The Overweight Outdoorsman – Part 3, Living large!

This time of year is always busy.  Even though I got my Christmas shopping done many weeks ago, I still feel like things are a bit hectic as my wife and I approach the coming Christmas weekend.  Last weekend my larger family gathered for a massive meal and merriment.  Lots of delicious holiday treats and oyster stew.  I managed to limit myself and my intake.  Luckily that event was only five hours long.

Not so lucky this coming weekend.  Three solid days are looming ahead of family events – and all will have copious amounts of foods I need to avoid to keep myself on track for my goal.  Three full days!  Not sure how I will manage to loose weight.

Anyway, I stepped up onto the scale this morning and was surprised to see I lost 5.4 pounds since last Thursday.  Not too shabby.

Loosing Weight For The Outdoors!

If you are coming into this post without reading the previous two, I am overweight and love the outdoors.  In order to better enjoy the outdoors I am trying to loose weight.  My goal is 40 pounds by Mid May 2018 before I go on a canoe trip in the BWCA.  If I don’t loose the weight, I don’t go as a punishment to myself.

(Here is a link to the very first Overweight Outdoorsman post)

So far it has been two weeks since I changed my eating habits, and so far I have lost 7.4 pounds.  I do realize that a lot of the weight I have lost has probably been water weight.  I’m trying to go about my weight loss in a healthy manner.  No starving myself.  Other than a few times here and their I have not felt hungry.

Here is break down of what my usual day is like in regards to food.  I have totally cut out fast food (which I used to eat at least once a day, sometimes twice, and really bad soda.  I say really bad soda because ALL soda is bad… but really bad soda is the stuff with sugar.  It was mentioned once before somewhere that I like Coca-Cola.  I have had a few Coke Zero Sugar drinks over the past couple weeks.  So I have not cut soda 100% from my intake.

My Typical Daily Eating Regiment

Breakfast:  I wake up around 6AM and usually make a K-cup serving of cappuccino.  I have a small surplus of K-cups of the stuff that once gone I will not be repurchasing more.  By 7:30AM I may have a bowl of Cheerios, sometimes I will have oatmeal, sometimes an egg and a sausage patty.

10AM Snack:  A small Halo/Cute orange, maybe a handful of nuts, or a couple pieces of beef-jerky.  Not much… just a little snack to keep my metabolism going to curb hunger.

Lunch:  Around noon I go home for lunch.  I will usually have just have a Slim Fast shake or make myself a cold cut sandwich with flat bread and lite mayo.  Nothing crazy.  I don’t burn a lot of energy or calories at work, as I sit on my butt 75% of the day.  I don’t need much for lunch.  I used to almost always grab a burger and fries and Coke for lunch… no more of that.

3PM Snack:  Again I have a little snack at work, not always, but usually.  It usually is along the same lines as what I have at the 10AM break.  Just a little something.

Dinner:  I will eat dinner between 5:30PM and 6:30PM.  If my wife is at work I usually make myself a bowl of soup; tomato, chicken and rice, chicken noodle, maybe a small piece of venison with a veggie on the side.  If my wife is at home she is usually making a Blue Apron meal that we subscribe to.  Most of their meals are between 500 and 900 calories.

Things I am paying attention to:  Those couple small snacks help boost my metabolism, speed it up, and curb hunger through the day I may otherwise experience.  I am also watching what is called a twelve hour eating window; many weight loss experts say that you don’t want to eat 12 hours past when you started eating in the morning, so I am observing that.  I also get in a class of V-8 juice somewhere during the day, and drink more water.


So far I have not started a routine program.  I walk the dog a couple times a day, which is nothing new from before.  I do know a good amount about exercise and diet.  Back in my youth I had a physical trainer certificate.  I used to jog regularly and get cardio through other means like outdoor activities and elliptical machines.

I know I need to get a cardio routine started, along with some weight training.  Doing so should really excel the weight loss process and be good overall for my middle aged self.

My wife and I are looking at joining a gym after the new year when the sign up sales usually take place.  At some point in the next 3-4 weeks I’ll be going to a gym on a regular basis, at least a couple times a week at the very least.

The Stats So Far

Starting Weight as of 12/7/17:  325 lbs.

Weigh in on 12/21/17:  311.8 lbs.

Weight loss so far over two weeks:  13.2 lbs.  Wow!

Wish me luck!



TD is the owner and publisher of TD All Outdoors. He has been enjoying the outdoors since since he was a child. Over the years he has spent as much time as he can solo wilderness canoe tripping, overlanding, hiking, fishing, bushcrafting, hunting, hammock camping, and more. Aside from this blog, he also own his own coffee brand,

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