275 lbs – I think I’m going to live…

A few things have changed since I last wrote… For starters I went from feeling like I’d been beaten with a hammer after a workout to actually starting to feel… wait for it… not so bad! If you thought I was going to say good, I’m just not there yet. But it’s coming! Granted, I’m still not going full out, but I’m picking up a little more steam every day and it’s starting to show. I’m down 12 pounds since I started 6 weeks ago. I’ve only been working out for 3 of those weeks. So how am I having this slow but constant success? Monday Gym – bench, incline, stomach press, curls, lat pulldowns and lat pushups. No legs yet, it seems any sort of leg lifting turns my sciatica into psychotica. In due time I’ll work in the legs and more upper body. I finish off each lifting session with 20-30 minutes of treadmill. Tues – rest Wed – Cardio at home with the gazelle. I go 10 min on and 10 min off for a total of 30 minutes on. This takes a full half of basketball on TV. According to the gazelle this is about 400 calories burned. Running only burns a little over half that. I highly recommend the gazelle. Thurs Gym – see above. After a couple months I’ll change things up. But for now I’m sticking with this. Fri – try not to erase all my work by stuffing pizza in my head. Sat – see Friday. Sun – see Saturday. Diet: Breakfast: 1 cider max, 2 hard boiled eggs Mid morning snack: low fat yogurt Lunch: salad with eggs and lunch meat added, vinaigrette dressing, snap peas or dehydrated peas or vegetable chips, cottage cheese. Anything low fat and low flavor, you get the idea. Mid Afternoon Snack: 1 cider max, a banana or apple or carrots, but not all 3. Supper: 2 carb busters, and whatever we’re having as a family, just not a lot of it. I usually start with a small serving and follow that up with an even smaller serving. I’m tricking myself into thinking I’m getting seconds. I hope I don’t read this and find out what I’m up to! Before bed: Nature’s Youth RSF The weekend is a different animal. It’s just not viable to expect anyone to eat salad 7 days a week. So...

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283 lbs – The Gym Fiasco

It’s been 17 years since I visited a public gym… and I hit it religiously 3 times every week. So I thought, “hey, no big deal going to the gym. It will be rough at first but I’ll soon be able to hang.” I walked in fairly confident only to find everything had changed on me, at this gym anyway. All the free weights were replaced with strange looking contraptions. I’d seen weight machines before but never used them.  “Well ok let’s do this,” I thought to myself as I hopped on my first machine (backwards). After I flipped around the right way and made a quick pass to see if anyone witnessed it, nobody was looking, I was well on my way! I’ll admit I did feel a little weird going in there with my beer gut and grey hair. I was out of place for sure. I just kept telling myself that these people will see me coming in time and time again, at that point I’ll go from being a clueless fat old guy to someone they might give a nod to. Either way, I wasn’t there to impress them. I was there to impress heart disease enough for it to say “hey, this guy’s pretty cool, at least he’s trying, I think I’ll leave him alone.” I walked out of the gym feeling pretty good about myself. Day one down I thought. WRONG! Day one didn’t start until the next morning when I tried to get out of bed! Did someone beat me with a mallet in my sleep?! Surely my wife seen something! “Babes, did somebody, like, come into our room last night and assault me? Look at how badly my body is mangled!” Her response was “YOU OVER DID IT!” But how could that be? I only did 4 exercises. I WAS taking it easy. Am I really THAT out of shape?! Yes, yes I am. If you’re unfamiliar with this blog read who I am and why I’m doing this by clicking...

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287 lbs – Time for a Change

I can tell you exactly when I decided to let myself go… It’s when I jumped on the scale and for some reason I decided 240 “wasn’t so bad.” Fast forward 10 years and the scale had the nerve to show 255! I was officially on the downhill slide to 300 pounds! Stupid scale is stupid I thought to myself. I also thought I should probably start doing something about it. So I dieted. I lost 20 pounds. I stopped dieting. I gained 30 pounds. A year later I did the same thing, lost 20 and gained 30. I was convinced that if I hadn’t started dieting in the first place I would still be 255 instead of the 287 I am today! My name is Drew, I am a 43 year old graphic designer from Iowa. I’m actually the web designer for Nature’s Youth. Now before you close this out because you don’t need another BS sales pitch. Let me tell you that I am actually a real person that is going through real struggles with my weight. This blog is not only intended to motivate me, but also motivate anyone out there that can relate to my intro paragraph. Man I loved basketball. Here’s me 18 years ago receiving an entry pass in front of a double team. I don’t remember what happened on this play but I would guess I dribbled to my right, gave a pump fake, and hit my teammate on his cut to score. My teammate in the background is my friend Chris, we were always on the same page, if you played us we would out work you, out muscle you, and out hustle you. We would venture to different towns and challenge anyone to games of 2 on 2. In all the years we played we never lost a game. Seriously, we never got beat, and people noticed. One night we were tipping back a few at a neighboring town’s watering hole when a couple locals approached us. It was like a scene from an old western, “heard you guys are good, have never been beat.” “You heard right, friend, we’re the best around.” But instead of a starting a brawl we headed to the court at 1:00 a.m. to settle things. We ran those chumps off the court 11-3. That was the last game I ever played with my friend Chris....

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