Captain’s Log – Cadillac Repair #7,012

Captain’s Log – Cadillac Repair #7,012

I’m just going to go ahead and put it out there…. WHAT THE FUCKIN FUCK?!?! Don’t get me wrong, I love my CTS-V more than you could probably understand. I’m a car guy, it’s something I’ll probably never get rid of. Seriously though, these repairs are killing me… this is what I get for buying a GM car that has just WAY too much power. Basically, I just kept tearing through factory clutches like a high school who doesn’t know how to drive stick, so, I added one of these:

It’s a McLeod Racing Twin Disc clutch pack and flywheel, which SHOULD be rated for nearly 1000 horsepower. Well, typical me, somehow I managed to break it! Typical, right? You build it, I break it!

That being said, but the guys over at McLeod and EB3 Motorsports in Manassas are freaking amazing. These guys have torn apart, rebuilt and put back together the drivetrain of this car at least 5 times now. They’ve made custom parts, replaced anything that appeared to have any damage and not only tell you straight out HONESTLY what’s going on with you car, all this extra work to fix this stuff, EB3 has for free.

If you’re looking for a place in the DC metro area (ish) that knows American muscle cars inside and out, trust me, this is the spot to go!

So as I get ready for my Indy 500 trip, yet again the Caddy is getting towed away for another set of tweaks and repairs to find out why the shifter linkage is all hosed up. Fingers crossed that this is a decently quick fix and is done by the time I get back.

2016 Indy 500 – Ish Just Got Real

2016 Indy 500 – Ish Just Got Real

Woo-Woo!!! So my buddy and I have talked about taking another little adventure for a while now, and anyone who knows me, knows I’m a preeeeeeetty into cars… and today, our tickets and passes have arrived!

16_Indy500_Pin_Logo__33950.1446829250.1280.1280Now, I’ve never actually been to an auto race of any kind really, so first one… why NOT have it the 100th running of the Indy 500?! So, we’ve rented an RV, got a 5 day pass, and we’re in the last stages of making plans to head out that way. Needless to say, I’m pretty excited about it!

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Our 30′ home for the week.

Now all that’s left to do is pack and hit the road!! (I think…. hahaha)

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P.S. If any of you will also be there, let me know. I put a little Facebook group together so we can all add friends, keep in touch, find places to me… and of course, you’re all more than welcome to swing over to the RV and get a drinks and some eats with us!

365 Days of Fun, 75 Pounds of a New Life. Thank You.

365 Days of Fun, 75 Pounds of a New Life. Thank You.

Some of you might know this about me already, some of might just be finding out…. some of you might have been following along for a while, while other’s have never seen this before… but, since I’m a little of a (huge) nerd, I like numbers. I like math, I like spreadsheets, I like collecting data, making charts and really visualizing what something looks like.

Well, exactly 1 year ago, post-break-up, 35 years old and 308 pounds, I woke up… I remember the morning… I was getting ready in the morning to head out to the doctor’s office, then meet some friends for lunch and I remember that exact moment, finding a stupid spot on one of my favorite shirts, looking in the mirror to see if you could actually see it or not, and what I saw looking back at me seemed like a whole other person. A 300 pound lazy asshole who has zero legitimate excuses for being fat. Just a typical 9 – 5, sit my fat ass in an office chair all week, drink and eat too much, not just all weekend, but eat too much every day, and the thought of working out, going outside and doing something physical just wasn’t really even a thought.

So, here’s what those two guys looks like:

That's nearly 1 year ago to the day.
That’s nearly 1 year ago to the day.

Also…. I’m not usually the one to post these things all the time, but… just for reference, those shorts I’m wearing on the right, here’s about how they fit now:

Seriously, you can see right through them to the floor!!
Seriously, you can see right through them to the floor!!

It’s been one hell of a crazy year, to say the least, but I’m thrilled with this progress. I’m down just over 75 pounds and I can’t wait to keep going. Between bike riding, kayaking, hiking, even a little running… it hasn’t been easy, but it sure hasn’t been boring either. Thanks so much to all of you that have supported me with great words of encouragement, compliments, and especially great excuses to get outside, keep myself active and make loosing weight fun.

So, who’s up for the next hike, kayaking trip or bike ride with me?!

P.S. And as always, there’s my Current Progress page so you can see how I’m doing in between posts and I promise, I’ll try to post a little more. One more fun little graphic, here’s the chart of y weight over the last year…. it hasn’t all be steady, but it surely has been going down!!

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10 in 10. Ready, set, GO!

A new little challenge for myself in an effort to get things moving again, literally. I’ve got a few events coming up in the next few weeks and I wanted to set a goal for myself to drop a few pounds before they arrive.

IMG_5533.JPGMy first goal: 10 pounds in 10 days, after that I’ll probably aim for another 10 over the next 20 days. For first, 10 in 10, then 20 in 30.

So starting out, yesterday I weighed in at 267.5, and already this morning I’m down 2.4 pounds!

The good part was it wasn’t terribly hard. I stuck to my diet a little better, decided for a workout I would run up the steps back to my apartment after dropping off some empty boxes and 1 day of paying attention to what I’m eating, as well as running up 28 flights of steps and I’m off to a good start. I’m about to make myself a morning protein shake, get some work done and then tonight run my 3rd 5k of the season… and hopefully beat my last time 39:58. It’s not the best time in the world, my ultimate goal will be to get a 5k done in under 30 minutes, but it’s a starting point and I’ll keep going from there!

Getting My Ish Back Together

Getting My Ish Back Together

Yes, it HAS been a while… long enough that, not only has life changed a lot, but yes, I’ve gain a few pounds back. Since my lowest weight, just before the holidays, I gained back almost 16 pounds. It’s not totally unexpected, but it still stings a bit. Even when you know it’s coming, I ate the food, I slacked on the workouts and I surely did my fair share of snacking… but to get on a scale again and see the damage done in the numbers is pretty solid motivation.

The good news is, I’m still well over 40 pounds down from where I started and in the last 2 days getting back into working out and eating right has been a bit painful, but well worth it. I knock off 1.5 of those “damage pounds” in the first day.

I added another little chart to my current progress page also that shows my lowest weight, my current weight, the difference between the two and the distance to my goal, check it out:

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The new year has started, the mess of the holidays is over and there’s some amazing new motivation in my life to help me keep on track. So, here I go… wish me luck!!

Forgive Me Internet, For I Have Sinned…

Forgive Me Internet, For I Have Sinned…

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I’m so close…. SO. CLOSE.

Forgive me Internet, for I have sinned. It has been 17 days since my last post. These are my sins:

1) 3 huge pieces of turkey.
2) Way too many beers.
3) Ice cream.
4) Drunk McDonalds.
5) 9 days without workouts.

For these sins and all the sins of my diet and exercise plan, I am sorry.

I know a lot of you have been wondering what’s happened and if I’m still going. I know this because I’ve gotten a few text messages and emails demanding I show myself and stop trying to hide from the people who have actually been paying attention. The great news is that I, of course, have NOT stopped dieting and working out. I just got busy.

Photo-2014-12-10-15-50-58_5672Between traveling for the holidays, actually working for a living, seeing friends and trying to make sure I get out of the house a little more, it’s been a while since I’ve had the time to really post. However, I thought after reaching another new low-weight this morning, I would pop this up real quick and let everyone know I’m still at it.

As of this weekend I found, not only a pile of old school…. literally old SCHOOL, t-shirts and such from college that haven’t fit in years, but that I am yet another notch on my belt smaller. It was a pretty amazing feeling, then to follow it up this morning with a weigh-in at 252.1 pounds, ALMOST dropping under that 250 mark and hitting my first 60 pound goal, was amazing.

It’s time to buckle down again, no pun intended, keep moving and HIT THAT 250 POUND GOAL!!!

P.S. Don’t forget, you can always check my weight-loss progress page to see how I’m doing any day. It’s updated automatically as I track my weight.

T-Day: The First Battle of The Bounce – Friendsgiving

T-Day: The First Battle of The Bounce – Friendsgiving

We all know it happens, and yes, I knew it was going to happen too. I drank my waters, I watched my calorie intake very carefully and I ran my ass off for DAYS to prepare to battle the holiday bounces. Well, bounce number 1 is done, and it was a big one. Between the amazing stuffing, mashed potatoes, dinner rolls, incredible bacon wrapped hourdourves, and of course, some pretty damn good turkey, the first big holiday bounce in my weight has happened. This mornings weigh-in was a gain of 4.5 pounds!

FriendsgivingBounceThe crazy part is, 4.5 pounds is NOT hard to do. I didn’t eat until I felt sick, I didn’t stuff my face constantly, hell… other than eating a few extra dinner rolls at the end of the night to try to soak up some of the amazing amount of beer and prosecco I had consumed, I didn’t really go too overboard. What this really is, is a lesson in metabolism. While my normal diet is about 1000 – 1200 calories a day, and my normal day includes at least two 45 minute workouts, when you don’t work out at all and you consume what has to be at least 3,000 if not 4,000 calories, your body just isn’t going to know what to do with it.

You can just barely see in the chart to the left that huge pop up in the blue line, which is my daily weight. You’ll be able to see it a little easier in the charts on the current weight-loss progress page, both this one and the big drop in my daily weight-loss totals chart in yellow below it. The question now becomes, how long will it take to defeat the first holiday bounce of the season?

Today may be a bit of a loss for me from a workout perspective. It’s almost 2pm and I’m just barely getting up and moving. Between all the workouts over the last few days and staying out WAY too late last night, I don’t really see myself crushing 2+ workouts today. I will surely try to get in at least one this evening, but I am 100% back on my normal diet and back to regular intake of food and water, so if my body stops feeling like it was crushed under a beer truck last night… I can get up and get in a solid workout tonight. Then for the next two days I need to really be on top of my workouts and diet with the goal being to defeat this first bounce by the time I leave for New York to spend the holiday with my family and jump head first into T-Day: The Battle of The Bounce – Round Two! 😉

Last, but certainly not least… and even-though it was a bit of a dinger to my diet… I want to thank our hostess from last night, Jess. She’s not only throws a great party, but has become such an amazing friend over these last few months. Yelling at me when I’m not working out enough, continuing to motivate and encourage me to push forward and keep things moving in the right direction. She always there to send over some words of encouragement or a much needed compliment, she’s given me great diet tips, running advice, constant suggestions on how to change things up and keep things interesting, and of course… when she finally catches me off-guard enough, she’ll probably be the first one to finally convince me to commit to running a half-marathon. She’s already been trying for weeks!! 😛

Hey Fat Guy! I Half Win!

Hey Fat Guy! I Half Win!

So how scary is this math…. In the last approximately 665 days, I gained 102 pounds. Seriously, that’s not a joke, I’m pretty sure you read it right! In  about 2 years, I gained over 100 pounds… Of course, that was until 94 days ago!!

Let’s start at the beginning though. Almost 2 years before starting this diet, the last weigh-in I have a record of was on October 10th, 2012 and I weighed 206.75 pounds. My lowest weight ever was just one day before that at exactly 206 pounds. Then, when I had finally had enough of being a fat guy my first weigh in was August 20, 2014 at 308 pounds. So, as I said above, in 1 year and 10 months, I gained 102 pounds. That’s just scary!

The amazing news is, what’s taken nearly 2 years to put on, is officially half gone in 94 days! I’m losing the weight at over 3.5 times the rate I put it on. While I gained an average of just over .15 pounds a day, I’m losing an average of .56 pounds a day. After a few GREAT days of solid workouts, 100% following my diet and really making sure I pay attention to every little detail, I weighed-in this morning at 255.5 pounds for a total loss, so far, of 52.5 pounds which represents 17% of my original body weight. Now THAT is a solid milestone!

As always, you can see the exact details and daily progress at my current weight loss page, but here is the graph from my Fitbit dashboard. Also, this actually puts me about 5.5 pounds from reaching my first major goal!!

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For those of you still reading, you might be wondering why this happened, or even how. The weight GAIN I mean, not the loss… that happened because I’m eating right and running 90+  minutes a day! 😛 The truth is, there are probably a lot of reasons for my weight gain, most of them related to being lazy. I continued my working out and dieting almost exactly 1 month into a relationship, and that’s when I let it all go.

I was comfortable, I had a great girl, we were having tons of fun… my life was in an amazing place. I had just sold my stock in the company I worked with for over 5 years, money was good, the girl was great, life was amazing. So, why keep working right? I had celebrating to do and fun to have!

Well, I decided to change jobs, the season went from the fun summer to the cold winter, stress mounted, physical activity slowed and the fun of drinking with friends, Sunday Fundays, dinners out, vacations and weekend road trips… it all seemed to happen at once and I, unconsciously, decided that having a good time was more important than putting my effort into maintaining my weight. I should have been setting some rules and making sure I stayed in this amazingly happy and personally satisfying place.

Anyone that’s been around me for the past 2 years surely saw the change. They saw the weight pile on, the saw the smile turn to a grumpy scowl. My awesome nights with friends went from hilarious social gatherings to me drinking away the stress and crappy feelings from my jeans not fitting right, the frustration of finding some super cool pair of pants or a shirt and, of course, it not being available in my size. My weight ruined so many of my nights before I even left the house.

When I look back at how I was living 2 years ago and compare it to how I was living and how I felt 94 days ago, I’m scared. I’m sad, disappointed and feel like I let myself down. The worst part is, I let down the people around me who had to watch this happen and worse, who had to endure the brunt of my bad attitude.

The good news is, I’ve said for a long time that the mark of an adult is the ability to make mistakes, correct them and learn from the lesson. Well, this time around, that surely is my plan. Granted I’ve lost half the weight I gained and I’m only a few pounds away from my first goal of getting down to 250/losing 60 pounds. Plus, I’m nearly halfway to “Wonderland” as it’s been called… to be under 200 pounds again, but the most important thing I’ve learned this time around is that a lazy day, a stressful week and even a bad run for a little while, can’t ever result in the type of weight gain I’ve had over the last couple of years. There needs to be rules. If I gain more than 5 pounds, I watch my diet and work out a bit, if it hits 10 pounds, it’s all go, no stop, diet and workout until my legs want to fall off…. just like I do now. I’ve learned the skills I need and own the tools required to lose weight, I just have to make sure I identify the time to really amp things up and keep it all under control.

I said in one of my first posts that “I will win the battle with my weight this time around”, however, I’ve learned over the last 3 months that it’s exactly that… just a battle. The life-long war will be maintaining that weight and level of health by making sure that I conscientiously never allow myself to be in this position again. I let it slip the first time, that was a mistake. To let it ever happen again would be stupidity and that is NOT something I’m willing to accept.

The Official 90 Day Report

The Official 90 Day Report

Well, this morning was the 90th morning that I’ve weighed myself, and for those of you that have been keeping up and reading, you’ll know I fell a little short of my goal of hitting 50 pounds lost by this morning. I was doing everything I could this weekend to be on my best “drinking” behavior and even with “boys night”, catching up with friends I haven’t seen in a while and even a little unexpected bar crawling in Dupont, I did pretty damn well… all water, all the time. I didn’t have a single drink all weekend! Unfortunately, with hurting my foot early Saturday afternoon while running, I wasn’t able to workout as much and thus didn’t hit the mark that was aiming for.

However, in 90 days I’ve lost 45.9 pounds, that is most certainly a win!! I’ve lost 14.9% of my original body weight and I’ve dropped my 1 mile running time from 18 minutes to just over 12, which isn’t that bad for a fat guy still lugging around 262 pounds!! Here is a quick little chart of what’s changed:

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Weight308262.145.9 pounds / 14.9% of my original body weight
Pant Size4640Approximately 6 inches lost from my waist
Dress Shirt Size (neck)19.517Approximately 1.5 inches lost from my neck.
1 Mile Running Time19 minutes12.3 minutes6.7 minutes faster 1 mile time. / 35% Faster

And just to keep them frozen in time, here are the charts for my weight-loss, and my actual weight:

 

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Now from here… I just keep working, keep eating right, keep working out and slowly but surely… I’ll be reaching my first goal of losing 60 pounds. Wish me luck!!

Hard Work = Huge Results

I haven’t posted a lot lately and a few people reached out to me over the last few days asking how I was doing. Kind of their nice way of saying: “Hey, we’re watching, are you still keep it up buddy?!” Well, yes, in fact I am. I’ve actually not posted in a while because, between work going crazy and the rest of life requiring a little more effort over the last week or so, I’ve needed every free minute I’ve got to workout, experiment with some stuff in the kitchen… more on that later… and it’s all been going VERY well! Take a look at this:

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What a nice big spike in weight-loss looks like over the last 5 days.

This is one of the graphs from my current weight-loss progress page, which I’ve made a link to, just in case you didn’t see it before. While the graph above is just a static image, the graphs on the progress page update automatically every single day as soon as I put my weight in, so remember to check that out if you really want to keep tabs on me and see how I’m doing.

RawData--2014-11-14At the time of this post, from my morning weigh-in today, I’ve lost 47.7 pounds and at this rate, I’m just a few days away from losing half the weight I gained in the last 2 years. One thing I think it’s important to note for yourself is to look at your “bad times” and make sure you handle them. Modify your routine, pay attention to your “cheat days” and make sure you understand where your efforts are leading you. I know everybody says you shouldn’t weigh yourself everyday and I’ve posted multiple times about how I totally disagree, so no rant or soapbox here… just take a look at the numbers, posted here on the right from what I collect and compute every day.

You’ll notice I’ve highlighted the weekends in red, and you’ll notice something else, from weighing myself everyday I computer lot of different numbers, but one of the most useful has been my daily change in weight. I’ve always been interested in seeing those fluctuations, both to be able to manage them, and to simply get used to them and realize that I don’t have to panic every time I see a few pounds come back.

Also highlighted in a lighter red are the days I’ve gained weight, instead of lost. Funny thing there is… there’s always red numbers after red days, aren’t there? Now, anyone who knows me, knows I love my friends, and of course, I also love my beer and my pizza. Which, is how I wound up in this place to begin with. Once I saw this it was easy to see where I needed to put in a little more effort. Over the last 3 weeks, my little “cheat day weekends” have totaled 15.1 pounds of damage. Of course, you can also see from the numbers, that I busted my butt and did what I could to work off that extra weight at the start of each week, but while I’m really pressing to drop this first 60 pounds, it seems pretty counter-productive to keep putting an average of 5 pounds back on every weekend!

So for now, at least for the next few weeks up until Thanksgiving, which I’m sure is going to lead to a little weight gain, I need to keep my feet moving and keep that pizza away from me! A lack of access to my treadmill, scale, my routine or pre-planned foods and of course, my family’s pretty epic cooking, I know it’s going to set me back a bit… but for THAT, it’s worth it!! I’m just going to have to save up those cheat days and the next little spike in weight for the holiday.

The most important things is that I’m still feeling great, loving the way I’m starting to look again and I have more energy and sleep better. In general, I’m just a much happier guy. As always, thank you to all of you for your continued support, comments, compliments, tips and sharing some of your own stories and struggles with me as well. Hopefully, the “new me” will get to hang out with you all soon!