This Train is Rolling

Miniature TrainThis past Sunday I took a vote among myself and it was unanimous: enough is enough, after all. It seems I had it right the first time. Now I know I’ve said this before, but trust me, this time will be different. This time it’s going to click. This time I won’t hop off the train just an hour into the trip.

By the time you read this, Tuesday, it will be Day Three of Attempt #104. I’m writing this at the end of Day Two and all I have to say is, “So far, so good.” I spent a couple hours on Sunday at the grocery store, buying all new foods for my new special program. I actually enjoyed pushing the cart around and throwing all sorts of things into it: fruits, veggies, whole grain cheese, organic Cap’n Crunch, low fat Crisco, and, of course, diet fried salami on a stick (zero milligrams cholesterol!) There’s nothing quite like the boundless promise of a new diet to make you stock up on things you never normally buy.

As soon as I got home, I set to making veggie soup. I once posted the recipe at Lord of the Onion Rings. But since I shut down that blog, the recipe is no longer available on the interwebs. (Maybe I’ll start posting recipes here. Anyone game for that?) Until such time as I do upload another recipe, here’s a placeholder for my awesome veggie soup:

  1. Sautรฉ onions and celery.
  2. Add stock.
  3. Add vegetables.

That’s it. Let it cook between one hour and three days and you’ll be enjoying bowl after bowl of the healthiest meal Produce coupons can buy.

Week Zero
Starting Weight 233.0
Lost So Far n/a
Pounds To Go 34.0

So here we have the first chart of my next trip back to Onederland. I packed my bags, made it to the station, and hopped on the train without a moment to lose. And I don’t care if Halloweentown, Thanksgivingland, and Christmasville are the upcoming stops. I’m not going to let the specter of festivities to come keep me from starting. If I lose twenty before then and gain ten back over the holidays that’s so much better than gaining another ten between now and the holidays and then throwing another ten on top of it.

Update! I’ve had more than one person ask about the picture thing and I realized, indeed, I wasn’t very clear in my instructions. Original instructions have now been deleted and replaced with a sample photo:

11 Responses to “This Train is Rolling”

tuscanystone said
August 17, 2010 at 6:29 am

I’m on board Charlie.

I’ve lost the 4lbs I gained back from the 5lbs I lost before my 4 day break…..if that makes any sense.

So, 27lbs to go! ๐Ÿ™‚

Would love recipe’s. They say that you lose more weight/stick to a diet when you eat soup. Fills you up more! So eat as much soup as you can.

I’m into rocket, spinach and strawberry salads at the moment….pop along to my blog as I posted a picture yesterday.

Tusc ๐Ÿ™‚

Tish said
August 17, 2010 at 7:33 am

I’m on board, too. I’ve staked out a seat here in the dining car and am having my breakfast of non-frosted mini wheats, peach slices, and ff milk. I hear that there’s a fitness car complete with trainer, too.

Helen said
August 17, 2010 at 7:33 am

Toot! Toot! All Aboard!

“People all over the world, join in, join the Weight Loss Train, on Charlie’s Train” (apologies to the O’Jays)

Oh, sorry, I got distracted.

Yes, post any recipes you like. I know you come from a family of great cooks!

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said
August 17, 2010 at 7:48 am

Hey!! That’s ME on that train!! I AM cool, aren’t I!

I just posted last night about the “diet” that WORKED for me. That was the one that made me lose 100 lbs. I need to “flip the switch” to get back into it and I Just. Can’t. Do. It.

237 so 38 lbs. to go until onederland. If you promise not to stop driving that train I’ll promise to stay on it!
Here’s where I posted my 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 diet that seemed to work for ME. Thanks!!!

Jason said
August 17, 2010 at 9:56 am

Toot toot!!!

Stephanie said
August 17, 2010 at 12:59 pm

I’m on the train and boy do I have the jumbo caboose to prove it!

Stephanie bringing up the caboose

Charlie said
August 17, 2010 at 1:07 pm

And don’t forget about this part kids!

Scribble โ€œIโ€™m on board, Charlieโ€ on a piece of paper, hold it up in front of a camera, snap a pic and send me the results.

It’s like a friendly contract: a commitment that you were so fired up about the train that you took two minutes to click a pic and upload it for all the world to see. This is what will stick in your mind when you’re at that tipping point.

Biz said
August 17, 2010 at 1:37 pm

I am on board!! Is there room for your prettier sister on the train?

Hooray for veggie soup! Charlie, you might like my zero point Mexican soup – its got a kick to it and I know how you like it spicy like me! ๐Ÿ˜€

Biz said
August 17, 2010 at 3:03 pm

Got it! ๐Ÿ˜€

Quix said
August 17, 2010 at 4:44 pm

Love the veggie soup! I make a chicken tortilla (that’s more of a spicy chicken vegetable) that’s out of this world.

…and I’m on the train. Toot toot! #$(*%& last 10 lbs being the hardest (#$*%&

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