Wednesday, January 14, 2009
I started this blog a bit more than a year ago, I started it to stay accountable with my weight loss and it has become more than that for me, I enjoy writing every day and I love hearing input be it negative or positive, most is positive but there are always the people that see it wrong."are you trying to be like most overweight people that say, "I'll start exercising tomorrow" and then never do?" That is a comment someone left for me after reading my post yesterday where I mentioned that I want to start seriously strength training when I hit 300 pounds. That comment floored me and then I realized that this person probably has not read my blog or at least paid attention to it if they have. I almost let myself respond with a snarky comment of my own but then realized that my mantra is negativity breeds more of the same and well thats just not me. If I was "trying to be like most overweight people that say, "I'll start exercising tomorrow" and then never do?" I would no doubt still weigh 534 pounds and I will leave it there.
Things are on track here, this week is coming along nicely says the scale this morning so I am in a great mood today despite the 13 degree windy day we have here in good old New England. I am planning on indoor cardio for the day in the way of a ride on the good ol stationary bike because of the weather and thats fine by me but I do have to admit that I am starting to get a bit of cabin fever and really would like a nice walk, as soon as the weather cooperates a bit it shall be so.
Since I have my bike set up in its new home I think it is time for another Friday challenge as well, I will for every pound that I lose ride my stationary bike for 5 minutes and one extra minute for each comment that I get before midnight on Fridays weigh in post. The last time I did one of these challenges to myself my legs hurt for a week! but it is time for another one. I will pay these minutes on the Saturday following weigh in and I will post when it is done, so here you have he chance to make me move more and help me get that 300 pound by June goal. How does that sound? feel like making a fat man work for his waist line? Oh, the only catch is that you need to drink a glass of H2O along with your post, so its a win win!
Intake for yesterday went as follows.
1 banana 105
1 T peanut butter 95
2.5oz ground turkey 100
1 80 cal roll 80
2 80 cal rolls 160
1 T peanut butter 100
1 T jam 50
dannon yogurt 80
2 gortons fish fillets 340
9oz sweet potato fries 225
kidney beans 170
1 pear 85
1 pear 85
Grand total of 1675 calories so again right on the money if not a bit heavy on the carbs its not too bad of a menu. I usually don't eat many pre packaged meals lately but my daughter loves those Gortons fish fillets and we haven't had them in a while so onto the menu they went. This is no longer something I have to try to do, I AM doing it, I am eating properly and exercising daily and waddya know? health is happening right before my eyes! Yesterday while talking to a friend I found out that I personally know two people now that weigh more than me so I am no longer the heaviest guy I know! that in itself is very cool to me. I was also talking to My father who weighs 265 pounds and stands 6'2" tall last night, we were talking about my weight loss and I told him that I would weigh less than he does soon and his response was "no way" so I think I may just set a new goal weight to be 265 pounds, because you know I gotta prove the old man wrong! Thats the end todays post, make sure to tune in tomorrow, same bat time same bat channel, and don't forget that glass of H2O that you just earned for reading!
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Another day of eating well and getting healthy, I can't believe that its already Jan 13th this month is flying by. I will continue the assault on my body to take the fat away, and I will not stop until all of it has vacated the premises. everything is still going in the direction that I want it to but then again when one applies reasoning to this it will continue to go the way I want it to as long as I am staying true to what it is that I am doing. simple right? eat less and move more and weight should fall off, WILL fall off! I have been at this for 378 days now and there are significant differences in everything that is and was me.
Last night I was going to take a shower and we keep a small laundry basket in our bedroom so I pulled my shirt off and tossed it into the basket but when I looked to my left I saw something I did not recognize, I saw my shoulder and collar bone and the top part of my arm and chest, now this may not be such a strange thing to most but it is something that I haven't seen look that way in a good while. Some of you know that I take a comparison photo every month, I usually do it when I get out of a shower and I am in only my boxers with no shirt and wify snaps that pic in the beginning of every month and I then photoshop that picture next to the one taken on Jan 6th 2008 so that I can see the difference for every month that I have been doing this weight loss gig, its like one of those flip books, you can see me get smaller as I page through each picture. With the move and the holidaze I have not taken one of these photos since October 5th so I have not been paying attention to the way my body looks and the view of my shoulder caught me off guard. I called wify in and said "Look at this! when did that happen? it doesn't even look like my shoulder!" and as I was saying that I said something about how my collar bone was all popped out and you can see the shape of muscles in my shoulder and chest, Her reply was "Yeah soon its going to look like that all over, I have noticed your arms and shoulders for a while now" I am usually aware of what is going on with my body but I guess with the busy couple of months that we have had and the fact that I have not taken a shirtless compare picture since Oct that I just hadn't noticed the change. One day maybe I will be brave enough, or maybe its cruel enough to post the me in my skivvys photos but for now they are for my eyes only, I will save you the trauma for the time being.
Another issue that I have been struggling with is the excess skin that will be more of an issue with every pound lost. I can notice the skin being loose on my body now but I still have 85 pounds to go to hit my goal of 275 and honestly I will likely not stop there so this skin issue is bugging me a bit because I know that I will not like what I see when the fat has vacated, but I did this so that I did not have to have a surgery and now to get rid of the skin a surgery will be the only thing that will do it I think. On the other side of that coin is the fact that the skin will shrink some, and it is already doing that now because before thanksgiving I weighed about what I do now, there is no significant loss in the last 2 months and yet a 3XLT shirt fits me now where as 2 months ago it was snug on me so I know that something in the way of tightening is happening but lets get real here, I was 534 pounds at one point in time and thats a big package there will be excess skin to deal with.
Have a look at my menu from Monday, I hit 1700 calories on the nose and had a treat ala Weight watchers too.
2 cups honey combs 220
1 cup 1% milk 110
1 slice whole wheat bread 70
1/2 T peanut butter 45
1/2 T Jam 25
progresso soup 160
dannon yogurt 80
2 pears 170
8oz ground turkey 320
2 80 cal rolls 160
6oz sweet potato fries 150
WW ice cream sandwich 140
Grand total of 1700 calories and that weight watchers ice cream sandwich was pretty decent as well as a good sized treat. I am feeling good about what I am doing and what I mean when I say that is that I feel energized all day long, I can remember being groggy all day and never having energy and now it is just the opposite, I am alert, I am active and I have energy to spare on most days. I need to get on up and make myself a glass of green tea so the post ends here, go ahead and get on up yourself and get yourself a glass of H2O and remember that if I can do this weight loss thing that you can do it.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Monday morning and I have not been on the scale all weekend, this can sometimes be a curse but I am not too bothered by it. I did go over my calories yesterday by about a bowl of popcorn and a cereal bar, The cereal bar was just a snack around 7pm and then we had the movie "Wanted" so we watched it and a rule that I have, not really a rule but something that I do is that I have popcorn when I watch a movie and not worry about the calories so thats what I did. The movie was ok but nothing to write home about, Angelina was hot as always and the effects were pretty cool so over all it was entertainment for the evening.
I did get my bike upstairs over the weekend and I set up a television in the exercise/rec room with my PS2 hooked up to it so that Wify could play her Yoga DVD's in there and I can play music CD's or pop a movie in while I workout. the weights were brought up stairs as well as all of wifys yoga equipment, I also set up a desk top computer with about 20 gigs of music on it as well as a few movies so I have that as an option for some workout music or to let the kiddos play a game while I get some movement into my days. I am still trying to figure out a paint color/scheme to perk the room up a bit and by some of the comments it looks like a lot of people like green, I am not against green and in fact I have about 2/3 of a can of a color called "frosted pine" which we used in our bedroom but last night after reading my post wify asked "do you really want to paint this room?" Yes I do, is it a priority to get it done right this minute? nah. Perhaps zebra stripes or leopard spots? again nah! but it would be nice to get it done.
Sunday afternoon I was day dreaming and was thinking about how last year at this time I had just begun losing weight and it was around this time that a picture of me was taken outside our house and I remember feeling good about what I was doing, I remember thinking about how it was a task to make sure that I was eating an apple instead of a bag of potato chips and on that day I was eating an apple as I walked my kids to a playground not far from my house and when I say not far I mean 2 blocks, I got to the playground and felt accomplished because I walked instead of staying home and that apple was feeling good too. This year is so much different because that walk is not what I would call a walk at all and to think back at the fact that 2 blocks made me feel like I had a workout is just crazy, lets just say that things have changed for the better, but if you read my blog this is not news!
I would like to break into the 350's this week, and that means that I will have to lose 3 pounds by Friday to do so, and coming off of a 7 pound week I think it will be challenging to get that 3 pounds this week. In all honesty I think I may come close but to actually make it under 360? we shall see. I also have a sort of mini goal to hit 334 pounds because that is the weight that will have dropped 200 pounds! That is only 28 pounds from where I am right now so its not so far off and I think I can hit it within 2 months, so maybe by the end of February. So with this post there was some reflecting, some new goals added and my exercise room is coming together, all in all I would say I am off to a good start this year where my health is concerned.
Thank you for following along with my trip to the half and make sure ya grab that glass of H2O when you are done reading this.
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!
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