Week #27 updates

I must apologize for not posting on this blog for some time. I spent a week at camp with Junior Highers last week, and have not quite caught up with everything yet. I have had lots of little things happen since we have talked last so let me catch you up!

  • I had a great time at my birthday and while there one of my youth ministry kids took an amazing picture of me in “the Shirt”! It perfectly shows how much things have changed, so I thought I would share it with you here! 
  • While I was at camp I took the opportunity to do a lot of hiking in the backwoods of southern Missouri. It was so cool to be able to get lost on the back trails and have tons of energy to hike for over 2 hours! I had lots of tics, however that’s just a sign of being active and out in nature, you don’t get tics when you’re sitting on the couch!
  • One of the craziest figures they told us in class was that for every pound you lose you take 4 pounds of pressure of your joints. That means I have taken over 700 pounds of pressure off my joints!! That figure alone is simply amazing.
  • Last Friday night I wanted to try test myself and see how far I could run, so I set off running in the neighborhood, I ran and to my surprise I was able to keep running. In fact I ran for 30 min, a full half hour without stopping or feeling like I would die of exhaustion!
  • It has been hot and dry here in Jonesboro, no real measurable rain since the beginning of June and temperatures in the triple digits most days. I have been stunned how much easier I can tolerate the heat.
  • This last monday at my 27th weigh in I lost another 10 pounds, that brings my total to 177 pounds!! It is simply amazing to me that I have been able to continue to lose around 5 pounds every week this far into the diet and in the midst of summer camp season! Make sure and check out the numbers page to see the official numbers.
  • Now that fruits and veggies are on the horizon I am definitely looking forward to the day that I get to add them into my diet!

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!

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 #16 update

Well it’s been another crazy week in my world and I haven’t had the opportunity to write on my blog like I should. I do have several things that i would like to share with yall!

  • I managed to survive cooking for our Wednesday night meal here at church. We as a staff had to cook and so I was recruited to make my chiken spaghetti recipe, which is really rich. I was able to cook the entire meal and not sample even a taste of any of it. I do have to say that it was one of my finer moments.

  • I found another before picture the other day, this one was taken at the churches fall festival last year, I remember that day as one of my buisest of the year. It was on a sunday and I was on my feet from about 7:30 that morning until about 10:00 that night, my mom was here visiting and I remember going home that night and putting my feet up and my knees and feet were in so much pain I could hardly stand it! It is just another reminder of how far that I have come.
  • Some days it doesn’t hit me that I can now do what I can do, for example  this past Sunday afternoon I went an rode bike for a while. When I say a while it was 9 miles, I mean 9 miles is an eternity! Four months ago I would have gotten winded getting the bike out of the storage locker. I did do better then I thought I would do, I only had to push the bike up one hill. I was told by a friend not to worry about that hill though she said she was riding up that hill for a couple months before she could make it with out pushing. I will say I felt amazing after the ride,  I was not really sore or completly wore out that I couldn’t function. It was just nice to be outside and enjoying the great spring weather.
  • My adventures in new clothes continue, about once a week, I seek out new sizes or clothes in my closet that I have never been able to wear. I have several shirts in my closet that were given to me on different occassions, such as football playoffs or baseball state tournaments that I have never been able to wear. Now here I am in 2012 wearing shirts that say “playoffs 2010” or “state baseball 2008” they may be old, but they are the first time I have been able to wear them! So if you see me out in an old dated t-shirt you know it is because I am just now able to get in to it!
  • Speaking of shirts, it has been a while since I have updated you on the progress of “the shirt” if you have been following me since I stated this adventure I bought an XL shirt back in December with the idea that some day I would be able to wear it out in public. The top picture was taken right around christmas time an XL shirt with size 52 jeans that were snug. The second picture was taken Saturday, that same shirt and wearing size 42 jeans!! I have not worn size 42 jeans since I was in high school, even when I lost a lot of weight right after college I could only get in to size 44 jeans, and then I weighed 35 pounds less. I guess all that time on the elliptical is paying off!!

   

  • Here are my numbers for the 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 #12 update

Well it is hard to believe that last night I finished the initial 12 week series of classes with HMR and am now moving into the “ongoing weight loss” phase of the diet. I will probably stay here until early fall, when I move into the fruits and vegetable phase of the diet. This post will probably be a long post as I have a lot to catch up on.

  • It is amazing to me the difference I have seen in just 12 short weeks! Just Sunday was a classic example of how my life has changed. After an early day at the office getting ready for the Palm Sunday, leading worship and singing with the choir I normally would have gone home and spent a comatose after noon in my bed with the TV on. This week however I went and borrowed a friends bicycle, trying to decide if I want one of my own or not and ended up riding 7 miles. After I finished with the ride I knew that I needed some more exercise for the day, so I walked around the Lake here in town, it’s about 2.5 mile trail. Then I went out with teenagers that night!! Just 12 short weeks ago I would have never thought about packing all of that into one day, but now it has become a normal part of my everyday life.
  • I have now gotten to the point in my journey where I am constantly asked, “What are you doing?” “How does it work?” and “I need to try something like that.” in the last 2 weeks I have given out 6 referral cards to people who are interested in trying HMR in some form. I am always shocked when people ask me so many questions and have such an interest. The support and interest in me and my weight loss never ceases to amaze me.
  • Here are the numbers 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

Week #12……4/2……360.4……94.9 pds lost

  • I had another great number on the weight loss front, 6.5 pounds in week 12 is a great accomplishment. if I can maintain a good number every week, I should be able to get to my next goal of being under 300 pds by my birthday July 5th.
  • We have hit the 3 month mark so it is time for pictures:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Also it has been a month and a half since I posted the picture of me in the shirt so here is one that took this morning:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • that is about all that I have for today hope you have a blessed day!

The Shirt update

So I have had several people ask me when they were going to get a fresh picture of me in the shirt. For those who don’t know I decided I was going to get and XL shirt and show you how I fit in to it. Well just a reminder here is how I looked in the shirt day 1.

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Now here is what I look like today in that same shirt!

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The Shirt

So I bought a shirt. The fact that I bought a shirt is not especially blog worthy, it is however if it is 3 sizes to small. I wanted to have a way to visibly mark my progress with this upcoming weight loss, so I stole an idea from Ben Davis at bendoeslife.com, he had an XL shirt that he couldn’t fit into and then showed the progress of gradually being able to wear it in public. As I progress through this journey I will show you how the shirt is progressing, but for now I’ll show you where i am today, hopefully there will be progress soon.