kingkeld's Journal, 14 November 2011

Wow, this was a (weight wise) wild weekend!

I reached a new low on Saturday, much against my expectations. I honestly didn't expect anything, as I needed to lose at least 2 kgs (4 lbs) from Friday to Saturday to just break even. However, Saturday morning gave me the pleasant surprise of dropping 2 1/2 kgs, thus giving me a new lowest weigh in a full 500 grams lower than ever before. I was at 85.4 kgs - just 400 grams away from my next goal. That was such a great feeling of accomplishment - and so unexpected.

Then it all went downwards (or is it upwards when we talk about weight gain? I don't know...) from there. Wife had "threatened" with making her cheese enchiladas for Indulgence Day, and they were better than ever! The downside of living in Denmark as an American (my wife is American, I am Danish) is the limited access to many of the foods that we're used to. Such a thing as corn tortillas are hell to find here. So what we do is make everything from scratch. Of course, when I say "we", it's Wife who does all that. I make a killer chili and a few other things, but SHE is the great cook of the house. Anyways, this means Mexican/TexMex meals made 100% from scratch! Not bad on the tastebuds, but kinda bad on the calories sometimes, because it is SO good!

After Saturday's Indulgence Day I had gained a full 3 kg! This is the most I have every gained after Indulgence Day, but that's okay. I know the calories that I ate doesn't match the weight gained, it's just a big amount of food consumed, and that of course will weigh me down.

This morning, I have already dropped about 1 kg of it, and more will disappear over the next few days. No biggie.

Yesterday, the plan was to do more Mexican food. I think the cold weather that is starting to take over Denmark is making us think of our time in Texas, and miss all the foods from there. We never ended up doing the food though, it all turned into movie day for us, and we ended up ordering pizza. Actually, Wife and I shared a pizza. Usually, I would order one for each, but we have gotten so used to eating less that we agreed to try to share and it turned out to be MORE than plenty for each of us. Not a problem at all. And of course, this also shaved off an estimated 800 calories from Dinner, and all the heartache of being constipated for days after. I love pizza, but I hate what it does to my body. It all went fine (I think) and I enjoyed it.

Sunday is also the day I get the munchies. I think it's related to the Indulgence Day thing the day before - the high amount of calories consumed and the extra sugar and other bad stuff I eat. I really try to restrict myself the day after, but it's damn hard. I went over my calories with almost 100, not too bad, but not good either. I have to not do that. Period.

Since there is only 10 days until Thanksgiving, I'm gonna skip Indulgence Day next Saturday and move it to the following Thursday. I prefer to move it that way instead of havin Indulgence Day Saturday and one again on Thanksgiving. Thursdays, I am usually not at a new low yet, and I don't want to risk that. I want to see a new low every week if at all possible, and this is worth sacrificing for it. I will then use the opportunity to see if my Sundays without being "Post-Indulgent" will change. Maybe I won't get the munchies so bad?

I felt so bad about all the snacks (which weren't really THAT bad) yesterday that I kinda started re-thinking my strategies. I feel that I am kind of in a rut on losing weight. I have done this so long, and it's become habit for me, but it's also boring sometimes. We try to eat varied, and we do good on it, but there is still a lot of things that I feel like sometimes that I just can't have on a 1600 calorie day. I know there is no way around this if I want to lose weight, and since I have a clock ticking at my doctor's to qualify for my final surgery, then this is something that NEEDS to be done.

So my plan is basically to optimize my weight loss journey a little. I gotta be doing well a little more of the time, eat right and EXERCISE! yes, folks, I used the dreaded E-word. LOL. I think I need to get my butt going on this, get to the gym and move some. I have agreed with Wife that she'll go with me today, and if she calls to skip out I will go on my own. I need to do this, I need this weight off me. I am so close, and things are not moving fast enough for my taste. Let that be my motivator.

I really want Wife to come with me to the gym - she is doing so well on her weight loss journey too (lost 3 lbs this week! Her numbers are finally starting to show - not just the size of the pants!) and I hope that she'll see that it's not only nice to get a little workout, but it's also mentally very stimulating. We tend to get bored in our little town, and going for a workout is something to do here. It's just not something that we are used to doing. So if we could kill a boring afternoon or two (or 3, or 4) per week by getting healthier, isn't that what we should do? :)

Which reminds me - I had a super nice experience Saturday. I've been nagging about my jeans being too loose for quite a while, and been meaning to order some from the US one of these days, but finances just haven't really had wiggle room for jeans. In Denmark, a good pair of jeans is easily 500 kroner (which is around 100 dollars!), and I have a hard time finding willingness to pay this much. So I usually shop at walmart.com and have my stuff shipped to an American friend, who then forwards it to me. A lot of hassle, and I hate that I can't try on the clothes, but it is a LOT of money to save, especially when I change sizes as often as I have the last year's time.
So anyways, Saturday, just spontaneously, we went to check out a little thrift store right next door to me. We don't really shop there as they usually only have "old people clothes" and it smells kinda funky in there. lol. However we went to see if they had jeans, and they had some really nice, modern, fashionable jeans perfect for my current size. Not one size down, but two! And instead of the normal 500+ kroner price tag, we bought them for 35 kroner! Nice.
Now this is more than just another jeans purchase for me. This is the first jeans I have bought that are NOT carpenter jeans (as they looked better on my fat butt!) in more than ten years! They look great on me, and after getting used to the different and tighter feel I really like them. It's nice to know that I am wearing something that looks good because me, instead of wearing something where I look better because of the jeans. I hope that makes sense. :)

Anyways, Kingkeld is babbling again. It's Monday, and I am slowly waking up while writing all this. I'm having my coffee, eating my eggs, petting the cat and watching RUSH in Concert on DVD. Now, if someone could just please call me and tell me that I don't have to go to work, then this would be the best morning in a long time.

Have a great week everyone!

Life is good!
193.1 lb Lost so far: 148.6 lb.    Still to go: 5.7 lb.    Diet followed 100%.

Diet Calendar Entries for 14 November 2011:
1481 kcal Fat: 32.94g | Prot: 78.30g | Carb: 138.24g.   Breakfast: Egg, Rye Bread (Reduced Calorie), Sliced Ham (Extra Lean). Lunch: Indisk Rogan josh. Dinner: Mole Poblano Sauce, Chicken Breast (Skin Not Eaten), Mixed Vegetables (Frozen), White Rice. Snacks/Other: Free Laekkerbar, Sherbet. more...
3186 kcal Activities & Exercise: Exercise bike - 1 hour and 5 minutes, Standing - 1 hour, Walking (moderate) - 3/mph - 20 minutes, Sleeping - 8 hours, Sitting - 6 hours and 5 minutes, Desk Work - 7 hours and 30 minutes. more...
on diet kingkeld's own diet   losing 15.4 lb a week

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I enjoy your ramblings as i drink my coffee, pet my dog, get into the day....and wait for that same phone call! Fab news on all levels with your new jeans...see...I'm right you are getting buff and filling your jeans with buns of steel!!! The gym is def a great idea, it should get your metabolism working harder for you, as well as burning off the extra kilo or so. Have fun XX 
14 Nov 11 by member: Di Happy
.... Take a second look .... Yes, I think I read it right the first time ..... OMG KingKeld going to the GYM!!! Good one.... I really hope you and wifey enjoy it when you go. I honestly never thought I would enjoy it, but I do now. A first I had to really push myself to go.. I would find things to do and make excuses why I couldn't go - I always MADE myself go and eventually, looked forward to it. I had specific days that were gym days, this really helped.... I think if I had said I will go twice a week, and not had a particular day, I would have "chickened" out. It also helped me having a personal trainer session - she set me specific things to do/achieve. If they haven't got this facility or it is too expensive, there are quite a few sites that have "set programmes" to follow. Looking forward to hearing how it went - go kick arse :-) 
14 Nov 11 by member: Sk1nnyfuture
LOL yeah I know. This is SO not me! I don't need to make up excuses to not go - I just won't go! hahaha... But yeah, I will try to do better. I will only do the cardio stuff, no muscle building just yet, but I will try to do what I can do burn a little extra calories. I want this weight loss journey done and over with, so I can start climbing back into maintenance. It's been SUCH a long time doing low calories, and I can tell I am needing a little change in gears to keep me motivated. I am 100% sure I will make it, I am 100% sure I can maintain. I just want to get to the point where I can consume a few extra calories and be a little less strict. Of course I am aware that this does NOT mean to go nuts in pizza and chocolate. :) 
14 Nov 11 by member: kingkeld
Hubby and I did Atkins for a while a few years ago, successfully, too-I lost 45 lbs and he lost a similar # which I can't remember. While we were doing that, we started working out on treadmills and ellipticals, and I would do the weights machines for my upper body. After huffing and puffing it out for a few weeks, I started to go because I WANTED to go, not just because I knew it was good for me. Whenever I would take a day off from it, I would regret it because when I DID exercise I felt SOOO much better. Better energy, liked the sweaty feeling afterward, and I felt accomplished, even if I didn't see loss as a direct result. But, we were also going together, and sort of "one-upping" each other with our stats. We would see who could stick it out on an elliptical the longest, who did the farthest miles, most calories burned, etc. I got to a point where i no longer needed my inhaler, and where i had TONS of energy-and I was completely off caffeine. That diet didn't become my end-all, but it did take me off soda completely (just don't have a taste for it at all anymore, and I was drinking easily a 6 pack a day-NOT diet soda), and helped me see that dieting didn't mean starving. Your progress is an inspiration to me, and I'm hoping that in time I'll see the wonderful progress, too. You had a GREAT weekend compared to mine! Keep it up, dude-its Awesome! (hope you enjoyed the enchiladas! I've been doing w/o and I'm IN Texas-talk about ROUGH!) 
14 Nov 11 by member: ZippyDani
Wish I had more time to chat!!! Sounds like a great weekend overall. Congrats on the jean find and my curiousity about the ins and outs of your daily life are beginning to be fulfilled!!! Have a good one!! Life is good!! 
14 Nov 11 by member: madaboutmoose

     
 

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