Countdown to Vegas - Week 1

November 21, 2010 · 7 comments

  • Diet starting weight: 304
  • Week starting weight: 304
  • Today’s weight: 299
  • Week weight loss: 5 lbs
  • Total weight lost: 5 lbs

For the observant among you I am sure you have already noticed that I have updated my diet starting weight to be 304, up from the 295 when I started doing my weekly updates over 3 years ago. Hate to have to do it but a fact is a fact, and the fact is when I started my Countdown to Vegas goal (see Putting My Money Where My Gut Is) that is where I was at.

Am I happy about a 5 pound loss? Of course. Did I really and truly do anything to deserve that result? Not really. It was mostly a normal week where I didn’t do anything terrible, had just a few very minor slipups and didn’t do any exercising to speak of. It was the kind of week where you can still get the good results that I had because I think I started the week at a higher weight than my body is accustomed to, so as long as I didn’t do anything stupid I had to come back down. The challenge is that my body seems to like to settle in at 295 if I continue to have weeks like this, so obviously I will need to kick it up a notch.

Things I did well this week:

  • Repeated my mantra “Vegas, baby, Vegas” numerous times every day, which helped keep me focused on making better decisions.
  • I was on the road the first couple of days of the week and did well - stocking up at a grocery store for meals instead of dining out.
  • Dinner one night was roasted brussel sprouts and braised fennel - trying out potential side dishes to bring to Thanksgiving.
  • Drank a lot of water every day, had my share of salads*, kept portion sizes reasonable overall.
  • 100% avoided eating any of the Christmas cookies my wife made. Yes, Christmas cookies before Thanksgiving.
Fresh Express Salad

* I got a few coupons for free Fresh Express salad kits from Steve v4.9. Thanks Steve! Yesterday for lunch I mixed up the Caesar-Lite one and managed to eat about 3/4s of it since my son happened to be hungry at the same time, as well as too lazy to make his own meal, so he noshed on mine. At least I got him to get his own fork.

Things I did not so well this week:

  • No exercising other than one trip to the dog park with my wife. And dog.
  • Although I avoided the Christmas cookies I wasn’t so good with the Halloween candy, we still have some small pieces of chocolate and I managed to graze on some. Halloween diets are tough!

All in all not a terrible start to my goal of losing 40 pounds by June 30th, 2011.

P.S. - Stop by and check out the new I bought the place last week and am working on a little winter cleaning.

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Merry November 21, 2010 at 10:59 pm

So… did you like the roasted brussel sprouts and braised fennel? Would you recommend these dishes?

Justin @ November 22, 2010 at 3:20 am

Hey John

I am also looking to loose around 40 pounds, maybe a little more. and it seems we are doing it at about the same time.

I find that doing excerise before bed time really helps me sleep well and helps with the evening cravings, since I am now only eating 2 meals a day.

Anyway stay strong and dont give into those cravings.

Sarah @ Low Stress Weight Loss November 22, 2010 at 6:10 am

Good job, John!

It’s always great when you can get a good start.

As for the imperfections I have two things to say

1) I’ve seen a lot of research that suggests that people are more successful losing weight (or making any other kind of change) by focusing on one thing at a time instead of everything at once (so Diet OR Exercise, but not both at the same time the first weeks)

2) My motto for several years has been : PROGRESS, not Perfection - so I think you did GREAT!

John's Weight Loss Blog November 22, 2010 at 6:26 am

Merry, I think the dishes will turn out well for Thanksgiving. The brussel sprouts are roasted and then dressed with a little bit of pomegranate dressing, pomegranate arils and chopped toasted walnuts. The arils give it a nice color. The fennel is first braised in milk, then thrown into a casserole with some Parmesan cheese and baked. What’s nice about both dishes is that I can premake them to a certain point in the morning and bring them over for dinner and finish them off there very easily.

John's Weight Loss Blog November 22, 2010 at 6:28 am

Thanks for stopping by Justin, and good luck with your plan! I find myself getting in trouble at night so perhaps exercising then would be a good way to avoid the cravings. Let me know how you progress!

John's Weight Loss Blog November 22, 2010 at 6:29 am

Good motto Sarah, thank you!

Cynthia November 24, 2010 at 12:57 pm

Great job! You are off to a good start!

Hmmm, I have fennel in the fridge right now… that braised fennel sounds very good!

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