Personal, Progress

Every Journey Begins with a Step

…and for me that’s my first step on the scale in a long time.

I’m not really sure how I got out of my healthy habits, but I did, and I definitely paid for it.  I started cooking less and eating out more.  I haven’t been consistently working out.  I don’t have a plan.  As a person who likes a plan, this surprises me.  I can make a lot of excuses, but the bottom line is I stopped investing in myself.

Lately, I have been watching a lot of Extreme Weight Loss.  For those who have not seen the show, go to ABC.Com or look on Hulu plus.  It’s pretty awesome.  I like there is no competition.  It really is about the individual.  And, I really enjoy Chris and Heidi… not as much as I like Jillian, but it’s a pretty close second.  At the beginning of every show, Chris and/or Heidi “ambush” the new contestant and choose them for the transformation of a lifetime.  The transformation always starts with the contestant stepping on the scale and bearing their weight to the world.

So, here it is.  All of my measurements and the vulnerability that goes along with bearing my weaknesses to the world.  This is also the new beginning to my journey.  I have really missed blogging, and I’m going to start blogging about my life.  After all, this is MY journey, and my everyday life and habits play a huge part in my journey.   This is also my commitment to change.  Here I am:

Weight: 270.9 lbs

Bust: 47 inches

Waist: 47.5 inches

Hips: 55 inches

Thigh: 31 inches

Arm: 17.5 inches

There it is.  It’s not something I’m proud of, but it’s there.  The next thing they do on Extreme Weight Loss is make goals.  The year is divided into 4 phases, each phase lasting three months.  In three months, I will be going to Las Vegas with my wife and my mom for her 60th birthday.  During the first phase, the weight loss goal is about 25% of their original body weight.  The first phase is also spent in a medically supervised facility.  Since I am in the comfort of my own home, I’m going to aim for 15% of my original body weight.  This means, by Las Vegas, I want to weigh 230 labs or less.

Here’s to the last day of hating my size, and the beginning of a transformation.


STATurday (on Sunday again)

Good Morning!!

Well, I really need to get better at posting.  I did my measurements yesterday and just forgot to post them.  Not so muchforgot as didn’t.  I’m not super happy with my results, but I’m not shocked because I haven’tbeen eating well.  

Weight:254.1 lbs

Bust: 43 inches

Waist: 43 inches

Hips: 50 inches

Thigh: 26.5 inches

Arm: 14.5 inches

I also started P90X3 this week.  I have a friend who was starting it, and I have always been interested in P90X; however, I never had the time (or the finances) to do it.  I have to say, I really like it.  I am a big fan of Tony Horton; he definitely makes the workout fun.

My goal this week is to clean up my eating.  I have made a meal plan for the week, and have cooked most of it already.  Hopefully it pays off on the scale.  I think I have set myself up for success, now it is just sticking with it.


STATurday: Beta Results

Wow! I can’t believe I have not been blogging for a while.  Life has been crazy nuts.  In the midst of this crazy business, that I will discuss later, my workout buddy and I finished beta round!!  Beta (which I know I should have blogged about more) was awesome!  Beta was less painful but more intense than Alpha.  Here are all of my before, alpha, and beta pictures.

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Before                                                             Alpha                                                        Beta

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Before                                                             Alpha                                                        Beta

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Before                                                             Alpha                                                        Beta

Here are my final measurements.  I included my starting measurements, measurements after beta, and the difference.

 Before                                                             Beta                                                       Difference   

Weight: 252 pounds                                     Weight: 245 pounds                                          Weight: -7 pounds

Bust: 46.5 inches                                           Bust: 43 inches                                                     Bust: -3.5 inches

Waist: 47.25 inches                                       Waist: 40 inches                                                  Waist: -7.25 inches

Arm: 17.5 inches                                            Arm: 14 inches                                                     Arm: -3.5 inches

Thigh: 27.25 inches                                       Thigh: 27.25 inches                                            Thigh: no difference

Overall, I am happy with my results.  I think I could have gotten better results if I had been more strict with my diet.  This month, my workout buddy and I started Gamma.  Oh my goodness!!  It is AMAZING and terrifying all at the same time.  I am hoping to blog more as I really miss it, and I think it holds me more accountable.  I sent in my pictures to get my beachbody shirt for completing T25.  Now, we are doing gamma then we are going to do the hybrid of all of the workouts.  More on gamma in a later post!!

Are you happy with the result you have had?


STATurday (on Sunday)

I dont’ know why I can never manage to actually take my stats on Saturday, but here they are anyway….

I have to say, I am SO PLEASED with the results i am getting from beta.  I literally had to take out a calculator and make sure I was doing my math correctly.  Also, my workout buddy had similar results, so I am convinced it is from beta and not a measuring error on my part!!

Week 5  (end of Alpha)                                                       

Weight: 245 pounds

Bust: 45 inches

Waist:  44 inches

Arm: 14.5 inches

Thigh: 29 inches

Week 6 (Week 1 Beta)

Weight: I don’t know, I forgot to take it this am 😦

Bust: 44.5 inches

Waist: 42.5 inches

Arms: 13 inches

Thigh: 27.5 inches

Total Loss (for the week)

Weight: who knows….

Bust: -.5 inches

Waist: -1.5 inches (for real….really?!  This is awesome!!)

Arms: -1.5 inches

Thigh: -1.5 inches

Add this up…this makes a total loss of 5 inches in ONE WEEK!!!  This is ONE WEEK of beta….HOLY MOLEY!!!

Can I just say, that I am LOVING Focus T25.  What is your exciting news for the day?


Focus T25 Alpha Review




OH MY GOODNESS!!!!  We completed the alpha round!!  This is such a good feeling, and I am so proud of me and my workout buddy for finishing alpha.  We did not skip one workout (believe me, we wanted to some days).  I distinctly remember an evening when my workout buddy had to work exceptionally late, not to mention this was double dip Friday.  She texted me several times telling me to work out without her and she would just come pick up the DVDs and do them that night.  I continued to tell her that we are a team and I am not doing it without her.  She came over at 10:30pm at night, and we kicked out TWO 25 minute workouts!!

Onto the alpha review…it was AWESOME!!!  During week three is when I really hit my stride.  After that, I felt like the workouts were still challenging, but I was able to keep up.  It was pretty fantastic how the workouts progressed the way they did.  I still think the workouts are quad focused; however, I never noticed my quads hurting or super fatigued.  They were the first things that started to burn within the first 30 seconds of the workout though.  this is also the only place where I gained inches, so I am thinking it is muscle since I lost everywhere else.  All in all, these are solid workouts that burn calories, make you sweat, but does not feel unattainable (a la Insanity).  Now, I will let the results speak for themselves…


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Week 1                                                        Week 5

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Week 1                                                        Week 5

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Week 1                                                        Week 5

Week 1                                                            Week 5                                                         Total Loss

Weight: 252 pounds                                   Weight: 245 pounds                                Weight: -7 pounds

Bust: 46.5 inches                                          Bust: 45 inches                                          Bust: -1.5 inches

Waist: 47.25 inches                                     Waist:  44 inches                                       Waist: -3.25 inches

Arm: 17.5 inches                                          Arm: 14.5 inches                                        Arm: -3 inches

Thigh: 27.25 inches                                     Thigh: 29 inches                                         Thigh: +2.75 inches

I am SO EXCITED about these results.  They would have been better if I had been stricter on my diet.  I had a few weeks where I more than strayed along the path.  So, I decided to set a short term goal.  By the end of beta, I want to be 230 pounds.  I think that if I stick to my target calories and continue with all of the exercises, hitting my goal should be no sweat (or lots and lots of sweat depending on how you look at it).

The short version is: I am super proud for making it all the way through the alpha round.  Alpha was AWESOME, and now I’m going to kick some beta booty.




Goals, Progress

STATurday and Sunday

Another week has come and gone.  Hard to imagine I have made it though WEEK 3 of Focus T25.  I will (obviously) be talking about my thoughts of week three on Wednesday, but I do have some exciting news to share, so I thought I would post my updated stats!  To know how far we have come, we have to remember where we have been…so here are last weeks stats

Last Week:

Weight: 252 pounds

Bust: 46.5 inches

Waist: 47.25 inches

Arm: 17.5 inches

Thigh: 27.25 inches

This Week:

Weight: 247 pounds

Bust: 45.75 inches

Waist: 46.5 inches

Arm: 16.5 inches

Thigh: 28.5 inches

Total Loss:

Weight: -5 pounds (HELL YEAH!!!)

Bust: -.75 inches

Waist: -.75 inches

Arm: -1 inch (goodbye wings!!)

Thigh: +.75 inches (I was told this has to be muscle….we will see)

I am SO PLEASED with the results from last week to this week.  I think it is definitely a testament to Shaun T and Beachbody.  My workout buddy also lost 5 inches total from the past three weeks, so this is definitely worth all of the hard work.  I am so blessed to have such a great friend to do this with as well.  She’s amazing and I definitely would not be doing as well if I did not have someone to come and push me to do workouts even when I don’t want to.  I am looking forward to see what I will continue to lose in the coming weeks on the program.

Today was such a great day.  As ya’ll may or may not know, I recently purchased a house in June (which was the contributor to some weight gain).  The house was beautiful when we purchased it, but we are slowly adding some things that we want to do.  I’ve noticed that since we bought the house, gotten the puppy, and I’ve started working out and taking care of me more, I have been so much more productive, which translates into also being more active.  I am glad my new life incorporates more activity.  Today we went to Home Depot and purchased a storm door for our front door so we can keep the windows open and have the option to let in some fresh air.  We have some amazing friends (one of which happens to be my supervisor) who are teaching us how to be handy around the house.  After we did that, I mowed the lawn.  Oddly, I find this relaxing.  I turn on my iPod, put my earbuds in, and go to town.  We have also neglected our flower bed out front, so I was able to work in that a little bit today.  My better half purchased some weed killer, and I trimmed two bushes that are in the front.  I wish I had taken before pictures, because the bushes were really bad.  They look better now.  It was my first time trimming bushes, so I will have to see what other people think in order to find out if I did a good job or not.

Onto my goals for the week…

I was reading someone else’s blog (sadly I do not remember the name of the blog), but they called their goals “target practice” as we always aim for the mark, but sometimes we miss (and that’s okay).  I really enjoy this mentality, especially because I am bad at making goals.  So, here is my “target practice” for the upcoming week.

  1. Wear my body media armband while working out.  Sound familiar?  That’s because I haven’t done it yet, but recognize I really need to.  When I am done writing this blog, I am going to get my device out of my nightstand and charge it.  Luckily, my computer is in the same room in which I work out, so I will see it tomorrow when I go to put my DVD in.  This way I cannot miss it.
  2. Log my foods.  Same story as above…something I recognize I need to do, but have not done it yet.  I am not sure why either.  I eat relatively healthy, so it is not that I am trying to avoid things.  I think it is a time thing, especially because I make my own food.  It is a pain to add everything up and such.  However, I know this will tell a lot about my weight loss success, and I need to do it.  It’s just something I have to do.
  3. Ride my bike at least 2 times this week.  Long story short, my better half had foot surgery a while ago, and it still hurts.  While we are not up to doing T35, my better half thought about riding a bike as a form of exercise.  So…we bought bikes.  They are really nice ones too!!  My better half has been out riding once (in the last week and a half) and I have been none.  This is something I really want to do though, and I need to make time to do it.  We have plans to go for a ride tomorrow, so fingers crossed!!

Here is to another amazing week!!  Be sure to let me know what an amazing week you have had!  I’m sure we have all had successes in one form or another, and ALL successes should be celebrated!!


STATurday and Sunday

Like I said, I am a little behind on my blog posts, so I am rolling two into one.  First, my stats…These are a little weird because the pictures are before I started Focus T25, but the measurements are from after week one.  My wonderful better half threw away the scrap piece of paper I wrote my original measurements on, and sadly I do not remember them, but I am sure they were not that far off from these.

I have to say, I have NEVER posted pictures of myself before, and I am a little nervous to do so.  I have pictures from when I very first began my weight loss journey and blogging, but I never got the balls to actually post them.  I guess here is a new chapter.  To be honest, just looking at them makes me a little nauseated, but it is good to know where you are so you know where you are going.  Needless to say, I hope the next time I post pictures there is notable progress.

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Weight: 252 pounds

Bust: 46.5 inches

Waist: 47.25 inches

Arm: 17.5 inches

Thigh: 27.25 inches

For this next week, I only want to set a goal of tracking my food and wearing my bodymedia when I workout so I know how many calories I am burning.  I did not do well at all doing either one of these last week.  The only thing I can think of is that I am just busy, which is really no excuse as I used to do this before.  I also think that I secretly like the my fitness pal app better than the jillian michaels one, which makes me really sad.  I love the integration, but it is a pain to put the calories into both applications.  We will see what I end up doing, as long as I am doing something….

Here is to week 3 of T25 and a week of good eating!!