Monday, May 24, 2010

Week 5 Weigh-in

Official weigh-in for Week 2: 280 lbs. Down 3 lbs for the week. 22 lbs. overall. BP was 112/84 (medicated) when I gave blood last Friday. Gotta get that bottom number down. That might take an additional lifestyle change (read: cut back on coffee). I'm within spitting distance of the 270's....a sight I haven't seen in about a decade. And a shout out to my fellow big'un Jay Looney for joining the struggle, too.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Why I'm Anti-Bariatric Surgery

First of all, these are MY feelings on why I don't think bariatric surgery is for ME. It's not to pass judgement on those who have taken that course of action. This past Monday put an exclamation point on why I'm against pursuing a surgical option for my weight loss. My wonderful wife (who DID have gastric bypass) was hospitalized with severe abdominal pain. We're home resting now, but were given several possibilities -- all of which were common side effects of the surgery (gallstones, paralytic ileus among others).

Between her and one of my bosses, who also had the procedure, I've seen other side effects that are ever present: items high in fat or high in sugar (read: good) result in them getting violently ill. Or having their blood sugar crash and passing out. And don't forget the inability to absorb vitamins and minerals. I'd sooner die than never be able to each chicken wings or real ice cream ever again without puking my guts out.

Look it. It took hundreds of thousands of years to get a GI tract right. And now a doctor thinks he can do it better? Thank you, no.

Week 4 Weigh-in

283 lbs. Down 1 lb for the week, 19 lbs overall. Late with the update because of a minor medical emergency at home, ironically, related to gastric bypass surgery. The weight is a Monday number though. Given our emergency, I'll have more to say soon that outlines my opposition to a surgical solution to my weight loss. This is also my first mobile post so forgive the formatting discrepancy. I'm still figuring this out.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

The Problem with BMI

This is consistent with what other folks have said about BMI as a measurement of obesity. It's imprecise at best. It'd be like only looking at a your cholesterol number to measure your cardiac health.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Losing the Belly

I already know the benefits of cherries. They're instrumental in knocking out the gout when I get a flare up (yeah, I get the gout. It's awesome). Apparently, the anti-inflammatory properties are also good for getting rid of belly fat. So, I suppose I'll be working the fresh fruit or juice into the rotation.
And yes, this picture is what gout feels like. In fact, it may not fully articulate how ungodly painful gout is.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Week 3 Weigh-in

Official weigh-in for Week 3: 286 lbs. Down 2 lbs for the week. 16 lbs. overall. This was expected. I was in training most of last week. Mind-numbing acquisition training + danishes & donuts = bad combo. Ate out for lunch several times. Took the family out for Mothers Day dinner. All that and I STILL lost 2 lbs. I can accept that.

What I can't accept is that Blogger got blocked at work. That puts a serious dent in my volume of posts. When I get home, I'm Daddy. Not some tubby bitch sharing my weight loss story with the world. Also, getting up at 4:45 AM every day means I tend to turn into a pumpkin by 10:00 PM. I'll try and keep up, but I'm not making any promises.

Monday, May 3, 2010

A visual...

Here's me this week (at 288 lbs). So remember, I was an even sloppier bitch two weeks ago:

and here's why I could have a long hard slog ahead:

The first are sugar cookie pops w/ royal icing. The second are red velevet cake balls. That would be red velvet cake mashed up and mixed with icing and rolled into balls. Then they're dipped in white chocolate (colored red). These are for my oldest daughter's teachers for "Teacher Appreciation Week" My wife is crazy....but it just may be a lunatic I'm lookin' for.

Week 2 Weigh-in

Official weigh-in for Week 2: 288 lbs. Down 6.5 lbs for the week. 14 lbs. overall. Looking for a tracking widget to put on the side if anyone knows of any to suggest.