Friday, January 09, 2009
We have arrived at my first official weigh in of 2009 and I will admit that I am almost giddy because of what the scale told me this morning. When I weighed in last Friday I weighed 369.8 pounds and lets just say that I was less than giddy about that but not quite disappointed. I did everything right this week where my intake is concerned and the scale agrees with me this morning, first time on the scale said 362.6 lbs which as you know is lower than my lowest recorded weight, so onto number two and the scale read 362.4 lbs, even better! and onto number three, 362.6 again and with that I have a 7.2 pound loss this week! yes you read that correctly folks 7.2 pounds less of me today and my lowest weight since starting on this path to better health.
The drop this week puts me ahead of schedule with reaching my goal of being under 300 pounds but that doesn't mean that I will let up at all, in fact it means that I will get even more strict and try and step it up a bit because when you see a seven pound loss in a week it just proves that hard work pays off. I feel like I am back to a point where positive numbers are back on the table because I am actually lighter than I have been since starting, but now I am repeating myself, yep I sure am! Here for the first time in a while are some things that weigh the same as me, as much as I have lost and as much as what I have left to lose until my goal weight.
This old Triumph weighs in at 362 pounds just like Yours truly.
This here 97 street magic II weighs in at 172 pounds which of course is what I have lost so far.
and finally I have 87 pounds left to lose to get to my goal weight and this is Lela Star, yeah shes a porn star and she weighs 87 pounds, so I have to lose one porn star to hit my goal.
I am feeling good about the weigh in this morning as you can probably imagine and the plan is to keep the plan going. Yesterday I got in some exercise in the way of chipping 2 inches of ice off of our entire driveway and clearing it away and I mean every inch of the driveway! did I mention that the driveway is about 70 feet long and on a hill? yeah it was fun! I hope you can sense my sarcasm with that last sentence, but seriously it was a good hour and 15 minutes of movement so it just helped me along with the weight loss. I have some green tea brewing in the kitchen as I type this and we are expecting 10 inches of snow tomorrow so it would appear that I will have some more exercise in store this weekend whether I want it or not.
That concludes this message from the emergency broadcast system, tune in later for more information on the very large man and to see how he is doing, also we would like to remind you to get up off of that rump and grab a glass of H2O, drink it down and then bask in your hydration.
That is all.
Thursday, January 08, 2009
The eve of a weigh in has come! I am excited about this fact only because the last couple months have been so crazy and I have not done weigh in posts much. In case you haven't noticed I am in a great place where my weight loss is concerned right now, I am not hungry, I am excited about losing the weight and every tick in a downward direction brings a smile to my face. I am regularly brewing my green tea again, something that hasn't happened in the past few weeks and I am eating on a stricter basis again but I fear that I am starting to sound like a broken record with that part! but hey thats what gets results with weight loss in my humble opinion.
I know that I am forming good habits in my children with my weight loss as well, not a day passes where one or both of my kids doesn't drop to the floor and start banging out push ups as my daughter announces "Daddy yook I'm doing ekercise yike you!" it seems to only egg my son on because well, he has to do more than she does "because she is younger". My daughter even sits on the cross bar on my stationary bike and pedals all the while a huge smile on her face and I can't help but to wonder what they would be doing at that very moment if I was not exercising as much as I do. Would they be saying "look dad I can fit this whole burger into my mouth!" that fact alone makes what I am doing worth it, hopefully my children grow up and understand that food is not recreation and they can stay fit and healthy and will never have to make a blog to help with losing more than 200 pounds. As I relearn how to eat and stay active they learn it from me and that is something that is priceless, I get healthy and they learn how to stay that way thats what they call a win win folks.
Today we have programs on television with groups of 400 pound people relearning how to be fit, we have advertisements on that same television with a red haired clown dancing around trying to convince us that because apples come with the double cheese burger that somehow it is now healthy, and people buy right into that idea, sorry Ronald not this guy. There are so many factors in why someone may be either gaining or has gained weight and we can point the finger in whichever direction that we want to point it in but unless we point at a mirror we're pointing at the wrong reason, I am sorry but its just the truth. A few years ago I can remember sitting in a chair playing a video game, my back sore and it was just one of those days where I was thinking about being a fat dude and I actually convinced myself that because my back hurt that I had a bonafide reason why my ass was planted so firmly in that easy chair, imagine that! the quarter ton fella has a real reason why he is in that chair for the last 5 hours playing a video game while an empty liter of mountain dew lay defeated at his feet and the aroma of cool ranch doritos emanates from his still greasy finger tips, That guy doesn't exist any more, he is gone and so is his crap attitude and bad habits.
Tomorrow I will weigh in and I am down a decent amount from last Friday as of this morning and am very curious to see where I land in the morning. I usually have a light dinner the night before I weigh in but I can't wait for dinner tonight, the freezing rain and sleet has stopped for now so I am grilling chicken breasts out on the grill and having some pinto beans that I made last night with a ham bone on the side with some rice so a light dinner it is not! It is time to hop on up and grab that glass of H2O, I will see ya tomorrow on the scale!
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Wednesday brings me some snow, ice and freezing rain outside, its currently 33 degrees and we have a flood advisory yay fun! but don't worry about me, I am inside at 70 degrees with a chicken carcass cooking in the kitchen to make some soup with and a crock pot full of beans and a ham bone to have with dinner tomorrow. I have decided that a bike ride is in order for today so I will have to dig my bike out of the pile thats left from moving in and hop on for a ride in a bit, I can honestly say that I miss riding it. Did I mention that I feel great about my weight this week? well if I haven't I do! When the week started, or should I say finished, last Friday I weighed in at 369.8 pounds and I felt good that it was below 370 and figured on a slow start and was thinking about that 363 pounds that I had reached back in Nov and how good I felt to be within 13 pounds of 350 and I have a feeling this week will get me pretty close to that mark again. I have stuck to plan all week and have not gone over my caloric allowances and again I feel good for doing so, I almost feel like I have just started losing weight and last year is not a factor, in fact I almost reset my start/current/goal thingy at the top of my page to reflect my starting weight for 2009 but decided against it because it shows what I have accomplished thus far and I am proud of that.
Using my starting weight of 369.8 for 2009 I have a total of 94 pounds left to lose to hit my goal. I watched the biggest loser last night and there was a 19 year old that weighed 454 pounds on this season and he said something that I have thought many times, He said "I could lose 100 pounds and still be obese" and I just smiled when he said it because its how I feel about myself. I have lost more than 165 pounds in the last year and I am STILL considered obese, imagine that! a person losing that much weight and is still obese, its mind blowing I tell ya. In fact when I am at my goal weight of 275 pounds according to the charts and calculators I will still need to lose weight to be a "healthy weight" its a good thing I don't believe everything I read eh? As I watched the show and noticed that I was heavier than a lot of the people on the show this year I commented to my wife that right now this very minute I could be a contestant on that show and I have already lost 165+ pounds, thats just crazy. I also commented that when I hit 300 pounds that I would like to join a gym so that I can start weight training again and that I would love to find a trainer that would push me, I love to be pushed where weights are concerned, I love to get that one extra rep when I thought I was out of gas and I think a trainer like Jillian would be good because she seems heartless where workouts are concerned.
My calories came in at 1690 total for Tuesday and here is a look at the menu.
2 multigrain english muffins 200
1 oz Turkey pepperoni 70
2 wedges laughing cow 70
sliced tomato 10
1 pickle 5
1 pear 85
2 slices whole wheat bread 140
1 T peanut butter 95
1 T jam 50
Turkey subway 560
2oz pretzels 220
1 apple 100
1 pear 85
Not so bad I think and I got a couple of pears into the day, some people swear by apples and I dig apples on occasion but if I have the choice between a pear and an apple, it will be a pear every time. Things are moving along so fr this year and I am confident that I will make my June goal along with all other goals that I have set for myself and with that another post ends and I thank you for reading along as a fat guy tries not to be.
Grab that water and get that movement into your day, trust me you will be better off for your efforts.
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
Who is this guy that calls himself Zeusmeatball? I thought I would recap since a year has gone by and I see more and more people leaving comments so here goes. I am just your not so average mid thirties guy that is married to the most wonderful woman a fella could ask for, I have two great kiddos a boy and a girl and they both keep me on my toes, That sounds pretty average so far yes? what makes me fall into the "not so average" category you might ask? I weighed 534 pounds in the beginning of last year, thats right more than a quarter ton. I injured my back about 7 years ago and that played a big part in my gains but I don't blame the injury for my ginormis size because it was me that ate the food that plumped me like a ball park frank. I was genuinely scared about my health, I mean honest to goodness fear was looking at me and the grin on its face did not sing of butterflies and rainbows and for the first time in my adult life I felt fear. I started researching a weight loss surgery, lap band, gastric bypass and the likes and then I saw that one of the side affects could be death, death? hmmm I don't like that word and isn't that why I am looking into this surgery? so that I may prolong my life and avoid this thing called death for a little longer than if I did nothing? something clicked and I thought about how the surgery basically forces you to eat less and then there was the special eating and supplements etc so I thought, "do I really need someone to alter my body like that to drop this weight? do I not have any will power?" and that was it I decided enough was enough and I started eating correctly and researching weight loss. I decided to make a blog about it after reading on a multitude of forums and blogs about other peoples struggles and I thought that if I can write what I was doing down to type written word that there would be some accountability in that and I started writing down my daily regimen here on this blog.
I remember talking to my father on the phone a couple of weeks earlier than I started this blog and we were talking about email addresses and screen names for a chat program or something and we discovered that we both make them by putting two random words together. I was thinking about a pen name to use on the blog and remembered that he had said "you know random like Zeus + Meatball" and that was perfect for a fat guys blog I thought, God of meatballs if you will. I have taken a year of my life and changed myself entirely where eating and exercise is concerned, I eat healthier now and I actually care about what I consume and it shows.
It is my opinion that anyone with some determination can be successful at weight loss and I say this because I am proof of it. I did not use any "miracle pills" or "wonder diets" and I have lost more than 165 pounds to date on my own, and for anyone that thinks that it is more expensive to eat properly I honestly find the opposite to be true, when we first started eating better our grocery bill went WAY down. I do a bulk shop at the beginning of each month and I go to four different stores to get this load of food, we pick a weekend and just make one of the days "shopping day" and then we only go back for fresh fruit and veggies and random things we may have missed throughout the coming weeks. I do not eat specialized food or a ton of supplements, most of what I eat is home made and hardly anything is from a package. I do not have a room full of gym equipment or a membership to a gym outside my home, all I have is a stationary bike that I bought off of craigslist for $45 a couple dumb bells also bought off of craigslist for $15 and a pair of Saucony running shoes thats it! so No a fancy home gym with a ton of machines is not needed to lose weight nor is a membership with a weight loss program. Now don't think that I knock those things because I don't I am sure some of these programs work (I say some because some are just plain old silly and a rip off) and having a Gym membership surely has its perks and honestly once I start weight training I will likely join up with one but my point is that it is not a necessity that you have these things in order to lose weight. Discipline, Determination and some willpower is all that is needed to have a successful weight loss, just try it you will find that I am right.
When you take the mental out of the equation the entire process simplifies, think about it, if you just eat what your body needs to live and fuel the movement that you put into a day and nothing more thats all there is to it, anything else is just an excuse and part of the mental. Clear that gray matter of all of the things that you THINK that you need to have in order to lose weight and just do it, put down the giant bag of greasy potato chips and the tub of sour cream and try some carrots, pour that cola out into the sink and drink a big glass of H2O or green tea instead your body will thank you for it.
Once again the post has come to an end and it is time to get up off your behind and get a glass of H2O into your body, I have my green tea here next to the keyboard so I will join ya. I will leave you with a quote to ponder. "Strength does not come from physical capacity, it comes from indomitable will" -Mahatma Gandhi-
Monday, January 05, 2009
Its Monday, but then you probably knew that so you're welcome for the redundancy. I have been eating within my caloric allowance for the second week now and feel great! I don't know if I am just able to relax a bit more now that we're settled in so I am feeling more full of energy or if the fact that I am eating within my range and just feel good about it, either way its a good thing. I am back to brewing my own green tea again and have already had a gallon today and judging by my weight I would say that I am completely hydrated again.
I was giving my goal of being under 300 pounds by June 30th some thought and at this point I am very optimistic about hitting that weight by then, I just wish the weather would cooperate so that I could get some walks into my day. It has been in the low teens and single digit temperatures dipping into the negative numbers with the wind chill all while being wet and snowy around here lately, and much of the time I have to take my daughter along in her stroller and I don't want to make her put up with the weather so I have been not walking. The exercise shall return soon but for now I am watching the intake closely and keeping it where it needs to be, I mentioned that I was making an exercise/rec room in the new house and thats still in the plans but which room will be that room may be changed so it is not set up as of yet so the bike is just sitting jammed into a corner of a room that we are not using just yet.
The picture on the left was taken on the same day in August that the infamous picture that got me thinking was taken, and the second was on Dec 31st 2008, my what a year can do!
My calories for Sunday came in at 1705 and I call that a successful day intake wise, I did get in some movement yesterday as well in the form of arranging and cleaning up my basement which included re stacking some firewood into a bin down there, moving some dressers around and moving 100% of the boxes that are down there into more manageable positions, the whole thing took about 45 minutes and now we have room to walk around in our basement. I can't wait for spring so that I can go through my back yard and tear up all of the saplings and brush that has grown because the previous owner just didn't care about that part of the yard, I want to clean it all up back there as there are a lot of branches and limbs that have fallen in the past couple weeks and drop some grass seed down and see what we end up with, rough would be ok with me nice and level would be even better. I also plan on putting a fence in the front of the house at some point along with a lot of other things including but not limited to a garden. I am looking at all of this as physical movement an opportunity to burn some calories all while accomplishing something that needs to be done.
A well thought out plan for the year is what I have I think, It is in fact better thought out than last years plan and look what I did with that! My wife has also decided to join back in the fun and drop a few more pounds this year, she had stopped trying to lose a while back after losing 60 + pounds last year and She has maintained the weight that she stopped at for a few months now, she is my conscious many times so I want to help her get where she wants to as well. I appreciate the support that she gives me and I have said it before she is a huge part of my success thus far. I hope that by the end of this year I can say that I have lost a total of 259 pounds and I plan on doing everything that I can to achieve that goal which was set on Jan 1st 2008, if I can hit that mark it will be the lightest that I can EVER remember weighing, honestly if I get under 303 pounds I will be lighter than any known weight for myself.
Keep your hands and feet in the ride at all times kids, its gonna be a good one!
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