Pgwagner

Start Weight:(01 Oct 11) 342.0 lb
Current Weight:(21 Aug 14) 250.6 lb
Goal Weight:170.0 lb
following: Pgwagner's own diet
performance: losing 0.5 lb a week

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cals: 498kcal | fat: 15.80g | carbs: 72.37g | prot: 21.14g
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Recovering Nicotine Addicts
Two years ago I was about 310#, smoked 4 packs a day and health deteriorating; high BP, high cholesterol and triglycerides, sleep apnia, annual (or more) episodes of bronchitis. Easily winded, in general piss-poor health and getting worse.

I planned to retire in about 12 years so I sat down and looked at where I was and where I wanted to be and do when I retired. I became convinced I would probably be bed-ridden and on oxygen if I was lucky enough to survive that long. That was not how I wanted to retire; I did not work all of my life for that.

I decided my best option was to first quit smoking (again) if I was smoking the chance of long-term survival was not very good even with weight loss, especially at the level I was smoking. So armed with Chantix and a clear goal of where I wanted to go I was able to quit smoking; I have not had a cigarette since July 31 2010.

I knew if I tried to remove too many monkeys from my back at once success would elude me again, so I decided to not worry about my weight while I dealt with quitting smoking. As a direct result of that decision by September 31, 2011 my weight had blossomed to 342 pounds. That was OK though, I had successfully quit smoking and was over pretty much all urges; and still had a plan which was going as intended.

So about October 1, 2011 (estimate, didn't mark calendar) I began a 2000 calorie a day diet I had found on the internet a while back and had pretty good results with. It was well balanced, not a fad diet just a since-able diet. Weight was dropping just OK, nothing spectacular but the nurse at work did notice and we talked about it. She told me about the phone app for FS so I checked it out.

I took to it like a duck to water! That is when my life changed big time. By HONESTLY entering what I did I found that yes, those 10 Jolly Ranchers DO COUNT! That powdered coffee creamer is not harmless and there is sugar in EVERYTHING!

I set realistic goals like wanting to get down to 180 pounds, avoid added sugar, I also gave up gluten (by choice), buy fat free everything. By doing those things my actual daily calorie intake went down to about 1400 and to be honest I am never hungry and have headed more down the path of eating all natural stuff (and not kicking and screaming either).

Today, a little over a year after I started at a weight of 342 pounds, I do not smoke and my weight is 230 pounds (down 112 pounds. My blood glucose and lipid panel are all good, in fact everything a blood test can show is good. I did develop an atrial flutter which has been corrected and the Dr. said it was probably caused from my previous lifestyle and stress.

In closing I truly believe if I did not have the FS tool to track real time what I was shoving in my pie-hole I would have failed again. It certainly was not because of not wanting it, nor was it because I didn't have will power (I did quit smoking after all), it was a lack of knowledge! I will admit that I ALSO had to change how I thought about food, I figured out the purpose of food was to nourish the body; not replace an ex, get even with my boss or make my bills go away. In fact it actually made all of those worse in the long run.

So to make a short story long, the nurse at work told me about it....and saved my life
posted 09 Jan 2013, 11:23
What was your turning point?
Two years ago I was about 310#, smoked 4 packs a day and health deteriorating; high BP, high cholesterol and triglycerides, sleep apnia, annual (or more) episodes of bronchitis. Easily winded, in general piss-poor health and getting worse.

I planned to retire in about 12 years so I sat down and looked at where I was and where I wanted to be and do when I retired. I became convinced I would probably be bed-ridden and on oxygen if I was lucky enough to survive that long. That was not how I wanted to retire; I did not work all of my life for that.

I decided my best option was to first quit smoking (again) if I was smoking the chance of long-term survival was not very good even with weight loss, especially at the level I was smoking. So armed with Chantix and a clear goal of where I wanted to go I was able to quit smoking; I have not had a cigarette since July 31 2010.

I knew if I tried to remove too many monkeys from my back at once success would elude me again, so I decided to not worry about my weight while I dealt with quitting smoking. As a direct result of that decision by September 31, 2011 my weight had blossomed to 342 pounds. That was OK though, I had successfully quit smoking and was over pretty much all urges; and still had a plan which was going as intended.

So about October 1, 2011 (estimate, didn't mark calendar) I began a 2000 calorie a day diet I had found on the internet a while back and had pretty good results with. It was well balanced, not a fad diet just a since-able diet. Weight was dropping just OK, nothing spectacular but the nurse at work did notice and we talked about it. She told me about the phone app for FS so I checked it out.

I took to it like a duck to water! That is when my life changed big time. By HONESTLY entering what I did I found that yes, those 10 Jolly Ranchers DO COUNT! That powdered coffee creamer is not harmless and there is sugar in EVERYTHING!

I set realistic goals like wanting to get down to 180 pounds, avoid added sugar, I also gave up gluten (by choice), buy fat free everything. By doing those things my actual daily calorie intake went down to about 1400 and to be honest I am never hungry and have headed more down the path of eating all natural stuff (and not kicking and screaming either).

Today, 8 months after I started at a weight of 342 pounds, I do not smoke and my weight is 245 pounds (down 97 pounds. My blood glucose and lipid panel are all good, in fact everything a blood test can show is good. I did develop an atrial flutter which has been corrected and the Dr. said it was probably caused from my previous lifestyle and stress.

In closing I truly believe if I did not have the FS tool to track real time what I was shoving in my pie-hole I would have failed again. It certainly was not because of not wanting it, nor was it because I didn't have will power (I did quit smoking after all), it was a lack of knowledge! I will admit that I ALSO had to change how I thought about food, I figured out the purpose of food was to nourish the body; not replace an ex, get even with my boss or make my bills go away. In fact it actually made all of those worse in the long run.

So to make a short story long, the nurse at work told me about it....and saved my life!
posted 09 Jun 2012, 08:19
Begin the journey with 200 pounds to lose
I complement you on the no sugar - no flour comments. I too avoid added sugar at all costs, Note, I said added sugar, I do not avoid naturally occurring sugars. I went through the Sweet-n-low, Equal, Splenda process but each of those have drawbacks too. I've begun using Stevia and found no ill effects except the fiber in Stevia in the Raw makes me fart a lot. So I decided to grow my own Stevia and make liquid sweetener out of it.

I also could not agree with you more about flour, however to be more specific Gluten. I gave up as much of it as humanly possible but it seems impossible to get totally away from it. That left a huge dietary gap in that it excluded bread, pasta, cereals, pancakes. I've successfully filled that gap by making my own Oat Flour by simply putting oats in the blender, it works great and tastes better too. For pasta I found many rice substitutes in the Gluten free section in Walmart. For bread I use wraps or tortillas. Since abandoning wheat (gluten) I have a lot more energy and my weight loss rate has increased too!

In any case you're certainly on the right track in my opinion, good luck!

Greg
posted 28 Apr 2012, 09:52
How Often Do you weigh yourself?
Once a week, same day same time. Too much data is worthless, confusing and discouraging.
posted 11 Mar 2012, 19:16
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