Well I’m not trying to lose a real quarter horse but more of almost a quarter of a horse. A quarter horse roughly weighs about 1000 pounds. I’m on a journey to lose 208 to 258 pounds depending how I look and/or feel when I lose 208 pounds. I wish today was my official weigh in day. I’m going to jinx myself but I’m down almost 61 lbs. I’m going to go ahead and say a little bit about myself and why I started this.
When I started this new lifestyle almost 20 weeks ago, I weighed 458 pounds (let me pause for a moment for you all to gasp and become “unshocked”.) It was definitely the biggest that I have ever been. My knees hurt and I just didn’t feel good overall. When Renee and I left for Nerdtacular 2012 we said when we return home we would start our new lifestyle. We had no idea exactly what we were going to do.
We had purchased HBO when Game of Thrones had started its second season. One of the benefits of doing this is that you can DVR a lot of stuff before you got rid of it at the end of the season. One of the things we DVR’d was a documentary named “The Weight of the Nation”. It talked about obesity and the problem here in America health and weight wise. The documentary was broken up over four days because it was four hours long and each hour having its one part. It was very informative and not only did it tell us about the problem but it also gave solutions.
One of the misconceptions that I had was that if I go to the gym and work out, I could still eat like I wanted and still lose weight. I had thought that working out was the key to losing weight. Alas, I was wrong it was actually managing what I eat.
Thus began our adventure to LoseIt.com land, where we would begin to journal all our food that we would eat, log our calories, and really work in a budget. It has truly been an exciting journey for Renee and me. As of this writing, Renee herself is down almost 55 pounds after 20 weeks.
Now let’s get to the amazing part and talk about community. During our weight loss and sharing that experience with people. We are part of such a great Frogpants community that revolves around many podcasts, nerdisms, and major geekery. We have had a number of folks join us on Loseit (as of this writing we have 270 members in the group and 194 folks in the challenge) and as expected they are so supportive of each other. That makes me want to work even harder.
My plan is to periodically update here on my blog my status and insight that I have gotten. I consider this my day I finally accept the fact that I had gotten so heavy and reveal my weight. It may not seem like a big deal to many but to me it means a whole lot. I’m thankful for the people around me. I’m thankful for those that support Renee and I. I’m thankful for those that are in our lives and together we’ll all make each other a better person both physically and mentally.
Had an amazing evening with Renee, her sisters(Danielle and Kim) and Demetrius (Danielle’s boyfriend) finishing up So You Think You Can Dance. We hung out and laughed and boo’d when Ade was voted off. All I have to say is Lil-C talks way too much. He verbally vomits when he gives his comments and it aggravates me to no end.
Before hanging with them we went to go see Devona’s, Renee’s cousin, closing program that they have at the end of the summer. It was cute to see all the work the kids did from camp. Before the program Renee and I had dinner at “The Pub” it was amazing I had the Portabello and Pepper Jack Burger this was the first time I had an actual Pepper Jack Burger that was spicy! It was extremely delicious and they cooked just right with a little red in the middle and hot! It was a great way to start the weekend after being on call this week.
I got up this morning and pulled this from the jar:
“250. You don’t want me to spend money on you (but I still want to.)”
This a huge thing for me, it’s not that I’m old fashioned or anything, but I really had hang ups coming up with people spending money on me. What would normally happen is that it would be held over me. It would come off as if it’s a gift at first but then used as leverage. Also I never want to feel like I’m putting some one out. What I mean by that is that I don’t like being an inconvenience and I see that as one way of being inconvenient to someone one. I’m so lucky to have such a caring, loving and funny fiancee I so can’t wait till we walk down that isle.
Thing I love about Renee is that she is such an awesome big sister. Last night when we were hanging out with Kim, Danielle, and Demetrius. Demetrius was picking on us because we all liked “So You Think You Can Dance” Renee told Demetrius “Don’t make me pick on you about something you like that’s funny!” then Renee said something to the effect of “We don’t laugh at you for liking Danielle!” Oh my god, Kim, myself and Renee fell out laughing! Such a big sister thing to say I love her so much and a day without here is never the same. You all have a good Saturday and we are going to Five Guys today and we get to see what all the Hype is all about. I hope its as good as everyone says it is.
“170. You serenade me with so much love” If I don’t say so myself I do enjoying singing to her. My silky, sultry is reminiscent of Barry White himself and when Renee serenades me its like Alicia Keys is standing before me. If you disagree…well you just suck
On a side note we had an awesome time at Adrienne and Cole’s couple shower. They are so awesome and cool. Best part…they didn’t have it outside! What…it was hot! LOL! It was good catching up with everyone from the engagement shower and meeting some new folks. Tony Martinez (a.k.a Latino Heat) was great. I can’t wait to hang out with him more at the wedding. It was a good time all together can’t wait to hang out some more.