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August 26, 2012 Comments off

So I’ll start with the basics… Last week’s weigh in had been a little disappointing, with a .4 pound gain placing me at 249.3 pounds. I think it was an artificially high number that didn’t really reflect my actual progress, as I was having some digestion issues at the time. That was confirmed when I stepped on the scales Friday for this week’s weigh in. 245.6 pounds this week!!!!! That’s a 3.7 pound loss from last Friday, and a 13.0 pound loss since I restarted this journey in July! Overall, from my estimated highest weight of 315 pounds a few years back this is now a total loss of 69.4 pounds, and I’m only 10.4 pounds above my absolute lowest weight of 235.2 from a couple of years ago!!!

Needless to say, I’m very excited about my progress and feeling like I’m on track to potentially meet my next goal of getting to 235 before my birthday on October 30! I won’t lie; the numbers on the scale are important. However, there are other important things along this journey, too, that both motivate you to keep going and give you confidence in the here and now. For me, one of those things is when I begin to notice actual changes in my body.

I will never forget the morning a couple of years ago when I discovered my collar bones for the first time! This sounds so silly for a grown man to say, but

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No Day But Today! (And other ramblings for the week)

August 19, 2012 1 comment

[WARNING: This blog post is all over the place. I couldn’t help it.  Too much I wanted to share.]

For some reason I can’t explain, “Finale B” from the musical RENT has been stuck in my head for the past few days.  It was always my favorite song from RENT, but I guess despite singing along mindlessly, I hadn’t really paid attention to the words in a way that would help me really start to put into practice the amazing message it’s trying to convey.  (By the way, if you’re unfamiliar with the song, click here, to see it on YouTube.)  Among the lyrics in the song are “There is no future, there is no past, thank God this moment’s not the last!   No other path, no other way, no day but today!”

So as the Germans (my people! – well kind of, I’m part English, Irish, and French, too) say, I’ve had this flea in my ear for days, and yesterday, I finally started thinking, “huh – maybe there’s a lesson in here.” Then, if there were any question as to my needing to learn a lesson from this, my pastor this morning had as one theme of her sermon that we need to live in the here and now, and as another theme, the importance of singing.  BAM – smacked upside the head with the fact that this song has been in my ear for a reason.

So…upon reflection, there’s a lot I need to learn about living in the here and now.  Most of which is beyond the purview of this health and fitness blog, but part of which is totally relevant here.   For example, this past Friday was my weekly weigh in day.  I worked hard all week, exercised, ate out a little too much last weekend, but ordered well, and I should have lost at least a little weight.  But I stepped on the scales Friday morning, and was hit like a slab of bacon to the ass with Read more…

Motivation Week!

August 11, 2012 Comments off

This week turned out to be a week of awesome motivation on a few fronts.  First, though not necessarily foremost, Friday was my weekly weigh-in, and I made more progress!  My weight this week was 248.9!!!  That’s down 1.1 pounds from last week, 9.7 pounds from when I restarted this journey in July, and about 66 pounds total from my estimated highest weight of 315 pounds sometime in 2009!  Weight loss is always a good motivator to continue with my diet and nutrition efforts; it’s the reason I’m doing this, after all.

However, the numbers on the scale alone are not the biggest motivators to keep going; at least not this week.  The biggest motivator for this week came yesterday as I Read more…

Birthday Cake Oreos: Living (and Eating) in the World

August 7, 2012 Comments off

This weekend, I posted about a trip I took to a Trappist Monastery here in the Atlanta area.  These monks basically withdraw from the world in order to connect with God.  Tonight as I walked through Publix (a wonderful grocery store here in the southeastern United States), it struck me that the same is not possible for most of us with our diet if we plan to lose weight and maintain that loss.  We can keep our pantries as clean as possible, and we can eat well most of the time, but we will never be able to fully insulate ourselves from all temptations – not if we’re living, and eating, in the real world.

You see, as I went through Publix picking up a few healthy items I needed to finish my week (truly healthy – carrots, cherries, low fat cheese), my eyes ran across something I had only heard about, and had been looking for in my local store for months but had yet to find.  The elusive special edition

The Elusive, Limited Edition, Birthday Cake Oreos!

Birthday Cake Oreo!!!  I literally heard little Nabisco angels singing, and I swear a little spotlight highlighted the box as I saw it.  Don’t you see it, too? Read more…

Trappist Monks Ruined My Diet… (OK – Not really…)

August 5, 2012 4 comments
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The Abbey at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit

So yesterday was the first day I’ve had since I’ve really had my head back in the diet and exercise game that the wheels kind of came off the bus. I went with a group from my church to visit the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, Georgia, just outside of Atlanta. This is a lovely, pastoral place where a community of trappist monks has lived a contemplative, cloistered life, praying for the outside world, since the 1940’s. They were so welcoming and friendly, and I thank God they were praying for me yesterday, because I needed it…

Friday was my third weekly weigh in, and I made really good progress! My weight was 250.0 pounds!!! That’s down 8.6 pounds from when I began this second phase of my journey three weeks ago, 3.1 pounds since last Friday, and 65 pounds total from my estimated highest weight almost three years ago! I am very pleased!

Nutrition for me is very mechanical Monday through Friday. I have

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