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At home day 15, The beginning of week 3, and a new start.

Comments/Thoughts:
Well after my problems on Sunday, today was a chance to make up for it and I did fairly well.  We did eat out today, but I was pretty diligent in making healthy choices.  In the past one bad day has spilled into a week and then a month and so on and so on.  I think one of the most important changes for me is going to be ensuring that one mistake does not snowball into a huge setback.  If I can control and manage these small slip ups then getting to my goal weight should not be a problem at all.

I used my time after the kids went to bed tonight to work on a project for the blog.  I had purchased the web address http://screamingbeltloop.com awhile back and want to transition my blog to a web space that I have control over.  I really like blogger, but I think I can have more flexibility with wordpress on my own web host.  Last night I imported all the blog posts and comments from here over to The Screaming Belt Loop site and have already made a decent amount of progress on the transition.  Any input either here, or there would be appreciated on the look and things that need to be worked on.  I chose the name just because my poor belts seem to be victims of denial when I have gained weight back and just did not want to move back up a loop.  So some of the loops look like they have been put on the rack and tortured.  Anyway it seemed like a good idea at the time.  Check it out and let me know what you think.

Statistics:
I walked 11,487 steps and 5.6 miles and burned 3,816 calories via my fitbit http://www.fitbit.com/user/22B6S6

My heart monitor stat is missing! =/

Exercise:
Again today I did go to the gym and workout, but it was a brisk walk at an incline.  I am looking forward to going back to kettlebells and double treading, but my body is just not there yet.  The fitbit and treadmill claim I burned 700 calories.  I miss my heart monitor.

Food:
Breakfast was eggs, toast and center cut bacon.  For lunch my wife really wanted to take Katie to Cracker Barrel since she eats so well there.  I had grilled chicken tenders with green beans and turnip greens, and also a small salad with less then a tablespoon of blue cheese.  For dinner I had a flatout wrap with leftover chinese turkey stirfry and lettuce in it, as well as squash soup and two kashi cookies.  I went a little heavy on the dessert section but still had less than 1600 calories today.

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3 comments February 22, 2011

At home Day 14, Challenges and being a binge eater…

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You did not think I was just going to drop another 100 pounds without a speed bump or two did you?  I know I was pretty sure there would be some bumps in the road and today was definitely one.  I ended up having a mini binge today after I got a bit stressed out over a random argument with my wife.  It was your typical little disagreement that did not get resolved because she had to go to work and so as I sat and stewed over it I started getting this crazy urge to eat.  I had eaten about 300 calories of pop chips and two large scoops of peanut butter with two glasses of milk before I even really knew what hit me.  At that point I knew I was in some serious trouble as I was already self-rationalizing about how it would be ok to take the kids on a drive to some nice drive through windows I have not seen in awhile.  Luckily as I was getting them ready I decided I was going to get a coke zero and go to a subway drive through and get a turkey sub.  I cemented this in my mind that I was going to do that by calling my wife at work and telling her about my eating at home and that I was going to get a sub and askeds if she wanted one.  She did and I brought her one to work and we had a nice chat about our argument and misunderstanding and I felt better overall.  It was not a crisis averted moment because I did end up emotionally eating, however getting control before I went out and had another three to four thousand calories is an accomplishment.

I am not sure how many people that read this blog can actually relate to what it is have a binge eating issue, but it really does put your body on autopilot, or that is what it feels like.  It is something I am going to be dealing with for life and I was lucky to meet my counselor at the resort (Essara.)  She gave me some techniques to distract myself and I believe that those helped today.

Anyway, tomorrow is a new day, and I am hoping to get back into more challenging workouts.

Statistics:
Well I forgot to wear the fitbit today, DOH!

Worst yet… I can’t find my watch heart rate strap!  Did I leave it at the gym!?!  Grrr

Food:
Breakfast was 50 calories of bacon on two pieces of whole wheat toast and some egg beaters.  Lunch was a turkey club with creamy tomato soup.  I loved the soup, it was Pacific brand creamy tomato organic soup.  At about three I had my mini bing episode.  I at a bag of pop chips and about 4-5 tablespoons of peanut butter.  Worse yet I had two glass of skim milk.  For dinner I had a 6 inch subway turkey sub on whole wheat with lite mayo and no cheese.  Overall a bad food day, but not as bad as it could have been.  Tomorrow is a new day right?

Exercise:
This morning my wife and I went to the gym.  I am still taking it light on strain so I did a one hour walk at 3mph and a 4.0 incline.  Since I forgot the fitbit and the watch I have to go by what the treadmill read which was 700 calories.  I bet it was more like 400 to 500.

No new pictures or slideshow entires.

6 comments February 21, 2011

At home Day 13, Childrens’ Museum plus cheat day aka unhealthy choices day…

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I was really happy on the ranch that in their diet plan and at home plan workshops they talked about the need to allow yourself room for unhealthy food choices in your life.  They operate on the 90/10 rule where you are health 90% of the time and unhealthy on 10%.  I have incorporated cheat days in several diet plans I have done over time, and really do believe if you can control yourself for it they are great.  I really enjoyed my cheat meal this week and even allowed myself an extra treat at the movies the day before.  Last week I had a nice off meal day and still lost 4 pounds this week.  Not sure that I mentioned it yesterday but I had lost another 3 pounds which brought my total to 4 for the week.  Only 4.8 pounds to go and I am in the 200s!  That is very exciting for me since at 280 my suit will fit for the derby!  Good stuff!

We went to the childrens’ museum today and there were some drama on the way there with our convoy.  We were going with another family and their two children, and as we pulled in to a random rest stop they were pulled over with their hood up.  Their car was overheating and no long starting.  Needless to say this threw a wrench in things, but luckily we have a big Honda Odyssey swagger wagon and took my friend’s wife and two kids into our van and I dropped them off 30 miles away at the museum in Indy, and came back and picked him up as AAA was towing his car the 40 miles back to Richmond.  Needless to say the guys showed up to the museum after getting stuck in traffic and we only got the end of the museum time.  All and all it was a great experience and afterwards we with to the Spaghetti Factory and had a great meal and pleasant time with  our families.

Statistics:
**Will update this in the morning when the fitbit pushes it’s stats to twitter and facebook.**

Watch calories burned: N/A walked around the museum only a little

Exercise:
Minimal walking around the children’s museum in Indianapolis.  Tomorrow it is back to the gym!

Food:
Breakfast was the old standard eggs and toast.  Lunch was me grabbing a chicken taragon sandwich at Starbucks (420 calories) and getting to the museum as quickly as possible.  Dinner was my unhealthy meal allowance and it was amazing.  Baked Lasagna, side of meatballs, spumone ice cream and followed by a peanut butter mountain when we got back to Richmond at Ritters.  I was s t u f f e d.  The ironic thing is I probably only ate 1000 calories above my maintenance levels.  The theory is it also stokes the metabolism by changing up the calorie intake levels.  Yeah that is the ticket right?!  It makes it much easier to get my 90% and the gym I tell you that much.  Doing a full day of meals like that still seems excessive, but doing it for one meal seems to be all I need.  Of course that one meal should have been 2 at least!

Slideshow/Pictures:
Added in some pics of kids and the museum along with foods eaten.  Beware the lasagna pictures!

Add comment February 20, 2011

At home Day 12, Gym, mexican food, and the movies…

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Well again it was a movie night for me, and we went to see the new Liam Neeson, Unknown and I really did not expect too much and it delivered slightly more that I hoped for.  That being said it was only a semi decent movie.  It was definitely not Taken, which I was very suprised by.  Anyway, since the movie was at 10pm and we were out past midnight I started my “unhealthy” eating day a little early and had some M&Ms.  I did not really feel bad about it and enjoyed them at my second movie night of the week.

My wife called me about one hour before she was getting of work and said she needed an emergency date night because work had been terrible and luckily enough I got a sitter for the kids.  We went out the El Rodeo and I had chicken fajitas with 3 corn tortillas.  I actually love that meal, and to know I can eat it with out all the extra fixings and still be on my meal plan really helps.

Statistics:
I walked 11,035 steps and 5.4 miles and burned 3,971 calories via my fitbit http://www.fitbit.com/user/22B6S6
Watch calories burned: 347 calories burned


Exercise:
I went to the gym but still have an injury that keeps me from straining too much so I did the treadmill at 3mph, 2.5 incline for an hour.  The treadmill told me I burned 600 calories, however the heart rate monitor I wear says it was more like 347.  I think my cardio endurance is better than the strict calculation that is used by the treadmill now.  Or at least I am going to tell myself that.  I sweated a decent bit and felt good to make it to the gym.  Monday it is going to be on like Donkey Kong again.



Food:
Standard egg and muffin breakfast.  For lunch I had leftover chinese turkey lettuce wraps and creamy butternut squash soup.  The soup was from a box and it was great and only 100 calories for a full cup.  Good stuff, and very little prep work for a good meal.  Dinner was the “emergency” date night out at El Rodeo.  I had fajitas with corn tortillas and no chips, sour cream or cheese.  Good work if I do say so myself.  We went home after dinner and I met a few friends for a movie and ate a big bag of peanut M&Ms.  Bad Dwayne?  I felt like it was part of my unhealthy 10% I am allowed.  I usually only do one cheat “meal” on my cheat day so I am not too worried.

Pictures/Slideshow:
Added some pictures of the soup and El Rodeo meal to the slideshow.

Add comment February 20, 2011

At home Day 11, At least I got a workout in today.

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Well as mentioned earlier planning my next trip is on my mind quite a bit this week and today especially.  I have some time to decide so no worries.  Today was a pretty good day all in all, I still am not able to push myself too hard.  I did a fast walk today on the treadmill which burned a decent bit of calories.  I weighed in this morning and lost another pound.  It keeps on going down so that is a good thing.

Statistics:
I walked 12,163 steps and 5.8 miles and burned 4,140 calories via my fitbit http://www.fitbit.com/user/22B6S6


Watch Calories Burned: N/A

The treadmill claims I burned over 600 calories in 55 minutes walking at 3mph at a 2.5 incline.



Exercise:
Today I took it easy and still burned my minimum 500 calories.  I walked on the treadmill, but forgot to wear the heart monitor strap.  I had to take the “word” of the treadmill and it read 600 calories.  I was told that the minimum I wanted to shoot for was 500.  I am looking forward either tomorrow or the next day of taking the intensity up again.  I want to be back on kettlebells by Monday.


Food:

Breakfast was egg beaters, turkey sausage on an english muffin yet again.  Lunch was leftover turkey chinese lettuce wraps, and the soup I was was Muir Glen Organic Chicken Tortilla.  The soup was amazing and it was two 1cup servings for 130 calories, which was perfect for Jen and I.  I put some avocado in it and did not add any other seasoning and loved it.  For dinner Jen had a cornbread request and since my son loved it so much I went ahead and made it.  I did some pictures of ingredients and what it takes to cook it.  It is very easy and if I get permission I will post the recipe.  We had leftover chili with it and I made the kids some fruit, cheese, and veggies with organic fish sticks.  They ate very well.  I need to get them used to some new foods.  I feel a little guilty because after dinner I had a huge urge to binge on peanut butter and I ended up having a bag of pop chips and about 4 or 5 chocolate covered strawberries.  Much better than a jar of peanut butter or running out for fast food, but still a slight let down.  All told it cost me 350 calories or so, but even with that I am still at around 1600 for the day.


This is the fat free krusteaz corn bread mix that is the base.  Just get it and add in the fixings you want in your cornbread.  Add those calories up though!  It is great and only takes about 20 minutes.  The bread is sweet and kids love it too.

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Add comment February 18, 2011

A question for readers and an update to yesterday…

   Well I have a question I am going to put out there for my readers/friends.  I am faced with a tough decision coming up in April, and I need a little help deciding what to do.  My son is going to be gone for a week at his fathers, and my mother has offered to watch my daughter for the week.  This gives myself and my wife the opportunity to have a week without the kids and it is a fairly rare thing to happen with no vacation planned.  So, I could go out to the Biggest Loser Resort in Malibu for that week and work my tail off which I would love, or I can stay at home and attempt to bust my hump part of the day, and blog/work on my web site/iphone apps.  The cost involved in going is quite significant considering we want to pay off our minivan, and if I choose to go I will be using savings to do it which I do not like to do.  Is it worth the cost for just one week when I know my family has agreed to let me go either this coming late fall or winter?  Time to do some cost/benefit analysis I guess.

Pros for going to the resort:
– Amazing trainers
– No thinking about food
– Beautiful weather and hikes
– At least 2 weeks worth of results crammed into one week
– Gives my blog readers so more interesting things to read =)
– Total focus on my training and weightloss

Cons for going to the resort:
– Cost at a bad time
– Already know the program very well, both exercise and diet
– A two week stay is really preferable to adjust
– Little to no time to work on other web related projects

I think the pros and cons for staying home are obvious.  Any votes either way?  I still have a little time to think on it so I am going to not rush it.


Onto some more updates from yesterday:
I ended up going to a movie at night with my friends Zack and Kevin.  We went to see The Eagle, and it was much better than I thought it would be.  However, it still left quite a bit to be desired and had some fairly large plot loop holes in it.  I had a nice Coke Zero at the movie but no snacks so I am moving in the right direction.  Considering how many movies I see the no snack thing is a big deal.

The picture above is of the meal I had after the movie when we all went to BW3s to catch up and hang out.  I used my Livestrong.com app to look up the grilled chicken tenders and I had my wild sauce on the side.  Each tender is 43 calories, and thanks to Zack I ordered the sauce on the side and hardly used any since it was so hot.  The meal came with fries, but I let the guys have them.  They had some fried chicken tenders, but I feel like I did well.  An extra 160 calories was not really that bad for the day I had.  Oh and this morning with I woke up I had lost another pound.  Getting close to those numbers that begin with a 2…

Also, my fitbit stats for yesterday were:
I walked 9,814 steps and 4.6 miles and burned 3,968 calories via my fitbit http://www.fitbit.com/user/22B6S6


I have found some great twitter feeds and blog sites I plan to add here in a little bit, more on that later.  Hope everyone is doing well today,

Dwayne

3 comments February 17, 2011

At home day 10, Another day of rest that I do not want…

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Well today was great in the sense that the kids were occupied until 12:30 and 3pm respectively, so I was able to go and do some research at Starbucks.  I spent a decent bit of time reading blogs and looking for health resources online, as well as pricing plane tickets for my possible April trip back to the resort.  I really want to go back, but paying for it out of savings is not sitting right with me right now.  I still think I am going to do it, I may get some birthday money to throw in on it.  It is tough to pass up an opportunity where both kids can be watched and it is easier on my wife when I go.

The downside of my day is that I did not go to the gym today to rest myself.  I have had a mild reoccurring injury and my wife tells me the only way to get rid of it is to relax and not do anything too strenuous.  I think I am just going to try to get to the gym and just walk on the treadmill.  I am really upset about my lack of kettlebell training.  I went and bought some mats for the floor to protect them if I drop my new weight, and I still am unable to use them.  Very frustrating!  I did go on a walk around the neighborhood with the wife, dog and kids today so that is something at least.  I am going to see a movie tonight, so it will be a Coke Zero night, yay!

Statistics:
*Will add fitbit tomorrow, 8793 steps premovie*


Watch Calories Burned: N/A

Exercise:
Just a simple walk around the neighborhood. =/

Food:
For breakfast I had some oatmeal at Starbucks with some Truvia to sweeten it.  Good, and I avoided the nuts, berries and brown sugar toppings.  Lunch was a Turkey club sandwich and a bowl of roasted red pepper soup.  Dinner was turkey chinese stir fry lettuce wraps and Miso soup.  I just threw together turkey, bamboo shoots, mushrooms, peppers, water chestnuts, and some chinese flavorings + liquid aminos.  It turned out great and my wife liked it as well.

Slideshow/Pictures:
Added pictures of my meals:

Add comment February 17, 2011

At home day 9, Jen goes skiing, and the kids and I play

Comments/Thoughts:
It was a fairly average day.  I woke up with the kids and Jen and she got ready and went off to go ski at Perfect North.  Looks like she had a great time, and the kids and I got dressed and went to the gym.  We are so lucky to have a gym that has child care in our town.  The gym I go to is Family Fitness Works and it is a new local gym.  They have converted an old warehouse into a great gym and are building a pool on site as well inside.  I am wondering what kind of water classes they will have.  I really enjoyed my water classes at the resort, and would love to find some similar workouts.

Statistics:
I walked 12,152 steps and 6.4 miles and burned 4,270 calories via my fitbit http://www.fitbit.com/user/22B6S6


Watch Calories Burned: 970 calories burned!


Exercise:
I did another double treading workout and burned a ton of calories.  It really seems to be an effective way for me to workout.  I want to be doing my kettlebells, but I have an injury that may stop me from both kettlebells and other strenuous exercise for a week.  It sucks to want to workout and your body stop working the right way.  


Food:
I was fairly unimaginitive today with my food choices.  With Jen being gone for the day I was able to just have the same thing for lunch and dinner.  My breakfast was eggs, turkey sausage on an english muffin.   My lunch and dinner were turkey chili and cornbread.  I did have leftover hot and sour soup for lunch and roasted red pepper soup for dinner.  After dinner I was still pretty hungry and had about 3 chocolate covered strawberries and a bag of pop chips.  


Slideshow/Pictures:
No new pictures unless you just want random pictures I took of the kids all day. =)

Add comment February 16, 2011

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