Sunday, November 7, 2010

How a Fatty lost 20 pounds in a month

July 2007 (Xlarge shirt est 270lbs)
It's been a week since my last post, I can't believe it! So after todays weigh-in I am officially 337. 20 pounds in a month! I don't feel like it's been a hard month and I don't feel like I've denied myself that much, in fact it's quite the opposite, I feel great, better than I've felt in years. I was shooting for 10 pounds this week when it started but I am not disappointed in the least. This week got a bit crazy, I left last minute on Wednesday and drove a van to McAllen, Texas for a band. 1,350 miles driven solo in 28 hours. After getting to McAllen on Thursday night I crashed out in the hotel and found myself awake at 4:30am, so I went running. My right knee has been really acting up a lot lately and I've been spending more time on the elliptical than the streets so that was a tough run but it felt great to be out there. I am totally in love with my Nike Free TR's, they are a great light shoe that make me float like a butterfly (and STING LIKE A BEE!). Definitely happy with their purchase. After that I rode with the band to Dallas and then got a hotel near the airport and left early on Saturday to fly to Denver for a connection back to Phoenix.
Airports are terrible for fatties. There was nothing semi-healthy in the whole place. I made the mistake of ordering a "breakfast plate" at one of the local places that had a spot in the terminal. They handed me a plate with 3 pieces of bacon, a sausage patty, a biscuit with gravy, scrambled eggs, and grits. I did some quick addition with the help of the MyFitnessPal app and it was easily in the 1500 calorie range for food that wasn't very good. I probably would have been better off with starbucks and a bagel. After landing in Phoenix, a friend picked me up and we went to Chompies, a NY style deli restaurant that I had seen on Travel Channel's Man v Food. I ordered the Jewish Sliders and they were incredible. I didn't realize until half an hour or so later that I hadn't considered the caloric intake on those bad boys, that thought was quickly followed by "I don't care. They were delicious and I will order them again!"

July 2007 (X-Large shirt)
I keep thinking back to the summer of 2007 when I was lifeguarding in Guam. When I had arrived there I was a svelte 290, I think. Everyone I worked with was stereotypical bronze god(dess) and for the first time in my life, I felt self conscious about my size. Over the course of my 2 months there I lost 30 pounds. It probably had more to do with pneumonia, PTSD(long story) and all the tuna sandwiches(the best thing in the employee buffet line) but when I see pictures of myself at that weight, I can't help but get excited to be there again. This time I am going to do it the right way, through a lifestyle change and not disease, so I can maintain it. I didn't realize then how nice it was to be 260 and it would've been a lot easier if I had started from that weight but now I at least have some not so old pictures to keep me focused on my goals.
September 2010 (XXXL Shirt)

How was your week?


  1. Man vs. Food makes me rethink my vegetarian lifestyle everytime he eats anything....Yum!!

    Oh gosh, don't get me started on Airport food...bad guacamole in the Minneapolis Airport Quiznos = the worst 2hr flight of my life...I may have PTSD from that guac, since I haven't eaten at a Quiznos since!!!

  2. Congrats, dude. You are rocking it.

    How long do you run and how often?

    Big Clyde

  3. Jen - That sounds terrible! Bad guac could really throw you, I would imagine.

    Clyde - I've been taking it easy on the running since I strained my foot during my second week of running but I try to do at least an hour of exercise 5 days a week. It's mostly elliptical and strength training right now. I have been running a bit more though since I bought the Nike's. They feel great!

  4. What happened to being vegeterian?

  5. I'm still tossing it around! Right now I am just cutting back on meat and increasing raw fruits and veggies. Maybe at some point I will cut the meat entirely!