I found a dam photo of fat me!

Fat me is at the Hoover dam last summer thus the seemingly misspelled expletive in the post title. Sometimes I stumble across an old picture I forgot I had and get to revisit the fat me again. It is so weird. Makes me angry and happy at the same time.

Mother’s Day was nice but I failed in the gift department. Karlie let me slide with an IOU on the gift. Me and the kids made her breakfast in bead. On a side note, gift giving is harder when your wife is a florist who is on a diet and you are broke as a joke.
Mother’s Day Gift Ideas
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  • flowers
  • chocolates
  • jewelry
I have to get creative. After I made her breakfast I made some corsage deliveries to the Moms in the family before church. As always, everyone was thrilled to receive Karlie’s beautiful orchid corsages and Karlie was thrilled to stay in bed while me and the kids made the deliveries.
After church Karlie enjoyed some alone time going through shows on the Tivo while the kids and I took a nap. After that, we headed over to Karlie’s mom’s house and visited for a while. Dinner at my mother in-laws is to hard for us because the food is so good and we can’t have most of it. Potato salad is Karlie’s favorite and she couldn’t stand to be tempted so we ate dinner before going over. After making a good choice like that, I ate some leftover Easter M&Ms out of the candy dish….stupid.
Cody, my ripped, college football Champ, Brother In-law & his wife Amber are staying at Mom Larsen’s for a while and he helped me work out a regimen to start gaining some muscle while I am losing weight. I have been reading a lot about body building and know that as I gain muscle I will slow down my weight loss but not necessarily my fat loss. My new goals will be weight related still but I think I am going to need to focus on body fat % loss as a more accurate measurement for my goals going forward. If I am doing this right, I should see the % drop every week and still be dropping pounds overall.
The weight lifting is going to be in 2 cycles that last 6 weeks long each. One cycle is strength training and the other is heavy lifting. I am starting with the strength cycle first. One thing I loved that Cody pointed out is that if you are doing the weight lifting right, your heart rate should stay up the whole time. He suggested working out by myself or with someone who wants to work even harder than me. Great advice. I need to make the limited time I have at the gym count so you won’t see me just hangin’ around between sets very long.
I miss reading and commenting all on the weight-loss blogs I follow. I need to set aside some time because it motivates me and gives me the umph I need in my weekly weight loss efforts. I feel so out of the loop with everyone and their struggles and successes. Even if I don’t comment I will be blog stalking this week for sure.

Some changes going forward

Let me start off by first saying that I realize I am neither fit or thin… yet.

That being said, As I approach a “normal weight” I am am starting to ask myself, “what is after the weight loss?” Maintenance? That doesn’t sound like what I am about. I want to be strong and have muscle. I don’t want to be a thin Mike, I still want to be Big Mike. Not in a  “holy crap that guy just downed 5 burritos” kind of way. I want to be big in a “wow, that guy could pick up and throw that fat guy eating all those burritos” kind of way.

While following through with the current plan, until the end date I committed to, I will be changing it up after that. Allan’s plan works to lose weight. I am changing to align with goals I have set for myself in the future. I will still be maintaining a 1200 calorie diet but the foods I will be eating will be more protein based and will include a regimen of supplements. While this may sound contradictory to my recant post when I said …

I suggest, at least at first, NOT using meal supplement plans. Slimfast and the like are not a sustainable way of living in my perspective of things.

I  still stand behind what I said but let me clarify. Slim fast and meal replacements are meant to replace a meal. Does this method reduce calories? Yes. Does this method work? Short term…yes, long term … debatable. The biggest reason I am against meal replacement supplements is that the opportunity is missed to eat healthy. When the Slimfast isn’t there or the Nutrasystem runs out, how are you going to eat? It has been a big lesson in moderation, control and portion sizes as I have learned to eat at 1200 calories. I know how to do this now. I did not before even though I thought I did. While admittedly I have not mastered it yet, I feel I have at least passed eating healthy 101. No where near graduating.

I have been doing a lot of goal evaluating as of late and found that I am no longer driven by the image of a slender tender Mike. I am driven by the image of built, stacked, UFC cage-fighter Mike. I like to eat. I also like to go to the gym. The idea of “maintenance” makes me uneasy. I like the idea of pushing myself constantly. Weight lifting and body building seems like it would fulfill that vision. Don’t worry, I don’t have any crazy idea of eating like I used to AT ALL! I will be following my own plan. Basics include:

  • 1200 – 1500 Calories a day. This gives me some slack to modify the plan as I learn and make some changes. Low sodium and sugar, no carbination. I will be learning the principals of food composition I have learned so far.
  • 5-6 days a week exercising. This is the intense commitment portion of the plan going forward. 3 days a week will be cardio (elliptical & treadmill) and the other 3 days will be a weight lifting regimen that mirrors what my college football brother in-laws are training with.
  • Supplements will include protein shakes, a multi vitamin and Creatine.
  • Enough water to drown an elephant with.

This is a rough description of the plan I will be formatting. Obviously I will be consulting my doctor and maintaining my medications.