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Weekend food update [Sep. 11th, 2006|11:22 am]
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I don't even remember what I had for dinner on Friday at this moment.

Saturday, I do remember.
11 a.m. - bacon/eggs
Felt kinda yucky, so I slept a lot in the afternoon. Had company coming for the game so I figured Saturday would be my "free day" and I'd eat what I wanted.

8 p.m. - Jack had made his Guinness beef & lamb stew, but it was a little too heavy on the rosemary for me, so I only had a spoon or so of broth. Had two handfulls of popcorn, one sourdough roll with butter, one light beer, and one coke.

2 a.m. - Had severe stomach cramps (not intestinal - stomach!) Wondered if eating something would help so I had a bowl of Cheerios.

SEVERE stomach cramps. I can't remember the last time I was that violently ill and such severe stomach pain. Had Jack take me to the E.R. at 3 a.m. They didn't see me until 7 a.m. I was NOT happy. But about 6 a.m. I did start to feel significantly better. Still not sure what was wrong. Billirubin count is a little elevated, but I'm not too worried about it. But oh, is my back sore from wretching so hard!!! Laughing and getting up/down from a sitting position is OOOOWWWWIIIEEE!

Sunday - Clear liquids most of the day. 7-up. Probably drank close to half a 2 liter over the course of the day and evening. Had some ramen, heavy on the beef broth about 5 pm. Wanted to see how my tummy would react so I had two hot dogs and two heaping tablespoons of mac/cheese about 10 pm.

This morning's weight: 250.0 Down 3.5 lbs from last Monday. I'm happy.
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(no subject) [Sep. 8th, 2006|01:07 pm]
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[mood |awake]

So this morning went bad, being a birthday breakfast in my morning meetings. Turning down homemade food is not only hard to do, but I don't want to inadvertently offend. So small portions of cinnamon rolls and eggs and sausages and such.

Lunch is a small salad and a small bowl of chicken noodle soup, mostly broth. Thank goodness for chicken noodle soup. It handles my need for warm food to make a meal, without being horrid for me. It and applesauce are my saviors.

What are some really good foods that you are grateful for when you are watching calories?
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Friday update [Sep. 8th, 2006|10:43 am]
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Yesterday I was a baaaad girl. I bet you think that means I over-ate. Nope. It means I DIDN'T eat as frequently as I should. I'm trying to eat three meals and 2 snacks. I didn't eat any snacks at all.

So yesterday's total intake consisted of a yogurt drink in the morning, a chicken/bacon/ranch wrap from Subway for lunch, no midmorning OR afternoon snack (bad, bad girl!), and for dinner (which wasn't until 10 pm because I had to teach), I had 2 pieces of KFC chicken (a leg & a wing), 4 potato wedges (not even full sized ones), and a small yogurt.

As far as exercise goes, I did the 1.08 mile/20 minutes on the treadmill at lunch, and taught dance class for an hour last night.

This morning, so far, I had a bagel & cream cheese and a cup of tea. Lunch will be on the run because I have to drive across town to pick up a check, get it cashed, and get back to the office in an hour. I have no idea what I'll get while I'm out.

Zoom, zoom, zoom!
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Thursday, la di da... [Sep. 7th, 2006|04:29 pm]
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Brief update, to keep up with journaling and say halloo...

Yesterday my baby turned nine (!), we went to TGIFridays and had a ball-seriously, those people know how to make a little kid feel like the Birthday Goddess, we tipped well :) With the last Special Occasion (meaning slightly bogus reason to eat badly) until the holidays behind me I'm back on my low carb dealie, it really is the best way of eating for me. Putting my children to bed early and getting an extra at-home weight training session in, since their father is going to a hot dog eating contest at his friend J's house (good GOD, at least he's just watching) my usual Thursday social plans are foiled; that's ok, I'm in the mood to work hard on my triceps and shoulders anyways before dying in front of Eddie Izzard on DVR :-)
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Thursday update [Sep. 7th, 2006|03:48 pm]
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[mood |happyhappy]

Happy Thursday everyone!

My weigh in this morning put me at 42.5, which is 1.5 pounds up. It's been a rotten week for eating though, since moving is kicking my tail food wise. I'm hoping in a couple weeks when I'm in the new place I can start eating at home more. Last night I became an official volunteer at the Franklin county dog pound, and the goal is to walk dogs for an hour or so at least 3 days a week. It's helping them and helping me at the same time.
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I'm already done caring. [Sep. 7th, 2006|03:02 pm]
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Good luck everyone.
I hope you meet your goals.

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Journaling, journalling [Sep. 7th, 2006|02:27 pm]
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The breakfast bar from this morning is still sitting on my desk, unopened. So all I had was a cup of tea and the smoothie drink. Boy, did I feel a difference in my energy level when I walked on the treadmill at lunch. I still did 1.08 miles in 20 minutes, but I didn't feel as strong as I did the other day when I'd had a better breakfast.

Someone on here earlier really prompted me to think about the nutritional information on fast food places, and I'm very glad you did! Thanks! I discovered a website http://www.fastfood.com/Nutrition/default.asp that has this info on more restaurants than you can shake a stick at! So if you're going to pick your poison... It actually made me change what I'd thought about for lunch. Instead of high calories and less protein, I ended up getting a chicken/bacon ranch wrap at Subway - same amount of calories and fat, but a little fewer carbs and DOUBLE THE PROTEIN! Cool! And it was yummy!

Of course, home-cooked is always best for you, but like I said, if you're going to pick your poison, it might as well be best of all evils.

I don't want to knock out carbs altogether, but I am trying to cut them back substantially, and increase the protein, so I think I'm doing pretty well. We'll see if it's making a difference or not.

I'm going to plan for a snack of some sort 'round about 5, then I have to teach dance class this evening, which means dinner won't be till 9 or 9:30.
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(no subject) [Sep. 7th, 2006|11:24 am]
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Since I didn't do it before, I guess I should do it now while I'm thinking about it.

Hi... I'm Chandara... aka Dixie. I'm 43 (for another month anyway), 5'8" tall, and a well-proportioned 253 pounds.

In my 30’s, I weighed about 175 and wore a size 14. Then toward my late 30’s, I started on Wellbutrin and my weight SHOT up to 220. After my divorce, the ex-boyfriend from hell made me get off ALL my medications. I lost 50 pounds, and was back down to the 170 or so I was used to – and I looked HOT! But try as I might, and especially considering the hell I was living in, I had to get back on the meds (it actually put me in danger that he made me stop them suddenly), and the weight started to climb immediately. My weight has been steadily climbing ever since. My shrink is open to the possibility of getting me off the meds, but not until I’ve been stable for at least six months.

I don't overeat. My metabolism is practically at a standstill due to not eating frequently enough and the medications. I think I’m in decent shape, especially considering my size. I can walk a mile in under 20 minutes & barely break a sweat. I teach 3+ hours of bellydance classes every week and have for the better part of the last 20 or so years. It cracks me up to hear the 20-something year old “physically fit” girls in my classes grunt and groan and talk about how I’m kicking their butts. ;-) But I can feel the weight in my stamina, or lack thereof, and I hate it.

I know drinking soda is a big problem for me. Regular, Classic Coke. But it’s funny – if I take chromium picolinate or drink green tea, I don’t crave it as much. And don’t say “drink diet”… I HATE DIET SODA. So far, I’m on Day 3 of no soda. So far, so good.

The plan I’ve started this week is to try to eat less bread, pasta, rice and potatoes; I can only have a soda on my “free day” (which I’m going to allow myself to have once a week); I’m trying to have some sort of protein with every meal to help keep my insulin levels balanced; I’m forcing myself to eat three meals and two snacks a day, which is literally unheard of for me. I usually eat one or two meals a day TOPS. I’m also going to try to do some other sort of exercise than just dancing at class. That will help jump-start my metabolism.

I’m looking forward to establishing a little online support group here for those of us struggling with this issue. Thanks Deb for getting this going!
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(no subject) [Sep. 7th, 2006|10:22 am]
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Yesterday (9/6/06), I had a bowl of Cheerios for breakfast at 7 am. I think the Nyquil from the night before hadn't worn off so I was reeeeeeaaalllly sleepy until 11 a.m. Sometimes I think I eat to stay awake, so I gave in and got a cheese danish about 9 a.m. Had a cup of tea. At lunch I had a Slim Fast Optima shake. Snacked on some macadamia nuts around 4. Taught dance class from 6:30 to 9:00, although it wasn't a very heavy workout. Had ONE piece of pizza for dinner, with green tea & some strawberry-bananna yogurt for dessert.

It's now Day 3 of NO SODA. Wow. Didn't think I could do that.

Today I was running late, so I didn't eat breakfast before I left the house. I just went downstairs and got a 7 oz container of Dannon Light'n Fit smoothie, a Quaker apple crisp breafast bar & a big cup of tea. The yogurt has 70 calories, 0 fat, & 5 grams of protein, so that sounds good to me! The breakfast bar has 130 calories, 25 fat calories, and 1 gr of protein. Almost finished with the yogurt drink. I'll have the bar for a snack in an hour or so, probably around 11. For lunch I'm thinking maybe a chicken BLT salad from Wendy's. I could do that AND go walk on the treadmill at the gym for 20 minutes or so. Hmmm...
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Introductory Post [Sep. 6th, 2006|10:57 am]
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Fireglide, the self described fat f***...:)

My highest weight was 371 pounds, taken in January of 2005 as I was not only fully dressed but also wearing a leather m/c jacket and carrying a shoulder/messenger bag full of "stuff".

On March 17 of 2005 I weighed 353.8 pounds.

My lowest weight recently was 218.6 pounds on July 10, 2006.

My current weight as of today is 222.6 pounds; I'd taken a couple months off from working out and had put on seven pounds as of yesterday; as of this a.m. 3 of those pounds have gone.

In the past, in the early 80's, I did a lot of medical-scripped speed (methamphetamine) and that took the weight off right quick. But after I stopped seeing the pill doc and stopped taking the pills, I put it back on. ANd then more.

In the late 80's-early 90's I was on a medically supervised fasting program, calorie intake was down to 600 a day of protein-based powder shakes. That took off huge amounts of weight superfast. I dropped over the course of a spring/summer/fall down to 195-ish, then put on ten pounds, intentionally. Then a lot more over the years.

In 1994 I was in (yet another) MVA, that led to me getting physical therapy and going to the gym and working out. From April 1 of 94 through mid October I dropped about 60 pounds, going down to 247. Then I broke my foot on the treadmill at the gym. Took th eheart right out of me, and bad eating habits again pouonded the weight back on over the years.

In early March of 2005, my Dad died, I went to see a new doctor and he told me my choices were to lose weight or join Dad in about 4 years. Hence my motivation.

I'm a 45 year old married white male of Italian-American descent, no children, lots of stress. If I do say so myself, I am an excellent cook, both in the amateur-gourmet chef sense and in professional foodservice ways. I've done dinners in the past for 140 people, and love to cook. And eat. And it shows.

My wife is about 215-220 pounds. She is not trying to lose weight in any fashion. I do not encourage or discourage her; that is an individual choice.

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