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Dan Nied’s Fortress of Weight Loss: Day 14

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Starting weight: 299
Today’s weight: 290
Yesterday’s weight: 287.8
1-day difference: +2.2
Total pounds lost: 9
Pounds until 240: 50

2 cups Wheaties
1 ½ cups Skim milk
Calories: 375
Fat: 1 gram

1 Subway Club, no cheese, all vegetables except jalapenos and cucumbers
Calories: 640
Fat: 12 grams

2 slices whole wheat bread
3 slices lean turkey
2 servings, fat free mayo
Calories: 240
Fat: 3.5 grams

5 fat free turkey hot dogs
Calories: 225
Fat: 0 grams

Total calories: 1,480
Total fat: 16.5 grams

Exercise: none….see below

Because I have a tendency to write long, and I am always looking to make this more readable, we’re trying out subheads today.

You know, I look at the numbers of the day, and I am pretty happy. Less than 1,500 calories and 20 grams of fat is always good (At least in my book).

I suppose I grouped nearly half my calories into breakfast and lunch, which came within two hours of each other. And I suppose I should really cut back on the Subway, at least for the sake of my available funds.

But Subway is one of the things I allow myself to be talked into. Even during the 100 Days, Subway was a major food source. You could argue that it is where I get the most vegetables on this whole diet.

Actually, it might be the only place I get vegetables on this diet. I’ve sort of sworn off fresh vegetables because I never eat them before they go bad, and throwing out slimy carrots and celery is not appealing to me. Still, I should look into buying them again, but just not as much.

But after a somewhat poor day Monday, I am happy to buckle down again on Tuesday. There were no cravings, no problems eating what I did. In fact, if anything, I had to force myself to eat dinner at 11:30 p.m., a little later than normal.

So I suppose I should be happy with that. But still, the Subway habit needs to be reduced significantly.

There is a real yo-yo saga going on with me and my scale right now.

I can’t blame anyone else. It’s my own fault. I am just an idiot.

See, for fun, I’ve taken to doing an unofficial weigh-in at night, to go along with the official weigh-ins in the morning. I usually like to see how much weight I’ve lost simply by sleeping.

I try not to put any stock into those night-time weigh-ins. After all, who knows what extra baggage you are carrying around? Inside your body is the remnants of any food you ate since your last bowel movement, plus any liquid you drank since your last piss. That stuff adds up.

But there have been times when I have lost a significant amount of weight during the day (last Sunday being the most obvious drop when I lost 4.4 pounds during waking hours), and I can’t help but get a little giddy when that happens.

But the numbers, predictably, are usually higher before I go to bed. I’m prepared for that, but when they are higher than I expect, I can’t help but feel a little frustrated.

Tuesday I awoke weighing 290 pounds, a shitty number to begin with, as it was 2.2 pounds higher than the day before. Just for kicks, when I got home from work at 11:30, I decided to weigh in again. The catch there was that I had to pee and, being the inquisitive and gross kind of guy I am, I was wondering how much that pee would weigh. So I climbed atop the scale and was shocked to see 295 pounds. That’s right, only four pounds under the diet’s starting weight, and a full five pounds over the day’s starting weight. To make matters worse, it’s 7.2 pounds higher than Monday’s official weight.

But hey, wait a second. A person’s weight is the most fickle thing in the universe. It goes up and down constantly, and can fluctuate up or down up to 10 pounds in a single day.

True, but I was still hoping that this would be one of those days in which I would lose weight during the day, giving me reason to be optimistic when I woke up for the official weigh-in on Wednesday.

I’m not really upset about this. I just think it’s kind of annoying. But, like I said, I really shouldn’t weigh myself at night. Hopefully I will learn that lesson.

By the way, if you were wondering, after I took that piss, I weighed 294.4. So that particular pee was .6 pounds.

Someone commented that this wasn’t really a scientific blog. Well I beg to differ. I am teaching you all about water displacement.

I officially have a gym membership. The gym itself is about three miles away from my house and is open 24 hours a day (it says it right in the name, actually). My work schedule is favorable to working out, and I love the way I feel after I work out.

So why do I insist on staying at home all the time?

I haven’t worked out since Friday night, and then the only reason I went was because we had a power outage that lasted 13 hours. Since then, I have wasted two days off of work, and two days in which I was working but could have fit in some elliptical work either before or after my shift.

So here I am, not really attacking this whole thing with everything I have. I don’t really know why, either. I suppose precedent was set by the 100 Days diet. During that, it still took about a month for me to start working out regularly. Once I did, I felt bad if I took even one day off. Working out and ellipticising became part of my life. It was what I did for fun.

But I don’t know if that’s it. Certainly, I can’t rely on the idea that in a few weeks I’ll just magically begin working out. Hell, if I don’t work out, I am cheating myself out of money. Meanwhile, I eat decently well, but am not getting everything out of it that I could.

As of right now, I am indeed confident that the working out aspect will somehow be resolved. I think I need to simply force myself to do it four times in a week. After that, I should be able to get used to it.

Still, it’s somewhat distressing to continually talk myself out of one of the biggest parts of this diet. It’s almost like I am setting myself up to fail. Or maybe I just want to see this blog go on as long as possible. But, of course, that’s not it.

So I’ll work on that. My next day off of work is Friday. I should set a goal to get to the gym either Wednesday or Thursday. Once I get used to going on work days, the rest should fall in line.

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  • J Riek

    I completely understand the gym thing. I am also a member of a gym, here in the same building complex as my office. There are mornings when I get up at 5:30, leave the house to go to the gym before work. More often than not I end up at the Starbucks for an hour reading the paper and talking with the locals…then there’s not enough time to go to the gym before I start work. It’s really pathetic.

    I respect what you are doing; like I shared with you previously I am trying as well. I can’t keep track like you are but you are still giving me inspiration.


  • Life style choices, guys. You don’t need to go to the gym to exercise.

    As I mentioned before, if you tried to fit in some extra physical extra exercise every day such as a brisk walk every morning and every evening (as in walking a dog), or taking the stairs instead of the elevator or using the commercial breaks while watching TV to do some push ups or something that would help.

    Why sit while watching TV? You could stretch out at least.

    In any case, I would look at gym work more as conditioning. So why not condition for some sport/activity? And then go from there.

    There’s nothing wrong with cheese because it gives you calcium to build better bones. Try cutting down on anything fried and all sugar. You tend to emphasize protein and starch.

    As for vegetables, why limit yourself to celery and carrots? More excuses. Winter squashes are rich in vitamin A and keep pretty well. If you substituted carrots, celery, steamed vegetable like broccoli, cauliflower, carrots or mushrooms for some of the protein you’re eating you’d probably have more energy. Do you have a microwave? There’s frozen fruit and veggies.

    You can eat pizza and lose weight if you:
    1. make it yourself
    2. get some diet version
    3. buy a pizza and only eat 1-2 pieces and do not order thick crust, extra cheese, pepperoni or anything else high in fat or sodium

    Weighing yourself more than once a day is stupid.

    I weigh myself every morning to make sure I’m not overweight or underweight.

    Checking your vital stats (waist, hips, chest, arms and legs) also helps you see more than just pounds, but gives you a better picture of your total health and fitness.

  • Guy

    I don’t really want to work out either man. The trick is to just throw on your workout stuff, lace up the running shoes and go without thinking about it. By the time you step foot in the gym you’ll be glad you went.

  • I love working out but have a hard time finding a 1 hour block after lunch. Nevertheless, I found that there are things I LOVE to do and if I pay money, I’ll go. Right now it’s ballroom dance. Believe it or not, I get a great workout, it’s only once a week and so it supplements my other routines. It helps if you have an off-the-couch activity you like and you’re cheap like me, that’s the way to stay motivated. Force yourself to have a cost-response. If you don’t go, it won’t be about not exercising, it becomes about the almighty dollar. I get enough exercise, I just eat enough to counteract any calories I might have lost!!!!
    Again, I admire you for putting it all out there.

  • The best advice I give my clients about making it to the gym is just don’t think about it – Just Do It – like what Nike says. The other things going through your mind are NOT AN OPTION. Then move your body through the movements of going to the gym, still ‘not thinking’ – just doing. Next thing you know, your done with your workout and feel great!