My Journey to a Healthy Me, Days 317 – 330

Well, it has been another few days. I meant to get a blog post in before I left out for Thanksgiving, but just didn’t make it.

The last couple of months have been a bit of a struggle, but I feel like I am breaking through it these last few weeks. Focusing on making sure I am in a decent calorie deficit has been helping. I have also been stepping up my walking game. 10,000 steps quite a few days recently. Not really much last week, as it was all time to get ready for Thanksgiving.

We traveled down to my Sister-in-law’s place for Thanksgiving. I kept it Keto, even though it wasn’t easy. Of course we had turkey. We brought a Honeybaked Spiral cut ham with us. Of course, that is like 5 carbs a serving from all that sugar. Still, that is pretty much what I ate. I had a few green beans. I brought some spicy pork rinds to snack on too since we were down there for a few days. Other meals I kept it pretty simple. Eggs and ham, I had eggs and sausage from McDonalds one meal. I did have one bite of cranberry sauce. I cut a piece of cheesecake and pumpkin pie for my wife too. I wanted a piece, but I settled for just having a small taste of what was left on the knife. That made me really want to eat something sweet after that. haha. I refrained though. I did have a few sips of wine over the couple of days as well. Just taste of ones they were all trying. Man, they were super sweet. I could see drinking a bunch of that. It was better just to avoid it.

While I haven’t been making the progress I had really wanted, I have been doing pretty damn good this year.

My biggest failure, was to gain all my weight back so fast. October 7th, 2014 I was 257.3 lbs (my lightest). September 21st, 2015 I was 385.2 lbs. 127.9 lbs gained in less then a year’s time. I floundered over the next 2 1/2 years or so, only getting to 367.6 lbs at the beginning of 2018. January 1st of this year was my time to get back at it. I wanted this to me my defining year. The year to help erase that horrible failure of a year.  So far, I am doing it.

AS of this morning, I am 265.1 lbs. 99.7 lbs gone this year. I still have a month to go. Can I get to my lightest weight ever? That is my goal.


To help my with my goal if hitting that 257 mark, I am doing the final NerdFitness Challenge of the year. I got my thread up last night. Tateman – Finish of 2018 with a Bang!

I am taking on many goals this challenge. Much of which, I have done over this last year.

  1. Keto with a deficit.
  2. Read and Sleep
  3. Walking with a chance of running
  4. Workout!
  5. Posting to my Blog, and Nerdfitness daily
  6. Take a Linux course

I had worked on my deficit tracking last challenge. I did have a few days of 1000+ calorie deficit. I should be able to hit that 1000 calorie deficit each day with the help of working out, running, and walking.

Sleep/Rest is super important too. If I am doing all this extra movement, I for sure need to make sure I get the rest and recovery I need to keep at it.

I’ve also been back about keeping the blog updated. So I am working that into my challenge.

The Linux course is mostly for fun. Plus learning. I really want to see if I think it would be a good fit for me to pursue as a career choice.

My possible wrinkle to my plan

I started to apply for a bit of work. One job would be 12 hours shits running 3 days one week, 4 days the next. I did this kind of shift a long time ago, and loved it. Of course, that was before two kids and 20 years later haha. Money is tight though, so I really need to get out there and work again. If I get sometime soonish, I will probably have to re adjust my goals to fit in the new schedule. Still excited to try.


  1. Great job I am very curious as to why you are doing Keto with a caloric deficit I haven’t heard too much about this but I’m interested in the science behind it. As you know I do keto but I’m interested in different ways to research certain approaches so if you could share with me where and why you are doing a caloric deficit I would be grateful! By the way, great job with all of the fat you have lost this year you have done a ton of hard work and habit forming to get to this point and I’m sure you can reach a new low by the New Year!

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    1. Well, I have been tracking my calories for awhile. Really trying to get to the root cause of why I wasn’t losing weight. Those couple of months I thought I had it all figured out. Looking closer though, I don’t think I was as active as I thought, so I had no calorie deficit really. No deficit, no weight loss. I started to pay more attention there, and the weight started slowing coming off again. So really, I am trying to base how much I eat, by how active I actually am. I know when I get in 10,000 steps, I am able to eat much more then if I only got in a couple thousand. Yesterday, I was slightly over 1700 calories, and cronometer said I still had over 2000 deficit. So I really could have had more calories haha. Cronometer does add in burned calories just from living too. But it calculates out the remaining that you could eat in theory.


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