I lost another 2.4 lb this week to put me down to 223.6. This was a little more weight loss than normal because I started back exercising this week. I ran 3 times and did some heavy weight lifting at the Y on Fri. Hopefully with consistent exercise, I can keep losing an avg of 2 lb a week to get me to my goal of 200 lb.
I was thinking that hitting a weight loss goal is a lot like our goals in Christianity. 19 lost lb later, I am looking noticably skinnier and have had times when I've thought to myself, "I could be content at this weight." Just like with Christianity, we get to thinking, "I'm pretty moral. I attend services every week, I don't drink or cheat on my spouse. I'm definitely not like that publican over there." What I need to keep in mind is that there is a goal I need to meet in both respects and you have to keep pushing until you meet it. Mediocrity can be our worst enemy.
On a dieting note, remember that there is nothing wrong with splurging every so often, even when on a diet. There have been weeks when I have been veggies veggies veggies and Fri night comes and I think, "I'm going to eat a bowl of ice cream." When I do, it doesn't automatically lead to a 10 lb gain. Just be responsible. Sweets are made to be enjoyed every so often, as long as it's not a lot.
**Note: It's not ok to sin every now and then. Just thought I'd throw that out there.
Week 7 diet results
Jennifer and I were on vacation the past week, which is why I couldn't weigh in and post my week 6 results. And being on vacation, you can imagaine how hard it is to stick to a diet. But after eating a lot of fish and doing a lot of walking on the beach, I'm proud to say that I've lost 0.6 lbs to put me at an even 226. At this rate, I'm probably not going to reach my goal of 200 by the end of the year, but starting this week I am going to start incorporating more cardio. I'm going to test my healing back with some light running around the neighborhood and see if I can get back up to running 10 or so miles a week.
To answer Laura's question, I definitely do not plan on eliminating meat from my diet. In fact, I eat meat with the diet I am on. The purpose of my diet is to eat mostly veggies, fruits, and whole grains with a little bit of meat throughout the day. By a little bit of meat, I don't mean going to Burger King and eating a whopper jr, but eating a 6 oz filet or sirloin, fish, or a piece of chicken preferably prepared at home or a restaurant that you trust. While in the Caribbean, I ate tons of tuna, conch, and dolphin and still managed to lose weight. Also, whenever you mix in tons of protein with some weight lifting, your body can properly process and distribute the nutrients rather than leaving it to waste or converting it to fat.
In conclusion, unless you eat veggies like a rabbit and can get your protein purely from it, eat some meat!
Thanks again for the encouragement.
Week 5 diet results
I lost another 0.4 lb this week to put me at 226.8. This was a tough week with the gospel meeting and all the good food available. I didn't really overeat, but I definitely didn't stick to my diet as I did previous weeks. But a loss is a loss and I'd be content with losing 0.4 lb every week if you want to know the truth. Next week should be better, but Jennifer and I are leaving to go on vacation Thursday and new challenges should present themselves.
I was asked whether or not I eat any grains with my diet. The answer is an unequivicol YES. I eat a package of plain whole grain oatmeal almost every morning, which is good to start the day with and is heavy in nutrients that every body needs. I also eat whole grain brown rice, which is packed with nutrients. White rice has the reputation for being good for you, but a lot of nutrients are lost in the conversion. The process that gives us brown rice only removes the outermost layer of the hull and is the least damaging to it's nutrional value. But the milling and polishing that changes brown rice to white rice destroys TONS of nutrients: 67% of the vitamin B3, 80% of the vitamin B1, 90% of the vitamin B6, half of the manganese, half of the phosphorus, 60% of the iron, and all of the dietary fiber and essential fatty acids. My opinion is stick to with brown rice over white rice, unless you're into rice merely for the energy it gives you cardio wise.
26.8 lb to go! Thanks again for all of your encouragement.
Week 4 Diet Results
I dropped another 2.8 lb this week to put me at 227.2...total loss of 15.4 lb....not bad for 4 weeks. This week was a week of very little fat and tons and tons of fruit. Next week is our gospel meeting at Chelsea, and depending on how many meals I'm in on with the preacher, I need to stay disciplined.
Another little factoid for you guys needing encouragement on dieting. One of the reasons why we gain weight so much is because our diet consists of mostly meats and refined carbs and little vegatables/fruit. This causes our body to become nutrient deprived which sends the "I'm hungry" signal to our brain which, you guessed it, is followed up by more foods that are depleted of nutrients. I mention this because so many people will say, "I could never eat a diet of mostly fruits and vegetables." BUT, once you get past the first week or two, what you'll find is your body starts to adjust to finally getting all the nutrients it craves, and then those "I'm hungry" signals stop happening. Our bodies learn to become more satisfied with eating all the "right foods". I've been surprised at how satisfied I can be with daily meals consisting of the following:
Breakfast: 1 pack of whole wheat oat meal and 1 banana
Morning snack: 1 Grapefruit
Lunch: package of steam vegatables
Afternoon snack: 1 apple or raw veggies w/low fat veggie dip
Dinner: BIG salad with some grilled chicken on top and low fat dressing,
Try it and you'll see!
Thanks again for all the encouragement. 27.2 lb to go!
Week 3 Diet Results
I dropped another 2 lbs this week to put me right at 230. That's 12.6 lbs lost in 3 weeks; 30 to go to reach my goal. The diet has gotten a lot easier. The few times I ate meat this week actually upset my stomach some so that is good.
Another dieting tip for those with mutual interest...grape fruit, grape fruit, and more grape fruit. One whole grape fruit will fill you up and keep you satisfied for 2 to 3 hrs. I ate one each day this week for a morning snack and wasn't hungry at lunch time. Give it a try, you won't regret it!
I'm excited about getting in the 220s again for the first time in about 3 years.
Thanks again for everyone's encouraging comments!