Back Down to my Base Weight

Weighed in this morning at 150 pounds, down two from yesterday.

What a sigh of relief! I finally returned to 150 pounds after several months.

I lost two pounds yesterday by starting out with two whole wheat tortillas, plain. Then ate about 8oz of beef jerky, and drank about 5 bottles of water with green tea mix. That's about 1,040 calories in all. Didn't do any exercise, though I soaked in a hot bath for about 30 minutes.

Oh, I posted an article on Weight Loss Blogger on "How to Lose 30 Pounds in 30 Days". I have never lost that many pounds in such a short time, but seeing that my weight loss regimen has me losing 1-2 pounds a day, I know I could do it. And therefore anyone could do it. The key is three-fold, exercise, dieting, and boosting your metabolism.

We always hear experts talk about diet and exercise, but they don't always talk about raising your metabolism. I think it's because exercise itself raises metabolism, but that's not enough. You have to find ways to keep it raised all throughout the day. I think that's largely how I've been able lose weight.

Gained One Pound From a Weekend Trip

Weighed in this morning at 152 pounds.

Over the weekend I did a motorcycle ride up to Paso Robles and back, staying overnight there. But as it turned out, I didn't gain much weight from that trip. Only a meager one pound.

That Saturday morning I had weighed in at 152 pounds. If you recall, I was shooting to weight in at 150 pounds, but never made it. Anyways, riding up there I had a bacon cheeseburger with salad, but no dressing, along with two cups of coffee (black). That night I had three beers, and shared a plate of nachos, potato skins, and chicken strips. And the following day I had a tri-tip sandwich and onion rings. That was all I ate.

When I weighed in the following Monday morning, I was only 153 pounds. I figure the the two full days of motorcycle riding is what helped me burn off those calories. I know, I know, how can riding a motorcycle burn calories? I don't really know the science behind it, but it does. I wrote another article where I talk about this more, "Riding a Motorcycle Can Burn Calories".

So between yesterday and this morning, I lost another pound to make it to 152. So what did I do? Well no exercise. But I did soak in a hot bath for about 30 minutes. Otherwise, I had two whole wheat tortillas (plain) in the morning. Two tall glasses of green tea (unsweetened), 5oz of beef jerky, and a regular bagel (plain) in the evening. That works out to about 1,000 calories.

But the main thing is that I ate all day long, but ate a little at a time to keep my body metabolizing all day long.

Getting Closer to My Base Weight

Weighed in this morning at 152 pounds. Down two pounds from yesterday.

I didn't get out of the house like I had hoped to. I ended up just working on my websites.

I started out with a couple whole wheat tortillas, and a couple cans of diet soda. Later on in the day I had about 5oz of beef jerky. Then at night I had another can of diet soda. That was all I had.

But I also did some weight lifting at home.

Water Weight from Three Beers

Weighed in this morning at 154 pounds, up one pound from yesterday.

I started the day with a couple of whole wheat tortillas, plain. And then ate about 4oz of beef jerky, along with about 2 tall glasses of green iced tea. That equates to about 720 calories.

Then in the evening, I rode my motorcycle to a local tavern to meet up with some friends, and I had a small chicken pizza and three beers. I'm guessing that's about 1,400 calories there.

So all in all, I consumed about 2,120 calories for the day, which is just a little bit over the 2,000 average that a guy my size usually burns living out a sedentary day.

I figure the water weight from the three beers is what sent my weight higher this morning, since I got back home late in the evening and didn't have time to piss it all out.

I'm still shooting for a weight of 150 pounds by this Saturday morning.

I'm not sure what the plan is for today. I spent Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday working in my home office on websites. I want to get out of the house today, and I need to continue exercising.

Mission Carb Balance Tortillas

Weighed in this morning at 153 pounds. Down one from yesterday.

I started the morning with a couple of whole wheat tortillas for breakfast, plain with nothing on them. I bought the Mission Carb Balance. Those things have tons of fiber in them, 21g per tortilla. Consider that 30g of fiber a day is what a guy should eat, and I ate two of those things. Each tortilla is 200 calories.

I also ate a 4oz bag of jerky, which I put about 320 calories. Then I had a can of Low Sodium V8 Juice (70 calories), several glasses of water, and a pound of strawberries in the evening. I'm guessing I ate around 700 calories in all yesterday.

I also exercised, doing a 2 1/2 mile hike up and down the hills again.

Tonight is our monthly bike night, where several of us motorcycle riders get together for beer. Considering all the liquids I'll be drinking until late at night, I'm not expecting to lose any weight by tomorrow morning's weigh in. We'll see however. I'm not planning to eat anything there, instead doing my eating here at home.

Getting Back to Controlling Portions

Weighed in this morning at 154 pounds.

In my last post a week ago, I mentioned getting sick after eating at Claim Jumper for Mother's Day, and found myself losing weight to 152 pounds.

Since then my weight went up to as high as 158 pounds over the last weekend. I'm determined to get it back down to 150 by next Saturday morning.

The past Sunday I encountered a little bit of success by ordering smaller portions. My wife and I went out to a BBQ restaurant, and instead of ordering a full rack of pork ribs, I only ordered a half. And then I only ate about half of the side dishes.

Of course, that meant I'd get more hungry sooner, and I did. But I ended up going to a frozen yogurt shop and getting smoothie. I imagine that smoothie had the same calories as eating another half-rack of ribs.

But I made up for it by doing a 2 1/2 mile hike up and down some hills in my town. So, I'm trying to get myself to eating smaller portions at the table, and then I need to find low-calories ways to snack when I get hungry.

Oh and then last night I did some weight lifting. My arms and legs feel sore right now.

Sick After Mother's Day

Weighed in this morning at 152 pounds.

Over the Mother's Day Weekend I had gained up to about 158 pounds, but lost six pounds after getting sick from the food. I'm blaming on the Romaine lettuce I had at Claim Jumper. I know there's an e coli problem going on right now with Romaine lettuce, and I probably should have stayed away from it.

Yesterday I slept almost the entire day.

But today I feel a lot better.

Rollercoaster Weight Shifts

Weighed in this morning at 155 pounds.

Since my last post on April 29, my weight went up to 160 pounds, the result of the past weekend's eating and drinking.

I seem to be in a cycle of losing weight between Monday and Thursday, and then gaining it back Friday through Sunday. Which is actually not too bad considering I lose everything I gain. But on the other hand, I'm never really maintaining weight because it's always a process of gain and lose.

But I'm really only talking about weight swings of 5-10 pounds. I'm guessing that most people go through the same thing. I doubt anyone can maintain their ideal weight and never vary by less than 2 pounds.

As for beef jerky, I still have lots to go through. Yesterday I got another package, and over the weekend I received more too. This is all free stuff from companies that want me to write reviews.

I'm also going to try to get more reviews written for my beef stick blog. Maybe you didn't know I had one. But a few days ago I received a package of free sticks from this one company. Beef stick are not good for a diet, unlike beef jerky. But, it's sounding like it might be a good business model to try.