Day 503–Hiatus

So I know I just restarted this thing, but I feel like getting up at 5 am to go to Israel for 10 days is a legitimate excuse for not blogging for a while. Like 10 days. I will leave you with an extra special bonus weigh-in edition though!

Progress has been spotted, and while it may still be in the distance, its coming closer and closer.  Weigh-in today was at 216.0 lbs, so I’m heading in the right direction.  I know being on my feet a lot at work has helped, and I’ve been pretty good about working out when I can, so hopefully its a jumpstart for all the walking we’ll be doing in the Holy Lands.  There’s also a distinct chance I will have some severe food issues there (the whole Mediterranean diet–tomatoes, olives, feta, hummus, yogurt, etc.–doesn’t really jibe with me that well.) so I might lose some the wrong way by not eating as much as I should.  But I’m willing to try everything (except grappa…grappa sucks) and be adventurous.  Either way, its going to be a blast.

Breakfast–Frosted Mini Wheats.  Like I’d pick anything else for a weigh-in.

Lunch–There was much debate as to what to enjoy for my “last meals” and we settled on two good ones.  Lunch was Five Guys, where I had a Little Bacon Burger with ketchup, mustard, onions, lettuce, pickles, jalapenos, and some of their amazing cajun fries.  Not healthy, but delicious. Totally worth it.

Dinner–After work (which was unexpected…long story) I joined the ‘rents at Bluefish for some sushi.  Spicy tuna roll with pineapple (they still judged me…get over it people) and a Texas roll along with some of the popcorn shrimp my parents were eating when I arrived.  Burgers and sushi…awesome food day.

Dessert–Two “S’mores” of graham, marshmallow creme, and Nutella.  That’s right…marshmallow creme AND Nutella. I’m a genius.

Getting up early for the flight(s) tomorrow…have a good one people. Shalom and see you in June!



Day 501–Afterburn

So apparently I’m quite the salesman, given my success at Bonnie Ruth’s, Oil and Vinegar, and convincing my parents to go to Torchy’s again today.  That’s right ladies and gentlemen…Torchy’s two days in a row.  And I can still walk/function correctly.  Booyah.

Abby went to Portland this morning for Lindsay and Luke’s wedding, and I have to admit…sending me a picture of the beautiful scenery was freaking mean. Shame on you…it actually made me miss Colorado a ton.  I got up earlier than I’m used to in order to get her to the airport, then came back and made it a few hours before I needed a nap (otherwise work just wasn’t going to happen) so my schedule is a bit off now…hence posting this at 11:15.  I guess I’m getting on Israel time early?

Breakfast–Omelette with three eggs, jalapeno, onion, bacon, asparagus, and some Sriracha. It was REALLY good.

Lunch–The aforementioned Torchy’s, round 2.  I had another Crossroads and a Brushfire…the Brushfire was amazing.  Possibly my favorite, although more testing must be done…its a rough life I lead.

Dinner–Peanut butter and grape jelly and a piece of chocolate praline cake from Bonnie Ruth’s.  I missed my friends so I ran over there during break to “get some cake” and talk to everyone.  Really the cake was just a bonus.

Tomorrow is my last day of work for a good long while (my next paycheck should be, um, robust) and then we pack for Israel. It’s been a while since I packed for a trip this long and since I packed for international travel, so it could be quite the adventure.

Shout out to #numberonefan Leah.  Figure out some way for us to come visit for free.

Have a good one!

Day 500–Torched

First off, five hundred days is ridiculous.  While I’m not as far along as I’d like to be after 500, I’m pretty darn far.  Thanks for sticking with me through all this, or if you just found me, I hope you’re still here in another five hundred. Heck, I hope I’m still here doing this and losing weight in another five hundred days.

Secondly, the MyFitnessPal process that I was talking about yesterday isn’t without flaws.  One of the biggest issues lies in figuring out an appropriate calorie goal for the day.  I appreciate that they give me a roundabout target to aim for, but they only allow for sedentary lifestyles or active lifestyles…on my feet all day or off.  So today, for instance, when I worked for five hours, there’s not a good way to account for that.  So at the end of today, I ended up over on calories but I’m not sure the target was right. But then again, another flaw is that I can’t account for customizing my food.  You’ll see why that’s a problem in a second.

Really I love MyFitnessPal.  It’s incredibly helpful and great for keeping me accountable and on track.  Nothing’s perfect!

Breakfast–Frosted Mini Wheats.  We had lots of errands to run (I now have Israeli Shekels. Surreal.) so I wanted something quick and easy.  This was certainly quick and easy.

Snack–We also had to take my car in to get it serviced, which was a bit (read: months) overdue, so while that was happening we got Sonic.  Cherry Limeade…so good. So. So. Good.

Lunch–Torchy’s Tacos!  WHY HAS NO ONE TOLD ME ABOUT THIS BEFORE?!  I got the Crossroads and the Libertarian, of which the former had some amazing brisket and the latter had chicken fried jalapeno sausage.  Yes, you read that right. Chicken-fried, jalapeno, sausage.  Sweet mercy.  I’ll be back…potentially tomorrow.

Dinner–Just an apple.  Shockingly, lunch filled me up. Who knew?

Tomorrow Abs head’s to Portland and we begin the countdown to Tel Aviv. Bring it.

Thanks once again for following me through this journey, and as always: Have a good one.

Day 499–Salmon En Papillote

I accomplished everything I wanted to get done today, just not in the order I expected.  This is not uncommon, especially during the “summer” when Abby is here with me and I don’t necessarily have to get everything done before she gets home anymore.  Unfortunately–and I truly am ashamed about this–the reason things got a bit wonky had to do with two movies: Days of Thunder (probably forgivable, but man I dislike Tom Cruise) and Major League: Back to the Minors (completely unforgivable and potentially cause for a beating).  Thanks to Chuck, I’m now a huge Scott Bakula fan, so I feel like blaming all of this on him is completely acceptable.

Seriously. Major League 3. What is wrong with me?!

Breakfast–Frosted Mini Wheats with a banana.  I needed a good shot of fiber, and that slightly sweetened hay delivered like a champ.

Lunch–Salad with honey roasted walnuts, red pepper, chopped bacon, and a passionfruit-lime dressing.  I also got a phone call from Jordan during lunch just checking on me, which I greatly appreciated.  I’m pretty sure he doesn’t read this (partially because it involves Facebook, which he loathes) but in case this finds him–thanks man.

Snack–I had some cherries.  They finally went on sale at Market Street, and lo and behold, they sucked. A bit, um, squishy for my tastes.  I suppose there will be some jam appearing in the near future.

Dinner–Salmon en papillote, courtesy of my mom’s brilliant ideas.  I took some asparagus, snow peas, orange bell pepper, and some incredible Copper River Sockeye salmon, dressed all of it with a honey-soy-sesame marinade, wrapped it up in parchment and threw it in the oven.  Of course, for the third time (out of the three times I’ve attempted this…) the “suggested” cooking time wasn’t even close to enough to get the salmon done, so really it was just a crapshoot to guess when it was done.  It was freaking delicious though, served on top of some quinoa.

Dessert–Finished off the shortbread, some sliced cherries, and a scoop of Cherry Garcia (my ultimate store-bought ice cream weakness; my homemade chocolate is still the best ice cream ever).  It was excellent…and I may have to make some more shortbread.

Exercise–See, this is out of order.  I went about 20 minutes on the elliptical while watching Grimm with Abby.  If you haven’t watched Grimm and you like fairytales/mythology, get on it.  Good show. I also had the freak occurrence of my calorie counter (MyFitnessPal…its awesome) coming out almost exactly even tonight. I was one calorie off out of 1800…I was allowed 1800 and consumed 1801. Not bad.

Work tomorrow, and a haircut. I hate haircuts, but the whole Israel thing means I need to look less…disheveled. Have a good one.

Day 498–Israeli Shekels

The biblical scholar in me can’t help but feel goofy every time I say the phrase “Israeli shekels.”  We had to go back to the AmEx place to get more funds for the trip today, and it still feels awkward…something that ancient, with that much history, shouldn’t be in my hand at any point.  And yes, I know the New Israeli Shekel has only been in place since 1985, but its the name…Shekels. Wow.

Work was disastrously slow today, although lots of people came to see me.  Thanks to Amanda, Mom, Dad, and Burke for keeping me company along with the like 6 customers we had. Good times.

I also can’t believe I’m approaching 500 days of doing this…kinda nuts.  Almost 500 days ago I weighed 247.6 lbs and looked slightly whale-like.  As of today’s weigh-in, I’m at 217.2 lbs.  Not as good as it should have been, but definitely passable and something to build on.

Breakfast–Two eggs, leftover steak from last night, and some caramelized onions. Amazingness.

Lunch–Freebirds!  A chicken hybird on cayenne with poblano salsa, corn salsa, cilantro, lettuce, black beans and cilantro-lime rice.  It was delicious…still not as good as Chipotle, but gaining ground the more I go.

Snack–There’s a new Fro-Yo place in Watters Creek called the Velvet Spoon, so Abby and I went to check it out.  I had chocolate (amazing) with birthday cake (eh) and some Heath bar topping.  It was really good overall, and close. Winner.

Dinner–Or should I say, “dinner.”  I had a Nature Valley Chocolate and Oats granola bar while at work.  The Fro-Yo lasted me a good long while, which was the plan.

I also brought home some cupcakes, thanks to Burke and his overabundance of baked goods at Bonnie Ruth’s.  Good to know we weren’t the only ones suffering from lack of business.  I’ve got the day off tomorrow for some final Israel prep time, then work and a long flight ahead of us this week.  Have a good one!

Day 497–Rip VanWinkle

Um…so apparently I used to write a blog. I was reminded of this fact a few times over the last 50 days (give or take…its been 48 since my last post) and yet never really had time or brainpower to crank out a post until now.  In the last 50 (48…whatever) days, here’s what’s happened:

–Abby graduated from Optometry School.  That’s right: I’m married to a doctor.  We always thought there would be another Dr. Henderson, but I have to admit I didn’t see it happening this way when I joined HOSA in high school.

–Disney World. It. Was. AWESOME.

–Finished my Church History II class with a solid B.  With everything else going on, I’ll take it and run.

–Went to Houston for graduation, stayed for the amazing friends.  I also think I made 3 dozen cookies in the span of 36 hours, including a giant pizookie that was so good it was mistaken for brownies more than once. A brownie made of cookie dough people! It was amazing!

–Saw The Avengers and watched all of Series Two of Sherlock.  The Avengers, as you all know by now, was incredible.  Sherlock was just freaking mind-blowing.  If you haven’t seen it, find the series and watch it. I’ll wait. I even promise not to disappear for another seven weeks. Scout’s honor!

–Both of my knees went on the fritz.  It got to a point where, while running on the treadmill, both of them hurt badly enough they went numb.  I thought I was going through the wall behind the treadmill, but I got it stopped in time.  Exercising became dangerous, and that’s no bueno.

–Most importantly, my dear sweet grandmother Colleen Durrington passed away.  That’s really what started this absence…its hard to care about food and weight loss when your heart hurts.  One distraction led to another, and well…here we are.  Miss you Grandma.

I have noticed something interesting though.  If you don’t know me or haven’t been following me longer than 48 days, I’m a student at the Graduate School of Theology via ACU.  We often talk about the idea of our souls crying out to God…if we drift from His presence, there’s this almost insatiable longing that brings us back at some point, or drives us a bit bonkers through denial.  My body started doing the same thing about eating healthy, working out, and getting back on track…I was literally craving exercise, salads, vegetables, etc.  Just like I know its good to listen to my soul, its good to listen to my body.  I’ve had two straight days of pain-free running, salads for meals, lots of vegetables, lots of cooking…and I feel great.  Tomorrow’s weigh-in isn’t going to be good (I was at 219.2 the last time I checked, or 9 pounds higher than my low of a few weeks ago) but I’m at least back on track.  I feel like I fell asleep and drifted for a while, and then a couple of days ago my body woke up and resumed normal function.  I feel good…and that’s way more than half the battle.

Breakfast–Wafflewich.  Grape jelly, peanut butter, and two Nutrigrain Eggos. Boom.

Lunch–Salad greens with some sunflower seeds, honey roasted pecan pieces, red peppers, BBQ roasted chickpeas (homemade) and some salad dressing made of Lime oil and Passionfruit vinegar.  My job is very good to me.

Exercise–Ran for twenty minutes, burned around 200 calories, hit some good inclines, and no pain.  Just trying to get my muscles stronger…I don’t want that happening again.

Dinner–Peppercorn-crusted tenderloin, lyonnaise potatoes, fresh green beans sauteed with garlic and red pepper flakes, and a glass of cherry green tea.  It was fantastic, and getting back in the kitchen felt great too.

Dessert–Homemade almond shortbread (about a 2″x1″ piece) with some macerated apricots and a homemade caramel drizzle.  Like I said, getting back in the kitchen is marvelous.

Tomorrow I work some, continue getting ready for Israel (Oh yeah…We’re going to Israel in a week!), and weigh-in.

Have a good one…it’s good to be back.