Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Loose skin, Boxer shorts and a muscular shoulder.

Another day of eating well and getting healthy, I can't believe that its already Jan 13th this month is flying by. I will continue the assault on my body to take the fat away, and I will not stop until all of it has vacated the premises. everything is still going in the direction that I want it to but then again when one applies reasoning to this it will continue to go the way I want it to as long as I am staying true to what it is that I am doing. simple right? eat less and move more and weight should fall off, WILL fall off! I have been at this for 378 days now and there are significant differences in everything that is and was me.

Last night I was going to take a shower and we keep a small laundry basket in our bedroom so I pulled my shirt off and tossed it into the basket but when I looked to my left I saw something I did not recognize, I saw my shoulder and collar bone and the top part of my arm and chest, now this may not be such a strange thing to most but it is something that I haven't seen look that way in a good while. Some of you know that I take a comparison photo every month, I usually do it when I get out of a shower and I am in only my boxers with no shirt and wify snaps that pic in the beginning of every month and I then photoshop that picture next to the one taken on Jan 6th 2008 so that I can see the difference for every month that I have been doing this weight loss gig, its like one of those flip books, you can see me get smaller as I page through each picture. With the move and the holidaze I have not taken one of these photos since October 5th so I have not been paying attention to the way my body looks and the view of my shoulder caught me off guard. I called wify in and said "Look at this! when did that happen? it doesn't even look like my shoulder!" and as I was saying that I said something about how my collar bone was all popped out and you can see the shape of muscles in my shoulder and chest, Her reply was "Yeah soon its going to look like that all over, I have noticed your arms and shoulders for a while now" I am usually aware of what is going on with my body but I guess with the busy couple of months that we have had and the fact that I have not taken a shirtless compare picture since Oct that I just hadn't noticed the change. One day maybe I will be brave enough, or maybe its cruel enough to post the me in my skivvys photos but for now they are for my eyes only, I will save you the trauma for the time being.

Another issue that I have been struggling with is the excess skin that will be more of an issue with every pound lost. I can notice the skin being loose on my body now but I still have 85 pounds to go to hit my goal of 275 and honestly I will likely not stop there so this skin issue is bugging me a bit because I know that I will not like what I see when the fat has vacated, but I did this so that I did not have to have a surgery and now to get rid of the skin a surgery will be the only thing that will do it I think. On the other side of that coin is the fact that the skin will shrink some, and it is already doing that now because before thanksgiving I weighed about what I do now, there is no significant loss in the last 2 months and yet a 3XLT shirt fits me now where as 2 months ago it was snug on me so I know that something in the way of tightening is happening but lets get real here, I was 534 pounds at one point in time and thats a big package there will be excess skin to deal with.

Have a look at my menu from Monday, I hit 1700 calories on the nose and had a treat ala Weight watchers too.


7:15 AM
2 cups honey combs 220
1 cup 1% milk 110

10:00 AM
1 slice whole wheat bread 70
1/2 T peanut butter 45
1/2 T Jam 25

2:00 PM
progresso soup 160
dannon yogurt 80

4:15 PM
2 pears 170

8oz ground turkey 320
2 80 cal rolls 160
6oz sweet potato fries 150
onion/pickle/tomato/ketchup 50

8:00 PM
WW ice cream sandwich 140

Grand total of 1700 calories and that weight watchers ice cream sandwich was pretty decent as well as a good sized treat. I am feeling good about what I am doing and what I mean when I say that is that I feel energized all day long, I can remember being groggy all day and never having energy and now it is just the opposite, I am alert, I am active and I have energy to spare on most days. I need to get on up and make myself a glass of green tea so the post ends here, go ahead and get on up yourself and get yourself a glass of H2O and remember that if I can do this weight loss thing that you can do it.

As Ever


  1. Glad to hear that the loose skin issue is at least improving on its own. And that muscle that you noticed on your shoulder? Well, all I can say is congrats! :) I'm sure there are much more to come! And, even though I don't expect it any time soon, I do look forward to the day when we can see that flip book that you are talking about! I'm positive that it is pretty amazing!!

  2. Thats awesome about your shoulder and chest, when I went from 550 to 380, it was at 380 that I really started noticing my arms, shoulder and chest too, I could see defintion I had never seen before there. Ahhh dammit do I miss that, oh well, I 'll see it again some day.

    I can also relate to the loose skin fear as I will likely have a lot of that too.

    Anyway, thanks for another great post and as I'm starting to grow accustomed to, I think I'll put your reminder to good use and down this 20 ounce cup of water.

    Have a great one!

  3. I think you'll find that the loose skin slowly shrinks.

  4. I want to thank you for another great post! I am glad things are going well for you. I just started my journey and I have a long way to go! I have been inspired by your "Trip to the half" so I started a blog about my journey. I figured that if it worked for you it can work for me if I stay determined. I wouldn't worry about the loose skin...you are much healthier now and that is the most important thing.

  5. I sooo know about the loose skin and I totally hate it. But it's true what Kdog said about it being about our health. Just think of all the things you can do now that you couldn't do a year ago, AMAZING. So I say keep moving forward and at the end decide what you want to do about the next step. We have to try to love our bodies as they are, good, bad and saggy lol. Way to go on those collar bones showing through too.