Quick post today.  Day 20 did not yield a great deal of weight loss but my routine is strong, I feel great and I know that better days are ahead of me.  I feel very confident in my clothes.  If that’s the one thing I notice over all, the clothes are more loose than they were before so I know I’m downsizing even if the number isn’t reflecting that.  That’s really all the time I’ve got for today.  Busy day of work.  Tonight I’m going to see J. J. Grey and Mofro at House of Blues.  I’ve waited a long time for this concert!  If you haven’t heard them, they’re a mix of funk, soul and blues.  J. J. Grey has called his music “porch blues” in interviews.  He’s from Lochloosa, just north of Gainesville, and is nationally known.

Here’s a clip of a live show below but check their albums out on Spotify or iTunes.

The number on the scale is continuing to drop again and that’s a great feeling.  In past years, I’ve written blog posts to say that I don’t focus on the number.  Given the way I’ve behaved the last year with my weight, I’ve just seen the number hold and then go up.  Then it would hold and go down.  Then back up again.  So, on a morning like this, I see my hard work paying off.  Just over two weeks in the gym walking and doing hill sprints and I’ve seen the number steadily drop.  There hasn’t been a single day in the last two weeks that I’ve stood on the scale and seen it go back up.

More than the number…I feel better all around.  I’ve been trying to occupy my time with chores, getting out more and being social, practicing chords on my piano and other activities.  Anything I can do to take my mind off the fact that hiding on the shelf atop my bedroom closet is a basket full of bunnies, chocolate, peeps and jelly beans.  I’ve fought off cravings…moments of wanting to raid that thing but it’s not for me.  It’s there for my little one on Sunday and that’s where it has stayed.  I’ve continued a high protein, low carb, paleo diet.  I’m calorie, carb and fat restricting to a point but not an unhealthy one.

So, with all of this said, I’m happy to bring you an update for this week.  If you’ll go back two weeks (two blog posts), you’ll remember that I re-started this journey at 317 pounds and I’m pleased to tell you that I’m down to 305 this morning.  My first new goal is 299 pounds and I feel like that’s not very far off.

One more thing before I go to work.  I’ve been listening to a new song this week that I really enjoy.  It’s an a cappella arrangement covered by the group Voiceplay and it features Rachel Potter on the lead.  I’ve had the privilege of singing with most of these talented people, including Rachel.  They all do a really great job and it’s just fun to see and hear.  If you get a chance, there are several ways you can enjoy it.

  1. Listen on Spotify: I Knew You Were Trouble / As Long as You Love Me (feat. Rachel Potter)
  2. Download on iTunes: I Knew You Were Trouble / As Long as You Love Me (feat. Rachel Potter)
  3. Watch on YouTube: I Knew You Were Trouble / As Long as You Love Me (feat. Rachel Potter)
  4. Play the video below

That’s it!  Have a great week!  Talk to you later!

It’s funny. What I’m about to say is a first in my life.

My life revolves around my gym. I’ve been at the RDV Sportsplex for nearly two weeks now. Tomorrow will be 10 days that I’ve spent being aggressive toward my weight loss and physical health. I’m only taking days of rest on Sunday. This aligns itself with the Primal Blueprint and I intend to keep doing it.

When I say my life revolves around the gym, here’s a breakdown of what I mean.

Each night before I go to sleep, I…

  • Pack my breakfast and lunch into my lunch cooler and put it in the refrigerator
  • Pack my gym bag with my work clothes and toiletries for the next day
  • Put the gym bag in my car
  • Put my workout clothes beside the bed

Each morning when I wake up at 5:00 a.m., I…

  • Put on workout clothes beside the bed
  • Grab the lunch cooler and MacBook Pro
  • Drive to the RDV Sportsplex
  • Work out for one hour
  • Shower and dress at the gym
  • Drive one block away to my office

Each afternoon when I get home, I…

  • Remove the used gym clothes from the gym bag
  • Note: See “each night before I go to sleep, I…”

That’s the routine. Wash, rinse, repeat six days a week. There is one more element to this. Saturdays/Sundays. You call them weekends.

I have now made them into the time when I…

  • Prep all the breakfasts (2 HB eggs, 2 slices bacon)
  • Prep all the lunches (Some form of protein and vegetables, weighed and counted)
  • Fill all my water bottles
  • Wash all my office and gym clothes
  • Iron all of my office shirts
  • Fold the office clothes and arrange them on my dresser (this is probably the biggest task. I line my dresser for five full days of office wear. 1 pair socks, unders, shirt, belt, pants. When I get home from work every day for that packing routine up there, the clothes I’m wearing each day are there folded and ready to just grab and move into the gym bag with my shoes.)

So, it’s not easy but I’ll tell you that I’ve whipped my routine into shape over the last week and a half. That was a big challenge but something I really needed badly. I lost my grip on a disciplined lifestyle but I feel like I’ve got it back and I’m planning on maintaining it to the best of my ability.  It feels like everything else I do (work, social life, rest) revolves around this routine at the gym.

I’ve met with a personal trainer and I’m considering using his services for muscle workouts one day a week. He’ll teach me some things I can do without hurting my back and work with me for an hour. Then I’ll take what I learned and repeat it a second day each week on my own. He’s a really nice guy and related to a close family friend so I trust him to be honest. He’s got a spine injury just like me and that only increases my trust that he’ll be careful not to push me toward injury during this journey.

That’s about it for this week. I’d like to report a weight loss. While it’s not much, it’s still a loss. I’m down another 1.4 pounds this week. I think day 20 will really yield some better results.

Stick with me. Talk to you later!

Badass to Fatass

Posted: March 15, 2013 in Fatass to Badass

I’ve wasted some resources in this life.  Money, time, love, water.  Nothing hurts quite as much as a wasted effort.  I’m writing to you this morning from a failed attempt at weight loss.  I had direction and knew where I wanted to be but the last eight months have been spent gettting on track and falling back off to a point where I went from my lowest weight of 272 lbs back up to 317 lbs.  I’m dealing with it as best as I’m able to.  It’s not easy to remember where it all went wrong.  There were different factors.  The poor diet choices are my own to struggle with.  The fitness…it’s my own too but there is this one thing I have to admit.

TRUTH:  I’m a guy who enjoys working out early in the morning.  I was taking walks, bike rides, etc. at around 5:30 a.m. each day to get it done before coming in to work.

PROBLEM:  Sadly (and I hate to admit this), I’m afraid of the dark.  It’s a psychological thing for me.  I think it stems from too many horror movies as a kid and my current love of The Walking Dead.  It’s always dark at 5:30 a.m. and now with the time change, it’s dark until 7:30 a.m.

SOLUTION:  I’m working in web marketing and design for a large Orlando hospital now.  They had a HUGE discount for employees for the RDV Sportplex. So, I signed up!

It’s one street over from my office, it’s indoors, there’s light and everything I could want.  Treadmills for walking/jogging, a variety of different cycling equipment, bootcamp and group fitness classes that are similar to CrossFit, and a pool.  The pool part is very exciting because I don’t like to swim in lakes but want to start training for some mini triathlons.  Wednesday was my first day back and it works out well to pack a bag with my work clothes the night before.  I don’t need towels or toiletries because they provide everything there on the premises.

The first step is to lose the almost 50 pounds I’ve gained back and then get back to training for some fitness goals I want to reach.  I’m only 37 years old.  I’ve got time.  I hope some of you will come back and start reading again now that I’m going to post once per week.  I think one post per week will be much less annoying across the social networks than when I was posting five days per week.

[Edit 3/15/2013]

I originally wrote the post above on the evening of 3/12/2013 following my trip to RDV Sportsplex to register.  My diet has been as close to paleo but mostly primal (moderate dairy) as possible since 3/11/2013.  I did celebrate Pi Day (everyone brought a pie to the office to share for 3/14…get it? 3.14 is Pi so we celebrated 3/14 with pie) but I only had slivers and tastes of each pie.  I was up every morning from 3/13 to 3/15 at 5 a.m.  I brushed my teeth at home and went straight out the door to RDV.  My new routine requires a ton of discipline and planning in the way of packing office clothes and food before I go to bed.  Office clothes are in my car before 7:30 p.m. each night so I only have to grab my breakfast and lunch out of the refrigerator and head out the door in my gym clothes. 

So…I did that.  I did it for three days and ate clean(mostly) for five.  So I can offer you this edit to share the fact that I did get myself from 317 to 311.4 in five days.  It’s a step back down the path I was headed in.  MY goal is to hit the gym 6 days per week with one day of rest until I’m back down to 272lbs and headed toward 250 lbs.  Happy Friday to everyone!

Talk to you later!


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