Weigh In

16 Jun

I weighed in this morning and discovered that I weigh exactly what I did last week: 185!  I couldn’t believe it after a week of getting things in order.  So I responded appropriately:  I ate a lot of food and then I exercised like crazy throughout the day.  Don’t get me wrong, exercise is great, but I had the wrong motives.  Hopefully, I’ll do better tomorrow.

Here’s What I Had To Eat Today:

1 Beef Jerky Stick

1 Large Hamburger from Whole Foods with Fries (and lettuce, tomato, and pickle on a wheat bun)

(I was stuffed)

3 Vegetarian Tacos on Corn Tortillas

1 Serving of Green Beans

1 Serving of Fat Free Yogurt with fresh blueberries

1 Brownie (my wife made them for an outreach tomorrow.  Very good)

Here’s My Exercise For Today:

134 Minutes of Walking

35 Laps in the Pool (About 1 Minute per lap)

10 Minutes on the Elliptical Machine

200 Crunches on the Ab Machine

30 Presses on the Chest Press Machine

10 Times on the Chest Pull Machine

10 Times on the Horizontal Chest Pull Machine

40 Winks 😉




Apple A Day

14 Jun

I’ve heard it said that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.”  I don’t know if that’s true or not, but it is true that eating right, getting plenty of exercise, and living right helps you be a healthier person, thereby keeping the doctor away.  However, it’s time for me to make an appointment with my doctor for my yearly physical.  My physical last year is what got me started on this health kick, so for that I am thankful.  Now, since I’ve been eating healthier, I’m actually ready to see my doctor.  Kind of cool.

Everything I Ate Today:

Snackwell’s Protein Meal Bar

1 Serving of Salad with Taco Seasoning and Vegetables

1/2 Pickle

1/2 Chicken Sandwich

1 Ham Sandwich

1 Red Delicious Apple

My Exercise Today:

75 Minutes of Walking


Exercise with the VooDoo

12 Jun

At least three to four times a week, I go to the exercise room in my condo building.  While there, I often find myself surrounded by these huge guys at least a foot taller and 75 to 100 lbs heavier than I, mostly because of their muscular frames.

The other day, I asked one of them, “Who are you guys?  You’re here all the time.”  That’s when I learned that my exercise partners are the team members of the New Orleans VooDoo Football Team.  Something about them exercising in the same room with me makes me want to work harder.  They don’t know it, but they are part of my exercise accountability team.

Thanks, Voo Doo dudes!

Here’s What I Had To Eat Today:

1 Snackwell’s Protein Meal Bar

1 Fresco Crunchy Taco

1 Fresco Chicken Soft Taco

1 Fresco Bean Burrito

1 Serving of Corn

1 Serving of Green Beans

1 Serving of Tomato Soup

98 oz of water

Here’s My Exercise For the Day:

45 Minutes of Walking

30 Minutes on the Elliptical Machine

150 Crunches on the Ab Machine

10 Minutes of Swimming

Shock and Awe!

11 Jun

Today, my friend Stephen Suluma sent me a video of myself taken last July before I started trying to lose weight.  I was enormous, extremely enormous.  I couldn’t believe that I ever looked that way.  It gave me the boost that I needed to get serious about meeting my goal for July 31st.  No donuts for me.  Stay away, soda and poptarts!  Where’s the treadmill?

Here’s What I Had To Eat Today:

1 Special K Protein Meal Bar

1 Breakfast Burrito

1 Large Grilled Chicken Salad with Broccoli, Cucumber, and Red Pepper

1 Serving of Chips and Salsa

2 Slices of Turkey Pepperoni Pizza with Fat Free Cheese on Whole Wheat Crust

1 Serving of Fat Free Chocolate Pudding

Exercise Today:

90 Minutes of Walking

33 Minutes on the Elliptical Machine

30 Presses on Chest Press

30 Lunges

20 Push-ups


7 Jun

Well, today was the day!  Here’s the deal:

I didn’t make it to 175.  In fact, I actually gained a little weight over the past couple of months.  Right now, I’m at 185 lbs.

So, what am I going to do?  I’m going to extend my time until July 31st, 2012.  That would give me 1 year of getting healthy.

Today, at first, I dropped into the depths of despair, but I later realized that everything’s ok.  I’m still a lot healthier than I was before I started trying to lose weight.

Thanks for reading and encouraging me through this process.  Hopefully, you’ll hang on with me for a few more weeks.

God Bless You All,



7 Jun

Tomorrow is the Day.  I can’t believe it.  I’ve been working toward it since July 31st, 2011.  That was the night that I decided to start a blog where I wrote down everything that I ate everyday.  Later, I added the amount of exercise that I added everyday.  Many of you have stayed with me the entire duration.  Many of you have grown tired of me and are ready for this whole weight loss ordeal to be over with.

So, here’s the real question.  Did I meet my goal?  Did I lose 51 lbs from where I started?  Did I make it to 175 by my 43rd birthday?  Not sure yet, but I’ll let you know tomorrow.

Here’s What I Had To Eat Today:

1 Special K Protein Meal Bar

1 Grilled Chicken Salad

1 Banana

1 Serving of Fries (Ok, it was a moment of weakness.  They sure were good)

90 oz of water

My Exercise Today:

30 Minutes on the Elliptical Machine

90 Minutes of Walking


The Week Of

4 Jun


Ok, everyone.  This is it.  I’m down to the wire for my weight loss goal.  I have 4 days left.

And I completely blew it on Sunday.  I had Coke.  I had Pizza (not healthy pizza).  I did have a good salad, but I think it had too much cheese on it to be healthy.  I had Korean Tacos (very good).  I did manage to get in 2 hours of walking throughout the day.  I’m afraid it didn’t cancel it out for me today though.

Even so, I feel pretty good, which was one of my goals for this whole weight loss project.

Don’t worry, I’ll lay off the Coke for the rest of the week (and hopefully longer) and eat my vegetables and fruit.

By the way, I’ve decided to hold off on weighing until Thursday.