About Fogdog's Weight Loss

Don't Focus on the Goal...

If you've followed this blog you know that I've struggled for many years with improving my health. I've finally reached a point where I've managed to maintain a small amount of success. Now it's time to take the next step, but I believe it requires a new way of thinking.

Instead of trying to get healthy, why not shift focus toward learning how to build healthy habits instead. Follow me as I try to teach myself how to Engineer healthy habits that will allow me to take my health to the next level. Let's see where this experiment goes!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Day 3 Progress... Keeping the daily mindset

So I’ve now completed 2 days of low-carb living. To be honest, it wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought. I’ve been targeting each my 5 meals to come in somewhere around 300 calories (except for breakfast where I target 400 and include some carbs). I thought sure I would be starving and craving carbs. Then again, it’s only been two days it’s not like I’ve been marooned without carbs and calories for years!
I’ve also managed to get up and workout at 5AM in the morning. Those that know me would probably relate this to a small miracle. I am not a morning person, never have been, and probably never will be, but If I don’t get up this early and workout before work, I’ll never be consistent because I work late a lot and I have 3 kids that require my attention for their extracurricular activities. The workouts were only for 15 minutes, but I was drenched with sweat by the time I was done. It felt good

I haven’t really thought ahead too much, and I think that’s a positive sign. Usually I’m already thinking about my first weigh-in. I haven’t even decided how often I’ll weigh-in, if at all. Well that’s bull, I’ll have to weigh-in sometime or I’ll probably go mad, but for now I’m not worried about it. I really do just want to try to focus on one day at a time.

Some Positives in my first 3 days of healthy living

  • I didn’t eat like a pig on Sunday just because I could (it was my unrestricted day)
  • I haven’t felt hungry or miserable
  • The workouts felt good
  • My mind isn’t wandering away from the here and now
A couple negatives

  • I am a little sore from working out
  • I can’t believe how many trips you take to the bathroom when you drink a gallon of water each day!

And Lastly, a couple of observations

  • Last night I was actually craving a big juicy apple! 
  • My phone beeps to remind every three hours that it’s time to eat. Although I’m not feeling hungry during the day, I do notice that when it’s time to eat, my mouth is watering (don't tell Pavlov)
  • I was feeling a little more fatigued by the end of today, compared to yesterday. Tomorrow is a high carb day with a meal target of 400 calories; I think that’s a good thing for me.


  1. Nice job! The soreness will ebb, and then it'll show back up again when you change up your workout plan in 4 weeks... but hopefully it'll be less and less. It's DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) and it's not necessarily a bad thing. :) I work out first thing in the morning because my brain isn't awake. If it is, I'll talk myself out of it. It might sound harder to work out (and perhaps I've walked into a wall or two *ahem*) but it's better for me all around!

    1. The soreness is already started to go away, I'm sure I'll get used to the AM ritual! Thanks for reading!

  2. Sounds like you're on the right path! Keep at it :)

  3. Good going! I couldn't imagine a 5am wake up call to workout, but seriously, you gotta do what you gotta do. Love your virtual Pavlovian bell :)

    1. OMG it is tough! This morning I woke up and asked myself how in the world I will be able top keep this up; I'm hoping it just gets easier over time. Thanks for reading!

  4. Great job! You will find that the less carbs you eat, there isn't the hunger, and you might not find you need to eat every 3 waking hours. It's entirely possible to eat just twice a day, healthfully, and NEVER getting actual gut-rumbling hungry.

    Again, great job! and please add me to your blog roll. :)

  5. Thanks Gwen! I fixed my blog roll (I had your old address).

  6. I see you commented on Lyn's post from last night. I'm surprised that she's letting through honest feedback. Normally she blocks those posts. Thanks for being honest with her.