Friday, August 01, 2008
So upon waking I know that the drop will not be big if any at all and I was right, I woke up today and am 399 lbs so no loss no gain which is better than a gain but not as good as a loss so I am neither happy nor sad about the weight today. I have to admit that I am a bit confused but I think I know exactly what I need to do as well, I have busted my ass this week exercise wise, 20-40 minutes per day on the bike and went hiking for 3 days this week and all but one was long hikes I ate well and stuck to plan for the most part and yet here I am weighing the same as I did last Friday? what gives? I think that with me stepping up the exercise I need more calories in my day, I only do 1500 calories per day right now but I have done that from day one and am down 134 lbs so I figured why mess with it but the last few weeks have been odd, I will lose 4-6 pounds one week and then stay even the next and this has been the case for about a month and a half so I do believe that its time to start playing with calories to see if I can jump start the losses again. I am a bit weary about doing this at this weight only because I have crossed that 400 pound threshold and I would hate to pop back above it even if only for a minute but I think I at least need to try upping the calories a bit just to see what happens, I guess I could always stop some of the exercise but I don't want to do that because the benefits of the exercise out weigh keeping the calories lower. with that said I will start eating 1700 calories on the days that I exercise and stick to 1500 calories on the days that I do not and see what that does for me.
Intake for Thursday was good coming in at 1425 calories and I found my new favorite treat, Popsicle brand sugar free ice pops, these were bought for my kids but I tried one last night and ended up having 3 because I had the calories, it was weigh in day today and I figured its just liquid, anyways the flavors are Tropical fruit and I can hardly taste that they are sugar free and they are only 15 calories each. over all I am happy with how things are going even though there is not a loss this week, I know that I have done my body some good this week with all of the movement that it has seen and I am getting stronger by the day, meaning my endurance is picking up and I mean way up from where I have been. the combination of losing 134 pounds, putting the right foods into my body and the fact that I actually exercise now is to blame for my current fitness level and it can only get better from here I suspect.
In conclusion I am a bit weary of upping my calories and I am moving into a territory that I have not ventured into since starting this weight loss regimen and that is upping my calories, I have stuck with 1500 calories throughout this entire time and it has worked so far but I think with the additional exercise that I should change things a bit and thats the plan so we shall see where I end up in a couple weeks. My only reservation is that I am 399 pounds and can possibly go back over the 400 mark by changing things around, but then again I can gain however the day goes so with that the new change will start today, I will eat 1700 calories starting now and hopefully the weight will start dropping and the boats will begin to launch again on a regular basis. I will not post a photo this week because I did not lose anything so it would be the same pic as last week, as always I thank you for reading and following along with me and my journey to a smaller fellow.
Editing to add that after looking back at my posts I was 399.8 and 400.0 pounds last week and this week was 399 on the nose this week so it is actually a 1 pound loss for the week.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
check it out on my blogspot, I might upload the pic on spark but for now I want to leave it on my blogspot.
and yes that is a jaw line in the 3rd pic :)
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
This is where I hiked today.
I missed a post for yesterday because I got too busy and never really made it to the computer for long enough to post but here I am and a Wednesday post. the intake has been good for the past 2 days besides the Dairy queen vanilla cone I had on Monday, hey a guy needs his treats right? but otherwise right on track, and I have been going hiking all week, Monday Tuesday and Wednesday we went with the hike today being the closest to a real hike, its kind of hard when ya bring the kiddos along BUT with that said today was a lot of uphill, it was through the woods and then into a bird sanctuary where the path sort of wound up the top of a hill ending in a field of wild flowers and tall grass, it was a very pleasant sight. by the time we made it almost to the top my son had had enough and wanted to rest but we pushed him to keep on going and I said to him "you are not going to let your old fat dad out hike ya are you?" while carrying my daughter on my shoulders, he just looked up at me with a very tired look and said "well I can't keep up so..." then he smiled. he also made a reference to Frodo from LOTR he said "I don't know how Frodo did that, I would have just died" he did make it all of the way but we did have to stop for about 5 minutes to let him rest on the way back down. it was a good hike and wify got to join us this time as she got out of work early today so that was nice, we also talked about making "dates" to go hiking just the two of us so I am looking forward to that. I think I am going to attempt to make hiking my main source of exercise as it is very much a cardio workout all while keeping muscles conditioned and lets not forget the views and sights are worth the hikes alone even if there was no health benefit, we started this one at 2:00PM and got back to the car at 2:56PM so just about an hour and it was non stop unlike the previous hike that I posted about and called a "walk" and I carried my daughter on my shoulders much of the way today. here is a look at what was on the menu for Tuesday, it was not the best in the world but it did the trick and that soup is insanely good to me.
2 cups honey comb cereal 173
1 cup 1% milk 110
2 multi-grain english muffins 200
2oz low fat mozz cheese 160
2 T pizza sauce 40
1 serving of Turkey pepperoni 70
Parmesan cheese 15
1 peanut butter cookie 104
3 cups home made soup 450
1oz tortillas 140
Grand total of 1462 calories for Tuesday, and thats the post for the day, I had a few minutes and thought I would hop on and leave some words on my little spot in the vast internet, I wanted to thank you for reading once again and I want you to know that the support is greatly appreciated. so Until next time....Keep on keepin on!
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.
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