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Monday Morning Weigh-In: 234.6

Posted in Uncategorized by Mike on June 16, 2008

I was a bit surprised.

I shouldn’t be everytime I go waaaay off diet and then return, that first week I gain nearly 5 lbs, water, protein hiding in muscle cells, different sugars, physiological response to calorie reduction? I don’t know. I’m just gonna let it settle in then start chipping away.

With some vacation time coming and no ability to train, right now, it seems like I just need to focus on maintenance. I’m not going to get to wrapped up in trying to lose weight. I’m just gonna work on keeping it between 230 and 235 and, more importantly, eating clean. Yeah, clean, that’s my goal…

Improved snacking choices

What Gene said was totally right, in the comment. Why does anyone have the grabage at work, it’s not helping them. Well today I decided to the help myself. Near where I work we have “The Market”. It’s like a large open air market you see in major cities around the world. Lots of people, stalls, disorder. The exception is that in Baltimore, they are covered. We have three of them. They are notorious for selling very cheap, very yummy, very unhealthy food.

Recently we took on a new manager and I was showing him around the campus and I included The Market in the tour. Because I was showing someone around, I walked through the entire market, rather than just stopping at the places everyone tells me to go. I discovered that in the very back corner of the market there are three stalls: Fresh fish, Fresh meat and Fresh produce. I was shocked I had never noticed them before.

Today I went back to find those stalls. I looked at the meat and fish stalls and actually regretted not having a stove close by, that was some wonderful looking and smelling meat. Then I headed to the produce stand, veggies, potatoes, apples, oranges, pears, grapes, bananas, peaches and more. Not knowing how much it cost or how good it was, I bought medium sized bunch of bananas and a small group of peaches, about 7 of them. It cost $3. I almost felt bad giving her a $20 for a $3 charge.

As it turns out, both are a hair under ripe. They’ll probably be a bit underripe tomorrow too. By Wednesday, they will transcend mere fruit, well, they should be good anyway :). So I think I’m going to try to make a weekly trip to the market a good thing. I may aim my fruit budget nearer to $5-$10 and invite my office mates to partake of nature’s bounty, or I’ll just buy one of those big old watermelons for them :).

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5 Responses to 'Monday Morning Weigh-In: 234.6'

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  1. Karianne said,

    Dear Mike,

    I have read & try to remember to just take $1.00 bills to any Farmers Market that I find. So, they don’t have to make change. I keep a seperate stack of ones in my money drawer just for that.

    Good for you!!!

    < Karianne

  2. Scott Styles said,

    I am always happy when someone brings fruit in to share. It almost never happens, probably due to cost and prep effort. The prices at that market are very good though. I think a single peach is like $1.50 on peapod.

    As long as people bond over food, the junk is always going to be at work. It’s a cheap, easy way to build relationships with your coworkers. I make a point to have some if it is a special event, otherwise I do my best to stay away.

  3. Sue said,

    Thank you so very much for your story. It was truly an inspiration. I hope mine is also. Please feel free to view it at blogger.com Weight Loss Reviews.

    We folks with this particular problem need all the help we can get. Thanks again and God Bless.

  4. Scott Styles said,

    How about an update Mike? How are things going?

  5. Mike said,

    Sorry, slow poster, I’ll throw a couple in


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