Saturday, October 22, 2011
Losing weight feels awesome. Seriously, it does. I went for years, just gaining a few pounds here and there, vowing to never to let my weight go over a certain number. Those numbers were always slowly eclipsed and a new "magic number" would be set in my head.
The last "magic number" I set was 300 lbs. I floated around 295 for a couple of years and felt that 295 lbs was indeed my "place". Then I went to the Dr.'s office one day and their scale said 305! Blasphemy! That scale was wrong ( I swear the scales at Dr.'s offices are always 10 pounds heavy). When I got home I weighed myself and my scale said 301.
So now my "magic number" had no magic left. Over the next 2 years I climbed to 320 and felt miserable. Of course I had tried many times to change my lifestyle, eat healthier, workout, etc. Seems like the best I could do would be to lose 10-15 lbs before some sort of physical setback would occur and I would sink back into a cycle of self loathing, anger and depression.
Ah, the memories.
But I haven't felt THAT bad in months. Despite several physical problems (old and new) I feel pretty good, both overall and about myself. It's a refreshing change. I'd like to keep feeling this way, I almost like myself now!!
I am currently at a weight that I haven't seen since the summer of 1994. July of '94 to be more precise. Weighed in at 260 at a Dr.'s office in San Francisco, five months after herniating discs in my lower back. When I was injured, I was 222 lbs, body fat under 10% and lifted weights and did stair master 6 days a week. 5 months of barely being able to walk and the depression that came with the injury led to 40lbs of weight gain. And it just kept piling on over the years.
Until April 12 of this year when I joined a local biggest loser contest. Honestly I joined to try and win the cash prize (first place ended up getting $1,600) but after the first week losing weight, I was hooked. I also signed up on SparkPeople that night, best idea ever! At week 6 I started the 4 Hour Body diet and have been very consistent since then. I didn't win the cash prize, but I have won so much more than that. I feel like I have really won some of my life back.
At this point in my journey, I truly hope that a few people have found at least a little inspiration in my story. I don't want nor need a cult following, but hopefully my words have resonated with somebody, somewhere. If I have helped one person stay on track or get back on track I will have done my duty.
Sorry for the long winded nature of this post, sometimes the words just seem to fall out of my head like so much literary vomit. On to the numbers!!
Weight : 256.7
Lost : 2.3
Total : 60.5
So, 2.3 lbs gone and broke the 60lb barrier this week. Yay me!
People should not be afraid of their governments; governments should be afraid of the people.
Saturday, October 15, 2011
This week was better overall than last week. I ate better (not perfectly though) and had a better weigh in.
It's been a long week and I haven't slept well. I really don't feel like doing a lot of writing here today, not feeling inspired. I'll just post my numbers and bid you adieu.
Weight : 259.0
Lost : 2.2
Total : 58.2
There you go, 2.2 lbs this week. Would have liked to have had more, after last week's poor showing, but it's still a good loss.
Thank you and goodnight,
Saturday, October 08, 2011
Not going to write much this week as I have a busy day today and I just don't feel like writing.
I had a bad week, I cheated on multiple days, ate things I know I shouldn't have and snacked too much at night. These things happen. It's not the end of the world, just a bad week for losing weight.
I'm not going to lose any sleep over it, just plan on sticking to my system much better this week and trying to get back on track. The last month or so I have noticed myself slipping, perhaps it is my subconscious giving me permission to cheat a little here and there because I've done so well. Whatever it is, I must be more vigilant if I am to ever reach my goal.
So here's the numbers for the week:
Weight : 261.2
Lost : .1
Total : 56
That's it, .1, one tenth of a pound, 1.6 ounces. I'm glad that I didn't gain, but it's hard to be happy about what I lost.
Oh well, there's always next week.
Saturday, October 01, 2011
Hello fellow intrepid explorers of the journey to better health,
The weather her in central California has begun to turn. It has been in the mid 80's most of the week, with yesterday's high only hitting 79. It's nice to go out side and not feel like the sun's UV rays are cooking you. Summer temps were relatively mild, but we had a higher concentration of UV so it always felt like you were burning in the sun.
I had a pretty good week, although I did have a cheeseburger and chili cheese fries on Tuesday night :( Other than that I was a good boy, I swear! Drank lots of water ( I always do!) and watched what I ate.
Today marks the beginning of October and the beginning of the second half of my weight loss journey. What that means is that I reached my 55lb loss mark which was my halfway point. I needed to lose 1.3 lbs to get there, and I did it, and then some :)
Weight : 261.3
Lost : 2.2
Total : 55.9
So there you have it. I reached my goal and went over it by almost a full pound. I am a little proud of myself for accomplishing what I have so far. I had been telling myself that when I reached the halfway point I would hop off of this wagon for a week, just relax and eat what I wanted. No tracking or even logging into Spark, that would be my reward. But the hell with that. I don't want to take a break and come back 5 lbs above my halfway milestone, I want to continue to ride this baby til the wheels fall off. Then I'll put new wheels on it and keep riding it some more! I'm on a roll here, I've got some momentum built up and I want to capitalize on it.
So, no break for me, I'm going to keep on tracking my intake, eating clean, drinking 10-14 glasses of water a day and dropping 1-3 lbs a week until I can't do it anymore. I've got 54.1 lbs left to go on my goal and come hell or high water I'm going to make it there.
Now, who's with me!!
Saturday, September 24, 2011
This was a pretty good week for me. Not much in the way of cheating, I did have 2 Keebler cookies though :) Was mid 90's all week, but this weekend is going to be in the 80's so that will be nice.
I want to be more active now that I've lost 50 lbs, but my body just won't cooperate. It's tough when you abused your body when you were younger and then you get a bit older and things don't want to work like they should! Maybe someday I'll find a job and be able to afford insurance and get some of these things taken care of, maybe.
Anyway, you didn't come here to listen to me complain, let's get to the numbers:
Weight : 263.5
Lost : 2.2
Total : 53.7
Overall a good week. If I lose at least 1.3 lbs next week that will be a total of 55 lbs, which is my halfway mark. I think I can do it :)
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