PHATAV8R's SparkPeople Blog PHATAV8R's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community When you know it went too far.... You know, I haven't always been fat. When I married my wife, I weighed 184#. When I joined the Army, I weighed 194#. When I left the Army, I weighed 235# (and that was because I purposely gained 15# in case they tried to call me back in). But, for nearly 35 years, and especially from age 13 to 35, I was in pretty good shape. From 22 to 35, I was rock hard and doing morning calethentics, running 2 miles, biking 30 miles, swimming a mile, none of it was hard. <BR> <BR> Over the years, even as... Tue, 6 Sep 2011 04:16:31 EST One day... one victory the fact that I am entering this blog, nearly a year since my last one should indicate to any friends observing that something VERY bad went wrong in 2010. <BR> <BR> The BAD was that I lost my job in January due to cutbacks, and spent the better part of 8 months looking for a new job. <BR> <BR> You would think that having all that time on your hands, that I would have spent all day every day working out and getting slim and trim. Not so. It was a struggle each day to motivate myself. I l... Mon, 14 Feb 2011 03:17:48 EST Whooo! Back on course! Man, I thought I wasn't going to get this ship turned around. <BR> <BR> After I started back up a couple weeks back, I had to really fight to get back under control with portions and overall calories. Too many little things I kept doubling up, or eating an extra bowl of cold cereal late at night. <BR> <BR> But, I did keep pounding away at getting back to my running so I could find my 'legs' again. Still on Week 1 of C25K, but that's fine until I get back to below 310#. <BR> <BR> I was doin... Tue, 16 Feb 2010 08:56:08 EST SPARKANNIVERSARY - Year 1 Well, I am back again, it was a pretty bad fall off. Back in November, pressure at work got worse and worse, travel more and more, and I simply gave up the fight. I decided I couldn't do it all. <BR> <BR> Well, I didn't gain much even with giving up my running. I'd get up in the morning, look at the treadmill over there, and still just get ready and leave for work. <BR> <BR> In December, I had the same thing going. Flew more than 30,000 miles (with only one Pacific crossing), and ended up g... Tue, 2 Feb 2010 22:26:55 EST I'm BACK!!! (not that I went far) Okay, well I am back, no I didn't get hit by a car, and I didn't do anything BAD per se, but I haven't been on a tear like I was before my vacation to the US. <BR> <BR> The loneliness of being back in China by myself, traveling 3-4 days a week, then a full weekend without much of a break kind of drug me down. <BR> <BR> I still got 2-3 days of exercise like I had before vacation. But, I wasn't as effective as before, and I was still being pretty darn good with my intake. But my rest patterns... Fri, 9 Oct 2009 05:11:40 EST Running the Freedom Festival Freedom Run 5K Okay, the name is a little long, most of us just call this race the Freedom 5K. <BR> <BR> Now, even though I have been overweight for the majority of the time since I left the military in 1995, I have not been entirely SEDENTARY. <BR> <BR> I have along the way been fairly active, playing golf regularly, jogging sporadically, and for a long time maintained my fitness level relatively well for a guy my size and weight. <BR> <BR> Even today, most people don't believe I carry more than 300# ar... Mon, 13 Jul 2009 23:25:24 EST Not to gloat, but I am a little proud of myself Just returned home to China (weird every time I say that) after my three week vacation (gotta love getting a break from living here). <BR> <BR> So you have the background, my last weigh-in before leaving for the US was on June 10 (got lazy about weighing in when my wife left and I spent 6 of 9 days on the road before I left on the 19th). <BR> <BR> So, on June 10th, I weighed in at 308.10# (I had one WI at 307.6# a couple days before, but last WI was this). <BR> <BR> I figured with my trave... Mon, 13 Jul 2009 22:56:19 EST The Parable of the Sack of Potatoes <img src=""> <BR> <BR> If you have seen my Sparkpage, you note that I celebrate my weight loss with SACKS of POTATOES. I do not claim any original thought for this idea. In fact, it was a friend on a different board (Weight Commander) that actually clued me to using sacks of potatoes as a marker for my journey. <BR> <BR> You see, when your journey is going to be over 100#, you have to find ways of breaking that down. I used to tell people... Mon, 8 Jun 2009 22:56:20 EST As the journey continues (5-26-09) Maybe my whole attitude is wrong, and the 'lifestyle change' is destined to fail, but recently, I have had a hard time LOGGING. I do when I have the time and availability, but the SP site has been slow, and that makes logging difficult. But, more than anything, my travel schedule of late has been hectic. <BR> <BR> Add to that, I have to live off of Chinese food, most if not ALL of which isn't in any food list that SP or anyone else publishes. I have done some research on the types of food ... Tue, 26 May 2009 02:17:54 EST Living in China If you want a thrill, try living in China sometime. <BR> <BR> I know, there are the ones who will say "are you OUT of your mind?" <BR> <BR> There are those who say, "I could do it!" <BR> <BR> And then, there are the ones who look you squarely in the eyes and say, "what's the catch?" <BR> <BR> You see, there IS a catch, actually a bunch of them. But if you can live with learning the language, some of the cultural barriers, and have a pretty good sense of adventure, you can generally surviv... Thu, 19 Mar 2009 09:52:37 EST The FIRST 'sack of potatoes' One of the guys on a board I frequent (also for weight loss support - note to SP, our boards are just not USER friendly, nice, but they get tedious and I get bored with having to sort through every message top to bottom; a nice forum area with php like board messages would be a great addition to SP, sometimes, MORE is not better, look at my waistline!) <BR> <BR> Anyway, that guy, let's call him BOB (since that is in fact his name). He has an interesting habit for every 10# he loses. He post... Mon, 2 Mar 2009 10:24:27 EST On dogs... Two years ago this summer, my big baby boy Grizz had to be put down. In a short matter of three months he went from 105# down to 65#, was listless, and off his food. He still loved to tromp along beside me and play, but then one day he went blind overnight, then he could see, and the next day, it was permanent. <BR> <BR> I took him to the vet here in China, they tested and thought he had lymphoma, they decided to give him some meds and check back. I had to go to the US, so I left him in the ... Fri, 20 Feb 2009 18:51:18 EST Time for Phase III Well, Phase I was just accepting that I was FAT!! MORBIDLY OBESE!! and that I couldn't continue to blame it on my thyroid (which is probably gone stupid due to my weight). <BR> <BR> Anyway, Phase II was getting my diet controlled. No more binges at lunch with McD or KFC, eat my Chinese lunch (which averages only 400 calories if you eat just 1/2 cup of rice), don't eat late, drink the water!! <BR> <BR> And what happened? Oh, well, lets count 10 things that happened: <BR> <BR> 1) I found out... Fri, 20 Feb 2009 11:04:30 EST I didn't have to be FAT!! MORBIDLY OBESE!! even Overweight It didn't have to be like this you know... <BR> <BR> There I was, a military aviator, I had an entire, tax payer paid organization that REQUIRED that I maintain a level of fitness well above that of the 'normal Joe'. But, I wanted to be a civilian, and frankly, I do miss the Army, but I like being free to move where and when I want. <BR> <BR> Now, when I left the military, I kind of gained 19 pounds on purpose (up to 234#), this was intentional to keep the military from coming back in the ... Tue, 10 Feb 2009 22:10:37 EST Chinese New Year I left home on Jan 23 just before the Chinese New Year started for the US. I arrived in Yuma and spent the next couple of days enjoying American food (yeah, I binged okay, so shoot me!). <BR> <BR> Gotta say this: <BR> <BR> 1) In-n-Out? Those burgers SUCK! They are just fat bombs that cause heart burn, who would actually eat that stuff more than once? Gad, any Whopper with Cheese beats those things. <BR> <BR> 2) Subway is still a favorite, gotta love the feeling of eating a good sub that h... Tue, 3 Feb 2009 21:38:53 EST New Beginnings Goodness, don't know what to say really, I only hope that I can be as successful as Anti-Jared in a year. I am much older, but that might not be true if I don't stick with this. <BR> <BR> I have been off and on again for the past few years. <BR> <BR> I will give you the full blown history in my next entry, but suffice it to say, I shouldn't even be here, except to lend morale support. <BR> <BR> Instead, I am the one needs the help, the encouragement, and prayers. <BR> <BR> I guess you cou... Sun, 1 Feb 2009 04:28:15 EST