Starting to lose again, finally #healthylifestyle #friendssupportingfriends

It’s been a few weeks since I posted a NEW LOW POINT…

I have been getting exercise

It can be frustrating. After losing a pound a day for a week, then hitting a road block, or even experience a slight gain. I’ve been here many times before.

I have lost 50+ pounds three times in my life. Each time I hit that plateau. I gave up.

Each time I wanted to get back on track I gave up.

A few times I nearly gave up on this journey.

Every 10 pounds or so I hit a plateau. Everything seems so easy. Dropping a pound a day is a piece of cake, until it’s not.

The biggest issue these days is portion control.

At nearly 400 pounds, I could eat a ton of food and still lose weight. It’s easy.

Now, as I approach 300, portion control starts to play a major role. I need to start paying more attention to calorie counts and column.

Many will tell you not to worry about your counts with certain foods, as there is no way you could ever eat enough of that food to count.

Well I have a talent for eating WAY beyond capacity. My pain censors for bloated are defective.

But yesterday, I had an interesting break through.

First of all, I made a choice which led to me walking 4 miles.

I wanted to quit and call an Uber at least four times. It was cold. I was bored. I was tired…..

But I kept going. I choose to take the wrong bus, then go four extra stops so I could make a deposit at the bank (client for a comedy field trip handed me a stack of one’s and fives, $1000+ cash.)

With just a half mile to go, I stopped for tacos.

This place gave me FOUR tacos for just $8. Real Mexican “street” tacos have no cheese or sour cream, no fried tortillas. They simply line soft corn tortillas with marinated grilled or griddled meats.

This plate also had the most delicious grilled onions and peppers.

I turned down the tortilla chips but kept the four salsa choices.

Just a month ago I would have chowed down on all four, but even after one, I felt full-ish. I ate one more and asked for a box. (And some extra peppers and onions.

Not only did I make better portion control choices, I had TWO meals for $13 ($8 taco, $1 water, plus tax and a great trip)

I’ll be back!

Plateau Central but maintaining

Weighed in at 312 today. Still down 70lbs. I was down 75+, as low as 307.

But then I drove to Florida. 40 hours behind the wheel in 5 days led to a bit if a slip, drinking more coffee in the past week than the past 7 months combined.

I also slipped on my rigorous diet regiment.

Twice I indulged in biscuits with sausage gravy. Well, 1/2 a biscuit with sausage gravy. I also had two small pancakes one morning, my first in eight months.

Aside from some poorly planned breakfast choices, I ate fairly well.

The week I posted a weight of 106.8 was freaky

On Saturday I was 312. On Sunday the scales read 308+. Monday called me out back at 311. Tuesday at 306+.

Was my scale broken or was I have intense bathroom experiences every other day?

The Friday we started driving south I was 310+. Wednesday morning we were back in New Jersey. I was dreading stepping onto the scale, but was at 311.

I survived the rocky road of food choices thanks to a lot of dancing, recording videos with my niece and swimming with a manatee

In the week since I have bounced around 310-312. Still down 20 pounds since Christmas, so I’ll take that.

Plateaus are frustrating, but very normal, and survivable if we don’t give up.

I’m never going back!!!

February 10, 2020 New Low Point #healthylifestyle #friendssupportingfriends

February 10, 2020 – Yup, it was water weight. Yesterday I weighed in at 312. The day before 308.
That was less than a MINOR set back. Barely a hiccup!

February 10, 2020 New Low Point

Having run out of my weekly supply of grilled chicken and salmon, I found some Mahi Mahi frozen (Trader Joe’s). I put in toaster over, still frozen solid with some Zombie Hot Sauce, fresh ground salt and pepper and a bag of frozen pineapple tidbits, also from TJs. Yummy. I at all 16oz of fish and all the pineapple. While not as pretty (hence the lack of #foodporn on instagram) the spicy sweet flavor was perfect.

Next I was walking up the monstrous hill to catch a bus to the club, walking nearly a mile from Port Authority to 53rd and 8th.

While teaching a 3-hour class and hosting a show, I sporadically nibbled on three protein bars. ONE Cinnamon Roll, THINK Lemon Bar and THINK Double Caramel Bliss, all have a low GI, with 0-1 sugar. All three brag 20g protein and less than 8g of fat.

I nearly fell asleep at the club. Exhausted! Finally picking myself up I walked back to the bus, then down the hill.

The whole ride I was anxious. I have no protein at the house. The cravings for a lot of bad choices popped in every time the bus passes a Fast Food joint I have avoided for seven months.

The prevailing thought was to hop in the car, before even going inside the house, to go shopping and maybe even grill.

By the time the bus dropped me off, I was ordering delivery.

Mixed grill kabobs and assorted cold appetizers. Beyti offers the most delishous chicken and lamb. I forgot to substitute salad for rice. The assorted dips included lebne, hummus, baba ganoush, a second eggplant salad, tabouli and a pepper based puree.

The dips were mostly for my wife, but by skipping the amazing homemade bread, more like pizza than traditional pita, I could taste.

Most importantly I made sure to guzzled LOTS of water yesterday. The day before I replaced water with three decaf coffees.

I also made sure to reduce the salt for the day.

As a result I purged six pounds of water from the body.

Forward we March….

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Yup, it was water weight. Yesterday I weighed in at 312. The day before 308. That was less than a MINOR set back. Barely a hiccup! February 10, 2020 New Low Point #healthylifestyle #friendssupportingfriends Having run out of my weekly supply of grilled chicken and salmon, I found some Mahi Mahi frozen (Trader Joe's). I put in toaster over, still frozen solid with some Zombie Hot Sauce, fresh ground salt and pepper and a bag of frozen pineapple tidbits, also from TJs. Yummy. I at all 16oz of fish and all the pineapple. While not as pretty (hence the lack of #foodporn on instagram) the spicy sweet flavor was perfect. Next I was walking up the monstrous hill to catch a bus to the club, walking nearly a mile from Port Authority to 53rd and 8th. While teaching a 3-hour class and hosting a show, I sporadically nibbled on three protein bars. ONE Cinnamon Roll, THINK Lemon Bar and THINK Double Caramel Bliss, all have a low GI, with 0-1 sugar. All three brag 20g protein and less than 8g of fat. I nearly fell asleep at the club. Exhausted! Finally picking myself up I walked back to the bus, then down the hill. The whole ride I was anxious. I have no protein at the house. The cravings for a lot of bad choices popped in every time the bus passes a Fast Food joint I have avoided for seven months. The prevailing thought was to hop in the car, before even going inside the house, to go shopping and maybe even grill. By the time the bus dropped me off, I was ordering delivery. Mixed grill kabobs and assorted cold appetizers. Beyti offers the most delishous chicken and lamb. I forgot to substitute salad for rice. The assorted dips included lebne, hummus, baba ganoush, a second eggplant salad, tabouli and a pepper based puree. The dips were mostly for my wife, but by skipping the amazing homemade bread, more like pizza than traditional pita, I could taste. Most importantly I made sure to guzzled LOTS of water yesterday. The day before I replaced water with three decaf coffees. I also made sure to reduce the salt for the day. As a result I purged six pounds of water from the body. Forward we March….

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February 8, 2020 New Low Point #healthylifestyle #friendssupportingfriends

February 8, 2020
New Low Point

Busy day yesterday.

Breakfast was grilled salmon over riced cauliflower topped with mango and pineapple.

Started teaching two classes back to back at a Queens Middle School via Arts Horizon. Thanks to Dena and all the amazing folks for giving me a shot!

Lunch TWO Protein Bars ONE Cinnamon Bun

Then I spent an hour singing and dancing in Times Square, promoting our show. So cold….. so cold…..

TWO more protein bars
ONE Maple Donut
THINK Maple Almond Drizzle

Then 70 minutes hosting EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH Improv.

Dinner, while watching first episode of LOCK & KEY on Netflix, Grilled Chicken with big side of Asparagus.

Lots of water
The journey continues…

Lost 2 pounds over the weekend. 3 days later exactly where I was. Feared I would be heavier #healthylifestyle #friendssupportingfriends

Lost 2 pounds over the weekend. 3 days later exactly where I was. Feared I would be heavier

I grilled some amazing food yesterday.

This is the photo I posted on instagram. If you notice the plate is already a bit dirty from the other three portions….

I started the day eating about two pounds of sweet potato. Skin on, just a couple sprays of CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S NOT BUTTER 0 calorie spray with garlic, salt pepper. I was going to eat just a few (small ones), but I binged the entire bag. The garlic salt and fresh ground coarse black pepper was yummy. I think a lot of the sugar bubbled out while cooking one hour in toaster oven. The foil lined pan was covered in hardened sugar.

Plus an apple and two protein bars.

Over ate grilled chicken and salmon for dinner. Big side of asparagus.
Over two pounds of food
Tons of water
Two more protein bars
Went to bed feeling bloated

To make things worse I procrastinated going to the gym, eventually not going at all.

Turns out over eating the right foods is not terrible. I did not lose, but I did not gain either.

@dr_oz calls it your FATURDAY, right. Well my weak day for portions was on point for choices.

Beating my addiction AKA Sugar is my heroin #healthylifestyle #friendssupportingfriends

One of the biggest struggles has been giving up my love affair with carbs. (Pictured: me with Dr Oz 2014 FAT PANTS ad campaign)

By Walt Frasier @waltfrasier

I have not completely kicked my habits. The cravings still come.

As I write this I am both caving a cookie and feeling triumphant I will not get out if bed to eat.

Love BBQ a bunch if salmon every week!

As I stated in my last post, July 1-3 saw me in the hospital. On day two the nutritionist set me on a diet of low sugar.

For her and that hospital kitchen, that meat toilet water they called broth and sugar free pudding.

I was prediabetes but I was out in full diabetic alert.

I was also taken off caffeine due to antibiotics.

This “diet” would not do!

Since being discharged on my 47th birthday, my formula has been simple.

  • Lean proteins
  • Zero starchy carbs
  • Zero chips
  • Zero bread
  • Zero pasta
  • Zero cookies, cake etc
  • Zero caffeine
  • Zero alcohol
  • Zero dairy

A total purge. Well almost.

Instead I started grilling. My family was in town. We lit the charcoal for Fourth of July. I always cook a lot when we have company. Too much.

I had left over burgers, steak, brats and chicken for days. Lots of grilled corn and asparagus too.

Chicken, Salmon, Steak from recent BBQ

About a week later I felt great. I was lighter, and had a ton of energy, depute hives from antibiotics allergy.

A few weeks later, hanging out with family at amazing Italian restaurant, I had some wine. For two days I felt yucky. I also saw a spike in sweets craves.

I had similar experiences all summer. Running a comedy Camp, I often ordered pizza, tacos and other foods. One day a mom brought the most amazing cake for her daughter’s birthday.

In each case I barely cheated- one slice of pizza, down from a whole pie, two nibbles if cake, down from a whole cake.

In each case I was relatively proud of my restrain, but each led to two to three days of cravings.

Suddenly, I found my self wanting to demolish my wife’s supply if cookies and candy.

Once I slipped and nearly wrecked a box of Oreos.

You see, at times, quite often actually, in the past, no food was safe in the house.

I would shovel food down, sometimes in tears, wanting to stop. It truly feels like I have to eat. There is more than psychology. Food, especially sugar, is my crack, my heroin.

I have identified trigger foods in the past. Since this past summer I realized that was not enough. They all had to go.

An addict can’t take just a little “bump” and hope to stay clean. The hunger intensifies.

Before, and a few rare moments since, I was insatiable, eating everything in site until I passed out – beyond over stuffed.

The Solution?

I have a formula for when I slip.

When ever I have a taste of cake, pizza, etc I enact a total purge of carbs. It is akin to the old Atkin’s diet launch week.

I load up on meats. No carbs except those veggies that burn more then they put in the body.

This sometimes make me gain temporarily. Mostly getting constipated

Diet psychology tip: never weigh self when backed up. You won’t like the results. Lol

On day three I practically hi full vegan, loading up in veggies. I have embraced rice cauliflower as a way to bulk up meals

Day four slides into a more balanced place, but still avoiding all the bad, starchy carbs.

The cravings subside.

I have replaced almost all fluids with water.

I am hyper aware of what I eat every day

I am weighing myself almost every day. I don’t recommend this for most. But for me it is a very scientific process. I can almost predict where I’ll be each morning.

I have a healthy supply of healthy options so I never am stuck with garbage.

I have a variety of protein bars…. Al 20g bars with 0-1 sugar. All low GI. I love THINK and ONE bars. Something to eat when out of the house.

In future posts I will continue to share what has worked for me and changes I am making as I lose weight and hit various plateau.

#healthylifestyle #friendssupportingfriends

Monday February 3, 2020 New Low Point 311.2 #healthylifestyle #friendssupportingfriends

New Low Point

1.2 pounds less than 24 hours ago
72lbs since July 1 2019

How?

Food Choices

Breakfast: 10oz NY strip Steak purchased at Trader Joe’s, roasted in toaster oven with a few drops of hot sauce, teriyaki, garlic, salt and pepper. Served with a side of riced cauliflower simply flavored with some drippings from cooking steak. I realized years ago, one of the lowest calorie items on a menu is grilled steak. Red meat gets a bad wrap. The beef is not the problem. The real issue is the salt folks add, or sugar sauces, or worse, the bread, cheese and bacon added in burger form. But a grilled steak, or roasted as long as you trim most of the fat and lose the cooked off juices, beef is a lean protein.

Three protein bars for lunch and snacks –
THINK maple almond with 0 sugars low GI etc

Dinner: Chicken Enchiladas (unfriend corn tortillas) at legit Mexican taco joint…. Spicy green sauce, minimal sprinkled white cheese and sour cream, topped with lettuce and sliced avocado

Skipped the chips & salsa, just one taste of the rice. No beer. No margarita. Just a bottle of water.

Whole Mango for dessert with more water. This place sells sliced mango akin to a street vendor. During the summer I get it with lemon juice and hot pepper powder (similar to the stuff used to rim a bloody Mary). But for winter just the simple sweet. Perfectly ripe!

During Superbowl, no garbage, no alcohol, no wasted calories.

This morning, no regrets.

Movement

Walked 2+ miles round trip commuting to comedy club. First half mile ALL up hill.

Do what you always do, get what you always got!

Coming home meant walking in a cold drizzle. I wanted to hail a cab or call an Uber so bad, but I was determined to walk and burn some calories.

Most of the day was spent Teaching/Producing teen comedy class and show. On feet for three hours out of the five.

Today: lots of office time marketing, taxes etc. Plan to hit the pool this morning.

Have an inspired day all!