Chronicles of a Former Fat Man™
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March 27, 2020
Day 301

Overall
Start Weight:360.0lbs
Max Weight:360.0lbs
Max weight on 2019-06-01
Today:352.8lbs
Total Lost:7.2lbs
Avg/Week:0.2lbs
Daily Deficit:84kcal
Est. RMR:3028kcal

Four Week Average
Total Lost:7.2lbs
Avg/Week:1.8lbs
Daily Deficit:900kcal

One Week Average
Total Lost:7.2lbs
Daily Deficit:3600kcal

Next Target (10%)
Mass Loss:2.0%
Next Target:324lbs
To Go:28.8lbs
Days To Go:NAN
Est. Date: 1970-01-01

Goal Weight
Overall Goal:240lbs
To Go:112.8lbs
Days To Go:NAN
Est. Date: 1970-01-01

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February 2nd, 2017

Day 33

333.8lbs (-16.2lbs)
Not too bad

End of Whole 30. Can't Complain.

Well, the Whole 30 is done and I'm down 16+ pounds, not too shabby considering I was able to eat whatever I wanted (so long as 'whatever I wanted' didn't include anything with added sugar, legumes or grains). I've plateaued a bit over the last week though, so I'm guessing any further progress will have to be made at the expense of tracking my caloric intake.

Whole 30 itself was a bit of a challenge, but after a few weeks relatively easy to settle into the 'new normal'. Lysa rightly points out that it'd be essentially impossible for anyone who didn't know how to cook though, and I agree. It's astonishing how many packaged foods add sugar, sometimes for no discernable reason at all.

Either way, I think I'll keep going with the bulk of it, just add a few foods I can't do without here and there. I've been missing cheese a lot, so that's the first thing being reintroduced. Today, in fact. I think I'll go have some right now. Cool

EDIT: Oh my god, that was glorious. Balderson extra-aged cheddar. Sooo gooood...

- Rick         

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January 26th, 2017

Day 26

335.0lbs (-15lbs)
Damn.

Results are Results

I'll admit, when Lysa started talking about Whole 30 I was dubious, but here I am not even one month in and I've lost 15 pounds. Now a significant portion of that has to be water weight, but a portion has to be actual fat loss as well.

I'd better start working out again soon, or I'll lose muscle mass and I'll miss that when it's gone.

I know I said in the last update that I'd give my opinions about what's going down in politics lately, but honestly I just can't. I've been saturated by the stuff so long I've reached my "fuck it, don't care, go away" point. If you were looking for biting, insightful punditry I'm afraid this isn't going to be the place to find it this time around. Instead, I'll just leave this video which I think adequately describes my current feelings on the matter.

I think that'll cover it.

- Rick         

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January 1st, 2017

Day 1

350.0lbs (0lbs)
*sigh*

A New Year, A New Weight

Well, here we go again. Another year, a little bit fatter than the year prior, a little more to lose.

Lysa's got me on "Whole 30" this time around which is basically eliminating anything that might cause inflammation or trigger our mutual autoimmune issues. Topping the list of potential inflammation aggravators: sugar. Yes, my old pal sugar has been removed from the menu going forward... or at least non-natural sources. We can still have fruit, which is good at least.

It's been something of a colmination of sugar references actually. Independent of this Whole 30 thing, I had multiple references from various social media, blogs and postcasts I frequent all end up mentioning sugar and how much of a problem it is for human health. One podcast (Joe Rogan's, if you're curious) had four separate successive guests bring up sugar just as part of the conversation, not prompted by Rogan but just as an aside or in conjunction with some other health or therapeutic thing they were doing. It seems the universe wanted to prepare me before I jumped in... so let's see how this goes.

I think my next post will be my thoughts about 2016. Many happenings. Much drama.

If, when life gives you lemons you're supposed to make lemonaide, does that mean if life gives you mascara you're supposed to make masquerade? Laughing

- Rick         

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March 17th, 2016

Day 71

320.3lbs (-1.6lbs)
Not much motion yet.

Things I've Learned about Having Pneumonia

Not much progress on the weight loss front, largely because for the last two friggin' months(!!) I've had pneumonia. Yes, pneumonia. Started getting ill before my birthday and it's still lingering within me. I've had 3 different runs of antibiotics, 2 different types of inhalant puffers, 4 trips to clinics / doctors and it's still lingering on, although I'm finally starting to feel marginally human again. It's really put a kaibosh on my health plans until now. I'm not going to let it stop me ultimately, but I have no other choice but to wait for this to finally leave me be.

In the meantime, here's things I've learned from having pneumonia:

  • Sleeping can be hard when you hear yourself breathe. Getting a good light set of wireless headphones is really handy. Put on some music, sleep without listening to your lungs sound like a rusty hinge on an old barn door.

  • Coughing hurts. You'd think that coughing helps, but not so much. Initially it hurts your throat. Then your lungs. Then your abs. Oh god, the abs. Then your back and shoulders, because you compensate for the abs. You can literally break ribs from coughing so much.

  • As a carry on from the coughing... pneumonia means you're going to have a headache. Constantly. The coughing leads to pain which leads to muscle tension all in the shoulders and uneven shear between your skin and the musculature under your upper back and neck. End result: headache. Always. Drugs help.

  • Even when you feel like you're getting well oxygenated, the moment you try to do anything vigorous you find out how little you're taking in. TL/DR - sex + pneumonia = crappy abortive attempt at getting busy followed immediately by gasping, coughing up a lung and cursing your hormones for still making demands while you're desperately ill.

  • Steroids, when inhaled, taste the way a swamp smells when you cough them back up.

In the end, pneumonia sucks. 0/10, would not recommend.

How have you been?

- Rick         

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January 1st, 2015

Day 1

283.8lbs (0lbs)
Back to Zero

Happy New Year!

Well, as advertised, I've reset the weight counter. I'll admit, I let myself go a bit... I knew with the holidays there'd be people coming and going, good food being offered up, it would have been an exercise in self-recrimination if I'd denied myself its bounty (either that, or I'm just making excuses for being lazy.)

Either way, it's a new year, and as proof that the universe loves it some round numbers (including the number measuring how round I am), I weighed myself this morning and found myself at precisely 283.8lbs, exactly 50lbs less than when I started in January of 2014.

Seems like the perfect time to renew my pledge to getting to my target weight. Maybe at the end of this year I'll be 233.8lbs and essentially at my goal. I do worry a bit about that 270-275lbs range though... that one has been an issue for me to get below in the past. Hopefully, my extended period of time levelling out at around the 280lbs mark will have "reset" that point and I'll be able to drop freely again.

This time, without a gall bladder to freak out at me.

Happy 2015 everyone!

- Rick         

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November 12th, 2014

Day 316

279.6lbs (-54.2lbs)
Resetting

It's Been a Long and Lonely Time

Welcome back, faithful reader! It's been nearly four months since I've written, it seems high time that I do so.

For the last few months I fell somewhat off the wagon, although it was with an eye to the recommendation by proponents of Set Point theory that figure it takes a few months of eating generously at a particular weight before your body gets used to being at that new weight before letting you continue on to more loss. I dropped around 55lbs in half a year, and hopefully this "pause" will let me continue on to drop another 20lbs or so before our trip to Cuba this winter.


Every Day I'm Shoveling

Part of the stagnation though is certainly due to the drama surrounding George. The troublesome little organ has been evicted and there's no more clutching-my-sternum-writhing-in-pain events, but for obvious reasons I was slowed down. I only just got the all-clear to pick up heavy things again... which is good, because Winter is Coming and with it, the need for shovel-weilding northmen to scoop and clear.

I've decided to reset the overall weight loss statistics from today. Hopefully this'll be the final push to get me to my target weight. I've still been taking images of my loss (not very reliably, but I'll get back into that as well) so I'll have that available for viewing at some point in the future. When I get hot enough to have a decent enough "after" pic to show, that is. ;)

TL/DR - Strange days stall my weight loss, but I'm back. Time to smite that last 60lbs.

- Rick         

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July 30th, 2014

Day 211

276.2lbs (-57.6lbs)
Stalled :(

Ugh... Another Plateau

Great. I was soooooo close to getting below 275, and now my weight has popped back up a pound and a half and has been stuck there for a week. Undecided

The scales are not my friends lately. Lysa tells me it's probably because I've started working out again. She's likely right; I do tend to retain when I start exercising in earnest, and between the bustling around the house with cleaning and hauling, the (almost!) daily dog walks and the lifting I suppose I should expect a bit of a scale stall.

Still, talk about a horrible design flaw. When you do good things you should see that good behaviour rewarded. Instead, I do good things and my gall bladder tries to murder me and the scales mock every effort. Bleh.

Oh yes. I saw the general surgeon a little while back. He's of the opinion that George will have to be removed, but because I've got "atypical presentation" (eg. pain without accompanying nausea or other gastrointestinal issues) he says he's mostly but not completely convinced my main issue is gall. He's recommended I get a CAT scan to see whether or not I managed to acquire a hiatal hernia in that crash from... uhhh... 15 years ago? Damn. I'm getting old.

In other news, a significant portion of my income vanished overnight when a long term contract I had with an organization in Europe came to an end. Kind of bleeding money to the tune of several thousand dollars a month now... we're scrambling to control costs, I'm looking for more work and even Lysa may up having to take a job here. Strange days indeed.

- Rick         

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July 15th, 2014

Day 196

278.2lbs (-55.6lbs)

Minor Wagon Fall-off

Well, it's been a while since I've posted, figured I should give the latest.

Kind of fell off the wagon for a little while. Nothing horrible, I didn't completely blow out and gain 10 pounds or anything, just sort of slacked off my counting, let myself go to starbucks a few times, things like that. Still lost weight, but it's been a pound a week slow-going semi-plateau as a result. Time to get back on track.

George is still annoying me from time to time but the drug I'm on to calm him down seems to be working pretty effectively. I could probably go indefinitely if this was the worst it got. Got an appointment with the surgeon in a week or so to go over things so I'll be asking him whether or not evicting George is even going to be necessary in the long run (although most people I talk to seem to concurr that eviction is the most likely result of the situation).

I'm officially halfway through my Math 12 precalc refresher, so progress is being made there. Step by step, inch by inch... maybe if I keep at it I can actually have a solid chance of getting my first undergrad courses going in the fall of 2015. Lysa still looks at me like I've grown a second head when I talk about it but, whatchagonnado... I've wanted to learn since I was a teenager. I literally have dreams about it. Forgetting about it is just not an option.

Anyways, that's what I've been up to. How have you been?

- Rick         

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