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Day by Day #001, April 23rd

It took me a while, but I’m on track.

Not gonna lie. I’ve been struggling. I always feel the need to say, “with my eating” and “not my life,” because my life is awesome. Great wife, awesome kid, good house, wonderful job. Life is great.

My eating plan… Meh. It comes and goes.

On a bad day, this is what my day looks like.

Breakfast is healthy! Off to a great start!
Lunch is also healthy (because I packed it at home)! Still doing good.
Long day of teaching. Tired.
Forgot to thaw out something for dinner. Eh, let’s hit the drive-thru. Tomorrow will be better.

I have to stop this, for so many reasons. One, my wife is trying to lose weight, too, and I am clearly her stumbling block. Two, I want to be a personal trainer. No one is hiring a fat personal trainer. And three… this little guy. I don’t want him to have a fat daddy.

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But words are cheap. I’ve spun them before, and I’ve continued making slow progress.

My weight yesterday? 362.0.

Up a bit. Still down from the first of the year, but up from my lowest in the 350s.

I tracked my food yesterday. I only ate four meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a small after-work pre-workout snack). I exercised, albeit lightly. (Just a walk – I’m doing more tonight.)

All of this was clean. No chemicals, just real food.

Breakfast – lean sausage, 1 slice of bacon, 2 eggs, homemade hash browns

Lunch – ground turkey taco meat, quinoa, cheese, sour cream, salsa, baked potato, 3 clementines, baby carrots & zima tomatoes with hummus

After-work snack – cereal with milk

Dinner – ground turkey meatloaf, sweet potato fries, 1 clean cookie with raw milk

I also drank a crap ton of water. Seriously. Plant Nanny says I need to drink 233 ounces a day. So I did. I will be lowering my Plant Nanny requirements. That was so much water, I felt like crap. I’m going to drink for thirst and shoot for roughly a gallon a day. Ish. Ugh, I was too bloated last night. And I peed roughly eighteen times between ten p.m. and six a.m.

For the next week, I am posting every day, my food, weight, and exercise.

After all, I can’t look like Ryan Reynolds if I don’t put in the work.

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Apocalypse and Moving

December 21, 2012

Worst… apocalypse… ever…

Let’s move on to other info.

So, it’s been almost a month since I posted. The last thing I talked about was Moon Pie’s Two Month Update. His Three Month Update is tomorrow.

Where the heck have I been?

I’ve been doing four things.

1. Recovering from a fairly nasty stomach virus.
2. Recovering from a fairly mild head cold. (My wife also has it, but apparently, mine must be worse because men are huge whiners.)
3. Horribly falling off of the Weight Watchers “diet.”
4. Moving into a new house.

On November 29th, my wife and I closed on our new home. We are in the process of getting our old house ready to be sold, and we’ve moved ALMOST everything we own into this new house. Obviously, we are not done.

I am a pre-Thanksgiving Christmas decorator. That’s just what I do. The weekend before Thanksgiving, the tree goes up.

Except this year. We finished putting decorations on it yesterday. So basically, from my perspective, the Christmas season just started.

The part of this list I am most upset with myself about is #3.

In the midst of moving, I have completely let my healthy eating and activity plan go off track.

I haven’t REALLY exercised (beyond moving furniture) since November. We ate a LOT of fast food. I haven’t stepped foot on a scale, but I know I’ve gained.

I’m expecting upwards of twenty pounds gain, honestly. At least.

Unacceptable, but it happened, and I’m not beating myself up over it any more than I already have. It’s just time to get back on the bandwagon.

Old Jeremy would have waited until January 1st. Not this Jeremy. He’s going back to Weight Watchers tomorrow.

It is what it is. I’m SORELY tempted to hit it hard, stay in hiding, and come back out in January with a new set of resolutions and alleged transparency. But that’s not who I am anymore. This blog is supposed to show me, warts and all, and hiding won’t do it.

I weighed in the 360s last time I was at Weight Watchers. Tomorrow, when I go into my meeting, I’ll get my new WW360 weigh-in booklet, I suspect I’ll weigh in in the 380s, and I’ll post a picture on this blog. Every week, I’ll post my WW results.

I am capable of doing so much more than I am doing. No more platitudes. Just time.

And no more moving, either. Moving really does suck.

New houses are cool, though.

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A Surprisingly Hard Weigh-In Post

I’m okay with the number on the scale. It’s going slow, but it’s going down. I’m still fine tuning my diet, and even though it is VERY slow going, I really do feel confident that I’m going to discover the magic number of points for me to eat to accelerate up to two pounds a week, consistently.

Date: November 3, 2012
Weight: 364.2
Change from Last Week: -0.8 pounds
Change from Highest: -38.6 pounds

I’m feeling stronger literally every day. I now take the stairs at work. The elevator is a distant memory. It’s a nice feeling.

While I’m not quite strong enough to progress with Body Revolution, I did like the idea that I knew, every day, what I was doing. As a result, I made up my own exercise calendar for November. I even built in a few rest days. It gives me a great deal of satisfaction to both just cross off my workout for the day AND not have to decide what I’m in the mood for. I just look at the calendar, see what I scheduled, and do it.

So why is this a surprisingly hard post for me to write?

On October 30th, I got a package in the mail. It’s a weight loss reward. When I get below a certain number, then I get to “keep” it. The package in question was a Blue Power Ranger Hoodie. Don’t judge; it’s awesome.

As a special treat, the manufacturers included a Blue Power Ranger T-Shirt, for free. It was sized the same as the hoodie, 2X.

I typically wear a 3X shirt, but sometimes, 2X fits.

I had the great idea to take a picture of myself wearing the shirt for a once-monthly visual representation of my weight loss. I want to see how my body changes as it gets smaller.

What I wasn’t expecting was the intense reaction from seeing my body in an unflattering, too-small t-shirt from three different angles.

I wasn’t happy. I wasn’t happy for a while.

And then, I relied on some of the various coping strategies that I’ve fostered, several of which I’ve literally developed and created in the last few months.

And I came to terms with it. This is my body. This is what it looks like.

This body is strong. This body carries me through the day. I’ve done a lot of damage to this body, and it still keeps me going. I’m taking care of this body now. Soon, my outer person will match my inner strength.

Best of all, this body helped my wife and I create the best thing that ever happened to us.

But for now, I post this picture without hesitation. This is who I am, unflattering angles, lopsided belly, male muffin top, and all.

Because I am so much more than my body.

And I’m now realizing I should have renamed this post. This wasn’t that hard to post after all. Thanks for reading.

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Body Revolution #2 Weigh-In

I weigh in on Saturdays at Weight Watchers. I had planned to consistently post my weigh-in each Wednesday.

Well, that hasn’y happened, so I’m just going to say that I plan to weigh in SOMETIME during the week. And because I missed last week, I owe you two weigh-ins this week.

Date: October 20, 2012
Weight: 366.2
Change from Last Week: -1.0 pounds
Change from Highest: -36.6 pounds

Date: October 27, 2012
Weight: 365.0
Change from Last Week: -1.2 pounds
Change from Highest: -37.8 pounds

Is a pound a week game changing?

No.

Is it sustainable? Am I losing weight?

Yes.

So therefore, I’ll take it. I AM about to start chiseling away at my points. I’m being MUCH more careful with my fruits, but I’m probably still take in too many calories. I’m going to shave two points off per day next week and see if it makes a difference.

Part of it may be (seriously) that I’ve put on a touch of muscle with Body Revolution. I’ve definitely toned up. I can feel more strength in my legs, and I can feel a big change in my biceps (underneath the fat that coats them).

I write this, having finished Weeks 1 and 2 of Body Revolution, and I have a big change to my workout that I must make.

The first two weeks started off tough but doable. By the end of week two, they were, dare I say it, easy.

That said, I tried Workout #3, and I had to make so many modifications, I am not comfortable progressing.

Yet.

I am not throwing in the towel, but I am also not proceeding with her schedule. And yet, workouts 1 and 2 are now a bit too easy for me. So, my game plan?

I’m going to do them each once a week at a higher intensity (all challenging moves, heavier weights, et cetera), and I am going to do two body weight workouts on my own. I like the progress I am making and I want to keep moving forward, but my body needs more than Workouts 1 and 2 but it isn’t ready yet for Workouts 3 and 4.

It sucks. I wish I was more fit. But I’m not quitting. I’m just going more slowly than some people.

One aspect of Body Revolution that I do get to keep doing for two more weeks?

Cardio 1.

Holy crap. Jillian Michaels is an evil monster (and I love her for it).

This is truthfully the hardest 30 minutes of cardio I have EVER done.

I’ll be honest; it’s a little boring. But it is NOT easy.

Especially suicides. If that didn’t send my psyche screaming back to 8th grade PE, nothing will.

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Body Revolution #1 Weigh-In

Yeah, I should have posted this on Wednesday, but with a newborn (and my sloppy blogging skills anyway), I often don’t quite manage to make that happen. Whoops.

Date: October 13, 2012
Weight: 367.2
Change from Last Week: -1.0 pounds
Change from Highest: -35.6 pounds

It’s not really where I want it, but it’s down, so I’ll take it!

I always wonder if I am eating too much on Weight Watchers. I’m going to give it another week. If I do not lose at least two pounds this week, I am going to start chiseling away at my daily point target (you are allowed to do that on PointsPlus) until I am consistently losing two pounds per week.

I’m a big guy. I’m working out hard. This is very doable.

So, how is Body Revolution going so far?

I have not yet had to modify any exercises, so I am excited about that.

I am also still in Workouts #1 and #2 of Phase #1, so it makes sense that these workouts are the easiest.

This is why I am excited about this, though.

Back in the summer, when I was going through my artificial sweetener withdrawal, my joints ached so badly that I could barely exercise at all. Anything more strenuous than walking in the pool was painful.

Now that I am finished with my withdrawal (it took about three-ish months), I am able to do exercises that are weight-bearing on my joints. I can do the pushups on my knees. I can do the bird dog (she calls it table, but regardless, you are putting weight on your knees). I can get up and down from the floor with relative ease to switch positions.

I am thrilled!

One thing I will say about Jillian’s video – she uses PRETTY people for her workouts. These people are freaking fit.

One of her athletes is named Kenta Seki. He has an amazing body.

I want to be Kenta Seki when I grow up.

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