Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Tuesday Weight-in

Weight Lost

I lose three pounds this week. I stuck very well to the diet. This weekend when I wasn't taking the oil, I snacked reasonable well. I added nuts to my diet. I notice my set point is less. I need less food to feel full.

Food Journal

I guess I could stop writing down my food during the day, but I need that discipline to keep track. For me, this is the only thing that works. I have been on diets before but this is the only thing that consistently works for me.

Stress Test

Last week, I went to Boulder to get a Stress Test with my doctor. I think I did okay, My doctor administered the test and he didn't have any strong comments. I have a follow up planned with him next month to talk about all of my results. He did say that if I was to run, try to keep my heart rate at around 130-140 range.


I've been real good with exercising. This weekend I worked out twice at the gym and I ran for 30 minutes on the treadmill keeping my heart rate at around 140.

Weight: 269 lbs (home scale)

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Tuesday Morning Check in

I lost about 3 lbs last week, even with the birthday party on Saturday for my twins (one year old) and my niece (3 years old). I had some cupcakes, but I don't think I was overboard.

One things I notice by taking the oil daily is that I have less of a craving for breads. I don't feel the need to include it in every meal.

When I run on the treadmill, I set little mini goals to reach: 'Can i reach the 0.50 mark without stopping', 'Can I make it to 8:00 without stopping?'. My ultimate goal is 170lbs, but my mini goals are:

  • Lose 12 lbs before our Family reunion in August (6 weeks from now). Goal is 260lbs
  • Lower my waist size to less than 40 inches. (This indicates a factor for heart problems).
  • Get down to 220 by December 31, 2008/ BMI < 30, so that I would be considered to be overweight instead of obese. (52 lbs in 28 weeks)
Tim Russert died last week. I felt akin to him for several reasons, he died of a heart attack and he was from Buffalo. He had a calcium blockage in the left anterior descending coronary artery which I have as well. It adds energy to my wanting to lost weight and get healthy.

My brother who is two years younger than I called last night and we talked a little about our tests. I'm glad I could talk to him.

Tomorrow I have my Stress test at the Boulder Center for Sports Medicine. I'm anxious to talk to my doctor about all of the results.

I had the best Father's day moment on Sunday. My son Jon, is a brute and very physical but after a full day playing and late in the afternoon, he crawled up on me and fell asleep in my arms. That was really nice.

Weight: 272 lbs (home scale)

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Weight Check: Initial Success

I now don't think our bathroom scale is broken. I weighted myself in the morning and it said 274.5 lbs. I've lost about 5.5 lbs. I'm going to mark it as 275 lbs for convenient sake.

I was very good yesterday. I had to travel for business and I had to eat out for a few meals. I was very concerned about that, but I made a meal plan in my head:

  • At the airport I had a McDonalds Premium salad (Southwest), half a package of dressing, and a small parfait
  • For breakfast an Egg McMuffin with Hashbrowns (my only indulgence)
  • Lunch was catered with a small sandwich from Panera and some side salad;
  • and finally for dinner I went to a real restaurant at the airport and had salmon with vegetables (without the garlic mashed potatoes and just a little blue cheese dressing for the house salad).
  • I also had red wine at dinner and on the plane back.
  • For all my salads, I used the 'dip the fork in the dressing first method' to just get a little dressing on the greens.
I didn't know how many calories I did, but I figured it must have been okay for the day.

Weight: 275 lbs (home scale)

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Calcium Score Results

My Calcium Score came back from the screening.

RegionCalcium Score (Agatston)Volume (mm3)
Left Main00
Right Coronary Artery46
Left Anterior Descending101107
Posterior Descending Artery00
Other 100
Other 200
Other 300

My Total Calcium Score is: 111

What this means is that for a 101-400 scoring range. I have definite, at least moderate atherosclerotic plaque.

My risk of is mild coronary artery disease highly likely with significant narrowing possible.

I need time to digest this result.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Weight Check; scale problems?

I weighted myself this morning on our bathroom scale. I was really shocked to find that I weighted the same as I did at the doctor's office two weeks ago. I've been on my diet for a week now and I haven't been over 2200 calories in a day for over a week. I should have lost at least 2 lbs by now.

My wife says I could have put on muscle weight, but I think the scale is wrong. I'm going to see if there is a scale at the gym that I can test.

Weight: 280 lbs (home scale)