Less than 200

Scale - 200I finally broke the 200-pound mark on Monday. I weighed 197! When I went to input my weight into the treadmill, I almost hit the “2” to start. I’m sure I looked funny, laughing while I’m starting the treadmill.

I had been stuck at just above the 200-pound mark for the past 3 weeks. I went back to my original supplement routine and started exercising a bit more. I hear people talk about a plateau, but I don’t think that was it. I think I just need to go back to what worked.

SupplementsI started my weight loss journey reading everything I could on supplements and what might work and what doesn’t work. I chose to use a fish oil supplement, coconut oil supplement, multivitamins, a green tea supplement, and chromium picolinate. (This is in addition to calorie restriction and exercise)

For the first 3 months, I was losing 2 to 3 pounds a week. I decided to try a 14-day diet program from a well-known, national company. I lost a total of 2 pounds for those 14 days. I was not impressed. So, last week I went back to my original supplements…. And I lost 4 pounds!

No supplement is a magic pill. Some that worked for me, may not work for you. I suggest you research any supplement you are interested in before you decide to try it. Don’t be afraid to stop taking it if its not working. The only one I can truly recommend for almost everyone is a good multivitamin.  Just remember to take your vitamins as recommend or it will not be as effective.

Even if the supplements are nothing more then a placebo effect, I’ll take whatever advantage I can get……


No Deposit, No Return

I was reading Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project and she was explaining her Secrets of Adulthood. One of the items was “no deposit, no return”. I started thinking about this one and how it relates to all aspects of our lives, but specifically to our weight loss journey.

No deposit, no return…… If you don’t save money, you don’t get the interest; If you don’t invest the time, you don’t have good relationships; if you don’t put in the work, you don’t get the reward. If you don’t exercise, watch your diet, and be aware of your body, we don’t get the return of feeling better, having more energy, and looking better.

Ms. Rubin read the phrase on a soda machine, bit it makes perfect sense. The “no deposit, no return” concept applies to so many areas of our lives I can see why Ms. Rubin made it a Secret of Adulthood.


Other Benefits of Exercise

We all know the benefits of exercise, but have you ever stopped to think about the other benefits?

IMG_3607This past weekend, I went to Carlsbad Caverns with my wife and daughter. We walked the trail down to the Big Room from the natural entrance. The National Parks Service has done a fantastic job in creating a trail that is easy to following, provides handrails, and is paved.

I don’t know exactly how long this trail is, but I would guess that it is about 2 miles down and around the Big Room and descends into the earth about 1000 feet. As you would expect, going down was much easier then walking back up…..

The Park Service has installed an elevator to take people from the Big Room back to the top. I, however, told my wife and daughter that I was going to hike back up because it would be great exercise. I told them that they could take the elevator if they wanted, but I was walking.

Since the wait for the elevator was at least an hour, my wife decided to join me on my quest to exit the cave. My eight year old daughter grumbled and moaned that she would rather wait for the elevator, but she was stuck with us.


Sign before you start the hike into the cavern

As we started our journey back up, the Park Ranger informed us that we had 50 minutes to make it out or they would lock the entrance. (I though, “how do you lock a cave?” Turns out, they have a gate on the path that can be locked) I told him, no problem. He responded with “Its over a mile and a 20% grade.” I again I responded with “No problem”.

And it really wasn’t a problem because I had been exercising for the past three months. If I hadn’t been exercising, I would have never made it and I never would have had the feeling of accomplishment when we made it out of the cave entrance in 42 minutes. (I was able to keep my daughter focused by telling her that if they locked us in, we would have to spend the night in the cave. Needless to say, she was very eager to get out!)

Another benefit of exercise are some of the sites you see while walking, hiking, or riding your bike.

IMG_1424I live in West Texas and we have some of the most beautiful sunrises in the country. This was the scene that greeted me the other morning as I was leaving the gym.





This is a shot of the full moon I saw the next week as I was riding my bike in the morning.

Exercise has many benefits. Some tangible, some intangible. Whatever your reason for starting your weight loss journey, remember, its not always about the number on the scale.


So Frustrated!

Fed upSo frustrated!! I typically weigh-in on Mondays. I figured it would help me “control” myself over the weekend if I knew I had to weigh on Monday morning. Usually this is good motivation, but the last few weekends have been difficult. I have been considering changing my weigh-in day to Sundays and take my “free” day on Sunday.

This morning, when I weighed in, I had only lost a pound. (I’m sure the sausage yesterday didn’t help) I have been loosing 2 to 3 pounds a week for the past 3 months. For whatever reason, only 1 pound this week. Plus, we went hiking at Carlsbad Caverns so I thought for sure I’d lose at least 3 pounds!

I know I shouldn’t complain, cause it could always be worse… I could have gained a pound! But when you’re exercising and eating right (for the most part), you just expect to get results.

However, we have to remember to keep the big picture in mind. If your goal is to lose weight, then you are one step closer to that goal. Would it be nice to be 2 or 3 steps closer… yes, but you are still closer then you were yesterday.

Ok, now I feel better. It always helps to put things in perspective……


Lose It!

Lose It!This app is hands down a major reason for my weight loss. We have all heard that losing weight is simple: use more calories then you take in. Although this is a simple formula, counting calories has always been a huge pain in the butt (in my opinion).

Lose It! Solves this problem. Lose It! Makes counting calories so easy. In short, Lose It! is the best app for losing weight!

With Lose It! You set your weight loss goals (1 to 2 pounds a week) and Lose It!, based on your current weight, gives you a daily calorie goal. When you eat something, you simply add it to your daily food log. If a food is not included, you can simply add it to the food library.

When you exercise, you simply add your activity to Lose It! and you get EXTRA calories for the day. You can either eat more or, like me, you can try to have an EXTRA 3500 calories a week (that’s an extra pound a week you could lose!).

Lose It! is free for the basic features. If you upgrade to the premium version, you can set specific goals, like how much fiber to consume each day. You can also add friends to help motivate you. You will be able to see how your friends are doing on a daily basis.

I first heard of Lose It! on a Mac Power Users podcast (http://5by5.tv/mpu/119). They reviewed many fitness tools for geeks. Great resource if you are a geek trying to lose weight, like me.

In addition, I have been using the Body Media Fit Link. It has been a valuable tool in accessing where I am at and what I can do to increase my caloric output. This is the same armband used by the Biggest Looser contestants.  The Lose It! Premium app is mandatory; the Body Media Fit Link is a very nice addition.

Bottom Line: Count calories. Keeping track of what you eat will make the single biggest difference in your weight loss.


Gotta Start Somewhere….

244 Pounds!

244 Pounds!

Well… there it is. Me… all 244 pounds! When I look at this picture now I wonder how I ever got that heavy. (I actually know how… Mexican food, pizza, ice cream, and sitting in my easy chair)

One day I realized that I was just fat and tired. April 6th, 2013, to be exact. My family and I were on a trip with some friends and we had stopped to eat at the Cheesecake Factory. (which has excellent food by the way) After we finished our meal I told my wife Monica “I just want to go home and sleep”. It was then and there when I realized I had become fat and tired.

I made a decision that day to never feel that way again.

On Monday, April 8th, 2013, I had a doctor’s appointment to get the results of my blood tests, which were done a week or so before. I was hoping the doctor would give me news that would change my life forever, like “If you don’t change your habits, you’ll be dead in a year!” I thought that was what I needed to get “motivated” to change my life.

Luckily for me, all the test were fine, blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides, etc… all fine. The only issue was that I was about 80 pounds overweight. Good news, but not the motivation I was hoping for, because I already knew I was fat!

But I figured it didn’t matter, because I was already determined to loose 89 pounds. And that is where my journey started. Just an average guy who had an epiphany that he was fat and tired and decided he was tired of being fat.

I decided to write this blog to not only share my personal story of weight loss, but to share the knowledge I have learned along the way. I know there are thousands of individuals who convey their weight loss stores online. Some we can relate to, some we can’t. I think there are people who can relate to being fat and tired and who want to change their lives and that’s who I am trying to reach with this blog.

It has been three months since I started this journey and I have already lost 41 pounds. The first few posts will be stories about the last three months. I don’t plan on giving you a list of what I ate on any given day, but I will provide you with some ideas on what you can eat (and maybe even a recipe or two). I’ll give you my opinions and insights into some of the techniques, products, and gadgets I have used and explain the benefits I have received.

Hopefully we can each learn something about ourselves during this process. I would like this to be an interactive process. Feel free to leave comments, ideas, and suggestions.

I look forward to sharing my weight loss experience with you and learning about your experiences as well!