Monday, March 30, 2009
Busy busy busy! that pretty much sums up my weekend, we decided that it was time to paint "the blue room" AKA "the rec room" AKA "the big ass mess" so that we did. We moved everything out of the room and into my sons room so that we could move around in there, we painted and repaired almost all day Saturday to the point where we did not finish. Saturday night we decided that we would have a bonfire in our yard and burn up some of the brush that we have been cutting down in our yard so we spent about an hour dragging logs, branches and brush up the back part of the yard where the fire pit is and a bonfire we had! roasted marshmallows and all. The intake for Saturday was very much less than stellar but I am cool with it, I don't know if it was all of the work from the day or if its just the fat that we were having a bonfire but I ate terribly. Breakfast and lunch went well enough but then dinner was bacon pizza which I had 4 slices of and a bottle of water, hey at least I turned down the soda and chose water right? I had about 4 marshmallows and 2 bottles of Guinness while sitting at the fire so Saturday was a bad day for intake.
Just a look at the green accent wall in the freshly painted rec room, you can still see parts of the floor were still drying when I snapped the pic.
The whole room is that gray color and then the one wall is green, the red arrow points at the baseboard heater cover that is still blue, everything but the floor was blue in this room! walls, trim, doors and baseboard heaters! I will paint the heaters at a later time.
Sunday went much better, I stayed well within my calorie range coming in at 1470 calories with a lot of veggies in there I figured I would take a page out of the calorie cycler's book and have a low day to compensate for the pizza and beer. I also drank a gallon and a half of water and tea Sunday and got lots of movement into the day with finishing up the rec room. Though I did not ride my bike all weekend lots of work was squeezed into both days, Sunday besides finishing up the paint & repair work in the rec room we repainted the floor in there, rebuilt the shelves in the closet in that room, moved all of the furniture back into there, moved many of the boxes that were being stored in that room to the basement or unpacked them, brought about 30 cans of paint and primers down to the basement, rearranged the room about 5 different ways along with rearranging our living room as well and that is just about half of what we did so movement did happen! Today I woke up sore in places that I forgot existed and my back hurts (at the injury point) so I am taking it easy for a couple days where exercise is concerned.
Today I will eat no more than 1500 calories, again to make up for the bad day Saturday and the fact that I am taking today off from exercise I will call it cycling again. I will consume 1.5 gallons of fluid at the least and probably more than that by the end of the day. I will not do anything in the way of exercise today as I mentioned because of my back, hopefully it will pass quickly because I have a feeling it was just a busy weekend and it needs a day to rest up then back to the bike I go.
The end has come to a Monday post and you know what that means, grab that big ol glass of H2O and check back in tomorrow for the next episode of as the fat guy turns! Thanks for reading along while I get healthy.
Friday, March 27, 2009
This week has been a decent one where exercise and intake goes, I ate within my calorie range every day besides Sunday when I had way too many Italian sausage sandwiches but because of that decided to up the workouts. When I stepped on the scale this morning the display said 345.2 pounds, then it was 345.4 pounds twice so that means a 2 pound loss exactly for the week. I am happy with that loss, and that makes a total of 10 pounds lost in the last 3 weeks, who could complain about numbers like that right? I am up to 189 total pounds lost which means that I am only 11 pounds away from having lost 200 total pounds! That's a pretty exclusive club right there, not exactly a club that someone might want to be a part of but even still. I have decided that I will from here on out post a photo of the scale on weigh in day, so get use to my feet on Fridays! Here is that picture along with some others of things that I have lost and something that weighs the same as me.
Feet made to stop stone vehicles I know but would ya look at that 2 pound loss!
This 1984 GSX250 comes in at 345 pounds like guess who?! that's right me.
This strapping young lassie is Ann Gardner, and her show weight is 189 pounds which is what I have lost so far.
I have 70 more pounds to lose to reach my original goal of weighing 275 pounds, a mere 70 pounds?! to some people 70 sounds like a lot, to others its a drop in the bucket and yet to other people it may even feel like an impossibility I guess it all depends on the frame of mind you are in. When I started losing the weight in Jan 2008 I would have loved for it to be just 70 pounds that I had to lose but it wasn't, it was 259 pounds so this last 70 feels like the home stretch to me! and honestly, I don't think I will stop at 275 pounds, like I mentioned previously I do want to get to 265 pounds so that I weigh the same as my father so I am already setting goals beyond my current goals. I also feel that I will continue down the path once I hit those weights as well and then there is the skin issue that I know will be there when I start hitting sub 300 pound ranges but that is a bridge that will have to be crossed when I get there.
My calories for Thursday came in at 1605 total and I rode my bike for 20 minutes, I had a gallon and a half of water and about 32oz of green tea because I forgot to brew some up the night before. I am planning to take today off as far as doing exercise but it rained last night and the sun is out right now and welp, it looks to be a perfect day for a walk so containing myself may prove easier said than done, and when 7:30PM comes around my body almost moves towards the stationary bike on its own lately, so we shall see if I do not exercise today. That about wraps up this weigh in and it was a good week all the way around, next week I expect the same thing and plan on sticking to what I am doing because its obviously working.
Thank you all who take the time to leave me some support and don't forget that H2O and try to make the best out of every day, a positive attitude will carry you further than you know.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Yesterday was suppose to be my day off from exercising, I try to have at least one day each week where I do not do anything just for a recovery kind of day but I couldn't stand it and went for a 2 mile walk after dinner @ just over 3.2mph. This was after I did the squat routine that I have been doing all week and now today is Thursday so that means I weigh in tomorrow so I have to workout today, maybe tomorrow will be an off day! I don't expect a huge loss this week but a loss should be there with all of the movement that I have put into the week, remember I did have one bad day last Sunday and I think that its going to hinder the amount of the weigh in tomorrow.
No matter what the scale says in the morning I am stronger than I was last week, I can remember over the summer being at my mother in laws house (she lives on the same lake that I do) and we took the same walk that I took last night and though I made the walk my feet and legs were feeling it bad. I now walk that same 2 miles and it feels like almost nothing, I think its a combination of being lighter and just getting more fit, either way its the right direction and that's what we are going for.
This is a bit grainy but you get the point! the scenery is great where I walk.
I took my walk last night at dusk and snapped a picture of the lake down one of the boat launches so you can see that I have a beautiful place to get in my walks and soon to be runs, maybe that's why I just had to get out last night. I do in some ways miss my walks in a city environment but I think I will appreciate my little country road when I start running (at least at first) until I get over the awkward feeling of beginning running.
My intake for yesterday came in at 1760 calories so a bit above but not so bad either, Have a look at the menu.
2 cups honey combs 220
1 cup 1% milk 110
1 dannon yogurt 80
1 banana 105
2 slices whole wheat bread 140
1 T peanut butter 95
1 T jam 50
green salad 35
1oz light cheddar cheese 80
2 T Newmans own light honey mustard 70
4.5oz deli turkey breast 115
3 slices whole wheat bread 210
1.25 T miracle whip 45
2oz mini pretzels 220
1 apple 90
1 orange 80
Not too bad of a day intake wise and I did get 2 miles in even though it was suppose to be my off day for exercise, I am over all feeling good lately. We are expecting rain this afternoon so all of my exercise today will be on my bike, I will get in an AM ride for sure and then later this evening a second ride will most likely happen.
I will be happy with any loss this week and my guess will be under a 2 pound loss, I just have a feeling that it will not be a huge drop like it was the last two weeks, for that very reason. Any way its cut one pound or nine, I did all that I could this week and I earned whatever that number is going to be tomorrow. Tune in tomorrow to see the exciting conclusion to this weeks adventures of Fat man and Blobbin! Just don't forget to get yourself that big ol glass of H2O!
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Making good choices along with being driven to accomplish a specific task is the formula needed to lose weight and it is as simple as that. The other side of that coin has the complete opposite effect where bad choices and unfocused health habits can cause extreme weight gain & the break down of a fit body. I don't know how the conversation came up but last night wify and I were talking about "old times" and how we would eat and my evening trips to Del Taco on the way home from work came up, as I was mentioning to her that I would grab 3 extra cheese burgers and devour them before I got home so that she would not know about them she said "Imagine just how many calories were in that meal" My response was "I don't want to know" but out came our calorie book. I was actually disgusted at the figure she came up with for my average take on a late night run to good ol Del Taco, without getting into the specifics lets just say I was consuming 3300 calories from a single stop on my way home from work almost every night, so 3 times per week on average at 9:30 pm I would stop and grab a big bag of fat ass for myself and willingly stuff it into my piehole.
The idea of eating that way now is so foreign to me that I honestly cannot believe that it was me, but it was. Lets look at me now, I eat an average of 1700 calories daily and can honestly say that I enjoy my food more now than I have in quite some time. I have always been creative with cooking and nine out of ten times that I cook something that someone has not tried before I get asked for the recipe, this has always been the case yet I chose to eat at fast food restaurants and or out of plastic packaged boxes. Last night I tried a little chicken recipe that I read on a forum but I changed it up a bit to fit how I would enjoy it and it was a big hit all the way around with my family. I took boneless skinless chicken breast and pounded it flat, I then mixed a wedge of laughing cow garlic & herb cheese with a bit of spicy mustard and spread it thin over the flattened chicken breast. After the cheese was on the breast I put 1.5oz capicola over the entire thing and I placed thinly sliced green bell peppers at one end of the concoction. Minced garlic and black pepper along with some other spices went on next and then I rolled it up and seam down placed it into a casserole dish, it was baked at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes. I served rice with pueblo pepper sauce and light sour cream on it along with some green beans with the chicken rolls and was very pleased with how the whole meal came out, have a look I snapped a picture before I dug in.
This was a pretty good meal if I do say so myself
My total calories for the day came in at 1705 and it was pretty balanced I think, I drank 1 gallon of green tea, about 12oz of coke zero (1 glass) with dinner and maybe 3/4 gallon water so Iwould say I was properly hydrated and I rode my bike for 22 minutes in the morning and took a 1.5 mile walk @3.1 mph roughly as well as my squat routine, so exercise was good for the day as well. Have a look at the menu from Tuesday.
2oz capicola 100
2 slices whole wheat bread 140
1oz American cheese 110
1 T miracle whip 35
2.5oz ground chicken 105
1oz light cheddar 80
3 taco shells 150
tomato/lettuce/light sour cream 55
small apple 80
7oz baked chicken breast 350
3/4 cup white rice 150
1 cup green beans 40
1 wedge laughing cow 35
1.5oz capicola 75
Bell peppers 10
light sour cream 20
1 apple 90
1 orange 80
Tuesday was pretty much a perfect day where this weight loss regimen is concerned, I ate well, I exercised enough and I stayed hydrated. That's all I got for today, remember to stay hydrated and exercise is key, Thank you for following along with this fat dude getting thinner and know that you can do it too as long as you are willing to put in some hard work and take an honest assessment of how you are treating your body, 3300 calories worth of bad Mexican fast food is does not a good diet make. Grab that H2O and keep on keepin on, YOU are the one at the wheel, YOU are the one lifting fork to mouth and YOU are the one that has to make the choice to live healthy.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
I had a great day Monday where calories and exercise goes, I did go slightly over on calories having 1710 total but being over by 10 is no worries at all. I rode my bike for 22 minutes in the morning followed by a short routine of punching while holding weights and squats alternating between the two, this is something that I read is suppose to help with endurance and I will hold opinions until I do it for a week or three. Later in the day I rode for another 21 minutes on my bike so 43 minutes total for the day, I have to be happy with that until its warmer and more importantly less windy outside as it has been very windy here lately and with the mid 30's temps makes for unpleasant walking conditions, now that you have an idea of what I did for movement have a look at my menu from Monday.
2 cups honey combs 220
1 cup 1% milk 110
23oz watermelon 220
1 lavish bread 100
3oz cucumber 15
3oz tomato 15
1/4 T miracle whip 15
1/2 T Newmans own light honey mustard dressing 20
1 can Progresso gumbo 210
1/2 oz American cheese 50
4oz ground chicken 170
4 small taco shells 200
1.5oz light cheddar cheese 120
lettuce/tomato/onion/light sour cream 75
sliced apples 170
1710 Total calories and like I said I call that right where it should be, and the exercise is on par as well. I actually enjoy the exercise lately, its almost like I need it, if I don't get as much into the day or miss a day completely I feel guilty. I for the most part have replaced my urge to eat handfuls of chips or a piece of cake with riding my bike or going for a walk, that's not to say that I don't enjoy those other things now and again but when boredom strikes, or when I start thinking about what I want to do the first thing that comes to mind right now is to take a ride or a walk, not scope out the fridge! That is what they call progress folks.
I am hoping to start the C25K program on April 1st or there about, I figure if I start it on April 1st and can't complete it I can just say that it was an April fools joke and tuck my tail between my legs and call it a day, but then if you read regularly you know that's just not how I get down. I bought a micro SD card for my cell phone which has an mp3 built into it and loaded all of the C25K podcasts onto it so that I don't have to load them into Wifys Ipod. The only issue that I have with the podcasts is that I don't find any of the music on any of them very motivating but hey its the timing ques that I need, I wouldn't run with music normally anyways so I guess I can put up with the drab techno repetitiveness for a couple of weeks if the end result is me running 5k non stop. I may before I am through just make my own podcast with better music but we will have to see how this goes before I invest time into making a better play list, if anyone reading has a lead on some podcasts that have even slightly better music I am all ears and would greatly appreciate links or search terms for said podcasts.
Over all the week has started off well so the plan is to keep the momentum throughout the rest of it and keep the exercise at a level that is going to keep me wanting to get a little further each day. I also think that adding extra bike riding the 2 weeks before I start C25K will help me build up my endurance a bit as well because running IS NOT like riding a stationary bike! Now that I have a start date for C25K penciled in (yes its not in ink just yet) it gives me a bit of time to mentally prepare for the start of something new, I just hope that my body is able to handle the running without injury or pain because at roughly 350 pounds a runners body I have not, and with that I end my ramblings for today. Now that you have made it through the entire post hop on up and grab yourself a glass of H2O and know that I am doing the same.
Thanks for reading.
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