Thursday, October 30, 2008
A funny thing mirrors can be, This morning as I was getting into the shower I took my shirt off and looked at myself in the bathroom mirror and I am unsure if I just don't study myself or if it was just unnoticed but my collar bones are very prominent now as well as my shoulders and traps are starting to look closer to how they looked 10-12 years ago, meaning visible. Good news often brings a bit of bad with it and this time is no exception, while looking at myself and feeling good about what I am starting to see I noticed the skin and how it seems to be moving southward on my body and the higher up the body part is the better it looks, from the weight of the extra skin pulling down keeping the upper parts taught no doubt. I would be willing to bet that I would lose a whole shirt size if the skin was not loose, and I wish I was exaggerating! and because this is not something I wasn't expecting I will not feel bad about it because it is what it is and worrying about something that has no answer makes little sense to me, but man! does it bug me and it has far worse to get before I am done.
Enough about the skin, let me tell you about my new favorite sandwich that I made yesterday, I took 2 slices of light rye bread and put 3oz of deli Turkey breast on it then added 1oz of Hormel Turkey pepperoni, some sliced tomato and miracle whip and bamn! a new favorite for me. The entire sandwich has 305 calories and really is a LARGE sandwich, I honestly thought it was going to be more calories than it turned out to be and all of the flavors compliment one another perfectly, it is sweet, spicy and hearty with lots of protein and is little calories so it gets added to my arsenal of "good foods" to keep on the list. Have a look at yesterdays menu which was actually pretty heavy while still maintaining the calorie level compared to what it has been lately.
2 slices light rye bread 100
3oz deli turkey 90
1oz turkey pepperoni 70
1 T miracle whip 35
sliced tomato 10
1 banana 105
1 T peanut butter 95
1oz doritos 140
1 can Progresso soup 160
8oz ground turkey 320
2 80 calorie rolls 160
6oz sweet potato fries 150
condiments Ketchup/sliced pickles/mustard/red onion 45
8oz Dannon light and fit yogurt 120
Grand total of 1600 calories for the day but let me tell you that I did have a bite off of my daughters Turkey burger that she did not finish at dinner time so its slightly higher but definitely still under 1700 calories. Honestly take a look at that days worth of food and ask yourself if thats not enough to fill you up for a day, would you believe that a person could eat those foods and still be down 164 pounds if you weren't seeing it? I am doing it and don't believe it sometimes myself! in fact I think I am eating better now than ever before and the difference is empty calories vs nutrient filled healthy calories, barring the doritos of course but those are more of a treat and eaten not often. Weigh in is tomorrow and with it comes Halloween and candy I will do my best to NOT eat any! we all know thats not going to happen so I will just record what I do eat and count it in my calories for the day which will likely keep me from munching away because seeing the numbers add up are always a good deterrent for me, so thats the plan.
Random insertion, If you read to this point you deserve a big glass of water so get up and go get yourself a glass or bottle and drink it down, you know its a good idea and you also know that the effort to go do so is not very much and your body will appreciate it and probably needs it, so go!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
I have been playing around with my green tea recipe and have struck gold as far as flavor goes, anyone that reads my blog daily knows that I drink green tea every day and as much as I can get into my cup! but buying the pre-made gallons of Arizona Diet Green tea was starting to get expensive at an average of $3.00 per gallon and the price has creeped up to $3.19 per gallon locally in many stores so I went back to brewing my own again to save a few bucks. I make the tea right in the Arizona tea bottles that are 1 gallon, I fill the bottle with hot water straight from the tap and I use 3 different kind of tea bags to get the flavor that I like, here is my secret recipe. I use 2 Arizona green tea w/ginseng tea bags, 1 generic green tea bag bought from a local Chinese market (this tea has a strong flavor compared to the Arizona brand bags) and 2 Black tea bags, thats it! put all five bags into the mouth of the gallon bottle and place the cap back on and leave it alone for about an hour to an hour and a half and bamn! a gallon of fresh green/black tea, and last night I stumbled on something that makes this blend nothing less than exceptional to the pallet. I usually cool the tea on the counter until its slightly more than room temperature and then into the refrigerator it goes until cold and to drink it I pour it into a large glass and add splenda to taste but as I said last night I figured out something simple that adds so much to the flavor! ready for this? lime, thats right plain old lime juice squeezed into the splenda laced tea. We had some limes left over from a six pack of Guinness that we bought (I have a recipe for that too) and rather than let them go bad I decided to slice one in half and squeeze some into my tea, now this might not seem like a ground breaking idea or recipe but man if I could bottle this stuff for retail I know it would sell! lime will be going into all of my green tea from this point forward and I think anyone out there that drinks green tea should give this a try.
Yesterday I rode my stationary bike for 35 minutes total and I did 40 push ups, I mentioned in my last post that I was upping the exercise again and I am doing just that. I want to start off slower than full on and thats why it was only 40 push ups and the bike ride is what to expect as I feel that 30 minutes is enough for cardio, especially since I am going to be adding more ST. I wanted to get a walk in this afternoon but its decently windy outside or as the man in the plastic box says "blustery" and still low 40's and having my daughter to bring along I am not sure its a good Idea today for her sake, I will ride the bike for sure and there is a possibility that I will get in a solo walk when wify gets home and can keep the kiddo cozy inside.
This week started off rocky where intake is concerned, I ate that chicken parm grinder on Saturday and I had pizza for lunch on Sunday but even with that said I expect to have an ok week this week where a loss comes into the equation, why? because its what I want so its what I am going to have and next week will be better! my last entry mentioned that I need to lose an average of 4 pounds per week if I am to hit that new goal I set for myself of losing 200 pounds in 2008, that 4 pound average does not include this week so whatever I get this week is extra and ort of like bonus poundage towards that goal and I am going to work for that edge. somehow I have become entirely driven to hit this goal and lost that 200 pounds by years end and I am unsure where the push came from but I am glad its here and know that I will do whatever I can to hit that mark.
To sum it all up, Green tea plus black tea with a shake of Splenda plus lime equals nectar of the gods, I am going to be one sore and sweaty individual in the next couple months and I am going to need every ounce of determination to hit my goal of 200 pounds gone in a year. compare that to last year at this time and you get, Cherry coke equals nectar of the gods, the sore and sweaty part was probably still true but for different reasoning and 200 pounds gone was a pipe dream as I was believing about a surgery to cure my ills. My oh my what a year can do.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Low 40's outside and raining, the perfect stay in the house and veg out day if ya ask me, but I am going to make it into a day of exercise. It is around 10:00 am right now and I have ridden the stationary bike for 20 minutes already and plan on another ride this evening, if the rain stops long enough for a walk I will add that as well and I plan on hitting the push ups today along with some light dumb bell work. How does that sound? sounds like a plan to me! I have the urge to start strength training along with the weight loss training but will have to find a balance that allows me to keep dropping the pounds while maintaining or even gaining muscle mass, that may prove to be easier said than done but I know that I am losing muscle along with the fat and I think I have shown my body that I mean business with the weight loss and now I need to start working on the muscle again.
After meeting Bill Germanakos I find myself almost re-energized where exercising is concerned, that dude looked damn good and it happened with hard work and lots dedication to the matter at hand. Earlier this year when I saw the amount of weight that I had dropped in such a short time I had mentioned that I wanted to try and lose 200 pounds in 2008, I am at the 164 pound mark which leaves 36 pounds left to lose before Jan 1st 2009 or about 9 weeks which means I will have to average 4 pounds per week if I am to hit that goal. I think its a reach of a goal but I don't think it is impossible so I am putting it out there that my goal is to lose a total of 200 pounds in 2008, I have lost those kinds of number in the past and I think I can get them again so there it is, 200 in 2008. I believe that this ambitious goal is just what I need to get me working harder than I have in the past month or two so I am going for it and thats that, there is a good chance that I will not hit the 200 lost mark before Jan 1st but if I did I would have impressed myself unlike I have in a long time. In the last three months I have lost roughly 30 pounds and to hit this goal I will need to lose 36 pounds in two months just to give you an idea of how ambitious it actually is, not to mention the holidays coming along! I will weigh 334 pounds in just two months time if I am successful with this challenge I am putting in front of me, and then that pint of Ben and Jerry's in the freezer that has been waiting for almost a year now shall be eaten and I will weigh 200 pounds lighter than when it was bought!
Now that I put it out there like that I will have to try and stick to it and bust arse to get that average of 4 pounds per week. Man I like making things hard for myself eh? but thats how I have been able to maintain a constant hammering away at this weight for the 10 months that I have been at it, keep myself challenged and try and stay focused on the goals at hand and its been working so I'm going with it. That concludes yet another episode of as the fat guy turns, make sure to stay tuned for the finale to see if I make that 200 in 2008 goal. Thank you for reading and thank you all for the support, your comments and emails are greatly appreciated!
Monday, October 27, 2008
Here I am standing next to the biggest loser 4 champion, and because spark only allows one photo on a blog you can check out the other pictures on my blogspot zeusmeatball.blogspot.com/2008/10/bi
Yesterday afternoon I had a little treat, there was a health and wellness expo at the Hartford convention center sponsored by NBC channel 30 a local television station and Bill Germanakos the winner of the biggest loser 4 was scheduled to be there, so we decided to pack the kids up in the car and head on over. We arrived there around 11:15am and walked around a bit looking at all of the booths they had set up from dental booths to weight loss surgery right on down to general health and well being type things, there was an announcement that Bill would be going on stage to talk at noon so I decided to walk on over to the NBC booth and see if he was around and he was, so I meandered over and waited in line where a few of the NBC news personalities were sitting at a table signing pictures along with Bill, Lauren Petty who was much hotter in person by the way was there along with Doug Greene who both signed a photo for my son, and he was very excited about meeting Doug Greene for whatever reason.
I chatted with Bill for a couple of minutes and my impression is that he is good guy, while talking I told him that I had lost 164 pounds so far, which is coincidentally the same amount that he had lost on the show, his response to what I had just said? He yelled "Hey everybody He lost 164 pounds so far!" I know that I turned 12 shades of red as I heard an applause behind me from the other people waiting in line, thats when I said to him since he was in a shouting mood that wify had lost weight as well and he did the same for her weight loss and thats how I know it was 12 shades of red because I just looked at Wify when it was her turn. We took a few photos and chatted for a minute more and were on our way because he had to be on stage very soon and there were others waiting in line. All in all it was pretty cool meeting him and he came off as a very down to earth fella, His time on the stage was straight to the point and he seemed to speak from the heart, lots of what he said was all too familiar and I related with just about all of it. He had lots of information in his words and talked about himself and why he had enough of being the fat guy, I could definitely see where someone that has never been overweight could be enlightened by what he had to say, here are a couple photos.
It was a nice weekend all around for me and meeting Bill Germanakos I believe will be a spark for me to get my arse in gear again and hit the exercise the way I should be. He did talk about what he ate and calorie ranges etc and I was surprised, and not so surprised at the same time to see that it was somewhat like my eating plan so that was kind of cool. I did have a what I would call a naughty dinner one night, I had a Chicken Parm grinder from a local pizza house for dinner Saturday night but like I say, it is a lifestyle change so having that random grinder is not a bad thing as long as most of the time I am eating properly and healthy, in fact Bill said it was ok for me to eat a whole pizza once per week on top of my daily calories! honest he did. I am still rolling right along and plan on stepping the exercise up a bit this week to see if it sticks, let me correct that, to MAKE it stick! and I have been wanting to get more strength training in but it just hasn't been happening the way I would like it to be.
Another weekend down and it was a fun one, I got to meet an admirable fellow and the keep on keepin on is doing just that. I want to thank everyone that takes the time to read my ramblings day in and day out and I thank all of the new people as well. I may not have been on the biggest loser but I have an idea of what the people on that show have gone through and how they feel afterwards, something Bill said while he was on stage stuck to me like nothing has in a long while, He said that when he was at his highest weight that when someone would mention to him that he was getting bigger he would say that he "felt good" and in reality, He did not know what "feeling good" meant until he lost the weight, this is something that I am relearning day by day as each pound falls from my body.
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