Tuesday, April 22, 2008
I am a 30 something father of 2 children and husband to the most incredible woman on the planet. with that said I was also well above five hundred pounds just four months ago. It was rare that I was not the biggest guy in the crowd, I stand six foot five inches and have a large frame to go with the height and weight add the weight lifting from my late teens to early twenties and, well, You have a pretty large fellow. I never let it bother me and it did not keep me from doing what I wanted to do when I wanted to do it. then about 7 years ago I suffered a back injury, a couple disks in my back were injured and I was basically immobilized for about a year and a half, I couldn't work and was basically miserable. the following 5 years I basically because of the lack of strength in my back and or the presence of pain gained a lot of weight, blowing up to the 500+ pound stature that I was until recently. I never even noticed that life was passing me by or that I was excluding myself from things that I would in the past do. maybe it was pride controlling how I was acting or maybe the fact that I did not want to admit that there was a problem, I don't know, But I do know there was a change in who I was. I recently (a year ago) moved back to my home state of CT from CA and started thinking about how things have changed in the past 7 years and was getting frustrated because I could see the change in myself more clear now since I was "back home" and my wife was growing more concerned with my weight by the day. so I started looking into a weight loss surgery and the more I read the less I liked the idea of having someone go into my body and cut things up and relocate things and force me to not eat as much as I had to have been to reach this size. then I read that death could be a side effect of the surgery, now I know that it could very well mean just because I would be going under for the procedure that there was a risk, I honestly did not look any further than that so I don't know where the risk comes in..I don't care. the mere suggestion that death was an option was enough to make me not want it, this was the first time in my adult life that I had felt fear and that is what has driven me to lose this weight. I have 2 children and a wife that loves me, death is not an option. besides, all that surgery would be for me is willpower at the edge of a scalpel. did I lack the willpower to not let myself die? was I really that weak? me? the guy that never let anything get to him or stop his forward motion? would I miss out on my daughter growing up only because I lacked the willpower to do something about it? No way, something clicked and the "old me" took over again, a decision was made.
112 days later and 83 lbs gone here I am. this is not a decision to lose a few pounds, this is not a decision "try" to lose weight. this is a decision by me to live and do what I have to do to see that my family has me around for a long time. and in the words of Forrest Gump. That's all I have to say about that.
Friday, April 18, 2008
This 1982 Suzuki GS 550 weighs in at 451 lbs
Day 108 & weighing in
I made it under the first little tick on that spark scale thingy! it is marked at 452.75 lbs and i made it to 451 this morning!
Another day to weigh in has come, I got on the scale three times, the first time it said 450.4 lbs, then the second time it said 450.4 lbs, wow I thought not bad, third time on it said 451 lbs, so we will call it 451 for the "official" weight for the week, so loss of 3 lbs for the week. not as bad as I thought it was going to be and more than last week actually. all week the scale told me I was not going to have a good loss and here I am, its Friday and a more than 3 lb loss. I would count it as 450 but that 451 popped in there on the third try and I always record the highest number as my weight for the week.
Calories came in at 1355 for the one hundred and eighth day so a little lower than the target 1500 but I am not too worried about that, it usually evens its self out. I plan on upping the exercise this week back to what it was a couple weeks ago, I feel as though I have been slacking this past week or two where exercise is concerned. the plan is to get in a walk five times a week and start doing my stretch routine along with the push ups and light weight work along with that walking. unfortunately I still cannot locate a pedal for my bike, (in all honesty I have not looked real hard lately). also I am going to be looking at what I eat this week a little closer just to get back to basics as I feel like I am getting too comfortable with this regimen.
I am happy with the loss and we shall see where the next week brings us. slow and steady wins the race, there is no miracle plan or pill that will make the weight come off. the only way is by being determined and doing what needs to be done yourself without straying off of the path. Thats all she wrote
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Many of you that read this blog daily know that I donít eat beef products because I do not like the idea of eating cloned meat, who would have ever thought that George Lucas had it right when he wrote Star Wars so many years ago? Now I know that cloned cattle and storm troopers are not exactly the same but the concept is. The cloned animals are Frankensteined into profit for the big company that can afford the process of inserting the DNA from a super cow or super bull into an empty egg taken from a donor and literally shocking it into life, and then in a dish it grows into their prize money maker, not unlike the Jedi did with good old Boba Fett making all of those Storm troopers. So this animal grown from some DNA cells and an empty egg gets cut into pieces and ends up on our kitchen tables, and where does that leave the little guy farmer in all of this? Yep, you guessed it, out of business because he canít compete with the big company thatís cloning the food that we willingly put into our bodies. No thanks none for this fella.
There is nothing from the FDA that states that the cloned meat has to be labeled that way. Any package of beef or gallon of milk in the supermarket may just be from a cloned animal and yet you have no way to make the choice whether you want to eat it or not, I read a poll once which showed that more than 60% of consumers would not buy cloned beef if it was labeled, I just do not agree with it, it feels like they are slipping something into our daily life that just doesnít need to be there, what exactly is wrong with the cattle that we have been eating all of these years without cloning? Itís all about money and not about anything more than that. If we accept this then the next thing may be bigger, after all weíve all been eating the cloned meat and no one has died, right? I cannot stress enough how much I do not agree with it.
Everyone is entitled to their opinion on the subject, and there is mine. It is something to think about, whether you want to eat beef that was naturally born and slaughtered or if you want to put an animal into your mouth that was genetically created in a lab because it happened to have some good genes or produced more milk than the cow standing next to it. I am against it and will not eat anything that I know has a chance of being cloned livestock, unfortunately for me this includes pigs as well as cattle so I am limited to fish and fowl for now. hopefully I can get some good fishing in this year and get some fresh caught fish in the freezer so I can avoid store bought meat all together at least for some meals.
Friday, April 11, 2008
This Zo6 Corvette engine weighs in at 454 pounds
101 days into this now
I knew the loss would not be big this week but I am happy because there was a loss, I weighed in at 454 lbs this morning, which is a two pound loss for the week, coming off of an 8 lb loss from last week and being sick I call 2 lbs great. yesterday I was 453 in the morning but I know I was a bit dehydrated at that point so I drank more than usual yesterday which is probably contributing to todays weigh in, but the scale said 454 so thats what it gets recorded at. two more pounds that is not on my body is good news to me.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Grilled turkey burgers with home made fries
An evening interlude
I just thought I would post up a quick interlude for the evening, I am in the mood to write and I took a picture of my dinner, which the dinner was fantastic. we made Turkey burgers out of some ground turkey that I seasoned and diced some onion into and tossed on the grill. everyone in the house liked them and they smelled great too, with them I made some home made french fries which also turned out great, I basically just cut up and seasoned some russet potatoes. I had 2 burgers (4oz each) with onion, pickles, spicy mustard and ketchup on them with 5oz of the french fries. it was way too much food but I was low on calories for today, for some reason all I had was some fruit and a soup at lunch so the meal could have been only one burger and been enough to fill me up. the best part you ask? the entire meal was only 585 calories including the condiments! if you were to have only one burger cut the calories by 220 + condiments, so it would be 365 calories for everything minus one burger. This will be added to my meals. its not as good as a nice fat juicy Cheese burger but its very close and for a nice low amount of calories.
I may post up exactly how it was prepared and cooked in a later post for reference but it was pretty simple and in my opinion it was very tasty and you cannot argue with the low calorie count, the only complaint that I have is the ground turkey grosses me out a bit, but thats because I have this thing about raw fowl, it gives me the willys. Thats all folks.
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