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366 Weigh-In: Keep On Keeping On

I am down to 366. My weight fluctuated a bit as a result of too much birthday celebration, but today, I dropped several pounds, which put my average squarely below 366. I am happy with this. Birthdays are for celebrating, but they are for celebrating for one day. Not for a month. At least with food.

I have nothing really profound to say, except to post this little graphic I just made. (I believe the image to be public domain, as I found it on a website of public domain photos, but if you are the owner and I am incorrect, please contact me immediately and I will rectify the situation.)

That’s all it is. Do it every day. Repeat forever.

I’m cool with that.

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367 Weigh-In: Friday the 13th

I am now at 367! Actually, I’m a bit below that. Yesterday, my weight was 367.03, but it hadn’t quite reached 367, so I waited, expecting today would be the day. It was, and then some. 366.73. Woo hoo! Let’s see how quickly I can get down to 366.

One pound gone forever! Hallelujah!

Oh, and it’s Friday the 13th! For horror buffs like myself, today is a national holiday.

I’m just going to give a quick hodgepodge of points today.

As you may know, my wife is pregnant with our first child. Our official public announcement of our pregnancy was via a fake horror movie trailer. Well, it’s fitting that today, on Friday the 13th, we found out the sex of our baby. I’ll post a more detailed post in a few days about it. If you are friends with me on facebook, you’ll find out sooner, if you are so interested. And if you aren’t friends with me on facebook, why not? Friend me!

I am dealing with some major stiffness. Some time ago, I was diagnosed with a slipped disk in my lower back. I went to the chiropractor for several months and my resulting leg pain was pretty much eliminated. Well, stiffness is creeping into my OTHER leg, and I expect my weight and related back issues have something to do with it. I’m going to start going back to the chiropractor to see if I can get adjusted. Best yet, I found a chiropractor here in town who addresses more than just physical ailments. She also deals with nutrition, emotional therapy (of sorts), and holistic healing. Yeah, it’s a little granola hippie crunchy, but really… so am I. I’m looking forward to starting that soon, hoping that the combination of losing weight and a few good back crackings might get me back on the right path.

Despite my back pain, I am still making my way through my bracket. As a result of my stiffness, I do have to modify some of the movements, but fortunately, I know enough that I can easily do that without giving up my workout. Yay sweat! I am quite behind in my posting (I think, as of right now, I have three match-ups to post), and in the coming days, I’ll try to catch up.

That’s all for now. Talk to you soon!

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368 Weigh-In: The Easter Aftermath

Physics Diet has finally given me the reward of ticking off one more pound on my average weight. In fact, this morning, with today’s weigh-in, I am now at 367.92.

If you aren’t familiar with Physics Diet, you may think it sounds like I only lost one pound this week. I did not. In fact, my weight dropped from 369 (the start of my Physics Diet experiment) to 366.2, a loss of 2.8 pounds. For me, that’s freaking awesome. Heck, for anybody, that’s freaking awesome in my book.

I’m still quite content to celebrate my one pound gone, though. As time progresses, my Physics Diet numbers will speed up until they have “caught up” with me. Basically, as I enter more data points (i.e. – daily weights), the system becomes a little more accurate. I’d wager that my next pound will come a little quicker than one week.

You can see in the chart below that my weight (the bottom of the green) is a bit lower than the average (the black line).

But regardless, 369 is gone! Goodbye 369! Goodbye and good riddance! You will no longer torment my joints and make me sweat. And in the next two years, I will say goodbye to 189 more of your brothers. (Holy crap, 189 is a big number. I need to lose more than I want to weigh.)

I’m pretty proud of myself for surviving Easter. Easter is usually an excuse to eat a lot of chocolate bunnies and, my weakness, the Cadbury crème egg.

My indulgence this weekend? A handful of jelly beans.

Screw you, not-so-good-tasting chocolate bunny! (Seriously – they never even taste good. Maybe I’m a chocolate snob? We’ll talk when Godiva makes bunnies.)

My next indulgence? Well, my birthday is in exactly ten days. I plan to celebrate my birthday without binging. Besides, 34, 33, what’s even the difference? I’ve never been a huge birthday person anyway. My mom did all the work on that day, anyhow. I just showed up.

I do have a babymoon coming up in a few months. (For those not in the know, a Babymoon is a lamely-named last solo vacation parents take before their first child is born. We’re going to San Diego!)

So, San Diego might be an excuse to binge (or at least eat too much). For this vacation, I pledge to do a LOT more exercising than usual and watch my food intake. I want to weigh less when I come home than when I left. Let’s see how that goes.

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369 Weigh-In: Focus on the Positives

Have you ever just found yourself in a good place and things are going awesome?

I love reading healthy living blogs. I often feel bad for the various writers I read, because many seem to go through various trials and tribulations. I understand, because (although I have never battled depression), I’ve still been in a place where it seemed like nothing was going right.

But now, I really do feel like everything is going right. In fact, everything is going GREAT.

If you are suffering for clinical depression, then this information I am about to share may not apply. I am not a therapist, psychiatrist, doctor, or anyone otherwise capable of diagnosing or treating depression. Please do not think I am in anyway making light of the suffering that depression can bring.

For everyone else, this may work. And if you have depression, I don’t think what I’m about to suggest would hurt. But see previous disclaimer.

Basically, I think we are all often our own worst enemy. It is SO easy to focus on the negative and ignore the positive.

I can look back at my weight in September of 2010 and see that I was in the 330s. It’s easy to look at that and curse the fact that I put on almost fifty pounds. Oh well. At least I am still alive to lose the weight.

It’s even easier to look back to 2006 and see me at 250ish pounds. Again, oh well. I am still moving; I am no diabetic; I am not dead. I can do it again, and I thank God for the opportunity to do so.

I want to focus on the positives only. Screw the negatives. I don’t need those in my life at all.

That’s why I am changing my weigh-in.

The weekly weigh-in has never felt exactly right to me. I might weigh one thing on Sunday and my weight temporarily jumps up on Monday and then decreases again on Tuesday. Well, if I record my weight on Monday, then it looks like I gained when I really didn’t.

Instead, I want to celebrate each pound lost. I’m using a free online program called Physics Diet. Basically, you enter your daily weight, and it calculates your average weight. For every pound I lose, I’ll post about it here.

Today’s post is 369. With willpower, effort, and positive thinking, I will do all that I can to keep from weighing 369 ever again.

The next time I post a weigh-in, whether it is in three days or seven, I’ll weigh 368. And then 367.

For every pound that I lose, I am going to post a celebratory post.

Goodbye 370. I won’t miss you. 368, watch out. I’m coming for you next.

Oh, and I may be posting daily this week. I have several video match-ups to share.

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An Am I At Goal Weight Yet? Weigh-In

Weight loss can be boring, especially when you chip away at it, one little bit at a time. In the past, when I got down closer to 250, my weight loss was most exciting when people noticed.

Does that mean I’m a bit of an egomaniac who wants it to be all about me?

Heck, I write a blog, don’t I? Of course I do.

I look forward to someone saying to me, “Hey, you really do look thinner. Are you losing weight?”

Some people have told me they are offended when someone asks if they have lost weight.

Not me. Best feeling ever.

So again, I try to remind myself that this is a journey, not a destination, but I cannot help but look ahead and dream about making it to goal weight.

An Am I At Goal Weight Yet? Weigh-In

(And please note, that is not me in the photo above. He has less fat, more hair, and a nicer suit than I do.)
**(Please also note, I am not putting myself down. Fat, bald, and in my comfy pjs, I still think I am freaking awesome.)

February 23, 2012
Weight: 368.8
Change from Last Weigh-In: -0.8
Change From All-Time Highest: -34.0

Part of me is thrilled I didn’t go back up into the 370s. I was afraid my body would miss it there. I think I need to write a goodbye letter to the 370s soon, just so we can officially part terms. (Note to self: write goodbye letter to 370s.)

Let’s see what next week brings, while I dream of leaving the 360s behind.

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