Losing It For The Family

Losing It For The Family

Friday, July 30, 2010

Day 12 Way ready for Weigh Day!!!!

So today was my first weigh day since I started this journey/blog. As I noted before, I was hoping for 8 poounds. Well, I did not lose 8 pounds guys. But I guess I will have to go on living knowwing that I lost 11 pounds insteaad. And 1 1/2 inces off my big belly. I am not sure how I will handle this. It may be difficult but I will see what I am made of I suppose ;-)

I am actually typing this blog at lunch time because I was so excited to tell everybody. I now weigh 286 pounds, down from 297 and my belly is 53 1/2 inches around down frmo 55. How exciting!!! So goal number one of losing 10 pounds has been accomplished!! My new goal is to get out of the 280's, if only to 279. I kinda laughed at myself though when I thought of something. I have always been the guy who will reward weight loss goals with food! I thought about it for half a second this morning, but decided that is just dumb! Haha. So I have decided that at 30 pounds lost, I am going to go out and splurge on a new shirt for me. Aaaaaaand, it will be a XX!! Even if it don't fit at the time, I will work my way down to it!

Kathy and I went to Taco Bell today and I have to admit, I liked the fresco burrito supreme chicken version. I knew going in it was 340 calories, which is what I eat for lunches. My worry was will it be a filling 340. The answer is yes! I was great! I may have a new faorite at Taco Bell as it was delicious also. So thru lunch and counting in what I will be eating for a snack later, I am going to leave the office with 950 calories in. And I saw in my comments that Jo mentioned I had gone over my bank of calories but with good choices. I actually did not because I set my bank at 2000. But it got me to thinking if I had set it too high. So I did some research and found a website that calculated your basal metabolic rate according to your age, weight, and height as well as activity level. I put in mildy active and it said to lose weight I would need to keep my caloric intake daily to 3200! I was shocked! I can tell you right now, just trying to make 2000 is hard now. I have only made it close twice and gone over once and both times, no hunger in this guy! So how much stock do you guys put into that? Do ya'll think my bank of 2000 is too high?

Okay, I am done rambling. I need to get off her and get my A/C problem solved. I need a couple of window units but those are at a premium this time of year! So let's see some success stories posted guys, and as always, keep inspiring and I will try to do the same for you.


  1. Funny you should mention looking up how many calories you actually need. I did that a couple of days ago at the Mayo Clinic website. It asked for my height, weight, and activity level. I said I was active, because I walk almost 3 miles a day, lift some light weights, and push the lawnmower and run weedeater. And it told me I needed a shocking 2,000 calories per day. I know for certain that if I ate that much, I would gain weight and gain it fast, unless I ate the entire 2,000 in broccoli. Now, I really do want to trust the people at Mayo, but this is just wrong. I get between 1,000 and 1,200 most days, and if I have restaurant food, I probably go to 1,500 (which is rare).

    Anyhoo, I would say go with what your body tells you. If you are not feeling hungry, you probably are getting too many calories. You might try reducing it by 100 for 2 or 3 days, then another 100 for 2 or 3 days, until you find your comfort level. And I would think it also depends on your level of activity. If you do lawn work on weekends, you may need more on those days.

    Just my two cents worth!

  2. I think 2000 is a good higher limit for a guy your age and size. You WILL lose weight at that amount. You want some wiggle room to move lower when you hit a plateau, and need to "surprise " your body. You obviously should not eat if you are full, just to get to 2000. That is my opinion.
    At my age and weight I can lose weight at 1500 calories perday. At the point I stop losing weight I can choose to go lower, or choose to stay at the weight I am. I am hungry at the end of the day on 1500 calories for sure.

  3. ZOMGHOLYCRAPSHANE!!! :) YAY!!!! ELEVEN lbs is awesome. Im so so happy for you. xoxox And you're doing a great job, so dont worry about your calorie bank size just yet. Your body is responding, you're losing (more than you thought you would), and you can always adjust it down later. Listen to your body and you're doing great. Huge huge hugs from meeeeeee!

    e. :)
    (p.s. i'll have my weigh in results on my blog tomorrow...stay tuned!)

  4. Congrats on your weight loss - eleven is fabulous. I don't think I've commented on your site before but I've been lurking - picked up your link somewhere, not sure where. :-)

    2000 calories is great for you, based on what I can tell about you. I am certain if you're working out that you're going to be losing weight at 2000 a day. If it is hard to eat more than that, don't push it!

    I just had my BMR measured recently by a professional and it came out at 1480. I'd already calculated it on a number of different internet tools and had come up with an average of 1460 so - the internet stuff was very accurate for me. You have to remember that BMR is the calories necessary just for your body to EXIST. Breathe, blink, digest, etc. It seems wacky that your BMR would be 3200 but the bottom line is, if you are feeling good and functioning well on 2000 a day (and losing the weight you want) then why mess with it?

    I am about to start a new THING - Precision Nutrition's Lean Eating Program. I will be blogging about my progress weekly so come by and see me sometime. I will check in on you, too. Keep on truckin.

  5. I did not say congratulations on your loss ... that is an awesome number and very motivating!

  6. Hey Shane! WOW...congratulations on your first weigh in and 11 pound loss!!! That's awesome Bro, really awesome! Keep going hard... coz I'm watching you like a Hawke! LOL!

  7. Sounds great !!! Good luck !!!