Tuesday, April 21, 2009
I feel like I am the worse blogger in the entire internet! I have been very busy so I have been neglecting my blog. This weekend was extremely busy and very fruitful as well with opening day coming around, My weight has fluctuated up and down a bit in the last week or so and I have not made it priority in my life for a couple few days. I am finding that when I get very busy that I don;t pay attention to the weight loss goals, I mean I do stay relatively close to the intake goals but I am not exercising the way that I would like to be, which is not to say that I am getting no exercise into my days because like my first sentence mentioned it has been very busy around here.
Saturday I woke up bright and early to head out fishing and I literally fished from 6am until 3pm barring the runs back home to clean fish or take short breaks. The first day we ended up with 7 nice trout ranging from 11 to 13 inches in length and on Sunday I ran out in the morning without my son this time and caught five more nice trout but only kept the 2 largest which were just over 14 inches each so my freezer is stocked up with some nice fish that I am sure will get posted as meals when we decide to cook em up. Intake for Saturday was not good but not bad either, though I don't know my exact calories I don't think I went much over but I did go over. We met Wify's step dad at a park and he brought a pizza so I did have pizza around 2:30 pm but I skipped dinner because of it and instead ate a banana and a big orange around dinner time. here are a few pictures of some of our catch that we snapped from our fishing this weekend.
Wify made me laugh while she took this pic so you get a smile outta me, these are the "first batch".
First batch from opening day, the same ones that are on the stringer in the first photo.
These are the two that I caught Sunday morning, that one on the bottom was a thick ol fatty of a rainbow.
Sunday we decided to hit the yard with some work and I ended up clearing out a hill in our back yard for about 4 hours. We moved boulders, raked up 2 years of leaves and debris, cleared brush and wild rose bushes and I ended up with poison ivy from some dead vines laying around (I am very allergic to poison ivy) so a lot of work went into the afternoon cleaning and clearing the back side of the yard. Dinner time came around and tired plus hungry equaled me agreeing to chinese food for dinner so all of that hard work and calories burned were countered with some good ol chinese food so not so great in that department. We ended the weekend with a bonfire in my back yard to burn some of the brush etc that we cut down earlier and I had a couple marshmallows and a couple beers while we sat around the fire chit chatting so Sunday ended not so good with the intake but it is what it is.
Monday was perfect where intake was concerned, I ate balanced and came in at 1673 calories for the day and I drank 1 gallon of green tea and 3/4 gallon of water, no exercise besides walking around the super market and a couple stores for about 4 hours but not a bad day as a whole either. My back pain has come down from a 9 pain level to about a 2 so I plan on riding my bike today and getting this exercise thang back in full swing this week because I am after all trying to lose weight right?
As a part of getting back into the swing of things I will start posting my menus back up again for accountability purposes starting with tomorrows post, I will also post up exercise minutes all week for the same reasons. This week is going to be a busy one for me just like last week because we are painting the exterior of the new house but the difference is that I am without the back pain so I am going to make every attempt to stay on plan with the food as well as the exercise beause its what I have to do.
Here I am and there you are and we gotta do what we gotta do for ourselves and our families, don't forget to stay hydrated! this is advice that I need to keep tightly under my belt because I have not been doing the best job in the world of staying hydrated myself the past week or so and it is probably one of the most important things in this weight loss game to keep the weight falling off. Thank you for following along with my trip to the half and look for a menu post tomorrow.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Tuesday I had an appointment with a Doc just to check out how I was doing physically and I was happy with the results of the visit. A bit apprehensive about the appointment because it has been quite a while since I had blood taken for testing or my blood pressure checked, actually I had my pressure checked at the Health and wellness festival that I went to a few months ago and it was just on the high side of normal. I walk into the office and was actually looking forward to hopping on the scale because I wanted to see how accurate mine was and I was happy to learn that the docs scale said that I was .2 higher than my own scale so I think mine is pretty accurate. Into the little room to give my history as I was a new patient with this doc and when I told the nurse taking the history that I had recently lost 190 pounds her mouth literally hung open and she began asking how I was doing it going off subject of the history briefly, she finished and said that the doc would be in momentarily.
Enter the Doc, after saying hello and introducing himself he says "So you had a bypass surgery recently? great job on the 190 pounds" to which I replied "No I didn't have a surgery" after a second look at the history that the nurse took he said "it says you have lost 190 pounds, you did that without a surgery?" "Yes I did" at that point the doc got a look on his face as if to say "cool" and he started asking me details about what exactly I was doing to drop the weight, He was impressed with my meal choices and said "You are doing everything right, its hard to argue with a loss like this" He asked me about what I drink and when I told him that I was only drinking green tea and water the only thing he said was to watch out for high fructose corn syrup because a lot of the pre-made stuff had a lot in it and when I said that I brewed my own he again affirmed that it was hard to argue with what I am doing. He took some blood and is doing some tests and my blood pressure was 117 over 76 and I have a follow up appointment set up to go in after the blood test results come back. Over all it was a positive meeting and I am looking forward to the second appointment.
This blog is about my weight loss, but from time to time I post up some current events and random things that interest me and I thought I would share a few photos from the Tax day tea party that went on in Hartford this afternoon, with the amount of green tea that I drink you just know that I couldn't have passed up a tea party!
There are more pics of the tea party on my blog here zeusmeatball.blogspot.com/
Of course when I saw that they were not serving green tea I left immediately! there were a lot of people there and I just happened to be in the neighborhood so there you have it. As far as my calories go I am right where I should be besides a home made doughnut that my Mother in law made this afternoon and I am feeling good about the intake this week thus far and that doctor visit was the icing on the cake, or should I say doughnut.
I still have pain in my back but am itching for a bike ride bad! Going on a nice long walk has been burning inside my skull as well but I want to make sure that the back pain is not there before resuming the exercise so that's how it will go.
That's the end of the show for this evenings episode of as the fat guy turns! keep on keepin on and all that and don't forget that H2O!
Monday, April 13, 2009
It is time to refocus, because I have to.
This weekend was worse case scenario for me where eating goes, Saturday for whatever reason I was very easy on myself where grabbing the random candy went but for the most part stayed within my calorie range if not over by 100-200 but I did not drink enough and I was up late Friday and Saturday night, when I say late I mean 2:00am-ish.
Easter Sunday was a disaster and I had the willpower of a 10 year old at a candy buffet, The day started off well enough with wify making omelets for breakfast but I did grab a piece of french toast after I ate the omelet, not so bad as it was early. The kids were rummaging through their Easter baskets and I had bought myself a box of 4 cadbury eggs a few nights ago with the intention of eating one per day on top of my calories for Easter weekend as a treat, so out came the box and before we left for Easter dinner at wifys family's place I had eaten 2 of the eggs among other random morsels of goodness, this was all before 1:00PM.
Upon arriving at Wifys aunts house I was promptly handed a Sam Adams white ale and as it was a holiday I don't count calories on holidays I accepted. Before too long I had consumed 2 Sam Adams and a Spaten and meandered into the back yard where the "man folk" were boiling clams and grilling hot dogs, I was handed another Spaten and a couple clams, again I obliged. Dinner was being served at this time and it was buffet style everyone brought something but wify asked if I wanted to wait until everyone was done so that we could take our time after the dinner bell madness died down and that's what we did, I stayed outside watching the kids look for eggs and chatting with the fellas around the grill.
The madness died down and wify asked if I was hungry and that I was! I am 4 beers and a nipper of brandy into my day here and my judgment was not the best at that point judging by the decisions that were made. Scalloped potatoes with bacon, curry rice and veggies, ham, grilled hot dogs, tortellini, eggplant parm and cheese cake cupcakes were among the bounty and surely some of that has attached itself to my ass by this morning. I ate like I use to eat back about 2 years ago, After dinner a red stripe and another nipper of brandy went down and it was time to decorate cupcakes with the kids and it is now roughly 3:30pm.
There was literally no holding back and its time to take my lumps like a big boy (again literally on the big boy part) I drank less than 1/2 gallon of water and zero tea during Saturday and Sunday as a whole. I was up until 2:00 am Friday and Saturday nights and last night was 1:30 am, This IS NOT good for my weight loss regimen! today I cannot stay out of the bathroom and I feel like shit, I am disappointed in myself for having ANOTHER bad weekend and I am sore and tired today. Flashback to 2 years ago and I was not able to walk around the block, I was eating like I ate on Easter EVERY day, I was "feeling like shit" all of the time and here I am by my own hand having a day like that? I will say it here and I have already told my wife, NO MORE of that kind of day. This does not mean that I am dropping my "no counting on holidaze" rule, it just means that even though I am not counting that I need to stay reasonable with the intake on these occasions.
Bottom line, I deserve to feel like crap today mentally and physically and I accept my lumps. A lot of the time I get comments and emails saying that I inspire someone or am doing a helluva job on the weight loss front but this time it is I that dropped that ball that you see rolling into the street but this post is me refusing to chase it into the path of the truck that I see coming up the road. I figure if I can write a blog about how wonderful and great I am doing in this weight loss game that I can pop a not so good look at a day in the life of as well, so there it is.
This morning I weighed in at 355 pounds, I KNOW that there is water retention and bloating within that number but it is what it is and seeing a number above 350 on that scale again when I am so close to losing 200 total pounds sucked and I cannot say it any more simply than that. Today marks the beginning of the new beginning as I have had a not so good couple of weeks now and I HAVE to get it rolling in the right direction again, so its on...
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