Archive for November, 2007

Day 2 Phase II “The New Plan”

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FatMan here. So what do you do after you lose 80 pounds in 171 days? What is next for this FatMan? Well the obvious answer is that you work on KEEPING the weight off. I am going to do that. Today we will just talk about some common sense methods to keep your weight off and some of the issues that you will run into.

First you will probably have a BIG urge to go out and CELEBRATE. This is natural and OK. I did so myself. I ate some things yesterday and today that I haven’t in a while, a long while. It was deserved. It was planned. But it is STILL DANGEROUS for us FAT PEOPLE to go out and indulge in the foods that we used to live our lives around. Go ahead and enjoy yourself. Eat what you want as a weight loss food reward; but do it with MODERATION. This is KEY. DO NOT GO INTO A FOOD EATING BINGE!!! Remember you are a food addict. Food is like a drug to us, we love to eat it.

Here are a few hints when you go out and eat your former “best friends” (your top saliva generating foods).

  1. When the food arrives don’t immediately dig in. Look at it for 2 minutes and ask yourself why this food is so important to you. You will realize that it is mostly just because you are hungry or you think you are hungry. If you are NOT hungry DO NOT EAT THE FOOD. Eat it ONLY when hungry.
  2. Eat the food slowly and really taste it. Ask yourself why you think this particular food is so important to you. Critique the way it is prepared and pay particular attention to its taste. If it is over or under cooked or does not seem to taste as good as you remembered use this to your advantage. Tell yourself that this is not such a “great” tasting food after all. Maybe it isn’t even worthy of eating.
  3. Do not eat all of it. Leave some of it behind. This is very symbolic of you mentally breaking the hold this food has on you. You are, after all, in charge of what you eat.

Fatman Knowledge Nugget: You are in charge of the food you put in your mouth. The more selective you become here the better you can manage your weight.

Secondly you will feel like you are “free” and no longer need to “diet”. I have some big news for you. We are ALL ALWAYS ON A DIET. Eating 8000 calories of ice cream a day is a diet. It involves a high calorie bad food choice, but it is still a diet. Just a bad one. You will always need to focus and make consistently intelligent choices on what you eat and when you eat to maintain your weight loss. It does not need to be a “sentence” but rather look at it as a new beginning. Try some different recipes that are lower calorie and have lower fat and sugar content. Use the willpower that you have built up to continue on using your new food intake rules. Become a more discriminating eater. You can certainly ENJOY eating just do so knowing that what you are fueling your body with needs to help you maintain your activity level as well as your new sleeker outline.

YOU CONTROL WHAT YOU EAT.

Along with your body make sure that you do not ignore your mind. Tell yourself that you are a slim and trim and plan on staying that way. Explore ways to enhance your fitness and not just maintain it. Read up and put some of the things that you learn into practice. Your new life is about being proactive in all areas. You are not just trying to “maintain” you are ready to ENHANCE your life.

In short, go for it. Don’t let anything hold you back.

God Bless Us Fat People,

FatMan

Day 1 After The Goal Is Met “Phase II”

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FatMan here. Now that I have met my weight loss goal my weight loss challenge is over. I have succeeded in doing what very few (including I must admit at times) including ME thought was possible. To lose 80 pounds in 180 days . It is both gratifying as well as humbling to realize that you have done something of this magnitude. No, I didn’t broker World peace, solve the World’s hunger problem, or even save anyone’s life. But still, the personal accomplishment of losing 80 pounds (let alone in 171 days) is noteworthy for several reasons.

First it gives ME hope that I can go on and keep the weight off from now on. This should lead to a more productive life and perhaps even a more rewarding one. It will definitely allow me to go on and do things physically that I could not have otherwise attempted. This will help to keep the exercise phase of my maintenance program from getting boring.

Second it gives me credibility in building a platform from which I can help others battle (and conquer)their food addiction problems. Hey us fat people need to face it, WE JUST LOVE TO EAT. Food tastes GOOD to us. We enjoy not only eating, but eating to excess FREQUENTLY. For some of us food addicts our whole life seems to revolve around eating or planning our next meal. Subconsciously we also orient our lives around meal times to make sure we have the best chances to eat the tastiest foods available to us. This obsession with food is not healthy for either your body or mind. After awhile we even try to convince ourselves that this is normal. We start to tell ourselves that the blimp in the mirror really isn’t THAT fat, but deep down we know otherwise. Sooner or later something triggers a reality check and you finally admit to yourself that you really are fat and tired. The BIG LEAP is in going from ADMITTING it to yourself to COMMITTING personally to do something about it.

Third, my weight loss journey success has instilled measurable amount of personal pride and sense of achievement. I now am convinced that I can take on and accomplish almost any goal that my mind can achieve. I have already been thinking about some new goals that I will share with you in the next few days. These goals will, in their own way, be just as challenging as losing 80 pounds in 180 days. The purpose of these new goals is really twofold; one it keeps me engaged and active in pursuit of maintaining my weight and increasing my fitness level. Secondly, it gives me an easy way to continue to relate to the fat people community and show my fellow fatties that the journey doesn’t STOP when you lose your weight. It is really just beginning.

Phase II is really just Phase I continued. If you are fat and tired and most importantly tired of being fat then hop on board and lets get your life reoriented.

God Bless us Fat People,

FatMan

Day 180 Weight 175 lbs Lost 0 lbs – “Last Day 180 of 180” (Goal Achieved) (Paid my DEWS – Yes)

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FatMan here. Look below and see what I have been working toward for the last 180 days.

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God Bless us Fat People,

FatMan

Day 179 Weight 175 lbs Lost 0 lbs – “1 Day To Go” (Goal Achieved) (Paid my DEWS – Yes)

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FatMan here. I want to talk a little bit about opportunity and preparation. First I think that all of us Fat people have a great opportunity to kind of regenerate ourselves. With some effort and focus we can literally reshape our outlook on life and, in turn, how life looks at us. If you really stop and think about it that is a pretty amazing ability to hold in your head. It is in your head because now it is just a thought. It is possible sure, but as of now (unless you have decided to act on your obesity) it is just another thought floating through your cranium. So there is the opportunity sitting right there in front of you right now.

The second thing I want to talk about is preparation. Preparation, as it applies here, is to formulate or find a plan and then put it into action. There are LOTS of ways to lose weight great plans that can literally help you shed dozens of pounds. I like to think that I have a pretty good one in my “pay your DEWS” plan. Hey it worked pretty good for me didn’t it? My real point here is that it is not enough to think about losing weight and then one day deciding that you are going to lose weight. Those are both logical steps to take but the next step is CRITICAL to your success. That step is really a LEAP, and that is formulating a plan for your weight loss program. You can research the field and pick one, you can come up with your own, or you can just follow mine but it is critical for you to get a PLAN. That is preparation.

Once you have realized just what the opportunity is that you have in front of you and then get a plan in place to help you succeed really all you have to do is FOLLOW THROUGH DAILY. It is both that simple and that hard.

It is simple because the individual steps that you need to repeat are both easy to learn and to execute. It is hard because as us humans are creatures of habit we resist ANY change much less any type of drastic change. This is especially intensified when it involves something we have convinced ourselves that we actually ENJOY like EATING.

It is really quite a paradox and something that makes weight loss both easy to understand and hard to accomplish at the same time.

And that is precisely why you want to let your opportunity meet with your preparation. You want to succeed don’t you?

I don’t want you to I EXPECT you to.

FatMan Knowledge Nugget: A positive attitude is very tough to beat

God Bless us Fat people,

FatMan

Day 178 Weight 175 lbs Lost 0 lbs – “2 Days To Go” (Goal Achieved) (Paid my DEWS – Yes)

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FatMan here. This may be my shortest blog post EVER. I just want to say to all you fat people out there. WAKE UP and stop fooling yourself. You are fat and miserable. You are looking at ANOTHER year ending up with you STILL being FAT. The worst part of it all is that YOU KNOW THAT YOU CAN CHANGE HOW YOU LOOK in a few months with a lot of effort.

Will it be hard? Yes, frankly. You will need to change and most people (fat, skinny, or otherwise) just do not like change. It takes us out of our comfort zone. We all like comfort. Heck us fat people even have “comfort foods”.

Do me a favor. Take out a tape measure and measure off 54″. That is how many total inched I have lost over the last 178 days. Now think about this. Do you think that MAYBE if you were to follow along with me and listen to what I have to say and just do SOME of what I suggest you do you can lose SOMETHING. It may not be 80 pounds or 54″ but I bet 10 pounds sounds pretty good now, right?

Think about it. 2008 can be just another year or one to remember forever.

God Bless us Fat People,

FatMan

Day 177 Weight 175 lbs Lost 0 lbs – “3 Days To Go” (Goal Achieved) (Paid my DEWS – Yes)

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FatMan here. 3 days left. OK I made the weight so what do I do now? I have a few ideas that I will spring on you later but for now I want to just keep my weight stabilized at right around 175 pounds (plus or minus 2-3 lbs) for the next month or so.

At the start of the new year I am going to share with you my goals for 2008 and see how we can work together to both reach out and grab what is within our collective grasp. I know that a lot of you fat people out there just don’t believe DEEP DOWN that you can lose all of the weight that you want. Check out the two pictures below. One is from when I had just started out all bloated and fat. Ready to pop. The picture below it was taken today. As you can see I am in the same shirt. It looks to fit a little better, huh?

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Did you think that I was 100% positive that I was going to “make it” down to 175 pounds? In 180 days? No I wasn’t. But I did have a plan to get there and the motivation to start out. And most importantly a BIG “WHY”, a reason to do it. So now here I am. After having “arrived” it doesn’t seem as monumental a task as it did while I was in the process of getting here. A person tends to forget all the mental and physical pain/suffering/doubt/uncertainty etc etc that one goes through on a diet. Now there are just results. After I stay here a few years people will even start to forget that I was EVER even overweight. My obesity will be just some weird life footnote that people will bring up after looking at old photos. But the advantages of losing weight and keeping it off pay off for us fat people DAILY.

Being in shape DOESN’T GET OLD. If a fat person like me doesn’t get complacent this change can become permanent. I have noticed that not only are people treating me differently but I am also TREATING strangers differently. In a good way. I am more outgoing and helpful. I don’t mind holding open a door for someone else or greeting them in a kind manner. We are, after all, all on the planet together. We might as well try and get along.

It goes beyond just getting along though. Over the last few months I have started to think and believe that maybe I can make a difference in some peoples lives by helping them to shed their excess weight. That would be selfish in a way.

I would feel good all over again with losing the weight myself.

I guess the old holiday spirit is getting to me.

Plan for your future and look to make a change for the better.

God Bless us Fat People,

FatMan

Day 176 Weight 175 lbs Lost 0 lbs – “Maintenance Time” (0 to go ) (Paid my DEWS – Yes)

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FatMan here. All right. I stepped up on the “scales of judgment” today and was very pleasantly surprised when the scales read 175 still. That was a nice validation that I can maintain my weight. I know that I will probably float up in weight a little bit once I go off my super restrictive diet but at least after turkey day I was at the same weight.

I survived Turkey day!!! That is a relief. When I first started this weight loss journey I actually looked at Thanksgiving and said to myself, “man that is going to be TOUGH dieting on Thanksgiving. I really was worried about that. I thought that maybe I should even change the dates because usually holiday OVER eating is IMPOSSIBLE for us Fat People to avoid. In fact us fat people EMBRACE Holiday Eating. It is almost like a source of pride getting together with the family and consuming mass quantities of EVERYTHING. It sure doesn’t hurt that all of our good old favorites are literally served up to us on a silver platter. It is almost like we get a “free fat pass” to eat whatever we want. No one really hassles us for gorging on turkey day. It is kind of expected that we arte going to get “loaded up” on food that day. Heck everyone overeats on turkey day, even skinny people.

Not for me. Not this year. I did eat but just not to excess. I felt a LOT Better later that day and even better the next day. Part of me did feel like I missed out on something, but I think it was more the fond memories of the family than the bloated stuffed overeating felling. Either way I survived. Heck I actually THRIVED. OK maybe not thrived but at least I MAINTAINED.

OK maintained is my new word. I am now officially at the maintenance phase of my weight plan. It started when I reached my goal on day 171. I am now transitioning from weight REDUCTION to weight MAINTENANCE. This means I no longer need to consume my thoughts with LOSING weight. Now I just need to MAINTAIN it.

You know to a fat person “maintaining” your weight sounds a whole lot better than trying to “stay there”. If you really think about it your body is now working WITH YOU instead of fighting you like it does during your weight loss phase. Now your body can be your “buddy”. All you have to do is to eat “sensibly” and maintain an active enough lifestyle to burn off the calories that you take in. My game plan now is to find my weight steady state point, my equilibrium if you will. This will vary by person to person but as a general rule we can all benefit from following a few general guidelines.

Maintenance Plan Guidelines:

  1. Don’t eat unless HUNGRY
  2. Don’t OVEREAT when HUNGRY
  3. Don’t eat after 7PM
  4. Eat your biggest meal at lunch so you have the rest of the day to work it off
  5. Develop a regular exercise regimen
  6. Consider a physical fitness related goal (run in a 10K race)
  7. Develop a physical fitness related hobby – i.e. jogging club, recreational softball, weight training etc etc
  8. Make friends with interesting and ACTIVE people
  9. Continue to weight yourself daily
  10. Help someone else lose weight by keeping your weight loss lost and encouraging others to eat better and exercise

Remember this above all else: The real joy in losing weight is keeping it lost!

God Bless us Fat People,

FatMan

Day 175 Weight 175 lbs Lost 0 lbs – “Gobble Gobble” (? to go ) (Paid my DEWS – No)

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FatMan here. Are you eating well today? You know it IS Thanksgiving. Before we get to the food let’s talk about the reason for the celebration. Thanksgiving has become pretty commercialized now (like all of our holidays) but it really stands for more than cooking a turkey, getting together with family and seeing how much you can eat or signaling the start of the holiday shopping season. Thanksgiving means literally to give thanks for what you have and who you share it with. For me this Thanksgiving is special for what I no longer have or rather for what I have lost, 80 lbs to be exact.

We all have things we are thankful for. Here are some of mine (in no particular order):

  • My family and friends
  • Living here in the good old US of A
  • Enjoying good health
  • A great home life with my wife
  • The ability to do things personally that will help not only me but others as well
  • My dog
  • A relationship with God
  • Knowing when and how to put the fork down
  • The ability to laugh at myself
  • Still having dreams and goals and wanting to see them to fruition

Now that THAT is over let’s talk about the FOOD! Well how did you do today? For me the first half of the day was easy. We went to the hospital and I didn’t even see any food until I got to the cafeteria there around noon. They had turkey but it was “hospital food” so even though I got some I didn’t feel the urge to really overeat just because it wasn’t “home cooking”. I didn’t really get tempted until late around 5PM or so when RT showed up with the vittles from the home crowd. It ALL LOOKED and SMELLED GREAT!!! BBQ pork, collards, potato casserole, cole slaw, bbq beans, and lots of GREAT deserts. Cheesecake, pig picking cake (a kind of pineapple upside down cake), fudge, 7 layer cake, and on and on.

I am not going to lie. I was tempted. I even ate some of most of it. I just didn’t eat a TON of ANY of it. I ate in moderation. I was actually proud of myself. I didn’t overdo it for the first time in probably 20 years at Thanksgiving. Maybe things are changing for this food addict after all.

I don’t know if it is my impending weigh in or just that I am learning about MODERATION. Probably a little of both. I do know this. Today was a great day to be thankful.

It was a like all other days in that regard.

God Bless us Fat People,

FatMan

Day 174 Weight 175 lbs Lost 0 lbs – “Bonus Time” (? to go ) (Paid my DEWS – Yes)

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FatMan here. I am into “bonus time”. That is when you have already achieved your goal but still have some more time to do a little more. A little extra if you will. I am going to go ahead and try to lose 3 or 4 more pounds in the next 6 days to see if I can get to 172 or 171.

Losing weight can become just as obsessive as gaining it. After awhile you don’t really want to eat much. You get kind of afraid that ANYTHING that you eat will stick right to your body as fat. I don’t know if every fat person that loses weight feels this way, but I sure do. Today was a great diet day for me. I ate well, worked out and generally just felt good. Tomorrow is Turkey day, which should be pretty interesting. Luckily for me this year I have kind of avoided the big family get togther that generally results in a lot of food gorging. It was unintention but it should work out well for me diet wise. My mother in law has had some recent health concerns and is in the hospital. We hav decided to go visit her at the hospital tomorrow instead of the usual meet and gorge.

It should be a blessing both ways; we can spend some time with her, and also stay away from the mounds of food that are so hard to resist.

FatMan Knowledge Nugget: If you are weak around Thanksgiving and feel like you might go crazy eating food, then don’t show up at the feast. Go somewhere the food AIN’T.

I am starting to really enjoy my new body. I am kind of getting used to it. I think I might keep it for awhile.

Tomorrow there will be something new for my to give thanks for: the “bonus time” I have given myself by refocusing on a healthier lifestyle. Heck everyday is a bonus for me. Do yourself and those you love a favor and start your own holiday bonus program.

God Bless us Fat People,

FatMan

Day 173 Weight 175 lbs Lost 0 lbs – “1 Week Left” (5 to go) (Paid my DEWS – No)

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FatMan here. Well there is one week left on my weight loss journey. This fat man is looking and feeling significantly better than 173 days ago. Now with only 1 week left I have removed the suspense of whether or not I will “make it”. The only question that remains is will I be able to keep the weight off? Who knows. I think I can but I have had similar thoughts in the past after losing weight.

The bottom line is that for right now TODAY I am 175 pounds and feeling good. Each of us needs to try and feel good about ourselves. Even when we are overweight we need to find the GOOD things that we can emphasize while we undertake the projects that will help to round out the rest of our persona. God knows that no one is perfect, we all make mistakes. Some of us make the SAME mistake over and over. We OVEREAT. We DON’T EXERCISE. We PROCRASTINATE. Heck I am the same way.

When I think back on the last 15 years and how different my life MIGHT have been if I had been in really top physical shape it makes one wonder. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t harbor all of these deep regrets. In fact, if anything, I am just happy that I was FINALLY able to get it together and lose the extra LBS. Most of us Fat People never even get that far. We start we try and we fail. Then we go get something to eat.

The good news is that now there is a template that ANY Fat Person can follow to lose their weight. It doesn’t have to be just like mine, but if by using my template you avoid some of the pitfalls that have caused you to fail in the past then it will have been worth it.

This blog is for all of us fat people that know deep inside that they can do it.

I can do it. You can do it.

WE CAN DO IT TOGETHER.

God Bless us Fat People,

FatMan

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