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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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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A Closet Catastrophe – Diet Day 70

“We’re out of hangers.” It’s amazing how those four tiny words can make my wife go completely insane. I’m not exactly sure why she loses her mind over something as simple as a molded piece of plastic with a hook on it. Maybe she has some deep seeded fear that Captain Hook will sweep in and take her to Neverland and make her walk the plank? Regardless of the reason behind her psychotic hanger behavior the fact remains that once someone utters those four words there is going to be trouble.

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Losing Weight in All the Wrong Places – Diet Day 69

When I began to contemplate going on a diet I had to go through a self-evaluation. I knew that if I started this journey that I wanted to be fully committed to reaching my goal. The last thing I wanted was to stop or give up part way through. Part of this evaluation was to understand whether I needed to lose weight and where. By where I didn’t mean “in the house” or “on the sofa” but rather which parts of my body was I hoping to “re-shape”.

The photographs that were taken at our last family vacation to Disneyland last fall made it blatantly obvious where I needed to lose a few pounds. My midsection had gotten a little rounder than I had remembered in the past making most of my pants and shorts tighter than they were.

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Baby It’s Cold Inside – Diet Day 68

One constant throughout our marriage has been my wife Trina’s continual complaints about being cold. It doesn’t seem to matter what the ambient temperature is, it is not nearly warm enough for her. The reason for her being cold is likely the fact that the woman has little or no body fat to insulate her. She weighs within a few pounds of when she was in high school and by within a few I think she is actually less now than she was then.

I remember when we were thinking about moving away from Idaho and I asked her if she had any preferences. He response was, “anywhere warm”. I suggested Arizona but that it got very hot there. She suggested that there was nowhere outside the surface of the sun that would be too warm. I took that challenge and to her word she hasn’t complained even when summer temperatures reach 120 degrees.

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Strange Things as a Result of this Diet – Diet Day 67

Do you ever have one of those days where you stumble out of bed, stagger into the bathroom and stare at the mirror and ask yourself, “Who are you and what have you done with Jeff?” Well unless your name is Jeff you probably haven’t had one of those days and I’m here to tell you that you’re pretty lucky that you haven’t.

Today was one of those days where I didn’t even recognize who I was any more. It’s not so much the weight loss although I am getting more and more comments about how thin I am getting especially in my face and neck. No I am talking about something much more sinister and thought provoking.

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