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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

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If you are here for the first time because you googled Weight Loss, then welcome! I hope you’ll add me to your Google Reader (or facebook) and stay awhile. If you are new, let me warn you – I am a dork. I blog about dorky things. I talk about how the Power Rangers and Freddy Krueger can help me lose weight. I have a three month old son, and pictures of him show up here a LOT.

Just a quick recap about me: I am morbidly obese. I have been my entire life. I currently weigh in the 370s. I’ve been as high as 402.8. I was once down to 250, but I had a bad breakup and gained a lot of weight back and regained a lot of bad habits. I later met the love of my life, we got married, are still very happily married, and we just had our first baby, Moon Pie (and just because some people are now naming their babies ridiculous things, like Hashtag, I should mention that Moon Pie is not his real name but is his “blog nickname,” because I don’t want him to grow up and google himself and discover that Dad posted tons of embarrassing baby pics on him before he could object.)

A little more about me: I’m big into nostalgia. If it happened in the 80s or 90s, I’m probably a big fan. I tie my nostalgia into weight loss and healthy living, and that is going to be a common trend on my blog in 2013.

If you are here to lose weight, let me give you one piece of advice.

Do what works for you. And do what you can live with.

If you are thinking Atkins sounds like the plan for you but you are already lamenting the loss of bread, then don’t do it. If you think Weight Watchers sound perfect but you aren’t sure you can stomach losing $40 a month to go to meetings, then don’t do it.

It must work for you.

I am a Weight Watcher. I know that when I follow the program, I lose weight. I need the meetings, and the program provides a structure that I need. It is what I have chosen.

Choose what ultimately works best for you.

If you are new to losing weight, I really recommend you dive into the world of fitness blogs. The people who write weight loss blogs are, by and large, the friendliest, most supportive internet community I have ever belonged to. Whether you are just a reader or decide to start your own blog (which I recommend, for accountability, and it’s completely free – you don’t have to have a blog with your own domain name), you’ll find tons of support.

And speaking of that support, I am also going to implement a new feature here. There are so many blogs out there that I love to read, and I’m going to share a different one every Tuesday. Since I am so pro-Weight Watchers, I wanted to share my favorite Weight Watcher blog.

It’s called Cats That Look Like Hitler, and it is crammed full of Kitlers, kitties that look like Hitler!

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So if funny photos of cats that look like dictators gets you motiv…

Wait a minute, that’s the wrong link. Let’s try again.

Okay, this is not a WW blog, but the person who writes it follows Weight Watchers and she has done AMAZING. If you are looking for a successful story, then look no further.

Brooke: Not on a Diet is this week’s spotlighted blog.

Brooke writes with humor and grace, and she is very approachable.

Here’s why you should read Brooke… She’s lost more than half her body weight. Seriously. She’s lost over 160 pounds.

She also got married this year, and she (unlike me) is proof positive that not EVERYONE gains weight when they tie the knot.

I could keep talking, but instead, I encourage you to add Brooke’s blog to your reader.

And for those of you just dipping your toes into the fitness blogging world, a great way to stay motivated is to join a community of like-minded people.

Roni Noone (who writes another great blog to add, by the way) is starting a diet bet tomorrow. It’s not too late to sign up. Basically, you pitch $20 into the pot, and if you lose 4% of your starting weight by the end of January, you get to share the post. It’s not winner-take-all, so you aren’t competing with anyone but yourself.

I hope you’ll stick around! I’ll be back tomorrow with my first weigh-in of 2013 (sort of – I go to WW on Saturdays and use that as my weight, but I don’t post it ‘til the following Wednesday).

Happy New Year!

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Christmas 2012 Weigh-In

Oh goodness. What a rocky few weeks it has been.

One piece of advice – if you are trying to lose weight, never try to juggle a newborn, moving into a new house, completing finals (both the ones you are giving AND the ones you are taking), during the holiday season.

I gained.

I didn’t gain as bad as I had feared.

But I gained.

Are those all excuses? Yep. I certainly could have tried harder and accomplished some weight loss goals.

I did not. I’m not dwelling, because it doesn’t impact my worth as a person.

I expected to be in the 380s. Instead, I just got close to the 380s.

December 22, 2012
Weight: 378.0
Change from Highest: -24.8 pounds

I am not a super happy camper about this, but it is what it is, and I cannot change it now. I can only change it moving forward, and that is what I fully intend to do.

I’m (allegedly) going to take a weekly photo after my weigh-in on Saturdays. I’ll admit – I just now decided to do this, so this photo is actually from Christmas night, but I think it might be nice to have a visual record of my changes.

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(I’m also not as grumpy as I look in that photo, I promise. Still, it’ll be interesting to see if my smile changes as I lose weight, too.)

I also had a little food breakthrough today.

We have a new little one in the house for Christmas, so we’re both establishing new traditions and upholding old ones. Not surprisingly, a lot of the traditions (especially the old ones) revolve around food.

We started some new ones this year that aren’t food related. We’re going to get Moon Pie a lego set, at least one book every Christmas, and one geeky science gift (this year, Periodic table wooden blocks).

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I also am going to abolish one old food tradition.

Do you know what little smokies are? They are basically little sausages that are cooked in a mixture of honey, brown sugar, and mustard. If you had asked me three days ago, I would have said they are sinfully delicious.

I made them today.

They were fatty and disgusting. I’m not being all “I only eat healthy food so fatty food is gross.” No, fattening food can be awesome. The sausage gravy I made for breakfast this morning was incredible.

But these… I ate maybe five, and we’re throwing away the rest.

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Even the picture looks gross to me now. Ugh.

I’ve had little smokies at every Christmas for the past twenty years. This tradition is being retired.

Oh, and in blog news, I’ve recently installed Disqus. I’m hoping it’ll make it easier for me to reply to comments and be a better blogger. Please let me know if there are any issues!

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Afraid to Be Thin Weigh-In

Am I afraid to be thin?

This was a question that recently came up for me in a journaling exercise. I shared it on facebook, got some feedback from a few friends, and basically, the answer, of course, is going to lie somewhere within me, not externally.

So, am I?

I think the answer is obviously yes. I’ve still got some more things to work through.

In a very brief nutshell, this is one of the steps I am using to come to terms with my various issues relating to my body image and my issues with food. I write. It’s almost stream of consciousness. I just put pen to paper and write until I don’t have anything else to write.

Sometimes it’s creative. I create fictional characters and give them my voice.

Sometimes it’s pure internal thought. I start off with what I would say aloud if I were asked my question, and I just let my thought process take me where it will.

I’m still working on it. But I am afraid to be thin. Yet I want to be thin (but not really, if I’m afraid of it). I’ll share as I come to terms with my various issues.

Now, on to the good news…

Another successful weigh-in! (I did not have a weigh-in last week, as I had to miss Weight Watchers. So this one DOES cover two weeks, not one.)

I’d like the number to be higher. That’s another thing I’m working on – being content with my weight loss, whatever it is.

I’m also going to lose weight this week. Even with Thanksgiving around the corner. I plan to lose big. I’ll post on Saturday.

November 17, 2012
Weight: 362.2
Change from Last Two Weeks: -2.0 pounds
Change from Highest: -40.6 pounds

One pound a week. Slow but sustainable. I guess I shouldn’t complain.

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A Lentils Weigh-In

If you watched my vlog last night, then you’ll know that I said I forgot to weigh-in but I am trying to eat more calories in an attempt to lose weight.

Crazy, right?

Well, apparently, eating between 1500 and 2200 calories, for a guy of my size, weight, age, and exercise frequency, was not enough. An online BMR calculator revealed that I need to eat around 3,100 calories to lose weight. So that’s what I did, for the past week, even if it felt weird. Awkward. Wrong. Almost like I was cheating, even, as I ate more.

How did my body respond?

My body loved it.

I feel better. My skin is even better, my joints don’t ache nearly as much, and my hunger, as expected, has dropped. How did I do?

March 27, 2012
Weight: 370.2
Change from Last Week: -2.4 pounds
Change from All-Time Highest: -32.6 pounds

Woo hoo! That’s the best loss I’ve had in a while, AND that includes not doing actual cardio or weight lifting (just lots of physical activity) for three days.

There is one thing that I want to change, though, and that is the source of my calories. I’ll admit that a few of my calories were obtained in the form of Girl Scout Cookies. I still believe that the occasional splurge is fine, but when 160 of my calories were obtained, every day, from 4 Thin Mints, well… that’s not as okay.

I want to get my calories from good, healthy sources. And that is why this is a lentil weigh-in.

I’ve never been a fan of beans. I think they are gross, and at best, I tolerate them in dishes for their health benefits. I’ve recently discovered lentils, however, and I’m in love. They are tasty, healthy, and cheap (the latter is great for someone trying to save money). A cup of cooked lentils has 230 calories, so for someone trying to up his calorie intake while eating healthy foods, lentils are a great way to go.

Yay for extra calories! I never saw this one coming.

Watch out 360s. I’m coming for you next week.

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An It Worked! Weigh-In

This is an It Worked weigh-in.

Why?

Let’s get right to it.

March 19, 2012
Weight: 372.6
Change from Last Week: -1.8 pounds
Change from Highest: -30.2 pounds

I did it! Counted my calories, did my workouts, drank my water.

And this week, the scale rewarded me.

I am very excited to see if drastically changing my exercise very day (as a result of the Home Workout Championships I am undertaking) will make a difference. As it is, I tend to do the same workouts most days. It’s either a walk in the park, a Leslie Sansone DVD, or kettlebells, weights, or on rare occasions, a Jillian Michaels DVD.

I’m in an exercise rut. I’m very hopeful the 1st Annual Stellar Path Home Workout Championship will change things up. After all, today I am doing a Pilates workout and tomorrow the… ahem, Marky Mark Workout. Both are going to be new experiences. On Wednesday, I’ll report and let you know who won the first “game.”

In others news, Tina and I are trying to declutter our lives. We have a garage full of crap and we each have a home office full of crap. And this doesn’t include our home which is full of crap.

Right now, we are in the process of combining our offices so we can have an empty room for a nursery. This requires a major decluttering, which we desperately needed to do. A lot will be going to Good Will, Craig’s List, and the trash.

I read a book a few months ago called “Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat?” It was basically about the issues that make some of us overweight also cause us to have too much clutter. I need to read it again; it was definitely inspirational about making me want to clean up and simplify my life in a lot of different ways.

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