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 – 25 Pounds Slimmer

Okay just as the title suggests, I finally hit a magic number in my books which is the loss of 25 pounds.  The last time I was able to lose this much weight was back in 1984 when I lost 30 pounds in 3 months which was about 90 days.  However, after only 41 days of dieting and having cheat meals or eating things I shouldn’t really eat while trying to lose weight, guess what, I lost 25 pounds.

The only way I lost the weight back in 1984 was by extreme exercising.  This was when I first started jogging and was doing HIIT jogging for 2 miles.  But that took me 3 months to lose that 30 pounds and I wasn’t eating very much because I was jogging at least 5-6 days a week.  However, there is one thing to also remember, I only needed to lose 30 pounds.  Yes I know this means that I only have 65 more pounds to lose and yes this is only a little of 1/4 of the way to go but I don’t care.

Sure I wanted to be able to brag that I had lost a whole lot of weight before Thanksgiving and actually I have lost a lot of weight, but I guess with so much more to go this is just a stepping stone for me to continue my dieting ways….after Thanksgiving.

Now to catch up with things.  When last I posted, it was day 38 but now it is time to pick up where I left off.  I saw a loss of 0.6 pounds and was happy about this because it mean that I only had 1.4 pounds to lose before Thanksgiving which was my set date to allow myself to cheat.

Wait…don’t believe that line.  I’ve been lightly cheating most of the time.  By cheating I don’t mean going out and eating a four course meal, I mean including a few things in my normal eating pattern.  There are two reasons why I’ve been doing this with the first being that I’ve been craving protein…a lot of protein and decided to include it in my diet.  Also by allowing myself to cheat a bit here and there, such as having a sausage link or a couple of slices of bacon or even a scrambled egg sandwich, it is introducing some more protein into my system.

It would be horrible for me to suddenly allow myself to pig out during Thanksgiving only to lose it from one end or the other.  I have actually been learning a few lessons as I’ve been allowing myself to cheat and one of the most important lessons that I’ve come away with is not to over eat.  My body pretty much limits me to what I can eat and lets me know in oh so unpleasant way that it will not allow this to happen.

But I digress.  So back to day 39 and my activity.  I did add a piece of bacon in while pouring picante sauce on my potatoes, like I said I found that I need a little bit more than just potatoes now and again.  I’m trying to keep the cheating times to my first meal which just happens to be close to noon time when most people eat lunch.  I seldom eat breakfast because I’m usually not very hungry so it works out okay for me.

Now onto day 40.  Oh wait, I forgot to mention that when I got home after work on day 39, I was really hungry but I hadn’t prepared any potatoes, figuring I would do that in the morning and I really didn’t want to nuke a whole potato and eat it, so I broke down and scrambled me a couple of eggs and made a sandwich.  Oh my god, it tasted so good and I was really craving the protein.  Now back to day 40.

So on day 40 imagine my shock when I notice that I had lost 0.6 pounds, even after I had that late night sandwich.  I was over the moon, this mean that between now and next Thursday I only had 0.8 pounds to lose to reach another of my personal minor goals.  I know I’m just pushing my luck but my body has been craving a bit more.  I’m still struggling to try and make myself drink more water because I know that water can break you out of a plateau and I’m just so afraid that this is what is going to happen to me.

Despite the night time temperatures warming up a bit, I’ve been able to sleep pretty well which is also one of the biggest benefits that I’ve felt since starting this diet.

Wow, sorry I had gotten off on a tangent but spared you from having to read my rantings.  So I’m sleeping so much better and maybe it is because my body is burning off some of the stored fat I’ve been carrying around for so long.  I’m going to have to see about buying some of my essential oils and try using a solution they suggest to tighten sagging skin but it is going to come at a cost.  Not all of the oils are cheap, most of them are a little expensive so I’m going to at least try them because as I continue to lose weight I don’t want a lot of baggy, saggy skin.  Hey, I’m on a good run with this diet of potatoes so I’m going to keep with it.

Well now here we are at day 41 and I’ve managed to lose 25 pounds.  It really is a big deal especially seeing how long it took me to lose these last 5 pounds.  I mean I went from losing 20 pounds in 19 days to it taking me 41 days to lose 25.

Maybe if I had stayed true and not added salt, picante sauce or allowed myself to have cheat days or cheat meals then I could have lost more weight in less time.  The thing is that although I’ve gained a few pounds between day 20 and 41 and lost some of it, most of the time I’ve been below 200 pounds.  This is really a milestone and a very happy thing for me.  I’m not worried about as much about my cheat days as I was when I took my first cheat day of eating because thankfully I’ve not gained 5 pounds in one day back from cheating.  I know that sounds weird, but just trust me when I say I’m still happy with my loss, no matter how long it took me to obtain the loss.

Oh, wait….I forgot to tell you something kind of important.  Last weekend, when I was taking a cheat day, I tried my Aero Press to make espresso and tried to use my hand mixer for whipping the cream but in case you didn’t remember, that didn’t work out so well.  On day 40 I got my milk frother in from Amazon.  See I lost the top to my last frother and so I haven’t been able to make my version of steamed milk.  So I got on Amazon and ordered a milk frother and got it on day 40.  Guess what, Yes you guessed it, I made some coffee and frothed the milk.  It was good but I used the regular amount of coffee in a small cup and so I didn’t use very much milk, I mean very much heavy whipping cream.  I thought that because the cream was old and a little past the due date, it might have caused my body to act like I had taken a laxative and that was probably why I didn’t gain so much weight from eating a Schlotzsky’s sandwich.

So on day 40 I made a second cup of coffee and had frothed cream in the second cup and things were okay, which means no laxative feeling.

Then on day 41 I decided to use my espresso Kona coffee beans and made a coffee, using the regular amount of water and beans only I put it in a latte cup.  Oh yeah and I warmed and frothed the heavy cream like I did yesterday.  Oh then I was very bad and decided that I wanted a sandwich so I made a sliced turkey sandwich, you know like the luncheon meat you buy in a package and put mayo on whole wheat bread, which I enjoyed with my special coffee.

MISTAKE!!  I don’t know if it was the large amount of espresso or the amount of frothed cream, personally I think it was a combo of the two that worked on a laxative on me.  Last time it wasn’t an issue but today it actually is an issue because I’m at work and today my work partner is filling in at another station.  I basically said too bad because when mother nature rings that bell you had better respond.  So I responded and am still doing it but at least I think most everything is already out of my system.

Oh and just in case you missed the hint, I had a light case of diarrhea which is not the easiest thing to deal with at work.

But onto something brighter, I’ve lost 25 pounds and I’m looking forward to having my baked potato tonight for dinner and drinking a lot of water.  I still want to lose some weight before Thanksgiving and so this is a quick effort to try and lose even more so I won’t freak out so much after Thanksgiving.

Things are looking better and brighter for my Thanksgiving holidays although we still have a lot of cooking/baking to do, but I’ll be doing them carrying less weight around.  Hope you weekend is good and I thank you for hanging tough with me through this mess.

P D E – Starting 2nd Month (Day 32)

Okay so as the title states, this is beginning of the second month of my Potato Diet Experiment and I must say that I’m off to a pretty good start.  I stepped up on the scale this morning and found that I had loss 1.1 pounds.  Hey that is pretty good considering in the past few days it has only been tenths of a pound, so yes I’m happy for this loss because now I can say that I’ve lost 23 pounds in 31 days.

But enough about last month, this is a new month and I can already see that it is going to be a problem.  So why do I believe it will be a problem, well Thanksgiving is 2 weeks away and that means that I will have to help fix all of the dinner so all we have to do on that day is heat up things.

I’m hoping that my family gets there early enough so we can all sit down together and have a meal rather than me run out the door wishing them a good Thanksgiving on my way to work.  Now don’t get me wrong, I actually enjoy working the holidays and I get to use them at another time throughout the year or get paid for them at the end of the year.  Like today, I had about 33 hours of unused personal and holiday pay coming to me so that is a nice bonus but I need to build up my vacation hours because I keep on having a feeling that something is coming down the road and I will need to use almost all of my time.

Exactly what I might have to use those many hours for I’m not quite sure and since I haven’t been in trouble at work and losing any vacation time, I need to make sure the time is there just in case.  I wish I could figure out what or why I keep on having that feeling but I think I will be needing it in the next year.  I hope not because I want to be a vacation hour hoarder….LOL.  Sorry I think that just sounds funny.  Oh wait, losing my way again.

I think one of the reasons that I was able to lose that amount of weight was because of the amount of water that I took in yesterday.  I had close to 90 oz of water, but not quite there but it was a dramatic increase from what I had been drinking for the last week or so.  I’ve noticed that since I’ve been on this diet I don’t seem to be quite as thirsty but then again it could all be in my head, more than likely it is and that is why the slow down in weight loss.

Back on track, I’m trying to stay focused on the amount of water I’m drinking and I think that is going to make a difference.  I’ve read information on increasing your water intake when you get stuck at a particular weight and it can help you over the hump and put you back on track to losing.  So now I’m going to be doing this so I can get past this small hump and get my body back into the losing mode.

One think I didn’t realize was that I had been forgetting to take my BP medication, one because the pill that I should take the NP (Nurse Practitioner) will not renew the Rx unless I come in and see her and I really don’t think we have much to talk about.  I don’t trust her since I told her I was not going to have a certain test done and what does she doe, she signs me up for the test, so I paid $50 to see this specialist only to have me tell her that I’m not doing the test.

So I’m going to take the too powerful pill and hope that taking it every other day will bring my BP back under control.  It had been working for the first couple of weeks doing it that way but I tend to forget things and taking my meds is just one of the things I forget.  Please I know how important it is to take it but I just forget, so I’m going to try and remember to take it again on Saturday since I took the strong pill because I remember that being a little bit calmer during the first week and things didn’t bother me as much and maybe it was because of the medicine.

But then again things have gotten a lot more stressful at work especially with the holidays.  So besides my regular tasks I have to help people sign up for a Christmas assistance program and I would say my phone calls have doubled and I keep explaining things over and over again and then they come into my station and don’t have what they need and try begging and using stories but last time I allowed it, I got a lecture about sticking to the rules.  Sometimes I really hate my job around the winter holidays, because the Christmas assistance program.

Wow, I got stressed just talking about it so I had to push back from the desk and take a couple of deep breaths.  Come on BP meds, work good and work fast.

Getting back on topic of PDE, I realize that I ate my meals within a 6-7 hours and so I’m going to try and keep it the same today.  Now I will admit that I had a little bit of tummy rumble but instead of eating I drank more water and that worked kind of well.  I say kind of well because I woke up twice last night needed to use the facilities.  But hey if it works then I’m all for it.  But I made sure I really ate quite well when I did eat.  So now it is time for me to eat so I’ll wrap this up.  So Yay!! I lost 32 pounds in 31 days.

P D E – Day 31

Yippy, and Finally….it only took 30 days for me to finally lose a full 22 pounds.  Yeah I know it was only 0.5 pounds from yesterday but considering lately I’ve only been losing 0.2 or 0.3 pounds, I’ll take the 1/2 pound loss.

I’m hoping this won’t come back to slow me down but I added 1/2 tablespoon of picante sauce to my baked potato which I had for lunch.  Usually I need a little something extra but today I guess it was the 1/2 pound loss that made me decide that was enough for me.  Now I must admit that last night as I ate my dinner, I added some salt onto my mashed potatoes that were inside semi-crunch potato skins.  The skins were only semi-crunchy because they were not freshly cooked but left over from lunch but warming them up sure helped a lot.  I filled up also with boiled potatoes with some salt and drank water but not nearly enough water.

Today I went to the grocery store and actually bought baking potatoes and had one of those for lunch which helped filled me up since I was starving.  I’m hoping that I can dramatically increase my water intake and that will help me continue to lose weight.

I’m having a hard time trying to read more about the Bulletproof Diet because I learned that it really isn’t much different from Primal Blueprint.  I think I would rather stay with Primal once I finish my PDE, but that is a long way off….68 more pounds to be specific so I guess for now I’ll not worry about it.

I’m looking at the calendar and seeing that Thanksgiving is in 2 weeks so I need to concentrate on losing as much weight as possible because the truth is I’m going to be eating the normal Thanksgiving feast.  However, two years ago while I was dropping off my mother in his city so my sister-in-law and my mother could go to South Africa, my brother made a comment my possibly being diabetic because I was so fat and he asked me if I’ve ever tried to lose any weight because I was too fat.

Oh gee, did he think that I didn’t look in a mirror and see my weight?  I have yet to return to my brother’s house, it is my way of not wanting to listen to him giving unwanted or unsolicited advice.  I now try to limit my contact with my brother because I really don’t need to be lectured AGAIN about my weight because I wake up each morning wishing I could figure out the best means to lose the weight.  So here we go, he is coming over for Thanksgiving because they are going to South Africa for Christmas to be with their daughters, so once again the Thanksgiving responsibility has fallen into our lap, my mothers and mine.  Oh yippy, skippy, can you see how overjoyed I am.

There is one lucky thing though, I get to leave shortly after we eat our Thanksgiving lunch and yes we make it lunch time because I have to go to work.  Well I could call in and there are enough people working to work for me but they are all making plans to do things at their station with the people they work with, so I won’t ruin their time.  Besides, it will take me away from even more temptation.

However, like a fool I asked for the next day off but my other brothers will be there too so I will be limited my interactions.  Oh so since my other brothers will be in town, this means that we’re probably going to go out and have dinner somewhere else because we probably won’t be eating turkey two days in a row…or maybe we will.  Either way, I want to be able to wear some of my older clothes that can show that I have lost some weight.

Although 22 pounds is a good amount, I would love for it to be 25 or more which would be good but in order for that to happen I’m going to have to drink a lot more water and maybe try to limit the time in which I eat.  Now don’t get me wrong, I would like to yes show off my weight gain, but I really just want to feel better about myself and not cringe every time I look in a full length mirror.  Besides I would love the idea of being able to cosplay, not that I think I will be able to make the costume I desire in time but it would be nice to be able to do something like that.

Now where was I…oh yeah, losing weight.

So maybe I’m getting back on track but I guess I won’t really know until I weigh in tomorrow.  I know I shouldn’t stress because it also puts on the pounds but my friend is losing weight fast and pretty soon she will leave me behind in the dust in the weight loss area and I was the one who encouraged her to try this.

Oh but wait, you remember how I said in one of my earlier posts about one of my friends texting me at 0400 hrs, well my massage therapist had asked what I was doing to lose weight and I told him about it but didn’t have enough facts so I suggested he read a book called Potato Hack so at 0700hrs he texted me, waking me up to tell me he read the book in one day.  I hate waking up before I have too and especially this morning because the rain kept on dripping on my window A/C unit and it was okay if it was a constant drip pattern but it would be erratic once in a while and would wake me up because they must have been big heavy drops.  So didn’t get much sleep and right now I think I could probably sleep at least 8 hours.

I’m going to have to learn not to leave my message alert on when I go to bed, maybe then I won’t risk being woken up too early.  So maybe now that I loss 1/2 pound in one day maybe I can lose another 1/2 or more.  Personally, I keep on trying and hoping for a bigger weight loss but I won’t know anything until tomorrow.  So it’s potato skins with mashed potatoes and boiled potatoes on the menu for tonight’s dinner.  Now doesn’t that sound yummy!!  It sounds yummy since that is all I had time to prepare and have to eat.  I’ll probably have some coffee when I get home.  I found that if I drink my black coffee, I can go to sleep shortly after where it used to weigh too heavily on my tummy when I used to add the ‘stuff’ in it, but plain black seems to be okay for now.  Shit, I’m getting used to black coffee….bummer.

P D E – Days 24 & 25

Yes, yes, yes, I know it is combo time and the only excuse for it is because …. wait, I’m thinking about a good excuse.  Okay the truth is I just forgot.  So now that I’m here, guess I had better get busy and start typing and letting you know what is happening with me.

So I woke up a little late but managed to step up on the scale, cringing because I know that I probably didn’t lose anything.  Letting go of a sigh, I stepped up on the scale.  I lost 2.4 pounds, so I’m at 200.4 pounds.  I hadn’t had a bit of weight loss like this since the first week I was on this diet.  But I didn’t have time to relax, I had to take my mother grocery shopping and get a few things for me.  I needed paper plates, allergy pills and some more napkins.  Kind of boring when the other items in the cart is a large bag of russet potatoes and Yukon gold potatoes.  But it is working so I’m okay with my cart.

My mother was so impressed with what has been happening to me that she decided that she was going to on it too.  Her weight loss has not been as dramatic but she only has 15 pounds to lose while I have 70.4 pounds to lose before I hit my final goal weight.  I think it is realistic especially considering how well things have been going lately for me.

On Thursday I went to my hair stylist who tried to get me on one of these shakes where you put all sorts of healthy shit in it to include some very expensive oil, either flax or Omega something or some other one that goes bad after about a month.  She lost 25 pounds in 3 months of being on the shake and she was very happy because it also decreased her inflammation.  I told her about this little gem of a diet plan that I’ve been doing and she kept telling me that potatoes only would cause more inflammation but I assured her that is not the case.

I was beginning to wonder if I shouldn’t have followed the rules Penn talked about, Rule #1, You don’t talk about Potato Diet; Rule #2 you don’t talk about Potato Diet.

Well at the end of the appointment she seemed hesitant but said she would consider it.  I wasn’t asking her to commit, I was just telling her about my small amount of success.  So Saturday I had text her about my 20 pound weight loss and she was still talking about how I shouldn’t give myself a day off and to stay steady.

However, I do like Tim Steele’s idea of only doing it for a few days at a time.  I went almost 13 days without breaking it, only making the potato tortillas and when I saw that the potato starch wasn’t a good thing in my body.

She texted me on Day 24, telling me that she had gone on the diet on Monday and now by Wednesday she had lost 6 pounds already.  She is a believer in this and she noticed she didn’t have as much inflammation.

I still can’t believe how simple this diet has been and although it really hasn’t been real easy because let’s face it, eating potatoes all of the time is BORING!!  I’m half tempted to change like Penn did but he had a choice between beans, potatoes or corn on the cob.  Well at least when I eat potatoes I get some nutritional value from them and there is some nutritional value from beans but you get nothing from corn.  I mean when you next eat corn, take a look and see that it has not changed from when you chewed it and swallowed it.  If I change to anything, then I’m going to change to beans but I highly doubt it because I really don’t want to be farting all the time at work.  So I guess I’ll stick with potatoes.

 

Day 25

So I got up and stepped up on the scale and was extremely disappointed.  It showed me to be 200.6, meaning that I had gained 0.2 pounds.  It was a little early for me to be weighing-in so I started doing things about the house.  A little later I stepped up and got a very pleasant surprise, I lost 0.6 pounds, taking me down to 199.8 pounds.  I made it below 200 again which is what I’ve been hoping would happen and at least it didn’t take forever to lose it like it did last time I had a cheat day.

Yesterday when I was shopping with my mother she said she was going to take that night as a cheat night and told her that was okay especially if she felt like she wanted to do it but later she called me at work and said she was sticking to the diet and that she might take a meal off this weekend when I take a day off.  I didn’t really say anything on that day.  Today she asked me what day this weekend I was taking off and she would wait until them to take her cheat day too.

Seeing that I just got below 200, I told her I wasn’t sure if I was going to be taking a day off this weekend or not because I really don’t want to be hovering at 200 pound mark for very long especially with Thanksgiving coming.  I do not plan to be on this diet during that time, I plan to have turkey and dressing and all of the good stuff that I usually only eat once a year.  Only I will have them in very small amounts.

Thankfully I’m below 200, not by much but I’m below it and that is what counts.  The phone calls at work is giving me a headache so I think I’m going to make some coffee and drink a lot of water so it will help flush things.  So my happiness has been spoiled a bit by the wackos who call into my work phone and do their best to make my life a living hell today.  Right now I want to rip the phone out of the wall so it won’t ring any more…or at least until the phone people come by but since I’m an adult I’ll just be frustrated and count the minutes until I’m away from work.

P D E – Day 23

I like the number 23 for some reason but today I got a good reason again to like it.  I didn’t lose very much weight from my eating yesterday but that is because I haven’t been taking in as much water as I previously did and I must admit to a small sprinkling of salt, about a pinch if that much.  However, I seem to have grown accustomed to drinking my coffee black; still a little bit yuck but I don’t think I will be putting much in my coffee when I’m not required to drink it black.

Well I stepped up on the scale this morning it showed I only had a 0.3 pound loss.  Yes I know it isn’t much of a loss but at least it was a loss and that is what I’m working for….losing weight and I really don’t want to find what I lost…LOL!  I think the moral is that I need to be more selective when I take a break from the diet but this time as I did my break I thought a little bit better of what I was eating on my first cheat day but the second day I was tired, exhausted and not feeling happy especially after my experience at the con.  So I ordered out and brought it home and ate all the wrong things but then as I told you took something to flush my system.

Perhaps I’m a little bit slower in losing on my first day back is because after the flushing I gave my system, it needed time to get the proper bacteria back into my gut so then I can get back on track to losing more weight.

Oh I discovered something today and I’m sorry I didn’t figure this out before.  So it is possible that my microwave is about to go out and it is okay because it is a touch over 20 years old; so the thing I noticed is that not all of the food is heated up equally.  So I took a russet potato, cut it in half, turned the cut half to the bottom of the wax-coated paper plate, then cooked it for almost 2 minutes, then turned it over and cooked it for shy of 2 minutes.  Well I noticed that it seemed sort of dry which meant that I probably nuked too much of the moisture out of it.  I hate dry potatoes so I took some of my water and poured over the potato half and then sort of mashed it down with my fork and did this a couple of times until it resembled mashed potatoes but left it in the shell of the potato skin.  I ate it (yes the skin too) and it reminded me of twice baked potatoes.  It changed up the texture a bit and that really was a nice change.

Now there aren’t really too many different ways to prepare potatoes plain except to boil, bake or broil and broiling doesn’t really turn out that well, most of the time the potatoes stick.  I use the microwave, boil them or use my airfryer but even that gets tiring…oh yeah I also blend them in mixer so they come out mashed.  So pretending that these are twice baked potatoes is the newest way for me to eat the potatoes and for now my brain is fooled and my taste buds only partially fooled.

So I was talking with someone about this and they were sad because they weren’t losing weight as rapidly as me.  I had to remind her that she only had 15 pounds to lose where I had 90 pounds to lose so yeah in the beginning the weight quickly disappeared.  But it has been a struggle for me, not so much this week as I started back on plain potato eating.

I’m sitting here thinking that if I hadn’t had that very first cheat day I probably would have lost more by this time but that is water under the bridge and I’ve lost those pounds.  Then I reached the 20 pound goal and made it but then allowed myself to have not 1 cheat meal but one whole day and one cheat meal which I split and ate at different times.  So if my final goal is to lose 90 pounds, with the 20 pound loss I would have only had 70 pounds to go but my 3.4 pounds put a damper on things but still I ate within reason yesterday.  As of today I have 72.8 pounds to lose and it may not seem like much but the more I look at it the more I realize that the last time I was down this much in weight was in 2000 when I went to Spain/Portugal/Rock of Gibraltar and I ended up losing 22 pounds in 17 days.  I was 16 years younger back then and despite eating whatever I wanted, I had kept it off for several months after my trip.

I know my goal is obtainable although it isn’t the weight I would like to weigh but I figured one step at a time.  I’m thinking about doing some light HITT cycling so let me explain in case I didn’t do it before.  I read that in order to decrease the size of one’s thighs, they should do HITT exercises and they said if doing it on the bike to keep the pedals spinning fast and not to be climbing hills.

Of course I nervous that this might make my muscles kick in and then I wouldn’t be allowing the potatoes to do their magic on my body but I really dread just sitting around and looking at how large my thighs have gotten.  So since I’m not so sure if I’m going to mess things up, maybe I’ll put off the spinning of pedals for a bit.

It may seem silly to you especially since I have such a long way to go but I think that I only have a little over 70 pounds to go and 70 is so much lower than 90 and although it isn’t much I feel as if this time I can make my goal.  I don’t imagine myself to be able to lose 100 pounds in 84 days like Penn Jillette, but I would love to be at my final goal weight by Christmas but I’m sure I’ll need a bit more time to hit my goal; however, it won’t stop me from hoping.

It is easy and sometimes I’m worried that it might be too easy for me so when I take a cheat day or meal everything will come back on my body.  For the first time in a long time I’m able to actually feel as if my work pants are too big but I’m wearing my new work pants because my old one split in the butt area.  Maybe that was another reason for me needing to go on a diet.

So I decided to start saving to buy a new recumbent trike besides still saving for my car.  I don’t plan on doing a loan for either one so that means I’m going to have to really save if I want the car of my choice rather than the car of my meager means.  Then I want to buy my recumbent trike that folds and has front and rear end suspension so when I finally am able to complete my ride I can do it a little bit more comfortably.  At least the trike will cost less but by then hopefully all of the bugs will be worked out and I will be significantly lighter and will be ready to use the trike to complete my trike journey.

Well back to reality, I did buy an aero press to make coffee and I like it because it will allow me to make coffee and/or espresso.  I don’t know if I want to try espresso right now because the truth is I don’t do a good job with espresso on other machines and I can’t seem to handle it nor can I seem to get it to come out with crema.  Any who I don’t really drink espresso straight, it is much too strong and I need add the frothed milk so I can handle the drink so it will be a while.  But then again I’m now drinking coffee black….maybe…not.

Okay time to go for now, so I’m very slowly losing weight, but still losing after my binge.  Time to pay for my taste buds’ pleasure.

P D E – Day 20

Yes I know I skipped a day but it will be made up here.  Let’s start out by say day 19 was a very busy day.  It was the start of the convention and at first I thought it was me that was feeling funky but nope, it was the convention that wacked me out.  I met someone I work with and all he did was follow me around like a puppy dog which bugged the crap out of me.  I didn’t mind seeing some of the stuff with him but he didn’t give any input into what he wanted to see but then again there wasn’t much to see since the only panels were private panels where you had to pay extra money or the 100 seats filled up before I even got to the door.

You would think that I would have been in a good mood because I was one pound away from my short temporary goal.  Oh yeah so I stepped on the scale in the morning and my weight was 201.0 pounds.  I had hoped to be down to 200 pounds but that didn’t happen…yet.  I want to stay on it until I hit 200 and then give myself a break before jumping back on the diet wagon.

So basically although I was anxious because I was one pound away, the convention did nothing to brighten my spirits.  I liked seeing a few vendors who recognized me from other cons and of course they loved me taking out my card and buying things.  I got home and my feet were aching.  I had just gone out and bought new tennis shoes and special pads for my shoes and wore them all day at the con.  Unfortunately my feet were still sore so I used a peppermint scrub on them and reduced some of the inflammation and cooled the heat in my feet.

 

Day 20

I was extremely anxious.  If I just wouldn’t have given myself that cheat day then I would probably already be down to my short term goal weight but no, I had a cheat day and a partial cheat night and I have been paying the price.

Back to stepping on the scale, I took a deep breath and stepped up expecting to see no change.  SURPRISE!!!!   I was down to 199.7 pounds.  I had gotten below the 200 mark.  At first I thought that this was the lowest I had been since the 1990’s but then I remembered I had gotten to 190 around 2003 only to remember my scale was broken so when I bought a new scale it showed I was only 205.  So I made it on day 20.

 

I LOST 20 POUNDS IN 19 DAYS OF DIETING !!!!!!!!

 

For me this is the first time that I’ve ever been successful at losing this much weight.  I’ve never lost more than 15 pounds at the very most but quickly gained it back.  I know I’m going to gain some back when I take a break but for now I lost a whole 20.3 pounds in 19 days.  This is incredible.

So I went off to the con feeling happy about my loss so I decided to give myself something different.  I scrambled some eggs and made a bacon/egg sandwich.  Yes I know bad for eating bread but I wasn’t going to carry around a baggie of cold scrambled eggs.  I didn’t even have time to eat them at home, so I made the sandwich and rushed off to the con so I could get good parking.  I ate half of the sandwich when I got to my parking spot, trying to savor the taste and texture and saved the other half for later in the con if I got hungry.

I got hungry later and enjoyed my lunch and drank lots of water but that was when I got home.  I wasn’t about to pay $4 for a 17oz bottle of water which was what they were charging.  I wish I could have run across a street vendor who was selling them for $1 and I would have bought one then.  So I drank the two bottles of water I brought and went a little thirsty.

Did I say I was disappointed with the con on Friday…well I figured it being Saturday things would be better….WRONG!  Saturday was a horrible day, nothing was done on time, they cut short the panels which upset the guests and attendees, in short, they did a terrible job which was bringing me down from my earlier high about losing the weight.

So rather than dwell on an unhappy subject, I’m just going to leave on a high note.  I lost 20 pounds in 19 days of eating potatoes and not doing any exercising.  Oh how I love the spud.