50 days ago I weighed 285 pounds.

I have been overweight since the 4th grade.  I am 41.  Over the years I have tried different programs and have lost weight.  I tried Atkins and lost 30 pounds.  I was vegan for 6 months and lost 20.

Each time I gained the weight back.

The problem was that I was limited to what I could eat. I can go without carbs and meat  and chocolate for a while but when it comes to forever, forget it.

I think that I have found something that has worked for me. MyFitnessPal is an app for  iPhone and Android devices as well as a website.  This is how it works: You create an account and enter your statistics (hight, weight, age, sex, level of current activity) and how fast you wan to lose the weight and based on that information MFP tells you how many calories you can have.  And for me that is the beauty of the program.  I can eat whatever I want as long as I don’t go over my daily allotment.

50 days Know I know that this is nothing new.  You want to lose weight, eat less.  But MFP is almost like a game.  And everyday you want to win. As you enter the food you eat you watch your remaining calories dwindle.  Enter some exercise and you “earn” more calories.

At the end of each day, MFP tells you how much you would weigh in 5 weeks and you ate and exercised like today.  5 weeks ago I to a screen shot and wrote that number down.


Today is 5 weeks later, and guess what. I weigh 267 pounds.  I’m sold.

According to last night’s log-in I will weigh 254 pounds in 5 weeks. (I had ice cream yesterday so I’m hoping for more!)

Check back in 5 weeks and see.


My first day as a Vegan

So, we just returned from a vacation in Seattle. I decided that when I returned I would become a dietary vegan. Seattle has great restaurants. (Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE meat!) But, I am overweight and almost 40 and have a beautiful wife and daughter who I want to see grow into a woman. 

Before I left, I ordered Forks over Knives and planned to make a gradual change.  I switched to soy milk a week ago.  Anyway, today, Pam, my wife surprised me with dinner at Green Earth Vegan Cuisine in Pasadena.  Great food!  I had the Fajita Vegana and it was amazing.

Tomorrow we are off to Trader Joe’s to shop for the week.