Jan 31, 2011

Sweet! 3 pounds lost, 60 pounds total!

!Does anyone else just get stoked when you past each 10 mark? (10,20,30 ...)
I am doing my truffle shuffle after my weigh in!

Jan 23, 2011

Feelin 90%

Tonight I feel I've kicked the pneumonia about 90% and started telling my wife I think I should start the week off right with going to the gym in the morning. She said "blog about it and then you'll have to!" So here it is.

I'll probably take it easy so I don't cough up a lung but more than anything I need to get back in the habit. They say it takes 21 days to form a habit. I am excited to get day 1 under way. I also have adjusted my schedule at work to give myself more time in the morning so I can block out 3 days a week at the gym.

I need to strengthen my heart and increase my stamina but I'm no dummy, It's diet more than exercise that will make the biggest difference in my weight loss. Over the past few months I did not throw in the towel with my diet but at the same time I HAVE deviated from my 1500 calories-a-day goal. In order to get there I need to log my food again. Time consuming but necessary.

And thank you to my peeps for not skipping a beat in welcoming me back to blogging my progress. I don't know if I'll ever get back to posting daily but I will keep you up to speed at least weekly. Thanks for continuing to inspire me with your stories and your progress.

Much love,


Jan 20, 2011

Went to the Doc. today

Was feeling like crap this morning. Started to get an unbearable cough. They took X-rays and found I got pneumonia! Suck! It would be nice to have the appetite I have had while I am sick without the cough-up-a-lung thing that is keeping me from exercising.

Got 2 anti-biotic shots today, a breathing treatment to help me breath easier. I can't help but feel my sickness would be lessened if I was fit.

I guess the huffing and puffing in the gym will have to be offset by not eating anything but chicken broth a little while longer.

Jan 19, 2011

Sick day = Time to blog again ... day

November was crazy as we geared up for Christmas, delivered last of my wife's big weddings of the year. I was in the running for a promotion, switched schools and geared up for the holidays while working every possible overtime hour so I could give my family a Christmas. When I would get home from a 10 hour work day I would get to cutting vinyl (a side part-time job) to earn extra money.

In all this craziness, I am trying to get in for doctors visits while trying to stay true to my weight loss goals. Well long story short, I missed my doctor apt. in November and December I couldn't get an appointment for when I wasn't working. I made my apt for the first week in Jan. and then was sent a letter that my Doctor no longer accepted my insurance, which was FRUSTRATING because the reason I chose that insurance in the first place was because it WAS accepted by my doctor. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!! I hate insurance.

I have met with the lymph-edema doc and got that under control with compression socks. It looks like I am wearing granny tights but you do what ya' gotta' do.

November was the closing of 2011 benefit elections at my work. It was then I had to make the decision if I was getting surgery or not. My wife and I know that this needs to happen now and that getting healthy and fit is worth whatever we have to sacrifice to make it happen. I maxed out my flex spending, got the expensive insurance and decided this would be the year. Although we can't afford the benefits we even had last year, I know we will find some way to make it work. Also, I will have been with my company for 5 years this year which means an extra week paid vacation. This will make it a lot easier in terms of time off work.

So now I am searching for a new doctor so I can get in first thing February. I am scheduling July as my surgery month.

So why now? Why after months of not blogging did you decide to blog again?

I got sick. The week after Christmas my daughter and son got sick. He had Croup, she had Strep. My wife soon followed a couple days after with the flu, the piggy kind. I followed that up with Tonsillitis which has now turned into a severe sinus infection. I woke up this morning without a voice. I work 90% on the phone so today I said enough! I need to get better. So after sending the bad news to my boss I thought I would write this novel.

Plus side to being sick, the only thing I want to eat is chicken soup.

I never gave up ... except on the blogging part

I AM here, and I haven't even thought for a moment of giving up...except for on the blogging end of it.
Too much going on, 24 hours in a day and 35 hours of stuff to do them in. The blog posts have suffered but my commitment to lose the weight has NOT deminished. Thank you for everyone who is following my journey and cares enough to be concerned.

Jan 15, 2011

A little inspiration up in here!

" Sacrifice: Giving up something good for something better.
Success: The successful person is willing to do what the unsuccessful person is not willing to do. 
Character: The ability to carry out a worthy decision after the emotion of making that decision has passed.."
- Hyrum W. Smith -

While I may have given up on maintaining this blog over the past ... forever, I have not given up on my journey. I am still chugging along my path and even lost over 10 lbs. since last time I updated my weight loss chart. While I celebrate every pound that is no longer part of project Mike, I also kick myself for putting my health goal on the back burner to simmer when I need a full on rolling boil.

At the risk of a "that's what she said" joke, here are are a few refocusing self affirmations:


 - SACRIFICE 30 min, 3 times a week from my family so I can be with them for many years to come. Do it when it sucks! 

- SUCCEED by going to the gym and busting out the cardio, keeping up on physician visits and by being a conscious eater. Do it when it sucks!
- Exhibit CHARACTER by never, never, NEVER letting setbacks, disappointments and frustrations determine my destination. Keep doing it when I suck!