A Night a the Movies

My wife and I went to see Bella at the local theater today.  It was a good movie, but it felt wrong to not buy popcorn or drinks.  Eating junk has become so ingrained in everything we do.

It does feel good to change those habits, and I saved money.

Going to the gas station is much the same way.  I now pay at the pump to avoid spending more money and eating more.


My wife wanted pizza today.  This was to be the first time for me eating pizza since the new diet began.  I ordered a large (14″) with sausage.  It was cut into 8 pieces, and I ate two pieces.  That came out to 700 calories.  I hadn’t eaten a lot today, so my total calorie consumption is only 1214 for the day.

I used to work in a pizza place.  I drank a lot of Coke, and ate pizza whenever I could.  I was proud of myself today for limiting myself to two pieces, and drinking water.

My weigh-in tonight was 286.6, the same as yesterday.

Working From Home

I’m still sick today.  My sinuses feel better, but I have a headache, and an uncontrollable cough.  My sides are hurting from coughing.  I didn’t sleep much either.

I have a deadline at work so I’m working from home to get some stuff done.  My daughter is also sick today, and she’s sitting here next to me.  It’s not a bad way to spend time with her.

I skipped breakfast.  I don’t feel like eating.  I know that’s not healthy, but I am sick.  I’ve been drinking coffee, but that feels good on my throat.

I’ll probably go get a veggie sub for lunch.

Random Stuff

I got a call from Scheller’s today. I will have my elliptical on November 21st. That’s a little later than I’d hoped, but it should be worth it.

I found Jennette’s blog today. I am in awe of her weight loss. I believe she’s 9 or 10 years younger than I am, but I don’t have quite as much weight to lose. She has lost over 200 pounds. Oh, she’s a web developer also, but she actually has writing skills.

A guy at work (Thanks John!) has pointed me too traineo. I haven’t signed up, but several of us are talking about it to be each other’s “motivators”.

I’m still sick, and now I’m on antibiotics for a sinus infection. I hope it goes away soon, as it’s sapping my ability to sleep, and therefore my will to live 🙂


I have suffered with bouts of depression my entire life.  I just assumed there was nothing I could do, short of drugs, other than to just deal with it.

I started questioning that line of thought earlier this year because my depression took a much worse turn.  I knew I needed a change.  Seeking professional help was an option, but I wanted to find a better way.

For the last 15 years, my eating habits have been poor.  That is the main reason I hit 300 pounds.  Also, my diet did not include all nutrients that I needed.

A few months ago, I started taking a common multi-vitamin and fish-oil capsules.

Within a few weeks, it was as if a fog had lifted.  Not only was the depression not as bad, but It seems that I can think more clearly.

Deciding to lose weight was the natural next thing to do, once I was in the better state of mind.  It really wasn’t much of a conscious decision.  It just seemed to be what I should be doing.  I wish I had done something about the depression years ago.

Let the Embarrassment Begin

I don’t currently have a regular job.  I’m a freelancer working at a former employer.  I was out on Monday (I was quite sick), but was back in the office today.  News of this blog is spreading there, so it’s definitely time to make some progress.  If I don’t, the embarrassment will be for nothing.

There are a few other “fat guys” at the office, so at least I’m in good company.

I’m still not getting enough exercise, but my elliptical hasn’t arrived yet either.  I’m just lazy.

Tying My Shoes

I miss being able to tie my shoes without experiencing something between extreme discomfort and minor injury.

I’ve been wearing velcro shoes that last couple of years to make it easier, but my current shoes have laces.  I’ve been having my daughter do it for me a lot.  That’s sad.

I’ll tie my own damn shoes from now on.

Sick as a Dog

I rarely get sick.  When I do, I make up for lost time though.

I’m home sick today.  It’s bad enough that I made an appointment to see a doctor.  I also don’t care much for doctors, so I’m really sick.

I’m trying to decide if and how this will affect my diet.  I don’t feel like eating right now.


Counting Calories

I needed to make counting my calories as easy as possible.  I have a spreadsheet to keep track of everything, but I needed an easy way to look up calories.  Especially for food consumed at a restaurant.

I found CalorieKing.  I’m not signing up for there service, but I do use them to look up calories for various foods.

There is some guessing involved though.  Here’s a sample of my calories spreadsheet:

Date Meal Food Calories Daily Totals
11/07/07 Breakfast Kashi Strawberry Fields 120

2% Milk 61

Coffee – 2 cups 10

Lunch Skyline Chili reg 5-way 840

Unsweet Tea 5

Coffee – 1 cup 5

Dinner Salad w/chicken & dressing 300

Coffee – 2 cups 10 1351

11/08/07 Breakfast Kashi Strawberry Fields 120

2% Milk 61

Orange Juice – 6oz 84

Coffee – 2 cups 10

Lunch Subway Veggie – 12in w/mustard 460

— mustard 6

Coffee – 1 cup 5

Snack Yogurt – vanilla – 1 cup 190

Banana 105

V8 Juice – 8oz 50

Dinner Spaghetti w/ ground turkey 439

Coffee – 2 cups 10 1540

You’ll notice that I put 5 calories for a cup of coffee. I drink my coffee black with no sweetener, but I think there are a few calories from the oils.