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Now it hurts…

My weight has gotten to the point where now, it hurts.  And not just hurts in a way like my knees hurt or back hurts, though I’ve been having issues there as well.  It hurts to wear jeans.  I’m usually a size 34, but now those jeans cause my physical pain around the waist to wear.  Ouch.

So once again I try to refocus myself and concentrate on the weight loss.  The last time I lost any significant amount of weight was back at the start of the year when I was in the Do it for your selfie Challenge with my pal John.  I lost about 13-15 pounds.  That contest sort of fizzled out for various reasons, so I lost focus and gained it all back.  And then some.

My goal has always been to get to 160 lbs, but that is far, far away from this point.  I then revised my goal to just lose 10 lbs.  Now my goal is to just get through one day of eating right!  Ugh.  It’s awful.

So now I’m wondering if there’s anyone out there who’d love to jump into a challenge to try and drop some pounds before the end of the year.  I know the holidays are tough with the cookies and treats, but I think we can do it.

The winner would be the person who lost the most percentage of weight in the given time, say December 1-31.  No need to post weights anywhere or even share them with me, I trust you my dear friends.  We would just check in every week with the percentage lost.  I just think the ‘challenge’ idea works for me as it did earlier this year and I’d love to find someone to challenge.

No prizes.  No loser humiliations.  Just a weight loss challenge.

Anyone up for trimming down?  Let me know in the comments below or via email grant @ throwing toasters . com (no spaces)

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The Do It For Yourselfie Challenge

My good buddy John deHaas and I have been friends for several years.  We talk just about every day and recently I realized we were in the same headspace in regards to wanting to loose weight.  My struggles with my weight going up and down are well documented on this blog and I am always looking for something to light that fire under my hinder and drop some pounds.  With John feeling the same way I figured, why not have ourselves a little challenge?  So that’s what we’re doing.

Starting today, and running though Memorial Day (Monday, May 25) John and I are having the Do It For Yourselfie Challenge!  We will do our best to lose weight from now until then and then in May, see who is the winner.  We are looking at percentage of body weight lost, not total pounds and we are aiming to lose the weight in a healthy manner.

It’s not even the end of Day 1 and of the challenge and already there is a lot of trash talking and texting each other pictures of horrible food (candy, donuts, etc.).  But it is to be expected when there is so much on the line.  Ah yes…what is being wagered.

John and I both think that Selfie Sticks are one of the stupidest things on the planet.  We both enjoy going to theme parks and will often take photos of people using Selfie Sticks and text them to each other.  So, the loser of this little wager will have to go to a theme park and take a selfie of themselves with a Selfie Stick.  The loser will also have to have someone take a picture of them while they are using the Selfie Stick.  Both pictures must then be posted to the web.

So there we go.  Game on.  I can’t wait to see John’s Selfie Stick Selfie in May!

Also, John currently has a Go Fund Me campaign going on to help fund his musical.  If you have a moment, go check it out!


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I thought I would do a brief check in on my weight loss goals for those who are interested.  Back at the end of April, I kind of set up a goal for myself of losing 10 pounds by my birthday on May 20th.

Well, that didn’t happen.  Oh, I tried…several times…to make it happen but if just wouldn’t stick.  I’d celebrate eating great for one day, then the next morning go pig out on barbecue or some other gluttonous feast.  Once or twice I strung together two days of really good eating and I always fell right back into the food trough and it all went out the window.

It wasn’t until June 11th that that all changed.  There’s nothing special about that day other than that’s the day I really committed and, I’m proud to say four weeks later, it seems to have stuck.

In the weeks before June 11th, I’d make excuses for eating poorly.  You see, when I lost all my weight on weight watchers before, I had chosen Wednesday as my ‘weigh in’ day.  That’s the day you track your progress and all your points reset.  I chose Wednesday because I tend to eat a little more on the weekend and so I wanted those days closer to the middle of the week, as sort of something to look forward to.  So, before June 11th, I’d start eating well and then Tuesday would roll around and I’d think, “I’m gonna eat like crazy today and then start fresh on the program tomorrow.”  Then I’d eat well on Wednesday, maybe part of Thursday, but then it was the weekend and the feedings began.  Besides, there’s always next Wednesday.  Right?

Well, for some reason, on June 11th, that all changed.  I made the decision and stuck to it.  I can’t say what it was, maybe I saw the way I looked in the mirror.  Maybe it was the way my clothes were fitting.  Maybe I wanted one solid thing I could control in my life.  Things have been pretty chaotic (which doesn’t help the eating at all) so may, deep down, I thought that at least this would be one thing I could control.  Whatever the reason, something happened on June 11th to made me really decide to commit to doing this and it has, knock on wood, stuck for the past 4 weeks.

On that day I also made a commitment to really follow the Weight Watchers program too.  Before Toronto, when I lost 10 pounds, I was eating way under the amount of allotted points per day.  So, yes, I did lose 10 pounds in 20 days, but I didn’t really do it the coreect way.  For this go around, I decided to do it right.  Follow the plan and stick to the rules.  I did commit to adding more exercise to my routine, however.  So instead of only doing afternoon runs, I now do 30 minutes of different exercises in the morning.  That has helped a lot.  The first week, I was straining through the 6 push-up and side planks I do as part of the routine.  Now, 4 weeks later, I only struggle through the last one.  And that one is getting easier.

The real reward though was stepping on the scale today and discovering that, even though I was only down 1.2 pounds for the week, I was down 11 punds since June 11th. I started at 193.4 pounds, todays I was 182.4 pounds.  I’m well on my way.  My goal is to lose another 24 to put me at 158 pounds.  158 is actually above where all those charts say a person my age, height, eye color, etc., should be, but that’s a comfortable weight and that’s what I want to get to.

If it takes another 8 weeks, so be it.  I’m fine with that.  This time, I’m doing my damnedest to make it work.

Oh, and last week, on Monday, I went and had barbecue, and I was still down 2 pounds on Wednesday.  That’s how you make it work!

I shall keep you posted!

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10 in 20 – Day 13 – Holding Steady.

Well, I’ve hit a bit of a plateau it seems.  Once again this morning the scale read 171.0lbs.  Not frustrated at all but would like to see at least a pound go soon.  It was fun being AHEAD of the game but I’m rapidly approaching the deadline for the goal.  When I starter I said NEAR 10lbs.  7 is good but I was thinking more along the lines of 8 or 9.  But I still have the rest of the week.  Who knows what’ll happen.

I’ve been super focused on the food though.  Usual Subway order int he morning, but swapped out the chips for apples.  We’ll see what that does to things.  Had some apple slices at the office after leading a tour of the Jim Henson Company.  Then this afternoon I stepped up my run a little bit to try and move things along.  Need some new running shoes before I go all out though.

Had rehearsal for Puppet Up tonight at the Henson Lot.  That meant dinner from Bossa Nova again so my meal here is pretty much identical to what I had last week.  Always a little challenging to head into a meal where you’re not quite sure what’ll be served, but these rehearsals are usually the same so it was familiar when I got there.  Good, good food.  Easy to eat way too much.  The dangers here are anything but the chicken.  They also have mashed potatoes, but I avoid those like crazy.

As I said, I’m not frustrated about not seeing more pounds fall off.  This actually makes me more determined that when I get to where I really want to be (I’m thinking 155-158) I’ll be more focused to stay there.  It sort of re-inspires me to maintain when I reach that weight so that I don’t have to go through all this again.  Really not happy with how I bulked up and I’m looking forward to getting back into a more ‘normal’ range.  Hope to be there in not too much longer and definitely before the holidays and my mom’s amazing cooking.


Subway 6″ Turkey on Wheat, apple slices, bottle of water – 8 WW points
As I said, swapped out the Chips for apples here to try and cut some points.  Same old, same old.

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Apple slices & Grapes and Apples Slices – 2 WW Points.
I really like the apple slices with grapes.  Sweet and crunchy.  The apple slices are great too.  Again, I have an issue with these being a point each, but I’m sticking to the book!


Bossa Nova Chicken, rice, plantains, salsa – 21 WW Points (estimate)
Again, a super high estimate.  Even with that big of a point meal I still have 5 daily points and 2 activity points.  Plus I haven’t used any of my flex points at all this week, so we are good.  Thos plantains are so damn tempting, just really tempting.  Didn’t have as many as I usually would have though.



As always, thanks for joining me on this journey.  We’re getting close to the end and then I’ll leave you alone.  Promise.  Then I’ll just be blogging daily about Toronto!  GAH!  Cannot wait for Toronto!!!

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