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The Weight Is Over: After-Wedding Weight Gain

Oct 10, 13 The Weight Is Over: After-Wedding Weight Gain

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In my last “The Weight Is Over” post I spoke about a wedding I was going to that weekend. I thought I would try to drink “healthy alcoholic beverages” and “watch what I ate”.  Well, you know what they say about the best schemes plains of mice and men… I started off with a single beer prior to the ceremony. Hey, not too bad. Then, at the cocktail hour, I debated having a Vodka Martini but instead opted for a glass of Makers Mark and Water (also, on the rocks) to try and cut down on the alcohol intake. Of course, I had to have a second one. Oh, wine with dinner? Yes please! Now I need a beer. And a beer. And a beer. And a Jack and Coke. And a… where am I? The eating also became a little unhinged as when I drink, I eat. I’m pretty conditioned that way. Also, I barely ate anything prior to the wedding (rookie mistake!). So, I ate everything in site during cocktail hour. Antipasto: check. Shrimp cocktail: check. Some-kind-of-chutney wrapped in a small pastry pocket: check. Etc… etc… The people I was hanging out with basically made base-camp at a table directly across from the bar and right next to where the food was coming out from the kitchen.  Veteran partiers know that this is prime real estate at a wedding! After I dug myself out from under the hangover, I weighed myself the next morning and I went from 249.6 to 256. Ugh, all that progress; set back. It was a moment of weakness for me but I was determined to bounce back. So, here I am, three weeks later and I’m happy to report that I’m below where I was on my last post. I’m now down to 247.8.  w00t (as the kids say)!  I’ve been back on track with my eating and am now getting back on the treadmill. When you go back to old habits, it is very hard to...

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The Weight Is Over: Feeling Groovy

Sep 19, 13 The Weight Is Over: Feeling Groovy

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Man I feel good this week. I’ve been eating pretty good for the past two weeks (only one terrible meal this week – damn you Taco Bell!) and I’ve walked some more on the treadmill. When I weighed in this morning, I saw this: It’s been a few months since I’ve been down to 250 and I’m feeling good. My clothes are definitely fitting a little better (I don’t feel like I’m going to split my pants when I bend over!) and I actually just FEEL good. Healthy. Of course, I know I still have a long way to go but I continue to maintain a positive outlook on this. I know it’s not going to be a quick transition. Again, it took years for me to put this weight on, I can’t expect to change everything overnight. This coming weekend will be a little bit of a challenge. I have a wedding to attend. Rich food and an open bar will be my enemies. I’ll have to bone up on “healthy” alcoholic beverages before I attend the festivities to at least feel less guilty (and hopefully less hungover) in the morning. BONUS: I actually fit into my suit!  Well, I will before the wedding anyway.     Share...

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The Weight Is Over: Small Steps

Sep 12, 13 The Weight Is Over: Small Steps

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I took last week off from posting The Weight Is Over because I couldn’t bring myself to notify everyone that I was up three pounds from the week before due to the massive amounts of barbecued meats and cold delicious beers I drank over Labor Day weekend. Yes, it was definitely a setback but it didn’t bring me down. I was confident that I’d be able to drop the weight by this week by going back to my regular eating habits and starting my exercise. Well, I”m here to report that I’ve made it back onto the treadmill and that I’m back down to 252.6. I hope all of you checked out my last The Weight Is Over post regarding The Fresh 20. If you haven’t, go check it out and then go check out The Fresh 20. I can’t recommend this product enough. It’s such an easy concept and I think they did it really well. And congratulations to Kate G and Chris B for winning The Fresh 20 giveaway I held two weeks ago! If you decide to try out The Fresh 20 please report back here and let me know what you thought of it.   Share...

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The Weight Is Over: The Fresh 20

Aug 29, 13 The Weight Is Over: The Fresh 20

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Disclaimer: I approached The Fresh 20 to sponsor a giveaway since I was going to write about their product. This is a product I use and believe in. I was not compensated for this post and all opinions are 100% my own. Man I love food. I’m pretty sure that’s how I ended up where I am now. Love of food plus no discernible ability to pick and choose the right foods or plan ahead. Crap foods always taste so good and they satisfy some deep longing in your soul. Also, they are usually available quickly and cheaply (ex. $.80 bag of chips in a vending machine at work vs. cutting up, cleaning and preparing celery ahead of time and remembering to bring it with you). I’ve lived most of my life without planning meals ahead of time. My trips to the store typically consisted of purchasing a bunch of foodstuffs that I knew I would eventually eat. Bread, lunch meat, pasta, pasta sauce; canned, boxed and processed foods. When I got married it didn’t get much better. Sure, there would be certain nights where things would be planned out but most meals still consisted of whatever was around the house. Eventually, I got tired of this way of life. Not only does it suck to not really know what your next meal is really going to be, but also buying random things or buying more than you need usually results in a terrible diet and a lot of wasted food. I talked to my wife (who does most of the cooking) about trying to come up with a weekly menu, using recipes from her umpteen cookbooks, that utilized a lot of the same basic components so there would be less waste. We talked about this for a while but we could never really seem to come up with anything that worked. Then something awesome happened: she discovered The Fresh 20. The Fresh 20 was basically everything we were looking for: a five-day-a-week dinner plan, a...

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The Weight Is Over – A Culinary Pit Stop

I’ve definitely had better weeks. This week I’m weighing in at 253.0 pounds. This is only a .2 difference from last week but I’ll still take it as a win. Let me tell you why. If you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen that I attended the Cleveland Feast of the Assumption this past weekend. There were people and food as far as the eye could see. #TheFeast (yes, it had its own hashtag) takes place in Cleveland’s Little Italy neighborhood and is well known for its ridiculous amounts of Italian food. Trust me, if you named an Italian food it was there: Rice Balls, Eggplant Parm, Stromboli, all kinds of pasta…   So, why am I writing about this instead of Fresh20 like I promised last week? Because I feel it’s important to highlight that I was able to maintain my weight even though I ate like a dummy. This was partially because I ONLY ATE LIKE A DUMMY FOR ONE DAY!  Also, I PLANNED ON EATING LIKE A DUMMY FOR ONE DAY! That’s right, I knew I was going to #TheFeast and I used some common sense to weigh my options on food earlier in the day and left myself with some room to partake in the festivities.  Did I come in under my caloric goal for the day? Hell no. But, I did put a dent in it by monitoring and choosing low calorie foods earlier in the day. Also, I went right back on track the next day in order to make up for some of the damage from these: So, was I a big loser this week? Nope, but I still did well. I was able to enjoy a day out with my family eating some delicious homemade Italian food and still got back on track to Chuck the Chunk. Seriously, next week: TheFresh20! Make sure to check out how these other Dad Bloggers are doing, too! Designer Daddy My Happy SAHD Life Southern Bella’s Big Daddy...

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The Weight Is Over – Slow and Steady

Aug 15, 13 The Weight Is Over – Slow and Steady

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I’m still keeping up the good fight.  Two weeks in and I’m down to 253.2 I’ve been keeping an eye on my caloric intake (and my sugar) using MyFitnessPal.com. I’ve also been drinking a lot more water than I used to. Haven’t had a beer in over two weeks, which also probably helps. Of course, sometimes, you just need to have a doughnut. Next steps: I have to actually get the motivation to get on the treadmill. I come home from work and I’m immediately exhausted. I have no more gas left in the tank and all I want to do is veg in front of the TV/XBox/PC or I go out and do the yard work that needs to be done. Maybe if I take a picture of myself in my tightest clothes and tape it to my mirror so I see it every morning, that will give me the motivation I need exercise. I know this is more of a marathon than a sprint. I’m actually surprised I’ve lost seven pounds already but I know that it won’t last and I won’t keep losing unless I change my exercise habits (like, let’s say, any exercise at all). I can feel it, though; I’m getting there slowly but surely. I’m working on eating right and planning my meals. Knowing where my next meal is coming from and being able to plan for the pitfalls has really helped me itemize my calorie consumption. Back in March my wife purchased a meal plan which provides us with a weekly shopping list and a menu. The menu items usually consist of foods that are in season and they are made using fresh ingredients. When we stick to the plan, I always know what my dinner is going to consist of which means I can know how much leeway I have for earlier in the day. I know it will take a lot of work to get this weight off and keep it off but what did...

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