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!