Friday, November 21, 2008
Right on schedule Friday has come again and its time to tally up the weight lost for the week, Again I will get right to the weight. Upon waking I walked down stairs and stepped onto the cold black scale and the first number that popped onto the display said 362.8 lbs I was pleased with that figure so off I stepped, reset, and back on to read 363 even, and the final step onto the scale said 362.8 once again and since I round up it will be counted as 363 pounds which comes to a 3 pound loss for the week. That means I have lost 171 total pounds since starting in Jan 2008 or 32.02% of my total body weight. Here are some photos to show you just how much I have lost as well as something that weighs the same as I do.
This 2005 SV650 weighs in at 363 pounds, I would love to own one of these.
This is my beautiful wife, she happens to weigh in at 171 pounds in this photo taken last night, which is what I have lost so far, it is crazy to think that I was carrying a whole beautiful woman on my back for all of that time!
Since Wify came up in this mornings post I want to say that she has been my hugest fan as well as my most enthusiastic supporter in this weight loss game that I have been playing for the past almost 11 months. She has kept me on the straight and narrow and has reminded me to get my exercise in some of the times where I was less than enthusiastic about doing so, She has lost a great deal of weight in the same amount of time and as you can see by the photo looks great for her efforts, I am proud of her. She and I were talking about how much weight I had lost and she hopped on my back so that I could feel what I use to weigh again, man! that was an eye opener for me to feel that weight back on me and realize that I was carrying that around on a daily. While she was on my back I walked towards the staircase and she did not protest so I walked up the stairs with her piggy backed on me and when I hit the top I was breathing heavy, I said to her "wow that took a lot out of me, I don't think I got that out of breath back then" She just looked at me with that "who the hell are you kidding fat man" look and then I realized, Yes I did get that winded when I was that heavy, saying night and day does not give enough contrast to the situation.
As I stated in last weeks weigh in post as well as yesterdays I am tossing up another challenge for myself, for every comment that I get on My blogspot blog which can be visited here zeusmeatball.blogspot.com/ before Midnight tonight 11-21-08 stating that the poster drank a glass of water (we shall go on the honor system of course) I will ride 3 minutes on my stationary bike on Saturday. So anyone that reads this and is willing to drink a glass of water has the power to make me make my legs burn on Saturday, so what say you? how long will I be riding tomorrow?
If you read this far into the post you deserve a tall glass of H2O so get on up and get yourself some, even if you choose not to leave a comment to make a fat man move, you deserve that glass anyways so what are you waiting for?
Thursday, November 20, 2008
This week flew by, and I mean flew! its Thursday already and I feel like the week has just started yet tomorrow is a weigh in day. I feel good about this weeks number, I have a feeling it will be a decent number again, I have been diligent with my eating for the past 6 days besides a lunch at Friendly's mid week but even on that day I ate within my 1700 calorie allotment once again proving that a fella can have a "bad" meal now and again and still stay within limits. Over all I feel good about the week and I have snuck some push ups in pretty much every day. I ate a total of 1570 calories on Wednesday and ended up going for a walk all by my onesome around 7:30 pm, let me tell ya its cold in New england already! it was about 25 degrees and windy but I decided that I was going to go anyways. My usual route for my evening walk is 1.7 miles and I walk that in just about 30 minutes exactly but my times have been getting less and less every time I walk that route, the first time I walked, it took 32 minutes and its slowly been getting faster with last nights walk lasting 27 minutes for the same 1.7 miles. I don't know if it was the fact that I had ice in my nose and these Saucony running shoes are made of mesh that made me hustle, or if it was just me staying aware of my pace and trying to go faster but I am happy about the pace going up, thats 5 whole minutes I shaved off of my evening walk since starting a couple weeks ago. I did mark out a 2 mile route which was just a few blocks added to the route that I already walk but honestly it was just too cold to add last night.
have a look at yesterdays menu.
1 banana 105
1 T peanut butter 95
1 pear 85
2 slices whole wheat bread 140
3oz roast chicken breast 150
1 T miracle whip 35
1 cup Organic chocolate soy milk 120
1 large apple 110
3 slices whole wheat bread 210
4oz roast chicken breast 200
1.5 T miracle whip 55
sliced pickle 10
4 small peppercinis 5
1 small chicken strip 100
1 cup home made soup 150
That cup of soup was very good after my walk and helped warm me back up, it was home made chicken chili soup that I had cooking on the stove pretty much all day so it was nice and fresh. Dinner was a quick chicken salad I made with peppercinis and pickles which was a good combination of flavors all together with the sweetness of the miracle whip and I believe I will make that again very soon. I also like these challenges I have been doing on this blog for myself and last week I found out just how evil some of the people that read this blog can be and I ended up doing 150 push ups for the comments received, my chest thanks you all! since I like evil people and I enjoy the pain of exercise even more I think I will extend another challenge to myself this week. Since I have been doing push ups all week and my chest has as I type this some soreness I would have to be a mad man to try the 10 push ups per comment this week so instead I will for every comment that I get do 3 minutes on my stationary bike, now that may not seem like a lot but if it was the plan last week it would have added up to 45 minutes so I think its a good number to choose. So for every comment that I get on my weigh in post tomorrow by midnight stating that the responder drank a glass of water, I will do 3 minutes on my stationary bike on Saturday, lets see how cynical you all can be this week! make me make my legs burn! Wify thinks I am crazy but likes these challenges she says "They make you do it" maybe I can talk her into doing the bike challenge with me this week. There you have it, another successful day in the life of someone who learned how not to be 534 pounds, Tune in tomorrow for another mind chilling episode and find out how long of a ride I will be taking.
Thanks for reading along and don't forget that glass of water you owe yourself for reading this far into the post, see, you have no excuse now because I reminded you! blame yourself if you don't get that tall glass of hydration.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Winter is here in New England! This morning it was single digit weather with the wind chill and here I was planning on taking a walk today! I guess that won't be happening now, especially with these Saucony running shoes that I have, they are really just a mesh on top of a mesh which makes for a very light weight breathable running shoe perfect for good weather but the air blows right through them and I just know that I would be on blocks of ice by the end of a walk today o we shall forget about that right now. I have felt good all week about my weight and it seems to have a downward trend this week a I am down from Friday and its only Wednesday so I am feeling awesome about the week so far. I am very optimistic about this weeks weigh in and I do believe that I will be happy with what I see on the scale, now don't go reading too far into that and guess that I am having a great week because its average at best so far but I have come to appreciate any loss as a good thing. when I started down this road and was dropping six seven even eight pounds per week I would feel let down when I had a 3 pound week, that insane! a 3 pound drop in a week is awesome work especially considering that I have no trainer besides my buddy Will and his girlfriend Desire and the fact that I am doing this 100% on my own meaning I don't have someone making meal plans for me and or portioning my intake or guiding me in any way. This is all being done on pure hard work and I am reaping the benefits from all of the time and effort that I put into reading EVERYTHING that I can get my hands on concerning weight loss and applying what seems like it would work and trying things out for myself and constantly tweaking the program as I learn more, though I do admit that at this point I am almost on auto pilot and have created quite a groove for myself to ride down and the tweaking ha been minimal for a while now.
When its all broken down we are just a machine but instead of gears, wiring, oil, nuts and bolts we are made up flesh, bone, nerves and blood, simple right? well it is. if you take care of a machine it will last for years and usually will outlive you or me! lets use a car as an example, regularly change the oil, get it tuned up when the time comes, keep the tires inflated to proper pressures, change the air filter, keep it lubricated properly change all or the fluids accordingly and a car will last forever and run smoothly, but if you don't do all of those things the life of that engine, the bearings on the car and all other related parts will fail catastrophically in a very short amount of time and our bodies are the same way, Take care of it and it will serve you well and give you a long happy life and if you don't well, you know the rest. I like I have said in the past on this blog just wish I would have made the decision to get and stay healthy years ago.
A few things not on the same subject, yesterday we stopped at a Friendly's restaurant for lunch at my daughters request and we ALWAYS request a table so that I don't have to squeeze into a booth, So as we sat at the table waiting for our lunch to come out I looked to my right at the booth and decided to hop on over for a, we shall call it a "test fit" and well a bit to my surprise I slid right in and told Wify that it appeared that we wouldn't have to request a table all of the time anymore, like a glove I tell ya! Later in the day we were home and I was thinking about how I have a very nice leather coat that was bought the same year that I met Wify so about 9 years ago and it hasn't fit for a good 6 years now and since its getting cold outside I tried it on and bamn! like a glove! or should I say like a jacket. It was actually a bit too big on me! which is good because I like to wear a hoodie or a fleece under it so it looks as if I have room for that now, the odd part about the coat is that I tried it on about 3 months ago and it fit but not comfortably and if I were to zip it then it was snug, now I can over lap the front by about 6 inches. I want to guess that I tried it on last in the beginning of Sept which means that I am only about 25 pounds lighter now than then and the difference in how it fits is much more than a 25 pound loss, I can only come to the conclusion that the skin is tightening up to the point where its making a difference in my size, and for that I am excited.
A bit random today but as always its just me rambling on so I hope you enjoyed. Also if you made it this far into the post you ought to get on up and go grab yourself a glass of water because if you don't you are only hurting yourself.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Tis Monday, I have a chicken carcass going in the kitchen making some broth because I am being lazy and don't want to make a soup with it. I am right on track were the weight loss is concerned and have a good feeling about the end of the year number coming up, anyone that reads regularly knows that I was going to shoot for 200 pounds lost by the end of the year which would have been 200 pounds in one year, but this is a bit ambitious. A bit more than 4.5 pounds per week until the end of the year actually, though I don't think that number is a probability I have already stated that I will treat the end of the year as if I am going for that goal but know in my heart that I won't make it. It is all about attitude and I do believe in the power of suggestion or in this case the power of believing will play a huge role in me getting as close to that end of the year number as possible. I was chatting with my father on the phone over the weekend and he asked me "how many bags" to which I replied "a little more than 33" and we talked about how I would like to drop 200 pounds by the end of the year and he said "you do know you aren't going to make it right?" and I said "yep but that doesn't mean I can't try" it is after all not impossible, I admit not probable but impossible? go ahead and say impossible and I will do everything to prove you wrong!
The point is that people always seem to have an excuse to not lose weight, be it no time, they don't know how to or the willpower doesn't exist. All false of course and all just the next excuse in the line of excuses that brought them additional weight on their bones. In the beginning of the year I decided that excuses did not a single person good and I am not excluded from that club, the only thing that will get the weight off and keep it off will be moderate eating and a regular exercise schedule. if you don't like that equation then you are most likely destined to be heavy for the duration of your time here on this rock we call home, or at least unhappy with your results. Each and every one of us can do this weight loss gig, and each and everyone of us can be successful at it as long as the time and effort that it deserves goes into it and we are honest with ourselves about what we are eating and whether we are getting the exercise in that we should be.
Anyone can lose weight, anyone can exercise daily, I guess the question is do you want it bad enough? I do. I actually get excited sometimes about trying to lose weight and at this point in the game its just that, a game. Now that I realize that losing weight is not actually anything more than mind over matter, if you can take the excuses out and replace it with a little bit of drive I believe we would find that none of us would have weight issues.
Thanks for reading along.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
It is 4:59PM Saturday and I have made good on my challenge, I just completed my push ups from the comments yesterday, I did a total of 151 push ups broken into six sets 20 and two sets of 15 with an extra one at the end for good measure. I took about a minute to 90 seconds between sets and I KNOW that I will regret doing this tomorrow or even later this evening, my triceps and chest were pretty much numb when I started the sets of 15 but I had to finish so I did. There you have it, I made good on my challenge and I am 151 push ups stronger than I was yesterday so it was a good thing, ask me tomorrow how I feel about it and you may just get a different answer though. If I were to even attempt this just 10 months ago I would have failed miserably and basically was not capable of accomplishing 150 push ups even done in sets like I just did them. Let me tell you that life at 534 pounds is a struggle, making sure that you get your daily exercise can be a chore, watching what you eat 24/7 is a lot of work and can also be a struggle at times but the results that can be had for doing just that are more than worth that effort, trust me when I say that, I have been on that side of the yard and it ain't no picnic.
The last place anyone wants to be is in an eternal struggle with anything and everything within this short sliver of time we call life. Having extra weight on your body can cause all kinds of turmoil physically and mentally within someones image of them self as well as cause health issues and an uncomfortable outlook with the world that just has to be experienced to fully understand it, I do not wish this uncomfortable feeling on anyone. I am not really talking about being 20 or even 30 pounds over weight, when you are 200-300 pounds over weight the things that a person misses out on out of the pure fact that they cannot do them is insane. Imagine not being able to walk for more than 5 minutes at a time without severe pain in your back and being out of breath, feeling your body struggle with every step yet trying to keep a tiny piece of pride for yourself and pushing through it obviously doing so to anyone that looks in the direction where you are standing but you convince yourself that no one can tell. Perhaps your family is going to a ball game or concert and time and time again you have to decline going not because you dislike loud music or baseball but because you have zero chance of fitting into a stadium seat. How about having to turn sideways to go into a bathroom door? the list is much longer than you would like to know and is filled with things that a person might never even think could become an issue unless they were one of the unfortunate that had to walk in those shoes.
534lbs to 366lbs in just over ten months and a world of difference in every aspect of my life is what has been done. I do not feel hungry almost ever, and my energy is up 100%. I eat what I want to and am not on a special diet, I eat well and often and even enjoy going out to restaurants without going outside of my calorie range or feeling like I am eating less than a great meal and if I do go above calories now and again thats alright too. I have the nutritional information from most of if not all of the eateries that I enjoy and feel no guilt when I eat there. If you are struggling with weight because you cannot afford a gym membership or because you cannot afford special meal plans and packets you are doing so needlessly, I spend less money on food now than when I was not eating correctly and I am eating more than ever and healthier than ever, and I have no membership to a gym. It takes a lot of planning and reading and preparation I will admit that but it is worth every second that you choose to put into it and I am finding that the more work that I put into being healthy the healthier and more successful I am with the losses.
I do thank all of you that were evil enough to leave me a comment yesterday and added to the total of my push up challenge, maybe I will do this again next week IF my chest has recouped by then! now all of you that read this go grab a glass of water and relish in the fact that my chest is very weak right now and will be sore in hours, but also know that that soreness drives me to do more so its a win win!
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