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!

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.

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