The End of an Era

What era? The era of eating only meat and vegetables.

I ate a lot today that I could not have had before, but I stayed at my allotted calorie range.


Breakfast? Greek yogurt with strawberries.

Lunch? 2 slices of pizza

Snack? Brownie

Dinner? Ahi Tuna, asparagus, and spinach


I came in basically right at 1500 calories by my best estimates – those were assisted by the Lose It app.


I am really interested to see how this affects the scale tomorrow. I kind of anticipate an increase? Which I don’t look forward to. But I think the carbs and such will increase water weight a bit… it won’t be REAL weight gain, but I think it will be an increase on the scale.

This morning I was still not back to my lowest weight since I started trying to lose, but it was headed back that direction. Ultimately, it will be whatever it is. I’m going to give this a try at least until the end of the year and if I’m displeased with the results, I can reassess then. Of course, I’m not making any kind of additional commitment here. My commitment is to keep trying to lose weight until I see the scale display my goal: 165. The method I get there through at this point is just going to be whatever I decide to try… so if a few weeks into this I feel like it’s going completely awry, I might change it earlier than I intend to. But I hope not. I hope this way works well for me.


I’m going to do my first run in awhile tomorrow as well. That will maybe earn me some bonus calories if I want to use them. I’m hoping that I’ll start to see my run performance improve now that I’ll have some carbs in me for fuel. We’ll see.


These will stop being diet related at some point, I swear… But it’s what’s on my mind at the moment, so… you’ll have to deal.

Days Ninety-Nine and One Hundred

…99 …100!


Ok so I could play it off like I meant to not post yesterday, but that’s just not true. I forgot again, and this morning I had no time to do a post, so, I’m just combining them into one… and… as a special surprise, I’m cutting the diet off a day early.

Why? Well, continuing through the end of the month was sort of an arbitrary decision, and I had debated a lot if I would go to 100 or the end of the month. Since it was only a matter of 1 day, I decided why not just go to the end of the month.

Well, at the time, I hadn’t realized there’d be a Halloween event at work, and, well, I’d like to be able to indulge a little bit there. So I’m ending things a day early.

Now, I will most definitely still be on a diet… calorie counting will be the name of the game though, not outright bans on most foods. I will still follow some rules I’ve got in my head most days (like generally I’m not going to eat things like chips), but I’ll make the occasional exception, mostly on the weekly cheat day where I’m allowed some extra calories.

I guess the idea is, slow down the weight loss a bit and migrate a bit more toward a sustainable way of eating. I think my goal will cease to be 2 pounds a week and start to be 1 pound a week. If I see those results I’ll be happy.

I was sort of scared of changing up because weight loss had been going real steady the last 3 weeks or so, but then this week it’s pretty much halted. Changing up the diet may help.

Let’s see here… Things I haven’t had in 100 days:

French Fries
A Sandwich
Cheese (kind of a lie, some small bits slipped in)
Milk of any kind
Anything with added sugar or sweetener (probably messed up at some point on that, but generally)

There’s a lot more things. I’m psyched to get to have some of them. Korean BBQ is coming my way soon. Beer is coming my way on Thursday. A couple slices of pizza are coming my way for lunch at work tomorrow.

Anyway, blog posts will continue… but no more of this number nonsense. 100 days is enough!

Day Ninety-Eight

98! Only a few days left now, and then this diet will be left behind… at least until 2019, at which point I may revisit it, depending on how things go. But, if I can settle into something where I continue to lose weight, but more gradually, and I can eat a bigger variety of things, well… that will be worthwhile.

I downloaded Mars Edit to start typing up my posts on, this is really the first time I’m using it. I’m only sort of getting a first glimpse, but I kinda like it. Seems like it integrates with WordPress really well. I’ll have to play with it a lot more in the coming days.

After Day One Hundred and One, I will be changing up what I do here. Hopefully it will be more interesting… and also hopefully it will be consistent. I’ve worked hard to try to make sure I post every day. Obviously, it hasn’t been perfect, but I’ve gotten pretty close to it, and I at least made up for the missed posts the following day.

I suspect that less people are reading these now since it’s no longer being posted to Facebook. Perhaps no one is. If you’re out there still, let me know!

Day Ninety-Seven

97! And I did it again – I forgot to post yesterday, so I’ll make up for it this morning.

I’m still hovering in the 178 range – hopeful that I’ll get a glimpse of 175 by my weigh in the morning of November 1st. The lowest I’ve seen thus far is 177.3, and usually after it goes back up for a few days, the next drop can be significant. So something like 175.9 (which I’d consider a glimpse of 175) is certainly possible. But, it’s not a given.

All that said, I’m excited to be able to eat a little more normally in a few days. And when I say normally I mean more like “how normal humans eats” rather than “how I normally eat”. At this point I don’t think I have a how I normally eat. Or at least I hope I don’t, because that was a big part of this. I truly am used to eating this way, and I could keep doing it if I wanted to / had to.

So what I see changing for me in the coming weeks is that starting on Thursday, I will probably begin eating some of the fruit there at work. I am going to try to hold off on snacky junk food for now (things like potato chips, crackers, etc). I’ll also likely start eating some yogurt for breakfast to start, though I *AM* going to have bagels w/ cream cheese on Fridays… because man, do I miss those.

Dinners will probably change less drastically. I guess cheese won’t be banned anymore, so there will be that. But they’re probably going to stay pretty low carb.

Anyway, I’ve gotta leave something to talk about tonight, so I better shut up now. It may already be too late.

Day Ninety-Six

96! Today was the last day that I have to skip the bagel at work. Next Friday I am totally having a bagel w/ cream cheese for breakfast. 400-500 calories well worth it.

This will also be the last weekend that I’m on the diet… I have to decide what my “cheat day” will be… either saturday or sunday. I think I’m going to say 2500 calories are allowed on that day, but, I’m not required to use them all.

Anyway, I’m tired… that’s all I’ve got tonight.

Day Ninety-Five

95! And my first blog post going to Twitter rather than Facebook. I’m kinda psyched to delve into the world of Twitter… I spent a good deal of time going through following a bunch of personalities I like. Still a lot to go I’m sure, but I have things started. I’ve already found some musicians that I like irritate the hell out of me with their political posts. Ah well.

As far as the diet goes, it’s all still good. I had a new low on the scale this morning, so, hopefully that continues tomorrow as well and this week can get back on track rather than being kind of a slowdown. Even if it just holds where it was today though, that’d be great.

A week from now, I will be having the first beer I will have drank in 101 days. That’s pretty amazing.


Anyway, I’ve pretty much abandoned the number fact thing, because most of the numbers this high it’s hard to find anything interesting. I’m not even going to try tonight. Call me lazy… 😉

Day Ninety-Four

94! Another day down. This time a week from now (maybe plus a few hours, I’m writing this up a bit earlier than I typically do) I will be writing one of these posts for the last time…

Good news concerning the scale, it did adjust back down, though, it’s not back to a low point yet. Maybe tomorrow. I imagine by Saturday it will be.

Also, I decided earlier today… I am going to go ahead and start my sabbatical from Facebook tonight. You won’t actually notice anything different other than a lack of me posting anything there. Facebook seems to have done away with the ability to set all your old posts to be only visible to yourself (your only options are “friends” or “public”). I’m still not going to deactivate it, at least for now, but I’ve already removed it from my phone, except for messenger, I will continue to use that.

So, shortly after this is posted I will post on FB a link to a twitter profile (I’m setting up a new one). I will continue to post blogs there. You can follow me there and converse with me there if you so desire as well. Or you can just bookmark this page, and use the wordpress comments if you want to comment.

Day Ninety-Three

93! Today the scale upticked a bit higher than I would have liked – I’ll just hope it’s a fluke and things return to a more appreciable level tomorrow. But, if I’m hitting another stall, that will at least make me feel better about changing things up. I kind of don’t really like the idea of changing things up when this is working pretty well – but, I also want to switch things up, ideally to something resembling more of a long term solution.

Otherwise things are pretty good – no struggles with sticking to the diet or anything like that. I’m looking forward to Thursday of next week though – somewhere between 180 and 200 of my allotted 1500 calories will be reserved for a beer that day. The first I’ll have had in over 3 months.

It’ll be tricky trying to find the right balance to continue weight loss at a steady rate I think, but, if after getting through the end of this year I find I want things to move more quickly, I can always tighten it up.


Day Ninety-Two

92. Alright! Another day down.

I’m glad I did this bonus round… it’s giving me some time to think through what I am going to do next. I’m leaning more toward the option of calorie counting. I discovered there’s some websites with recipes that give calorie counts per serving, and so I think that will help me, since I’m planning on doing some more cooking myself, and trying to continue to not eat out – I really think eating out so often is what has been my main problem historically.

I still haven’t started running again – I should, I don’t have a good reason not to, but… I’ve not done it.

92… The Guinness record of the longest placename, Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaurehaeaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu, has 92 characters.

Day Ninety-One

91! Some people out there that read the first couple and then stopped are probably thinking to themselves right now… “91? I thought these annoying posts were going to stop with 90!?” – To which I say, apologies, but you’ll have to live with today plus 10 more days. Day 101 will be the last of these posts – I swear! Though I hope to continue daily blogs, they will no longer be these diet-related ones (Not to say I won’t EVER talk about a diet in my blog), nor will they be named “Day #” – And also, they very likely won’t be shared on Facebook.

I’m pretty sure that also on Day 101 I will be taking a break from the world of Facebook – But a little different than some times in the past when I have done so. This time I believe that rather than suspending the account, I am going to simply lock everything down such that only I can view it, then just not use Facebook, apart from Messenger or very specific instances (like if I have to check a group or something like that – I have a couple things like that at the moment that are kinda important).  Oh yeah, and most importantly deleting the app on my phone, as that’s the main place I use it.

Why? Eh, lots of reasons, but, I am going to immerse myself in the world of Twitter. I’ve never really “gotten” Twitter, but, I just want to see what it’s like to use that exclusively for awhile. So- if you want to continue to read my blogs – you have 2 options:

1. Just bookmark the blog page,
2. Follow me on Twitter. I don’t know if I’m going to use my current handle or make a new one yet, so if you want to go with that option I’ll have to fill you in later.

Weight upticked a bit this morning, but, that’s not really atypical – I’m quite confident it will continue to go down over the next 10 days. I am a bit scared about changing things, but, I just need to remind myself that if things start to go south, I can always get back on this diet again – if I got started on it once, I can get started on it again, even if the first week or so will  be truly awful. 😉

Anyway, this is coming in a little earlier than usual because I’m ultra tired and I *KNOW* that if I don’t do it now I’ll forget to do it later.


91… Apparently it is a solitaire game where the object is to move cards, so the top cards total 91. I’ve never heard of it before, but perhaps you should look up the rules and play.