Friday, April 3, 2009

Day 200 Making Breakfast Time and A Weight Loss Power Lunch

Day 200

Making Breakfast Time and A Weight Loss Power Lunch

We've really developed a nice habit of gathering around the breakfast table well before 6am. We've never done that until just recently. Breakfast was always the meal that where we all just did our own thing, grabbed whatever, I'd normally eat my oatmeal or cereal while on the air between six and seven . We've always heard that breakfast is the most important meal and it really is, so we've focused a little better, put it front and center on our daily priorities, and made it a habit. I've added some protein to my breakfast by eating eggs regularly. I usually have some Oatmeal or Cheerios too. They say the eggs could raise my cholesterol, but the Cheerios and Oatmeal have been proven to lower cholesterol, so the way I see it, it all evens out! Thanks to Dr. Amy we've been turned on to Steel Cut Oats. The research I've read on this stuff is incredible. Steel Cut Oats take a little longer to prepare, but the health and weight loss benefits are worth every extra minute it takes to prepare them. The metabolism needs to be revved up first thing every morning, it's paramount to healthy weight loss, so we're doing it everyday.

We met with our “Lose To Win” teammate and friend Brandon today. He's doing absolutely fantastic on his journey. I'm so happy to see Brandon so fired up. He really gets this in every way. It's amazing how many of our old eating habits were identical. When we tell each other about some of our old habits, the other just sits there nodding “yes” to everything. We enjoyed a very rare upscale lunch today at a restaurant of Brandon's choosing. He was treating so I wasn't going to argue. I suggested Subway or Taco Bell, turns out he's had Subway a few times in the last several days, so he suggested The Rusty Barrel Supper Club. Irene and I split a 10 ounce Fillet Mignon, with each half coming in at under 250 calories. We also split the potato ordered without butter, and we added some sour cream, salt, and pepper. Irene and Brandon enjoyed a salad and I had a half cup of cottage cheese and two club crackers. It was a fantastic lunch and a wonderful conversation. We discussed our workout strategies and eating habits. I couldn't be happier that Brandon is on our team. Although I've always been about 100 pounds heavier than him, and he's about 10 years my junior, I can't think of anyone else who's history with being overweight more closely resembles mine. Brandon, I hope you don't mind me writing about you, you know that if you come in contact with me on any given day, you could end up on this page! I have no doubt that Brandon's success will positively influence countless others to do the same.

That's the thing about this journey for anyone and everyone. You have the power to influence others to get healthy and lose weight too. You can't guarantee anyone's success but your own, but you can lead by example. Just do what you do and as the weight drops, people close to you can't help but notice, and if you can do it they can do it! This positive influence effect is why I'm so excited that 757 people in this community signed up for the “Lose To Win” Challenge. Even if only 200 really make the changes necessary for long term results, think about all they can possibly inspire, and it goes on and on! We might have started a chain reaction here! That's exciting, real exciting.

My boss, the owner of Team Radio, gave me several pair of pants that I can't wear yet, but give me a little while. Thank you kind sir! He's lost enough to not need them anymore, and when I do get into them in the next month or two it'll be an amazing day. They're size 44's. I'll get there in not long! They look so tiny to me, much like the 48's do, and I can wear the 48's! These big rewards along the way of this journey are so amazing, it's truly a blessing every day. And Mr. Blue Blazes, you're looking fantastic! And I'm not just saying that because you hold my broadcasting career in your hands, you really do look great, everybody is noticing my friend, not just employees looking to compliment the boss. Thanks for the pants, I'll wear them proudly into your office one day soon.

Our workout at the YMCA tonight was real nice. I started with some upper body weight training. I kind of mixed it up, doing the exercises I could remember and skipping the others. I then went back upstairs to the fitness center and hopped on a treadmill. It wasn't long before Mark's daughter showed up with a gift from Mark. It's a fantastic how-to book all about weight training, thank you Mark! I can't wait to read it and reference it during my training.

The other day I picked up Todd Starnes book “They Popped My Hood and Found Gravy On The Dipstick.” Todd is a Fox News Radio Network Anchor in New York City. His journey started when a doctor told him he needed open heart surgery. Todd quickly checked his day planner and told the doctor he could fit it in much later in the year, then the doctor told him it couldn't wait. Todd has gone from 300 pounds down to 150 and has even ran in marathons! His journey is very inspiring and spiritual, I can't wait to finish it over the weekend! I sent an e-mail to Todd congratulating him on his success and book. I also invited him to read my blog. He replied with congratulations for me and said he would read this blog and he'd get back with me on his thoughts. What an amazing individual!

It's getting late so I better wrap this up. I know I say it over and over, but really...Thank you for reading my blog. It's my passion to share the daily experiences that are transforming me into a healthy normal sized man. Be sure to check out the Bonus Blog “By The Numbers” too! Good night and...

Good Choices,


  1. I have recently discovered this blog on my own weight loss journey and have read from day one to now and I continue to keep reading until I am all caught up. I have read a number of blogs and as great as they were, I find yours to be the most inspiring to me. I even bought your book and just got it in the mail yesterday! I want to say thank you for putting yourself out there in such a positive and gracious manner. I look forward to reading more!

    1. Heather, I sincerely appreciate your readership and support. I'm so glad you're here. Thank you for purchasing my book, too! If you ever have any questions, don't hesitate to ask! And thank you for that tremendous compliment!


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