Sunday, April 26, 2009

Day 224 The Summer Slim Down and Losing Weight Eating Cheeseburgers and Fries

Day 224

The Summer Slim Down and Losing Weight Eating Cheeseburgers and Fries

We’ve had the pleasure of having our oldest daughter home this weekend. She surprised us with her appearance and we couldn’t be happier! In a short two weeks she’ll be home for the summer and we’re going to make the summer count! Amber is looking forward to working out with us and losing weight right along by our sides. I can’t change the fact that I finally started for real a month into her freshman year away from home. I wish I would have started this journey much sooner while she lived at home, but I can’t fire up the DeLorean and go back to change anything. What I can do is continue what I’ve been doing the past 224 days. And this summer we’re going to set some nice goals and we’re going to demonstrate to each other exactly how to reach them. I can’t believe she’s out in only a couple of weeks! She’s been studying for finals all weekend. I have to give thanks everyday for the two wonderful, smart, talented, and beautiful girls we’ve been blessed to raise.

Dinner tonight was homemade cheeseburgers and fries. Now before you start thinking that we’ve flipped out or something, let me explain. I made the burgers much smaller than I ever have before. These aren’t giant 500 calorie burgers. These burgers each weighed in at around 200 each for the patty, 110 for the bun, and less than 15 calories for the cheese. I made one slice of white American cheese go on all four burgers. I just ripped it in fourths! With Mustard and onions, we’re talking a real American homemade cheeseburger for 335 calories! And the fries? We bake them always. I had a hundred calories worth and a few bites of a leftover pasta dish we had on the table. My entire meal was just under 500 calories and I’m very cool with that number. Yes you can lose weight while still enjoying the all-American cheeseburger and fries every now and then! We sure do save money when we’re eating way less than before. The savings at the grocery store are fantastic. Tonight would have been much more expensive had we consumed what we were accustomed to before this journey. Oh, and nobody made fry sauce!

I’m hoping the weather doesn’t dampen my plans to hit the trail tonight for at least a 5K. Listen to me, “at least” a 5K, geez, how our progress really expands what we determine an acceptable workout. I’ll get my workout in one way or another tonight. I will sweat and my heart rate will increase, I just haven’t figured out how yet if I’m stormed out of the trail. I have some options you know, like Sweatin’ To The Oldies, or some other home grown house aerobics. Sometimes we have to get creative!

I’m looking forward to Wednesday. Weigh day should no doubt put me over the 150 pounds lost marker and that’s a real awesome thing. I read some of my old blog postings today and I have to say, early on, I don’t think I fully realized how wonderful I would feel 150 pounds along on this journey. And now I really don’t think I have any idea how wonderful I’ll feel 125 pounds from now. I guess it can and will get better, but I feel pretty good right now. My body was so use to carrying around over a quarter ton of weight, of course it feels free as a bird in the 350’s.

I remember how tight these 48’s were when I first brought them home. They were definitely not wearable back then, but now they’re considered my “comfy” jeans. I’m actually starting to have to pull them up every now and then. The next step will be adding a belt to them, and the next step after that will be settling into 46’s and saying goodbye to these 48’s. It’s so fun to be shrinking!

I’m telling you, if you’re struggling with a similar journey, hang in there! The rewards are amazing along the way. I look forward to really living my life without the discomfort and constant struggle and uneasiness about being morbidly obese. I’m headed there everyday and if you’re also headed there, nice to have you along! We can do this! We can do anything if we decide we can. Thank you for reading. Good night and…

Good Choices,


  1. Sounds like Oklahoma is going to have horrid weather this week for outside walking :( I may see how much it would cost for me to obtain membership at a gym. Over the weekend, hubby and I stayed in a hotel that had an exercise room and we walked on the treadmill for an hour and I LOVED it! I don't think I have ever worked out that hard before....progress!

  2. I think it's way cool that you're so motivated. I was feeling under the weather this week and only worked out twice. I still managed a four-pound loss this week, though! I attribute that to the fact that I stayed within my daily points allowance on the days I didn't work out and avoided the temptation to eat everything in sight. I wasn't hungry, just bored and my body was begging to fall into old habits. "Remember when we used to do x,y, and z when you felt like this?!" No more, I say.

  3. It sounds like you and your family are going to have a wonderful, healthy summer!

    And... boy, do those cheeseburgers and fries sound yummy! I love healthier versions of the old staples.

    And good luck with your weigh in this Wednesday! :)

  4. Ok, that's it , Sean! I HAVE to get to get Richard in the house! LOL. I sure could have used it this past week of blizzards. :)


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