My Attempt At This Diet To See If This Works



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I read somewhere that someone lost 30 lbs just by eating ice. So I got to thinking that an ice diet may just be what I need.

Why would an ice diet be something that I am interested in? I love physical activity but cannot exercise because of underlying health issues. The medication I am on has made me gain some 70 pounds. I miss my old weight of 160 that I was years ago; I felt good and healthy and didnít have to keep buying new clothes.

I like the idea of eating ice because it is lazy exercise. I sit there munching away on ice and my body is forced to heat it up burning all those excess calories and I can eat anything I want.

Here is the math: A calorie is defined as 1ml of water being heated up 1C. To heat a litre of water from 0C to 37C is 3700 calories. The bags of ice at the local store are 2.7 kg and they are -10C. So if I ate that entire bag of ice, I would have to produce 126900 calories to heat that up. And if it takes 3500 calories to lose a pound of fat I would lose 36 pounds per bag.

Too good to be true.

Then I found this article here and it states that the ice diet is a myth. The 126900 calories in the ice are only 126 calories to the body. Sucks, eh?

I want to lose 70lbs in one year. According to this really neat site, 70lbs is a lot of calories to burn! This website says I would burn 1157 if I sleep twelve hours (pretty much the best exercise for me). So if I were to sleep off my weight, it would take 105 days of sleeping non stop. That is just too long to go without peeing.

Hmm.

I want easy solutions to tough problems. Doesnít everyone?

Too hell be damned! I am going to try the ice diet anyways. Ice is water and water is essential to healthy living. So if in fact I lose a tiny bit of weight from the calories of heating ice to water, I am still getting a lot of water and I can flush away all that bad stuff in my system. The only problem with ingesting all that water is call water intoxication. I just cannot exceed one litre per hour. Also eating ice is hard on the teeth. So I will have it crushed. I may suffer from throat infections and reduced vitamin absorption.

Now I know what to expect and sadly I am not going to lose 36 pounds a day, sigh.

Here I go:




In Shape

Week One - December 13 2010-December 19 2010


Day Current Weight Gain/Loss Goal Comments/Ice
1 225lbs n/a 70lbs to go Day one and I'm sick.
No Ice eaten.
2 224lbs -1lb 69lbs to go Felt much better today.
Hour of exercise bike.
One litre of ice
3 223 -1 68 A friend took me out to lunch.
Those calories do not count!
Proof is I lost more weight
4 222 -1 67 Still losing that weight!
5 224! +2! 69 What happened? How it this
possible? I was good.
Click here and here for
explanations
6 222 -2 67 HA! I knew Christmas
calories do not count.
7 220 -2 65 Sick today.
But still lost weight

After my first week, I concluded that the Ice Cube Diet is indeed a myth. To lose weight simply by eating ice alone will be very difficult. Seventy pounds is 245000 calories to burn. If one litre of ice gives a minimun of 37 calories (assuming it is at 0 degrees C), I would need to consume 6620 kilograms of ice. At just over $2/bag of ice, I would have to spend over $5000 to achieve my goal.

But I have noticed that this diet scheme of mine is not entirely without fault. I have some underlying medical issues as decribed here. Exercise can be quite unpleasant at times. I once nearly fell off the bike when I was pushing myself harder than I should have because my heart skipped a few beats (a strange and ugly feeling). Consuming a bunch of ice immediately before exercise and immediately afterwards seems to allow me to exercise with a little more ease. Recovery time after 20 minutes of slow to moderate speed of bike time can result in over an hour rest. Ice seems to decrease that time as I am cooled down much quicker and hence recover seemingly faster. But, as experience has shown, I have my good days and this period I am feeling quite good and strong. Will ice help in those times that can last weeks or months where I feel just awful, weak and sick? Time will only tell.



WEEK TWO - December 20 2010-December 26 2010


Day Current Weight Gain/Loss Goal Comments/Ice
8 222lbs +2lbs 67 lbs to go I guess I shouldn't
have had fries
and pudding for
supper!
9 220 -2 65 Just can't get below
220. Click here.
10 220 0 65 Sore throat today so no ice.
Click here
11 220 0 65 Have I reached my plateau? A real
pain that I cannot break 220lbs.
Click here
12 218 -2 63 Sore throat so no ice
mini migraine so minimal exercise
but at least I broke 220!
13 217 -1 62 Still sore throat so no ice.
Hope to start ice tomorrow.
14 221! +4! 66! Had a busy day. Somehow put on a huge
amount of weight!

It is easy to desire the flawed math behind the ice cube diet. Wouldn't it be nice to lose weight so easily. But if we use the math of the incorrect thinking of this diet, we can see the folly of this scheme. My daughter weighs 60 pounds. If she toboggans for 60 minutes, with the calculations one would expect from the ice cube diet, she would literally starve to death before the hour is up. Thank God that is not the case.

It is so hard to lose weight. I walk the dog when the weather is better and whenever I feel up to it. I found a site, which I will search for again, that when I entered my numbers of how far and how fast I travelled, I only lost 32 grams of fat! I was surprised at such a low number. I would have to walk everyday for a month to lose a pound. And if I had a chunk of cheese, all that progress would be lost that instant. Losing weight is so hard and putting on weight is so easy. Maybe that is a good thing.



WEEK THREE - December 27 2010-January 2 2011


Day Current Weight Gain/Loss Goal Comments/Ice
15 215lbs -6lbs 60lbs to go Spent most of the day sick and in bed.
No ice, no exercise
I suspect the weight lose is water.
Still a nice start to a new week.
16 214 -1 59 No ice, no exercise all because of illness.
17 212 -2 57 Really really sick today
18 212 0 57 Still sick
19 214 +2 59 Been really thirsty.
Probably just water gain.
20 214 0 59 Still sick.
Recovering. Hoping to start this diet soon.
21 214 0 59 Recovering still. Hope tomorrow
will be exercising.

I am clearly struggling with my diet plan. After the first week, it appeared obvious that I was going to lose weight fast. Now, it is getting difficult. In order to lose one pound today I would have to eat my own weight in ice. I do not think I am capable in eating 100 kilograms of ice; it may kill me from hypothermia. I can get lazy and go on a starvation diet. According to here I need 2600 calories just to maintain my current weight. If I sat on the couch all day and did nothing and ate nothing, I could only expect a weight lose of 0.75lbs! It would take 94 days to achieve my goal.

Dieting and weight lose is not easy. I keep trying to remind myself of last week's conclusion where we need to be thankful for this. It is not much solace as I struggle to lose my belly.



WEEK FOUR - January 3 2011-January 9 2011


Day Current Weight Gain/Loss Goal Comments/Ice
22 214lbs 0lbs lost 59lbs to go No exercise. Still recovering.
23 215 +1 60 Still no exercise. Still recovering. So hungry.
24 215 0 60 Finally started to exercise. No ice yet.
25 219 +4 64 I suspect it is just water. Click here
26 219 0 64 It is a real mystery why I am at this weight
again.
27 216 -3 61 No exercise today as I had company and shopped.
28 216 0 61 Seem stuck at a new plateau.

It has been 10 years since I was my desired weight that I am trying to achieve. To think of it, gaining 70 pounds of extra flesh in a decade is not a whole heck of a lot.

Let me try to explain. First I need to keep the math here real simple. In actuality it is very complicated, but for my proposes of this illustration I will insist on a simplified approach. Whether we are fat or skinny we need so many calories just to stay alive. Let us call this 100%. If we eat more than 100% we put on weight. If we eat less than 100% we lose weight. Simple. My excessive weight will supply me with over 90 days of energy if I decide to go on a starvation diet. Ninty days in 3650 is not a lot. That is only 2.5%. So in the simpliest way, for the past ten years I have been eating on average 102.5% of my daily calorie requirements.

Two point five percent is a tiny amount. That is only 60 calories a day extra. But over ten years it does add up. All I had to do was eat a litre and a half of ice a day during that time period to not gain weight. Or not eat that extra helping of something. Or walk a little extra. Whatever. had I been more diligent then, i would not have to be testing this diet today.



WEEK FIVE - January 10 2011-January 16 2011


Day Current Weight Gain/Loss Goal Comments/Ice
29 216lbs 0lbs lost 61lbs to go Diet
30 216 0 61 Stupid plateau. It seems unbreakable!
31 216 0 61 Why must I be cursed with this weight?
32 214 -2 59 FINALLY!
33 212 -2 57 Yes. Finally the plateau is broken!
34 212 0 57 I was worried that movie popcorn and
and mini rolos for supper would ruin my
weight loss.
35 212 0 57 No weight loss is better than weight gain.
But weight loss is better than no weight loss.

This is by far the most successful diet that I have ever been on. Even if I quit right now, I would have gone farther with this diet than any other. Most of my diets last just a mere week and only a few made it to the ten day mark. Being a male I have a tendancey to overdo things. I hop on the exercise bike and go hard. I start walking around outside for long periods of time. After a week I simply cannot continue because I am having weird chest pain or a migraine has done me in.

This diet has been better than every other in the past. One is that I know I am losing weight. Two and this is a big two, I am not going whole-hog in my exercise. A new mentality has finally taken form. I do not need to push myself so hard. I do not need to go that extra kilometer or that extra minute. Third I have some sort of accountability by putting this all on the internet.

The exercise part is the biggest factor in the ice cube diet. Since I am not pushing myself so hard and not trying to reach a certain quota for the day, I find that I am exercising more. Instead of trying to push for a 25 minute workout, I stop whenever I start to feel I may have had enough. Then later I try again. A bunch of ten minute times add up to more than the 25 minutes and therefore I burn more calories.

The ice is nice that it is a distraction to eating. I am a recreational eater and whenever I am bored, I find something to eat. Ice keeps me busy and not bored. Ice is not doing what I hoped by losing 36 pounds a day. Ice does burn calories but only the equivalent to a comparable sized snack. And ice is a great way to cool down.

I feel confident that I will meet my goal because of the relaxed nature of this diet.



WEEK SIX - January 17 2011-January 23 2011


Day Current Weight Gain/Loss Goal Comments/Ice
36 213lbs +1lbs gained 58lbs to go Gained a pound! Maybe it is just water.
Maybe it is because all I wanted to do was pig out!
37 214 +1 59 Really thirsty today. Could my weight loss have been
just me getting dehydrated? Hope not.
38 213 -1 58 Going back in the right direction.
39 216 +3 61 There is that number again!
40 212 -4 57 I wonder what this number would be if I didn't
binged yesterday.
41 213 +1 58 Bought a treadmill. Added a pound probably
because of the stress in putting it together.
42 214 +1 59 Didn't make it to 210 this week.
Seemed stuck at about this weight level.

I started the ice cube diet hoping to find an easy and lazy diet. There are so many diets out there and a lot of them require meticulous calorie counting, diaries that record all you eat and exercise, even doing small little exercises while doing nothing else like driving. Many exercise and diet plans just become too much work and are far too complicated. I believe that is why many of them fail under the simple premise of people just cannot keep up to the demands of what they are trying to do.

I am happy with this plan because it is indeed a lazy diet for a lazy person like me. I do not keep track of calories or strive for so much exercise. My only diary is this webpage and I enjoy doing it. I do look at colories of food only for novelty reasons. I do sometimes reduce or change what I eat because of what is written on the package. But I do not fret over every little detail. I try to do as much exercise that is comfortable. Pushing myself caused undesireable consequences and I would not exercise for days or months. Ice to cool and refresh. This is indeed the lazy diet that I am looking for. And because it is, I am still on it to this very day.



WEEK SEVEN - January 24 2011-January 30 2011


Day Current Weight Gain/Loss Goal Comments/Ice
43 212lbs -2lbs 57lbs to go Maybe tomorrow I can break this number.
44 214 +2 59 I was at 210 all day long and was hopeful.
I go to a movie and now 214. This is so hard.
45 212 -2 57 It took a lot of exercise to lose these
two pounds.
46 212 0 57 Read this HERE
47 212 0 57 Read this HERE
48 213 +1 58 Legs are sore so no exercise today.
Ate a whole bunch of carrots before stepping
on scale. Carrots have less calories than donuts.
49 212 -1 57 Good exercise today. Still cannot
beat this number.

Losing weight is hard. It takes a lot of work just to notice it on the scale. To lose one pound takes 3500 calories of exercise. That one pound is only 454 grams. A gram is the weight of two dried peas; a very small unit of measure. So I decided to make a small chart here. It shows just how much exercise that is needed to lose a certain amount of weight.



Calories burned Weight lost
7.7 calories1 gram
7710 grams
777100 grams
825quarter pound
1750half pound
3500one pound
17500five pounds
35000ten pounds

To put this into perspective, let me use my new treadmill as an example. At 0% incline, 2.5mph, it takes me 1:50 to burn off 7.7 calories, or one gram of fat. I want to lose 70 pounds, 31780 grams. So at this rate of 1:50/gram, it will take me 58263 minutes. That is 40.5 days of nonstop treadmill action. That is a HUGE amount of work. Huge!


WEEK EIGHT - January 31 2011-February 6 2011


Day Current Weight Gain/Loss Goal Comments/Ice
50 211lbs -1lbs 56lbs to go Dare I say I made the one
pound challenge?
51 211 0 56 Read this here
52 211 0 56 I was so tempted to call it 210 since it is so close to it.
But I didn't because I do not want to be disappointed
tomorrow.
53 210 -1 55 A new milestone! I hope to see this continuing.
54 210 -1 55 Hoping to be 209 but this is still good.
55 209 -1 54 I broke the 210 mark!
56 209 0 54 Big changes.

The ice cube diet is a myth. Or it is a myth concerning my body type and metabolism. This may work for others but it is not working for me. I have decided to end the ice cube aspect of this weight loss program. The only good thing is that it was cool and refreshing. As a significant calorie burner, it is not. I find myself being forced to do what other diets do in recording and tracking my calories that I burn and those that I eat. I hope this more labour intensive way of dieting will be more fruitful than the lazy way I was doing for these past eight weeks.

Don't get me wrong here; I still consider the ice cube diet as a success because it has gotten me to this point. NEVER have I made it this far in any previous attempt to lose weight. The dream of a lazy and simple diet did in fact help me slowly warm up to an exercise rutine that did not cause me too much heart pain. That, I am thankful for.

Now for a new stage in this ice cubeless diet.



WEEK NINE - February 7 2011-February 13 2011


Day Calories
Eaten
Calories
Burned
+/-
Calories
Current
Weight
+/-
Weight
Goal Comments
57 1770 1450 +320 208 -1 53 So hungry. I ate a lot.
58 2000 250 +1750 211 +3 56 Curse you Dayna!
59 1800 0 +1800 210 -1 55 No exercise. Should tomorrow if feeling better.
60 2600 1300 +1300 209 -1 54 Big calorie day. Good to exercise again.
61 1870 1100 +770 207 -2 52 Just two more pounds to get to the 50lbs
to go mark!
62 2200 450 +1750 208 +1 53 A large chocolate bar has a large
amount of calories.
63 1450 625 +825 206 -2 51 Letting my feet heal. Using exercise bike only.

In the beginning of my weight loss program, I was rarely hungry. Now I am constantly fighting the urge to pig out. It is so hard to do this. Before I started to record my calories on this page, I was keeping track of what I was eating and finding that I was getting between 1000 and 1500 calories per day. Once I got the treadmill I found that my hunger levels really spiked. Simply ignoring hunger was getting very difficult. So I found this site, 9 Ways to Deal with Hunger. It has some good tips. One of which is IFing, Intermittent Fasting.

I like the idea of fasting as I have been toying with the idea already. There are several sites out there that say if you are hungry, increase the number of meals you eat but not the number of calories. So instead of 1500 calories spread over three meals, have 1500 calories spread over six meals. I do not like this idea. It sounds like grazing and it has been grazing that has lead to some of my weight gain. So an odd fast here and there makes more sense for me. Have a few light snacks and one huge supper is going to do it for me. I don't think I should do this everyday, but only on occasion; make it a treat.



WEEK TEN - February 14 2011-February 20 2011


Day Calories
Eaten
Calories
Burned
+/-
Calories
Current
Weight
+/-
Weight
Goal Comments
64 1850 850 +1000 206 0 51 I cannot tell you how many times I stepped on the
scale hoping it would change the reading to 205.
65 2300 1400 +900 206 0 51 I love Charlene!
66 2200 300 +1900 208 +2 53 A migraine stopped me exercising. Hope
that the weight gain is water.
67 2000 2000 +0 207 -1 52 Migraine gone. Heart gave little problem as well.
Big exercise.
68 2000 750 +1250 208 +1 53 I do not know why my weight is going up.
69 1950 2100 -150 206 -2 51 My first negative calorie intake. It paid off.
70 1900 700 +1200 204 -2 49 Finally lost twenty pounds! Surprised because
I could barely do any exercise today.

This week looked like a new diet plateau for me. I spend hundreds of dollars on a treadmill just to lose a few pounds and now I am at a new plateau? I was very upset with these numbers this week.

There are a million sites out there that talk of breaking a plateau. One is Scorch Through Your Fat Loss Plateau. Although most of the info here does not pretain to me, I did like the breakfast section where it talks of the myths and legends of breakfast eating. I never was a breakfast eater and after hearing so much about the ills of skipping breakfast, I started to try to have a meal whenever I woke up. I think that some of my weight gain was in due part to this new meal in my daily routine. Now, I will not skip breakfast as I am trying to exercise daily and need the energy to do so in the morning.



WEEK ELEVEN - February 21 2011-February 27 2011


Day Calories
Eaten
Calories
Burned
+/-
Calories
Current
Weight
+/-
Weight
Goal Comments
71 400 1200 -800 204 0 49 Click Here
72 2500 0 +2500 204 0 49 Sick.
73 1400 1900 -500 201 -3 46 Amazing number today. Hope the scale is not
broken and that this is a true number.
74 1950 1950 0 203 +2 48 Click here and here.
75 2150 1000 +1150 203 0 48 Chest pain
76 2000 1950 +50 202 -1 47 First day in a while with no chest pain. Wow.
77 2650 850 +1900 207 +5 52 WOW! Feeling really weak. Maybe not enough
protein in my diet. Could explain why I am
eating more as I am starving my muscles away.

Now that I am tracking my calories, I find that I am eating a lot more than I did before I got the treadmill. Before, I was eating maybe 1000 to 1500 calories a day. Now I am easily seeing 2000 calories each and every day. If I eat less, I become quite hungry. At this site here it talks of the importance of eating enough. Checking other sites say that eating enough is important as eating will break a diet plateau (obviously if done properly). I do find this ironic. I got fat by eating too much. Now to lose weight I need to eat.

Okay. I have no problem with that. I do not believe that a diet need to be punishing. One of the great benefits of being human and having human interactions is food and the enjoyment of food. I want to eat and I do not think I should have to deny myself the great pleasures of life just to lose weight. The occassional feast should not be denied just to lose a pound today. Eat, drink and be merry as the Bible says. Nothing about denying food.

I like this idea of eating. Food is like sex; it makes life worth living. All I have to do is try to burn off as many calories of today's meal to, in the very least, maintain my weight, or better yet, lose another pound.



WEEK TWELVE - February 28 2011-March 6 2011


Day Calories
Eaten
Calories
Burned
+/-
Calories
Current
Weight
+/-
Weight
Goal Comments
78 2300 250 +2150 203 -4 48 Just feel so very weak. Could not exercise for
more than twenty minutes.
79 2500 2400 +100 202 -1 47 So hungry. Not weak anymore. Worked out a lot.
80 2000 1000 +1000 201 -1 46 Feeling weak again. But still losing that weight.
81 2500 1600 +900 203 +2 48 They say not to go shopping for groceries on an
empty stomach. I say do not organize your fridge
when hungry either.
82 2500 1900 +600 203 0 48 Was really hoping to see 200 today.
83 2250 1050 +1200 203 0 48 Is this a new plateau? Hope not.
84 2200 0 +2200 202 -1 47 Busy and then got a headache.

This has been a great week in that I am finally starting to notice my weight lost. I am less of a lover now as I have smaller love handles. Many, including myself, notice that my beer belly is considerably smaller. And my pants are starting to get really loose. I still have many more pounds to go. I am lucky to be able to devote so much time to exercise and weight loss. Seeing so many overwieght people around I am happy that I am only trying to lose 70 pounds. I cannot imagine trying to lose a hundred, two hundred or even more.

Being able to devote so much time is a real help. Having to do up to two blocks of exercise of up to 90 minutes each day is a blessing. Trying to lose weight with a full time job and juggling the family and personal issues would be a handful. I can see my weight lost being maybe as much as half of what it is now if I had a job. Being permanently unemployable is finally a good thing.



WEEK THIRTEEN - March 7 2011-March 13 2011


Day Calories
Eaten
Calories
Burned
+/-
Calories
Current
Weight
+/-
Weight
Goal Comments
85 2300 0 +2300 201 -1 46 Migraine continues. Laid in bed all day.
86 1700 0 +1700 201 0 46 Migraine is still a problem. No exercise.
87 2600 0 +2600 202 +1 47 Migraine over? Hope so.
88 ? 0 ? 201 -1 46 Worst migraine so far this week.
Didn't keep track of anything today.
89 ? 0 ? ? ? ? Too sick to care!
90 ? 0 ? ? ? ? Getting better.
91 2600 1100 +1500 201 0 46 Better now. Maintained my weight.
Hopefully full exercise tomorrow.

What a crappy week. Being laid up in bed for 20 hours or more in bed really sucks. The only good thing was that I was able to maintain my weight. Considering how much I was eating, I am surprised that I did not gain several pounds.



WEEK FOURTEEN - March 14 2011-March 20 2011


Day Calories
Eaten
Calories
Burned
+/-
Calories
Current
Weight
+/-
Weight
Goal Comments
92 2000 350 +1650 201 0 46 Busy day today.
93 2500 0 +2500 201 0 46 Another busy day and another day with
a growing headache. Arrgh!
94 2500 0 +2500 ? ? ? Biggie migraine does me in today.
95 ? 0 ? ? ? ? Still no energy to workout.
96 ? 0 ? ? ? ? Much better today. Pigged out
on candy.
97 1800 750 +1050 200 -1 45 Better today.
98 2400 1200 +1200 201 +1 46 So hard to exercise. Sucks that I
gained a pound.

Another bad week.



WEEK FIFTEEN - March 21 2011-March 27 2011


Day Calories
Eaten
Calories
Burned
+/-
Calories
Current
Weight
+/-
Weight
Goal Comments
99 2900 1650 +1350 198 -3 43 A midnight snack of candy is the reason for
the high calories. A side effect of my meds.
100! 2200 600 +1800 200 +2 45 Diet
101 2400 1550 +850 204 +4 49 I was sick for two weeks and maintained my
weight. Now I am getting better and I am yo-yoing
like crazy. I find this a little odd.
102 ? 0 ? ? ? ? The worst headache so far in this
three week period. Getting sick of this.
103 Oh who cares? None A lot 204 0 49 This is just not fair
104 ? 0 ? 204 0 49 Headache just continues. Sickening.
105 1800 1600 +200 200 -4 45 Felt good for the first time
in a long time.

Health issuees have been plaguing me now for the past few weeks. I knew that this would come into play and is part of the reason I have allowed myself to grow in excessive weight. My migraine med significantly increases my appetite, especially for sweets. Plus eating does bring some relief with I am suffering. At the beginning of this diet plan, I have been quite fortunate in not getting afflicted with a headache for this long. Every other diet I tried usually triggered a migraine right within a week of its start. Why I stayed free of migraines for so long is a mystery; but a happy mystery. I am now in the habit and mindset to workout and watch what I eat. And that will mean I should be able to reach my ideal weight, eventually.



WEEK SIXTEEN - March 28 2011-April 3 2011


Day Calories
Eaten
Calories
Burned
+/-
Calories
Current
Weight
+/-
Weight
Goal Comments
106 2600 1950 +650 200 0 45 Had a huge piece of cake. Had I not, I would have
had negative calories today.
107 2000 1950 +50 198 -2 43 Finally in onederland again! Wearing a shirt
that I have not wore in a long time.
108 1750 450 +1350 200 +2 45 Only getting about an hour or two of sleep
each night (don't know why). Just so very tired
and could not work out today.
109 2400 1050 +1350 199 -1 44 Hard day. Exhasted and fatigued.
Almost didn't exercise today.
110 2200 1200 +100 199 0 44 Busy day. Feeling great but couldn't
take advantage of it.
111 1950 1350 +600 200 +1 45 I was 195 just before stepping on the scale
and then I got dressed and I weigh so much more.
112 A lot 0 A lot 198 -2 43 Corey's birthday. Ate a lot. No
exercise because of incredible weakness today.
Will force myself tomorrow to workout.

Today I got some seriously depressing news. The gravity in Canada is less than in other places on the globe. This is nothing short of shocking that I may not know my correct weight. I have a typical bathroom scale and that only measures the force of gravity that is acting on me. This scale does not measure my true mass. All these numbers that I have been faithfuly posting for these past months are not as accurate as I would like.

As I am too cheap to spend hundreds on a scale like that found in doctors offices, I am forever never going to know what my proper weight is. The sad reality is that I am really heavier than I once believed.



WEEK SEVENTEEN - April 4 2011-April 10 2011


Day Calories
Eaten
Calories
Burned
+/-
Calories
Current
Weight
+/-
Weight
Goal Comments
113 ? 0 ? ? ? ? Sick AGAIN!
114 ? 0 ? 198 0 43 Another day of illness. Even worse than
yesterday.
115 ? 0 ? 198 0 43 Really hoping to be better today.
116 ? 0 ? 198 0 43 Maybe tomorrow.
117 ? 0 ? 196 -2 41 Okay, so it wasn't today.
Maybe I will try again tomorrow.
118 2400 500 +1900 196 0 41 First day in a long time I felt good.
Very busy and active day. Lots of exercise
outside with the kids.
119 2400 1350 +950 197 +1 42 It is amazing that once I start exercising
again that I put on weight. Sort of insulting.

This was once again another horrible week of sitting and sleeping on the couch. I knew that health would play a part in my diet plan but that does not stop me from moaning and groaning about it. There are many suggestions on the internet on how to exercise or diet when injured, yet next to none when you are sick. So I decided to come up with my own plan during my times of ill health. It is simple to do and easy to follow; I simply do not diet or exercise when sick. I tried the treadmill with a headache and that only made it worse and resulted in more time to recover.

Dieting and exercising is stressful on the body. Add any illness and you compound it even more. I spent this week eating whatever and whenever I wanted and just ignored the exercising. Getting healthy properly is more important than losing a pound of fat. I believe that it is better to be healthy and fat than to be sick and skinny.



WEEK EIGHTEEN - April 11 2011-April 17 2011


Day Calories
Eaten
Calories
Burned
+/-
Calories
Current
Weight
+/-
Weight
Goal Comments
120 2050 1100 +950 195 -2 40 Yippee skippee! 30 pounds!
121 2150 0 +2150 197 +2 42 This always happens; I hit a milestone and whammo
I put on weight. Sucks. Add the fact a busy
day and a headache so no exercise.
122 ? 0 ? ? ? ? Busy day turns into a full blown migraine.
123 ? 0 ? 197 0 42 Nasty migraine continues.
124 ? 0 ? 199 +2 44 This headache needs to go before I gain
more weight!
125 ? 0 ? ? ? ? Felt good today but I got busy.
Then I felt crappy and did nothing again.
126 ? 1600 ? 198 -1 43 Didn't think I was going to be able
workout today. That is why I didn't record
the calories today.

I was watching The Biggest Loser and for once they had a tip that I was actually something that I cared to hear. One of the contestants was stuck on a diet plateau and she needed to overcome it. I was surprised to hear that the trainer, whathisface, said that she needed to eat more and do less exercise.

I was impressed.

A while ago I was stuck at my own plateau. The longest was 32 days before I broke that weight. During that time I increased (drastically) the amount of effort and decreased (drastically) the food. It was very frustrating. I have had other smaller plateaus and was able to overcome those eventually as well.

I began to suspect that increasing food intake and decreasing exercise was an idea. The Biggest Loser just confirmed that. I have noticed that on those long weeks where I did no exercise and I just ate whatever I wanted, I was able to maintain my weight. Then on those brief times where I felt good enough to workout, I lost weight. Sick again and held my weight. Worked out and lost more.

I think this is a tactic that I must employ to tackle the next diet plateau that I will eventually face again. I go a whole week without exercise and have a must more relaxed view on what I am eating. Then when the week is over, hard exercise again.

In an odd sense, I am sort of looking forward to my next plateau only because of the excuse that it is a time to pig out and sit on the couch. But in a bigger way I hope I can keep on losing weight in a nice and steady fashion and not test out my new strategy.



WEEK NINETEEN - April 18 2011-April 24 2011


Day Calories
Eaten
Calories
Burned
+/-
Calories
Current
Weight
+/-
Weight
Goal Comments
127 1900 0 +1900 196 -2 41 Was expecting to workout but got real busy.
128 2750 2100 +650 196 0 41 I was hungry today. But I was also able to
exercise a lot. Felt real good.
129 2200 0 +2200 196 0 41 Busy day. Felt great but no time to exercise.
130 1800 1000 +800 197 +1 42 Started as a good day where I felt strong.
Then it went downhill from there.
131 2400 1000 +1400 195 -2 40 Back at 30 pounds lost.
132 1800 500 +1300 194 -1 39 Busy day of doing nothing. Then time to workout
and I lose all my energy.
133 a lot 150 a lot 195 +1 40 It was Easter and I feasted. Plus I
was very sick today. Sick of being sick.

One thing I have noticed, that is when I am not sick, I feel a lot better. I could say that I feel 10 years younger now that I am losing weight and exercising.

Even though I say this, I find it hard to quantify what I am saying. If you compare me from a decade ago and to now, I walk slower now, I hate stairs even more, I get tired more often, I sleep longer, I find I cannot tolerate the cold anymore, and generally I am getting worse.

But I feel better. Strange. Weird. But it is true. Even though my health is slowly going down hill faster than a normal persons would, I am exercising and trying to improve myself. Exercise is a wonderful drug; it cures almost all ails. If it doesn't, it makes you feel better about yourself. It is known that exercise helps depression and if it does that, it certainly helps with self-esteem and body image issues and just feeling great.

All of us get the blahs. All of us will grow old. We can sit on the couch and let it happen and mope because of it. Or we can get up and move and enjoy this great gift of life that God has bestowed on us.



WEEK TWENTY - April 25 2011-May 1 2011


Day Calories
Eaten
Calories
Burned
+/-
Calories
Current
Weight
+/-
Weight
Goal Comments
134 2800 1800 +1000 196 +1 41 Did a bunch of exercise. Felt good today.
135 1800 0 +1800 196 0 41 Headache all day!
136 3100 0 +3100 199 +3 44 Fast food is calorie rich. But I wasn't
expecting three pounds. Yikes!
137 2000 650 +1350 197 -2 42 What a weird day
138 2400 1050 +1350 195 -2 40 A much better day today.
139 2400 650 +1750 194 -1 39 Hoping to be at 190lbs by this time.
Stupid illness and distraction stopped that.
140 1900 1200 +700 195 +1 40 Good day. Wanted to exercise
more but was too sore.

Diet dinner


WEEK TWENTY ONE- May 2 2011-May 8 2011


Day Calories
Eaten
Calories
Burned
+/-
Calories
Current
Weight
+/-
Weight
Goal Comments
141 2200 1350 +950 194 -1 39 Felt good today. Could have done
more exercise, but done want to over do it.
142 2000 1550 +450 193 -1 38 Great day again! Felt good on what I did.
143 2200 200 +2000 194 +1 39 I think I am almost over my headaches.
Only minor ones now. Busy day today.
144 ? 0 ? 193 -1 38 What a weird night
145 ? 0 ? 193 0 38 I went from feeling good to feeling
really bad. Cannot wait for good days to return.
146 ? 0 ? 193 0 38 Ugly migraine filled day.
147 a lot 0 a lot 193 0 38 Ugly day again. Sick of being sick.
It has been two months now and I hate it.

I am turning out to be very good at maintaining my weight when I am not exercising. This is reassuring when I end my diet. Just sucks that I am not working out because of health issues that never seem to end.



WEEK TWENTY TWO- May 9 2011-May 15 2011


Day Calories
Eaten
Calories
Burned
+/-
Calories
Current
Weight
+/-
Weight
Goal Comments
148 ? 0 ? 193 0 38 I have been having white outs.
Much like a black out but only white.
Very unpleasant.
149 ? 0 ? 196 +3 41 Wow! Three pounds. Hopefully tomorrow I
begin exercising again. Sick of my migraine.
150 ? 0 ? 196 0 41 Finally started to feel better. Click here
151 ? 500 ? 193 -3 38 Getting better and better. Tomorrow
hoping to start the treadmill again.
152 ? 0 ? 193 0 38 Felt great! Then I over did it.
Now I regret it and had a small migraine because of it.
153 ? 400 ? 193 0 38 What a BIG mistake!
154 ? 0 ? 193 0 38 Whited out again. Dared not
exercise if I am doing this.

Today I celebrate the 150th day of my diet.

Today is both a success and a failure.

My diet is successful in that I have been on it for 150 days and will probably continue this for many, many more days and weeks to come. I have definitely lost weight and I am feeling better about myself. Life is better in that I am no longer suffering from heartburn and my liver is getting better. I am wearing clothes that I have not worn in a while and now I have some pants that are way too big.

It is a failure in that the ice-cube part of my diet was a huge flop. I wanted to have an easy lazy man approach to losing weight. Obviously, weight loss is no easy task. I am failing in losing the weight as fast as I want. I was hoping that to be at my goal by now. Sickness has been the biggest hamper. In the past 50 days, over thirty was sickness where I did little or no exercise. Had I worked out, my weight loss will probably be more.

The first fifty days I lost 14 pounds. Days 51 through to 100, I lost eleven pounds. One hundred one to 150, I lost 4 pounds. It is slowing down and that is depressing.

Fortunately I have this website. It is acting like a motivator to keep going. Sort of like I am obligated to continue because I donít want to appear to be a failure.

Today, I am finally feeling better. I hope it lasts. Two months of migraine and headaches have been a real bummer. I am hoping to go on a bike ride with my mother tomorrow. A small one since it will be both of our first for the season. If I can keep this stupid head of mine feeling good, I am determined that the next 50 days will be far more productive.



WEEK TWENTY THREE - May 16 2011-May 22 2011


Day Calories
Eaten
Calories
Burned
+/-
Calories
Current
Weight
+/-
Weight
Goal Comments
155 ? 0 ? 193 0 38 Starting another week of migraines. So fun.

My health has been a real pain in the neck, ass, head, everywhere! I am having a hard time shaking off whatever it is plaguing me. I finally get over the headaches/migraines just to have what I suspect is heart troubles. Then I get over those just to have migraines again. It has been a never-ending see-saw between one thing and another.

I am holding steady at 193 pounds. I find that impressive since I am doing little to count calories right now, as I believe getting better is better than getting thinner. I am thinking of putting my diet program on hold, for the moment. I have the desire to exercise and to get healthier. It is just this, whatever it is, thing stopping me. I can honestly say that I hate it.

If I stand up too fast or if I move too quickly, I begin to white/black out. I understand the black, but why am I whiting out? That is a real mystery. It is worrisome, but I am a male. That means that going to the doctor will only happen if I am dead, or pass out.

So until this thing passes, I may not be updating my diet program as much as I like. I will certainly be taking the rest of the week off, just to be on the safe side.





WEEK TWENTY FOUR - June 13 2011-June 19 2011


Day Calories
Eaten
Calories
Burned
+/-
Calories
Current
Weight
+/-
Weight
Goal Comments
183 2600 1100 +1500 195 +2 40 Weigh in and It's official.
184 A lot! 800 ? 198 +3 43 OUCH!
185 2000 800 +1200 196 -2 41 Good, but busy day. Could have exercised more, but life
got in the way. Tomorrow is going to be great.
186 2200 800 +1400 195 -1 40 I fear I am starting too fast. Need to pace
myself better.
187 2600 600 +2000 196 +1 41 Damn headache
188 a lot none ? 198 +2 43 Busy day
189 2000 800 +1200 197 -1 42 Started good.

I find it really insulting that when I restart my diet, I put on weight. I was as low as 191 during my hiatus. I can only guess that I may have been dehydrated and now that I am exercising again, I am now drinking enough water and that may account for my current weight gain.



WEEK TWENTY FIVE - June 20 2011-June 26 2011


Day Calories
Eaten
Calories
Burned
+/-
Calories
Current
Weight
+/-
Weight
Goal Comments
190 WOW! 900 ? 197 0 42 Honestly, I tried!
191 1900 500 +1400 196 -1 41 Busy (yester)day
192 2300 0 +2300 196 0 41 Busy day again.
193 2200 1550 +650 195 -1 40 Moving in the right direction.
194 3000 1000 +2000 195 0 40 HELP!
195 2200 1600 +600 194 -1 39 Busy day and I still managed to get a huge workout in.
196 2200 1600 +600 193 -1 38 Finally back to 193. Hopefully I can beat this tomorrow.

Diet dinner


WEEK TWENTY SIX - June 27 2011-July 3 2011


Day Calories
Eaten
Calories
Burned
+/-
Calories
Current
Weight
+/-
Weight
Goal Comments
197 2000 1400 +600 195 +2 40 Did real well today. Surprising weight gain.
198 2200 600 +1600 196 +1 41 Busy day. Sara's grad.
199 ? 0 ? 196 0 41 Busy day again. Nick's grad.
200 1800 600 +1200 195 -1 40 Busy day again. Wish I exercised more.
201 2000 800 +1200 195 0 40 Summer heat stopped me from more exercise.
202 1900 1200 +700 195 0 40 Excellent workout in the morn. Busy at evening.
202 ? 0 ? 195 0 40 Depressed. Needed day off.

The 200th day of this diet came and pass with no hoopla at all. If you go back and see day 150, you will notice that I only lost one pound. Horribly depressing. Health and illness were the biggest factors in this time period. I hope that god health and no illness play a bigger role in the next fifty days.



WEEK TWENTY SEVEN - July 4 2011-July 10 2011


Day Calories
Eaten
Calories
Burned
+/-
Calories
Current
Weight
+/-
Weight
Goal Comments
203 A lot! 1300 ? 193 -2 38 Pigging out at Pizza Hut
204 ? 0 ? 194 +1 39 Just so tired.
205 ? 0 ? 196 +2 41 Day at the beach.
206
207
208
209 Sunburnt and tired.

conclusion



WEEK TWENTY EIGHT - July 11 2011-July 17 2011


Day Calories
Eaten
Calories
Burned
+/-
Calories
Current
Weight
+/-
Weight
Goal Comments
210 A lot 0 ? 194 -2 39 Sunburnt and tired.
211 2000 2250 -250 193 -1 38 A great day. First negative calorie in a long time.
212 2100 500 +1600 193 0 38 Just could not exercise after yesterday's big workout.
214 ? 0 ? 190 -3 35 A day at the beach. Weight loss is probably water.
215 2200 600 +1600 194 +4 39 Definately water loss the other day.
216 ? Lots ? 192 -2 37 Big Amish day.

conclusion



WEEK TWENTY NINE - July 18 2011-July 24 2011


Day Calories
Eaten
Calories
Burned
+/-
Calories
Current
Weight
+/-
Weight
Goal Comments

conclusion



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