Start Weight:(01 Aug 11) 254.5 lb
Current Weight:(10 Feb 17) 253.0 lb
Goal Weight:190.0 lb
following: DairyKing's own diet
performance: Steady

I served 3 years in the Army 82nd Airborne Div, and 22 years in the U.S. Navy. I always had an inclination to overindulge when it came to eating, but I was a specialist at dropping the weight twice a year to achieve outstandings on the physical fitness tests. After retiring from the Navy, I moved into a rather sedentary position as a Manufacturing Engineer for a heavy equipment manufacturing company, and the pounds began to reappear. Before I even retired from that job, I received the call to preach. The company made me an attractive offer to retire early, so retire I did (again), and now I pastor a small church in Central Illinois. The pay is terrible, but the food and the eternal rewards are fantastic!

I am going for the lifestyle change instead of a “diet”. Anything with the word “die” in it cannot be good for you. I prefer moderation to depriving myself of any major food group. Dropped a bunch of weight and got up to running over 10 miles at a time a couple of years ago, and ran a 5K and a 10K, but developed a serious cold just midway through my ½ marathon training, which took me out of the game for a couple of months. I got discouraged and gained all the weight back and then some. Now I am about 75 pounds over where I want to be. A friend and his wife started a Life Coaching business, and I recruited him to be my accountability partner through this journey. My goal is a pound a week for a year. I think that is doable. God willing, we will make it happen this time.

FatSecret member since: 14 Sep 11

DairyKing's Weight History

DairyKing's Latest Member Challenges

  Keeping track of calories
status: Completed
ended: 03 Jun 13
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  11 weeks to 11 miles
status: Completed
ended: 31 Mar 12
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Online now HCB
last weighin: steady Steady
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last weighin: gaining 0.7 lb a week Up
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last weighin: losing 7.0 lb a week Down
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DairyKing's Cookbook

cals: 86kcal | fat: 3.64g | carbs: 8.31g | prot: 7.63g
Portabella Spinach Pizza
Simply satisfy the pizza craving with delicious portabella mushrooms.
cals: 373kcal | fat: 8.77g | carbs: 63.40g | prot: 19.37g
Pasta with Ricotta, Broccoli and Tomatoes
This simple and inexpensive whole wheat pasta meal is creamy without feeling heavy like an Alfredo sauce.
cals: 325kcal | fat: 5.25g | carbs: 48.69g | prot: 23.47g
Spicy Steak Chili
A spicy, hearty steak chili with lots of beans that's very filling and budget friendly.
cals: 167kcal | fat: 0.09g | carbs: 21.99g | prot: 18.28g
Breakfast in a Pan
A delcious baked dish with eggs beaters, veggie sausage, potatoes and cheddar cheese.
cals: 117kcal | fat: 4.08g | carbs: 13.38g | prot: 7.37g
Spinach and Chicken Manicotti
A wonderful combination of pasta, ricotta and marble cheese, tender chicken breast and leafy spinach covered with a perfect tomato sauce.
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DairyKing before & After
I don't know what the big deal is; I haven't changed a bit from 1967 to today.



See what I mean?
posted 04 Mar 2015, 09:45
Battle of the Sexes, Weight Loss Version
Yay for the men!
posted 26 Aug 2014, 09:46
Eggs anyone?
I was reading an interesting article concerning eggs and cholesterol. I am pasting the relevant parts of the article. It said, "The truth is that cholesterol is a very important part of the body. It is a structural molecule that is an essential part of every single cell membrane. It is also used to make steroid hormones like testosterone, estrogen and cortisol. Without cholesterol, we wouldn’t even exist. Given how incredibly important cholesterol is, the body has evolved elaborate ways to ensure that we always have enough of it available. Because getting cholesterol from the diet isn’t always an option, the liver actually produces cholesterol. But when we eat a lot of cholesterol rich foods, the liver starts producing less. So the total amount of cholesterol in the body changes only very little (if at all), it is just coming from the diet instead of from the liver. It appears that the response to whole egg consumption depends on the individual. In 70% of people, it has no effect on Total or LDL cholesterol. However, in 30% of people (termed “hyper responders”), these numbers do go up slightly.
That being said, I don’t think this is a problem. The studies show that eggs change the LDL particles from small, dense LDL to Large LDL.
People who have predominantly large LDL particles have a lower risk of heart disease. So even if eggs cause mild increases in Total and LDL cholesterol levels, this is not a cause for concern. The science is clear that up to 3 whole eggs per day are perfectly safe for healthy people who are trying to stay healthy. Bottom Line: Eggs consistently raise HDL (the “good”) cholesterol. For 70% of people, there is no increase in Total or LDL cholesterol. There may be a mild increase in a benign subtype of LDL in some people. Many studies have looked at egg consumption and the risk of heart disease. All of these studies are so-called observational studies. In studies like these, large groups of people are followed for many years. Then the researchers use statistical methods to figure out whether certain habits (like diet, smoking or exercise) are linked to either a decreased or increased risk of some disease. These studies, some of which include hundreds of thousands of people, consistently show that people who eat whole eggs are no more likely to develop heart disease. Some of the studies even show a reduced risk of stroke. However… one thing that is worth noting, is that these studies show that diabetics who eat eggs are at an increased risk of heart disease. Whether the eggs are causing the increased risk in diabetics is not known. These types of studies can only show a correlation and it is possible that the diabetics who eat eggs are, on average, less health conscious than those who don’t.
This may also depend on the rest of the diet. On a low-carb diet (by far the best diet for diabetics), eggs lead to improvements in heart disease risk factors. Bottom Line: Many observational studies show that people who eat eggs don’t have an increased risk of heart disease, but some of the studies do show an increased risk in diabetics. Eggs Have Plenty of Other Health Benefits Too." I don't know that I would eat 6 or 7 eggs a day, but I certainly wouldn't worry about 2 or 3.

posted 06 Aug 2014, 12:44
The Whole Calorie Counting Thing
Don't 'worry' about anything. It's proven that worrying causes high cholesterol. Do everything in moderation. Obviously, if your RDI is 2000 calories a day, you are not going to have a healthy weight loss if you consume those 2000 calories in candy bars which are primarily sugars. Whether you are following Adkins, South Beach Diet, or your own eating plan, eat a balance of nutritious foods and stay close to your RDI for weight loss. And stay active, if you're not building muscle which burns more fat even when you're sleeping, you will have a very frustrating journey. It's all about the balance of good nutrition, exercise and taking in less calories than you expend. There are a lot of good articles on this site for helping maintain that balance. Hope this helps.
posted 08 Feb 2014, 11:44
I noticed sometimes pics don't show up if you make comments after them. Sometimes just making the pics the last entry makes them show up, even if you don't change anything else. I consider that a bug, but it's been that way for me off and on for two years.
posted 31 Aug 2013, 12:59
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