Beer & Pizza and Lost Three Pounds

Weighed in this morning at 177 pounds.

I've been trying to stay on the beef jerky diet this week, but it's been tough. Yesterday, I did that largely, but still succumbed to a cinnamon apple muffin later on in the evening. But, I did some exercise, walking about 1.5 miles, and jogging for 0.5.

My wife felt pretty good on Monday, and made me a grilled turkey and swiss sandwich. Then on Tuesday she baked a pizza. My mother-in-law also bought me a six pack of Sierra Nevada IPA for Father's Day, which I've consumed a few bottles of. I'm not a father, but that didn't stop her from celebrating.

All that being said, I still managed to lose a few pounds since last weekend. It was largely exercise that did the trick.

So it's Thursday today, and the garbage truck has emptied my garbage cans, so I can throw out more stuff from my garage, and organize things a little more. That'll give me a bit of exercise.

Why Is It Tough To Lose Weight?

Weighed in this morning at 178 pounds.

Over the past couple weeks from my last post, I had went back up to 180 pounds.

It's so tough to lose weight because sticking to a diet itself is boring. You can stick to it for awhile, but then your resolve wears off, and the temptation gets stronger.

Of course, it doesn't help that my wife went on a cooking spree. On many days she doesn't feel well due to her kidney failure and dialysis treatments. But the past couple weeks she's felt better, and on several of those days she started cooking. Cooking is what she loves to do.

So, she's been cooking me lunches and dinners. I can't complain, because I want her to feel well, and I want her to enjoy what strength she can muster. And it makes her feel good to know that I enjoyed her cooking.

So what's a dieter to do?

Yesterday, I spent the afternoon mowing the lawn, and reorganizing my garage. I threw out a bunch of stuff. I have more to throw out, but my trash cans are full. Believe it or not, I can't wait for Thursday, because that's when the trash gets picked up, and I can clean more stuff out of the garage.

And that's what I need to do to counter the temptations to eat, more exercise, more work. Gotta keep burning the calories.

How to Lose 7 Pounds in 5 Days

Weighed in this morning at 173 pounds.

That's a 7 pound loss since last Monday.

Yesterday I stayed on the beef jerky diet, eating 8 ounces of jerky over the day, with 4 cans of Diet Coke. I also had what amounted to about 3 cans of water, when you factor in the ice in my cup. Well ok, in the evening I also had 3 baby pickles, but those 3 pickles still measured out to 0 fat, and 0 carbs, based on the nutrition label.

So how did I lose 7 pounds over 5 days?

Four of those days were on the beef jerky diet, which is what I described above, limiting myself to 8 ounces of jerky, spread out over the day, and supplementing that with low-fat, low-carb drinks, in this case Diet Coke. But on a few of those days I also had a couple cans of vegetable juice. Among juices, vegetable juice is fairly low-carb. And I happen to like vegetable juice anyways, I get low sodium V8.

One of those days, Thursday, was spent off the diet. I ate whatever I would normally eat. In this case, it was 1 1/2 plate fulls of ravioli my wife made, along with four slices of garlic bread. I also drank down a half-gallon of V8 Fusion, which is higher carb. And I had one beer.

I also exercised each day. In my case, it was walking for 2 miles every day. Yesterday, I managed to jog for about 1/2 mile along the way. I also did some yard work on Thursday.

Soaking in a hot bath helps a little. The higher temperatures gets the heart rate pumping faster, and that burns a little more calories. It also makes you sweat, which helps remove the water and sodium in your body, which is particular because eating lots of jerky equates to a lot of sodium, causing water retention.

Getting rid of boredom. When I'm bored, I tend to think about food. So I tried to keep myself focused on other things at all times.

Finally determination is a big factor, probably the biggest. Any diet will help you lose weight, but it's the determination that ultimately spells success. For me, I kept sight of my goal, anytime I felt tempted to cheat. I weighed myself every morning to keep track of my progress. I used this blog to help focus my mind.

Spreading the jerky around all day is important. First, to eat a couple of pieces in the morning is key towards jump starting your metabolism. Then eating a little bit each hour helps keep something in your belly which keeps the metabolism going all day, and staves off the hunger pains. And then, keeping yourself busy throughout the day helps take your mind off of eating.

Well, that was just one week.

Today being Saturday, I'm taking myself off the diet, jumping on the motorcycle and going riding. Probably eat a burger and grab a few beers. I'll no doubt gain a couple pounds doing this. Sunday is another off day. Hopefully by Monday, I will have only gained 3-4 pounds. That would still net me a 3-4 pound loss.

If I can sustain that pattern over a month, I should be able to effect a 10 pound loss.

Ravioli Thursday

Weighed in this morning at 175 pounds.

Yesterday, I had planned to be off the beef jerky diet, and just have some left over lasagne. But the wife decided to make some raviolis and garlic bread for lunch. So I ended up having 1 1/2 plate fulls, and four slices of garlic bread.

To drink, I had a half gallon of V8 Fusion, 1 can of Diet Coke, and 1 bottle of beer.

I also did some exercise, walking 2 miles, and pulling weeds in my front yard.

In the end, I didn't lose any weight from the previous day, but at least I was able to stuff myself with a homemade meal, drink a beer, and not gain anything.

Today, I'm back on the beef jerky diet.

Lost Three Pounds in One Day

Weighed in this morning at 175 pounds, minus three from yesterday.

Stuck to the beef jerky diet yesterday, 8 ounces of jerky, 2 cans of vegetable juice, 4 cans of Diet Coke.

I also did a 2 mile walk yesterday. I think that really helped.

Last December, I wrote that I needed a smaller leather jacket for motorcycle riding, and that I didn't have the money to do so. Well, around last February I bought a smaller one. At the time, I weighed in around 168 pounds, and it fit perfect. It came down to my belt, and felt almost like a fitted shirt.

So then I crept up 180 pounds and it felt tight. That's helped give me another kick in the pants to get back on track with this weight loss program.

Sticking to the Diet

Weighed in this morning at 178 pounds.

Stuck to the beef jerky diet yesterday. 8 ounces of jerky all day, 2 cans of vegetable juice, and 3 cans of Diet Coke.

The urge to indulge is tough to beat. The wife went grocery shopping yesterday, and brought home plenty of goodies, mostly bakery stuff, like cookies, cinnamon muffins, and corn bread. It was best for me to stay out of the kitchen.

In past months, I had said I was on the beef jerky diet 4 days a week, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. Meanwhile, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday I'd eat normal food.

Well, on Thursdays I'd go out with my friends on our motorcycles and do some riding. We'd usually hit up a restaurant somewhere and eat burgers, or ribs, or pizza.

But for now, Thursday I'm staying home, for financial reasons.

So as far as my beef jerky diet is concerned, I could possibly spend 5 days on the diet, and two days off. But for now, I'll play it by ear and see how my weight loss is progressing.

There's some yummy homemade lasagna in the fridge that my wife made last week. I need to eat it before it gets furry.

A Good Start So Far

Weighed in this morning at 178 pounds, down two from yesterday.

Yesterday, I tried to stick to the beef jerky diet, and for the most part I did. However, I ended up falling for a large caramel apple cider at Starbucks. Otherwise, it was just 8 ounces of jerky and a few cans of Diet Coke.

Actually, it's now Caffeine Free Diet Coke. I decided that the lack of sleep I've been experiencing is due to all the caffeine. And so far it's working, I got a full night's sleep last night.

The bigger challenge is to keep myself from getting bored. While I always things to do in my business, after awhile I need a break. It's those break times when my mind tends to think about food. So, I'm thinking about creating a "to do" list that I stick to my computer monitor. It will present things I can do to keep my mind off of eating, like going for a walk, yard work, cleaning my motorcycle, soaking in the tub, etc.

How to Stick to a Diet?

This morning I weighed in at 180 pounds.

But over the weekend, I ate and drank like the capitalist pig that I am. Motorcycle riding on Saturday with some buddies, we hit up La Terraza Casuelas in Palm Springs, for the usual assortment of chips, salsa, guacamole, and nachos, along with a couple of margaritas. Then headed up to Idyllwild for a beer at El Diablo Bar.

Getting home, I was about to take the wife out to eat, when I got a call from a friend inviting us over to his house for dinner. So, we had carne asada tacos, and I drank down four bottles of beer.

I weighed in at 184 pounds Sunday morning.

Sticking to a diet is indeed tough!

So today, Monday, June 8, 2009, I'm attempting to refocus on this beef jerky diet for another push towards my ultimate goal of 150 pounds.

So how do you stick to a diet?

That's actually one of the reasons for resurrecting this blog. I found that if I build up an audience, and that audience posts comments back to me, I tend to stay true to myself. That is, it's like having a support group cheering me on. So, I need you folks to post comments, letting me know you're reading this stuff.

Back After a Long Hiatus

I'm back after about 5 1/2 months from my last post.

I don't know what to tell you, I just dropped the ball keeping this blog up to date.

My weight has been up and down the past several months. I got down to 167 pounds at one point, and then went up to my current weight of 180 pounds.

My exercising has really fallen short. And I've slipped into a bad habit of drinking a lot of beer.

Even worse, I resurrected my Junk Food Blog; that won't help.

Beer has really become a favorite food of mine. I've developed a love for really good, microbrews. Just a few miles away, they opened a BevMo!. BevMo! is a warehouse-style liquor store chain with outlets across California and Arizona. They have a large selection of microbrews.

I just can't keep myself out of there.

I'm still eating lots of jerky. You can still keep up to date with what I'm eating at Best Beef Jerky.

In fact, I started selling banner ads directly to manufacturers this past week. So far, I'm getting a lot of positive interest. Based on the interest it looks like I could make a lot of money selling banner ads, but I just don't have enough page views to satisfy that demand.

I need to get more page views.

Hence a big reason why I've resurrected this blog. I'm hoping by keeping it active, it'll help pump some page rank value into my beef jerky review blog, and get it higher listings on Google.

We'll see.