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!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Day #237 - Staying Accountable

I know I haven't been around lately, but I wanted to put a post out just to keep myself accountable.  My numbers are below...

Day 1 Starting Weight- 347
August 1 Weight - 318
Current Weight - 308
Weight Lost in August - 10
Total Weight Lost This Year - 39 lbs

Obviously it was a good month with 10 pounds being shed.  I've settled in to this new lifestyle of eating low carb and avoiding sugar.  When I started this change I was afraid that maybe I was a sugar addict and that any small amount would send me right back on the old path.  It turns out that's not the case for me as I've had small amounts of sugar here and there in August.  Each time I was not compelled to simply abandon my plan and easily went right back to it the next day.

All in all I'm in a pretty good place right now.  In July I had fallen off the wagon with the smoking but recently I quit again and switched to vaping.

As for the alcohol, I barely touch it anymore.  The need to drink on the weekends just isn't there.

Mentally I feel great.  I might not get to 100 pounds this year, but I'm definitely on the right path.  Someday I'll get there!

Stay Strong Folks!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Day #210 - Surviving Vacation

The scale might say I put a couple pounds on during vacation, but I know the real story...

I just got back from a great vacation.  I traveled up to the northeast to visit family this last week.  The vacation was great, and despite having to drive 14 hours to get there and 14 hours back, it was nice to get away for a while.

Traveling always poses challenges when you are trying to eat right.  However, if I had to grade myself on how well I ate during the trip I would have to give myself a solid "A".  I avoided sugar entirely during the trip and I did not go over my carb limits.  The only area where I could have done a little better was drinking more water.

I'm thrilled that I did so well, especially given the amount of opportunities I had to eat sugar.  During the last week I celebrated my 43rd birthday followed by my daughter's 12th birthday just 2 days later.  In the last 10 days I was exposed to birthday cake and ice cream 3 times!  The first was on the night just before we left.  My daughter researched low carb cakes and made me a low carb cheesecake for my birthday.  I had 1 slice at only 10 carbs!  The other 2 times were regular cakes served with ice cream; I passed on both occasions and never had a second thought!  What's more, I never even considered having cake; I just wasn't interested.

So now I'm back from vacation and ready to take things to the next level.  As I said in the beginning the scale says I put a couple pounds on during vacation, but I suspect that's just water retention since I didn't get enough water.  I expect that in a few days that weight will be gone.  In August I want to lose 15 more pounds.  This will get me very close to dropping under 300.  I will be back to update my progress from time to time. 

Stay Strong!