Monday, March 30, 2009


And so, we enter week two of Big Daddy's transformation into Lean, Mean, Daddy Machine.

Big Daddy has done very well this past week. He's trying to keep his daily caloric intake at around 1800. Since he's limiting his calories, he wants to make sure that every calorie counts; so, he's trying to eat the most nutritious food he can that fits our budget and time constraints.

For the most part, Big Daddy continues to eat pre-portioned meals for lunch and supper, with a carefully thought-out breakfast. Occasionally, he will eat the same supper as the rest of the family, Googling the foods we are eating to find the exact portion size and calorie count of each food item. He hasn't really deprived himself of anything. If he wants dessert (which isn't often, as he doesn't have nearly the sweet tooth of yours truly), he carefully counts his calories throughout the day and indulges in a small but satisfying portion of sweetness.

We went out to eat, and Big Daddy picked out the healthiest choices on the menu, double-checking with the servers for calorie count.

Big Daddy also likes to gather as much information as possible about living a healthy lifestyle. This past week, we watched the Discovery Channel Special "What's Making You Fat?" Bob Greene laid out ten myths of weight loss:

10. You overeat because you love food.

Now, for me, that is absolutely the case, but for most people (Big Daddy included), eating is more of a self-soothing reaction to stress, boredom, etc.

9. Exercise makes you bulk up.

8. No more snacking!

Actually, eating healthy snacks and small meals at regular intervals (three small meals and two small snacks are what our GP recommended) can stave off hunger and boost metabolism.

7. Carbs are bad.

I've never gone in for the Atkins diet. I believe in all things in moderation, not in a lifestyle of deprivation. Choosing healthy carbs (e.g. whole grains, veggies, potatoes) provides necessary nutrients to the body.

6. Cardio is key; strength training is secondary.

Muscle requires four times the calories to maintain as fat. Therefore, the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn.

5. You have to drastically cut calories.

Cutting calories too quickly actually makes your body think you're starving. So, your body automatically goes into self-preservation mode and holds onto all its fat stores. The best way is to cut calories a little at a time, increasing the calorie cuts as the weight comes off.

4. Avoid fats entirely.

The body needs fat to survive. The important thing is to eat the right kinds of fat, especially Omega-3 fatty acids.

3. You can't lose weight eating out.

We've already seen that it's possible to lose weight and eat out. It's all about making good choices as far as food and portion sizes.

2. Food alone is what's making you fat.


1. You'll be happy if you lose weight.

Skinny or not, you'll still be you. You need to be happy with who God made you to be on the inside, and do your best to take care of yourself both inside and out.

So, here's the rundown for the week:

Starting weight = 312 pounds

Ending weight this week = 299 pounds

Weight loss this week = 6 pounds

Total weight loss = 13 pounds


Anonymous said...

13 lbs in two weeks?! WOO-HOO!! Way to go!

On another note, I can't believe you've got less than 80 days until Peanut comes. Well, in your case it may be closer to 90 days, but ... still. :)

Kara said...

Way to go Big Daddy!! I know how tough it can be, WB lost over 40 pounds a few years ago. It took about 2 years for him to be happy with his weight and shape. He is still deligent about exercising and watching what he really takes the whole family and I applaud yours for undertaking it:)