I’m trying to resurrect this weight loss blog, for one very simple reason.
I’m actually losing weight now! I started 2017 at a high weight of 434.0, and today, I weighed in at 402.8. More on that in a minute.
I’ve tried the daily blogging thing before, and I’ve never stuck with it. In the past, I’ve struggled with daily blogging because it isn’t fun to write a weight loss blog when you not only don’t lose weight, you don’t even stick to the diet. And plus, there is the whole issue of I don’t want my daily life just out there, updating it live every day. I’d rather live my life, you know?
However, there is a happy medium. I am going to try and at least post daily my food and exercise, and I’ll only share those things that I am okay being fully public. There may be days (even weeks) where I won’t post for whatever reason, but for the next week, I’m going to try this.
I’m struggling with a way to actually track my food. I don’t like using the mobile app that Weight Watchers gives us, and writing in a notebook is a little bit of a hassle. So… I’m going to try and blog this week and see how it goes. During the week, I’m keeping this in a Google Drive document, so that anywhere I am, I can quickly log in, track my food, and move along. No notebook to carry, no app to mess with; hopefully, this will be quick and easy.
As it is, I am currently at 78 points a day and I have 42 weekly points. At the bottom of each entry (or the entire entry if I have no commentary) will be a table where I list everything I ate that day. I’ll also include my exercise.
I’ll be perfectly honest about that, too. My exercise game is weak at the moment. But y’know, when you are a super morbidly obese man with bad knees and… oh, I don’t know, 220 more pounds to lose, you’re very limited in what you can do. Right now, my workout consists exclusively of light treadmill work. I’m not trying to kill myself. I am going to incorporate weight work later this summer, but I’ll talk more about that in coming days.
I’ll go ahead and apologize for any wonky verb tenses. I’ll be adding to this document as the week goes, and there may be times I refer to something in the future tense in one paragraph and then the past tense the next. I’ll try to be mindful when I edit this before I blog about it.
So, let me share the significance of today’s weigh-in. When I first began losing weight years ago, my starting weight was 402.8. I lost all the way down to around 255, I think, but then I stopped, and over the next several years, I ballooned up to 434. Well, I’m back to 402.8. It almost seems like a perfect time to start blogging again.
Let me also talk quickly about my exercise. I have a weight bench ordered, and as soon as it is here, I’m going to start StrongLifts, which I’ll share more about when that actually begins.
For now, I’m just doing cardio. Every day, I do 20 minutes of treadmill walking to an episode of the Power Rangers. I’ve finished the first two seasons. Today is the first episode of Season 3. At my weight, I’m just trying to increase my cardio endurance. My knees cannot handle running, so I set my treadmill to 3.0 miles per hour and I slowly up my incline. This week, I’m at five degrees. My treadmill goes up to 15, but I’m going to work my way up to that.
Henry started Vacation Bible School tonight, which means we now have a four-year-old who knows how to play Simon Says.
We also spent some time today getting our dining room ready for my weight bench, which should be here on Friday. (The dress form is holding Tina’s goal dress.)
I am also now realizing that I should spend a little bit of time explaining how I follow Weight Watchers. I like to eat late at night, and since the research is pretty clear on the fact that calories are what matter, now the time of day you eat, I start my points at dinner and end them the next day at dinner. It’s a little unorthodox, but it definitely works for me. If I’m low on points, I find it much easier to resist snacking in the day than late at night.
Nothing really happened today, beyond me spending a little more time working on my old weights. I cleaned up my Olympic bar, my 25 pound plates, and my 2.5 pound plates. They were in the garage, so they aren’t in the greatest of shape. I want to paint them, and I was initially thinking black, but Rustoleum has a nice metallic set of paint colors, so they made end up bronze or copper. We’ll see.
Today was largely uneventful. I’m a professor who works on a nine month contract (mostly), so I have summers mostly off. I often go in to work one or two days, but by and large, I’m working from home. I still have things to do, and part of what I spent today working on were my promotion materials which are due July 3rd. Fun times. (But yay for employment that only makes me work roughly nine months a year! Granted, I pull 50-60 hour weeks during those nine months, but I’ll still take it.)
|Chicken, cheese, and asparagus (6)
|Stove top sage stuffing (3)
|Mini s’mores bagel with marshmallows (5)
|Dark chocolate, 85% cacao (4)
|Turkey sausage, cheddar, and egg breakfast burrito (11)
|Homemade full-fat yogurt with blueberries (8)
|Club sandwich on homemade bread (18)
I had twenty-three points left over today, which is a lot, but I didn’t need to eat anything else. That’s frequently what happens when I eat a pretty clean dinner. Most days aren’t like this.
My exercise today was 20 minutes on the treadmill at 3.0 mph and 5 degree incline while watching the season 3 opener of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, the terrible not-really-a-spin-off episode “A Friend in Need, Part 1,” where the Power Rangers went to Edenoi to visit Masked Rider for, y’know, reasons. I remember watching this when it first aired, and I thought, “Oh, I’ll have to watch Masked Rider since they’re set in the same universe.” Except they aren’t. Neither Power Rangers nor Masked Rider ever referenced each other again. In fact, the events of Power Rangers is what led Masked Rider to come to Earth in Part III, until you watch Masked Rider, and that jerkwad never even mentions the Power Rangers. Well who lasted one season, and who is still on the air, going strong after 24 years? Huh? Suck it, Masked Rider!
Geeze. Did this episode give me PTSD? It seems I’m a little bothered by this.