Archive for February, 2010

Top 10 Weight Loss Surprises

February 27, 2010 7 comments

When I began this journey, I was serious about losing weight.  I’d never lost more than about 30 pounds in my past efforts though.  Now, through making healthy lifestyle changes, I’m knocking on the door of fifty pounds lost, though I still have even more to go.  Losing that much weight has provided me with some surprises.  Here are the top ten surprises in my weight loss journey so far: Read more…


Mixed Bag: Lost Weight, Still Room for Progress

February 27, 2010 2 comments

This week was kind of weird.  On the upside, to start off, my weekly weigh-in this morning came in at 253.0 pounds!!!!!  That’s six pounds down from last week and 47.5 pounds lost all total, now!  I haven’t weighed this since sometime in 2002, and getting back to it is kind of unbelievable; my brain is still adjusting.  Last week my mom asked what I was down to, and I kept responding 285.  She questioned it, but I was insistent.  I had to really think about it for a minute, and I realized, oh yeah, I’m in the 250’s now.  I knew what I weighed, but my subconscious was so used to me being a much bigger guy that it couldn’t get the numbers right without me giving it some conscious thought.  (Either that or turning thirty really is a bitch when it comes to memory).  Anyhow, that little incident was eye-opening.

So I’m ecstatic (written in my best Mike Tyson impersonation) about my loss this week.  But I’ve gotten to the point where this reconstruction isn’t all about the numbers on the scale.  I also have goals with my nutrition and exercise, and I like to meet them, too.  While I lost this week, and I lost a lot, I didn’t do my best with Read more…

My Dismal Week of Exercise

February 26, 2010 10 comments

If I had worked out today, I wouldn’t have gotten to see a guy almost get tazed.  But it wasn’t just today I didn’t work out.  I haven’t worked out this week.  At all.  No cardio, no strength training, no moseying around the block with the dog in workout clothes to look like I’m exercising (that would be me in the workout clothes, with the dog, who much to her chilly chagrin remains naked save for her collar).  Nada.  Zip. Zilch.  I’ve been a lazy bum on the workout front…and I’ve lost four pounds so far this week.

The week was destined to start out with a bang.  Last Saturday I went back to my trainer, and she set me up with a great new routine.  I ached, could hardly move, and shook for two days after.  It was awesome!  To my own disbelief, I’ve gotten to where I love that feeling.  Then came Sunday, and I went to a writing workshop that lasted most of the day, and afterward I talked myself into the idea that the whole “day of rest” thing surely includes exercise (ignoring the fact that Adam still had to eat on Sundays in Eden and likely had to go chase down his dinner…cardio!).  Then Monday rolled around, when I co-teach a class until six in the evening, and thus it comprises my one weekly day off from exercise anyway.  Then Tuesday, an alumni event Read more…

Philosophizing Through a Prince Song

February 25, 2010 Comments off

The other morning I was driving to work listening to satellite radio, and an old Prince song came on the air.  Little did I know it would end up giving me a confidence boost for my weight loss efforts.  I was in traffic and bored to no end, and since I was trying not to pick up my iPhone to check e-mail or Facebook, since every talk show, news station, and corner preacher in the country has guilted me out of texting while driving, I just started rocking out to the Prince song.  I’m not a huge Prince fan, and I’d never really paid attention to the lyrics, so my part went something like, “LIVIN’ CODE RED!, da da da da da… Woo-ooo-ooo-ooo-ooo, LIVIN’ CODE RED!…”  You get the picture.

You might be saying to yourself that you’ve never heard a Prince song with those lyrics.  You’d be absolutely right.  Read more…

Laughing Through the Pain

February 23, 2010 10 comments

Sometimes I still feel semi-guilty that mom and I were thrown out of the emergency room for heckling dad while he was being treated. Now before you go judging us and thinking we’re horribly cruel people, I should explain that he started the joking his self. And it wasn’t a life-threatening injury, but an off-hours, weekend issue that just needed to be dealt with before the regular doctor’s office would re-open on Monday. It all happened when I was in college, and dad had gone to the emergency room with what I’ll just call an unusual problem (I’m perfectly ready to spill the beans – but dad didn’t decide to write this, and he asked me to leave him some modesty, though he might just wish he’d let me tell the whole thing, because you’re probably imagining even more embarrassing ailments now than what the problem actually was).

Anyway, after his initial examination with the doctor, mom and I went in to visit him, and his own deadpan description of his diagnosis involved certain body parts that shall remain nameless being turned “damn inside-out.” Well, that’s all mom and I, who share the same inappropriate sense of humor, had to hear before we both started going into fits of hysterical laughter interspersed with tears and comments that just made everything worse.

Truth be known, the patient was laughing, too, but he played all “whoa is me” when the doc walked back in, and with us unable to bring the laughter to a similar screeching halt, the rather military-esque ER chief asked to see mom and I in the hallway Read more…

Breaking the Forty Pounds Lost Mark!

February 21, 2010 13 comments

41.5 Pounds Lost!

Saturday morning’s weekly weigh-in was fantastic; I’m down 3.5 pounds in the past week, and down 41.5 pounds from where I started on October 31, 2009!  In three plus months, I have shed the weight of a small child, a large dog, or enough butter to carve a bust of Paula Deen’s head (whichever image works best for you – and I think they actually did carve a bust of Paula Deen out of butter once!).  I’m getting excited about my progress, though I still have a ways to go.

This blog is factoring heavily into my success, both by providing me with personal accountability, and also through the amazing encouragement and support of those of you who read and comment here regularly.  I didn’t know what to expect when I started blogging, and I’ve been pleasantly surprised.  So…I no longer feel a need to shroud myself in anonymity, and I’ve finally decided to post some pictures here, and just be up front with the numbers themselves.  Being open about them takes away their power.  The photo above of me in blue is today – I’m at 259 pounds, down 41.5 pounds from my weight of 300.5 on October 31, 2009 when I officially began Reconstructing 30 (the day after my actual thirtieth birthday).  The photo below of me in orange is actually a couple of years ago at Thanksgiving (2007).  I probably weighed around 306 then, so it’s very close to the weight I was in October when I began this effort to transform my health and life in earnest.

Before the Reconstruction Began

Weighing over 300 pounds is a huge blow to the ego.  Nobody sets out to get that heavy – not in this world.  Unless you’re a 6’8″ giant who can actually be fit at that weight, it’s uncomfortable, unhealthy, embarrassing, and dangerous.  And I think getting back down in the 250’s has finally made me feel like I’m not a part of that “elite” club anymore.  Thank God.  I have energy again.  I have confidence again.  I laugh because I’m enjoying life and all the craziness it entails, and I don’t crack jokes just to deflect attention.

At my appointment with my primary care physician yesterday – a follow-up to my physical six months ago – I no longer had Read more…

Saturday – Day of Reckoning

February 19, 2010 1 comment

It’s been a long, but productive week on the Reconstructing 30 front.  I joined a gym, have lost some significant weight (here’s hoping the loss holds up for my “official” weekly weigh in tomorrow morning), and had a great follow-up appointment today with my primary care physician to keep track of my weight loss efforts.  So many of the problems I was having when I began this journey have already resolved, and I’m only part of the way to my ultimate goal!

Tomorrow, Saturday, I reckon with the scales as I do each week, and I also reckon with a new training routine!  My trainer and I had to cancel due to all the snow in Atlanta last week, but we’re rescheduled for tomorrow, and exercise masochist that I’ve become, I’m looking forward to being sore once again.  Strange how so much can change in a period of weeks.  Come back tomorrow evening and find out how it all went (assuming I’m not SO sore that I can’t sit up straight at the computer, type, or compose a coherent sentence)!