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Mark’s Latest Weigh-In

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

The weight continues to drop off. This morning I saw 246 on the scale for the first time in a couple of years. That’s eight pounds lost since I started the Xocai meal replacement shakes 17 days ago, and 24 total since I decided to lose weight back in April.

As a little bit of a history, Becky and I have been eating Xocai Healthy Chocolate for a year or so now, but it didn’t seem to have an effect on my weight for most of that time. While the pain and inflammation that made it difficult to get in and out of my car and near impossible to tie my own shoes went away almost immediately, I wasn’t serious at all about my weight problem and continued to gain. Then in April, I saw the number 270 on the scale. For some reason that was the moment that I realized that if I didn’t get this under control, I could looking at 300 pounds soon. Privately, I’d always dismissed people that weighed 300+ as having some real personality issues. I smugly thought “How can any self-respecting person let themselves go like that?” Yet there I was, 90% of my way to that number. I’d pretty much answered my own question.

So the first thing I did was go back to what had worked for me in the past – something that most dieting gurus tell you NOT to do. They (including the experts that wrote the diet plan that comes with the Xocai shakes) say you should only weigh yourself once a week. But I’d found in the past that if I weighed myself every morning and marked it off on a graph, I tended to think of the next morning’s number whenever I contemplated eating something. Back in my mid-twenties I’d done that and gone from what I’d thought was an incredibly fat 180 pounds back to my high school weight of 160. I thought that maybe I could harness that again.

Since I work from home and have a kitchen fortified with enough food to feed the five of us, the temptation is always there to snag things all through the day. It’s SO easy to grab “just a little of this” or “just a little of that”, but knowing that I’ll have to face the scale and chart first thing in the morning really helps me be accountable. The funny thing is, if I can talk myself out of that craving for just a few minutes, it goes away and I realize I wasn’t really that hungry after all.

That being said, I think the experts are right – for the vast majority of people, weighing once a week really is best. You’re going to have those days when you’ve stuck your diet faithfully, only to see your weight increase on the scale the next day. The natural rhythms of our bodies are like that, but for a lot of people, it can be really discouraging. For me, those unhappy weigh-ins are offset by those times when I step onto the scale knowing that I’d done a poor job with my eating the day before, only to find that I’ve lost another pound anyway.

One thing I know for sure, though, is that the Xocai shakes have accelerated my weight loss incredibly, yet I have fewer hunger pangs and a lot more energy than when I was dieting without them. But even better, I know that when I eventually hit my goal weight, I can continue to enjoy the shakes to maintain my weight. It’s not like being on some exotic, taste bud-killing, time-consuming regimen – it’s CHOCOLATE!!

My Inspiration

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Seeing Mike in person really spurred me on to start believing that I could lose weight. He was part of a medically supervised weight loss study that had some pretty incredible results. I don’t expect my results to come as fast as his (I’m a chronic cheater when it comes to diets), but I’m continuing to have the kind of success that will keep me motivated. More on that study in a later post.

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Hi everyone and welcome to Mark & Becky’s Xollent Chocolate blog.

I’ve decided to spread the word that I’ve begun yet another attempt to lose the excess weight that’s been creeping up on me for the last 20 years. I’ve gone on so many diets over the years that my first impulse is to not tell anyone, knowing that out of politeness and sincere wishes for my success, they’ll all say “Hey, that’s great!”, but be thinking to themselves “Gee, haven’t we heard THAT before?”

So why throw this out there now? Why not wait until my weight loss becomes so obvious that everyone asks me about it? Well, Xocai has just introduced a product and diet plan that have really worked for others – not just for losing weight, but for basic, profound improvements in their health and lives generally. I’m really excited about what it could do for me, so I’m going to be sharing my experiences with it from early on.

I started two weeks ago and I’m down six pounds, from 254 to 248. This doesn’t sound like a lot, especially in the early part of a new diet, but it’s a lot more than I was expecting. I’ll get into why that is next time.