Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Back Again

Forgive me bloggers for I have sinned. It has been over 1 year since my last blog entry.

Wow, over 1 year. A lot has happened since my last blog entry. I was recently inspired by a friend to give this a go again, so let's me sum up the year. 

October of 2011 

I ran my first 10k and was well on my way to hitting my first major weight goal of 260. I was 12 pounds away. After the 10k something something in my head said to stop running and unfortunately I listened. I can't really say for sure what it was. I was stoked after my 10k, I had a good time but I just stopped running. 

Skip ahead to June 2012. 

I had gained back a bit of weight (15 pounds), and knew I needed to get back off my ass and start running again. A friend of mine pushed me and pushed me and finally after a a month getting back into the swing of things, in July I ran my first 7.3 miles pretty much non stop, it was great. I was back on track! 

In August 

I did my first Zombie mud run (as a zombie) and had a great time. I was certainly going to hit my weight goals...so I thought. In December I slowed down again. Just got bored and tired of all this weight loss stuff. The constant tracking of foods, and the calorie counting, etc... I simply gave up. Of course, I wish I hadn't. 

Let's skip to now and the reason I am blogging again. 

I'm back to 30 pounds gained back of my 53 lost. All those pounds I swore I would never let come back on are there again, it's frustrating! Not only that, but clothes are not fitting, I am tired all the time again, and I can feel the old lazies starting to come back. 

This needs to STOP! 

I know the only person who can get me back on track is me. All the people I used to work out with are far above my fitness level now and I'm back to working out alone. I'm missing the people who used to push me all the time. I promised myself I would get back on track.

What am I doing?

I started to eat Primal last week and so far it has been going well. I went a week eating totally clean. Until today that is. I missed breakfast, was really hungry and someone brought in some crappy food....I went to town on it. I feel like crap now of course, but I made great choices the rest of the day. I'll get back on this and drop the pounds again. I just hope I can stick to it this time. 

My ramblings are done for the day. Back to reading more inspirational blogs. :) 

Friday, July 8, 2011

I'm Featured!

Today is a very exciting day. My blog is actually being featured on Fitblogger. It' a wonderful site put together by  Rita Barry and features a ton of great articles on fitness related stuff. You should all definitely check it out here: Slow and Steady:The Fat to Fit Diary.

Stay tuned for some more stuff coming from The Fat to Fit diary in the near future. I think you'll like what I have in store.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

NSV's...Gotta Love Em'

No weigh-in post today. No product reviews this time and no whining about defeats. Instead what I have for you today is an NSV (non-scale victory) that I have been waiting on for a while.

A few weeks ago I placed a bid on some pants from The Great Clothing Exchange (GCX). When you are losing weight at a decent pace you don't always have the cash to go out and buy new clothes all the time. GCX helps with that by having people put clothes on the site that they can no longer fit into. You leave a comment on what you want and if you win the item (random pick from comments) all you pay is shipping costs to the person who put the item(s) up. Pretty sweet deal if you ask me (did I mention I got 6 pairs of pants for $14).

Well I won the items I bid on and I just got the package today. I bid on a few pairs of pants that I figured I would be able to fit into pretty soon. I was wearing size 48's and I said to myself that I wasn't going to buy pants again until I could fit into at least 44's, that would be 2 sizes down. My 48's were starting to fall off my ass and I knew I could at least drop one size but I was not sure about 2. So when the pants arrived today I immediately tried them on to see how much more weight I needed to lose to fit into them.

Holy weight loss Batman!...I fit into the 44's with room to spare!!!

I am super excited! That means I am one..count it....ONE size away from being able to shop for pants in a normal store!! You can sometimes find 44's in a normal store, but they are few and far between. 

Oh happy dance!!!

So mark this as one big NSV for me baby!! This is also my weight in day for the Biggest Winner contest I'm. Hopefully I have some more great news tonight from the scale's point of view!

Next up...another VLOG!! 

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The First Fat to Fit Diary Vlog

I never thought I would do this! Enjoy while I still have it posted. ;)

Weight loss totals:
Starting weight: 320 pounds
May weigh-in: 274.2
June weigh-in: 272.2
Total loss so far: 47.8 Pounds
Short term goal: 260 pounds (12.2 pounds to go)
Long term goal: 200

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Biggest Winner Contest Week 1 Wrap-Up

Week one of my city's Biggest Winner Contest is over and I had my second weigh-in last night. I worked hard this past week and the fruits of my labor were 2 pounds coming off the scale!

I ate fairly well last week and I worked out hard. My eating could have been better (as always) but I do think my time working out was well spent. If I can keep this pace up, I will be very happy with a 2 pound loss every week. I’m not sure that pace will win the contest, but I will be extremely happy with another 16 pounds gone by July 1st.

I was talking to a friend last night as we were walking (at a great pace I might add), and I think I’m  at a slight disadvantage with this contest. I have been working out for over a year now and have lost 50 pounds. Someone who is just starting could conceivably lose a bunch of water at first and therefore put them at a big lead no? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not worried.  I would love to win this, but I would also like even more just to drop the pounds.

This week started off OK. I got a good workout in yesterday and I was going to take off today, but I kind of slipped up a bit and had a big not so healthy lunch. So I’ll hit the gym tonight and hope for clean eating tomorrow. I really wish I could stay away from good food. It’s hard for me to pass up and it slips me up all the time.

Also I had a slight freak out at the beginning of last week that I will post about later. It had to do with getting my blood results back from the doctor and let’s just say I’m a bit puzzled at the results.

So, what are some things that you do that helps to stay on the good eating track? Also how do you combat the urges to snack at night? They seem to hit me hardest then.

Contest Weight loss totals:
Starting weight: 274 pounds
Week 1: 272 pounds
Total loss so far: 2 Pounds
Contest ends July 1st.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Fat Guys Can Run (My Guest Post)

A bit ago I told you all that I would let you in on how my first 5k went. Well I am honored to let you know that you can read it on Amy's blog over at FatGirlsCanRun.com. It was only my second guest post ever and I was truly flattered that she would want me to share it over there.

So head on over and take a gander! I had fun writing it and I hope you get something out of reading it. Oh and thanks again Amy for the great opportunity. I really means a lot that you let me share it on your blog.

You can also follow Amy on Twitter and enjoy her tweets like so many others already do.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

A Prodded Post

At the thoughtful and much appreciated prodding of my friend Patrick (@Rspnsblty199), I'm going to give you a rundown of how the first week in May went for me. This is actually something I should be doing every week but I don't always get to it...OK almost never get to it.

May 1st weigh-in
"The Stairs"
Not much is new since my Official Monthly Weigh-In post. This past week was pretty good as far as my eating goes. I hit the gym when I was supposed to and got some decent workouts in. I also had some lazy workouts, but at least I got out there. The "secret" to this whole weight loss thing (or part of it) is to move more than what you were before and I am definitely doing that. I need to get back on the weight training kick I was on, but with it being so nice out lately I just wanted to workout in the park. I've taken to continuing my HIIT training on a nice set of stairs there and I'm actually enjoying it.

Oh, and as you might have read in my Biggest Winner post, that contest started yesterday and my first official weigh-in is today! I know, it's kind of weird that my first weigh-in is a day after the contest starts, but it's a city wide contest and there are weigh-in sites all around the city. My site lets you weigh-in every week on Tuesdays and Thursdays so today is the first day I am able to do it. No big deal though. I don't mind giving the others a  one day head start. They are going to need it! ;)

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Last but not least, this past week I have been working on a new website. I put it live last night but it is FAR from being done. I just wanted to see it up and test my plugins for the comment section. If you would like, stop on by and take a look around. Click some links, test some buttons and make a comment. You can reach it at www.VinnySlavin.com. I have some very cool things planned for it and it has nothing (or very little) to do with fitness. It's kind of a place for me to get my other views out. It's also going to be a place where I can let my inner geek flow, write about product reviews, and possibly get some interesting conversations going on today's news topics. I'm really going to try and make it a site you'll want to visit daily. Keep in mind though that I am a major n00b when it comes to WordPress, so don't expect a fantastic site just yet. I'm still learning. Also I don't mind suggestions or critiques of the site either. So let the comments flow...good and bad.

Well that was my first week in May. I'm still waiting for my first clothes shopping trip since starting to lose weight and that might be coming soon. I can't wait to see how many inches I've dropped.

So what about you? How did your first week in May go? Do you think your goals will be hit by month's end? Let me know, I love hearing about it.