Stealth Diet Update 9/24/14 (Day 43)

Weight: 379.2 pounds
Loss since 8/12/14 (42 days): 36.8 pounds
Loss since top weight (423.6 on 9/13/10): 44.4 pounds

I have been trying to find a good way to share my food diary from the day before here and I am getting nowhere… best I could do is to make a PDF out of it and post a link… not sure if this would be beneficial to any of you, but it might be to me so I am starting a new category which is My Food Diary… posts can be seen HERE

Stealth Diet Update 9/23/14 (Day 42)

Weight: 379.0 pounds
Loss since 8/12/14 (42 days): 37.0 pounds
Loss since top weight (423.6 on 9/13/10): 44.6 pounds

(Note: on the graph above you will see where the yellow and red lines jump down.. this is when I reset them to make it more effective.. if you leave the lines the same from day one it makes it easy to slack off as there is a lot of distance to gain before you hit a line.. so resetting them lower makes it have more incentive to stick with it.)

So as expected my weight loss has slowed… I was at a bad plateau for a while…  oh course that makes it harder to stick to the calorie limit but I have been able to do it so far.  I have been struggling eating much during the day (breakfast and lunch) and then eating a lot for dinner.. this is not the best way to do this.. am still using the MyFitnessPal app on my phone religiously and using their website as well, www.myfitnesspal.com… I track everything that I eat and drink and often plan out my meal on there first and then serve myself accordingly… This planning helps the most when eating out…

I have been trying to diversify my foods… I have added hard boiled eggs to my diet and some more fruit… but one of my downfalls has been diet sodas… I have been drinking too much of this and need to limit them to 1 a day and increase my water intake.My moods have not been good.. grumpiness from the diet and have had no motivation at all for anything.  Am going to try my best to stay focused and try to not be in a bad mood.. I should be in a good mood since I am sticking to this and losing weight, right?

My health has been good.. I definitely feel an improvement overall… When I walk a flight of stairs I am not winded… It feels like my low back issue is a little better… My Peripheral Neuropathy pain in both feet is still constant and at times severe… I am hopeful that at some point the weight loss will help, but there is a good chance that it won’t help.  I plan to schedule an appointment with my doctor when I hit 10% of my body weight lost (41.6 pounds will be 10%) and have a physical… when I hit 41.6 lost that will mean I have lost 21% of my goal loss of 198 pounds…

No one has said anything about me losing weight but I think it isn’t real obvious to others yet… For me my belly is MUCH smaller… it isn’t hard and protruding as much as it has.. I have been using notches in my belts that haven’t been used in awhile… I have worn a couple of shirts that were too tight to wear before.. so all in all I am happy with my progress so far.

Exercise is still something I need to dive into… there are no excuses really other than me just not doing it.  I don’t need anything to go for a walk, ride the exercise bike, play the fitness games on xBox with Kinex…

No one commented after my last post asking people to let me know if they are reading this blog.. so I guess I am doing this for just me at this point… but please comment if you do read this at some point.

Stealth Diet Update 9/16/14 (Day 35)

CaptureWeight: 384.8 pounds
Loss since 8/12/14 (35 days): 31.2 pounds
Loss since top weight (423.6 on 9/13/10): 38.8 pounds

Sticking to the plan still.. monitoring every calorie I intake and staying under the calorie goal.  My mood has been okay and there have been some really difficult days with cravings, mainly craving to just eat a whole bunch of anything…

Last Friday I had a big dinner.. I stayed under my calories but it was huge.. 18 oz boneless Rib-Eye, mashed potatoes, etc. but that and the weekend definitely tough… I started and eneded the weekend at 387.0 pounds.. so I need to figure out a better way to avoid food at home.

My plan this week is to stay extra focused and keep well under on the calorie limit… try to work some light exercise in at least a couple of days a week and keep pushing to that first milestone.. losing 42 pounds (10% of my starting weight).. that would put me at 374 pounds ;)  If I can get back to the green line and stay there I would hit that goal in just 8 more days!!

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Stealth Diet Update 9/12/14 (day 31)

Capture091214NOTE:  This post wasn’t published on 9/13/14 when it was written.. I am posting now just so it is public.

Weight: 387.0 pounds
Loss since 8/12/14 (31 days): 29.0 pounds
Loss since top weight (423.6 on 9/13/10): 36.6 pounds

Exactly 4 years ago today I was at my all time high weight of 423.6 pounds…. I am still trying to get to a healthy weight but I do see recent progress toward my goal weight of 218.0.

Yesterday went well.  I stayed well under my calorie limit and lost 1.8 pounds.  Could have saved more but Pineapple juice was the an issue… I wanted to drink the entire bottle.  Had BBQ Chicken for breakfast Veggies/fruit and pickles for lunch/snack and hamburger patty with cheese and rice with butter and soy sauce for dinner and a Skinny cow Mint Ice Cream sandwich for desert

Stealth Diet Update 9/11/14 (day 30)

So day 30 arrives and I kind of lost momentum here… I am currently 388.8 pounds,, that’s a loss of 27.2 pounds… which I am really happy with… I have been staying under on my calories (sometimes too far under.. more on that later) but have seen small increases in weight the last few days.. I am 2.8 pounds above my ‘green line’ of 1 pound per day.

Since I have been doing so well and this is day 30 I have reset the red and yellow lines (see chart above) I do this because as time progresses because if I dont the yellow and red lines stop being a factor.. for example on 9/10/14 I weight 388.2… that was 1.2 pounds over the green line… but it was 13.3 pounds below the yellow line.. and 18.1 pounds below the red line… if I didn’t reset them I would have too much wiggle room before I hit one of those lines.. resetting them means that I have to be focused and continue doing what I need to do to stay under the lines.

Leaving calories on the table… there have been days this week where I ate way under my caloric goal… Tuesday I ate only 790 calories of the 2440 I am allotted (leaving 1650)… yesterday I ate 1769 calories (leaving 671)  This may sound great but it really isn’t… if you don’t eat enough calories you body goes into ‘starvation mode’ and weight loss slows or stops.

Food has become a burden to me in some ways.. the cravings are horrible so I have to distance myself from food when I am craving it.  I have said before that it would be much easier if you could just stop eating at all.. like quitting smoking cold turkey… I quit a 2 pack a day habit over 10 years ago cold turkey… have had even a puff since… If I smoked a cigarette today I know I would be back up to two packs a day in less than a week… Dieting  is like telling a junkie “you need to kick your habit… but the catch is you have to use just a little everyday”  obviously that wouldn’t be very successful…  So now I sit there and instead of looking forward to dinner (for example) I loath it… Nothing sounds good to me except maybe the most fattening of junk foods.  I stay away from those and then have to eat something I don’t want.  last night Cece was busy and we planned for a late dinner (8:00pm) but that became 9:30 and I really didn’t want to go and I really didn’t want anything to eat at all… but I went to a Mexican place we like.. trying to find something that sounded good and was something that I could guesstimate the calories on prooved to me nearly impossible.. that and the mood I was in made it a bad situation.. Matthew ordered Fajitas… Jake ordered a huge burrito… Cece ordered a Carnitas plate… when it got to my turn I ordered a chicken Cesar salad with the dressing on the side… so not what I wanted… I made the best choice I could.. I had zero chips and salsa (the whole drug addict analogy again.. I would have been shoveling them in my mouth if I had just one chip)

The salad was fine… actually really good… but the smells from all the others food was overwhelming… this put me in a worse mood than before dinner… I know I get ‘grumpy’ when I diet for extended periods of time… and I am trying to be better this time and it is hard.  watching the food network (porn for fat people) is difficult, shopping for groceries is tough.  Driving past all the fast food places each day is almost impossible (I do get a Charbroiled BBQ Chicken sandwich from Carl’s Jr. most mornings as breakfast… 390 calories and very satisfying) None of this is getting easier… and I try to control my mood but I think it comes off as being distant .

Health wise I am okay.  No changes to the Neuropathy (Burning sensation on the soles of my feet along with occasional sharp pain just like someone is stabbing an ice pick into my feet) stays at a constant 4 on the pain scale. At times the pain goes up to 7 or 8… I will be scheduling a physical but I want to wait until I lose 40 pounds (about 10% of my starting weight)  Hoping that I may be able to get off of some of my medications at some point.  Not counting the over the counter stuff for allergies and pain pills for my feet  I take 5 different medications a day.. at total 13 pills a day… Add to that my vitamin, low dose aspirin, Claratin, Chlorotabs, Benedryl, Zantac… that is a total of 26 pills a day… I want to trim that down!

Steve's Spicy Weight Watchers Zero Point Soup

Yesterday I made a variation of the weight watcher zero point vegetable soup… When I was in weight watchers I made this soup often… over the years I have made it still but have of course made it not so ‘zero’ anymore… added Chorizo to it lately.. it makes it so much better ;)  So I went back to the basic recipe and added more bell peppers than usual because I like it pretty spicy… My recipe is here: Steve’s Spicy Soup Recipe

Sorry for the long rant… ;)

Steve’s Spicy Version Of Weight Watchers Zero Point Soup

20140910_180225bThis is a variation to the Weight Watcher Zero Point Soup.  There are many variations of it on line. The one I first made was this one.  If you search you will find Italian style, Mexican style, Asian style…

 

 

Ingredients:
4 Stalks of Celery – Diced
1 Yellow Onion – Diced
1 Pound Baby Carrots (or 1 pound of whole carrots cut into 1/2 inch rounds)
1 Tablespoon Oil
1 Garlic Clove (crushed(
1 Yellow Bell Pepper
2 Green Bell Peppers
1 Can Diced Tomatoes with Chiles
1 Jar Roasted Red Peppers (pureed in a food processor)
32 oz. Vegetable Stock
32 oz. Chicken Stock
8 oz Green Cabbage – Cut into approximately 1″ squares
1/2 Tablespoon Chili Powder (or to taste)
1/2 Tablespoon Salt (or to taste)
1/4 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper (or to taste)
1/4 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

In a large pot heat the olive oil on high… add the onions, celery and carrots.  Stir occasionally and cook until onions are translucent (maybe 5 minutes)  Then add crushed garlic and diced tomatoes.  Add the pureed roasted red peppers.  Stir.  Add salt and pepper.  Add the vegetable stock and chicken stock.  Stir and let it come to a boil.  Once boiling add the red and green bell peppers and bring to a boil again.  Once boiling reduce heat to simmer.

At this point you should taste the soup and add the Chile powder and Cayenne pepper as desired.  Add in small amounts, stir and taste again.  You may also want to add more salt.

Simmer and check the carrots to see if they are near being done.  Once they are close to done add the cabbage… simmer until carrots and cabbage are cooked.

This makes a LOT of soup… plan ahead for storage containers for the fridge and freezer… I usually eat a bowl (about 2 cups) for lunch and or dinner for several days… and still have more in the freezer.  You could certainly half the recipe in which case I would use either the Vegetable Stock or the Chicken Stock.. don’t open both and throw the rest away. Just use one of them.

Each cup has approximately 68 calories and it’s DELICIOUS!

Feel free to substitute the veggies just stay away from the starchy ones (Potatoes, corn, peas, etc.)