These weekends are killin’ me!

So it’s been 2 weeks since I posted last…thought I should probably post an update on how things are going. Well, last week, I officially hit 216 lbs., to reach 185 lbs. down! Since then, however, the journey has been interesting. It was a week ago, for last Friday’s weigh-in, that I saw the 216 lbs.

I was out in the field for my job last Friday and bought the staff at one of my stores pizza and sides for lunch and then the family was heading up to the mountains for the weekend to celebrate my wife’s birthday. We ate at our normal spot on our way up to the mountains and I had chicken fried steak (something I had actually been craving for quite some time). Then the weekend saw my father-in-law bring back cookies and cupcakes from a local bakery. We had hot dogs and cheeseburgers for lunch, birthday cake for my wife, then went out to dinner that night. I had chicken parm, one of my favorite dishes. After dinner, we went for ice cream at our favorite spot, where I had three scoops…one scoop butter pecan, one maple walnut, one peanut butter ripple. I probably also had some more birthday cake and definitely had some roasted marshmallows fresh off the campfire that night too. We had a big breakfast of bacon, sausage, eggs, potatoes, etc. then chili for lunch. I don’t remember what I had for dinner that night but I do know Monday didn’t end up so well because dinner was big and I snacked until later than I usually allow myself.

So here is the question…how bad do you think the weigh-in was on Tuesday morning? Oh, my friends, it was bad…226 lbs.! 4 days, 10 lbs.! I even took my walk on Friday, Saturday, and Monday (missed Sunday). Here is the good news…5 of those lbs. are already gone and I know if I keep going, the other 5 will come off soon as well. I do see some more obstacles in my way the rest of this month, the biggest of which being my fantasy football draft on August 30th. I definitely need to be careful and stay focused the rest of this month. I am still shooting for 212, but I know that is 9 lbs. from where I am now in only 2 1/2 weeks. I hope I am up to the challenge and can focus on making the right decisions and realizing how worth it is to keep going and not get in my own way. If I can get back to 218 for Sunday’s weigh-in, I’d actually be even for those two weeks and the month of August and I can go from there…

I probably haven’t said it enough, but if you pray, please continue to pray for me on this journey. It’s been challenging the whole day, but as the goal for this phase is approaching, it is becoming harder and harder and I need continued strength and grace so that God can get the glory for finishing what He started, and I have all the faith in the world that He will make it happen as long as I am committed to it.

#nostopping

July Results

I came in at 218 lbs. this morning, meeting my goal of getting under my previous low of 219 lbs. before the end of the month. July was a modest loss of 4 lbs., but still a help in the journey for sure. This leaves me trying to reach 212 lbs. by the end of August. If I was to reach that number, it would be a month of milestones despite losing only 6 lbs. for the month.

Milestone #1 would be reaching 216 lbs., which would be 185 lbs. down. Reaching 215 lbs. would then be the next weight milestone. Getting down to 213 lbs. would mean that I got back to the weight I was when I lost weight about 10 years ago. 212 lbs. would be the lowest weight I’ve come in at since middle school. 211 lbs. would mean reaching 190 lbs. down, 210 lbs. would be the next weight milestone, and then 209 lbs. would mean there are only 10 lbs. left to lose and the countdown begins!

I’ve said it before and I will say it again…every pound lost is a reason to celebrate because it is a step forward in the journey. Maybe the journey is going slower than you want or expected, but as long as there are steps forward, enjoy the journey, no matter how far along you happen to be!

#nostopping

I am so weak…

“I am so weak that God has given me everything; all the tools, instructions for their use, even a good brain to use them with…God is feeding me and what I’m praying for is an appetite.” – Flannery O’Connor

On my twitter profile @the2nd100lbs, my little blurb has said for quite some time, “Eat the right things, take care of your heart, press towards the goal”. I want to have an appetite for the good things; the things I need as opposed to the things that would/will destroy me.

I am still pressing towards my goal…I am even for the month (222) but hope to get back to my low of 219, which I saw on July 3. More importantly than that number though, is that I would love to get down to 212 by the end of August, which would be about 10 lbs. in the next 40 days. I will go into why 212 is a significant number in my journey coming up in a later post.

In the meantime, I hope we all can know that we are weak, but we have someone feeding us trying to give us strength…but that we need the appetite to consume those things that are good for us because if we have the appetite for the right things, we no longer crave the things that are bad for us and would ultimately destroy us.

Not done yet, but oh, how far we’ve come

I am very much looking forward to heading to the beach with the family for a few days! Now granted, I have never been a huge fan of the beach (perhaps partially rooted in my weight issues) because of the sand and the fact that I get sunburned so easily, but our 5 year old loves playing in sand and loves the water and our 6 month old has never been to a beach, so it will be a milestone few days for him! Just spending time with my wife and boys will be wonderful!

I started this blog back in August/September 2013 as I began work on losing the second hundred pounds in my weight loss journey. Since then, because of God’s grace and so many wonderful people reading about my story and my thoughts as it plays out, my blog has been followed by over 100 people and has been viewed almost 2,000 times by people in 16 different countries! When I started this blog, I never would have thought the reach that my words could have…I am humbled.

This Tuesday, I hope you all check out my story in the Morning Call, one of the local papers here in the Lehigh Valley…my story will be highlighted as their latest “workout winner” as I reached the milestone of losing 180 lbs. (so far!). If you’re not local, it should be posted online at mcall.com. I will try to post a link if I can, but I will still be out of town on Tuesday, so it might not be posted right away. Either way, enjoy! Please let me know if you are sharing it with friends! I hope that my story can inspire you and/or others to live a healthy live and help others see that with effort, an attitude of perseverance, and a faith that won’t quit, we can achieve things we once never thought possible.

It is pretty amazing how the body works. I was frustrated for most of the month of June because through the first three weeks, I was up a pound for the month…then I stepped up my game and worked hard…it yielded a stretch of 11 days where I lost 7 lbs.! I have reached 219 lbs., 182 lbs. down, leaving me with exactly 20 lbs. left to lose before reaching my goal of weighing 199 lbs.

I fully expect that I will meet that goal within the next 3 months and am looking forward to what great ways I can share my story and help be a positive influence in people’s lives… #nostopping

June Results and a complete 180!

My last post indicated how frustrated I was with myself for not being consistent through June and the results had shown it…I was up a pound for the month at that point and there were just so many things that kept me off of my normal routine…or was it just an excuse?

Either way, last week, especially with starting a new job, I was trying to get back into a solid routine. My first full day at the new job was Wednesday and I decided that I would get up at 7am and go walk first thing. I did it Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday and it was nice. It is a little quieter since there are few other people out walking and out and about at that time of day. I got walks in on Saturday and Sunday and did the 7am gig again on Monday. I had a slightly earlier meeting, so I didn’t get a walk in on Tuesday, but I happened to already be up around 6:30 this morning and went out to walk a little earlier and not only was it a good way to start my day, but with storms rolling through eastern PA this afternoon and tonight, it was a good choice if I was going to get a walk in today.

Getting back on the routine during the last week of June paid off immensely! On June 22, I weighed in at 226 lbs., which as I mentioned, was a pound more than three weeks prior (June 1). The following Sunday, I was down to 222! I dropped 4 lbs. in a week and then finished the month at the same weight to finish up at 3 lbs. for the month! As much as I struggled through June, I still ended up half way to my June goal! This morning, after my 6:30am walk and subsequent shower, since it was already pretty hot out, I weighed in at 220.5 lbs.!

Finally, I have reached 180 lbs. down! I have 21.5 lbs. left to lose and it is still within reach to do it by my birthday at the end of September! That is still my goal! 88 days! By the strength, grace, and guidance of Jesus Christ, LET’S DO THIS! #nostopping Isaiah 55

The hope of completion

I’ll be honest…I’m struggling.  I’m not discouraged, but I am frustrated with myself for not doing a better job so far in June to help reach my goal for the month and get closer to reaching my goal of 199 lbs.  There have been a lot of things over the last few weeks that have interrupted my routine, and even though I know that the routines would be changing with the new job and everything, I’ve gone off course and while I have been mindful of it, I haven’t quite gotten back on course yet. 

I am four pounds off my low weight of 222 lbs. and up a pound for the month.  I haven’t picked up the weights enough this month and I haven’t done any ab work to help.  I’ve missed some days of walking recently.  On the plus side, I have been thinking about how to get into a routine with the new job and I think I have a pretty good plan in place…I just need to execute it and stick with it. 

I’ve been pretty realistic with myself in knowing that these last 20-25 lbs. would be the hardest to lose and so far they are proving to be just that; but even though I feel like I’m struggling and frustrated with myself, I am not without hope…a hope of completing this part of the journey.  It’s a similar hope to the hope that gets me through this earthly journey and it is one that lies in Jesus Christ. 

In 1 Corinthians 7:1, Paul writes, ” Let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.”  It is mentioned several places in scripture that how we take care of our bodies is a huge part of our spiritual journey.  Paul mentions it here and the easy thing to think of when we see “defilement of body” is sexual immorality and how we use our bodies is a very important thing to think about as we consider holiness, but I also believe that what we put in our bodies and how we treat our bodies in other ways is an equally large responsibility and part of our spiritual (and obviously physical) journey. 

Paul writes in a different letter, “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6).  So I am frustrated because I want to be closer to my goal’s completion…but this hope that not only is God in the habit of finishing what He starts, but that there are even more important things to work towards than losing weight, is hope enough to keep going, knowing that the timing is relatively insignificant as long as I continue to strive as hard as I can to get to where I need to be.  The hope is that it won’t be me who gets me there…it’s Him! 

I’ve been so encouraged to look at the stats of this blog and I wanted to thank all of you who follow me here at the Second Hundred.  I hope you are blessed and encouraged by what you read.  There are over 100 followers and this blog has been viewed over 1,800 times, all thanks to you!  So thanks for taking the time to stop by!

I had my photo shoot at the Morning Call today, as I mentioned in my last entry!  It went well and I got to see some preview shots…I’m pretty excited to see what the article, which has a tentative publish date of July 8, looks like…I will, of course, post a link when it’s out! 

Keep up the hope!  God has your back!