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88 pounds gone - starting my 3rd year on Spark

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Let's start with a short recap, shall we? Yes, I think we shall.

Started in Jan 2009. Lost an even 80 pounds in 2009 (from 273 to 193.)

Started 2010 at 193. By the middle of June I had lost a total of 100 pounds and weighed 173.

Then (last week in June) I quit smoking, gained 22 pounds, and it was the first of November before I was able to regain some semblance of control. (If you care about details, you can go to my main page for the pound-by-pound month-by-month.)

December ... a month that's "fraugh' wi' danejuh" (Fraught with danger - British accent.) I actually had to take drastic action this final month. I limited both food AND (shudder) alcohol calories.

Then, on New Year's Day, I broke down and had all kinds of things I'd been wanting ... for some reason it was mostly sweet things. I went for quite a few calories but I had everything I wanted and I don't have those things on my mind any more.

Since starting Spark, I've always kept track of alcohol calories separately. I've tracked my food and alcohol on the nutrition tracker every day. Then I calculate a daily average for each category for the month. Here's how it looks for the last six months of 2010:

Month -- Total-- Alcohol
Jul ---- 2253 -- 180
Aug ---- 1962 -- 197
Sep ---- 2134 -- 304
Oct ---- 1965 -- 238
Nov ---- 1813 -- 310
Dec ---- 1573 -- 84

Yeah -- 84 alcohol calories per day in December (No, I did not go anywhere or have any alcohol on New Year's Eve.) Seriously ... you expect me to go out on the roads with rank amateurs drinking and driving? Please!! I'm a pro and those peeps would knock me off my game. I may be a Klown but I'm not your average "Bozo-off-the-street."

Not to mention all the cops out on New Years Eve. Yeah ... those guys with the "serve and protect" painted on their cars? Sure, if by "serve and protect" you mean " identify witches, arrest them and then ruin their lives through fines to the state, taking their license so they can't get to work, letting the insurance companies throw a party in their wallets for the next five years, etc etc etc." Hey, everyone knows that freedom is not meant for witches. It's really too bad we can't just burn the witches at the stake anymore but that's no longer politically correct so we'll just have to be satisfied with this.

What we can do though is to keep lowering the legal limit of alcohol in their blood ... just like we've done over the past 20 years or so ... you know ... every time we need more money for the state/city/county treasuries. And the good part is, nobody says a word cuz they don't want to be identified as a witch-lover. Taxing witches is GREAT ... smokers, drinkers, oil-drillers, coal miners, on & on ... we can just keep charging them more and more ... it's SO SWEET!! Ahhhh, but I digress.

Ok, now where was I, oh yes ... the average daily alcohol for December was 84 calories. That's a record. Only in four previous months since I started Sparking have my alcohol calories been below 120 (with 115 being the lowest.) Also, there was no weekly "quest" for the best burger/pizza in the area. That was tough to give up but it had to be done.

Ok, it's been a tough year but it's over. Now, where are we headed for 2011? I'm thinking 165 ... soooo, 20 more pounds. I'll reevaluate when I get there.

By the way ... New Years day was my 709th day in a row of using the nutrition tracker on Spark. Ok hoppage ... consider yourselves up to date and I'll see you around.
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