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.
Wednesday, September 01, 2010
Getting right back into the swing of things at the gym I got in a good solid 50 minutes worth of cardio yesterday followed by some yard work and I can honestly say that I feel more up because of the movement. Its almost like having that time to myself makes me want to do more with it, when we have a little bit of time that we can call our own things somehow feel easier. Children take up a lot of time and attention, especially when one of them has special needs so its not always easy to get to the gym no matter how important getting there is, but you can always take a bike ride man! True enough that a bike ride is an option, push ups are too, I mean hell I have time to write this very post I should be able to find time to get some kind of exercise into my day right? sort of. All at the same time I can and will never make an excuse for not working out, I should be able to find time in every day for at least something even if its just some calisthenics but there are the days that its a struggle to do it and we will all have them.
Being able to focus on myself 100% again since the kiddos are back to school is important because when we focus on us 30% of the time and take care of other things in the remainder it can be difficult to drop weight and keep or build muscle in the same way as when its 100%. This is why weight loss is so hard, it really is like a full time job, if we lose it as a focal point it becomes very easy to start slipping back and before we know it weight is coming back on. We need to find a balance between keeping our lives rolling forward while we eat clean and exercise daily, doing this really is simple but is as hard as they come if that makes any sense at all. I say that its simple because it is, eat a certain amount of food, make sure that its clean, drink enough water, exercise daily and that as a concept is simple and honestly as a practice should be simple too. It becomes hard because of all of the other things happening in concert around us while we do those things, kids, jobs, house work, spouses, pain and breaking old habits but it is possible and as long as we believe that while we follow through with the basics you can have success with becoming healthy.
Right now as I type this I know that I will be in the gym 20 minutes after I hit the publish button and honestly it will be the highlight of my day. Now that the kids are back in school I can focus on me a little more closely than I have been over the summer, There are some other plans in the works for me and where I am going with my weight loss and plans because of it but that will be for another post some other day! In an earlier post I mentioned that I will weigh in on September 30th and every Friday thereafter and I am planning on getting some more motorcycle pictures up here, My plan includes smashing my weight goals to the ground and going into full on war with myself to get the weight lower than it has ever been won't you join me with that task? awe c'mon you know ya want to!
Also worth mentioning, Thursday the 2nd which is yes TOMORROW! I will be featured in an article on thatsfit.com, I was contacted by a writer for AOL a couple weeks ago asking if I would be interested in being featured in an article and of course I humbly accepted! tomorrow around 3PM ET the article will be up on the site! very exciting! I have seen the article in draft already and will post a direct link as soon as it appears on their site so that anyone that is interested could read it. When I started writing this blog it was purely so that I could have a place to reflect back on and have a little accountability in a public eye and here I am being asked to be featured in an article, I truly am humbled by it.
That concludes this message from the emergency weight loss broadcast system, this was only a test, if it had been an actual weight loss emergency the post that you just read would have been followed by official information, news or instructions and that's all I got for today.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Back from my camping trip with the wife she is complaining about her sore back because of where she was forced to sleep but it will all be ok dear, the bike was safe and warm. This week affords me the opportunity to get back to the gym on a regular basis and I decided that its time to blast through this 300 pound barrier that I have been looking at from the distance. Somehow I have become easy on myself and that's because I am comfortable right now where I am with my health, I have not been left out of anything because of being too big in quite some time but we have come now to a point where I want to get to the other side of that 300 pound line in the sand.
Walking into the gym yesterday for the first time in a month felt good, I belong there and I am happy that is how I feel about it. Saying that I haven't been to the gym in a month doesn't mean that I have not been getting in some movement, I am on a bike at least 4 times per week and as much as I am on a bike I enjoy going to the gym almost the same I have decided that September 30th will be the next weigh in for the blog and then its back to normal with Friday weigh ins as I have done in the past, I find that having those weekly posts with the weight helps me a lot more than when I don't do it.
I started this blog a good long while ago now and when I did I made an image for the header that depicted the way I felt when faced with my weight loss, zeusmeatball.blogspot.com/2010/08/da
y-973-most-wonderful-time-of-year.html a train bearing down on me with nothing in my hand to stop it besides my willpower and wits. The last year I have become compliant because of getting to a place where I am not limited and I have settled into a routine that allows me to have a beer now and again, not weigh and measure every bite that goes into my body and miss workouts without any real negative besides not losing any more weight. I have maintained my weight for the last year without gaining more than a few pounds which come back off on their own and that my friends is called fluctuation but it shows me something, it shows me that I am very capable of maintaining a weight and that is kind of important because at some point I am going to have to maintain for good.
I am ready to slam my shoulder into the front of that train and finish what I've started, The children are back to school and the summer is coming to an end so forward momentum must be gained again. Enjoying the summer without adding the stresses of being as strict as it takes to drop weight the way I like to the stresses of every day life as is was a necessary evil this time around. The gym will be my second home for a while and I have a feeling that sub 300 pounds is right around the corner for me and I am proving to myself that living a healthy life is possible even when lifes not so fun moments poke their head into our personal business.
Its that time again folks, step to the side or get run over.
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