Sunday, January 15, 2017


Hello and welcome to my weigh in post for January 15th. I skipped the post on January 10th but I did weigh in so I will include those numbers here as well. Without further ado, here are the numbers for both weigh ins.

For the January 10th weigh in, I gained a little more than two and a half (2.6) pounds. My weight on that day was 352 pounds. My total weight loss as of that date was nearly six (5.8) pounds.

For the January 15th weigh in, I lost exactly one pound. My weight on that day was 351 pounds. My total weight loss is now nearly seven (6.8) pounds.

I really need to focus up. I have been eating way to much in addition to really struggling with giving up soda. I am also not doing any extra walking. I really want to go walking after work as I know that will help me a lot. In reality, all of these things go back to me lacking discipline right now. Even though I won't make excuses here on the blog, I realize that when I mess up it is usually because I am feeling sorry for myself about something. Work was stressful, I can have a Coke. I got a lot done  at work, I deserve a Coke. It sounds stupid to say it, but sometimes I think that is how my mind works.

My next weigh in will be January 20th. I don't want to skip anymore blog posts. I find that they help me to get things off my chest, even if the numbers are still not where they should be. I am placing a link to my latest vlog post below. Check it out! Until next time, goodbye!

My Weight Loss Journey 1/15/2017 Vlog 5

Calories 1/10/17-1/19/17

1/10/2017: Consumed 3,470 calories.  3,016 calories burned according to Apple Watch.

1/11/2017: Consumed 3,595 calories.  3,860 calories burned according to Apple Watch.

1/12/2017: Consumed 3,178 calories.  3,763 calories burned according to Apple Watch.

1/13/2017: Consumed 3,143 calories.  3,923 calories burned according to Apple Watch.

1/14/2017: Consumed 3,280 calories.  3,326 calories burned according to Apple Watch.

1/15/2017: Consumed 1,970 calories.  3,136 calories burned according to Apple Watch.

1/16/2017: Consumed 2,060 calories.  2,353 calories burned according to Apple Watch.

1/17/2017: Consumed 3,163 calories.  3,937 calories burned according to Apple Watch.

1/18/2017: Consumed ? calories.  3,815 calories burned according to Apple Watch.

1/19/2017: Consumed ? calories.  3,347 calories burned according to Apple Watch.

Thursday, January 5, 2017


Hello and welcome to the January 5th weigh in post. I have been in a little bit of a somber mood lately. There are several reasons for this but one in particular has me reflecting on the day to day decisions that I have made and the possible consequences to come. More on that in a moment.

Since the previous weigh in just four short days ago I have nearly lost a half (0.4) pound. My current weight is 349.4 pounds. This brings my total weight loss to nearly eight and a half (8.4) pounds.

In my vlog post on YouTube I discuss the main reason for me being somber so I don't want to rehash that on the blog. You can find the vlog post here.

My Weight Loss Journey 1/5/2017 Vlog 4

I will say that it really drives home the idea that I need to be living a healthier life. There are some things that are not in our control but the day to day choices about what we consume and whether we get any exercise are in our control. I am pretty disappointed that I have allowed myself to get to this point. If I am being realistic about things, then I may well have shaved years off my life by not making smart decisions.

If those decisions were framed in the context of there eventual consequences, would anyone make them? The problem is, some people tend to not look at it that way. I am clearly guilty of that. Whatever excuses that I have made in the past are ridiculous. These are my choices and they do have consequences.

I apologize for the possible negative tone in this blog post. I need to hold myself accountable for my actions and it is hard to see where I have messed up and be happy about it.  I have been making changes but there is still lots of room for improvement. I need to do better.

The next weigh in will be January 10th. I am going to reapply myself to the task of losing weight. I want to drop another pound and a half by the next weigh in so that I will have lost ten pounds total. I hope to have good news soon. Goodbye!

Calories 1/5/17-1/9/17

1/5/2017: Consumed 3,087 calories.  3,727 calories burned according to Apple Watch.

1/6/2017: Consumed 3,300 calories.  3,619 calories burned according to Apple Watch.

1/7/2017: Consumed 4,120 calories.  3,298 calories burned according to Apple Watch.

1/8/2017: Consumed 2,700 calories.  3,451 calories burned according to Apple Watch.

1/9/2017: Consumed 3,932 calories.  3,625 calories burned according to Apple Watch.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year

Wow! 2016 is over and it is now officially 2017. It is crazy how fast time flies when you get older. That is one of the reasons that we should cherish each moment and each memory. I say that to remind myself as much as anything. My girls are getting older and will at some point in the future go off to college or whatever they choose to do after high school. I may benefit from adding a time element to my weight loss goal. I will elaborate on that in a moment. First, here are the numbers.

Since my last weigh in (December 25th) I have lost a little more than two (2.2) pounds. My current weight is 349.8 pounds even. My total weight loss is now eight pounds.

I am pretty happy with losing a little more than two pounds. I don't really feel like I did as well as I could have but I will certainly be happy with that weight loss. I consumed a large number of calories a couple of times and didn't really get that much activity.

I mentioned adding a time element. I want to achieve my goal by the time my oldest daughter graduates high school. That means I need to lose at least another 150 pounds by May 2020. That may seem like a long time away but at the rate I am going, it may be close.

In the near term, my goal is to stay below 350 pounds and to move in the right direction towards a full ten pounds of weight loss! I am just another two pounds away. That being the case, the weigh in after the first is always only four days away instead of five. Each time that I have weighed in below 350 pounds, I am back over 350 pounds at the next weigh in. I want to break that trend.

Let's take a look at the month of December 2016.

December 2016 Summary:
  • Total weight loss to date: 8.0 pounds
  • Total weight loss this year: 8.0 pounds
  • Total weight loss December 2016: 2.2 pounds
  • Total weight still to lose: 174.8 pounds
A couple of things stick out to me now that I have crunched these numbers. First, 2.2 pounds of weight loss for the month of December is weak. I really need to apply myself more. Second, I mentioned that I want to lose 150 pounds by May 2020 but here I record that I still have 174.8 pounds to lose. Here is the deal. My realistic expectation is that I weigh in below two hundred pounds. I believe that I can achieve that goal. My dream goal would be to weigh the same as I weighed as a senior in high school (175 pounds). That goal, will require a lot of work. I am not sure how realistic that goal is but it is dream. I think it is good to have dreams. That is why there are two different goal weights mentioned here. I could be happy with weighing in below two hundred pounds and that is my main goal. My dream goal is to weigh 175 pounds. I hope that makes sense.

The next weigh in will be January 5th. That is just four short days away. I need to weigh in again below 350 pounds. It would be a bit discouraging to cross onto the wrong side of that number again. I recorded another vlog and will link to it below. I discuss some thoughts on New Years resolutions in the video. Check it out! I am really excited about losing weight and having set a date to achieve it. Check back in with me soon. Goodbye for now!

My Weight Loss Journey 1/1/2017 Vlog 3

Calories 1/1/17-1/4/17

1/1/2017: Consumed 2,641 calories.  3,484 calories burned according to Apple Watch.

1/2/2017: Consumed 3,744 calories.  3,344 calories burned according to Apple Watch.

1/3/2017: Consumed 2,780 calories.  3,645 calories burned according to Apple Watch.

1/4/2017: Consumed 2,316 calories.  3,629 calories burned according to Apple Watch.