Friday, May 07, 2010
Well as of this morning I am at 316 I'm still losing on my plan and I'm 12 away from my lowest point at 304.
I was experimenting for the past 2 months or so with my diet and exercise, and just like the MAD scientist, it all blew up in my face. But over all it was a lesson that I had to learn and understand.
I have had a huge amount of success with dieting this past year at one point having lost 132.5 total pounds. Trust me I really didn't want to gain any of it back but this experiment was necessary to learn how fast going back to a "regular" diet even while continuing to exercise a lot could still damage my success, and my future health.
I have had so many people ask me what I have done to lose so much weight, so I tell them, THE WHOLE STORY (If you don't know the story you can read about it in my first few blogs), just to save space here.
About the time I get to explaining tracking my food RELIGIOUSLY, and then cutting out stuff like soda, cookies, butter, mayo, and other toppings (I LOVE ME SOME TOPPINGS). They get real frustrated, and say "Oh, that's way too much work, I COULD NEVER DO THAT. To which I respond "That's exactly what I thought until I was REALLY motivated to get it done.
NOBODY I know took on the task of trying to do what I did, because it sounded SOOOO HARD, they just kept encouraging me letting me know how great I looked all the time, stumped on how they could implement the same life change that I had accomplished.
Ever since I began exercising (Mid January) my workouts have continued to increase in intensity yet my weight except for right at the beginning had remained pretty stable, not really moving up or down :'(
I had learned how to lose weight without exercising, but now that I could exercise why didn't the pounds continue to fly away???
So that was the reason for the experiment to adjust diet and exercise to find a balance, if I wasn't going to lose anymore weight whats the point of keeping myself from foods that I LOVE??? While still killing myself in the gym??? I wanted the weight to continue to fly off, but I didn't want to lose the muscle that I had worked so hard to build. BTW part of my gain was muscle as I still dropped "size" while gaining the weight. I am now 3x stronger than when I first started in January, and my endurance is so good compared to where I was (when I started at 436 -450 if I go all the way back to Feb '09-, I couldn't walk up 5 stairs without pain in my knees or having to stop to catch my breath at the top). Now I am getting ready to RUN a 5k in 3 weeks.
SO THATS THE ISSUE I HAVE
ENTER some friends who have been on the Medifast program for over 2 years who have lost weight comparable to the percentage that I had lost "doing it my way" and when I asked them about the program they were able to easily explain it to me, and like I have said before it sounds very similar to what I did with all the tracking and measuring and supplementing with vitamins, etc, etc, etc. WHEW makes me tired just thinking about all I had to do.
SIMPLICITY - That is what its going to take so that I can help others achieve the same success that I have had, I LEARNED THAT MUCH, FOR SURE.
Medifast = 5 pre-packaged meals per day, then I cook 1 meal of lean protein and vegetables, and the final result, pretty much the same as "my plan" spread over 6 meals rather than just 3, less calories per meal + 6 meals = FAT BURNING ALL THE DAY LONG. WOOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
HOW COULD IT BE ANY EASIER
The exercise portion I will need to continue to figure out as I go, but for now I have a greater need to lose the weight (about 100 more pounds, Grrrrrr) and tone up, I can build muscle later after the WEIGHT IS GONE.
So after searching for so long I have found the "easy" dietary plan
Check it out online and let me know what you think. I have learned to include the brains of others in processing information, so I can see it from every angle as others may have insight. My wife says her only worry is that when I go back to "regular store bought food" I will just gain the weight back, my answer to that is, that is what happened over the last 2 months, and "my diet" was all store bought and a lot of work.
I NOW KNOW THAT I WILL HAVE TO WATCH WHAT I EAT FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE, BECAUSE MY BODY REALLY LIKES BEING FAT,
ITS JUST THE PERSON THAT HAS TO WEAR THE BODY THAT DOESN'T LIKE TO BE FAT
Please check it out and let me know what you think
When I am successful at this I will also be looking at becoming a Take Shape For Life Health Coach, so I am really interested in what everybody thinks.
Thursday, May 06, 2010
Last night my wife and I decided that I would be starting the Medifast plan. I will meet with my health coach today (I actually saw her last night at a Love Song concert and told her the good news), and order my first months worth of food. It looks like it will cost me about $250 to start my first month (I found a $50 coupon, WOO HOO). My Health Coach thinks that I would be a great Health Coach so she is trying to talk me into that side of the program also (We'll see). I definitely know many, many people who would benefit from the Medifast program but I want to be the guinea pig so to speak before I ask anyone else to make the commitment to the same program.
On paper it looks as though I will do well with Medifast as it is very similar to how I lost my first 130lbs, minus all the weighing of food and counting my calories.
I will continue to update you all on the ups and downs of my new challenge, this morning May 6th I weighed 318. My lowest weight has been 304 and that was approximately 8 weeks ago, but since that time I continued to workout but, my eating habits have not been good at all. About 3 weeks ago I actually hit a high of 332lbs, and since then I have gotten back to eating correctly. I still have about 100lbs that I would like to lose, which would have me somewhere in the 200-225lb range, and I think that will be perfect for me at 6' tall.
If there is anyone else who would like to start the program with me please send me a private message, I would really love to have a team with me so that we can support each other.
SO WHO IS WITH ME???
LETS ENJOY THE RIDE
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Where is your cell phone?
Your favorite thing?
Your dream last night?
What room are you in?
Where do you want to be in 6 years?
Where were you last night?
Something that you aren't?
Wish list item?
Last thing you did?
What are you wearing?
Something you're not wearing?
Your favorite store?
Your favorite color?
When is the last time you cried?
Where do you go over and over?
Five people who email me regularly?
Abel, Ontiveros, Kint, Newsom, ???
Favorite place to eat?
Favorite place I'd like to be right now?
Monday, March 08, 2010
Jump up and down and scream like a little girl...
That is exactly how I felt Saturday morning as I completed my first mile run in over 25 years (I even went an extra 10 steps, JUST TO BE SURE).
This week was huge I jogged, walked, ellipticaled, or rode a stationary bike 43.73 miles, which included that first mile (15 minutes) in over a quarter century, and a 20 mile bike ride (72 minutes).
I remember where I was when I started this whole ride, only because its been less than 8 weeks (January 11th) since my first workout, and I truly believe
"if I can, ANYONE CAN."
For many years I have been the ultimate "Recliner" (I dont sit on our couch) Potato. I have even joined a group on SP called C25K (Couch to 5K) just to help me prepare for our local Grubstakes Days 5k on May 30th (12 weeks away). If I happen to be able to complete it I will have gone from a literal SIT STILL (for years, even having to coach my volleyball team while sitting in a chair at practices), to somehow coming up with the completely STUPID idea to run in a 5k in less than 20 weeks of preparation.
Like I said if I can, ANYONE CAN.
I am even trying to CON-vince some of my friends and co-workers into joining me, "just for the "fun" of it. LOL
WHO WANTS TO JOIN ME???
On that sunny, Southern California, Sunday morning in May???
Hey, no worries we can recover on Monday because its Memorial Day and we get to sleep in, RIGHT???
ENJOY THE RUN
Thursday, March 04, 2010
This is the motto from now on, GO HARDCORE or GO HOME.
I figure if I am going to stop losing for a little while at least, what I'm going to do is workout as hard as I can "amping up" my workouts so that, even if I dont lose weight at least I will "TIGHTEN and TONE" what I do have.
So for instance I havent figured out "exactly" what I am doing for the weight training portion of my workout (I do know it will me a "heavy" leg day), I KNOW I will be riding a stationary bike for a distance of 20 miles. I figure the ride will take me about 75-80 (if the "cheeks" on my backside aren't rubbed RAW). Which could bring me to a total of 200 fitness minutes for the day (WHEW).
I am done whining about oh poor me. I figure if the scale is no longer "MY FRIEND" then I need new friends (besides all of you, of course), and I will be starting with Mr. TAPE MEASURE.
I have decided that if I weigh 300+ lbs but I am ripped and solid, I DONT CARE. I will just have to put on my "pro wrestler" alter ego "Mr. NUKE'M" (don't make me NUKE you, my signature move the D BOMB).
SO WHO'S WITH ME??? BECAUSE IT'S TIME TO
GO HARDCORE or GO HOME (insert D BOMB here) BOOOOOOOOOOOOM
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