Friday, May 09, 2008
This 1996 GSF600 Bandit weighs in at 438 pounds.
Weighing in and the Spiders have return.
Wakie wakie eggs and bakie, ummm not really but the spiders are back..Last year around this time my wife walked out onto our back porch and between the wrought iron hand rails there was spiderwebs, and when I say spiderwebs, I mean a lot of webs and it was covered in about 2000 tiny yellow spiders with black markings on their abdomen. I opened the back door this morning to show my daughter that it was still raining outside and she says "look dad buggys" so I take a look at her eye level on our screen door and its covered in tiny yellow spiders again. She takes off running like in the cartoons with her legs becoming a blur, pausing for just a moment and I could swear I heard the sound track from an old Scooby Doo cartoon as she shot into the living room, and out came the 409 spray because bleach works well and they were all over the screen and in the jam so I gave them a spray and this set is gone, but if they are like last years batch we will have 4-5 days worth of huge ol piles of them at a time. ahhhh spring time, ya gotta love it.
Onto the weigh in for the morning. This morning at wake up time I was 437.6 then 438 on the nose then 437.8, I always take the highest weight so we will call it 438 lbs, so I am into the 30's solidly. That is a 3 pound difference from last week and I am happy with that, even though it was a 4 lb drop on Wednesday. I know that I will weigh less in an hour or two because last night before bed I drank almost a half a gallon of water while watching ER. but since 438 is what the scale said thats what the weigh in will be counted at. I am 4 pounds away from being 100 pounds down now, that is very cool to me. each week I put up a photo of something that weighs as much as I do and usually its a motorcycle because when I hit goal weight (or close to it anyways) I am rewarding myself with a motorcycle, and since I am so close to 100 lbs lost and I feel its a significant enough number, I will be posting something that weighs as much as I have lost along with the other pic on weigh in days. here is the first in that series.
Sorry people on spark, I can only put a single photo per blog on here but if you want to see the photo of what weighs the same as me its @ zeusmeatball.blogspot.com/ it is Eva Longoria :)
I have to admit that I really did not think that I would have lost this much weight in so little time but I also have to admit that I am impressed with myself because of it. I also wanted to mention that my wife is down 43 pounds as of this morning as well, I am equally impressed with her loss and feel that I am very lucky to have someone that is following the same low calorie plan that I am. She looks great and we both feel better than we have in a long while. if you add together what we have both lost the number is 139lbs, that is truly insane to me that we were carrying that amount around just over 4 months ago, a lot of hard work and a ton of determination goes a long way it would seem. Thanks for reading.
Thursday, May 08, 2008
Bike pedals and a Thursday morning.
We start the day off with the sound of rain bouncing off of the sill of my window, its gray its gloomy and the first thing out of my daughters mouth is "Daddy go park" sorry not today honey. so far neither mine nor my daughters days were looking like they would end the way we wanted them to. I had to run out this morning to Downtown Hartford and all of the little worker bees were running about trying to get to their respective offices on time. 9:21 am a nicely dressed man enters the cross walk, there he stood waiting patiently for the sign to initiate his forward motion. standing there in his suit, tie and very nice pair of shoes as I thought to myself about the fact that I would need a new suit myself soon given the weight I have lost, 2 steps into his journey across the street an SUV tears through the intersection and totally covers this man with puddle water. An umbrella flies in the direction of the SUV and muted by the falling rain and my windshield was the obvious curses and yells by this totally soaked if not well dressed gentleman. I think to myself, well his day is surely more disappointing than mine at only 9:21 am. onward homebound as I attempt to convince the kiddo that our day will be just as fun at home as it would have been at the park, she totally can see through my cunning ruse but I mention that an ice pop may be in her future and I enjoy a quieter ride with a smiling child in the back seat. There you have my morning summed up nicely, now to come through on the more fun day part of my earlier conversation.
The scale was kind with its words today when I woke up and I am expecting a pretty decent weigh in tomorrow. Keeping within meal plans is second nature at this juncture of the game, it is to the point where I can cut meat, potatoes, and pile veggies without a scale or measuring spoons or cups, I still use the cups and scales etc but I honestly don't need to. It IS a lifestyle change now, This is how I eat this is what I eat It is who I am now, pretty cool if ya ask me. Also I got an email today that stated that the pedals that I found for my bike are shipping today! this makes me happy as I will not have to rely on good weather to get in some exercise when they get here. once they get here I think I am going to email the fella that was nice enough to take the bike apart and ship me just the pedals a link to my blog and let him know that they are indeed going to a good cause.
Here is my menu from Wednesday.
1 banana 105
1 tbsp peanut butter 95
1 pear 85
4oz BBQ rubbed roasted chicken 220
2oz sweet potato fries 50
sliced tomato 10
quaker granola bar 90
2 gortons fish fillets 340
3/4 cup white rice 150
2/3 cup corn 100
1 dannon lite yogurt 60
Grand total of 1325 calories for the day, not too bad over all but I do want to find an alternative for the Gortons fillets. slowly but surely I am fine tuning my intake to be as healthy as possible, I think I do a fine job but there are places it can still be tweaked. making dinner for a family of four which includes a 2 and a half year old, a 9 year old with type 1 juvenile onset diabetes and 2 adults following a low calorie intake routine has its challenges. as always I thank you for reading along with my trip to the half.
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
128 days into a trip that has no end
The week started off great for the loss, today I am back up a bit, still under Fridays weight but Up from where I was. I will not worry about it and I will treat it as "fluctuation" I also believe that the fact that I seem to use the bathroom less frequent lately has something to do with it. its been a day or 2 since a boat left port and rode the golden spin into the abyss, hopefully we can squeeze t into our schedule some time today.
My calories for Tuesday were slightly higher than target, coming in at 1565 for the day because of a large dinner. I made a BBQ rubbed roasted chicken breast with seasoned sweet potato fries and some sweet corn with black pepper and butter and just had to have my fill, it was incredibly tasty and when all is said and done not high calorie at all, I was higher because I had an 8oz piece of the chicken. there is a 4oz piece left over that I am planning on having for Lunch today.
The sun shines a little brighter and things seem just a bit nicer over all, and the only thing that has changed is that my weight is down. I am at a weight that I am comfortable with right now and believe that what I weigh right now is just about where I have been for a long time in my life. I resemble many of the old pictures of myself now and my attitude has followed suite. I feel great my clothing fits looser and I wonder why it took so long for me to do this. walking through the trails at the park yesterday with my daughter watching her explore and spot details in the leaves and spotting animals in the woods is something I have been missing out on for a while, I am honestly starting to think about my time in CA and wonder if it effected me that much, and what I mean is that I was not happy in CA and maybe this played a part in my new found rotundness. Dwelling on the past has never been my style but I really do think just the fact that I was not "home" meaning in CT, played a part in my substantial weight gain. the injury did not help things along but I don't think its 100% to blame either. whichever way its rolled up doesn't really matter to me because the past is the past and nothing can change those facts. when you start noticing things likes your belly doesn't come close to hitting the steering wheel on the car while you drive any more, or that you have a lap to offer your daughter to sit on now while she just enjoys relaxing on Daddy, This is when one realizes just how important all of the hard work is...A calmness enters stage right.
PS: I would also like to thank everyone for their comments and support on my last post with the photos in it. as well as thank the people that said that I don't look like I weigh as much as I do :)
also I added another pic :)
Monday, May 05, 2008
Photo can be viewed on my blog here
Saturday and Sunday were spent shopping, a lot in bulk. we went to 3 different stores and compared prices and then bought the things that we needed at each respective store with the lowest price for said item. we stocked up on things and the idea behind this was to see how much we could save this month shopping like that, we spent at least 6 hours on shopping all together and for the most part we have the entire month of may covered for things that do not have to be fresh bought and we will make weekly visits to the supermarket for things like fresh fruit and veggies. if it turns out that we are saving a decent amount because of it we will switch to that routine for good.
I also have hunted down a set of pedals for my bike! I am extremely excited about this. I was searching as I have been doing on and off for a set online and an ebay ad popped up for an entire bike of the same brand etc as mine and it had no reserve and someone had bid it to $9.99 which was likely the start amount, so I decided to email the fella that was selling the bike and ask if I won the auction would he just mail me the pedals as he had "local pick up" under the shipping area. he emailed me back that he would send me just the pedals if I won, I bid and ended up paying $20 shipped for a set of pedals. I am just waiting for them to arrive now and I will have my bike back, and an extra pedal to boot. man I never thought finding a silly pedal for a stationary bike could be so hard.
Finally for my Monday morning post I wanted to post up a progress picture, the after picture was taken on Saturday (randomly by my wife while I was cooking dinner so I apologize for the unshaven face lol) and the before photo was taken by my mother in law last summer, and is the picture that I looked at and decided enough was enough and made me seriously start looking into weight loss options, I really don't remember being that large and that is why when I saw the photo I was shocked..
I have lost 95 lbs since Jan 1st and the difference in this photo is more than that I believe because I had lost some weight (not a whole lot but some) from Aug to Dec 2007. I was going to wait the 5 pounds to make it an even 100 lb loss before I posted progress pics but I figured since I had lost a little from Aug to Dec that this pic will serve as my progress thus far photo. I emailed this to everyone in my family on Saturday night and I called my Mom (who lives in CA) and told her to check her email on Sunday morning, she called me back within 3 minutes crying, to say she was happy about it would be putting it lightly. I could not be happier with my results so far and I think after taking a look at the photo above you can agree that there is a significant change in my body, I must be doing something right :), the keep on keepin on ain't stopping any time soon and the next progress photo will likely be when another 50lbs drops off, Thanks for reading and following along with me.
Friday, May 02, 2008
This UM V2S 650 weighs in at 441 lbs
A terrible day....weighing in.
For the fat that thought it had a permanent residence on my body! it is truly amazing what one can accomplish with a little bit of determination mixed in with some drive and a side of hard work, when you stop making excuses and just do what you know needs to be done some really good things happen. I woke up this morning with high hopes that I would have lost a lot this week and man did I! I am down to 441 pound this morning! thats an eight pound loss from last week, 8 pounds?!?! to say that I am ecstatic would be cheating how I feel. I almost skipped the 40's all together and am very satisfied this morning. I cannot say that this has been the easiest thing in the world to accomplish, but I can say that it was not the most difficult either. I have worked my ass off to get to this point, I have done this for Me and my family, I did this without the surgery that just 4 months ago I thought was my only option and for those of you that have followed me along from the beginning know, fear is what was driving me, the fear is gone and its pure Drive and determination at the wheel now.
I am healthier today than I have been in years, I can now walk up a flight of stairs without getting winded, hell I can run up that same flight of stairs now and don't even realize that I did it until I think about how I would slowly walk up the stairs damning the fact that my bedroom is on the second floor the entire time just a few months ago. another thing is my range in walking, last summer I was at a park with my wife, children and my father and we decided to go for a short walk to a broken bridge and waterfall in the back of the park, the bridge is less than 1/2 mile from the road block on a paved road, I made it half way and had to turn around because of back pain, today its a different story, now I go hiking on a trail thats roughly a mile long at a different park, with inclines and through the woods and I am carrying my daughter on my shoulders the whole time and stop only because the park is closing and we need to get out! so to say that quality of life has improved is stating it lightly.
To anyone that reads this and is struggling with a weight issue, I want you to know that You can do it. you can drop the weight thats holding you back from what you want to do. there is nothing special about me, I am not superhero weight loss guy. I did not pay someone a small fortune for their miracle fix which requires me to buy books, meal plans, gym memberships or any specialized foods. I am merely a fellow that had enough with being that token fat guy, mix up some drive with a little determination and a lot of hard work and the results will come for you.
I am going to sit here and smile for a bit, thanks for reading.
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