Busy Summer

When a blogger disappears, this usually means they’ve stopped exercising, have regained, and/or life has just gotten too busy.

Yep.

In a big way.

I have often been very tempted to stop blogging.  I don’t have a big audience.  The people who usually leave comments here are also people I am friends with on Facebook, so I don’t need the blog to stay connected to people.

And yet…

I’m not ready just yet.

I haven’t even thought about blogging in exactly a month.  My last time on the scale and blogging was July 20th.  My weight is WAY up.

Too much celebration.  Too much “I’ll start tomorrow.”

I have to get this under control.

I got on the scale this morning, and I got a lot more emotional than I expected to.

Nine years ago, when I went to my first Weight Watcher meeting, I weighed in 402.8.

This morning, I weighed in at 395.  I am less than ten pounds away from my highest.

While I feel healthier and happier than I did then, I am still ashamed at how out-of-control this has gotten.

I know what to do.  I have to do it.

I’m considering finding an Overeater’s Anonymous meeting.

This is where I am right now.

I am very Type A when it comes to fixing things.  This is my game plan.

I am going to blog daily, recording my daily weight, my food intake, my exercise for the day, and both what I am thankful for and what I struggled with.

My wife is going to help me, by pledging to eat clean with me.  (She also wants to lose weight.  Sadly, in this situation, we are each other’s stumbling block.)

I have two options: I can quit, or I can keep going ahead.

I choose to keep going ahead.

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July 20th Weigh-In

Quickie post.

July 20, 2013

Weight: 375.8

Change from Last Week: –1.6 pounds

Change for July: –5.0 pounds

Change from All-Time Highest: –27.2 pounds

Another successful week!  I’d be happier with it being two pounds or more, so that is my goal for this week – hit two pounds down this week!

The daily journaling isn’t my thing.  I’m still trying to find “me” in Stellar Path.  I kinda liked it when I blogged about the weight loss lessons in Power Rangers, horror movies, and other dorky things.  Dunno; we’ll see.

Either way… yay me!  Another loss!

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Taekwondo & Mosquito Bites

Food

Breakfast – sweet potato, 1 sausage patty, 1 slice of bacon, 1 egg, 1 egg white, cherries

Lunch – 2 asiago spinach chicken brats, kettle chips, tomato, cucumber

Dinner – taco pork meat (cooked with tons of onions and mushrooms) with cheese, sour cream, & tomatoes, in 2 wheat pita pockets

Snack – 3 Nature’s Harvest peanut butter creme cookies, glass of raw milk

I try to eat in a way that will keep the scale moving downward WITHOUT boring myself to death.  Some will say, “Forget entertainment.  Food should only be fuel!”

Not for me.  Food is fuel, enjoyment, a social activity, a way to lose weight, and a lot more.  I don’t think this empowers food; I think I am empowering myself by saying, “Food can be all of these things.”

I try to keep in mind why I am losing weight.  There are a lot of reasons.  But one reason is to do things that I cannot do right now.

The thing I am most looking forward to is resuming taekwondo (currently stagnated at a Senior 1st Degree Black – and I’ve forgotten a lot, so I have a great deal to relearn).  I have promised myself that I would return when my weight gets down to 250.  This will be me before you know it.

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(The one doing the kicking.  I can get kicked in the face right now.)

We did cardio tonight.  We made the mistake of not working out first thing home, and by the time we got around to working out, we just did not have the oomph in us to do Body Revolution tonight.  No worries; we’ll start the first two full weeks, and if we can do the entire workout as is (no breaks, no modified moves), we’ll move on to the next phase.  Right now, the plank is what is giving me the most trouble.  I have a weak core.  That definitely needs to be fixed (and will help me immensely when I get back into martial arts.)

And on an unrelated note, can I saw how much I HATE summer?  I hate the heat, but the thing I hate the most of all… mosquitoes.  Our winters here have been so mild for so many years in a row now, mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas are horrendous.  I cannot even go outside to the mailbox without getting at least three new mosquito bites.  So tired of summer; I look forward to a nice cool fall and a hopefully blizzard-y winter.

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Weigh-in for July 20, 2013

Quickie post. 

July 20, 2013

Weight: 375.8

Change from Last Week: –1.6 pounds

Change for July: –5.0 pounds

Change from All-Time Highest: –27.2 pounds

Another successful week!  I’d be happier with it being two pounds or more, so that is my goal for this week – hit two pounds down this week!

The daily journaling isn’t my thing.  I’m still trying to find “me” in Stellar Path.  I kinda liked it when I blogged about the weight loss lessons in Power Rangers, horror movies, and other dorky things.  Dunno; we’ll see.

Either way… yay me!  Another loss!

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Sharknado, Bad Food Choices, & Sharknado

Food

Breakfast – sweet potato, 1 sausage patty, 1 slice of bacon, 1 egg

Lunch – cheeseburger on whole wheat bun, cucumber, tomato, cherries

Dinner – 8” Chicago Steak Grinder from Mancino’s

Man, it would have been SO tempting to skip mentioning today’s bad food choices.  Breakfast and lunch were great; between errands, work stuff, and other miscellany, we were late getting home, and all it took was a tiny suggestion of “Let’s eat out so we don’t have to clean the kitchen tonight” and we were going to Mancino’s, a grinder/pizza/pasta place here in our hometown.

However, as tempting as it would have been to lie or skip today’s post, that defeats the whole purpose of personal journal/blogging for accountability, and if I lie once, I may as well give it up.

I know I could have made worse food choices; still, given how my body is feeling right now, I feel pretty safe in saying that Mancino’s is not quite a whole-food place after all.  It’s funny; just a few days of clean eating is enough to reset my internal food sensor.  Crap makes me feel like crap.  You’d think I’d’ve figured this out by now, wouldn’t you?

Exercise was done, although it wasn’t a good workout.  I didn’t feel up to it with what felt like a brick in my stomach, but I pushed (feebly) through.  Let’s just say that I expect this is a week of Body Revolution that will be repeated.

Food is cut off for the day.  Exercise is technically done.

The rest of the night will consist of watching Sharknado on the SyFy channel.  It’s about a tornado that sucks up sharks, carries them inland, and then they eat people.  No kidding.

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Sharknado!

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