Where did the wagon go?

Have you ever fallen so far off the wagon you wondered where the wagon even went?  Well that sums up last week for me. It was a bad week and I gained a few pounds. Time to get my head back in the game and get this done.

Why is it so hard when I want it so bad?  Do I really want it?  If I do then why do I keep eating stuff I know is not going to lead me to my goal? 

Many of you have probably felt this way as I have many times before. The difference between me now and me before is the drive not to give up. I may have had a bad week, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to throw in the towel and accept my lifestyle of being overweight and feeling like crap half the time.

I remember what it felt like to be losing weight and to be feeling good about myself. I need to get back on track and there is no better time than the present.

As Robin Williams would say in Dead Poet Society, “Sieze The Day!”, “Carpe Diem!”. That’s what I need to do and not get discouraged by one bad choice after another but to be encouraged by every small step along the way.

One more step from big to small!!!

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Long time no update

Sorry for the delay in updating my blog. I know a few of you who have been following along on this journey have asked what is going on because I haven’t posted anything lately. So here it is and I will try to be better at updating more frequently.

I have been on track for the most part on my diet. I had introduced a few more carbs to see what would happen and if I could keep the 75 lbs off that I had lost. Since I had posted in march, I had gained 9 lbs. not bad for eating more carbs. Usually on low carb diets when you reintroduce carbs you balloon right back up. Not so with this diet. It took me 4 months to gain the 9 lbs and since 10 lbs was my threshold of not going over, I had to kick the diet back into action. The first three days which were last Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday I lost 6.8 PDF the 9 lbs. not bad huh?

I am maintaining the 6.8 weight loss now and I have incorporated some exercise. I have been riding my bike (real bike not stationary) which is a lot different than a stationary bike. More fun, but a little harder. I have some accountability to keep me on track with exercise set up so things should be good to go there.

I wanted to update this because for those who have read and have been inspired or those who have read and said yeah it will last for a little while, I am here to tell you I am never going to be heavier than 331lbs for the rest of my life, and if I keep losing which I eventually will, that number will be lowered to 10 lbs above what my lowest weight has become. I am in for the long haul and it is a lifelong journey.

Thank you to all of you who have supported me thus far and I look forward to the rest of my transformation as long or short as it may take.

One more step from big to small!

Not giving up, Not giving in!

Most of the time it is fairly easy to stay focused on my transformation. However, there are those days when I just want to throw in the towel for the day and eat whatever I want without having to worry if it is going to add pounds to the scale or not. Today was one of those days. My wife and I want to subway for lunch and she ordered first. A 6″ sub on wheat. Man did that sound good. A nice bug 12″ meatball sub on Italian herbs and cheese bread toasted with pepperoni. Instead I said, I’ll have a chopped salad. A victory that seems minor but in the moment it was huge. I could have completely sabotaged myself today and for what, because I didn’t want a sales, or I didn’t want to eat healthy? Is that the attitude that is going to get me to my goal? Wanting something just because I haven’t had it in a while or miss the flavor of it or just don’t want a salad, is not a good enough reason. I can eat whatever I want, don’t get me wrong. I could have ordered the sub and everything could have been just fine, but what would that have said to the way that I view myself or the way that I should take care of my body. I know that at this point, not having bread in a while, it would have made me feel horrible physically, and made me upset with myself mentally and I probably would have wondered if I could really do this. Well, I can do this and I am going to do this. I am taking personal responsibility for what I eat and how I treat my body. I have a goal of losing 90+ more pounds and I am going to get there. I am going to be the person that God wants me to be and be, and no longer a victim of comfort food. It has been said that when times are tough the tough get going. Well it’s time to get going again. I have been stuck at about the same weight since the 5th of this month. I can blame it on stress, I can blame it on prior success and say that I have come this far I can do what I want, I can blame it on a bunch of things, but those are all excuses. I am going to stick with my food plans and continue on my journey. I wanted to share this because it was days like today and this weekend that would come previously and I would throw in the towel and say it’s not worth it. Many people probably experience this and there are two choices. Stick with it or throw in the towel. I choose to stick with it. Lets make this happen!

Another victorious step from big to small!

The plan that works for me…

Ok, a few of you have asked, “what plan are you using?”  Well, to tell you the truth it is a combination of a few things.  Don’t get freaked out, but let me explain completely.  Read to the end of this post and then ask questions if it doesn’t make sense.  I am not completely sure of the science behind it all, all i know is that this works for me.

The first thing I did was cut out carbohydrates except for those in vegetables.  The main point of the plan that i am on is to rest my pancreas.  I was a carb addict and therefore, my pancreas was working all the time.  I try to stay under 50 carbs for the day.  Secondly, i cut out dairy products except for aged cheese, and i eat that in moderation.  I know, most of you are thinking already, “yeah right I could never do that!”  Trust me, I said the same thing before I started.  Third, not all vegetables are created equally.  Some vegetables, mostly the ones that everyone likes are not good for you if you are trying to rest your pancreas in order to lose weight and regulate your sugar.

Cutting carbs is hard to do for anyone, the only way I was able to cut these is cold turkey.  A lot of people like to just cut back or reduce the amount of carbs they are eating.  This usually doesn’t work because of the way wheat and gluten work in your body.  Once you cut the carbs, you will experience a few things.  First you will have a headache and be a little irritated.  Also, day three will be your worst day.  Most likely you will feel like you have the flu and want to die.  It’s ok, just hang in there.  After about day 5, if you don’t cheat at all, you will wake up one day and the headache will be gone and you will no longer have the cravings like before.  Again, not sure how that works, but it just does.  Once the cravings are gone, it is very easy to stay on track with the food plan.

So here is the deal.

7:30-8:00am – Breakfast: Protein Shake – Usually I use either Atkin’s Pre-made shakes (vanilla and dark chocolate are my favorites) or Herbalife Shakes (I have a lot of stock from being a distributor previously.

11:30-12:30 – Lunch – 1/2 lb of lean protein – This is either sirloin steak, turkey of some sort, chicken, fish, certain cuts of pork, 93% lean ground beef, etc…Along with the lean protein 2 cups of vegetables.  I will provide the list of veggies later.

1:30-2:30 – Afternoon snack – 1 Protien bar – I use Atkin’s Advantage Caramel Chocolate Nut Roll (tastes like a payday candy bar, AMAZING!), or the Daybreak Cranberry Almond Bar.  The Advantage come in the blue boxes and the Daybreak come in the orange boxes.  These are found in the pharmacy section of most stores like Meijer or Wal-mart.

5:00-7:00 – Supper – Just like lunch, 1/2 lb of lean protein and 2 cups of veggies.

After supper I don’t eat anything.  I especially don’t eat anything after 8pm.

This step is very important! – I log everything that i put in my mouth.  I use myfitnesspal app which is available for both IOS and Android platforms.  A lot of times i will enter the food before I eat it so that i can see what is in it and how it is going to affect my daily totals.  Eating like the above schedule I am getting right around 1000 calories per day, but i never feel hungry.  If i am hungry, i eat either lunch, snack or supper, or I drink a glass or bottle of water.  Also myfitnesspal is great because it tracks your protein, fat, and carbs that you have eaten per day and week in a pie graph.  I like to have 50% protein, 20-30% fat, and 20-30% carbs.  If my pie graph is split that way, I can pretty much guarantee that i will lose weight that day.  I don’t know how it works, it just does.  This is why I had to cut the carbs and dairy.  Cut carbs to get to 20-30% and cut dairy to get to 20-30% fat.

For those of you who read my post “Hunger Pains” I was using the same eating schedule, only i was using a protein shake with the veggies for lunch thus reducing the calories per day to 500-700.  I could not handle that few of calories so I increased it two 1/2 lb of lean protein which raised my calories and fixed the hunger.  You may want to start out doing that and then switch to my current plan if it doesn’t work for you.  Or, if you don’t get results on this plan, switch to the fewer calorie plan to give yourself a boost.

Here is the list of approved foods: This comes from a program called “Ideal Protein”.  Do not deviate from this plan for ultimate results.

No frying or breading permitted. (Sauteeing is allowed.  No Deep fry is what they mean.)
Fish: Anchovy, Bass, Catfish, Cod, Grouper, Haddock, Halibut, Hake, Mahi-Mahi, Monk Fish, Pike, Perch, Red
Snapper, Redfish, Sea Bass, Shark, Smelt, Sole, Sword Fish, Tilapia, Tuna (Red Tuna-1 x per week) Trout, Turbot,
Whiting, Walleye, Wild Salmon (1 x per week) Seafood: Crab, Crawfish, Clams, Lobster, Mussels, Oysters, Shrimp,
Scampi, Scallops (4 large), Squid
Beef: Flank Steak, (extra-lean) Ground Beef, Rump Steak, Roast, Sirloin, Round, Tournedos, Tenderloin
Veal: Breast, Cutlet, Inside Round Steak, Rib, Shank, Shoulder, Tenderloin
Poultry: (skinless) Chicken, Fowl, Quails, Turkey, (2) Whole Eggs, Wild Birds
Pork: Fat-Free Cooked Ham, Pork Tenderloin
Other: Bison, Deer, Elk, Frog’s Legs, Kidney, Liver, Ostrich, Rabbit, Tofu (plain)
Vegetables
Algae, Alfalfa, Asparagus, Arugula, Bell Peppers, Broccoli, Bean Sprouts, Cauliflower, Cabbage (red, pak choi,
bok choy), Celery, Celeriac, Chicory, Collards, Cress, Cucumbers, Dill Pickles, Endive, Fennel, Field Salad, Green
Onions, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Mushrooms, Okra, Onions (raw only), Hot Peppers, Radicchio, Radish, Rhubarb,
Rutabaga, Sauerkraut, Sorrel, Spinach, Swiss Chard, Turnip, Watercress, Zucchini
Occasional (You may choose two items only per week from this list): Brussels sprouts, Beans (Green & Wax),
Eggplant, Palm Hearts, Snow Peas, Swede, Tomato
Not permitted: Artichoke, Avocado, Beets, Carrots, Chick Peas, Corn, Olives, Parsnips, Peas, (all) Potatoes,
Pumpkin, Sweet Corn, Squash, Yams
Seasonings
Apple Cider Vinegar, Fine Herbs, Garlic, Ginger, Lemon, Lemon Grass, Hot Mustard, Hot Sauce, Soya Sauce, Spices
(MSG Free/No Carbs), Tamari Sauce, White Vinegar- NO BALSAMIC or REDWINE VINEGAR!!

 

I follow this plan daily to take….One more step from big to small!

Wii Fit

March 6th, 2013 will go down in history as the first day that I could use my 3 year old wii fit! I have always been too heavy for the board that you stand on to play it. Now 226, I am under the 330 lb weight limit for the board. Something small and insignificant to many people, but huge for someone who has been way too big for way too long. Currently I just started to incorporate exercise into my daily routine. I am using a bowflex and also my exercise bike. I found that it is important to start toning so that as I lose weight I can tone so that I don’t get really flabby with my skin just hanging there. We will see how it goes, but so far so good.

One more step from big to small!

2/16/13 – Four months later…

Well it has been four months since I have started my new lifestyle. I can’t believe it has gone this fast. I also went shopping last weekend! Woohoo, I had to buy new smaller clothes. I have gone from 54″ jeans to 46″ jeans. And I am now Ina 2XLT shirt down from 4X and sometimes 5X shirts. Things have become routine for me from being able to know what I can and can’t eat in order to lose weight, to knowing what to order when I go out to eat at restaurants with friends or family. I am loving the way I feel and the energy level that comes from eating right. People are starting to really notice the weight loss and are encouraged by my story. It is inspirational being an inspiration to others. That sounds weird but I love helping other people be the best that they can, and a lot of times I would sacrifice taking care of myself to help others reach their goals. Now I can reach mine and by ding that help others reach theirs. It is so much better being able to help others AND take care of myself.

Loving life and living it more fully!

Results after 4 months:
Weight: 336.2
Total weight loss: 64.2 lbs; 16 lbs per month; 4 lbs per week; over half a pound a day average!

One more step from big to small!