Wednesday, October 03, 2007


About 10 years ago a friend and I were eating lunch at a local sub shop (not SubWay). He had just been diagnosed with diabetes and was watching what he ate and counting calories. Nothing real strict, just reading the packages and looking at the calorie charts in the various restaurants.

This one day he decided he needed to count my calories too. My lunch that day was a foot long Italian sub, a big bag of chips and a 32 oz Pepsi. Actually had 2 drinks (free refills) before it was over.

He was concentrating on something and had this OMG look on his face. Then he looks at me and says, “You know how many calories you’re eating?”
Phft NO, I remember thinking.
He says “2300...”
WHAT...?? That’s more than the daily recommended for an adult... the DAILY amount. At one meal. And I was going to have at least 2 more cans of Pepsi in the afternoon before I left work. We guessed I was eating 4,000 to 5,000 calories a day with breakfast dinner and sodas all day.

At the time I was proud.

I could eat, A LOT. Still can. My taco salad could feed a family of 4. Always have been able to eat piles of food, a whole large pizza, two 12” subs, 16+ oz steak a huge baked potato and 5 ears of corn... You get the idea.

I’m 5’-8”. I’ve been as much as 275. The weight charts say I’m ‘obese’. No one ever guesses my weight right, they’re usually off by 30 lbs or more. I 'wear it well' or so they say. I’ve been hovering around 265 +/- 3 for about a year. I swear I don’t know how women can get excited about loosing 5 lbs. I vary 3-5 lbs day to day. Hell, I can EAT 5 pounds... 2 burgers with fixens, fries, 2 -3 32 oz sodas. Ya figure, at 8 lbs per gallon (weight of water) I’ve got 4 lbs in 64 oz of drink. Anyway, a couple weeks ago I started eating less. Especially less when eating late. Sometimes we don’t get dinner until after 9 pm and I was still eating a pile of food. That was bad.

This weekend and again today I have broken the 260 barrier. 259 pounds, I can’t remember the last time I weighed this little. Not that 259 is ‘little’, but I’ll take it.

My goals are 10#. Nothing too crazy. Took me years to get up to here. I’m prepared to take a year or two to get down to... my ultimate goal.

Wish me luck. I’ll keep you posted.

Thanks to my inspirations:

Og - I don’t want to do what you did
Dazd - I don’t want to be where you’ve been
Mike - He doesn't blog, but he's the co-worker in the story.

EDIT 03OCT07 1523 - added Mike to "Thanks" list.


LL said...

Every little bit counts. Good job, sugar!! I love me some food, so it's a daily struggle for me. ;)

Jan said...

You're off to a good start!

Keep us posted, okay?

Anonymous said...

Congrats! :) Great job! I need to lose me some (OK, 50-60 lbs) weight as well...but with having two bum feet that makes standing & walking extraordinarily painful, put together with my insanely crazy 15-18-hour days and living on tv dinners and vending machines, it's not happening any time soon. My 'better' (?) half never fails to remind me that, in his estimation, I've 'GOT TO BE *AT LEAST* 250 lbs, but least, not last time I weighed myself months ago, i wasn't anywhere near that. but maybe he's right, who knows.

CavMom said...

Best of luck on your goal. It is a good one.

However, you now have me craving a meatball sub, a bucket of fried chicken and a large cheese pizza.

I missed lunch and am doing my best to keep from licking the monitor.

Dazd said...

I don't blame you for being where I was...its a scary place.

Keep up the effort!

og said...

You can do what I did without the surgery. Just eat only what you can fit in a cup at each meal. And then have only three meals.

You can put anything in the cup.

You can eat all the pu**y you want.

DNR said...

LL - Thanks!! ‘Loving’ food is the ‘problem’, me thinks.

Jan - so far so good. I will. I’ve planned on 10# updates.

Anonymous - Thanks for stopping by!! Hey, If I can do it, anyone can. Like quitting smoking, you just have to decide “this is killing me, I AM GOING TO STOP”.
(Hear that Freddie??)

Cavmom - hahaha!! Now you have me craving a meatball sub... but I ain’t gonna lick the monitor!!!

Dazd - Thanks... you too, k?

Og - I have a 32oz ‘cup’ at home, does that count?? LOL!! Good to know that some thing is calorie free!!