Sunday, January 04, 2009
This little piggy went to market, This little piggy stayed home, This little piggy had roast beef and this little piggy had none, This little piggy cried weee weee weee all the way home. There is something profound about that children's rhyme, five pigs all doing something completely different and yet they all share a foot, many things in life are viewed differently from different points of view and yet can be exactly the same or completely different all at the same time. On the one hand, or should I say foot, that first little piggy went to market and that could mean a couple different things. Perhaps this piggy is going to market to get more roast beef for the second pig, or maybe it means that the poor swine is going to market to be sold to feed the second cow in whatever song the cows sing to their children, who knows? and then there is the one eating the roast beef, now that one is just a tad creepy if the pig shares space with the cows on a farm and that would just be plain old torture for the poor cows watching the horror, or maybe that pig lives near the casinos and eats the left over buffet food I am not sure. Then what about the little piggy that had none? is he Vegan? maybe a vegetarian? or perhaps hes not into cow torture and the little piggy thats crying weee weee weee all the way home whats his issues? was he with the first pig that went to market and he knows whats in store for good ol Wilbur, or maybe he just enjoys a good run through town. You may be asking yourself what the hell was in Mister Meatballs Kool-aid this morning and honestly I just started typing but I guess the point is that we can all be in the same place and perceive something completely different even though we are looking and listening to the same exact thing.
Some people look at weight loss as a bad thing, or difficult, perhaps its how you look at it that dictates whether it will be something that will drive one insane or bring them to the top of the hill to wear that crown. I see it like this, I was 534 pounds once upon a time ago in a galaxy far far away and I can honestly say looking back I was not happy at that weight, I was missing out on things that a normal sized person takes for granted and I was feeling bad about just about everything. Now that I am down more than 165 pounds (you will have to wait for Friday to see just how much) life is more fun, there are very obvious differences in my life currently and all for the better and the only thing that really changed is the way that I perceive things. I look at this healthy lifestyle that I am on in a positive light on every level, I mean C'mon look at it this way for breakfast this morning I had 2 Multi-grain english muffins topped with French onion cheese, Turkey pepperoni and sliced tomato and on the side I sliced up a dill pickle and had a big glass of Green tea with it, that my friends is an awesome breakfast that filled me right up and it was good for me to boot. A year and a half ago my breakfast would be a half of a box of cereal with a quart of milk followed by a couple hand fulls of cheese doodles (yeah seriously) and lunch would have been equally large and bad for me and I was ok with that at the time, right now the thought of eating that for breakfast seems foreign to me and honestly unreal. I look forward to taking walks now and I look for physical work and activity to get myself all tied up in and its because I see it as a chance to help someone shovel a driveway or build a shelf instead of seeing it as "having to move" when I don't have to. I guess what I am saying is why not look for the positive in something instead of focusing on the negative? Food is nothing more than Fuel and nourishment for an engine that we call a body and when we make food recreational instead of treating it as something that is needed to keep our bodies going is when we see 534 pound guys walking around. Change the way you view food and diets and it gets easy and I say that confidently and treat it as fact because I have proven that it is.
Today is Sunday and it is as good a day to begin a well rounded nutritionally balanced eating regimen, tomorrow toss in some movement and waddaya know! you are doing it, thats right that is all it takes to lose weight! when you get done with today rinse and repeat tomorrow so on and so fourth and before you know it you can drop 165 plus pounds and feel better for your efforts. The bottom line is that we choose what we eat and whether or not we will exercise and the same goes for how we view these things, and this little piggy chooses to look at in the positive light and keep on keepin on with the healthy way. Focus on the negative and guess what? You will see only the negatives of the situation, ask yourself do you really need to eat all of that? is the 15 minutes of cardio really too much time out of your busy day of sitting on the couch to get up and just do it? if you want to lose weight you will do it and if you don't want to you will not, pretty simple eh?
Thanks for following along an remember kids its all how you look at it.
Saturday, January 03, 2009
Ahhh back to normal, Tracking intake daily and weighing in every morning, feels good to be back into the routine again. I wanted to go for a walk but I found out that my Saucony's are not meant for winter walking, they are sort of mesh sided and the wind whips right through them and well cold feets is the result so no walkie for this guy today. I did not get to ride my bike yesterday as I had planned either because life took over and before I knew what hit me it was late so I did not ride. I did in fact stay within my calorie limits for the day though and came in at 1585 total calories for the day and drank nearly 2 gallons of green tea throughout the whole day to boot. Have a look at my menu from yesterday.
2 multi-grain english muffins 200
1 oz Turkey pepperoni 70
2 wedges laughing cow cheese 70
sliced tomato 10
2 80 cal rolls 160
1 T peanut butter 95
1 T Jam 50
2 small pears 160
3 all beef hotdogs 270
3 80 cal hotdog buns 240
1/2 cup mac n cheese 190
1oz Turkey pepperoni 70
Which as I said totals up to 1585 calories, this is not my healthiest menu by any means but it is under my limit so no worries. We went out shopping this morning so we have some more nutritious options in the refrigerator right now but I think we are going to have to adjust to living 20 minutes away from a supermarket instead of a 3 minute ride up the block, it is definitely easier to "just run out to grab what ya need" when you live 5 blocks from a store than it is when there is 40 minutes of driving involved in a round trip. Tonights menu includes a whole chicken with a veggie and some rice so much better than hotdogs and honestly that was the first hotdogs that I have had in at least a few months if I was guessing.
I feel good about getting back into my groove and look forward to this weeks weigh in, I have a feeling it will be a good one this week. My body has had a break and has been fed more than usual for a couple weeks and I think the shock of being back on a low cal program will kick start me into some good losses for a couple of weeks (at least thats what I am hoping for) any way its cut I am excited to be back into this with less distractions than the past couple of weeks have offered me. The house is just about unpacked (I know we're slow) and things are normalizing after the holidaze, the issues that come with buying a new home are smoothing out and I can refocus on what I need to do to hit that 275 pound goal this year. I have never really been one to layout my plan but I wanted to just get a few goals into the blog so that I can look back in a couple of months and see how I am doing so here are a couple of things that I want to accomplish so that I can keep the weight dropping off in the coming months.
* Get 30 minutes of cardio in 5 times per week
* Eat no more than 1700 calories per day
* Drink at least 1.5 gallons of Green tea/water per day
* Drop at least 1.8 pounds per week
* Get under 300 pounds by June 30th 2009
* Participate in a 5k race in 2009
Not too bad and pretty easy I think to do all of those things, well the get under 300 pounds by June thing might get tough but hey what fun is it if its a sure thing right? What if I don't hit all of those goals you say? what if I cannot make my cardio goals? well then I will get stronger trying to reach them, and thats all that can be expected of a person but I have a feeling that I will hit them all. Once I hit that 300 pound goal I want to start strength training more seriously but that one will be played by ear so I will set no goal for that at this time but can't weight to get back into a lifting routine.
That concludes this episode of as the fat guy turns, you know the drill, get on up and grab that glass of H2O and if you are reading this while craving something that will probably not look good on your ass, remember a pint of Ben and Jerry's Dublin mudslide sat in my freezer for a year so that I could prove the point that willpower does work, Thanks for reading.
Friday, January 02, 2009
Two days into Year two and I feel like a completely different person than when I started, but then again I guess I am so it shouldn't be a surprise. I have been thinking about this goal that I have set for myself and hitting that 275 pound mark, this year I should be able to get there I think. I have 94 pounds to lose to get to 275 pounds and the fact that I have lost so much already and still have nearly 100 pounds left to go is a bit daunting but I know it will happen. To get to that goal I will need to lose 1.8 pounds per week to hit the goal by Jan1st 2009 but I have a feeling I will get there sooner, especially as I am so close that I can taste it and the fact that I am so much lighter than last year means that I can up the exercise which means, well you know, that I will. Living in a rural area instead of in a city will be a challenge I think as far as my walks go, where I live now I pretty much have one or two routes that I can walk on if I want to go for a walk and that can get pretty boring I think where as in the city I just take a different route or direction and it can be a different walk every time. The good thing about where I am located now is that the area behind our home is wooded and apparently a pretty decent sized area so I can turn my walks into a sort of walk/hike instead of just a walk so hopefully that takes away from the less routes to walk on and adds some variety. I also have a lake to swim in at my leisure now so I can hone my swimming skills, if you want to call what I have now swimming skills, as well as get some good cardio in that way come summer so there are options.
Last year I posted 319 times, thats 319 attempts at being accountable for my weight via posting for the world to see what I was doing about it. Last year at this time I was scouring the net for weight loss websites and forums and I joined a ton of them and literally read about peoples stories for hours on end, well nothing has changed much in that years time in that respect, I still read just about anything I can get into view about weight loss today and I apply what seems like it will work and if it doesn't I move on and if it does it gets added into my battery as an option. Last year at this time I was scared about my health and thinking about getting a surgery to rectify the situation, this year I am 165 pounds lighter and the knowledge about losing weight that I have logged into my brain is unmeasurable at this point. I have proven to myself that I could accomplish the loss of weight with good old fashioned hard work and a bit of discipline rather than a life altering surgery and for that I feel good.
This is a suit jacket of mine and I apologize for the lack of detail in it, it came out dark, I wore this to many a wedding and I was measured for this jacket when I bought it and if I am not mistaken it is a 72 , yes thats right I said 72! but like I said I could be mistaken lol, Anyways I tried this jacket on a few days ago and after seeing how much room there was inside I asked Wify to come on over and she wrapped her arms around me (all the way around now a days I might add) and I buttoned the jacket behind her, yep thats right we were both inside the jacket and it was buttoned! talk about insane! I pleaded with her to take a photo to post up here on my blog but she declined so I will attempt to get her to let me get one to post at a later time.
In the spirit of starting the year off with a fresh number and today being Friday I weighed myself this morning, the number that flashed across the display was 369.6 pounds. That weight is just about exactly 6 pounds more than my lowest recorded weight which was just before Thanksgiving and just last week I was 7 pounds more than the 369 that was there today. The last week or 3 have been bad for me as far as my eating and counting calories goes and we had an issue with our well water in the new house that kept me from drinking as much water as I usually do so I was dehydrated to boot but thats all squared away now and for the last 6 days I have been staying within my caloric allowance and re-hydrating myself so I am back into a groove. I have also done nothing in the way of exercise besides shoveling the driveway, we have had 2 pretty good sized storms that dropped a good amount of snow each time so that has kept me busy and then lots of house work stuff like building shelves and carrying/unloading boxes etc which I know is movement and I know it burns calories but it is not really what I would call cardio, so I will resume movement this week and plan on riding my bike today at some point to kick start the exercise again.
All in all its just another day in the life of a once giant now large fella, I want to be under 300 pounds by the end of June of this year which is ambitious but hey thats how I do things around here. That means I will need to lose 69 pounds in 6 months or an average of 2.76 pounds per week until then, not too bad yet still a challenge. I also want to start strength training when I get that 300 mark as I know that I have lost some mass during this process but I knew that would happen so I am not worried about it. So the plan stays as is, I will get to my goal of 275 pounds this year and I will continue to make health a priority in my life it cannot be said any more simply than that.
Grab that H2O and know that your body will thank you for it.
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.
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