The Journey!

A Fat Man’s journey of transformation!

Me at 258

July 6th 2018

As any year starts we all or at least most of us decide to do some sort of New Years resolution and every year the majority of us fail within the first few months while others may last a few weeks or is some cases a few days! That has described my life in a nutshell when it comes to getting in shape and living a more healthy lifestyle. I am no different from any one else but this year I knew if I was going to do something with this aging 54 yr old body it was time to not only change the way I eat but work as well!

This food blog was created as a means to display my recipes and love of cooking and creativity but I have decided to be a bit vulnerable by also posting about my own struggles with food! I’ve always have been a compulsive eater. Eating junk food when feeling a bit down or even when I would say “I deserve this”! Pizza, wings, subs, chips and ice cream would line my menu on a regular basis. When working a lot I would definitely pick up something on the way home and eat pizza (medium) like it were a big bowl of fruit! I would think to myself as justification “hey pizza has all food groups on it so why not”!

My weight has always fluctuated up and down and the last couple years mostly up to the ripe weight of 258 pounds! YIKES!! its not my heaviest but at 54 I feel it so much more than 10 plus years ago when I was almost 275! I realized in the fall 2017 I needed to do more than just change my diet because I’ve tried most. Keto, Adkins, weight watchers and so on. All worked for a short period of time until I got tired of them. Then one cheat meal would lead to two, then three or a whole day then a couple of days combined with thoughts of justification! Nothing worked because I couldn’t stay motivated. I still have days or weekends where I blow it and gain a pound or two back and then hate myself for it but as this blog is titled, It’s a journey!

We are all going to fail! You will, I will and frankly that’s ok! The key to all of this is no secret formula. The only determination you need is to get back up and get going again. Change your mind that you are starting “ALL” over again. NO, you are just picking up where you left off! That has been the slow transformation of my mind first! Once you get your mind around that and quit kicking yourself!

Here is some good news for you! Once I was able to get my mind around this I have been successful! This year I have been able to loose 27 pounds! In less than seven months of slow work. Normally for me it’s pound it out. If I didn’t loose a pound every couple days I would get discouraged. Now I don’t weigh myself on a daily basis but once or twice a week and even if I didn’t loose any weight in a week I wouldn’t care if I could measure why.  i.e. I eat pizza a couple days ago or it was burgers and fries. That said, most everyday I eat well. I won’t do fad diets or change some of the foods I love. I am just limiting my calories and changing the way I food prep for my weekly meals. Limiting my calories, fat, cholesterol and sodium is making a big difference.  So story short, I will be journaling about my day and what I’m doing for food, exercise and posting the recipes on the main page so you can try, follow along and I hope that some day it may inspire you to transform yourself to feeling better making better choices and not feeling bad about yourself if you do cheat a day or a meal! Cheers to better health!

Chef Dave

January 6th 2021

Me at my new 238 pounds

Newest update on my journey of loosing weight and getting in better health. Yes it’s been a while since I added anything about loosing weight and frankly it’s been difficult! I’m sure it is for everyone. I’ve had a few set backs in 2019 with some heart issues and ended up having an Ablation to help my A-Fib problems.

This helped tremendously. It stopped me from going into A-fib after having some kind of adrenaline dump. If you know me closely you know that since retiring as a chef I now took on an armed security position in a hospital. It’s a very taxing position. It’s great that I am very physical there and get around 15000 to 20000 steps in a day working 3-12hour shifts. This walking has enabled me to loose weight and I was able to get down to 228 pounds!!!

That was a great start to the weight lose but as many of you know 2020 was a total pie hole of a year. Lock downs, no socializing, and other things as well with my heart. After 1 1/2 year of no A-Fib I had another episode in November. 2020 was one of those stressful year for all of us and I’m no different. Overeating, eating the wrong things had me gain about 15 pounds back and balloon up to 244 at one point. Well this last episode had both scared me and pissed me off to be frank so now I’m taking it very seriously.

I’ve got my motivation back! I’m walking a minimum of 5-6 miles daily on my days off and throwing in a weight training session in as well everyday of my 4 days off. At work I’m still getting in the 8-10 miles a day in of walking and climbing stairs. I’ve lost 6 pounds (now at 238) since my last A-fib in November and feel better.

What other changes am I making? I’ve enrolled in a weight management program also. Meeting with a dietician, exercise physiologist and joining some support groups in the program.

I had my first Doctor appointment for assessment this morning and after having blood work done a couple days ago I found out some great news. With my new eating and exercise that I’ve implemented all my cholesterol levels are back in the good!!! Woohoo!

My numbers were as follows from just 6 months ago:

Total cholesterol was 237 and is now 141! My bad cholesterol was 191 and went down to 94! This has not only made me happy but has given me more motivation. My goal this year is to get off of all my medications. I’ve been able to drop 2 so far and my doctor said after the next 90 days I will come off my Statin for cholesterol as well. That leaves me with a blood pressure pill and an over the counter acid reflux medication. I got this! My Doctor want me to loos 1-2 pounds a week and keep to a 1600 calorie diet. Lower carbs and higher protein. It’s easy to track my macros in Myfitnesspal app that I use to log all my food and drink.

Here’s to a great start of 2021 and hopefully just maybe…I can keep it going! Stay tuned for more updates!

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