I really wanted to avoid doing a new years post. To me, the end/beginning of a year has little meaning except I have to remember to increment writing the date by one. Besides, the big mile post, at least the one pertinent to this blog, is April 5. That’s when I made the decision to stop killing myself with food. That’s almost three months from now and I have about 32 pounds left to lose if I want to brag about how I lost 100 pounds in a year.
The winter months have been lazy. I’ve stopped exercising in favor of morning coffee and reading. November’s “National Novel Writing Month” threw me back into my Java-junkie mode and I’ve not been able to pull away from it. My weight-loss chart reflects this – while it’s still going down (and that’s all that matters, really), it’s been leveling out. But I figure, it could be worse during the holidays. I could go on a sugar rage-fueled rampage and shove all sorts of candy and carbs into my pie-hole. But other than the coffee, I’ve been pretty okay with my habits.
Christmas was really easy to deal with. There was turkey and ham, and lots of vegetable dishes at my family’s gathering. My mother’s birthday is on Christmas, and my birthday is the day after. So the family celebrates both on Christmas. I didn’t have a piece of cake. Not because I was like, “Diet!” but because at this point, sugar is just too sweet for me. I usually gag at even artificial sweeteners. The sweetest thing I can tolerate now is an orange. My family understands all this now. I had already dropped several pants sizes and they, thankfully, recognize what I am doing actually works for me.
My wife, with my family pitching in, got me a kayak for my birthday. A twelve foot, red kayak. I’ve only been kayaking once before in my entire life, and I guess I couldn’t shut up about it then. The bummer is that I will have to wait until the spring until either we can afford a second kayak for her (for her birthday), or the nearby marina opens and has rental kayaks available. Until then, my present is sitting in the backyard putting out abandonment vibes to me. I could technically go kayaking now – the river behind my house is publicly open, but kayaking alone and freezing waters is poking a bit too much at death.
The day after Christmas, my birthday, I did allow myself to dive back into some old vices. I bought myself a bottle of GlenLivet 15 year Scotch and two decent cigars. I had turned forty, and I was feeling pretty lousy about it, so why not start have a few drinks throughout the miserable day? I did get through half the bottle and managed to smoke only one of the cigars (which brought back really GOOD teenage memories). I rarely get past buzzed when drinking as I hate getting drunk. My wife was worried she’d come home to me totally smashed – but I wasn’t. I was actually pretty sober at the start of the evening. I wouldn’t have another drink until New Years Eve, when I would break out for about three glasses of Jack Daniels (the Scotch gets saved for important matters). The booze will probably gather dust until next December.
My birthday dinner I did decide to splurge and break Diet-Henge. I wanted Pad Thai, and I got Pad Thai. We have a decent Thai take-out place near us. It was a sizable order of it, and I portioned myself out half and ate the other half the next day for lunch. After than I went back to low carb as easy as making some eggs and bacon. Here’s New Year Day breakfast, sweet potato sausage hash with eggs-in-bacon cups:
So there it is. I’m still losing weight. This year I’ll try to get back into the morning exercise habit. My diet is as easy to me now as breathing. 2014 will be the year that I will be at a weight I haven’t been since my mid-teens.
Update: I’ve switched to Magnesium Oxide tablets – much cheaper and seemly more effective than the Magnesium Citrate from my previous post. My guess is that the oxide form, being harder for the body to absorb, stays in the intestines, which in turn draws the water to the stool. Again, a guess – but it seems to work better, so I’m going to stick with it for awhile.
Also, my posts have been dwindling, because frankly, there hasn’t been much to blog about. I mean, really, I’ve resorted to blogging about chairs and pooping. The diet is going fine, I’m still losing weight. No drama. I easily survived my niece’s sixth birthday party this weekend, surrounded by pasta and ice cream cake. I foresee no stumbling blocks in the immediate future.
Steady as she goes, captain.
I was finally able to acquire that Ikea chair to do my 7 minute workout routine. It turns out it’s made out of extremely lightweight unfinished pine. It feels like balsa wood. I bought some wood beams and screws from Lowes. The seat had to be reenforced by putting a beam in the center. I also screwed in additional beams on the legs. All the joints were slobbered in wood glue as an extra precaution. My weight is lighter, but I still don’t trust it to stand on a $25 soft wood chair.
Tomorrow or the day after, I will sand it smooth, attach the seat (with more screws and glue), and apply several coats of clear polyurethane – which should add even more sturdiness to it. I entertained the notion of putting my name on the top and painting flames on it, maybe a skull, but I just want this finished and functional.
It turns out that plywood is more expensive than I thought. For about forty to fifty dollars, I could own a 4×8′ mediocre piece of 3/4″ plywood. So suddenly, my quest has dead-ended. Due to my lack of funds, I’ve resorted to monetizing some of my talents. Unfortunately, judging by the amazing lack of interest from people so far, it doesn’t look like it’s going to be profitable. I would, technically, make more money begging at an intersection.
I did find the cheapest option so far, a $25 wooden chair at Ikea. It looks pretty sturdy, although I would reenforce the legs with some more strips of pine. But, again, it requires about twenty-five dollars more than I have.
That said, I’ve started the 7 minute exercise routine without a chair or a box. I’ve resorted to use the stairs for the step-ups by stepping up past the first step, hitting the second, and coming back down. I measured it, it’s about 18″, which is about the seat height of a chair. I’m using the sofa for the dips, just because I can’t dip properly on the stairs.
It is a tough workout, and I can barely get through it all. I add on another minute of push ups and sit-ups each to make it a good 10 minutes.
I’ve also had to switch to tap water from filtered water and drop some food options (like nuts) at the moment until the situation improves. It’s not my preferred way of losing weight, but I’m not at the point of starving (yet). I have lost 3 more pounds since last week.
- Box Quest (Part 1) (dietdroid3000.wordpress.com)
In another attempt to make money to feed myself, I’ve put up a new Zazzle store where I’ll be selling some of my artwork and designs for DietDroid. I have a few more designs in mind, and I’ll be taking suggestions, too, so put them in the comments below. [Note: As of this writing, these shirts aren’t showing up on my storefront – but you should be able to follow the links to each shirt here, or on my twitter]
Here are the first two:
Chicken Alfredo with zoodles (julienned zucchini). I made the sauce from scratch, completely low carb. The kale has egg and bacon in it, and it was awesome as well.