Tuesday, November 15, 2016

I used to be better at this

I've found myself in some weird head space the last couple of days.  Along with half of America I'm sure.

For those of you reading this in the post-apocalyptic wasteland of the Trump administration, It's been a week since the election.  I've been doing a fair amount of eating my feelings.  I'm getting hungrier and hungrier, and I'm not even trying to monitor my intake or exercise.

I'm also in a weird place at work.  Each week I plan 25 unique lessons for 15 different groups of students.  I'm stretched to my absolute limit and feel like this is unsustainable.  I never feel ready for my next class, I just always feel like I'm surviving.

At home, life can best be described by three words.  Stuff keeps breaking.  I've been biking and taking the bus a lot lately because my car has been acting up.  This is good for my health, but bad for my motivation.  A ten minute commute takes, at a minimum, thirty minutes now.  Our dishwasher and furnace both started acting up at the same time.  Oh, and we're at the beginning end of a basement remodel.  This weekend was installing an egress window.  Holy crap was that exhausting.

So thanks for reading my rant.  Since you stuck around I'll tell you why I'm really back here.


Every day Facebook tells me everything I said on that particular date.  Six years ago I linked to this post from my blog.  I weighed 238.6 pounds.  Over the course of about a year, I was able to lose about 60 pounds.  I felt good.  I was focused.  I was proud. 

Then I gained it all back.  And then gained some more.

I need to quit doing this to myself.  I achieved something once.  Maybe I can do it again.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Back Slide

Seems like I just got started again and I'm already backsliding.  Okay, not much.  Tomorrow I'll tell you what the scale says this week. 

Claire was sick with whatever I had this whole week.  I'm a caretaker by nature, and when my sweetheart wanted ice cream, I got her ice cream.  Also, I got myself ice cream. 

Friday it was cookies, Saturday was trifle, Sunday was ice cream.  I feel pretty gross just writing it all down.  Monday morning I felt legitimately hung over. 

I think I need to treat sugar the way I treat alcohol.  Once in a while is fine, but if I have a lot of it every day I have a problem.

With the cookies in particular, I noticed I couldn't make myself feel satiated with whatever I ate afterward.  I could not feel full.  I felt stuffed.  I felt bloated.  But I still felt hungry.

The rest of this week I'm going to do my best to eat healthy.  Sweets in moderation, lots of water, lots of protein and fiber.  Then I'm going to England.  I'm not going to deprive myself while I'm there, but I know what sugar does to me, so I'm going to be careful with what I eat.

When I get back, I'm going to kick off a new 21-day Challenge.  No sweets for 21 days.  I'll still allow myself hidden sugar and other carbs, just no sweets.  They totally hijack my system and I don't need that crap in my body.

From there hopefully I can clean up the rest of my diet and get back into a consistent exercise regiment.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Delicious Dinner

Last night I made a really tasty dinner.  I'm so proud of it I'm going to share it with you.

It was grilled chicken with pico de gallo and cilantro lime quinoa.

Here are the parts:

About an hour before cooking, marinate four chicken breasts in equal parts lime juice and olive oil.  Dump in some salt and a tablespoon of garlic.

Grill until done (took me about 15 minutes on the gas grill)

Cilantro Lime Quinoa
Prepare your quinoa using the instructions on the package.  You can swap out chicken stock for water if you want to make it tastier.  Add the juice of one lime, half a bunch of cilantro, and sea salt to taste.

Pico de Gallo (make this while your other stuff is cooking)
Chop one onion, two tomatoes, two jalepeno peppers (throw away the seeds), the other half of that bunch of cilantro, and mix them together.  Add the juice of one lime and sea salt to taste. 

I like to serve it on the bed of quinoa with the pico on top.  Feel free to add tortilla chips, but be careful, they're not great for you.

In conclusion, nom, nom, nom, nom, nom, nom, nom.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Ankle Update

I went to the chiropractor yesterday.  I go every few months or if my back is hurting.  I talked to my chiropractor about my ankle.  She told me the spot that in pain probably wasn't in an area that could be adjusted, but she worked on it with the ultrasound.  I thought ultrasound was for imaging, but apparently there's another use.  She rubbed some kind of device on my ankle for maybe ten minutes and it felt like nothing was happening.  By the time I paid my co-pay my ankle felt like I'd just had an internal application of Icy-Hot.  It was weird.  I'm not a big fan of the sensation Icy-Hot causes.  It lasted for maybe an hour.  I've felt hardly any pain in my ankle since.  Hopefully, it stays relatively pain free.

She also suggested I wrap my ankle if I'm going to be on it and to ice it again.

I'm wishing I had gone to see the doctor about it when it happened.  I don't think there's any long-term damage, but looking back, it was kind of stupid to try to power through it.

Hindsight, Andrew.  Hindsight.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Weigh-In Results

I have been sick this week.  It's the kind of sick where for the most part my body has felt fine, but my lungs and throat decided they're trying to kill me.  It's sidelined my exercise ambitions a little, but I've been eating pretty okay.  Well... with the exception of THE ENTIRE WEEKEND.

Thursday was my birthday.  We went to a barbecue my realtor put on.  By the way, if anyone is looking to buy a house in the Twin Cities area, I can't recommend Becky Christensen enough.

I ate okay.  The worst thing I had was the sugar in the ketchup and the white bread in the buns I ate.  My kid, on the other hand, ate so much sugar she literally puked.  All over her mother.  Normally she eats pretty healthy, but it was a special occasion so she got fruit snacks and a juice box.  And YARK.

On Friday we had an electrician over and our power was out so we went out to Noodles and Company.  Holy carbohydrates!  Saturday my family took me out for my birthday at Sen Yai Sen Lek.  If you haven't been, go (if you're in Minnesota)!  So good!  I think pretty healthy too.  I got the Laab.  It looks like this and tastes like heaven.

Sunday we went to a Mexican restaurant for my wife's cousin's birthday.  The food was equally amazing and it filled my tummy.

I also had some cake and various other sweets my wife brought back from a baby shower.

I make no apologies.  I didn't eat the best, but I'm not going to beat myself up about it.  Instead, I'm going to hop on the scale and keep moving forward.

So what's the number?


I lost 2.8 pounds this week and 8 pounds total.

I actually weighed myself on Thursday at almost 2 pounds lighter than this, but my weekend of eating cost me 2 pounds.  I'm going to say it was worth it.  I didn't deprive myself and I'm ready for another week of healthy eating.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Where I'm Going

So I told you where I've been, and where I am.  It's time to tell you where I'm going.

If you recall from yesterday's post, I've been banking my posts.  This one will be published on Thursday.  "What's Thursday?"  You might ask.

To which I'll respond, "The day after Wednesday, named after the Norse god Thor."

"Wow, that's cool!  I didn't know that.  But what's so special about this Thursday?"

This Thursday is my birthday.  I'm turning 33.  So far I haven't had any major baggage with this birthday.  It's not a big milestone like the birthdays divisible by 10.  I'm still relatively young and healthy (other than my weight).  I like even numbers a little more than odd ones, but this one is divisible by 11 which is cool.  I'll take two threes in a row.  That seems lucky.

"What the hell are you talking about?"

Sorry, let's get back to our regular programming.

I've already lost 5.4 pounds since I started blogging again.  I wish every week I could post as big of losses as the first week of eating right.  And do it without some biggest loser level scandal or major surgery.

I want to lose 1-2 pounds a week over the summer. I'm going to lose 1-2 pounds per week over the summer.  My overall goal this summer is to lose 30 pounds.  That would put me at 262.2 pounds by September.   Here's how I'm going to do it.

Last summer I cut sugar out of my diet almost entirely for a couple weeks.  Very few carbs, no sweets.  I waged war on anything carbohydrate.  This summer I'm taking a slightly different approach.

No sweets on a regular basis.

I'll eat less flour and hidden sugar as I can, but I'm not going to beat myself up for it.  The key is to keep as much sweet stuff out of my diet and hopefully my hunger level will go down at the same time.

I'm going to start exercising more too.  Step one there is to bike to work every day.  I biked once last week and my damn chain broke.  If that happens again, I'm ready.

After that, I'm going to try to get my exercise level up in other ways.  Claire has been doing kettle bell workouts.  Maybe I'll join her.

So that's my big secret.  Exercise and eat better.

That's not to say I won't indulge from time to time.  I'll probably eat something just awful for me tonight.

It is my birthday after all.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Weigh In Results

Are you ready for a WEIGH IN?

Kind of?

I can't hear you!


This is how much I weighed as of Monday morning.  I've been banking my posts lately, as I get inspired on three or four different topics at once and I don't want to post them all at the same time or in the same post.

So this one is a little delayed, which means by the time I post this, I'll be even skinnier.  Hear that fat Andrew?  By the time this post hits the interwebs, you won't exist anymore.  In your place will be slightly less fat Andew.  I'm vanishing like the family in the photo in back to the future.  Just very slowly and only if I'm diligent.

So clearly I'm a little goofy right now.  Let's get down to the number.


I've lost 5.4 pounds so far!

So what did I do?

I'll be discussing that in my third installment tomorrow.  Where I'm going.