25 pounds from my heaviest point and almost to my 1st goal of 275.  I’m hoping next Sunday will show me at 275 so that I can start working towards my second goal which I think I’m just going to do in 5% increments - 261.

I’ve been doing a lot of random research when I’m sitting around and bored, looking at different foods with different point values to figure out what I could eat and what I should eat.
For instance, yesterday because I was in a hurry I ended up grabbing a double cheeseburger from Burger King before running to a friends house. I also got a Value Menu order of fries.
The Burger is 12 points and the Fries are 6 points - 18 points.  Right now in my fat ass state this isn’t a huge amount and I can get away with a meal being 18 points - but as my point total goes down further and further 18 points is going to cut into my allotment by a good chunk for a burger and fries? Is it worth it?  Well, yesterday it really wasn’t.
On the contrast I can go to Subway and get a 6 inch Chicken Teriyaki for 10 points. If I have the full 12 inch it’s 19 points.  A lot more food and a lot more satisfying.  If I substitute the salad option (getting rid of the bread) then the 6 inch becomes 5 points.  I haven’t tried it yet but I think that is what I’m going to get next time I happen to run to Subway.

Meanwhile, today I have a packed lunch again filled with the usual suspects that include my main course of a salad.  I think I’m going to work on cutting back my dressing and cheese as those two add most of the points to the actual meal.  The cheese being the easier of the two to cut out as plain lettuce really doesn’t appeal to my senses.

So, to conclude:  Day 1 I start with a 56 point allotment and 49 anytime points to use during the week which I’ll most likely keep handy for a few beers or something.  I am going to try my best to not use them at all most weeks but I know I’ll have days where I end up going over my points because Fat Boy gets hungry and wants a snack!


  1. grrouchie diets are all about exercise and portion control.

    1. That's why I'm starting with the easier of the two - portion control!

  2. Nice start - I haven't had a slice of bread in almost a week...

  3. You're doing great so far!

    he ultimate goal is slow steady weight loss

    Actually, the ultimate goal is to eat better. If you do that, the weight will take care of itself.

  4. The equation is simple: eat healthy food in reasonable amounts and exercise = steady, real weight loss.

  5. After you start cutting out the B.K. and McDs food, you won't even want it anymore. I've noticed that with myself at least. If there is another option, like Subway, I'm more likely to go with that. Oh and if you need to cut points/calories in the salad dept, start using fat free dressing. Not sure how it tastes, probably depends on what kind you get, but it should cut some "bad stuff" out of your diet and you won't have to eat plain lettuce.

    Keep up the good work. :o)

    1. I really like my loaded with fat dressing.
      I'll eventually have to look into alternatives.

  6. My favorite kind of support actually.

  7. gl gl gl

    Fat free dressing sucks but LIGHT dressing ain't so bad!