The Struggle Is Real… The Win Is Better…

It hurts… oh yeah, it definitely hurts. I’ve been pushing myself through the two-a-day workouts, eating right and now on a juice fast for a few days before leaving for a long road trip. I’m working on building my endurance, trying to get back into running and of course, dropping those pounds, and today…. is a BIG day. This morning I passed the halfway point to my goal of dropping the first 60 pounds. I weighed in at 276.7 this morning, which puts my at 31.3 pounds lost toward my first goal of losing 60!!!

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Screen Shot 2014-09-30 at 9.35.11 AMAlso, I’m still LOVING the Fitbit Flex I’ve been wearing for the past month and 10 days. It started as a little challenge between friends to all get one and just make sure we keep on top of each other about getting out steps in, doing a few workouts and making sure we all keep moving. Needless to say, in typical “me” fashion… “Go big or go home” I’ve decided to little run as much if not the most out of anyone on my Fitbit friends list. Anytime someone catches up, it pushes me even harder to jump on the treadmill and crank out another 45 minutes.

A lot of people have sent me some good advice, totally fair warnings and concerns about the way things are going, and I assure you, I’ve read, listened, and understand everything you’re all saying and it’s all on my mind all the time. I’m trying to go about this the healthiest and still fastest way possible. So to ease a few concerns:

1) No, I’m not pushing myself to the point where I could get injured. My workouts and cardio may be time-consuming, but there a medium pace, low impact and designed to build my endurance and stamina to prepare for my first 5k
2) No, I am not starving myself… I eat 3+ meals a day, granted they’re all just juice for this week, but I’m tracking everything I eat, every calorie, every vitamin and nutrient I can, and I AM getting almost every single thing my body needs. Between the juice, a little protein powder and my vitamins, I’m in a great spot.
3) Yes, this is sustainable. I’m surely not going to juice for the rest of my life, but replacing a meal or a snack here and there with juice is something I can and will do for a very long time. Not only do I enjoy it, but as each day goes on, I see and FEEL, more and more of the benefits.
4) The jury is out on the beard. Many have asked that if I lose all the weight… meaning I reach my largest goal of getting under 200, will I shave it? That one I’m not too sure about! 😛

 

Last but not least, thank you again to everyone who continue to motivate me, encourage me and especially those of you who have read a blog or Facebook post and it’s motivated you to get up and move around a bit. Even a little bit is amazing. I’ve just lost over 31 pounds in about 40 days, and that includes a pretty bad week in the middle. If I can do it, you can do it!!

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Encouragement Leads To Progress!

Encouragement Leads To Progress!

Just a little progress update and a thank you. I’ve learned, multiple times in life, that based on my personality, that encouragement and praise from others is so important. So I’d to take a minute, just sit right there, I’ll tell you how I became the prince of a town called Bel Air. 😛

All kidding aside… I couldn’t resist the chance, back to reality… oh there goes gravity!

OK, I’ll stop now! Seriously… I wanted to take a quick few minutes to thank everyone who’s reached out to me over the past few days, and thank the people with whom I’ve had conversations with this in person about.

I’ve gotten a few comments on this blog, a ton of comments and likes on Facebook, text messages and phone calls. The coolest part was, that not only were all of them so positive, but a lot came along with offers of help. Juicing recipes, offers to find some active things to do on the weekends, people to workout with even people offering introductions to their personal trainers and nutritionists.

I really want to thank everyone for taking that few moments to send over such awesome words of encouragement. That’s exactly what I need to stay on task and keep moving forward. Not every day is easy, and while I say things all the time like “All day, every day”, “All go, no stop, never quit!” and of course, everyone’s favorite “Go big or go home.”, the truth is… some days are harder than others. It’s hard to find the motivation to get on that treadmill again, to maintain the self-control to NOT eat some of those horrible things I love and, at 35 years old, I know that this will probably be something I struggle with for a very long time, if not the rest of my life. It’s just such an awesome feeling when someone says “good job” or “wow, I can see the difference already”.

So first, my offer in return: Should anyone else out there feel like they need a little extra push, a workout buddy, someone to go running with, a reason to go for a hike, kayaking, biking, you name it…. just let me know. I know it helps me immensely and I’d love to find a way to return that favor and, if nothing else, pay it forward. Just let me know and we’ll make some plans!

Second, a little progress update: With all those awesome words of encouragement, I’ve stuck to my diet, still given myself a key reward day here and there and I’ve been up and on that “dreadmill” as much as I can. My workouts are hurting less, my pace is getting faster, I can see the pounds coming off. I can feel the increase in endurance and stamina also, which is amazing, what a great feeling! While my ultimate goal may still be nearly 100 pounds away, I’m making great progress toward my first goal of 60 pounds. As the first month of my diet comes to end in a few days, I’m already down just over 20 pounds!

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Thanks again to all of you for your words of encouragement and praise. This surely isn’t the most difficult thing I’ve ever done and its LONG from over, but all of you make it that much easier!

The Beginning…

The Beginning…

The bad news:

So here I am again, deadlocked in a battle with my own mind and body to overcome my most difficult challenge in life, my weight. I know a lot of you may remember that I’ve been here before, approximately two years ago, and the only thing I can say is that my last attempts didn’t fail, but it was the long-term commitment that did. I friend of mine jokingly said it best a few days ago:

“My life needs more rules.”

Well, she’s not the only one. I lost 60 pounds in 94 days the last time around and I gained it all back and them some. Just over a month ago, even after eating right for a few days, I weighed in at 308 pounds. I’ve never been a skinny guy, not since I was a young child, but that was the most I’ve ever weighed, and it scares me. What should have happened two years ago was: when I noticed a few extra pounds, I should have got right back on the treadmill and burned them off. So this time around, I’m gonna need to commit to those longer-term rules.

A lot of people have asked me, why now? Why didn’t you start months, if not years ago? How did you let it get that bad? The only answer I could offer them was laziness and comfort. I’ve always been an extrovert, I’ve always had a dependence on the approval of others, and once I lost a bunch of weight 2 years ago, I found myself in a great relationship. Dating was fun, hanging out was awesome, going out to dinner, partying with friends, there was always something to do… I really got very comfortable very quickly and it made me lazy. Then, slowly but surely, the pounds started creeping up.

I found some of my blog posts, measurements and weigh-ins from the end of that last attempt, and I had made it all the way down to 208. So, over the course of two years, I gained 100 pounds.

What’s different?

1) I’m single again.
2) I know my weight gain is one of the reasons why.
3) I hate failure.
4) I’m only getting older.
5) I legitimately miss that energetic zest for life and feeling of accomplishment I got from having people notice the weight-loss and being able to tell people my story.

The good news:

I’m well on my way!! I’ve been eating right, and I’ve started working out again… and since August 20th, as of this morning I’ve lost 19.7 pounds and due to some medical BS (more on that later) and some stitches that resulted I was only able to start working out about a week ago. Currently, I can’t do much more than walk, but I’m building up and getting better every day!Here’s what it looks like so far:

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Don’t get nervous, no… my goal weight is not 250 pounds, but I know I have to break it up into phases and find some goals that are achievable otherwise the task of losing 100 pounds will seem so daunting, I’m afraid I’ll talk myself out of it.

So… wish me good luck… and off I go, into yet another bit of a battle with….. myself.