Friday, October 29, 2010

While in Rome do not wonder!

I am out of town for a few days and let me tell you outside of my comfort zone things get real tough. I have had a hard time just trying to keep up my base diet and nutrition plan and my energy level has really paid a price. My water intake has probably Been cut in at least half and the food we have had as been very delicious but not as nutrishious. So off to the store I go I need me some veggies, water, and juice.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Week Three

Hey all, Week three not much to say here I will let the little vid do the talking for now.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Another workout WALL!!!

Well it turns out I will not be able to work out at the therapy place after all. They did not like that my heart rate went up to 165+ after a few minutes of working out and they said I am to heavy so until I lose another 70+ pounds and have a better heart rate I could not work out there.
So how is a Fat person supposed to try and get into shape and lose weight. I guess if you are too fat you are just a lost cause in our society.
Bottom line I just can not accept that! Solution? I do not have one yet but I am working on it.

Monday, October 25, 2010

On the road to Working out!

On my way to see if I can start working out at a place in town. We do not live in a big area and do not have an actual gym. There is a physical therapy place that will sometimes allow you to work out (for a monthly fee) on there equipment. They do not have a lot of stuff but they do have enough for me. I just hope I can get pumped enough and ambitious enough to want to go every day and get some improvements.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Shopping Tip #2 whole vs multi

We all know that whole grain breads and pastas are better for us. So what about multi grain, well multi grain most the time is just a marketing gimmick to mislead those of us that are trying to shop healthy.
Multi grain only means that there are multiple grains used not that they are whole grains. So in short some multi grain products are no better for us then bleached processed white flour products they just charge more by giving us the assumption that it is good for us because they have used more then one type of grain. Whole grain is the healthiest breads and pastas to buy. Make sure you read all the labels.

Week Two

So is it possible to be over weight and malnourished? The more I look into it the more information says yes. In fact it may be that most people who fight with weight loss are malnourished in one way or another. 
One of the things that got me started in this direction is over the past year my Dr. noticed in a  routine blood test that my vitamin D was the lowest he ever seen. Over the next few months of slowly increasing my vitamin D it took 5000 I.U. a day to get my vitamin D to a normal level. that is more them 5X the maximum suggested daily amount. 
So what if I am this deficient in all areas?
Where do I start?

Step One. Honey. HONEY you may ask why honey.
Let me explain, honey contains protein, vitamins, (B6, Thiamin, Niacin, Riboflavin, Pantothenic acid, and certain Amino acids), Minerals (Calcium, copper, Iron, Magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, and zinc) and antioxidants  but no cholesterol.
Honey also absorbs into the bloodstream very easily, giving you a quick energy boost. It also has a certain potassium salts that make it a phenomenal moisture absorber and a great killer of germs and bacteria. This also helps it draw excess fluid from the blood, lowering blood pressure.
Honey has also been used for weight loss.
So honey seemed a very reasonable place to start. There are a lot of great resources on honey I suggest you check in to them.
So I take a Table spoon in the morning after I have about 20 Oz of my first 40+ OZ  of water and a table spoon about an hour before I go to bed and a tea spoon for some hunger pains through the day with a glass of water. 

Step Two. Vitamins and supplements.
I have done a lot of reading and to tell you the truth so many things sound like they would be good or even needed. Lets be real if I tried to buy every vitamin and supplement I would be spending hundreds of dollars a month.  I do not have that kind of money, so I am starting with what I can afford and going from there.
1: One a Day for men I take two of these in the morning after I have a table spoon of honey and 20+ OZ of water. 
2: vitamin D 2000 I.U. in the morning (down from 5000 I.U. sense others contain vitamin D)
3: vitamin C 1000 mg in the morning.
4: Niacin 500 mg with first meal.
5: Triple Omega Omega 3-6-9 three a day, one with each meal or a snack. 

Step Three: Food intake,
I do not have any better start on this then the average joe. Basically I am trying to cut out all processed food, eat most proteins in the morning. Veggies Greener better for you rawer better but not always taste wise. 

As I go I will be adjusting all the above according to my Dr., health, and how we track my blood tests and results.

Results for week 2
The thing I am most excited about is ENERGY!!! I do not know what to relate it to but I feel amped all day. I mean I do not even need a cup of coffee and I love my coffee.
I wake up alert and ready to go.
I also lost 11 pounds which I thought was pretty good. That makes 20 in two week I am very happy about that. I will not weigh again for 4 weeks but I hope I can stay in this direction. 

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Quick snack #1

Just a quick snack that is easy and not to expensive is get thin sliced turkey breast (lean and low sodium) next take some bell peppers and or other veggie fixings and just roll them in a slice of turkey.   

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Wind right out of my sails.

Another disappointing day. I go to get the Total Gym out and think well I will see just how much weight it can hold just in case. Go on line do some digging and the model I have says it can only hold 350 ponds, well that sucks! I paid $1,500 bucks for this thing (many years ago) and when I do go to pull it out and use it I am now to FAT. OK I can take it I bought a real nice Trek Navigator 300 a few years back I will do some quick checking but surly it can hold me I want to do some thing today. NOPE 300 pounds ! Does know one expect a fat person to try and exorcise any talk about feeling like someone kicked me in my ribs today. ahhhhhhhhhhhh.

Week one

Ok week one where to start. I have tried many diets and done a ton of studying over my life struggle with obesity. At this point I can not even stand for more then a few minutes with out it hurting my back so bad I have to sit down so exercise is out. Diet pills have never worked and all other fad diets have failed me.

STEP ONE  Water!!! OK let me explain. Water is essential for a healthy lifestyle. It also works well as a filler if you are full of water you will eat less. Also if you drinking a lot of water you start to get rid of water weight. Plus if you are always drinking water it leaves little to no room for pop or other drinks that contain high fructose corn syrup. No matter what any one ever tries to tells you  fructose corn syrup is terrible for you. Your body can not break it down and it just makes you fat period, I am living proof.
So how much water do I drink and when. My rule of thumb is to try and drink one once of water for every pound you weigh. One half once per pound is the minimum. I try and drink 40+ OZ before I eat anything in the morning even before I have my coffee. Do not take me wrong I take my coffee very seriously so serously I have a Technivorm Moccamaster CD thermo.

So week one results 9 pounds lost. Not bad although I am willing to bet most of it is water weight but any weight is good now.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Exercise What THAT?

It has been so long sense I have done anything physical. I mean anything, I do not even walk anymore then I half to. So where do I start I get tired just typing about it. How pathetic is that?  That is rhetorical I know it is pathetic.
So I tried a walk and I barley maid it over a block before I had to turn back because how bad my back was hurting and my legs were already starting to burn. Definitely did not feel like I accomplished anything other then what an overwhelming and sad shape of affairs I am in. Felt like the fat kid in gym class watching every one else climb the rope when I could not even hold my own weight up. A day of defeat.

Shopping Tip #1

Stay to the outside of the store. Most of the better fresher foods are on the outside edge of the grocery store. Most of the heavy processed and preservative food is in the middle. The more the packaging the worse the food is a good rule of thumb. Think about it.

Where to start

My story is like many others and seems to have many starts to weight loss, you name the diet I tried it.
I have been over weight all my life. I was the fat kid from the first day of school.

 So what is new now and why start a blog about it.
Three months ago I was diagnosed with sleep apnea, two months ago my blood pressure jumper from 120's over 70's to 150's over 100's and has staid there sense. That is not to high but it is a large enough step just out of the blue. On top of that when I stepped on the scale two weeks ago it said 480 that is only 20 pound short of a 1/4 of a ton. 480 pounds on a 5'6" frame is a bmi of like 77 I was finally scared and shocked. Looking at my condition I knew I am only a few very short steps to being bedridden or dead!
Things change now.