Aug 31, 2010

Eating well while loosing weight

  I love to eat. Just because I am trying to lose weight doesn't change that. What is interesting to me though, is that I actually enjoy food more now. I think the reason I was eating crap is because it came easy and it came cheap. It wasn't even exceptionally good. Now I feel like my food actually stops at my taste-buds for a while as apposed to simply being inhaled, bypassing the mouth all together. 
For breakfast I ate 3 hard boiled eggs, an apple, and a string cheese. This was plenty to hold me over until lunch. 
At my job, once a month the company pays for us to go to lunch. My team chose Thai food at Tyfoon. While everyone ordered beef and chicken dishes covered in thick creamy sauces, I settled on this beautiful dish. 
Lightly blackened sashimi-grade ahi served atop a
bed of cabbage with a spicy soy mustard
It was amazing. The tuna was seared perfectly and the texture was rich and creamy. The spicy mustard sauce (a mix of mustard, soy sauce & wasabi) was a delicious high flavor, low calorie sauce & complimented the mild fish perfectly. Obviously I can't afford to eat this delicacy often but it is a dish I can indulge in that doesn't compromise my new lifestyle.

For dinner my wife tried a new recipe for turkey meatloaf and it was awesome! Paired it up with some pee-stinker asparagus and I will end my day well under my 1500 calories. And until just now, I hadn't even realized I went the whole day without bread and I didn't even miss it!

A Wal*Mart Workout

Yesterday being my first day at 1500 calories, I was juiced to come in under my 1500 calories and I was 50 over. I wouldn't hear of it so I decided I wanted to burn them off with a little workout. I was in the market for some headphones to work out with, so I planned to go over to Wal*Mart, get the headphones, then hit the pavement. I pulled up to the parking lot and parked in the furthest spot (about 150 yards away) and started doing my fat-man version of a Richard Simmons power -walk to the door. The lot was on a slant so the walk uphill had my heart beating full force by the time I hit the door and the sweat started to bead up on my forehead. I felt so good I didn't stop when I hit the door, I kept hoofin' it back to the electronics section,  walking in place I grabbed some headphones and decided to keep jetting back to the auto section at the back corner of the store. I thought to myself, "I got a good thing goin' here" and I started going up and down each row. I moved through sporting goods, weaved through toys and back through electronics...

Now let me stop for a sec and make sure you have the picture here. If you are imagining a fat guy, waddling down the isle in a leisurely stroll, you aren't seeing it. It's more like a giant ball of furry, billowing down the isle in a huffing and puffing, leaning into the turns, hope I don't lose traction and take out an old woman kind of way. Now that we are clear...

... I moved through sporting goods, weaved through toys and back through electronics. I hit the short baby supply isles and went full bore into frozen food. "Freekin' Butter!!!!", I screamed in my head as burned past the dairy isle. I started to get pissed as I passed the food that once held so much power over me. My anger pushed me even more to the point I was half walking, half chunky-man jogging. People started to look at me like I was crazy...and they weren't far off to think so. The last isle was the bread isle. I started to jog to the finish and out of spite for my doughy nemesis, turned the corner and ran the bread isle one more time just as a stick-it-to-ya...... I slow down as I approach the cash register to keep the tiny Asian lady from any assumptions that I would run her over. Luckily there was no one in her express lane. Sweating, huffing & puffing, I through the headphones I had been carrying on the conveyor belt. Kim, my poor checkout lady, starts to look up with a smile that quickly turned to alarm and concern as her eyes met my face. She stared at me as she scanned my 1 item and gave me my total. By the look on her face I can only assume she was working out in her mind if she should pull out her billy club from underneath her register in preparations to defend herself or if she should be ready to call 911 if I dropped dead in front of her. Luckily she said nothing but "Have a nice day". I walked out of the store in cool-down fashion, my knees wobbling a little in rebellion. By the time I reached my car I had gained composure and I started busting out laughing in the parking lot. If anyone from the store had seen me laughing out loud in the parking lot, their thoughts about me being crazy would have been confirmed. I think all the celery is getting to my brain.

Aug 30, 2010

First Day at 1500 Calories & What I Learned

Just a quick list of things I learned on my first day at 1500 calories:

  1. Light feta is betta than chedda when it comes to cheese
  2. I was ripping myself off! (When I guessed my meat was 4oz it was 2.5 maybe 3)
  3. Bread, things have changed. I am just not the same man I used to be. I think we should just be friends. It's not you, it's me....okay it is you. True you have been there to comfort me these many years but I just don't like the person I am when I am with you. Surely you saw this coming didn't you? I mean it's not like our relationship was exactly healthy. I still love you but just in a once-in-a-while, whole grain wheat kind of way.
  4. One can survive hunger! When the growling beast of hunger comes lurking, much like a bear attack, it is best to play dead. Any sudden moves may trigger incalculable damage. Do nothing and often times hunger will just pass by. If you determine movement is necessary, do so calm and collectively only after considering your options.
  5. A lot of water = a lot of peeing.....a lot.
  6. Logging calories makes the biggest measurable difference in executing my goals.
  7. There is no way I could do this if I had not started this blog. Through this blog I feel that I find empathy not just pity & sympathy. Even those who don't comment, you drive me to do better each day by simply reading, relating and caring. I feel a kinship with this community of bloggers and truly want my "friends" to succeed. I know there is no greater motivation I can give to others who share my struggle than to be an example by beating the odds. I believe miracles happen everyday. It's no coincidence I decided to start blogging about my weight. It's no coincidence that when I did, I quickly met guys like Allen & Sean. It's no coincidence that you are reading my blog. Coincidences are miracles God isn't getting credit for. But I also know this, God helps those who help themselves. Praying for God to help you lose weight and then scarfing a plate of super nachos makes about as much sense as screen door on a submarine.


P.S. - Jumped on the scale and dropped 5lbs since last weigh-in!

A bit too easy (time to step it up even more)

At the end of my first full week of under 2000 calories a day I took time to stop and reflect over where I had been only a few weeks prior and where I want to be. Moving to 2000 calories from, who knows 5000, 6000, was a change and I can already feel the benefits of eating healthier..... but ....
It's just still a little too easy. I decided starting tomorrow I am going to cut another 500 calories a day. At 2000 I felt like I was choosing to eat all 2000 calories a day just because I had them. I know I could maintain 2000 calories but at that many I know it will take longer than I am willing to wait for results. I would rather set my new goal to 1500 and go slightly over an occasional day than easily hit my current 2000 goal everyday.

I grow more uncertain about my surgery as I make new efforts and achieve goals I never have before . On one hand, I am still gunning for it because I know that with it I could maintain an even lower caloric intake a day, lose significantly more weight a lot faster. On the other, I am making headway in a whole new way this time around and could think of no greater success story for myself than to defeat obesity through will power, perseverance & support from those who care about me. The question will come down to this: Will the benefits of getting the surgery still outweigh the risks and significant financial burden if I am able to maintain 1500 or even 1000 calories? I hope everyone who reads my blog and is considering surgery as a solution is asking themselves this question everyday up to the surgery. The only thing I think that would be worse than not getting the surgery, struggling for another year and then getting the surgery is getting the surgery without taking one more all-out effort and then finding that I probably could have done it on my own.

Aug 28, 2010

Man, no wonder I got fat! (The first true temptation)

My work offers me the opportunity to work Saturdays for overtime pay. It has been one of the ways I keep my finances in the black. For volunteering to work they also buy us lunch ... big, fat greasy, delicious lunch. As much as you can eat. (even me) That wound up to near a whole pizza some days.

Old habits die hard ... but it's time for them to DIE!

No fear blog followers I did not give into even 1 of the easy to grab, pleasure  to eat slice. Not that I couldn't have one and walk away and still make my caloric goal for the day but walking away altogether just feels more right. Instead, I brought my own meal. Whole wheat pasta whith lean meat marinara. If we are being honest, even after eating it though, the temptation to grab a slice didn't leave but the conviction to resist didn't either.

Aug 26, 2010

There are HOW MANY calores in that!

Today I found the best web site through Allen's blog. Actually, I think I am the only one in the fat blogging community that didn't get the memo about it.
It is a full-on calorie-counter, weight tracking web site.

Why I love this thing:
  1. It doesn't have so many features that it is confusing but at the same time it has enough options and custom settings that you can tweak it to track your plan your way.
  2. The food database has almost any food you can enter
  3. You can group items together and save them as meals
  4. You can hook them up to a tweet of facebook feed (see mine on the right side-bar)
  5. There are widgets so others can easily track the pounds you drop.
What would you expect to pay a month for this little beauty?
$15?.....$10?....$5? Noooooo!
It's absolutely free! 

But wait! there's more!
 Click here. now and they'll even throw in a free app for your phone!   (sorry no CODs)

First Day of School, Last Day of Elevators

6:00 AM
  • phone alarm starts playing the theme song to "Air Wolf" to wake me up, I hit snooze.
6:05 AM
  • Airwolf...Snooze...Repeat (3 more times)
6:25 AM
  • Finally give into the alarm, roll outta' bed, pee, do an ABC shower
6:35 AM
  • Grab meals my wife lovingly prepared to get me off to a good caloric start
7:02 AM
  • Arrive at work after blazing through traffic at speeds that are more fitting to a bullet bike than a Honda Element

I am now confronted with 2 options:
  1. Take the elevator, maintain composure, and be ready to get on the phone with a customer
  2. Take the stairs, start sweating & breathing like I just gave birth to a 10 pound kid, log into my phone and wait about 5 min. to get my breath back, then start my calls.
I chose the second.

4:00 PM
  • Leave work and head over for my first day at school
4:30 PM
  • Take a pretty good hike from parking to the building.

My classroom is one above the main floor. I took the stairs ... but only because the elevator was far enough away that it was actually easier to take the stairs.

6:50 PM
  • First class lets out, second class is on the other side of campus, no time to walk so I drove. (P.S. first class had chairs and desks I can fit in, hallelujah!)
7:05 PM
  • Late for class 2 walk fast to the building.

Same scenario. I took the elevator.

Now, if you are in the lobby of the empire state building, and you have to get to the 30th floor, take the elevator. But how dumb is it to schedule a time 3 days a week to force myself to exercise when I won't even walk up one flight of stairs?

Which is more important to me? Composure and the assurance that no one will look at me as I gasp for air at the top of the stairs or the benifits that 3 flights of stairs, 3 days a week for the next semester will have on my heart, my health and my weight.

No more elevators for me!

Side note: Dodged the gauntlet of free crap food being given away by vendors for the first day of school kickoff. Surprised how it's becoming easier to pass stuff by.

Aug 25, 2010

Starting Up at the Gym

I have been exercising mostly by starting to walk around my neighborhood but last night for the first time in a long, long time I walked through the doors of my gym.

My wife and I used to clean the pool over at our old gym in exchange for free membership but having to clean the pool just made us not want to go.

Crossroads opened up just a couple months ago so Karlie signed us up. She has gone but until last night I had never opened the door.

As you can imagine,  going from a completely sedentary life to trying my had at one of the torture devises here was not high on my, things that are wicked fun list but I am glad I did it. My physiologist suggest that I start with just 10 min, just enough to get my heart pumping and me breathing heavy. I started and decided I could do 15 without overdoing it. I realize 15 min. is not stripping calories but it will get my heart stronger and my lungs healthier for the surgery.

Also, yesterday was the first day I shrank my caloric intake to about 2000 calories.I stuck to 3 meals, no picking, no seconds and I took time to eat. No liquids 1/2 hour before or after I ate.

Aug 24, 2010

A Swift Kick in My 5XL Pants

If you start a blog about being overweight & open it up for comments, be ready for someone to point out stuff you don't want to hear.

One of my followers, Allan is kind of a balls to the wall guy. Actually he is the only other guy I know blogging openly about his weight loss. While "irreverent", as I have described before, his approach gets me up on my toes.

 The majority of the time I do best with encouragement and positive reinforcement but after last night's crying fest I needed someone to tell me to suck it up and get to work.

 On a side note, I had my largest contribution towards my weight loss surgery come in as you can see in the little widget on the right! Thank you so much everyone who has shown your support by donating even the smallest amount. It adds a level of accountability that solidifies my dedication to making life changes NOW!

If you want to follow what he wrote on his blog and the comments that followed go check it out.

 WARNING: Allan's likes his 4 letter words
so if you click over to his ready.

Aug 23, 2010

Being FAT in Public

Just feel so discouraged, angry and frustrated. My wife and I planned out healthy meal options for the next week, made a grocery list and went over to Wally*World tonight. We got some lean cuts of meat, fish, some whole wheat pasta, veggies, fruit... It was the first time we had been shopping in weeks and I was feeling really good that we were trying to set ourselves up for success in the cumming weeks. No crap!

Anyway, I was feeling very positive and energized and then some young jerk college kid comes around the corner, sees me and blurts out "Woa! That's a TON of man." out loud to his girlfriend. I kept walking ... wondering if I just heard what I thought I did. Before what just happened could register in my mind they were gone, so I just kept shopping. Karlie didn't hear it, she was down the isle. On the surface I just blew it off like I have soooooo many times in the past but it just kept festering and festering until all I could think about was slamming my fist in that guys face. I started acting cranky and impatient with my family as we shopped and we got out of there like an hour later.

We got home and started unloading the groceries. I broke down in tears but mostly in anger. How could someone be so rude. I am TRYING to change, I am TRYING to stay positive and motivated, then some cocky kid blows what little self esteem I have left out of the water! I just wanted to scream "YOU DON'T KNOW MY LIFE. YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT I AM GOING THROUGH!", peppered with 4 letter words that are more befitting to a Chris Rock concert than a good ol' Mormon boy.

After the stages of shock & anger, came depression. Thinking about starting school again, worrying about walking into a classroom of plastic chairs with a piece of wood jetting out the side for a desk. It does wonders to one's moral starting the semester by dragging in a chair into class from another room because you are too big to sit in the provided furniture.

I think emotions are running extra high because now I have chosen to face the problem instead of ignoring it. The reason I want to punch some guy I don't know, who is worth less than the 99 cent box of fat free, low sodium crackers I was holding... it's because I am doing everything in my power to change... and that's a good thing.

Well sorry for the novel but it made me feel a lot better.

The little extras (formerly posted as "Small Choices")

A couple small victories in the battle over the weekend. After dinner on Friday I decided it was to early for the kids to go to bead so I took the family on a short walk around the neighborhood. It was no Richard Simmons power walk but we were moving instead of plopping in front of the boob tube. The kids absolutely loved it and it made me realize I need to do more little things like that.

Also last night I had the option to stay home or go visit my mother-in-law's house with the kids to go see the baby chicks that had hatched. That may not seem like something even worth mentioning but it was making a choice to do something I didn't really want to do because I knew it was the better option. If nothing else I am making changes in the way I think about things.

This week is when the challenges become greater and making my health a priority takes extra effort because I am starting school. I will be taking 3 classes at the community college towards finishing up my business associates degree and starting my CS degree. Switching majors means I just added 4 years more of college but you have to go after what you love. Wish me luck with my new busy busier schedule!

Aug 21, 2010

Eating the Moment

Eating the Moment: 141 Mindful Practices to Overcome Overeating One Meal at a TimeIn my initial consultation for surgery, I met with a psychologist. I loved that the Surgical Weight Loss Center of Utah has a Psychologist in house. I was also very glad that it is part of the program. I truly believe that there the psychological changes are as important as the physical changes.   "Eating the Moment" by Pavel Somov. A lot of our conversation and advice she pulled straight from the book. I'm ordering it today. Has anyone read it?

Side note: Couldn't they make these books not look like they are from the Oprah Book Club? I'm not asking for a scene from Rambo on the cover, just something I can read in the break room at my work without catching flack. Oh well.

Other books the psychologist recommend:
  • Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think
  • Eating Mindfully: How to End Mindless Eating and Enjoy a Balanced Relationship with Food

Aug 20, 2010

Sorry, I took my pills

Thank you so much to everyone that had positive words of encouragement. When I started this blog I had no intentions of making it public because I am embarrassed about my situation. The people that I have met after making the blog public and the good feedback you guys offer makes me want to keep going.

FYI I have not giving up or ever intend to, you caught me in one of my "moments". My wife says I am kind of a drama King. I vent frustrations then regather and return to a normal person pretty quick.

Here is what i am doing right now:
  • I have already cut out all liquid calories. No more soda (diet or non) no fruit juices. Strict Water / Crystal Light
  • Exercise has been nonexistent. After meeting with the personal trainer I will be going to the gym 3 times a week (Tues, Thurs, Sat) At first she wants me to go for just 10 min. I can do that right?
  • Eating habits I am changing:
    • Eat at the kitchen table. (we used to eat in front of the T.V.)
    • Plate meals and put away any leftovers before we eat (no seconds)
    • Small changes in types of food I eat. (brown rice instead of white, ground turkey instead of beef)
I realize there is a lot more I could be doing but right now, this is what I can REALISTICALLY commit to. Understand that while these changes seem minor to some, they are big in my world.

Aug 19, 2010

I am doomed to be fat forever!

Well for at least another 6 months (which feels like forever). Just as expected the insurance company is requiring that I give it another go down "short-term-result ally" in order for them to fork out the dough. They want measured doctor visits for the next 6 months documenting all that the doctor wants me to try before surgery. Reasons why that sucks like a Dyson Vacuum:
  1. I have to wait to do something I have worked myself up to do for the last 6 months just to be told I need to spend another 6 months.
  2. Because of my other medical expenses I would have only had to pay $2,000 out of pocket before my insurance covers the rest if the procedure was done this year. Now I have to pay $6,000 + out of pocket because my  out of pocket expenses will set back to $0 in Jan. Not to mention all the other expenses with medication, checkups....
  3. I am robbed of the 6 months I could be loosing 8-10 lbs a month a week! I want to enjoy my summer next year at 80 pounds lighter. Take 6 months out and maybe I only loose 35 pounds by summer.
  4. I am very interested in advancing my career and I feel opportunities that would be mine would be hindered at my current weight. (Because all fat people are lazy...right?)
More to come about the details of the good parts of the visit (yea there were high points)

Aug 18, 2010

Major Anxiety !!!

So this is by first boo hoo post of what I am sure will be many but if I don't put this stuff up on the blog it defeats the purpose.

Tomorrow is a big day in my mind. I am committed to this and at first the only feelings I had about tomorrow where excitement and a little bit of nervousness. On my way home though, I had a pretty intense breakdown. I want  need this so much and I have major anxiety that I am going to have to wait 6+ months for insurance to cover the surgery. I don't know if I can handle that.

The only thing I can compare it too was how I felt before I asked Karlie to marry me. I knew without a doubt that I needed her, that choosing her to be my wife would change my life forever. To me, the emotions about getting this surgery is a lot the same. I am ready to change my life but ultimately the it is not only up to me. At least with Karlie I had someone who loved me on the other end. This time on the other end is United Health Care. Needless to say I am not expecting much love from an insurance company.

Besides feeling painfully desperate, I also started to let my mind wander in what if land. What if something goes wrong and the doctor botches up, what if I died? What would happen to my babies and my wife? Yea, I was letting the worst possible scenarios get the best of me but I couldn't help it.

I came home and bawled to Kar for a good 5 min. and after getting it out of my system gained some clarity and realized I needed a father's blessing. When I get to worrying about things I have no control over I need to remind myself, that's when I need to let God take over and put my faith in him.This thought started to get my head right again. I decided it was high time I got a father's blessing.

Here wo go!

I am really excited about my first consultation at The Surgical Weight Loss Center of Utah tomorrow. Here is what’s supposed to go down:
  • Go to initial consultation “class”
  • Meet with Dietitian for a diet evaluation
  • Meet with a Physiologist for an exercise evaluation
  • Meet with a Psychologist (I like this one. It will be interesting.)
  • Meet with an insurance coordinator to review my insurance and figure out what is needed for the procedure to be covered. (This is where I will probably have to jump through hoops)
The whole thing is supposed to take about 3 Hours. Thanks Uncle Colin and Grandma Larsen for babysitting so Karlie can come with me.


Jamie Oliver's TED Prize wish: Teach every child about food | Video on

Love this website TED. Awesome ideas and inspiring stories.
This video is a talk by Jamie Oliver that really spoke to me. It changed how I looked at what I eat everyday and shed light on some poor habits that got me where I am. Well worth a look.

Jamie Oliver's TED Prize wish: Teach every child about food | Video on

Aug 15, 2010

Hard to like what I see now

I expected there to be a lot of things that would need to change in my life if I did or didn't decide to get surgery but the one thing I wasn't prepared for was the change in how I felt about myself.

I think it is built into every guy to be able to look in the mirror and regardless of what he sees, is able to pump himself up. We have to get to the point where we truly believe, even if just for a moment, that we are true studs. I think god puts that confidence in us so that we will have the courage to go after girls, defend our families and take on the world to become the breadwinner for our loved ones. That used to come easy to me.

Lately I have found it harder to find things about myself I like. In order to make real change I have had to face some pretty harsh realities about myself. I am finding I don't like the person I am discovering. There have even been times that I have been reluctant to go places because I am embarrassed that people will see me. Faults of mine that were obvious to everyone else, I used to be able to somehow brush off. Self preservation? Necessary delusion? I don't know, but now I look in the mirror and I see what the harsh world sees, an obscenely fat person. I look at the guy in the mirror and I want to ask him, why are you so big? Do you even care about yourself? Why did you let yourself get this way? Are you just a lazy person who can't stop eating or what? Maybe I am not being fair to myself or maybe it's what needs to happen to make me wake up.

There are moments of clarity and perspective but truly, the only thing that keeps me going is the fact that there is light at the end of the tunnel. I am having my first appointment at the Surgical Weight Loss Center of Utah this week. I am so excited. For me this appointment makes it real. I will be posting details about the initial consultation, whats going to happen & with whom in the next couple days.

Catch 22

What do I do when I am not at work? Honestly, it was always about the next meal. I think when most people think about things that excite them they think of places to go, people to see and activities to do.

I got into a rut where the best thing I had going for me after work was dinner. In so many ways the only thing I would look forward to was the next meal. Special dinners at family's house, eating out... Special occasions became more about what I was going to eat at the occasion than the occasion itself. Writing that now sounds so messed up.

I used to play guitar and fill my time with music. I have a passion for fishing and the outdoors. I love playing with my kids at the park. Here is the thing, I have gotten to the point where everything I love to do is so difficult because of my weight I almost don't even want to do them. Playing guitar is hard to do now, even holding it is a struggle. The last thing I want to do is sink someone's boat fishing or be exhausted from walking to the mouth of the trail I want to hike. Playing at the park with my kids now consists of me sitting at a distance while they play.

I want to use the things I love to help me lose weight but my weight prevents me from doing them. I just with I was going in for surgery this week!

PS- The sexy picture to the left was taken by me on our honeymoon. Sooner than later we will look like that again. We will! We will?  ~ Karlie :)

Aug 13, 2010

Lab Work and Physical

Met with my Doc for my physical and to get my lab work done. It took 3 needle pokes to get the veins they needed for the blood tests (I HATE needles!).

Dr. Schaat was awesome and made me feel comfortable. The EKG (heart mapping) was humiliating though. I had to take my shirt off, mount my fat lard on the hospital bed/chair. Nicole Richie couldn't have fit on that thing comfortably.

Then two skinny young female nurses stuck wires all over my fat body and ran the test. They were nice but it still sucked. I think nurses should all be 40+, heavy set and slightly unattractive. It really would help me be less self conscious.

Aug 11, 2010

My habits become the norm for my kids

So I have been doing a lot of thinking about how I formed the habits that got me to where I am. Why do I eat even after I am full? To the average person it would seem common sense ... eat until not hungry then stop. Why doesn't my brain or my body think and work that way? Was it my upbringing, my surroundings how I socialized? Yes...Yes...&Yes.
How am I going to change habits in our home so that our children are not prone to consume the way I do did? Here are a list that will be expanding as I continue with this journey.
  • steer clear of carbonation: soda is a treat similar to a candy bar and is not something we keep in stock in our fridge, diet or not.
  • Do not use food as a reward: do not encourage emotional ties with food. It seemed like every time someone did well in school or sports it was "let's get ice cream!" I think maybe this is why I get overly excited to go out to eat and to order something that is not good for me. Replace food with fun activities or a toy ...
  • Plate Dinner: sounds simple but I never have a problem giving up seconds when my plate is made and Karlie puts extra in containers for a lunch or something. Also, I am pretty sure I have eat a whole portion when picking before dinner. I guess I need to either get out of the kitchen or be the one making it.
I love my children too much to be a dad that can't play or camp or ______________ (fill in the blank). And I don't want to them to have to go the difficulties of being an obese child. I am am making changes so we can have the life we were meant to.

Make a C.H.O.I.C.E.

Obesity is a disease, NOT a choice. But we have the choice to make a difference. Obesity is the key public health threat in the United States – approximately 70 million adults are obese, obesity is the second-leading cause of preventable death and costs our healthcare system $147 billion per year.1 These startling facts highlight the health crisis we face, but also opens the dialogue for change we can create together by addressing the epidemic and accepting all solutions. To tackle the obesity epidemic requires a commitment to both prevention and treatment and it will only happen with the help of consumers, healthcare professionals and Congress.

9 million children are obese in the United States. Prevention and educational programs are critical to ensure obese children do not become obese adults and to prevent healthy weight adults from becoming obese.13
Diet & Exercise
For the approximately 97 million adults in the United States who are overweight14, diet and exercise is the recommended treatment to help them lose and maintain a healthy weight.
Weight-Loss Surgery
15 million Americans are 100 pounds or more overweight and the medical research has found weight-loss surgery, combined with diet and exercise, is the only long-term effective treatment.2

Aug 9, 2010

My Primary Care Doctor

Dr. David B. Jack is my primary care physician. I was referred to doctor Jack by my previous doctor because of his special expertise in weight management. He his experienced in working with morbidly obese patience. That experience is invaluable to me. Anyone who has ever been to a doctor who doesn't have that experience is bound for frustration and a poor diagnosis (i had a couple bad experiences). Dr. Jack is on a tour of duty in Afghanistan right now so I am meeting with one of the other doctors in his office for my pre-surgery  workup. It's mostly labs. For more info on Dr. jack and his practice, click here.

Cutting Costs & Counting Pennies

As we start to get more and more serious about getting surgery, Karlie and I have been doing some hard core budget crunching. So far we've cut our internet speed to one step above dial up, got rid of Netflix, canceled subscriptions to services that we didn't need and are looking at opportunities to save on our cell phone plan. Every chances to save money we are looking at closely. Sounds like a painful process right? Not really.

It's interesting the change that is starting to happen in our house as we prepare for this "life change". It's so much more than just surgery, it's a change in attitude, a change in the way we think. So don't laugh but a big wake up to me was when we were watching an episode on Oprah. (I said don't laugh.) The show was about surviving in the rough economy and the focus was re-evaluating what we consume and why. It got me asking myself some big questions:
  • Why is my mind set on always getting the next thing?
  • Have I lost perspective of what I want out of life?
  • Am I giving up the things I want most to get what makes me feel good now?
  • Do I even know the difference between a NEED and a WANT?
The need to consume has obviously taken over my life physically but I am starting to see how it has effected me mentally and financially too. It's been sobering to make the changes but has helped me discover just a little bit more some deep rooted habits and the changes I need to make to be successful.

Aug 5, 2010

Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass

So I met with my Doctor a while back and told him I was considering surgery and because of the lest invasive nature of the procedure, was leaning towards the Lab Band. He said that he strongly recommended I consider Gastric Bypass instead because I had so much weight to lose. Also, after going to the seminar from Salt Lake Regional Medical Center, the presenter explained the pros and cons of each surgery they offer. I didn't realize that lab band patience lose less weight over time and at a much slower rate. Also I never had considered that Lap Band would require frequent doctor visits for adjustments and possible follow up surgery if the band slips.

After considering the pros and cons, and what my insurance will cover, the Gastric Bypass seems to be the best solution. Check out the video of the procedure. Sounds kind of scary but the fear of the procedure is nothing compared to the fear of living another year without it.

Bye bye SODA !!!

So in my preparations to get weight loss surgery I was told that I will not be able to drink soda pop any more. The carbonation can cause issues because it expands in your gut. Anyone who knows me knows I have been a long time Mt Dew fanatic.I am no dummy, I know that this sugar filled, caffeine concoction is one of the BIGGEST contributors to obesity but somehow that never used to stop me from guzzling down a cold one. Check out the nutritional info on the stuff. This is only for 8oz. If i was drinking 64oz, that's 880 calories !!! That's almost half the recommended daily intake. I switched to diet Dew but it had about the same appeal as diabetic chocolate.

Crystal Light On The Go White Grape, 10-Count Sticks (Pack of 6)Then the heavens opened and a column of light illuminated me to my new best friend, Crystal Light White Grape. I love this stuff. Not only do I save big bucks (they are about 35 cents a packet) but 8oz is only 5 calories! Because of this stuff, I have not even missed my Dew. "But what about the caffeine" you say. "Surely you crave the Green Beast when you are pulling an all nighter right?" Not so my friend! Crystal Light has "Energy" flavors. My favorites are Wild Strawberry & Peach Mango. My bases are covered and hopefully my butt will begin to recover from an early life of Dew addiction. Cold turky ... one month and counting!