Fat Dude On A Diet: Report card No. 2

I’ve been wanting to write another “Fat Dude: Report Card” for nearly a year, but the time never seemed right.

Originally this blog was supposed to be a year-long herculean effort to get fit (or die!). On that schedule, I published my first report card in February 2011, when I was still generally going strong with the effort to blog three nights  a week and walk everyday.

I used to feel like I had failed myself, being unable to keep up on this self-imposed schedule in order to accomplish my goals. This has been a rollercoaster ride, and I’ve grown a lot through this process. In short, I wouldn’t trade those failures for success. I’m happy to have come up short, because what I learned from it will ensure success in the long run.

In these times of modern convenience and demands, I’ve learned that you have to take the time to treat your body right with good food and exercise. Both are important; necessary. The idea I repeatedly remind myself of–both as motivation when I’m already kicking ass, and when I need an ass-kicking to get back into it–is this: How can you meet your obligations to family and work when you are not meeting your obligations to yourself?

It’s a question that has lit a fire within me. I want to feel better. And I do.

But I know even better days are ahead as long as I stay motivated to eat healthy be preparing my own meals and exercising regularly. So, if there ever is a right time to check in officially, it is now. I’m ready to kick it up a notch in the gym and switch from  a full-body routine to exercises that target different areas on different days. This will work more muscles within each muscle group for better results long term and will also allow me to shorten my workouts so I can fit everything I need to do within the days I need to do them. (I can only imagine what adding a child to this mix will do, which is why I’m pushing myself now to get on track before the wife starts lookin’ to get cookin’ in the next couple years.)

It’s not always easy. There are days where forces outside of my control dictate my schedule, what I eat, or both. There are  days where I’m not up to it. Heck, there are weeks where I’m not up to it. But the important thing is to call your own bullshit and force yourself to keep on going. As I’m seeing now that I have the pictures side-by-side (a size-smaller shirt in the second picture), slowly but surely, the hard work is paying off.

I started this blog on Nov. 8 at 258 lbs. Today, I weighed in at 230.7, a total loss of 27.3 lbs.

My body mass index went from 39.6 to 36. Today, I’m at 35.4. I’m still considered obese, (under 30 is “overweight”, around 25 is the goal) but I’m closer to being healthy than I was before, and that’s what matters to me most.

It’s a sprint from here until Coachella in mid-April. My goal is to be in the low 220 lbs. by then.

I know I haven’t been cooking regularly for the blog, but I’m still trying to find the balance between work, blogging, freelancing, the gym and Wifey Nadia’s schedule. I’ll borrow a wok from a friend this week and get back on the menu by knocking out at least the stir fry from  the vegetarian menu.

Until then …

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