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.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Here I am and its Tuesday, right off the bat I will say that I have been a naughty boy this week where intake is concerned and I am up in weight from last Fridays weigh in. I am guilty of becoming comfortable in my own skin and I have slacked off this week to the point of being up more than a pound from last week and I do not feel bad about it at all, I know that I am getting a bit too comfortable and I know that I am still making good food choices and that I am having "one of those weeks" I will start by saying that Saturday night I was at my mother in laws place and she ordered Chinese food (after asking if we were ok with that) and we agreed, I ordered a general Tso's chicken combination which had pork fried rice the chicken itself and an egg roll which I ate the entire dish! other than the Chinese food I have been pretty much on track with the food besides random picking here and there while staying below calorie range but I have done next to zero exercise in the past two weeks, I have had a decent cold with a side of sore throat but thats not an excuse for not doing what I should be and in all honesty I do think that I can get the weight back down before Friday.
Please don't read this and feel that I am down, or negative in any way, I am merely being factual and straight forward while admitting that I know where I messed up this week. I am too comfortable right now with my body so I am slacking off a bit because of it, that is all. That Chinese food on Saturday? yeah I know it wasn't needed and I did resist the beer with dinner and chose water instead, looking for the good in the slip but it is there. The exercise? or lack there of, is partially because I had that chest cold and partially because I just didn't feel like doing it because of being busy with something that I am working on (news to come of that soon) so all in all if I am up this week in weight its my fault. have a look at the menu from Monday.
1 banana 105
1 T peanut butter 95
1 apple 100
2 multi-grain english muffins 200
2 wedges laughing cow 70
sliced tomato 15
1 banana 105
1 can progresso soup 140
3 Slices of Light Italian Bread 120
3 oz Chicken 180
1 oz of Fat Free Cheddar 90
2 oz Jax 280
fat free ranch dressing 40
1oz hard pretzels 110
Grand total of 1660 calories for the day and zero exercise, the fact that I know where I messed up in the past week of so shows me that I have changed and the fact that I slipped shows me that I am only human. I am going to try and not be up in weight come Fridays weigh in but this week looks like it may be the first week since starting that I may actually be up weight on a weigh in day. If I am? so what is the way I will view it I have had more than 9 months of weight loss and I mean I have weighed less EVERY week since Jan this year, its about time that I messed up to the point that I don't lose right? shhhhure thats the way to justify it fat boy! No but honestly I am not worried about it too much, I recognized where I slipped and it will be fixed NOW, not tomorrow, not next week and thats the difference in success and failure in my humble opinion. Consistency is key but honesty and quick action play their parts and I am making the choice to correct the calm that has come in the middle of this argument I am having with my body for the last 9 months. The fact that I just used the word honesty and then said earlier in this post "being up more than a pound from last week" I am going to admit that I weighed 375 this morning thats not only up more than a pound, thats up 3 pounds! wow I just quoted myself from this post that I am currently writing in the very same post, yeah, its like that. With all of the above said, look for a loss this week from me, and remember kids none of this is negative and none of this is being down on myself, to understand that its just not who I am to be down on myself about this weight loss I guess you might have to know me personally to understand how true that is, I am merely being honest with myself and anyone that care to read this. heres to a good week and hopefully a loss in weight this week.
Thanks for following along.
Friday, October 17, 2008
This 1998 GS 500E weighs in at 372 pounds just like me.
Upon waking I realized that today is Friday which means its time to record the weight, I have had a pretty decent cold this week so my weight hasn't really been on my mind so I reluctantly step onto the black square that whispers sweet nothings to me each Friday and the display smiled at me as it softly said 386 lbs, My eyes bug out and I think "What the..." ahhh one corner of the scale was resting on pog so it read wrong, so I move the scale to a flat surface and 372.4 popped onto the screen so onto try number two, 372.0 on the nose, and the third and final reading was 372.0 so that equates to a 2 pound loss this week and a total of 162 pounds total gone from my bones forever. That leaves ninety seven pounds to go until I hit my goal of being 275 pounds and honestly I didn't do any exercise this week besides a walk or two with my daughter because of the cold. Here are some images of what I weigh, what I have lost and what I have left to lose.
the rest of the pictures can be seen at zeusmeatball.blogspot.com/
All in all this has been an interesting 10 months, having relearned how to eat properly in that time and getting movement back into my days it just may be some of the most important months in my entire life. I have in essence made a decision to prolong my life by taking control of what I eat and how I live, because if I hadn't who knows where it may have brought me. I have had support from all kinds of sources such as My wife, whom has been pinnacle in my success, my parents I have to admit seem ecstatic that I have made this choice and my father who usually shows as much emotion and or enthusiasm as a stone actually asks me how the weight loss is going probably every time I speak to him, when I see or talk to him I fully expect the sentence "how many bags?" to be said, he means how many five pound bags of sugar have I lost so far, 32 bags and a 2 pound box so far now. Right on down to this blog and a couple forums that I read daily with some and almost daily with others, I have essentially created a support system that cannot and has not failed to date, so thank you to everyone involved with that. Most importantly is the determination and drive that I have to lose this weight, the discipline helps as well and I have made this my main focus until I hit that goal of weighing 275 pounds.
what else can I say? Life is good currently where my health is concerned and thats what this blog is about, I hope anyone that reads this can take something from my experiences so far and use it to their advantage, or for the people that read it because they happened upon it while surfing around hopefully you enjoyed the read. Thank you all who care to respond, and thank you all who take the time to read my little part of the web each day, it is appreciated.
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