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"Waisting" Away

Discussion in 'The OT' started by AntAltMike, Sep 28, 2011.

  1. AntAltMike

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    Last fall, I tipped the scales at 248 pounds. I didn't own any scales at the time, but I was servicing a couple of satellite TV customers who had balance beam scales convenient to my work areas, and that's what I weighted, plus or minus one pound, measured half a dozen times in a span of two weeks.

    For years I'd told people that my weight bobs between 190 and 210 pounds and then, in recognition of evolving (devolving?) realities, I would say it bobs between 190 and 230 pounds, then to 230 "or so", but the fact is, it probably hadn't gone below 210 in the last 20 years and my last firm recollection of actually seeing 190 pounds on a scale was from 1981, so last fall I put myself on the "Eat Less" diet.

    That's the one you don't hear of on TV. The way it works is, you eat less and you lose weight. It never fails. You may fail, but it doesn't fail. I used to think my dietary break even point was somewhere between 3,000 and 4,000 calories a day, and maybe it once was, though I'm sure it is now lower than that, but instead of reascertaining it, I decided that I could subsist on an average daily caloric intake of about 1,700 to 1,800, and, if I rigidly maintained that average, then I would lose weight at a rate that likely would be acceptable to me.

    My eating habits, as I have described them here previously, were and still are poor. For most of my adult life, I have eaten at McDonald's an average of two times a day, and I've always grabbed at least one snack item each time I refilled my 52 ounce X-treme Gulp mug with Diet Coke. But because there was a regularity of sorts to that eating regimen, I knew how to go about paring it down.

    First of all, I would commit to eating just two meals a day instead of three. Second, I would generally refrain from buying snack items each time I refilled my soda mug. And third, when I went over budget for a day, I would try to get about half of the excess back by scrimping the next day.

    One easy way for me to get off on the right foot is to get to McDonald's early enough to have a breakfast meal instead of lunch, since their Big Breakfast with no hotcakes and with two pads of whipped butter for the English muffin that I substitute for the biscuit (lots less sodium in an English muffin) has about 300 fewer calories than the Double Quarter pounder with cheese meal I would otherwise have for lunch. That saves me nearly 300 calories right there.

    I live in a regional poultry capital, so I have lots of opportunities to buy skinless chicken breast filets for just $2.00 a pound. I buy them in roughly five pound trays, and since one average fillet that weighs 10 to 11 ounces raw bakes down to about 8 or so ounces at 30 calories an ounce, eating them with six slices of wheat bread makes for a wholesome chicken sandwich dinner which I eat maybe five nights a week, and comes to just 600 to 650 calories. So I can add to that an 8 ounce portion of microwaved vegetables (OMG, now I'm becoming a health food nut!), and add 250 calories for corn, 180 for peas, 100 for carrots or 70 for green beans (yech), and my daily intake total comes to a little under 1,700 calories.

    Maybe once or twice a week, I will have cube steak sandwiches instead of chicken, but cube steak has nearly twice the calories per ounce as chicken, so that may cost me another 200 to 250 calories per meal

    At about 1,700 calories a day, I can lose about two pounds a week. The life insurance table says I should expect to be around for another 23 years, and further, it says that I will have my best chance of surpassing that if I can somehow get my weight down to 174 pounds. Riiight. Hopefully, my corpse will weigh more than 174 pounds. I last time I weighed that little was in 1974, when I was 22 years old and had just finished a stint of working nine months at a grueling job in a tannery where I lost thirty-five pounds while eating four meals a day. For right now, I'm just going to "stay the course" until I hit 190 pounds and will assess my further weight loss prospects from there. The last time I weighed 190 pounds, I could jump up and grab a basketball rim, but that was more than half a lifetime ago. If I find I can jump that high as a 60 year old, I'm afraid of what the landing would feel like.

    Anyway, for those of you who might like to try this diet, I'll let you in on the secret that make it work. It's called, the Egg McMuffin breakfast. I often incrementally exceed the 1,700 daily benchmark by snacking on M&Ms Plain (230 calories), pretzels (280cal./2.5 oz bag), Hostess "Donetts" (340), or by woofing down a 3-3/4 ounce, 560 calorie bag of chips. That last item can now only be found in supermarkets because the local Seven-Elevens here no longer carry that size, though they regrettably have filled its former shelf space with 6 ounce, 900 calorie bags.

    Here is where the Egg McMuffin Breakfast comes in. It is the Morning After Pill of dieting. It only has 450 calories, so substituting it for the Big Breakfast the next day, or the next two days if needed, gets me back nearly 400 calories a day.

    So how am I doing with it? Very well. I had my ups and downs for the first four or five months because of personal distractions that led me to deliberately abdicate it, but from mid June to late August, I adhered to it rigorously and dropped a steady two pounds per week for ten weeks, going from 232 pounds to 212. For the most recent month, my performance has been spotty, barely exceeding a pound of weight loss a week, but I'm back on track now and expect to reach the upper 190s by late October.

    By the way, digital scales are now cheap. I got one from Best Buy, delivered, for about $12, and now I weigh myself at the same time every morning before eating, which takes a lot of the daily variation out of the readings.

    But now, back to the title of this thread. My waist measured 46-1/2 inches at 248 pounds, 44-1/4" at 228 pounds and is 42" now at 208. At this rate, when I get my weight down to zero pounds, I'll still have an 18" waistline, but more realistically, my short run extrapolation is that I will wind up with a 40" waist at 190 pounds and about a 39 inch waist at 180 pounds and I'm not sure that I will even want to get to 180 pounds.

    Remember those Van Husen shirt packages that said, "If your chest size ix 'X' and your waist is no larger than 'X-7 inches, then you can buy this shirt"? Do they still make Van Husen shirts? Looks like there will be no seniorwear modeling jobs for AntAltMike!

    Has anyone here tried liposuction?
     
  2. texasmoose

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    TMI:rolleyes:
     
  3. spartanstew

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    A good read Mike and congrats so far.

    Surprised though at your waist measurements. I'm 5'10" and about 200 lbs (trying to get to 185) and wear 34" pants (jeans and dockers).
     
  4. AntAltMike

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    I wear 34" pants, too. What does that have to do with waist measurements? :lol:
     
  5. sigma1914

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    You've discovered the best "diet." It's a lifestyle change. Intake less calories than you burn, and you're guaranteed to lose weight. It's simple math & science, but it's not "trendy" or hip like most diets.

    Keep up the great work.
     
  6. spartanstew

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    Gotcha. ;):hurah:
     
  7. dmspen

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    Clearly the 34" waist is a case of someone having Dunlop's Disease. His belly Dunlop over his belt!
     
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  8. ProfLonghair

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    Not quite the same level of weight loss, but I dropped about 25 last year with the same method. Like everything else, there's an app for that

    http://www.myfitnesspal.com/

    which really helped as I could track what I ate and could adjust relative to exercise and such. It may not be 100% accurate, and there might even be others out there that are better, but being able to track everything live and adjust on the fly helped a ton as well. There are things you might think are lo cal, and are really much higher. Likewise, you might find some things you think are loaded with calories that aren't.
     
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    AntAltMike

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    Ten weeks later, and I've lost another 13 pounds. Not great, but I've really enjoyed the recent pig-outs. I'm now at 195 with a 39-3/4" waist, so I've lost 53 pounds in 53 weeks. I have a deep rib cage, sort of like Billy Paultz, if anyone remembers him, so I actually hide my 39-3/4" waist quite well.


    I'm serious about that. I have "handles" and a paunch and flabby thighs - inner and outer. I see that the suction people tend to charge by "zones" and so if inner and outer thighs are different zones, and if I would have to pay 2 grand per zone and then something for an anesthesiologist, it becomes a $10,000 project, meaning it ain't gonna happen.
     
  10. Drucifer

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    I'm diabetic. The disease treatment has a catch-22. They cause weight gain. I was 220 most of life until about five years ago.

    I slowly went up 275. Doc put me on Byetta. My weight went back to 235, but Byetta was doing a lousy job of controlling my glucose numbers. Doc took me off Byetta and put me insulin. Better glucose control, but weight shot to 286. Pleaded with doc to put me back on Byetta with insulin. Six months later, I'm down to 252.
     
  11. AntAltMike

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    I somehow got sucked into a site touting the Fat Burning Furnace, sometimes written as the Fatburning Furnace, and because it was just an audio presentation, I was really forced to listen to the pitch for over ten minutes, since I was afraid that if I tried to click ahead or back, I might have to start and endure the entire duration of upbeat banter if I didn't find what I was looking by navigating away.

    I finally gave up and instead used AOL and Google to seek out some impartial, Fatburning Furnace review sites, and I visited about a dozen, but remarkably, each and every "review" site appeared to be a sales site! Have these people developed some kind of multi-level, echo system that gets countless thousands of enlistees to simply repackage their drivel? Can anyone find an objective review of that weight loss system?

    P.S. I've been hovering between 190 and 192 pounds for about three weeks. I could inch down further if I wanted to but I am presently content treading water at this weight. In another month or two, I'll probably set out to drop another ten pounds, but for now, I am content with having lost some 56 to 58 pounds over the last 13 months.
     
  12. phrelin

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    First, congratulations. As someone who dropped from 275 to 205 in about a year, but then never could get the gumption to go the last 25 pounds and instead gained back 35 that has stayed for 30 years, I want to encourage you to go for your goal as soon as you feel confident.

    Second, about Fatburning Furnace and no objective reviews - wow, are you right. Those folks have commandeered Google and Bing search engines with fake reviews that somehow always end up referring you to the FBF program and how good it is. I went out to 250 in a Bing search after doing the same with Google and still no sign of an honest review. Don't know about weight loss, but they're genius at online marketing is evident.
     
  13. AntAltMike

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    I just ran this by a friend of mine who works for Microsoft, and this is from his reply to me:

    For the investigator-type people, there is probably a way to search (via Google, even) that will uncover who or what is behind this, because somebody wants to brag about how they have pulled this off.

    I tried "Fat-Burning Furnace" SEO high rank suspect marketing in the Google search box, and the first page of results included http://www.clickbank.com/press_releases.htm, where ClickBank brags about what they've been able to do for clients, Fat Burning Furnace among them. It doesn't say that they did this exact thing, but an investigator could pose as a potential client and call for more details.
     
  14. AntAltMike

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    One year later, and I'm now down to 182 pounds, so I've lost about a pound a month over the second year of this journey. Sixty-six pounds down, eight pounds to go. It is time to double down and lose a pound a week to hit my target, actuarially optimal weight of 174 pounds by my sixty-first birthday, which is January 31.
     
  15. Nick

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    Congrats, Mike. You are an inspiration.
     
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    Very impressive. I am suprised you have been able to get this far consuming McDonalds and big sodas, but congrats.
     
  17. AntAltMike

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    Going on two years of lax maintenance. I had actually had further dropped to 179.8 pounds in late December 2012 or early 2013, but then got stuck there, and over the next year and a half ,crept up and then stabilized, then crept up, then stabilized... until about three weeks ago,, when I finally acknowledged, at about 204, that I hadn't seen a sub 200 scale reading in a month or two, so I started to suck it up again.

    Today, I attained my first sub 200 pound scale sighting of the latest trend downward, at 199.2, and the encouragiing thing is, I didn't shed these four to five pounds by starving myself, just by cutting back, and my blood pressure readings are as good as they've ever been. I've been a so-called "high normal" for as long as I've been measuring my blood pressure, and am now commonly in the 120s over low 80s to upper 70s.

    The actuarial table says that a person my age (62) has a median life expectancy of another 19.5 years, but that average includes smokers, drinkers, people with diabedes, with high blood pressure, and even those who have already been diagnosed as terminally ill, none of which include me, so really, other than for not fastening my seat belt faithfully, I'm a good bet to exceed the average, though I haven't found any way to estimate by how much.
     
  18. Nick

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    Good numbers! Congrats, Mike. Just remember to fasten your seatbelt.
    You might survive a wreck without your belt on, but it could leave you
    crippled and disfigured.
     
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    Not to hijack -

    In May of 2013, I went for my first physical in 7 years. Got the call the next day that I was officially a Type 2 diabetic and i needed to come in .

    Got the lecture that i really needed to lose about 1/3 of myself (I was at 275+), but being realistic - I should at least try and eat healthier for the Diabetes. I also started exercising more (usually 30 minutes 4-5 times per week - I otherwise have a pretty sedentary desk job). My blood pressure and pulse have dropped to pre- Navy separation levels (normal BP and resting pulse in the 60's), and I'm doing pretty well on the blood sugar level, although after an initial weight loss of 15-20 pounds, I have pretty much steadied for now. I'm gradually cutting down on what I eat when we go out , often taking home a doggie bag for lunch the next day and or looking for the smaller portions on the menu. It helps that my wife is also right there with me. With luck, it will be several years before I need anything more on the diabetes medications if I can keep this up - but it is definately going to be a marathon and not a sprint. My energy level during the day is much better, but more than 5-6 hours of sleep in a night is is much desired ( I drop to sleep at the drop of a hat when bored / not busy, especially in the evenings after dinner). Sleep specialist is next

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  20. Supramom2000

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    One of my coworkers was also diagnosed with diabetes and told to lose a lot of weight. Not only did he cut out all sweets and junk food, but he went fairly low carb as well. In about 3 months he lost a ton of weight and his doctor says he does not have a diagnosis of diabetes at this time.

    On the subject of sleep, I use 2 essential oils every night. I order them from Vibrant Blue Essential Oils website. I use the "Sleep" formula and the "Pineal Rhythm" formula. You can find information on what these do and how to apply them on their website. I also take a melatonin supplement from Newport Natural Health that I order online as well.
     

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