Monday, August 25, 2008
I'm Back!!! I took a ride on the stationary bike last night to test my lungs out and 20 minutes later I was sweating and happy that I was back on the bike, the first couple minutes I was thinking that I may have lost my love for it but then something kicked in and I was pedaling away and 20 minutes seemed to come too fast and I was done, so I hopped off and did 30 push ups in sets of ten just to get back into it and I woke up this morning and am full of energy. so the plan is to get on the bike again this afternoon and possibly again later tonight because I split the rides up as to save my nether region from the long exposure to the crushing sensation that riding a bike for long periods of time can have and I would like to do 40 minutes. I am also going to start deficit tracking calories burned and will start off with a goal of 3500 calories burned in a week, I found an online calculator that allows me to put in my weight and which exercise was done and it estimates the calories that were burned for any given exercise or movement so I will use that to count what I have burned, I have not decided whether I will post the amount calories burned once per week, perhaps on weigh in day or if I will do it daily in my every day posts.
Intake for Sunday was good coming in at 1628, so actually a little bit lower than it should be but close enough for me to say it was a good day. my average calories for the week came in at 1583 which is again a bit low but not so bad that I am worried about it and I think considering the week I have had I did well. I am looking forward to a good loss this week and I think that by putting the exercise back in place and watching the intake that I will have just that, I am putting last week behind me and am back in full swing and all systems go.
in conclusion, I suspect that I will have a good drop in weight this week and I want to predict a 5 pound loss come Friday because of putting the exercise back in place but I will not be disappointed if I don't get that number, and thats that for todays post. Tune in tomorrow kids for another exciting episode of as the fat guy turns.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Sunday afternoon has come and as I sit here I am thinking about just how much weight I have lost in these almost 8 months, 141 pounds as of Friday has been shed from my body and I am physically able to do things that I could not do just last winter, lives have been changed 100% since starting on this regimen of eating better and moving more and mine is the one most drastically changed. I eat a total of 1700 calories per day, I exercise on a daily basis a lot of the time it is more than once per day and I am hardly sitting still for more than a few minutes during any given day, jumping up to do a few sets of push ups randomly or running up the stairs to use the bathroom upstairs instead of the one that is 10 feet from me. I snack on baby carrots and an array of fruit along with sugar free Popsicles now when I feel hungry, and go for a walk when I need to relax or hop on my stationary bike and get lost in some good music. Let us now flash back to last summer, and we will talk about some of my habits from that time in my life. 1700 calories might have been the total calories of a single meal which was in a string of the same type of meals. exercise for me was to walk up the stairs to go to bed and 10 of 10 times you could find me sitting on the couch with a clicker in my hand and a half of a bag of something sitting next to me, whether it be a big bag of BBQ chips, or a bag of Doritos. a push up? in my wildest dreams maybe and the back pain that would come with all of it was just the icing on the cake, and speaking of cake there was lots of that around as well, I am reminded of a line from fight club where Edward Nortons character says "this is your life and its ending one second at a time" that was me before I decided to change my life and control what went into my body and what I did for myself in the area of health and nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle. This works for me because it is not treated as a "diet" it is not something that will be a temporary fix or the next thing that I tried to do in 2008, it is a lifestyle change plain and simple.
Stronger now than I have been in nine or more years, mentally as well as physically I can say that statement with one hundred percent certainty that it is true, nothing will stop me from reaching the goal that I have set for myself.
You met me at a very strange time in my life.
Friday, August 22, 2008
This 2006 Yamaha R6 weighs in at 393 lbs
Friday is here and the time of week to record my weight has arrived, I won't keep you in suspense and I won't try and dazzle you with anything more than the number this week which is smaller than I thought it would be but I have a theory on why, but before I get to that I have lost one pound this week and I weighed in at 393 pounds upon waking today. onto the theory, I have had an extremely stressful week (not related to weight loss so I won't bore you with the details) on Monday I weighed 390 pounds and thats when the stress came into the picture as well, I have not been hydrating myself like I normally do and lack of exercise is definitely a factor and I have not been eating every few hours, its been more like 6 hours between meals and they have been larger and not so healthy but the fact that I was 390 on Monday means that I was actually seeing losses and when the stress reared its ugly head I gained back 3 pounds but I believe that some of it is because I drank heavily last night to try and make up some of the fluid that I know I have been missing out on but it is what it is and 393 is the number that shall be recorded. Am I happy about the one pound? sure, its a pound thats not on me any more, am I satisfied with it? no I am not, I know that I could have had more of a loss but life happens and such is the way of the world. so thats the way the cookie crumbles this week and a one pound loss is realized for the week, I am not happy about it and I am not upset about it I am sort of feeling neutral.
You will notice that my menu is well, $hitty from yesterday I had 3 meals and a tiny pear that I picked off of a tree and dinner was an Italian BMT from Subway and I did have Mayo on it, I just didn't care because its what I wanted at the time. I also had some chocolate but when I say that I mean a new phone, I picked up a new LG Chocolate 3 phone and am getting use to how it works this morning and since its a new gadget I wanted to mention it. I have been pulled in two thousand directions in the past few days and its hard to get intake into my body when I need to so its been just trying to eat when I can and make it count calorie wise, the total is 1690 calories but as you will see its 3 lump meals and that random pear, here is a look at my dismal menu from yesterday.
2 cups raisin bran 380
1 cup 1% milk 110
1 can progrsso soup 120
1oz Tortilla chips 140
tiny pear 40
Subway Italian bmt 900
Over all things are still going in a positive direction and I am staying on track where calories are concerned its just the execution that I am worried about, in the past few days I have eaten fried chicken strips and fries at Friendly's, an Italian BMT with mayo and cheese and lots of peanut butter and jelly and home made pizza pockets, to say that my intake is flawed this week would be putting it lightly but as i said life happens and all ya can do is what ya can do and thats what I have been doing. I have been home barely and it could have been much worse in the form of McDonalds or the likes but I chose to grab the quick meal from home most times and I always kept track of the calories, I know that when this stress blows over I will hit it it hard again and get some real numbers flying again where my weight is concerned and get a rhythm back, so Until next time thats that.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Another week is coming to a close and I have not exercised this week at all because of this cold that I am getting over, I have had a very hectic week and have not been how do I say "on the ball" with this whole weight loss thing, I am not saying that I have fell off of the wagon or anything its just not been the best of weeks for me all around and its translating into bad meal choices and off schedule timing on when said meals are eaten. this week I have had days where the calories were as low as 1200 and then yesterday I went over by 40 coming in at 1740 total calories and my dinner was eaten at 9:30 pm last night, I have to try and concentrate on getting my meals back on track and I may try a short ride on the bike this afternoon to see how my lungs handle it.
Physically I feel extremely strong lately, I cannot explain it other than saying I feel like I can do anything, I walk and feel the urge to run to where ever it is that I am going, a few nights ago I jumped up the stairs in my house one at a time just because, I carry my daughter on my shoulder EVERYWHERE we go and not only because she asks me but because I treat it as burning more calories, after all carrying 35 pounds up on my shoulders while I walk for 40 minutes has to count for something right? and then jst yesterday I was walking through a parking lot and a car started backing up towards me and my first thought was to step up on the bumper and up and over the trunk, now whether that would have worked or not if the driver had not seen me is left unknown but the fact is that I know that I could have if need be and just 8 months ago it was not a possibility blows my mind. so this pleases me to say the least, I feel like I have my old self back and its only getting better by the day. here is my menu from Wednesday.
1 T peanut butter 95
1 T jelly 50
2 slices whole wheat bread 140
1 zone bar 200
chicken strips/french fries (friendly's) 750
1 fudge pop 70
4 slices light Italian bread 160
2oz low fat Mozz cheese 160
1 serving turkey pepperoni 70
light parm cheese 10
pizza sauce 30
Grand total of 1740 calories for the day and that lunch at Friendly's probably was not the best choice in the world as far as nutrition and health go but it hit the spot in a hectic day an is not really what caused me to go over calories (damn fudge pop) so I am cool with the choice to have it. over all I am still on track and can't wait to start working out again and as I stated earlier I may try to ride the bike today and I have tentative plan to go to the park later today so a hike may be the result of that little outing, we shall see. Tomorrow is another weigh in and I am looking forward to see what kind of loss I pull off this week, I know there is a loss I just don't know where it will settle to by the morning. Thank you for reading and be sure to tune in tomorrow same bat time same bat channel for the results to this weeks weigh in.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
I sometimes think about the struggles we as heavy people go through and the fact that in society heavy people are generally looked down on because of their size and the stigma that goes with that, and what I mean is that if a 500 pound man is walking through a mall people make comments about that man and do it so blatantly as to say it out loud and within earshot of said person and thats ok with most people because it is the fat guys fault that he is fat, isn't it? even if it is their fault who is the other anonymous person to say so in a rude public manner? I will admit to being on the end of some of those comments here and there through life and some of the time they are let go, mostly when its a kid or something because thats not exactly malicious behavior as much as its just something different through child's eyes but when its an adult that says it? or a teenage kid? I have been known to turn towards them and ask them to repeat it to my face and ya know what, I have never had someone take me up on the offer, and yet this behavior is accepted by most people and no one blinks an eye to actions like that.
I am now at a size where I just look like a huge guy more than a huge fat guy and that is what I can relate to, I have always been a big guy and now that I am at a closer to normal weight, even though 394 lbs is not a "normal size" and more like Gorilla sized, it is closer and my being six foot five helps with that as well. I have "got my cockiness back" says my wife, she has been joking with me lately calling me "vain" and what not and I just think to myself "isn't that part of the point?" BUT in my defense I am not vain, just got my juju back I think. I look in a mirror now and see me looking back and when I look at old photos of me when I was 500 plus pounds I honestly think "wow who is that guy" and I can remember looking in mirrors and thinking well if I cut my beard this way I will look less fat, stretching my face in odd directions to make my face look thinner in essence convincing myself that it was just a bit of weight and things along those lines, and now I look in the mirror and just smile.
where is he going with this? I don't even know where I am going with this post, lately when I start typing out a post I just let my mind wander and 40 minutes later between putting fires out with the kiddos and making lunch or breakfast a post is here I click publish and poof another entry. what have we learned today kids? fat people are just regular people just like you who are not over weight, sometimes when you point and laugh the Gorilla turns around and charges the cage and scares the excrement out of you, and I am not vain, confident? sure, vain? nah. Thanks for reading along and I wish you success along your weight loss journey.
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