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30 January 2016

Good Evening, FS Warriors! Well, I was hoping for a drop yesterday, but to be quite honest, it doesn't surprise me that I didn't. I went from 256 to 249 just before I got back on track, so I think I'm at a plateau. I'll admit I haven't been perfect this week, but I have done my exercises religiously every day, and except for a few late night forages, I've done pretty good in the food department as well. At least, it seems that I am eating a lot less, and doing a lot more in retirement, than I was when going to work every day. I'll just have to wait and see. It's always about the long haul; if I'm doing this for a month with no results, then I will begin to worry a little bit, and make some adjustments. Right now, I am even amazing myself at what I'm getting done, so I'm not going into panic mode just yet.

Today was a great sunshiny day, and it just felt good to get out and piddle for a while in the shop, and then come back inside and work on cleaning and organizing. I took every opportunity to head outside to the burn barrel. I even took the trike up to the local gas station and filled her up with gas. Of course I had to get out on the road and blow the cobwebs out of her before I put her away. Brought the Ford 8N distributor inside so I could set it up. I'm going to rewire the tractor before Spring (I hope). I want to make it my main mowing tractor for the schoolyard and the church yard. DW and the kids can use the riding lawnmowers if they want to, but I like being out on the tractors.

I stayed up late last night doing homework (or I should say, early this morning). When I was about to go to bed, I went into the bedroom and the dog was sprawled across the bed where I sleep. I just went back and slept in the recliner. I probably won't do that again; I didn't sleep all that great; went to be about 2:00 and got up about 7. I don't plan on staying up late tonight.

Our friends and us have a Friday night ritual of going out to eat. That's probably not going to change, even though what I eat might. Last night, I had the steak and shrimp fajitas, three relatively small tortillas, the refried beans and salad with the guacamole (typical Mexican fare). I'm sure I ate enough for two (and no, I'm not pregnant).

Well anyway, that's enough rambling for one evening. Toodles!
Weigh-in: 250.5 lb lost so far: 4.0 lb still to go: 60.5 lb Diet followed reasonably well
   (3 comments) on diet DairyKing's own diet   gaining 0.8 lb a week

26 January 2016

Good Morning, FS Warriors! I just returned upstairs from 40 minutes on the treadmill. Two days in a row, Yay! All done to the tune of John Wesley's journal. Not exactly Three Dog Night, but the time actually went pretty quick. For those who don't have any idea who I'm talking about, he was the English preacher of the 18th century, and founder of the Methodist denomination, and ultimately over 27 other denominations, including the Nazarene denomination.

It's a dreary day outside, cold and rainy. I've got a lot of reading assignments to catch up on. I will probably continue to work downstairs on cleaning and organizing one of the rooms. We still have a multitude of boxes that we brought with us from the old house, that we still haven't gone through. It's been eight years since we bought the school. I guess we just haven't worked that hard on the inside yet.

Last night I went to bed fairly early - about 10:30. I have noticed that if I stay up late, even if I am occupied with my studies, I tend to go on a recon mission searching out food (convenient food such as candy, chips, pretzels - you get the idea). I don't do that if I go to bed at a a reasonable hour. Plus that enables me to get up earlier and get moving. The last thing I want to do is get in the habit of sleeping-in in the morning.

Well, here's wishing you all have a great day. Toodles!

25 January 2016

20 January 2016

Good Morning, FS Warriors! We got 3 inches of snow overnight; the good news is that the temps are going to be hovering about the 30 degree mark over the next week. There is light at the end of the tunnel. It didn't get out of the teens this past week, and that is just too cold for me. I can live with the 30's and even work outside. Yay!

Surprisingly, I am not snacking much in retirement. I am not bored, and I think that is the key for me. Also, I have found that, if I do get hungry while on the road, and succumb to pulling into a fast food drive-thru, it's no fries, and only one sandwich to stave off the feeling of hunger, and I'm on the road again. In the past, not only would I get more than one sandwich, but I would get the larger sandwich. I hope this is due to a lifestyle change and not some biological fluke. I am drinking more water - as well as more coffee - but I've drastically cut back on the number of diet sodas per month. I don't think that I have drank more than 5 diet cokes in the last month. We are talking significant behavioral changes here.

I gave myself a retirement gift yesterday. Well, I picked it up yesterday; I ordered it last week. I bought myself a .308 rifle. Can't wait to get to the range. I love shooting, but have only managed to get to the range a couple times a year, while working. That's going to change now. I don't hunt, so it's mostly about marksmanship for me. I have a number of rifles, but most of them are pretty old. Just wanted a nice accurate modern one.

Menards had some plastic shelving on sale, and the one thing I desperately need is to get organized. I bought six deep and tall shelving units, so I'll begin today getting some things up and off the workshop floor. I'm going to put a couple in the pantry also. DW is paranoid that I'm going to be dragging things out of the pantry while I make this transition, and begged me to wait until she makes room to make this happen. I told her I would; but she better not go away for 3 or 4 hours, or it just might all be done before she gets back. :)

I've averaged being up until midnight or one in the morning, either studying or getting my assignments in on time. As most of you know, I'm enrolled in the Nazarene Bible College online. While the online option appealed to me on the basis of being able to work at my own pace, it is really a moot point, because there are enough assignments due on a daily basis that, yes, I can work at my own pace, as long as I get it done today. Haha! It is very intense, but very rewarding also. I have studied the bible on and off for probably 40 years, but I have finally found a structured study program that allows me to learn from the discoveries of a lot of people that have diligently researched the bible, ancient languages and civilizations, archaeological discoveries, and the writings of ancient historians. I think it's pretty cool.

Well, enough rambling for one day. I hope everyone has a wonderful day. Stay warm. Toodles!

16 January 2016

Good Morning, FS Warriors! It's finally cold here in central Illinois. With January historically being the coldest month of the year, it is amazing that we are halfway into January before having any real cold weather. I'm not a big fan, so most of my project activity is confined to the indoors for now.

This morning, I weighed in at 249.0, back to where my feeding extravaganza began for the holidays. Hopefully, this is the beginning of a good trend. I'm not sitting behind a desk most of the time anymore. I was pretty hard down with cold for about a week; the last couple of days, I have felt pretty good.

I had mentioned previously, I think, that my new scissor lift was running great on gas, but wouldn't keep running on propane. I called the dealer that I bought it from, and they had their Service Manager contact me, and I explained the symptoms to him, and told him that I had quite a bit of mechanical experience. He told me that, rather than send a technician on a 4 hour trip to troubleshoot, if I was willing, he would just send me the likely parts to fix it. I was agreeable to that, and the parts have already arrived. They sent just about every component that is unique to the propane system, so I am pretty convinced it is going to fix the problem. I'm just too big a weenie to want to go out in the cold and fix it right now. I feel blessed that I bought it from a pretty good company though.

I received the special 2 foot long drill bit I ordered (to drill weep holes where the brick walls meet the foundation footer) in the pool room. I'm about ready to install membrane that will funnel any wall seepage into the gravel under the concrete, that runs to the sump pump. Then I will mix and pour the concrete to cover all of it. Did you get all of that? Haha, it has nothing to do with dieting, except that it keeps me busy, and away from the binging. I can't wait to start installing the Endless Pool. It's been sitting in crates for maybe 4 years. I don't have any excuse anymore. Besides that, the older I get, the better the swimming will be on my body, versus the running.

I'm loving retirement, in spite of the cold. I can't wait for the warm weather to get here; then I'll really enjoy it. I hate that I kicked it off with a pretty bad cold, but now that that is behind me, I'm ready to get moving. I hope everyone is having a great weekend. Toodles!
Weigh-in: 249.0 lb lost so far: 5.5 lb still to go: 59.0 lb Diet followed reasonably well
   (5 comments) on diet DairyKing's own diet   steady weight

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