Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Today's report said a sore throat and congested chest and head 100% possibility and it came through, I still feel like I swallowed broken glass and have a bath towel stuck in my chest and nose, but I wanted to get a post up anyways. I stayed within my calories on Monday besides the tea in the morning with the honey and Brandy, i did not count that towards my calories but had about 100 extra at the end of the day so I am pretty close, I only drank 1 gallon of green tea plus maybe a 30oz cup of hot tea in the morning so this is effecting my keeping hydrated, but since I am pretty much just relaxing I am probably ok and I did not do anything for exercise yesterday besides walk around my yard with my daughter talking about the flowers and I ran out in the afternoon to restock my veggies supply in the house.
Chicken and veggies cooking up in the pan.
Since I am under the weather and am holding off on running until this whatever it is clears up I thought I would post a recipe, in fact I just made this about an hour ago for lunch. I started with 4oz chicken breast that I had grilled for dinner last night, I chopped it and set it aside, then into a frying pan I put some chopped up yellow onion, green bell pepper and shot of low cal cooking spray. When the onion and peppers were soft I dropped in some sweet red roasted peppers and the chopped up chicken, cooked it until the chicken was hot all the way through and then added a tiny squirt of pueblo pepper sauce that I had laying around.
Getting close, here it is before I wrapped it all up.
While that was finishing up I chopped up some tomato and lettuce and put it aside, I layed out my Lavash bread and dumped the chicken and veggies into it and added the lettuce and tomato. Then I rolled it up cut it in half and plated it with a garlic pickle wedge and the rest of the tomato chopped up as a side, of course I had green tea with it and it was pretty good if I do say so myself. Very filling and tasty and for a total of 365 calories I will make this concoction again, in fact I think this is something that Wify and my son would enjoy so I may try it out for dinner one night and se how they like it.
The finished product and a great way to spend 365 calories if ya ask me.
Just a quick post with a recipe for today, I am hoping that I will feel good enough by tomorrow to start week 3 and get this C25K thing rolling again but I am not going to push it because wify had this same thing the week before last and continued to run through some of it and did not have good results, in fact she stayed sick for more than a week and I don't plan on following in her foot steps on that one so easy does it is how it's going down. If you try the above recipe I hope you enjoy it as much as I did and remember that H2O, hydration is key to dropping the pounds in my humble opinion, Thanks for reading along.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
A later than normal post for your viewing pleasure, Friday night I completed W2D3 of the couch to 5k program and I went about a tenth of a mile further than I have gone yet on the plan. Something that I am noticing with this C25K program is that I am not limited by my being able to breath like I thought, but by my legs, they are wearing out before my breath is which is not to say that I am unable or even laboring to finish but my legs are the thing that I feel most. That fact is both a relief and a bother to me because it means that I am not working as hard as I thought that I would with the breathing but my legs need some conditioning. Monday I will try W3D1 and see how it goes but I really do believe that it will give me some trouble because of fatigue in my legs and the new 3 minute intervals.
My intake has been on par and Friday I came in at 1610 total calories for the day, 1 gallon of green tea and 1.5 gallons of straight H2O went down. My exercise for the day was W2D3 of the C25K program and I honestly feel really good lately.
This morning I had the chance to meet someone that has been walking the same road that I have been on and has lost over 100 pounds herself. Some of you that read this blog know that I have a spark people page and some of you may not know, well I guess now you do! Anyways, as I said I had the chance to meet Heather, or if you are on spark you might know her as PUMPKINFACE73, as it turns out she lives about 20 minutes from me and we actually have been to the same park that is local to us and we decided to go for a walk this morning. So Wify and I headed out to meet up with Heather and we ended up walking for a total of 2.8 miles through the park and chatting a bit, I think everyone had a good time and it looks like we will be meeting for a walk or a hike again, here are a couple of photos that we took at the park after our walk.
Wify, Me and Heather (PUMPKINFACE73) at the park.
Wify and me on a bridge, you can see we BOTH need some clothes that are not 2 sizes too big! such is life when you are losing weight.
Heather and me on the same bridge.
I will admit that I felt the walk a bit after I sat in the car because of the run last night but as I type all is well, in fact I came home and planted 2 rows of peppers that I had started in buckets, half Jalapenos and the other half is green bell so I couldn't have been too bad off. I also noticed that I have a small tomato beginning to grow on one of my tomato plants so hopefully I will have enough to make a totally home grown salsa in a couple months time, I have Egyptian onions, sweet basil and thyme growing as well.
The kids are sleeping and Wify rented a movie so I am about to go over my calorie limits for the day because of a big bowl of popcorn with my name on it. So far my weekend has been a nice one and I got to meet someone that is as determined as I am to get to and stay at a healthy weight, which is byproduct of this blog that was not expected, I will keep this post relatively short and will surely post more about the park later.
Friday, June 12, 2009
Today is that day, the day that I was to wake up and see if I hit that 200 pound mark, a double century if you will, I am just going to get right to it and tell you that when I woke up this morning I went straight to the scale and well what do ya know, it said 334.4lbs and I know that I had a smile on my face. That is a 5 pound drop from last week and let me tell ya I earned it this week with the running and ST that I have done!
528 days ago I weighed 534 pounds and I can still remember how I felt on that day when I started down this path to better health, unsure that I would make it a week and decided to start a blog to stay accountable. Now through nothing more than sticking to it I have lost 200 pounds of extra weight, No miracle pill, no costly plan that makes someone else money so that I can try to lose weight, I did not have a surgery, I did not eat a Gypsy pie and I do not belong to a gym and yet here I am 200 pounds less. I, if I am being honest did not think that I could do this without a surgery but I had to try something because I was getting to a point where daily life was getting harder and harder and having a surgery seemed like the only way that it would happen. I figured what do I have to lose besides the weight, and the decision was made to try it on my own and here I am today 200 pounds less for my efforts, here are some "200 pounds lost pics" or your viewing pleasure, they are all clickable for a larger image. All of these images are on my blogspot page in full sized form if you wanted a better look zeusmeatball.blogspot.com/2009/06/20
From 534 to 334 all together.
Face from 534 to 334 pounds, I am unsure of the second photo's weight but the first is 534lbs, 3rd is 134lbs lost and the final is obviously 200lbs pounds lost.
Full length shot, 200 pounds lost.
Finally my muscle man pose, I took this one just fooling around but I liked it so here it is.
At the end of the day its just a number but man what a number it is! I don't think this club has all too many members but I am one of those people that can say "I have lost 200 pounds" and I did it based purely on determination. I have watched a couple people in my family struggle with weight for a long time and they always seem to put the weight back on within a month or 2 after losing a few pounds and I am hoping that me dropping 200 pounds in the last year and a half might get them to stick with it and see that it is possible to lose massive amounts of weight and not put it back in the following month.
I still have a long way to go before I hit my goal weight and beyond but if I were the betting kind of guy I would go with whoever thinks that I will get there because I have no plans on stopping now. Thanks for all of the support and emails that you all have left for me in the last 17 months and if you are reading this blog for the first time now you know that losing this kind of weight IS possible with some hard work, good food choices and exercise.
In the words of Forest Gump, "that's all I got to say about that".
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Things have been going pretty good this week, but yesterday was pretty stressful (non weight loss related) and I did not feel like running W2D2 of C25K because I got home late which meant a later than normal dinner (7:45PM I finished dinner) and I usually run around 8:30PM so I was thinking about skipping it. I did end up going out for day 2 and when the time for the first interval came around I began running and quite literally felt like I was shuffling along and thought about stopping and calling it a night. I figured I would at least go to the second interval before I let that happen so I did and when it came time to run again I was taking large strides and felt pretty good about continuing on and by the third interval had forgotten all about what was stressing me out. I was ahead of my fastest pace and I knew this by the 5th interval because I ended the 5th where I began the 6th on day 1 of week 2. I started interval number 6 and it was on a spot that dips down pretty steep and then gets steep uphill so I had to run on that uphill portion but I convinced myself that it was the last interval and I could push myself on it so I did and ended up going 2.212 total miles last night and felt good at the end of the run, though I still find myself questioning Mr.Ullrey's ability to count to 90 seconds at times during the running portions of the program.
Now that the C25K report is out of the way I am thinking about the weigh in tomorrow, will it be the day that I join that 200 pounds lost club? will I be a part of that crowd that can say "I lost 200 pounds" on pure determination (does that club even exist?) will I prove myself wrong? once upon a time I said "no one can lose 200 pounds just by eating right and exercising" that was fat Tony talking, or should I say "fatter Tony" because I am not quite the svelte specimen of a young man that I would like to be just yet, but either way will tomorrow be that day? I sure would like it to be, because its going to be hard to cancel the fireworks show that I have arranged! 527 days ago I decided to get healthy, that's slightly more than 17 months ago and I am on the edge of having lost 200 total pounds, did I mention that I am amazed by this? yes I think that I did but I wanted to say it again.
Intake for Wednesday was 1695 total calories and I drank just under 1 gallon of green tea and 1.5 gallons of straight H2O, exercise for the day was W2D2 of the couch to 5k program. Things are right where they should be lately with diet and exercise and I am happy with the direction I am heading with the running, the only question left is will tomorrow be THE day that I hit that 200 pounds lost mark? since I am not stepping onto a scale until then, both you and me will have wait until then to find out.
Don't forget to drink that big ol glass of H2o that you just earned for reading through all of my morning ramblings, and keep in mind that if I can do this weight loss thang, you can do it as well.
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