Monday, July 19, 2010

Weigh-In Results

It's Monday and I'm going to jump right in.  Here is this week's weigh-in result.

This week's winner is Liza at 250.4.  Off by only 1.5 pounds.

Needless to say, I'm not happy with the result.  I lost .1 pounds this week.  I thought this BS with the micro-losses would be over once I started my summer break but I can't seem to move the scale down at a reasonable pace.  I'm frustrated and disheartened.  I wanted to see 249 by the first weigh-in of June.  Here I am in the middle of July still waiting to hit some very close milestones (50 pounds lost at 246, 15% of my body weight lost at 251.6). 

I know I shouldn't complain.  A loss is a loss.  But it still stings a little.  I was hoping to have a really good week but I can't seem to make my body do what I want.

In the interest of full disclosure, I lost control a little this weekend.  I had a few meals where I should have stopped eating earlier but I went back for more food.  I need to get control or I'm never going to lose any more weight. 

I feel fat.  I feel like I'm failing.  Something needs to change.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Cleaning out the Closet

My closet has been a disaster for quite some time now. Since I'm on summer break I decided to clean it out. I came up with two big bags worth of clothes that are now too big for me. I have some 3xl shirts and size 44 pants that I can't wear anymore because they are ridiculous looking on me. While I'm excited to have lost so much weight, I need dress clothes. Luckily, the dress code at the school I teach at is fairly relaxed and I can get by wearing jeans to work. I'll be hitting up thrift stores like Goodwill until I reach goal weight then it's time for a shopping spree.

There's a bag of clothes in there (t shirts mostly) just waiting for me to be skinny enough to wear them. I'm getting close on a lot of them. I'm wearing a smaller pant size than I did when I graduated high school but my upper body is sure taking its sweet time following suit. Whenever I wear my skinny jeans I feel a mixture of pride and embarrassment. Pride that I can fit into a size 36 jeans and at how amazing my legs look in them and embarrassment that I have an enormous muffin top that is accentuated by squeezing my lower half into some tight-ish pants.

I think my favorite feature is my legs. They have been working really hard keeping me moving and upright all these years of being overweight. Now I'm working them hard and losing the fat that is covering them, they look petty good. Too often I look in the mirror and think about all the things I would change. It's too easy to criticize yourself, especially if you're trying to lose weight. It's nice, instead, to admire something once in a while. It could be your eyes or your shoulders or your sense of humor.

When you look in the mirror, what do you admire?

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010


Today at the gym I decided I was going to use my fancy new phone to get caught up on some of the weight loss blogs I read.  I downloaded an app called gReader and started reading.  The next thing I knew, the elliptical was beeping at me because my time had expired.  While reading worked well for cardio, it did not help in the same way with strength training.  My set breaks were much longer than they needed to be.  It did motivate me and break up some of the monotony of going to the gym.  I never thought I'd be able to concentrate on reading material at the gym.  I suggest you give it a try.

Reading all those blogs made me realize something.  It's a miracle that I've been able to lose as much weight as I have without keeping a closer eye on my intake.  So today I've started back up on the daily plate.  I always have trouble with the plate, but this time I want to stick to it.  When I'm on summer break, it's too tough to avoid snacking unless I'm logging all my food.

Tomorrow I may attempt to blog from the gym.  The operative word being attempt.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Weigh-In Results

It's Monday and I've had a whole week to work toward my goal.  A whole week of exercising every day at least once.  A whole week of getting a good night's sleep.  A whole week of blogging (almost) every day.  Let's get right to it and see how I did. 

Please ignore the dirty sock on the floor.  I had to take it off in order to maximize my weigh-in results.

252 even.  That's a loss of 2.9 pounds.  I'm back in the game.  Next week I want to break the 250 barrier.  I wouldn't be opposed to a 10.9 pound loss like Julia at JewliaGoulia had this week.  She's lost 100.1 pounds in just under 7 months!

I asked for guesses this week on twitter and facebook on how much I would weigh in at.  I had 10 guesses (unless you add all 8 guesses by darnfood)  

The closest guess was by Jeffrey Lowery at 251.8.  Only off by .2 pounds.  Very nice!  Next time I'll try to remember to have the contest a day in advance.

I'll leave you with the side picture you all wanted from the Topless Mayhem post.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Two Pieces of Chocolate

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Today, I had two pieces of Willy Wonka's Scrumdidlyumptious Chocolate.  The bag said a serving was four pieces and each serving was 190 calories.  So 95 calories.  Not good, but not that bad either.  When I went to the gym today, I had it in my mind that I was going to use the elliptical until I had burned off all 95 calories.  It took me 10 minutes and 26 seconds to burn off 95 calories. 

"So what's the big deal?" you might ask.  The big deal is this: I could have not eaten those two pieces off chocolate and had the 10 and a half minutes on the elliptical count toward building a larger calorie deficit.  Two little pieces of chocolate made me exercise for an extra ten minutes today.  The next time I'm about to indulge, I'm going to ask myself, "Do I really want to work this off later?" 

Most of the time, I think the answer is going to be no.  There may be a few times where I do let loose and eat something sinful.  I am human, however.  And chocolate is delicious.  Or should I say, scrumdidlyumptious?

Saturday, July 10, 2010

More Topless Mayhem!

Sorry I didn't get this out yesterday, but my computer wasn't cooperating and it was time for bed anyway.  So I put it off until today.

I finished my workout pledge.  I tallied up a whopping 10 minutes.  I'm a little disappointed that I only racked up ten minutes, but I made the most of it.  I pushed myself and then lifted some weights.  I felt really good afterward.

Like I promised, I have some topless pictures for you!  Unfortunately, they're of me.  Let me show you what I looked like just over a year ago before I started losing weight.

313.2 in this one.  Yikes!
Next, I have a picture from shortly after I started my blog.

I weighed 291.7 in this one.  Better.

In this one I'm 272.2.  This one is from March.

Now it's July.  Let's see what I look like now.

 That's me at 254.9!

I've still got a long way to go, but I'm pleased with the resultsIn six months, I've changed my body considerably.

I wish I had taken a picture from the side.  I think that's really where you could have seen a difference.

I'm excited to see where I go from here.

Friday, July 9, 2010

There's Still Time

The title of my post could mean a lot of things. It could mean there's still time to get on track for a healthy lifestyle. It could mean there's still time for me to meet my goal of 100 pounds in a year. In this case, however, it means there's still time for you to contribute to my workout pledge. I didn't see the response I needed for a really good workout so I'm going to extend my pledge to 5:00 on Friday. It's also going to be bonus time here. Even if you already commented on my last entry, you can add 30 seconds to my time if you leave a comment on this post. Seriously, there's no comment too big or too small. Stay tuned tomorrow for the tally. I've also got some new revealing pictures I'll be sharing, so stay tuned if you like pictures of half-naked fat guys.

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Second in a Row

Hey I'm back!  It's my second post in a row and it feels good.  I'll be hitting the gym a little later and then running this evening. Don't forget about my workout pledge.  Seriously, I need lots of help to get a really killer workout.  Leave me a comment or link to my blog (or both). 

I was feeling a little guilty about not losing any weight in June, but I read something that really motivated me.  In his last post, Tyler at 344 Pounds said, "Failing for a few days isn’t quitting.  Failing is not starting again today."  What a great way to look at things.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

I'm Back! Plus Weigh-In Results And a Work Out Pledge

I've survived the end of the school year and I'm back at it.  I was at my in-laws' over the 4th of July weekend and didn't have access to a computer so my blog revival happened a little later than I had anticipated.  But here I am!

I've exercised every day since Saturday but I'm planning on kicking it up a notch.  Not only will I be going to the gym almost every day over my break, but I'll also be running with my wife, Claire, in the evenings.  Over my spring break, I tried 2-a-days during my spring break and ended up overexerting myself so I'll be a little more careful this time.

Alright, let's see how fat I am.

254.9 - a gain of 1.3 pounds.  Ouch.  I deserved it though.  My 4th of July eating was totally out of line.  I'm taking this as a new baseline.  Let's see how much I can lose before I go back to school.

To get a jump on some serious losses, I need to do a new workout pledge.  For those of you who are unfamiliar, here's how it works:

You have until noon on Thursday to tell me how much I time I should spend exercising by doing any or all of the tasks I list below.  I'll probably use the elliptical machine, but I may mix it up on a couple machines.

Post a comment: 15 seconds
A simple "good job" or "good to see you again" is fine.  If you wanted to offer advice or ask for some, that's great too.  Every post counts, no matter how large or small.

Follow me on Facebook: 30 seconds
If you become a follower of 100 pounds in a year on Facebook, you'll add 30 seconds to my workout.  If you look to the right, you'll see a Facebook box.  Just click follow.  As of right now, I have 143 fans.  I will add 30 seconds for each additional person that becomes a fan on Facebook by Thursday at noon.

Follow me on Twitter: 30 seconds
Same as Facebook.  I often tweet things that don't make it onto my blog or Facebook.  My handle is 100_Pounds.  As of writing this I have 79 followers.

Subscribe to the RSS feed: 45 seconds
You'll have to let me know that you subscribed as I have no way of checking how many subscribers I have (that I know of).  Just email me or let me know in the comments section.  Use the subject "Workout Pledge"

Link to my page: 1 minute
Link to me from Facebook, Twitter, your blog, Digg, etc.  You'll have to send me a link to your link so I know that you linked to me and so I can check out your site.  If you linked to me last time, you can do it again too.

I'll be on twitter on my phone the whole workout.  You can join me live on Thursday at 4:00pm.

That's all for now.  See you all TOMORROW!