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Tuesday, December 13, 2011


It has been 3 weeks since I last updated you on my progress.  Well I have been extremely busy at work and have not gotten much sleep.  The first week I lost 2.6lbs and then the second week I lost 2.4 lbs  So not great weeks but at least I have not gained weight yet.  These two weeks made me think to my self about my journey and how crazy it has been.  I started thinking about the things that made me get to 357 lbs.  I have had a lot of things happen in my life not as many as other but enough.  I have always dealt with everything by eating or drinking.  How unhappy was I or how much did I hate myself to punish my body with 357lbs. I started to realize that if I don't deal with some demons from the past then I will probably go right back to where I started from unless I learn how to deal with them.  I am scared because I do see the end of the tunnel and I don't know how I am going to react.  I have never been small before.  What does this great adventure have in store for me?  Well despite all of my fears this last week I lost 7.6 lbs to get me down to 252.2lbs for a grand total of weight loss of 104.8 lbs.  I have heard stories of people who have lost a 100 lbs but to actually be one of them is crazy.  I am so excited about passing that mark but at the same time can't believe that I let myself go and get up to where I was.  I still have one more week before I head home for Christmas and see my family which some of them I have not seen in over a year!  I am definitely looking forward to flying again and this time I won't have to ask for the seat belt extender!

Friday, November 25, 2011


Well it was a weird week!  I had another big week.  I lost 7.6lbs this week again. I am down to 264.8lbs.  and have lost 92.2lbs. For some reason I don't feel good about this week.  I feel I cheated a lot this week.  I went out to eat several times this week.  I stuck to what I could have but I just felt like it wasn't going to be that good of week.  Well it was so I guess I should be great full for how it worked out.  I guess it just goes to show me that I can go out and eat with friends and stay true to the diet.  I am learning that you can ask for your order to be "special." In the past I would order what was on the menu and eat it how ever it came out even if it was wrong.  Now I will ask for them to hold the potatoes and and extra broccoli. The good news is I am now smaller then I ever remember being in High School.  That is an amazing feeling.  I have moved down 14 notches on my belt and ready to add another hole. Here are some photo updates.

 In the top photo I weighed 357 and the shorts I was wearing were size 50 and as you can see didn't quite fit.   The lower photo I weighed 272.4 and the jeans I am wearing are size 42.

Once again In the top photo I weighed 357 and the shorts I was wearing were size 50 and as you can see didn't quite fit.   The lower photo I weighed 272.4 and the jeans I am wearing are size 42.
 I have just a little over a month before I head home for Christmas and see my friends and family.  I am really excited to fly this time because I will actually fit in my own seat and not have to share the person's  next to me.  I am also excited to see my grandma for her 80th birthday on Christmas day She saw me at the end of September and hasn't seen photo's since so it will be a surprise to her.

Thursday, November 17, 2011


So it was a great week.  7.6lbs this week!  bringing me down to 272.4lbs.  and 84.4 lbs lost! What is really cool is the scanner that tells you your lean mass (how much your muscle and bones all weigh)  I gained 2lbs of muscle this week and lost 7.6lbs of fat. I couldn't believe it.  That is the third highest weight loss week after my first two weeks of the diet.   I wanna thank my mother for my early Christmas present which I feel is very much responsible for the great results this week.  The camelbak!  She bought me the 2L one or 70 oz bag.  I drink 4 of those a day plus at meals I drink water as well.  The only down fall is the constantly having to go to the bathroom.  I went to a movie the other day and during the 1hr and 45 min movie I had to get up and go to the bathroom 3 times.   It has to be the water because that is the only thing that I have started doing different.  I also found an app on my droid that I can set it up and it will remind me through out the day to drink water.  That has come in pretty handy when ever I get busy and lose track of my drinking.  I am only 7.4 lbs away from being the same weight when I was my lightest in High School.  and only 15.6 lbs from breaking past the 100 lb mark.  I have new pictures I will hopefully post in the next couple of days.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


So close to being out of the 280's but I didn't make it.  I was exactly 280 today.  I lost 4.6lbs this week for a total of 77lbs so far.  I can't tell if it is getting easier or harder.  It is just a lot of work to make the right choices. I am trying to keep myself busy because that makes it much easier.  If I am busy I am not by myself thinking about how hungry I am.  My wonderful mother purchased me a Camelbak for an early Christmas present.  Which has been great!  It looks kind of goofy walking around with a water bag on my back all the time but it makes drinking water a lot easier. It will be 3 months on the 10th.  That is crazy!!  I realized I am not going to make my goal by Thanksgiving so I have decided that I am going to change my goal.  I want to be out of the 270's by Thanksgiving.  I have decided that I am not going to be able make it through the winter with the coats that I have.  They are all to big.  So I am going to have to go buy a coat to get me through this "middle section" of my diet.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


So it has been two weeks since my last post.  I was having some trouble last week.  I lost a lot of motivation I felt like I was following the diet very closely but I also was very busy at work.  But oh well that is behind me.  Last week I only lost 1.8 lbs dropping me down to 289.6 lbs.  This week was much better.  I was very strict on myself and felt that I had to get back on track with motivation.  I lost 5lbs this week putting me at 284.6 lbs.  It was a great week.  I switched up my protein packets and that helped  so much.  It was nice because I felt I fell in a rut and I couldn't get out of it.  So by switching it up I felt like I was more motivated to make sure I was eating everything I was supposed to.  Thank you to everyone that was very supportive this last two weeks and helped me get through the rough times.  As of today I am down 72.4 lbs. in 84 days.

Friday, October 21, 2011


Man it was a very rough week.  I was extremely busy this week and skipped some meals and didn't eat hardly anything..... which you would think would be a good thing.  But it is not.  I only lost 2.2lbs this week.  I am very disappointed in myself but I still lost so that is a positive.  It is great to have Dr. Morris to go check in with every week because it is somebody that actually cares about helping you and when you don't do well he is disappointed with you.    It is very nice have that support.  Work is really busy so I am having to make a conscious decision to eat what I am supposed to.  I put on a pair of me jeans yesterday that I was wearing when I started this diet and even with my belt cinched up they were falling off of me. I am hoping this next week is going to be a great one.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


4.8lbs and 4" this week.  Not a bad week but not as great as I was hoping.  But how can you be upset with 5 lbs.  I am now at 293.6lbs with a total of 63.4lbs lost.  I have really started to notice that I am not as short of breath doing small things like walking up stairs or carrying in a pile of lumber.  I used to be very winded and would have to take a lot more breaks.  I am noticing an attitude change in myself as well.  I am happier and having a lot more fun with life.  I am just excited to do things now where as in the past I would dread having to work.  I was talking to the Dr. today, we were talking about when was the last time I was under 290.  I realized that it was probably my sophomore year of high school during football season.  I remember being around 270.  It has been a while.    I am realizing that it is very close.  I have noticed the change in how I look at food.  I used to eat fast food at least once a day because it was fast and easy.  Now when I look at fast food I just think of how bad it is for you, which I never thought about before just shoveled it in because I thought my body could "take it,"   I now realize the fast track I was on to my grave.  It is a great feeling to be doing something about my obesity versus just saying I need to lose weight. I would like to thank everyone for being very supportive.  Also I would like to let everyone know that my mom started the same diet back home two weeks ago.  She is doing great so far she has lost 15lbs So I am very proud of her.  It is a great feeling to have so much love and support from friends and family. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2011


Holy Cow what a day!  GREAT NEWS!!!!  I am under 300lbs.  I lost 5.8lbs this week and brings me down to 298.4lbs.  I am saying good bye to the 300 and never looking back.  My Granny was here this last week and she couldn't believe how much I have lost.  I am truly blessed to have the family and friends that I have.  They are the most supportive people in the world.  I want to thank everyone for following my life change.  I went in today and Dr. Morris even commented on helpful my blog has been.  He has been using it to help others along with their own journeys.   I am proud to say that as of today I have lost 58.6 lbs and 40.5 inches  I have lost 6 pants sizes and I am now on notch 11 of my belt.  I have decided to try and keep the same belt through out this whole process, so when ever I am struggling  and i can just let my belt out to the first notch where I started and remind myself how far I have come.  I had set a goal for myself to be under 300 by my birthday on the 14th. Which I achieved a week early so I decided to set another goal for myself.  I would like to have lost 100 lbs by Thanksgiving. This is a much larger goal but yet achievable.  I had a realization yesterday.  The longest I have ever stuck with a "diet" is about three weeks.  This has been eight weeks and I am still going strong.  I can actually look at myself in the mirror and I can tell myself that I am going to do this with out having any doubts within myself.  Yesterday was the first time I realized that I am actually going to do this. It was a very proud moment for me.  Ounce again I want to thank you all and pictures will be coming tomorrow!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


Well this was a tough week I thought.  My parents came into town and the were surprised with how I was looking.  They knew I was on the diet so that took away some of the wow factor but it was still great to hear them say that I was doing a good job.  I took them out to eat a couple of times while they were here this weekend and that was a little different because normally I will only  go out once a week for a salad with some friends just so I don't lose all of the social aspects of my life.  I took them to the Overland Express and ordered a salad with balsamic vinegar.  When it came out they had already drowned the salad with dressing and cheese.  So I grabbed my napkin and started wiping off my lettuce when the waitress came over and asked if she saw me wiping my lettuce off with a napkin.  I told her yes and she went back and got me a new salad with the dressing on the side.  I thought that was really nice of her. Now for some results. I went and weighed in this week for 6.6lbs of lost weight and 3 inches gone.  So that puts me at a total of 52.8lbs and down to 304.2lbs total.  I am very excited because I broke the 50lb mark and am on the way down that big hill of 100lbs.  Also that means that next week I will potentially be under 300lbs.  I haven't been there in about 5 yrs when I was there for about 2 weeks and went quickly back up.  NEXT WEEK IS GOING TO BE HUGE FOR ME!!!!  

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


I thought it would be fun to show a now and before photo for this week.  
In the top photo I weighed 310.8lbs and in the bottom photo I weighed 357lbs

it is the same in these two photos as well 310.8 above and 357 below

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


So Today I lost another 7lbs and 6 inches.  I will be posting pictures tomorrow.  So as of today I broke the 40 mark and got to 46.2 lbs.  It is a great feeling bouncing back from last week's small number.   I am also pretty excited about inches.  Today when I got measured I looked at my first numbers and I have lost 6" inches from my chest and 9" from my waste.  I have also dropped at least 4 pants sizes.  I started this life change off on the very last notch of my belt.  Well now I have jumped into notch 8! Which I had to add in the belt myself because I ran out of the holes the belt came with.

Friday, September 16, 2011


So this week was a little bit of a disappointment.  I only lost 4 lbs.  But I think we figured out what happened.  I was back stage during rehearsal and my character has some candy that I use.  Well I forgot I was on this life change and I had a few pieces.  When  I went and looked at the package there are 11g of sugar in a serving size.  I am not sure how many were in the serving size but I do know I ate probably two servings with out thinking about it which knocked my body's process out of order so I basically had to start over.   So I didn't have a full week of fat burning.   I was very disjointed in myself because I wanted to get to the 40 lb. mark but I didn't make it.  Oh well I guess it is a good thing because I lost weight and know what I did so I won't make that mistake again.  I now have lost a total of 39.2 lbs so next week will be the big 40 hopefully.   My parents are making a trip up to see me after this week.  They haven't seen me since June.  I am pretty sure I had put on weight since they saw me last  but I am hoping that it will be a big surprise to them.


So the exact same amount of weight loss this week as lost week for a total of 5.6 lbs.  Bringing the total up to 35.2


So things slowed down a little bit I only lost 5.6 lbs this week but It is still with in the average.  So I guess that is good.


Wow so another tough week it was but I got through it and lost another 7.8 lbs  Bringing the total up to 24lbs.  So things are going really good.


Wow so it was a great first week.  They said that the first week is always the biggest.  Well it was I lost 16.2 lbs and 10.5 inches.  Now when I say inches that is a combined measurement.  The measure my chest, waist, hips, biceps, and thighs.  It was a pretty tough week because the amount I was allowed to eat was very much smaller then what I am used to  But I made it through.  I decided I am only going to do pictures every two weeks.

Friday, September 9, 2011


 So I decided that I am tired of walking into someplace and being referred to as "BIG GUY"  So on 8/10/11 I started a Diet called Ideal Protein,  I guess diet is not the right word to use because of all the negative connotations that go with it.  So I guess you could say I started a life style change.  When I first went in I was really excited because I was ready for a change.  
I tipped the scale at 357lbs.  I don't know if that is the heaviest I have ever been but I am pretty sure that it is close.  I have dieted before and have had some success but nothing seemed to help me keep the weight off.  I was unaware of what my body needs how many calories I should be taking in.   So this life style change is completely different for me because it is very strict on what I can and can not eat.  So I am hoping that it goes well.