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

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

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!

Taste Bud Treats

The Weigh In

Today, I was 211.8! The weight is still coming down, albeit at a slower rate than before. This was expected though, so I’m not bummed at all. I’m actually glad to see it level off because that means this diet is more sustainable. My estimate is that I”ll continue to lose 3ish pounds a week until I’m at my goal weight. Not that I’m gonna stop at my goal weight, but that’s where my body will likely be most comfortable.

Home Cooking Rocks

One of the things I mentioned in an earlier post is trying to cook more. I’m living up to that, using my Julia Child books. I’ve made Cream of Mushroom soup, which was ruined by my choice in bouillon vs canned broth. I’ve also made a pork roast and au gratin potatoes: the roast was a little dry and the potatoes could’ve used more cheese. However, despite those failings, I still LOVED it!

Food tastes better when you slave over it. It helps you understand exactly what you’re eating and why it is you like certain foods. If you already know how to cook or live with someone who does, take advantage of it. I know it’s harder and more time consuming to cook vs buy take it, but it’s so worth it. In fact, my 6 year old (who’s a semi-picky eater) even tried and liked the roast. My 4 year old said, “Something cooking sure does smell good.” Nothing beats the feeling of knowing something you put together is enjoyed by those you love.

“Ate Too Much” Has a New Meaning

Back before I started One Minute Bite, I’d say, “Ohhhh…I ate too much” quite often. Usually, I was referring to the fact that I ate the equivalent of what is now 6 to 8 times what I eat per meal in less than 1/2 the time it takes me to eat one meal now. I would eat until I was quite literally about to burst. I’d have to take some “preemptive” antacid because I knew acid reflux was coming. I couldn’t lay down immediately because more often than I care to admit, I’d wake with a “I’m about to puke” feeling because the food had nowhere to go but up since it was so full.

Today, I “ate too much” for the first time since the I started this. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’ve “cheated” once or twice, i.e. eating 2 tacos instead of one. Today though, I went crazy: half a steak taco, small salad plus 1 thigh and 1 drumstick of chicken. Now, that’d be a snack in my old days. Today though, I full. I haven’t been full in a long time and even that is kinda gross feeling now. It’s pretty crazy how fast our bodies adapt to new behaviours. I doubt I’ll be “stuffing” myself again anytime soon, but it was a good reminder of why this diet is so good. It lets me eat what I want and still feel good/healthy. Gotta love that!

11 pounds in 2 weeks!

The Weigh In: 213.5 !

I stepped on the scale this morning and boy was I surprised. I’m 213.5! I can’t remember the last time I weighed this little. I’m pretty excited about this! All the while, I’ve been eating what I want. No food restrictions!

Side Effects

There have been some interesting side effects aside from the weight lost. I’ll be writing about them this week. It’s interesting to see my body go through this change. It’s oddly pretty emotional. Not like crying emotional, but filled with emotions. I’ll write it up later this week in a post.

Do I follow the plan perfectly?

Pretty much. In the 14 days I’ve been doing the diet, I think I may have slipped 2 days. Even then, I slipped only one meal and I just ate after I was “no longer hungry.” I still didn’t eat til I was stuffed or bulging, so even my bad days were good compared to my meals of old.

Time for a Reward

I’m big into rewarding desired behavior. Since I’ve been doing so well, I decided to reward myself. I was thinking of what I wanted and what would help me stay on plan. I decided that I really want to cook more of my food and that it has to be good tasting food. While I know some good recipes, I realized I need more. Therefore, I got these:

Mastering the Art of French Cooking

Mastering the Art of French Cooking

I picked up Julia Child’s classic books on how to cook French food. As I pointed out, my diet is very French like in it’s philosophy. Therefore, I figured since I’m thinking like a Frenchman, I might as well eat like one! Reading the recipes alone makes my mouth water, I can’t wait to actually make ‘em!

7.5 pounds shed in 9 days

So I did my first week recap on Saturday, where I noted I lost 6 pounds. I thought the weight loss was slowing down, but then this morning, I’m at 217.2 That’s darn near 7.5 pounds for the 9 days I’ve been on the diet.

Mind you, this is with me eating some pretty decadent stuff this weekend: bacon-fried chiliquiles smothered in cheese and topped with a fried egg for breakfast or home-made caramel with almonds as a dessert snack, to name two dishes. I even had my first encounter with a restaurant.

Granted, I did run two days, but I think that may have harmed my weight loss vs helped. At first, I didn’t think I’d build much muscle on either of the two runs, but lo and behold I was sore after the second. Therefore, I think I did gain a bit of muscle to offset the weight loss.

Regardless, I’m pretty stoked about the results that One Minute Bite has provided for me. If you want to follow news and info about One Minute Bite, follow @OneMinuteBite on twitter. It’s going to be a fun ride over the next several months for sure! I’m a little more than 10% of the way to my goal of losing 65 pounds!

First Week Recap: Down 6 pounds

Down 6 Pounds

Alright folks, so the results are in for week one and I’m down 6 pounds. Not a bad start to a week of just switching how I eat vs what I eat. Not to mention that it also only included 2 days of exercise.

I was pretty close to averaging a pound a day. That seems to have ended just 1 day shy of it being 7 for 7. That’s the way it goes though.

How Did It Feel ?

To be honest, it wasn’t bad…at all. The 2 biggest issues were adjusting the size of my bites and remembering to time my bites.

1. Bite Size: The first few days it was remembering to make the bites smaller. For instance, on day one, at the movie theater I had started to close my mouth on a huge bite of hot dog. Luckily, before it was too late, I realized it. I pull the hot dog out a bit and then took a more appropriate sized bite. Towards the end of the week, it was the opposite. I had a chili dog for lunch and salad for dinner. In both instances, I wanted each bite to have a bit of everything. Sadly, it’s hard to get a piece of bun, chili, cheese and frank to all fit on a small bite. Same with taco salad, no way you’re gonna fit chips, cheese, meat, lettuce, beans, dressing and onions one each bite. That’s gonna take some adjusting. I’ll either need to not mix it all per bite or find ways to cut things smaller.

2. Bite Timing: The other issue during a couple of meals was bite timing. For instance, I went out with dinner with my wife and she said, “I’m not going out to watch you stare at your phone in between bites.” Another instance was when trying to eat some yogurt while watching my niece’s soccer game. Kind of hard to watch a timer and a soccer game at the same time. Therefore, I need to hurry up and create an app I have in mind to help eliminate that problem from either situation.

Will You Stick with It?

Oh you better believe it. There’s two great pluses that I will be blogging about over the next couple of days: taste and heartburn. I’ve acquired a whole new appreciation for the former and have pretty much eliminated the occurrence of the latter. For those two reasons alone, I’m glad I embarked on this little journey.

I realize that losing 60 pounds is not going to be easy nor is it going to happen over night. The likelihood of losing another 6 pounds next week is probably pretty slim. I’m guessing that moving forward it’s going to be more like 1 or  2 pounds a week. That’s fine though. I’m in this for the long haul.

First Day Weigh In

I lost 2 pounds! Boooo-ya!

Now, I realize that this could be normal weight fluctuation that humans experience. However, I’m gonna attribute it to One Minute Bite. It helped me from eating at least two pounds of food yesterday that I would’ve forced down my throat out of habit. My wife and her sisters think I’m crazy for thinking my rogue diet caused me to lose two pounds, but hey, they don’t know for sure if it didn’t. LOL

Tomorrow’s weigh in should prove if it was a fluke or not, but that won’t be the case. Today, I fasted for two meals for religious reasons, so I’m sure that will effect my weight tomorrow. One thing I can tell you though is that usually after I fast, I eat a lot. It usually ends in me leaning back in my chair, rubbing my big belly. I’m happy to say that by adhering to One Minute Bite, that did not happen tonight. I had 1 and half pulled pork sandwiches on dinner rolls plus a handful of Doritos and a few bites of cookies.  Again, I’m still eating what I want to eat, I’m just not eating as much of them as I would’ve in the past.

I know I promised a write up on something that I discovered yesterday, but it’s too late. It’ll have to wait until tomorrow for me to do the write up. Plus, the website isn’t even live yet. Therefore, I know for a fact that no one is waiting on the post yet.

So far, I’m feeling really good about the One Minute Bite. It’s going way better than I expected. That alone should be worth something. However, I’m fairly certain that by the end of the month, I’ll be starting to see some good results. I’m hoping that by June 1st, the results will be beyond even my optimistic expectations.