Two Years Later

2010/09/27 at 12:00 am | Posted in Exercise, Health, Inspiration, lifestyle change, weight loss, weight loss blog | Comments Off on Two Years Later
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September 27, 2008: I was pleased to announce that I had met my weight loss goal well ahead of schedule.

September 27 2009, I posted that I had managed to get down to a respectable 193 lbs., or a loss of 6.9 lbs. over the last year.

September 27, 2010: I’m a little disappointed but I have reasonable explanations.

It’s been a rough year for me. While I’m currently temporarily employed and will continue to be for the next 5 weeks, up until then I was out of work and simply not exercising. I had fallen into some bad habits and while I’m now riding my bike and sometimes walking to work, it still hasn’t made up for the damage that has been done. I just got lazy.

In addition to being out of (conventional) work, I started to work as an extra for TV shows just to earn a few extra bucks. In fact the first show I worked on just aired last Friday and you can see some screengrabs on my personal blog. (You can see a complete listing of shows I’ve worked on at the bottom of this page.)

So what does working as an extra have to do with weight gain? Here’s the formula for failure:

  • Daily meals, sometimes 3 a day. Sure, there are healthy options but when someone is handing you 4 lamb chops, it’s hard to say no.
  • Lots of downtime. If you are not in the scene, you are sitting in the Holding Area until you are needed–and Craft Services (read: food area) is always a hop, skip, and a jump away.

Take all that into consideration and you get my current weight of 207 lbs. So if you subtract my 2009 weight from that, it’s a gain of 12 lbs. over the year, or one pound a month–if that were the case. The truth is that the weight gain started in June with my exercising habits going to crap that month and then the acting thing starting in August. So as you can guess I’m not very pleased with it but at least I can still say that I’ve lost 92.1 lbs. Or at least that’s what I keep telling myself. That, or that I gained muscle and not fat but as my now-snug size 36 pants will tell you, that’s not the case.

Where does it go from here? I can tell you that in 2011 I won’t be posting that I gained another 12 lbs. or any other amount, that’s for sure! Here’s what needs to be done:

  • Portion control: With me getting comfortable eating what seems like an endless supply of food on the set of a TV show, portions have sort of gotten out of hand. I need to watch myself now that I am taking a break from the acting gigs and working a regular job.
  • Eating right: Simply put, I’ve made horrible choices when shopping for food. Too much sugar and not enough protein. This needs to–and will–be fixed.
  • Exercise: Falling off the truck means getting right back on it, and that’s what I intend to do starting today.

I pretty much need to stay focused on the basics–something I seem to have lost recently. And with that, I should have everything back in place before too long. It will begin today with progress updates to follow with each passing week.

What else is new? Read on.

As you may or may not know, I had made a commitment to run in the Disneyland 5k in the year I met my goal but due to my knees not quite being in the best shape for it (and me not properly training for the event), I put it off in pursuit of other events.

Years later, I am finally going to take part in an event but it won’t be for me.

On October 17, 2010, I will be participating in the Long Beach Marathon’s Bike Tour while raising money for Southern California Special Olympics. No, I am not a serious cyclist but you don’t need to be in order to take part in this event. I made the decision to ride based on the fact that since there were no companies out there willing to help me out on the job front (with umpteen resumes sent and the realization that I was overqualified for most of the jobs), then I might as well put my efforts into helping others. So that’s what I did and I’m proud to be a part of it.

As of this post, I have raised $235 for SCSO which means that I’m just $265 short of my goal of $500. If you or anybody you know would like to help me out, here’s the link to my donation page. All of the instructions are right there on the page.

Anyway, that’s my post for this, the 2nd anniversary of reaching my goal weight. Too bad it can’t be better news but at least I’m focused on making it better–and not ever having to do it again.

Best of luck to everybody with their weight loss goals. I’m back in the same boat as you now 🙂 Let’s cut the crap, stay focused, and get this show on the road already!

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