FatMan Phase II

February Update from the FatMan

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FatMan here. Well I am 8 weeks into my “total body transformation” and I must say I am not totally transformed yet. I have found that the workouts for the Power 90 routine are very strenuous and they do help you to build muscle but I must say that the workouts are pretty BORING for me. I am not saying they don’t work just that the repetition gets to you. Even when I went to level 3/4 and got into the harder workouts they just stay the same adding another set of reps and maybe a new move or 2.

On the positive side I have noticed that my muscle mass is increasing in my arms, they look and feel bigger. My waist also feels tighter due to the various crunches, but overall I really do not feel like I am in significantly better shape. I know that changing your body takes time, but for me I am a very impatient person. I want results fast and I am willing (for the most part) to do whatever is necessary to achieve them.

That is why today I decided to “modify” my power 90 routine to see if I can’t accelerate my progress. I am going to add a few different workout DVDs for my aerobic stuff to combat the boredom and also introduce entirely different exercises. Basic ones to be sure but still different. For instance I am going to start running twice a week for the next few weeks and gradually increase that to 3 to 4 times a week. I am also going to utilize a plain old weight training circuit of gym type machines in addition to my DVD strength workout. And lastly to re energize my metabolism I am going to drive my body into ketosis for a week or so to burn off some fat that has accumulated over the last month or so. Not a whole lot but maybe 8-10 pounds of fat that I need to shave off for my later year goal.

I still have a vision of myself getting into the best shape of my life but it looks like the power 90 route needs a little modification for me. There is one other thing that I have noticed that seems to hurt my cause for “best shape ever” status. I have not been weighing every day like I did on my fatmanmelts 80 pounds in 180 days drive. This lack of daily “reality check” seems to give me a false sense of security regarding my weight and workout out state. It is almost like if you don’t weigh and don’t know how much you weight then it is OK to continue on eating evil foods.

I think more than anything this is a food addict attitude. Out of sight out of mind may work with some things but us food addicts are really kidding ourselves if we think that we can eat what we want to excess and we still look “OK”.

It is only a matter of time until the fatman will return in that scenario. Food is enjoyable but not worth the mental anguish of regaining your lost weight.

I am going to write more in my blog to keep others motivated (as well as the FatMan) and help show the way to some of us fat people that still have hope of losing their excess flab. It can be done. I did it so can you.

God Bless us Fat People,

FatMan

Goodbye 2007 Phase II “A New Year On the Horizon”

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FatMan here. I just noticed that it has been 2 weeks since my last blog entry. I wanted to drop all a note and let you know that I have cooked up some more crazy things for me to accomplish next year in 2008. The first thing that I am going to do is to really get in excellent physical shape. That means a focus shift from how much weight I can lose to how strong and fit can I get.

For all of you nit pickers I want to give you my latest weight update. I have not weighted for the last two weeks. Today I weighed 195 pounds on the scales. That means that I have GAINED 20 POUNDS since I finished up my weight loss program of 80 pounds in 180 days. That is not very good weight management is it. I really enjoyed the holidays, way TOO Much!! My daughter was in town and we literally “pigged out”. Oh well, I never said I was perfect. But the GOOD NEWS is that next year (tomorrow) will arrive “just in time” for me to continue on with my new slimmer fatman persona.

I will be the first person to tell you that I ate a LOT of foods that (let’s just say) weren’t the best choices for someone trying to either lose weight or keep weight off. I actually got tired of eating. It gave me that same sluggish feeling that I had before I went on my initial weight loss journey back on 6/1/2007. It also reinforced a few of my earlier beliefs such as:

  1. I am a food addict. If I don’t make a conscious effort to stay slim I WILL gain weight just through eating
  2. I don’t want to regain my weight and felt really pretty guilty the last few days. I knew that I had gained some weight and I was actually ANXIOUS to get back started on my “super fitness quest”
  3. The more I realize how many people are selling different weight loss/control products the more that I confirm to myself that they are all really the same (the good ones at least). You need to follow the basics and you will be fine. The basics are good nutrition, Exercise and making sure you take vitamins/supplements to give your body the right fuel. Oh yeah, and don’t forget the good old H2O.

I am happy where I am right now. I am in a good place as far as my health goes. My weight is higher than I would like by a few pounds and I am not in really good physical “shape” as far as being able to withstand a lot of strenuous exercise but I am close. I would say that I am a 7 out of 10 now. It is my hope that after the next 90 days of STRENUOUS WORKOUTS I will be approaching an 8.5 to 9.0 or so. I want to get much stronger and in much better cardio shape.

Santa Claus brought to me the power 90 workout system. I am going to follow it closely and see where it takes me. I will post some pictures as I go along and we will see what happens. I am starting it up tomorrow. I reviewed the info today and it seems pretty straight forward. LOTS of WORK.

Work is good for you as my dad used to say.

Stay tuned to see what happens.

God Bless us Fat people,

FatMan

Day 20 Phase II “Can You Handle Success?”

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FatMan here. This has been the longest I have gone without writing in my blog. The blog will now be transformed into a tool for periodic updates until the first of the new year 2008. That is when I am going to re weigh in and see a few things:

  1. How have I done over the last month since losing 80 pounds. Have I gained any a lot or a little.
  2. Define a starting point for my next personal challenge

I know I know you are probably thinking what is next for this guy? He lost 80 pounds what can we do for an encore so to speak. Well let me ask you this, what is most important for your continued health AFTER you lose weight? A lot of weight?

Answer: You get in good physical SHAPE. You want to be able to ENJOY your new body. The best way to do that is to exercise to the point to where you attain peak physical conditioning. Now I could develop my own work out plan, develop a time frame and go for it but I have decided to go a different route.

I am going to “hopefully” have Santa bring me a 3 month plan to get into peak physical condition. This way I can just take the plan formulation aspect out of the equation and focus solely on executing an already proven plan. It does have the downside of having to actually purchase the plan, but since it is a self contained (all inclusive) program I can just crank it out and see where it takes me. I am hoping to get into the best physical shape of my life. No easy task or statement since that will take a lot of work, but at least I have my weight fairly much under control.

I am not going to lie. Over the last 20 days or so I have eaten plenty of evil foods. I am certain that I have gained some weight, but I won’t know for sure until 12/31/2007 when I next weight in. I may even surprise myself with how well I have done to keep my weight inline. I still have some time to reduce as necessary.

Some of the things that I have noticed that I personally need to watch are:

  • consistent workouts; I seem to be sluffing off on them already. Maybe it is because I know that I have an intense program on the horizon but I need to get back to working out regularly
  • eating past 7PM. This is a cardinal taboo. I need to stop this
  • eating refined sugar laden foods. Another taboo I need to stop
  • not consistently drinking water, your engine needs cleaning regularly and water helps to flush the system

The good news is that not only do I recognize that I am not following my stay slim “rules” I will make sure to take action to rectify the problem areas. I can tell today that I do not feel as good this AM as I should and it is a direct result of my dietary choices over the last week.

The great thing a bout being a food addict is that you know when you are doing wrong, there is no question. All I need to do is refocus and move on.

FatMan Knowledge Nugget: Don’t blame yourself for eating some things you know you shouldn’t instead recognize it is bad and take steps to eliminate it in the future. All us food addicts are human, just keep your focus on getting slim and staying slim and not on the false gratification that you THINK that evil food will give you.

God Bless us Fat People

FatMAn

Day 6 Phase II “Living With Change”

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FatMan here. I guess it is time to let you in on what is next for the fatman. I have decided to see if I can really get some other fat people to lose weight and change their lives., You might say that this is the “altruistic” path that I have chosen for the giving part of my life. You know they say that the more you give the more you get back. Well we will put that to the test this coming year. I am going to give it my all to see just how many people that WE yes you a nd I can get to join us and lose weight.

Since I started this I now have another business that I am running during the day so it will not be possible time wise for me to continue to do this daily blog in the same detail that I did my 80 pound weight loss journey in. I think that I am going to go in a different direction to try and reach out and find more people. I also think that I am going to re evaluate my fatmanmelts subscription model to see if I can come up with a better way to attract more people. I am also going to have another fatman challenge starting next year followed up by another challenge after Q1 of 2008, with an even more MAJOR challenge for my 50th birthday in 2009.

I am not going away. Quite the contrary I am just trying to find the right combination to reach more fat people so we can really grow fatmanmelts into something we can all be proud of. I want you to be proud of yourself for losing weight and also be able to be proud enough of fatmanmelts to refer a close friend so we can help him/her with their food addiction.

We are really all in this together you know. Us fat people need to stick together.

God Bless us Fat People,

FatMan

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

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