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A Fresh Start Weigh-In

Is Monday morning the start of a new week, or is Sunday the start of a new week?

I like Sunday, because it’s part of the weekend, and I love the weekends. I used to despise Monday mornings with a white-hot passion, but now that I actually like my job (even if Monday = 12 hour work day now), Mondays aren’t a big deal. Sundays are enjoyable, because they aren’t spent dreading the next horrible work day.

I’ve ultimately decided Monday morning is the start of a new week, and as such, I’m going to treat Mondays as my weigh-in day. Yeah, I know, I know, I said Friday last time… well, it’s Monday, ’til the next time I change it. At least I’m publicly weighing and keeping myself accountable, right?

And this week is a Fresh Start Weigh-In!

September 20, 2010
Weight – 334.0
Precious Weigh-in – 337.9
Change of -3.9 from last week
All-Time High 402.8
Total Loss – 68.8 pounds

I’m also going back to setting myself some weekly goals. I like to give myself some that are easy to accomplish and some that may require a bit of stretching.

1. Complete Week Two of Couch to 5K.
2. Drink one gallon of water on at least four days.
3. Learn the new dance steps Tina has for us for our “first” dance as a married couple. (She has the rhythm. I can spell the word rhythm. That’s about it.)
4. Work out every day for the next week.
5. Drop at least three pounds this week.

In other C25K news, I have started week two! Last night at twilight was our second run. I am already feeling some changes in my body; I think my speed is even improving. Still pain free, although after the run, I found myself thinking, “I wonder if I can do another C25K run tomorrow?” A few hours later, I found myself a tad bit sore. More than I was expecting, because I’m not truly COUCH to 5K. I’m more like Elliptical to 5K, but running is definitely different on the body. That’s okay. I’ll stick to the routine and take a day off like I’m supposed to.


(Do you get the Electric Boogalo reference? If so, you earn ten points!)
(*points are nontransferable and essentially worthless*)

In wedding news, we had our Wedding Shower yesterday. I am truly involved in all aspects of the wedding, but yesterday was definitely a day for Tina. Still, we did get a pretty good haul of various kitchen gadgetry, and it was nice spending the afternoon with people who care about us.

The wedding is only eighteen days away! Holy crap! How did it get here so fast?! As I mentioned previously, we are “choreographing” our first dance. It isn’t some crazy elaborate thing, but we don’t want to just stand up in front of our guests and sway together to a slow song for three minutes, either. We’re dancing the rumba to Michael Buble’s “Everything,” and we are putting a few little extra special moves here and there. Nothing elaborate, and we would totally be voted off first week of Dancing with the Stars, but we’re trying to make it a bit more fun for our guests (and ourselves) than just slow-dancing to one of our favorite songs. All that said, I’m not much of a dancer. I’m not afraid to dance, and I enjoy it, but I definitely suck.

Tina’s trying to teach me, and she has helped. However, I have realized one thing that has helped me a lot. During one session, it kind of occurred to me that I was having SO much trouble with this while doing a taekwondo form is doable for me. I started viewing our choreographed steps like that, and I’m improving and enjoying it a lot more. I jokingly mentioned to Tina that if I treat it like a form, I may end up yelling at some point during the dance and ending it with a loud, “Thank you, ma’am!” She suggested I not do that at our wedding. I promised to try.

We still have tons to do on all wedding fronts, and since we’re crafty people, we’re doing a lot of it ourselves, which means there is still tons more to do. Some easy, some not so easy, but it’s all saving us money (and is uniquely us), so we’re definitely including it in the ceremony.

One thing that I am doing is printing off our favorite quotes from t.v. shows and movies to set at each place setting. The quotes range from “The Simpsons” (me) to “Glee” (us) to “Steel Magnolias” (us) and “Gilmore Girls” (Tina) and even more obscure shows, but they are all things that make us laugh, and we’re hoping our guests will see them, perhaps chuckle, and realize they are at the wedding of two dorks who love each other very much. I’ll make sure some quotes are included in the photos I’ll definitely post after we return from our honeymoon.

So, today is the start of a brand new week. I hope to post at least twice more this week – not entirely sure what about yet, but we’ll see when it happens. What great plans do you have for this week?

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Week One was Survived!

Gah, I’m so fricking fickle. That’s probably why only about three and a half people read my blog a week. But I’ve always said this is a blog for me, so my blogging schedule will probably always be ridiculously variable.

What did I say I was going to do? I said I was going to post my food and my weight daily.

I’ve already changed my mind. If I’m honest with myself, I skip over food entries in blogs unless they have cool pictures or an awesome recipe, and I like to read people’s weekly weigh-ins. So that’s what I’m going to do, starting tomorrow.

Today’s post was made because I have completed Week One of the Couch to 5K!

Oh, and what’s that note I have on my page today? Yeah, Tara at 263andcounting.com is completing her first triathlon this weekend. I was reading Tara’s blog when she was doing Couch to 5K. Tara, you rock, and I can’t wait ’til I’m there with you. 🙂 (Except for the triathlon part. Totally run with you, but I suck at swimming and I suck harder at biking. I’d probably end up looking like this about twenty feet into the cycle portion.)

But back to C25K, seriously, you have NO idea how big of a deal this is for me. I am prouder of having finished Week One than I probably will be of completing my first 5K in (what I hope is) a few months.

Running outdoors (well, slogging (i.e. – slow jogging)) is the key for me. I can’t do it on a treadmill; I’ve tried and it causes joint pain. Outdoors, I’m with Tina (my fiancee) and Malcolm (my puppy) and I just concentrate on shifting my weight to the ball of my foot rather than my heel. I suspect I probably look a little goofy when I run (not that I would look not-goofy otherwise), but it’s completely eliminated joint pain for me. I can already feel my heart and lungs getting stronger.

I am SO excited to start running 5Ks and adding t-shirts to my closet. (The raising money for charity part is nice, too.) I want to have Jess make me a sign. I want to see what it feels like to run for thirty plus minutes without… well, dying.

I don’t know if I’ll stay on track and be done in seven more weeks, but we’re sure going to try. Any advice out there from you 5Kers?

Tomorrow is Friday, and in the past, Friday was my weigh-in day. I’m going to treat Sunday’s 337.9 as “last week’s” weight, and Friday’s will be my consistent day from here on out.

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Running in the Dark

September 14, 2010
Tuesday
Today’s Weight 336.4
Change from Yesterday -0.5
Total Lost 66.4

My weight is still trending downwards, and I am immensely happy about that. I truly think that stress was a key contributor, along with a recently diagnosed minor health problem (a.k.a. – the thyroid, stupid little organ that only exists to make my life miserable), to my stalled weight loss. I know I’m getting very premature, but at the same time… I can’t help but be excited to see those numbers creeping down every day!

At the same time, my new (still awesome!) job keeps me pretty busy, and I’m just not sure if I’ll be able to keep posting everyday. So I want to pose a question. What should I do? Should I continue my daily weigh-ins, or should I just do a weekly weigh-in like most bloggers do? I can see pros and cons to both. Which do you prefer to see? If I miss a day of reporting my food, I’ll report TWO day’s worth of food next time I post, perhaps. Any advice?

Also, for our workout tonight, we did Week One Day Two of Couch to 5K in our neighborhood after dark. I fell in the five minute warm-up, but beyond that, it went pretty well. (Wish I was joking about the fall… stepped off the road to get out of the way of a car, my foot hit the shoulder and turned, and I just went down. Not injured, except for a scrape on my knee, but I felt pretty stupid.)

And no, I am not psycho or otherwise mentally deranged. I look like that because it took Tina several seconds to take my picture, and my smile went from perfectly natural to deranged killer from holding it for about ten seconds.

Day by Day 003 Food

Cereal and milk
Two turkey and cheese mini-sandwiches on whole wheat
2 Pop Tarts
Banana
Honey mustard mixed nuts
Progresso Italian Meatball High Fiber Soup
Cheese mini-sandwich
Baked Potato with bacon, cheddar, and a wedge of laughing cow cheese
6 oz. steak

Total approximate calories of around 2,000


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Richard Simmons & Watermelon

September 13, 2010
Monday
Today’s Weight 336.9
Total Lost 65.9

If you’ve known me for a while, you may know that I have been obese my entire life. Seriously, from the age of four to pretty much now, I’ve been overweight. I guess I maybe had a more positive school experience than some obese teens, because I don’t remember any true horror stories from growing up.

Now don’t get me wrong – I wasn’t so self-confident that I had it all figured out except for my weight. I still didn’t date until college (and well into college, at that), but I don’t really remember being picked on or made fun of or anything like that. However, I do remember desperately wanting to look like the football players or the guys who would take their shirts off without hesitation. I was deeply ashamed of the way I looked, but I wouldn’t really do anything to change it.

That’s not to say I wasn’t acutely aware of my obesity, and I went through the motions of wanting to change. And you know what (or should I say who?) all of my weight loss efforts revolved around in the early-to-mid 1990s when I was in high school?

Richard Simmons.

I remember seeing him on QVC in the summer before 8th grade, and he had his Deal-a-Meal kit. I still remember the price, $89.95. It came with the actual Deal-a-Meal and two workout tapes. There was also Project Me, which was a motivational audio series. Oh, and probably a cookbook, too. I wanted it, and without even asking, my mom asked if I’d like for her to get it for me.

Yes!

It came UPS a few days later. I remember watching Sweatin’ to the Oldies 3 before I actually did the workout. “I can do this. These people are fat and they’re exercising. I can do it too!” This wasn’t my first workout video (more on that in a future post) but it was my first Richard Simmons workout video, which as far as I was concerned was the holy grail of exercise.

I read through the Deal-a-Meal directions and hit my first snag. “1600 calories? That can’t be right. And I only get 1,000 for the first week?!”

Suffice it to say, I never succeeded at Deal-a-Meal. I felt like I couldn’t eat the foods I wanted, and while I tried (repeatedly), I don’t think I ever made it more than a single day.

I’m not going to blame Richard Simmons. I actually have a great deal of respect for him, and I was actually kinda sad the day I realized that I had exercised so much the Sweatin’ tapes were no longer an aerobic challenge for me.

But I just didn’t see myself able to succeed on a diet that limited my food that severely. Deal-a-Meal would allow you to eat whatever you wanted, but in moderation. I didn’t get that concept at the time. If it took almost all of my bread cards just to have a slice or two of pizza, then what the heck was I supposed to eat for the rest of the day?

I get moderation now. I have tried to do “diets” where I refuse myself certain foods, and I have never succeeded. If anything, refusing a certain food has caused me to crave it more. Instead, I now strive to find a balanced eating plan (which I fully intend to live on forever) where I eat lots of healthy foods and the occasional “not-as-healthy” food in moderation. I can eat one Pop Tart; I shouldn’t eat the whole box. But even if I do, so what? Chalk it up to experience, move on, and I’ll do better tomorrow.

This has to be a lifestyle change; I know that. Deal-a-Meal could have taught me that, but I got caught up in the other stuff. I guess in 1991, I just wasn’t ready to change yet. In 2010, I finally am.

Day by Day 002
September 13, 2010

Blueberry Toast
Watermelon
Pomegranate Applesauce
Cereal with skim milk
Lean Cuisine Pizza
Honey Mustard Mixed Nuts
Homemade Chicken and Dumplings with Veggies
Zone bar
Ham and cheese panini
Crackers & Laughing Cow Cheese
Grapes

Approximate daily calories = 2150

Today was a late work day, so we only got in about forty minutes of cardio at the gym. I’m tired; bed time.

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Day by Day 001

Wasn’t this supposed to be a separate blog? Yeah, it was, but I ultimately decided to put ALL of my fitness, fatness, and other food stuff here. I won’t post more than once a day, so some days, this Day by Day section may just be a foot note at the bottom of a different post, but today, I’m only talking about food and exercise.

September 12, 2010
Sunday
Starting Weight 402.8
Today’s Weight 337.9
Total Lost 64.9 pounds

Yes, I haven’t weighed 402.8 pounds in over four years and a LOT less muscle mass ago, but I like seeing 64.9 pounds up there more than seeing… well, nothing. After all, this is a life long journey, and even if I am “restarting” on a new web host and a new focus and all that blah blah blah, 402.8 was still my biggest and I’m not going to forget that.

337.9 is a lot higher than I’d like it to be, but I honestly expect to see a significantly smaller number tomorrow. I truly expect to lose two pounds or so, at least. There are a few factors in why my weight is so high – a very high salt diet yesterday, and uhm… well… I haven’t pooped in like two days. TMI? Probably.

This is what I ate today. I made a few great food choices, a few bad food choices, and a few okay food choices. You know what? I definitely could have done without the Pop Tart, and I won’t lie… it was VERY tempting to not list it here, but really… who am I cheating? It doesn’t affect anyone but me. Chili dog probably wasn’t a very good choice, either… I’m suddenly feeling very self-conscious about my food choices today. I can at least point out that all of my bread choices were whole wheat with no HFCs.

Bacon, cheese, and green onion two egg omelet
Banana
Steak & cheese sub with mayo
Chili dog
Grapes
Pop tart
BBQ sandwich
Roast beef and veggies
Turkey and cheese on wheat
Pineapple sherbet

Approximately total calories = 2,600

Today’s food picture is of the omelet I made for breakfast. I love making omelets, and since I am good at this, I am the designate omelet cook of our household.

All in all, not a terrible day for someone of my weight and activity level. On my current “plan” of eating, I eat more on the weekends and less during the week. You’ll probably see my calories around 2,000 or so tomorrow. But I will make this promise: No matter what it is I eat, I’ll share it truthfully, even if I just end up going momentarily insane and binging at the Chinese buffet.

Exercise was a much better story. It was such a pretty fall morning today that Tina and I both felt motivated to do some exercise outdoors. I remembered a short experiment back in the summer with running in the Couch to 5K sense outdoors, and we both enjoyed it. It didn’t hurt my feet or joints, unlike the treadmill which is always excruciating (and boring), so we decided to restart Couch to 5K. If we do it as the program states, it will take us two months, which will be right smack in the middle of fall. Our honeymoon also falls in this two month period, and I REALLY like the idea of actually doing C25K in Antigua.

Anyway, before Tina strapped on her Vibrams and I put on my regular, non-toed sneakers, I had the bright idea to take a picture every day I do C25K. Maybe I’ll see a big difference by the time I’m holding up a sign that says “First Official 5K!”

The run went great. A little warm, but there was a nice cool breeze, and as with the last outdoor “run,” there was no pain! I mentioned that Tina went with me, but I had another running partner.

My buddy Malcolm. He’s still a puppy and as dumb as a sack of doorknobs, but we love him, and he helped pull me along when I was starting to get a little tired.

That wasn’t our only exercise, either. We went to the gym this afternoon and did forty-five minutes on the elliptical and about fifteen minutes in the pool. I feel very confident that I’ll post a loss tomorrow.

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