The Great Lessening Of Me

I’m pretty sure I mentioned that I went on a diet a few months ago. But I haven’t really talked about it too much. Well I am still dieting, and trying to exercise regularly.

Well I must be doing something right. Check out this picture of me from about 4 ½ months ago. I took this during a hike down to Tarzan Falls. This was about two weeks after I started my diet. At this point, I’d only lost about 5 pounds off my starting weight.
Me at Tarzan Falls, June 16, 2005

Let’s just say I was pretty damn rotund and leave it at that. Here’s a picture of me from today, also taken at Tarzan Falls. I’m wearing the exact same clothes as in that first picture.
Me at Tarzan Falls, October 2, 2005

No, I’m not sucking my gut in or anything in that second picture. That’s just me after losing over 55 pounds. I have to say I am pretty damn impressed with myself. Of course I am still a fat fuck, but I’ve made some real progress here.

So what did I do? That most fad-tastic of diets, Atkin’s. But let’s get this straight, I didn’t go into buying all their low carb food, I just read the book and did it all by myself. No potatoes, no bread, no rice, no candy, no soda and no beer (and that has really sucked the most). Basically I’ve been eating a lot of salads. People are always obsessing on the protein that comes with this diet. Well, I have certainly been eating meat, but I am certainly no rampaging carnivore. Mostly I eat a salad with a can of tunafish, or maybe diced up bits of turkey cold cuts. I can’t say that I’ve really been starving myself either. But by cutting out all those carbohydrates, I’ve steadily lost about 2-3 pounds a week since Memorial Day.

I saw my doctor this week and my overall cholesterol is fine, but my HDL (the good cholesterol) is a little low. So I need to exercise more, he says. Guess I better start paddling again, not that I might be able to fit inside a canoe again. I am actually pleased with the results, I expected to find butter coursing through my veins. Otherwise the lab results were good, so I’ll be sticking on this diet for the foreseeable future. I want to lose another 60 pounds, which seems almost ridiculous to me, but I think I can do it.

8 thoughts on “The Great Lessening Of Me

  1. Anonymous

    lookin good. keep it up. what a difference (great contrasting fotos). wes

  2. Thomas

    As I like to say, you’ll be seeing less and less of me every day!

    FYI, just ate my lunch: my version of the Lone Star “wedge salad” – iceberg lettuce, blue cheese dressing and some crumbled bleu cheese. And a leftover piece of steak from last week.

  3. Jimbo

    Not to pilfer Wes’ statement, but first thing that came to mind was the immortal quote from Chico and The Man fame: looooking gooood!

    Stick with it an you’ll soon meet your goal be able to reward yourself with a cool one. 2-3 lbs a week is damned good, man.

  4. bu

    congratulations. glad to know you are checking in with your doctor. i hear it’s important to get a health check before starting a diet.

    we’re cheering you on.

  5. Merm

    You look great! As for the cholesterol issue. Did your doctor happen to mention fish oil to increase your good cholesterol? That’s supposed to help,

  6. Thomas

    Continuing to toot my own horn… I dropped another 2 pounds this week, and I barely had time to talk my evening constitutional.

    And I am eating plenty of fish these days; salmon, tuna, marlin. I am actually worried about ingesting too much mercury, since that element tends to get concentrated in these top tier marine predators. In my efforts to raise HDL levels I am imbibing a couple tablespoons of olive oil everyday. I’m just slurping it down, which can get kind of nasty, but I figure those unsaturated fats are what I need more of in my diet.

    By the way, this week WHO identified a global epidemic of chronic diseases, such as heart disease, obesity and diabetes.

  7. bu

    Try flaxseed. It’s really quite delich. I used to buy the actual seeds until a friend told me that they just pass through the body, so grinding them (like coffee) is much better. Now, I just buy flaxseed meal and put on my yogurt.

    Flaxseed, flaxseed oil has the Omega-3 fatty acids found also in cold water fish.

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