Thursday, January 01, 2009
It is Monday so I am starting on a diet. January first has come so I pledge that I will try and lose weight this year. It is my birthday so the time has come for me to drop a few pounds. What exactly is it about these things that make people decide this will be the day that they wait until to start getting healthy? is Friday not as good a day to begin being healthy? how about right now? middle of the day Any day. The same can be said about when a person perceivably messes up and eats beyond their limits that they themselves set, Well I did eat that donut so I will start eating right again tomorrow, I do not understand this way of thinking and maybe that is why I have been as successful as I have been in my weight loss journey, says the guy that weighed 500 plus pounds and in fact did start on a January 1st, But it is true. I use to think that way myself, I use to be that guy that would say, oh well I ate that Taco bell so I will start fresh tomorrow again instead of admitting to myself that I did have a bad meal and just move on, but that doesn't stop the fact that eating healthy most of the time is better than these false starts that so many of us have done and still do.
Where is the significance in starting on Jan 1st or on Monday? because it is the start of a new year? or because the weekend is gone so we have five whole days of day to day that will keep us busy? how about when February comes around? or what happens on Friday at 5PM? holding steadfast is the key, Starting tomorrow will allow you to have that 12oz steak with an extra helping of butter laced mashed potatoes and a couple of beers for dinner and that may be why we convince ourselves that we need to have a beginning date, time or some other non relevant event to start eating right. It is almost as if people set themselves up for failure or give themselves an out for when a slip happens, one last hurrah before becoming healthy, not unlike a bachelor party where the groom to be justifies the fact that he slept with the stripper by calling it one last time before the knot is tied, He still cheated on the woman that he supposedly loves no matter how its cut and maybe he isn't ready to get married just yet, that steak and beer are looking a lot like that stripper, hmmm there has to be a joke in that one somewhere. There is no reason to not start eating healthy right now, not tomorrow at noon, and not because your sister is starting next week, right now make the commitment to lose the weight that is holding you back, don't sleep with the stripper, put the fork down and step away from the plate with your hands in the air, trust me it will be ok.
Don't forget that glass of H2O that you earned by reading this post.
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Finally there is a connection to the net in my home! Apparently we live far enough out in the boonies that they had to connect us to a remote box to get our signal to us and the box was full so no room for Mister Meatball, too bad they were not just honest from the get go about the whole thing I could have been less annoyed with the whole process. Anyways onto the post and I warn you in advance, I have a feeling it will be lengthy, It has been an entire year since I started on this path to a healthier me and I am astonished with the results. When I began eating and exercising last January, I weighed 534 pounds, thats more than a quarter of a ton! My shirt size was 6XL and I was starting to make those look like they were too small and my pants size was a stout 56 at the waist which is slightly less than 5 feet around! insane, I know, but facts are facts and that was me just 365 days ago. I could not walk for more than 5 minutes or so without excruciating pain in my lower back from an injury that I suffered years ago and being red faced and out of breath, walking to my car was far enough for me and sitting activities out was the norm.
Here is a look at me at my largest size, actually this was taken in the beginning of Jan 2008.
Another of my finest moments and the picture that started it all, this is August 2007.
Here we are just one year later, lets look at those measurements now, As of this morning I weighed 369 pounds which is 6 pounds higher than my lowest weight which was 363 pounds just before Thanksgiving and I have to admit that with the new home and all of whats been going on and toss in the holidaze I have been less than strict with my intake and the only exercise has been house work so maintaining is possible it would appear. My pants size is somewhere in the 44-46 area currently, I know that I would fit into a 44 but since I have no jeans in that size its only an assumption going off of how the 46's fit so 10-12 whole inches difference there. My shirts are no longer a "on the big side" of 6XL pushing a 7XL but rather on the small side of a 4XL and actually my Wify bought me a nice new hoodie for Christmas that is a 3XLT that fits just about perfectly so I am down three whole shirt sizes as well. For exercise I now walk for 30-40 minutes and that takes me between 1.6 and 2 miles on average with me stopping only because of the time and not the distance. To say that the differences are extraordinary simply does not describe it.
Here is a shot of me in that 3XLT hoodie
Here is a comparison that shows last Dec up to today, thats the 3XLT hoodie again in the second shot.
This past year has taught me a lot, I have learned that food is not for entertainment but in fact it is simply nutrition and fuel for my body. The most important lesson of the year that was learned is that I am responsible for what goes into my body, I am the one that decides whether I will put that bacon double cheeseburger down my pie hole or not, nobody else makes that decision. In 2008 I have lost a Grand total of 165 pounds as of this morning and I did it simply by watching what I ate and exercising often but not as often as you would think I have to to drop that kind of weight. As I sit here typing this out I can remember writing my first post and thinking about how it would be great if I could stick to this for a couple weeks and thinking about how great losing 100 pounds in 2008 would be and all the while in the back of my mind thinking about how far fetched that idea felt yet feeling driven beyond anything I have ever known before.
Then there is this pint of Ben & Jerry's that started it all in a way, a lot of you that read this blog regularly know of my pint that has waited an entire year to be eaten, It now has become an empty pint and I had some of it, I split it into 4 portions and it was shared between myself, wify and the kiddos. That statement alone speaks volumes, "some of it" last year it would have been ALL of it had I not decided that enough was enough and changed my life for the better. I have actually thought about how if Wify had not bought those two pints of Ben & Jerry's goodness 365 days ago I may not have even made that decision last year, I might have had a few drinks and woke up Jan 1st 2008 and went right back into auto pilot fork in hand and ate until there was no more. Sitting on the couch as Wify walked through the door with the ice cream seemed just plain old lazy and nasty to me and add that to the actual fear that I had about the possibility of death and here we are 165 pounds healthier than I was last year at this time. I must say for year old ice cream it was pretty good!
Last year the plan was to stick to the program and try to lose 100 pounds and that was not a resolution, it was simply just the breaking point for me to realize that I had to do something. This year I am going to hit my goal of weighing 275 pounds and I hope all of you fine people that have been following along and cheering me on will continue to do so and hopefully we can get a few more readers this year because support is something that there will never be in surplus. So a whole year has past and a lot of weight was lost, I have learned a lot about myself and about my body and 2009 can only be better. This appears to be my last post of 2008 but I have my internet back so there will be a post tomorrow at some point I am sure, I hope everyone has a great New Year's eve and heres to another great year of losing weight and getting healthy.
As always if you have made it through this post, which was especially long tonight, you deserve a big Ol glass of water so get on up and grab one before the alcohol starts a flowing for the evening, you will need it! Thank you for following along and thanks for the support. Lastly, if I can drop 165 pounds in a years time you can too, it is a matter of determination and drive with a splash of discipline added for good measure so start right now if you have not already begun to get healthy and if you have begun then stay the course.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
I am currently sitting in my mother in laws house using her internet service and I wanted to get a post up. We are officially all moved into our new place and everything is going well, the paint has dried and the boxes are dwindling, I have not moved my body this much in years! between all of the painting, moving, fixing things, rearranging rooms 14 times each, Christmas shopping and now all of the shoveling of the snow its been very movement filled for me It has been snowing since Friday and there is a foot or more of snow around my house, I am loving every minute of it if I am being honest.
Now to business, I have not weighed myself in days, probably a week, I have not been eating bad but it has not been good either, partially because my lap top was not out in the open so I had to find it to use my excel sheet to track my food, yes I know that is no reason to not track it there is after all this stuff called paper that can be used but honestly like I mentioned and you can probably imagine I have been busy, and partially because I have been so busy and the refrigerator just has not been full to capacity with good for me eats. This afternoon I hopped on the scale after breakfast and lunch and was 369 pounds which is 6 pounds heavier than my lowest weight of 363 but I am not worried about it at all. I have not been drinking how I should be and the exercise has been up because of all of the things I have been doing, food is like I said not bad but not good. We did get a chance to go out and shop yesterday so there are now bananas, pears, grapes, apples and green tea in the house and I have my lap top out and available so its back to the norm and I am hoping to hit my 363 pound mark again within a week which may be wishful thinking but you know me. Here are a few pictures Wify snapped this afternoon.
The beginnings of our snow man, and me in a jacket that I have not fit into in some time.
This is shot off of my back porch looking into my back yard
The snow man is coming along.
This is a Hallmark ornament I bought for my wife because of the new home.
I should have internet service in the new place on Dec 23rd by 8:00 pm so I will surely be back to regular posting very soon again. I have to admit something, I miss posting on this blog and reading all of your comments as well as reading all of your blogs too! so I am happy to be getting my connection to the net back.
I look forward to getting back on track with the blog and writing daily again, until then stay hydrated and keep on keepin on.
Please excuse any spelling errors etc as I have a limited time online right now so I will not be checking this post.
Friday, December 12, 2008
This is likely the last post that I will make from this location, tomorrow is the big day and we are moving! I don't expect to post tomorrow but who knows, I don't know when I will have my internet set up at the new place but I can probably use my Mother in laws service to make a post if it will be a long period before I get it set up. Let me get right to the weigh in this morning, yesterday I said that I expected to get to 369 for this mornings weigh in and would have been happy with that but I have to say that I did not get 369 like I predicted. When I came downstairs I walked right past the scale not remembering that it was weigh in day and made myself a cup of green tea, sat down and raised the cup to take a drink and then remembered that I should weigh in before consuming anything. I stepped onto the scale and it flashed 367.0 across the display, so I thought ok thats wrong and moved the scale on the floor just in case it was not level, attempt number two revealed 367.4, hmmmm so onto the third time and 367.4 again so it looks like I am firmly back into the 360's again and I have surpassed what I expected to see this morning. That is four pounds less than yesterday morning man I must have been retaining a lot of fluid from all of the soreness, it seems odd to actually be holding that much fluid just because I was sore but the proof is in the pudding I guess. I am not going to do the whole "I lost this much" photos until I get back to 363 which was my pre Thanksgiving weight, instead I will just continue to report the weights as they happen, with any luck I will hit or exceed that number by this coming Friday.
Today and tomorrow I will be getting my share of movement, but tomorrow I do plan on a pizza lunch but I don't plan on over doing it so I am not worried about it. I know I know why "plan" for a pizza lunch? why not if there will be planning involved "plan" for a healthy lunch? welp because planning for a pizza lunch actually means not planning at all, its a simple phone call away where as a planned healthier meal would take a trip to the supermarket at some point because the cupboards are in fact bare at the present time because of the move as well as some prep, excuse? nope just the facts Ma'am. The following week or 2 will be a lot of busy work for me as well with getting the new place in order and making sure all of the boxes are stored where they need to be etc. Then there is Christmas right around the corner but unlike Thanksgiving I am only allowing myself to indulge for Christmas eve and day instead of the entire following week! this should be easier to accomplish as well because we are not cooking a dinner at our place for either event thus no left overs!
I am looking forward to having a room that is a dedicated exercise room or as my daughter calls it "The Yoga room" this will make getting my cardio in easy because I can head up there, close the door and not have to deal with distractions. Hopefully Wify can get into a rhythm and keep her yoga going on a regular basis as well, right now when she does her yoga she has to deal with the kids wanting to join in and our living room just does not work for her to get into it while two kids fumble around her legs asking "like this mom?" so hopefully the larger space in the new room will either allow the kids to fumble around in their own space or let her close the door behind her and now allow them in, though she is excited that my daughter wants to join her.
Thank you for following along and wish me luck because tomorrow I will need it! it is suppose to be clear and sunny but only about 30 degrees so a bit cold but at least it should be dry for the move.
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