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.
Thursday, May 01, 2008
Day 121, a special day and a new month.
It's just about 9:30 am, as I type this I am eating some pepperoncini. man I love these things. what were you doing at 9:30 am? just think about that for a minute, as many people on the planet there are answers to that question, and each as unique as the next. pepperoncini for me, perhaps you were running to catch a bus, or standing in the shower reflecting back to another day, perhaps you were laying with the person you love or under a person that you don't love. Everybody has an agenda, each and every one of us has a plan, and a history, what will we do for the day? where will we be in 2 hours? where will you be at 9:30 pm? today is actually a good day for my family, my brother is going to have his first child shortly, a Daughter. so this means that I will have a new niece today, maybe even before I finish typing this post as I just spoke to him and they are in the hospital right this second preparing for the C section (in California). every person has a history of where they were when something happened, what they were thinking, who they were with.
One day hopefully I will be able to look back and say "I use to weigh more than 534 pounds" as the listener stares in awe and disbelief because of the shape that I will be in at that point, perhaps it will be my niece that I tell that story to, maybe it will be you over a cup of coffee. who knows for sure? today I have a sense of calm, I don't know why or where its coming from, its just there. I have dropped a significant amount of weight in the past 4 months and can honestly say that I have a feeling of accomplishment because of that. add that to the fact that I am gaining a family member sometime today and I guess it adds up to my current state of ease with the world. It appears that the new month is off to a good start.
My calories for the day were good coming in at 1340 total. My weight is down, it looks like I am having a decent week for a loss but I will give the total dropped on Friday as usual but let me tell ya, its looking good so far for the week. I am considering posting a picture up when I hit the 100 pounds lost mark but haven't decided yet if that will happen, I guess you will have to stay tuned to find out ;) and let me tell ya, its not far off at all after this weeks drop! Thanks for following along with my little slice of life.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Are we really up to 119 days?
Upon waking I noticed that it is still raining! this is not good, I want to go for a walk! the guy in the plastic box said it should stop around noon but then we will have 30+ mph winds and cold, bleh. Thank you New England. My new sneakers sit lonely in their box waiting to go out for a walk on my feet. I did go over my calorie limit by 30 so the Total calorie consumed for the day was 1530, not really worried about that, it happens from time to time, as long as it does not become the norm we should be ok.
Here is the menu for the day.
1 hebrew national hot dog 45
1 banana 105
1 tbsp peanut butter 95
egg drop soup 160
1 lean cuisine 270
1 arnold 100 calorie roll 100
7oz baked bbq chicken 385
1 cup fresh frozen peas 140
3/4 cup cooked white rice 150
1 apple 80
Grand total of 1530 calories for the day, I really wish it would stop raining, even though we needed it bad. it had been like 14 days without rain so its good that its here, I just don't want it to over stay its welcome. I am bummed because of the weather and because of the fact that I haven't been able to go for my walk for the past couple days and a short post is the result.
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