Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Well well well, what do we have here, I'll tell ya, we have a fella that ate pizza for dinner and surely went over calories for the day, if only by a slight bit. I am not too worried about it though if I am being honest and just thought I would mention it, ok now that I have that out of the way I did have a good day otherwise, intake was really good and I did get out for a walk early in the day so in all honesty the pizza was probably not really a bad thing (yeah keep telling yourself that fat boy) I do plan on going out for a walk again today as the weather is insanely gorgeous out right now, its a cool low 70's with a breeze and sun breaking through fat white rolling clouds and I can't let that get away from me.
The biggest loser premiered last night and of course I watched and something kind of struck home with one of the people on the show this year, the older gentleman on the yellow team as he walked into the gym said something to the effect that his back was burning and knees hurt as he walked into the gym and he hadn't even done anything yet and he was wondering if he bit off more than he could chew. I 100% related with what he was saying and it could have been something that I would have said just 9 months ago and a corny as it is going to sound, I felt for the guy because I knew exactly what he was talking about and I feel that a lot of people will see that and think that he is being over dramatic or that the show is making a bigger deal about it than it is, and its not. before I decided to lose weight I was that guy, I would walk up a flight of stairs and by the time I hit the top I would be winded and my back would be hinting at some pain, standing for more than a minute or 3 would result in back pain and just plain old being uncomfortable and this was just how daily life went for a long time. I think a lot of over weight people get the rep of being "lazy" and I do not think it is the case as much as unable to do the things that seemingly make them (us) lazy, so anyone that is in the opinion that fat people are fat because they are lazy, please try and understand that it is not the case in all situations. I am not what you would call a lazy person (though my wife might have a different opinion at times) and yet I was 534 pounds at my heaviest and would make excuses for why I was not doing the most remedial tasks, might I be called lazy for that? have I been? you betcha and all because I was (am) fat, its a foolish point of view in my humble opinion to equate fat with lazy when its more like unable to do the task, an excuse is made up (mostly to save face) and bamn! a label is applied.
I am also in the belief that people need to take control of themselves and be held responsible when they are at fault for their weight or the lack of their weight loss, and I am not talking about the person putting fourth the effort and still not succeeding, if effort, real effort is being applied and the results are slow or just not happening thats not who I am referring to, I am talking about the people that are not eating healthy and not exercising on a regular basis and fully expect to lose weight on the basis of because I said so dammit, it just doesn't work like that. We have to put in what we want out of it, we have to expect to work hard to get big results, and thats just the way things work. That fella on the biggest loser when all was said and done was put on a limited exercise routine of no more than 30 minutes per day because of health issues and still managed a loss of I believe 17 pounds (I might be wrong but it was a big number) so it can be done even with limited exercise which I am actually an example of as well with my back injury limiting my exercise as well. I enjoy watching that program because I am finding that I can relate with a lot of what some of the people on it go through and the things they say are all too familiar, and to think I didn't watch season 1 because I did not agree with the name of the show "the biggest loser" a show about fat people, I thought about just whats being implied here? are they calling fat people losers? and I get that the name is because they are losing weight BUT I do believe it has a dual message going on even today as a huge fan of the show. the good out weighs that slight negative IF it is even a real negative, so alas I watch faithfully and enjoy every minute of it.
Last night as we watched the show Wify and I had a conversation about that if I had applied for the show and got on that I would surely win, now whether thats true or not I don't know but I think it is, and honestly I am still heavy enough to be on that show! another thing I was told by wify last night is that I am not to mention her "plumbing" in my blog any more like in yesterdays post so I will try and refrain from doing so, oh dear looks like I just did it again, ooopsies.
Thanks for reading
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Over the weekend I didn't eat especially well, I did manage to stay under my calorie range both Saturday and Sunday but on Saturday I ate one meal in the morning and a huge dinner with nothing more than a few Guinness Draught's in between and after dinner, and then on Sunday we went to a Friendly's restaurant with my Mother in law and I did almost the same thing as on Saturday by having one meal in the am and then a large, more like a calorie filled dinner by having the chicken basket which subsequently I believe was tainted or bad in some way as I woke up Sunday night round 12:30 am with terrible stomach pains with no other reason for them besides maybe the food I had eaten earlier, wify also had some problems with the plumbing the next day so I do believe it was the food.
By the time Monday came around I had got my game together and had a good day intake wise if not a little bit lower than it should have been. I ended up consuming 1425 calories for the day which is slightly lower than my actual calories because I did eat a chicken wing off of the grill while the rest of the chicken grilled up, so whatever calories a chicken wing has should be added to my intake but I was low so no worries. I have a feeling that I will be grilling lots of my food outside for a while because we just got a new gas grill and I told my wife yesterday that food off of the grill makes me feel like I am cheating because its so good! I quartered up a whole chicken for dinner Monday and diced up my fingers pretty good while I was at it, the chicken came out very yummy and I have a thigh left over that I will likely have for lunch today, maybe I will make it into Chicken salad and make a sandwich.
Last night I started writing a post when wify asked if I would be interested in taking a walk around the neighborhood and the walk won out is partially the reason for no post yesterday, we walked just under a mile with the kiddos so it was a short walk but a walk none the less, I am going to start walking again as its starting to get cool outside again and the bike can get boring after a while so breaking it up will be nice. also there is a 5k race locally that I would like to at least walk in, I don't think there is a chance that I would run it, mostly because I don't think it wise for a 382 pound guy to be putting that responsibility on his knees, but walking it would be possible and I think it could be fun. The race is still a bit off so I have some time to decide if I want to do it or wait a little longer and I am posting it here so that I will have more "pressure" to go through with it because I just made it public that I am interested in doing it.
Here is a look at the menu from Monday.
1 Granola bar 100
1 zone bar 200
1/2 small vanilla cone (ice cream only) 80
progresso soup 160
1 english muffin 90
1/2 T smart balance 25
6.5 oz grilled chicken breast 325
3/4 white rice 150
1 cup green beans 35
1/2 T smart balance 25
2 slices whole wheat bread 140
1 T peanut butter 95
1 T jam
Grand total of 1425 calories for the day, sort of, remember that wing. The biggest loser premiers tonight at eight PM so I have an alarm set on my cell phone to remind me, is that bad? I think so but at the same time I enjoy watching the show so whatever. All in all it has been an ok week/end if you take out the Friendly's, the Guinness, the Huge meals late in the day and a single small one in the am and the fact that I really didn't exercise. I will admit that i am up slightly from Fridays weigh in but I have not been drinking how I should and I had that late night stomach problem that threw me off so i am not worried about it and its less than a pound anyways, no worries.
Thank you for following along and I want to again thank everyone that left me comments and sent me emails to support and congratulate me on the 150 pound lost milestone, the email response that I got was crazy! I sincerely thank all who took the time to do that.
Friday, September 12, 2008
The above photo shows a 152 pound loss. There are more pics on my blogspot if you want to see what I weigh as much as etc @ zeusmeatball.blogspot.com/
Just over eight and a half months ago a guy made the decision to lose weight, Today is the day that he can say that he has lost more than 150 pounds in that time, yes I said more. upon waking up this Friday of course I jumped right onto the scale to see what the results for this week were and to say woah! I am putting it lightly, the reading on the display said 381.6 pounds, ok off to a good start, next go says 381.8, then a final 381.6! I am going to roll that up to 382 pounds which is a 7 pound drop this week and brings me to 152 total pounds lost, what can I say to that other than wow. I can also say with one hundred percent certainty that I did not expect to have lost this much in the time it has been. in Jan I had a conversation with my wife and remember telling her that I wanted to lose 100 pounds by Jan 2009 and here I am it is September 12th and I am down 152 pounds. what else is there to say really? here is the compare photo that I promised I would post when I hit 150 pounds lost and a snap of the scale this morning.
With this weeks loss I am within 7 pounds of having less than 100 pounds to go until I hit my goal of 275 pounds. so I will be shooting for that number in the next couple weeks. the more I think about what I have accomplished the more unbelievable it is to me, I mean seriously, think about this for a second, if I would have not decided to lose the weight I would still be a 534 pound unhappy fella thinking about doing it. to anyone out there that is thinking about dropping some weight and either cannot decide, or cannot commit to doing it think about this, what were you doing eight and a half months ago? what did you weigh eight and a half months ago? now think about this I just lost 152 pounds in that time, and with no drugs, miracle pills or miracle plans, I did it with good old fashioned determination, discipline and drive and if I can do it anyone can, so what are ya waiting for?
Thank you for reading along and for those of you that have supported me with your comments and e-mails Thank you doubly.
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.
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