A Lesson Learned

Weight: 313 pounds
Energy: Sick and dying

Third trip up The Incline. Words can’t even describe how it felt to get on the scale this morning to see that I have cleared 315 pounds.  Things are moving so quickly now that I don’t even know where to go in terms of setting goals, except to just keep pushing harder and harder.  I’m not just losing weight at this point, I’m actually *starting* to get in shape.

The bad news – I did The Incline today with a nasty sinus infection, a 102 degree fever, and an inner ear infection that’s causing some rather ugly vertigo.  It’s a little bit of a wake up call that I might be a little too fixated on meeting goals, especially when I am already FAR ahead of the pace I set… It took me a lot longer to finish than last time, and I felt like I would rather be dead by the time I topped it.  No bueno, mofos.  If you’re reading this and thinking about a hard workout when your sick, that’s awesome that you’re so dedicated, but give your body an opportunity to get to work on your illness and take a day off.

New goal: Keep going, but don’t die doing it.

Third trip!

Third trip!

That’s twice thus far.

Weight: 322
Energy: Off the charts

-60 pounds

Now I can really start to see some changes. 60 pounds gone, I’m able to fit into clothes that haven’t fit me in years, and I am rapidly approaching my previous lightest weight of my adult life (315 pounds).

Second trip up The Incline today, and my hiking partner (who I still can’t keep up with) and sister (who can keep up with my hiking partner) joined me this time.They graciously waited for me at the top.

Both “End of Summer” goals smoked!

This is really happening!

New goals: Back when I was 382 pounds, I asked my doctor about weight loss.  He figured 275 may be in the ballpark of “ideal” for someone of my height and build, but said it’s hard to know for sure.  I’ll check it out when I get there.  New goal weight of 275 pounds by the end of the year.


Keeping Track

Weight: 332
Feel: Sore and recovering, but feeling great

I picked up a Fitbit Flex today and I’m pretty excited about it.  I do a ton of hiking for exercise, and I’m looking forward to keeping track of my step count, calorie burn, and overall progress.

Also noteworthy is the use of MyFitnessPal. This app is fan-damn-tastic for tracking caloric/nutrition intake and has made staying the course easier than ever.

Wild hair.

Weight: 335
Energy: Extremely high, but currently exhausted

-48 pounds
-4 inches waist

Welp, after some not-so-careful consideration, I did it.  I completed my first (of many?) trip up The Manitou Incline after work today. It took fucking forever, and I had to stop and rest about every 20 steps on the last half, but I made it. I did it.  I see that thing peering at me as I drive past Manitou Springs every day on my way home from work. Lately it has been looking more like a dare; a taunt.

It. Kicked. My. Ass. 2000 feet of elevation gain in .88 miles, complete with a false summit 600 feet (elevation) from the top to hurt your feelings when you realize you haven’t made it yet. Well, suck it, Incline.

That’s one “End of Summer” goal dusted months ahead of schedule, and two more pounds to go for the other!

New goal: Do it again next week if my legs work by then.


Up and moving before the birds.

Weight: 350
Energy: Up and down, but mostly up
Waist: 46 inches
Neck: 21 inches

-32 pounds
-2 inches waist
-2 inches neck

Today I was out hiking an hour before sunrise. I am really starting to feel energetic and alive in the mornings!

I haven’t seen 350 pounds in a while. Yesterday someone asked me if I was losing weight. I can’t really describe how that felt, but it was pretty cool to get an unsolicited comment like that.  I haven’t really “gone public” with what I’m working on yet, but those around me have a pretty good idea that I’ve been a lot more active lately than in the past.

Life has been getting in the way a bit, but I’m managing to mostly stay on track. My fitness level is increasing pretty noticeably at this point, and that’s more motivation to keep pushing. Oh, and I joined the gym today and I’m anxious/scared/excited as hell about that, in no particular order.

New goals: Original goal was to do The Incline by the end of Summer, but at the rate things are going, I modified that back a little to “End of July”.

No excuses.

Weight: 360
Energy: Holding steady at “High”
Progress: -22 pounds

It’s colder than hell in the single digits and snowing considerably, but I’m not going to slow down now.  I started using RunKeeper to track my hikes and get an idea of how many calories I’m burning on these hikes.  One advantage to being tall (and heavy) is that I burn a shitload of calories. I am also making a bit more effort to make healthier choices in food.  I’ve cut out junk snacking and maybe one day I’ll have the willpower to not make the daily sweet tea and McDouble stop at McDonald’s on my way home from work.I am undoubtedly burning it off, but still…not nutritious.

Clothes are loosening, and I am beginning to see a smidge of change in my face and neck.  It’s not much, but it’s something, and I’ll take what I can get!

New goals: Define some routes in RunKeeper and work to improve route times.


Weight: 368
Energy: Bouncy
Status: -14 pounds

14 pounds in 14 days.  At my size, it’s not really enough to see a difference, but I can really feel one. My clothes are starting to fit ever so slightly better, and my energy continues to increase. I’m looking forward to my daily hikes now, and the weather just keeps getting warmer and encouraging me to get out. In hiking Garden of the Gods and Red Rocks, I used to seek out the flattest areas possible, but now I’m seeking out the hills. I pushed myself hard enough on a hike the other day that I could barely push in my truck’s clutch without inspiring my leg to cramp, but that kind of fatigue is what I need to make happen if I want to improve.

If I keep losing weight at this rate, I’ll have my “lose 50 pounds by the end of Summer goal knocked out before summer even begins.

New goals: None yet, I just keep pushing my daily distance goal a little further each day.