Day #014 – The Greatest Weigh-In Ever!

I forgot to mention that I did walk to an episode of MMPR, Season 3, called “A Brush with Destiny” yesterday.  It was slow and on an eight degree incline, but that was it.  Both because I’ve exercised (at least walking) for the past six days and I’m not 100%, I skipped cardio for today.  I’ve got my fingers crossed I’ll feel well enough to do StrongLifts again tomorrow.  I’m excited to see how I keep progressing with my strength gains!

We have a few old boxes of ready-to-cook foods like Rice-a-roni in the pantry.  We cooked one tonight, and it’s seven points for a VERY small serving!  We’re going to use up what we’ve got, but I do not plan to buy stuff like this anymore.  A serving of rice that I cooked and seasoned myself would have been much healthier and leaner (and probably cheaper).

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Well, I don’t know if it’s because I was a little needlessly bloated last week or if doing HIIT and starting StrongLifts did it, but I weighed in at 393.8 and lost 9.6 pounds this week!  That puts my overall weight loss at 40.2 pounds down!  Woo hoo!  I am very happy!

I want to keep that weight loss.  There’s a little part of me that is thinking, “Well, you might be down because of your stomach thing.”  I don’t think I am, for this reason – I kept eating WELL this weekend.  I didn’t stop eating, because it wasn’t a nausea stomach bug.  It was a stabby gas pain stomach bug.

My goal for next week is to keep that loss and add another 3.2 pounds to it, which will put me at my ten percent goal.  That’s ambitious, but I’m going to do my best!

 

Points (78/16) 78
Chicken club sandwich (11) 67
Potato salad (4) 63
Rice-a-roni (7) 56
Chocolate chip cookie (12) 44
Chili dog (8) 36
Dark chocolate (3) 33
Hamburger (18) 15
Fries (12) 3

 

Day #007 – A Not as Bad as I Feared Weigh-In

I at least managed to get in four good servings of veggies tonight.  My smoothie, made with skim milk, a banana, and carrot pulp from where Tina juiced earlier was astoundingly good!  It was also a great, easy way to get in three veggie servings at once.

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Today’s blog post may be a weird one.  It’s probably going to be close to a stream of consciousness-type entry.  It’s Monday morning right now.  In about two hours, I go weigh-in.  I’m not hopeful that I’ve lost at all, and I’m trying not to let that beat me up.  I know that you can have a good week and the scale still not show it for a variety of reasons.  It doesn’t even mean that I haven’t lost fat; it just means I haven’t lost weight, which is admittedly a different thing.  It’s if it happens more than one week in a row that it’s a concern, right?

Oy.  I’m ready to see what the scale says.

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Okay, I weighed in, and it wasn’t as bad as I had feared but it also wasn’t as good as I had hoped.  I weighed in at 403.4, which is a gain of 0.6 pounds.

Yeah, it sucks, but what do I do?  Give up?  Not a chance.  I’ll just try to do better this week.

In other news, I think I’ll continue to blog daily for another week.  I don’t anticipate doing this forever (or heck, maybe I will), but I’m at least going to do it for now.

 

Points (78/23) 78
Steak and cheese quesadilla (14) 64
Chips and salsa (5) 59
2 fried eggs on homemade bread (9) 50
Purple Cow Party Pop (2) 48
Smoothie with banana, skim milk, and carrot pulp (5) 43
Chicken sandwich (18) 25
Yogurt (8) 17

 

Day #001 – Daily Blogging 101

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.

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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.)

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Points (78/42) 78
Chicken, cheese, and asparagus (6) 72
Stove top sage stuffing (3) 69
Mini s’mores bagel with marshmallows (5) 64
Dark chocolate, 85% cacao (4) 60
Grapes (0) 60
Turkey sausage, cheddar, and egg breakfast burrito (11) 49
Cherries (0) 49
Homemade full-fat yogurt with blueberries (8) 41
Club sandwich on homemade bread (18) 23

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.

25 Pounds Down!

Just a quickie celebration post today.

At WW@WKU, I weighed in at 408.8, which is 25.2 pounds down from my highest!

March 20, 2017

Today’s Weight: 408.8

Change from Highest: –25.2 pounds

This is the longest stretch of weight loss I have had since my last successful bout in Weight Watchers in 2004.  I am beyond thrilled!  I have nowhere to go but down, and I’m confident I’ll take this all the way to the end.

Heck, my goal is to eventually be a WW leader.  Goodness knows the meeting room could use some more men (no offense to the amazing female leaders out there, of course).

I even got my 25 pound charm today.  Woo hoo!

Can I possibly lose 4.8 this week and hit 30 pounds next week?  Probably not, but that’s doesn’t mean I won’t try!

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Weight Watchers, Seven Weeks In

I had my first weigh-in at Weight Watchers at work on January 31st, where I weighed 434.0 pounds.  That was my highest weight ever.  I felt terrible.  I ached; I hurt; I didn’t like the way I looked.  My body was in pain.  At my weight, I’m basically carrying an extra 250 pounds more than I should be. 

In the last six weeks, I have lost 21.8 pounds.  That’s an average of a little 3 pounds a week.

I’m attaching this photo, just because I think we need to have visual representations of our weight loss.  This first photo isn’t great; it’s actually a screen shot, which is why I look like a little, uhm, weird.  Next to it is a photo I took this morning, at my current weight of 412.2. 

jan to march 2017

(Quick note: 1st photo weirdness – video screencap.  2nd photo weirdness – I hate selfies.  I really do.  I’d much rather have a candid, unplanned photo of me that someone else took.)

Smile aside, I can see some differences in those photos.  This isn’t a great comparison shot; I have a different stance in each picture, so I naturally look a little more broad in the first picture than I do in the second.  But I do think I look a little slimmer in the face.

For what it’s worth, I do have a nice, proper front shot of me at my highest.  However, it is me without a shirt, and while that photo will someday see the light of day, that day is not today. 

I’m not a selfie person.  I just don’t feel a need to take pictures of myself on a regular basis.  Maybe it’s because I’m fat, maybe it’s because I think it’s just a little arrogant – I don’t know.  But I will try to take pictures somewhat regularly to highlight my progress.

I feel REALLY good about this.  I feel like I’m finally going to make it to the finish line.  These past seven weeks have shown me more weight loss than I’ve experienced in YEARS (literally, almost ten years at this point).  I feel like it has finally clicked.  I have said “I’ve got this” tons of times without meaning it, but this time, I’ve got this.

My current Weight Watchers at work cycle ends in the middle of April.  We have about five weeks left.  I won’t be quitting Weight Watchers between the spring and summer sessions, though.  I’ll either do it on my own or pay the fee and go to my local WW center. 

I have two goals, one of which is fairly achievable and the other of which would be a beating.  I’m going to try and hit both.

My first goal: I want to be in the 300s (read: at least 399.8) when WW@WKU ends in a few weeks.  This is a weight loss of 2.5 pounds a week, which is very achievable.

My second goal (the crazy hard one): I want to hit 10% when WW@WKU ends in a few weeks.  This will be a weight loss of 43.4 pounds, which will put me at 390.6.  That’s huge; that will require a weight loss of OVER four pounds a week.  This isn’t impossible, but it’s not a WW approved amount of weight loss.  However, it is possible, especially at my weight.

I’ve actually lost over 4 pounds every week I’ve weighed in except for two.  One week I gained 0.6 pounds, and this week I only lost 0.8 pounds.  The other weeks have all been over four pounds.

I’ll not beat myself up if I don’t hit either goal, but I’m giving myself a stretch goal to see if it can be done.

I’ll try to update my progress here weekly.

Feel free to email, comment, or follow me on Instagram at therangerproject, where I am much more active than I am here.

Weight Watchers at WKU, Weeks 1-3

One of the great job perks at WKU, my place of employment, is that we are given free access to Weight Watchers.  WKU offers three 12-week series of WW a year, one for spring, summer, and fall semesters, and so long as we attend at least 9 of 12 meetings, we pay nothing.  It’s a pretty sweet deal, and I am taking advantage of it.

I’ll be honest; I’ve done WW at WKU before and just piddled my way through, up and down and not really making much progress.

However, I have started again this spring, and for whatever reason, this time, it is sticking.

I weighed in at my absolute highest weight ever on January 30th at 434.0 pounds

January 30, 2017 – 434.0

But then… I stuck the program, I got a nice journal to track in, and… I’m losing weight!  And while it is a little tough, it’s not impossibly difficult.

February 6, 2017 – 424.8 (loss of 9.2 pounds)

February 13, 2017 – 421.2 (loss of 3.6 in one week, total of 12.8 pounds)

I obviously do not expect to have a loss like that again this week, but I’d be beyond thrilled to lose two pounds a week.  And I feel good about it.

I’m exercising, although I’m admittedly going very light.  It’s funny; I can look back at how much more physically fit and active I used to be, but I just lost it.  Rather than bemoan that fact, I’m starting super slow.  I do about 20 minutes on the treadmill every night.  It feels almost embarrassing to admit that, especially when I used to be able to do so much more, but that’s where I’m at.  I’m slowly upping my speed, and I’m about to increase my duration as well.

I’m still on my quest to become a Power Ranger.

I’d encourage you to follow me on Instagram, as I’m a much more frequent Instagrammer than blogger, but I will try to stop in here every few weeks and track my progress toward becoming a Power Ranger.

It’s almost Christmas Weigh-in! #002

Just a real quick post today.

We’ve been celebrating Christmas.  We’ve been going from house to house.  We bought a new car this week.  We have been WAY out of our routine.

But we still weighed in and did our best.

Jeremy’s Weigh-In

Last Week: 424.6

Today’s Weight: 423.2

Change from Last Week –1.4 pounds

Change from All-Time Highest: –6.8 pounds

 

Tina’s Weigh-In

Last Week: 246.0

Today’s Weight: 245.0

Change from Last Week: –1.0 pounds

Change from All-Time Highest: –7.0 pounds

I’m gonna beat her this week.

A Husband and Wife Weigh-In #001

Tina and I both need to lose weight.  We’ve talked about waiting until after Christmas and New Years, but we’ve also both agreed that this is a bad decision.  Even if we just maintain for the last two weeks of 2016, that’s better than just waiting until 2017 and gaining weight over the holidays.

2016 has been a rough year, in a lot of ways.  I’m glad it’s almost over, but I want to do my best to at least not gain more weight in the next two weeks.  And losing a little will be even better.

We’re going to start weighing in here every Friday.  I hope to blog here periodically, but we’ll see.  I’ve never been a terribly consistent blogger.

In any event, here are our weights for December 16, 2016.

Jeremy’s Weigh-in

Highest Weight: 430.0

Today’s Weight: 424.6

Change from All-Time Highest: –5.4 pounds

 

Tina’s Weigh-in

Highest Weight: 252.0

Today’s Weight: 246.0

Change from All-Time Highest: –6.0 pounds

We hope to blog about some healthy recipes, our weight loss efforts, how we’re exercising, and other things about how our family is trying to be healthier.  We’re also blogging about our homeschooling efforts at wherearemypantsblog.com if you’re interested in following us over there.

I’ll share in upcoming days how we’ll be losing weight (quick story: calories in, calories out).

Dissertation Done-Ish Weigh-In

I am a fairly inconsistent blogger.  I’m not sure of my brand.  I know what I want it to be.  Weight loss coupled with pop culture.  So, that’s what I’m going to try to do.

Fridays are going to be specifically for weight loss.  I like weighing in on Friday, so here it is.

Just a quickie post.  Oh, and as for the title… I’m done-ish with my dissertation.  My defense is scheduled for June 20th, but for now, my full dissertation is with my committee (and has been for a week), so I am just awaiting potential revisions.  Before long, I will be a doctor! (Ed.D., not MD.)

June 10, 2016

Weight: 416.4

Change from All-Time Highest: –13.6 pounds

My plan for the day is to work out with a little Power Rangers on the treadmill later and then relax.

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