Weight Loss Progress
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In 1999, I lost 70 pounds. By November 29, 2009 I had gained back the 70 pounds I lost in 1999 along with a 55 pound bonus. Most of my major weight losses have been in years ending in 9. I hope to repeat this history of successful weight losses during 2009 / 2010. I am determined to loose 10+ pounds by the end of 2009, and an additional 140 pounds or so by the end of 2011.

Friday, April 30, 2010
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Older posts will remain on this blog for reference.

posted by Jim 1:41 PM
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Monday, April 05, 2010
I finally hit the 50 pound weight loss target this morning. I am ecstatic about the loss; however, it is only about 1/3 of the weight I want to loose. I realize that I could be under the 50 pound loss target tomorrow due to fluid fluctuation. Within a few days, the over 50 pounds loss will be standard, and I can set my focus on the next major goal of 75 pounds lost.

posted by Jim 12:19 PM
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Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Lost another 3 pounds for a total of 47 pounds lost since November 29, 2009. I lost 10 pounds during the month of March which is satisfactory for my goal of a continuous, "no starving" weight loss. I realize that my no in-between meal snacks, no desserts, no popcorn / candy at movies, and an evening snack limited to an apple may have delivered most of the weight loss those changes alone can deliver. I will have to make more changes to ensure my weight loss continues. I don't want to loose the momentum this 47 pound loss has given me, and will make the additional eating behavior modifications necessary to continue the weight loss until I reach my goal of loosing a minimum of another 100 pounds.

posted by Jim 12:13 PM
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Monday, March 15, 2010
I am surprised that I lost another 7 pounds between March 1, and March 15, 2010 for a total of 44 pounds since November 29, 2009. Since I only lost 5 pounds in February, I thought I was plateauing, and would have to implement additional changes to keep loosing substantial weight. I am still just eliminating in-between meal snacks, popcorn / candy at movies, desserts, and limiting the evening snacks to an apple. Surprisingly, 7 pounds were shed the first 15 days of March. I hope it continues, but if I need to implement additional changes, I will because I am determined to loose the excess weight once and for all. Even more important, when the weight is gone, I am determined I will keep it off this time.

posted by Jim 9:12 PM
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Friday, March 05, 2010
Today, I am 41 pounds lighter than when I started my weight loss on November 29, 2009. This is the first time I hit, or exceeded the 40 pound weight loss mark in this current weight reduction. I am very happy to have reached this milestone, but realize I have a long way to go. I also realize I could have a temporary fluid gain and be under the 40 pound mark tomorrow.

Overall, I am very pleased, but will remain focused on loosing about 110 pounds more.

posted by Jim 2:31 PM
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Sunday, February 28, 2010
I have lost 37 pounds since November 29, 2009. Although happy with the weight loss, the rate of loss has slowed significantly. I lost app. 20 pounds in December, 10 pounds in January, and only 5 pounds in February. It appears that eliminating desserts, in between meal snacks, candy / popcorn at movies, and limiting my evening snack to an apple have given me all the weight loss those changes alone can give, and I am plateauing unless I initiate additional changes.

I now have to initiate additional eating behavior changes to ensure I do not plateau, and continue a safe, steady weight loss until I reach my goal of loosing a total of 150 pounds or so by the end of 2011. The initial changes were relatively easy to implement, the additional changes I anticipate will be more difficult.

posted by Jim 2:46 PM
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Monday, February 15, 2010
I have lost another 3 pounds for a total of 35 pounds lost between November 29, 2009, and February 15, 2010. I have been faithful to my no desserts, no in-between meal snacks, no candy / popcorn at movies, and an evening snack limited to an apple eating behavior changes. I am probably close to plateauing soon, and will have to add more eating changes to continue my weight loss. I am determined to do what I have to do for a continued, safe weight loss until I achieve my goal of a 140+ pound weight loss by the end of 2011.

posted by Jim 8:39 PM
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Monday, February 01, 2010
On February 1, 1999, I started a major weight loss which resulted in 70 pounds being shed by mid-August when I went on vacation. As you know from prior posts, I allowed myself to not only gain back that 70 pounds, but also a 55 pound bonus. The result was I weighed 125 pounds more on November 29, 2009 than in August, 1999 (I am embarrassed).

Today, I am disappointed that I weigh 23 pounds more than when I started the major weight loss on February 1, 1999. However, I am pleased at the same time that I have lost 32 pounds in a little over 2 months.

I am looking forward to comparing my weight loss during 2010 with the same date in 1999. I will be thrilled on the day my weight in 2010 is less than on the same date in 1999, and will be ecstatic on the day in 2010 when I weigh less than my lowest weight in 1999. I know those two dates are a long way off, but I am optimistic that I will succeed with my current weight loss, and reach those two important milestones during 2010.

posted by Jim 3:38 PM
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Sunday, January 31, 2010
I am pleased that I have lost 32 pounds since November 29, 2009. I am still maintaining no snacks between meals, evening snack limited to an apple, no solid snack at movies, and no desserts. Although pleased, I also realize I have a lot more to do, this loss is just the proverbial tip of the iceberg.

I am 17 pounds lighter than this date last year, and am also the lightest I have been on this date since 2004. Again, I am pleased, but much more to accomplish.

posted by Jim 3:30 PM
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Friday, January 15, 2010
Lost another 5 pounds for a total of 27 pounds since November 29th. I am very happy with the weight loss, and realize I have a lot more to go - at least another 120 pounds in 2010 / 2011. My rate of loss has decreased which I expected. I'll have to go to the next stage of behavior modifications soon to ensure I don't plateau.

The 27 pound weight loss is due to eliminating in-between meal snacks, snacks at movies, and desserts along with limiting my evening snack to an apple. I don't feel wanting since I am still eating a big meal of my choice each day.

On another note - I weighed 8 pounds less this year than on Jan 15 last year.

posted by Jim 1:42 PM
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Thursday, December 31, 2009
I have lost 22 pounds since November 29, 2009. Although ecstatic about the loss, I realize this is just a start, and I still have major weight to loose.

I have had no desserts, no in-between meal snacks, and no snacks at the movies. My evening snack is limited to one apple which is significantly less than I used to inhale in the evening while watching TV, and / or using the computer.

On December 31, 2009, I was only 1 pound heavier than on December 31 last year. Although disappointed that I did not loose major weight during all of 2009, I am very pleased about loosing 22 pounds in the last 33 days of the year.

Now I have to maintain focus, and continue a steady, consistent weight loss. I will be happy with an additional loss of 100 pounds in 2010, and 40 pounds or so in 2011.

posted by Jim 11:59 PM
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Tuesday, December 15, 2009
As you know from earlier posts, I set a record for my highest weight ever on November 29, 2009. I was determined that day to start loosing significant weight. I have lost 15 pounds between November 29 and December 15. I still eat a big combo lunch / dinner each day; however, I have eliminated desserts, in between meal snacks, solid snacks at movies, and limited my evening snack to an apple. I know I will not continue to loose close to a pound a day, but it is a good start. I have to loose significant weight, and this 15 pound loss is just the tip of the iceberg.

I also feel very good because it has been more than two weeks, and I am still following my eating behavior modifications. I have failed so many times in the past within a week so this two week+ success is encouraging.

posted by Jim 11:47 PM
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Tuesday, December 08, 2009
I have lost 13 pounds since November 29, and 10 pounds in the last week. On November 29, 2009, I recorded my highest weight ever. I was determined to loose 140+ pounds after setting that record, and did cut back a little for the first few days. I started major modifications on December 1. In the last week, I have eliminated desserts, only had an Apple for evening snack, no solid snacks at the movies, and no snacks between meals. I am still having a major meal for a combo lunch / dinner.

I know I will not loose 10 pounds each week (and would not want to), and realize much of this initial weight loss was excess fluid. Still, I am very pleased with my start, and this major first week loss will hopefully give me momentum for continuing the weight loss albeit at a slower pace.

I am particularly satisfied because the vast majority of my weight loss failures occurrred within a week of starting. No guarantee I will be successful, but it is a good start.

posted by Jim 11:33 PM
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Tuesday, December 01, 2009
During the last week of November, 2009, I set new records for my weight. Today, December 1, I am a few pounds less than those records, but at my current weight, a few pounds is within the normal daily fluid gain/loss range. For all intents, and purposes, I am at my maximum weight today. This is certainly not a new record I am proud of attaining. How much more? When I left for vacation in the summer of 1999, I basically ended my weight loss that had resulted in a loss of 70 pounds between Feb 1, and mid-August of that year. I am embarrassed to say that I weigh 122 pounds more on December 1, 2009 (125 more pounds on November 29) than I did on August 18, 1999, the day I left for vacation. I absolutely, positively have to loose substantial weight both for my overall health, and quality of life.

I have to learn to say "no, thank you" much more frequently. "No, thank you" to desserts, second helpings, high calorie / cholesterol foods, and in between meal snacks. I know it will not be easy, but I have done it before. Since I am an old bachelor, I eat just about all my meals out. Cooking for one with the clean-up etc. just is not worth it. I did not have a dessert tonight, and I have to ensure no desserts becomes the trend, and not the exception. Another area that I have to watch is the evening snacks. While on the computer, and / or watching TV at night, I tend to eat too many snacks. I will try to limit my evening snack to an apple. I love to walk, and will continue to walk for both enjoyment, and exercise. Of course, my weight gain has lessened the distance I walk, but as I loose weight, I should be able to lengthen that distance again.

When I was in town for Thanksgiving dinner, I vowed to myself that I will weigh at least 100 pounds less by Thanksgiving 2010. My overall goal is to loose about 150 pounds by the end of 2011, and keep the weight off once I loose it.

posted by Jim 9:36 PM
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Sunday, November 01, 2009
The lack of posts is again an indication of no success in my constant, live-long weight loss problem. On November, 1, 2009, I set another dubious record, my highest weight ever. I am certainly not proud of this new record, and am totally embarrassed by this constant weight gain without any major losses.

On November 1, 2009, I was 120 pounds heavier than my weight in August, 1999 before I went on vacation. I know what I have to do to loose weight, I need to focus like I did in 1999, and loose 120+ pounds.

posted by Jim 1:44 PM
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Thursday, October 01, 2009
I planned on starting a major weight loss on September 15, 2009, the day I recorded my highest weight only. Unfortunately, I only lost a pound (.8 to be exact) between September 15, 2009, and October 1, 2009. I certainly must do better than 1 pound in 15 days to loose the abundance of extra pounds I let become attached to me over the last 10 years or so.

I must start a major weight loss today. On February 1, 1999, I started a 70 pound weight loss. On October 1, 2009, I must start a 130+ weight loss if I want to get close to the weight I should be for my height, and age. A major task most definitely; however for both my overall life expectancy, and quality of life I must loose this excess weight, and this time, keep the weight off.

posted by Jim 11:28 AM
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Wednesday, July 29, 2009
The last two weeks have not been good from a weight perspective. After loosing only 2 pounds in the first two weeks since starting my weight loss, my weight loss for the third, and fourth weeks was zero. Unfortunately, the pitiful result is I only lost 2 pounds between July 1, 2009, and July 29, 2009. This performance, or more accurately lack of performance, is totally unacceptable. I should have lost at least 10 pounds, not 2. In the past, this lack of progress would have caused me to give up, but not this time. For many reasons, (quality of life, minimizing age related health problems) I have to loose a minimum of 120 pounds. I will accomplish the 120 pound loss by the end of 2010.

posted by Jim 1:14 PM
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Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Although I felt very positive about starting my weight loss on July 1, 2009, I am disappointed that I only lost 2 pounds by July 15, 2009. I did loose 5 pounds in the first week, but as usual, I gained 3 pounds back the second week. In the past, I would have given up, and just continued with my usual, "anti-weight loss" eating habits. Not this time - I will not allow myself to fail again, I will loose 100+ pounds. I must loose substantial weight for both my overall quality of life, and my overall health. I am in my 60's when health issues can be common; all those extra pounds I am now carrying will just compound the normal age related health problems many experience. I know I will falter in the future, and have some bad days from an eating perspective, but I will succeed in my goal of loosing over 100 pounds. I know it will not be easy; however, I will succeed. It may take longer than I like, but I will loose the 100+ pounds I need to loose for many reasons.

posted by Jim 1:36 PM
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Wednesday, July 01, 2009
I am embarrassed to say that today I am 116 pounds heavier than I was in August 1999 when I went on vacation. This amount of weight gain is absolutely ridiculous as well as unhealthy. I have finally had it, and am starting a major weight loss today with a goal of loosing 140 pounds or so by the end of 2010 with a minimum of 50 of those pounds gone by the end of 2009. I will not allow the failures of past weight loss tries to deter me in loosing the desired weight - my quality of life, and overall health require a sustained, permanent weight loss.

posted by Jim 2:30 PM
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Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Living in South Boston, MA, and being over half Irish, March 17th is a special day. Although today is an official local holiday commemorating George Washington forcing the British to flee Boston on March 17, 1776, St. Patrick's Day is by far the biggest celebration. I live about 2 blocks from Dorchester Heights where George Washington had cannons overlooking General Howe's troops which resulted in General Howe deciding it is time to leave, and Sunday's Evacuation Day / St. Patrick's Day parade passed by my house on its way to Dorchester Heights.

I will definitely enjoy the day, and maybe even have a dessert with my meal. However, starting tomorrow, March 18, 2009, I absolutely, positively must focus on a massive, permanent weight loss before my excess weight causes serious health problems which hinder my quality of life.

posted by Jim 1:58 PM
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Sunday, March 08, 2009
The lack of posts is again indicative of my failure to loose any significant weight. March 8, 2009 is the start of Daylight Savings Time, and hopefully the start of a major, permanent weight loss for me as well. I have to loose weight as the excessive weight is definitely impacting my quality of life. I don't mean the excessive weight has made me sick, I mean my activities are hindered by the excessive weight, and it is only a matter of time before the extra pounds do indeed impact my overall health. There are many diseases that weight definitely contributes to particularly as you get older. I don't walk as far, or often as I like due to the excessive weight.

I have said it before, and I will say it again - it is time for me to sh*t, or get off the pot.

posted by Jim 3:09 PM
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Sunday, February 01, 2009
Instead of loosing weight during January 2009, I gained about 7 pounds. Of course, I am very disappointed with the gain vs. the planned loss. February 1 is an important date in my weight loss history. On February 1, 1999, I started a major weight reduction, and lost 70 pounds by the end of the summer. Unfortunately, starting in December 1999, I gained the 70 pounds back along with a definitely unwanted 40 pound bonus. To say I am very disappointed in an understatement, frankly I am embarrassed that I allowed it to happen. No excuses, never should have happened.

Starting February 1, 2009, the tenth anniversary of my last major weight loss, I will again commence a major weight loss with a goal of loosing at least 90 pounds by the end of 2009, and another 40 pounds or so in 2010. No excuses, no bs, and no more failures. I will focus on this major weight loss; it will definitely be my major, top priority.

posted by Jim 12:00 AM
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Thursday, January 01, 2009
Well, another year has passed, and unfortunately, I did not loose weight in 2008. I wanted to loose weight, and had many false starts, but the bottom line, is I did not have any appreciable weight loss. All my successful weight losses have been in years ending in 9. Hopefully, my history of successful weight losses in years ending in 9 will be repeated again in 2009. In 1979, I was the thinnest of my adult life, in 1989 I lost about 60 pounds, and in 1999 I lost 70 pounds. On January 1, 2009, I am 102 pounds heavier than I was at the end of my last major weight loss in August 1999.

My goal is to loose at least 102 pounds in 2009, and unlike previous weight losses, actually keep off the lost weight rather than gaining it all back along with a bonus.

posted by Jim 12:00 AM
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Sunday, November 16, 2008
Unfortunately, the lack of posts means I have not made any significant progress with my weight loss - many false starts, but not much success. I have been retired for 53 months, and am enjoying myself immensely. However, I have not made significant progress with any of my retirement projects.

Starting tomorrow, November 17, 2008, I will commence a major, permanent weight loss project with a firm goal of loosing 120 pounds by December 31, 2009.

posted by Jim 7:30 PM
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Monday, June 16, 2008
Four years ago today was my last workday. I have experienced a fantastic four years of retirement, and hopefully will have many more. Unfortunately, permanent weight loss has not been one of my retirement accomplishments. Today, I am 110 pounds heavier than I was in August, 1999, 44 pounds heavier than last year, and 28 pounds heavier than my last workday four years ago. Last year I did loose some weight, but, as usual, it was not a permanent loss.

Enough is enough - today I am definitely starting a major weight loss of at least 110 pounds by next June 16th.

posted by Jim 10:06 AM
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Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Next Monday, June 16, will be the 4th anniversary of my last workday. My retirement date is June 30, 2004. I had to use or loose some personal time before retiring, so June 16 was the last day I worked. I have enjoyed my retirement immensely, but have had no success in maintaining any substantial weight loss. On Monday, June 16, 2008, the fourth anniversary of my last workday, I will absolutely start a major, long term weight loss of at least 120 pounds. I will still enjoy my retirement activities, I just want to enjoy the activities as a thinner man. As indicated in earlier posts, I love to walk; however, the surplus weight has hindered the distance I can comfortably walk. Loosing the weight will help me to walk easier, and thus enjoy my retirement activities even more. I am out every day (usually using subway/bus), and walking is an intricate part of all activities from attending a geek meeting, or movie to just enjoying a nice stroll along Boston Harbor, or the Esplanade.

posted by Jim 2:57 PM
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Sunday, May 25, 2008
Just walked from Characters at Cambridge Marriott to Kendall Cinema to see two independent films. Although I finished the journey without stopping, it was obvious that the extra weight is taking its toll on the distance I am able to walk. When I was thinner, the same walk would have been a warm-up for a real walk, now it is a journey.

I definitely must start loosing a significant amount of weight immediately.

posted by Jim 6:38 PM
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Monday, May 05, 2008
I am still floundering, and have no appreciable weight loss. Today, I will see a new primary care physician, and I am sure my weight will be a priority subject for discussion. I want to loose at least 100 pounds, am ready, and I am sure my new doctor will insist that I loose it. I love to walk, yet my excess weight is interfering with the distance I walk. I know it will be difficult, but it is essential I start an immediate major weight loss.

posted by Jim 9:35 AM
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Tuesday, January 29, 2008
I have wanted to loose weight since the beginning of the year, but have only experienced several false starts where I am good for a few days, and then revert to my old habits. If I don't start loosing substantial weight soon, I probably never will.

February 1, 2008 will be the 9th anniversary of the start of my 70 pound weight loss in 1999. I hope that I can start another major weight loss beginning on this 9th anniversary of my last major weight loss. I want to loose 100 pounds before the 10th anniversary.

posted by Jim 9:19 PM
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Saturday, January 05, 2008
Well, I'm starting 2008 the same way I ended 2007, eating too much. Now that all the festivities are over for New Years, it is time to focus on a major weight loss for 2008. If I don't start loosing weight immediately, I will have the same laments about my lack of weight loss at the end of 2008 that I did at the end of 2007. Starting Monday, January 7, 2008, I will start a major weight loss with a goal of loosing 100 pounds by December 31, 2008.

posted by Jim 9:31 PM
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