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.
Monday, April 05, 2010
I choose to live a life that is healthy and full of movement, I choose this for me as I choose this for anyone in my life and I choose this because I must. Having seen the wrong side of health for far too many years a decision was made to take control back away from something not in my control for too long and the way that I live now is a complete 180 from where I began when I started writing this blog. I go to the gym because it is a tool for my health, I eat the foods that I eat because its what I need to do in order to live life on my terms and I am a changed man from making these choices. Once upon a time there was a fella that had all but given up on any chance of ever doing half of the things that I do now and honestly had no idea what to do about a situation that was getting worse by the day yet here I am today 220 pounds lighter than I once was and in the best shape of my life.
Anyone can do this, yes that means you! Today I will go to the gym and I will do 45 to 60 minutes of cardio, I will lift weights for my shoulders, biceps, and back and I will do this not only because I have to but because I enjoy it. When I am done at the gym I will play in my yard with my daughter for a while and take a bike ride after dinner not because I have to or enjoy it though both are true but because I Can. In the not so distant past some of what I do now was but a pipe dream as I watched through the window at other people doing these remedial tasks and taking a ride on a bike was simply not a possibility at that weight or level of conditioning, to run around the yard with my daughter was an impossible thing and that bothered me immensely more than I let on because of pride. So today I do my cardio, I run with my little girl, I ride my bike and I live because I can and because its what I choose to do, I am not limited by the physical me any more.
Having lived life at 534 pounds, if you want to call it living, I can fully appreciate how I live today. Making my way down towards a healthy weight has become like a job to me and I will get there, I will be where I want to be with my weight and health and nobody can stop that, nobody but me that is. Making choices to do things that allow me to do things is how this whole thing works, I choose to eat the 4oz of turkey with dinner so that I can run in the yard with my daughter, I choose to drink nothing but green tea and water so that I can do 60 minutes of cardio training and not worry about a heart attack and I choose to do that cardio daily so that I am not limited by myself from doing anything that i want to do.
You can do this too, you can have everything that you want not because I say so but because its true and once upon a time I was on the other side of the equation reading a blog written by some other person that had lost a ton of weight thinking about how I couldn't do it, yet here I am, 220 pounds less of a man physically and 1000 time more the man that I was just two short years ago because of a choice to do something about it.
Ask yourself if its harder to miss out on all of the things that life offers or to put that cheeseburger down and move that ass just a little bit more, answer honestly and its not really a hard choice at all.
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