Monday, April 12, 2010
Moving right along and the start of a new week is upon us, Over all I did very well this weekend with all aspects of this whole better health thang, almost. Saturday was date night with wify and Clash of the Titans was decent, I felt that it didn't stick to the story exactly but a good watch none the less, call me a movie nerd but Bubo needed to be a character in the flick and he wasn't so it was lacking for me. Anyways, I did get to the gym Saturday afternoon and made an awesome BBQ chicken on the grill with a honey pecan sauce that was pretty amazing with some of my rice and beans but I ended up going over on my calories because of the movie treat. Now before you start snapping your fingers and rolling your eyes because you think that I ate popcorn and chocolate know that I bought an apple, a gallon of green tea and a bag of light sour cream rice cakes to have as a movie snack so though I went over it was by about 250 calories because of the rice cakes and I actually woke up Sunday lighter than Friday.
Sunday we went to a flea market and that messed up my eating program as it was hours between breakfast and lunch and I did not bring anything to drink and refused to pay three dollars for a 12oz bottle of water. I did stay under calories for the day but by 3:00pm I was sunburned if only slightly, tired and hungry and we bought some Turkey breast for lunch and headed home to a picnic lunch out on our picnic table. I did get a couple decent scores at the flea market in the way of a new collapsible fishing pole for my back pack and an old school Starr X bottle opener to put out on my porch as someone is always looking for a way to crack a Corona open for the low low price of $11 for both items, $8 for the pole and $3 for the opener. My father came up for a visit so we didn't really do anything that could be called exercise besides the few hours walking around the flea market but I felt good about the day over all and everyone seemed to have a good time.
My rod and opener.
close up of the bottle opener.
I am heading into this week with high hopes that I will have a great weigh in again come Friday and will do everything in my power to make sure that if I don't that it was not for lack of bust assedness. Being so close to that 300 pound mark has gotten me all Ornery and I am planning to bombard my body with exercise this week while staying within my calorie range which should produce a good number come weeks end. Making good choices where food is the subject is a HUGE part of why I have been able to take off 225 pounds and keep it off, even when I slowed way down with the pace I was still not gaining which showed me that I can maintain without too much change in what I was doing and that really is one of the most important things. If I were to lose all of the weight that I need to lose because I was starving myself and doing an unrealistic plan then when the time came to maintain I would be lost. I am confident that I will keep every last pound off once I reach my goal weight and I will continue to get healthier and stronger every day because I truly have changed the way that I see food and exercise.
In five days time we shall find out how much closer to my goal that I am, in five days time will be another "official" for the blog weigh in and every day that I follow my plan I will be stronger than I was the day before. This is just how it is for me, I don't want to know anything else, I don't want to be on the wrong side of health ever again and I am refusing to walk over there again. I get asked often in emails and or comments about my exercise and the way that I feel about it, in fact just this morning I got an email saying " How did you come to love it as you do?" referring to exercise. I suppose the only answer is that when you have seen 500 plus pounds and what that has to offer, being unable to run with your child, or walk with your wife without turning 12 shades of red and getting soaked with sweat, sore back for 3 days after, or just being left out of most of the things that happen daily and go unappreciated by somebody that's never been as good as tied to a couch an appreciation for the movement occurs. I would compare it to caging an animal for years and making it watch the other animals run care free and untethered while it sat in the cage unable to do anything and then one day opening the cage and letting it go, that animal appreciates the freedom more now than it did before the cage and that's the only way that I can explain it. That and the fact that I love the way that I feel after a good solid workout, my wife says to me when she notices that I am in a not so good mood "Go outside and run around for a few minutes or something" and she says that about 30 minutes of hiking/walking that I suddenly get a case of diarrhea of the mouth so there is obviously more going on than just the un-caging but it is how I feel about it.
My day is starting and I have lots to do so this episode of as the fat guy turns has run its course, Thanks for following and thanks for all of the support. Make sure you drink that H2O and the rest is up to you so before you slip that brownie into your mouth think about how its gonna look on your ass and then decide if you want it, I bet ya put it down.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
The Story you are about to see is true. Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent....This is a day in the life of just your average Joe living and eating with a healthy lifestyle, It was Friday April 9th it was raining in New England and I was assigned to the vice squad working a case, more like a bowl, a bowl of oats to be exact. There was 430 nutrition filled calories in this bowl of goodness and its phallic yellow friend not to mention the splash of Milk,"Vitamin D, calcium, essential for good strong bones and healthy teeth. But that's all Greek to you, isn't it, Mr. Gingivitis?" No not you, I was talking to Streebeck there.
11:30 am, subjects stomach made an odd sound, a rumble if you will so something had to be done, I witnessed a short stroll to the cabinet from my hidden position behind the curtain where the last Cadbury egg was and I got ready to make my move. There was something in his hand, Making out the shape of it was difficult but then I saw the red flesh of the apple in his hand and I relaxed, its only 85 calories and that's good enough for this fella.
A simple enough childs treat of a lunch minus the cut off crusts, not much I could say here, it is what it is I can't fault anyone for a good old fashioned peanut butter and strawberry preserves sandwich, 275 calories and went down as fast as it was built up, not the most satisfying meal but it did the trick and the sounds from the subjects gut had subsided.
An hour later I heard a conversation about some "Red velvet cake" so decided to take a look and since it was only 100 calories it was good to go and hit the spot.
Sesame seed and honey candy from the local health food store, something that no fat kid can ignore, wait did I just say that? I mean its sesame seeds and honey mixed and shaped into a rectangle right? seeds? yes they are indeed delectable and at 25 calories a piece I ate 2 of them on the way out to dinner, and I have come out of the theme I was going with for this post...
When I decided to start taking pictures of everything that I ate Friday for a post I had no clue that Wify was going to say "Hey hon lets go out for dinner tonight, how about Applebees?" so I agreed because of their under 550 calories meals and off we went with Camera in hand. I ordered the Asiago cheese Steak (which I ordered med rare) and veggies to drink? an unsweetened tea! the steak was more medium than rare, I kept the steak as is so that I would not have to wait for a new one to be cooked (it took a long time to come out) and the manager came over and offered us free dessert because of the mistake. I passed on the dessert but we let the kids get sundaes on the house and all in all it was a nice meal that shows that someone on a limited calorie budget CAN go out to dinner and not go over. I counted this meal at the 550 calories that the campaign would lead you to believe that it is but when looking at Applebees nutritional information it claims that the meal is 390 calories but the steak is a 7oz steak so the cals don't exactly add up to me so I just used the 550 calories on my spreadsheet.
Ok back in character for a minute.."My partner and I witnessed that little torchlight picnic you threw last night, we're gonna put you where your kind always ends up - in a seven by seven foot grey-green metal cage in the fifteenth floor of some hundred-year-old penitentiary, with damp, stinking walls and a wooden plank for a bed." Since we know that you're not perfect and it was just a couple fries off of the kids plate you get a pass this time fat boy, but don't let it happen again understand? I have no idea how many calories were in this little grip of fries that I stole off my daughters plate but with a smirk and an insisting voice Wify said that I needed to take a picture of it since its what I was doing so there you have it.
Roughly 9:00 pm I was at 1495 calories (not including the fries) and that's just not acceptable to be that low for me so I needed to make up some calories and a quick table spoon of peanut butter spread over a banana gave me 200 calories bringing me to 1695 for the day.
In addition to all of the tasty goodness that has been presented before you I drank 1 gallon of home brewed green tea, 2 glasses of unsweetened tea and a glass of H20 at Applebees and another 1.25 gallons of straight H2O at home. My calorie total was 1695 for the day and this is pretty typical for me as far as food goes besides the Applebees steak and steak in general as I tend to steer away from red meat usually. There you have it, one random day picked out of plenty of days that look very similar and I think I will do a post like this again as it was interesting, even if the waitress looked at us funny when I was taking pictures of my plate. If you think that this is not a lot of food then you may want to rethink the way that you look at food because honestly I could have stopped at the 1495 pre that banana with peanut butter on it after dinner, its easy when you look at it all spread out like this I think.
1695 calories plus some fries, 8 photos and just the facts ma'am.
Friday, April 09, 2010
I was not expecting much this week because of Easter and my date with some Cadbury creme eggs, I should actually say egg because I only had one but I ate a considerable amount of Easter colored M&M's and some marshmallow peeps. I decided that I would play mister strict this week and weigh, measure and basically be perfect with my calories as well as getting to the gym daily and apparently busting my ass all week has paid off. Last Friday I weighed in at 314.6 pounds and that was up from my lowest ever weight but down from the previous week and I needed to drop 3.7 pounds to stay on course for my under 300 pounds by May 1st goal and I am just going to say that I am more than happy with what the scale said to me today. I will get right to it and say that the number that I saw first was 309.4Lbs, THREE ZERO NINE??? ok lets try this again, 309.4Lbs, I say to Wify "I am going to move the scale to a different part of the floor because that can't be right" into the kitchen and 309.4Lbs so it would appear folks that I have a 5.2 pound drop this week and a new low weight! I am now down a total of 225 pounds, or 42.13% of my total body weight, saying that out loud is nuts to me.
It says 309.6 but I promise it said 309.4 before I picked up the camera! my new low weight!!
This 1969 T250 weighs in at 309 pounds just like moi!
Finally this Zero S electric bike comes in at 225 pounds which is of course what I have lost to date.
With today's weigh in I am a mere 34 pounds from my initial goal of weighing 275 pounds and I have to say that honestly it does not seem right to me that the number is only 34 pounds. Staring down the barrel of having to drop 259 pounds and now that number is only 34 pounds and clearly remembering the feeling of "Oh $hit, there is no way I am going to be able to do this" to being 34 pounds from that goal is kind of surreal if I am being honest. I was once this guy that said "its time to do this the right way and not stop until I get there" all while thinking in the back of my head "You know that's just some bull$hit to try and keep you motivated Tony" but here I am 225 pounds lighter than I was when I began this whole trip to the half.
When I started writing this blog I literally did not expect to be writing it past maybe the first month and now I write in it just about daily and I have 674 posts including this one to date. I called my blog "One mans trip to the half" because I literally had to lose half of my body weight to be even remotely close to a healthy weight and I adjusted my goal to that number which is 267 pounds, at a 267 pound loss I will weigh 267 pounds and be at 50% total body weight lost. I am 42 pounds from having lost half of my total body weight and again that seems fake to me, it feels like it was someone else and I seriously cannot believe that I am accomplishing something of that magnitude because this has been one of the hardest things that I have ever done in my life.
I have changed my life as well as everyone in my families lives by making the decision to get healthy and there is more to that than I write about here in this blog. I did it with pure determination and discipline, I researched weight loss like it was my job, like my life depended on it mostly because it did and I believe that I have changed more than I want to admit in the way that I look at things in general. I did not pay thousands of dollars to some drug company for weight loss pills or the next new thing, I did not go the route of Harvey McDullardsonfengenden zeusmeatball.blogspot.com/2009/10/i-
found-miracle-diet-plan-you-have-to.html and do the jujuberry 7.2 thing, I simply applied what I had learned to my daily life and over the last 2 years changed everything for myself. Today's weigh in caught me by surprise, I was honestly expecting to edge just past 314 pounds and maybe hit 313 but coming in at 309 lbs really put me into a mood this morning. I need to drop about 3 pounds per week from now until May 1st to get to my 300 pound goal on time and I am going to do everything that I can to get there because I honestly feel like once I get there that I will sort of explode into some kind of insane hyper kill every cell in my body workout mode because I never thought it was something possible to do for myself.
I want anyone out there that might be reading this to know that you can lose whatever you need to where fat is concerned with nothing more than hard work and bust assedness yes I just made up a new word because that's what its gonna take to convince you! I am down 225 pounds and I have done it without any miracle plan by just eating less and moving more and I started off at 534 pounds so if I can do it anyone can! after all I WAS voted laziest in my high school year book you can read that post and see the high school picture that proves it! Here zeusmeatball.blogspot.com/2010/03/fa
t-jokes-and-high-school-picture.html . Another week down and 5 more pounds gone with the wind, keep on keepin on, drink that H2O and make sure to tune in again for more mind blowing action in the next episode of Fat man and Blobin!
That's all I got for ya today.
Thursday, April 08, 2010
This week has gone well and its time to get on that scale tomorrow morning, will there be a loss? a gain perhaps? break even? I have a feeling there will be a loss but unsure exactly how much as its been an odd week. Making great choices with my food has been easy besides on Easter Sunday and I know that I was up in weight on Monday but I have been to the gym every day this week as well as taking an after dinner ride on my bike so I have the movement covered. I need to lose 3.7 pounds by tomorrow to be on track where my 300 pounds by May 1st goal goes and I just don't think its going to happen because of last weekend and all of the Easter goodness.
My plan when I began was simple, I was going to count my calories and move as much as I could and I had incredible success with that, I dropped weight like it was my job and did not enjoy my exercise but I did it. Eventually I started lightning up on myself and letting calorie amounts slip slightly, 50 here 75 there but I was amping up the exercise so it was ok that I ate a little more and my weight graph showed a downward trend so I was happy with how I was doing things. Now I am working out 5-6 times per week sometimes 7 days per week and am leaps and bounds ahead of where I started, I do lots of cardio daily and I can see results in the way that I look and feel. I am eating strictly within my calorie limits again, not that I ever really stopped as much as giving myself some wiggle room but I am focused on an end goal of hitting 275 pounds and getting under 300 by May 1st.
This is my weight progression chart starting at day one, click it for a larger image. The larger image is here zeusmeatball.blogspot.com/2010/04/da
y-828-pre-weigh-in-and-my-weight.html on my blogspot page.
Here is a look at yesterdays menu which came in at 1765 total calories.
2 cups honey combs 220
8oz 1% milk 110
1 apple 85
Dark chocolate zone bar 190
3oz dark turkey meat 150
2 slices whole wheat bread 140
1 T miracle whip 40
Yoplait yogurt 100
4oz turkey breast 120
3 slices whole wheat bread 210
1 T miracle whip 40
1 oz dark meat turkey 50
1 eight oz tomato 40
2 pickles 15
1 hard boiled egg 70
1 apple 85
Yoplait yogurt 100
Tomorrow I weigh in and though I don't think there will be a huge loss I do believe that I will weigh less than I did last Friday, whatever it is I know that I am a week stronger than I was. My daughter has no school for the next couple of days so I will be forced to go to the gym later than I normally do which may be a good thing breaking up the rhythm of going at roughly the same time every day so maybe not a bad thing. The mornings number will be another tick mark on my graph, a new number for the record book and hopefully closer to my end goal of weighing less than I do today. Thanks for following along while I whittle my arse into a smaller version of what it is right now, that's it for this episode of as the fat guy turns so make sure to pop on in tomorrow to see what that magical number is.
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
Falling into a groove with my program again and the weather is nice so I have been getting in an extra bike ride after dinner, all is going well. My intake was 1695 for the day, I got to the gym for 55 minutes of cardio and some weight lifting and I drank 2.75 gallons of green tea and H2O but I did fall short on sleep last night by staying up a bit too late, no worries but it should be mentioned. I really have nothing too profound to write about this morning besides the just about perfect day that I had yesterday and the fact that I feel like awesomeness in a box for it. Itís not what you look like, when youíre doin' what youíre doin'. Itís what youíre doin' when youíre doin' what you look like youíre doin'! and that's where I am, the threshold of not caring about whats around me when I workout is being crossed daily and I dare ya to get in my way.
There is a comfort level that seems to come the more weight that comes off and the more that I can see the hard work thats being put into every day that does not exist when you are 500 pounds. Its a hard thing to explain but in my head I call it "being comfortable" creative eh? but what I mean is that with being fat comes the tugging at clothing to make sure a roll is not sucking a shirt in or twisting jeans so that boxers are not riding out of them, its a constant adjustment battle with clothing and rolls that turns into a real hassle that is there all of the time. I see people that are not over weight walking and they look so comfortable and what they are wearing is just that, its clothing and not a sparring partner which is something that's far and in between for us more rotund folks. I think about the chub and what its doing pretty much 24/7, its like it has a mind of its own and I just want to walk down the street without adjusting clothing one time! the day is coming I assure you.
I have tunnel vision right now, I hit the top of a hill and am on the way down and the brakes are not enough until I get the bottom which is hopefully 275 pounds. There is something about the warmer weather that makes me want to just bust ass with the exercise and this week I have been on point with that but am afraid that its not going to show come Friday because of my Easter day escapades with the indulgences. Its funny how one day can completely set a whole week back where the scale is concerned but I find it equally amusing when I have that perfect week and the weight falls off so I ain't crying about it because it is what it is and well, yeah. I have been getting a lot of emails and inquiries about posting up my menus again so I have been doing that and here is yesterdays for you to ponder, notice a pattern from day to day?
2 cups honey combs 220
8oz 1% milk 110
Dark chocolate/almond zone bar 190
3oz turkey breast 90
2 slices whole wheat bread 140
1 T miracle whip 40
6 slices turkey bacon 150
4 slices whole wheat toast 280
1 T Miracle whip 60
12oz mashed turnips 150
1 apple 85
1 Yoplait yogurt 100
1/2 Yoplait yogurt 50
That's a total of 1695 total calories and I drank 1 gallon of green tea and about 1.75 gallons of straight up good old fashioned H2O, I am noticing that I am light on the fruits and veggies lately so that will be adjusted accordingly. Today is going to be the same as yesterday, I will go to the gym, I will drink like a fish, I will eat my allotted calories and I will try and get out for a post dinner bike ride I figure why mess with what works right? Until then stay the course and keep on keepin on and all that, YOU are the only thing holding yourself back so remove the mental from the equation and get moving more and eating less.
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