Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Making my way into the territory of normal sized people one pound at a time, I think it would be hard for a person who has never been extremely over weight to understand how significant that statement can really be. I believe that the key word in that would be "normal" when you are hyper obese like I was and I consider a person hyper obese if they are above five hundred pounds, every day things become that much more difficult to do. Have you ever had to turn sideways to walk through one of those smallish bathroom doors? how about having to open the car door if the seat needs adjusting? these are some things that people deal with when they are extremely over weight. what is my point? I walked past a mirror a few nights ago and actually saw myself as a not so fat dude, which may actually be a silly thing because I am still 374 pounds, but understand I am a completely different person in a physical sense than I was just 10 months ago. Realizing that I was cheating myself out of basic life by not at least trying to do something about my weight is eye opening, I do have a back injury that for many years stopped me from exercising and that is partially to blame for my weight but when it comes down to it I chose to eat the bad food, I chose to eat all of the processed junk so I take 90% of the blame for the weight gain. My last post had some "facts and figures" in it and here are a couple more, when I started off I was in a 6XL shirt and a size 56 jeans were starting to get snug on me and I wear my jeans lower than they are suppose to be (mainly because its more comfortable like that) so if I were to wear them where they should be I am a larger size, and now I am in a 4XL shirt and that 4XL is comfy, meaning loose and jeans I can wear a size 46 now! I do wish I had taken measurements when I first started in Jan but unfortunately I did not. I do take a pic each month comparing my size and the differences in those photos is insane to say the least, maybe one day I will be brave enough to post them up here on this blog but for now I will spare your eyes. I guess what I am getting at is that things have changed for the better where just about everything is concerned now that a lot of the weight has been lost and I do wish that I would have done this sooner, anyone out there that happens by my tiny blog in the big ol sea of information out there on the net and is in the same boat that I was just 10 months ago and still am to an extent please do yourself a favor and start right now this very second! put that bag of chips down and get some carrots, go to your kitchen sink and pour every bottle or can of soda into the sink and replace it with Green tea and or plain old water and start the very minute that you read these words, the words typed out by a guy that was in that hyper obese category recently enough to remember and still feel its effects. Oh woe is me is not going to get the weight off, doing it will plain and simple, sulking and feeling bad about the weight on your body isn't helping and wishing that it was easier or talking about doing something will not bring success, and that goes for everything in life not just weight loss. Use all of the comments that were heard by you being quietly snickered by insensitive people within earshot to your advantage, because its just another excuse to not do something about it, this is something that I realize now that I am responsible for what I do, what I eat and if I lose the weight, its all on my shoulders just like you. Here is a quote for you to ponder the next time you are feeling bad for yourself.
"Scar tissue is stronger than regular tissue, realize the strength and move on"
What else can I say? I am a locomotive at this point and I dare someone to try and stop the downward direction of my weight, or to slow me down. As sure as the sun rising in the morning I will be trying to lose the weight until I hit my goals which are steeper than I let on in the blog by the way. So I ask you all is that soda worth the added girth? how about those Twinkies? can you live without that extra helping of whatever at dinner? look at the clock right now, note the time and in 15 minutes look at it again, that wasn't too long now was it? thats all the time you need in a day to get cardio into it and benefit from that movement, are you? are you taking just 15 minutes to better yourself? if not why? if not you must not want it enough to make that difference in yourself, I am sorry thats just the raw truth of it.
Are you ready to take the first step?
Thanks for reading along and Thanks for the support.
Monday, October 13, 2008
This little scooter weighs 99 pounds, what I have left to lose.
I was looking at some numbers from my weight loss thus far and some of it is just down right crazy to me, when I started losing this weight my max weight was 534 pounds and I am down to 374 pounds currently so almost out of the 70's. I have lost a total of 160 pounds and have 99 left to hit my goal of 275 pounds now lets look at some numbers.
Starting BMI = 63.31
Current BMI = 44.34
Goal BMI @275 pounds = 32.60
Now thats a total of almost 20 points off of my BMI (Body Mass Index) number! I do not put much stock in BMI but wow, thats a lot of points off in just over nine months. Let me splain why I have no faith in BMI, I stand 6'5'' tall, my brother stands 6'4.5'' tall but I have much more muscle on my body than he does yet both of our BMI numbers would be the same in a calculator. because I am more muscular than he is of course I am going to weigh more than him when at a healthy weight. At 275 pounds my BMI will be 32.60 which is still considered "obese" and in all honesty I don't know how a 6'5'' fella @275 would be considered obese but the differences in my numbers is interesting for me to look at either way.
Start weight = 534 pounds
Current weight = 374 pounds
Goal weight = 275 pounds
Difference = 29.96% body weight or 160 pounds lost so far.
I have lost one third of my total body weight since starting in January! and in 12 pounds when I have reached 172 pounds lost I will have lost two thirds of the weight that I set for myself to lose to hit that goal of 275 pounds. that figure is simply insane to me, I was talking to my wife last night about the percentages etc and when it dawned on me that I have lost almost two thirds of the weight that I set for myself to lose already and have done it in less than 10 months I knew what todays post was going to be.
When all is said and done and I hit that 275 pound mark I will have lost 48.50% or almost half of my total body weight! half?!? yes indeed HALF of me will be gone. then there will be the 20 plus pounds of excess skin to be taken care of at some point so that number will be exaggerated even more if/when I have a skin surgery after all of the fat is gone.
Here is a look at Sundays menu.
2 cups bran cereal 180
1.5 cup 1% milk 165
1 banana 105
1 apple 100
2 multi-grain english muffins 200
1 small plumb tomato 20
2 wedges laughing cow 70
crystal light 15
1.5 cups chicken noodle soup 260
3 slices whole wheat bread 210
1.5 T miracle whip 50
6oz deli turkey breast 180
sliced tomato 10
1 apple 100
Grand total of 1665 calories for the day, 160 pounds for the year so far or 29.96% body weight lost or just about two thirds of my total goal weight, I have to say I am happy with the results so far. this week I expect to either stay the same weight or gain slightly by Friday as I am planning on adding some ST (strength training) to the mix and expect to be sore ie: inflamed therefore some extra water retention will likely be there this week if the ST goes as planned. With that another post comes to an end and another episode of as the fat guy turns is done, Thank you for reading along and look for a new post on morrows eve.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Saturday we decided to bring the kiddos out to a local apple orchard and pick a big ol bag of apples, last year when we went I was significantly heavier than I am now and I was looking forward to going because there is a walk involved in getting to said orchard and I wanted to see how much of a difference there was in the walk this year from last. Looking back at the previous trip when we arrived I clearly remember looking at the walk from the parking area to the farm and thinking "here we go, I have to walk all the way over there AND THEN walk to the orchard?" we walked up to the main area where there was a band and grilled food and some tents and then about 100-150 yards down the road was the entrance to the orchard where a cashier was handing out the bags for the picked apples. I remember walking towards the entrance and thinking at least it was down hill, and then thinking about the walk back up the hill and not looking forward to it. Of course there was a tractor pulling a trailer full of hay on it dragging people up and down the hill but I didn't want to do that at all, I walked around the orchard in pain the entire time and we were only there at the trees picking for 10 minutes maybe before I decided that enough was enough and I HAD to either sit down or I was going to be forced by pain to so we paid for the apples and I pronounced "the kids want to take the hay ride back up to the farm honey" and luckily my son said oooh oooh yeah can we! and my pride was safe for one more day even though I know that Wify knew the real reason I was insisting on the hay ride. We ended up a little closer to the car and I got to sit down on a bail of hay but my back was screaming and I wanted to get out of there so we decided that it was time to go home and on the way to the parking area there was a stall with a sign that read "free donuts and apple cider" Bamn! "hey honey lets grab one and sit in the grass" so we did, 2 or 3 donuts later we walked to the car with a two huge bags of apples, a pumpkin and powdered sugar on my lips and we drove home. A couple of HUGE home made apple pies followed and I will not even try and guess at the calories in them, this year I don't think I will make a single pie, such is the way of things.
Fast forward to Yesterday, we ended up parking about twice as far away as last time but no worries, we walked up to the farm area and walked around a bit looking at stuff and we were meeting one of Wifys friends there and she had not arrived yet so we decided to get in line and grab lunch at the BBQ tent, I got a cheeseburger a bag of salt and vinegar chips and a bottle of water and we headed over under a tree to eat lunch, as I walked under the tree I stood up into a low branch and cut my head open, I asked Wify if it had cut and my head was bleeding so I cleaned it off and we ate our lunch, met up with the friend and her sister really wanted to go pick pumpkins and was the one insisting on the hay ride this time around, Wify and I decided to let them go pick pumpkins and we would head on down to the apple orchard. There we were at the top of the walk down to the entrance and it looked like a short walk to me this time around, we walked down and walked around through the rows of trees for about 30 to 45 minutes, my daughter rode on my shoulders the entire time so that she could pick the big apples higher up on the trees and there was not a bit of pain anywhere. We decided it was time to head back to the farm and the car so we walked back up the hill, I thought to myself about last year and how it was a very short trip and how I did not enjoy it very much, until the free donut sign anyways which was there again, this time I grabbed one donut and shared it with my daughter as we walked back to the car. About an hour and a half was spent at the farm this year and much of it walking around with my 39 pound daughter on my shoulders. Unfortunately I did not get any pictures of just me or me and Wify at the orchard alone to post up, they all have my kids in them and I don't wish to post up kid pictures on here but there was a hike afterwards and some pics of that for your viewing pleasure.
On the way home from the orchard we decided to stop at a state forest and have a walk about and that we did. here are some photos from that.
Spark only allows 1 photo so visit my blogspot at zeusmeatball.blogspot.com/ and zeusmeatball.blogspot.com/200
to see all of the pics
All in all, between the Orchard and the Hike we walked for more than three hours probably close to four and it was a very nice day out with lots of movement even if I did indulge in a cheeseburger with some chips and half of a donut I think that the walking helped me feel less guilty for it. Dinner was subway and I did have more chips with that but again because of the activity I don't feel bad for it. Monday I am starting the deficit tracking on a strict type regimen and want to kick the exercise into a different level, I feel like I am close enough to the weight that I want to be where I should start a little more strength training, I will add the push ups back into the daily exercise and some light lifting with dumb bells and possibly some squats etc, how I feel will determine what I go with. Since this turned out to be a fairly long post I will leave it at that for now and I thank you for following along, look for a new post tomorrow same bat time same bat channel.
Friday, October 10, 2008
This 2001 GSXR 1000 weighs in at 374 pounds.
This week had the potential for me to hit another milestone, and I think that this one is a big one because I am ecstatic that I hit it. When I weighed in this morning the number I saw was 373.8 pounds and I was tired so it didn't click that I had hit the milestone yet, so as every Friday I get on again and it said 374.2 pounds and then the final time was the same thing, then it clicked! that weigh in means that I have lost a total of 160 pounds which means that I have less than 100 pounds left to lose, I now have 99 pounds left to go to hit my goal of 275 pounds, top of the world ma! that statement pretty much sums it up.
When I decided to lose weight and came up with a number that I felt was close to what I should be that number fell at 275 pounds, I came up with this number because I stand 6'5'' tall and have a fairly large build and my father is 6'1'' with the same large build and he weighs 265 pounds right now and does not look heavy at all so bamn! 275 was the magic number I was shooting for. I am a happy camper this morning with this weigh in, a 3 pound loss is fine by me especially when it comes with the attached bonus of hitting that milestone of less than 100 pounds left to lose, even if that bonus is only mental. This weight loss thing IS a mental game though in my opinion so its likely to carry me for a couple weeks where motivation is concerned.
Here is a look at the menu from Thursday.
2 slices whole wheat bread 140
1 T peanut butter 95
1 T jam 50
1 can Progresso soup 120
10 wheat Ritz crackers 140
2 slices whole wheat bread 140
1 T peanut butter 95
1 T jam 50
7oz grilled chicken 370
3/4 cup white rice 150
6oz brussel sprouts 90
1 T light sour cream 20
small vanilla cone 160
crystal light 15
Grand total of 1650 calories for the day and you see I did have a vanilla cone last night to which my wifes response was, your weighing in tomorrow and your going to eat that? yep! I sure am, because I have changed the way I eat and I am allowed to have an ice cream cone and still have a successful weight loss all at the same time. now thats not what I said to her but it is the truth but she already knows this as well. Over all I am happy about this morning weigh in and hitting that milestone, it feels good to say that I have less than 100 pounds to lose to hit my goal weight even though I do think I want to get below that 275 mark eventually it IS my goal right now. 99 bottles of beer on the wall and I am going to start chipping away for the home stretch until there are no more bottles of beer on the wall.
Thanks for following along.
Thursday, October 09, 2008
I have been riding the bike again as you can see by the deficit tracker to the left of the page, I am hoping that it makes a difference. Tomorrow is weigh in again and it seems like the weeks are just flying by right now, this entire year has been a blur quite honestly and I was just talking to my wife about the fact that I have lost almost 160 pounds just this year and how unbelievable it still is to me. This year could have gone down more than one way and the way it has unfolded so far where my health is concerned is absolutely incredible for me and my family, thinking back to the first week back in Jan when I started and I was thinking "well this is pretty easy so far but I know there will be a point when I hit that wall and go grab a couple three four double cheese burgers" here I am 9 months later and it hasn't happened yet and I blame that on my determination to get healthy again. I could have grabbed that pint of Ben and Jerrys that awaits Jan 2009 and gobbled it down long ago but I chose not to, I could have given up and went back to my old ways very easily but I chose not to. When its put like that it make ya wonder why it took so long to do, but thats just it I think I hit a point in my life when decisions HAD to be made and thats what happened, I decided that eating healthy and exercising was easier than a surgery that would basically force me to eat less, and here we are.
My wife has been an extremely important part of my success and I know that I am having an easier time than I could be because of her. She is there for me when I need someone to vent to about this damned skin thats starting to show itself, and she is there to tap me on the shoulder and ask "do you really want that cookie?" and she is constantly asking me if I have exercised on any given day and I think that keeps me on my toes. She has also lost a significant amount of weight since Jan and has recently started exercising daily which has encouraged me to start hitting the cardio again. Between the both of us we have lost a combined total of 220 pounds, yes I said 220 pounds! She has dropped 62 pounds and I am at 158 as of this morning, which by the way is only one pound away from me having less than 100 left to lose for me, but man! 220 pounds combined?!? we were carrying that around with us daily everywhere we went. A lot of hard work and effort has gone into the weight we have lost and a lot of discipline has been shown, to think about the fact that I still have 100 more pounds to lose can be daunting but at the same time I have no doubt in my mind that I will hit that 275 pound mark that I want to be at.
Here is a look at Wednesdays Menu, which is very low in calories for the day.
2 cups bran cereal 180
1 cup 1% milk 110
1 slice whole wheat bread 70
1/2 T peanut butter 50
1/2 T jam 25
1 pear 85
1 can Progresso soup 120
6 Ritz wheat crackers 82
crystal light 40
2 80 cal rolls 160
1 can tuna 160
1 T miracle whip 35
4oz sweet potato fries 100
1 apple 100
Grand total of 1362 calories, a very low day indeed but its just how it turns out sometimes, fluid intake was good at more than a gallon and a half total with about 3/4 of a gallon being green tea and I did have some crystal light and water as well. I am not worried about the low day, these things happen and should not really have a negative effect on anything, at least it hasn't in the past. Good choices are being made daily and the results are obviously clear nine months down the road. Call it what you will, addiction, habit, indulgence or just not caring, it all boils down to making that choice to not eat in an unhealthy manner and to exercise daily or to ignore the whys and keep making excuses, are you ready to choose? good now drop and give me 20!
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