Sunday, July 10, 2016

Mom's Birthday

Sometimes losing weight is just tough. It is even worse when on vacation. During this vacation we have celebrated both my brother and my mother's birthdays. Their birthdays are within three days of each other.

Today was my mother's birthday. We had a great time. We went out and saw a movie and had dinner. I have maybe been enjoying my vacation a little too much. I have gained weight. Quite a bit of weight.

I know that it seems ridiculous to try to blame my weight scale but it does some weird stuff sometimes. I felt like last time when I weighed, I did not really do that much to have dropped as much weight as the scale indicated. At any rate, here are the numbers.

Since my prior weigh in on July 5th I have gained four pounds even. My total weight loss to date is seven pounds. My current weight is 351 pounds.

This is discouraging but I know why I gained weight. Between birthday cake and ice cream, soda, delicious home cooking, an occasional meal out, it is not a recipe for weight loss. Plus it has been rainy the past couple of days and so I have not been able to do any activity. I am slightly conflicted. I mean, on the one hand, I tell myself that I should be able to enjoy my vacation. On the other hand, there are always things going on in life that provide us with opportunity to make excuses about what we are eating.

I know that I need to start watching what I eat so that I can drop some weight. I suppose now I should reset my short term goal back to 350 pounds. Losing an achieved goal is always hard. Still, I need to press on. My next weigh in will be July 15th. I am leaving Idaho to return to Arizona on that day but I will try to weigh in before we head out. Should I fail to do so, the weigh in will be when I get back home. Until next time, goodbye!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016


I arrived in the beautiful state of Idaho on July 2nd. We had safe travels although there was some fun wind and rain just north of Las Vegas. I always love the drive.

Since arriving, we had a very nice barbeque on the 4th and went down to Orofino to watch a firework show. It has been so relaxing being up here in the fresh air and the weather has just been a real treat after Arizona's heat wave the week prior to us leaving. Arizona and heat wave, bet you never thought you would hear those words in the same sentence. Phoenix was pretty close to 120 degrees that week. I think the high here so far has been 82, at least that I have noticed. Today has been very cool. I love it!

I have kept myself busy helping the family out a little bit. I always enjoy being able to help out with technology. I had updated my mother's laptop to Windows 10. Then she accidentally cracked the LCD screen. Boo! I can fix that but the laptop is older and not sure it is really worth it.

Today and yesterday I have been helping dad out with the farming. We just have a small hayfield up here that we cut and bail. We had some trouble with one of the tractors the other day. Just a dead battery but that can really be frustrating at times. Dad and my brother Craig ran the bailer and I ran the swather. The hay is so thick this year that the swather would bog down even running the tractor in 1st gear with the torque amplifier at max. Some small problems with the tractor pulling the swather too as I would have to jump off and blow back through the fuel lines every so often. Nothing I can't handle but I tell you, when you are on the plump side, you get a nice workout hopping on and off a tractor all day!

That is probably more info than anyone really needed and or maybe even wanted to know. I better get to the actual weight loss numbers. Since my previous weigh in on July 1st I have lost almost three (2.8) pounds. That brings my total weight loss to eleven pounds even. My current weight is 347 pounds.

Obviously I am pretty happy with these numbers. I have not had a lot of soda while here in Idaho so that is a plus. I have also managed to keep my calorie consumption down. The fourth of July was a little out of control but I balanced that out by under eating the rest of the days.

The next weigh in will be July 10th. My short term goal of 340 pounds is still out of reach for the next weigh in but I am hopeful that I might make that goal by the end of the month. I hope that everyone had a great fourth of July! Until next time, so long for now!

Friday, July 1, 2016


Wow! How exciting! I really did not expect this. To be honest, I did not eat very well yesterday and was feeling kind of bummed about it because I thought I was going to gain weight today as a result. I did work hard though since the previous weigh in. Maybe I would have lost a lot more weight had I not made some poor choices yesterday. Maybe this is just one of those examples of calorie cycling where I am not letting my body adjust to my calorie goals. Either way, I met my first weight loss goal!

Since my previous weigh in on June 27th I have lost a shade over two (2.2) pounds. That brings my total weight loss to date up to a little more than eight (8.2) pounds. My current weight is 349.8 pounds. My first goal was to weigh less than 350 pounds. I just barely made it!

I am getting ready to leave for my vacation to Idaho and so I probably need to keep this short. As I had mentioned, I am so shocked to have made my goal. There were really just a few days between weigh ins. While it is always fun to meet a goal, it is important to keep my eye on the prize. I cannot let up now. My new short term goal will be 340 pounds. Just to recap, my long term goal is to weigh in below 200 pounds. By keeping both short and long term goals, I am hoping to keep myself focused on moving forward.

For anyone else on this journey with me, don't be discouraged with set backs. We cannot control the past. We can only control what we do now. I am writing this down for myself also. I am happy with my results today, but maybe the next weigh in will not be as positive. Sometimes, the effort will not match the results and that is not the end of the world. That effort may show up down the road. The body is a funny thing and doesn't always respond right away. I know it is easy to get discouraged, but like some other things in life, positive actions don't always produce immediate results.

My next weigh in will (hopefully) be from the beautiful state of Idaho. I cannot wait to get on the road. I love to drive and spend time with my kids and parents. I envy those of you that live close to your parents. As I travel the road of life I am reminded that we are all finite. I have more body aches and pains than I ever did before. There will come a day when I cannot pick up the phone and hear my parents voices.

By the same token, that is the exact reason that I must do what I can to drop this weight. There will come a day when my girls will not be able to pick up the phone and hear my voice. I MUST DO WHATEVER I CAN TO PREVENT THAT DAY FROM BEING SOONER RATHER THAN LATER!!! I want to see my kids grow up and have children of their own. I want to live a long time and maybe even be a great grandfather! That won't happen if I don't live my life with intention.

I apologize if this post seems preachy. I just get excited when I get to go to my hometown, see my parents, and appreciate the scenery. Where I am from in Idaho is a beautiful place and I love it. Life is a beautiful thing and I don't want to waste it. Safe travels for those of you also hitting the road this summer. Have fun and enjoy time with friends and family! I look forward to next time. Goodbye.

PS. I also apologize if this post is all over the place. My mind is in a lot of different places trying to remember to pack everything and getting ready for the trip in general. Isn't it funny, I said the post would be short. Haha.