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Dan Nied’s Fortress of Weight Loss: Day 21

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Starting weight: 299
Last weigh-in: 287.8
Total pounds lost: 11.2
Pounds until 240: 47.8

Here’s the rundown, but with only approximations on fat and calories. Now that I am eating non-labeled vegetables, it’s kind of hard to tell. I will say, though, that I need to invest in some measuring spoons.

2 cups of honey nut cheerios
1 ½ cups of skim milk
Calories: 400
Fat: 2 grams (I am guessing. Forgot to read that label. Damn!)

1 serving (5 slices) of super duper lowfat salami
2 slices of whole wheat bread
Fat free mayo
Calories: 220
Fat: 3.5 grams

1 big ass salad with

Half a green pepper
1 medium-sized tomato
Several mushrooms
5 slices of super duper lowfat salami
2 servings of Just 2 Good Blue Cheese dressing

1 serving of nonfat cottage cheese
Calories: 340 (guessing)
Fat: 6 grams

Dinner 2
A few too many pretzels (in my defense, it was 9 p.m., and I had to scramble back to work from a game. A little less than half the bag was left over from the last shopping trip, and they were the only thing in the house I could eat while I was writing a story on deadline. Better than getting a whopper, eh?
Calories: 500?
Fat: 4 grams?

Dinner 3
3 lowfat hot dogs
Calories: 135
Fat: 4.5 grams

Total calories: 1,595
Total fat: 20 grams

Exercise: None.


So the salad was a big success, and I am grateful that I bought a lot of vegetables. However, after spending $114 on food Monday, I am realizing I might have a little too much in the house.

Certainly that’s not a bad problem to have, other than the fact that I shouldn’t have spent that much (the budget allows $100 every two weeks for food), I am quite worried that I will have a refrigerator full of rotten vegetables by this time next week. It’s happened before.

Still, though I didn’t break away from sodium-rich food (see salami and hot dogs above), I was happy to finally eat something green and unprocessed today. In fact, I’d venture to say that salad was easily the best thing I had all day.

Although there is a bit of a catch on all this. Let’s examine Tuesday’s eating a bit. However, we’ll throw away the pretzels because those were kind of an emergency time-crunch grab. Well check it out: Honey Nut Cheerios, lowfat salami and hot dogs, and a salad. Not a bad haul, eh?

See, I thoroughly enjoy all of those things, and that is why I actually look forward to eating in the morning. A little bit of an admission here: I was more excited to crack open that box of Honey Nut Cheerios on Tuesday than I was about eating the off-day pizza on Sunday. For one, there wasn’t any guilt associated with the cereal. Hell, if I don’t eat a good breakfast, I will be pissed at myself. So I actually had to have that bowl of cereal.

As for the lowfat salami, I have been looking for that product for months. Finally I found it on Monday, and I had to shell out $5 to get a decent-sized package of small salami slices that don’t taste like total shit and had 60 calories and 1.5 grams of fat for every five slices.

I mean, seriously, if that doesn’t scream “Fuck Yeah!”, I don’t know what does.

Of course, what definitely screams “Fuck Yeah!” are the hot dogs. Before, I was just living off of regular old fat free turkey dogs, which are great by all means. But I recently discovered that Hebrew National, the same people that bring you the 1-pound, 32-grams of fat footlong artery-clogging sausage, also makes hot dogs that have only 45 calories and 1.5 grams of fat. While they may not pack that hurts-so-good, heart-attack-inducing kick of the 32-gram of fat dog (and really, if you haven’t, please try that. It’s the Hummer of hot dogs), they are still pretty tasty when grilled on the Foreman.

And, as we noted, the salad was great.

I suppose the whole point of my telling you this is to just give you a sense of where you can cut calories while still eating some things you love. Obviously, I am no advocate of healthy living (if I was, I wouldn’t be doing my second weight-loss blog right now), but the lowfat versions of your favorite foods are the perfect way to make a radical change not so radical.

Good news from the scales this morning. After Sunday’s binge, and a decent Monday, I was down to 287.8 pounds. Since I was bracing myself for something around 291, I was happy.

However, I know how this game is played. We’ll see what the scale says on Wednesday.

Still, I am wondering if this is a perfect opportunity for me to begin a steady decline in weight loss. The real short term goal here is to keep the number going down every day.

If I am 287.8 one day, I can’t be upset with 287.4 the next, right? That’s a sign of progress. The only thing that screws with my head is when the number jumps for some unknown reason. To avoid that, I am trying to eliminate all variables by drinking plenty of water during the day, and eating the vegetables in an effort to up my regularity. Hopefully you’ll never have to hear about my backed up bowels ever again. I think we can all be thankful for that.

But we’ll see how this all goes, I suppose. I am not about to get all hopeful today when I know 500 calories in pretzels at 9 p.m. might have derailed the whole thing.

Anyway, that’s it for me today. I’ll be back tomorrow with some more sweet updates.

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  • Guy

    Good work on the vegetables- they’ll make meals nore appetizing and don’t have much in the way of calories. I know you mentioned sodium – those hot dogs probably and the salami definitely aren’t going to help with the sodium thing. If you aren’t drinking enough water and getting a bunch of salt- pretzels too- you’re gonna retain water and it’s going to mess up the scale. But good work on the whole.

  • I agree. Lots of sodium and not only in the salami and pretzels, how about the bleu cheese dressing?

    Better than lettuce would be spinach–more nutrition.

    You might try to stop eating after 6 p.m.

    You also eat meals that aren’t particularly appetizing.

    A sandwich is a snack? That’s more like breakfast 1 and breakfast 2.

    My friend commented recently that athletes eat to perform well as opposed to exercising so they can eat. I think overweight people, if they exercise at all, exercise so they can eat.

    You also seem to have slightly defeatist attitudes. At one time it seemed as if you were weighting yourself more than once a day.

    You definitely lack a well-researched plan and discipline and I wonder if you don’t need to deal with some emotional issues.