Archive for June, 2010


Take Shape for life day 18

June 26, 2010

Not gonna get overconfident.  BUT, feeling pretty good on medifast right now.  I’m down to 200, lowest weight so far.  Feel like it is more natural now and its not as hard to resist stuff lately.  The hardest part in the last couple of days was when I was standing in line for the iphone and a guy came down the line…with a bucket of VOO DOO doughnuts.  A bucket of them.  Free.  That was tough, because it was 5am and they just looked like circles of joy, like the O in jOy.  10 more pounds to my goal weight.  Then it will be about finding a healthy balance and staying under the big 200.


Take shape for life, day ?

June 23, 2010

Honestly I can’t remember what day this is.  Its somewhere around day 15?

The quick update.

I am still doing this.  I have failed or went “off plan” 3 times.  All 3 times pretty major, but not as major as the first.  As a result, I have held pretty study at the 13 pounds down since I started. 

I have recommitted to finishing out my food without straying.  I have about a month of food left.

Keeping you posted. (pretty sure I’m talking to mainly my mom and sister but I’m glad someones reading)



Day 9. The day I ate.

June 17, 2010

So today was an interesting one.

We had a staff lunch, with AMAZING food.  Brauts(sp?), wonderful desserts etc.  I barely managed not eating, but had my orange creme medi fast shake and watched everyone delight in their food.  I saved my lean and green meal for the evening because my senior pastor was having me over for dinner with Alli and Mike and Lacy Giering.

We got there at 6, and I came quite hungry.  I skipped the appetizers and was prepared to have my 5 ounces of steak and a salad.  This went well. 

I sat at the table and watched Mike G. go back for 2nds and 3rds and taunting me.  Ron taunted me too.

I decided to grab just a little more salad and was gonna call it good.

Then it happened.  My switch flipped. 

I went back, loaded up my plate with a big piece of steak, a huge load of salmon, another full salad with the dressing I really wanted, and a piece of bread.

I then went back for thirds, another piece of steak, more salmon, more salad, more bread.

Then dessert.

Homemade ice cream pie.  Cookie crust, ice cream, homemade whip cream, homemade hot fudge.  2 huge pieces.  Unbelievably good.

So ya, needless to say, tonight I went “off plan” as they say in the biz.

I could not have picked a more enjoyable meal to do it with.  I am feeling quite good at the moment.

Tomorrow I go back on plan. 

Curious to get on the scale in the morning.


Shape for life day 8

June 16, 2010

Barely been home, not much time to post, but a quick update.

Still hungry.  But not as much and not as often.

Down to 202.   That was around 13 pounds for the week, without a doubt the fastest I have ever ever ever even thought about losing weight.  I wonder if you can lose weight in your brain??  I will begin to transition out of medifast carefully when I hit 190, which at this rate, will be before my medifast food runs out in about a month.


Take Shape for life day 6

June 15, 2010

Tomorrow will mark one week on the take shape for life.  So far I have lost 10 pounds and am down to 205.

Saturday was, in a word, brutal. This was a surprise party for my wife’s best friend’s mom and both ladies are known for their food.  Well, this was like Disneyland for desserts.  It was so unbelievably tempting I lasted about 25 minutes and had to bolt, because I was about to pick up one of the table cloths and proceed to empty the contents directly into my mouth.

Looking back at it today I am grateful I walked away.

Sunday was almost as bad, when Jilly made some love bread that was in the green room and I almost would have sold my birthright to eat it.

I feel like I am getting the hang of this now, knowing when and what to eat and like I might be able to see this through down to my goal weight.


Take Shape for Life day 4

June 12, 2010

Well, for the three of you following this journey I skipped writing yesterday, so today will be a recap of both days.

I am past the intervention/straight jacket and padded walls/hand cuffs/danger to myself and society stage that was the majority of Tuesday and Wed.

When I started this on Tuesday I weighed unofficially between 213-215. Today I weigh 207. I have been drinking A TON of water. This is tough because I generally go to bathroom once for every two tablespoons of liquid I drink.

I am trying to do minimal weight lifting but that has been really hard because I love to lift. Lifting for about 20 minutes just basic stuff feels really really wimpy. But I guess for the first couple of weeks if I exercize too hard then I will basically work against myself and any positive results.

Today was Macy’s last day of school, and I took her to Baskin Robins because she wanted strawberry ice cream. Ya, the pictures on the wall, the smell, the literal ice cream molecules floating in the air almost sent me into a coma but I managed to get out of there safely.

I just put steak seasoning, and A1 steak sauce, and hot sauce on my plain piece of turkey burger trying to fool the turkey into thinking he was steak. I think it worked. I was totally filled up, but it was really weird knowing that for the rest of the day after 5:30 the only thing left I’m going to eat is a little 3 bite lemon medi fast bar.

I guess all the protein in this diet is soy, which leads to increased estrogen. I’ll be watching carefully for any signs of becoming a women, and would ask the same of you. Just be gentle when you tell me or I might cry.


“The Diet” day 2

June 10, 2010

Quick disclaimor. I am now calling it “The Diet”. My sister, who has been so incredibly generous to give me a month of medifast food, is a coach for a program called Shape for Life that uses Medifast food. Her name is Shelley and if you are interested in Shape for Life let me know and I’ll get you in contact with her. She has lost over 50 pounds and maintained it for a long time now.

OK, so the diet, day 2.

I woke up at 5am today, to my stomach, begging me for food. I’m pretty sure I saw a picket sign sticking out of my belly button that said, “Hungry, anything will help.”
I went back to sleep.

I went bowling with staff from church in the morning. There were muffins and coffee and fruit and wonderful delights that warm the body and soul. I had chili cheese puffs. Someone thought I was eating Famous Amos cookies. They were wrong.

At lunch we honored someone’s birthday at work, with chocolate cake that looked like it may have been the best chocolate cake on earth, the history of earth. I had my special pudding that I think I added to much water too because I had to drink it. I literally went into my office and used my finger to scrape every last life giving calorie I could possibly find.

After lunch I must have dozed off or something, because someone managed to put a vise grip on my skull that automatically begin to tighten slowly for the rest of the day. By three oclock I could not concentrate, read, or form complete thoughts in my head.

By the time I had dinner I was so incredibly past hunger I almost couldn’t eat. Seriously.

My sister tells me that somewhere around now I enter “fat burning” and I won’t be as hungry. I am looking forward to that.

The upside right now is I can blame everything on “The Diet”. When I forgot to take out the garbage this morning, (first time in our 14 year marriage), I blamed it on “The Diet”. When I was THE worst bowler this morning, including quite a few gutter balls, I blamed it on The Diet.

My headache that was at an 8 has come down to a 2, and I am about to nuke my special brownie, which is pretty tasty. Bring on day 3.


Medifast day 1

June 9, 2010

Don’t really blog anymore. Thought it would be fun to blog a little each day about my medifast journey. My sister just gave me 5 weeks for free, so I thought what the heck I’ll give it a try.

Today is day one.
For breakfast I had 2 bites of a caramel crunch bar. It tasted really really good for 5 and a half seconds.
For my 2nd meal I had about a spoon full of some sort of microwave beef stew. I felt like an astronaut.
For lunch, while all my friends had Chevy’s love feasts, I had chili flavored cheese puffs. They tasted a bit like tasty dog food to me. I asked the waiter if he had a dog bowl I could put them in. I licked the bag when I was done searching for one more calorie because by lunch I could really only have legally fed a 7 month old, or one of my legs.

Dinner was my “real” meal. I had a plain turkey burger and no bread. I ate a cup and a half of broccoli. I blended it with water and tried to drink it fast but it took me like 5 minutes.

The best part of my eating day was the diet coke I just drank, and savored each piece of diet coke glazed ice like it was the last thing on earth.

My brain feels like it is shrinking and I’m pretty sure it is.

That is day 1.