wowza! i have not told the world my skinny status in 5 weeks (except on twitter) but now i am making sure that i cover what has been happening over those past 5 weeks and make sure that i stay up to date because the program is going strong.

so 6 weeks ago was a really bad week, mentally and physically for my wife and the family, as her dad passed away. i really thought that there was going to be no way to mentally handle anything like staying on a consistent diet and exercise plan after that, but minus one bump, i had been able to manage the stress marginally well. the exercise plan stayed on course but the diet plan was gone out the window. on apr 29 i weighed in at 237.6. just a ton of added carbs on a daily basis. see, this is proof that the weight can fluctuate a “significant” amount from week to week.

The following week i bought a few cans of self-control and put myself back on the path and on may 6 saw the gorgeous digits 229.6  on the ‘ol scale. at this point i really made the resolution to not waver again, no matter what happened. i can only be on a downward trend. no freak loss of control or stupidness could come over me. i was really glad to finally break the 230 lb barrier and wanted to stay below it.

the second week of may saw a lot of control but not quite enough and on may 13, the scale tilted back over 230 to settle at 230.4. boy did that make me frustrated, but it drove me to take a brave step towards controlling the diet. my wife found this crazy fruit drink by bolthouse farms (this is not an ad)that i fell in love with, contained no fat, 700 calories per liter, but it had a crazy high level of sugar (natural fruit sugars though). i resolved myself to a strict diet of oatmeal in the morning and then only this drink + 4 or more liters of water through the rest of the day, and then salad and meat for dinner (with no seconds) and beyond that i was allowing myself a little chocolate or a couple cookies. it was a nice balanced diet with less than 1600 calories (something my doctor said i should look at when dieting).

after a week of trying this diet method, i noticed that did not have cravings, so it worked well from that standpoint, but i did not loose much weight, less than a pound. i tipped the fat-watcher at 229.8 lbs. back below 230, but at a demoralizing rate. i must forge on in any case. i also decided to try jogging again. the great news was that the stepper strengthened my calf and thigh muscles enough to support so jogging. it felt good and stayed good. no calf pain! yippie!

that brings me up to last week. a second week of bolthouse diet (not an add or endorsement) and i was down another lb. i’m sure the jogging played a roll. down to 228.6 lbs. last week was the end of may and i gave myself a 4 month assessment: jan 23 i was 244.5 and i needed to be half way to my goal of 200 lbs by the end of may. i was not there and if i kept the bolthouse pace, i would never hit the goal. so i made a drastic decision to go no sugar for a month or 2. i’ve got to catch up to my half-way point and actually exceed it in order get back on track with the goal of being under 200 pbs by the end of september. how long do you think i can sustain this?

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