Sunday, August 31, 2008


Well, another 2.5 pounds down! I’m at 223.5 – I’ll reach 10% and my half-way point (220) in the next week or two if I continue to lose at the current rate. Yeah, I’m happy! When I was at my top weight I felt every year of my 55 – I told my wife just yesterday I feel twenty years younger already - how good am I going to feel at my proper weight? Lately, it’s hard to make points some days - I believe that’s because the point system makes me make better choices so I can eat more, but it’s healthier foods! I’m exercising at least 30 minutes at least six days a week and I’m not hating it completely. I can’t say I like it either, but it is progress… I use one of my bikes on a trainer – I watch TV and the time goes by pretty fast.

The picture above is one of a very few fat pictures I’ve been able to find and on the right side is me yesterday.

Saturday, August 30, 2008


Good Lord - what a boring week. Nothing to speak of but too much time at work. Weigh in tomorrow - I'm predicting 224...

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Week Five!

Another two pounds of fat has left the building! Nineteen pounds gone and I feel great!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

The Ride is Behind Me!

What a beautiful ride! The weather was perfect. 25.8 miles average 11.6 mph. I had to take it easy - my knee started to hurt pretty early in the ride. I have one of those knees missing cartilage - it clicks and grinds when I move it. To help with that I have shortened cranks on my bike - that helps a lot!
Weigh in tomorrow!

Going Cycling Today!

I'm going to the B&A Trail today - it's going to be beautiful!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

2008 Sea Gull Century!

My favorite bicycling event is rapidly approaching – the Sea Gull Century! It takes place in Salisbury University on the eastern shore of Maryland on the first Saturday of October. This is the 20th year! This is one of the best rides that I do – it’s fun and with beautiful scenery to boot! I've done the ride a number of times, including 2006 with my daughter during a nor'easter!

The camaraderie and the party atmosphere make this ride a total blast!

Look at the info on the left and go check it out!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Foods That Help Me

Man, those Hebrew National 97% Fat Free hot dogs are great and they are only one point each! The veggie burger doen't taste exactly like a burger - but it is a really tasty two point alternative! Add light bread or rolls to either of those and you have a very low point, filling sandwich! A cup of non-fat vanilla yogurt is a two point snack that is great for you - I have one to start my day. I've been eating grapes, bananas and cantaloupe like it's going out of style - sweet, filling and good!

Week Four Weigh In

Week number four has me at 228 pounds - seventeen pounds since I started WW and twenty five pounds since March. I really do feel different - more energy, healthier.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Having a GREAT Week!

I've been very busing getting stuff done around the house. Washed and waxed two of the cars. Exercising every day - I even got in a great bike ride yesterday! I've been doing great with my eating, too! I've had so much more energy this week - I haven't felt this good in a long time! I know it's due to eating healthier!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

My Third Weigh In

I'm at 231.5! Four and a half pounds this week and a total of 13 and 1/2 pounds so far - I'm quite happy!

I figure when I get back to work, trapped at my desk, things will slow up. I have another week off this week, so I'll be busy again - enjoying my temporary freedom!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Reflections on This Past Week

I really have to tell you all about my week. I’ve been on vacation and my daughter’s been in town (she’s still in bed) while her husband is buried deep in the crunch-time of a project at his work. My other daughter is a teacher, so she’s been free to join us as well. Well, we’ve been dining out or grilling every night and it’s been a blast. We’ve also been very busy just doing fun activities. I’ve made it a point to stay on points during the week and it’s very possible! For example, we went to Carrabba's Italian Grill. I found a salad that has a smallish grilled chicken breast and enough greens to sink a small ship. I simply asked for the dressing on the side and a low point dinner (I avoided the bread). I had a great time with my family and was full when I left the table. We (my wife and I) seldom dine out, so I’ve been ignorant of the menus of most establishments – what I’ve learned is that most places have a great, low point salad dish (if you get the dressing on the side) and all the fun is still there! At home I just keep a scale on the table and portion control is a snap! For about three days I was way below my points, we were so busy we didn’t have time to eat! Oh yeah, my daughter showed me Hostess Chocolate Mini-cakes – one package of three is 1 point! They’re tiny, but very chocolate-y and filling. ONE Point!

Weight Watchers is great! It does lead to better choices – it’s a comfort to know that when I stay OP, that’s how much food I need to be healthy!

Weigh in is tomorrow!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

A Quick Check In

Haven't posted in a while - with my daughter in town it's been busy & lots of fun! I've been doing great with the WW. I've been below points the past three days and today - 34.5 points total. there are so many distractions I forget to eat! I'm sure I''ll catch up later!

Monday, August 4, 2008

What a Blowout!

Well, I had my first big binge out and I am here to own up to it. My daughter's in town and we went to an all you can eat sushi place. That's not the worst of it. There are tons of snack foods and sweets sitting around in plain sight. AUGH! I consumed a big selection of treats before I went to bed - AUGH (Part II)!! But the Dark Knight of Vengeance named GERD made me suffer for my act of gluttony. Today I am contrite and ready to move on.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Update: I Put the Two Pictures Side-by-Side.

Sunday Weigh In

Weighed in this morning: 236. I'm pretty happy. I took my blood pressure at the store yesterday: 104 / 67! On the same machine three months ago I was tracking 140 / 85. Tell me weight loss ain't good for ya!!

I saw a show last night about a 41 year-old dad who died at Disney World - killed by high blood pressure - it ruined his heart. He looked to be a bit overweight. His wife said that he knew he needed to take of him self and he just got tired of doing that - and he got boneheaded when anyone mentioned it to him. I said to myself, "That's me!" It was a good motivator.

The picture above is not that great, my daughter snapped it kinda quick this morning - I think I can see a difference fron the pic at the bottom of the page. Can you?

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Why Weight Watchers Didn't Work the First Time.

It failed for me because I couldn't control my night binge eating and I started gaining the weight back. I started to feel embarrassed and the sense of defeat was overwhelming. I simply gave up. The meetings sucked for me – I couldn’t relate to anybody there. Now that I’m older, the weight is starting to affect my health and GERD keeps me from night binges (C0D17) so there tends to be a bit more in the motivation department.

I have to admit, with just the weight I’ve lost so far – I feel better! For some reason, I’ve never been able to say that in the past, I never noticed much of a change in the way I felt. This time is different.

Tomorrow is weigh in…