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Operation Trim One Year Later 001

Greetings and salutations, my friends.  I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season.  I may have enjoyed myself a little too much, but that is what the holidays are for, am I right?

The tough part is getting back into a routine following a month of feasting, and perhaps not enough exercise.  The good news is I am still down over 20 lbs since I started Operation Trim last January.  I was getting close to 30 lbs, and my ultimate goal of 38 lbs, but sometimes life just gets in the way.

The photos above and below show a comparison of January 2012, and last week.  I definitely still see a difference.  I know the lighting is different, and I raised the wrong leg, but you get the idea.  I’m happy with what I have done so far to change my way of eating and drinking, but I definitely still need to do more.

Operation Trim One Year Later 002

The first thing I need to do is to stop my alcohol consumption during the work week.  I got into the habit of having a glass of wine with dinner, and perhaps a scotch or a cognac before or after dinner.  So, alcohol will be kept to a minimum, and only on weekends.

Second, I need to cut back on unhealthy snacking, and desserts.  When you have Christmas cookies and chocolates in the house, you tend to gravitate towards eating those instead of better snacks like vegetables and fruit.  Step two – pitch the leftover holiday treats, and buy more fruit.

Third, start cooking more again instead of ordering in.  This is a killer.  Even if I think I am ordering something healthier, I don’t know what the restaurants put into these dishes.  If I cook it, I know what’s in it.

Fourth, I need to hit the gym 3 times a week for 45 minutes to an hour, and run an additional 3 times per week giving myself one day a week of doing nothing.  I found last year that running was the best exercise for me.  It helped me shed the pounds.  I hate going to the gym, but lifting light weights a few times a week is a good way to keep myself toned.

Fifth, I need to get back to being accountable.  I don’t plan on updating Operation Trim every week like I did last year, but I will continue my weekly Weight Watchers weigh-ins, and I will post a monthly update.  In addition, I invite any friends and readers who have similar goals, or success stories to email me if you are interested in having my post your story to this site.  Could be fun!  crabapplenyc @

In addition to updating this particular category, I am considering a reboot of the entire Crabapple site.  This will help me focus the site a bit more, and to get back to writing about what I really like – clothes, fitness, The New York Mets, James Bond, fiction, travel, etc.  That’s all a work in progress.  We’ll see how that goes.

Have a great week!



Operation Trim Week 51 172

It’s been an interesting year.  I started 2012 at 198 lbs, the heaviest I have even been.  Almost 52 weeks later, and I’m weighing in around the 172 mark.  That equals about 26 lbs, or about 1/2 lb per week lost.  In the grand scheme of things, I am happy to have lost this weight.  Around late spring, I plateaued in the mid 170’s, and have been bouncing around this mark ever since.  The good thing is I haven’t gained the weight back even with vacations, summer bbq’s, business travel, and Thanksgiving.  The real challenge will be next week for Christmas at my in-laws – my mother in law likes to make us pancakes.  I figure I can get through the holidays, and start fresh in 2013 working towards my goal of 160 lbs.

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This was my first Operation Trim photo taken on January 2nd.  Yes, the lighting is bad and the angle is different, but I think the difference is clear.  Not only do I have Weight Watchers to thank, but also my wife, my friends, and my family for being supportive.  And running has certainly helped.  This year I ran four short races between 4 and 7 miles.  Next year I hope to run a half marathon, but we’ll see.

I also need to land a new job for 2013.  Yeah, it’s been a while since I’ve updated anything on this site.  Unfortunately my last position did not work out, but it was certainly an interesting learning experience.  I really hope my next move will be the right one, and that I can stay there for a long time.

I’m not sure what I plan to do with Crabapple, or my other blogs in the new year.  I have kind of lost the passion that fueled my blogging in the past.  I would love to get back to writing fiction in my free time next year.  If I did plan on writing a list of New Year’s resolutions that would be on it.  So would the final 12 lbs.  Then I would add curbing my spending on clothes and dining out.  But this isn’t a list of resolutions, so there.

I want to thank everyone who has kept up with my weight loss in 2012, and who has offered support and encouragement.  You were all a big help.

Have a wonderful holiday season and happy new year!!

Greetings, readers of the gospel according to Sam (aka. Crabapple.)  It’s been two weeks since I posted to Operation Trim.  I know I said I would post every week, but you also agreed to give me a nudge if I didn’t update you.  Forgive & forget, I suppose.

The last week or so has been interesting for me.  Even with fasting for a day on Yom Kippur, I remain at around the same weight.  That’s the reason I couldn’t post last Wednesday.  I was going to update on Thursday, but I got some interesting news that consumed my attention for the rest of the week, and continues to today.  I weighed in at 171 last week too.  Whatever.  I still haven’t broken that 170 mark on a weigh in day.  I hope to soon.  I am getting bored.

And speaking of boredom, I’m bored with the whole Operation Trim weekly diary entries too.  I’m not going to quit my program.  Quite the contrary.  in fact, I have a little extra free time right now, and plan on using it to exercise some more.  I just plan on moving the entries to Instagram.  They will continue to update on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Tumblr.  But at least for now, I don’t think I will continue to update it on Crabapple.  I’m at a point again, where I think about the future of this blog, and what I want to do with it.  I barely post anything aside from Operation Trim, and stuff I want to buy at J.Crew.  I’ve had Crabapple since 2008, so it’s not going anywhere; I just need to reassess it…again.

Anyway, that’s it for today.  Please follow me on Instagram @crabapplenyc to continue to follow my progress.

Thanks everyone!

No change…again.  At least the Mets’ season is over.  I don’t need to worry about gorging on hot dogs and beer at any more baseball games.  But unlike the Mets I have not thrown in the towel.  I still have 12 pounds to lose, and help me Bob, I will do it!  Need to exercise more, eat less bad food.  Doesn’t help that when I am on the road for work, the majority of road options is McDonald’s or some other crap like that.  Their salads are nasty.  That doesn’t mean I automatically gravitate towards the burgers though.  No, instead I usually get the classic grilled chicken without mayo, cheese, or flavor.  Yesterday I tried the just coffee all day method which proved to be an awful idea.  I was starving by the time I got home.

I don’t expect to see much change next week with my birthday weekend coming up, but maybe I just won’t eat like a crazy person.  We’re going to PJ Clarks’s Friday night; my favorite NYC restaurant.  We usually split the calamari, and I get the short ribs if available.  Saturday is the Oyster Festival on Stone Street, and then we’re headed to a BBQ at a friend’s new house.  I guess I will shoot to run 5+ miles on Sunday.  Till next week…

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