First Goal – Achieved. – What’s Next?

"Goal Achieved"

When I set out about four months ago to lose weight, I had an ambitious goal. There of course was a number that I wanted to hit, but really what I wanted was to feel better about myself both physically and mentally. I wanted to shed physical and emotional weight. Yesterday, I was one pound from that goal, as close as I’ve ever been. I’ve set this goal a number of times before, but never had the gumption to make it. I was a little worried that I’d stall for this last pound, and somehow never make it.

Today that has changed. When I “weighed in” today, I had exceeded that goal by almost an additional pound and a half. I started out 262lbs. and had set a goal of getting down to 220lbs. Today’s weight was 218.7. I weighed myself twice, as I didn’t believe it, the second weight was  .1 less. It’s official, I’ve hit my goal! I’m so happy with everything the way it’s gone. No crash fad diet, no feeling of dread about working out, I’m not restricted to certain foods, it just feels way better than other approaches I’ve adopted in the past. I’ve “technically” lost more than 50lbs, as at my worst I weighed 270lbs, but was 262 when I started back in Sept.

Now what? Well the first thing I can say, is that I’ll continue to blog, and hold myself accountable. Getting on the scale every morning is probably one of the biggest motivators, the fact that every time I weigh myself, the difference (plus OR minus) goes right to this blog on the left hand side! That is huge for me, I’m putting it all out there. One thing I know is that I don’t ever want to carry around that much weight – ever again.

I had been previously losing about 2 lbs. per week. I’m going to scale that back a bit, and lose 1 – 1.5 pounds per week. This slower approach of losing weight will allow me to up my calorie intake from 1600-1700 calories I had been eating to almost 1900 per day. My next weight goal is to get to 210 pounds. (Only 8.7 pounds to go!) After I hit 210, I’ll evaluate where I’m at, and may try to get to 200 pounds, I’m not sure yet, I’m still kind of taking this as it comes. I think I need another trip to Aruba, so I can go rent a wave runner, that’s kind of what started all of this.

Not to sound cheesy, but if you’ve been sitting back, wanting to make a change, yes, there’s will power and a regimen to follow, but I really think the harder part is what your brain is telling you to do. Conquer the “no way” or “can’t” attitude and know that if I can do this, there’s no reason you can’t too. It takes hard work and dedication, but as you commit yourself to the process, you start to see that the weight comes off faster than you think. There are even times in the process where you get so excited about waking up to weigh yourself that the whole thing snowballs, you’ll do more than you think you you’re capable of.

The way that I feel when I wake up, walk around, and live live lighter than I used to be is so much better than I could have realized. So many things are just easier now, I enjoy getting out to do things where I used to just stay behind. I’ve blogged about this in the past, but don’t mess around with it, just decide to do it and change. It’s not really as hard as you may think.

Raspberry Ketones

When Dr. “Oz” goes on his show and calls raspberry ketones a miracle fat burner, we should all just run out and buy it, right? Do some research before you start taking a pill for something, it’s probably not as good as it seems.

Raspberry Ketones are a natural phenolic compound that are the primary aroma of red raspberries. They are primarily used today in fragrances and as a food additive to add fruity aroma. It is one of the most expensive natural flavor components used in the food industry.

Well, Dr. Oz sure thinks that it’s a miracle in a bottle. He’s got a TV show, and he’s a doctor right? It must be legitimate? We should just all run to our vitamin stores and plunk down our $20 – $30 a bottle for this miracle, it’s cheap! There’s been a few studies that show Raspberry Ketones hold some huge potential for burning fat, especially fat that builds up in the liver. This sounds great, a TV doctor preaching a miracle, and studies that back this up? Except one problem, the studies are all on rodents or cells in a test tube.

I don’t think I’m ready to run out and start ingesting the aroma of raspberries based on a few studies in Asia that showed promise in rats. This is one of those things where I would like to see more studies done before people profess this to be miraculous. Here’s the clip from the Dr. Oz show.

Here’s a rundown on Raspberry Ketones from Wikipedia.

Halfway to My First Weight Goal

I’ve lost 21 lbs, and I’m continuing towards my overall first weight loss goal of just over 40 lbs. Things are going good, I am super motivated to continue this work for a long time. I will reach my first goal of 220 lbs. and then I’ll determine what’s next. I once asked my doctor how much should I weigh, and she was hesitant to throw out a number. She did say that I needed to drop the extra weight, I asked her if 220 would be an ideal stopping point, and she had indicated that would be a good place to start, and see where we needed to go from there.

Looking at a Body Mass Index (BMI) chart is downright depressing. For a guy that’s 5′ 11″ to be borderline overweight/normal, right on the upper end of “normal” I’m supposed to weigh 175 lbs. I don’t really see myself every being that low, but maybe it’s possible? At 220 lbs. I just about cross into the overweight category. So my plan is to get to 220, and re-evaluate where I’m at with things. That would be an overall drop of almost 50lbs. from my worst “high” weight, that’s what I’m shooting for right now.

If you’re curious about “what you’re supposed to weigh”, check out the BMI chart below. Find you height on top, and then line that up with your weight from the left side. Red is bad, green is good, if it’s white, then apparently you’re underweight.