gluten free holiday

Down sixty.

^^That’s my “60 pounds lost” celebratory Klondike Bar. It tasted a lot like the Dairy Queen Dipped Cones I miss so much… Gluten filled cake cones be damned.

Where I am.

Today, after losing 60 pounds, I look like this:

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The week before Thanksgiving I had some time off of work and I started to look for a house to buy. Finding a home of my own has been on my radar for the better part of the last decade, and I finally have everything lining up to make it happen. Hopefully, I will find a home that is awesome which will be a stepping stone toward even better things!

Re: The Dreaded Thanksgiving Dinner… it came and went a few calories over budget as expected… but totally worth it. Mom’s Pumpkin Pie filling in small ramekins were unbelievably good! I had a great meal, but with hard work to stay on track, I kept on losing. Latkes and Brisket are the next food hurdle to jump.

Where I am going.

Eating well in December and January has always been tough for me as my birthday falls smack in the middle of the Holiday Parties and New Years celebrations on Dec. 30th. After making it past the milestone treat days and Thanksgiving this year I know I can make great decisions while still enjoying myself. I look forward to the opportunity to break my Birthday Blowout cycle.

Finally….

I there are a ton of challenges coming up in the new year that could stress me out and derail me. I am confident that I can continue being mindful and I can keep getting healthier if I just look back at the successes I have worked hard for over the last several months.

I will likely have one last post before the end of the year… I know you are all desperately waiting for it! 😉

Here’s to a fulfilling 14 days until I turn 28,

-jd-

Down fifty. (That’s with a 5 and a 0.)

^^That’s my “50 pounds lost” celebratory Chocolate Confetti Cake from Whole Foods. (They have some great gluten free baked goods and I look forward to more specialty gluten free holiday treats… in moderation of course.)

Where I am.

After 50 pounds (a haircut and a beard trim) I look like this today:

That October Bronchitis Bout was a bit worse than I thought. My health and schedule colluded to keep me out of the gym so far this month as well. I did, however, stay very active at work and thankfully the weight continued to fall away.

Where I am going.

I am sure the next month(s) will test my calorie intake, but I am continuing my soft goal of 2000 calories a day and the hard goal of 2500 or fewer calories daily. I haven’t gone over 2500 calories since starting over 4 months ago and things are going well. Slow, steady, and healthy. If I hit another big milestone I’ll post an update.

Finally….

The last several months I have felt an outpouring of support for my healthy adventures. As we get closer to my favorite holiday Thanksgiving, I am reminded how thankful I am of everyone who has read, commented, high-fived, or hugged me as I keep going. Your support over the last 120+ days has not only helped me become a healthier person, but more importantly it is helping me become a better man. Thank you all.

Here’s to you and yours during the holiday season,

-jd-