Sunday, January 11, 2009
Saturday's intake was slightly higher than my target, coming in at 1730 total calories but it was a pear that brought me over so I can't really feel bad about it. I woke up to about 5 inches of snow, not the almost a foot that the mental man in the plastic magic box predicted but shovelable amounts none the less so as soon as this post is done I will be outside shovel in hand clearing the driveway.
We moved all of our exercise equipment upstairs last night (which is not a whole lot) but its all up there now and we will set up a couple different spots up there. My stationary bike will be facing the back yard so that I can look out the window at our wooded back yard at the birds etc while I ride, I do think that will get old fast so we are setting up a television upstairs as well so that I can watch that when nature doesn't do it for me as well as so that wify can do her yoga DVD's without being disturbed by kids. I have a stair step machine, not one of those big ol steppers either, its literally 2 steps with a piston under each for resistance and I am too heavy for that machine right now so I don't use it but it will be up there none the less. As soon as I get the white off of the driveway I will be upstairs making this room of fitness into a comfy place to sweat.
Anyone that reads this blog is likely on or has been on a trail to fitness or been heavy at one point in their life time and I would like some opinions on what color to paint this room. currently it is a medium/sky blue with white trim and that is the color it was painted when we moved in here, sort of, we painted the trim white as the ENTIRE room was the blue color, even the floor at some point! but the previous owner did paint over the blue on the floor with a dark brown, which will stay there but with an area rug on it at some point but I don't want to buy one until a final color is chosen. Here is a look at the color, now lets get some opinions on what color to paint in there, I WILL pick one of the color choices that someone leaves in a comment so lets hear those opinions! what color motivates you to move? what color sets the mood for a relaxing session of yoga? it needs to be both of those all in one and please don't suggest yellow! we both dislike yellow in a room.
This is a shot of the "yoga room" before we painted the trim white, what say you? how should it be colored?
It is time for me to head out and clear that driveway so that this room can start coming together so I will end the post here. Make sure you all stay hydrated today and keep on keepin on with the hard work and dedication to losing weight and before you know it you will be a svelte, trim healthy man or woman and all of this "dieting" will be just how things are. Grab that big ol glass of H2O and stay on track today, because thats all that can be expected of any of us!
Saturday, January 10, 2009
So this morning became our "bulk shopping day" we woke up around 6:00am and got ready to head out and were out the door by 8:00am, we went so early because of the snow that we were expecting today. Two stores later we were on our way home with so many groceries that our car looked like a low rider and we will be set for about a month worth of meals. By the time we arrived home it had not started snowing yet so I decided that I would load the bin in the basement with some firewood for the wood burning stove down there and we loaded and split just about 1/4 cord of wood from a stack we had in the back, so exercise was had in the way or 40 minutes of loading and splitting wood.
I am very tired today because there is a kitten in our home now and it thinks that it has a California king size bed of its own, he is sadly mistaken! for Christmas we decided that it would be nice to get the kiddos a pet, we came up with a secret code and put it into my sons stocking and the key for the code was put into my daughters stocking so that my son had a moment of "OMG How do I figure this out!" and when they got the two together He started figuring out the code but somewhere along the lines Wify (yeah I am blaming her) messed up the code. Long story short we got a Kitten for the kids from the Humane society and he has been terrorizing me since. He never stops moving and jumps on me at every inopportune time that he can, I was starting to regret this little ball of fur and then this morning my daughter woke up with a pretty rough cough and was miserable as I stood in the kitchen talking to wify in she walked and says "the kitty came to say Hi!" all smiles so the week of being annoyed all went away in that tiny moment, here is a look at Sylar, yep we named Him after the head peeler on the tv show Heroes.
Oh yeah I said I was tired, I watched Gran Torino last night and if you are a Clint Eastwood fan You will most likely enjoy this movie, But I was up until after 1am and then was up around 6:00 am so only about 5 hours sleep and a pretty busy day and now wify is asking me to bring my Stationary bike upstairs into the "yoga room" so that we can turn it into our rec room tomorrow as we are just about wrapped up with unpacking, so as I type this she is my background noise (I will catch hell when she reads that last part).
Intake for yesterday was 1665 so right on the money as far as that goes, (now I am getting scolded for leaving a razor on the sink) "You shaved once and there are 3 razors on the sink!" doesn't she realize that I am writing a post? Ok so back to the post, Todays calories are on par so far, we just had BLT's for dinner made with turkey bacon on whole wheat, they were pretty good and I think I might add them to the menu more often. Tomorrow will surely bring me some more exercise ala nature because the man in the plastic box says that we will end up with more than 10 inches of the white stuff by morning and I can honestly say I am looking forward to shoveling that driveway tomorrow afternoon, and accidental exercise is the best kind it makes the on purpose kind feel like its extra and its a perpetual feeling of accomplishment that only feeds the want to do more.
Tomorrow is a new day and today is now and we must continue to strive to be our best and do our best, because we are the only one that controls the destiny which lies before each and every one of us.
Now go get a glass of water, ya know you need it!
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.
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