Still thinking 154

Again just in case you forgot, that does not represent the weight that I would like to weigh.  Instead it involves something that will be very life changing or at least I hope it will be life changing to me.

So when I last left, my weight was 218.1 and my weight isn’t much better for a couple of reasons.  I have not been exercising every day as I was going to try and do.  However, in the first week I only missed one day but then I did something I sort of regret.  I decided to paint my mother’s front door.

I started on a Saturday afternoon thinking that I would just have to go over it a little bit with a sander and would be done half-way through the day but boy was I ever wrong.  I basically got no where with the sanding so I went to the local Home Depot and found paint stripper and then a wash to clean off the remaining stripper.

The stripper sort of worked but still there were under coatings of white paint still on the door and because I started mid afternoon, the light ran out on me and I had to stop so the next day I’m out and working by 9 in the morning.  Only there was still too much paint on the door from previous paintings so I went and got even more paint stripper and changed to an odorless mineral oil for a wash.  I did my best to remove the paint on the slats of the door which was the hard part, the rest came off pretty easy.  By nightfall I was quickly applying the wash so I could do a light sanding on Monday morning and be done with painting before work.

WRONG!  I was so tired of being wrong.  I brushed and then had to sand the door to still strip off some of the paint and finally I had it mostly down to the original wood.  I cleaned the dust from the sanding and then started to paint.  Unfortunately it took a whole lot longer so I took the day off.  Now you might think why not save it for later during the week, well it got cold the next night and we had our first snowfall in a very long time.

So by the end of the day as the light was fading, I put the last of the paint on the door.  I thought I did a good job but no, there was traces of the white paint from when I stripped the paint on the side panels of the front, there was paint all over the door handle and just today I could see the horrible brush strokes that I made.  However, I’m not going to repaint the door at this time.  Nope, not gonna do it.

On Monday night the door was painted and my hand and CTS was really bothering me.  It hurt to use my hand so I really messed up by stressing out my wrist with the sanding.  I don’t intend to repeat that mistake again.  I honestly don’t even remember what happened the rest of the week except that I had a massage appointment on Thursday and I finally took my mother grocery shopping on Friday and I can’t tell you what else I did the earlier part of the week.

However, I got out and went riding on my recumbent trike and only rode 5.9 miles.  This was the first real test for my new pedals and mid-sole cleated shoes.  I learned something about my riding on Saturday, I’m sitting more towards my left side and could see it and feel it as I pedaled.  So the next ride will be longer and I start readjusting myself in the seat so I sit more in the middle so I won’t stress and strain as much when pedaling.  I’ll probably also have put the front boom in some because of my new pedals and shoes.

Sunday I thought I could ride but I did something else which of course I can’t remember and then ran errands all day on Monday before going to work.  Today I had my color appointment and tomorrow will be grocery day.

I also went to the sporting goods store today to replace the 3 lb weight I lost when my vehicle was burglarized on my birthday this summer and it is pink.  Not my favorite color and it will look odd as I use the lime green and the brilliant pink dumbbells.  However, I will admit that I bought 2 lbs weights so try and give my arms some resistance when I do arm exercises.

So although I had a rough start, it doesn’t mean I can’t restart and do what I need to do to lose weight.  I have to remember the power of positive thinking in order to make this work.

 

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154 Starting

Okay so you’re thinking what the hell does 154 mean, or maybe just wishful thinking on my part.  So eventually I will reveal exactly what 154 is all about.  First let me dispel a few ideas you may have about what 154 means.

154 does not mean the amount of weight that I need to lose because thankfully I’m not quite that fluffy.

154 is not my desired weight goal.

So what is 154?  Okay I’ll give a hint, the number will decrease on a steady basis.  Well that probably gave it all away and that is about all that I’ll say for now.

This blog actually will tie into that number because yes I’m also trying to lose weight.

If you’ve been following me on this site and although there aren’t many, I do appreciate the few of you who happen to drop by for a laugh or for a read.  I’m still trying to lose weight and I can actually say that I feel as if I’ve given up my potato hack dieting for good.  I had several attempts to get back onto it but within a day or two of restarting I would fall by the side.

So what is the difference this time?  My will power is still as weak as ever so instead I’m going to take an old age-old stab at continuing to try and lose weight.  I stepped on the scale this afternoon after having lunch and about went into shock, I was at 218.1 pounds and based on my 5’3″ frame, that is way too much weight.  The only good thing is the fact that the clothes that I wear hide some of my obesity or at least that is what I used to think.

The other day I took a good look in the mirror, a really good look and let out a big sigh.  I couldn’t believe just how fat I looked in my underwear and it saddened me.  No, didn’t depress me because I try not to let too many things depress me.

So something pretty cool happened last night and thus I came up with 154.

I’m sure so many of us large or fluffy people have been constantly checking out the internet about our weight problem and how to lose weight.  I’ll admit that I surf the net too much and I’m always looking for the easy way to lose weight.  Yes I did rapidly put on 60 pounds because of the eating habits, lack of exercise, how unhappy I was and because I was always getting sick with allergies.  Those were my dark days and I’m going to put them behind me.

One thing that I’ve always done when I’ve been successful in losing weight, increasing my water, doing more walking, more exercising and slowly decreasing the bad things that I eat or ate too much of in the past.  So my goal is each day to do some form of exercise, it doesn’t have to be a lot but just some form of exercise each and every day until 154 comes to fruition.

The weird thing is that usually I’m all excited about the cold of winter coming on but for some reason this year I’m just thankful that it is cool in the evening because it is allowing me to sleep.  During the summer I only managed to get broken sleep and usually the max amount added up was 4 1/2 or 5 hours of sleep which I can tell you is not good.  As we all know the body needs the rest of sleep in order to help us lose weight.  If that was all we needed to do to lose weight I would become Rip Van Winkle but maybe not.  I would just like to sleep a solid eight hours and it would be nice but I still go to bed early in the morning and most of my sleep is still interrupted with my neighbor’s young dog.

Okay, time out while I stand up on my soap box and gripe about my neighbor and his dog.  He made a big point of showing off his dog and trying to walk his dog.  Only he did about everything wrong in walking his dog so much that Cesar Millan was probably cringing.  The dog was in control and my neighbor was just walking his dog as if to show off what he now had and giving a long 3 syllable name when it is best to have it at no more than 2 syllables.  He doesn’t play with his dog, he no longer walks his dogs, he ignores his dog’s late night barking which wakes me up but worse of all is they always yell “NO” at the dog because he is trying to heard the children.  The dog is a German Shepherd, a herding and guard dog but he hasn’t bother to teach his grandchildren about his dog so when the kids run away from their grandmother, the dog tries to heard them back to the grandmother by grabbing their wrists.  So of course the kids don’t understand what is going on and they all start screaming at the dog and chasing the dog away.  It is no wonder the dog is practically scared of his own shadow.  A couple of months ago the dog started barking at me as I mowed the lawn so as I was emptying the bag I went to pet the dog but he ran off.  Eventually with my softly speak the dog’s name and sweet sounding voice the dog came over to me and I let him sniff me.  He ran off but quickly returned and of course I rewarded him by petting him and giving him a good back scratching.  Now whenever I go outside the dog has a happy bark when he sees me.        LAST PART….  I hate it when people get animals as a status symbol and don’t do anything to be involved in the animal’s life.  …..STEPPING OFF MY SOAP BOX NOW THAT I’VE PUT IN MY 2 CENTS WORTH.

So now back to sleep, I’m still hoping for good sleep but the important thing I’m trying is to eat smaller quantities of food and increase my water intake.  I used to be good but have fallen off the water wagon.  So I bought a new water pitcher, one for work and one for home so I will always have clean cold filtered water and can stop buying bottles of water.

I’m also hoping to lower my blood pressure because I really don’t feel like breaking in a new doctor because the PN I used to go to was a pain and never listened to a thing I ever said.  So I know by regularly exercising I can decrease my blood pressure and I’m also taking some supplements to are said to help decrease the build up of plaque in arteries.  So we’ll see just how 154 works out for me.

Changing Location

Okay so I know that a few of you have been checking in and have seen my ups and downs about dieting and so far the most successful way has been by potato hacking.

I’m going to continue and post here from time to time as I continue my potato hacking ways but I’m starting a new blog area based on just my potato hacking ways.  If interested you can find me at:   mypotatohack.wordpress.com  where I’m be focusing on just my potato hacking.  I’m doing this because some friends have suggested I have a blog just for my potato ways to show how I’m doing.

I’m not giving up here, just not going to be posting as frequently.

Thanks for your time

 

P D E – TIME OUT

Just as the title is suggesting, I’m taking a time out.  I had restarted but kept on allowing myself to fudge a little here and fudge a little there but that wasn’t working.  I think I was just having too many problems now that I had gotten away from my PDE.

This weekend is my family gathering for Christmas and I’ll be honest, there is no way that I’m going to pass on any of the food that the family is gathering to eat.  I wish I had the will power to say no but to be perfectly honest, I really don’t want to have any will power during this time.

However, I hope to use what I have learned to help me keep things down to a dull roar.  I’ll be including potatoes at least once a day and will try and eat them before I sit down to any major meal and maybe I’ll try to snack on a few.

This last weekend I had dropped below 200 and was happy but then I had to start baking my deserts for the gathering and I’m still in the process of finishing up my baking and then I have to help my mother with her baking and cooking of dishes and she always has me taste them because according to her, her taste buds are shot.  So I’m the taste tester and it is darn hard to stay on my diet.

So I’m taking the entire week off to include last weekend and it will go through this weekend.  I know I can’t resist some things so I’ll have them and when that is over with I will have to deal with the fall out of what I ate.

So if things stay on track, I should be able to get back on my PD (potato diet) on the 19th because all of my parties, special events and family gathering should be over.  I’m also hoping that I will be able to start walking or doing an easy ride on my trike.  I just haven’t tried lately seeing that I had to start my Christmas shopping and thanks to some break downs on my vehicles, it has also dampened my will.

I want to reach my goal and so I’ll give myself this time off because that is a reasonable thing to do rather than feel guilty and then break down completely and forget about my PDE.

Out of all of my diets, this is probably the easiest of them all but I know that in order to get down to my weight I will have to refocus my ideas about eating and exercising.  Oh don’t get me wrong, I don’t plan a big workout, just maybe moving around a bit more.  I also hope to keep on drinking lots of water and by doing this maybe I can slightly keep things under control.

So until that time, I’m hanging up my PDE until next week.  I guess it will be PD Part 2.

Let’s see if the cliff hanger leaves me in worse shape than ever or if I don’t do too much damage to my body during my time out.

P D E – Day 60 or Restart Day 3

Well for the last 60 days I’ve been sort of doing the Potato Dieting of course as mentioned in previous entries, I took about 16 days off and then piddled around and finally on Monday I got serious about getting back on the diet.

So let’s just say that on Monday, 12/5/16 I stepped on the scale and weighed in at 201.8 which means that yes my weight went up from the day before but that was okay because I had pizza and mixed drinks.

Then on 12/6/16, which was day 2 of the restart (weigh-ins) are in the morning so this shows what happened after just one day of dieting.  I stepped up on the scale and saw that my weight was 201.4 which of course means that I lost 0.4 pounds.  Now that isn’t very much but I figure it was better than gaining weight.

Today on RS day 3, I got on the scale and it showed 200.3 pounds.  This means that I lost 1.1 pounds.  I figure that is a pretty good amount considering I’m no longer losing just water weight.

I wish I could more faster but since it is a loss and not a gain I figure that to be a positive thing.  Now I only wish that I could figure out where time is slipping away to because I would sure like to catch it.  The best thing so far is that being back on the potato diet has allowed me to slip into a deeper sleep which means that my stomach isn’t upset and I’m not woken up at all hours of the night by a new rooster in the area that is crowing all night long.  I mean come on, when does that stupid bird sleep???  Yes I hear it crowing all throughout the day too.  Knowing my luck, it probably sleeps when I’m at work.

I’m having to retrain myself on how to drink water because if I chug too much water at one time I get quite an upset stomach which is not a good thing to feel at work.  So I’m having to do concentrate on how frequently and how much water I drink each time.

Was very excited last night because finally I was able to pull a good espresso shot out of my Handpresso espresso machine (hand pump machine).  I’ve been trying it previously but was never quite on the money, but I did a change in the grind of the coffee beans and that seems to be doing the trick…so far.  So I’ve been spoiling myself a little bit along the way.

A prime example is that I really splurged a bit at breakfast.  I heated up one of the pre-formed hash brown patty in the pan, heated up the turkey sausage patty and then nuked my mini organic pancakes.  I know, I fell down when it came to pancakes.  I’ve been wanting them so much lately that I finally gave in and bought a box at the grocery store the other night and finally had them for breakfast.  I tried to use the maple syrup but it had something weird in it so I tossed it and went back to the high fructose pancake syrup and used that sparingly on my pancakes.  Oh my god, I had forgotten how good that can taste.  It was wonderful to taste all of it and I was so happy to have enjoyed it for breakfast.  I figure if I’m going to cheat then doing it in the morning is the best time to do this.

So imagine my shock at seeing that I had lost just over a pound especially after having that in the morning.  Oh and my appetite has returned and last night I had potatoes late in the evening.  Earlier I had boiled some potatoes and took some to work and was even worse by having potato salad.  I mixed 2 tablespoons of may, a good squirt of yellow/honey mustard/whole grain mustard into the bowl of cold boiled potatoes and it tasted great.  So that was my late night snack after I got home and then I also fixed myself a White Russian drink and was wide awake for about 30 minutes.  Sleep hit me like a sledge hammer and I thankfully crawled into bed.

Of course it helps that it is cold because it really helps me to sleep along with having a good diet.  So my lesson is if I’m going to add things into my diet for the day to do it early because this will allow my body some time to try and work it off.

I still keep on promising myself that I’m going to get out there and do light trike rides or that I’m going to start walking and even had hopes of walking at the zoo.  Unfortunately as I stated before, I’ve greased my fingers because time keeps on slipping through my fingers.

Now I’ve added potato salad or at least my version of potato salad to the diet plan and so far so good.

Oh a few girls at work have asked if I went back to eating potatoes because they saw me eating my warmed up boiled potatoes and I told them yes.  They said they could never do anything like that and started talking about how it was too hard for them to stay on a diet.  The most any of the ladies need to lose is maybe 10-20 at the maximum where I have 70.3 pounds to go.  I told them it was mostly a mental thing because I ate them plain and lived and was very successful.  I realize that I now need to cut down on the amount of salt I put on my potatoes so I’ll start using my white pepper to help season them.  Sorry not a black pepper fan, I’ll stick to white pepper.

Wow, I had gone off on a tangent for a time but don’t worry, I’ll spare you the pain of reading it.  So this is looking good and so far I’m in good spirits as I do this major restart.  I have until the end of the month to get to 190.0 which means I will need to focus on what I eat.  I would like to weigh less but that won’t happen unless I keep thinking of how positive this diet makes me feel.  Oh wait a minute, I’m already thinking this way.

So I’m outta here for now.

 

P D E – End of Slacking

 

Yes it has been quite some time since I’ve been here and there is a good reason but I’ll get back to you when I figure out what that good reason is but so far all I can think of is because I’ve been avoiding reporting my slacker type of attitude towards dieting late.

My last day dedicated to my PDE was on Day 40 so when I stepped on the scale on Day 41, what was when my weight showed that I had lost 25 pounds which is the most that I’ve lost since my 20’s.  Okay in case you haven’t guessed it was a long time ago.  But back then I was a lot younger than I am today and I managed to lose 30 pounds in 3 months which was the most I had ever lost.  One thing I need to mention is the fact that I was exercising, doing HIIT jogging for 5 miles, 6 days a week no matter the weather.  So here I’ve lost 25 pounds in 40 days of dieting and no exercising, so my PDE (potato dieting experiment) has given me a faster initial weight loss.  I wish I could have focused on dieting and maybe I would have loss even more weight but maybe also lost my sanity.

Okay so enough of the whining and crying about what I had done in the past.  For the past 16 days I haven’t been following my PDE ways.  Don’t get me wrong, I would start off eating my potatoes but then I would fudge and have a latte that I would make, or have something other than potatoes.  Now I will say that when I finished with Thanksgiving meals and weekend, I had gained 7 pounds but I stepped up on the scale this morning (Day 57) from when I first started I saw that I had gained 6.2 pounds from day 40.  The only thing that has helped a little bit is the water that I’ve been drinking.

Uh oh, I just took a look at the numbers and I see that I’ve been almost dieting for 60 days and I’m back to 19.8 pound loss which means it is time to really get serious about PDE.  Yeah I know you’ve heard it before and so have I but it suddenly hit me that if I had been doing this right then there is a chance that I could be closer to 190 pounds which is what my goal is for starting the new year.  Yeah I would love to weigh even less but I think trying to lose 11.2 pounds is a realistic goal for me.  Oh wow, this means that as of tomorrow when I start my PDE again, I will have 27 days to lose a total of 11.2 pounds.  Hopefully I won’t be any heavier tomorrow when I do my weigh-in but I guess only time will tell.  Crap, I’ve got to get serious about my weight loss to achieve my goal.

I just remember that my zoo membership has passed and I need to renew it so I can hopefully try to do a little bit of walking at the zoo and maybe that casual walking around the zoo can help me in getting to my end of the year goal.  So maybe it is a sign that this is going to work this time because when I first started my PDE I had just returned from my massage appointment and stepped up on the scale and found that I was at one of my heaviest weight, 220.  It was after that time of stepping up on the scale that scared me into getting on my PDE.

So now I’m going back on PDE and  feel good about starting this again.

Tomorrow will actually be a good starting time, because I’ll just come back from my massage appointment and all of the tempting food that has been screaming “EAT ME” every time I’ve been opening the fridge.  Now since those screaming food items have been put in the freezer and in sealed bags I will not be as tempted to eat anything but my lovely potatoes.  Oh and one other good things, I went to the grocery store and bought more potatoes s I can have a variety again when I eat my potatoes.

One more thing is that I’ve been getting an upset stomach almost every night as well as having problems sleeping so it will be good to get back to doing my PDE.

Next time I write I will be back on track to health, or least trying to be healthier.

P D E – Potato Restart

So when I last wrote, it was day 41 and I had lost a total of 25 pounds.  That was a wonderful day although there were so many things going crazy.  I had to prepare a few things for the upcoming Thanksgiving dinner as well as try to figure out when and where to cook everything as well as get the meat for the meals.

Normally it is just me and my mother of Thanksgiving day and then I rush off to work but not this year.  This year because one of my brothers was going to South Africa to visit his daughters during the Christmas holidays, the girls are currently working and living in that part of the world.  Anyways, that brother decided that he wanted to spend Thanksgiving with us because they wouldn’t be here for Christmas so then the other brother who lives in another part of the state decided that he would join us for Thanksgiving dinner which is really a lunch.

The brother who is going to be out of country is a vegetarian and the only one of us who is that way so we have to fix several things just for him which of course my mother volunteered to cook.  I wasn’t sure if I was going to make any cake balls until one of the nieces or nephews asked what flavors I was going to make.  Yikes!!!   This means I had to make some for the family and whatever is left over will go to the station for the crew to eat.

I officially fell off the potato wagon on Saturday the 19th which was day 42 of my Potato Diet Experiment.  So I started baking my cakes, chocolate cake and orange cake to make my cake balls.  The first was chocolate fudge cake with peanut butter frosting filling coated in chocolate coating shell and the last was orange cake with vanilla frosting center coated in vanilla coating shell.  The cake balls are basically easy to make but they are very time consuming to make.  Unfortunately not all of this can be done by touch and feel, I have to taste the mixture to make sure everything is at the right consistency.  Let’s just say that a few cake balls made it into my mouth and this was bad.

So I at least ate some potatoes during the weekend and week of Thanksgiving but not enough and we quickly ran out of room in the fridge to keep them so the potatoes were not prominent in my diet.  I did try to control some of the foods that I ate but obviously not enough of what I should have eaten.

Let’s just say that I ate what I wanted but tried to slightly control myself … that is until Thanksgiving.  I had pies, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, crescent rolls, cranberry jelly, ham, turkey and probably some other but I’ve forgotten.  On Thanksgiving day when I ate with the family I tried to be good by not eating much but was starving at work especially since one of the country club chefs cooked seafood paella which I had to sample.  But I took some of everything else I had for lunch for dinner that night.

I had more of the same stuff on Friday and Friday night along with pizza, then Saturday I had the same stuff again for both lunch and dinner, as well as having the combo of food once more for lunch and dinner on Sunday.

There is one thing I can say about eating foods other than potatoes…I need to buy stock in Tums and Alka-Seltzer because I was swallowing those like they were going out of style.  I would be paying myself for using those products but I had no one to blame but myself.  It is hard for me to think because my thinking process went into a slump and I actually had a hard time focusing on things probably also because I was having problems sleeping.

Wrapping up my Thanksgiving experience is kind of easy, I ate wrong and ate too much of the wrong things and couldn’t get any decent sleep.

So here I am on Day 51 from my original start date getting back on the wagon of weight loss.  I stepped up on the scale and my weight was 201.3 pounds.  This means that I gained 6.3 pounds for the 9 days that I was off of the diet.  Yeah that is a lot of weight to gain but the reality is that normally I wouldn’t be eating half of what was being served.  Now I’m going to have to use my Food Saver and see about putting a lot of the left overs in those sealed bags so it will be handing for my brother and maybe for us to have again come out Christmas dinner time.  Which we are having early this year because that is when one brother can come into town.

There are so many times that I really, really miss living out of state from my family.  One of the reason is the fact that it is too hard for me to get off because the last few jobs I’ve had are jobs where I’m considered essential personnel and I must be at work no matter the weather or the holiday.  Hey, it’s not bad because I get paid like OT pay for working the holidays and I get to save the holiday for another time.

Maybe I can talk my mother into going to one of my brother’s place for Thanksgiving and/or Christmas.  I miss not being able to skip it because of work.  Now don’t get me wrong, I love my family and really enjoy our time together but everyone gathering at my place which is a very small house and you try putting 22 people in there and see how comfortable you are….not very.  Even my mother is tired of everyone coming by so she wants to volunteer to serve Thanksgiving dinner at one of the big free turkey dinner places next year.  That certainly will get us out of cooking and keep down the left overs.

But enough of that nonsense.  Today is Day 51 of the big PDE or Restart Day 1.

One thing that I’ve been very happy with is that up until this last week or so, I’ve been under 200 pounds.  It was a bit of relief in my mind.  I actually thought that maybe by this spring I might go to a nearby city and do a zip line ride and I could even do it sooner because most of the time they have a 200 pound limit in order to get on the ride.  I’m only 1.3 pounds away from that so even though I won’t be doing that any time soon, my goal is to get to 200 pounds.  Then I would love to be at 190 pounds by the end of the year.  I think that is a realistic goal but something I will need to focus on.

I also thought that I would consider doing some light walking around the neighborhood or maybe even get out my trike and ride in an area where there aren’t a lot of hills.  Now that part about finding a place to ride without a lot of hills will be a bit of a challenge because there are hills everywhere in my city which is normally not to much of a problem but I don’t want to start exerting too much energy because then that will throw off my losing weight.  So light walking or riding will be my goal.

So I’m back to eating potatoes only this time I’m adding salt and I noticed that when I started adding picante sauce to my meals, I started getting a lot of gas which I think is because of the picante sauce which has tomatoes, uncooked onions and peppers in them.  All three of those items all give me gas, so maybe I’ll just keep to my potatoes and a touch of salt.  I’ve got until the 17th of next month to lose as much as possible because when the family comes in I know I will have another set back so I want to be prepared.

I hope this is the great start to another successful weight loss time.