Weigh-In: Week 20 – The Week I Got Famous.

Week of 09-16 through 09-22 in the year of our Lord 2011
This is the first weigh-in of the rest of my life. Here are the results for week 20:

Today: 270.8 lbs.
Last Week: 273.8 lbs.
Week Difference: -3 lbs.
Total Loss: 63.8 lbs.
Body Fat: 22.9 % 
Lean Mass: 44.3%  
Blood Pressure: N/A
BMI: 33.8 (-0.4)

The week I got famous? Ok, ok. Not really.  But the Daniel Island News (my local paper) did write a story about me this week.  Welcome to any readers that are here because of that article.  Make sure to subscribe if you want to keep up with my progress. I promise that you will not regret it.  You may not have any other emotions about it, but at least you won’t be regretful.

I think the article was well written, but mainly because it gave me mad props. Ok, I just put a dollar in the d-bag jar for that one. Thanks to Jennifer Johnston for writing it.  My parents are going to be so proud!

Ok, enough about me.  Let’s talk about me some more.  I feel I got back on pace this week with a 3 lb loss.  That is the kind of number that makes me feel good about drinking a beer tonight! But only one.  Also I notice that I am only 3.9 points away on the BMI scale from leaving “obesity” behind and just being “overweight.” Amazing that I would be rejoicing entering the “overweight” category but at least it is through the door that leads to the exit! Pretty soon I will be finding my way through the maze of overweightedness and entering the “normal weight” category.  I like that a lot.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I had a tough week last week, mentally.  I felt myself wanting to give up. I felt my self not wanting to workout. I felt myself wanting to indulge. But it wasn’t a strong enough desire for me to lapse.  It was, HOWEVER, the strongest desire to quit I have had so far.  I felt just like an alcoholic who has gone through treatment and then gets sober, but then feels that tug that says, “You can have one drink with the guys, you can handle it…” That is what prompted the Functional Obesity post as well. I know that functional alcoholics don’t realize they have a problem and so do functionally obese people. One thing that I forgot to mention in the FO post is that I have NOT conquered my functional obesity yet. I’m not sure I will even if I get down to 200 pounds or less. Obesity is a disease just like substance abuse.  The mental aspect is nearly identical. If you feel that you can’t conquer your obesity then seek professional help just like you would with a drug addiction.  Seek mental health!

I took a step back and I looked at my progress to help me get out of my funk.  While I am not sure that I am completely out, it was encouraging.  I have come a long way, and I have just as far to go. So I am going to need encouragement.

Here are the words I wrote from my very first post:

“If you consider me a friend, a loved one, a stranger who motivates you, or even just another fat guy trying to improve himself, then please, please for the love of all that is good, don’t let me fail.”

Thanks for reading, encouraging, inspiring, supporting and helping me.  Here are those obligatory pictures that you demand, so vehemently, of me:


The mug shot of the week.  I look happy don’t I? I am. It’s just a tough road sometimes…


Be sure to check out the updated Commitment to Louie’s Kids page to see how much is going to be donated.

Until next week’s weigh-in,

Remember that all is permissible but not all is profitable…


8 comments to Weigh-In: Week 20 – The Week I Got Famous.

  • your wife

    Did I already comment that the more weight you lose the more I realize how much our kids look like you?

  • Congratulations on overcoming the challenges of a tough week. You deserve to be your healthiest self possible and you are doing this !!!! Nice work !!!!

  • Michelle

    You are doing an awesome job! Just when I think I can’t do it anymore, I look at how far you’ve come and I get motivated to keep going. Keep up the good work!

  • kaysi

    Way to hang in there!! Doesn’t matter what the destination is, there are always going to be difficult portions of the journey… It’s always hard to keep perspective when you’re caught up in the day-to-day details. Stepping back and taking a fresh look at the bigger picture is always a good thing. =) Glad you are feeling encouraged and that you had a good results week! Keep your head up and keep on keepin’ on!!

  • Whitney
    Twitter: ForestersFight

    I’m sorry I’m late on reading this. I was too self absorbed with my own junk. I see your past week as a huge victory. Every recovering alcoholic is going to be tempted. Saying no to the drink and staying sober can be a bigger milestone than getting sober to begin with. So be proud. You made it through a tough week!!

  • Katie

    I have been binging on your blog all night. I came here for the first tri post as I have decided to take on this challenge.
    Your progress is very inspirational – seriously, I am taking notes. After two or three random posts I started at the first one and have made it this far…

    • hank hanna

      Hey Katie. Glad my adventure could give you some inspiration! Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help further your adventure! For realz. 🙂

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