Thursday, September 11, 2008
I have a feeling that tomorrows weigh in will give me the 150 pounds lost notch in my belt, I am really close now and its just a gut feeling that I will in fact hit that number in the am. IF I do I will post up a few more compare pictures @ that 150 lost mark and I will be within 9 pounds of having less than 100 pounds to lose and that is yet another milestone for me, so I may have a couple of milestones to report in the next couple weeks, with the first one starting tomorrow hopefully.
Everything else is on track for the most part but you will notice that the deficit tracking section to the left ha not been updated, thats because I have not exercised for the most part because my foot has been bothering me for almost a week now and I don't want to do anything that can hurt or injure it, so until the pain goes away exercise shall be non existent.
On a different note I did fool around with making a buffalo chicken sammie recipe which came out very much better than I had expected it to and wanted to share that with you.
what you will need.
shredded chicken (I used thigh and breast meat mixed which was seasoned)
light Italian bread
Franks hot sauce or the equivalent
low fat mozzarella cheese light ranch dressing (blue cheese for those who like it) olive oil cooking spray sandwich maker
Shred the chicken into a bowl and shake on as much Franks hot sauce as you like (I like a lot) mix it up so that the chicken is covered in the sauce, next lay the bread on a plate and put 1/2 oz shredded low fat mozzarella cheese onto it, put about 2oz of the shredded chicken on top of the cheese and give it an extra shake or 3 of the Franks to keep it moist throughout cooking, then cover the chicken with another 1/2 oz of the mozzarella cheese and place the second slice of bread on top of that. spray your preheated sandwich maker with a light coat of the olive oil cooking spray and lay the completed sandwich into the maker and grill it up, three minutes later you have a buffalo chicken sandwich that is oh so tasty, remove it from the sammie maker and serve with some light ranch dressing to dip it into. A single sandwich made this way costs about 280 calories and then add whatever calories that the ranch costs (would depend on brand I think what we have was 60 calories per 2 T) and just like that an under 300 calorie buffalo chicken sammie is created. for those of you that are thinking "mozz cheese on buffalo chicken?" yessir, it adds a bit of texture, makes it feel naughty and most importantly it helps to hold the whole sandwich together, I hope you enjoy it if you try it, I thought it was pretty good as did wify, I think some finely chopped red onion would be good in this as well I just didn't have any so they were not used.
With that another post has come to an end, and I hope to be able to post up some new pictures in the morning of me at 150 pounds lost. Thank you for reading and don't forget to check out tomorrows post.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Wow, it has been 254 days since I decided to drop some weight, it has been 254 days since I changed the way that I eat and exercise, it has been 254 days since I decided to live my life on my terms. I have lost almost 150 pounds in those days and have met some pretty cool people along the way via this blog and a couple forums that I read regularly, lots of things are different now and its becoming quite obvious to me that I must have missed out on a lot of things because of my weight. I am guilty of letting weight control me for a portion of my life and I am guilty of turning a blind eye to the things that were being taken from me with every pound that I gained, I am also guilty of making a decision to lose the weight, guilty as charged for staying on track and making good choices and staying disciplined with the regimen I set for myself. I want to mention that I received an email yesterday from someone saying that they have read my blog for some time now and cannot do the things that I have done and it went on to mention how some days they read a few blogs and things to stay on track and that mine was one on their list to visit. I did answer the email with a return message of my own but thought that I would mention it here with the same kind of message, We are responsible for what goes into each of our own bodies, no one makes us eat the cake or extra serving of mashed potatoes, the decision to stop at "McNasty" or "Burger Clone" is ours to make there is no one making us eat that way there is no one making us stop and order a "value meal" or those extra tacos on the side at "Jack in the Crack" when a person can realize that this is not how our body works, it is not the fuel needed to be productive in every day life is when the mindset creeps in and good things start to happen. nothing good can come of deep fried processed food, unless clogged arteries and thick waist lines is what you consider good. It all comes back to the "A" word, addiction, our bodies do not need the greasy foods and on top of that we "supersize" everything! it certainly does not need mass quantities of the same, it is easy to become addicted to things that are good but once a person can get past the "I MUST HAVE!" part, the rest is easy and this is coming from the fella that was committing the crimes of Fat people for many years because it was easier to eat bad than get past the addiction part of it. food is fuel in the most rudimentary terms and no one would wonder why their car was running rough if the wrong fuel was used and yet people wonder why they are fat when they eat like this and move less than old folk do, which is my next point.
Exercise, ie: movement, we MUST move daily to keep things working, we must get that heart rate up, we must because its what we were built for, the "A" word comes up again here, a way to look at is this, Trade the addiction the enslavement of food for the addiction of exercise, indeed addiction to exercise is a fact, ya ever hear of a runners high? its true. I have been addicted to movement at one point in my life and that movement was weight lifting, I needed to do it, I craved it, I wanted not to miss one workout or I felt that I was missing out on my guilty pleasure, imagine that? trading being addicted to big macs to being addicted to the pump that comes from lifting a heavy object over and over until your muscles ache burning with pain and sweat runs into your eyes but you must get that last rep in, knowing that the morning will bring more pain with the soreness that "good soreness" that people talk about and actually craving this feeling, imagine that. but the decision to do it has to come from you, it has to be something that you want so much that you can taste it or else its just the next thing that is being tried, without determination its just another diet, without the right mindset, again its just a diet. Make the decision to do it and follow through, make the commitment to do this for yourself and stay with it until you get what you want. without those things I am afraid that we will be doomed to be overweight indefinitely.
We have come a long way, burned about 518000 calories and my movement is up 200% from where it was just last Dec, if I average my calories per day at 1500 I have consumed approximately 381000 calories in the last 254 days and most is better food than I was eating previously, all in all I would say my body has had a pretty busy year so far and the plan is to keep on keepin on. a bit of a rambly post for today and a tad random and the point is where? but hey, its my blog right? it is what it is and I thank you for reading along.
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
I seem to have lost track of the fact that this is "a lifestyle change" or a "diet" and it just is how I live. there is no more thinking about every bite that goes into my mouth and hoping I got the weight right or added the calorie content correctly, I know that I did. I can estimate my meals pretty much within a few calories just by looking at the food on the plate and I honestly do not crave anything thats "bad" for me. When I have a slow week where dropping the weight is concerned its no worries for me and its just another week in the string of weeks that I have chosen to live healthy and I do know that I have done something good for my body on any given day of any given week, which includes the days that I slip and have a treat or go over my limits.
Robyn who has been with me on this trip to the half from almost day one left a comment on one of my older posts today and when I got the email notice I took a look at a few of my posts from when I first started this blog and I read a post about the Ice cream that has become so significant in this thing that I am doing, when I started this back in January and decided to put that quart of Ben and Jerrys in the freezer instead of my pie hole, I honestly thought that it would just be another attempt by a fat guy to lose weight and the final result would just be another failure, well that fabled quart of Dublin mudslide still lives in the freezer just waiting for Jan 1st 2009 to be eaten up by a guy that weighs substantially less than he did when said quart of goodness was bought and on his terms this time unlike so many quarts that came before. To say that I am a different person would be too light a way of saying it, I guess though its more like I am back to the real me because at 534 pounds I just was not me and it is that simple.
Here is the menu from yesterday, it was slightly low but over all not so bad.
1 banana 105
1 T peanut butter 95
2 pears 170
1 Progresso soup 200
3 slices light Italian bread 120
1.5 T peanut butter 140
1.5 T Jam 75
7oz chicken breast 385
2 cups green beans 70
3/4 cup white rice 150
1 pear 85
Grand total of 1595 calories for the day so not too bad, I also have a question for anyone out there reading this, I have a stainless steel Salter scale model 1010 that goes up to 5lbs and I am getting an error on it, the error is "out2" and I cannot find any info on what it means and am out my scale until I get it worked out. I checked their site and it said it was down so if any of you kind folks out there know what the error "out2" means Please help a fella out, the photo posted is what it looks like though I suspect they all have similar if not the same error codes.
Thanks for reading.
Sunday, September 07, 2008
Me and Boss lady at the fair
Sunday has come and gone and I find myself at the keyboard, its time to report how the day went and all that. we ended up going to a Harvest Fair (I was talked into going) and walking around for about four hours or so and I have to admit even though I vowed to have an incredible week intake and exercise wise if we were going to judge that on todays start I failed miserably! we got to the fairgrounds around noon on what I will call the most perfect and beautiful New England day and started walking around looking at some of the attractions, I said to myself as we walked past a fried dough stand "ignore the tasty goodness" and thats what I did as I took a swig of green tea from the gallon jug I brought along with me. we walked past a pig race (I kid you not pig racing) and they had some displays around with farm animals in them as well as a predatory bird show with eagles hawks and falcons etc and then it was getting around 1:00 pm and wify suggested we get something to eat, I had packed an apple for myself but we were near a stand selling cheese steak sandwiches, long story short 3 minutes later I was in front of a stage listening to a folk singer with a guitar enjoying my cheese steak sammie, not even caring or thinking about whether it was cloned or not, wify did have a clone sandwich comment though.
After the folk music and steak sammie we headed over to meet my Father in law who happened to be there unknown to us and we ended up walking over to where some rides for the kiddos were and bought a packet of tickets and let them have at it, and here is where the fried dough enters the picture, yep I bought myself some fried dough and it was damn good if I do say so myself, and after we were done there it was onto some more walking around just looking at all of the craft tables and animals, rides etc etc etc that were there for our amusement. there was everything from truck pulls to pig races right on up to 3 different stages with 3 different bands playing at any given time and the sunburn was free of charge! here are a few pictures for your viewing pleasure.
All in all it was a good day out with the family, lots of fun was had by all and other than indulging in some fried dough the intake wasn't really that bad, the cheese steak was literally some roast beef tossed on a grill with a couple slices of American cheese melted over it and the dough, well there was nothing good about that where diet is concerned! on the drive home I asked wify, half kidding and thinking that I already knew the answer "Do you think I would have gone to this fair if it was last year?" and her response was eye opening, she said "We did go last year, you stayed home" I guess I did know the answer and didn't even remember or chose to forget because I did not go, all of the things that I must have missed out on and don't even realize, it really was eye opening to think about that, and the only thing that has changed is my weight. Who wouldda thunk?
Thanks for reading along. and there are more pictures on my blogspot, spark only allows one so click here to take a look. zeusmeatball.blogspot.com/
PS: the storm from my last post wussed out, was just rain ;)
Saturday, September 06, 2008
The storm looks like its just about here.
Saturday posts have been rare for me but today I am home and were expecting some weather so I figured I would pop one up. we have a flash flood warning up and apparently Tropical storm Hanna is on her way, fun fun. I got a good nights rest in last night and my weight is a good amount lower than it was for weigh in yesterday and I am hoping to hit that 150 pound lost mark this week, and if I do I will post up some 150 pound lost compare photos up. I am keeping on track with the food intake and plan on hitting the cardio hard again this week to get that 150 pounds lost under my belt. Calories for yesterday were a bit low coming in at 1375 total which I am trying to stay away from doing but sometimes it happens that way, no worries. I did experiment a bit with a snack that turned out very good, I sliced an apple into sections put some cinnamon and splenda into a sandwich bag add said apples shake, then place the slices into a preheated 400 degree oven for 14 minutes and bamn! baked cinnamon apple slices all for 100 calories, it is a bit of work for a snack but very tasty and I told wify that it felt like I had something bad for me so it all works out. here is a look at the menu from Friday as well as a Radar photo of whats heading towards me.
1 banana 105
1 T peanut butter 95
2 raisin english muffins 180
1.5 T grape jam 75
1 can progresso Minestrone soup 200 (My new Favorite)
1 multi-grain english muffin 100
sliced tomato 20
1 serving turkey pepperoni 70
3 slices whole wheat bread 210
6oz deli turkey 150
1.5 T miracle whip 50
sliced tomato 10
dill pickle 10
1 baked apple 100
Things are still going in the direction that I want them to go in, which is down so all is well. That pretty sums up the day so far as well as the menu for yesterday, nothing more to report really so I will end this post here. I need to gather up a few candles and check the batteries in the ol Mag light, Thanks for reading, hopefully I don't lose power and can check back in later.
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