27 Things That Make Me A Loser

27 Things That Make Me A Loser

     What a crazy month it’s been. There’s been plenty of ups and downs, both in my weight-loss and the rest of my life as well, but… over the course of the last month’s Biggest Loser contest, I’ve managed to lose 27.2 pounds. That means since the start of my little 2017 weight-loss journey, I’ve actually lost 39 pounds. My original first goal was to get out of the 300 club by the end of March, and somehow, against all odds, I find myself 2.2 pounds away on March 1st. How awesome would it be to reach my goal by birthday this coming Saturday?!

     One of the most amazing things about this past month has been the willingness of my friends to join me in part to support me, as well as to get some support and motivation themselves as well. They are such a broad range of people in every way, from one friend I’ve known for nearly a decade to another I met just a few short months ago. Both male and female, starting all at different points that spanned almost a 160 pound difference. So, while I always thank the people around me for encouraging me, sending me helpful tips, even just noticing when they see me that I “look a little different”, that’s all always such a big help, but this month a very special 1000 thank you’s go out to Lena, Alec, Joe, Javier, Vik, Damien and Ashley for tossing their $50 in a being a part of this little month-long competition. Not only did we, together, loose over 85 pounds together but your motivation and encouragement has been invaluable. As if losing this weight isn’t already uplifting enough, to know I have friends who are willing to join me on this journey has made it one of best months I’ve had in a long time. So again guys, 1000 time, sincerely, thank you for all your help!

    While my ultimate goal is still a long way off, at least many months if not a year, I’m off to a great start. I should hit my first goal nearly a month early, set me next one very soon and while this Biggest Loser contest might be over, I am 100% up for starting another one that’s maybe a little longer term with anyone out there who’s willing to give it a shot. Trust me, if you even feel half as good as I do right now, it’s totally worth it.

    Also, for anyone who wants to keep track of where I’m at along the way, competition or not, this diet and weight-loss will continue and I’ve just updated my current weight-loss page to show all the current numbers. If you check it out, just be prepared, I’m a nerd… there’s a lot of numbers there! hahaha

World War III – The Battle of The Bulge Continues

World War III – The Battle of The Bulge Continues

     Yup, you guessed it. I’m at it again. This is obviously something that’s been a struggle for me for a long time. This is the 3rd time in the last few years that I’ve decided to try to lose weight, and it’s unfortunately my most difficult starting point yet.

     Being overweight isn’t easy. Not only did I have 342 pounds to carry around every day, but there’s the mental and emotional weight that goes along with it. It’s hard to get dressed to go out to see friends and get annoyed when something doesn’t fit right, or fit the “way it used to”. It’s even really hard to go shopping, especially when you have such impeccable style as I do, and everything you pick up and love, you can’t find it your size.

     It honestly is a pretty terrible way to start a Friday night, or a terrible way to start thinking about a party or some event you might be going to. Your first thought becomes “oh shit, what am I going to wear”, and it’s a thought that doesn’t go away quickly. Sooner than you expect, it can start to lead to depression and anxiety about going out in general, regardless of the reason.

     For someone who’s a bit of an extreme extrovert, like myself, it can really become an internal battle. You want to out and be social more than anything, you thrive on it, but at the same time, the thought of having to actually pick out something to wear and head out there is terrifying at times.

     So here is where the journey begins… a few days ago. My first weigh-in this time around scared the hell out of me, 341.2 pounds. That’s the heaviest I’ve ever been. It’s scary that I had to wait until this point to really get my ass in gear again.

Weight Chart - 2017-01-23

    So, as you can see… I’ve been dieting, trying to keep on top of it, and while the graph zigzags all over the place, it surely is going steadily down. I know it’s supposed to be SUCH a bad thing to weigh yourself everyday, or even multiple times a day, but just like you’ve seen in previous posts, I’m a data-driven guy. The more numbers I have the better. So I weigh myself just about any time I walk past my scale and as long as I see the daily average going down, which is it. I’m happy.

     Since the day of my first weigh in, it’s been 10 days and I’ve already lost 11.8 pounds!

Weight Chart - 2017-02-07

 

     And as always, I like to set goals for myself, so this first one is going to be pretty simple. I’d like to get out of the 300 club by the end of March. That shouldn’t be all that difficult. I’ll keep my fingers crossed, keep the pizza out of my mouth and hopefully I can make it!