Friday, September 30, 2011

Today's weigh-in: 329.5

I weighed in today at 329.5 pounds, a loss of 8 pounds in 2 weeks. This is the biggest drop for me in a two-week period in a very long time.

It's a good win for me and I needed it. I've started to figure out what causes the weight loss to pick up for me and there is no question it is long distance walking.

So I will do more of that. The amount of food I am eating stands at between 2,400 and 2,800 calories per day.  That's a lot of food, right? But along with the fuel comes the exercise and that is what I will concentrate on in the next 2 weeks.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Stealing people's hope....and their money.

I've been thinking a lot lately about the weight-loss industry in this country.

You know who I'm talking about: the diets, the infomercials, the books, the pills, the machines, etc.

Do people really think there is such a thing as a "fat-burning" pill? It is amazing that something with such a high failure rate continues to make its inventors so rich.

What sucks so much about this whole thing is not only are people's money being stolen by these thieves, their hope is being taken away. People who are suffering in obesity prison and feel so desperate for help them lose weight buy this trash.

Then, when it doesn't work (it never was going to work in the first place,) they give up.

That is a tragedy.  If any other industry released a product with a 90%+ failure rate, the product would be taken off the market, the company sued out of existence and their owners arrested and put in jail.

But no, not the weight-loss industry. They get a pass.  There's millions to be made because there's a sucker born every minute, desperately looking for the easy way out.

Why does society tolerate it?  Feel free to comment below.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Welcome to my blog

I was looking through the traffic stats for my blog and I wanted to give a quick shout-out to my friends around the world.  So far, we have people checking in from Canada, China, Germany, India, Netherlands, Pakistan, the UK, Norway and Spain.

It seems losing weight and adopting a healthy lifestyle is popular all over the world!

Feel free to drop me a line with feedback, questions, etc:

Reinventing the Menu

Since I don't eat out in restaurants, except for extremely special occasions, I get all my food at the grocery store.

And boy do I shop for it.  Constantly.  I probably spend more time in the grocery store in a month than people do in a year.  But I have to.

What I'm finding with my eating is that I will eat roughly the same rotation of foods for several months.  And then, one day....the food is no longer satisfying. It doesn't fill me up.  It still tastes good, but it doesn't do it for me anymore.

Time to reinvent the menu.

So lately I have been trying everything, to see if I can add more staples to the rotation. It's a lot of work, but it has to be done.  This lifestyle change has to last forever, so I have to keep things interesting.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

It looks easy, but it isn't. Not by a long shot.

It's interesting the perceptions that people have when you're doing something difficult like a lifestyle change.  When they see you succeeding, they think it's easy for you.  But I am here to tell you:

It is not easy.  It is never easy.  In fact, it's hard.  And every day, it gets harder.

When I first started losing weight last year, I would lie to people. I would say "It's easy, once you get started."  And yes, there are periods of time where I feel less challenged and success seems to come more easily.  But over time, I've realized that it isn't easy.  I've been challenged. I've had some serious ups and downs and have had to work harder than I ever have at anything else in my life.

So here's the truth.  Losing weight is hard.  Getting started is hard.  Maintaining the weight you've already lost while trying to lose more is hard.  Completely reinventing your entire menu every few months, just to keep things hard.

This is a lifelong process. I'm 15 months into this lifestyle change, the longest I have ever been committed to healthy eating and exercise.  I take one day at a time. I feel secure in knowing the changes I've made are permanent, but so are the challenges.

There will always be something to try and break my resolve. Always.  Whether it's a TV commercial, a well-meaning person offering me free food or some other stumbling block, I have to be on the look out at all times.

So no, it's not easy.  But it's worth it.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Lifting the restaurant ban for one day

Ever since I collapsed and went to the emergency room on June 20, 2010, I have not eaten at a restaurant.

Not one time, ever in the last 15 months. Until Tuesday night this week.

I was traveling on business for my company this week in New Jersey and they had planned a celebratory dinner for our group at a fine dining establishment.  I absolutely wanted to go and participate, so I needed to figure out how I was going to break my "no restaurant" rule and still eat a healthy meal.

I'm happy to report, thanks to Karl the waiter at the Grain House Restaurant in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, everything worked out perfectly.  I was able to enjoy a healthy, delicious, low-fat, low-sodium meal.

So what's next? Is this the start of a trend? Will I be dining out more?  No, I won't.  I've decided this is going to be a rare exception for only special occasions and only at very fine restaurants like the one Karl works at. Here is a picture of my meal and desert below.

Grilled chicken breasts and steamed vegetables

Fresh fruit

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Movin' On Up

I just finished a 3-day business trip for my work.  On this trip, I flew on 3 different airplanes.

This is a huge step forward for me because I have not flown on an airplane since 1999.  I couldn't fit.  In the past 12 years, whenever I traveled, I drove.  And never a rental car, because I didn't fit in any of those either.

This is what excites me the most about my weight loss.  It's having the limitations being removed...the shackles that have held me back for far too long.  So here's a celebratory photo, taken somewhere over New Jersey!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Never stop fighting

This weekend I participated in the American Heart Association's Heart Walk here in Charleston.  I received a "Lifestyle Change Award" and was recognized before the race.  I also gave a short interview to the Charleston Post and Courier, which you can read here.

It is nice to be recognized for something you've accomplished.  But I'm not done yet.  I have at least 120 more pounds to lose and I intend to lose it all, no matter how long it takes.

Also, any recognition I get, I want to try to use it to show people that a regular person who has serious health problems and who is on the brink of death's door can turn it around.  You do not have to accept being told you're going to die.  You do not have to accept being on 10 or 20 different medications the rest of your life.  You do not have to accept being unhealthy.  And no one should accept weighing over 500 pounds.  There is another way.

I have tried and spectacularly failed at losing weight in the past.  It was humbling.  But as with anything in life, you can never give up.  Never, ever, ever stop fighting.

The bottom line: if I can do it, so can you.  With rare exception, you can overcome just about any obstacle just by being persistent, by not giving up and giving it all you got.

But never stop fighting. 

Friday, September 9, 2011

And then there were two

Went to the doctor today and she discontinued another one of my medications. So now I am down to just two prescriptions:

Diovan 160mg and Coumadin 7.5mg. One is for high blood pressure and the other one is an anti-coagulant ("blood thinner.")

I cannot wait for the day when I don't have to take anything on a regular basis. And that day, while it may be a year away, will be coming!

I post this update not to draw attention to myself, but to give other people who may be taking these types of medications hope.  If you've been told you will have to take that stuff the rest of your life, wrong! You can turn it around.

You can embrace a healthy lifestyle, eat better, lose the weight and throw this garbage away...permanently. (With doctor supervision, of course.)

Friday, September 2, 2011

It's about time! Today's weigh-in: 340 1/2

After a slow summer, I weighed today and am down 6 more pounds.

This is a direct result of putting the pedal to the metal and busting out the cardio. More walking. More stairs.

Now, I just have to keep it up.  But I won't get greedy with the weight loss. My goal remains no more than 10 pounds a month.  I need to give the excess skin time to adjust. So far, so good there.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Get some exercise! it now!

Just a friendly reminder to get some exercise, no matter what you do.  Take the stairs.  Walk.  And you don't have to exercise a lot to get the benefits. Exercising just 15 minutes a day for 3 times a week will get you started.

So go ahead, let's go!