Making the Transition Day 4

Since reaching my weight loss goal I have shifted from the weight loss portion of my journey to health to a maintenance mode. In order to go from fat burning to maintenance means that I have a transition period where I will begin to add back in calories and foods that were not part of the weight loss plan.

This is a time period I was both looking forward to and dreading. On the one hand it meant that I had reached my weight loss goal but on the other hand it meant giving up the safety net of a structured eating plan that I just had to robotically follow instead of making food decisions on my own.

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First Pete Then Repeat- Transition Day 2

One of the most interesting aspects of my weight loss journey has been people’s reaction when they see me for the first time in a while. The groups of people fall into two distinct categories. The first group attempts to be nonchalant about their observation not really wanting to mention the obvious changes that have occurred. While they may think I look different they don’t really dare ask for fear that they could be wrong.

These people wait hoping someone else asks whether I have lost weight or not. It’s funny, once the subject is broached they are very inquisitive asking all kinds of questions such as how much weight I lost and more importantly how did I do it.

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The End to a Perfect Phase – Diet Day 84

Today marks the 12-week point of my weight loss adventure. My goal when I started was to hopefully be through the fat-burning phase before Opening Day of the Major League Baseball season. For the Arizona Diamondbacks that day is tomorrow.

At the time I didn’t think there was any way possible that I would be able to lose 40 pounds let alone before April 6th. Instead I hit that mark three days prior meaning today is the final day of fat burning.

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A Picture is Worth a 1,000 Calories – Diet Day 83

Never has the old adage “a picture is worth a 1,000 words” echoed so loudly as when you are trying to lose weight. Before I began this journey to become healthier I tried my best to stay away from cameras. It is said that a camera will add 5-10 pounds to a person’s looks. I felt it was more like 20-30 pounds.

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Goooooaaaaalllll! – Diet Day 82

On January 13th 2012 I made the decision that I needed to be healthier. My weight had progressively risen over the years to a point where I now weighed 210.5 pounds. My Body Mass Index (BMI) was 27.7, which was at the high end of the overweight category nearing obesity. I was taking two medications for high blood pressure and even with the help of daily pills my ratings were 146/95. My health was deteriorating and I felt miserable.

A recent visit to my doctor was a wake-up call. I had two cancer scares and the doctor explained that unless I changed my lifestyle and took better care of myself I would likely not be around very long. One of the first suggestions he made was to lose some weight and begin an exercise program.

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Loose Changes – Diet Day 81

Outside of my family, baseball is the thing I love the most. If you ask my wife and kids there are some times when baseball is the most important thing in my life but that’s not true. When I thought about going on a weight loss program, I did so with the understanding that I would do this as long as it didn’t interfere with baseball.

I didn’t want to have to worry about eating diet food or having my head not be in the game. I’ll be the first to admit that I love going to the game and partaking of the sights, sounds, and more importantly tastes of the game.

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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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