A Little Over a Month Ago


I can’t believe it’s been over a month since I started Operation 20lbs! Ack! Time is literally flying by faster than the speed of life anymore. I wish I had a pause button. Especially for days like today with the sun shinning and the temperatures in the 70s! Pure bliss!

With spring settling in and summer on the horizon, things are starting to get busy around here. This makes me nervous. I’m just having troubles managing my time these days. I’ve honestly never been a good time manager, but I seem to be even worse lately. Usually when things get busy my diet and exercise seem to be the first things to go. Then, once those are out the window, my internet and creative time start to slip. If you look at the numbers of posts per month for pervious years you’ll notice a decrease in the summer months. It’s just inevitable. Or, I should say, WAS inevitable. I’m in the process of taking some steps to reorganize how I manage my time and were I’m spending my energy. Fingers crossed, by May, I will have a better schedule and more time for the things I really love. But, more important,  more time to live and enjoy life. So, If you have any time management suggestions, I would really, really appreciate them. Feel free to throw them in the comments section.

But that’s not really what this post was about. Back to Operation 20lbs. Back in mid March I announced a little diet goal. So I thought I’d just fill you in.

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As of today, I’ve lost 5lbs. Not great, but not too bad either. Honestly, I was hoping to be a little further along.  I was pretty strict about my diet and was jogging about five miles every day. I do notice my clothes are fitting a little better and I definitely look like I’ve lost some weight, so that’s good.

Though, I have to admit, my diet kind of feel apart Easter weekend and has been a mess sense. I’ve still been running though, not everyday, but at least three times a week. In fact, the day before Easter, I hit a personal best.

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As you can see I ran 6.30 miles in about one hour and two minutes. Not too shabby! Thanks to my sister-in-law I’ve been using this iPhone application called RunKeeper to track my progress. Love it!

So to me back on track, this weekend I did some online research and decided I would try a more restrictive diet. A friend of mine lent me some information on the Insanity Workout. While I don’t think I will be using the actual video program, though I’m still undecided, I will be trying out the Nutrition Guide.

I’m obviously not going to post the guide here as I assume the information is copyrighted, but I will share the general idea of the program. There are five groups of food. The program states that if you only eat the items in the first two levels you will have a near perfect diet. Whatever that means. (I’m obviously no fitness/nutrition expert).

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Lean Beef Burger with Feta, Berries, Green Beans


The program is based on eating five small meals throughout the day. These meals range in calories anywhere from 300-400. They are protein packed and low in sugars and breads. The packet included several ideas for meals and all that good stuff.

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Whole Grain Toast with Turkey, Part Skim Mozzarella and Mustard, Strawberries and Tomato


I started this new plan yesterday and so far it’s going well. I’m honestly not hungry, but I do miss my sweets. I think I can handle for a couple months as long as I keep my goal in mind. We shall see. (Also, wine and beer are in group three, so I may have to tap into that area every once in a while for my own sanity.)

So begins Operation 20lbs, Part 2!

Anyone else out there try this plan or something similar.
For those of you that mentioned you were dieting too, hows it going?


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  • Liz at

    Good morning Michael! I too have a problem with time management and am looking forward to reading suggestions. I have kept up with my daily workouts though and am 5 lbs down to my 10 lb goal. The diet plan you are trying sounds pretty much like what I have been doing, my downfall is carbs though. I can’t seem to give them up completely. I also think I need to be more conscious of everything I am eating, I tend to pick at things throughout the day which can add a lot of extra calories. Maybe I should start writing down everything I eat. I think I’ll give it a try!

  • Lillian at

    Good morning Michael! I suck at time management! I’ve been trying to improve on it since the top of the year. Also, I’ve been trying to drop some weight and have been focused on getting to the gym on a regular basis. To help get rid of my excess “stuff”, I’ve decided to primarily eat grain free. My trainer suggested that I eat 20 – 30 grams of protein with 45 mins to an hour of waking. To get this done in the small amount of time I have before getting off to work, my trainer told me to try a protein drink. One scoop of protein powder (I use lemon cream pie flavor) and one cup of unsweetened almond milk all mixed in a blender bottle. I drink it on my commute to work. Let me tell you, it fills me up, sustains my appetite for the morning and sets the tone for the rest of the day! In a little over a month I’m down 7lbs and have gone down one jean size! Try it for one week and I think you’ll see a difference. Let me know if you want me to send you some meal ideas that are low carb. Good Luck!

  • Mrs. Limestone at

    Time never seems to fly when Im on a diet so you must be mastering it (even if you wish you were a little further along)

    Im the worlds worst dieter so I wont give you any advice – just wanted to congratulate you on the loss and staying healthy. Good luck!

  • StephCreative at

    OMG, an hour for 6.3 miles?! YOU ARE A ROCK STAR! Nice work, man. 🙂

  • Julie at

    Wow! Your running is impressive! I personally have lost 40 lbs, then big plateau….couldn’t figure out what I was doing wrong. Surprise..2 months pregnant!! So, I will follow along with you, and keep my eating on track, so it (hopefully) will come back off. My goals have all been put on hold for a few months LOL. Best of luck to you. You can do it!

  • denverdietrich at

    Congrats – 5 lbs is fantastic! And I agree with Julie, you are a speedy runner. Are you training for any races? Sometimes those are good motivation to keep up the running and eating well – without the focus on the weightloss. Can’t wait to hear how this progresses!

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