Most recently . . .


It is almost sad that “Most recently” is the title of this blog entry.  I am only thirty years old and I am already to the point of saying “my most recent attempt at eating right was . . .”  Eating right is not easy!

Generally, the way I eat is if I’m hungry and there is food available I will eat until I am not hungry.  And, trust me, I can put it away.  I am about 6’3″ and 245 pounds.  Even if I lost a majority of my body fat I would still be 200+ pounds.  I have a large frame.  My point is that I need to eat more than my wife who is only 5’2″ and has a small frame.  The only problem is that most diet plans don’t really take that into account.  They give you recommendations for how many calories to eat in a day, how big of a serving size you should have, etc. but they rarely give recommendations based on the size of the person.  Now I know that I am bigger than most people, but it makes it a little more difficult to figure out the right portion size for someone who is above average like me.  It doesn’t feel right that I only get to eat the same amount as my wife.

The Military Diet

That being said, I decided to look for a diet program that would account for a guy my size.  I didn’t have to do a whole lot of research before I came across “The Military Diet.”  I figured that he military  is full of a bunch of tough, big guys like me.  Theses guys wouldn’t go for a “diet” that starved them and only allowed them to eat kale.  The more I looked into “The Military Diet” the more I liked what I saw.  It claims to be the way the military gets willing recruits to lose weight quickly.  “Lose up to 10 pounds per week without any exercise or prescriptions.”  Sounds good to me, even if it does sound too good to be true.

“The Military Diet” is a three days on four days off type diet.  You have a very strict diet for three days and then a less restrictive, more normal, way of eating the rest of the week.  What is even better is that on the three days of strict dieting you still get to eat peanut butter, bread, meat, and ICE CREAM.  It’s not just fruits and vegetables.  So, even though it wasn’t quite the portions I was hoping for, it is the foods I like.


I did the military diet for 3 weeks and lost 8 pounds.  Not bad right? Well, it’s not that simple.  Yes, I lost weight.  But, when I reflected on the diet and my food choices, not much was changing.  Part of being on a diet is eating better and giving your body what it needs.  I didn’t feel like I was giving my body what it needed.  I wasn’t eating enough vegetables.  I wasn’t eating enough fruit. This diet wasn’t changing my health it was just helping me lose a little weight.  I certainly want to lose weight, but I also want to feel good doing it.  I want the doctor to be impressed with how well my body is working. I want to treat my body the way it needs to be treated.  This diet was not helping me do that.

Maybe I am being a little unfair.  I did follow the diet pretty closely on the 3 days on but on the 4 days off my eating habits didn’t change a whole lot.  I kept eating what I had always eaten, and that was on me.  I could have eaten more fruits and vegetable on those days, but I chose not to.  I treated them more as free days than as 4 days of eating more calories while putting better foods into my body.


“The Military Diet” will help you lose weight.  I don’t know all of the science behind it, but I lost weight doing it.  But, if you want a diet that will help your body become healthier and lose weight this diet will not help.

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What is the dieting dude?

I really hate that word! Diet . . . ugh!

My name is James and I am a thirty year old man and have always quite enjoyed food.   I wouldn’t consider my self fat, but I am definitely unhealthy and overweight.

Growing up  I had quite the metabolism.  I was always active, always playing sports, and almost always eating.  I went to college in Chicago and stayed active throughout my college years: intramurals, choir, walking the city, and trying to woo my future wife.

After I convinced my wife, Amy, to marry me we moved to East Tennessee (the best place in the country) and I was forced to stay active.  I had a part time teaching job, a part time job stocking shelves at Target, and I also coached year round.  Things eventually slowed down because we were finally able to pay off some debt and keep up with the bills.  I was able to quit Target (no offense Target, but I would rather put with a classroom of 20 high schoolers than stock shelves at 4 am) and got a full time teaching job.  I am currently going on my 8th year of teaching and coaching both soccer and basketball.

I love my life and my job.  I love my wife and my kids (oh wait, I haven’t mentioned them yet).  So after 5 years of marriage we decide it would be a good time to have kids.  That is most certainly not a decision that I regret, but it has brought about a ton of change and (since this is a blog about me) more specifically in my life. We have two boys, ages 1 and 3, and they are awesome.  But, man, they sure have complicated my life (which isn’t a bad thing just a hard thing).  My schedule is completely jam packed and even when its not all I want to do is spend either more time with my kids and wife or more time asleep in my bed. Also, for those of you who do not know it is hard to find time to workout when you have young kids and yet somehow it is very easy to find time to eat.

At this point in my post I feel like I am just rambling.  I’ve never really had a blog before so this is new to me. I am also not much of a writer, which is probably pretty obvious to those of you that are.  I guess I just wanted you to know a little bit about me and about who I am.  I don’t have an extraordinary life, it is actually very ordinary.  I work to make ends meet and because I know that I am making a difference at what I am doing.  I don’t have lots of (or really any) disposable income to throw at dieting (there’s that word again).  I am betting that I am a lot like you.  Am I right?

So, why am I writing this blog if I don’t seem to have much time?  Good question.  The answer is because I don’t think I am alone in this.  I want others to be able to learn from the mistakes I’ve made and to build off of some of the better things I’ve done.  I will try to share some of the workouts I’ve tried, some of the diets I’ve suffered through, and some of the life choices I’ve made all in the name of better health.  I am writing not to share all of my success stories (honestly there aren’t a whole lot) but to bring you along on my journey.

Well, hopefully this is the first of many posts by the dieting dude.  Yes, I hate the word diet and yes, I did give myself the title “dieting dude.”  The titles “Guy who is just trying to eat better” and “healthier me man” just don’t have the same ring to them.