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18 Months & 206 Pounds Down

Today is the 18 month mark. I had originally thought of this as a 3 year journey, so this is the projected half way point. Lots of positives completed, some lessons learned. Tons of support from friends, family, and even strangers.

Today it has been hard to think back positively, been battling the last few weeks where the weight has been coming off way to slow for my liking. I have set an intermediate goal of be down 220 by July 18th. Part of the path to get there is my return to the gym coming up soon, while keeping up the home exercise. I am also thinking about buying a big bag of salad and trying to do a week where my lunches are under 250 calories, combined with a healthy breakfast and dinner should push the results I want.

Things I have learned in the past 18 months.

  1. Healthy food tastes good. I don’t miss the stuff I am not eating because there is plenty of good tasting healthy options out there.
  2. People are awesome. So many kind words, encouragements, and well wishes. It amazes me how many people noticed.
  3. Exercise gets easier the more you do it. The nightly walks keep getting longer. I would not have believed the things I can do now, if you told me just a few months ago.
  4. Idle time is destructive to me. I can’t just be sitting around doing nothing. That is when I eat too much. During the Covid 19 lock down we would take drives just to keep me busy. It worked. I can’t wait to get back to the office, where life gets more hectic.
  5. I don’t miss alcohol. I am probably averaging 1 drink a month, just simply because I don’t want to drink in calories. Life is good, and that is fine.

The journey continues!

Goals Post #8: Ride A Scooter

Hello and welcome to the final goals post for the second half of year 2. I am laying out 8 goals that I feel are reasonable, and I want to accomplish before December 9, 2020.

Here is another quality of life post. You know when you are in cities and kids come whipping by you on the sidewalk on those little motorized, stand up scooters. Probably there is a division line around the age of 32, if you are under 32 you think, wow, those look fun. For those over 32, you probably mumble something like, “darn kids, those things are a menace!” Well, I’m over 32, but I am very immature, so I am in the crowd of wanting to ride them. It is something I have never done before.

That is it, the final goal, here is the recap:

My goals for June 9-December 9, 2020:

1. Run a 5k race.

2. Go kayaking.

3. Lose weight to be under 260 pounds.

4. Reduce or eliminate medicines.

5. Get into XXL shirts and size 40 pants.

6. Do a chin up.

7. Ride all the rides at Busch Gardens and Adventure Island.

8. Ride a stand up scooter.

Goals Post #7 Ride All The Roller Coasters At Busch Gardens & All The Slides At Adventure Island

I’ve mentioned it before, I love thrilling amusement park rides. For way too many years I was too big to fit on most of them. Right before the parks closed for Covid 19, I was starting to fit on them, I had ridden some of them, but not all of them. Well, the parks open back up June 11th, so from June 11 until December 9, I plan to ride all the thrill rides at least one time each. There are a couple coasters I was getting rejected from right before the park closes, so it is time to take them for a spin.

My goals for June 9-December 9, 2020:

1. Run a 5k race.

2. Go kayaking.

3. Lose weight to be under 260 pounds.

4. Reduce or eliminate medicines.

5. Get into XXL shirts and size 40 pants.

6. Do a chin up.

7. Ride all the rides at Busch Gardens and Adventure Island.

Goals Post #6 Do A Chin Up

This one seems odd. I was the fat kid in grade school. Every year we would have to do the Presidential Physical Fitness Test, and I would be expected to do around 8 chin ups in 60 seconds. Every year the same sequence would play out. The coach would call out my name. I’d get in position, coach would yell go as he started his stop watch. I would hang on the bar and not budge. No matter how hard I tried, I wasn’t strong enough to lift my body up and get my chin over the bar. Some years I would drop off the bar, other years I would hang for the full 60 seconds before the coach would yell, “Time!”

I’ve never done a chin up in my life.

I’ve been jogging a fitness trail that keeps asking me to do them.

This one is going to be close, but I am hoping that I can reduce weight and add enough strength to be able to complete my first chin up by December 9, 2020.

My goals for June 9-December 9, 2020:

1. Run a 5k race.

2. Go kayaking.

3. Lose weight to be under 260 pounds.

4. Reduce or eliminate medicines.

5. Get into XXL shirts and size 40 pants.

6. Do a chin up.

Since My Last Post, Waking Up To The Aftermath

The riots stayed mostly about 4 miles away. The interesting side note is that I read reports that these dumpsters full of recycling materials were set on fire overnight. They are the starting point of the USF fitness trail, which is my normal Sunday morning jog.

I just got back from a 40 minute walk in my neighborhood instead.

My heart breaks for my community and the black community. Lots of change needed. Hopefully last night was the worst, and now the healing can begin.

I Might Be Changing My Morning Workout Plan For Tomorrow

About 4 miles from my home, looters are breaking into businesses. A gas station has been burned down. A police officer has been injured. Incredible times we live in now.

On Sundays I have been going for a morning jog on the USF campus. Well, that is about 2 miles towards the violence taking place right now. I don’t want to say my work out is important, because it isn’t.

I turned on a bunch of extra lights, I took the delay off our alarm, and I think I might just take a jog here in my neighborhood in the morning.

Stay safe everyone.

Goals Post #5: Wear Smaller Clothes

As I lay out my goals for the second half of year two, this one is a simple one. These goals should be achieved by 12/9/20 as that will be two years into my life change.

Right now I am wearing a XXXL shirt and a size 44 waist pants.

The goal is simple, XXL shirt and size 40 waits pants (or smaller!).

This is just about me progressing over the next 6 months to move towards being smaller and lighter.

My goals for June 9-December 9, 2020:

1. Run a 5k race.

2. Go kayaking.

3. Lose weight to be under 260 pounds.

4. Reduce or eliminate medicines.

5. Get into XXL shirts and size 40 pants.

I’ll Have the Tuti-Frutti

In Savannah for the day. Getting lots of steps in. We were told we had to go to Leopold’s for ice cream. The place is over 100 years old. They invented tutu-Frutti ice cream.

It’s important for me to have a small cup when I get opportunities like this, I can’t diet to the point that I miss out on life. The goal is to win the day and take in less calories than I burn.

The Speaker Of The House Just Called the President Morbidly Obese. Am I Morbidly Obese?

I need to start with this idea, this blog is not political. I am not advocating any candidates or ideas.

Just the other day the Speaker of the House took a shot at the President and called him, “Morbidly Obese.” (I’m not even using names, so hopefully the political bots never find this post)

Many times I have logged into my patient portal on the primary care physical’s website and seen “morbidly obese” on my list of conditions. I tried to find what classifies a person as morbidly obese, and the best I could find is a person with a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 40 or higher would fit that definition.

I went out and googled for a BMI calculator and found that at 6’1″ and 500 pounds my BMI was 66.0, which as a surprise to no one, is morbidly obese.

I then punched in my current weight and was happy to see the number come back at 38.9. That classifies me as obese and not morbidly obese.

I am reminded of The Simpsons episode where Dr. Nick gets Homer to gain weight to go on disability, Homer was happy to be obese. Well, right now I am delighted to be called obese, as it is a step on my journey.