“I’m only one cheeseburger away from being a fat ass.”

“I used to keep my fat picture in my wallet,” my friend Sunny said recently as we discussed her dramatic weight loss. “It was to remind me that I’m only one cheeseburger away from being a fat ass.”

Fast forward a few days to Friday, the day I decided to take off from the blog. What did I eat for lunch? That’d be a burger. And for dinner? Oh, a waffle burger.

At lunch, I was one cheeseburger away. By dinner, I felt like a full-blown fat ass. It’s not that I’ve never eaten like that, but I’d like to think in 10 weeks my bad habits have changed. But the greasy allure of freshly grilled beef patties caught me not once, but twice in 24 hours, and I felt mighty guilty about it all weekend.

Pair that with the fact Week 9: Crock Pot Cookin’ was the hardest week I had on the blog yet, because it conflicted with my schedule, and the ingredients were there for a major lapse in dietary judgment.

Thankfully, I curbed the bad habits quickly, recognizing that just because I eat a couple of burgers one day doesn’t mean I need to repeat those actions the next day. Losing focus for one day is permissible, but it’s picking back up the good habits that builds your willpower and determination.

For the first week in this long process, I felt like calling it quits. But I came to realize I’d gladly trade in cheeseburgers for a longer, healthier life.

So many times before I’ve given up when trying to lose weight. Not this time.

As for the scale: Today I weigh 239.9 lbs. I weighed 242.5 lbs. last Monday, my ninth week of blogging. That’s a one-week loss of 2.6 lbs. I started this blog weighing 258 lbs. That’s a total loss of 18.1 lbs.

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5 thoughts on ““I’m only one cheeseburger away from being a fat ass.””

  1. Way to go! I have kept it off for over six years now. I KNOW that YOU CAN DO THIS!!!! One day at a time. The fatty will always be in there, just don’t let him out too often =) hehe. Trust me, I know what I’m talking about!

  2. Niyaz,
    You’re doing an amazing job! at just under a 2lb loss a week you’re doing it right and from Brian’s recipies you’re not sacrificing any quality in food by using “diet foods”. Everything about this journey is realistic and I look forward to watching your progress.
    Congrats and keep going!

  3. Don’t call it quits! This is such a great blog. It shows you can lose weight by eating delicious foods! It’s ok to take some time off every now and then, just make sure to come back, haha!

  4. Niyaz, every fat dude in America is counting on you, don’t let them down.

    P.S. When you make it under 200 pounds I will treat you to your favorite $20 three-course lunch of doom at Marche Moderne.

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