First off, the good news: I weigh in at just barely under 246 — 245.9 pounds — against last week, when I was at 247. Starting weight of this four month adventure, as I detailed back in February, was 268 so that’s more than 22 pounds I’ve lost. Go to the store and pick up a 22pound turkey. That’s a lotta excess weight!
I have found that my whole approach to eating and food has changed for the better, but, to be completely honest, I haven’t become the World’s Healthiest Eater. Probably an unrealistic expectation, but seeking to continue traveling down that road is good.
A few friends came over yesterday and we sat around playing some fun, lightweight games (Eight Minute Empire and Zombie Dice) while munching on chips and salsa. Not a big deal, but I like noshing and it’s definitely a caloric danger zone of mine. Retrospectively, I probably should have switched to a bowl of carrots or something similar because tortilla chips have an alarming number of calories, even the healthy stuff. I had organic “Garden of Eating” red corn tortilla chips in the bowl and every 11 chips is 140 calories. Yeah, yikes. And that bowl of chips consumed at a Mexican place while waiting for your food? An easy 500-800 calories, I’m sure.
One thing that I have changed is that I simply don’t buy foods that are that awful combination of tempting and unhealthy for me anywhere near as much. It’s a bit more wasteful, but if my son gets pizza with a friend and there are leftover slices after they’re gone, I throw them away rather than be tempted to have one (or two or three) as a mid-afternoon snack. Better wasteful than waistful, right?
According to FourSquare, I have now gone to the gym 50 of the last 60 days, so that combined with the easy Nutrisystem foods should help me continue to lose weight at a good 1-2 pounds/week rate.
My target weight for this last month of Nutrisystem is 240 pounds, which would represent almost 30 pounds lost in less than 5 months. Honestly, if I can do this, you can too, whether it’s Nutrisystem or another approach. Just do it, don’t debate, don’t waffle about it, don’t argue yourself out of it.
And now, I have to get back to the gym and listen to the audio book Brave New World while burning off those tortilla chips.
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Yo dude, freeze the pizza! Would make a good lunch for the kiddos some other time – or even a snack – let it defrost and then warm it up in a skillet. Avoids the microwave sogginess. Keep on losing, bro! You’re doing great!
Sounds like you’re doing well and you’re appreciating the results for the sacrifice. I’ve been here before. and failed the transition from ‘the sacrifice’ to the ‘life as I should live it’. I’m looking forward to reading about your transition. God Bless~