Day 84 — Down 32.8 lbs & 19″

Haven’t updated in a few weeks so have a bunch of things to cover. I was in Vancouver over the weekend getting my hair done.


Last summer I wanted to do something different and always wanted to try blue hair. Worked out well, so I figured I would make it a tradition.

After Vancouver, I flew to Las Vegas to participate in the World Series of Poker for the first time with a good friend from work. We both played in the $1,500 no-limit texas hold ’em event starting on Monday, it was supposed to be a three-day event, but we both got knocked out the first day. So instead I played in eight single table tournaments with buy-ins ranging from $125 to $275. Here is how I did:

$125 – chopped with two people ($360)
$125 – didn’t finish in the money
$175 – chopped with one person ($1,000)
$175 – didn’t finish in the money
$275 – chopped with one person ($1,230)
$125 – chopped with one person ($600)
$125 – didn’t finish in the money

So total I cashed in 50% of the single table tournaments. Total buy-in was $1,125 and I ended up winning $3,190 for a net profit of $2,065. The big tournament was an additional $1,500 and I lost a last longer bet with Scott for an additional $100. So total for the week I was up $465, minus hotel and airfare. So not too bad. If I was to go back I think I would just play in the single table tournaments.

On the 20/20 front, I have new measurements from two weeks ago (week 10) and a new weigh-in this week with my dietician.

My original and updated measurements are:

Neck: 16″ vs 14.25″ (-1.75″)
Chest: 43.5″ vs 40.50″ (-3.00″)
Waist: 42.5″ vs 37.00″ (-5.50″)
Hips: 44″ vs 39.5″ (-4.50″)
Biceps: 13.75″ vs 11.5″ (-2.25″)
Thighs: 24″ vs 22″ (-2.00″)

So total I have lost 19″. I had planned on only buying new clothes after I had reached my target weight, but almost none of my pants, shorts or bathing suits fit me anymore, so I had to break down and buy a few pairs of shorts and pants. I was wearing size 37/38 pants before I started and ended up buying one pair of 34 and one pair of 32 jeans and shorts. The 32 are a bit tight and the 34s are a bit loose, but I’m thinking the 32s should fit pretty good by the time I’m done.

My blood pressure when I started the program was 135 over 71 and is now 110 over 50. And I have lost a total of 32.8 lbs, 5.2 lbs in the last two weeks. I’m still tracking slightly above my targeted weight loss per week and on an aggregate basis. I have four weeks left in phase one and I hope to lose approximately another 10 lbs which will get me very close to my target weight. Then I will use the 10 weeks of phase two in order to figure out how to maintain that weight over the long term.

The garden seems to be coming along fairly slowly. Only a few of the plants have sprouted leaves and it looks like a deer walked through it and crushed some of the plants. Good news is I remember that we have two large huckleberry bushes in the backyard so I picked a bowl of huckleberries last night.

Chris, Zoe, and Ainsley are in Palm Desert for Zoe’s horseback training until Sunday and then Chris and Ainsley will fly home, and Zoe will stay on in Palm Desert and drive with Mark and Keith to Las Vegas for the EMO/Celebration Circuit show next week. Chris will meet her there and I have Ainsley at home all next week.

Hannah, our Au Pair, finished her year here this week and is traveling around the US with her friend Sarina for the next month and then will fly home to Germany. I can’t believe that it has already been a year, seems to have gone by even fast than normal. Next month Melanie will arrive on July 12th from Germany and we will start the process again.

In August Zoe has two big shows, the first is the AQHA Youth Worlds Show in Oklahoma City, this will be her first time attending the Youth Worlds Show and she is super excited. Then she will go to Tulsa, Oklahoma for the NSBA Worlds Show with Ainsley, Melanie and I.

Day 70 — Down 2.6 lbs and many inches

Missed my dietician appointment today, but did weigh-in and measurements with my personal trainer. Ended the week down 2.6 lbs and I lost 7″, detailed measurements below:


Today was the second time I did a box jumping test at the gym. Last time I managed two jumps at 33″ and unfortunately was not able to beat that this time. I did manage two jumps at 33″ again, but couldn’t get to 36″. I tried once but was a bit short. I think it mostly comes down to being fully committed to the jump, and I just couldn’t get my head around that. Hopefully next time I will be able to conquer 36″.

So far only the radishes have germinated in the garden, but I’m expecting many of the other vegetables to germinate in the next few days.

Day 63 — Down 6.2 lbs

It’s been 14 days since I last posted. Sorry. Seems more like a routine now and never seems like anything new to post, so I guess that is a good sign.

I’ve had two dietician appointments since my last post and so two official weigh-ins. Last week I lost 4 lbs. and this week I last 2.2 lbs. So overall I’ve lost 25 lbs from my starting weight and still on track for losing ~42 lbs after phase one which lasts 16 weeks. I am now more than half-way through phase one and two months in.

Everything is going really great with the program. I have managed to stay on diet without a single non-approved food for 63 days. Not a single cookie, candy, cake or chip.

I planted a garden last weekend with Zoe, so looking forward to being able to cut down on the grocery store visits for vegetables and maybe some fruits in the future. Right now we just have one 4′ x 4′ raised bed, planted with carrots, cucumbers, peas, lettuce, radish, basil, cilantro and bell peppers.


We are using the Square Meter Gardening technique. I accidentally built the box a little incorrectly, so the other cross boards didn’t fit, it is supposed to be a 4 x 4 matrix, but we eyeballed the spacing. I am keeping notes of what we planted when we planted it and will track when it sprouts and when we harvest it. We only planted two rows, we will plant the other two this weekend so that all of the plants aren’t ready to be harvested at the same time.

I had planned on not buying any new clothes until I hit my target weight so that I didn’t buy clothes that I would then not fit. However, it turns out you can easily lose 25 lbs and still keep your pants up. So I broke down and bought one pair of shorts at Eddie Bauer. I went from size 38 to size 34. I remember being size 35 in my 30s but I think it has been a long time since I’ve been 34.