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Mike’s Week 15 Weigh-In June 1, 2009

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Hey now!!! Fat boy is down another 5.4 pounds!! I said “Bubbye!” to the 290s and I’m now sittin’ pretty at 287.4! Yeah baby!


Mike’s Week 14 Weigh-In May 26, 2009

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Don’t know how much longer I’m going to continue my writing here at DBFL. I’m thinking it’s outlived its usefullness. May just roll this into my DWA blog.

Anyway, I lost 2 more pounds this week! I was a little TOO permissive with my diet and a little TOO light on my gym time. So, I’m gonna hit it hard this week! Total in 14 weeks: 56.2 pounds! No complaints from me!

Mike’s Week 13 Weigh-In May 18, 2009

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Just keeps getting better and better! Another 3.6 pounds…brings my total to…54.2 pounds!!!

Healthy Choice Pumpkin Squash Ravioli May 17, 2009

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hcYes, things are slow over the weekend, so I thought I’d do a new-product review.

Now, I’m not the type to be sucked in by fancy packaging or the latest commercial marketing schemes. Hell, I’m not even much of a fan of microwave meals. They’re often loaded with questionable ingredients and chock-full of salt so they can keep their forever-shelf life. But I was somewhat intrigued by the new line of products that Elaine Benes (Julia Louis Dreyfuss) has been hawking on TV commercials over the past month for a new line of “All Natural” microwave meals by Healthy Choice. You know the one. The commercial where she’s lapping up the meal like a “dog eating peanut butter.”

Again, I’m not one to be swayed by marketing campaigns. But the commercial was witty and the new products were on sale at my grocery store last week. Really on sale. And because I have such an affinity for foods with any combination of the words pumpkin, squash, butter, and sage in the ingredients, I had to try the Pumpkin Squash Ravioli. Sho ‘nuf I looked at the ingredients and I could PRONOUNCE all of them. Hell, when I took the tray out of the carton, it actually LOOKED like real food. Raviolis with chunks of squash and apple, and asparagus pieces frozen in time waiting to be revived through some microwave action.

The first thing I noticed was the smell while heating. There were some major spices in this dish. Cinnamon. Nutmeg. Really classic pumpkin/squash flavors. Almost smelled like dessert! I removed the tray from the microwave and allowed it to sit for just a minute or two. I really couldn’t wait any longer and immediately dug in. There was some real texture to the vegetables floating in the light butter-sage sauce. They weren’t cooked to a mush, which is a definite plus. The sauce itself was well-seasoned and really reminded me of the butter-sage sauce I often make when preparing ravioli.

The only downside – something that’s inevitable when discussing this type of dish – was the frozen raviolis. Perhaps it was because the sauce distribution wasn’t totally even, but the raviolis were just a bit tough. The edges of the pasta were way too dry and chewy. Minor quibble, though, because the dish itself was such a stunner at only 300 calories and 6 Weight Watchers Points. The serving size was ample, with about 8 medium-sized raviolis.

I’d be interested in trying some more of these new all-natural Healthy Choice meals. Only when they’re on sale, though!

Big-time achievement May 16, 2009

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pic2It’s been a while since I’ve updated you on my diet. I guess it’s as good a time as any to let you know of my success. It seems Delaware’s Big Fat Losers may become a thing of the past. I really don’t update it much, as I’ve been focusing mostly on this blog.

Anyhow, just to update: In the first three months since I began my Weight Watchers journey, I’ve lost an astonishing 50.6 pounds! Yes! Yes! Yes! Let me repeat, because I think it’s so awesome: I’ve lost 50.6 pounds! In 12 weeks! There’s no stopping this (morbidly obese) locomotive! I started this battle at 349 pounds. Yes…349 pounds! I most recently weighed-in at an astonishing 298 pounds. This is, honestly, the lightest I’ve been in at least a decade and I feel great. Just being UNDER 300 pounds is the best feeling one can have.

Continuing my numbers crunch:

  • I’ve lost, on average, about 4 pounds per week. My lowest one-week total was 2.2 pounds back in March. My highest one-week loss was 7.8 pounds, again in March.
  • My BMI (body mass index) was a frighteningly high 44% when I started in February. In short, that means that my complete human body was nearly half fat!!! I’ve recently recalculated and my BMI is now 37%. That’s a decrease by 7 percentage points! A healthy BMI for a guy like me is between 20-25%. My goal is to get to, at the highest, 25% by Christmas. I think this is a goal I can definitely reach.
  • I still haven’t gone new-clothes shopping. Doesn’t interest me at this point. I’m happy finding “in-between” clothes at this point. The shirts I wore three months ago are noticeably larger and my slacks are EMBARRASSINGLY bigger. I don’t know if my trick of poking additional holes in my belt will last much longer!
  • When I started Weight Watchers, I was such a huge MF’er that I maxed-out on the program’s Points. I was entitled 44 Points a day, which is a ridiculous amount of food. Only once I got below 300 pounds did my Points FINALLY recalculate. I now get 43 Points per day. I will lose one Point as I decrease in decades (ie. go from 290s to 280s to 270s etc.)
  • Exercise has certainly played a key role in this weight loss. Being underemployed has allowed me great flexibility in my work-out routine. When I first started, I was LITERALLY exercising seven days a week for at least two hours. Well, after doing some research, I found that exercising so many days for so many hours may not actually be healthy. So, I’ve cut back to about five days a week for at least two hours at a time. The weight is still melting away and I actually find the days I don’t go to the gym allow my muscles to relax and take a breather.
  • Carrots! Carrots! Carrots! These have been my saving grace…100%. Lots of people don’t like raw carrots. I love them. I eat probably half-a-pound of those babies every day. They are so loaded with fiber and so low in calories that I actually think I BURN calories while eating them! The fiber keeps me gassy throughout the day, but who cares? Keeps me cleaned out!
  • Breakfast: I was never much of a breakfast eater. I’ve found eating breakfast is now essential to getting me going for the day. I’m up by about 7 every morning and I either make a smoothie (about 4 Points), have some berries with cottage cheese (3 Points), or have a simple glass of grapefruit juice (2 Points) to get my day started.
  • I try to make lunch my biggest meal so I won’t eat much at dinner. Eating late at night is no good for me. After a certain hour, I no longer burn calories.
  • Kilroy’s original challenge to me was to lose 100 pounds by the end of August. Although this will be cutting it close, I do think this is an attainable goal. So, Kilroy…you’d better have Christine O’Donnell waiting at the finish line!

There you have it. Three months in and many successes to report. Let’s hope I can keep at it!

Mike’s Week 12 Weigh-In May 11, 2009

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I lost another 3 pounds! 50.6 pounds in 12 weeks! I am totally on track to lose 100 pounds by Kilroy’s date of August 6. I can do this. I think this graphic from my Weight Watchers eTools says it best.

Mike’s Week 11 Weigh-In May 4, 2009

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More good news this week as I weigh-in for the 11th time. I lost another 5.4 pounds and I am only 2.4 pounds away from my half-way mark — 50 pounds! If I do it, then it will be 50 pounds in just three months! I will definitely be on track to hit Kilroy’s goal of 100 pounds in six months; or, deadline August 6!

I’m really getting into a groove and realizing how my body is functioning. I step on the scale every morning and gauge just what I have to do that day to make sure I continue down this successful path. Exercising lots and not eating crap has changed my mood so much and I’m so please at this level of success. I didn’t think it would be possible to lose so much weight in such a quick amount of time. I guess the motivation of being underemployed — as well as having Kilroy on my ass — has been more than enough to help me see this through.

Thanks for all yoru kind words and support. I should hit UNDER 300 next week. On that day, I will be jumping for joy.

Mike’s Week 10 Weigh-In April 27, 2009

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Down another four pounds!!!

I feel great! Almost to 45 pounds total…and almost to 50 pounds! Remember, 100 pounds is my short term goal, so in just over two months, I’m nearly half-way there! I’m thrilled.

Week 9 Weigh-In April 20, 2009

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Three more pounds! Yay!

Mike’s Week 8 Weigh-In April 13, 2009

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Down another 5.2 pounds! Wow…that last two days of three-hour gym workouts put me over the top. I had been gunning for a five-pound weight loss so I could hit my 10% this week and I did it!!

After weighing in, we all treated ourselves to sushi at the new restaurant next door to Weight Watchers. Best meal I’ve had in weeks!!

In two months, I’ve lost 10% of my body weight. I started at 349 and I now weigh 313.8. Only 13.9 more pounds to go and I can say I’m FINALLY under 300 pounds! I will be so proud that day. You won’t be able to shut me up.

Weight Watchers has been amazing for me. As someone who’s dieted MANY times in the past and really failed, I realize all I was missing was a structure and framework. WW has provided that on so many levels. Not to mention I’m actually enjoying going to the meetings and acquainting myself with new friends.

Thanks for all your support. It means a lot.