Monday, December 08, 2008
After a Long weekend Monday is here and I wish I could say that I had an awesome weekend where nutrition is concerned, but I can't. I have been eating take out food pretty much all weekend mostly so that we could keep on moving forward with the projects in the new place, and I know that I am not drinking as much as I should be. I can say that I am sore from the tips of my toes right on up to my head! man this painting, wrecking, rebuilding, cleaning and on and on is a lot of work! I have sore on top of sore and I don't know if its just a lot of work or if I am not as active as I thought I was! I am honestly having a lot of fun making this new place ours and I think its starting to look more like "Us" as far as the colors etc go. I thought even though it is not weight loss related that I would pop a couple pictures up of our progress.
This is a shot out the bay window in the living room, we had snow yesterday and you can see that the half frozen lake is now covered in the white stuff, I like the view out this window.
This is the Living room, we are not a fan of bright yellow so we went with a color called "Spiced Gingerbread" and that second picture shows a first coat so its blotchy, the trim in this room will be a color called "Bittersweet Chocolate", we did finish this room and it looks great but the batteries died on the camera so we didn't get any shots of the completed walls.
This closet really turned out nicer than I expected it to, when we first saw this room we thought we would take the whole closet out of the room as it was only some clap board nailed up against some braces. It really took up more room than we wanted to lose in the room but after thinking about it we decided to keep the inner half in tact and brace it up and put new trim on it and keep a closet in this bedroom. We will be adding a curtain in front of it instead of a door for simplicities sake. though its still green in the room it is less of a pale green and the color we chose is called "Frosted Pine"
So you can see we have been very busy around here but as I mentioned it is taking a toll on the weight loss progress because of the take out food factor. we did buy some apples and bananas and are keeping them at the new place as snacks, and I have a small supply of Arizona diet green tea on hand at the new place as well so it is not all bad! but yesterday for instance I had a Chicken parm grinder for lunch and then because it was late and we have kept the supplies down at home I had Mcdonalds for dinner yuck! Today I am going to be home all day so I will be under 1700 calories for sure, I will also drink double water today to try and make up for the weekend a bit and help hydrate my aching muscles.
Some more good news is that we ended up with an extra room that we have no need for so it will become a rec room slash exercise room of sorts, My daughter calls it "The Yoga Room" because Wify told her that she was putting her yoga equipment in there so they can do it together. My stationary bike will go in that room along with my free weights as well along with a couple desk top computers to keep the kiddos busy while we get movement into our days. The room has a view out the back into the wooded area behind our back yard and trough the front window is a view of the lake so a nice place to exercise or relax with some yoga for Wify. There are lots of places to walk at the new place as well, from all of the rural up and down roads to the wooded area behind the house where a hike would be a possibility as well.
As always if you have made it this far into my post you deserve a glass of water so slide out from behind your desk, get on up off of your behind and go grab a glass! I myself have a gallon of green tea sitting beside me and am half way through it and I am only 2 hours into my day! look for more update pics on the house and of course updates on how I am doing on my weight loss, Thanks for reading and more than thanks for the support that you give with your comments and emails.
Friday, December 05, 2008
I have a few minutes so I thought I would pop on and toss up a weigh in post for this week. if you read my blog you probably know that we were in the process of buying a home, we closed yesterday and now the fun begins. I am swamped with chores and tasks and will be painting and patching all weekend starting in a couple of hours from now so thats why the posts have been slim lately. this morning I weighed in at 367 pounds which is 4 pounds higher than my lowest weight 2 weeks ago but down 3 from my day after Thanksgiving weigh in, I am not thrilled at this but it is what it is and all I can do is my best to stay on track with home cooked low cal meals. It has been hard to get good low cal nourishment in the last week or 2 because I have been running around like a chicken with its head cut off and thats not an excuse, just the facts. I am responsible for my health and weight and it will be what it will be, I am not off track and I am not slacking, I have honestly had hardly a minute to myself to exercise but when we are all moved in I am back to the old regimen like white on rice, yes I just said white on rice.
I have 4 bedrooms a living room and a kitchen to prime and paint this weekend along with a fireplace mantle that will need to be sanded and refinished so movement will be happening. The remainder of the packing needs to be done and then we will be moving in a week as long as we get all of the cosmetics done inside the house by then. fear not I am still here, I am still on board with my blog, its just my time has been spent elsewhere lately. everyone that reads this needs to get a glass or 2 of water at this time and drink it down, I made myself a 32 oz glass of green tea with lime right before I sat down to type this out so have a drink with me.
Thank you for all of the support and thank you for following along with my weight loss story.
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
It has been almost a week since my last post, it has been hectic around here to put it mildly. between the holiday and just being busy with getting a house together I have had no time to write here. We are in the process of purchasing a home and its getting to the nitty gritty of it and we are closing this week, but since this blog is about my trip to the half and getting healthy it was never mentioned, so let us get to the past few days, this will likely be a longer than usual post so get comfy.
Thursday, Thanksgiving, We had an awesome holiday and dinner was great, it all turned out exactly as planned and I ended up having a bit of everything that was made along with a few Guinness Draught's a good time was had by all. I did not count calories at all on that day but instead I watched what I ate all day until dinner and did not count the few brews at all, I ate until I was full and then a bit more for good measure. Over all I think I did good on Thanksgiving considering that its a food holiday but the little guy on my shoulder, you know the good guy not that little red one with the horns is telling me that I could have done a little better. I am glad I just enjoyed the holiday either way and it was in my plan from day one so no worries, its the following days that I should have been better with.
Friday I thought "Ok time to get back on track!" but nope! I started out good enough and was tracking my intake. I had my usual banana with a tablespoon worth of peanut butter on it for breakfast followed by a Turkey sandwich for lunch, sounds good so far eh? then we went out to run some errands etc I grabbed a Dark chocolate and Almond Zone perfect bar for the road, we ended up buying some paint for the new place and were out for longer than we wanted to be so that zone bar was a good idea but we did get in a little later that expected and I was hungry, well the delicious food proved too much for my resolve and I made a big ol plate of goodness and dug right in without measuring anything. After the carnage that was Fridays dinner I did think about how I did ok all day and blew it at dinner but it is what it is and I stopped worrying about it whats a fella to do.
Saturday, This day was just so busy that we were not really home at all pretty much all day between shopping for paint supplies and looking into paint schemes and hitting up the "ooops paint" at Home Depot and Lowe's that I ate when I could and didn't count any of it, also have you noticed I make no mention of green tea? I was very dehydrated from drinking a beer here and there and drinking diet mountain dew as well as not taking my Daily vitamins which I realized about half way through Saturday so I took a vitamin and bought a gallon of Arizona Green tea and drank in in about 2 hours. Now I am feeling like I have a bit of control back but there is still all of this great food in the house so I blew it for dinner again and so the wise one says.
Sunday I actually stayed below 1700 calories but I had not exercised since Wednesday, I was home pretty much all day packing boxes and situating the basement in a way that would make it easy to move come moving day. I made two pots of turkey soup which came out better than any soup I have made in some time, we had that for dinner on Sunday and were able to put almost 2 gallons away in the freezer so were stocked up on the good stuff. I was feeling great that I was back on track after a couple days of not caring and starting to rehydrate myself properly and off to bed I went.
Monday, off track again and not a drop of green tea in sight for me, I was slipping and it was easy to not count, to not exercise (besides all of the packing and moving boxes) and to not sound like a broken record (is that possible at this point) let us just say this trend carried into Tuesday as well and enough is enough. Today is Wednesday and I have to get back on track so thats what I am doing. Did you notice that I didn't do a "weigh in" last Friday? thats because I had not been on a scale until Saturday night, and surprise surprise I was up! my last weigh in was on Nov 21 and I weighed 363 pounds, well Saturday night I was 368 pounds! up 5 pounds?! and that trend has been maintained throughout right up until this morning, I did weigh 365 pounds on Monday morning but this morning I am back up and weighed in at 369 pounds. Now I KNOW this is likely mostly retention weight because I have not stayed hydrated but not all of it and I have to accept that, because its at my own hand that I am up in weight. Jumped at the first chance to say "awe its a Holiday imma enjoy it dammit!" this mindset is what got me into this situation of being a fella that weighed more than a quarter of a ton, sounds crazy when you say it like that but I was 534 pounds and facts are facts Ma'am.
I have still had an impressive run I think and I have to keep that in mind because a bump in the road on a Holiday is not the end of the world, I also feel that this blog helps me to stay on track because it helps me stay accountable. I will weigh in on Friday and that will be the official weight once again because I feel that I am off balance right now because of the bad weekend and not being hydrated. Right now, this moment that I type this I am back to the strict Me that has gotten this far, I do want to thank everyone that has sent me messages or emails within the last few days they do help and I do appreciate them. For those of you that read this blog because it helps keep you in line or just because you find it interesting enough to tune in each day to watch the fat man get thinner, I am back and you can expect more of the good old Me that doesn't let anything stop what I want to accomplish.
If you made it this far into the post You deserve TWO glasses of water because it was a long one! I will join you and have a 32 oz of glass myself as soon as I hit publish. I welcome any comments and or suggestions on this post that may help whip me back into shape and keep me on track, don't hold back and remember no matter what that I will meet my goal of weighing 275 pounds. I predict that I will hit that goal within the 2009 year. I plan on being under 300 pounds by the end of June 2009 which will give me 6 months to get that last 25 pounds until goal off by the end of the year. I would like to be at my 275 pound goal by September 1st 2009 at which time I will have lost a total of 259 pounds and when I hit that 275 pound goal I am sure I will set a new goal for myself, there we go, I sound like me again.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
I decided that I would pop on and leave a pre Thanksgiving post, I wish I could say that I was going to eat 5oz of turkey breast meat and a couple oz of mashed butternut squash and was sticking to my 1700 calorie limit for Turkey day but I cannot. Tomorrow I will not over eat at all but I will enjoy my meal, I will have a couple Guinness Draughts and I will finish the meal off with a piece of pumpkin pie and then Friday I will be back on track. I believe that I can enjoy a day of not counting calories and still not over do it, I will do my best to eat a normal sized meal if only to indulge in a few beers with my Father throughout the day, it will not mean that I failed, it will not mean that I am weak, I have lost more than 170 pounds in the last 11 months weak is not something that I think can be attached to me and my willpower, drive or determination.
On the menu for the day will be, a 23 pound Turkey which I will season and roast to perfection, Baked sweet potatoes with butter and brown sugar, mashed butternut squash with black pepper and butter, Green bean casserole topped with French onions, Cranberry sauce, seasoned mashed Turnips, Corn bread stuffing with sausage, corn with butter and seasonings, turkey gravy, and to finish off the food will be some fresh baked rolls and a pumpkin pie for dessert. To drink we will have of course Green tea, Guinness Draught with lime and sugar, Amaretto sour made with raspberry ginger ale, egg nog and some juice for the kiddos. this is pretty much a standard Thanksgiving meal round here, I am keeping the regular mashed potatoes out of the mix this year for no real reason and I replaced them with the squash, hows that sound?
I have done good this week as far as intake goes but I do not expect a loss come Friday, mostly because of Thanksgiving but partially because I haven't exercised like I should pretty much all week, and because of this weeks food holiday I will workout every day from Friday on. This means that I will either do my 2 mile walk or ride the stationary bike every night, I will do at least 50 push ups every day, and I will stick to my 1700 intake limit from Friday on, leftovers or not. This lifestyle that I choose to live allows me to have my cake and eat it too on limited occasions of course and thats the best part of how I now choose to live. I don't think its wrong to have a good old fashioned thanksgiving dinner just because I am on a weight loss program. I hope you all have a great Turkey day and can return to the grindstone come Friday without feeling too much guilt for whatever tomorrow may bring you.
Keep on keepin on and have a glass of water, your body will not be worse for it and probably needs it.
Thanks for reading along.
Monday, November 24, 2008
This weekend was less than a good thing where intake comes into the equation, but first let me mention that Saturday I did ride my bike split into two rides to make good on my bike challenge, now let me get to the bad. Friday My calories were fine right up until dinner time when somehow ordering a pizza became a good idea, I figured it was a weigh in day and I was coming off of two good weeks so why not, bamn! 20 minutes later a bacon pizza and cheesy garlic bread from a local pizza house was on the table. though the pizza probably should not have been in my plan it was and I don't think it brought me too far above my daily intake allotment, but above none the less. then later in the evening it was movie time, Wify rented Run fat boy Run, I recommend this movie! it was funny in that subtle humor kind of way as well as that just plain old funny kind of way, anyways back to being a bad boy. Wify made our signature Giant bowl of popcorn to munch on during the movie and that certainly brought me above my caloric range for the day.
Saturday, started out ok and I rode the bike for the first 36 minutes after breakfast which was a Banana with peanut butter on it with a diet mountain dew, and the remanding 33 minutes was done after lunch and intake was average for a Saturday and somewhere along the way it was decided that we would head on over to my Mother in Laws and have dinner, now this is usually not a bad idea and she usually cooks a nice balanced meal but we all decided that ordering from, yes you guessed it the Pizza house would be a good idea. I ended up having a Chicken Parmesan grinder and a slice of pizza for dinner with a side of 3 Guinness's and some E&J Brandy. Have I yet mentioned the fact that drinking anything that resembled water or Green tea was pretty much not there since about mid day Friday. So on top of eating poorly I had not been drinking correctly, see Guinness and Brandy above. Dessert on Saturday was some sort of quadruple chocolate fudge cake filled with chocolate pudding and topped with mini Hershey's bars and you just know that I had a piece of that right before another Guinness & Easy Jesus.
Sunday, I had decided to get things together intake wise and wouldn't say that I failed miserably or anything but it was not good either. I pretty much stayed within my calorie range almost all day besides a couple pieces of chocolate candy, oh my! and then we decided to go grab an extra Turkey to put in the freezer for after Thanksgiving, Hey who can pass up $.48 per pound Fresh young turkey right? so we got a nice 26 pounder that will likely get canned at some point. while we were at the Supermarket Wify bought some double chunky chocolate chip cookies to bake for the kiddos and well, my daughter just couldn't wait so at 8:00 pm into the oven they went and 16 to 18 minutes later a plate full of moist chocolaty goodness staring me down, Two cookies and a glass of milk later I was done for the weekend.
Which brings us to Now, Monday morning, There are ships holding in port and I have eaten a banana with a Tablespoon of peanut butter on it for breakfast and I just finished my first 32oz of green tea for the day, I have three days to rehydrate myself and get back on track so that I can totally toss the plan out the window again for Thanksgiving day. I am up in weight today and I mean up! but I am fairly sure that it is more just water weight from me not staying properly hydrated all weekend and the fact that I ate lots of cheese and drank some beer and brandy so I am not really worried about it. Just because I threw caution into the wind and dug into some of the good stuff this weekend doesn't mean that I have failed at this weight loss game and it doesn't mean that I have to start over, hell its not even a case of falling off of the wagon, I just enjoyed my weekend without worrying about eating properly, thats just called life and it happens. I am back on track for at least the three days it will take for Thanksgiving to get here and then I am not counting a single calorie and I am not worrying for a single second about whether I am drinking enough or eating the right thing for a day.
Hows that for a plan?
Thanks for following along, as for the drink of water today goes, I think I will drink a glass for you and for me now! God knows I need it today.
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