Helping Me Lose Weight 5/11/17

Let’s get serious…

It’s 5/11 and yesterday I picked up my new 5-11 tactical uniform pants (for the Sheriff’s Office – I’m a chaplain). They are a size 36 waist, and they barely fit. 

On top of that, my new uniform shirt, which is an XL, fits ok, but I still need to wear a vest underneath. But I have a beer gut, just without the beer.


This morning I weighed myself after my shower… 222.4 pounds. 222.4! 

Now it’s 7:04 a.m., I’m in between bus routes, and I can’t tell you how much I want to go inside and get a cup of coffee and a honey bun!! 

You guys have GOT to give me some encouragement! 

I’m too much of a man to look pregnant! 

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20 responses to “Helping Me Lose Weight 5/11/17

  1. Seth Thomas

    I have been working out for the last couple of months using modified body weight ONLY exercises. I have more injuries from wrestling than a crash test dummy. I also have no pectorals major on the right side of my chest, which can cause rotator cuff issues down the road.

    My physical therapist friend recommended modified pushups (no shame in this if it’s keeping me out of therapy later). I had to build myself up to this but I do 75 modified dips, 150 modified pushups, 150 squats and 150 crunches (25 normal / 25 right oblique / 25 left oblique / 25 lower abdominals – find one that works for you if you have a back issue).

    I started doing this in my kitchen with dips and pushups using the countertop, kitchen table and bed footboard. You work yourself up to it. Aim for 25 each and work up after the first two weeks. I do this during commercials. Why waste my time watching a commercial when I can do something to better myself?

    I will be messaging you Monday for our weekly check-in. I’m praying for your progress, Pastor. “Iron sharpens iron as one friend helps another.” – Proverbs 27:17 (the Seth/ESV version)

    • Seth Thomas

      I know the abdominal plan does not add up. I do 50 reps traditionally and 50 lower abdominal reps traditionally. Working up to 50 on the oblique exercises.

  2. I used to hate drinking water, but I forced myself to start drinking it, now I really enjoy it. It turns out that taste buds like what they are accustom too.
    If you pick one or two diet foods to wean yourself on, eventually you will like them.
    Not only water is it calorie free, but if you start drinking it a half hour before you eat, you will be less hungry.
    Your body is a temple. We both need to start treating our bodies more like a temple, and less like a candy shop.

  3. Donald Norris

    Anthony, get a copy of Lose It For Life and follow it. It’s not a diet, but a Christ-centered healthy eating lifestyle using real food. We could even become accountability partners. Don

  4. Me too! The answer is really simple, but oh so hard! You simply eat protein and veggies,no sugar, starches, or simple carbs, and exercise 30 minutes, twice a day. That’s how you kick your metabolism into shape.

    A few years back my husband gained a lot of weight, got sleep apnea, high blood pressure, I really began to get worried. Of course, he won’t listen to me, ever, so I just prayed for him, a lot. He has actually dropped about 50 pounds and he’s now playing soft ball. It’s really the Lord intervening, so I have to say, prayer really works.

  5. Anonymous

    Kevin would love to have a workout partner!
    He too struggles with incentive and willpower.
    He’s much in the same frame of mind as yourself, and would love to drop about 50 lbs.
    He has several pieces of gym equipment and works out in our Lil barn.
    You should text him! You two could get a schedule together that would work for both of you.

  6. Vickie

    Kevin would love to have a workout partner!
    He too struggles with incentive and willpower.
    He’s much in the same frame of mind as yourself, and would love to drop about 50 lbs.
    He has several pieces of gym equipment and works out in our Lil barn.
    You should text him! You two could get a schedule together that would work for both of you.

  7. Susan Culbreath

    Let me suggest Weight Watchers to you. It’s a very sensible eating plan that is sustainable because it doesn’t require you to totally give up carbs and other things you love. My husband lost nearly 30 pounds and I lost nearly 40 pounds using WW. And we have kept it off for nearly 4 years by continuing to follow WW. You don’t have to go to meetings, you can do the online version (which is what we did). Also, you don’t necessarily have to use their recipes, but they have great recipes. I lost all my excess weight and have maintained it using WW and walking at least 30 minutes a day. Good luck!

  8. You can do it! I am right there with you… You had me at honey bun. 😧

    • Tempting, aren’t they?

      • Yes. I have been blogging just over seven months and developed a bad habit of eating sweets at the computer. Gained almost 20 pounds! Say no to honey buns. 😆

      • Only seven months?? How’s it going?

      • The blogging? Wonderful. I just had to break the habit of being behind the screen for too long with food and no exercise. Now it is going even better because I am limiting my desk time. Finding a healthier balance was key for me. Now I just need to shed those pounds I gained… And a few more. I am fairly tall so it is well hidden but my clothes are tight. I feel your pain. We shall do this together. 💪

      • Well, I’ll check out your blog this evening. If I can be of any assistance or offer any advice, feel free to ask (I might have some wisdom tucked away somewhere) 🙂

  9. As is often said, admitting is the first step to recovery. My wife has us on a simple low carb diet, it is helping, and so is my trips to a local fitness center…and to take Paul a bit out of context, from Philippians 4:13-14 “Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on..” I think that this “losing weight–getting in better physical shape” is a lot like spiritual growth–don’t give up, even if we fall back and get that honey bun…a weakness of mine, also!

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