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!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Day #196 - Flipping the Switch

Starting Weight - 347
Weight Last Week - 324
Current Weight - 317
Weight Lost Last Week - 7
Total Weight Lost This Year - 30 lbs

For the first half of the year I only managed to lose 10 lbs.  The best thing I can say about my first six months was that I managed to not gain more weight.  However, in the last 3 weeks I've managed to double up on what I had lost so far adding a surprising 20 lbs to my total.  7 more lbs last week and 20 lbs in 3 weeks, obviously I'm thrilled.

I've been thinking about this post all week, trying to come up with some way of describing how I'm feeling since I totally gave up sugar and started eating a low carb diet.  It's really hard to share because I've never really felt this way before... EVER! 

After the first week of sugar detox it's like a switch flipped inside my head.  A switch that's never been touched before, something that lay dormant inside me with cobwebs all over it.  My appetite... gone.  My cravings for certain foods... gone.  These two things alone are great, but it's even more than that.  My concentration is improved, I'm doing better in my job.  My outlook has improved, I'm not seeing my mood go up and down as much.

To all of you out there who have written about the evils of sugar, let me apologize for how I used to feel.  I used to read those posts and think that it was all wrong... that anything was OK, even sugar, if it was in moderation.  I never realized how sugar had such a hold on me, not just cravings for more sugar, but overall cravings and appetite for even non-sugar foods.

As a testament to how this switch has flipped, let me share with you some information about my last 3 weeks...

In the last 3 weeks I have lost 20 pounds.  I have not felt deprived in any way and have not had a single craving (after sugar detox).  During this time of losing about 1 pound per day I have gone out the eat 3 times...  The first time I went to Chinese buffet.  I ordered water and stuck only to non-breaded items, vegetables, and meat.  Any of the dishes that had a sweet flavor were skipped.  I walked out completely satisfied, not needing dessert.  The second time I went to a burger joint for lunch .  I ordered a big fat juicy burger with bacon and an egg on top, but instead of a bun I got it on a lettuce wrap.  Instead of fries I got a side salad.  The third time I went out, we went to a steakhouse.  My daughter wanted ribs so bad but they don't have them on the kids menu.  I ordered a rack of ribs to split with her and we split the sides; she got the mashed potatoes and I got the side salad, again, picking out the croutons.  Rolls came out early on and it was no issue to watch everyone else have them, I just munched on a few peanuts.  All this and I'm still losing weight week after week.

With each passing week I see just how much food used to consume my thoughts.  When I woke I used to think about getting a nice big breakfast and no sooner than after breakfast was over my thoughts would turn to what I had for snacks or what I wanted to eat for lunch.  I used to think about food all the time.  No so much anymore, food is starting to become an afterthought.  I'm not bored with what I eat, but at the same time, I'm not excited about food either.  My trips out to eat were more enjoyable because of the people I was with and the discussions we had; the food was not the main attraction!

So this is the best I can do to explain where I'm at right now.  I can't promise this approach works for everyone, but it certainly seems like I've found my path.  I still have a long way to go, but my confidence is very strong that I can get there going in the direction I'm going.  After next week I go on vacation and I plan to continue my losing ways right through it.  When I return I will go after my next challenge... getting more exercise. 

Stay Strong!



  1. FD I'm so proud of you! You don't know how many posts I wrote sending you a message... get off the refine sugar. Once this addiction is behind us, it is so much easier, there is NO struggle then. Great post, keep it up, spread the word, sugar is BAAAAAAD.

  2. So happy to read this, FD. I'm absolutely, positively overjoyed. That switch is real!! I'm so glad you've given it an honest shot and discovered it for yourself. It's been life changing for me. I understand the reluctance--i spent years writing and speaking about "all things in moderation," and people would tell me of their sugar abstinence and the difference it's made--and in my mind, I would think--...hmmm, so unnecessary!! It wasn't until I finally did it-- oh my...like finding the combination on a lock. Dang, man--I'm happy for you!!

  3. Congratulations! And, if you don't mind, I'm sharing the link to this post with a few friends! Deb

  4. Congratulations FD, you are doing so well! I am stuck in your before description. I cannot imagine a life without sugar. Like you and many others I keep telling myself that moderation will work. I am probably a good poster child for someone who should give up sugar (5'4, 393 lb diabetic woman, with high bp, high cholesterol and thyroid problems). Yet, the thought of no sugar seems absolutely impossible. Reading your post and hearing the same message that it can be done is inspiring. Keep going FD, I am excited and happy for you!

  5. Fogdog, way to go! I can attest to the power of eliminating sugar and grains. After a rocky day or three, you start to feel great and it gets easier and easier to avoid.

  6. So good to read this FD ...so good.

    Keep it going ... great stuff.

    Happy Weekend Wishes

    All the best Jan

  7. Congratulation FD.
    Great stuff. Keep it going.


  8. Congratulations. It sounds like you are doing so well :)

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  11. Hey man good work. Keep that up. I usually only see people wanting to lose like 20 pounds but their starting weight is only like 200-240 pounds max its great to see your making progress. I haven't read all of your other days as I randomly got to your website but are you using a certain method or diet? and what is it called? I recently started doing some reviews for weight loss products and would like to mention you on my website and social media if that is okay with you. My website is http://www.yourhealthyloss.com/ feel free to check it out. It is still a work in progress.

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