Friday, April 29, 2011

Weigh-in today: 382

So I weighed today: 382.  Some thoughts:

1.) That's just 5 pounds in the last 2 weeks, down from 7 points the last 2 times I have weighed.  But that doesn't bother me. I've been lifting weights more, it could just be muscle mass increasing.

2.) For April, I lost 12 pounds.  I could be losing it faster, but that's really of no use to me. To lose it faster, I would either have to overdo the cardio at the gym or drastically cut how much I'm eating.  There's no point to either...If I'm not going to do it the rest of my life, I'm not going to do it.

3.) So...onward and upward.  But these next 2 weeks, I will tighten up the eating plan and increase the cardio somewhat, just to nudge the number down.

I'm figuring it's going to take another year, year and a half to lose the rest of this weight.  So I'm right on schedule.

Next weigh-in: May 13.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Preparing for 2012

I decided I would make and hang up something to remember the 2011 Bridge Run by.  It will serve as a reminder of what I need to do to get ready for the 2012 Bridge Run.  I definitely want to improve my time drastically!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Get some exercise!

One thing I have come to realize is that it's not hard to get some...any...exercise. Even if you're really heavy, there are all sorts of opportunities to get exercise. You can:

1.) Go walking.  Start with 15 minutes a day, then expand it.  That's what I did. You don't need a gym membership to go walking.  Find a local walking trail.  Use your sidewalks (if you have them.)  Walk at the mall.

2.) Lift weights. You don't even need weights to do this.  Just use something that has weight to it, like a gallon jug of water (approximately 8 pounds.)  Or a can of tomatoes. Or whatever.

3.) Use a chair.  One exercise my coach at work taught the sit down and stand up exercise.  It is amazing how much effort that requires when you're out of shape.  The good news is gets easier and you can do more.

So get to excuses! Do something!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

On the subject of inspiration....

I hear this nearly every day:

"You are inspiring me."

"You are such an inspiration."

I am very appreciative every time somebody says it.  But really, you don't need me to be inspired.  Whatever it is you're wanting to do (stop smoking, lose weight, etc.) the inspiration, the motivation, the all exists within you.

All you have to do is get started.  I promise you can do it. It may seem impossible, but don't look that far ahead. Work in very small increments.

Because remember: it's not bragging if you can do it.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

The Bridge Run photo is in!

This is from April 2, 2011 near the finish line. It was a long 6.2 miles, but I am glad I finished. Thanks Island Photography!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Sugar, Salt, Fat....all rolled into one.

Today's outrageous food item comes to us courtesy of Digiorno....Pizza and Cookies!

What's next?  Some ice cream in the box? Why not?

This is a free country.  Digiorno can do whatever they want.  But this is a prime example of a company loading up a food item with as much sugar, fat and salt as possible.

Nestle, the owner of Digiorno, doesn't supply nutrition information on their website, but I can only imagine. 

Update: offers a full video review and nutrition information.  If you ate the whole pizza and all the cookies in the box, you would be consuming 2,880 calories, 139 grams of fat and 5,160mg of sodium. 

Today's weigh-in: 387

Weighed today, 387.  Some thoughts:

It is hard to believe, but I am only 10 pounds away from 377...which will be the 200 lost mark. But there is no looking back.

I weigh every two weeks, so I am always sure to register a loss, but not be obsessive about it.  I've increased my physical activity and so it seems 3 1/2 pounds a week is about the average.  I will take it.

The eating continues to be the same: 2,500 (some days as high as 2,800) calories.  The one thing I've learned with this is I will lose more weight if I eat slightly more and work out harder.

When I was working out less and eating less, the weight loss slowed way down.  Isn't it funny how that works?

So what is the goal?  I want to weigh less than I ever have my adult life.  I once weighed 199 a long time ago, and I'd like to beat that. It is tempting to say I want to weigh 177 so I can say I lost 400 pounds, but I might look just a little too thin at that weight.

Today is a great day! Now off to the gym to pump some iron!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Food designed to kill you

I have been reading "The End of Overeating," by David Kessler...and my friends, this is one good read.

The book spends the first 100 pages talking about the science behind why people overeat. And yes, it is a science. It is no accident that people overeat and the national waistline is expanding.  The book makes some interesting points:

1.) Food is engineered by restaurants and food companies to make you eat as much as possible. This is done through "loading" the food with as much sugar, fat and salt as possible.

2.) Food is now engineered to require less chewing, so you will eat faster.

3.) Sugar, fat and salt stimulate the reward system/pleasure center in your brain.

4.) People are stimulated to eat through certain cues, memories, triggers, etc.

I'm about halfway through the book...but it is fascinating and I believe every bit of it.  Now more than ever, I believe food addiction is real.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Down to a Size 11

That's right, I am down to a size 11....shoe, that is.

One of the side benefits of losing so much weight is your feet shrink.  To that end, I am down from a size 12 to a size 11.  I also don't need the "big and tall" socks anymore.  Regular ones fit fine. 

And one more thing: for the first time since...oh...about 1999....I was able to buy a pair of pants off the rack and wear them with no alterations.  They're a bit long, but who cares. 

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

My video from the 2011 Cooper River Bridge Run!

I posted the little video I made with my iPhone from the start of the Bridge Run this past weekend. Check it out!

Monday, April 4, 2011


That's how long it took me to finish the 2011 Cooper River Bridge Run 10K. As long as that was, truthfully, that's not all that out of line with how long it takes me to finish long distances at this point. That averages to 27:05 per mile, which is just above my personal best, 25 minutes per mile.

Considering my knee was about to explode, I'm not that upset by it.

But next year.....I'm going to blow that time away!

Click here for the results

I'm a little disappointed, I thought I would do better. But considering I was laying in a hospital bed almost dead 10 months ago at 577 pounds, I'll take the finish.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

What do I eat?

Since I have had some success losing weight, people ask me all the time what I am eating. So I decided to post today's meal plan.

I tend to eat basically the same thing every day, with dinner rotating between 3 or 4 different items. Tonight is chicken night. 

For today:

Bowl of 2 packets of instant oatmeal with raisins
Walmart brand "Orange Early Rise" drink

Mid-morning snack
An orange

Lunch (for this, I went "out to eat")
1/2 a turkey sub at the Publix deli
Cherry Pomegranate Greek Yogurt
Fresh fruit bowl

2 baked Chicken breasts
Green beans
Baked potato with light butter and sour cream

For a snack, I'll have a couple yogurts with maple and brown sugar instant oatmeal sprinkled on them. 

Calories grand total: approximately 2,080. 

And this is about what I have been doing for the last 9 1/2 months. 

There you have it! 

Saturday, April 2, 2011

I did it!

It took a lot longer than it should have due to a nagging injury, but I finished the 2011 Cooper River Bridge Run.

My time? 2 hours, 48 minutes and and 12 seconds.  I limped across the finish line.

As soon as the finish line photos are available from the company that took them, I will post those.

Next year: I run it!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Realizing a Dream

When I was in the hospital last summer for a week, I had a lot of time to think.

After about 2 days, I had decided a few things.

1.) All of the weight would be lost and I was starting right away.

2.) I wasn't going to have weight-loss surgery. That would mean I was going to have to do it the hard way and it would take a long time (up to 3 years.)

3.) I was determined to participate in the 2011 Cooper River Bridge Run.

And so here we are.  The Bridge Run is tomorrow. It's going to be a lot of fun.  For the past 9 months, I have been getting ready.  I can't wait.

I've said this many times over and over again....but it is true: anything is possible.  If your health hangs in the balance, don't wait. Get healthy!


Weighed in today at 394.

Some observations:

Finally, the weight loss has picked back up.  7 1/2 pounds in 2 weeks....that's more like it. I think the muscle building has leveled off.

The goal now is to boost the cardio along with the weights to increase the weight loss.

What I'm not going to do is to do anything different with my eating. I'm probably eating more than someone on a diet would be expected to. About 2,500 calories a day.

But then again, I'm not really on a diet. And as the saying goes, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.