There and Back Again

Posted: January 1, 2012 in Uncategorized

It’s been a while since my last entry.  The strep A sepsis infection I had back in September of 2010 sidetracked me off my eating plan.  It’s taken me a while to recover the fame of mind I had just prior to falling ill.  Starting tomorrow, January 2nd, I am going back on the same plan that allowed me to lose approximately 70 lbs.  I’ll be resuming my regular updates.  I’ll also be starting a Twitter account to chronicle my progress and help encourage others.


Sorry for the long hiatus

Posted: September 18, 2011 in Update
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On August 31st I contracted a serious blood infection that put me in the hospital for eight days.  I’ve been convalescing at home, but only recently have I felt my strength returning.  This morning I feel almost like my old self.  For that reason I haven’t been updating my blog.  Glory goes to God, and God alone, for sparing my life and setting me on the road to recovery.

As far as my “radical transformation” goes, it’s going well.  I was weighed in on Friday at 300.4 lbs.  That’s a total weight loss of 69.6 lbs. since June 1st of this year.  Some time during the next week I will fall under the 300 threshold.  That’s huge!  It’s been a long time since I’ve weighed less than 300 lbs.  Unfortunately I haven’t been able to log any gym time for nearly three weeks.  It may be another few weeks before I can resume cardio or weights, and then I’ll probably have to ease back into it.

If there’s a lesson in all of this it’s that adversity can come at you in a bunch of different ways.  For me it happened to be a serious health issue.  For you it may be something else.  Adversity can be mild, but sometimes it can be a crisis.  It’s how we deal with adversity that matters.  For me, getting in shape is high up on my agenda.  But even higher than that is glorifying God in my life.  I belong to God, and if God can use my illness to glorify himself, well, so be it.  Many folks die from the infection I had, but God has seen fit to spare my life.  For that I am grateful.

Galatians 2:20   “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.

You’ve done great all week.  You’ve maintained your eating and fitness plan.  That means you can relax on the weekend.  Right?  WRONG!  It’s true, you can’t live a life of constant denial.  If the only thing going through brain at the weekend BBQ is, “I can’t eat that” then your placing on yourself a burden that will eventually cause you to crack.  The key to the weekend is PLANNING.  You want that cheeseburger and cheesecake?  Then make room for it by making wise food choices during your other meals of the day.  Don’t allow yourself to go hog wild.  Planning will keep you from throwing the week away and worse yet – going off your eating and fitness plan altogether.

How Low can you Go?

Posted: August 5, 2011 in Milestones, Update, Weight Loss






Weighed myself today and I came in at 323 lbs.  That’s a total weight loss of 42.2 lbs. since 1 June 2011.  I’m still on target to break the 300 threshold sometime in September.

Chipotle is a supposedly fast-food Mexican restaurant chain that is famous for it’s over-stuffed burritos and bowls.  It serves chicken, pork, and beef.  I say “supposedly fast-food” because Chipotle restaurants are anything but fast during lunch time.  Still, the Mexican eatery has a devoted following that is undaunted and willing to brave the somethings out the door lines, in all sorts of weather.  I’m one of those Chipotle fanboys.  But unlike most fast food establishments, Chipotle is a safe haven for those losing weight.

This afternoon I had the barbacoa (pork) bowl with black beans and fajita vegetables (onions and green peppers).  I skipped the rice and cheese.  I topped off my bowl with tomato salsa, green chili salsa, and lettuce.  Using the Weight Watchers grading method I had a total of 7 points for lunch.  7 points!  Cheese would have made it 9 points.  Rice 12 points.  Sour cream 16 points.  From a caloric standpoint my Chipotle lunch was fine.  By avoiding the cheese, rice, and sour cream I didn’t add useless points that could haunt me at dinner.  Of course, if I was having Chipotle for dinner those extra points may have been fine.  The only negative about Chipotle is the sodium content.  It’s high.  For those on a low sodium diet you alread know that most restaurants are limited in low sodium dishes.  But that aside, Chipotle proves that smart eating choices can be made if you give it a little effort.


Protein after Weight Training

Posted: August 3, 2011 in Nutrition

A healthy training routine includes both cardio and strength training.  For the money the most effective type of strength training is free weights.  Free weights target specific muscle groups.  Weight training also burns more calories than any other type of strength training.

When you lift weights your body can run out of fuel quickly.  It’s vital to replenish that fuel right after a workout.  Carbohydrates will not metabolize into sufficient quantities to provide your muscles with the energy require.  What they need is protein.  Whey is a byproduct of making cheese.  Studies have shown that whey is high in protein and is readily metabolized by the body.  One tablespoon of whey powder can provide up to 24 grams of protein.  It’s a good practice to consume whey right after a workout.

Whey comes in various types and flavors.  You can purchase it as a ready-to-go drink, but it is usually higher in calories.  Powdered whey can be added to any liquid beverage of your choice.  If you take it at the gym (right after your workout) you can add one tablespoon of whey to a shaker and just add water.  There are many brands available.  I use Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey, but that is my preference.

Back in the Pocket

Posted: August 2, 2011 in Uncategorized

I was out of town for the weekend at a quasi high school reunion.  These type of things are a hazard to sound eating and fitness plans.  Thankfully I avoided the dangers and stayed on target.  The key was to anticipate problems before they happened and arrange for alternatives.  With a little pre-planning it’s possible to manage almost any situation.