Current Stats

Current Weight: 385 lbs ( -55 lbs )

This mornings weigh in was just a little disappointing.  I was expecting at least a pound loss, but was greeted with a .6 lb gain.  Keep in mind that I understand there will be fluctuations.  But I do wish I could have some consistent weight loss, not 2 pounds one day, and then a .6 pound gain the next, with no violations of my diet.  It feels like all the hard work, and sacrifices that I am making, aren’t being rewarded.

On the other hand, though, I have said before, that my body rebels, at around 385 lbs, so this is not entirely unexpected.  Hopefully, consistency, and determination will win the day, and I can break through this barrier.

I Made a Spreadsheet!

a spreadsheet of my weight loss so far

Look at This Spreadsheet!

Click Here to go to the actual spreadsheet.

Looking at that spreadsheet makes me feel better.  If you average my differences out, I am losing about 1.2 lbs a day, thus far, which is probably too much, too fast.  The problem is that, I have a lot of weight to lose, and I am impatient as you can be.  I am in a hurry to get down to 350, because, well, I don’t know why.  It is just a number that appeals to me.  I don’t think I have been 350 lbs, since my early high school days.

Morning

6:25am

I think I hate the Donjoy Reaction knee brace that I bought from https://www.betterbraces.com/.  It has this rubber webbing material and it bunches and pinches on the sides when I bend my knee.  I will test it out today, and see if it actually works, but I think I would prefer a fabric or neoprene type of knee brace, that avoids this bunching.  Depending on how it performs today, I may see about returning it for a different one.

I went up stairs, because I was hungry this morning, and grabbed an apple and some almonds.  There is breakfast in the crock pot, but I am unsure what it is, and I am not too sure I won’t eat some of it.

7:30am

I made it out of the house this morning, without violating my diet.  I didn’t eat the ham and cheese casserole, or even the cinnamon rolls.  I got out of there before they were ready to eat, kind of saving myself the trouble.

A Map of My Walk with Other Information

I Walked 1.82 Miles This Morning, Burning 489 Calories

My walk went great.  The Donjoy Reaction knee brace is growing on me.  I gave it the best test I could today, and it seemed to work.  I mean, I was over-striding, and jumping off of curbs bad knee forward.  I really pushed it to the limit.  I even felt the point at which my knee would fail, on this curb on College near Walnut.  I landed bad leg first, and felt the familiar knee pain.  Normally, this pain would get worse as I walked up this hill on Walnut, but the pain stayed mild, and as I crested the hill, it softened.  The Donjoy Reaction knee brace kept my knee secure, throughout my walk.  Without a brace, my knee feels like it will fail and give out.

I think the Donjoy Reaction knee brace is a keeper.  I will probably still look for a neoprene alternative, as this thing is bulky, and aggressive.

9:00am

This Is My Breakfast with a Bruised Avocado

I Think This Is the Avocado I Dropped on the Floor

I had my usual breakfast of champions, my egg, sausage, and toast sandwich.  Fantastic as always.  I feel really good about getting out of the house before I had a chance to cheat, that saved me a lot of trouble.  I have to admit, that if breakfast had been ready, before I left the house, I would have eaten it.

11:18am

I am finished with my first bottle of water, and moving on to my second.  My water intake should be on target for today.

I opened the store at 11:00am, today, and I haven’t had a call yet.  If I don’t get a call before 11:30am, that usually means it is going to be a slow day.  That may suck, because as boredom sets in, I look for things to eat.  The good news is that Saturdays and Sundays are short days for us, so I won’t have to be here too long.

I am excited to walk back to the truck.  10 months ago, you wouldn’t be able to convince me that today, I would look forward to exercising.  It is weird how things and people can change.  I think we all have the power to look inside ourselves, realize there is a problem, and act to fix it.  Nothing is set in stone, except, well, maybe words, that are set in stone.  Those are set in stone, but maybe you can change your personality traits and bad habits, if you work hard enough.

Sorry.  I was feeling introspective.

Afternoon

12:52pm

The sky has clouded up and it is getting dark.  The weather says there is a 55% chance of precipitation at 4:00pm, when I get off.  I hope it holds out, until after I get back to the truck.  I forgot to bring my umbrella, and I would really like to walk back without getting wet.  It already looks like it has been raining pretty hard out, so I hope it passes us by 4:00pm.

3:31pm

I skipped lunch today, but not for any diet related reasons.  I got distracted making the icons for this daily diary, and forgot to eat.  I tend to do that.  If I find something that captures my attention, other things tend to fall by the wayside.  I am unsure, if I will try to eat more this evening to make up for not eating lunch.  I may snack later this evening before bed.  I will have to maintain control tonight, and make sure I don’t get so hungry that I throw caution and my diet to the wind.

I did make a protein shake.  I use Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey Protein.  I got the strawberry-banana flavor and I give it a 8.5 out of ten.  If you mix it with only water, it tastes terrible.  So I make my shakes with 1.5 scoops of protein powder, about 8oz of water, and about 8oz of unsweetened almond milk.  I shake it all together, and it tastes really good.  I am actually pretty full from the shake, so lunch might not have been necessary.

I believe I am working on my third bottle of water today.  I am unsure, because I lost track, while I was making these icons.  This might be my fourth bottle.  I am going to finish it anyway, just in case.

Evening

4:13pm

a map of my walk this evening, where I walked 1.81 miles, and burned 557 calories

I Walked 1.81 Miles, and Burned 557 Calories

It rained for the first half of my walk back to the truck, but it wasn’t too bad.  I didn’t get soaked like yesterday.

The Donjoy Reaction knee brace did not fare so well in my walk back.  It would not stay in place over my Under Armour Cold Gear Leggings.  I put it on under the leggings and the brace irritated my skin, or wore a blister in it.  It is very painful now.  To be fair, the Reaction knee brace comes with a sleeve, that might have prevented this, but I thought I could just put it on over my leggings, and it would be the same.  I will have to look into this more, and see if anything can be done about it.

a picture of the blister that the donjoy reaction knee brace caused

This is a Small Blister.

Even though it was uncomfortable to have the knee brace against my skin, it did do its job.  Knee pain was kept to a minimum, and I was able to complete my walk.

6:00pm

This is a picture of an apple and some almonds that I ate.

Just an Apple and Some Almonds.

I took an apple and some almonds downstairs to eat, to try to curb my hunger.

6:30pm

a picture of my dinner that included shrimp, vegetables, and biscuits

A Semi-Reasonable Dinner?

So, it’s dinner time, and I was wrong about the dates.  We had Brians’ Birthday dinner tonight.  I tried to keep it under control, but I did slip in a couple of key areas.  I cooked vegetables to eat instead of the pasta.  I put the shrimp from the shrimp scampi on to the vegetables, along with some of the sauce.  I did allow myself to eat two biscuits.

My slips occurred, by eating two bowls of salad, which had an Italian dressing of some sort.  I also had trouble tearing myself away from the biscuits, going on to eat 4 in total.  I also ate an additional 1 cup or so of shrimp.

It was not as bad as it could have been, but it was worse than I wanted to do.  Luckily I was prepping for this for the past 2 days, and my exercise today, and shallow breakfast, and no lunch, should help matters.

I have successfully avoided the cookies and brownies thus far, so that is a win.  I am also trying to avoid the cakes, so I am downstairs now, hiding.