• Current Stats

    Height: 6' 2"
    Weight: 296.2 lbs
    Total Lost: 93.2 lbs
    Body Fat%: 36%
    Total Fat Lost: 104 lbs

    Hat Size: 8
    Jeans: 40x32
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Locking up the scale

For the last year, I have stepped on a scale at least once a week and often more like daily.  Obviously I have been trying to lose weight, so I wanted to know how I was doing, but I got a little to consumed by the numbers.  It is the want of a geek to track numbers and make defined progress, but I think it started to affect the progress to my real goals.  So I am putting the scale away for a month.  No check ins, no Saturday weigh ins, nothing, until May 26th.  Hopefully I will drop some pounds, but most importantly I will get more exercise, add a couple pounds of muscle and keep my sanity.

In the end, it is about feeling better, looking better, and enjoying the fruits of that.  The number doesn’t matter when it comes down to it, so see you in a month scale!

One Year of 4 Hour Body

This last week marked the one year anniversary of starting 4 hour body.  It was an anniversary that almost slipped by without notice.  When I started the diet, I didn’t prepare very well.  I didn’t write down all of my stats, I didn’t take the before picture, I didn’t measure everything, I just started.  I did start this blog, and I did weigh in, but that was about it.  It took me a couple weeks to even create a spreadsheet to track my weight.  Once I listened to the Nerdist Podcast that Tim Ferriss was on, I ordered the book and started the diet within a week.  There was just something about the whole thing that struck a chord and I knew I had to get started ASAP. Here is the link to the Podcast if anyone wants to listen to it: Nerdist Podcast #73

When I started, I picked a couple days that Sabrina was going to be out of town.  Normally these kinds of days I would have hog wild with food.  I am talking Macaroni and Cheese Pizza Deep Fried balls with Cookie crumbs and Ice Cream float.  So starting a diet were I ate beans and vegetables didn’t compute.  I really felt like I wasn’t going to make it to day 3 of the diet, but I had one thing going for me, I told everyone I was going to do it.  So I was stuck for at least a couple weeks of giving it a go.  Luckily after a couple days, it got a lot easier.  I got used to the veggies and meat without bread.  I found things that made it easier and started to discover ways to eat beans that didn’t make me gag.

By no means was it easy and it still isn’t.  I have a fat little kid living inside of me and every time I drive by Dairy Queen, he yells at me that Blizzards are delicious and that I can get a Hot Dog with Cheese to wash it down.  When you grow up a fat kid, you learn how to hide your eating.  You know how to hide your breadcrumbs and keep people off your trail.  That urge still comes out all the time.  It takes everything in me sometimes, to resist it and not jump over the glass at Panera’s and take the bakery in the name of Spain.

After this year, there are only a couple regrets.  I wish I would have been more committed to exercise, but my schedule hasn’t allowed it as much I would have liked.  This summer will hopefully change that.  I also wish I would have detailed in starting the program.  There is a lot of data that I feel like I lost by not doing more.  I would have liked to have really good fat percentage numbers, detailed measurements and some before pics.  They aren’t make or break things, but they do help motivate me as I go along.  Knowing that I weigh less now than I did 10 years ago makes a big difference.  Those milestones to shoot for are huge motivators.

I am going to start the second year with renewed enthusiasm and focus.  I am going to run as much as I can and hopefully get into a weight and PT routine.  This summer I will really pick up the running more and hopefully see a difference.  I still have a lot of New Years Resolutions to work on and hopefully check off my list.

One last thing, I want to give a special thanks to Sabrina for being so supportive and generous though this entire year.  I think she thought I was crazy when I came home and said I was starting a diet where you only eat meat, beans and vegetables, but she went right a long with me.  When I decided we should start running, she came right a long with me, and has been my biggest cheerleader the whole time.  I couldn’t have done it without her!

Thanks to all of you who read this.  Just the fact that someone reads my crazy diet ramblings, makes it easier to stick to the diet.  Knowing I am accountable in some small way, keeps me on the path.

Still recovering from Florida

Last week I was in Florida for a conference.  It was a great time. I was between quarters, so I didn’t have any school work and I got to see some work friends that I don’t get to see much.  The only problem was, I put on almost 16 pounds in 4 days.  I don’t know what the combination was that brought on this kind of gain.  I was running in the mornings, I still ate my eggs in the morning and I stayed away from sugary sodas and candy.  Admittedly I drank more than normal and I ate a Chicken Parm the size of my head, but 16 pounds is out of the norm.  Even when we went on the cruise and went crazy, I only put on 10.  I guess there is something about Florida, it sticks with you!

I still have a couple pounds to go before I am back to my lowest weight, but I made a big dent in it this week.  I might have done better, but we had people over last night, so I ate a little cornbread with my chili and had some cheese.  I did say no to dessert (and then had my brownie this morning before breakfast!) so that helped my weigh in this morning.

So more of the same this week.  Eggs for breakfast.  I am frying up 4 eggs each morning and I started putting garlic salt on the eggs as they cook.  Delicious and I don’t have to use Ketchup to eat them anymore.  Lunch is still the hard one.  I try to find something that works, but I get really sick of salads and then usually all the dressings at a restaurant have sugar in them.  Dinner is usually good, because Sabrina has meat and veggies ready for me when I come home from school.  It’s to bad more places don’t serve a simple meat and veg lunch.

Until next week.  Good luck to everyone on their weight loss!

If I follow the plan, I lose weight

The subject line is kind of obvious, but sometimes you have to go back to basics and review what you are doing.

The past couple of weeks I got lazy and started not being as careful and thorough about what I was eating.  I would eat out and not hold the cheese on my beans.  I would get a tortilla or a burrito, because we were late for a play.  I just didn’t do everything I could to get the weight off, I needed to refocus.

I went back to basics.  Breakfast this week was 4 eggs, a couple times I mixed in some veggies, but I stopped using whey protein powder.  It was really convenient, but there are just to many other ingredients that make it not the best idea.  I was also sure to make sure that there wasn’t any little bits of non-plan food.  Hold the croutons, no cheese, no sauce on my chicken.  It seems to be just what I needed.  I was down 7.2 pounds this week.  I finally broke 300 lbs and ended the week at 296.2 with a fat % of 36%.

It is a good week, but just a start to get back to the basics.  Hopefully in the next couple weeks, I can get to a total of 100 pounds lost, before I hit the year anniversary of starting the plan in April.  I am at 93.2 right now, so maybe in a couple weeks.

So close to 300

I am getting so close to 300 pounds.  I was hoping to hit it this week, but things are a little slower than I hoped.

With any luck, I will hit it this next Saturday.

Weight: 301.4
Fat%: 37.2%

Loss this week: 1.8 lbs, fat 1 lb

Good news: Got the green light from the doctor to get back to running.  We are also going to get our bikes ready for the season and get out on the trail soon.  The new stretch of Burke Gilman looks nice and very smooth!

From Surgery to Recovery

The week of my Gallbladder surgery, I wasn’t to worried about my diet.  It was hard to eat meat, beans and veg while I was in pain and due to the gallbladder pain.  I ate bread, oatmeal and lots of juice to make the pain better.  So I gained 7 pounds or so.

Sunday we got back on track and the weight just dropped off like crazy at the start of the week.  By Tuesday, I had already lost 11 pounds.  So I thought I was going to have the best week ever.  But I got a little ahead of myself and wasn’t a good little dieter.  So I ended up gaining a pound or two back on Wednesday and Thursday.  I tried to make up for it on Friday, but we were headed to a play for my drama class.  So we ended having to eat a burrito in Greenwood.  All in all, the week went OK, but I learned a valuable lesson… don’t get ahead of yourself.  Keep the pedal to the metal and make the most of what you got.

Numbers:

Weight – 303.2 lbs
Fat – 37.3%
Lost this week – 11 lbs
Fat lost for the year – 13.2 lbs

Hopefully next week, I can break 300 lbs!

This week in weight loss

All week, I was up quite a bit in weight.  Everyday I weighed in, I was thinking, this was going to be the week I go up in weight.  I had a big cheat day and I was mixing in a lot of fruit with my juices (to make it drinkable), so it would not have surprised me.  When I actually got on the scale this morning, I had lost over 3 pounds since Friday morning.  For the week I was down 1.4 pounds in weight and fat loss.  Total 82 pounds of weight and 93.5 pounds of fat.

For the year, that’s 9.1 pounds in fat.  That leave 60.9 pounds of fat to lose for my New Years Resolution, well on track.

This week, I am being better about my cheat day and hopefully running more this week, I have the St. Patrick’s Day Dash coming up.

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