I was browsing the news on Yahoo! today and I came across this article. In Canada, a man is claiming that the courts will not release his children to him because of his weight. A little over a year ago the courts took his kids away from the mother because she had a mental breakdown, drug problems, and couldn't take care of them herself. The father currently weighs 360 pounds and a doctor's report said that he had some mobility problems and he got winded walking in the lobby. It said that he would have trouble keeping up with the kids. But does that justify the court from keeping the kids away? They're not holding the children in foster care until he gets in shape, they are putting the two kids up for adoption so he will not be able to get them back.
I WILL finish the race!
I'm feelin frisky. Everything I'm doing so far is great, but I want to do more. So that got me to thinking... What could I do that could push me a little further while adapting to and maintaining my new lifestyle changes? At this moment with my living situation, there aren't too many things on the Frankbox Achievement list that I could do. Hmm... I decided to search online for some ideas to get me going. Then I found something that Chris had done a while back that I think I could get into! It's a program called Couch to 5k. If you haven't heard about it, you can check it out here. This site promotes a running program that practically guarantees to turn any couch potato into a coach potato that can run a 5k race or at least run 30 minutes without stopping. The only thing stopping me is my heavy frame. Running on the pavement can be very harmful to your joints, especially someone my size.
Me and the Couchsurfers at School Night in Hollywood.
Last night Chris and I were bored and looking at pictures on Facebook. It was a pretty fun time until I started looking at myself in these pictures. It's amazing to see how I've changed. Not just in the past month, but in the past several years. My vegan and vegetarian kick helped me shed some weight. I wish I would have kept track of my weight back then so I knew for sure what the tally was. I didn't though. But a picture is worth a thousand words and I've got some that show me at my worst and the path I took to get there. In July of 2011 I started a vegetarian lifestyle followed the next month by veganism. I stayed hardcore vegan until November. In that time I saw a huge difference in how my clothes fit. Coming back to Ohio and seeing friends and family took me off the path of healthy living. Now I'm back and I'm not stopping until I hit every goal that I set for myself. It's a shock to see how bad things were but it also makes me appreciate what I'm doing know, how I look and feel, and road ahead of me.
The photo above is very inaccurate to the progress I'm making. I have lost weight and you can tell visibly but above I am leaning forward which negates the stomach overhang I still have and hides my double chin quite well. Nonetheless I like this picture cause I can better imagine what I will be looking like soon! :-D
Sorry for the tardiness of this post but I really really wanted to get a video blog up! I don't know what the hell I'm doing with all this dag fangled technology but at least at times you can see my face and also hear my voice. I promise I'll get better. Please come back! :-D
BUT WAIT! THERE'S MORE!!!!! ........Tomorrow.
I've been working on this for a while. I am no Oscar winning editor of any kind but who doesn't like movie Montages? Well after seeing this there may be a few less, but I've been recording as well as taking pictures and I thought I'd throw together a little video of me in the gym! Enjoy!....Tomorrow...
Wow. An engine in your belly... Too much Iron?
I've finally been able to sit down for an extended period and read up on metabolism so I can get a better understanding of what it is and why I need to keep it going. I decided to also tie into this what I've been seeing a lot online. Every forum discussion around eating harps on the fact that you need to eat breakfast or else your body goes into "Starvation Mode". I can tell you now that that assumption is completely false. I'll dive into that also below. Since it's Sunday that means you also get the status update on all things fitness and me! So without further ado, lets see what I could dig up on the fat mauler- metabolism!
On Thursday one of my friends came up with a bright idea to venture to Runyon Canyon in the Hollywood hills. Sounded like a great idea! I had never been, but I've heard a few people mention it as a fun little trek. So we set the date for Friday morning for Chris, myself, and four or five other people to meet at 10:00 am to make the trip. Unfortunately some work business and traffic got in the way of Chris and my plans so we didn't get to the canyon till 11. Chris called the leader of the group and they were already en route to the top so we rushed into the park and tried to catch up. What we didn't know is that there were two different paths you could take to the top. Neither way is easy from a general perspective but one is easier than the other. If you don't know me by now, my life always defaults to the most difficult of choices, so Chris and I started hiking up the hill to the right. We missed the path to the left that was just a very long, windy, uphill road to the top.
It started out pretty easy. So easy in fact that I began thinking to myself that we would catch up to the other group in no time! After a minute of upward walking my lungs started burning. I told Chris that I was confident in making it all the way. I was in for the surprise of my day once we turned the corner...
A recent picture of me in the car.
Sorry for the delays, I've been very busy this past week trying to find a job. I'm getting tired of having to mooch so I've really stepped things up and I'm making work my top priority. Hopefully I'll have something positive to report in regards to that soon!
A thought occurred to me the other night. Actually it was a sudden revelation that occurred to me Monday night. I need to work on my social skills. I am starting to be able to see some results of my altered lifestyle, and I'm feeling better about myself, but I'm still battling with my self image in the public eye. I've always been a shy guy when it comes to meeting strangers. I am also a pretty weak conversationalist. If you know me then you know that in the right environment with the right people I am an entertainer and social butterfly. If I'm in a new environment with a lot of people I don't know, I often need to adjust to my surroundings before I try to open up. I've realized that over the last five years I've slowly shied away from social interaction with new people in general. The only exception is if it's a group of people I'm familiar with, with a few new people added in. Recently I don't even try to talk to people anymore.
Hello there everyone! I hope that this post finds you in good spirits and great company! :-D I've been so busy this week that I haven't had much time to write so today I'll just brief you guys again on my progress! Sounds great, yes? Let begin!
Testing. Testing. Alright! Let's see if it worked! I connected my blog with Facebook that was it automatically will post when I publis a post! So if you can read this then awesome! If you haven't read my blog yet then you should! It's been a fun journey so far but there is plenty more to come! Just follow this link and check it out! That's all for now!
Man I feel like a cave man... How do you post?...
Ah here it is!
Me beat from busting ass at the gym today.
Wow oh wow! I hope everyone's doing well today! I am beat. Today brings the end to a very busy week. I'm not going to write anything deep, but I'd like to sum things up that have happened over the past week and compare it to the week before.
First off, I'd like to thank everybody who reads this for following up and leaving the positive comments for me. The last article took a lot out of me, but I bounced back quickly because of the support I've gotten from all of you! It means a lot and it keeps me going! I owe a part of my success to you all!
Weight loss timeline:
Starting weight: 373