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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