Archive for the 'before-and-after' Category

20
Mar
09

Best of both worlds.

As the good weather comes in, I am going to be burning some extra calories and getting fit in new ways with the help of my yard.  That’s right, landscaping.  I have a pretty big yard and a landscape plan that encompasses all of it.  It has been requested by some that I post pics of the work that I am doing so every now and then I will do so.  Today is one of those days.  I know it is a bit off topic but the simple fact is that yard work is fantastic for our bodies and it produces a result that improves our lives and the communities that we live in.  So having a nice yard doesn’t just affect me, it affects all the people who see it.  It has the potential to bring peacefulness and inspiration to those who pass by or visit.  This is not about impressing others or keeping up with the “Joneses”.  I truly believe that creating a beautiful scenery is a help to the surrounding community.  Landscaping is the best of both the exercise and community improvement worlds.  Here are some pics.

This is the plan on paper

This is the plan on paper

 All in all, there are many neat things that I will be doing with my landscape.  Many wonderful native plantings as well as ALOT of lawn removal.  I have created all the planting beds now and with the amount of lawn that I removed I have reduced lawn mowing time from about 3 hours to about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

This is th flagstone path that I built

This is th flagstone path that I built

 This is the main flagstone path the I built that runs from my driveway to the rear of the house.  I did this all myself after work in one week.  This was really hard work but not near as hard as creating the beds by removing sod.

This is three of the six 10' cedars for screening

This is three of the six 10' cedars for screening

 These trees will provide screening of the neighbors for more privacy.  All in all there will be 29 new trees of various types planted.  I have planted 26 so far.  Trees add structure to a landscape.

This is my back lawn with additional flagstone paths that I built coming off the deck and through the trees on the right.

This is my back lawn with additional flagstone paths that I built coming off the deck and through the trees on the right.

This is a view of my back lawn from almost the property line.  It is a vary nice and relaxing atmosphere which is my goal for the plan.  Providing beautification and peacefulness to my home is the desired outcome.  Oh yeah, and fun too.  I am hoping that it will be a great place for my future children to play and frolic.

I will keep updating pics as I move along.  My wife takes these pics as you can tell they are of a much higher quality as compared to when I take them. HAHAHA  HAve a great day

11
Mar
09

Went to the doctor today.

I just got back from a visit with the doctor.  He has finally admitted that I most certainly do not need to lose anymore weight and that what he said about me weighing 155 was not correct.  I think it was probably just hard for him to know seeing me at 300 lbs how fit I would be at 185.  So he was very happy with my weight loss and weight maintenance.  I am going to get labs done on my blood to see what progress has been made in this area.  He always wants to check out liver function because he says that people who lose a lot of weight sometimes have issues with live and gall bladder and fat intake.  I have had not issues when I eat high fat.  Except the normal issue of thinking it is absolutely yummy for my tummy.

Blood pressure: 110 over 64

BMI: proper range

I also talked to him about getting my stomach removed.  It was a nice conversation and he referred me to the proper people to take care of this.  I will make an appointment with them to see what they have to say about it.  He did not give to much info. on this subject because it is not his specialty.  Which was nice.  It is good to know that he does not advise on issues that he is not extreme keen on.  I will keep you updated on the blood tests and cosmetic surgery.

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09
Mar
09

Amazing before and after pics. Loose skin, surgery, great results. check it out

I found these pics today.  I have seen this person on TV once before but I never got to see the results of the loose skin removal surgery.  I think they are pretty amazing pics and they will probably inspire you.

 

 

 

To see all 27 pictures go HERE.

06
Mar
09

Scared while being thin! Part two in the “fear” series.

Pic from musiccitybowl.com rib eating contest

Pic from musiccitybowl.com rib eating contest

Part two of the “fear” on being at goal weight series is a good one.  Usually when I get asked about whether or not I was afraid of getting thin, I also get asked if I have any fears WHILE I am thin.  The answer is yes.

All of my fears did not just vanish when I hit goal.  I slowly work through them as time goes on and hopefully will become mentally healthier each day.  Here are the fears that I presently have about my weight and health journey.

  • Can I handle the pressure of keeping it off.  This is of course my main fear about being on maintenance.  I am scared half to death sometimes that I will not be able to hold on.  I have held on for over a year now but the rest of my life is a long long time (hopefully).
  • Will I get carried away with this.  I worry also about becoming to strict with my diet and exercise.  I scares me that I will become obsessive about it and end up being to extreme in the good direction which is not healthy either.  So I fear that I won’t be able to strike a balance on this healthy journey.
  • I fear that I will lose perspective and forget where I came from.  I never ever want to forget where I came from or lose the ability to relate to those who are still on the journey of losing weight.  The blog helps me with this a lot.  I don’t want to forget mainly because that is really who I am.  I am skinny, but the fears and feelings associated with being big are a part of who I am and I think in many weighs it is a good thing.  Over-weight people have some of the best characteristics due to the humbling nature of being overweight itself.

That’s all folks.

10
Feb
09

Marathon Maniac #930

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Running has really been a beneficial thing in my life.  I tried time and time again to get started with it to no avail.  Finally, once I lost 60 lbs, I went after a lifetime goal of finishing a marathon.  My first marathon finish was the 2007 Portland Marathon.  The pictures above, in clock-wise order from the top are from the: 200 Portland Marathon, Timberline Trail Marathon, Peterson Ridge 60K, White River 50 Miler, and the Orange County Marathon.

Here is my official Marathon Maniacs Page

Since October 2007 I have finished the:

  1. 2007 (Oct.)   Portland Marathon
  2. 2007 (Nov.) Seattle Marathon
  3. 2007 (Dec.)  Christmas Marathon
  4. 2008 (Jan.)   Orange Country Marathon
  5. 2008 (Feb.)  Jed Smith 50K (30 miles)
  6. 2008 (March) Easter Marathon
  7. 2008 (April) Peterson Ridge 60K (37 miles)
  8. 2008 (May)  Strolling Jim 4o miler
  9. 2008 (July)  White River 50 miler
  10. 2008 (Sept)  Timberline Mountain Marathon
  11. 2008 (Oct.)  Portland Marathon
  12. 2009 (Feb)   Valentines Marathon

Doing these races is probably one of the greatest accomplishments in my life.  Audrey really helped get to the finish line in all of these races.  Not only did she help during most of the races, she ran with me all the time while I got ready for them.  It was a great time to talk with each other.  I am also pretty proud that I made it into the Marathon Maniacs club.  You have to run at least 3 marathons in 3  months to qualify.  Running is a great way to escape, get fit, and feel good.  I must admit though, running at mile marker 37 at the 50 miler was pretty tough.  Great life experience.  I learned that a person can endure far more than they ever imagined.  Also remember that I started out only being able to ride a stationary bike for 12 minutes.  If you want to get started with health and running check this out

Get Started Running Here

02
Feb
09

Weight loss miracle: I’m wearing my 8th grade graduation shirt!!

Me wearing my 8th grade graduation shirt

My wife thought I should do a post with this picture of me in my 8th grade graduation sweatshirt.  That’s right, I am actually wearing a shirt that fit me about 20 years ago.

I like to put it on when I am feeling fat or bad about myself and my weight loss efforts.  It is good for us to have things like this that can remind us beyond any shadow of a doubt that we have accomplished a huge thing.  This shirt does that for me. It is amazing that I can wear this shirt.

What do you use?  Before and after pics are great too.  If you are just starting, take some.  I know that you don’t want to take any, but when you lose that weight and you feel like you look the same as you did before; those pics will come in handy.  We need concrete proof sometimes.  We have an uncanny ability to forget where we have come from.  This is one reason why I think I and so many others revert back to our old ways.  We don’t believe the changes that we have made, we think they are not real “for us”.  Even when you look at this blog, you might think that it is so real for me, but when I look at your blogs it seems more real for you and not so much for me.  That probably didn’t make sense.  Anyway, have a good day everyone.

Oh yeah, try and remember today how far you have come.  Whether it is 10 lbs., 50 lbs., 100 lbs., or 200 lbs., we have all made a difference in our lives.  For ourselves, for our families.

21
Jan
09

421 calories have just left my body!

 

This is me 10 lbs heavier than right now

This is me 10 lbs heavier than right now

Tonight, my body just lost .12 lbs of fat.  Well, that is what they say anyway.  A pound of fat is 3500 calories I think and I just burned off 421 calories running at 6 mph for 30 minutes.  Made me feel great, my mind is rejuvenated, my emotions are ready to wake up, and my body is saying, “Hip Hip Hooray”.  The picture to the right is me just days after my first marathon in Oct. 2007.  I weight 196 in this picture.  

Just blogging on to let you guys know that for a 185 lb dude, running for 30 minutes burns .12 lbs of fat.  Kinda interesting to me.  I am felling less “blue” now too.

Also, no chew today and no freakin chips either. HAHA  I am doing A-ok.  See you around.  Bye Bye now!

17
Jan
09

She got her weight loss miracle, but she is a miracle in the making too!

rock_n_roll_marathon_startHello everyone.  This is a very special post today.  I recently came into contact with an absolutely wonderful woman named Cheryl.  She lost an amazing 240 lbs on WW.  She also starting running and has finished half-marathons.  I asked her to tell me her story.  I was so blessed and moved by it because I saw myself in the story.  I was encouraged very much.  She has had a bit of a struggle of late, but we will all be privileged to see her rebound even stronger than before.  Let her story teach you and inspire you in your pursuit of health and weight loss.  This is what it is all about guys.  Coming together, helping each other, learning from each other, and growing strong and healthy.  Check it out and make sure to leave some of your awesome comments.  You guys know how to lift people up.  Here it is in letter form:

Hey Jason:
 
I wouldn’t mind you telling my story at all. I remember when I was losing the weight how many people told me I inspired them and not only did it help me along, but I was so happy I was able to help them as well. So here is my story in a nutshell. 
The beginning
 
I am 6’1″ tall and my highest weight was 410 pounds. I don’t know what the actual reason for me starting to lose the weight was though. I think it was a bunch of little things adding up that led to it. I remember at one point that to pick something up off the floor, I couldn’t bend down to get it. I had to get on my hands and knees, that was a huge sign to me that my size was not serving me at all. The first thing I did was quit drinking pop. At my peak of pop drinking, I drank approx 3 litres of Pepsi a day. Quitting the pop led to a 40 pound loss in about 3 months right there. I then decided to join a gym and began working out in the mornings;  I also joined Weight Watchers. At first I could barely do anything, at 370 pounds, walking was a workout on it’s own. I did as many minutes as I could on cardio machines, then moved onto weight lifting. I loved the weights! There was no cardio involved, and the weight lifting made me feel so strong. I slowly built up over the next few months. 
Now she’s running

When I got to approximately 310 pounds a few friends and I joined a learn to run clinic. After the first session I wanted to quit – it was so hard! One of my friends and I made a pact to stick to it no matter what. We were always in the back of the pack, but we were there pushing through. I was never a fast runner. I was amazed that after 10 weeks that I could run for 10 minutes straight. I eventually started entering races and loved it. My personal best for a 10k is 1:01:23 – darn, I really wanted to get under an hour. That will be a goal for this year. My best half marathon time is 2:48. I love the accomplishment of finishing a race.
 
THE POINTS NAZI

With Weight Watchers I was a “Points Nazi”. I never used any activity points, and had one cheat meal a week. I also was over exercising. I worked out for 1:15 in the am at my gym and was doing a one hour boot camp after work. All this lead to rapid weight loss. I started my weight loss at 410 pounds and after two years was 169 pounds. I was too skinny, and a lot of people started to tell me so. I never wanted to be skinny – I wanted to be fit! So as a result, I quit going to Weight Watchers meetings as soon as I knew I would have a gain for the week (I was around 240 pounds at the time). I was able to continue my weight loss myself at home, but when I got to where I wanted to gain a few pounds and maintain because I didn’t want to be skinny, I went the wrong way. Instead of eating more “healthy points”, I started having more cheat meals each week and stopped exercising consistently.  I should have stuck with the WW meetings and learned maintenance properly. Hindsight is always 20/20 isn’t it (sigh). Over the past two years I have put back on approximately 80 of the lost pounds and have felt very frustrated, embarrassed and guilty. My aerobic capacity feels like it is at zero. I hate the hold that food has over me. I spend way too much time in a day thinking about it. There is a happy balance between being over board on track and totally off track. I think that the trick is to find that place where you can do it for the rest of your life and still enjoy your life.
 
After all that…you have inspired me. Thank you so much for your inspiring words. Tomorrow is always a new day, and it will be a much better day. I will get on the treadmill and start again to build back what I once had. But this time I will be better, maybe even faster. I will break the 1:00 10k, and be fit – not skinny. I am going to set a goal to do a trail run this year. Here’s to continuing the journey and never giving up!
 
Thanks for letting me share my story with you Jason.
This awesome lady also got a tummy tuck.  She left a great comment with specific details regarding the loose skin and the abdominoplasty surgery.  Make sure you read her comment on that post
10
Jan
09

Body Image: Will I ever accept mine?

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Like the cartoon above, often times I see myself appearing bigger than I really am.  Obviously, looking at my before and after pics, I don’t look like I used to.  Regardless of that fact, I still feel fat sometimes and I struggle with accepting my body.  My wife can tell me I am a HOT! husband, my mom can tell me I’m handsome, people at work can tell me I look great, but I am stilling learning to say these things to myself.  I never want to accept being overweight and unhealthy, but I would like to improve the way I think about how my body looks. 

How do you deal with this issue?

Below is a short BODY IMAGE ACCEPTANCE TEST and then a good article on HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR BODY IMAGE. Continue reading ‘Body Image: Will I ever accept mine?’

30
Dec
08

How an obese, over weight man started running

Timberline Marathon 2008I hate running!  I can’t breathe when I run!  Running hurts!  Running is just too boring!  Running is just too darn hard!  I can’t run fast nor far enough to start running!

Do these thoughts sound familiar?  They sure do to me.  These thoughts and more filled my mind as a fat guy who was just starting to get more activity into his life.  So many people believe these things.  It took me some time, but I was able to conquer all of these pessimistic thoughts. 

I just started out slow and put no pressure on myself to go fast or far.  My first run was for about 20 minutes.  During that 20 minutes, I walked every 4 minutes for 60 seconds.  That seemed to make it more manageable.  As time passed and my physical and mental fitness improved, I was able to go further although not much faster.  Running became a wonderful outlet for me to relieve stress and figure out my thoughts.  It was a creative time for me.

Continue reading ‘How an obese, over weight man started running’

24
Dec
08

Funny habit: I’m still adjusting my shirt after losing the big belly:)

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I realized the other day that I carried with me a funny habit through the weight loss process into the present maintenance stage.  It is a familiar habit.  So familiar that I didn’t even realize that I still did it.  This habit is one that I think just about every over-weight or self-conscious person does.  What is it you ask?

THE SHIRT ADJUSTMENT!

The shirt adjustment is performed when you sit down, position yourself comfortably, and pull your shirt away from your stomach as to minimize the appearance of its size.  You know what I mean.  Men and women both do it.  It is what we do to feel better about our stomachs.

I still find myself performing this most important task.  Even after going from a jean size of 44 to a size 32, I still do it.  When I sit down, I pull my shirt away from my stomach so that it looks more loose.  I didn’t realize how ingrained my old habits were.  Just a silly post about something funny a discovered myself doing.

21
Dec
08

Unveiling the “fat” mind inside the skinny body

 

Fat guy with the "fat" mind

Fat guy with the "fat" mind

Skinny guy with the fat mind

Skinny guy with the "fat" mind

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I read a post today that I identified with very closely.  I never thought that I would identify with a post such as this, but it sure hit home.  In my journey to becoming a healthier and fitter person, some things have gotten distorted.  Especially things within my “fat” mind.  You know, the thoughts and perceptions that fill your mind as a person trying to lose weight.  The fears, the hopes, etc.  In order for me to really express this “fat” thinking inside a “fit” guy I will need a bit more room than this post allows for.  So make sure that you check out each part of the story below.  The story will follow the same format as the original post, although some of the aspects are a bit different.  I have also provided a link to the post that inspired me to unveil the crazy journey into my mind.

The root post that inspired me was written by Melissa at Tales of a Disordered Eater.

19
Dec
08

Other great weight loss success stories

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I am always happy to see others succeed.  Their success in a way seems to rub off on me and bring optimism to my life.  Other’s victories bring good thoughts and good news.  I think there is enough junk out there to bring up the bad thoughts.  Here are some other people who will inspire a smile and help us achieve our goals with their wonderful success stories.  It is possible, one step at a time.  I put these up for your enjoyment and I hope you enjoy.

 Joes shows some amazing weight loss stats:

http://fatthenfitnow.wordpress.com/2008/12/19/progressobservations/

Cool shout out to encourage and congratulate:

http://butterfliesrunningshoes.wordpress.com/2008/12/18/shout-out/

Amazing uncoveredpamela (Good before and afters):

http://www.uncoveringpamela.com/blog/

A huge inventory of successes can also be found at:

http://www.theweighwewere.com/

13
Dec
08

Before and After pics

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Well, here are the before and after pics of my weight loss.  I will add some new pics in the future to change things up a little now and then. I have to say, it has been a journey.  I have now kept the weight off for 1 full year on Dec. 13th, 2008.  I feel better physically, emotionally, and just in general better about life.  Health is good. I just want to encourage anyone who may think that they just can’t do it.  Well, it’s possible.  You can do it. Click here for a little more inspiration: https://run4change.wordpress.com/you-can-lose-weight/   It may take time, but you can do it.  I believe in you.

OH, and don’t forget.  I’m not the only success story.  You may be a great success yourself.  Let me know if you are and I will post it on my blog.  You can also check out more successes here: https://run4change.wordpress.com/2008/12/19/other-great-weight-loss-success-stories/