176.5, or minus 25.5lbs

This morning the scale in my bathroom read 176.5. Shocked, I rubbed my still-sleepy eyes, went a got my glasses off the nightstand, stepped again on the scale. 176.5. Again. Same result.

I am pleased to announce that my diet which officially started in May of this year is over. I have lost 25.5lbs since arriving in NJ from Austin, TX.

I attribute the weight loss to 3 things:

  1. no longer drinking soda of any kind–my vice was Pepsi at dinner
  2. salads for lunch consisting of: organic spring mix, sugar snap peas, brussel sprouts, raw fresh baby corn, cucumber, ground black pepper, raisins, and Maple Grove Farms of Vermont Fat Free Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing
  3. riding my bike in the summer on the Glassboro-Monroe Township Bike Trail 3 – 4 times a week for an hour each time, and doing 80 push-ups, 20 pull-ups, and 250 crunches 2 times a week

I found that most days I was vegan. Other than salads, the foods I have eaten most while on the diet:

  1. Eggo Special K 99%Fat Free Waffles which essentially serve as a boat for 5 – 7 cups of fresh fruit (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, peaches, tangerines, etc.)
  2. Hungry Jack Lite Syrup
  3. sweet potatoes
  4. a stir fry consisting of fresh zucchini, onions, brocholini, and either tofu, chicken, or shrimp
  5. pizza from Benny’s Pizzeria on Mantua Pike ordered with no cheese but with mushrooms and green peppers
  6. various sushi for dinner
  7. various Chinese for dinner
  8. Orville Redenbacher’s Original Kernal popcorn cooked on the stove in my special popcorn pot

The one food that I know immediately puts the weight back on, which is sad to say because it is so good, is Pal Joey’s subs.Changes I have noticed since the weight started coming off:

  1. I make more trips to the supermarket to replenish my supply of fruit and veggies
  2. I went down one pants size
  3. I don’t get nearly as winded when walking across campus
  4. Now that winter is upon us, I am much colder most of the time
  5. I have more energy

The goal now is to keep it off. I’ll let you know how that goes. Off to breakfast.

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