Further Weight Loss Info, Working from Home, and Tumblogging.

What up?!  Just a short post chock full of information for you, my avid readers.  First up on the plate is the great news that I am down now to 232 pounds (as of last Sunday 8/10).  That means I’ve lost 30 pounds since February – putting me at currently losing an average of 5 pounds a month.  Ah the glory of it is immense.  I was wearing 2XL shirts and size 42 pants (no belt necessary) in Feb, and now I’m back to regular XL shirts and size 40 pants (but I have to wear a belt with them to keep them in place).  Soon I will be down to size 38 pants again… maybe even size 36 which I haven’t been in since high school.   It hasn’t been nearly as difficult as I imagined it would be, either.  Like I’ve written before, all I’m doing is watching / counting the calories of everything I eat (maxing out at around 1800-1900 a day), and jogging on the elliptical machine for about 42 minutes three or four times a week.   The machine has a calorie counter on it, and I always burn a little over 500 calories every time.  I have no idea how accurate that is, though, but it’s a cool thought.  At least it’s working!  Heck now I barely have to think about the calories I eat – I’m more running on instinct now than actively counting calories.

It’s so easy – anyone could be doing this for themselves without joining any weight loss club, paying for a plan, or shelling out huge amounts of money on diet pills or whatever.  I eat mostly Healthy Choice and Lean Cuisine meals (2 of them a day – one for lunch and another for dinner), except on the weekends when I will cook for myself… or sometimes go out to eat and just get whatever I want regardless of the diet.  I eat a couple of packets of instant oatmeal for breakfast, or a peanut butter / banana sandwich.  I have snacks in between meals consisting of gummy candy and chocolate, whatever chips I want, microwave popcorn (those cool snack size bags), and so on.  I portion everything out, and take baggies of stuff with me to work.  I usually have a ham/turkey sandwich every day as well.  (I make my sandwiches on Publix Light Wheat bread as two slices is 80 calories as opposed to 140 with regular bread.)  As you can see, I’m not cutting out stuff I like to eat…I’m just eating less of it.

I even drink regular (non diet) sodas – one a day at the most – although lately I’ve been drinking a bottle of the Energy style of Vitamin Water every day to get my caffeine fix instead.  Not because I’m cutting out sodas – it’s just what I feel like doing right now.  I think it’s important not to try and distance yourself from the things you love to eat or drink.  It’s just important to not be a glutton about it.

One thing I do try to distance myself from is high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).  That stuff just gets converted directly to fat by your body, so if you’re going to eat or drink sweets try to get the ones made from sugar instead of HFCS.  I get organic ketchup because it’s made with sugar.  Low sugar jelly is often made with sugar instead of HFCS.  (Read the labels on the things you eat, folks.)  The sodas I drink are usually sweetened with sugar, although it’s hard to find them sometimes.  If you like Dr. Pepper, you should get it delivered to you from the original bottling plant in Texas, like I do.  They make it with sugar and it tastes so much cleaner than HFCS Dr. Pepper.  Their website is http://www.olddocs.com.  All Jones sodas are sweetened with real sugar.  I can’t find their Cola version in stores anywhere, but you can order it from their website as well:  http://www.jonessoda.com.  The Jones Cream Soda is absolutely the best cream soda I’ve ever had – if you like cream soda then I suggest you try it.  Boylan also makes all their sodas with real sugar, although I’ve never had one.  http://www.boylanbottling.com is their website.

In any event, each meal or snack is around 300 to 500 calories, and I eat 4 to 6 times a day depending on how many total calories are involved.  You have to do that to keep your metabolism high.  I take a multi-vitamin every day as well.  So there you go – the smart weight loss plan in which all that is involved is you, your brain, and your will power.  No companies or outside entities who want your money are involved.  Just you.

Of course, this just all plays into my ideal that people should learn to be more responsible for themselves.  I realize this plan isn’t for everyone because not everyone is going to be enough of an individual, or have a strong enough willpower, to do it on their own.  But you can – everyone can – all it takes is dedication and commitment.  If you can get fat on your own, you can get thinner on your own as well.  It’s not as complicated as the weight loss clubs and plans want you to believe that it is.  I am living proof of that.   The thing is that, depending on a number of factors, your body needs somewhere around 2000 to 3000 calories a day (give or take) just to keep you alive.  If you eat fewer calories than your body needs, then it will delve into your fat stores to keep you alive, and you will therefore lose weight.  It’s a fairly simple concept.  A guy my height and frame should be around 190 pounds, and at this rate I should be there around February or March next year.  I hoping that will be so.  Consult your doctor, formulate a plan, and start living a better life for yourself.

Another cool thing I want to mention is that Turner recently allowed my department to start working from home one day a week, and man it just kicks ass.  With gas prices as they are, it just makes sense for folks who can do their jobs from home be allowed to do so, as long as productivity remains the same or even improves.  So now I have an IP phone here at home, plugged into my router, and when I log into it I can get my support calls here at my apartment.  I use the VPN (google it if you don’t know what it is) to log into my computer at work, and BAM…everything I have access to there I can access from here.  Every Thursday I will now be working from home.  It just rocks to be able to do my job and not have to get dressed to do it (hahahahahaha).  That’s all I have to say about that.

Speaking of coolness, I need to take a moment to thank my good friend Stephanie Curtis for introducing me to the glory of Tumble Blogs – or Tumblogs…Tumblogging as it were.  If a Blog like this one is like a journal, then a Tumblog is like a scrapbook.  I often don’t have the time to write up full on posts like this one here, which is why I don’t post here as often as I’d like.  But on a Tumblog, you post just snippits of stuff.  I will post a picture one day, a video the next, then a quote (like how I love to quote song lyrics all the time), a short note in between, or maybe all the above in one day.  It’s all there and I will likely post a little something there every day.  So check my Tumblog out at:  http://commonterry.tumblr.com.  This space intentionally left blank.  (hehe) I hope you enjoy it!

Until next time,