A Fat Man's Journey (Working my way back…)

An Attempt to Journey from Fat to Fit in a Lifetime. Eat right, Eat less, Move more

Living Right


Eating Right on The Road

It is easier for me to eat right while staying in a hotel than it is while commuting and this is a very strange thing. When I commute the 94 miles to work I get up at 3:30 and I am out of the house a few minutes after 4:00 AM. I have a bowl of cereal before I leave or I grab a bagel on the way. In either case by 10:00 AM I am starving and I eat a light lunch. Then at 2:00 I am hungry again and then I am hungry again for dinner and then a snack….. It adds up even though I eat lightly and I am careful with what…

If I am staying in the hotel I get up at 5:15, eat breakfast around 5:45 and don’t eat lunch until noon…. See how this works?

I need to figure out how to shift the food schedule when I am commuting….

Being a different me

I don’t talk about the weight loss so much anymore. Why? I am growing accustomed to not being fat. I recognize me when I look in the mirror now. I know who I am now. I am no longer surprised when I see me in the mirror. I also know that I am this way to stay now. Not because I have discovered anything magic but because I able to control myself around food now in ways I never could before. I have developed coping skills.

Tonight is a fair example. The regional VP is in town and so he took nine of us to dinner. Carrabba’s Grill. The group ordered appetizers for the table and most of the assembled group had wine or liquor with their meal. Heaping bowls of pasta make up most of the menu.

I ordered grilled salmon with broccoli and a bowl of chicken soup. I passed on the bread and the appetizers, had no pasta and really did enjoy the meal. The issue was how to resist the temptations. As soon as I was invited to dinner and told where I went to the web site, picked out what I wanted to eat, looked up the calories and stuck to the plan. I ignored the bread and appetizers, reminding myself throughout the meal that they don’t fit in the plan, they will not help me meet my goals.

Coping skills.

I had seltzer with lemon and a lot of it. No wine, no liquor, no beer.

Have a plan. Stick to the plan. Meet the goals….

I heard the voices in the back of my head telling me to have a cheese stick, a slice of bread, a bit of the friend calamari….

I had my salmon, my broccoli, and my soup. I stuck to the plan.

This is a very different me.

Comment from my Brother

The brother who lives in Seattle has not seen me in a couple of years. April of 2011. He has not seen the changed me in person but I have sent him pictures. I sent him an email last week with a before and after picture (see below)

Summer 2012

Summer 2012

Me Now

Me Now

His reply: “You really look completely different!!”

And I think he is right.

Recovering Slowly

I had the flu the week before Christmas. Not a “bad cold”. The FLU and let me tell ya there is no mistaking one for the other when you have the flu….. 103.2 fever, a headache the likes of which I haven’t felt since I had the flu 20 years ago and aches and pain everywhere. My SCALP hurt! This knocked me off my exercise and fitness course. It is hard to exercise when standing is an effort of will…

The worst part after the fever and headache were gone has been the fatigue. Walking more than a few hundred feet has been exhausting. Each day I feel a little stronger and tonight after dinner with the group from work I went to the fitness room here at the hotel. I only did 15 minutes on the tread mill and 5 on the elliptical but I am glad I did it. I needed to force myself past the excuse of recovering from the flu…

I will hit it again tomorrow night…

I will be back to the hour work out soon. Just have to keep pushing.

Exciting Times!

Well for a formerly fat man anyway…. I am going to buy a new sports coat this weekend!! And a pair of dress slacks!!

We have a holiday party coming up and I have NOTHING to wear!!

So I am buying a sports coat, a nice pair of dress slacks and a dress shirt and I will not have to get them at the BIG men’s department!! I can just go to a store and buy it off the rack!!

For me, for anyone who has ever lost a great deal of weight, these are exciting times! Buying the dress clothes….

I am almost giddy…..


4 thoughts on “Living Right

  1. Excellent read… just getting over the flu myself and can soveelate

  2. Well done! You look like a different person!!! You should be proud of yourself!

  3. Happy Tuesday to you! I LOVE the self transformation you have achieved!
    Just read through the post here on your blog and love the freshness of it. You have a fun and witty writing style too! Keep up the good work and when you get a chance, come visit my take on how to stay healthy during the media tombed ‘flu pandemic of 2013’. Cheers to your health and success!
    Ciao ciao for now~

    @Cherelynn on Twitter

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