Finishing March with a Bang – Diet Day 79

Buoyed by the results of yesterday’s weigh-in I am beginning to look forward to the end of the fat-burning phase of my weight loss journey. I am now within two pounds of my goal and it feels great.

I have to believe that the size I am at this point will be the same size I will be when I hit that elusive 170-pound mark. I have already gone through my closet once but it is time to do a little more weeding of old clothes. The first pass was going through T-shirts and polo shirts, which have been a fashion staple for most of my adult life.

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Weigh-in Day Part XI – Diet Day 78

It’s Friday and for the past 11 weeks it has been the one-day of the week that I both looked forward to and dreaded in equal amounts. It’s kind of like that Rebecca Black song. On the one hand you absolutely detest hearing that thing yet once you hear it you can’t get it out of your head for hours.

Friday is official weigh-in day for me. It is that time when I have to face my worst fears. I have to step onto the scale and see that number that represents my current weight. It’s funny, I shouldn’t really care but I do. After all, I am following the plan and doing everything in my power to stay true to the weight loss program.

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Choosing the Right – Diet Day 77

Before I started this diet my favorite vegetable was whatever I could up melted cheese on to mask the taste. To me vegetables were a necessary evil and if I had my way I would use them just as garnishes to add color to my plate.

Our dining room plates consist of white 12 inch Corningware with a black and white checker pattern around the edge. The pattern is important since it acts as a visual aid of where the plate boundaries are. I thought of these as the guardrails to the plate similar to those found on the Interstate. They helped to contain all the food that I would load on my plate every meal.

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I Need More Pants – Diet Day 76

Less than three weeks ago I celebrated my birthday. When my wife and kids asked what I wanted as a gift I did not respond with my desire to get some electronic gadget or something baseball related. No, what I really wanted was a new pair of pants.

Yeah you read that right. I wasn’t asking for the new Apple iPad or a new lens for my Nikon camera. I didn’t ask for a gold leaf All-Star baseball or an autographed bat from the Arizona Diamondbacks. I just wanted a pair of jeans that didn’t fall off my waist or hips.

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Fear of Succeeding – Diet Day 75

When I began my weight loss journey using the Take Shape for Life program I secretly worried that I would not be successful. I had never been on a diet before and I wondered whether I would have the self-discipline to stay on track. I had heard horror stories of other people trying to lose weight only to see all of their hard work go for naught and they came away discouraged, disappointed, and still heavy.

What if despite all of my hard work I didn’t lose any weight? I’m a very results oriented person and I wasn’t exactly sure how I would react if my body just didn’t want to go into fat burning state or stay there. I was investing a lot of time and money into this program and I didn’t want to look back at this experience and say I failed.

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Planning the Normandy Invasion

Ever have one of those moments when you think to yourself, “What was I thinking when I suggested THAT?” Yeah this is definitely one of those days for me. At some point of my youngest daughter Whitney’s high school years I suggested that when she was a senior I would let her choose where she wanted to go for her graduation trip.

Beginning with my oldest daughter I had instituted an incentive where the graduating senior would be allowed to pick where we went for family vacation the summer before they went away for college. At the time it seemed like a good idea to help them gain a few more memories before leaving the nest and starting their new chapter in life.

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Dieting While Traveling – Diet Day 73

One of the things I have realized during my time on this weight loss program is that the more things you can get control of in your life the better your chances for success. For example, if you can somehow manage to stay close to home where you can control what food you have access to, appliances to prepare the food, and minimalize the outside temptations then it’s pretty easy to stay on task. It is when you introduce variables into the equation that things can get dicey.

I’ve been fortunate that for the most part I have not had to be too far from home during the past 10 weeks. Sure I have had to go back and forth to the office to work but I was able to manage what meal replacements I could bring. This allowed me to manage around some of the measuring and special cooking instructions and keep the distractions to a manageable level.

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I’m Melting! – Diet Day 72

We have had a very odd winter in Arizona. Typically this is the time of year when we see unseasonably cold weather with temperatures in the 40’s and 50’s, cloud cover, and an occasional rainstorm. Instead this year we are seeing high temperatures in the 80’s with a chance that we could reach 90 degrees by the weekend. It’s hard to garner a lot of sympathy from family and friends when you tell them how mild the winter has been or that you may have to turn on the air conditioning in March.

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Weigh-in Day, Drum Roll Please – Diet Day 71

“Hey kids, what time is it?” If you said, “It’s Howdy Doody time!” then you are seriously old. If you have no idea who Howdy Doody is you need to rush over to YouTube and search for Howdy Doody. If for no other reason, you can laugh at your parents for what they used to watch on television. Despite what my children may think, I am not old enough to have actually seen this program but my parents did and they used to sing the theme song to me. That may explain a lot of why I am as warped as I am.

No, today is not Howdy Doody time but it is just as fun. Today is official weigh-in day and marks double-digit weeks that I have been on the Take Shape For Life diet. Just a couple of months ago I was lounging around the house in an extra large shirt carrying a large bowl of Lucky Charms cereal from my computer to the couch to watch television thinking that I was the epitome of great health. I weighed in at a little over 210 pounds and suffered from high blood pressure, asthma, allergies, acid-reflux disease, a fatty liver, and some sort of pre-cancerous condition (I have no idea what that means even to this day).

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