One Year Later

2009/09/27 at 6:59 pm | Posted in Discipline, Exercise, Milestone, weight loss, weight loss blog, weight watchers | 2 Comments
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Can you believe it’s been one year since I met my weight loss goal? Then I suppose I should give an update on this anniversary date, no?

Okay, here we go. As of today I’m at 193 lbs., which isn’t still the 190 lbs. I had planned to be at by now. That doesn’t necessarily make me a failure as much as the inability to run the Disneyland 5k does but hey, I’ve kept the weight off and managed to lose a few more pounds in the process. To me, that defines success.

As far as an updated picture goes, yes, I have one of those, too:

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As was the case last year, we spent the day celebrating at Disneyland since we have Annual Passes. The only notable differences in my appearance besides weighing slightly less? I now have a goatee and yesterday, got my ears pierced. Yes, I did. Must be a Midlife Crisis thing 🙂

So there’s your anniversary update and as I’ve said many times over, if I can do this, I know that anybody can. All it takes is a commitment and the willingness to follow through with it.

Thanks, and I’ll post when anything changes—hopefully for the good!

Updates and Stuff

2009/08/12 at 8:34 pm | Posted in Blog Stuffs, Discipline, Exercise, Food, lifestyle change, weight loss, weight loss blog, weight watchers | Comments Off on Updates and Stuff
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Hey hi, how are ya? Yes, I know it’s been a long time since my last post so I thought I’d take a moment to go over a few things of significant interest.

Naturally, first comes some bad news, namely me gaining back almost 18 pounds since reaching my goal nearly a year ago.

Okay, no. That’s a joke, guys, and I just wanted to see if you were paying attention. To prove it, here are a few shots of me playing softball at my company’s picnic a few weeks ago:

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So as you can see, the weight gain did not happen and will not happen. (I seem to have grown a goatee in the process, however.) But alas, I really do have some bad news.

Remember all that talk of running the Disneyland 5k in September? Well, unfortunately, that’s not going to happen—at least this year. There are a few reasons for this:

Running on a treadmill is not the same as running in the real world. Duh, I know. A 5k is a breeze on something that is designed to give a little but terra firma is much less forgiving. Believe me, I tried to get used to running on solid ground but despite losing over 100 lbs., my knees simply could not take it. It’s unfortunate but I think it’s the right choice for me at this point.

I lost my job. On March 31st, I was laid off from my job and as a result, had to find something and pronto in order to keep food on the table once my severance checks ran out. I did find a job but it pays exactly half of what I used to make, so expenses had to be cut somewhere. Believe me, people, having no money is not a lot of fun, and that meant all of the 5k walks and runs I had planned to walk/run had to be put on the back burner indefinitely.

Now on to the good news. My  new job, as horrible as it may be in terms of pay, does afford me one privilege: I can ride my bike there. It’s about 3.5 miles from home so I’m logging a good 7-8 miles a day which makes me very, very happy. Because of this, I haven’t been on the treadmill since getting the job as my commute is now my daily exercise. It definitely works out.

More good news. As of this post, I’m steady at 195 lbs. which means that after almost a year, I’ve managed to keep it off and even lose a few extra. No, it’s not the 190 I had hoped to be at by now but hey, keeping it off is harder than losing it in the first place. A change in lifestyle definitely worked for me and I’m happy that I chose to do it. Sure, there have been parties and other events in which my eating habits slipped but you know what? I got back on the horse just as I had always done. A day of heavy eating will not kill you, trust me. In fact, I encourage it now and then so you can get it out of your system and get right back into concentrating on being healthy.

Okay, so that’s about all I have for now. Once again, thanks to all for stopping by, commenting, e-mailing, etc. I hope this little blog continues to inspire people to never lose sight of their weight loss goal, no matter how impossible it may seem.


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Not the Same Person

2009/05/31 at 7:24 am | Posted in Discipline, Exercise, Inspiration, Life, lifestyle change, Progress Photos, weight loss, weight loss blog, weight watchers | Comments Off on Not the Same Person
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Ann bought me a film scanner the other day as a combination anniversary/Father’s Day present. And ever since I opened it, I’ve been looking through boxes of old negatives for stuff to scan and e-mail/post on Facebook/etc.

In the process I came across an old negative of me and my brother at Disneyland, circa 2000 or so. And I have to admit that this is probably the most flabbergasted I’ve been about an old picture of me since my weight loss. At any rate, here it is and note that it was fuzzy to begin with:

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Yeah, so um…I looked like a cartoon character that was run over by a steamroller or something. I was that big, people.

Now here I am last weekend at a birthday party for one of The Kid’s friends (who were cropped out not because I’m being mean, but just to show me a bit closer for comparison purposes):

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I’m using that first picture as a reminder to never, ever go back to that lifestyle.

Gotta go. The treadmill awaits me…


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Six Months Later

2009/03/27 at 12:00 am | Posted in Discipline, Exercise, Health, Inspiration, Life, lifestyle change, Motivation, weight loss, weight loss blog | Comments Off on Six Months Later
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Hey gang, it’s Dave with a little update for you all.

Today is March 27, 2009, which also happens to be six months from the day I reached my weight loss goal of 200 lbs. (or as was the case on September 27, 2008, 199.9 lbs.). Can you believe it’s already been six months? I sure can’t!

So how much as changed since then? Let’s find out.

Today’s weight: 195 lbs. I am this much closer to reaching my final goal of 190 lbs.!

So as you can see, I not only managed to keep the weight off, I lost a few more pounds to boot. And keep in mind that was after Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day, my surprise 40th birthday party, a St. Patrick’s Day potluck at work, my wife’s birthday and my son’s birthday party last week, where I consumed three slices of pizza, two hot dogs and a variety of other foodstuffs. As I told a friend not too long ago, the real struggle wasn’t losing the weight—it’s keeping it off. I seem to have done just that over the past six months.

As far as the 5k walks go, by rights I should have already completed a handful of events by now but because of unforeseen expenses, they had to be put off. I still have a few in mind, as well as the Disneyland 5k run. I still need to start running on pavement (versus the treadmill) to get a feel for it.

I do have a few other things to share with everybody, all of which happened within the last few days.

First, I was contacted by a reader that wanted to share a link with me. Those that have read this blog know that I’m pretty picky when it comes to sharing links, especially those trying to disguise themselves as weight loss blogs but are actually snake oil vendors.

While this page may advertise some colleges on its homepage, I was impressed with the articles they had already posted and the one that was sent to me: 50 Easy Ways to Lose Weight While at Work.

There are a lot of things on that page which I already do, such as walking during lunch, snacking on healthy foods, and taking the stairs instead of the elevator. It just goes to show you that even if you work the most sedentary job, you can do what it takes to lose weight while at work. In short, and as I’ve said over and over again on the blog, there are no excuses.

Also, I was contacted by a journalist / Facebook user about my thoughts on Wii Fit and the Wii in general. She had a list of interview questions for me that I answered and sent back, and they should be going live on her site within a few days.

And finally, if there was ever any kind of way to get you thinking about what you eat, I invite you to check out This Is Why You’re Fat. The site is nothing more than a collection of photographs featuring home-cooked items that are, above all else, creative to say the least. But just as its name implies, eating foods such as those featured on the site give you a good idea as to why you may be overweight. I admit that a few items on that site definitely look tasty, but most are things I wouldn’t even consider. No nutritional information is provided for obvious reasons. My God, I think I had a stroke just looking at some of those foods.

Well, that’s all I have for you until I get word that the story I was interviewed for goes live. See you later and stay focused! By the way, my Traineo badge on the right has been showing 46 lbs. lost instead of my actual total. I don’t know what’s going on there!

Then and Now

2009/02/16 at 7:28 pm | Posted in Discipline, Exercise, Health, Inspiration, lifestyle change, Motivation, Progress Photos, weight loss, weight loss blog, weight watchers | Comments Off on Then and Now
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Note: I posted this on my personal blog yesterday but it’s definitely relevant to this one as well.

Here’s one just for fun since I don’t have much else tonight. And I apologize to those of you on Facebook who have already seen them.

But anyway, here I am in 2006 and on my birthday a few days ago.

Notice a difference? That’s right—The Kid is a lot older!

(On a serious note, if you think you can’t lose weight I hope those pictures provide you with proof that yes, you can if you try hard enough!)

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