Monday, June 16, 2014

22/40 #RWRunStreak Looks like I will need to start stepping up my weekly mileage or my new word "kilometreage" (Thanks Melissa) as I start to prep for the Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon in Oct. and hopefully for the Fort Myers Marathon (half)  in Nov. But... for today.... I needed to start actually running, so 1/6 minute intervals.

21/40 ‪#‎RWRunStreak‬ 5.4 @ 1:45:02 Had to stop for thunder storms and the hammer of god heat so it wasn't fast but I got it done.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Voices Silenced

The voices were talking to me again yesterday as I was going in to get weighed.

They were telling me, "If you have another gain maybe you have gone as far as you can go with your weight loss and you just might as well save your money and stay home."  Having talked to me before (kidding) I knew it was better I didn't listen this time.  Good thing too since I lost weight.  The amount is not important, the fact that, first I didn't quit, and second that I lost.  So take that voices.

For the curious I lost three pounds this week for a grand total of 227.8 which brings my total lost so far to 68.4 pounds

Reminder to self, don't quit and if I keep doing the things I have been doing all along,  I will continue to succeed.


Sunday, August 4, 2013


230.8 pounds and still at it, down 65.4 pounds from the start a little over a year ago and yet I am feeling a little overcome.  You see I hit a plateau around five weeks ago and I can't quite seem to snap out of it not matter how much or how little I exercise, drink water, practice portion control or limit the total amounts of food consumed daily.

On the positive side I am wearing XL instead of XXL or even  XXXL sized clothing, so I suppose I am making progress, and in the right direction. Yes I get compliments, like Ralph you lost a person, you look great, and on and on.  It's not that I am not grateful that people notice, however it would seem that those old tapes are playing in my head again: "You not not very...", "You know you are going to fail ...again.", "You over ate again, your a failure."

Don't know if you are person like me, but I for one, am really tired of it.  So go away noises in my head, go pick on someone else, no don't do to someone else like you do to me.

Now I didn't get this way over night so why would I expect to be slim guy over night.  The funny part I may never be slim guy, but certainly I will be a lot slimmer guy than I was.

Oh, I forgot to mention, a little over a month ago I heard my Dr. say words I never ever thought I would ever hear, "You know Ralph I think for now we can stop all of your Diabetes, Cholesterol and Blood Pressure Medications and see how it goes, since you are doing all of the right things, eating the right things and exercising regularly."

So is there a connection between the medications and the plateau, I am hoping that there is.  So until then, go away noise(s) in my head.

Monday, November 19, 2012

MRIs and Why I Go Home Screaming

There are a lot of reasons to hate having an MRI.  These are a few of my least favorite ones.

First of all its cold. Oh I know that they try and keep the room at a comfortable temperature, but the fact still remains that once you take off you clothing, it's not a day at the beach with the sun warming you up.  And so my little body gets chilled.

I weigh 254 pounds give or take a few ounces and so pushing me into a tube designed for someone half my weight is no easy task. The expression about there not being enough room to change your mind was probably inspired by an MRI chamber.

OK, so now they squeeze me in and the first thing that I notice is I can't scratch my nose.  Even if  I was allowed to move about inside, remember there isn't enough room to change your mind much less move an arm from wherever you manage to place it in the beginning to be able to scratch the inevitable itch.

Noisy is hardly the word for it, clang clang clang goes the machine, I know it's made louder because of the acoustics of narrow tube.  The earplugs help a bit, but that noise interferes with...

Sleep time.  Now my first thought, was maybe if I go to sleep the time will pass by quickly.  Nice thought and it would have except that every once in a while they have to move the platform you are on in and out of the tube just enough to wake the sleeping baby resting finally in the womb.

...and so after surviving the itch, then being woke from my nap the worst part begins.

Claustrophobia, yes located  mere inches away from my face is the tube I am in.  I am sure it is nowhere near as close as my mind makes it to be.  Doesn't matter though, the brain is already running at full speed reminding me that after all of this, it takes too damn long for the results.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Tale of the Scale November 7, 2012 - More or Less

Time to celebrate, I lost weight this week.

Even better news was while I was at the Dr.s office they had me put on one of those gowns and for the first time for as long as I can remember I was able to tie it up.  Even better was the fact I was able to do it without assistance   Last time I put one of those on they had to put two of them on me to keep from exposing my beautiful tush.

No on to the Dr.s visit.  The not not so good news I have severe arthritis in my right knee.  The x-rays reveled that I have bone on bone.  Doc explained it to me that whenever I get tired of the pain we can talk about doing a knee replacement.  And so I am going to have a MRI Thursday the 16th.  I can't even begin to tell you how happy I am to spend 45 minutes in a narrow tube listening to it clang, yes I have one before.  For the life of me I can't remember what mental exercise I did to get through it other that focusing on my breath.

Oh before I forget, I lost 2.8 pounds  (1.27 kg) bringing the total loss to 44 pounds (19.96 kg).  Making me a happy camper.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Tale Of The Scale Oct 31, 2012

I weighed into today 255.0 which is exactly the same as last week.  Good that I didn't gain, still I was hoping for a loss of some sort.  The thing is, I tracked what I ate, sort of, I exercised, sort of, and drank lots of liquids, well sort of.

"Half measures availed us nothing, it wasn't until we embraced the whole program with all it's implications did we begin to recover."  Something I read a long time ago.  So even though I did what  was supposed to be done, nothing was 100%. Yes I tracked my food (writing it down) however, I didn't measure or weigh anything so what I was doing, was either  eyeballing or estimating my foods.  Exercise was done but only on two days, one was legitimate.  Walking for 30 minutes, and the other was working in the backyard taking down a group of antennas in anticipation of Hurricane Sandy.  So I didn't exactly exercise everyday.  Now in my defense, the exercise part is hard to be motivated when you are awake half the night in pain (Nov 8 appointment with the Orthopedic Surgeon). Finally the water part. Yes I drink liquids, fat free milk, some water, but mostly I drink diet soda.  I have read all the arguments about it and I will say that although I have cut back I still consume way to much.

Alright enough of the self-flagellation.  This week we discussed the benefits of taking a daily assessment of where we are in our program for this day.  Good stuff, it's stuff I've used in the past, in part dealing other personal issues and some of is new.  Take five minutes and...
  • Review what I did
  • Review what I missed
  • Review what I could have done differently
  • Review long term and short term goals
  • Remember tomorrow is a new day

Let you know how its going meanwhile take a few minutes and pray for the folks recovering Sandy