Back and better research

Good news! I’m gonna do one minute bite again. I’ve slacked the past couple years, because no one believed me that my plan helped me lose weight. Despite the fact that I was thinner, people thought I lied and was doing way more different things than just this plan. Therefore, I stopped and after a few months, went back to my old eating habits and went back up to 235.

My awesome friend (and sadly fellow fatty) John Wilker is tired of being fat. I’m also tired again of being fat. Now though, we’re gonna do the plan together. If we both lose weight, people better believe it now because there’s no way we’d both be making crap up. We’re just not smart enough to do that!

So stay tuned and when we both lose wait, you best better believe us!

Update: Rance Patterson is also back on board! Three’s a charm. Get ready to see if this thing really works!

2011 Wrapup and renewed plan for 2012

The Weigh-In

I’m embarrassed to say the scale tips in at 221.3 lbs. When I stopped doing one minute bite in June, I was 194. In the six months since, I’ve almost gained all my weight back.

“Where you been? And why did you stop?”

Sorry for the hiatus everyone. Travel got a bit hectic over the summer and, to be brutally honest, I got cocky. I was like, “I got this. I don’t need to time myself anymore. I can just gauge how hungry I am or am not.”

I was wrong.

Like I say on the plan page, you MUST time your bites. In my case, I thought that 6 months would be enough time to rewire my eating habits that I had for 30+ years. Success does that to you. It makes you cocky when you shouldn’t be. It makes you think you’re better than you really are.

Back on It

Last year, I did 30 pounds in 6 months. This year, I’m going to go at least the full year to see where I end up. I’m much more humble this time around, so my initial success won’t get the better of me.

There’s less of me, but I’m more hungry

The Weigh In

Today I came in at 195.7, which means no real measurable weight loss in a long time.

I’m More Hungry

To be honest, I’m not really sure what’s going on. Lemme rephrase that. I know what’s NOT going on. I’m not adhering to the one minute bite system. I’m not timing my bites and I’m definitely eating past the “no longer hungry part”. Here’s the weird thing though: I’m not gaining weight. Before I reached the 193 weight level, if I fell off the wagon, I put weight back on rather quickly. Now, I can fall off the wagon and just maintain.

Part of it is that my body now understands how much it can handle. By that, I mean this. Before, I would gorge non-stop each and every day, slowly packing on the pounds because I would eat to the point of excess. I’d be popping antacids like a junkie pops pills. I’d sit on the couch complaining to my wife, “Why’d you let me eat so much?”

This time around, even though I “pig out” in comparison to One Minute Bite standards, it’s not quite at the levels that I was at before. I may eat more than I should, but I don’t eat to the point where I’m sick. I just eat quicker and thus eat more of it, but I’m still not at the shoveling levels that I once was.

I’m not a doctor or a dietician, so I don’t have any scientific answers. However, I can help but think the fact that I weigh 25% less means that my “full” level is now 25% less than it used to be. I can’t really say if my stomach has shrank much or if my appetite has permanently undergone some sort of transformation, but I think it has. Granted, I still have a gut though. Therefore, I will definitely be getting back on the wagon and aiming to lose that last 30 pounds or so. My family seems to think 165 is too skinny, so it may wind up being a goal of 175 instead. Like I’ve said in past posts, I think my body will slowly stop losing weight and then reach a point where it’s comfortable. We’ll see.

In another post this week, I’ll talk about traveling while on the One Minute Bite. The looks, opinions and experiences I encountered while doing One Minute Bite in front of a large number of friends and strangers at a recent conference I spoke at.

Half way there – 30 lbs down, 30 to go

The Weigh In

This morning’s weigh in was glorious! I’m at 194.5, down 30 pounds. That’s exactly the halfway mark towards my goal of 60 lbs loss. I ain’t gonna lie, it feels great! I didn’t think hitting the halfway mark would get me so excited but it has.

What’s even more crazy these past few weeks is the fluctuation in my weight. I’ve been having a roller coaster of  a ride on the scale. I’ve been as high as 200 twice in the past 14 days. I have a conference I’m presenting at next week, so it’ll be interesting to see how One Minute Bite does out in the wild.

There’s some other One Minute Bite news in the works, but I’ll hold off on posting about it for a little while longer. Just some things to help those who want to try the diet, that’s all. Nothing earth shattering! LOL

Eating Fast is an Addiction

The Weigh In

I was 199.7 today, 201.5 yesterday and 197.2 just four days ago. What happened? Well four days ago, I went to the rodeo/carnival. It was also the day my folks left after visiting for two weeks. We wound up missing the rodeo because it sold out, so I sorta drowned my sorrows in food.

Food is a Drug Too

What I’ve noticed over these past few months is that food and eating fast is pretty much an addiction. Once you fall off the wagon of One Minute Bite and go back to eating way too much, way too fast, it’s hard to get back in line. I noticed that after gaining four pounds on Saturday, it was hard to get back to One Minute Bite come Sunday. Then today, it was easy to stay in line, but in between meals my body was craving/yearning to be stuffed again like it was on Saturday.

I know for many hugely obese people, food is an addiction. However, I didn’t think it was hugely obese at 250. Maybe I was though. Maybe I was slowly on my way to becoming 300 then 350. I can’t honestly say whether I was or wasn’t. To be honest, that in and of itself is pretty scary.

What’s so Addicting about Food/Eating?

To be honest, I’m not entirely sure. For me, there’s something about feeling immensely stuffed. While being super stuffed isn’t good, there’s something about coming down from the bursting point. I think it helps me feel more satisfied because it’s much more noticeable in between meals. You feel fuller after the meal and you definitely feel hungrier before the next meal. The sad thing is though, that its not healthy and it’s a vicious cycle.

As you get bigger, it’s harder and harder to feel that stuffed without eating more and more food. This means it’s harder to have that experience of going from full to hungry. As you get bigger, you start to care less and less about how you look. You start to think things like, “Well, I’m already fat so why does it matter how much I eat?”

Over-eating, or eating too fast, is probably more a reflection of our self-confidence then we’d like to admit. I’m not saying every skinny person is confident or anything like that. I’m just saying that I bet most people are healthy and in decent shape, probably love themselves more than people who are unhealthy and not in shape. I don’t think it’s necessarily a conscience thing either. We each have our hidden secrets that we don’t like about ourselves. We have things we constantly beat ourselves up with that no one knows about.

In order to be successful with One Minute Bite, it’s necessary to find out some of those things and correct them. It’ll be hard to do, but it’ll make doing the diet plan that much easier. I know when I mentally tell myself, “You’re so stupid for doing…” I find myself eating more food and eating it quicker. Usually though, if I take a look back a few days later I’ll see that it wasn’t all that bad. In fact, I wind up doing more damage to myself by over-eating than I do by making whatever mistake I was beating myself over.

We’re human. We make mistakes. We’re not perfect. We deserve happiness and we need to be healthy to properly enjoy it.

Another One Minute Bite Success Story

I’ve experienced success on One Minute Bite, but am I the anomaly or the norm? Many have said that until some stranger (and preferably, a female) tries the diet out and succeeds, they won’t believe it as a viable diet plan. Well, I’m glad to say to those people, here’s your proof!

Early on in my One Minute Bite journey, I met Amanda. She had stumbled upon the site via a web search for “One Minute Bite”. She was used to counting her chews in between bites, i.e. how many times she chewed the food once in her mouth vs the time between placing food in the mouth. However, she wasn’t losing weight like she thought she should. This led her to think about the time in between each spoonful/forkful/bite. She went out to search about that process and stumbled upon this site. Since this made sense to her, she added the One Minute Bite philosophy to her chew counting regimen.

That was awhile back. I thought about checking in with her, but didn’t want to be nosey or pushy. Then out of the blue on Friday, I got this wonderful email from her:

I have lost  close to 25 lbs in about 6 weeks doing one minute per bite AND counting my bites. I havent been perfect, but I use a stopwatch and a golf counter. I was 200.8 towards the beginning of February. Today I was 175.4- 176.4

I am down to about 14 bites per meal, and I eat whatever I want. Breakfast is only a few bites.

One minute per bite really helps me to slow down and not feel so deprived with such a small amount of food. While my husband sits across the table, Him and I finish around the same time. Instead of me inhaling my food in 3 minutes and then I am sooo tempted to overeat while the rest of my family eats! Sometimes He is done before I am!

I also try to focus on waiting for hunger before eating. My goal is 155 lbs.

As you can imagine, I was just ecstatic when I got that email. The purpose of One Minute Bite was to help me lose weight. The point of this website and blog was to hopefully help others. It’s awesome to see that it’s already helping others and it’s only been up a few months!

Congratulations, Amanda! I hope you continue to experience success.

One thing she and I both notice is that the weight loss amount tends to slow down as you lose weight, which makes sense. My idea is that it will slow until you reach the weight your body thinks it should be, but Amanda and I still have a ways to go before we hit that point.

If you’ve tried One Minute Plan with (or without) success, please head over to the contact page and let me know!

I hit 199.7!

The Weigh In

Today’s weight was 199.7. Lemme cherish that for a moment. My weight begins with the number 1 for the first time in a few decades. I’ve lost almost 25 pounds and it’s a pretty darn good feeling.

I’m taking some pictures to track my weight loss. To me, I’m still fat. I assume I’m losing weight since I’ve lost 25 pounds and 3 inches off my gut. However, I still look and feel fat to myself. Therefore, I decided to do a little side by side comparison of myself now and day one of the diet. Surprisingly, I am skinnier!  Who knew! :)

224.5 @ Left, 199.7 @ Right

224.5 @ Left, 199.7 @ Right

 

 

Of course, in traditional before and after shots, the images help make the difference apparent. In my before shot, it’s after a 3 am New Years Eve party, crappy 3 MP phone camera and disheveled hair. In the current shot, I’m refreshed, have a new 5 MP camera with HDR and my hairs combed. LOL However, I think even if it was equal on those items, hopefully you notice a difference in my gut. If not, let me believe my lie. :)

Google Charts Not So Nice

What’s interesting in how ruthless Google’s Charting is in their spreadsheet app. Here’s the chart before I broke 200.

Chart before I broke 200

Chart before I broke 200

 

 

You can see how I slacked a lot in February. However, it made getting to 200 so exciting. “What’s going to happen after I break 200?” Well, I broke it and man, it’s brutal. Rather than rewarding me, the charting engine hit me with this:

Chart after I broke 200

Chart after I broke 200

You see what the chart did to me? It dropped the bottom by 10 pounds. No reward from the chart. Just a new challenge: “So 200 means nothing to you? Oh yeah, how about 190?”  Of course, this is all in my head, since charts don’t really talk or challenge us. However, I think if this one did, it’d have a voice of Sylvester Stallone. I’ll give it my best Ivan Drago, “I will crush you.” And it’d shoot back in Rocky character, “Go for it.”  :)

 

The 200 Barrier

The Weigh In

I’m getting closer and closer to the 200 barrier, by that I mean breaking below 200 pounds on my weigh ins. Today, I was 202.2, which is so close that I can almost taste it.

A chart of my weight loss

A chart of my weight loss

Looking over my chart of weight loss, it’s easy to see that I should be below 200 pounds today. I’ve fallen off the wagon a bit much though. I think part of it maybe fear of breaking below 200.

What’s Wrong with Being Sub-200?

Well, that’s the thing. There is nothing wrong with being sub 200. In fact, getting to 165 is sort of the goal of this little diet experiment. What’s wrong and frightful is getting there only to gain the weight back in the other direction.

It’s really quite funny that I even sorta stress about this. 200 is just an arbitrary number. I coulda easily picked 202.5 or something silly like that. However, the human mind acts in strange ways, most of which are not even logical. Therefore, I’m not gonna try to understand it. Instead, I’m just gonna stay on course and wave goodbye to 200 as I pass it by in the next week or so. LOL

I hit 203, then slipped

The Weigh In

Today, I’m 204.5. I should be ecstatic because I’m 1/3 to my goal. However, I was also 1/3 to my goal about 5 days ago. Even worse, I was down to 203 lbs just a mere 2 days ago. What happened?

Don’t Lie to Yourself: It’s Okay to Throw Stuff Away

I fell off the wagon again, not watching my bites or my speed. It started on Friday night, when I made steak. See, I knew my steak would get cold so I lied to myself. “If you don’t eat it fast, it’ll get cold and you’ll wind up throwing it away.” This is a variation of a theme we always tell ourselves, “They’re starving children in Africa”, “Waste not, want not”, “Clean your plate or you’re going to be in trouble.”

It’s okay to toss out what’s on your plate vs. cramming it down your throat, even if it’s a really nice steak. If you’re food gets cold using the One Minute Bite plan, then it probably means there was too much food on the plate to begin with.

Water Helps a Lot

Another thing I’ve noticed is my correlation to over-indulging at meals and my lack of water intake. On the days I do well, I drink a lot of water. I like water, so it’s not hard for me. However, on the days I gain weight, I don’t drink much water.

I remember reading or hearing somewhere that most midnight snacking could be eliminated by drinking a large glass of water. How true this is, I don’t know because I don’t get midnight cravings. However, I bet the same logic equally applies to our hunger during the day. Which reminds me, where’s my water?

Almost 1/3 to my goal in a month

The Weigh In

This morning I was 206.0 pounds. I’m down 18.5 pounds since I started the diet. I’m pretty stoked about this. I should have lost 20 pounds ,but I’m human so I failed.

You Have to Time Your Bites

On the page that details the plan, I say this:

This is where you will most likely fail so be wary! Use a watch or your phone to keep track of your minute. Only one bite per minute regardless of what it is. And don’t forget to monitor the size of your bites! Keep them small.

It appears that I seemed to have forgotten my own advice. Two weeks or so ago, I stopped using a watch. I figured I had been doing it 3 weeks and could figure out when I needed to take a bite. Looking back, I also began to take bigger bites as well. The very two things I said don’t do, I went and did.

Well,  now I can tell you, without a doubt, that it truly is the point where you will fail in the diet. :)  You see during that week, I was at 209. When I disregarded the rules, I steadily climbed back up into the 213 range. I finally came to my senses, and the weight slowly went back down. Now, I’m happy to say that I’m 206.

What If You Hadn’t Forgotten the Rules to Live By?

Well, my guess is that I would at the very least be 204 by Feb 1. This would’ve meant that I would be at exactly 1/3 of my goal weight within the first month. On the more optimistic end, I may have actually crossed the 200 pound mark. That would have been really great for the diet plan and psychologically boosted my weight loss efforts. I haven’t been sub-200 in a really long time.

I remember, before I picked up my vices, I was between 145 and 165 pounds. I was healthy then. At 145, I was probably a little too skinny, though some body weight maps do list that as the ideal weight for someone of my build.

One Vice Leads to Another

In College, spring of 1994, I picked up two vices: Beer drinking and smoking cigarettes. I’m not going to blame any one for me getting those vices. The decision was mine and mine alone. I take responsibility for choosing to pick up those bad habits. I pretty much drank and smoked until I stopped in the spring of 2003. By the end, I was doing both pretty heavily.

Because I was drinking so much, my stomach got pretty big. It’s hard to drink a pitcher or two of beer and not stretch out your stomach. This inadvertently led to my increase in eating portions. I could say it was all McDonald’s fault with their Super Size Me campaign but that would be blame shifting. The truth of the matter was that my stomach was used to being enlarged by all this liquid. Thus, I had more room to fill. When I wasn’t drinking, I was eating…a lot.

Perspective You Can Wear

People say, “Hindsight is 20/20.” Well, in my case, hindsight is also about 60 pounds. LOL The thing about vices is that you don’t realize what your doing to your body. Even though I stopped my two vices of drinking and smoking in 2003, I still kept eating with the same fervor. It wasn’t until I took my “Before” shot, that I realized how fat I had become.

It’s funny how you don’t realize that you’re ballooning up in weight. I don’t know if it’s the human condition of denial, where we choose not to see things we don’t want to acknowledge, or if it’s the human condition of rush, where we’re so busy with every thing not related to ourselves. Regardless of which one it is, most of us don’t realize we’re getting fatter/heavier until 60 pounds (or more) later, you wake up one day and realize you’re not the skinny person you once were.

We Must Regain Ourselves for Others

The nice thing about being human though is we can change. With a little determination and a change in our routine, we can regain control of our lives and of our eating habits. I’ve been sober and smoke-free for almost 8 years. I’ve been following the One Minute Bite plan for a month now and have been having wonderful results. Sure, I slipped up for a week, but that’s no biggie. The key to success is to continue on a path you know will work, despite any hardships that come your way.

I’m not saying that I’m the shining example to all, but I do have 2 (soon to be 3) people that I am an example to. I have my two boys (one is six years-old and the other is four years-old) and my baby girl (due to arrive around July 3). It is them that inspire me to lose weight and eat healthier.

It amazes me how much kids pick up on things. I think my oldest has tendencies to eat too much too fast, but his brother seems to not have picked up the habit yet. I don’t correct them or tell them how to eat. The oldest one notices how I’ve changed my eating habits and so I’m sure he self correct by my example alone. My youngest thinks I’m “making a baby” (i.e. am pregnant) because I’m so fat. Hopefully, when mommy’s baby comes in July, I too will look like I’m no longer pregnant.

My last hope too is that my little girl never sees me fat. In her eyes, she will hopefully only know a dad who is skinny and healthy. It is our role as parents to lead by example. I’ve been neglecting my part in the weight department, but I’m slowly fixing that and it feels good!