Aug 20, 2010

Sorry, I took my pills

Thank you so much to everyone that had positive words of encouragement. When I started this blog I had no intentions of making it public because I am embarrassed about my situation. The people that I have met after making the blog public and the good feedback you guys offer makes me want to keep going.

FYI I have not giving up or ever intend to, you caught me in one of my "moments". My wife says I am kind of a drama King. I vent frustrations then regather and return to a normal person pretty quick.

Here is what i am doing right now:
  • I have already cut out all liquid calories. No more soda (diet or non) no fruit juices. Strict Water / Crystal Light
  • Exercise has been nonexistent. After meeting with the personal trainer I will be going to the gym 3 times a week (Tues, Thurs, Sat) At first she wants me to go for just 10 min. I can do that right?
  • Eating habits I am changing:
    • Eat at the kitchen table. (we used to eat in front of the T.V.)
    • Plate meals and put away any leftovers before we eat (no seconds)
    • Small changes in types of food I eat. (brown rice instead of white, ground turkey instead of beef)
I realize there is a lot more I could be doing but right now, this is what I can REALISTICALLY commit to. Understand that while these changes seem minor to some, they are big in my world.


  1. Some of your plans were exactly what I started with. I began at 370 pounds and got to 269 before I hit a plateau, then gained some, and have begun again for the last time, and I am headed down again. Just changing up a few things netted me some really nice losses at the beginning, and I have a feeling your body will react well to it, too. Keep it up! We'll both get there : )

  2. Mike, You are making a great start. The first thing I did even before I officially started the 6 months diet was to cut out carbonated beverages. I knew that would be one of the hardest things for me. I was a diet pepsi addict. Surprising, since I stopped, I haven't even wanted anything. I drink only water or tea now but I use some of the SF water mixes for variety. My favorite is cranberry apple. Look ahead to what your post op diet will be like and you can begin to make changes based on your surgeon's plan. Things like focusing on protein first. Finding some protein shake mixes that you like. Using complex instead of simple carbs. I made one change at a time and for the whole 6 months I logged my food on so that I knew everything that was going into my mouth. You are off to a great start! You can do this!

  3. Sounds like a great place to start. I started doing only whole grains a long time ago, but the eating at the table - and ONLY at the table is what made a big difference for me. No more eating in the car, in the family room, near the computer or the TV. No screens while eating. It's still hard for me to focus on what I'm doing as I will watch the birds or whatever critter is out in the yard, but as long as I'm at the table, it's progress.

  4. Good on you for making a change, as little as they may be, they are still changes. To walk a mile you have to start with a step. I can't wait to see what else you can do in a week, keep the confidence up and you will get there, it will be a long and hard road but one you must walk if you want to live and be there for your beautiful child I see in your pictures.

  5. Don't be embarrassed about your situation. I was in the same boat with my blog. I intended to start anonymous but realized just how many of us are out there. You'd rather be on the side of getting help than to be oblivious to the need. Keep up the good work; 6 months will go by in no time.

  6. The changes you are making sound fantastic. I also wanted to say (and I'm very sorry if you already know this) I have just attended a anti -bullying seminar by one of the top child psychologist in Australia. He said that just by eating around the table each night with your children and with the TV off... you can decrease the effect any bullying has on your children! So eating around the table with your kids is great for your health and brilliant for your children's development. Good luck with your journey, I wish you all the very best.
    PS I found your blog from Shelley's.

  7. making a new "normal" is probably the easiest part... brown rice instead of white rice, it's still rice. turkey instead of beef, it's still meat. etc.

    exercise choice is difficult. we just have to remember what it feels like during it and after - which is better than we feel now. maybe even right it down and post it up - i'll feel better if i:

    take a walk with the kids
    play catch


    Cindy :)

  8. Sounds like you have a good starting plan. I was surprised to find that eating at the kitchen table with no distractions (books, comp etc) was the hardest thing for me to do! Which reminds me i've got to start doing that again.