Thursday, September 24, 2015

I'm not dead!

Hi All,

I'm not dead and I didn't quit losing weight.  I started work again and life is BUSY.  Holy cow.  I miss summer. 

Anywho, this is going to be my last post for a while.  Here is my most recent weigh-in result.

So I'm down 28.8 pounds.  Not a bad place to leave off.

I won't be checking the blog for a while, but if you want to check in visit my Facebook page or twitter @waterballoonist.

Bye for now.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Quick Weigh In

I'm doing thirds from my phone so I'll be brief.  I had a 1.6 pound loss this week.  I'm really hoping to see the 280s next week.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Throwback Thursday - My First Post

So apparently Throwback Thursday is a thing.  If it's trending on the interwebs, I'm on top of it.  I thought I'd start with a reflection on my very first blog post from November 2009.

Am I being too ambitious?

I remember the first time I was called fat I was in second grade. I didn't quite know how to handle it. Since then, like many people in this world, I've struggled with my weight. I've been growing ever since. I've moved up the ranks through chubby, husky, chunky, overweight, fat, and obese. I now weigh nearly 300 pounds. I was up to 312, but I managed to drop back down to a svelte 296. It may not seem like a lot, but anyone my size can tell you 300 is a particularly nasty psychological barrier.

I realized today that to lose 100 pounds over the course of one year, I would have to lose, on average, less than two pounds a week. That's something I can do.

So over the course of the next year, I'll be writing about my experiences. I'm not entirely sure what I'm doing. I've tried WeightWatchers, going to the gym, and even SlimFast. Hopefully, this goal and this blog will keep me on track. I'd really like to weigh 196 pounds in one year.

Weight: 296
Pounds Left: 100
Days Left: 365

So here I am, five-and-a-half years later.  I'm 1,719 days past my goal and I've moved a net total of 4.1 pounds.  God that's depressing.  I wish I could write myself a letter.  Let's give it a shot.

Dear Andrew,

This is future you.  No I'm not skinny.  I weigh just four pounds less than you do.  Don't give up.  Come back here.  Seriously, sit down and read this.  It's going to be okay.

You're undertaking something big.  Something bigger than you've ever done before.  There will be bumps in the road, and you won't reach your destination on time.  But you will make amazing progress.  You'll discover a love for bicycling.  You'll learn what making good choices (and sometimes bad) does to how you feel.  You'll push yourself at the gym and at home.  You'll make new friends.  You'll get the support of everyone around you.  

Sure, you'll stall out.  Life will get in the way and you'll slip up.  You'll overeat, you'll go weeks without going to the gym, you'll let your blog lapse.  But every day is a chance to start fresh.

If I could give you just one piece of advice, I'd tell you to quit eating sugar.  It makes you hungrier.  Knock off the diet pop too.  It's just as bad as the regular.  Breakfast cereal is crap.  Scramble some eggs in the morning or find a recipe for something you can keep in the freezer and microwave.  

I'll leave you with one comment.  You're not being too ambitious.  Be bold, throw your cap over the wall.  Shoot for the moon!

Good luck.  You've got this.

You from the future.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Weigh-In: Post Vacation

I'm back from vacation.  I've actually been back from vacation for about a week-and-a-half now, but took a little time to get back to this whole blogging thing.

That's not to say I haven't been making smart choices in that time.  I just haven't had time to write.  I've been doing some stay-at-home dad-ing while my wife runs her law firm (insert shameless promotion for Tralle Law here).  Let me tell you, anyone who is a stay-at-home parent is a saint.  A SAINT!  It's absolutely exhausting.  I keep thinking I'll blog or work on baby proofing or get dinner started when H is napping.  Then she doesn't take a nap.  Now she's cranky because she didn't take a nap.  Now she won't sleep because she's too tired.  Now shes crawling toward the cat food.  I'll just rock with her for a few minutes, that usually puts her to sleep.  Oops, headbutted in my windpipe.  I know logically she didn't do it intentionally.  Now she's got the mail in her mouth.  I should have put it higher.  What's that smell?

Okay.  I'm here now.  I'm sure you all want to see my weigh-in results.  What's that?  You want to see pictures of H instead?  Okay.

Alright.  Back to it.  My last weigh-in was 295.1.  Let's see how I did this week.

Eff it.  I tried rotating this picture and nothing worked.  You'll have to rotate your head instead.

291.9 pounds.  That's a 3.2 pound loss.  Not bad at all.  However, I got a reading very close to this before I left for vacation, and it took a while to get back here.  I feel like I've also been stuck here for a while and want to push myself into the 280s.

But a loss is a loss, and this one was a sizable one.  I'll take (or rather give) those 3.2 pounds as a victory.  Let's keep moving forward!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Vacation Post 1: A Controversial Video

I'm on vacation this week.  So I'll leave you with this video I saw on Reddit.


Friday, July 24, 2015


Tomorrow the family is piling into the car and heading north(west) for a vacation. 

We're going to Long Lake just outside of Park Rapids, MN.  We'll be taking it easy for a full week.  I'm so excited.

However, I'm a little worried about what vacation is going to do to the progress I've made so far.  We'll probably eat out a few times when we're there and I don't want to spend all my time cooking. 

My goal is to maintain my weight while I'm on vacation.  I'm not going to obsess about food or exercise.  I will be on vacation, after all, and I want to enjoy myself.  I need to make enough good choices that I don't backslide.

So how am I going to get there?  I have a couple ideas.
1. Establish a routine
I want to start each day with the following routine:
  • Light Cardio
  • Body Weight Exercises
  • Go Swimming
After I get those things out of the way, I can spend the rest of my day any way I want (well, any way that my daughter wants). 

I'm a little worried about my feet, however.  In years past I've done some jogging at the lake.  This year I don't want to further mess up my feet, so I'm going to go easy on the running.  I can't bring my bike with because we don't have the necessary rack to strap it on the car.  I don't know what kind of cardio I can do besides running and swimming though, so I'll have to do some researching.  Any suggestions?

2. Cook
I'm going to bring my sugar detox cookbook with.  I'm gonna make some amazing dinners!

3. Make good choices when eating out
I'm not going to be afraid to have salads for dinner.  Especially when they're delicious gormet salads.  I'll keep my sugars to a minimum.  I might have dessert a couple times, but it will be intentional.

4. Snack smart
I'm not going to be afraid to eat peanuts by the dock or some fresh fruit.  But the sugary snacks aren't going to have a place in the cabin this year.  No sweets for snacking.

5. Keep busy
I'm going to try to keep myself occupied so I won't want to eat all the time.  This shouldn't be too difficult with my wife and daughter along. 

I'm psyched.  Regardless of where my weight goes, I'm planning on having a great time.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Turning Down Food

It's my last day teaching summer school.  The director just came by with donuts.  They looked AMAZING.

I turned her down!  No sugar, flour, and more sugar for me.  I wanted it, and thinking back, I still want it.  But I said no thanks. 

Happy three weeks off to me!