Day 32: Dieting sucks

4 02 2010

24-year-old Tyler Weeks of Columbia, South Carolina weighed 344 pounds last January. By December of that same year, he had lost 125 pounds. How did he do it? In an article on CNN recently, he says he lost the weight by eating what he wanted, but he controlled portions, counted calories and became more active. Instead of eating a few dozen chicken wings, he would stop himself at 10. This way he didn’t deprive himself of the foods he enjoyed.

“There is no diet,” he says. “Don’t get upset if you have a 2,000-calorie meal at your favorite restaurant. Just get up the next day and start over,” he says. He documents his progress on his blog, www.344pounds.com.

I’ve been trying not to get frustrated with myself since I started this cycling and dieting project 32 days ago. In that time I’ve lost, gained, lost and gained the same three pounds. While I’m happy I’ve not gained more, I still find that I’m disappointed I’m not closer to my weight goal of 130 pounds. I’ve been tracking my calories and most days, I stay within my daily allowance. I’ve not done much exercising since I started physical therapy on my rotator cuff (but maybe I’m just using that as an excuse). And I’m still eating dinner out most nights. So far, that has been my hardest bad habit to break. So unlike Tyler, eating what I want isn’t working very well for me. Which I guess, is why some diets work well for some people and other diets work better for others. When I find myself getting discouraged, I remind myself that one thing I’ve done in the past 32 days is given up junk food, candy, pastries and other stuff that appears in the kitchen at work. I’m pretty proud of that. So I may not be quite where I expected to be by this point, but I’m a work in progress. I’m not giving up.

Today’s starting weight: 151

Breakfast:
— Chocolate, peanut butter and banana smoothie = 353 cal

Lunch:
— Reduced fat PB&J on whole wheat = 398
— Crystal Light Raspberry Ice = 5
— 1 small package Fig Newtons = 200
— 1 small package Rold Gold pretzels = 230

Dinner:
— Salad with ranch dressing = 163
— 1 soft pretzel = 483
— Iced tea = 10

Snacks:
— 1 fat-free pudding cup = 60

Thanks for visiting. See you tomorrow.

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2 responses

7 02 2010
Welna

Hi Alison

I’ve been following your blog for a while now and enjoy reading it. I’m currently training for a big bike ride, doing Land’s End to John O’Groats which is cycling from the south of the UK to the north of the UK.

I’m 43yrs old and weighed 164lbs when I started the blog a week ago.

From your posts, it seems that you are not losing weight as much as you like to. I’m also on a diet as I need to lose at least 28 lbs before the big ride on 12 June. I’m limiting myself to a 1000 cal day and I’m losing weight.

I’ve been looking at your food diaries and I think (sorry, don’t take offence) that if you want to lose weight, you need to go for a lower calorie intake every day. At the moment you are sustaining your current weight which isn’t really what you want.
My diet is as follows:
I have cut out: all bread, potatoes, rice, pasta, flour based products.

I have two protein shakes every day and one 600 cal meal. I usually save that for the evening and have tonnes of veg on my plate (no potatoes) and a small bit of meat.

This week alone I have lost 4 lbs. I know it is early days for me and there will be plateaus but I’m determined and has also embarked on a training programme: cycling and cardio in the gym (treadmill, cross trainer, bike and spinning classes)

You can follow my blog from the website I gave you.

Good luck!!

7 02 2010
cyclingproject365

Hi Welna,

Thanks for your post. I appreciate your comments and suggestions. And you’re right that my calorie allowance, I think, is still too high because I’m not losing any weight. The LoseIt iPhone app I’m using to track my food has me sticking to 1440 calories each day, which I think is still a bit high. I’m happy I’m maintaining at least, and not gaining, but that’s not what I want. My diet definitely needs help. I’m not a fan of veggies, but I do need to eat them more often. I’ve eliminated a good bit of sugar from my diet and I’m finding it’s not been too difficult to measure out correct portions of the food I eat. However, if I can just break my habit of eating out for dinner every night, that will help a lot. It’s too hard to eat out and lose weight. Especially not knowing how many calories are in restaurant foods. (Not to mention out-of-control portions, too.)

My exercising hasn’t been what I’d planned for either. With the shoulder problem I’m having, it’s been difficult to make myself exercise. But really, I know I’m probably using that as an excuse. The time for excuses is over. I’m not going to reach my goal by continuing to talk about it. I need to put in hard work to get there.

Congrats on your weight loss! That’s fantastic! This week I’m planning to put in a lot more exercise. It’s time to get off my butt.

Thanks again for your tips and feedback. It’s greatly appreciated! I look forward to following your progress on your bike journey!

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