Wednesday, December 23, 2015


Today is December 24th, 2015.  It was a mere 365 days ago, December 24, 2014 that a snap decision was made by me during a routine annual checkup with my doctor that it was time for a change in my lifestyle. Only two days after that decision was made shortly before lunch on December 24, 2014, I got the idea of launching a blog to document my progress. Over the course of the year, people have been incredulous: "You started a diet on Christmas Eve?"  My answer, was always the same.  I am Jewish, it was a Wednesday.  On that specific Wednesday, I 'discovered' that I weighed 309 lbs.  I was not just heavy.  I was not just overweight.  I was not just obese.  No, not me, I had the whole package...I was morbidly obese! (Morbidly obese is the technical word for very fat and very unfit.) I could not climb three flights of stairs without getting winded. (Before this year ended, I successfully ascended nearly 5000 feet to the summit of Half Dome in Yosemite Park.) One year ago I 'enjoyed' doing nothing far more than I enjoyed doing 'anything.' I certainly did not enjoy seeing my reflection in the mirror.  And I was not too fond of a camera lens either.  My clothes shopping for pants, jeans, sleepwear and underwear were relegated to an online experience only. Any shirt, sweater, jacket I purchased needed to be XXL - and even that was no guarantee that it would fit.  There was however, always a guarantee that I would not (as I could not) look good wearing anything.  It is very difficult to 'hide' 309 lbs. Actually, I guess I was lucky. During the course of the year, people found it hard to believe that my weight had been 309 lbs when I started.  Yes, God blessed me.  People always commented that I carried my weight well - sure, it apparently appeared to folks that I was only 290 lbs!

My very first blog post on December 26, 2014 was titled:
Before/(no after) Pictures 

Since those initial photos were taken and posted one year ago, I made a point to save the size 50" waist 'stretch expandable' cargo shorts that I wore that day and my XXL golden yellow t-shirt. I also saved my 50" waist black belt that I had owned for more than 10 years.

May I now present to you some BEFORE and AFTER pictures.  As I originally warned last year, these photos are not for the squeamish as they include 'topless' shots! Although, I have traditionally weighed myself on Saturday morning, I did jump on the scale yesterday prior to these new photos being snapped.  The imaginary needle on my digital scale pointed to 211 lbs. That would mean that the difference in weight between the man in these photographs is 98 lbs.

I admit it... I really like this photo of myself


Who says that I am not a sentimental guy?  Today is Thursday December 24th, 2015.  It is the first anniversary of that fateful yearly checkup with my doctor.  And do you know what I am doing today?  I have a doctors appointment at 10:00AM - for my annual checkup!  See you tomorrow...


Your Food Diary For:

Wednesday, December 23, 2015
BREAKFAST Calories Carbs Fat Protein Sodium Sugar
steel cut oatmeal - steel cut oat meal, 1 cup 600 108 10 20 0 4

600 108 10 20 0 4
Salmon Filet 7oz, 1 filet 340 0 20 37 318 0
Red Quinoa Salad, 10 ounce 429 52 22 9 751 10
Alfredo Fettuccini, 1.25 cup prepared 388 56 2 10 913 3

1,157 108 44 56 1,981 13
Libby's - Sweet Corn, 1.75 cup 210 32 5 7 700 25
WHOLE FOODS. 8497 - CHERRY VANILLA GRANOLA, 93.5 g (3/4 cup) 408 68 12 9 102 26
WHOLE FOODS - NATURAL WASABI GREEN PEAS, 3/5 cup (30 grams) 216 34 5 7 432 4

834 134 23 23 1,234 54
WHOLE FOODS 7700 - ORGANIC DATE PIECES w/OAT FLOWER, 96.0 g (2 TBSP) 288 72 0 2 24 53

288 72 0 2 24 53
Totals 2,879 421 76 101 3,239 123
Your Daily Goal 3,736 467 124 187 2,300 140
Remaining 857 45 47 85 -939 16
Calories Carbs Fat Protein Sodium Sugar
*You've earned 1,806 extra calories from exercise today         

       Your Exercise Diary for:

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Cardiovascular Minutes Calories Burned
MFP iOS calorie adjustment Ic_i N/A 434

Daily Total / Goal 63 / 30 1,806 / 590  
Weekly Total / Goal 736 / 210 10,697 / 4,130             
I had planned on taking a day off from exercise after my marathon 31 mile walking expeditions on Tuesday.  When the day was over, I was having difficult standing... I am pretty sure that I was having difficulty walking too. But something happened while I slept. My body repaired itself and I felt absolultely great in the morning. Recently, I had been using my elliptical machine for 92 minutes workouts at a 'resistance' level of only '10'.  Yesterday I ratcheted down the time to 62 minutes and I ratcheted up the 'resistance' to '20.' It is interesting that the calories burned with a workout that was a full 33% shorter, resulted in a calorie burn that was only 11% less productive. 


total calories consumed 2879 calories
total calories burned (62 minutes elliptical) 1372 calories
total net calories 1507 calories

fitbit day 112
20005 steps
While at the mall yesterday, I was experimenting with a new look for myself... A new hat may be in my future... but none was purchased yesterday.

Among the things that I am also not in the market for is a long camel color winter coat... I prefer to wear layers to keep warm... Nevertheless, just for the heck of it, I tried on this size MEDIUM long coat while my daughter was shopping at Forever 21.  Forever 21 is not a shop that I can ever remember shopping at... My wife says that their men's department is a somewhat new addition...
...and finally... I had some fun at the Apple Store setting four of their iPhone 6S display models to the Marc Jacobs Weight Loss Journal... A completely pointless endeavor... but something about it amused me.

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