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Dan Nied’s Fortress of Weight Loss: Day 190

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So the temptation gods were out to get me today.

But, I got news for the temptation gods: I am just too fucking strong.

So it was that my boss decided today would be pizza day. Yeah! Everyone loves pizza. More importantly, I love pizza. I would bathe in pizza if I could. I would install a pizza oven in my bedroom and pay an Italian man to have a pie ready to go when I woke up if I could. I would do a lot of things with pizza if I could, but today I wouldn’t eat it.

For an entire hour-long meeting, two pizzas (one with pepperoni and sausage and one with everything), sat in front of me while my three co-workers stuffed their faces and made fun of me for not eating (we’re all adults, but we’re also sports writers, meaning we aren’t exactly mature). They tried their best to seduce me with their pizza. But, of course, I was too strong.

“I’ve got momentum going,” I said.

They made fun of me for saying that.

Well fuck ‘em. I didn’t eat any of that. Why? Because I’ve got momentum going and because I am what experts call “in the zone.”

Later on I found myself driving on a road I rarely frequent, looking for a highway entrance ramp I rarely use. So I overshot that ramp, and had to pull into the next parking lot to turn around. Well, once I got into that parking lot, I realized I was directly in front of In-N-Out Burger, the greatest fast food franchise known to man.

It would have been easy to stop in for a second and have a few burgers. Would have been delicious. Would have made my damn day. But I didn’t. Why? ‘Cause I am in the zone right now.

I don’t know if I am officially in the zone. But my focus is surely back. I’ve woken up the last two days and gone to the gym, I’ve upped my water intake to about 2.5 liters per day, and I’ve been around 1,500 calories each day this week.

Furthermore, I’ve got my friend Chris independently texting me each morning telling me to get my ass to the gym, and I’ve decided that I am going to lose at least 10 pounds before I go home in two weeks.

I’ve also found a new favorite dish to enjoy, the Eggbeater omelet with mushrooms, diced ham, onions and two slices of wheat toast. I had it for dinner when I got home from work on Tuesday.

I don’t know how this will all play out in the short term, but I know for certain that I am getting down to 240 in the end. I also know that the only thing I can do in the next two weeks is put my head down and go full steam ahead. Taking 10 pounds off, getting to the gym, never losing sight of the overall goal.

There was an interesting comment today that I want to address, so I will end with that:

From: Gigi
Comments: Back to my initial concern voiced weeks earlier. What are you going to do to maintain? You seem so up/down in last month can you find a comfortable middle ground to LIVE in? Are you afraid of 240?

I don’t know if I am afraid of 240, maybe I am. But as for maintaining, I think it is clear that I will generally have to stick with what I am doing now, except with some relaxed rules. For example, while maintaining my weight, I would have no problems eating the pizza at our meeting today, but I would go right back to healthy eating the next day, gym and all.

This really can’t stop at 240. It’s not like I can hit 240 and say “okay, good job, let’s get things back to normal now.” Nope, it’s a life thing now, and I want to stay in good health forever.

Of course I’ll have slip-ups, and of course there will be times when bad days turn into bad weeks. I know that and am prepared for that. But there always has to be a goal in order to keep me in line. So maybe, for instance, I set a goal to weigh 230 a year after I hit 240. Or if I aim to make sure I keep the weight off for five years. Then when five years are up, I can aim for another five years.

But it can’t be like walking off a cliff, where I get closer and closer to 240 and then just regress from there. Instead, I’ve got to embrace this new me, and figure out how to make it better.

Really, the only ending that 240 will bring me is a close to this particular chapter. There will still be more work to do (firming up this body, for one), and more goals to achieve.

Maybe right now I don’t have it all worked out, but as I always say, it’s all about the mindset. And I think I understand that mindset right now, and I have a good idea of how to use it to my advantage.

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  • maskay

    Great job!

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  • Condor

    You are the strong one! I used to use egg beaters then I read the carton. Now I just crack an egg between my fingers and toss the yolk. It was hard doing at first. I could feed it to the dog but he’s also eating brown rice with beans for egg whites and loves every bite.

    Right on.