Oh by the way….

The last few weeks have been jam packed between work and home so I have been remise in posting. It has also been a slow time in the weight loss realm. On August 11 I reported that I weighed in at 215 lbs, well that was mostly the case until this last week. I weighed in Monday at 213 lbs then on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday I weighed in at 210 lbs!!!! (That’s my goal weight for those that weren’t aware)

So, on thanksgiving of 2013 I weighed in at 259 and now approximately 9 months later I am 210 lbs! I still can’t believe it. I didn’t starve myself, I didn’t start running, I don’t “exercise” other than walking around for my job/at home, it’s not a dad diet thing, I don’t take diet pills or diet supplements (I do take Greens by IT Works, which help with energy/nutrition/my gout), and I don’t eat weird stuff.

The do’s of my eating plan are much more than the don’t of my eating plan:
Don’t List
– Don’t drink soft drinks
– Don’t eat more than one helping of breads a day (2 slices in my opinion)
– Don’t eat sweets
– Don’t eat cheese
– Don’t count calories
Do List
– do eat fruits
– do eat nuts
– do eat vegetables
– do eat small portions of protein (I eat lien chicken or venison if we have it)
– do drink water
– do drink unsweetened fruit juice (limit quantities)
– do eat high fiber
– do eat when your Hungary
– do eat small “snacks” all day long ( I feel like I eat all day long)

That’s pretty much it! If God made it, it’s ok to eat! When we add processed foods and refined sugars it’s my opinion that’s when we are hurting ourselves and our health. Eat good and live healthy! I feel so much better now than I did at 259 lbs, it’s a huge difference. I could not have done it without my beautiful wife, my family, and those that follow this blog!

I will post my new goals in the next few days so keep a look out! We can do it together!

For Now,
Steven

El Dia de Los Legos Diez Mil.

The Lemonade Chronicles

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There’s no other way to describe it.
We live in a war-torn state here on Beach Street.

Lego shrapnel abounds. Lego bombs lurk around every corner. Tiny pieces lie in wait, sometimes for months, eager to inflict some damage on some poor, unsuspecting innocent.

It amazes me that neither Hilary nor I have ripped the plantar fascia on our feet bottoms via inadvertently stepping on those sharp suckers.

I live in fear of that scenario.

Creeping across the bedroom floor in total darkness for a bathroom run, delicately placing my feet on the floor with a dainty touch as though checking for land mines or a glacial fissure. Eyes wide trying to use my rods or cones to catch a glimpse of a luminescent piece of plastic before I wreck my foot on it and go hurtling headlong into the dog’s crate. Likely impaling myself on the metal frame, bleeding…

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Chocolate glazed Krispy Kreme …..

I was thinking back on my food problems earlier today, as I was drooling over a chocolate glazed Kreme filled Krispy Kreme donut. Just like last Saturday I thought waaaayyyy back to my obsession with sweets, as I looked at a bag of Oreos I’m my cabinet. Shoot, even yesterday, I had to nock the cobwebs off my addiction to brownies. Or maybe it was when my wife called to me from REALITY as I was starting at the brownie mixes in SAMs? As if you didn’t pickup on it yet, this segment is dripping with sarcasm.

My point is, it doesn’t magically disappear. I don’t expect to wake up one morning with my appetite gone and no desire for junk food! As someone was telling me of a friend that had a vision of drugs making him sick to the point he had to quit, wouldn’t that be nice for junk food? Well even a gluten allergy does not exempt you from the far reach of junk food. My caffeine allergy does not exclude me from carbonated beverages, just the really good ones! I am also sorry to report, those freaky stories and videos of coke doing more damage than battery acid probably won’t stop you either.

The secret to changing your diet and eating habits is long, mentally exhausting, grueling, and often comical staring contest on the candy isle at your local gas station. I have literally had people reach around me as I was in a dazed state, almost catatonic in my obsessing. It’s all about what’s going on behind the eyes. Are you prepared for the battle?

My latest weigh in was 215 this morning. So I am holding steady right now, need a breakthrough to reach my goal! HELP!!!! Also, a little it’s bit from my life insurance company, if you lose weight you can’t get a break until you maintain for minimum of six months.

A few of my favorite things – Pt 2

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This link represents another thing that I enjoy immensely! After recording and uploading this song and a few others I realized I should do a part 2 to “A few of my favorite things”.

I think it is important for us to have an interest outside of work that excites us. Music is my interest, it is not the notes on the page or venue that interest me. It is the performance and connection of music.

For example this song may not be the best lyrical composition or musical composition, but it represents a moment in my life. More than that, and the reason I post it here, it represents that internal dialogue I wrote about recently. This song was the result of a minor disagreement I had with my wife, but the argument took place in my mind as the lyrics state.

I hope you enjoy the song and take a few moments to reflect on the battle in your own mind. Win the battle and surround yourself with people that can hold you up when you are weak.

For now,
Steven

Money Saving Tips, for free!

Recently I have been reading a lot of blogs about how to save money, there are too many to count. They all have some really good ideas, but here are a few that almost universally left out:

1) Save automatically: most employers offer direct deposit, they may also offer dual direct deposit. You can defer a small amount of your money into a different account.

2) Establish a separate savings account: the use that second deposit to fill it up.

3) Check your vehicle insurance: chances are you have some services you don’t need right now. Or you may have your deductibles too low. Small changes can yield big savings. In my cad $50 a month.

4) Check your life insurance: If you have lost weight in the last 12 months you might save yourself $30-$50 a month.

5) Get a shorter policy: changing your policy from 20 years to 10 years could save you another $10 – $20 dollars.

6) Sell your gas guzzler: Going from a 16mpg vehicle to a 29mpg is saving me $35 a week in gas. On weeks when I travel I am saving over $100 in gas! Don’t let pride keep you from saving that money.

7) Flat rate electric bill: This does not save as much as it allows you to budget more effectively.

8) Use LED light bulbs in fixtures that you use the most. Not only are they safer, due to less heat, but it will save you money.

9) Use spray foam insulation: If building you have an opportunity to save yourself a lot of money. I can cool my two story home with 4.5 tons of air conditioning, if I had used batt insulation I would need about 8 tons of A/C.

10) Garden: my wife is saving us money on tomatoes, bell pepper, squash, zucchini, and Bannana peppers!!! Besides our boys are LOVING IT! They can’t wait to check the garden every day.

11) Pack snacks for trips: Again my wife is the Queen here. This keeps us from stopping all the time and saves is money too. Win-Win.

12) Cancel Cable: I know it hurts me too that SEC is going cable only. But you can survive without that $60-$150 each month.

13) Cancel your phone: you don’t have to have a home phone these days and can save anywhere from $30-$100 each month. Get a VOIP phone for $12 a month thru basic talk, that’s what I use.

14) Get Internet Only: contrary to advertising you can save money getting data service only. Ask for a manager if they say no. I did this with comcast in Baton Rouge and saved a good bit. Basic talk is cheaper than their VOIP.

15) Pickup your pizza: save $2-4 dollars on ever pizza.

16) Netflix: if you don’t have to have the latest and greatest or want a cheap movie night for the kids. Great way to go, even better than redbox since you don’t get charged late fee’s. It’s cheap entertainment and you control the delivery.

17) Essential Oils: yes they cost money, but we have not had to take any of our kids to the doctor in 8 months and counting. They range in age from 2-10 and we are not hermits! $150 dollar investment well worth it.

18) Fix the toilet: toilets aren’t supposed to run unless you flush them. This can cost you $100’s over a month if it’s leaking often enough. And no it won’t necessarily leak on the floor.

19) Hand wash dishes: this will use less water than the dishwasher and save you electricity especially if yours has a heater like mine.

20) Use ceiling fans: this could allow you to turn up your thermostat a few degrees.

I will stop at 20, but please feel free to comment below and share your ideas too. We can all use a hand in saving money.

For Now,

Steven

Money Saving Tips, for free!

Recently I have been reading a lot of blogs about how to save money, there are too many to count. They all have some really good ideas, but here are a few that almost universally left out:

1) Save automatically: most employers offer direct deposit, they may also offer dual direct deposit. You can defer a small amount of your money into a different account.

2) Establish a separate savings account: the use that second deposit to fill it up.

3) Check your vehicle insurance: chances are you have some services you don’t need right now. Or you may have your deductibles too low. Small changes can yield big savings. In my cad $50 a month.

4) Check your life insurance: If you have lost weight in the last 12 months you might save yourself $30-$50 a month.

5) Get a shorter policy: changing your policy from 20 years to 10 years could save you another $10 – $20 dollars.

6) Sell your gas guzzler: Going from a 16mpg vehicle to a 29mpg is saving me $35 a week in gas. On weeks when I travel I am saving over $100 in gas! Don’t let pride keep you from saving that money.

7) Flat rate electric bill: This does not save as much as it allows you to budget more effectively.

8) Use LED light bulbs in fixtures that you use the most. Not only are they safer, due to less heat, but it will save you money.

9) Use spray foam insulation: If building you have an opportunity to save yourself a lot of money. I can cool my two story home with 4.5 tons of air conditioning, if I had used batt insulation I would need about 8 tons of A/C.

10) Garden: my wife is saving us money on tomatoes, bell pepper, squash, zucchini, and Bannana peppers!!! Besides our boys are LOVING IT! They can’t wait to check the garden every day.

11) Pack snacks for trips: Again my wife is the Queen here. This keeps us from stopping all the time and saves is money too. Win-Win.

12) Cancel Cable: I know it hurts me too that SEC is going cable only. But you can survive without that $60-$150 each month.

13) Cancel your phone: you don’t have to have a home phone these days and can save anywhere from $30-$100 each month. Get a VOIP phone for $12 a month thru basic talk, that’s what I use.

14) Get Internet Only: contrary to advertising you can save money getting data service only. Ask for a manager if they say no. I did this with comcast in Baton Rouge and saved a good bit. Basic talk is cheaper than their VOIP.

15) Pickup your pizza: save $2-4 dollars on ever pizza.

16) Netflix: if you don’t have to have the latest and greatest or want a cheap movie night for the kids. Great way to go, even better than redbox since you don’t get charged late fee’s. It’s cheap entertainment and you control the delivery.

17) Essential Oils: yes they cost money, but we have not had to take any of our kids to the doctor in 8 months and counting. They range in age from 2-10 and we are not hermits! $150 dollar investment well worth it.

18) Fix the toilet: toilets aren’t supposed to run unless you flush them. This can cost you $100’s over a month if it’s leaking often enough. And no it won’t necessarily leak on the floor.

19) Hand wash dishes: this will use less water than the dishwasher and save you electricity especially if yours has a heater like mine.

20) Use ceiling fans: this could allow you to turn up your thermostat a few degrees.

I will stop at 20, but please feel free to comment below and share your ideas too. We can all use a hand in saving money.

For Now,

Steven