Friday, September 10, 2010
This morning I woke up to a ton of email and a lot of messages on my facebook page which I encourage you to add me www.facebook.com/people/Zeusmeatball
-Zm/100000803315795 if it pleases you! that AOL article is to blame and it has put me into a magnificent mood! yes folks I just said magnificent! I have mentioned this before, I started this blog literally as a place to put my progress or back steps in a more public kind of way and it has become so much more than that in the last 983 days which wow! I've been at this for 983 days?? When I began down this road I wasn't sure what would come of it, I did not know if it would be a failed attempt or if I would be down to my goal weight in record time and for whatever reason it stuck this time and here I sit in my plush couch typing a blog and there is an article on a website called "Thatsfit" with me in it! I tell you that I can clearly remember writing my first post titled Day 1 zeusmeatball.blogspot.com/2008/01/da
y-1.html and never did I think that I would be associated with something called Thatsfit, perhaps "ThatsFAT" but not the other.
My Thursday went very well, my calories came in at 1810 which is just about perfect and I went over because of having a pear around 8:30 last night so I am cool with the slightly over. When I was at the gym I decided that I hadn't been on the arc-trainer in a while so I did my 20-20-20 routine for an hour of cardio. The 20-20-20 is 20 minutes on the stationary bike, 20 minutes on the arc-trainer finishing up with 20 on the treadmill, I did change it up a bit because I did 25 on the bike and only 15 on the treadmill but a good solid cardio workout was had either way. My fluid intake was on par with just under 2 gallons of fluids between the H2O and green tea so hydrated I am and as I type I am already down a little more than a half gallon for Friday. I will not have a chance to get to the gym today so it looks like a bike ride around the lake is in my future which is more than ok with me, in fact I have come to enjoy my bike rides more than almost anything that I could be doing, almost.
I enjoy what I have done for myself and for my family, a two hour walk through a virtual world to kill a notorious monster has turned into a bike ride to the playground with the kids. Instead of a sack full of sodium laced processed meats and cheeses on a corn tortilla...er on 7 corn tortillas I eat fresh grilled salmon and sweet potatoes, Mangoes and green tea, the flavor difference is quite amazing if you don't believe me try for yourself! The fact that I can now decide that a walk around the lake or a hike on a local trail would be a good way to spend my afternoon is light years away from hoping that I was going to make it up the stairs before my heart grenaded inside my chest and ending up with a hole in the side of my house so that the firemen could drag me out.
When you were once 534 pounds and limited by that fact things look a little different that they do from a closer to normal weight, somehow things seem impossible when simply walking up a flight of stairs is a huge task. For the longest time I was in pain, I don't mean emotionally though that was there too, I had a back injury and 3 disks that were just not the way that they should have been after a work accident and something like that controls the way we feel mentally and obviously physically. Having been through an injury like that left me feeling helpless to get out of my own way and there were times that I physically could not get out of my own way but that has all seemed to change and that happened when I decided to completely revamp the way that I was doing things. I in the last couple years have learned that if a person wants something they need to grab it and make it what they want it to be, no one will hand life to you but giant plates of food and a sedentary lifestyle can and will take it from us each and every time.
Take back what is yours..
Thursday, September 09, 2010
Well we're movin' on up, to the East side to a deluxe new outlook on life, oh we're movin' on up! ok ok, enough of that but can you tell that I am in a good mood today? My plan for today is to get to the gym and do an hour of cardio and get home fast as I have some things to do around the house. My intake plan for the day is going to be a fruit and vegetable filled smorgasbord of crunchy and sweet goodness because that's how I roll. The Thatsfit www.thatsfit.com/2010/09/08/moderati
on-helped-tony-lose-229-pounds/ article that came out yesterday put me into a really good mood and I got a couple pretty cool emails from people that were linked to my blog from the page and thats always a good thing.
This photo was taken in Texas I would say somewhere around 2005 and I am pretty sure that I was more than my high weight of 534 pounds but will never know for sure.
This was taken Aug 3rd 2010 for the Thatsfit article, now that the article has posted I wanted to put it up on the blog.
My intake for yesterday came in 100 calories over what I usually eat at a whopping 1800 total but I went over with an apple so a good choice was made and I ain't going to worry about it. My largest meal was breakfast and it held me over for a long time all while being more than extremely yummy, I have noticed that my drinking has gone down slightly over the past day or so with me polishing off only about 1.5 gallons per day but its still enough so no worries. Have a look at my menu from yesterday.
8 oz potato 200
peppers/onion/Smart balance 50
5 egg whites 75
1 whole egg 70
5oz ground turkey 225
2 whole grain deli slims 200
1.5oz light chips 110
1 T peanut butter 95
1 banana 105
6oz baked Haddock fillet 240
3/4 cup steamed white rice 150
1C green beans 40
Tartar sauce 50
1 banana 105
1 apple 85
Grand total of 1800 calories for the day and it was more than enough food for me to feel full all day, which is always a plus right? Its always good when a person can feel satisfied with what was eaten in a day while it remains healthy. I am the one calling the shots just as you are and every other person out there struggling with losing weight, I am not perfect and in my years on this planet have yet to find a person that is perfect so when a mistake is made as long as we get back up and on track is just a mistake. I struggle with making the right choices even still after being on this path for more than two and a half years and though it is easier than in the beginning or in the past its a daily struggle to stay on top of something that is an ever present itch on ones back. Today I will go to the gym, I will eat within my calorie range and I will drink at least 1.5 gallons of fluids because if I want to get to my goal weight its what I will need to do.
Maintaining my weight for the last year has taught me that I can live a relatively normal life meaning not carrying my salter scale around and measuring every ounce of every bite that goes into my body but it also reminds me that it is a lot of work to keep weight falling off. Its time to go for another hard push and get that 275 pounds that I put in my sites when I started this whole weight loss gig and prove to myself that I can and will get there on my terms.
Making my way towards that line in the sand and I am shooting for that goal this year, will I make it? will I get to that 275 pound mark? lower perhaps? all to be found out in a future episode of Fatman and Blobin!
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
Plugging right along with this whole weight loss gig, this weekend has not afforded me the chance to write you fine folks or myself a blog post but fear not! I hath return from my long weekend away! My mother is here visiting from California and that's added to the lack of time to myself but my plan stands, full forward until I get to my goal of 267 pounds which will be 50% of my highest weight. My return to the gym has been great! having the kids back to school is great on more than one level because I am getting all kinds of home projects done in addition to the being able to have a normal gym schedule again. Friday I did miss the gym because I hyper extended my left elbow somehow and woke up Friday morning with some pain and discomfort so I skipped going, the good news is that by Sunday it felt 100% again so onward we go.
Thursday I mentioned that AOL and Thatsfit.com was doing an article on me and if you read regularly You probably noticed that I never posted a link! The email that I received from the writer doing the article said "Just wanted to let you know that we're featuring your story this Thursday at 3pm ET (that time could change at the last minute, but that's the plan right now.) Here's the link" BUT the link was dated 2010/07/09 and that is today so I am thinking that the "Thursday" was a typo in the email and that perhaps since its dated for today that the article will be up some time today? we shall see!
Sold! to the lady with the crisp twenties!
This week will be my getting on a roll with the gym again week, I am also planning on taking advantage to the September weather and my bike because today is a Winnie the pooh kind of day out there and not taking a ride around the lake would be a shame on me. I did something that I thought would be harder than it was concerning one of my bikes this weekend too, I sold one. It was a Craigslist find bike that I got a while ago and put some time and effort into cleaning her up with all intentions on keeping and riding it myself and I did! but my brother in laws girlfriend was looking for a bicycle and when faced with five crisp twenty dollar bills I folded and gave it to her. I put an old bike back on the road, helped someone out with a quality bike for a good price and made a little green all at the same time so I am happy with the transaction. Perhaps I will make bike flipping an alternate means of a little extra income if I can convince myself that letting go of a bike is ok!
Today I will be making my Calorie conscious eggplant Parmesan recipe zeusmeatball.blogspot.com/2010/08/eg
gplant-parmesan-recipe-for-calorie.html because of the 17 eggplants that I currently have growing in my garden, they really have taken off within the last couple weeks. I get a lot of emails asking about my menus for each day so I will very likely start posting them daily again because it really does help me when I post them and it seems that some you guys that follow along are interested too so look for those to start popping up again. I mentioned earlier that I have 10 months before the kids are back out of school and the plan is to see if that original goal weight is obtainable in that time, I think that as long as I stay on task that getting there should happen.
Today the plan is to stay within my caloric range, drink at least 2 gallons of fluid of course my fluids of choice are green tea and straight up H2O and as soon as I hit publish I will pull the bike out and go for a quick ride around the lake before I head to the gym. Today is My day, You have a today that is yours too, what will you do with it that is for you?
That's all I got for today.
Thursday, September 02, 2010
Feeling amazing I float through my days effortlessly where this whole diet and exercise thang is concerned, at the gym I am in my element and I started the weight lifting again with yesterdays trip. There is something about being at the gym that motivates me, it could be that other people doing the same thing in a group sets the pace or perhaps just having all of that equipment just waiting for me to hop on and go, I am unsure. Yesterday I did 30 minutes on the stationary bike followed by some weight lifting for my biceps, shoulders and upper back when that was finished a 15 minute brisk walk on a treadmill finished my time at the gym. When I joined the gym I was worried ( zeusmeatball.blogspot.com/2009/10/ea
sy-like-sundaer-monday-morningand.html ) about what all of the "healthy" people would think about this fat dude riding his ass off on a stationary bike, I worried about using the weight machines and competing with hyper ripped body builder types and was plain old intimidated with the idea but as soon as I went I quickly found out that all of the worry was for naught.
My life has changed so much in the last two and a half years because of making the decision to live healthier, I am sure that it has changed in ways that I am even unaware of. A once 534 pound fella I am now unlimited in what I do, simple changes in the way that I eat and conduct my exercise regimen has brought me to where I am today. Now don't let the word simple fool you, the changes were simple but following through with them well that was the hard part because losing any amount of weight is not easy when they are backed up by years of bad habits.
When I started writing in this blog I just wanted to have a place to write down how I was doing and today around 3PM AOL and Thatsfit.com is featuring me in an article about people that have blogged away weight, too cool. My wife has dropped 75 pounds in the same time that I dropped my more than 200 pounds and to say that our lives are improved since making the decision does not begin to say how much has changed, we are different people inside and out. When you weigh as much as a sports bike its hard to do anything past sitting on your ass and lifting fork to mouth let alone do anything that could be considered living a full life but somehow when I was on that side of the equation it was easy to rationalize the situation as normal. There is no one way to have a successful weight loss program but the root must be the same in my opinion, we have to get to a point where enough is enough and simply making the commitment to stick to whatever plan we choose has to be made.
I know people that have lost weight by calorie counting and have been successful, just look at me, then there are those that have used plans like weight watchers and have had great results and still other people who have used other means. There is no one way to do it but the one thing that every successful weight loss regimen has in common is being consistent with the chosen plan, I didn't gain 250 extra pounds over night and its not going to come off over night but if we are consistently eating well and working out better health will follow every time.
The time has come for me to go beat up on a bike at the gym but I will be checking for the article on Thatsfit pretty much all day and i will post a link directly to the article as soon as I see it pop in there. Tomorrows episode of as the fat guy turns will be sure to have white knuckle moments along with some tears and possibly a new recipe so make sure that you tune in to see what happens next. As always thanks for following along with me and my trip to the half, drink much and move more than that and a healthy life can and will be yours for the taking, that's all I got for today.
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