Monday, May 04, 2009
This week has been pretty good so far and I am looking forward to Friday because I suspect that there is a possibility that I can dip back down to that lowest weight again and hit 344 by then. To hit 344 pounds again I will have to have a 5 pound loss this week but I believe that if I stay on track with the food for the rest of this week that I can get there with a shake of luck and good food choices.
This week has been extremely wet outside so getting exercise in has been a challenge, I even walked in the rain last night because I know that I need to get movement into my days or else I am not doing my part to maintain an ever slimming waist line. I am currently using walking as my main source of exercise for reasons that will be mentioned at a later time so I need to stay consistent with going out and making sure that I am walking at least 25 minutes 4-5 times per week. The weather warming up has also opened up more chances to go hiking, if only the rain would stop! and Wify has agreed to come with me and has even said that we should make a "regular date" to go hiking so that we go often and I have to say that I was happy to hear that from her and am looking forward to getting out in the woods with her. I mentioned in an earlier post that there was a bit of a snafu with a pack that I ordered and as soon as the new pack arrives I will have the means to go on longer hikes and I plan on filling the pack up with whatever I will hike with and wear it when I go on my walks as well for conditioning, so to say that I am looking forward to getting the new (correctly colored) pack from the guy in the brown truck is an understatement at this point.
Over all my intake has been pretty good this week and I am eating a pretty well balanced mixture of meats and veggies lately, I also remembered recently that I love hard boiled eggs made into egg salad! so I have added them back into the menu. I am starting to weight train with light dumb bells on a more regular basis now as well and because of this have decided to add a Whey protein powder to the days that I use the weights at least for now, I may decide that I do not need it or feel that the calories are not worth the extra protein and go with just eating more meats etc and get some extra protein that way but for now its the powder. My hydration has been perfect this week besides Saturday when I forgot to make green tea so it was just water and not as much of that as I should have consumed.
There is a break in the drizzle right now and since I have to push the little one in the stroller I am going to head out for a walk before the rain starts back up, so this post will end here. don't forget that H2O and of green tea and remember if I can drop the weight by sensible eating and exercise so can you. Thanks for following along and all of the support over the last 16 months or so, and remember kids, keep that hand out of the cookie jar!
Sunday, May 03, 2009
I just got in from a nice walk in the drizzling rain and thought I would throw a weekend post up here before Monday came around. My intake for the day is right now at 1690 total ending with a large orange about 5 minutes ago, I have to say it feels good to be back on track with the food, which has got me thinking. I have not really done too much in the way of exercise in the past few weeks besides a couple of walks here and there so I decided to take a walk tonight even though it is raining outside. Walking all alone in a light drizzle actually does wonders for calming down and just relaxing even though I was walking at about a 3.4 mph pace for just under 2 miles I was totally relaxed and cleared my head while just listening to the rain fall between my footsteps. I also walked around all afternoon in the mall with wify and the brats so I guess I have been walking more than I want to count towards my movement tally, and while in the mall something dawned on me, I had the option to buy some clothes if the need struck me.
I was walking around in the mall and I thought about how I could use a few pairs of jeans and meandered on into a JC Penny half in the old 534 pound state of mind thinking "I'll just look and if I see something I will pull out the good old big and tall catalog" so I walk into the mens section and there in front of me is a size 42/32 jeans and I literally could feel myself smile. I then walked further into the mens section noticing that there were plenty of size 42 jeans to be had if I really wanted to walk out with some and then it hit me, I had the option to walk into a store and walk out with some clothing that fit me. At 534 pounds and sitting on the edge of fitting into a 7xl shirt that is a feeling that is left outside next to ones pride before even walking into a store, the option to buy something in a store that does not have "Big and Tall" in the title just does not exsist at that size and honestly some of the big and tall stores didn't exactly have a lot of 6-7xl stuff on hand all of the time either. In order for me to buy a shirt indeed I would have to walk on over that line to the big and tall section in JC Penny BUT that section only goes up to 4xl so I was without that option as well for a long time as well.
Living in the 340's is a whole different game when compared to living life in the 530's, I do not ever want to be in a position again where I can say that I weigh more than a quarter of a ton and not be exaggerating! I know that I will never see that zip code again and its a pleasure to have moved on from such a large size. I know that i have changed my life for the better and because of that decision my family will have me around a bit longer and that's the only reason that I need to stay on track and finish what I've started with this weight loss project, yes project seems fitting for a feat this large, or should I say a belly this large!
Thank you for reading along and I hope you are getting that H2O into your day because it is one of the most important parts of this weight loss game, that of course is just my humble opinion but hey! its my blog right? Keep on keepin on and all that, and until next time keep your goals in sight and know that nothing tastes as good as healthy feels.
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...
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