Wednesday, October 06, 2010
Chugging along I am hitting on all cylinders with my nutrition and exercise, and its showing on the scale! of course I get on the scale almost daily and have done that for the last two and a half years, I'm liking what I see thus far for my "week 1" of the run at 275lbs. My calories for Tuesday came in right on the button at 1700 even while I drank a gallon each of straight H2O and home brewed green tea. The gym was fun too! I started off with 20 minutes on a stationary bike ending with average 99 RPM's followed that up with about 45 minutes of weight lifting and finished up my workout with a 15 minute go at a spin bike. We're rolling right along with this and I am hoping to see a good loss come Friday's weigh in, I think that if I can get off to a great start with the raw numbers that I am losing that it will just perpetuate my momentum and I believe they call that the snow ball effect my good people.
Wify is not happy about where the bikes are right now but she said and I quote "I am just glad to have them out of the bedroom" its all about compromise I suppose.
I got a few emails in the past couple of weeks asking me about my daily intake menus and why I don't post them as often as I use to in the beginning and the honest truth of it is that I use short hand these days to show me what I ate for any given day. I think that its a good thing to post some menus up so I have started writing them out again and will try my best to post as often as I can what the daily menu was, and with that here is yesterdays intake.
2 cups corn pops 220
1 cup 1% milk 110
1 banana 105
1 T peanut butter 95
2 deli slims 200
1/2 oz American cheese 55
Miracle whip 60
2oz baked haddock 70
2oz deli turkey breast 60
1 plum 30
7oz roasted chicken breast 350
7oz baked potato 175
2 T light sour cream 40
1/2 T smart balance 25
1 banana 105
I have been at the gym every day this week and the end of last and am really missing my bicycle rides! The last real ride that I was on was that 18 mile rail trail run that I did a little more than a week ago when I busted a pedal and its been raining since I got the new pedals installed on my bike. As I type there is a steady rain outside and I have two bikes sitting not more than 12 feet from me on the other side of the room and I really can't wait for this to stop so that I can go out and hit that trail again because I want to go a bit further this go around, that trail is like therapy for me. I rather enjoy the gym as well, there is something about being in a room full of equipment that is designed for health while people all shapes and sizes work out, every single one of them has issues with themselves, goals to reach and personal triumphs already reached, its almost like a collective mindset where each individual is getting something more out of being there than just the actual work out. My bike though is my me time, 15 mph down a dirt trail with the sound of the bike below me, staying alert is a must and the sounds of the woods around me as I get an awesome workout all at the same time, yeah I can't wait for the rain to stop.
The fella in the little plastic magic box says that the rain should stop some time tomorrow and Friday should be sunny and clear, this means that by Saturday the trail shouldn't be all mud any more so a ride should be had this weekend for sure. Eating well and balanced while maintaining an exercise regimen that will nurture a better lifestyle is how I get down these days and how I have been doing it for the past couple of years now, it has changed my life and it has changed the lives of those closest to me. Making the decision to get healthy was possibly the best decision that has ever been mad by me, of course there is a close race between that and marrying the woman that I did because she is a huge part of why I have been able to achieve what I have to this point in the game. As an over weight person you can have a healthy life if you choose it, You can live the life that you have dreamed of but only if you make the decision to do something about your situation right this minute, so what are you waiting for?
The success of each and every one of us is completely dependent on how much work we want to put into it.
That's all I got for today.
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
Or you can get your ass up and do something about a situation that you ultimately do have control over, I mean it, YOU control how you live life and there is only one go at it so why not make it count? In the beginning I was doubtful that I would be successful with this whole weight loss game yet I kept going and upon doing so I found out that as long as I did my part the rest sort of happened, when I didn't do my part, well the rest stopped happening, simple right? sort of.
There are challenges that each and every one of us face on a daily basis and we somehow make it through to the next day each and every time but with weight loss it feels different, the word that comes to mind is impossible. It takes months or even years to put the weight on and we expect it to come off over night and honestly in the beginning it felt like it was! My experience with weight loss and gaining a better place within the health spectrometer has been very eye opening for me. When I was 500 plus pounds and feeling like there was no way out compared to how I see things now I sometimes can't believe that is how I felt after coming to the realization that my health is heavily dependent on what I do to keep it where it needs to be.
Its hard when you weigh 500 pounds and almost everything hurts, emotionally and physically to get up and do something about it but if you are wearing those shoes and are reading this trust me when I say that the pain only lasts as long as you let it. We doubt ourselves every day when we weigh as heavy as I did when I started down this road and that doubt will keep us from our goals all day long, know that when we apply a healthy eating regimen along with some movement then follow through with that plan that the weight has no choice other than to evacuate from our bones. There is a lyric that resonates through me almost daily, it goes like this "When you start to doubt yourself the real world will eat you alive" in many of our cases where we are extremely over weight while the real world is eating us alive we are eating ourselves to death, its as simple as that.
I am not super weight loss guy and I only know what I have learned in the last couple years about health and weight loss, I hold no degrees in this field and I am not a doctor but I do know from my own experiences that as long as sitting on my ass was my sport of choice that things were getting worse by the day. Losing weight and keeping it off is a full time job and not an easy task by any means, it is a daily struggle and takes a $hit load of dedication along with a lot of hard work so when you start down that road don't expect it to be bunny rabbits and baby chicks else you are setting yourself up for a let down. I will say that how you will feel and all of the things that are possible after losing a sizable amount of weight is more than worth the struggle, sweat and pain that needs to be put into the process.
Stop doubting yourself and what you are capable of this very second and get up off of your ass right now, not later, not in a minute and certainly not after you finish your muffin! and do something for your health, for yourself, for your life!....ANYTHING! but do it now because we only get one go at this ride called life and its shorter than we want to believe.
Friday, October 01, 2010
Thursday turned out to be a good day for me as far as the biking goes, The pedals that I ordered for my K2 came in and I found a smokin' deal on a Trek 750 Multitrack hybrid so there is a new ride in the house. Of course as I was checking Craigslist out when I found the new bike so I called the gal up and an hour of a drive later she was mine! the bike, not the gal selling it and the best part you ask? its my size! I originally was going to pick it up for Wify as she doesn't have a proper bicycle right now mostly because she doesn't enjoy bike riding but I want her to have the option if the urge to take a ride ever overcomes her. The new bike has a 19 inch frame which is a size smaller than I would normally ride depending on brand but a 19 inch fits me just as well as the slightly bigger 20 inch, I have short legs so I am thinking this one won't get sold because I kind of like it and its in like new shape.
My obligatory snap shot next to the fence that every new old bike gets upon coming home, I think that Mongoose brand springy seat will have to go.
Then when I saw that the brown truck had been by I was pretty excited because the last ride that I went on was the 18 mile trail ride that I posted about last week. I unpacked the box and found a Schick razor and thought "did I get the wrong box?" so I kept digging and sure enough My Odyssey Trail mix pedals were in there! I felt like Ralphie when he got his red ryder bb gun. The pedals were out of the box and onto the bike as fast as I could get them on there and it would appear that we are back in business again with going out on a ride so I am looking to beat that 18 mile distance as soon as the weather clears up.
Its my Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle!...umm er I mean Odyssey Trail mix pedals.
My intake for Thursday came in at a total of 1520 which is WAY low but thats ok with me because I did go out on a date with wify Wednesday night and had a good share of white pizza and spinach artichoke dip with some corn chips so this will even out. The low calories are fine by me doubly because I didn't get out to the gym yesterday because of going on that drive to pick up the new Trek and then the day just got away from me so it is what it is and I shall punish myself at the gym today for missing out yesterday. Next on the list is my fluid intake, I downed just under a gallon of green tea and just over a gallon of straight H2O so I be hydrated, or as my daughter says "I'm full up to here" you will just have to picture me holding my hand to my forehead as a visual.
Today my body will beg me to stop, my legs will burn and my lungs shall get a workout like they haven't felt in a couple days, I owe it to myself to punish myself for missing the gym yesterday and that's just how its going to be. The punishment shall be rewarded with more punishment on Saturday because the weather is suppose to clear up a bit and I am hoping that I can take the K2 out on that trail again to test out the new pedals and freshly scuffed brake pads. It is a reward because I love riding on the trails, it relaxes me all while I bust my ass and burn fat from my bones so it is in fact what they would call a win win situation thus a reward and a punishment all wrapped up in one.
Whilst I kick my ass at the gym today what will you do for your health today?
Thursday, September 30, 2010
So lets get right to this, today is the day that I said that I would step on the scale for the blog once again and there has been some back sliding when that raw number comes into play but it is what it is and it shall begin once again. She looked up at me with her single blue eye and then the 0.0 let me know that she was ready to feel it, the display flashed not unlike a wink and it was on. I started with my right foot and then the left, this ol girl has a foot fetish for sure and she started spinning from the weight of my pushing onto her, then that blue eye looked up at me and displayed 334.4 pounds and it was over just like that.
This number is significant in the way that it means that I am starting off on this leg maintaining a 200 pound loss for the books and that's fine by me, it means that I have 59 pounds to lose to get to that magical 275 pound mark. I have decided on April 1st as a good time line to shoot for because having goals seems to help me stay focused, April 1st gives me 26 weeks which means a 2.26 pound loss per week average will need to be met in order to hit that mark in that time frame. Two and a quarter pounds per week should be doable with a little careful planning and lots of bustin' ass in the gym and on my bike, in fact I think that I could likely shave time off of the goal if I am careful.
With this new run at 275 pounds I will be weighing in every Friday again just like when I started this blog, I am in fact going to be focusing on weight training a bit more now compared to when I was a 500 pounder so I am unsure what that means for the losses but we will find out together. The addition of a weight chart on the left side of the page will help me keep up with where I am at a glance of the blog, I used that previously and I found it to be of use so its coming back.
The time has come to realize that original goal of weighing 275 pounds and I have given myself an achievable time line and realistic goals so its on. Giving a good hard push to get myself where I need to be is priority one because I deserve to see how 275 feels on my bones and I will not stop until I get there.
With that the beginning of the end of the rest of the fat that is hanging in there has begun.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
When staring down the barrel of losing a significant amount of weight sometimes it seems like there are just too many options between all of the fancy pre-packaged diet plans, gym memberships, self made plans and piles of different miracle pills out there. What do we do as a person that NEEDS to lose weight? which direction do we turn? how do we make a choice as to what to do to resolve our weight problems?
Then it hits you like that obvious obvious that's been sitting there the whole time, I have to do something, anything just as long as its not how I'm getting down right now because I weigh 500 pounds and this isn't working for me or anyone else in my life. The research begins, there is weight watchers, Atkins, South beach and a slew of other plans even including miracle pills like Harvey McDullardsonfengenden promotes zeusmeatball.blogspot.com/2009/10/i-
found-miracle-diet-plan-you-have-to.html , perhaps it will be a weight loss surgery that will get me out of this hole? and then we realize that we are very much an expert on all of these different methods of weight loss and feel over prepared somehow and yet still we don't know where to begin.
Lets get down to the root of how the weight got put on, we ate too much and didn't move enough so the opposite should serve as a way to take it off right? Calories in vs calories out? hmmm interesting concept and so it begins. Counting calories has probably saved my life and as dramatic as that last statement might sound it is the truth, I am not an expert on weight loss by any meaning of the words but I have been around that block a few times. It took a lot of things coming together all at once for me to decide that enough was enough and I literally flipped a switch one night and started down a path to better health. I was an early 30's Dad and Husband sitting and watching life pass me by because I couldn't control my intake? kind of stupid is how I saw it, My back injury kept me from walking without pain let alone working out but I had to do something, so I did.
I know that bad things were on the horizon for me if I hadn't changed when I did, I had constant heartburn, my lower back hurt all of the time, though I refused to go to a doc and get checked out I know that my blood pressure had to be high and I was very likely pre diabetic because how could I not be at 500 plus pounds? I thought that I was a dead man if I didn't change and if I didn't do it NOW not later, not in a week not in a month. The love of my life had run out on new years eve to grab a bottle of Disaronno to celebrate the coming of the new year but she came home with with more than that and that pint of Dublin mudslide became much more significant zeusmeatball.blogspot.com/2008/04/re
flecting-back-to-start-of-it-all.html that either of us knew at the time. I decided that I would eat it a year later after I had lost some weight on my terms and thats just what I did zeusmeatball.blogspot.com/2008/12/on
e-year-ago-quarter-ton-man-decided.html and my life is so much better than that new years eve when the decision to take my life back took place.
Tomorrow is a new beginning of sorts, I say new because I am starting off at a new weight with the same goal but my strategy is changing slightly because I am in better shape now than I was when I started at 534 pounds. I will weigh myself and post the result here for you to see and it will be the start point for the new run at 275 pounds, I proved that I can lose a huge amount of weight and keep it off and now its time to prove that I can reach a level of fitness that I have never experienced myself.
Tune in tomorrow for the latest episode of Fatman and Blobin to find out what that number is and of course make the best decisions that you can for your health until then.
That's all I got.
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