Sunday, July 14, 2013

Day 50

Okay, I remember that it's Sunday and I'd already made up my mind to weigh myself today, like it or not. Once again, I'd been avoiding the scale and my meter since I goofed up on the 4th of July. I'm a little disappointed with the numbers, but it is what it is. It just pushes me to work a little harder this week.

Weight: 179.5
Glucose: 132 (Higher than it should be.)

Inspiration picture: Eli Sapharti lost 110 pounds

I Lost Weight Eli Sapharti

Eli's before weight was 290 pounds. I've included part of his interview below.

How I Gained It: I suffered with obesity much of my life and, like many who have battled with being overweight, tried almost every diet in existence. I "joined" the gym quite a few times, which is not the same as going to the gym and actually exercising. I ate lots of sugary cereals, cookies, fast food, pastries, potato chips, pizza, candy and soda. I suffered with many ailments associated with obesity, including high blood pressure, pre-diabetes and depression.
Breaking Point: After many failed attempts to lose weight, in 2008 I had an epiphany while traveling on business. I was at the airport in Miami and before boarding my flight, I went to buy a bottle of water. The clerk at the kiosk, a cute girl, said to me, "You're really good looking for a big guy." Most obese guys would have taken that as a compliment. All I heard was "You're FAT!" The entire trip I kept hearing her voice saying, "You're FAT! You're FAT!" I was disgusted with myself. It's not like I didn't know I was fat before, but at that moment it just hit me!
How I Lost It: The first thing I committed to was walking for 15 minutes every day. My 15 minutes of walking became 20 minutes, then 30 minutes. Walking eventually got boring, so I decided to start "jogging" (many people walk faster than I was jogging). I was only able to manage jogging for a few seconds at a time before I was so tired and out of breath that I had to walk. As soon as I recovered, I would start jogging again for a few seconds and repeated the cycle until my 20 or 30 minutes were up. It eventually became a bit easier to jog for a longer time, and I eventually was able to jog one mile non-stop. As I became more fit, my nutrition became better. I am now a fit 180 pounds. I have transformed my body from obese and sick to fit and healthy. Now, I am no longer sick with high blood pressure, pre-diabetes or depression. I can not only walk a flight of steps without losing my breath, I can sprint a flight of steps without losing my breath.

This is Eli after losing 110 pounds

Daily Food Journal:
Breakfast: Special K with berries, decaf
Lunch: Tomato basil hummus with red leaf lettuce and tomatoes, side of watermelon
Snack: 6 saltine crackers, 1 Tbsp. of peanut butter

Dinner: 1 Garden veggie patty (no bun or cheese), roasted vegetables and a hot cup of green tea with honey (I really love vegetables cooked this way. I could eat these every day... seriously.)

Notes: Well today went well and now I'm about to exercise. So take care and have a great evening.

Doing nothing is easy. That's why so many people do it.


  1. Hi Rachael!
    I know what you mean about roasted veggies!

    You are doing awesome! Love the quote at the end. That is very true! :)

  2. I will have to roast some veggies, they look delicious :)

  3. I keep meaning to roast veggies....but I love them raw esp. in the summer, so...?

    Forget about the 4th of July! That was a week and a half ago, darlin!

  4. That's a great quote, I'm going to copy that one down. Thanks

  5. wow, you ended this post with a bang. Iam so going to copy that too.

  6. I think when you are more invested in "the process," as I call it, and less in the scale, the pounds start dropping off. Because--you might hold on to water weight even if you are eating very well and within calorie range and just doing everything right.

    I have to pay (little bit of) fines at my weight loss group for gains about every 3 weeks because my weight bobbles a little. And when I lose weight, it is often a 2 or 3 pound chunk at a time, not evenly at all--meaning that I lost fat on those previous weeks that I paid fines for!!! So deeply believe in your actions and don't get overly concerned about the scale not budging much. As far as I see, you're doing exactly what you're supposed to be doing. :D

    :-) Marion

  7. I never knew about roasted veggies til I started my journey, now they are right up there in my favorites.
    Your weight is slowly and steadily going down. GOod for you. You keep up the great work.
    Blessings my new friend!

  8. Love that quote at the end! Thanks for helping the rest of us on our journey :0)

  9. I love the quote at the beginning of the blog!

  10. I love the quote at the end. It sure is easy to do nothing. To the weight loss inspiration, all I can say is wow! I sure hope to get there someday.

  11. Rachael! Where did you go? I LOVE reading your blogs everyday...come back!

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