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Episode #003 – Simply Filling

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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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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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A No Starches at Dinner Weigh-In

Another week, another successful weigh-in!

June 23, 2012
Weight: 354.2
Change from Last Week: -1.8 pounds
Change from Highest: -48.6 pounds

Next week, I hope to crush the 50 pounds target. Granted, that’s from my highest weight, but still… it’s crazy to think how tired I would be if I walked around with a fifty pound weight on my back all the time.

I want to see if there are some simple things I can do to accelerate fat loss. I’ve heard some people say that if you cut out starchy carbs after mid-afternoon, that can speed it up. I want to do this one for two reasons.

One, I need to eat WAY more vegetables. I just don’t like vegetables, but I’m about to be a dad and I have to be a good role model, so… more veggies it is. Last night for dinner, we had tenderloin, creamed spinach, and tomatoes. It tasted good and it had to have been good for my body.

And two, my joints are starting to ache a little bit again, and I’m wondering if I’m going too whole-hog on the grains front. I’m going to limit them again and see if it helps. I’m still having nerve pain flare ups which I am blaming on the aspartame withdrawal symptoms, and that leads me to believe that it may be affecting my joints, too. Regardless, eating more vegetables will be good for me, no matter what the end result is.

Oh, and perhaps most importantly – this is something I am going to do “in general.” I’m not going to give myself any hard and fast rules. I’ll still enjoy the occasional slice (or two) of pizza and we’ll still have spaghetti on occasion. I’m just saying that I’m going to limit my dinner-time starches, not remove them completely.

Let’s see how it goes.

And as I’ve mentioned, my mother is doing Weight Watchers with me. I’m very proud of her, because she is crushing me! We’re not competing, and it’s a good thing, because if we were, I’d have already been left in the dust. She’s lost over ten pounds in the last three weeks!

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A Measure Yourself Weigh-In

Have you ever had a week where you just felt like you hadn’t really that well? I did. I tracked all my food, I measured all of my portions, but I just did not feel like I had lost weight. I just didn’t feel it.

On Saturday morning, before my weigh-in, I got out my tape measure and I measured myself.

I measured my chest, waist, thigh, bicep, calf, and neck. Except for my neck, I lost something on every body part.

In just one week.

So even if I gained, I went to my meeting happy, because I could care less what the scale says. It’s about having a smaller body and being healthier.

June 14, 2012
Weight: 356.0
Change from Last Week: -0.6 pounds
Change from Highest: -46.8 pounds

Woo hoo! I actually DID lose some weight, and I lost inches, and I’m very close to getting below 50 pounds lost.

All around, I am thrilled.

So, the moral of this week? Measure yourself. Because there will be weeks where the scale doesn’t move but the inches do and vice versa, and it’s nice to have an extra layer of weight loss measurement.

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