Sunday, January 03, 2010
Its Sunday afternoon and the snow has been falling all day, we have up to 40 mph winds says the monkey in the plastic magic box and we are experiencing sub zero temperatures so I have been inside all day finding not much to do. Yesterday it was closer to 30 degrees so we took the chance to go outside and romp in the snow for about an hour and wify had brought the camera outside and snapped off a couple pictures. I was playing with the kids and ended up making a 7 foot tall snow angel because I was on a small hill and slid down while flapping, I thought it would be fun to take a photo from winter's 08 through 2010 and shop them next to one another for a compare shot. The first image is Jan 08 and I was 5 days into my lifestyle revamp the second image is late December 08 and the last one is from yesterday, and of course my wicked snow angel.
Winter 2008 to winter 2010 comparison shot, I still look at that last one and don't recognize the guy in the picture sometimes. these images are clickable for full sized views. Full sized clickable images can be seen on my blogspot @ zeusmeatball.blogspot.com/
My Giant snow angel.
I did very well with my intake yesterday coming in at 1700 calories on the button and I drank more than 2 gallons of tea and H2O. I did make it to the gym with Wify in lieu of the snow storm that we were having I did 20 minutes on my stationary bike and another 20 on the treadmill, we called it a day and headed home for a great dinner that I thought was going to be less than extraordinary. I made tuna with red onions and black pepper on toast with lettuce and I made sweet potato fries on the side, for whatever reason this meal was exactly what I needed because it was very tasty. By the end of the day I had enough calories left for a small bowl of airpopped popcorn with a movie which was cool as I have been craving it all weekend.
Over all its been a great holiday weekend and having Wify home for four days was nice, I stayed on track and ate only what I should have and got in some good exercise between the gym and all of the shoveling which I think I will go finish up as soon as I hit publish because it appears to have stopped falling from the sky for the time being. Thanks for reading along and remember kids, the decision is yours to make because no one forces you to stuff your face with $hit food and nobody is stopping you from exercising and please don't fool yourself with "I am too big to exercise" or "I just can't do it" You can and you are choosing not to, I told myself those things for far too long and it got me to 534 pounds and if I can exercise at 534 pounds those things start looking like just the next excuse.
Saturday, January 02, 2010
This post marks my 600th post since I started writing this blog, that is 600 attempts to better myself where health is the subject and 600 times that I sat at my lap top and decided that I would show the world that a once 534 pound guy can and will stick to a diet and exercise plan that has changed his life forever. When I go back and re-read some of my older posts I can recall exactly how I was feeling on any given day, I can remember how it felt to want to lose the weight and hoping that it would stick this time around. If you are reading this you know that it did stick this time and I am a different person for my efforts, I look for things to do that will get me moving and I jump at the chance to do yard work or shovel the drive way when it snows and the contrast between then and now and how I approach these things is insanely different.
Dropping to a new low weight yesterday seems to have kicked me back into gear because last night I turned down popcorn with a movie and today I have already made my whole menu for the entire day. I will have a lower weight come this Friday because I plan on doing everything exactly how I need to so that I can make that claim an actuality. I have been at this for 2 years now and most of the things that I do on a daily basis to better my health and drop the pounds come second nature at this point, I really don't think about making my meal portions too big any more because when I make my plate if I am not weighing it looks pretty much the same, I HAVE learned portion control. I feel deprived if I have to skip working out for a day instead of if I don't get an extra extra large piece of cake, in fact there is an apple pie in my refrigerator that has been there since Thursday night and I haven't even thought about cutting myself a slice.
Friday I did good with the intake coming in at 1725 calories, 1 gallon of green tea and slightly more than a gallon of H2O and I did make it to the gym. At the gym I rode the bike for 20 minutes but I upped my pace and rode an extra mile in the same time so I was off to a good start. I then got on the treadmill and did interval running, I walked for 2 minutes at 3.5 mph and than ran for 1 minute at 6 mph at varying inclines throughout the routine and felt pretty good about the workout as a whole.
Making good choices is second nature for me now where justifying that 1 pound beef and bean burrito was second nature for me in the past. I enjoy taking a ride around the lake on my bike or going on a hike through some of the trails local to me with Wify now where logging into a game or making a double decker sandwich of some sort is what use to be the days special, Things have certainly changed around here.
Here's to another great year and with some hard work I will hit my goal weight sooner than later.
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Another year gone and tomorrow is just another day in the chain of what I am doing, It is in fact a weigh in day for the blog though and I am kind of excited because I am expecting, hoping for a decent loss so that I can get to a new low since starting down this path. Last Friday I did have a slight up because of some Christmas eating and the Saturday after that it was even higher than what Friday's scale time said but I do believe judging by yesterdays peek that I will get a new low this week. The day brought me 1755 calories, a gallon each of green tea and straight H2O and I did get to the gym last night for a 20 minute ride on the bike and 20 minutes on the treadmill so par for the course as far as days go. Missing the gym today because of some things out of my control and I will just not have the time until after 6PM and my gym closes at 5PM today so it is what it is and I will have to do some calisthenics and stretches at home, I think that I need a rest anyways as I have been pushing myself a bit and can feel it so a day off will probably do me no harm.
I am sure there will be a ton of blogs about resolutions this week, Lots of people will be starting their own life changes with the new year and many will follow through but for a lot of folks it will just be the next attempt to make a difference in their lives that does not pan out. Why? why can't they all pan out? why can't everyone that tries to drop a few pounds or get healthier in 2010 be a success? I wish I knew because if I did I could package that in some nice shiny wrapper behind a blister pack made in china and distributed by one of the Xmart stores and sell it to the masses. It is an everlasting struggle that will have to be dealt with on a constant basis even by the most successful person because conscious decisions will have be made daily where diet and exercise are the topic if any level of success is to be expected or met and that may be the answer right there.
People expect to limit calories to sub one thousand and want to be able to maintain an end weight after they return to double bacon triple patty with extra cheese hamburgers. Some expect to hit the gym hard and then when the brakes are put on and the sedentary life comes back they want to reap the rewards of what they did in the past while going right back to the crap food and lack of movement and again, it just doesn't work that way. In my experience as a fat guy (and I have tried all of the above) the only thing that has worked thus far is to completely change the way that you look at food and nutrition as a whole, eat to live instead of living to eat comes to mind. There are a ton of different approaches that could be taken and some of them work while others are just big steaming piles of bull$hit, it always comes down to the same thing no matter what "program" you choose, Move more eat less! every person that I have ever met or read about that has been successful with weight loss has at the root of it eaten less while moving more and honestly it is that simple and if you don't want to believe me than try what Harvey McDullardsonfengenden did because Jujuberry 7.2 worked like a charm for him zeusmeatball.blogspot.com/2009/10/i-
Now that the secret is out every single person that reads this should be slim some time in 2010! if only it were that easy eh? A ton of determination is needed as well as some discipline and let us not forget the shake of willpower because all of it is necessary. It's been 2 years since I took my first step and started my way down the road to a healthier me and I am more than 200 pounds lighter for my efforts, if I had never taken that first step I have no clue where I might be today, that first step is the most important one because without it the second step cannot be taken so on and so on.
Tomorrow morning I will weigh in for the blog and I do have a good feeling that the return of the what I have lost items will be back going off of my mid week peek at the scale. Will I hit a new all time low weight tomorrow morning? to be found out I suppose. I am not doing anything exciting tonight besides maybe watching a flick with the love of my life and having a celebratory drink to bring the new year in so I will be weighing in first thing in the am so after the hangovers wear off make sure to check in and see how I did.
With that the end has come to another shenanigans filled episode of as the fat guy turns as well as another trip around the sun. Drink that H2O, move that ass and eat well for it is all that we can do to be as healthy as we can be.
See ya next year!
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tuesday could not have gone better where being healthy goes, I ate 1715 calories, drank 1 gallon of green tea and a gallon of straight H2O intake was pretty much flawless. Getting to the gym was a jump through a couple of hoops but I did get there albeit a little later than usual I had a pretty good workout but I do have sort of a gym rant that I wanted to talk about. I am really expecting to hit a new low weight this week as I am really being strict with myself with the intake and making sure I drink enough, I even made a salad adder upper thingy in an excel sheet where I can input the ounces of each ingredient and it shows me the calories as a total for the salad at the bottom of the equation and I have been using it almost every night I have had a salad with dinner or as dinner since making it. When I am strict with myself I usually see results go figure! who wouldda thunk? on top of the eating well and balanced I have been at the gym like its my job and today may be the first day that I have to miss but thats ok because if I do I am planning on doing some calisthenics throughout the day and perhaps one of Wifys yoga DVD's.
Onto my small gym rant, Yesterday I arrived at the gym slightly later than normal and it seemed to make a difference because there was a lot of people there, straight to my bike per usual and I set it up to my liking and turned on Rachel Ray, two minutes in a funk comes wafting towards me. Not unusual to get some stank in the air at the gym right? wrong! this smelled like someone was dicing onions into their pockets and as unappetizing as the smell was perhaps someone had come from lunch straight to the gym so no worries, the guy moved to a different machine shortly after I got on my bike and on I rode.
After the bike ride it was time for some weights which felt good to do because I had been doing heavy cardio for the past couple gym trips, onto the treadmill I go. Gazing up at the line of treadmills selection was slim as the gym was pretty packed so I find an open Hamster wheel for me to walk on between a girl running her heart out and a fellow walking briskly and set up but I smell cigarettes almost as soon as I set the treadmill up. My initial thought was "why would someone smoke on their way to the gym?" followed immediately by "I can't stay here" so I looked around and saw another open treadmill across the gym and I hit stop and B lined for that other hamster wheel. Again I set up but again an odor! the distinct smell of Windsong perfume and I only know what it is because my mother wore this her entire life and I really dislike the way that it smells but it was better than cigarettes so I stayed and finished my workout next to the very fragrant older lady on the next treadmill over. I suppose I just don't get why someone would smoke on the way to the gym or drown themselves with enough cheap perfume to gag a French hooker and I don't mean...er yeah, the onion guy gets a pass because it WAS lunch time but C'mon people its the gym! close proximity to other people breathing heavily is to be expected and strong smells are not really recommended, rant off, I just had to share that with anyone reading.
I cannot help but to keep thinking back to when I started off just about two years ago and comparing the level of fitness that I had then and now and the stark contrast of the two. If I had not decided to change the way things were I may still be sitting bitter in that old leather couch that had the shape of me in it wondering why anyone would want to go for a walk instead or playing a video game while eating a whole bag of doritos. From that to what I do now, eat well, drink much and exercise daily I cannot reiterate enough that its a mindset that got me started and a lot of hard work is keeping me in the direction that I need to be heading in and I have to admit that the "hard work" is more and more becoming something that I enjoy rather than "work" at all. I enjoy the foods that I eat, I enjoy the tea that I drink and exercise is my down time and quickly becoming what I want to do all of the time. Taking a ride on my bike is what I want to do in my free time or going to the gym to work out cigarette guy or not I enjoy being there and seem to get a high or a buzz after a good solid workout which is an added benefit to the whole losing weight thang.
With that the end has come to another mind blowing episode of Fatman and Blobin so be sure to tune in tomorrow to see what adventures get tossed at the big man.
Keep on keepin on and all that.
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