Monday, March 23, 2009
Just when I thought spring was here it was 17 degrees when I woke up! the man in the magic box says that it will be back in the 50's by Wednesday so maybe spring weather is on the way and will stick around later in the week. Sunday I did not follow plan much at all and as much as I want to blame my in laws it was me that lifted the fork to mouth so its squarely on my shoulders. The day started off well enough, I had a capicola sandwich for breakfast around 9:30 am for just about 300 calories, then wify decided that we were heading to a flea market that comes around every year at a drive in movie theater with her mom so off we went. I did score a brand new still in the box hurricane lamp for 3 bucks so the trip was well worth it but then as we were packing up I am sitting in the car and I hear Wifys mom say "Friendly's?" wify looked at me I shrugged and we decided that it was Friendly's restaurant for lunch, this is not really a problem as I had 1400 calories left for the day and the meal that I get when I am there costs me 700 so it would have afforded me 700 calories for the rest of the day. When we were all done the lively waitress asked us what kind of sundaes we would like as all of the meals included one, I caved and got a cone which was not my best decision of the day but hey! I had 700 calories right? (that folks is thinking like a fat person through and through) but what is done cannot be undone and I figure that I will have a light dinner since such a hefty lunch went down, and home we went.
Enter my Father in law, I had forgotten that later in the day Wifys pops was stopping by and I had picked up some hot Italian turkey sausages for the grill so I figured I would be going over my calories for the day and that I did. I had 2 of these sausages on light hot dog rolls with some spicy mustard, not so bad but then I found myself grabbing another one about 20 minutes later just kind of randomly as we were sitting around talking so 3 total! yep, not only was I thinking like a fat person (earlier) now I was acting like one! wify made corn with this meal (which I had none of) and her pops brought this roll of, um I am unsure what it was BUT it was good! it was some sort of pasta alternative that was made with corn meal and spices which was grilled along with the sausages and topped with caper, olive and hot pepper sauce, I had 2 servings of it and man was it good! 70 calories per serving so not too bad but remember the 3 sausages and rolls that I had so all together, well, not so good either.
This weekend the only exercise I got was some yard work on Friday (about an hour and a half of raking etc) Saturday we did our bulk grocery shopping so walking around shopping for 4+ hours (which is not exercise but it was movement so I will mention it) and then Sunday we walked around that huge flea market for a couple of hours and while grilling the sausages I shot some hoops with my son and wifys step father for about 20 minutes but nothing that I would call exercise this weekend was had. This means a few things to me, it first means that I let some old habits peek in on me over the weekend and for that my body shall be punished this week where exercise plays a part. I will ride my bike twice per day for no less than two 20 minute rides per day for 5 days. I will walk 1.5 to 2 miles once per day on every day that weather permits a walk (I have to bring my daughter in her stroller so too cold means no walkie) and I will strength train (with dumb bells, its all I got right now) every day, each day a different body part until Friday, and I will do one of wifys yoga routines 3 times before Friday. To some that sounds like a normal week of working out, to others it sounds like a week of hell, I fall somewhere in between that spectrum and this will be a challenge for me to complete all of that this week but its what I am going to do to make up for my lack of exercise Sunday and the binge, yes we will call it a binge .
Lessons learned this weekend, when someone says "friendly's?" with a big smile on their face, its not always the best idea to agree. Lesson two, just because the vibe in the room is all loosey goosey chit chat flying around and there is a plate of hot Italian sausages on the table does NOT mean you get to eat 3 of them when you weigh 350 pounds just because you are not paying attention. Lesson three, eat too much and do not work out all weekend means that its time to pay up over the next week with lots of hard work and exercise. Honestly, that last part I am fine with because is it really that wrong to when you eat a bit off track to up the intensity or amount of exercise that gets done that week to make up for the extra calories? see I thought you would agree.
Don't forget that H2O and tune in tomorrow to find out just how much exercise I got into today! I am off to start in on my first ride and possibly some yoga, and in the infamous words of Porky pig, Thats all folks!
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Today I ate like a king, well I am not sure how a king eats but it was a very good day with very good very healthy meals and I found a new item to add to my body fueling arsenal. Today was our "bulk shopping day" and that usually means that we get a nice piece of fresh fish for dinner, today was no different. Let me start with breakfast first as this will be a meal related post, I woke up late and had a bowl of corn chex cereal with 1% milk, bamn! the breakfast portion of this post has concluded, like a king you say? Ok, that was around 9am and we set out to get our shopping done and 1:00 pm came around and we had still not eaten lunch, yes yes, I know that's not a good idea! AND you said you ate like a king Mister Meatball! welp wify had bought some "honey wheat pretzels" so I grabbed a few 7 or 8 of em and it stopped the grumbling from the gut region, "hey now you said Very good, very healthy meals!?" yes yes we are getting there, while in the market I picked out a couple cucumbers and some nice ripe tomatoes and off to find some pita bread I went, while looking around I see something that says "Joseph's flax oat bran and whole wheat flower lavish bread" on it, 100 calories per whole piece and 3g of fiber to boot so into the cart it went. After getting home it was time to get a proper meal type food into my stomach and earlier in the day I remembered that someone on a forum mentioned cucumber sandwiches but made on wheat pita bread.
Here is where the good food comes into play and its such a simple little wrap for so little calories that I have to say that I wish I had come across the idea sooner! I skinned a whole cucumber and sliced it up diagonally with one of the tomatoes and that's pretty much all that goes into these besides the dressing, salt and pepper. I spread a tiny amount of Newmans own light honey mustard dressing across one end of the lavish bread and laid the cucumbers and tomato on top of it, then added salt and pepper rolled the veggies once into the bread. I added a tiny smear of Miracle whip between that and the end of the bread, rolled it all the way up and ate my new favorite lunch item. Each wrap was roughly 150 calories and that was counting high! two was more than filling and I have to admit that I ate too much and one would really have been enough but like I said they were awesomeness wrapped in lavish bread. 1 whole cucumber and maybe 2/3 of a medium tomato was used to make 3 wraps, wify really liked them as well and we will be making them again for sure, now onto dinner.
Dinner as I mentioned was fresh fish, we had grilled salmon fillets with mashed cauliflower and green beans and to say that I enjoyed this meal does not begin to say how good it was. I bought 1.5 pounds of fresh Atlantic salmon fillets and decided to cook it out on the grill, and the only prep was a light garlic rub, some black pepper and a drizzle of olive oil and onto the grill they went, here is a look at them as they cooked to a perfect 135 degrees.
This is a shot as I turned them over after the non skinned side cooked for about 5 minutes.
and right as they were done and brought inside.
The mashed cauliflower was absolutely amazing and it was also a very simple recipe that I sort of just winged and made up as I went using my mashed potato recipe. I boiled 2.5 pounds of fresh cauliflower for about 7 minutes until it was soft but not falling apart, drained it and dumped it back into the pot where I mashed it up with a mixer after mixing in about a tablespoon of minced garlic, 1.5 tablespoons of Smart balance spread, less than 1/4 cup of 1% milk and some black pepper. Once that was as mixed as it was going to get I put about 2/3 of that into a food processor and blended it into a smooth mix and poured it back into the still lumpy mixed portion so that there would be some texture to it, fold in a bit of Parmesan cheese and into a casserole dish it goes. I then shook a bit of parm cheese over the top of the whole thing and into a 400 degree oven it went for about 7 minutes, I then stuck it under the broiler for a minute or two to brown the top and that's it! the fauxtatoes were done! Here is a look at my plate seconds before I dug in and cleaned my entire plate.
8oz grilled salmon steak, 1 cup green beans, slightly more than a cup of mashed fauxtatoes ala cauliflower, about 600 calories and quite filling.
If this had been served to me in a restaurant I would have given the chef my compliments, it was honestly that good! so as a king I was fed today as far as I am concerned and a couple more high quality low calorie options get added to my eating arsenal. That will conclude another post and I hope you got your H2O in today! I have had a gallon of green tea and about a quart of water so far myself and will have about another 1/2 gallon of water before I retire for the evening, keep on keepin on and remember there ARE options to fatty high calorie foods out there that will allow us to eat heartily and until we are full. Thanks for following along and check in tomorrow for the next episode of as the fat guy turns.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Hard work is paying off on the scale, who wouldda thunk? I again this week have stayed within plan almost 100%, I say almost because of the St. Pattys dinner but even that was only slightly off the beaten path, but its paid off again with another good weigh in. I woke up feeling good about this week because of all of the exercise that I have done and I stepped on the scale to see a 347.4 lb flash across at me, which was followed by another and that makes for a four pound loss this week. It is actually a 3.8 pound loss but hey! we will call it four because ships have not sailed since Wednesday night. My total weight loss to date is 187 pounds which means I am a mere 13 pounds away from dropping 200 total pounds and that is mind blowing to me. I can remember a conversation that I had with a friend of mine about 2 years ago when I moved back to CT where he said that his father had a weight loss surgery and lost 100 pounds and that number was absolutely amazing to me and still is! but I thought about how hard and how long a number like that would take to reach and it was daunting, here I am 13 pounds away from losing double that, Man am I glad I woke up and started losing the weight. Here is a photo of my scale this morning and some things that weigh as much as me as well as much as I have lost.
My feets and a 347 pound weigh in, I know I know thems is some beautiful dogs...for a Flintstone!
This 1986 Suzuki RG400 weighs in at 347 pounds like yours truly.
Jana Linke Sippi weighs 187 pounds which is how much I have lost so far, imagine carrying her around on your back all day!
If you couldn't tell I am very happy with my 4 pound loss this week, I have earned it! I plan on sticking to this program of riding plus walking every day as it seems to be doing the trick, I have had a good couple of weeks where losing pounds goes and well, I like it! My calories yesterday came in at 1700 and I drank more than 2 gallons of fluid, with one gallon being green tea and the rest water. Weather stopped me from getting a walk in but I did ride my bike so I am happy with that and today looks nicer out if not a bit colder so I may try and squeeze a walk into my afternoon.
Just like the way that I felt back a couple years ago listening to my friend tell me about his fathers weight loss I know that someone is reading this and thinking about how long or how hard it will be to do the same thing BUT it won't happen until a decision to do something about it is made. Even the longest journey starts with a single step and that's all that can be asked of anyone, but if that first step is not taken, chained to a disability we remain. Just do it, grab that tea or water and drink it down, hop on that bike and go for a ride or open your front door and take a walk, it really is that simple as far as exercise and the food is easy once the addiction part goes away.
Thats all I got for now, grab yourself a glass or 4 of H2O and make sure to get some movement in today. Thank you for the support that you leave me in my comments, it helps more than you know.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
I had a great day yesterday in terms of this weight loss program, I decided that I was going to get extra movement into my day because of a heavy St Pattys day meal and that I did! I first rode my stationary bike for 23 minutes in the am followed by a walk with my daughter, we walked 1.3 miles in 22 minutes (me pushing her in a stroller) and back home for lunch. I did well with my calories for the day as well, I ended at 1695 total for the day and more than a gallon and a half of fluid including more than a gallon of green tea. My plan was to walk twice and ride the bike twice so while we ate dinner I asked wify if she would like to go on a walk after dinner, she agreed and off we went.
If you read this blog regular like you know that I am planning on starting C25K very soon (as soon as the weather stabilizes a bit) I have to do the C25K program outside so I want to make sure that I have the best chance of an uninterrupted program as possible but I have been getting anxious to start so last nights walk turned into a sneak peek at whats in store for me. If you are not familiar with the C25K program it is a running program designed to get anyone running a 5k in 9 weeks time and every person that I have talked to that has tried it loves it so I figure its a good place to start.
Week one starts with a Brisk five-minute warm up walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes, well I got ambitious and after the 5 minute warm up walk I ran for the first 60 seconds and was pleasantly surprised that even with my 350 pound boyish figure I managed that trot with no ill effect. I was thinking about how easy that first 60 seconds was and decided to do a few more and ended up running for four 60 second intervals with the 90 second walks between them and by the end of my "test run" I had completed 15 of the 20 minute program and was not really feeling too bad, besides the small cramp in my ribs because I had eaten just 20 minutes before we set out on the walk. I was starting to get winded near the end and since I was cramping in my rib and had made it back to the same spot where wify was walking I decided to stop it there since it was really not something that I had planned to do, but as I said I was pleasantly surprised at how the "trial run" went which means that I am more anxious to start the program than ever.
Then it was time to get home to ride the bike a second time, as I walked up the driveway I stopped at the rear of our car and said "pop the trunk" so that I could slip the stroller back into the car and wify looked at me with a half of a grin and said "I didn't bring keys" so I said "yeah right pop the trunk" a short (argument) discussion followed and now I have to break into my own house! neither of us had brought keys with us on the walk, we both thought the other had them (I will not get into that too much) so we spend the next 30 minutes attempting a B&E on my own place. After successfully breaking in (with the help of wifys step dad who lives on the lake and a few screw drivers ) I fixed the "security flaws" that allowed me to get in, which just means I had better not forget keys again or else I will be kicking in a door! but it was too late for the bike ride as the kiddos needed to get to bed and my bike is next to my sons room, no worries there is always today!
The highlight of my day was the C25K preview and the low point, well the B&E of course but over all it was a positive day and I look forward to tomorrow to see how my hard work is paying off on the scale. Until then stay hydrated and grab yourself a big glass of H2O and I will be back tomorrow in the am to report what the scale says to me.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Just chugging along and bamn! invited to an Irish dinner of corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, carrots and garlic bread not to mention the green cake and pints of Guinness last night. I saved myself 985 calories for the day because I knew that I was going to be eating that meal but I know that I managed to go over because just the food without the cake or pints came to 815 calories, the Guinness was 150 calories each so now we're up to 1115 calories and then add the slice of cake and I am probably over by about 400 or so calories for the day total. Because of getting home later than normal I did not get a chance to ride my bike either, so today I ride twice because I need to keep this momentum and having one meal that went over what it should have and drinking a few pints is not going to stop me, in fact it is suppose to be a gawjus day here in New England so I am planning on taking a ride on my bike this morning and then this afternoon I will take my wee lassie out for a walk around the lake, any way its cut I am getting extra movement into today.
Rather than sit here posting up a long post this morning I want to get this movement show on the road, here is the plan. After I click publish post I am going to finish my first glass (1/2 gallon) of Green tea and get dressed and hop on my bike for a 20 minute ride, after I stretch its out the door for a walk, I have a just about 2 mile route mapped out and I think that's the one I will do today. Then back inside for a few so that the little one can catch a few cartoons while I shower and do some house work and when wify gets home from work, I will attempt to coax her out for another walk around the lake after dinner and at 7:30 tonight I will take my regularly scheduled bike ride for another 20 minutes, and all of that just because I feel guilty for having 2 pints and some green cake!
With that said I'm off to get moving.
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