Me on my room's balcony. First day on cruise. 8/12/12
An old pic from around '93 before I put on a lot of weight
Me in '99 approximately 270lbs
KING_SLAYER is a SparkPeople Motivator!
Update 9/13/12: As many of you know the last few weeks have been rough for me. I hit the 100lbs lost mark on 8/11/12 and left for a week long Alaskan cruise the next day. I walked a ton but came home 12 lbs up! My grandmother passed away while I was on vacation and once I was home I was busy clearing out her apartment. I lost 5 lbs that first week back a couple more the next week. But I was hit with some depression and stress issues and my weight went back up to 226. I'm pretty much over the depression, but on 9/5/12 my mom had a full hip replacement and came home 3 days later. So I am now acting as caretaker for her for a while. Getting in my fitness minutes while helping my mom and trying to finish 3 classes for school has been difficult. I'm finding it hard to get myself motivated to do anything. I'm trying to just let it roll off of my back but it's not so easy.
Update 3/25/12: Been pretty stagnant for the last 3 months, with only minor losses. The last 3 weeks have been rough, scale not working and life just feeling messed up, I know I've gained weight, I can feel it. So it's time for changes. I've changed my name to King_Slayer, I'm on a mission to slay the kings of Apathy, Lethargy, Poor Nutrition and Weakness. Changed my ticker as well to reflect my new starting point. My blog post titled WK 50 has more details.
My original About Me:
My name is Ken. I am a 41 year old single father who has let himself go. I was an athlete in my 20's until I herniated 2 discs in my lower back. Within a year I had put on 60 lbs. and in the subsequent 15 years I have added almost 40 more.
I am using the site to help me track my diet and keep me focused.
UPDATE: 12/31/2011 38 weeks in and I'm down 68.4 lbs.
UPDATE: 6/25/2011---11 weeks in and I'm down 31 lbs!
My eventual goal weight is between 200 and 215 lbs.
Starting at 320, I have my work cut out for me.
I did the NorCal Tough Mudder in Sept. 2012
My program is all over the place. Still somewhat following the 4Hour Body eating plan (not strictly enough). Since both of my gym partners dropped off (June 2012)
I haven't been doing hardly any weight lifting.
Starting Weight: 320
Weigh in barriers to cross:
310# - Done 4/27/11
300# - Done 5/30/11
290# - Done 6/25/11
280# - Done 7/23/11
270# - Done 9/4/11
260# - Done 10/15/11
250# - Done 12/24/11
240# - Done 5/5/12 finally!
230# - Done 6/23/12
220# - Done 7/28/12
210# - Done 6/29/13 About time! 11 months to lose 10 lbs! lol
I was a gym rat in my early 20's. Spent approximately 10-15 hours a week in a local Gold's Gym. I weighed a solid 220 back then. Played some semi pro football and a lot of pick-up basketball.
I have a weakness for Starbucks Java Chip Frappuccinos!
| current weight: 254.2
A Friend, A Flower, A Rose
A friend is like a flower, a rose to be exact,
Or maybe like a brand new gate that never comes unlatched.
A friend is like an owl, both beautiful and wise.
Or perhaps a friend is like a ghost, whose spirit never dies.
A friend is like those blades of grass, you can never seem to mow,
standing straight, tall, and proud in a perfect little row.
A friend is like a heart that goes on strong until the end.
Where would we be in this world, if we did not have a friend.
15 days ago
Get this...so this morning is the official end of his 3 weeks (First 'round' of 21DF) and he is NOW down to 14.6 lbs lost! Stinker! lol! (Proud of him, though.) And you're right, nutrition is key. Sigh...why can't pizza be nutrient dense and low calorie....
As for me, not going to perseverate over that last lb, yet it would be awesome. A busy (kind of stressful) week lies ahead, so the focus is maintaining the good habits. If it happens, WOO HOO! If not, it will come. I'm so close!
I've been checking in in fits and spurts, sorry if I missed it. How is your shoulder coming along?
15 days ago
Yes, yes, yes...I knew you would get the names :) thanks for the blog comments Ken, will catch up on Tuesday next week after I get back.
16 days ago
Thinking of you...hoping your recovery is coming along. Check in and let us know how you're doing when you feel up to it!
16 days ago
~~()~~****~~()~~****~~()~~What Will Matter~~()~~****~~()~~****~~()~~
Ready or not, some day it will all come to an end.
There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days.
All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten, will pass to someone else.
Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance.
It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed.
Your grudges, resentments, frustrations and jealousies will finally disappear.
So too, your hopes, ambitions plans and to-do lists will expire.
The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away.
It won’t matter where you came from or what side of the tracks you lived on at the end.
It won’t matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant.
Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant.
So what will matter? How will the value of your days be measured?
What will matter is not what you bought by what you build,
not what you got but what you gave.
What will matter is not your success but your significance.
What will matter is not what you learned but what you taught,
What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage or sacrifice
that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example.
What will matter is not your competence but your character.
What will matter is not how many people you knew,
but how many will feel a lasting loss when you’re gone.
What will matter is not our memories but the memories of those who loved you.
What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom and for what.
Living a life that matters doesn’t happen by accident.
It’s not a matter of circumstance but of choice.
Choose to live a life that matters.
~ Michael Josephson
~~**~~()~~**~~Will you choose to live a life that matters?~~**~~()~~**~~
17 days ago