"Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Good Day! Weighed in at 343lbs this morning! That's a 14 lbs loss so far.

Friday, December 9, 2011

350lbs. I have no clue what the FtH Countdown is at right now. What I do know is this methid aint working.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Well, the Thanksgiving dinner damage has been done and the numbers are in...349lbs.

Monday, November 21, 2011

My laptop died... Text Updates for a while. 349 this morning. I'm thinking about starting to smoke crack...

Friday, November 18, 2011

Wow! It’s been a long time! Quick update... 154 days left!

Starting Weight: 357lbs
Current Weight: 349lbs
Goal Weight: 240lbs
Total Weight Lost: 4lbs
Weight Remaining: 109lbs
Days Remaining: 154

First, allow me to apologize for my absence. I’ve been dealing with a lot in the past two weeks. Not only have I not been blogging much, I haven’t really even been working my routine much…and the numbers show. I may have even gained a few pounds and then lost them again.

I want to take a moment and call myself out for a second. Maybe some of you can relate. The past couple of weeks have been pretty tough on me from multiple angles. I’ve dealt with trying to grow my business, taking online classes, and then some personal stuff and they all seemed to come crashing down all at once. Well, through all of this, I’ve learned that I am an emotional eater.

I know this is a common thing for people, but I never really understood it about myself until recently. I know a lot of women will curl up on the couch with a bucket of ice cream and some bon-bons, and just watch a movie and cry. Well, that aint me. My thing is I just throw in the towel for a meal or two and eat whatever…pizza, wings, whatever, just man food. Now I’m not gonna sit here and tell you that I’ve conquered that flaw, but hey, I only just now learned this about myself.

So, back to business! I don’t even know if my calculations are even right, but I think I’ve got 154 days left. Not even too sure. Weighing in this morning at 349, I’ve got 109lbs left to hit my goal of 240 by my birthday.

Remember, my goal for all of this is to be in the best shape of my life by my 30th birthday on April 22nd, 2012. I bring this up again because we need to start planning a crazy wild party!

My TWO fans and I will have a blast!

Let me know what you guys would like to hear more of (other than regular updates), and I’ll try and incorporate more of it in my updates.

Monday, November 7, 2011

349 baby! I haven't been below 350 in nearly 2 years!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

End of Day Nine

Starting Weight: 357lbs
Current Weight: 353lbs
Goal Weight: 240lbs
Total Weight Lost: 4lbs
Weight Remaining: 113lbs
Days Remaining: 173

Well, it's the end of day nine and I've fallen behind in my posting. Rest assured, a more fact-filled update will be coming soon!

Ooops. Post didn't go through: Day Eight! Beginning of Week Two!

Day Eight – Beginning Week Two!

Starting Weight: 357lbs
Current Weight: 353lbs
Goal Weight: 240lbs
Total Weight Lost: 4lbs
Weight Remaining: 113lbs
Days Remaining: 174

It’s Monday…That means Week Two! 174 more days and 113 more pounds. That’s about half a pound per day to reach my goal.

Alright, let’s get down to business. This week’s daily routine will begin to include a morning mile. I’ll walk this Morning Mile every single day as soon as I get up. Then I’ll immediately do 50 situps and 30 pushups. I’ll then begin my work day. After work, I’ll do another mile or two but this will be endurance training for my FIRST half-marathon that I’ll be running in, after my birthday in April. I’m looking at different training programs for beginners and haven’t decided which one will best suit me. Frankly it’s a time thing. I just don’t have the time to devote to a 14 mile day. I’ll tweak some things and see what works. I’ll have to get back to you on the exact details.

So, be looking for some serious results coming soon. The first week virtually had no exercise in it, and all we saw was a measly four pounds. Let’s see what we can do now!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Day Seven! Another pound off. I weighed in this morning at 353. So for the week, I've lost 4 lbs total. Sending this post via SMS. Week Two starts tomorrow!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Day Six - Tracking the Progress

Day Six                 -              Saturday, October 29th, 2011

Starting Weight: 357lbs
Current Weight: 354lbs
Goal Weight: 240lbs
Total Weight Lost: 3lb
Weight Remaining: 114lbs
Days Remaining: 176

Day Six reveals another single pound lost, for a whopping three pounds off. I know, I know, that aint nothing, but think about it like this, I’d still reach my goal. I would like to reach my goal ahead of schedule, but reaching it on time is still success. And let’s face it, 117lbs in 6 months would still be rock star success!

I’d like to talk for a second about this tracking process. A lot of people, my cool brother included, have said I should only weigh in once a week or some say two weeks. Some of their reasons behind such technique would be that the fluctuation or the idle days wouldn’t be so discouraging. And I agree with that; avoid discouragement as much as possible. However I have been so motivated before that I could flat out run 13 miles based on my sheer adrenaline alone, but I still failed. Why? Well, I think I’ve come up with the answer.

You see, motivation comes and goes like the tide. And if your efforts are based off of motivation alone or even a majority, then your efforts will come and go. I’m finding that true success comes from consistency. Whether you’re motivated or not, if your reason for running that mile or eating another god-forsaken kale salad is for consistency, you’ll do it regardless. You see, motivation is a sweetener, it’s like a beautiful sunny day. You have to run in the rain too, but it’s so much more pleasant to run in the sun light.

So my strategy of monitoring my progress and posting updates is based on the proven concept of consistency. If you weigh once a week and you realize you haven’t lost as much as you wanted, well it’s easy to get discouraged because you know that you now have to go another whole entire week or two before you’ll see results again. Ironically, this method also often leads to people, myself included, getting discouraged and giving up. But if you weigh daily, and you don’t see results for a day, you know that tomorrow is a new day and you’ll stay the course to see the results the next day. Even in my first week, you see that there was an idle day or two. Well, I knew it was just one day, and that tomorrow is a new day, so I pressed on and now I’m back to a pound per day. At this rate, I’ll be about 2 months ahead of schedule for my weight loss goal.

Just between you and me, I want to knock it out this weekend and lose 4 pounds in the next 48 hours!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Day Five - Down two pounds.

Day Five               -              Friday, October 28th, 2011

Starting Weight: 357lbs
Current Weight: 355lbs
Goal Weight: 240lbs
Total Weight Lost: 2lb
Weight Remaining: 115lbs
Days Remaining: 177

I apologize for my missed post yesterday, I was on a road trip with my amazing girlfriend, and simply forgot to do one before I left for her house. We went to the Jack Daniels distillery in Lynchburg, TN. Very cool tour…you should check it out. Go to www.JackDaniels.com

Well, Day five and only two pounds lost. I’ve not been true to my nutrition  routine and I haven’t done really any exercise, so that’s obviously what’s holding me back. I’ll step up my efforts on those two things and show you some results later.

I’ve found liquor to be a weakness of mine. I actually have no desire to stop drinking to aid in my fitness goals. Ha, as I’m writing this, I’m wondering if that makes me an alcoholic. In the spirit of full disclosure, I must say I would only have one or two drinks every few days if that. I’m probably best defined as a social drinker.

Another weakness is my girlfriend’s cooking. She is an amazingly talented world-class chef with her own catering business. She does wedding cakes and almost any sized catering event. I encourage you to follow her blog at www.CreativeCrumbsNashville.blogspot.com. She makes some amazing meals and I devour them. Luckily for me, they are healthy for the most part but still outside my normal fitness diet.

And on the word “Diet”, I’m not talking about some guru program that tells you what to eat and what to do. I’m talking about the original meaning, the total food you eat on a daily basis. The difference can be found in the way someone asks these two questions: 1) “What diet are you on?” or 2) “What does your diet look like?”. Also, looking at the meaning of the word diet actually helps to solidify in your mind that it is actually a lifestyle change. A program has a beginning and an end. Your diet doesn’t.

Enough for today. Be looking for updates regularly and please subscribe to this blog via the link to the right! Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Day Three - No progress...time to break through!

Day Three           -              Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Current Weight: 356lbs
Goal Weight: 240lbs
Total Weight Lost: 1lb
Weight Remaining: 116lbs
Days Remaining: 179

Well, no change at this morning’s weigh in. I’m not too happy about that. I was expecting to be 3 pounds under by the end of today, but instead, I remain at one pound under.

It’s not uncommon to have a slow or difficult start so I’m not discouraged too much. However, I do want to accelerate my weight loss so I will go ahead and stop eating the leftovers I spoke about in my previous post.

The new “diet” and exercise will be sure to blow a hole in this log jam so to speak.

Another update tomorrow!