Putting away the old things

I have talked about several times on here about how one of the great joys of losing weight is fitting in to new clothes. When I started losing weight on the 9th of January I was wearing a 4X shirt, and to be quite honest I was a 20 piece boneless wing meal away from a 5X. My pants were a size 52 that fit tightly. Last night I successfully took another step down the size ladder. About 2 weeks ago I was given a size 2X Green Bay Packers polo shirt, my friend and I share a love of that team and he said, “here is something to aspire to.” Well last night I fit into it good enough to wear it into public! 

I know the next question I will get is when am I going to publish a pic with me in the XL shirt, that will come sometime next week after completing 3 months. I had been letting my jeans get baggier and baggier here lately and decided that I wanted to get a new pair, if for no other reason then to satisfy my curiosity. Well I am happy to say that I am currently wearing a size 46, I haven’t been in this size in 8 years! So here is to my 4X shirts and 52″ jeans, enjoy your new life waiting on a trip to the thrift store!!

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Week #11 update

So it is hard to believe that I am already coming up on 3 months of being on the HMR diet. It has definitely been an epic adventure. When I started I was filled with a lot of doubts as to whether or not I was going to be able to stick with such a rigid diet plan, but as time has gone on I have realized that it is a lot easier than I thought. I get asked all the time, “don’t you miss eating real food?” The quick answer to the question is always no, but the longer answer is that I have a variety of foods that count as my shakes that help break up the monotony of 5 shakes a day!

So I wanted to share with you some of the highlights of the last week:

  • We had spring break this last week, which for a lot of people means things dramatically slow down, as we look forward to summer vacation. However, for a youth minister it means the kids are out of school and I spend a lot of time going to lunch and hanging out with teenagers. Even with the crazy schedule last week I was able to stay the course and remain focused.
  • One of the things that I do in my free time is doing the public address and music at high school athletic events. It’s a lot of fun and it gets me out of the office and away from thinking about ministry things all of the time. This last week we hosted a baseball tournament for three days and I spent all three of those days behind the mic for 11 hours a day. I am happy to say that even though I was completely spent and absolutely worn out I still got my workouts in!
  • Here are my number so far:

Starting……1/9……455.3……0 pds lost

Week #1……1/16……443.4……11.9 pds lost

Week #2……1/23……432.1……23.2 pds lost

Week #3……1/30……424.0……31.3 pds lost

Week #4……2/6……414.9……40.4 pds lost

Week #5……2/13……409.0……46.3 pds lost

Week #6……2/20……400.0……55.3 pds lost

Week #7……2/27……393.8……61.5 pds lost

Week #8……3/5……386.2……69.1pds lost

Week #9……3/12……379.8……75.5 pds lost

Week #10……3/19……374.5……80.8 pds lost

Week #11……3/26……366.9……88.4 pds lost

  • The fact that I lost 7.6 pounds in week 11 is amazing!! I went in to last nights weigh in fully prepared for and OK with a 5 pound weight loss, so this is an amazing loss! I have one official weigh in left before Easter, but about two-weeks before the actual day, so there is still a possibility of me hitting that Magical 100 pound mark by Easter Sunday morning!

Blessings!

Setting new Goals for the long haul

As I have often talked about on this blog, I try to set goals in my weight loss. It gives me something to work for during my journey. I have often talked about how I wanted to lose 100 pounds by easter Sunday, I am still 25 pounds away from that goal. So it looks like I will make it to the 100 pound lost mark my mid to late April, which is still an incredible feat to have accomplished in less the 3.5 months! So I have been thinking the last couple of days, what my next stretch goal is going to be, and I think I have come up with a good plan.  I currently weigh in the neighborhood of 373 and some change, I want to reach the 200’s by my birthday, July the 5th! That is 15 weeks and with the current level of calorie intake and my increasing level of Physical Activity I real feel like this is an attainable goal. Even if I don’t make it to that point by my birthday, I know that being even within 20 pounds, would be in an incredible spot health wise! I wanted something on the horizon though that I would continue to look and say “I would love to be here, by this time” so I looked at major events coming and found the perfect spot to look to. Every fall I attend a youth ministry conference in the Rockies, it is a great week of spiritual retreat, fellowship with other youth ministers, and just good times. This year it is in Mid-October, so what better spot on the calendar then that event. That is about 29 weeks away from today, to be able to leave on the retreat having lost 175 pounds would be awesome and make hiking in the mountains enjoyable. To be able to lose 200 pounds, by that date would be absolutely amazing!! So whether it’s 175 pounds or 200 pounds by then, being able to reach that goal in 9.5 months will be an awesome thing!!

Week #10 weigh in

Well I must say that I have been really Really  bad about writing this last week, so I will try to catch everyone up on what has happened in the last week:

  • I have now added circuit training to my regular workout routine. I really like lifting weights, so I am glad to get back to that. The bad thing about lifting weights after you haven’t for a while is that you tend to get sore muscles. I keep a regular weekly schedule of 40 minutes elliptical, 40 minutes swimming, and then 40 minutes of circuit training, I do that twice a week and then add a 3rd elliptical session and that brings me to seven days a week. Well, Saturday was my circuit training day and I had a great workout with not a lot of pain, until that is I woke up yesterday morning. My calves were definitely feeling the effects! I got out of bed yesterday morning and I was walking like an 85-year-old man!! fortunately the soreness worked out enough to get around ok.
  • I have talked several times on here about how I have been pushing to get to the 100 pound lost mark by easter Sunday, however it now looks like I am not gonna make it by Easter Sunday, it will more than likely be the next week for sure.
  • The initial 13 weeks of the diet end on the 2nd of April, and it looks like I am going to “re-up” for another term. I am a big proponent of the “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it” school of thought. I plan on staying with the diet for at least another 4 or 5 months.
  • Here are my number so far:

Starting……1/9……455.3……0 pds lost

Week #1……1/16……443.4……11.9 pds lost

Week #2……1/23……432.1……23.2 pds lost

Week #3……1/30……424.0……31.3 pds lost

Week #4……2/6……414.9……40.4 pds lost

Week #5……2/13……409.0……46.3 pds lost

Week #6……2/20……400.0……55.3 pds lost

Week #7……2/27……393.8……61.5 pds lost

Week #8……3/5……386.2……69.1pds lost

Week #9……3/12……379.8……75.5 pds lost

Week #10……3/19……374.5……80.8 pds lost

  • My monthly picture updates will be coming here in a couple of weeks, as well as the shirt update picture.
  • I do have to share with y’all that I am now wearing a size 46 pant. When I started this diet I was in a size 52 that was tight and now I am all the way down to 46’s, that’s 6 sizes!!!

I hope everyone has a blessed day!!

 

Week #9 Update

As has become a Tuesday morning tradition, I am going to once again post my numbers. I had a great week again! I had a couple of firsts this week, (1) I burned off 1100 calories in one day thanks to 40 minutes on the elliptical and some mall walking after wards, and (2) I had nearly 6000 calories burned for the week, that translates into about 45 minutes of hard work every day.

I am currently not under any time deadline to lose weight, however I am on mission to lose 100 pounds in the initial 13 week class. I am going to have to pull of some 4 quarter miracles to make it happen, but that is what is pushing me right now. I know that even if i don’t get it by then I will soon after. So without further ado here are the updated numbers:

Starting……1/9……455.3……0 pds lost

Week #1……1/16……443.4……11.9 pds lost

Week #2……1/23……432.1……23.2 pds lost

Week #3……1/30……424.0……31.3 pds lost

Week #4……2/6……414.9……40.4 pds lost

Week #5……2/13……409.0……46.3 pds lost

Week #6……2/20……400.0……55.3 pds lost

Week #7……2/27……393.8……61.5 pds lost

Week #8……3/5……386.2……69.1pds lost

Week #9……3/12……379.8……75.5 pds lost

I am absolutely shocked that I have been able to cross the 75 pound mark in just over two months.

I think I have officially crossed to the dark side

Last night I was at home watching College basketball, the Nebraska Cornhuskers were playing in the Big Ten tourney. While watching the game not only did I remember why I follow husker football and not basketball, but I also saw a Hardee’s commercial they were advertising their “Monster Thick Burger.” Now in the past I would have watched this late night commercial for this fast food calorie bomb (1450 Calories) and had thoughts of “how can I get one of these at this time of night,” and “how late is Hardees open tonight?”

I will say though that I actually saw this commercial and thought “I can’t believe I used to eat that!” I cant believe that I used to regularly indulge in such meals, not that they aren’t good for special events (very special), but eating food like that on a regular basis is how I got myself into size 52 pants and a weight of 455. I am not going to write to you today and say that I am “cured” of that kind of eating, but I will say that the first step to recovery is “admitting that there is a problem.” So I guess I have made it past that stage! So as I drink my shakes and continue to “detox” from my mega-high fat diet, maybe I can continue to see some of my old favorites and say “I can’t believe I used to eat that!”

I crossed it off the list

Last night was a great night for me! Not only did I resist the temptation to jump off the wagon at “Wings to Go” I was also able to do something I havent been able to do it quite a while. I was able to sit in a booth and be very comfortable sitting there!! I was really excited and it didn’t dawn on me where I was sitting at first, but after I realized it I was super excited and couldn’t wait to share with y’all!! I am headed to the gym here shortly for my normal work out routine. I added the rowing machine to my daily cardio routine and I must say that I like it! It most definitely adds some variety to the normal elliptical, swimming routine.

blessings