kingkeld's Journal, 27 February 2012

It's Monday morning and I feel that I am on track - more than I have been for a while.

I had my Indulgence Day on Saturday, starting with a ridiculous high weigh-in, and of course Sunday was even worse, though not as bad as I could have feared. Normally, I gain about 1.5 kgs from Saturday to Sunday, but this time I "only" gained 800 grams. Then, traditionally I gain a little more for Monday morning, and I was expecting this to happen today.

But it didn't!

Actually, I dropped 700 grams, and I'm back down to 81.1 kgs. Not bad. Of course, it's still very high for me, and that bothers me, but it gives me a little hope that I am on my way back.

So how did I do yesterday? I did great! Sundays are always where the carb monster comes to visit - I want to snack, much and eat all day! I'm not sure how, but yesterday I managed to keep it completely at bay. I had my breakfast, lunch and dinner, and in between I only had coffee (and of course tons of water!) and a portion of sugar free Jell-o that I had prepared. So, essentially Sunday's snacks were a whopping 20 calories! Nice!

I ended up very low on my calories, though. I might end up in the same place today again. I will probably have to up them a little bit - I don't want to get to that worn-out-feeling place again. It's very uncomfortable. Then again, a day or two won't kill me - just gotta be keeping an eye on it.

This afternoon I am planning on going to the gym for a long walk. I can honestly say I have missed going. This new attempt of doing less exercise is not for me. Not only does it make me feel lazy and that I don't do anything to get to the weight where I want to be, it also motivates me to eat more in some strange way. Maybe just because I sit here and I get restless?

I will probably do an hour or so in the gym. I don't think I'll be watching a full movie doing it today. An hour is fine - I just want to come home with the feeling of accomplishment and that I am DOING SOMETHING. I miss this feeling from the last week's time.

I'm confident that this is the right thing for me.

It's quite an eye opener, what happened to my weight. I think I quietly slipped into "too much maintenance mode", without even realizing. The RDI was okay most days, but the food choices probably weren't. I remember thinking less rigidly about my choices, and that's not good. I think it just shows that I NEED to stay focused, also after I am "done", to stay here. Food is definitely an addiction, and one to be serious about. We gotta eat, but we don't have to over-eat or eat the bad things. It's all about balance and moderation, I think.

So, here I am today with my laptop, a concert on the big screen, kitty cat in my lap and COFFEE!

Now, coffee will only be for morning and work. I can see the point to not have coffee in the evenings - it'll keep me awake. However, I think one of the things with my sleep patterns have also been the lack of exercise. I have too much stored energy, and I need to release it. So doing something exercise related is a good thing for me. Let me wear myself out a little bit, and get tired for the night.

Tonight, I will have a little bit of low calorie ice cream too. It's planned ahead and still brings me nowhere near the top of my RDI. Nice.

Today I am thankful for:
- Having lost weight this morning, when I had clear expectations of gaining!
- Morning Coffee. A mistress I can't be without. :) Salute!
- Kitty Cat being all snuggly!
- Wife supporting me and helping me on the days when this whole thing gets difficult.
- All the MANY comments from my fatsecret buddies! Thanks!

Happy Monday, folks! Life is good!

178.8 lb Lost so far: 162.9 lb.    Still to go: 0 lb.    Diet followed 100%.

Diet Calendar Entries for 27 February 2012:
1243 kcal Fat: 54.64g | Prot: 67.78g | Carb: 125.71g.   Breakfast: Egg, Sliced Ham (Extra Lean), Rye Bread (Reduced Calorie), Chocolate Ice Cream. Lunch: White Potatoes (Flesh and Skin), Frikadelle, Lettuce Salad with Assorted Vegetables, Ranch Salad Dressing (Fat Free). Dinner: Meat loaf, mixed vegetables. Snacks/Other: pickles. more...
3246 kcal Activities & Exercise: Bicycling (moderate) - 13/mph - 30 minutes, Standing - 6 hours and 30 minutes, Walking (moderate) - 3/mph - 35 minutes, Sleeping - 8 hours, Sitting - 6 hours and 25 minutes, Desk Work - 2 hours. more...
on diet kingkeld's own diet   losing 10.8 lb a week


Good job man! I know exercise can be as addicting as food sometimes, but at least it is a healthy dependency. It certainly makes me feel better, and sleep better too. Perhaps that contributed to your sleep issues.  
27 Feb 12 by member: posterchild66
That's what I'm thinking, JP. I think wearing myself out a little more will help my sleep issues. The annoying thing is that I have no trouble falling asleep when I go to bed. It usually takes me about 10-15 mins from "goodnight" and until I'm sleeping. Then I wake up about 4 hours later, and I'm all awake. This is at 1 am or so. VERY frustrating. It sometimes takes me HOURS to fall asleep again, right in time to get up. :/ 
27 Feb 12 by member: kingkeld
You are so right - food IS an addiction. I don't think this is recognised nearly enough, and as a result there is a complete lack of help to deal with this addiction. This is why we have to help ourselves and help each other. By sharing our experiences, we can all learn from one another. Thank you for sharing your experiences with your recent trials and helping us all to understand how important it is to pay attention to what we're putting in our mouths! 
27 Feb 12 by member: Sheonamcc
Food is totally an addiction, and I find that if I give in to a craving, it just prompts more. Like a junkie needing to get a bigger fix everytime. I guess cold turkey isn't possible (unless it's actual cold turkey, and we don't get turkey over here, unless it's the Whole Bird!) But congratulations on the drop. You'll be back at 77 in NO time!! 
27 Feb 12 by member: ferlengheti
Ferlengheti, it would be nice with cold turkey. It's low-fat too, if you skip the skin. LOL. I too find that once I give in and have a little, I want more. This morning - just like yesterday - I have TOTALLY ignored the optional snacks, and I actually find that it's easier than having just a tiny snack. I like the fact that I see this, but I hate the fact that I'm not enough in controld to have "just a little".  
27 Feb 12 by member: kingkeld
hi there kingkeld, it was my period after all... so no weird illness, just the normal pms... lucky for you you are not female, because during my period i cannot handle any weightgain. not even hitting "lowest ever" can lift my spirits in those days... so pms combined with the constant hungre from dieting, makes me a lethal b*tch... sorry for all who surround me. thanks for caring. 
27 Feb 12 by member: puhpine
everything is a learning experience, Keld. You're right on track. With all of your awareness and accountability, you can't help but being a success. 
27 Feb 12 by member: Helewis
Good for you for trying something new and evaluating the results. Even better that you have found the happy medium that works for you. In my opinion you had it down before but now you will knock it out of the ballpark. Way to stay flexible and adjust accordingly.  
27 Feb 12 by member: M.Trublu
Life IS good, and eating differently (as in healthy food) is a lifelong commitment. I think it's great that you're "experimenting" with your food and exercise because you do want to maintain, not continue to lose, but the bottom line is, we're pretty much stuck with our WOE and a certain amount of exercise for the rest of our lives. We feel so much better for it. Cheers my friend! 
27 Feb 12 by member: Johanne
I can honestly say that I have reached a point where it feels weird to have a day where I do NOT exercise in some form. I think I like "doing something" for myself maybe more than the actual exercise. I think 30 minutes on the bike or for a walk is a simple little thing to do, and 30 minutes go by SO fast, if I watch a show or some music while I do it. It's so easy now. Isn't it awesome that we can get to this point? Who knew? :) This is definitely a part of the "new me" that I hope will stick around, as I know that maintenance will be a LOT easier if I can maintain some level of daily exercise. Doing something early in the morning works for me, and it feel that I have it done and out of the way and it makes me feel ready for all the other challenges that the day will bring. Then, coming home from work, I enjoy doing some more, if I have the energy. I don't feel that I HAVE to do it, as I already did it in the morning. It's good to feel like this. I would have NEVER thought I would get to this point. Life IS good! 
27 Feb 12 by member: kingkeld
I totally agree with food being an addiction. I, too, have found that lately I am overindulging without even realizing! If it wasn't for FS, I doubt I'd even be at the gym or trying to stay within RDI every day. It's not easy! Glad to see you had a great loss this morning!! 
27 Feb 12 by member: Katiekinz
LOL, it's rare to hear a sentence like that... "I'm so happy for your loss". :) 
27 Feb 12 by member: kingkeld
Good job resisting temptation!! Hard for all of us here, I think. The trick is to recognize your limits, which you obviously do!!  
27 Feb 12 by member: ZippyDani
I kind of worry about maintenance...Im kind of an all or nothing person when it comes to dieting and that a hard concept to give up. I guess it helps to know how sucessful you have been with your progress and really KNOWING that you can lose a few pounds if you happen to indulge and gain some..Your doing great and are an inspiration. 
27 Feb 12 by member: Carolyn Ray
Glad you are back on track and feeling more positive :-) 
27 Feb 12 by member: Sk1nnyfuture
Happy Monday, Keld! Life is good, for sure! (((HUGS!!))) 
27 Feb 12 by member: Mom2Boxers


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