Monday, May 11, 2009
Monday morning quarterback once again, not too bad though but things could have gone better this weekend. On Saturday My mother in law had us over for dinner along with Wify's sister's family and I decided early on that I was just going to enjoy the meal and that's what I did so I was over by a lot on Saturday, I did go for a walk and do some light strength training so it wasn't all bad. Sunday went perfectly with intake and exercise, I went on a 2 mile walk and completed it in 35 minutes flat so that is a pretty good pace @ almost 4mph so I was happy with those results, the plan was to walk around the entire lake (more than 3 miles) but it was getting dark and I was not going to make it to the wooded part of the walk before it got dark and I am still unfamiliar with the trail so I took a shorter route. Squeezing in some strength training (mostly body weight movements) is becoming a part of my day that I look forward to, after my walks I have been doing a light dumb bell routine along with some push ups and squats and feel good about how it is going so far.
Last week I was inputting my weight for the past 2 months into my "weight graph" which is an excel sheet that we made and I have been keeping track of my weight on it so that I may have a visual depiction of what I have done, yea I know that a mirror serves the same purpose in my case but the graph really is eye opening to see trends. I thought I would pop a screen capture up here showing my progress from January 2008 until last Fridays weigh in just for kicks so that anyone interested could see it in graph form, the image is clickable so that a full sized view can be had.
its a small image on spark, if you would like to see the full size image it is hosted on my blogspot here zeusmeatball.blogspot.com/2009/05/so
Over the weekend I got more than a few comments pointed in the direction of "you really look good" or "it's amazing how you have been able to maintain this for so long" and I have to admit that I enjoy hearing things like that, but then who wouldn't? I started thinking about it though and "being able to maintain it for so long" is something that I have even heard in comments on this blog and is kind of the point of this whole thing, I mean thin people maintain it all of the time don't they? fit people maintain this lifestyle on a daily basis without flinching right? how come no one says to a very fit person "Hey that's amazing that you are able to maintain a healthy lifestyle like that" I love getting complimented, C'mon we all do but isn't that one kind of a back handed compliment? Like the fat guy should be praised for being able to not eat cake, I guess the way that I look at is like this. I don't think it is amazing that I have maintained this eating right moving more program for the last almost 17 months, I see it more as I have re-learned how to not eat wrong, I am not really maintaining a "diet" so to speak, I am now maintaining what every other person on the planet that does not have a weight issue does daily, the only difference is that I was once 534 pounds.
I think that is the mindset that we as over weight people need to get over, we are no different than any other person in this world, besides the fact that we weigh twice as much as most of them! but hey we're working on that part right? right?? yes I am talking to you! I am no different than the very nice woman that I walked about 1/4 mile with yesterday while out on my walk, I am no different than the very fit very intense looking woman that made me think twice about my discipline a couple weeks ago, That older fella that runs around the lake that I live on like he is Forest Gump? no different, not one bit. If we walk through a crowded store or park and randomly choose 6 people based on nothing other than they happened to be the next random person, each and every one of them would be capable of choosing to eat properly and exercising enough to maintain a healthy lifestyle but no one would ever call it amazing.
Myself, the woman from last night, very fit very intense woman and Forest are all completely different people on completely different levels of fitness/health and at the same time we are all very much the same. I have no clue whether any of those other people have ever been over weight or not, for all I know Forest may have started running because he too was once a quarter ton man, but I have learned that I don't find that the fact he runs around this lake seemingly for hours some times amazing, He is just a man doing something that he is capable of for unknown reasons to me. At 534 pounds that feat would have been amazing to me, at my quarter ton weight I had honestly loathed people for walking! seriously! I can remember thinking to myself as I sat on the couch "why would anyone want to walk around with no where specific to go?" I honestly had that thought at one point in my life and shortly thereafter I decided to lose weight and get healthy again, I at some point realized that the statement above was the statement of someone that was giving up, and I was not going to give up, that was a state of mind that is not a good place to be.
I believe that anyone can do whats right for themselves, Losing 200 pounds is a feat for sure, I am just unsure that it is amazing because once we are in the right mind set it becomes second nature to eat correctly and exercise more. I do not smoke and never have but is it amazing that I am more than 30 years smoke free? no because smoking is not something that we need to do to survive and neither is over eating. I often hear people say that eating is something that we need to do to survive so it is somehow different than other addictions and though I can agree with that concept and I know first hand how hard getting over that hump is I cannot agree with that philosophy for more than one reason that I may get into in a later post. Its almost like those dead beat dads out there that expect people to give them praise for paying their tiny little child support payments, saying things like "I pay my child support I am doing my part man" There is nothing special about paying child support, it is expected and it is our duty as fathers to support any children that we bring into this world and I look at it that way. its just eating right and exercising and is what should have been done from the beginning, I am just late to the party!
Day by day things are getting better and easier in the world of me where my health is concerned and I blame myself for that, just like I blame myself for getting into a situation where saying "I weigh a quarter of a ton" held truth. I am a changed person just 16 months later and that to me is what is amazing, I like to think of it as I am just becoming part of the normal crowd.
Friday, May 08, 2009
Last Friday I weighed 349 pounds which was five pounds higher than my lowest weight to date and I was hoping that I could get to 344 again so that I can start to record losses once again. Hoping? me hope for weight loss? nah I did something about it because hoping things will happen instead or making them happen is how I got into this mess in the first place! The decision to make something happen this week was made and the scale confirms that fact, I weighed 341.0 pounds this morning, yes that's more than an eight pound loss for the week! I am three pounds lower than my lowest weight and only seven pounds away from having lost 200 total pounds! Here are some pictures for your viewing pleasure.
The toe nail color is not part of my Saturday nights! it is part of having a daughter that doesn't realize that daddy's don't wear nail polish!
This 1981 Suzuki GSX250 weighs in at 341 pounds just like me.
Finally this Mio 50 scooter weighs 193 pounds which as we know is what I have lost so far.
I could not be any more pleased than I already am with this mornings weigh in, I have stayed strict with my exercise and with my intake this week and it has paid off. I am pretty excited that I am only seven pounds from hitting that 200 pound lost mark and for some strange reason it feels like its going to feel like starting over again when I get there, I had that same feeling when I hit 100 pounds lost. It is almost like because I am hitting a whole number that I am starting off at 1 again and as crazy as that sounds it really is how I felt at 100 pounds lost and now that I am almost to 200 pounds lost that same thing is happening again, and this morning is the first time that I felt that way, in fact the feeling came while writing this post.
My intake for yesterday was good coming in at 1570 total calories, for exercise I went for a 1.5 mile walk on a very steep hilly section around my house and I think I will incorporate this route into my walks at least twice per week from now on because the hills made a difference in the way I felt, it made the walk feel like exercise, I also did 50 push ups and some dumb bell curls earlier in the day. I consumed 1 gallon of green tea and 1/2 gallon of straight H2O along with a diet coke that I shared with my daughter at lunch again so I am hydrated.
A good week for sure and the plan is to keep on with what I am doing until I hit my goal, I have lost 36.14% of my total body weight since starting in January 2008 and gained much more than that in other aspects of my life. To say that making the decision to drop all of the weight that was holding me back was the best thing that I could have done does not strongly enough state that fact and explain how it feels to have lost the amount of weight that I have lost. My next goal will be to drop that last 7 pounds so that I can hit that 200 pound lost mark and after than I want to be under 300 pounds, the goals will never stop coming even after I hit my ideal weight either and that is the attitude that has driven me through this process thus far.
Keep on keepin on and all that and don't forget that H2O!
Thursday, May 07, 2009
Tomorrow is the big day so to speak, it will be my official "new start" weigh in, I already know that its a good week because I peeked at the scale yesterday morning but I am kind of excited because if I lose more by tomorrow am it will be a VERY good week. Yesterday I came in at a total of 1580 calories which included a whey protein shake after dinner, I have been taking these after I work out for the past week but last night I had forgotten to actually drink the shake so had to add it later than normal because I had allotted the calories for it already and I would have been way low for the day if I skipped it. I did skip working out yesterday besides relocating a Japanese maple tree in my yard so no exercise, partially because I am still very sore from Tuesdays strength training session and I didn't want to push it too soon. I drank 1 gallon of home brewed pomegranate green tea, 1/2 gallon straight H2O and I did share a diet coke with my daughter at Subway for lunch, so I am hydrated properly. Have a look at the menu from Wednesday.
2 cups honey combs 220
1 cup 1% milk 110
6 inch turkey subway 280
2 slices whole wheat bread 140
1 T peanut butter 95
1 T jam 50
1 can tuna 120
3 slices whole wheat bread 210
1 T miracle whip 35
sliced tomato/jalapeno/dill pickle 25
1/2 oz pretzels 55
1 scoop whey protein powder 130
8oz 1% milk 110
Yesterdays menu was sort of carb heavy looking at it again, it seems there was bread at every meal but that is ok because I will balance it out today with a heavier protein consumption. As I get closer to an ideal weight I think I will have to tweak my intake a bit more paying closer attention to carb/fat/protein levels as much as calories, not that I am close to an ideal weight currently but I am getting there and preplanning can't hurt. I am sitting just around the corner from 200 total pounds lost and I want to be bold and predict that I will get there within 2 weeks, now remember I was 349 pounds last Friday so saying 2 weeks feels like it will be a challenge but I want to push myself with some strength training for the next couple weeks and I think the change in the program will shock my body into a couple of good weeks of losing.
Unfortunately it is STILL raining here in New England but I have been walking regardless so I am not too bothered by the presence of the wet weather, but this morning it is pretty steady and I would have to drag the kiddo along with me so instead of a walk I will head out to run some errands and I may end up at the mall just to do a few laps (30 minutes worth with the kiddo in her stroller) and that feels like such an old lady thing to do but hey! I gotta get my walk in and if that will allow it without a crying 3 year old so be it. I am also planning on doing some light weight training again this afternoon along with 40 or so push ups.
I am really looking forward to tomorrows weigh in and I think you will agree that I had an exceptional week where weight loss comes into the picture after I post the weeks results tomorrow. Make sure you get on up and grab yourself a glass of H2O because you need and deserve it for reading through this entire post and with that the end has come to yet another brain twisting episode of as the fat guy turns.
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Yesterday was another good day in this fight for a smaller me, I came in at 1645 total calories total for the day, I drank 1 gallon of green tea and 3/4 of a gallon of straight H2O. For exercise I did 50 push ups and did some light weight lifting with some dumb bells and my shoulders are sore today for my efforts.
I think that part of the problem with losing weight and keeping it off is that it takes more effort than not doing it and when you are heavy a lot of times effort equals bad, less work equals good. Someone left a comment on my post yesterday where I posted a photo of some grilled trout with potatoes and green beans that said "If only people knew that you could eat delicious food like that and lose weight - I think everyone would do it!" I thought to myself about how it really is that easy, I then started thinking about why people don't and came up with effort, in the case of the trout dinner I caught the trout, cleaned it then I seasoned it and grilled it along with making red potatoes and green beans on the side and it did take some effort to achieve that meal. In all honesty that particular meal took me roughly 30 minutes to completely prepare and cook from start to finish and cost me roughly 530 calories, imagine that, grilled trout with baked red potatoes and green beans, 30 minutes time minus the catching and cleaning of the fish and getting a meal that you would pay top dollar for in a restaurant. the difference between that and a pre packaged calorie and sodium heavy meal is a little bit of effort in the kitchen.
which brings me to another point, cost of food like that. In all honesty that entire meal cost me roughly $4.50 plus what ever amount of spices and the olive oil cost me so lets say an extra $1.00 which is probably high, so $5.50 (including spices etc which I already had in the kitchen) and a morning out on a lake fishing with my son to get the trout, which I will also add can count as some exercise because of the walking around the lake and 4 hours fishing that we did so more than one good thing comes from this. I want to mention that for that $5.50 worth of food I fed myself, my wife, my two kids and Wifys step father, for $5.50? Yes for $5.50 and 4 Rainbow trout that I caught, figure about $7.00 to $8.00 per pound extra for the trout if you were to buy it at a market we cooked about 2 pounds worth. Lets compare that to ordering a pizza, I would guess that an average large pizza is in the $10.00 range delivered ie: no effort required besides dialing the phone and lets be honest, though a large pizza could probably feed 3-4 people until they are full it never goes quite that way. A quick google search came up with 290 calories per slice of a Pizza Hut 14 inch regular crust pepperoni pizza, so for less than 2 slices of pizza you could have the same calories as the trout dinner. It took less effort, but cost more (even if you break it down per person if buying the trout, the pizza cost more for a full meal of pizza) and it does not have that "bang for your buck" where nutrition that the trout does, now I picked pizza because it was an easy comparison but do it with anything that takes no effort and it usually works out that the more effort that goes into our meal planning the more we can get out of our food where nutrition, taste, calories and even cost is concerned.
A little bit of effort can go a long way where our food choices and preparation is concerned, grill instead of frying, bake instead of frying, yes it takes a little more work but the difference in taste is marginal and the nutritional benefits are huge. cooking your own meals and seasoning them yourself also means that you can eat it how you like it every time, why order something that some 16 year old pimple faced kid that is sweating all over himself prepared hastily in a kitchen that has probably not been properly cleaned in 4 months when you can make it yourself? Have you ever seen a 16 year olds bedroom? and you are cool with them preparing food that you plan on eating? I can honestly say that I enjoy being the one that chooses how and what I eat, I would not consider myself a chef by any means of the word but I can say that I get lots of compliments on my cooking, and more so now than when I was 534 pounds and frying everything (though I make a mean eggplant parm that is probably not too low in calories) but putting the effort into our food preparation really can make the difference in how nutritional and tasty it is, everything does NOT have to be deep fried and slathered in butter.
I do not feel deprived of good food and I have lost more than 190 pounds to date so I am in the mindset that if I can drop more than an entire person and still eat well and feel that I have eaten very satisfying food that anyone can do the same. I used the trout dinner as an example here but I have made just about all of my old recipes into new recipes by changing some of the ingredients or cooking methods and have a slew of recipes that I regularly make that are all low calorie highly nutritional meals from meatballs, hamburgers (Turkey burgers), grilled chicken, faux fried chicken, rice dishes, mashed fauxtatoes (cauliflower), a few different soups and the list goes on and on. I am working on an eggplant parm recipe but the old one is just too good so I have not tried too hard to change it yet. So you can see that with just a bit of effort we can eat all of the things that we enjoy and still lose weight, if I am not proof of that I don't know who is!
I am saving money, getting healthier and eating great home prepared meals all while dropping weight pretty consistently at the cost of a little bit of discipline and effort, still think you can't do it?
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
My intake for Monday was spot on again coming in at 1665 and was pretty well rounded, I got in 1 gallon of green tea and 1/2 gallon of water as far as hydration goes that was on point as well. Earlier in the day the weather broke long enough for me to take the little one out on a walk around the lake and I went 1.7 miles @ a little faster than 3mph and that's just what I was going for so I am happy all the way around with how the day went.
During my walks I always bring my camera to cut down on those "man I wish I had my camera" moments and yesterday I was glad that I did. The lake I live on has an interesting animal that lives in the area and we sometimes have the pleasure of seeing it cruise around in the sky looking for fish in the lake and that animal is an American bald eagle. Yesterday while I was walking he flew over head and was pretty low so I pulled out my camera and zoomed in out and clicked off a couple of photos hoping to get lucky enough for a decent picture and I managed to get a picture so I thought I would share it, I zoomed in on the Eagle so that you could see it better and the photo is clickable to get a look at the larger photo.
A full sized pic of the eagle is on my blogspot page @ zeusmeatball.blogspot.com/2009/05/gr
For dinner I threw some trout that I caught on the grill and I have to say that everyone loved it! including wifys step dad that I invited over for dinner, it came out very good and 6oz worth only has 250 calories so its low calorie to boot. I prepared the fish with some black pepper, rosemary and some Grillmates Salmon seasoning, coated it in a very light coat of olive oil and straight onto the grill they went. For sides to this dish I made red potatoes seasoned with olive oil, rosemary, thyme and black pepper then placed into a 400 degree oven until they were brown and green beans with black pepper and Smart balance, simple right? I find that the simple ones are usually the best tasting ones and this will be my go to prep for trout from here on out. I snapped a picture of my plate before digging in so that I cold share here on the blog, have a look.
The blue plate does nothing to make this look better but here it is.
Everything that is happening this week is how it should be where losing weight is concerned so I am looking forward to Fridays weigh in number, I have walked almost every day, I am eating right and I am staying hydrated and that is the recipe for fat to burn. I feel good and am down in weight since Friday so off to a good start for my goal to hit 344 pounds this week, will it happen? it is a possibility but if it doesn't happen this week it will happen the next so no worries. I have decided that I am going to focus on strength training more than I have been and want to start doing my daily push ups again if my shoulder holds up, it has felt good for about 3 weeks now and I am getting itchy so today I will test it out with a few short sets just to test the waters.
The end has come to another post in a long line of posts and I am going to keep on ding what I am doing because it has worked to this point. Thanks for following along and don't forget that H2O!
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