Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Sunday wify and I decided that we were going to move a few pieces of furniture around and one of those pieces was an old dresser that had been in our basement for a couple of years and it was in the basement at our new home too so it had to be brought up. As we were coming up the stairs with it I took most of the weight of it as she brought it up one stair at a time and I could feel my back start to twitch at my injury and then yesterday right before we left to go sledding I had some pain in my back and took a couple aleve and it was fine all day but just before bed I could feel that it was sore, welp this morning I woke up and its thumping so I will refrain from riding my bike for a day or two, hopefully it will go away as the day progresses but not the best start to a day that I have had in a while.
A couple weeks ago my Mother in law made a disk with some images on it that flashed by with some music playing of the whole family and as I watched it with wify an image flashed across the screen that made wify hit pause then back it up and she was floored at how she and I looked in that photo. So onto the phone she went and asked her mom for a copy of the picture, it turns out that it is a picture she took during Thanksgiving 2007 and we just never seen it. This was the first year that we were back in CT so we were both very rotund at that time and I have to say when I saw the photo I do not remember my wife being that heavy, ever! so last night we got a copy of the picture and I thought it would be cool to take a new picture in the same clothing that we had on in that old picture, the resulting comparison picture just floored me have a look for yourself.
Same shirts on the both of us, you can click on the image for a full sized view, I have a neck in that second one! Wify is beautiful in both pics if ya ask me. (there is a full sized view on my blogspot @ zeusmeatball.blogspot.com/ )
My intake yesterday seemed to me like it was going to be rough to keep under my goal limit but I did it by having a light dinner, early in the day because of going sledding I had eaten a zone bar while there and it threw me off a bit and I was coming in low for the end of the day so I made Tuna sandwiches on light rolls for dinner and it worked out good. I came in at 1580 total calories for the day and other than the soreness in my back the week is off to a good start, have a look at yesterdays menu.
2 cups honey combs 220
1 cup 1% milk 110
1 zone bar 210
1 packet hot chocolate 110
2.7 oz ground turkey 110
1 80 cal roll 80
1 serving of mac n cheese 300
1 can tuna 150
1 T miracle whip 35
2 80 cal rolls 160
1 dill pickle 10
1 pear 85
Not so bad of a day intake wise and a bit of pain in my lower back but I am optimistic about this week because even though I am taking it easy on the bike I will make sure that I fall below my intake limits every day. Thank you for reading along and thank you for all of the support that you all leave me every day, it does more for me than you know. I am well on my way to meeting my goal of weighing less than 300 pounds by the end of June this year, and I hope to maybe give someone else a push into a healthy lifestyle by staying on top of my posts here, and now its time to drink that glass of H2O that you earned for reading this post.
hop to it!
Monday, January 19, 2009
More snow fell on us last night so Wify came up with the idea to meet one of her friends and go sledding this morning, right after I shovel the driveway. We bundled the kiddos up and into the car they went and we get to the hill and I had decided that I was not going to go down on the big tube we had but that did not last long and I said to myself "just one ride down" which turned into about 12 rides down! which means 12 walks back up the hill for me as well. Right after I walked back up after the first trip down I started thinking about how last year I probably wouldn't have went down that hill on the tube and maybe I would have stayed home all together and yet again I had one of those moments that shows me just what I was missing out on at 534 pounds. I then thought about why I was hesitant to go down in the first place, I mean I was there, the hill was there, I had a big ol tube sled thingy and there I stood thinking no way am I going down that hill, when it dawned on me why not? I am not 534 pounds any more and there is NO reason to not go down that hill and a good time was had, relearning how to just do things again instead of going through every outcome (will the tube pop?, will I roll off and tumble down the hill and be the blunt of everyones joke for the next 3 years? will I slide right into the woods because of my weight?) is something thats happening more often these days. My son was annoyed that I slid further than everyone else and kept trying to beat my distance with no success, we all had a good time, and walking back up the hill gave me some movement that was unexpected. I mentioned the possibility of sliding into the woods earlier and I almost made it into a soccer goal that was in the field we were in! here is a couple pictures.
Here I am on the way down the hill, if ya ever see a 358 pound fella sliding down a snowy hill in your direction get out of the way!
Thats where I ended up on that slide down! notice I have the only marks in the snow because I was went about 50 feet further than anyone else's attempt! and almost into the goal.
Sunday I came in under my calories at a total of 1595 for the day. We had turkey burgers for dinner and I seasoned them with Grillmates Hickory, chopped garlic, a shake of Parmesan cheese and topped with lots of veggies and I know that I mention this every time that I post it but that has got to be one of my favorite meals since starting to eat in a healthy manner, unfortunately I did not get a picture of the meal. Here is a look at the menu from Sunday.
1 Banana 105
1 tablespoon Peanut Better 95
6.5 oz Grilled Chicken 350
1 can progresso soup 160
1 pear 85
8 oz Ground Turkey 320
2 80 Cal Rolls 160
brussel sprouts 100
green salad 45
1 T newmans own salad dressing 35
1 pear 85
Over all things are looking good this week where movement and intake are concerned, today I did indulge in some hot chocolate when we got in from sledding and I have a feeling that I will go over on calories today if not come real close to doing so because of bad planning this morning with intake, but I will attempt to keep it under. The week is off to a decent start and a fun morning was had, I plan on riding the bike a bit later today and I may do a bit more time for the next few days just to kick it up a bit. That concludes this latest edition of as the fat guy turns, I thank you for reading along and don't forget your glass of H2O!
Sunday, January 18, 2009
With Sunday comes some snow, I woke up this morning to about 4 inches of fluffy snow and saw a chance to get in some movement so out I went and shoveled the driveway and parking areas outside our home. Yesterday got a bit busy and I did not have a chance to post the results from my challenge, I did the 26 minutes that I owed from all of your comments (thanks guys!) and then I got off of the bike and did some push ups and stretched a bit then it was onto the 20 minutes that I owed for the 4 pound loss this week. The break was needed between the minutes so that blood flow could resume in my arse, I really need to figure out a way around that because a 46 minute ride is not beyond me I could have ridden all 46 straight easily but apparently my rump says otherwise.
I mentioned that we got busy yesterday, well during that I bought a new digital camera so I can resume posting photos of my own again. our old digital camera was dropped while we were painting before we moved in and it would not focus and since it was a couple years old we decided it was just time to buy a new one instead of getting the old fixed. This also means that I can start getting compare pics again for my shirtless skivvys months end pics again, and I am excited about the first one since it has been a couple months since I took one, and wify says that she can see a difference from the last set of pics until now! I bought a 4M SD card and the display says that I can take 3400 pictures and have them on the card all at once so plenty of room for new pics which like I mentioned means more for the blog. When I first started this blog I would post photos of my meals, quick snaps of where I was along with pics of yours truly more often and I look forward to doing that again. The new camera we bought also takes video with sound so maybe look for a video message soon from me as well! ahhh the things that excite me are sometimes small.
My intake was right on schedule Saturday coming in at 1685 total calories and wify made breakfast for dinner last night, She made me maybe the best omelet that I have ever had! 3 eggs, 1 oz mexican blend light cheese, mushrooms, onions, chopped up turkey pepperoni, crushed garlic, sliced tomato and enough jalapeño to fry someones guts, and man it was good! I had a sliced dill pickle on the side along with my green tea. Todays dinner menu will include turkey burgers and a veggie and of course my green tea so two great dinners in a row this weekend. I have to go downstairs chop up some wood and get the wood stove burning so I will end this here for now, Thanks for all of the comments turned minutes and don't forget to drink that glass of H2O for making it through another one of my posts.
Friday, January 16, 2009
This morning I actually woke up earlier than my alarm with a Christmas morning vibe floating through my head because of the notion of me making it into the 350's, Dork eh? but anyways, it was 1 degree outside when I woke up and there is wind so its below zero outside, so the floors were COLD! I walked to the bathroom to get any thing that isn't part of me out of me and straight to the scale. I stepped on and bamn! 358.0 lbs I know I smiled so onto weight two and 358.2 lbs showed up and now I know I was smiling, third times a charm and 358.0 lbs flashed again and with that I have lost 4.6 pounds this week! 7.2 last week and 4.6 this week, think I am happy about the last two weeks? Yes I am! I am officially into the 350's with a total of 176 pounds lost total to date, that number is insane to me sometimes when I think about it, one hundred seventy six pounds! GONE! and I am into a weight range that I consider not so bad.
I am on a mission to weigh less than 300 pounds by the end of June this year, I have had two good weeks where weigh in goes so I expect next week to be not so grand, but then again after the 7 pound week last week I thought this would be a low week too so who knows. Here are some things that weigh as much as I do and as much as I have left to lose.
This Yamaha outboard motor weighs 358 pounds like me.
This is Chloe Marshall and she weighs 176 pounds and was competing for Miss England, I have to say she looks awesome and shows that a woman with some meat on her bones can be as hot as any!
I have 83 more pounds to lose to get to my goal weight of 275, which is now penciled in @ 265 so that I can weigh the same as my father, but the goal stands at 275 for now. I am down enough that its getting difficult to find interesting things that weigh what I have left to lose so from here on out I will just show what I have lost and what I currently weigh. this weigh in brings me within 24 pounds of having lost 200 total pounds, yep thats right when I lose 24 more pounds I have lost 200 pounds! That is insane to me that I am so close to dropping that kind of weight, and just imagine this, when I get there I still have a lot to go! something else happened last night to go with my 4.6 pound loss this week, I told someone other than my wife my current weight, I was talking to my brother and I sent him the photo of me in the jacket that I wore to my wedding (I posted it a few days back) and he couldn't believe it and the conversation progressed to where I just told him, all he could say is "you must feel so good right now" and my response was just "yup".
Now onto this challenge that I set for myself, I said that I would ride my stationary bike for 5 minutes for every pound that I lost and I am counting this as a 4 pound loss this week (sticking to whole numbers from 362 to 358 is 4 pounds) so thats 20 minutes that I will ride for the weight, now here comes the part where you come in, for every comment that I receive on THIS post by midnight Friday (today), I will do 1 extra minute on my bike for tomorrows (Saturday's) cardio session. I have done these challenges in the past and they turn out pretty good and it has never failed to get me a good workout, and since I am feeling on top of the world these last couple weeks its time once again for a challenge. The only catch? you mention that ya drank a glass of water for your comment, so its a win win, I get to bust my ass because of you and you get to be hydrated because of me, sound fair?
A note to people reading this on spark I post my blog in a couple different spots and I am counting the comments that I get on the blogspot page here zeusmeatball.blogspot.com/ for the minutes challenge because if I were to combine the comments from here and there I would surely die tomorrow! That doesn't mean ya can't comment here! and or there, it just means that I can only realistically count them from one place and actually DO the minutes lol
Thank you for following along while I get healthy and don't forget that H2O!
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Weigh in time has come around again, its funny how that happens every week, Last week I dropped 7.2 pounds which brought me to 362.6 pounds and I wanted very much to get into the 350's this week and that is still my goal. To be in the 350's I think will be surreal to me because I cannot remember a time in my life that I was actually "in the 350's" and yet that has been the weight that I have used on my license for years, it has been what I say to people when they asked if they asked, "so waddya think ya weigh?" to my "about 350" which I always knew was not even close to correct and now if can hit that weight I say it and be right on the money!
My intake was below my allowed 1700 yesterday coming in at 1665 total calories and I did get in a gallon of the good stuff AKA Green tea. I am also craving bananas, which is not a big thing normally but wify bought a bunch of bananas about 2 weeks ago and they were really green, nothing odd about that right? wrong! they are still green! some slight yellow is showing up on a couple of them but they are still not ripe, I think they are magical non aging, non ripening bananas or something, its driving me nuts because I am stubborn and won't throw them out, and before you say 'well are you sure they are bananas ant not plantains or the likes" I am sure they are bananas! one got yellow and I ate it a few days ago but the rest are still green (why did only one get yellow!?) and I am at a loss as to why so on the fridge they sit (now in a brown paper bag) and when they ripen I will enjoy them if only to prove to the banana gods that I won. Ok ok enough about the bananas, 25 minutes on the stationary bike along with some push ups and a stretching routine was how part of my afternoon was spent yesterday and will be in my plans for today as well. Will I make it into the 350's? I sure hope I do but if I don't it just means that its one more week before joining that clubhouse, but I will get there. Have a look at yesterdays menu.
2 multigrain english muffins 200
2 wedges laughing cow cheese 70
1 serving Turkey pepperoni 70
sliced tomato 10
dill pickle 10
2 slices whole wheat bread 140
1 T peanut butter 95
1 T jam 50
1 dannon yogurt 80
1 pear 85
4 slices whole wheat 280
1 can tuna 150
1 T miracle whip 35
1.5 oz jax 225
dill pickle/tomato/lettuce/onion 25
1 WW Ice cream Sandwich 140
Grand total of 1665 calories for the day, and a challenge is set for tomorrows weigh in, I mentioned it in yesterdays post and here is how I shall work it. for every pound that I lose I will ride 5 minutes on my stationary bike and in addition to that, for every comment that I get before midnight Friday on tomorrows weigh in post I will do an extra minute on the bike. That means that the length of my Saturday cardio session will be dictated by anyone that leaves a comment! 10 comments, 10 extra minutes! 40 comments (gasp) 40 extra minutes! (I see 40 people following this blog now which I think is awesome so I used that for my gasp number) bring it on! make this big ol hunk of a dude sweat his arse off! the only catch is that I ask that for every comment that I get that the poster drink a glass of water, sound fair? heres to a good weigh in, wish me luck!
disclaimer: only comments on my zeusmeatball.blogspot.com/ will count towards the challenge minutes, I post my blog here on spark and on there and if I used both tallies I would likely experience death :) so for the challenge only the blogspot comments count for the minutes.
Thank you for following along and if you regularly read my blog you know that its time to grab yourself a nice big drink of H2O, and if you are new, get on up and grab a glass of water you deserve it for making it to the end of my post.
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