Wednesday, September 15, 2010
There are days when a person feels like they don't want to get up out of bed and then there are days when we jack in the box out of that bed, hit the ground running and have the most amazing of days and today, well you can call me Jack. I think that the program going as intended is starting to get my body back into a rhythm because I have not stopped moving today and feel like I can do more than I already have. This post shall be dedicated to movement and my bike for I owed her a nice ride because of the state that she was in yesterday with the clothes hanging from her limbs.
I had to start off with the tunnel of love to warm her up to me again
My trip to the gym this morning was a good one, I did 25 minutes on the stationary bike followed by 20 on a treadmill and finished up with some light weight lifting for about another 20 minutes. I did some light shopping for bananas and oranges and homeward bound I was but as I drove I noticed just how gorgeous the day was and decided that a bike ride around the lake was in my future. Upon getting home I ate a banana and topped off the tires on the bike and off I went but when I hit the spot in the road to turn and go around the lake I decided that I would hop onto the Rails to Trails path that's not too far from my house and off I went. These photos are just a few shots that I took during my ride, I figured that since I disgraced my poor bike with the clothing photos yesterday that I would make it up to her with a few pictures more in her element.
oooh! a Bridge!
and the purpose for the bridge.
Just me stopping for a drink about half way through my ride.
Same spot as the image of me above just shot from behind the bike.
This is one of the crossings where the path crosses a street.
oooh! a Lake!
I came across a couple other riders on the trail today but otherwise it was all mine and I have to tell ya, enjoyable does not even begin to describe the just over 10 mile ride. I also came across a couple deer! I was cruising about 11 mph down a nice sunny part of the path when about 100 yards in front of me I see a deer cross the bike path, then another and in the interest of not plowing into a deer on my bike I slowed down and kept my eye open for any more crossing. I wanted to get a photo of the deer but as soon as they heard the bike coming down the path they leaped back across the way they had come about 30 feet in front of me so no picture but it was pretty cool none the less.
I am still floored at the fact that I can just on a whim hop onto my bike and head off for an awesome ride like the one I took this afternoon because I can clearly remember not being able to run and this is a far cry from that old me. I at times think about all of the things that I must have missed out on in the past because of my weight and I can with all honesty that it saddens me. There are whole blocks of years worth of my life that I cannot get back and they were wasted on brown bags full of greasy fast foods laced with sodium and who know what else, I could have been enjoying things like I did on today's ride all along. Making the decision to lose the weight that was holding me back was one of the best and most important decisions that I have ever made in my entire life because now I am actually living that life unlike in the past when I was much heavier.
If you are on the fence about starting a weight loss program I recommend that you hop on down and start today, it doesn't matter if you count calories like me, join one of the pay to play programs or if its just making the choice to go for a walk after dinner tonight just do it. Who knows what I have missed out on because of being so heavy? I will never know the true extent of it but I wish that I had started earlier than I did because this side of the fence is a lot better than the one where dragging myself up a flight of stairs to take a piss was a reality. You owe yourself the chance to live life on your terms just like I do and everyone else that's in this world and if its weight that's holding you back you CAN do something about it and you MUST do something about it or else you are cheating yourself out of what life really has to offer.
That's all I got for today but you can be sure that tomorrow is another day and another post will be on the way, until then keep on keepin' on.
Oh yeah, I caught my bike smiling at me through the dust on the gears so she ain't mad no more.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Monday went well for me on the better living front, My calories were on par, I drank more than enough and I made it to the gym bright and early. My plan for Tuesday is to copy Mondays level of success but there is a possibility that there will be no gym trip for me today as the little girl of the house is home from school sick today, which was a borderline decision as she seems perfectly fine as I type this. I've already done a stretching routine and 100 push ups (on the stairs) this morning and am planning on a bike ride with daughter in tow later this afternoon so that I don't miss out on my cardio so the exercise portion of today's lesson has been taken care of. I do after all owe my bike a ride after what I saw this morning because what I saw is reserved for unused fitness equipment not my baby! She is NOT a closet!
True enough I do keep the bike in the bedroom but man! she don't deserve that kind of treatment! anyways, we will be out for a ride later today at some point and I will make it up to her. The fluids in have been right where they need to be, we got a gallon of green tea down the chute along with a little more than a gallon of straight H2O so I am very much hydrated. My calories for Monday came in at 1745 so pretty much where I wanted them to end up and I have been doing well with keeping within range, have a look at the menu taken from my excel sheet.
60g corn pops cereal 220
1 cup 1% milk 110
2 multigrain deli slims 200 1 T Kraft Olive oil Mayo 50
4oz deli turkey breast 120
2 whole grain light english muffins 200
1oz turkey pepperoni 70
2 wedges laughing cow cheese 70
sliced tomato 15
6oz grilled chicken breast 300
3/4 cup curry rice 150
1 cup garlic/pepper green beans 40
1 banana 105
1 T peanut butter 95
My garden is still giving me veggies but that will be short lived as the days are getting cooler and cooler but I still have a gang of eggplant out there that I need to pick soon. I just made eggplant parm on Sunday so I am kind of eggplanted out, not to mention the fact that there is still some of it in the fridge! perhaps I will make an eggplant based stuffing to have with dinner tonight. Next years garden will definitely have eggplant in it again as I got a lot off of my 6 plants and they did quite well in the area that I put them. I still have an abundance of tomatoes out there as well and have not bought a tomato since they started bearing fruit months ago! but it will soon be time to tear up the plants and clean out the beds as it gets colder and colder with each passing day.
I still have about 8 eggplants out there!
There is so much that I am able to do since losing the weight off of my bones that just wasn't a possibility before and I truly do appreciate the little things a lot more these days than I ever have. Just the fact that I can go out and dig some holes in a garden bed that I made pleases me more than anyone can possibly understand because there was a time in my life when I tried to make excuses for not liking things like that and it was merely because I couldn't do them. I enjoy riding my bike more than a 10 year old does, sitting out in the yard digging holes in the ground and planting vegetables is something that I consider fun now, just going for a walk and enjoying the fact that I can go as far as I want to and not be forced to stop because of pain is not taken for granted with me.
My life is just that now, Mine and I plan to keep it that way for a good long while with moderate eating and lots of exercise because the alternative just isn't as fun. Its time for me to kick it up a notch and get these last pounds off and finish what I started back in January 2008 and get down to my goal weight of 275 pounds which will ultimately just be another stop because I want to be lighter than that. We are just about half way through the month of September I am up in weight from my lowest point of 305 pounds and on the 30th I will post my weight no matter what it is and will start the Friday weigh in posts again from then on once again.
Any way that its cut I am a different person now than I was when I started and you will not find a more driven man anywhere.
That's all I got for today.
Monday, September 13, 2010
Weekends seem to go by too quickly, Saturday morning comes, the day begins and it seems that Sunday night is there faster than it should have been. There is a difference in the weekends now compared to back when I was much heavier though and these days my time is spent enjoying life instead of shooting people up in Socom2 online. I had the luxury of going to a local fair on Saturday and spent about 4 hours walking around the fairgrounds while the kids rode the rides and Wify and me just enjoyed all of what was going on. I did however eat a fried dough and a cinnamon bun at the fair so I didn't stay where I needed to with the intake but its not anything that will ruin my outlook on how my weekend went. My daughter has been copying me lately and that's something that I am not disappointed in one bit because she is making up exercise games and said that she wants to start coming to the gym with me, of course I told her that she would have to wait until she was 16 for the gym but I will exercise with her any time that she wants to.
Just me at the fair, yes yes I know I always have an Adidas shirt on, truth is I have about 10 of them, same shirt, same size, three colors no waiting. When ya find one that fits right ya go with it!
Sunday I was relaxing on the couch while my daughter played with a friend in her bed room and when the play date was finished she asked for some plain white paper, so I obliged and gave her some from the printer. She began writing in little boxes that she had drawn onto the paper and then asked me for some names of exercises and how to spell them, Wify wrote a few and the kid wrote some more and then cut them all out. The game that she made up was that Mom would pull a random paper square out of a box and read the exercise off of it, I would demonstrate how to do it and she would then do as many as she could. I don't know if Wify picked up on it but I was smiling ear to ear when that little girl asked me to play it with her because I was genuinely enjoying this game that she made up on a whim and I believe that it shows that I am making a difference in her way of thinking even at age five.
Something that I have realized during this whole process is that our kids will follow us, whether it is into oblivion or to mountain tops they do as we do. I think that I am going to dedicate this week to inspiring my kids to be as active as possible in everything that they do more so than I do normally, if I had been inspired at an early age to be active perhaps I would never have made it to more than a quarter of a ton in weight. I think that every one of you that reads this post should do something inspiring to one child this week, even if you have no kids find a way to be a positive role model to a child in some kind of a way that promotes health and fitness. Let a child see how fun you are having when you are out for your run, or your bike ride, perhaps just give a positive smile or a wave to a kid playing a sport and I think it will go further to better their young outlook on fitness than we know.
Making a game from paper clippings followed by some exercise is far from socom2 on a PlayStation and I am happy that its the way things are going. I have said before that I have changed my life by deciding to lose some weight and make fitness a huge part of that life but in truth I am changing more than just my life because the lives of my children will certainly be enriched because of how I live now. Eating healthy and exercising as much as possible is as much a part of my days as anything else and I actually enjoy this healthier way of living a lot more than the drag ass days of sodium and fat packed dinners from a sack followed by hours of being stationary.
With that the end has come to this episode of as the fat guy turns, now get out there and inspire a child to walk the path of healthy living so that we may not have to read their blogs about how they struggled to lose 200 plus pounds.
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!
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