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Breaking Out of a Weightmare – 4

If you want to lose weight, you have to make a change

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[ Author’s note: This is a one-week look at the beginning of a weight loss attempt. The ups. The downs. What goes on inside the head of someone who’s had a difficult time losing weight? You’ll find out here as I mark the first week.]

Day 4 Thursday

Slept well again last night. Not quite seven hours, but close.

Thursday Morning Weigh-In

The verdict: 229.2 pounds. A 0.6 pound loss. I haven’t hit the plateau yet, and I’m happy that it’s been gradual. I’m down 2.2 pounds for the week. I’m thinking the 3-pound goal is very doable.


In addition to my mainstays, my beans and grains and wild blueberries and orange, I made another addition.

Bread – 1 slice, toasted
Avocado mash – 1 mini-tub
Vegan cream cheese, Kite Hill, plain – 1 tbsp

This is one of my weaknesses showing up. I had one slice of bread left and didn’t want to save it for lunch. Also, I’ve always enjoyed avocado on toast, though I’ve probably only had it twice. And the cream cheese worked well with it, too. This calorie boost means I’ll probably snack for lunch or drop to only two meals today.

Breakfast Nutrition:

885 calories

134 g carbs – 36 g fiber

26.8 g fat

31.5 g protein


I’m eating an early lunch today, around 10 a.m. My wife wanted me to finish the bag of chips, and I think that’s all I need to use up the salsa.

I ate:

Tortilla chips, blue corn, 1.5 servings
Salsa – 3 tbsp
Avocado mashed – 1 mini-tub
Cucumber, 1 small, about 1 cup
Pistachios, lightly salted, shelled, – ¼ cup
Zevia Root Beer – 1 can, 12 oz

Lunch Nutrition:

530 calories

50 g carbs

33 g fat

12 g protein

I’m now at 1415 calories, so I think that’s good. I can have a snack and a 400-calorie dinner and I should be good for the day. I’m expecting to have a large salad for dinner, which won’t add a lot of calories. I also want to get some broccoli in, and should have some hummus to use.


Broccoli – 1 cup
Romaine lettuce – 4 cups
Hummus – 2 tbsp
Walnuts – ¼ cup
Medjool dates – 4

Dinner Nutrition:

511 calories

96 g carbs

13 g fat

14.5 g protein

Due to scheduling, I ate dinner around 5:30 p.m. As you can see, it was mostly greens, with nuts and fruit. I’m thinking that’s it for the night. I’m also thinking this bouncing around in calories keeps the body off-balance. I remember reading about a diet where you basically starved yourself for a number of days and then pigged out one day to keep your metabolism going.

Well, I don’t want to have to follow crazy things like that to lose weight, and, more importantly, to keep it off.

Today was about 56% carbs, 33% fat and 11% protein. The fat seems high, but less than 9 grams were saturated. And fiber surpassed 63 grams. But total calories of 1926 without any exercise tells me I’ll be lucky to lose any weight today. We’ll see.

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