Weight Loss Update (plus Work It Out with Humble Bundle!)

Today was a rough morning. I woke up groggy and feeling hungover — which is no fun, since I can’t drink alcohol. My eyes hurt, my neck hurt, and I just felt like crud. Thankfully, after three cups of coffee and a fiesta breakfast bowl (recipe below!), I feel a lot better. I thought I’d take a few minutes and update you on my weight loss goals.

Today is Day 3 of my diet change. It’s gone really well, actually. I’ve been drinking a lot more water, although my gallon-a-day target might be a bit too ambitious. Seriously. I can’t cope with this much pee coming out of me. I know it’s just my perpetually dehydrated body reacting to the fact that I’m finally topping off its woefully depleted tanks, and I know that eventually I’ll adapt and won’t be running to the bathroom every five seconds.

I knocked the water goal out of the park on Monday, and did more than half a gallon of water yesterday. Today I’m lagging, so as soon as I finish this blog post, I’ll go drink a glass of water.

Beans, Beans, The Magical Fruit

Photo by Kenneth Leung

I’ve done pretty well on the eating. I’ve completely avoided sugary treats since the day before New Years Eve. No cookies, no cakes, no pies, nothing like that. Here’s a quicko food journal:


  • Breakfast: One orange. I hated oranges as a kid. These days, I can’t get enough of them. I recently told Angela about the concept of the shower orange, and since she doesn’t believe me, I have plans for us to have a sexy shower orange date night the next time we have some alone time.
  • Lunch: For lunch, I had a bowl of my homemade crockpot chili. For once in my life, I refrained from adding a crapton of cheese, sour cream, and crackers to it. It was actually really good.
  • Dinner: I split dinner up, and started with a 200 calorie can of chunky chicken noodle soup. A couple hours later, I had a salad and a very small bowl of my mother’s spaghetti.
  • Snacks: I went with another orange instead of grabbing the carton of knock-off Oreos.


  • I skipped breakfast. I’m really not a big fan of breakfast (I love breakfast food — I just prefer it in the evenings) and usually just stick with coffee.
  • Lunch: Pinto beans cooked all day with a leftover Christmas hambone. Absolutely delicious with ample hot sauce.
  • Dinner: I made chicken tenders with a soy sauce and pineapple juice marinade, along with stir fry veggies and yellow rice. I tried to fill up extra on the veggies.
  • Snacks: I made a batch of crockpot hummus and blended some sun-dried tomatoes into it. Once that cooled, I had a nice helping with some celery sticks. The family decided to have cheese dip and tortilla chips with a movie, but I decided to go for salsa and guacamole and skip the Velveeta.


Wednesday is my designated cheat day, so I don’t mind going a little extra on the food. I’m still trying to make healthier choices, though.

  • Breakfast: Since I was feeling crummy this morning, I felt some extra protein would help. I made a fiesta breakfast bowl with egg, black beans, guacamole, salsa, and leftover yellow rice.
  • Lunch: I polished off the rice and the pinto beans by mixing them together with extra hot sauce.
  • Dinner: Hasn’t happened yet, but the plan is to make a big salad to go with a homemade pizza topped with pepperoni, peppers, onions, and sun-dried tomatoes. I’m going to eat my salad first and try to have an extra helping of that before digging into the pizza so I don’t end up eating half a pizza by myself.
  • Snacks: I may allow myself have to have a couple of cookies tonight, since it’s my cheat day, but I’m going to see how I feel. That hummus was really good, so I may go for a bowl of that with bell pepper sticks instead.
Easy Healthy Fiesta Breakfast Bowl
  • 1 scrambled egg (add salt and pepper to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons of salsa
  • 2 tablespoons of guacamole
  • 2 tablespoons of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup yellow rice, cooked

Directions: Scramble your egg, then mix the remaining ingredients. Feel free to add additional salsa, sour cream, or cilantro for an added kick.

So, yeah. Beans. Lots of beans. Beans in chili, beans and rice, beans in my breakfast. I actually really like beans, and they’re good for you — they’ve got a lot of protein and they’re chock full of antioxidants, vitamins, and other good stuff. Plus, they fill you up!

Gym Days? Semi-fail

I haven’t been to the gym. I haven’t signed up for the gym membership. But honestly, I have a good reason. I’ve been sick with this upper respiratory cold since before Christmas, and I’ve had a tough time shaking it. My poor asthmatic lungs want to seize up anytime I move around too much or get out in the cold weather. So the gym will just have to wait until I’m better. That annoys me, but it doesn’t do me any good to go to the gym and collapsing in a gasping, suffocating heap in front of all the gym rats who already side-eye the New Years resolutioners.

Other Dads On Weight Loss Journeys

One of the great things about blogging is meeting so many great new people, some of whom are going through the same things you are. Here’s a couple posts on weight loss from other dad bloggers:

Work It Out with Humble Bundle

Humble Bundle JUST launched a health and fitness ebook bundle (seriously — I got the notification while I was finishing up this post). Here’s what you get in the Work It Out Bundle:

Pay $1 or more and get:

Pay $8 or more and get:

Play $15 or more and get:

That’s a great collection of books for $15 or less, and remember, a portion of every bundle sale goes to charity. I’ll be picking up the $15 bundle, so look for my thoughts on some of these books soon. Maybe I’ll learn some things to help with my weight loss goals.

How’s your weight loss going?

If you’re on a weight loss journey this year, tell me about it. How’s it going for you? What are you struggling with?



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