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Waisted Time? 1 UP, 3 DOWN (Kind of sounds like an end of an inning.)

Why have I been trying to lose weight by myself all of this time? What a waste of time for me to go alone. This past week I have learned the lesson of the importance of community. Thank you for all of the replies of advice and encouragement. Janet great to hear from you. I am a far cry from our Ascent days (don't look at me I am hideous).

I will compile all of the advice I have received and point out which habits really helped me with my body and personality type. Rebecca's and Nicole's suggestion of drinking something before I grabbed a snack helped me get through working my photos on my computer without snacking. I bet I avoided 700 - 1000 calories easily by doing this one thing. My norm is to eat salsa and tortilla chips while working on my photos. I focus on the photos and easily polish of a good portion of my bag of chips. I always thought it was magic regarding how the chips disappeared. Turns out, as long as I have something to keep my subconcious busy, I don't have to consume all of those calories. Now if I can add Tracey's advice figuring out other activities that will distract me from munching and figuring out other ways than food to reward myself.

Brian's and Teresa's advice to keep healthy snacks readily available have helped. I started drinking a protein shake before I leave work in the afternoon. I no longer get home with a hunger headache and my kids thank you for this advice because the ice cream, crackers and cheese are actually still available for them to snack. This is probably another 400 calories easily staying outside of my body when I get home. As well as, I am not trying to cure my hunger headache (another famous household trigger for feeding frenzies). If I am still a bit hungry, I have taken Teresa's advice and ensure that I have baby carrots, apples, or grapes easily availbale to me as well.

Jeffe's comment of "Gratify the goal, not the moment" has become a mantra while thinking I am hungry or bored and want something to eat.

This next week I am going to focus on Robert's comment regarding sugar being the enemy instead of worrying so much on fat content. I will still factor in fat percentage of food, but I found a glycemic index of various foods.

Tim, Jeff, Jon, and Melanie thank you for the words of encouragement. I appreciate everyone's input.

I have even had people talk to me outside of the blog. I am learning about weird things like the Body Economy Diet, Fage (a greek yogart pronounced "Fa-yeh!), aloe vera juice, and other eating habits and food items I associated with Boulder. I might actually have to become one of those people I use to make fun of. Funny how life humbles me and makes me eat my own words at times. My wife still reminds me of my statement that I would never own a mini-van and at one point we had two. (I no longer have 4 kids in the house so the mini-vans left the house at the same time my first two sons left.)

As far as my fat tests are concerned. I might be able to soon walk with out sliding shorts and the neck fold does not buldge as much when I tilt my head back. I am going to measure my initial starting point to see how many inches away I am from wearing my 34 jeans. I just saw the King of Queens re-run where Doug loses a bunch of weight and he wears his old stone-washed jeans from the 80s. Fortunately for my wife, I lost those a long time ago along with my accompanying mullet. I also noticed I am no longer changing into sweat pants as soon as I can when I get home.

Weight 238 (down 3 from last week) Body Fat 30.2% (down 0.4%) BMI 33.7 (Down 0.4)

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Comment by Melanie Fryar on June 24, 2010 at 9:20am
Hope this week was another good one! :)
Comment by Trudy L DeCoronado on June 19, 2010 at 12:07am
AWESOME!!!! Keep up the great work!!!!
Comment by Tim Bergsten on June 14, 2010 at 9:53pm
Good job, Ralph!
Comment by Nicole Odell on June 14, 2010 at 5:05pm
Way to go, Ralph!!!
Comment by Teresa Brown on June 14, 2010 at 2:16pm
Ralph, you rock :) Well done! I keep telling myself that I am making a lifestyle change...and not every day is going to be perfect--I'll slip up, but the most important thing is to learn from the mistakes :) I successfully drove PAST McDonald's on the way home and instead had a veggie burger and cheddar... Somewhere I've found (thru friends and on my own) for good recipes is self.com and sparkpeople.com. Both are free, and there are some AWESOME recipes on both...haven't had anything bad yet! :)
Comment by Ralph Clark on June 14, 2010 at 2:02pm
Thanks Brian. The jeans are my weight indicator. My other goals are to make it up the incline under 45 minutes as well as take my daughter and son up Barr Trail to the top of Pikes Peak by the end of September.
Comment by Brian McCarrie on June 14, 2010 at 1:47pm
Great news Ralph! Sounds like you're learning a lot. You'll be in those jeans in no time. Keep going!

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