2nd Quarter Stock Report

So I “officially” started this quest in May, but I started thinking about it in April. So that means that I started the first month of the second quarter of the year. You guys, the readers of this blog, are my stockholders.  This is an accountability and progress report.

Fat guys always look better in bow ties. This is NYE 2004. I am guessing I weigh about 350 here.

The second quarter of 2011 saw a significant increase in the profitability of loss.  I am sure senior economists have been following this site meticulously in search of any fiscal indicators that might predict the future losses which translate to gains in this business.

Ok, ok. No more silly talk.  Here is the bottom line.  April is when I decided that I wanted to lose weight for real.  May is when I started putting the plan into action. It is now June and I have seen the fruits of my labor.  I have one more weigh in for June, but I wanted to go ahead and put this report out because I felt like I needed to.  Too bad if you weren’t ready for it.

When I started I weighed 334.6 pounds.  At last weigh in I weighed 304.4 for an overall loss of 30.2 pounds.

I would say that 30 pounds in 7 weeks is a pretty good.  It is NOT Biggest Loser numbers.  But it isn’t Whinest Loser Who Complains About Being Fat But Doesn’t Do Anything Really numbers either.  It is an average of a little over 4 pounds per week.

My goal over the next quarter is to average over 5 pounds per week.  Hold me to that.

I don’t really feel a lot different right now.  I know that 30 pounds is pretty significant but I am just not feeling like I have lost that much. That is except when I put my pants on.  When I started in May I wore a size 48 waist pant.  I am still wearing those pants, but I am having to cinch them on with my belt.  I am guessing that I have dropped at least to a size 46 but I am not going to buy any pants until at least winter gets here or I have no other choice.  I do have a pair of size 44 shorts in the closet (I am not really sure where they came from to be honest. I may have bought them when I was doing the Weight Management program at MUSC as “motivation” but I can’t be sure).  I tried them on the other day and I WAS able to button them, but it wasn’t pretty.  There was still too much me stuffed into too little shorts.  I could see the light though.  I think those will fit by the end of summer.

Buddha on a hike. Sometime in 2005. Probably weighing in at around 350 here as well.

One way that I do know that I have lost significant weight is because of the comments.  Everyone is telling me that I look like I have lost weight.  Since I was making such drastic physical changes, I also decided to shave my beard off this past week. It was a mistake and now my face feels naked. THAT was when people really started to talk about my losses.  I have had a full, epic beard for several years now. I have had at least three people not recognize me right off the bat. Apparently my face looks even skinnier without the facial hair! Well I am not suited for being clean shaven so I will be adding the beard back, but maybe not quite so Taliban-like this time around.

One of the most significant changes in my life revolves around the gym.  As in I love going.  I never thought that would happen, but I really look forward to going and I miss it when I don’t go (and honestly that was only the week that I was travelling).  I have met a lot of folks at the gym and no one has made fun of me.  No one has said, Why are YOU here?”  No one has laughed at me.  I love it.  I may start going even more often. I can literally feel my body telling me that I need to increase resistance and repetitions if I don’t push myself hard enough. My body is craving working out harder. Crazy? Yeah, tell me about it.

I have found that I am not really having problems with eating the right way.  Drinking the right way is another thing altogether.  I am eating a lot of sushi, turkey jerky, nuts, Greek yogurt and granola.  I eat turkey burgers instead of hamburgers and Deetz and I are trying all sorts of new recipes from www.skinnytaste.com.  I log my calories at My Fitness Pal every single day with VERY few exceptions.  I know exactly how many calories I am eating and I know about how many calories I am burning through exercise.  Everyone once in a while I will “take a meal off” and not log the calories, mainly because it is more than I should eat, but that has only happened 2 or 3 times in 7 weeks.

I am still dealing with the irritability issues but they are coming fewer and further between.  I am also dealing with a growling stomach before I go to bed and when I wake up.  I will just have to deal with that for now, because I am trying not to eat after 8pm.  I don’t know if there is any science that says you shouldn’t, but I know my head is telling me that I shouldn’t.

I think my next challenge is going to be a wardrobe one.  The challenge will be, do I but clothes now? Or wait until I lose more? Who knows how I will deal with this one!

Well that is the report for 2nd quarter 2011.  Tell all of your friends to read my blog and to subscribe.  I need the support! Oh, also. Here is a picture of me without a beard.

Until next time, I am putting down the kettle-corn, picking up the kettle-bell. Peace without grease.

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