Weigh Day Success and My Best Full Body “Before” Picture
Today was weigh day. I really expected two or three pounds, maybe four, but somehow, someway, I managed to pull off a five pound loss over the last two weeks. I weighed in at 284 today. 284! These numbers look so strange to me, they really do. Losing five pounds was really amazing considering that I’ve had two week periods where I worked out almost every day and then pulled out a five pound loss. I haven’t specifically worked out but a couple of times in the last fourteen days, and bam---a five pound loss. I’m not complaining, I’m actually thrilled and feeling very lucky. Who knows, maybe last time I had some added water weight, and I’ve lost it since. I don’t know. I do know a couple of things: My calories are solid and it’s not smart to try to figure out weight loss patterns. I’ve been extremely fortunate that I have yet to have a two-week period with a gain. I say “yet,” because it could happen as I slow down on approach to where I should be. I think my success has everything to do with my consistent calorie budget---it’s just enough for a steady loss. Water weight could slap me in the face someday with a gain. I think I’ve had low numbers before because of water retention, but the reality is simple, it all evens out over time.
I’m extremely excited about these weekend performances of “Call Me Henry.” If half the people show up who have said they will, we’ll have a big audience both nights. The bigger the audience, the bigger the energy, it’ll be something special. This is the last weekend for this play. So if you’re reading this within driving distance, I urge you to come! 7:30pm Friday and Saturday night at the Wilken Theatre on the campus of Northern Oklahoma College. If you’re seriously considering making the trip and you need more specific directions, just e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
A couple of people have asked why my e-mail is “seanboy105.” My Aunt Connie use to call me “Seanboy” when I was a kid, like “Johnboy” on the old “Waltons” TV show. In 1998, I took a job as a morning personality at a Country radio station with the show name “SeanBoy in the morning!” The frequency of the station was 105.5FM, hence the e-mail “seanboy105.” That can count as an Honest Scrap Award entry. Now you know the rest of the story! (Sorry Paul Harvey-RIP)
After my weigh-in, I drove through McDonalds for lunch. I grabbed a fruit and yogurt parfait and a small order of fries. The fries are 230 calories, the parfait without the granola packet is only 130 calories. I left the drive-through and approached a red light when I noticed a lady in the car stopped next to me. She was watching me eat those french fries from the bag. She didn’t say anything, it was cold and our windows were up, but her look was one of confused concern. It may be my imagination, but I swear the look she was giving me was screaming hey—aren’t you the weight loss guy? And you’re eating McDonalds fries out of a bag? Cool huh? Yeah, that was me alright. I loved McDonalds fries at 505 and I still love them at 284. I just don’t love them as much and as often. I can occasionally enjoy 230 calories worth instead of the biggest size on the menu and be completely satisfied. It goes back to my point from yesterday’s blog---eat what you like, because it’s less about what you’re eating and more about how much. Had I denied myself those fries all this time, a small order today would have made me feel like a failure. You see? I’m far from a failure.
I stopped by the Team Radio home office today and was immediately summoned into the owners office. He had found some of the best full body before pictures I’ve probably ever taken---right there on his computer. Isn’t it funny how these pictures are some that I would never want anyone to see before, but now I can’t wait to post them? Look at these pictures below, oh my! I still can’t believe I looked like that. We were broadcasting from the Oklahoma Centennial Celebration, November 2007, in Guthrie Oklahoma. Had I fully realized what I looked like, I doubt I would have been able to stand there on that street in broad daylight in front of so many people. I really was completely clueless to how heavy I’d become. No, correction, I knew how heavy I was. I just didn’t realize how heavy I honestly appeared. I’ve also included an “in-progress” recently taken on our amusement park trip---just for contrast.
Thank you for reading. Goodnight and…
Wow. That’s big.
I remember my breakfast that morning: A large bag of Funyuns, a pack of little chocolate donuts, a large coffee with a bunch of high calorie French vanilla creamer, and later in the morning I added a couple of sausage biscuits. On the way home we stopped at Lucille’s in Mulhall, Oklahoma for chicken fried steak smothered in cream gravy and the best hot buttery rolls anywhere around. I was completely out of control.