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Friday, April 30, 2010

Day 10 of 175

I weighed myself and it seems that I am at a standstill right now. I am still watching how much I am eating and making sure that I don't eat cheese or drink soda. I haven't been exercising as much as I probably should, I guess. I have been lifting a lot of weights and getting stronger. I keep arm wrestling the same guy every two weeks to see how strong I am getting and this time I was able to hold him back pretty good... still lost through. So, I know I am definitely gaining muscle.

My pants are getting just a little loose on me, even though I don't see any weight difference on the scale. So, I know I must be cutting my waist size a bit but not losing weight because of the muscle I am gaining.

I am supposed to lose about 10 pounds next month, on my goal sheet. I think it's obtainable if I keep exercising ... though I need to do a lot more cardio before I see myself slimming down anymore. I really like the feel of being stronger then I was before. :D feels good.

Well, thanks for reading everyone!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Day 9 of 175

Last night I stayed up late and had a non-caffeinated root beer. It's ok though, I didn't eat much all day yesterday and I'm going to have a light lunch and supper tonight.

Something that a lot of people don't realize is that weight loss starts one day at a time. You can't just think yourself or research yourself skinny - you have to put forth the effort to lose weight. Don't tell yourself that you are going to start next Monday - start today. One simple change at a time can lead to a ton of weight loss!

I have not measured myself this morning, and I don't think I am going to get to today. I can tell that my size 42 jeans that I just bought are starting to get just a little looser on me already. Not by much, but I had to make a new hole in my belt to tighten everything up.

Yesterday at work I changed a car tire, and boy, it was a lot easier this go-round than what it has been in the past.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Day 8 of 175

Today's weight: 245 down from 270.

Still doing well not eating any cheese or drinking any soda. I went to the activity center this morning and worked out. I haven't done any cardio in awhile, but I have been building muscle. I can tell that I have because I feel stronger. I looked at myself in the mirror this morning and I can definitely tell that I have lost a ton of weight.

I have a Geology project due tomorrow before 5pm. yay! I hope I can stay up late enough tonight to finish it. I only do this to myself. Oh well, it will be done.

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Day 7 of 175

Today is a pretty good day. I weighed myself and I still weigh 246 pounds. It's alright though. I have moved on to the next step towards weight loss. No more cheese. I am bound to lose another 30 pounds because that cuts out pizza, alfredo sauce, grilled cheese sandwiches, cheesy chicken anything, parmesan cheese on spaghetti or any cheese on any dish at all.

I made a grocery list for things that I am always going to try to keep on hand:

apples, oranges, bananas, pears, peaches, kiwi, salad, onions, potatoes, peanut butter, tomato soup, deli-meat, wheat bread, cheerios, skim milk, various herbs, boneless chicken breast, turkey meat, tilapia, marinera sauce, wheat pasta, canned olives, cornbread mix, jambalaya, gumbo mix, canned mixed veggies, green beans, sweet corn, cream corn, peas, spinach, broccoli, chicken noodle soup, white or brown rice, ketchup, mustard, low cal bbq sauce, hot dogs, dill relish, hot dog chili sauce, smart balance butter, crackers and bottled water.

I think that's a pretty good start to a good grocery list. My parents give us deer and elk hamburger meat, so we will have stuff for meatloaf, meat balls, hamburger patties, chili and the works.

Places I'm going to avoid:

1. Captain D's
2. KFC
3. Churches
4. Popeyes
5. Johnny's
6. Domino's
7. Cici's

Foods that I am going to try to completely avoid at all costs:

1. Soda
2. Cheese
3. Mayo / Mayonnaise
4. Caffeine
5. Processed Sugar
6. Anything Fried

I'm sure that if I follow my own guidelines I'm going to drop another 50 pounds if I exercise.

Anyway, that's all for tonight. Thank you for reading!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Day 6 of 175

Hello world, me again.

I have already went to the activity center this morning for my morning work out before my first class of the day. I'm in an abandoned classroom right now and it's very peaceful - being alone. I guess instead of eliminating stress from your life, you should take a few moments every day to just be alone and relax. I bet that is the best stress reliever - it certainly is for me.

I still have not weighed myself. I will weigh myself Friday evening. My weight loss has finally plateaued, and I know I haven't been losing much more weight recently. Because of the parties and everything, I haven't been watching my diet as closely as I should, but I'm back on the saddle this morning and going in for the long run.

In order for me to get over this plateau, I am going to increase the intensity of my workouts and slightly increase the time. I believe that by increasing the intensity of my workouts, I will get over this plateau.

I'm also going to cut something else out of my diet: Cheese. I absolutely love cheese, Parmesan, mild cheddar, jack, mozzarella, provolone, marbled, nacho cheese, etc. You know how difficult this is going to be? No more cheese on burgers, no more little pieces of cheese at night before bed or in the morning. No more pizza, no more Alfredo pasta, no more cheesy fries.... The list goes on and on.

I believe that by not eating cheese, I will cut a TON of calories out of my diet and maybe even get over this plateau. Cheese might be my downfall - and one of the reasons why I might be overweight.

If I can give up sodas completely, I can give up cheese.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Day 5 of 175

I haven't measured my weight lately, however I feel pretty confident that I have lost a little weight. I am now in a size 42 jeans. I was in a size 48, so I have lost three pant sizes!

Tomorrow morning I am going to wake up and work on a research paper for a little bit and then go up to the activity center at ULM and work out before my 11am class. I know I have gained some muscle because I arm wrestled some friends ... just messin' around and beat them all! I just got to keep going and going and I'll slim down.

Even if I do see some small weight gain, I know some of it must be muscle because I can tell that when I am working, my job is easier.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Day 2 of 175

Hello everyone,

I mainly am doing the 175 days thing as not only a goal for me to reach, but also because I am tired of thinking of new and interesting blog titles.

Today's weight: 246.4

I only get to eat once today, and I ate a chick-fil-a sandwich and some fries with it. I have to work from 4 to 9:30, and I'm going to try to just come home and drink a glass of water and go to bed.

My actual goal is to lose about 4 pounds per week, however I am satisfied with 2lbs per week if I have to do it. I know working two jobs and exercising and watching my diet will definitely pay off.

I no longer have to drop down to part time status and graduate in two and a half years. I figured if I switched my major to History, I can graduate in a year! Then all I would have to do is take the Praxis 2 exam to become a teacher. Simply awesome.

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

50 pounds 175 days = new goal

That's 25 weeks or about 6 and 1/4 months to lose 50 pounds. Which is entirely reasonable at 2 pounds per week, which is healthy weight loss. That means that I should be about 200 pounds by October 14th, 2010.

That's my new goal and I'm sticking to it. If I lose it before then, so be it, but I have to give something up if I don't reach that goal.


Still There

Hello all,

Woke up this morning and got a late start today. I don't have class until 11AM. This morning is usually a workout morning, but I am not able to get up to the school until 11AM anyway. Yesterday I had the whole morning to myself and I worked out really hard, so today I'm pretty sore. I am going to give my body a day of rest. That doesn't mean though that I will give my diet a rest. I will still control portion sizes and such.

Thank you all for reading! Leave comments below!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

24 pounds lost

Just in case anyone didn't read the last post, I have lost a total of 24 pounds so far. I am down to 246lbs. I'm still doing well on my diet. I didn't get to eat breakfast this morning. I ate a really good dinner because tonight I probably won't be able to eat much if anything at all.

This morning my Political Science class was canceled, so I went to the activity center instead and walked a couple of miles on a high incline. Then I went to the weight room. I am doing much better on the assisted pull up machine. I went down another 10 pounds on the counter weight - so I know I am gaining muscle. They have an ab machine there that you can do sitted curls on, and I've gotten up to 20 reps and 3 sets of 70lb counterweights. So, I think I'm doing pretty good.

Since I have been doing pull ups and gaining that strength, my bench press weight has increased from 135 to 155. So, that's pretty good for me right now. I don't know why doing bar dips and pull ups help you bench press - but it does, and I'll take it!

Used to, I could barely do 2 full pushups starting from the floor. Now I can do 20! I know I'm getting stronger across my chest - I can tell because little things at work that used to take a lot of strength to do - I barely think about now. So, I'm happy with my progress. And, even though I am not losing a lot of weight very quickly - I am losing weight and gaining muscle.

Well, talk to ya'll later boys and girls.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

I think I did well today

I know it's going to time-stamp this blog as Monday, however it still feels like Sunday to me. I just got done with my English paper, and so far it looks decent - even though it's really late for me and I have no idea what I have written so far - at least it sounds good on paper.

I can't believe how much weight I have lost so far. All I have to do is keep it up. I came home this evening from working all day without a break and was really hungry, so I had some left over pizza. Only 3 slices - and something to drink. Pizza isn't that bad, just in moderation.

I think I am doing really well on my diet. I'm still watching what I am eating, and trying to get in as much exercise as possible. I kind of did some jogging at work today - and I hurried up and emptied all of the trash cans as quick as I could. I could feel my heart rate go up a few times, so I know I was doing really well exercising and everything. I seemingly gained two pounds a few days ago, and then I lost 5 pounds by this morning, so... I dunno what happened, but I'm happy at the results.

I now officially weigh in at 246 pounds. 46 pounds to go and I'll feel awesome again. I want to lose this weight and look good for my wife. :D

Working on a Sunday...

I got to go to work at 2PM today. I get off at about 9:30, and I'm probably not going to be able to eat anything at work. Oh well. I had a good dinner, so I think I'm good.

I lost another two pounds - I'm down to 246lbs! yay! Go me! I just got to keep up working out and watching my food intake.

Total weight loss so far: 24lbs.

Friday, April 16, 2010

todays update

Hello World,

Today was a pretty good day. I woke up next to my beautiful wife and went to school. I exercised a little this morning. I didn't work out in the same intensity that I usually work out in. I tried to eat less today then normal because I didn't work out as hard. I walked about 3 miles from ULM to the McDonalds so that my wife would eat with me and pick me up. I wanted to walk too... to burn some calories.

I went to work today at 3pm and did a lot of work. I work outside now, so not only did I get a sun burn, but I think I also burned a lot of calories. I hope everything works out and I lose some more weight - at least another 48 calories.

Thank you all for reading,

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Success... sort of...

I've kind of reached a plateau on losing weight so far. I haven't lost anything in the week that I was off of school. Stress over this week has caused me to actually gain a little back. Not all is lost though! I am really watching what I eat and making sure that I have been exercising. I'm going to increase my intensity as much as I can during my workouts.

The success though that I am talking about is that I am now earning some revenue from my YouTube account off of one of my video's. YAY! It's probably not going to make much, but that just makes me want to make a ton more popular video's to have some additional income per month. Soo... yay!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Doing alright

Today wasn't the best day. I made a C on a Geology exam, which is ok, I guess. Stressful at the end of the year - but I'm going to try not to let it get to me.

Good news is that they gave me the night off at one of my jobs, so I get to relax for a few hours before I go to sleep. Sleep is good. Get more sleep if you are trying to lose weight.

I had my first coke in a long time. It was fizzy and I burped for hours. I don't miss it, I don't think. I spent my last 1.25 on my school ID card on that coke - to make it special.

I didn't get a work out today like I usually would because I didn't have any of the proper cloths or shoes to feel comfortable in. So, I'm going to jump back on the bandwagon tomorrow and suit up and run a few miles.

As far as watching portion sizes go - I'm doing really good at stopping when I am full. That is one of the main keys for my weight loss... eat when your hungry - stop when you are full - and watch what you eat.

Good night everyone!

Monday, April 12, 2010

2 part time jobs

Hello everyone,

So, now I'm working at a restaurant washing dishes and bussing tables, and also working for a park as a general maintenance worker. I get about 40+ hours per week now, on top of going to school.

I'm still watching my diet and I am definitely getting more exercise then usual. I'm going to have to figure out how I can keep on exercising five days a week and not be so dang tired.

Anyway, long day, so I'm going to go to bed. Night everyone.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

How I have done it so far:


My diet consists of anything that I want to eat, just portion controlled. I skip desert most of the time, unless I really really want it. I do not drink soda. It took me about one month to start seeing any sort of decent weight loss. I avoid fried food as much as possible but because I live in the south, I can't completely avoid it. I try to make smarter choices when I go out to eat, I use the Eat This Not That book when I can.


I try to exercise five days a week and get a little additional exercise in on the weekends. I tend to burn off about 700 calories on the tredmill and then lift weights for about less than 30 minutes as hard as I can go.


Drink more water. I know you can read it over and over again to drink more water - however it's very true. When you get hungry, drink a glass of water and in a few minutes, if you are still hungry - eat something. Drink a glass of water before you eat something.

Don't eat after 7:00 pm if you can help it. Sometimes I will come in late at night and be hungry as all get out because I haven't eaten in hours! Just make sure you don't stuff yourself, and concentrate on what you are eating, and stop when you are full.

Don't be obsessed with the scale. The scale is there to help determine your weight, but don't be obsessive over your weight - that will put unnecessary stress on yourself and cause you not to lose weight. If anything, make it a game - every Friday at the same time, weigh yourself and try to "beat the scale." Just have fun.

If you know you are not supposed to eat something and it just looks sooo yummy and you can't go without it and it's calling your name... then share it with a friend or two. You get less, you get the taste of whatever it is you are craving, and you will have fun with your friend(s).

Get support. It's very important that you get all the support you need. Ask your family for help - to throw away all of the junk food in the house and replace it with something that is healthy. Ask your friends to help you make the right food choices. Get online support from new friends... go to your favorite fast food restaurants and give them a flyer with your name and picture that says "DO NOT SERVE THIS PERSON" on it, that will get you to stop eating fast food.

When you have money for food, and you can afford to eat fast food, put that money in a savings jar. Start a little fund. If you reach your weight loss goal on the scale, use that money to buy yourself something that you have really been wanting.

Make goals for your weight loss and reward yourself with a non-food item. For women, lip gloss, nail polish, new cloths, etc. For men, knives, new wallet, flashlight, utility tool, etc. Buy one small thing for every 5lbs of weight loss - and save up a lot of money for when you reach your final goal. For example, my final goal is to lose 70lbs total and get down to 200lbs, I'm going to buy this $200 knife I have my eye set on.

That's pretty much all the advice I have right now. I know for some of you, 20lbs isn't very much- and isn't something I should really be bragging about and offering advice about, but it's just my 0.02.

Good night!

Still no Soda

Yup, that's right. I can not say that I haven't had any, because I will have one maybe once a week - I guess I can't completely break the habit, although I am drinking Sprite instead of Coke, I'm trying to stay off of the caffeine.

I think one of the major reasons why I am losing weight is because of not drinking soda. Soda has soooo many empty calories that you do not need in your diet, and if you just cut it out, you will lose weight.

The other two things that I believe are helping me lose weight is: Eating breakfast and Exercising. I know that eating breakfast for a lot of you is a pain in the ass; it was for me. However, eating breakfast increases my metabolism and helps me burn more fat throughout the day. Exercising burns calories, but more importantly, it increases my metabolism so that I can burn more calories throughout the day as well.

My mindset is something else that I have to consider to help me lose weight. I know I can lose weight because I see the results on the scale. I know that if I eat right and exercise, that the fat will just come right off. I have made up my mind to lose weight and I am doing it, Have you?

Good News! 19lbs lost!

Alright, so I was 255lbs at my last weigh in either Friday or Saturday last week. I haven't been able to exercise that much this week because it is Spring Break. HOWEVER! I have some really good news! I now weigh 251 pounds. I have lost a grand total of 19 pounds so far!

YAY! I could jump out of my skin right now! I haven't lost this much weight in awhile - and I really haven't been trying that hard! Thanks for the encouragement, Sarah.

I honestly can't wait to get down in the 240's now. I can't even remember when I weighed less than 250.

I don't know what could have drastically changed in a week, maybe it's because I'm hungry or used a different scale - I have no idea. I'm going to weigh myself again on my regular Wii scale before I go to work and see if there is any significant difference.

Monday, April 5, 2010

7 weeks, 15lbs

Hello World!

Since February 12th, 2010, I have lost 15lbs. 15lbs in 7 weeks is not that bad for me. In a month and a half more, I should get to the 30lb mark. I'm really going to try hard to get there too. I want to, I need to get to that mark to feel really accomplished. 30lbs is a lot of weight - and is about half way there. 7 more weeks, my goal is to be 240lbs.

If I'm going to lose the next 15lbs, I'm thinking about really cracking down on what I'm eating. I think I pretty much have the exercising part down pat, but I'm going to have to concentrate on changing up my diet a little more.

1. no seconds
2. stop eating when I'm full.
3. Eat breakfast
4. no soda
5. very little fried food. (I live in the South, ok? You can't get away from it.)
6. Exercising more/ getting more active
7. Drinking a lot of water.
8. Try to skip dessert at much as possible.
9. Don't have a meal as a snack.
10. ??????????????????????????????????????

Anyone have any suggestion as to the next little thing I can change in my diet?


Hello all,

So, I have lost about 15lbs so far, and I'm getting pretty close to 16lbs lost so far. I have been walking/jogging on the tredmills at the Activity Center on the ULM campus. I have been watching what I have been eating. I did slip up yesterday and had some chocolate because it was Easter Sunday. I feel like if I don't have a taste of something I want, I'm just going to binge on something else I want later. So, INDULGE!

Still not drinking soda pop. By not drinking it, I have eliminated about 1000 liquid calories out of my diet. In addition, I have been exercising and burning anywhere from 500 to 700 calories and have been lifting weights on top of that. I can definitely tell that I have gained more muscle.

I have had a few slip ups, but we all do. Besides, I'm doing slow lifestyle changes rather then any fad diets. I'm not really even counting calories. Two to three pounds per week of fat loss is a pretty good rate for me. I calculate that I should be close to 200lbs (my goal) I should lose about 1.8lbs per week until December of this year.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter everyone!

I hope everyone has a wonderful day, and God Bless!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Just another day

I can see the results of my hard labor coming to fruition! My stomach fat is going down gradually. I am on my last hole in my belt until I have to buy a new belt or make a new hole in the leather. By the end of this, I will definitely have to buy a new pair of pants.

I need to figure out how to exercise tomorrow and Monday, so I don't get out of sync with my routine.

My dad needs help in his shop, so I'm going to go to work for him. YAY! I'll be able to make about 200 a week or so until the off season again. I'm going to keep my job working at the restaurant for now.

Heather did our taxes, and it looks like we are going to get close to 1200$ back in a refund. So, that's very good news. We can pay some things off finally and maybe have a little left over for some good stuffs.

By next Friday, I would like to weigh 253lbs. That's only 2 pounds from where I am now, so I'm sure I can accomplish it. I just have to stick to my diet routine and exercise routine.

Friday, April 2, 2010

set back

I bought a 2 liter cream soda yesterday. It's almost gone. I won't buy another one in a few months. I felt like since I haven't had one in a couple of months, that I could reward myself. I'm still doing well on my diet besides the cream soda and I have been exercising frequently. I'm going to walk tomorrow morning around the neighborhood.

Every time I go to the activity center and walk on the tredmill, I like to burn off at least 500 to 700 calories on average every day. It's working so far! 15lbs lost so far! woot woot! I just have to keep it up. I'm half way to 30lbs off!

I kind of made it in to a game... the losing weight game. I try to beat the scale, so to speak. It's kind of fun. Anyway, maybe more details on that later.

Job Searching

I had two interviews at an office supply store, I thought they went well, but they haven't called me back. Oh well. Wal-Mart just called me a couple days ago and I am still trying to get in contact with the lady that called me. I don't care if I have to work at Wal-Mart, it's a job and my wife and I will be able to move out of our friends house. Please pray for us!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Good News!

I did what I said I was going to do, and measured myself at the same time of day that I usually do. In fact, I have lost another pound. I am down to 255. I worked out this evening and I'm going to eat something really light for supper. Just got to ride it out now.

Bad news

I usually don't weigh myself during the middle of the week, or in fact, in the mornings either, however I took a chance and weighed myself. I gained .7lbs. It's not much of a difference, but it makes me feel like all of my efforts were in vain this week.

I will just have to see what is causing the weight gain and see if I can do something about it. I haven't really been fudging on my exercise plan... so it must be my diet. I know that I have stopped eating breakfast in the mornings lately. I must choke something down in the mornings, I guess. Besides, .7lbs isn't that much gain, and so I'm going to just think of it as a hurdle that I need to get around and that it's not going to affect the difference at the end of the week.