Joined December 2014
Weight History

Start Weight
251.2 lb
Lost so far: 3.8 lb

Current Weight
255.0 lb
Performance: losing 1.0 lb a week

Goal Weight
165.0 lb
Still to go: 90.0 lb
In my day job, I am the Director of Client Services for a company that delivers and proctors computer-based exams all across the globe. I'm also a wannabe novelist.

I work from a virtual office. I love not having to commute to work every day.

I'm obese for a few reasons. The smallest contributors are the fact that I don't have a thyroid and I have sleep apnea; I'm also an insomniac, so my days tend to run longer than the recommended 16 hours (and therefore I tend to eat more).

The biggest contributors, though, include zero impulse control when it comes to sweets and carb-rich foods. I grew up in a very poor family, and we literally went days sometimes with nothing more to eat than a slice of bread with a little bit of sugar spinkled on it. As a result, through most of my adult life, I've tended to "panic eat".

If the cupboards are getting a little low, even though I'm now in control of when I shop, and I can afford to keep my larder well-stocked, I still freak out and eat everything left in the house as fast as I can.

Two years ago, I topped out at 297 lbs, and I couldn't stand the thought of getting any heavier. I started losing weight by fighting the panic eating and trying to control my portions. The whole thing was pretty hit or miss, though.

Then earlier this year (2014), at 50 years old, I had a stroke. It wasn't a major one, and I've recovered fully, but it scared the crap out of me. So, with my diabetes completely out of control and the threat of another stroke over my head, I've finally really started taking responsibility for myself.

I'm following a strict nutrition plan (not a diet), exercising (a little), working on quitting smoking (almost there!) and just in general having a little more respect for myself. I'm down to 251 lbs as of the date of this entry, and I'm looking forward to a better quality of life going into my senior years.

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  No refined sugar for 1 week
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williamwilkins's Cookbook

cals: 483kcal | fat: 24.46g | carbs: 38.85g | prot: 25.88g
Chicken Pot Pie
Homemade pot pie, perfect for wintery Sunday afternoons.
cals: 126kcal | fat: 6.12g | carbs: 3.20g | prot: 14.36g
Chicken Masala
A nice masala curry.
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As a diabetic, I aim for the following ratios: Carbs 50%, Protien 20%, Fat 30%. This gives you a good balance across the board, and if blood sugar is a concern, it is about the right ratio to keep your sugar from "spiking".

Just be careful about the carbs and fats you consume. Carbs should be of the "complex" variety (whole grains, brown rice, etc.). Sugar, potatoes, chips, crackers, etc., are highly processed (and therefore not "complex"Wink and should be avoided for the most part (a tiny treat now and again is fine). My dietitian offers the following guide for choosing carbs: if it's white, eat very little or none at all.

Fats are the hard ones to watch out for, because there are so many kinds and they are often hidden. If the ingredients of whatever you're eating include anything "hydrogenated", animal fats, coconut oil, or palm kernel oil, you should probably avoid that food (these are all saturated and/or trans fats).

Get your animal fat from fresh meat (and very little of that). Mostly, fat should come from things that include olive oil, canola oil, avocado or nut oils. Almost all fast foods and prepackaged foods contain saturated and/or trans fats -- you need very little saturated fat in your diet, and *no* trans fats.

As much as possible, cook with fresh ingredients rather than packaged stuff. Shopping takes a bit longer, and so does cooking, but the results are both healthy and delicious!
posted 21 Dec 2014, 10:53
older people
If you're an old-fashioned meat-and-potatoes guy like me, I've discovered an amazing substitute for mashed potatoes: mashed cauliflower!

There are lots of great recipes for this dish on the internet, so experiment with a few until you find a favorite. Many are a bit heavy on the garlic, so keep an eye out for that.

Mine comes out with the consistency of mashed potatoes, and they hold up well to a small amount of sauce or gravy. I won't lie and say you can't tell the difference; but it's close enough that I don't miss potatoes at all!
posted 20 Dec 2014, 07:55
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