Thursday, February 28, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
note: I only served just over half the pasta so my point calculations were based on that.
Monday, February 25, 2008
Saving up for a big evening. I tried this all day Saturday. I ended up in a sour mood and did not use my allotted points anyway. The plan was light breakfast, light lunch, bigger dinner, and several beers. Well I ended up drink about 3 beers and was done. I had 2 small glasses of the Boulevard Brewing Company's Long Strange Triple but then had a couple of Miller Lite's at the comedy club which I regretted. If I am going to drink I would prefer to drink a good beer. Regardless of the beer the point is I am fine with saving points but make sure that you get in your protein cause it will stick with you through the day and hopefully you wont end up in the mood I was in.
I am finding out so many interesting things about myself during this journey. I am learning about my body and how it reacts to different things. I am learning more and more about nutrition all the time. I am learning to make healthier food and make sure my son as having it as well. I have learned that the thing that the doctor said for all those years is right. Diet and exercise. They cannot be exclusive of one another. They have to be combined for optimal results. Diet alone will allow some loss but by I think those losses would continue to be less and less. By combining the to you create the calorie deficiency needed for weight loss. These may have all been things that I knew in the back of my head but now they are at the forefront. By living my life this way I intend to make the changes I have made in the past six weeks permanent. I may have pizza and beer for dinner one night but it will be right back at it the next day. Right now my thought is if I can have 5 to 6 times as many healthy days as I do pizza and beer days then I am in the right place. I cannot deprive myself of those things. They just have to be more controlled and less often.
I will be back on my Thursday schedule this week and then be moving to Tuesdays in march as it will fit my schedule better. So you all then!
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
I will see you all tomorrow with the new weight. Same Matt Blog Same Matt Channel
Thursday, February 21, 2008
We have all heard it a hundred times. We eat too fast. And I was KING of eating fast. My routine prior to 4 weeks ago was to run to McDonald's and grab a double cheeseburger value meal, large sized with a Coke. Come back to work and eat my lunch in my car while listening to sports radio. I know it sounds pathetic, but I like my sports. The point is I made the food run and ate my food in about 20 minutes and had 10 to spare during lunch. Now the drive and picking up food took about 13 minutes. You do the math. That is 7 minutes to eat that value meal.
Now we know that is bad for you. You should not eat too fast. But how do you avoid it. I tried to will myself to eat more slowly but I am not successful. Even now I still eat some meals far to quickly, but the change I made at work as eating in with my friends. I end up taking half an hour to eat a salad and an apple. The reason. I am talking with my friends. So my advice to my tens of readers. Chat with your friends while you eat. Unless you have no manners at all you will end talking as much time as you are eating. And to those of you who have no manners, well you cannot be helped.
More tonight after weigh in.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
So whats the difference in 15%? 6 points over 6 oz is what. I was shocked. My dad was shocked as well as he has been trying to do the WW the thing as well. His burger alone was 11.5 pts then ad on a 3 pt bun and that is some serious points on a burger. Next time we will know. My meal came in 18.5 or so. A big meal no doubt but I knew I was going to have a burger for dinner so I had a few less snacks during the day. Over all since last meeting I am doing well and staying on points. I have ridden the bike twice for 30 minutes at a time and have begun to work in the crunches I talked about. This is a slow process and I think I will need to continually remind myself of that. Spirits are high and I hope for another successful week this week.
Friday, February 15, 2008
So this week I am going to ride the bike for at least 30 minutes every day. I am also going to begin to throw in some modified crunches and biceps curls and triceps presses. I am going to continue to eat pretty much the way I do but I think I am going to be more aware of my protein. I am not sure I am getting what I need. (I have been counting the chicken on my salad as 4oz and it is more like 2.5 to 3. For this coming week and weeks going forward my goal will be a 2.5 lb loss. That would mean by the end of the year I should be down a cool hundred or better. Now when I look at it that way then that would make me happy. To be down that much by new years. Yes that would be something.
Till next time thanks for reading!
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Tomorrow is weigh in day. I am pretty excited I told my brother that I was shooting for 5lbs. that would push me to a total lose of 26.8 I would be very very happy with that.
I will update you tomorrow night!
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Friday, February 8, 2008
This is what I came up with.
2008 Cotton Bowl Parade - Snowman Moleste!
That is one happy snowman.
Chicken Boob Tacos w/ Mango Salsa
3 boneless skinless chicken boobs
1 tsp Curry
1 tsp Cumin
1 tsp Ground red pepper
1 tsp Salt
In a small bowl mix the spices together and set aside. In a large skillet spray cooking spray or coat with olive oil and brown the chicken boob on both sides until the chicken is about half to 3/4 done. Remove chicken from pan and dice (the smaller the better) return diced chicken to pan and add spice mix. Squeeze in some lime juice to get the spices to coat evenly. Sauté chicken until done. Mango Jalapeno Salsa Modified from recipe on Recipezaar located here
Mango Jalapeno Salsa Modified from recipe on Recipezaar located here
2 cups mangoes, peeled and cubed
1/2 cup sweet kernel corn
1 lime, juiced
1 lemon, juiced
1 Roma tomatoes Seeded and diced
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 Jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
If preparing in advance mix all ingredients in advance except mango. Add mango just prior to serving. (this salsa tastes great if made right before the meal as well)
Construct you tacos with flour or whole wheat tortillas and enjoy.
When I went in for the first meeting you calculate your points and then that is how you eat. Nothing dramatic about that. So when I calculated my points I came to 51 points. I was stunned. How was I going to consume all those points? Well I went back and looked at the page where you calculate your points. At the bottom in somewhat fine print (but in bold) it says that if you exceed 44 points your daily total is 44 points. DUH! So as I went through the week I was eating at a pace of 50 - 51 points per day. Um that was a mistake. So that is the kinda good news because....
I lost 7 lbs this week. I am so excited. This is working. I am learning to say no thanks to the things that will get me off track and eat more fruits and vegetables. So this leads me to a new level of excitement as I move forward. I lost a pound a day eating more than the recommended points value. So if I cut back by 7 points per day I would expect to see the same if not better results. I think that I will be at my first goal of 375 (which I set for 4-19-08 the Missouri Football Black and Gold Game) next week. I will have to consider a new goal for that date. 350 may be a bit of a stretch but I think it is doable. What the heck. Lets shot for 350 by the Black and Gold Game.
This is a very interesting process. I definitely feel like I have made the correct choice. I considered lap band and possibly even gastric bypass but really that would have limited me to greatly I think. I am happily on a course that will allow me to indulge for an evening but put my nose back to the grindstone the next day. I know there are a few out there looking at this blog and all I can tell you is that I am extremely happy to rid of the 21.8 sack of potatoes that I was carrying around. I already feel a ton better. Oh what is must be like to be 6'3 and 200 lbs. It must be like walking on air. Some day I will walk on air to!
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Monday, February 4, 2008
So my extraordinarily sexy girlfriend Carrie was in town and my friends Jay and Kelly came over for the super bowl. I kinda busted but still managed to so pretty good. We had a veggie tray, Jalapeño popper dip, baked shrimp and chicken tacos with mango salsa. The dip was the killer, still weight watchers recipe but a serving size of 2 Tsp not half a cup. Oh well I didn't eat fried chicken with gravy.
So with the day gone I offer this piece of advice. If you are planing around an event such as the Super Bowl so you best to be the host. If you host then you control what is sitting out to eat. Even though I blew it yesterday I was only over by a few points, had we been at somewhere else I may have been over by many many more points.
Sunday, February 3, 2008
Also a quick observation. I am not having a completely difficult time doing this. I am actually having some fun with it. I am starting to feel a bit better physically, however I do notice being a bit tired while my body adjusts to the lower caloric intake. I am anxious to get to my meeting next week and see where we are at for the second WW weigh in. I have no idea where I am at and I kinda like it that way. I concentrate solely on what I am eating and trying to get 30 minutes on the recumbent bike every other day.
Tonight is the Super Bowl. I have friends coming over. This could be a total bust for the day, but we will see. I will let you know how it goes.
Friday, February 1, 2008
So I am not sure what to do or what to make of my results for my pre-weight watchers diet. I went in a weighed for the fist time and I ended up at 385.2. Now these were 2 different scales and I was in shoes in one and not in another etc etc etc. Ok that is all fine and good but there is no way that a doctors scale and a WW scale can be that far apart. I am going to say that between my shoes and the scale that I may have been 4 lbs heavier than what WW says. Even so that is 11 lbs! Kick Ass! No one at the meeting knew it but I had just lost 11 lbs in 2 weeks. All I had done was to eat right, stop drinking Diet Coke, and drink a ton of water.
So back to the meeting first I would like to tell you that there was one other guy there. So I was not the only guy but it was us and about 20 – 25 women. Some were quite and shy other we forth coming with good advice and support. The common sense stuff I eluded to earlier was quite simple. We were talking about the upcoming Super Bowl and the parties that go along with such events. Well I think we know that grazing on chips and dip is not good. But as people who ate our way to the point where we are at it takes a bit of reinforcing. So that was discussed and some congratulations we given to some that had reached milestones. My first milestone is 10lbs and then comes 10% which will be 38lbs. I will be successful. I have no choice.
All that said I cannot tell you how much happier I am today. I lost some weight and I feel better. Mostly mental, but there is a bounce in my step and I feel ready to take on the world.
At a minimum I will be posting every week to tell you how I have done and what went right or wrong. Till next time.