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Post  Dasher on Tue Jul 02, 2013 1:21 am

Well, here we go. I weighed in tonight at 288. This was after a nice big "final" meal so that number is a little inflated and I expect to see a significant drop even after just one day.

I plan on checking in here daily with what I've eaten.

Starting Weight - 288


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Post  smhsince91 on Tue Jul 02, 2013 8:21 pm

Hello, Dasher! This diet can be very challenging, just keep focused and keep your eyes on the prize Smile You can do this!
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Post  Dasher on Wed Jul 03, 2013 12:47 am

Thank you for the welcome. Yes, this diet is definitely challenging.I made it through day one without too much difficulty thankfully.

Meal 1 - Snicker Bar (250 calories)
Meal 2 - 3 chicken wings (240 calories)

Stepped on the scale tonight and was down 6 pounds. So at this rate I should lose about 40 this week, right? Okay, probably not. But it's nice to start off with a good number.

Starting weight - 288
1 day on program
Current weight - 282


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Post  Snow White on Wed Jul 03, 2013 2:05 am

You're doing great! You always lose a lot right at first, but you can expect to lose about a pound a day for every day that you are completely true. If you cheat, you might gain back 2 or 3 in a day. I think the most I have ever lost on this diet was 9 pounds in a week and 14 days was my longest streak with no cheats. Good luck! We're rooting for you! Twisted Evil Twisted Evil Twisted Evil Twisted Evil Twisted Evil 
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Post  ElleBella on Wed Jul 03, 2013 6:36 am

I dido Snow.. great job.. yay
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Post  smhsince91 on Wed Jul 03, 2013 8:06 am

You are doing great, Dasher! It's always rewarding to see a good number on the scale. I wish we could lose 40 pounds that quick, then it would be a miracle diet haha! But keep it up and with time and effort, losing 40 pounds will be a reality! Smile
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Post  Dasher on Thu Jul 04, 2013 2:56 am

Thanks for the kind remarks everyone. Day two was a success.

Meal 1 - Peanut M&Ms (250 calories)
Meal 2 - 2 hotdogs (no bun) (220 calories)

Today has been a little rougher for me than day one but I got through it all right.

Tomorrow being the 4th of July I don't see myself sticking to 5-bites. But the plan is to enjoy the day then get back on track on Friday. Not to let the 4th of July turn into the 5th, 6th, and 7th of July.

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Post  ElleBella on Thu Jul 04, 2013 3:26 am

Happy 4th of July..have a super day!!!!!!
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Post  smhsince91 on Thu Jul 04, 2013 6:40 am

Happy 4th of July! Holidays and special days should be enjoyed. Have fun Smile
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Post  Dasher on Sun Jul 07, 2013 5:59 am

Back on the horse today, but it is not easy. We really need to have sponsors for this sort of thing, like AA. I'm craving some pizza pretty bad, I need to call someone to get me off the ledge! No, I'll be fine. Sometimes when I get cravings I'll just lie to myself. Rather than try to beat the cravings I'll just say, "Sure, we'll get that pizza in half an hour." And then I just keep telling myself that over and over throughout the night.

Todays meals:
Meal 1 - Snickers bar (250 calories)
Meal 2 - Chicken wings (240 calories)


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Post  smhsince91 on Sun Jul 07, 2013 7:19 am

You're doing great! Lol you kicked that cravings butt!
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Post  ElleBella on Sun Jul 07, 2013 4:47 pm

That is a pretty god way to knock it south!!! Yay
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Post  Dasher on Mon Jul 08, 2013 3:38 am

Meal 1 - Snicker Bar (250 calories)
Meal 2 - 3 chicken wings (240 calories)

Another day down. I've been eating the same thing for most of the time I've been doing 5-bite. It just makes it easier. I've noticed that I'm much more interested in reading about food, watching the Food network, and thinking about food since I started this. Not sure why I'm torturing myself that way, but pretty much everything looks good to me.

Starting weight - 288
4 days on program
2 days off
Current weight - 279

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Post  smhsince91 on Mon Jul 08, 2013 6:38 am

Great job on the weight loss! You are doing wonderful! I think losing weight is a just mind game....if you are strong enough to beat the game, then you will be sucessful and reach your goals. And it seems like you are winning! Keep it up Smile
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Post  Dasher on Tue Jul 09, 2013 5:07 am

Meal 1 - Chips and a soda (yes, a soda, I know) - 380 calories
Meal 2 - Chicken wings - 240 calories

I'm thinking about ditching the scale for a while. I have a natural desire to tinker with things, including my diet, and stepping on the scale often provides me with an excuse to mess around with things. I'm thinking of maybe setting up a challenge for myself, 100 days on the program without stepping on the scale. We all know that if you keep your calories low and gradually increase your exercise over time that you'll reach your goal. So I'm just going to trust the physics and not weigh-in. I think that's the plan. I'm going to sleep on it and see how I feel.

Hope everyone is doing well.

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Post  ElleBella on Tue Jul 09, 2013 4:07 pm

That is a very hard challenge.. I do not Wi everyday.. I kind of do for a week, then drop off for a week.. so you doing 100 days is a challenge for sure.. good luck.. we are here to support your goal.. Yay
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Post  Dasher on Wed Jul 10, 2013 2:27 pm

This is not particularly interesting. I’m just writing it all out so can keep track of it.

Today I am starting my 100 day challenge. My rules are these:

1. No weighing in until I've been on the program for 100 days.
2. On days where I'm not in a position to follow a strict diet (I have a family reunion and some other events coming up) I will follow the no-s diet. ( www.nosdiet.com  -- not a great diet if you're trying to lose weight fast, but a good one for losing slowly or maintaining your current weight).
3. If I stray from the program, the counter gets reset to 0.

Diet:

I have come up with a wildly convoluted diet plan. I have a list of 20 different meals that I enjoy and/or that are relatively healthy. They range in calories from 100 to 1400, but average out at 300. Over the course of these 100 days I will have these 20 meals 10 times each (200 meals, 2 meals per day). I have 200 playing cards each one marked to indicate a specific meal. I’ve shuffled these all together and I will choose two cards every day, and those will be my two meals per day. What is the point of all this? I think the secret of any successful diet is knowing yourself and knowing that it will work for you. This has a lot of features that appeal to me.

1. The meals are predetermined so no thinking is involved.
2. It averages out to 600 calories per day, so weight loss should be relatively rapid.
3. The “meals” are very simple which suits my lifestyle.
4. There is a randomness to it that I appreciate. 10 of the 200 cards indicate I should fast for that meal but on the other hand 10 of them give me 1400 calories to visit a fast food place and grab a meal. And I don’t know what I’ll get until I pick a card that morning or evening.


Exercise:

I will be exercising regularly, starting with just a few minutes a day, but with time and intensity growing over the course of the 100 days.

Why bother?

I feel like 100 days on a very low calorie diet is all most of us need in order to get at, or very close, to our goal. But for me the temptation to start-over or fiddle with things is very high. And the scale kind of represents the ability to start over because the “weigh in” always represents a new beginning. But if you deny yourself that new beginning, I think it encourages you to stay on the plan you’ve set for yourself. At least for me I think it will.

What does this have to do with the 5-bite diet?

Not much, other than that it’s also a VLCD. But it seems like a lot of us here are on our own path and this is going to be mine for the next 100 days.

The Goal

I’m at around 280 pounds now. I believe when this 100 days is over I can be in the 100s for the first time since, I think, I was a sophomore in college (17 years ago). I will be a monster at that weight. I’m a fairly athletic, muscular guy, big build, broad shoulders. Even at 280 I look more like an ex-football player than someone morbidly obese. So if I can get into the 100s that will be a complete success and very close to my ultimate goal.

100 days from now is October 18th. That’s right in the middle of my favorite time of year. The weather will be getting cool, leaves changing, football games, Halloween and the holiday season coming up, And my plan is to be completely transformed by then.

I will be checking in here daily as things progress.

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Post  ElleBella on Wed Jul 10, 2013 8:25 pm

Wow I am glad you wrote it out.. its like your mission statement in print.. I would print it.. lol.. Yay.. cheers cheers cheers 
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Post  smhsince91 on Wed Jul 10, 2013 10:23 pm

Wow! Your plan sounds awesome!!! I LOVE the card idea! This is very inspiring and I look forward to reading about your journey!
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Post  Snow White on Wed Jul 10, 2013 11:38 pm

I love the idea, too!

Please let us know what are some meal examples on the cards!

Best of luck to you!

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Challenge Day One

Post  Dasher on Thu Jul 11, 2013 4:07 am

Thanks for the support everyone.

Here you can see the stack of 200 playing cards I'm using to determine my diet during this challenge.



Here are the 20 "meals" that are represented 10 times each in the 200 playing cards.

1. Fasting (0 cals)
2. Fruit (100 cals)
3. Oatmeal (100 cals)
4. Greek yogurt (140 cals)
5. FiberOne bar (150 cals)
6. Cereal (160 cals)
7. Two chicken wings (160 cals)
8. Vegetables (160 cals)
9. Nuts/Seeds (170 cals)
10. Beef Jerky (210 cals)
11. Three chicken wings (240 cals)
12. Snicker bar (250 cals)
13. Baked beans (260 cals)
14. Protein shake (260 cals)
15. Tuna sandwich (290 cals)
16. Pasta e fagioli (italian pasta and bean dish) (400 cals)
17. PB&J and milk (430 cals)
18. Slice of pizza and a soda (540 cals)
19. 580 calories of anything (580 cals)
20. Fast food meal (1400 cals)

There you go. Things you'll notice. It's not the "healthiest" menu. I'll supplement it with a multi-vitamin/mineral. For 100 days I'm concerned more about calories than macronutrients. I'll be fine. I did try to have a lot of meals that are low or no carb. There are also good sources of fiber distributed throughout. The meals are designed to be easy for me to put together requiring little or no cooking. They're also designed so that the things I crave (pizza, fast food, candy) are represented but not overly so. We all know fast food isn't the best for you. But 10 meals over the course of 100 days isn't going to kill me.

So, how did this work out for me today?

Meal One - Cereal
Meal Two - Fast
Total: 160 calories

So not much to eat at all. Obviously because the meal distribution is completely randomized there may be long stretches of days where I don't eat much. But the nice thing about is is the knowledge that satisfying meals ARE in my future as I go through these 100 days. And, in fact, for ever meal that is small that I consume, that card gets removed and tossed out. So the likelihood of a more significant meal gets higher next time. It's like playing blackjack in a casino, a run of "bad" cards means a lot of good ones are still left to be dealt in the shoe. And the calories are worked out so precisely that I know if I stick to it I'll average 600 calories per day and should lose a good amount of weight.

I'm very happy with this so far. It definitely sits at a cross-section that appeals to me in that it's very regimented, but also very random.

1 day down, 99 to go.

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Post  smhsince91 on Thu Jul 11, 2013 8:51 am

I think your meals are great. Very easy and simple to make. They also sound very satisfying! I love the fact that you throw away your cards after the meal, that's such a great idea! It really adds some fun to dieting. You are doing an awesome job.
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Post  Snow White on Thu Jul 11, 2013 9:30 pm

Absolutely brilliant! Please keep good records of your journey, you'll need them when you write your bestseller!
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Challenge Day Two

Post  Dasher on Fri Jul 12, 2013 12:47 am

Snow White, you'll get a signed copy.

Day two is in the books.

Meal one - Pizza and soda (540 calories)
Meal two - Yogurt (140 calories)
Average daily calories: 420

So far so good. I have not had any serious hunger issues at all. I think my enthusiasm for the process has drowned out the hunger so far.

1/50th of the way there!

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Post  ElleBella on Fri Jul 12, 2013 4:00 am

Rock on!!! My business is in Marketing I am sure I can sell your book!!! lol
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