Saturday, July 26, 2008
I was going to leave this one on my blogspot, but decided I would pop it up here on spark as well.
So I have been thinking about some things that go along with weight loss and people that have a large amount of weight to lose and over weight people in general and thought I would write a few of my thoughts down to type written word. I sometimes don't think that the rest of the non over weight population understands just how difficult being over weight can be and is. The things that normal sized people take for granted are some of the things that are on heavy peoples mind more often than a normal sized person realizes or cares to realize and a lot of the things are things that you might not even think a big deal until it is you wearing the proverbial shoes of the other person. since I mentioned shoes let us talk about clothing for a bit, I as an over weight man have to get my clothing in a special store just for large people and pay twice as much for the same tee shirt or pair of jeans except it is some off brand label or a knock off, meaning that it says Nautica on the front of the shirt, its a Nautica label but it is made somewhere else by a company that is not Nautica, and yet I paid twice as much for it because it is of a larger size and the variety just is not there either, I can't tell you how many times I have been somewhere and seen a big fella walking by and noticing that he has one of the very same shirts that I have, not because it is an especially fashionable piece of clothing but because it is something that fit so he bought it.
another thing small people take for granted,being able to walk in a restaurant and slide into a booth and order up a coffee and a slice of pie, this is not a possibility for many larger people because the booth does not accommodate their size, so the heavier person is forced to find an establishment that has tables or not stop in after a movie or concert with his or her friends to grab a late night after event bite, which brings me to the next thing, concerts, sports events or plays etc are either 4 hours of discomfort in seats that are sometimes even not too comfortable for average size folks or not going at all and missing out on events that the entire family or a group of friends might be attending, all the while trying to convince themselves that they really didn't want to go. when the truth is that the person would very much like to attend the event with their friends or family but to save feelings and to save an uncomfortable or embarrassing conversation about how they are too fat to fit into stadium seats the person just says that they do not want to go so that they can avoid the embarrassment, and people that have never had to deal with things like not being able to sit in a seat at a stadium or having to ask for a table at an eating establishment every single time and some of the time waiting an extra 20 minutes to be seated in a busy place instead of just taking the booth just cannot understand the frustration that comes with not being able to do every day things as bigger people. A Dad missing a school play, a Mom missing a trip to the diner with some old friends, or maybe its not getting on that roller coaster with your brother at the amusement park, and all the while to save face excuses are made to validate why the choice to sit this one out was made and the entire time feeling embarrassed because all of the above.
Just something to ponder the next time you are at a restaurant and see that big fella standing around, instead of silently cracking a joke to your buddy's know that he is more uncomfortable than he looks and has likely been waiting much longer than you have to be seated because he is waiting for a table that has chairs. The next time you see that large woman squeezed into a stadium seat, don't smirk or frown at her, know that she is very much not comfortable sitting there and she did pay the same ticket price and does not appreciate the giggles and snide remarks coming from behind her. and that fat guy in the slightly off shirt? well he really didn't have many choices when he went shopping. I am not saying to pity anyone or give anyone more slack, just give them the same respect that every other person deserves and gets.what is the point of all of this? nothing really, My blog is about weight loss and this is in that ball park and its what I felt like writing today. sometimes I think about things like this and these few examples are exactly that, a few examples in the sea of uncomfortable moments that overweight people deal with on a daily basis.
Thanks for reading.
Friday, July 25, 2008
This 1992 Katana 400 weighs in at 400 lbs
go to my blogspot to see the 134 pound cheese burger since spark only allows one photo! seriously lol zeusmeatball.blogspot.com/
Ok I will get right to it, this morning upon waking up I went to the scale directly and the first time on it whispered into my ear that I weighed 400.0 pounds! so as the grin crept across my face I stepped off for the second go at it and it said 399.8! so wify was sitting in the living room still as I was up earlier than normal today and I called her in to see and got on for my third time as I do every Friday and 400.0 again! Made it Ma! Top of the world! that is a 4 pound loss for me this week and a century mark is reached! again! this is the second century mark that I have realized since starting this weight loss adventure seven short months ago. let us just say that today is a good day for me and a new fire has been sparked underneath me to work even harder than I have been, is that even possible?! I am unsure but today I feel like I can do anything and come out on top. so yeah there ya have it, I have done it, I made it to another century mark and I don't plan on stopping any time soon. I thought that getting under 500 lbs was an amazing thing and that was 100 pounds ago! getting to 400 feels amazing, and the fact that I did it in less than seven months floors me.
All together I rode the bike yesterday for 47 minutes in two sessions, my calories came in at 1437 for the day and I am very happy with how my week turned out, a 4 pound loss, I hit a century mark and I am back to exercising daily because the back pain has gone down enough to allow it, and the fact that I dipped into the 399's is the icing on the cake I got back on the scale again after my usual 3 and it w 399.8 again and have to admit that I felt good seeing that 3 in the front spot. I would also like to mention that wify hit 180lbs this morning and was excited to see it, after all it was her goal weight from the start, and that makes 56 pounds that she has lost since Jan 1st, so combined we have dropped 190 pounds! woah! yep, I can say its a good day round this house today.
So there ya have it folks, I shall call it a 4 pound loss for the week and I shall call it 400 lbs on the nose for the weight even though I did have 2 solid 399.8 weights, I always round up so the 399 remains as a smile on my face for now. Thanks for following this large fella on his trip to becoming twice the man that he can be by becoming half the man he is.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Once again were here a day before weigh in and I am wondering if I will see a loss this week, it has been a little rough with the back acting up earlier in the week but it seems to have corrected itself and the exercise has resumed. I did get a bike ride in yesterday afternoon, I rode for 21 minutes and wanted to do another 15 later in the day but that never happened, 2 kids doesn't always allow for extras, but I will try to ride twice today to make up a little bit and just for the fact that why not twice? I figure if I can find the time its all good for me right?
Intake was good for the day and I ended up consuming 1415 calories and enough brussel sprouts to put them on some kind of an endangered veggie list. I am awaiting on a ferry to leave port as it did not leave yesterday and that is the first time in a while that it has had problems at the dock, hopefully it works itself out (no pun intended) and I can have a decent weigh in come morning. I am not expecting a giant loss because of the lack of exercise this week but I am expecting a loss none the less.
I have finally come to the conclusion that its time to buy some more clothing regardless of the fact that they will likely not fit correctly in a few months, I walked past a mirror in a shirt that I have always thought fit good and welp it just plain old does not fit any more. it is a 6xl as are most of my shirts and I am comfortably in a 4xl now, I don't know what the size difference is in measurements between 4 and 6x but its huge as far as the way it looks. jeans are not as big a problem because I just poke a new hole in my belt and cinch it up a little more, though the size 56 are unwearable at this point I do have an abundance of size 50-52's that can be worn with a belt still BUT remember I am in a size 46 now so they are still big. once I hit my goal of 275 I was going to donate my big clothes to someone that could use it as I know how expensive big fella clothing can be BUT I want to make sure I won't need it any more before I do something like that, so some lucky big guy will get a care package when I hit goal weight, I figure its better than making it into rags to wash the car with. and of course I will keep 1 pair of jeans and one tee shirt to remind me how hard I worked, even to get to this point.
Another thing that has been on my mind lately is that I am thinking about looking into a profession either counseling or helping obese people to lose weight and gain control of their lives again after I hit my goal weight. from time to time through comments or emails as well as from family members I have been told that I should look into something like this and at first I thought "man I am just a fat dude trying to get healthy" but the more I think about it the more it makes sense to me to at least explore this idea and see what would be entailed in such a venture. I mean who would understand better about being 500+ pounds than a guy thats been there and worked through it? I think I could be a help to people in a field such as that so if anyone out there has an idea or has done this before I would love to hear from you on this matter.
There ya have another Thursday post by me, I do thank you as always for following along with my little adventure to thinness and hope to see a loss by the am tune in to the same bat channel at the same bat time for my numbers.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
sometimes I think
This at times feels unreal to me in the way that I look at a photo of myself and think about how large the fella in that pic is and then have to realize that it is me that I am looking at, I was laying on my bed last night and wify came in and said "where is your belly?" joking with me and I looked down and saw my ribs poking out. so we started chatting about how far we have both come in these last 7 months and we both agree that we cannot remember the bigger me. I think that I choose to not remember subconsciously because I don't feel that that guy was me in the physical and certainly not the mental. lots has changed and I am back to the old me that use to be there before all of the weight was gained, and I say that with tongue in cheek sort of because I have always been a big guy and an over weight guy, the difference is that I was always able to do what I wanted when I wanted to until the recent blow up in weight of course. but yeah there is some reflecting going on lately and I am not liking what I see in the past and I will not go back to that weight again.
As my previous post stated I did get on the bike last night for 20 minutes and rode nice and easy just to test my back out and we had a success, I rode and woke up this morning feeling great and zero back pain because of the ride so I will be riding again today. my intake for the day was good ending at 1495 calories. everything seems to be back on track given that just a few days ago I had back pain so bad that I could not stand, hopefully I can pull a loss out of the week. as of this morning I am up from Fridays weight by about 8 tenths of a pound weighing in at 405 on the nose today. with that I give you the menu from Tuesday.
1 cup 1% milk 110
1.5 servings blueberry mini wheats 270
3oz roasted chicken 150
1 80 cal roll 80
1 slice whole wheat bread 70
dill pickle 10
1 tbsp miracle whip 35
dannon light and fit yogurt 60
2 cups home made soup 350
3/4 cup white rice 150
Mint zone bar 210
Grand total of 1495 calories for the day but I will admit to having a few taste bites of the soup that i had been cooking all day so its likely that its just a tad more than that, noting that will make or break me. also as I stated in my late night post I will hold off on the calisthenics for a week so that I give my back ample time to recoup from whatever it was dealing with and there you have todays post. I am still shooting to be under 400 lbs within the next couple weeks if not by next week, we shall see.
oh and the blog title has nothing to do with the blog, it happens to be what I am listenin to atm on my mp3 :)
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Later than normal I find myself posting today, partially because I was busy cooking all day (roasted a chicken and made 2 pots of chili chicken pepper soup) and partially just because I was outside most of the day and just didn't get to it until now, so here it is. My intake from yesterday was good coming in at 1500 on the nose and I did not exercise a bit because of the back, I figured I would give it a day more off before I got back into the exercising. It seemed to be what was needed to do the trick because I just got off of the bike 5 minutes ago and took a nice easy 20 minute ride and feel no discomfort at all in my back so we shall see what the morning brings, if it is no pain then I will resume the bike this week and put the push ups back into it starting next week. so it would appear that all is back on track as long as there is no pain in the AM, we will know soon enough.
Here is the menu from Monday.
2 multi-grain english muffins 200
1 serving turkey pepperoni 70
2 wedges laughiung cow cheese 70
1 can Progresso soup 120
1 80 cal roll 80
1 serving turkey pepperoni 70
less than 1 tbsp miracle whip 25
2 gortons fish fillets 340
1 cup white rice 200
light sourcream 20
1 dannon light and fit yogurt 60
1 pear 85
1 raisin english muffin 90
less than 1 tbsp jam 40
Grand total of 1500 calories for the day, and my back feels good enough to get away with a nice easy 20 minute ride that brought my heart rate up but not way up. intake is on par and I am hoping to have a drop in weight this week, so far its up from Fridays weight but the week is early so we shall see. thats all for the later than normal post I need to head upstairs for a shower, thank you for reading along with my journey.
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