Friday, May 01, 2009
Weighing in? whats that? it has been so long since I was on the scale regularly but it has returned! I weighed myself last Friday and the scale said 349 pounds and at one point this week I was up to 363 pounds! that 363 was at night after dinner though so it was not a real number BUT it was what made me say to myself "what the hell man, 363?? get your ass in gear" Tuesday I made the decision to rehydrate and get the intake back on schedule and by doing that showed that I was very much dehydrated and retaining water weight because this morning the scale said 349 pounds again.
I am within 15 pounds of that lost 200 pound mark again and do not plan on making that number larger again in the near future, I have recommitted myself to this weight loss/health routine and that's just how it's going to be. I have though decided that I am going to focus on fitness a bit more than weight loss for a while just to see how that fits on me and what I mean is that I will set fitness goals for myself and focus on them as much if not more than actual pounds lost. Some goals will be "feeler goals" which means that I have no clue how challenging that particular goal will be because I have nothing to gauge it against, an example would be that I have never walked the entire length of a 5k, I think I could do it but have never done it so that's the first "fitness goal". Then there will be goals that are added onto current routine segments to better said segment, like if I currently walk 3.2mph during a 2 mile walk the goal could be to get to 3.4 mph consistently or once I walk the 5k distance to work on the time that I do it in.
My intake yesterday went a tad bit over but nothing that will be life altering so no worries, I came in at 1745 total calories for the day and not more than 3 hours passed between meals or snacks. I drank 1 gallon of green tea, slightly more than a 1/2 gallon of H2O and shared a diet coke with my daughter at Subway for dinner so I am hydrated. Nothing in the way of exercise besides playing outside with my daughter after moving some big cement sand dollars to the front of the yard that the previous owner was using as stepping stones. All in all a decent day besides no cardio really, I have been considering joining a gym for a few reasons one of which is that I want to start weight training again.
Just another day in the life of a one time 534 pound fella, get on up and grab yourself a big ol glass of H2O and don't forget to drink about 9 of those today! in the iconic words of Porky Pig, Th th a'th th That's all folks!
Thursday, April 30, 2009
It doesn't take too much to get a fella back in the game, I stuck to my calories for yesterday and was out all afternoon walking around with my daughter. When I say I stuck to my calories what I really mean is that I was slightly low for the day, not by many but low none the less with a total of 1565 for the day so not really so bad. The walking around with my daughter was not really anything that could be considered cardio but then when is walking really considered an intense workout right? it is cooler today than it has been, we have touched the 90's this week and I was/am covered in poison ivy so sweating was very uncomfortably itchy so I am going to take advantage of the cool day we have and take a long walk when I hit publish on this post, maybe around the entire lake as I have not done that yet since living here. Like I said I feel like I am back all in again with this routine and I have only completed one successful day since falling off the wagon a couple weeks ago but then I gotta ask myself, is it really only one successful day? and then I have to answer that no its not, its more than 16 months of being successful with reaching some goals and the rarity is the off the wagon part.
I am getting itchy (no pun intended) to go hiking again, the weather is beautiful and the spring flowers are blooming all over the place, anyone that has followed my blog since last year has seen some of the photos that I took while hiking around last spring in This post zeusmeatball.blogspot.com/2008/05/da
y-at-park.html and like I said I NEED to get back out there. I ordered a back pack back in February that holds a camelpack hydration bladder and it was on back order at the time but I was told that it would be delivered by the beginning of April so no worries right? I had no plans to hike before then anyways so the beginning of April came around and no pack I contacted the company and they said it would ship by the end of the month and in the mail yesterday I received a package! I was happy to see the box on my step so I opened it up and the paracord that I ordered was correct, the new compass that I ordered was perfect, but the pack was black, this is not the color that I ordered and if I wanted black I could have had in in February. So a not so quick call to the not so quick customer service rep ended with a return shipping label and a trip to the UPS store for me and again I am waiting for my new pack, she said that I would get it about 5 days after they receive the black pack so again I wait.
It is easy to get back into a healthy eating ritual when the addiction is not a factor any more, and I have to say that eating out of control is not really something that works for me or my life at this point. Too many years have been spent not doing the things that I want to do for me to spend another second on a non healthy way of living.
Here is the accountability part of the post, yesterday I ate 1565 calories spread around the day with no more than 3.5 hours between meals/snacks. I drank 1 gallon of green tea and 1/2 gallon H2O as well as a diet coke that I shared with my daughter with our lunch at subway. Exercise was not really there unless you count the gardening that I did and the walking around all afternoon (approximately 3.5 hours out and about with my daughter in the afternoon) I don't count that as exercise because I don't believe daily activities should count as effort in exercise, when I was 534 pounds damn straight I would count it as exercise but no more and thats just how I feel about it.
With that, another mind blending episode of Fat man and Blobbin has concluded kids, make sure to tune in at the same bat time on the same bat channel to see what happens next!
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
I have not been a good blogger over the past week or so, I have been an even worse "inspiration" or dieter in that same time. I have not been exercising at all and I have pretty much eaten whatever I wanted to whenever I wanted to with zero counting or balancing of foods. I went a whole week without green tea, the good part about that is that I did stick to H2O strictly so I did not go off track too bad with the hydration.
More than one thing is happening that is contributing to this lack of stick to it-ness, I am as comfortable as can be in my own skin right now and it is making me relax a bit along with the beautiful weather that we are having in New England right now I think I have slipped into a state of relaxation which is causing me to not be so strict.
and then it happened...
I was running errands as I normally do and walking through a Stop & Shop and towards me walks a very fit very intense looking woman, she was wearing what looked like running gear or workout gear which was really just an under armor shirt and some running pants, she has an ipod strapped to one arm and a HRM or some other piece of equipment strapped to the other, she held an apple and a bottle of water in her hands and I noticed her while she was far off. She was walking directly towards me and as she got closer we made eye contact for a split second but she flashed me a look as if to say "Hey fat boy a little exercise would go a long way" and at that very moment I thought about how much weight I have lost in the last 16 months and how far I have come with my health in general, I need to get back into a strict routine again because the last few weeks have been anything but that. Now little miss intense ipod workout girl probably was not thinking that and was more likely just listening to her ipod and focused somewhere else but even if that's the case the look made me think about the fact that I was not the focused, driven and intensely into my health person that I was just a month ago.
Doing things my own way where weight loss is concerned has gotten me to a point in my life where I have control again but being comfortable is getting the better of me. I have gained a little bit of weight back over the last month but honestly haven't fluctuated too high but it IS high enough that I know that I need to get back on track. I have bounced up to as much as 13 pounds higher than my lowest weight to as little as 2 pounds above that number and back again over the past few weeks and this shows me that even without the exercise and strict eating regimen that I can somewhat maintain my current weight pretty much eating what I want when I want to which is good and bad at the same time.
Today will mark the start of, well a new start so to speak, I have to get refocused because I have come very far in this weight loss game but I have not gotten as far as I need or want to. This weekend my father saw me for the first time in a month or two and he said that he "could not remember me ever being this small" and then joked about how he would be able to push me around soon and honestly I have not really lost a whole lot of "actual" weight since he last saw me but I am sure that I am smaller. I bought a pair of 44 waist jeans just about a month and a half ago give or take and they are loose on me currently and I believe a 42 waist would fit just fine, all of my 4xl tee shirts are way loose on me now as well, even the one 3xlt shirt fits nice and comfy like on me lately and I believe that the skin is starting to catch up with the weight loss a bit and is causing the shrinking look even though my weight has not changed much.
I am treating this as if today is my first day on this weight loss journey and starting fresh with fresh eyes, 1700 calorie limit, exercise daily and drink 1 gallon of green tea per day along with extra H2O, simple right? well it is and all I need do is execute as planned and on down the road I go with more success and a healthy life.
And that's all I got to say about that...
Friday, April 24, 2009
As I type I am covered in paint but I wanted to make sure to get a post up as it is weigh in day, this morning I weighed in at 349 pounds which is 5 pounds higher than my lowest weight and 4 pounds lighter than last Friday so it is moving in the right direction. I will attempt to get a proper fully informative post up over the weekend but for now we are painting the exterior of the house so my hands are a tad full atm.
I am staying within calories but no exercise besides yard work and painting and I feel good about the week, I am staying hydrated and in fact am down 1/2 a gallon of tea as of this morning already! so keep on keepin on and all that, I have to get back to work before I get caned!
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