Friday, January 7, 2011

Snerdey's "BIG" Secret

Today's post is not about business but in a way it is. No, I'm not going to end it with a special offer or discount. So how is it about business without asking you to whip out that credit card or signup. Easy.. I'm going to tell you what I've been up too since January 2010.. don't leave just yet as you might know someone that could use what I'm about to share with the world :)

Dad and Me Before My Diet (all in my gut)
Notice.. he's looking at my belly!

I call it = My Monday Diet

I've been writing my 1st book since last January 2010. When I have a moment or think of something I've changed or modified in my diet I've shared it. Soooooooo many people are over weight in this world. You don't have to be 100's of pounds over your average class weight. I'm 6' 6" and it's easy to hide a pound here and there believe you me!

Spent way too much time at the desk, drinking too many beers, bbq'g and eating fast food on the go. My weight really sneaked up on me to a whopping 350 lbs (now that's really being sneaky) eh? I looked more like a walking peanut .. but somehow the bad habits just remained.

Skipping all the details.. I went to California in January 2010 to be there for my dad's cancer surgery. 1st thing he told me was "boy, ya huge!" yep it hit my like a rock and I felt like eating more there and then!!

I drove over there cause I wanted to have my Jeep with me and I thought since I'm single that it might just be my new home. Once he was done with recovery, by the way he's also a cancer survivor - YEAH! He said.. "so, when ya thinking of heading back?". Within a week I was headed home.

On the way home I had lots of time to think. Must have stopped for gas a zillion times. Each time getting some chips, candy, cold sandwich, peanuts and a coke. Took me 3 days to get home as I was not in a rush. By the time I got home, there was a shocking result of 3 day drive as the scale showed that I gained 10 pounds, that I needed?

That's when I figured out that I had to take this seriously. It was easy for me to see what I did wrong. I knew what I ate, I was not exercising at all. Pretty much everyone hates dieting. After giving it much thought I decided to try something totally different. I thought of this idea all on my own. And you know what.. it worked. I'm now 260lbs and with more pounds to loose to be back in shape like I was in high school :)

How did I do it?

You won't believe me but here it goes..

It was a Monday when I went to the store to get some gas. While in the store I grabbed my coke, chips and peanuts. It was about 10:30, just had 3 breakfast taco's a couple of hours before. So right there and then it was clear as day to me what I was doing wrong. Here's my 1st step of my diet, I decided to start getting rid of the daily habits. First thing that came to mind was no one can eat just one chip, correct? So, I grabbed one chip, ate it and closed the bag for good! This was not easy and I found myself eating other junk instead!

The following Monday I was at the same store getting gas. I changed the drink to one of those Zero types as I love sodas. This time I did not buy the peanuts.. just the soda. I still eat whatever it is I want for breakfast, lunch and supper. Being it was a Monday, just figured it's a good day to choose to select what I'm removing from my daily habits.

One Monday I decided to cut out French Fries.. oh, that was the hardest. Next it was candy then I picked no more shots or mixed drinks! It's been a year now and I've lost a total of 90 lbs. I can actually see my feet if you know what I mean - LOL

Once I'm back to my normal weight I've been telling myself that I'll be able to have a fry now and then, a candy bar but just not every day.

Summer 2010 South Padre Island
In front of the Hardhat Tree
45 pounds missing .. you should see me now!
(smaller photo, it was a cell photo shot)

My book needs a name... What do you think a good name would be for it?

I love my Dad!

PS.. it's about business cause I need to stay healthy for all those counting on me to be there for them. I'm so looking forward to the day I can start hiring help :)

Hope you've enjoyed today's post, be sure and come back tomorrow for more.


  1. Congrats, you're doing fantastic! What a great example of how little changes can really add up.

    Keep up the good work!

    ~Amy Sue

  2. You are an inspiration! And I believe it's the smartest way to go; simply changing one habit at a time.

  3. Thanks everyone! I'm also finally ready to commit to working out. Actually going to join a gym to workout with my buddies :)

  4. WooHoo!! Such a tough road, but you've been doing it one step at a time! I've been working on the same goal; just not nearly the dramatic success. I've lost 38# with that many more to go.
    Would love to read the book!! :)

  5. Congrats to you too! Well, soon as I'm done I'll post it here so you'll get a notice. Heck, I'll be blabbing about it all over the place :)

    Still.. can't figure out what to name it. Let me know if anything comes to mind.

  6. Thanks for a great read and inspiration. Since I quit smoking in 2004 my matabolism went south while my weight went north. I kinda got up 260 (from 185 when I smoked). So now I'm doing 2 laps around my job (1 mile) and cutting one thing out per week and paying attention to what I eat. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Bob at Bobs Blahg

  7. Awesome that you are doing so well. I know it is hard to cut out foods you love and change those habits. Doing it one thing at a time is such a great idea. Wish I could have done that when giving up the Gluten!

    Getting to the gym is a wonderful way to start the next part of your journey.

  8. I like "The Monday Diet" -since that's how YOU think of it. But, it does seem the word diet is not used much for weight loss books these days. And, it really is not accurate, since its not a diet that you will be stopping, and its not a style of eating (Mediteranean Diet, Vegetarian Diet).

    So, perhaps the subtitle could be "My Monday Diet" or "One Monday at a Time".

    Without getting too deep into it... the crux of your approach is twofold: Making one small change it a time (with a PLAN of when the next change will be made), and eliminating specific foods entirely.

    There is certainly a book there, and a name... Ill let you know when I think of it!

    Congratulations to you on STICKING WITH all of your habit changes, and continuing to make an additional change each Monday. Wow!

    1. I finally can take time to write this again as my life changed so much. Traveling Europe indeed impacted my plans but it gave me time to think more and I came up with book title - will update again soon :)

  9. You're doing great!! Love the concept. Keep it up!

  10. Thank you so much for taking the time to read the post and for your comments, suggestions :)

  11. I know it's been a while but finally decided the direction to take. Creating an app that will hopefully help millions not only loose weight but also save money. I hope to have it released this year it's been in the process forever and gotta get it out of my head!