Monday, July 28, 2008
Today will be a good day, I don't know how to describe the feeling I have as I awake today but it will be a good day where my diet and exercise are concerned. its cool outside yet cloudy and were expecting rain today but I feel like I am energized and I cannot explain why. things have been going good and since I have started riding daily on my bike I feel like there is a new fire under me, since hitting 399 pounds it feels like I have made some real ground in tearing away all of this extra weight that has been holding me back for the last years of my life. to be back in the 300's is an amazing feeling, imagine that, almost 400 lbs feeling great?! the fact that I can say "almost" before the 400 lbs is the part that makes me feel like I made real ground with this weight loss. I cannot honestly remember the last time I weighed this much or should I say this little, in fact I do believe I weigh less today than when I met my wife 9 years ago, and if not less than I am very close to being less than when we met. My wedding band falls off of my finger and my jeans slide off of my arse, I found My tuxedo shirt that I wore at my wedding and it is too big for me, so I am definitely smaller than when I got married, all of this just floors me and I caught myself wondering if I really accomplished all that I have or if it was a joke on me some how. which of course it is not, it boils down to a lot of hard work and determination and making ground is bound to happen when you have those two things.
I plan on riding the bike today and I plan on adding a few push ups into the mix again as well because my back is feeling a bit better this week. I also have this feeling that I have made it, that I am done with the weight loss and I think its coming from the fact that I weigh the same as when I was 100% happy in life so it feels like I have crossed an imaginary finish line and that I am slowly jogging past the crowd with the blue tape on my chest flapping behind me, and the truth is that I have a very long way to go to get to a healthy weight and to hit that goal of 275 pounds that I set for myself, so I do know even though I have this feeling of accomplishment that there is a ways to go until I am actually at that finish line that I feel like I have reached.
This post just sort of flowed into how I am feeling this morning and lately so I will leave it at that. it is what it is and I am where I am in the way that I feel and its a good place. since I have reached the major goal of getting under 400 lbs I need a new goal to shoot for, I am shooting for 350 lbs but a shorter term goal is needed to keep it interesting and I am sure I will post it when I think of one. as always I thank you for reading along with my trip to the half and I will see ya at 350 lbs soon enough.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
104 calories each for these home made peanut butter cookies, there were more than pictured but the kids kind of attacked them.
I just wanted to pop on for a quick Sunday evening post, it has been a busy weekend for me and lots of movement into the days with almost no exercise. I did ride the bike yesterday but today I went to the mall with wify to run a few errands and we needed to buy a new food scale because ours had an interaction with me chasing a fly around the kitchen, swat! and bamn! and welp we needed a new scale, we needed a new one anyways, the old one was a cheap mechanical scale that was bought for about $6 a couple months before I started this eating better thing and we have been wanting to get a salters scale, so thats what we did. It was not terribly expensive at $50 but we had a store coupon for 40% off or something like that so we got a good deal on it.
My daughter has been asking me for peanut butter cookies for a few days now so we got what was needed and put a batch together, I have to admit they came out very good and I had 2 of them as I had calories to spare today. I used splenda in place of the sugar to save a few calories but they came out to 104 calories per cookie after all was into the batter which I guess is not too bad. I also ate vegetarian all day today and I think I am going to try to do that once or twice per week from here in out, it may not happen but I will try. tonight to stick within the veggie menu I made English muffin pizzas with fresh, onions, peppers, mushrooms, and garlic on it with some black olives crumbled on it all, and I have to admit they did not taste like english muffin pizzas at all, they were awesome. I am at 1443 calories for Sunday which is perfectly within my range and I will count the almost 3 hours of laps in the mall as exercise for the day, all in all it was a good day where my weight loss is concerned. think about this next thing that I say only for long enough to have the mere simplicity of the answer sink in, If I were to tell you that You could have Pizza for dinner and home made peanut butter cookies for desert and still drop weight at the rate of 134 pounds in less than seven months would you believe it? I know that seven months ago I wouldn't have yet this is how I eat daily and how I have eaten daily for the last seven months and have consistently dropped weight, I believe that moderation and exercise is key to a successful weight loss regimen, I just wish I had come to that conclusion many years earlier than I did, and with that this post has come to it end, Thanks for reading.
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.
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