Time for a new belt! Waist Down 8+ inches

Last spring I was busting out of 54″ elastic waist khakis.

Today I wore a non elastic 46″ waist khaki.

I bought these pants a few weeks ago and barely squeezed in while today they were comfortable and even slimming.

Weary of buying too many new clothes that may not fit right in a few weeks later (dropping that fast at times.) I have continued to rotate the old pants into my wardrobe.

Two days ago I nearly tripped, walking with pant legs tucked under my heels. Inseam has not changed, but all that material around a smaller butt is causing drag.

Great problem to have!

Next big stop?

30 year high school reunion. Maybe I’ll be back to my high school rock band front man weight

What is your goal? #healthylifestyle #friendssupportingfriends

In response to my images of the scale reflecting new low points, many friends have asked this question to me.

What is your goal?

I have one goal.

Healthy!

No number? No date?

Nope.

I can not predict how I’ll look and feel after losing 10, 20, or more pounds.

I’ve been 300+ pounds for 25+ years.

I’ve been 350+ pounds for better part of the last 14 years.

Every pound is a victory!

I’ve lost 50+ pounds twice before, in 2008 and 2013.

I have thought about dieting so many times, but the anger and sadness that I failed and gained back the weight each time, with a vengeance, is depressing.

I never want to go back to that place.

What’s different this time?

No bullshit!

I am more hyper aware than ever as to what works for me.

I am aware more than ever I need to ignore the so called advice from others.

I am aware that every time I slip I am offending myself and the hard work it took to get that victory.

Don’t know where I am headed but I am never going back

A boss of mine once told me I will always be fat. Not sure if he said that as a total jerk or as a way to challenge me.

The words were equally depressing and motivating.

Other shave told me I can do it and I did not.

For twenty plus years I have known what to do. I could have written this blog, perhaps a book, many times over

But knowledge is useless without action.

Do what you always do, get what you always got

One of my big “secrets” is creating new habits.

I know I cannot portion control well so I have to cut out certain foods altogether.

So I need to just say no to all chips, crackers, nuts, chocolate, cookies, cakes, donuts, bread, pasta, milk, cheese, alcohol, caffiene etc etc etc

Some of these foods trigger cravings, others kill my metabolism.

What ever it is, by not eating these food, I lose.

When I even sneak a taste, I slip backwards.

Add to that avoiding to much downtime on the couch and the formula is simple.

off to the gym and some laps in the pools….

Stay Inspired

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