Sunday started with Cheerios with low fat milk, my usual 2 cups of coffee. I have 2 to 3 cups everyday so I won’t add them in daily just assume that they are there. After breakfast I took a 6 mile walk. It was suppose to be about 2 miles but I felt good so I kept going. That was a mistake. Had dinner late and made a Bubba burger with cheese on whole wheat. Later that night I had another bowl of Cheerios. Drank a 1/2 glass of orange juice. Drank lots of water though out the day. I was happy as I got on the scale and was 231.8 down from the 236.6 I was a week ago.
The 5 pounds in 5 weeks is way ahead of schedule. I haven’t decided yet what I am going to do once I lose 5 pounds, am I going to keep going and try to maintain the 5 pound loss for 5 weeks or immediately start a new 5 pounds in 5 weeks plan. We will see and since this is not a sprint I don’t have to make a decision right away anyway. After losing 4.8 pounds the first week I have the feeling by the time I post this I will be ahead of my 5 pounds in 5 weeks schedule.
Monday I woke up sick, tired and I could hear my body asking “What were you thinking?” That six mile walk was too much to start with. Had a bowl of Cheerios for breakfast, 1/2 Philly cheese steak hero for lunch, some mixed nuts for snack, then another bowl of cereal for dinner. I didn’t work out at all unless you count the 2 miles I walked getting to the bank exercise. I started reading a book called “The Small Change Diet” where it seems that I have been on the right track so far with my plan. I am going to really enjoy this book, I can tell already.
Tuesday I was feeling a little better and had a slim fast for breakfast. A few crackers for a mid morning snack. For lunch I had a turkey sandwich on these cool whole wheat buns. I wouldn’t really call them buns since they are flat like a pita bread. I add just a splash of French dressing to the sandwiches for flavor. The rolls are 50 calories and full of fiber.
Fighting off The Temptation
Dinner time came and Debbie suggested we should get pizza. I know you are thinking NOOO, Vinny don’t do it. Well after we talked about it we decided 1 slice each instead of me having 3 is ok. I went to the store and bought only 2 slices. I was proud of myself when I left the pizza parlor with only 2 slices. Usually it is 3 slices for me and 1 for Debbie, I usually get a 2 liter Pepsi also, not this time.
We ate the pizza and then 1 hour later I was hungry so I made a small turkey sandwich on whole wheat. When I say small it means 3 slices of turkey. My old sandwiches would have 7 or 8 slices. Felt so much better that in an hour or so I did 8 minutes on the elliptical. My friend Liz said she was going for a walk so it inspired me to get on the elliptical. It is so good to have the machine right in my house. I could never be one of those people that go to a gym. Just the time wasted going to and from the gym would kill me. It was almost midnight when I got on the machine to workout. No gym’s near me are open at that time of night.
Wednesday saw me having a slim fast like normal, I have been switching back and forth between that and Cheerios for breakfast. For snack it was peanuts but this time they were honey roasted because I ran out of the plain peanuts. I am not a fan of these but that’s all I had. For lunch it was usually turkey on whole wheat. Then more peanuts as a snack. It got late when I realized I didn’t have dinner so I made a bowl of Cheerios. I didn’t drink much water during the day. This ended up being a big mistake that I won’t do again as I tossed and turned all night. My stomach had gas pains all night and I couldn’t sleep the whole night I actually had to sit up in the recliner at times just to pass gas. Lovely huh! I am blaming it on the roasted peanuts since that was the only thing I changed in my diet. Actually I have no idea. If you have any ideas feel free to chime in the comments section.
The Battle With Gas
Thursday saw me sleeping late as I finally got some rest when gas finally passed. During the night I took 4 Tum’s and a Gas-x and the Gas-x is what helped. I had a bowl of Cheerios and felt really tired. I didn’t bother with a snack since it was late and when I got hungry Debbie went to the store and bought some cold cuts and some sandwiches. I had a ham/cheese on wheat wheat bread with thousand Island dressing. I have been using that instead of mayo lately. I had some coffee and later in the day switched up to unsweetened ice tea. I have been drinking unsweetened ice tea all week except for Wednesday when I only had 1 glass. I have had 6-8 glasses a day. That is my normal day. I am usually good with drinking plenty of water.
For dinner I wasn’t really hungry so I had a peanut butter on whole wheat. I was a guest on my friend Daniel M Clark’s podcast “Yet Another Weight Loss Show”. Lots of fun talking about what I am doing to drop some pounds. After the show I did 15 minutes on the elliptical and then had another peanut butter on whole wheat. I was hungry so I ate.
Friday I had a slim fast for breakfast and then did 5 minutes on the elliptical. Went to the store and bought some turkey and tuna fish so I have something ok in the fridge. My fridge is still full of some junk so that will need to be cleaned out. I also bought a large bag of mixed nuts. The bag had some good stuff in it, blueberries, cranberries, raisins, walnuts, almonds, cashews, and apples. Bag says all natural and 0 trans fat. I haven’t been watching trans fats or any fat intake actually. I will pay more attention to that as I buy stuff to eat. At least these nuts are better than the roasted or salted peanuts I have been eating. This bag is good to make a mix with me if I take a walk.
Last Sunday when I went on the 6 mile walk I was hungry when I got back. Eating some nuts while walking will stop me from getting 6 slices of pizza when I get done. For lunch I made a turkey on whole wheat but changed up the routine and had a slice of mozzarella cheese and used a dab of French dressing. Now before you say “Vinny don’t use cheese!” let me tell you that before this plan my sandwiches would have 5 slices of cheese so cutting back to one slice is a big change. I like cheese so no sense in denying myself something I like. If I did that it would stop my progress and make me want to sit down and eat a whole package of cheese. Letting me have a little from time to time prevents the binge and cravings for it.
I cut up an apple for Debbie and stole a slice and had some of the nuts for a snack. I actually ate more nuts then I had planned on but that’s ok. I will have to buy a few bags to keep in the house now that I know I like them. Simple way to add some fruit to the diet also. We went through the fridge and got rid of some of the junk that was in there along with some stuff that was expired. While in there we decided to make some hard boiled eggs to have around as a quick snack or maybe cut up for a quick egg salad sandwich. I was on the fence of what to have for dinner, didn’t really feel like cooking again but we decided to make egg sandwiches since we had 2 dozen heart healthy omega 3 eggs that we picked up on Saturday. I cooked up a double egg with a slice of American cheese on whole wheat. I spiced it up with some garlic salt and onion powder like usual, makes it taste better. I did have a late night snack of a hard boiled egg since they were sitting in the fridge.
My stomach has been bothering me a little still with gas. I am starting to think its the Slim fast. I am out of them now and will pick some up when I go to the store but I don’t think I will have one every day next week. Between that and the milk from the Cheerios I really increased my dairy intake. That will have to change in the coming weeks if it is the cause for the gas. I am up to the small change #3 in the book and it seems I am on the right track. I am waiting for something I can’t do but the book is really common sense and easy to read.
Saturday morning the scale had a very good number, well over my 5 pounds in 5 weeks plan. At this point I have no idea what my plan will contain for the next 5 weeks. I have in my head that I will just try to maintain the number that the scale falls on when I do my official weigh in on Sunday morning. I guess I will decide on Sunday. Speaking of Sunday I have to say this is going to be my biggest challenge when the NFL season starts as my Sunday consisted of getting a whole pizza and eating about 6 slices of it during the game. Have a few weeks to decide what to do about that. Maybe a salad pre game and get a Lasagna at halftime who knows. It will contain Italian food in some capacity.
Started off the day with a bowl of Cheerios with the new 2% milk I picked up yesterday at the deli. Started to watch the NASCAR race and it didn’t last long until it started to rain there so there was no racing after like 15 laps. I decided to get on the elliptical which is rare for me to workout after breakfast. I did 10 minutes on the elliptical and burned 88 calories according to the counter on the machine. I don’t trust that counter but its nice to see. This workout I did something different, every minute on the elliptical I decided to work extra hard when the machine hit :00 and do some quick sprints. This only lasted 10 to 15 seconds but got my heart racing pretty good. I think I will do this more often, not every minute but maybe every two minutes instead. After the 10 minute mark I got off the machine and felt pretty good.
I found my hand weights and did a few stretches with them. They are 6 pounds each and I think I have them about two years but never really used them. They looked so good on the shelf at Modells when I bought them it is a shame I never really used them until now. Guess it was good that I had them though and even better that I found them now. I used the weights for some quick curls, not much to talk about there. I will have to find a routine for them on Youtube and incorporate that into some sort of routine. We will see what that turns out to be.
Ready To Get My Bike
I placed a wanted ad on Craigslist for the bike I was looking for and someone replied from Bay Ridge but he wasn’t sure if the 3 Fuji bikes he had were actually an Allegro so I sent him an email telling him that before I come out to Bay Ridge I need to actually know before I waste my time. There are two Allegros on auction right now on EBay but one is too small and the other needs work. I may bid on the one that needs work since I can do that myself. Heck I may just get it and put it in a bike shop for a tune up. If you know a good bike shop in Brooklyn feel free to leave that in the comment section. I can’t wait to get a bike and knowing the summer is flying by I really don’t want to wait for the perfect bike. With all the good parks in Brooklyn to ride in and drop some pounds.
Had some nuts as a snack, actually finished the bag that I bought yesterday. Lunch time brought the usual turkey sandwich on whole wheat with a slice of cheese and a splash of thousand island dressing. Since it was Saturday we decided to order out. I looked over the Italian menu but since I love the veal Parmesan I got that. It came with a salad but I gave that to Debbie. I was good and didn’t have no bread or pasta just a few veal parm cutlets. When we order from the Italian place we always get a lasagna to reheat the next night, so that will be my dinner tomorrow. It is so big Debbie and I will actually split it tomorrow after the NASCAR race. After midnight I got a little hungry so I had a hard boiled egg. Not the greatest way to end the week but that is just fine by me. Its a journey not a race to good health.
Sunday morning my scale said 230.0 – 6.6 pounds lost in 3 weeks. Update to week 3 of my weight loss plan.