Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Now THAT would take some serious willpower to stay away from.
Let us start with a quote this morning, "What this power is, I cannot say. All I know is that it exists...and it becomes available only when you are in that state of mind in which you know exactly what you want...and are fully determined not to quit until you get it" -Alexander Graham Bell- this quote defines my state of mind where losing this weight is concerned, and that may seem like a heavy quote for a thing such as losing some weight to some people, likely the people that have never had to lose the amount of weight that I and many other people have had to lose but heavy none the less. I have always treated this as something that I have to do instead of something that I want to or am just doing and that in itself may be the driving force behind what I have accomplished in the last eight months. I started off at a whopping 534 pounds and in just eight short months with nothing more than raw determination and discipline have dropped 145 pounds of unwanted body weight from my 6'5'' frame and still have more than 100 pound left to lose, imagine that, a guy that has lost 145 pounds still has more than 100 pound to lose before a respectable weight is realized, thoughts like that floor me.
I have grown up around a few family members that have struggled with weight loss and all of them have handled it a little differently than the next, from Atkins diet to taking the latest and greatest miracle pill right on down to basic calorie counting and some have had some good results and some have had less than good but they all have had the same end result for the most part which is to put the weight back on at some point. I think that anyone can be a success where losing weight is concerned and it does not take the next big diet buzz or miracle pill to do so, I have said this before but I think it is worth repeating, we all have what it takes to lose weight and its something that is free to all of us, its called willpower others call it determination and still others call it drive but you do have it and its free for the taking and it is all that you need to successfully drop the pounds. I know that things are tempting and I know that sometimes are harder than others but the fact is that you make the choice to put the food in your mouth and you make the decision to exercise or not to do those things. can it be difficult sometimes to not eat that piece of pie? will that chocolate covered cherry call to you now and again? maybe but it still comes down to whether you have the willpower to not take it or will it be eaten with extreme prejudice? the choice is always ours to make.
Sometimes you just have to stop and ask "what am I doing to myself?" and when the answer is obvious a decision needs to be made. are you ready to begin the rest of your life? or maybe the more important question is are you ready to stop killing yourself? Make the decision...
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Tuesday has come along with a new month and I have been a very bad boy where intake is concerned. On Friday since my mom is in town we treated her out to dinner at Chili's where when I walked in I had all intentions of eating well and by well I don't mean lots of good food but more in the sense that I would watch myself closely but alas that is not what happened, I did order the guiltless salmon dish which has calories listed as just under 500 and I ordered my obligatory unsweetened tea, not bad right? but then we ordered an appetizer of southwestern egg rolls and I had a Blue moon before dinner got to the table. wify ordered the chicken fajitas dinner and I ended up having one of those before the night was finished too, there was also a birthday cake in there at one point as well, so yeah lets just say I went over on Friday, Saturday went well enough and I kept the calories low because of the previous days number and only had 1318 total calories and then Sunday I took my mom to visit her sister where I was tempted with a chocolate silk cake with cherry filling and home made whipped cream and I did not resist and had a pretty good sized piece of that heavenly goodness almost immediately after arriving at her house, we ended up eating at a Friendlys restaurant for dinner that night, and besides the cake I was within calorie range, I had a total of 1550 calories before the cake but I am sure it brought me over. Mondays intake was pretty good besides the fact that I drank almost no fluid (which means about 3 quarts total all day) I did come in at a total caloric intake of 1660 for the day so I am happy with that and over the entire four days 2 of 4 days I did bad which I really am not too worried about because giving up going out to dinner with family and friends every now and again is not something I am interested in doing for the rest of my time on earth and well yeah, its just a part of life, because I eat healthy does not mean that I cannot enjoy dinner out or a piece of cake now and again, Here is Mondays menu.
1 banana 105
1 T peanut butter 95
4 slices light Italian bread 160
2oz low fat Mozz cheese 160
1 serving turkey pepperoni 70
light parm cheese 10
pizza sauce 30
9.5 oz Atlantic salmon fillet 420
lots of brussel sprouts 225
3/4 cup pilaf rice 220
12oz Dannon light and fit yogurt 160
Exercise, whats that? I have not ridden my bike since my Mom got here but we have done a good deal of walking around (malls etc and random walks with my daughter) but nothing in the way of real cardio, I do plan on riding today and getting the cardio back on track to finish up the week. otherwise its business as usual around here and the weight is hopefully coming off this week, I was down a pound from Fridays weight on Sunday but have not weighed myself since then and forgot this morning until after I ate breakfast. nothing spectacular to report today I am afraid but it is what it is and there you have it. Thanks for reading along and remember that its just life, enjoy it while you can.
Friday, August 29, 2008
This Suzuki GSX400 weighs in at 389 pounds.
Todays post is a little later than usual for a weigh in day post, My Mother flew in from California for a visit so I have been tied up but I did want to get on and post up the progress for the week, I hopped on the scale this morning and it said 389.4lbs and I am happy with the number, thats a 4 pound drop for the week and the exercise has paid off. speaking of exercise I have not ridden the bike since Tuesday, but I have gone on a few walks including one this morning (about 1/2 mile just to let my daughter get a ride in on her new bike) but I plan on riding the bike today so I will update the new deficit tracking section on the page after I do that. my intake has been very good this week and I am averaging 1630 calories per day so I am happy about that.
This week has been a good one where weight loss is concerned, I got my juju back, I am back on the bike and things are headed in a good direction and I firmly believe that keeping a positive attitude about losing the weight and submitting to the fact that it HAS to be a lifestyle change and NOT a diet is key in my success to date. I have in the past had people tell me that I am doing this whole weight loss thing wrong, mostly in the area of my intake calorie amounts, I was told that I am not eating enough and that I will not lose weight eating 1500 calories per day despite a doctor telling me this is what I should do, that was 100 pounds ago. here I am 145 pound less than I was 8 months ago and still there are naysayers and disbelievers around, all I can do is smile at the fact that I have lost 145 pounds and counting. If I were failing at this weight loss thing I could see where someone could want to pop in with an opinion and maybe steer a fella in the right direction but how do you tell someone that has lost 145 pounds on his own without any surgery or pills or anything at all besides raw willpower and discipline that they are doing it wrong? weight loss is a matter of K.I.S.S (keep is simple stupid) eat less, move more, stay hydrated and in control and waddya know? 145 pounds gone, yes it is that simple.
I think when people get over weight that they start making excuses for why they cannot lose weight, or start the blame game to try and justify why they are heavy and unmotivated, it makes me think of something my wife has said recently in normal every day chat when the subject has come up she says "thats talking like a fat person" (she has a friend that is happy about her weight loss and yet somehow annoyed that she is doing so well) and what she meant when she said talking like a fat person is that when you are fat (yeah I will use the word fat we ain't all PC around here) you tend to make excuses for why you should be able to eat the way you do and still lose weight, yet these are the same people that are ALWAYS on a "diet" of some sort and never seem to hit their goals. "all I need to do is drink more water" welp then why don't ya? "I can drink as much diet mountain dew as I want, it is after all diet right?" ummm nope, "but I just had a tiny bite, so I won't count it" good luck with that!, "I just need to stick to it for 2 whole weeks and I will lose it" really? that easy? have at it then! and I speak from experience with some of that! but no more is that me or the way that I think and that is why this is working for me, here I am losing weight regularly and I feel great, who wouldda thunk? Nothing tastes as good as thin feels, I AM going to find out if thats a true statement, even though I already know the answer.
Stop talking like a fat person!
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
First things first, last night around 12:30 am as I walked through the kitchen to use the bathroom the bag of Jax on the table called to me and I grabbed a handful out of the bag and munched them down, upon leaving the bathroom I grabbed another handful and thought to myself "why are you taking these" but alas by the time I had come up with an answer good enough to make me want to put them back they were gone and orange finger tips were mine, then I thought "wow that was a silly move mister worked out like a demon today" so I decided that I will add the calories to my todays intake number since technically I did eat them after mid night so thats the confession for the day, its all about accountability so there you have it.
Onto the exercise, I started out the day with the thought that I would try and get 2 rides in on the bike, one in the afternoon and one in the evening and roughly around one or two pm I rode for 25 minutes and went into a calisthenics routine afterwards and was feeling good, then I went out with wify and we ended up walking around for about an hour or two so my afternoon had movement for sure, then it was back to the house for dinner and after dinner I asked "hey wanna go for a walk?" sure thing she stated and off we went, it was not an epic walk but just about 1.7 miles and I came home and thought "now I don't have to ride the bike a second time" yet 20 minutes later there I was on the bike pedaling away for another 20 minute ride so all in all it was a pretty active day exercise wise and this morning I have that rode hard and put away wet feeling going on and I am a little sore all over.
Intake came in at 1690 calories not including the late night er..um... ok I will call a duck a duck, Binge, and was pretty decent as far as what I ate as well and it was spread out through out the day pretty good, take a look at the menu for yourself.
2 Multi-grain english muffins 200
1 serving Turkey pepperoni 70
2 wedges laughing cow 70
sliced tomato 10
1oz jax 140
4 slices light Italian bread 160
2oz low fat Mozz cheese 160
1 serving turkey pepperoni 70
light parm cheese 10
pizza sauce 30
2 cups home made soup 300
1 cup white rice 200
sour cream/salsa 25
1 pear 90
1 peach 70
1 dannon light and fit yogurt 80
Grand total of 1690 calories and then a late night snack which will be added to todays intake number and I will be on the bike for at least a 20 minute ride at some point today but I will be up late because my Mom is flying in from LA for a visit and her flight gets in at mid night so I don't want to over do it today so a single 20 minute ride will have to suffice for today and another post comes to an end.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Today is the day after the second day that I am back in the exercise game and I will say that I am glad that I am back to doing it. I only got to ride once yesterday for 20 minutes, its just how it worked out and I almost did not do it but wify said "just do it you know you will regret it if you don't" so I took her advice and rode and then added 70 push ups and that was that. I have added a column on the left side of the page to show the deficit tracking and I don't know what I will shoot for this first week, I want to see what I end up with by the end of the week and then set a goal slightly above that for next week, I do think that I want to go for 3500 calories burned in a week but I don't want to jump in head first without an idea what that is. calories for the day were right where they should have been coming in at 1690 total, and I will continue on a 1700 per day goal for a while more and see where it goes. I also wanted to post a sort of recipe which is really nothing more than a pile of pizza like ingredients that I have been making lately, we call them pizza pockets round here and they came about because I remembered that we had a sandwich maker in the cabinet, I needed something for lunch and well yeah that was that, here is what you will need.
Light Italian bread (4 slices)
Low fat Mozzarella cheese (2oz)
Light pizza sauce (2-3 T)
Turkey pepperoni (30g)
Sliced jalapeņo (4-5 slices)
Light parm cheese (just a shake)
Olive oil cooking spray
This has got to be the simplest thing in the world and is pretty self explanatory as to what happens next but here goes, and I do have a piling order. start by spreading the sauce on all four slices of bread and then shake a small amount of garlic powder and the light parm cheese on each slice of sauced bread. Next put about half of the shredded mozz cheese onto two of the slices of bread and then chop the jalapeņos up and spread them evenly over the same slices with the cheese, next layer the Turkey pepperoni evenly over the cheese and then add another small shake of parm cheese and black pepper, finish it off with the remaining mozz cheese and top it off with the other slices of sauced bread. give the sammy maker a very very light spray of the olive oil cooking spray, place the 2 sandwiches into the sammy maker wait until the green light comes on indicating that they are cooked and bamn! spicy Jalapeņo and pepperoni pizza pockets and all for a total of 435 calories. My wife substitutes mushrooms for the jalapeņo and you can basically use your favorite kind of pizza toppings, these are very customizable and 2 sandwiches make 4 pockets which is very filling to me as a meal.
I will try and get on the bike today for two 20 minute rides for a total of 40 minutes of cardio, and I will do as many push ups as my wrist allows, I did not mention this but for whatever reason the push ups are making my left wrist a bit tender so I am watching that. I am approaching one of my goals which is to have lost 150 pounds, as of last Fridays weigh in I have lost 141 pounds and as of this morning its a bit more than that and my body is really starting to show the weight loss, in positive as well as negative ways. the positive is obvious, I am thinner, I am more healthy and I am back in a big way, now the negatives I am not so enthusiastic about and the issue of loose skin is becoming more apparent lately, I can't help but worry about how it will be remedied when the time comes. it looks like surgery is really the only way to fix it and its not a procedure covered by insurance (unless problems come of it) and its way expensive, so this weighs on me a bit with my recent visits to the mirror where I am seeing some of the damage that I have done with the weight gain. Oh well thats a fight for another day I think and all I can do is to keep doing what I am doing and maybe it will tighten up a bit more as time goes by, and for todays post in the words of porky pig, Thats all folks!
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