Week #20 Update

It doesn’t hardly seem possible that we are already 20 weeks in to this journey. It seems like only yesterday, I was living on fast-food, wearing 52″ jeans and 4X shirts, and laughing off any thought of exercise. Fast forward to today and my oh my how things have changed!! I now never touch anything that is not “in my box”, in fact the thought of always eating fast food doesn’t even appeal to me right now. Today I am wearing 40-42″ jeans and a XL-XXL shirt, as seen by the recent update “the Shirt” is now super close to fitting! The other major change is now exercise has become an absolute essential in my daily routine!

There are several things that have happened recently that I want to update you on:

  • I have been putting off running partially on doc’s advice and partly cause of pain I have been having in my hip. I was feeling good saturday and decided to give running a try and actually ran for about 10 minutes, then yesterday I went out again and this time I ran a mile! All of that running and I actually had no pain, and felt better after running than I do after a long walk! I cannot begin to tell you how big of an accomplishment that is, the last time I ran a complete mile was when I was a freshman in high school, that is almost 20 years ago! Now the next goal is to run a complete lap around Craighead Lake (2.4 miles) and then the outer road (2.9 miles). Maybe a 5K is as not as far in my future as I thought it was.
  • With June also comes my busy travel season, I will be gone with teenagers 3 of the next 7 weeks. I will also have lots of day trips, and lots of other miscellaneous events that could potentially derail my progress. So after 20 weeks of faithful “in the box” commitment these next 8 weeks will put that resolve and dedication to the test!
  • Due to the fact that the length of the numbers list is getting so long I have created a seperate page just for it, and you can fid it here.
  • I am now only 14.5 pounds away from being in the 200’s a feat I hope to accomplish by my birthday on the 5th of July! What a great gift to myself that will be. The other part of that goal is to be able to wear “the Shirt” out in public on my birthday!
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Week 19 update

I currently am riding the church bus and trying to write on my blog so if there any crazy words or misspells you know my auto correct got me in trouble. This last week has gone by super fast and I was able to stay on track without a lot of water and PA.
I have been able to branch out in my physical acitivity, this last week I biked, push mowed my yard and walked around the park!! All of which I couldn’t do before I lost this weight.
So far on this diet I have been able to stay in the box by maintaining a routine and staying away from excess temptation, however that is all about to change. Over the summer I take teenagers to camp and lots of different activities. I will be gone for over 3 weeks this summer at various events so there will be a marked increase in the level of difficulty to stay in the box. So let’s hope my 5 months of practice keep me in the box all summer!!
Here are the numbers for last week:

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

Week #12……4/2……360.4……94.9 pds lost

Week #13……4/9……3540.0……101.3 pds lost

Week #14……4/16……347.6……107.7 pds lost

Week #15……4/23……341.4……113.9 pds lost

Week #16……4/30……335.5……119.8 pds lost

Week #17……5/7……331.3……124 pds lost

Week #18……5/14……325.9……129.4 pds lost

Week #19……5/21……320.5……134.9 pds lost

The Shirt update

I didn’t realize until last night at church that it has been a while since i have posted an update to the shirt picture so I thought I would do that today. This morning when I looked at the side picture I took, it was the first time that I was able to see myself and think “Wow, I really have lost a lot of weight!!!”  So I thought I would give you the whole progression from start to today:

December

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mid-Feburary:

Easter:

May 1:

Today:

 

Week #18 Update

It hardly seems possible to me that it has already been 18 weeks on this journey. I started the 2nd week of January and here it is almost Memorial Day already, crazy! It was an interesting week for sure so I’ll get right to the numbers, and talk about some of the crazy things from this past week. Here are the numbers for last week:

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

Week #12……4/2……360.4……94.9 pds lost

Week #13……4/9……3540.0……101.3 pds lost

Week #14……4/16……347.6……107.7 pds lost

Week #15……4/23……341.4……113.9 pds lost

Week #16……4/30……335.5……119.8 pds lost

Week #17……5/7……331.3……124 pds lost

Week #18……5/14……325.9……129.4 pds lost

  • I was really excited to see my self get back on my losing track and get back to that 5 pound lost level, where I like to be most weeks. It amazes me how much of a difference water makes on your diet, that was really the biggest difference that I made last week was a recommitment to water intake. I was getting somewhere between 5-7 quarts of water a day, a marked increase from previous weeks. 
  • I have now lost 130 pounds, and sometimes the magnitude of the numbers that I am losing doesn’t really sink in to me so I tried to find somethings to compare it to. So here are some things that weigh about 130 pounds: 15.5 gallons of water, Katy Perry (don’t ask me how I know that, just that when I googled “what weighs 130 pds” that was the top hit), that’s about 694 chicken wings, 231 baseballs, about 3.5 Kindergartners, about 29,120 plain M&M’s.
  • I was at Wal-Mart last night picking up some cheap T-shirts to get be by during this weight loss, cause my old clothes are now clown clothes on me. As I was looking through the stacks I did notice that my size was not the largest one on the rack, it has been years and years since that was the case. My shopping almost always consisted going to the rack and finding the largest size and praying that I fit into it, not anymore!!
  • I was sitting at my desk the other day talking with someone when I realized that I was able to comfortably cross my leg, that is something I couldn’t begin to tell you when the last time it was I was able to do that. I have decided that it is most definitely about the little things!! 
  • I am still getting used to the idea that I can wear a 2X shirt comfortably and 42″ jeans, both of these are sizes that I haven’t seen in ages. I am about 10 pounds away from size 40 jeans and then I am knocking on the door of the size 30’s for jeans, that will definetly be a great day! 

Handling an off week.

I posted earlier today that I lost 4.2 pounds last week, a good week by any imagination in the diet realm. After having a day to think about why I am disappointed in that number I have come up with the following comparison. I am a big time Green Bay Packers fan, grew up in Wisconsin and have followed them most of my life. Last year was a great season for them they got off to a great start 13-0 actually and every week was a great win and great time to watch and celebrate. Well when they got to Kansas City, a team they were way better than, they dropped the ball. They didn’t execute, they were sloppy, and let their guard down, they were still a great team and continued to have good regular season success. I can remember the next morning after that loss as a Packer fan, I felt deflated, let down, and disappointed, like they could have played so much better.

That is about how I felt last night, I’ve had a great string of successful weeks on this diet, and I think that I let a couple of the little things slide and it caught me. As I look back at last week, I didn’t get in the amount of water that I need to be getting, and I also was eating oatmeal and pudding in place of regular shakes too much, I also may have been taking in too much diet soda. So you can take a personally tough night on the scale one of two ways, sulk around for a few days, or figure out the problem and get back tot he basics. Today I have committed to the later, a couple of days of just shakes, drastically reduce diet soda intake, and dramatically increase water intake. If I still stay at the 4 pound range next week, I will be satisfied knowing that I did all I could to facilitate my weight loss.

I guess after thinking about it maybe I’m not so mad at the 4.2 weight loss as I am at the fact that I let my body down, by not doing all I could to help it lose weight!

Week #17 update

So it is that time again for my weekly update, I am going to be short and sweet today. I will have a more detailed one coming later today.

Here are the numbers for last week:

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

Week #12……4/2……360.4……94.9 pds lost

Week #13……4/9……3540.0……101.3 pds lost

Week #14……4/16……347.6……107.7 pds lost

Week #15……4/23……341.4……113.9 pds lost

Week #16……4/30……335.5……119.8 pds lost

Week #17……5/7……331.1……124 pds lost

That is only a loss of 4.2 this week. I know that is still a great week, but I really feel deflated, in large part due to the fact like there were several little things I didn’t do well, getting enough water being chief among them. I will revisit this last week later today, I wanted to get the update out this morning though.

The devil is in the details

Anyone who know me at all knows that I am not a details person. I’m the guy that has always been the “dreamer”, the “wouldn’t it be cool if we could…”, details have never been my strong suit. In most cases I have to force myself to sit down and plan out details if I am taking the teenagers on an out-of-town trip or for a major event. One of the biggest things that I have noticed on this journey is that my weight loss often hinges on how well I am able to do the little things. The longer that I am on this journey the more I am convinced that all of these “little things” add up to major impacts on my weight loss. Here is just a short list of some of the little things that are so important on this journey:

  • Water. I have never had a problem with water, I have just always thought that it was kind of boring. I know that there are people who can’t stand the thought of drinking water “straight up” for me though that is not the reason why I never drank it. For me, my lack of water consumption was due to the fact that I love diet soda so much more. On an average day my diet soda consumption went something like this: breakfast, a 44oz Diet Mountain Dew to start my day off right, mid morning, a can of Diet Coke while at the office, lunch, while at a restaurant for lunch I would order a large drink, refill it at least 3 times plus one for the road, late afternoon, a second 44oz Diet Mountain Dew, Dinner, another meal out, and another large drink refilled many times, late night sonic run, a RT44 Diet Coke for a night-cap. So all told in an average day I would consume about 200+ ounces of Diet Soda and very minimal water. Since beginning my journey that has totally been flipped on its head! Now I drink between 100 and 125 ounces of water every day, just pure, straight up water. Now i won’t sit here and tell you that I have quit all diet soda all together, cause that would be a lie. I will tell you that these days my diet soda consumption is much, much less. I can definitely tell the difference on the scale when I don’t get all my water in. Not only in that way but it helps quench hunger pangs, keeps muscles from getting sore and so many other things. I will tell you for sure that drinking all my water may have looked like a little thing at first, now I know is a huge deal!
  • Eating enough. I know the concept of eating enough was never ever in my vocabulary. In fact there are times now when I forget to eat and have to catch up at the end of the day. The little thing for me here is making sure I have enough calories at the end of every day. On this diet in a typical day, with 5 shakes I take in about 900 calories, not only is that not a lot, but it doesn’t leave me much room for working out. A typical gym day for me sees me burning around 855 calories, that only leaves with a net gain of 45 calories for the day. So to prevent my body from shutting down I know that I have to eat more. I know from early weeks in the diet that if I don’t eat enough every day, I will stop losing weight like I want to. So every day, as the day winds down, I do my calorie math and then plan my last shake accordingly. Some days its a huge meal and some it is just a little, but with out that little bit of planning I would not be able to maintain my momemtum!
  • Staying ahead of my hunger. This may be one of the biggest lessons that I have learned so far, it is not some major pillar of the diet, but it is a small thing that pays huge dividends. I have to eat something every 3-4 hours, and if I feel myself starting to get a little hungry I have to grab a quick shake. If my hunger breaks through that is when cravings happen, cheating happens, and lost momenteum happens.
  • Do something every day. This was something that my educator told me on the first day of class and it has just kind of stuck with me. It goes back to the habbit mentality,  and the routine of life. There are days that I don’t feel like going to the gym to do a 45 min swim, elliptical session, or lifting weights, in fact there are some days when I have to will myself to get off the couch or drive to the gym. I know that if I let myself talk me out of working out for just one day, that can easily turn in to two days, three days and so on. Even if I just walk for 30 minutes I at least have done something.