Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Weekly Weigh In...

Well went for my weekly weigh in today and...................................................................................................................lost another 2.9lbs.  Actually I was a bit discouraged, I thought with all the exercise that I'd be down more than that, but hey, it's a drop in the right direction anyway, and gives me an incentive to keep on going!



Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Goin' the Extra Five

Well I feel as though I'm long overdue posting an update.  I'm almost one month into this, and frankly, I've been surprised at my own consistency.  Almost everything that I eat is recorded (although I have come to loathe potlucks for the difficulty they pose, how in the he!? do you record a casserole) and I've been at the gym three days a week.

Now, I don't want you to get me wrong, I've had my difficult moments, say, driving by Culvers and having the "flavor of the day" sign taunt me with it's delicious temptations.  But, so dar, I've chosen to keep it at bay, opting for a yummy nature valley granola bar, or even an apple.  It hasn't been easy to date, but it's been pretty manageable.

Today I decided to push it, I added an additional five minutes to the treadmill.  Physically, it wasn't really a big deal, but psychologically, oh boy, it might as well have been five hours.  I couldn't take my eyes of the timer for that last five minutes.  But, you know what? I rocked it and it feels pretty darn good.

Well that's all for now.  Keep prayin' for and believin' in me.  Knowing I have peeps behind helps more than you know!

Off to hit the showers,


Thursday, September 10, 2009

Sorry for the Delay...

I've been quite the last few days primarily because I've been sick.  Think I had the "potbelly swine flu."  Well I'm back at em and things continue to go well.  To day will be my first day back at the gym since last Friday.  The Y was closed due to the holiday weekend and Tuesday I was still laid up.  I'm actually looking forward to getting back to it.

I've been walking an average of 2200 steps a day, which honestly, doesn't seem like a lot, but it's a start.

My nutritionist set me up on a 3000 calorie per day eating plan, which honestly, I'm finding to be quite generous.  So far it's been fairly easy to stay within that calorie limit.

All in all, I feel the best that I've ever felt working a plan like this.  It's been almost a month now since I started and I feel like I'm developing some pretty good habits.

Yesterday I had a meeting with the area clergy, and I knew that there would be donuts galore, I mean God forbid that we gather and don't have something to put in our gullet.  But I brought a nature valley granola bar and held the donuts at bay.  Take that!!!!

So, it's really small victories like that one that continue to encourage me!

That's all for now.

Making my ascent one step at a time,


Saturday, September 5, 2009

These Boots Were Made For Walkin'....

As I stated in an earlier post, I bought a pedometer to simply get a baseline on my daily movement.  I'd really like to get to a goal of 10,000 steps a day!

Yesterday I walked 4120 steps.

Huh, who knew I moved that much.

I think it'll be a pretty productive tool to help me track fitness and activity levels and chart my day.

Maybe we should start a challenge huh?  Anyone game?

Let me know.



Friday, September 4, 2009

Coming Clean....

Well my first full week of my exercise addition to the routine has come to a close.  I did cardio three times a week for 25 minutes at a shot at a pace of 2.5 mph.  I also purchased a pedometer this week and am attempting to discern a baseline for my movement.  It will be my constant companion for the foreseeable future.

Not impressive to some, I'm sure, but compared to what I have been doing, I have begun to make the ascent.

It's been a good week...full of sweat ;)

I thought it about time that I now come fully clean.  Even though I wear my weight for the whole world to see, when I'm looking from behind these eyes (and not into a mirror mind you) its very easy for me to "pretend" that this doesn't exist.

Now, let me say, I've never, NEVER, ever discussed my weight publicly!  Not even in the sacred shrine that we know as the Weight Watchers weekly meeting.  There are many reasons, I'm sure, the first of which is embarrassment.  Even as I type these words, honestly, I'm fighting back tears because I so desperately don't want to do this; I don't want the world to know.  Another reason, I'm sure, for my hesitancy to "name" my weight is that in doing so publicly, I admit (very publicly at that) that it does in fact exist.

I've decided though, that if I'm going to face this, I cannot hide; I cannot pretend that this doesn't exist!

Am I afraid of being judged or even ridiculed, well, honestly, yes.  But I cannot let my fear determine my fate.  So I share these numbers as a spring board, the genesis of my journey.

(And, let me just say, I'm excited to report that as of this writing I am 6.5 pounds lighter that I was 2 weeks ago!  I've lost 6.5 pounds in the last to weeks, and one of those weeks was on vacation!!!!  And, yeah, I'm feeling pretty good about that!)

So, at the side bar to the right, I'm going to post my stats as they stood at the beginning of this journey and the stats as they develop over time.  For some of the people that know me best, they might surprise you, I've always been told that for a "big guy" (a term a loathe, by the way) I carry my weight very well.

So, without further ado but with much trepidation, let me draw your attention to the side bar entitled "My Stats."

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

I Think I Heard the Devil Laughing...

Well day two at the gym subjecting myself to the instruments of torture.  This morning I worked up a pretty good sweat and got my heart rate up to 136 for about 25 minutes; a pretty good cardio workout for me.  Also spent some time on the racks, er, I mean the weight machines.  Didn’t lift anything too heavy as I’m trying to ease into this without something exploding ;).

My sound track today was the Foo Fighters Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace.  I’m not sure why exactly it is, but I seem to be prone to what I call “the Rocky syndrome.”  Come on, you know what I mean; that part in the movie when you hear those familiar chords....diga diga, diga, diga, diga, diga, diga, diga, da, da, da, da, da,da, da, da, da, da, daaaaaa.  I need to be motivated by some but kickin’ music that drowns out the high pitched howl of Satan’s laughter (just a joke folks, not attempting to build a theological construct here.

On the food side of things, it’s going pretty well.  The folks at have put together a pretty good caloric intake value for me, and I’m managing to stick within its, at this point, generous boundaries.  This Friday, I’m going to meet with my dietician to tinker with it and fine tune it a bit.

If you’ve been brave (or bored enough) to return to this blog you may notice that there is another tab entitled “”The Stats.”  Over the next few days I’m going to be taking measurements and recording my weight, which for the first time ever, I will publish publicly.

Yeah, I know, just by looking at me, many people could say, “dude, like we didn’t know you had a weight problem!?” But goin’ public with actual numbers is another thing all together.  If I’m honest, it’s a bit embarrassing.  But I need to come clean.  I need to be utterly transparent and get all of this out in the open.  No more hiding!  No more denying!

Be patient, I’ll have them up in a few days.

I’m also trying to find a way to integrate my nutrition stats at into the blog here.  That may take some time but hopefully I can get that done.

Well, that’s todays entry friends.  Thanks for joining me on the journey.  If you’re praying people, please pray for me.  If you’re simply a person that believes in the power and capacity of the human spirit, then believe in me.



P.S. Oh, and by the way, if you’re not conditioned enough to differentiate between sarcasm from sincerity, I’m sure you’ll be a bit mixed up reading this blog. ;)