- Saturday Jan 23, 2021
Wow, kind of depressing -- the last time I posted here I weighed 284 pounds, and now I'm at 330.
The "good" news is that my high between then and now was 417.
That's right, my high used to be 372 and I lost all the way down to the 280s... and then, even though I SAID I'd have to stay vigilant to keep it off, I didn't. And about 3 years later I ballooned up to 417 pounds.
I hung out in the 390s for a few years and then gradually got it down to the 360s for a few more. Then I escaped from Alaska and lost 20 pounds the first year in Arizona, and 15 pounds the second year to get me where I am now. I seem to have plateaued at the 330 level for the last six months, so I need to do something "different" to get things moving down again.
Progress as of today: 87 lbs lost so far, only 110 lbs to go!
- Friday Jul 27, 2007
A couple days ago my wife and I heard that we're Top 10 Finalists in the IsaBody Challenge -- that's a contest that just finished up a few weeks ago. Not sure when we'll hear if we made one of the top 3 "money" positions, but it's kind of cool anyway. =;)
So far I've beat my wife in pounds (although she's *right* behind me), but she's annihilated me in inches lost. She's lost 70 pounds and 72.5 inches since the beginning of February.
Here's a picture showing some of the transformation:
Since that pic was taken 3 weeks ago we've now lost a combined total of 151 pounds. Our queen-sized bed has turned into a king-sized bed!
Progress as of today: 88 lbs lost so far, only 74 lbs to go!
- Thursday Jun 28, 2007
Just finished the last 2-day cleanse and my morning shake tastes SO good after that. =:)
Yesterday my Mom called and said since it was her birthday would we like to join them at iHop. Man, the thought of an omelet was *really* tempting, but we said "no thanks" and were glad we did (well the kids weren't glad, but they didn't get a vote). Since the beginning of February, other than Subway which we do about once a week, we've been out to eat about half a dozen times -- and gone through a place like McD's once, I think (for the kids).
We have saved SO much money by doing this -- especially taking into account that we quit caffeine, too, which means we don't drop several bucks each time we go out on one or more coffee drinks.
So, we save money, we lose a bunch of weight, we have healthier kids -- what's not to like? =;)
I'm wearing shirts that I've NEVER worn before (bought them, then got home and realized I couldn't really sit in them, etc., and so put them away), and my wife is driving me batty at times with her "look at what I can fit into!" dashes into my office (although she's looking VERY hot so I don't really mind the interruptions). =;)
She's about 10-15 pounds behind me at 65 pounds lost since the beginning of February. So between the two of us there are 146 fewer pounds. And not to get explicit, but there are circumstances where that 146 pound loss makes a really NICE difference. (insert innocent look here)
We're done with our contest on Saturday, but will continue losing weight until we hit our goal weights -- should be sometime this year. Saturday we do full pictures, weighing, and measuring -- so I'll post how many inches I've lost, too.
Progress as of today: 81 lbs lost so far, only 81 lbs to go!
- Monday Jun 18, 2007
So, the "secret" that I know now that I didn't know seven years ago is...
...no matter how *positive* I am that I will not gain all the weight back, no matter how *great* I feel being so much lighter...
...it's all a hill of beans if I don't ACTIVELY do the things to keep me lighter.
I had kind of figured that with what I *knew* that I would just automatically eat the way I should, etc. But now I know -- and this can sound really depressing if you let it -- that to maintain my weight when I hit my goal will require that I *constantly* monitor what I eat and do.
My thinking at the time was that I will lose weight and then just coast, but there is no such thing as coasting -- if I take a passive approach to my health I will let the weight creep back on.
When I hit my goal weight I will continue to be on a "diet plan" -- basically for the rest of my life. I know that if I don't I will end up as a big fat guy again -- I can't fool myself about that this time.
So my wife and I don't talk about "when we're done with the diet" -- we talk about "when we're on maintenance." There will be some things we'll do then that we don't do now, but we'll still be "on a diet" for the rest of our lives.
So that's my "secret" -- your diet never ends, because if it does, you will lose the progress you made. But that's really not a bad way to look at things, because a maintenance plan is SO much easier than a diet to lose weight. We'll have pizza again every once in a while, we'll have an ice cream again every once in a while...
...but we'll work it into our healthy lifestyle, instead of living FOR those kinds of things.
Progress as of today: 75 lbs lost so far, only 87 lbs to go!
- Friday May 04, 2007
Okay, it looks like I'm about two weeks away from ducking under the 300-pound mark for the first time in YEARS! It's getting so close I can smell it (and it smells like pizza! rats!).
Today is the 3-month mark on the fitness cleanse my wife and I are doing, so we did "official" weighing and measuring. She's lost 48 pounds so far and I've lost 58 pounds -- or, 106 pounds combined!
That's more than our 13-year old son weighs. We lost a whole kid! =:)
The last time I weighed under 300 pounds was somewhere around the year 2000 -- I was 332 pounds and lost 72 pounds. And at that time I remember feeling so good that I KNEW without a shadow of a doubt that I would never be a big fat guy again.
Yet, a year later I had gained it all back plus more!
So why, now, when I haven't even lost as much weight (yet), do I think this is going to be any different?
Because I found the secret! I found the missing ingredient that I didn't know about seven years ago! If I had known and understood what I know now, I would have NOT gained the weight back.
The missing piece that I now know is...
Oh crud, look at the time. I'll have to finish this tomorrow. (insert innocent look here)
Progress as of today: 65 lbs lost so far, only 97 lbs to go!
- Wednesday Apr 18, 2007
No time to write much, but today was the official weigh day and I clocked in at 316. I've slowed down, but still feel pretty good about how things are going in general.
Still haven't started doing ANY exercise and only walking about 1 time per week, so I feel pretty BAD about how that's going. I really need to kick it up a gear if I want to make significant headway.
Back to work now, more later!
Progress as of today: 56 lbs lost so far, only 106 lbs to go!
- Thursday Apr 05, 2007
(The Unnamed Diet)
Today was the 60-day mark in my new diet and I'd hoped to get into the teens, but I'll get there next week.
Total loss in the last two months: 44 pounds and 38 3/4 inches! Woohoo!
My wife has lost 36 pounds and 34 inches, so we're both very happy.
This evening my wife came home from the store and my son brought in a bag of dog food over his shoulder. I could tell it was heavy, so I asked how much it was -- and the bag said 44 pounds! Exactly what I've lost in the last two months. So I picked up the bag and I couldn't freaking believe it!
I'd been carrying that much weight around every minute of every day, week after week, month after month... No wonder my knees hurt, my back hurt -- no wonder I could barely make it up a flight of stairs!
I am still a BIG guy, but seeing and feeling 44-pounds like that was a real mind-bender. While I might have a long way to go, getting that much weight off is a VERY good thing!
I don't know how long I can keep my 22-pounds per month average going, but even if I drop to 18.5 pounds average, I can be at my goal weight the first of October. And even before I get there, I'll be enjoying the benefits of being lighter. I already AM enjoying that! =;)
Oh, I took my CPAP machine back -- I've lost enough weight that I don't have sleep apnea anymore. I don't have to sleep in a space mask anymore! Woohoo! =;)
Progress as of today: 51 lbs lost so far, only 111 lbs to go!
- Wednesday Mar 28, 2007
(The Unnamed Diet)
Things are still going well -- and last week my wife and I had some *awesome* walking sessions! Real sweat-inducing walks that made us feel like we had actually DONE something! Today at lunch we talked about looking at doing some weight-lifting type of stuff a couple days a week to try and build some muscle while losing the fat.
It felt like I had really slowed down in losing weight, but when I look back over the last few weeks I can see the downward progression. I think part of the problem was my stinking bathroom scales -- I need to take and throw it into the trees behind the house. If I close one eye it weighs different, if there's a cloud in the sky it weighs different. It's maddening. So I decided (again) to just go to the Dr office every couple weeks and get an "official" weight (that's what I did today).
I thought of another present I want to get for myself when I hit a certain weight -- maybe 285 since that's what I was when I got married -- a set of those Bowflex dumbbells. Have you seen them? They're really cool, you just dial in a weight and lift them up and that much weight stays attached to the bar. The only problem is they cost something like $400-$500 -- ouch!
Oh, maybe as a cool halfway celebration -- that's about the 291 mark. Close enough to wedding weight. =:)
Progress as of today: 46 lbs lost so far, only 116 lbs to go!
- Monday Mar 19, 2007
(The Unnamed Diet)
Okay, I'll admit, my declaration that I'd commit to at least 20 minutes of exercise per day meant squat. Since then I've been so busy with work that I don't think I did ONE DAY of exercise, except for yesterday.
As we were leaving the church parking lot, my wife said, why don't we go walking? I turned left instead of right and we went to the sports complex. We only walked for 30 minutes, but it was the best freaking walk I've had in a looong time! I actually even (carefully) jogged for one length of the track a couple times. Most of the rest of the time I walked much faster than usual.
Later in the day I told my wife I was glad she made the suggestion, because I wouldn't have gone ottherwise. She told me she was surprised I took everyone -- and said when I turned that direction she mutterd to herself, "No, not really, I don't feel like walking!" But we both agreed it turned out to be REALLY good for both of us.
In fact, as soon as my thyroid pill kicks in and I can have my morning shake, we're going to grab our daughter (and leave our son snoozing) and go again.
A couple weeks ago my wife and I entered a "fitness challenge" where 50% of your score is from your before and after pictures, and 50% is from an essay you write about how your weight-loss has changed your life. We have 3.5 months until the end of the contest and if we can keep going the way we have, we should have some dramatic results. In the last six weeks we've lost over 70 pounds together -- which is what our daughter weighs. We've lost a whole kid! =:)
Oh, my mother saw how good we were doing and decided to give this a shot -- she's now lost 27 pounds in 3 weeks. Pretty good for a 71-year old woman, wheelchair-bound, whose Dr. told her to "give up on the idea that you can lose significant weight" eh? She's so enthused now - she says she finally feels like she has some hope.
My rented CPAP machine goes back to the pharmacy in just under 2 weeks. I *think* I'll be down low enough that my sleep apnea should be gone -- or gone enough not to need the machine anymore. It was, honestly, a life-saver when I got it, but I'll be glad to see it go.
My biggest goal right now is to lose enough weight so that I can wear my black leather jacket again. =:) I think it'll start fitting again in about 40 pounds, so this summer I should be able to be "cool" again! Of course, one reward when I hit my goal weight is going to be buying myself a NEW black leather jacket since this one will be too big! =;)
Progress as of today: 39 lbs lost so far, only 131 lbs to go!
- Sunday Mar 04, 2007
(The Unnamed Diet)
Okay, only a 1-pound loss since a couple days ago, but the big thing is, I'm down into the 330s! I always like it when I go down into another bracket. =;)
Yesterday was the end of my first 30-day program and my totals were 25 pounds lost and 22 inches lost (almost 2 feet!) -- including enough in my hands, believe it or not, that I can once again wear my wedding ring! It had been living on my keyring for about the last two years, but it's back on my finger now where it belongs.
Another big thing is that I'm wearing jeans today for the first time in YEARS! Okay, they're the "Long Haul" jeans made for truckers with big bellies, but I'd put them away a long time ago because even those were too tight.
I came out of the bedroom wearing black jeans and black t-shirt and one of my kids said, "Dad, you look cool!"
Yeah, baby, that's me. =;)
Progress as of today: 30.4 lbs lost so far, only 139.6 lbs to go!