How Many Prototypes?

Hi all,

It’s another fabulous Monday. I hope your day is going well.

I finished prototype 3 for the thigh guards yesterday and tested it today with a half mile brief walk. I have fixed some things but new issues raised their heads. So, that means on to prototype 4.

I also checked my garden today. The tomato plants out there are getting big for sure. Next weekend I need to spend an hour or so cleaning out some of the weeds crowding stuff. Other than a couple that didn’t survive transplanting, all seem to be doing well.

I didn’t weigh in today since I have way over normal sodium yesterday. I had two of the sandwiches I showed yesterday. The fat and protein ended up over. It was filling and good to keep the body guessing with something different.

Well, I have a few things I need get done before work in a bit.

Keep it going,


You Can Eat What You Want and Lose Weight

Hi all,

One of the things that cause many people to fail on the weight loss journey or maintenance after loss is denying yourself food you enjoy. Yes, a lot of the foods people like to gorge on is high fat and low on nutrition. That means it should be backed off on. It doesn’t mean you have to cut it out completely.

This is where tracking and willpower come in. I have lost over 26lbs so far. I have done this while still eating “junk food” when I want. Eating what I want in moderation. This makes the journey not only easier, but maintainable. You don’t starve yourself on celery sticks and cabbage soup for a month then gorge on pizza and ice cream on a “cheat day”. Does that sound like a long term lifestyle for your eating patterns?

That’s what it takes, in the end. You aren’t just trying to lose weight. You are trying to identify why you gained it and find out how you can sustainably take it off while still feeling like yourself. For example check out what I had for lunch today.


I wanted a big Italian sandwich today. This isn’t daily for me, but I wanted it so I will work the rest of my allotted calories around it. My last two days of meals, I’ve also been at or under 1200 calories. That means I can go closer to the 1700 mark today without worry if need be.

Cycling calories has helped in the past. It keeps the body guessing.

I’ve eaten things in the past 2+ months that people would never believe I could eat and still lose weight.

Yes, if you’re losing a far smaller amount than me you have less wiggle room, but you can still eat a cookie, a slice of pizza or a candy bar and lose weight for the vast majority of people. You just have to monitor, log and moderate how much.

Woo, off my soapbox now. I hope you all are having a fine Sunday. I know I’m a busy bee here.

Keep it going,


Walking, Sweating and Weighing In

Hi all,

Decided to go walk to store today. So almost 1.5 miles of hilly walking. I sweat buckets. It was done going just over 2mph so a good speed for me. It wasn’t my fastest or furthest but it was a good walk with only one short break. That’s getting better and better!

Well, I also did my weigh in. I’m melting!

I am now 309.4lbs. I’m steady on course for winning the 4th mini challenge and am basically on par for the team challenge, but, sadly, 3 others in the team aren’t even close. Fingers crossed they can turn it around.


Well folks, I need to eat something then get on working on the 3rd prototype.

Keep it going,


Do You Know Where to Start?

Hi all,

It’s come to my attention that many people don’t know where to start to go down a path like I am. They see an end goal and get overwhelmed with how many steps it will take. They don’t know how they’ll get to step 20 when they haven’t taken step 1 yet.

I want to offer a kind of guide, if possible.

First things first. Define your goal.

For example mine is losing a total of 181lbs. That sounds exhausting and overwhelming. So, what I will do is spread that into mini goals. Those are easier to deal with. My first is get to 300lbs ( which was a total of 36lbs. to lose).

That is so much easier to grasp than 181.

After you’ve defined your goal, find what the first step needs to be. For mine, I knew my step was starting to track my calories again. This is the biggest thing for me. If I track, I will lose.

What is your first needed step? Find out and start on it.

For example want to write a book? Make a synopsis to give you a guideline of what happens in your book.

That’s it. One step. Once you feel secure in that step being done or at least working well, move on to step 2.

For weight loss, my step 2 was adding in exercise.

For writing a book, that step is likely writing the first draft. No editing, no going back and changing a scene ( maybe make a note somewhere) and pitching to an agent or publisher. Just write.

Does that pretty much help explain how the process should be? I see so many fail goals because they race ahead before they’re really ready. It’s not a speed competition 99% of the time.

Well, I hope that helped someone. If you need help with your goal setting or steps feel free to reach out.

Keep it going,


Totally Thursday

Hi all,

I hope your day is going well. Mine has been good so far. To start with I hopped on my Total Gym bright and early. My left knee is a bit stiff still from the long walk on Tuesday. That made level 5 on the squats a chore for sure. I did,though, get through a total of 21 minutes and stayed at 30 pullups on level 2. So, that’s always good to get through a workout when it’s harder.

Since starting the supplement I’m using I’ve been getting hungry in the mornings again. Not good for 16/8 fasting. I need to focus on my “supper” being higher protein to see if that helps.

I did give in and peek at the scale this morn and was down to 310.6 lbs. That’s not bad at all especially as my stiff knee likely means water being retained to protect it.

Oh, I got 2 big notifications lately. First, we have reached 1000 likes. Thank you all so much. Second, I did 50 posts in a row. Both of those are fabulous milestones.

As of 7/14/2021

That is energizing for me having just remembered it. Ha!

Well, I should head back to work now. Again, I appreciate you all! Thank you!

Keep it going,