Thinner

I don’t know if  I have discussed this in my blog but I am a big Stephen King fan.  This particular book was written under his pseudonym, Richard Bachman.

While I don’t want to suffer the fate of a gypsy curse like the character in Thinner,  it would be nice to lose weight and get in shape.   I have hit a mile stone in my life.  I am fifty years old.    I need to do something about my size before Diabetes takes me before I am ready.   The scary thing is that diabetes takes you piece by piece.  I have watch family members suffer with this decease and I don’t want to be its latest victim.

To that end I have added this page to my blog.   I plan to record my progress here and post any related life changes.  First we need a baseline:

Weight :     287

Waist size:    I still wear  42s but they are below my gut.

Shirt size:  3X

Height:  5′ 10″” I can’t get taller although that would help.

October 1, 2010

So I have been trying all week and this is my first Friday Entry.   I started walking this week when I get home from work.  Partner and I take a 20 minute walk along the Truckee.  I have cut back on starches and almost eliminated sugar from my diet.  The goal is to lose 2 pounds a week.   A modest goal.   Wish me luck.

October 7, 2010

Okay, it’s not quite Friday, but I will be out-of-town tomorrow so I am reporting in early.  Good news.   I weighed 284 this morning!  That is 3 lbs. lost so far.  I am right on target.

What did I do to accomplish this goal?  First I made a few changes in my menu choices.   I substituted salad for french fries if it was possible or went without if it wasn’t an option.  I stopped eating sugar.  Partner found this ice cream that is made with fake sugar so I didn’t feel totally deprived.

I didn’t feel the need to clear my plate.  This was  a tough one.   The old ingrained staving people and so on.   I actually asked for a take home box.  Not that I ever intend to eat it.  I just don’t want to appear wasteful.

I am going to visit my parents this weekend.  Wish me luck on many levels.

October 14, 2010

Maybe Thursday will be come my weigh-in days.  Seem I always have something to do on Fridays.   Anyway, this week is not so great.  After visiting my family and sitting around all weekend eating  I have done nothing this week but get back to where I was last Thursday.  At least I am back there and not up.  I will try harder this week to get out and walk.

October 21, 2010

I lost another pound.  It was a struggle especially with these showing up in the stores for Halloween:

Happy Halloween

October 23, 2010

Looks like I failed this week.  I gained 1.5 pounds.   I know what happened.  We had company and we had homemade New York Style cheese cake.   Also those Halloween treats keep calling my name from the pantry.   I need to tune them out!

November 4, 2010

I am tempted to wait till Friday before reporting in this time.  But for better or worse, I have managed to lose a pound.  Too bad I gained 1.5 last week.  THIS IS NOT PROGRESS!!  With the holidays right around the corner I need to buckle down and get serious about this fatness that has taken over my body.

There have been several stressful things in my life lately.  This stress causes me to eat mindlessly.  I am serious, I don’t even taste the food or particularly enjoy it.  I just have to have it.  Not good!  I am going to have to stop myself.  Pinch myself or slap my hand when I reach for a cookie or a biscuit.  I need to do something.  This weekend we are going on a trip to look at fall color.  I will get some walking in and be away from food.  That should help.

November 11, 2010

People love you and want to be nice, but sometimes that nice is a problem.  For example, Lemon Bunt Cake.   Don’t need it.  Didn’t ask for it.  Ate darn near the whole thing since Monday!  Amazingly I lost a pound this week.  I think that puts be even.   I have a new attitude so I have high hopes for this week. Unfortunately,  the turkey “gobble” is just around the bend.

November 19, 2010

I lost another pound!  Probably stressing over this job situation.  Usually that would make me eat more, but this time it had the opposite effect.  Still not my goal.  Maybe next week.

November 25th, 2010

I refuse to weigh in on Thanksgiving!

December 11th, 2010

Okay, so I missed a few weeks here.  But today I am back on track and down one more pound.   I took an illness to get me back on track.  Now I need to get serious over the holidays and not get fatter.

December 27th, 2010

I know it’s not Thursday or Friday!  I really didn’t want to post this week but maybe putting it in writing will trigger some sort of compliance.  I gained all the weight back.  Every ounce!  Plus 3!  This is of course all my own doing.   Here’s hoping that the new year will bring new life to my diet.   I have made this a resolution in the past and not stuck to it.   This time it is not a resolution, but a life changing decision to get healthy.    Good bye sweet Dairy Queen.  I knew her well!

January 10, 2011

Good news!  My weight loss is back on track.  I behaved myself and had smaller portions (plus I have a cold).  I am back down to 285!  Now  if I could just get moving I could probably lose even more.

March 10, 2011

Obviously this isn’t happening.  I don’t post here.  I am not losing weight.  I should probably take this page down and chalk it up to another failure.  Spring is in the air.  Maybe I can get motivated again.

April 1,2011

I am going to get back on track.  Yesterday it was in the 70s and today it is supposed to reach 80.  No more excuses, am getting out of the house and doing some walking. (After I finish sewing my new roman shades and paint the bathroom, but then I will, I promise!)

April 8,2011

Okay,  I am back on track.  I am giving myself one month to lose 10 pounds (more if possible).  I am now exactly one pound lighter then when I start this page in October of last year.   Not so good I know.  But I have started again.  (See blog post “The Sweet Life“.

April 13, 2011

I know it hasn’t been a week yet but I am so encouraged by my progress that I have to share it with you.  As of this morning I have lost 6 lbs.   I haven’t had any sugar products in 10 days.  I have been making smart choices at restaurants, avoiding too much starch or too much grease (fried foods).   I have had many a false start here, but this time I am determined to make this whole thing work.  It is a lifestyle change not a diet.  I will allow myself to cheat on special occasions, but not just because it’s Friday and I want to celebrate.   I am going to find other ways to reward myself besides eating sweets.  Once I get a list of those motivations together I will post on it.

June 3rd, 2011

Okay, I have been bad.  Very bad. After going to Lost Wages I have not been able to stick to a strict diet.  I am getting back on track today (after lunch!).

July 6th, 2011

A new milestone.  I actually took my mother’s advice and went swimming last night after work.  Hopefully I can keep this up.

August 4th, 2011

Today I hit another milestone. The  8 became a 7 on the scales!  There maybe hope after all.

June 27th, 2012

I know I haven’t put an entry here in almost a year!  Bad, bad, boy.   I am back on track now.   I have started keeping a food diary and walking after work.   I have an appointment for some lab work on Friday to see how my meds are doing controlling the diabetes and the cholesterol.    I also told my doctor that Rick thinks I am losing my mind.  I mean he thinks my memory is not up to par.  This could be a drug side effect.

I emailed my doctor about this using MyChart.   She wants me to come in and talked to her once we get the lab results.

My current weight is 279.5 (yes those half pounds count).

October 22, 2012

My current weight is 274.

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