Tuesday, November 4, 2014

A New Beginning: Day 2

Day 2 was so much harder than Day 1....

Getting out of bed was a challenge and thankfully I made it through and got a great workout in before work. My day at work was long but productive with some laughs and conversations in between. I really like the people that I teamed with and same goes for everyone else I work with really. I feel like I have a strong grasp of what I am doing which will allow me to focus on my work outs when I am not at work. These last three weeks off where worth it and I am happy that I am in a position to get back in the grind and in a big way. I ate some Ground Turkey with vegetables for lunch and then some egg with salsa for dinner and then fruit throughout the day. My morning always consist of Fruit and my cup of coffee. I am getting the portions better and I am not as hungry throughout the day which has made life a lot more bearable. I hate being hungry!

I hit the Gym before coming home and the highlight was my 12 minute mile which I jogged in its entirety. I have not something like that since very early High School so I was really stoked about it and cant wait to better that time. I will finish this week doing just Cardio before hitting the weights next week. I will either do weights in the morning and cardio at night starting next week or vice versa, I'll figure it out.

I am bout to fall asleep....

#NeverSettle #GoodNight

Monday, November 3, 2014

A New Beginning: Day 1

It has been way to long....

I'll give you the quick version of what I have been up too, I didnt just give up and go on a 3+ week Binge or anything. I am now employed and loving it, my move to LA was pushed back but the job began which means I am driving to and from LA which is about a 5 Hour Round Trip daily. Dont feel too bad for me because first of all I am blessed to be working and secondly I work with some of the most amazing, dedicated, and genuine people. I know I have only known them for a few weeks but I have scene them in action and they are the real deal. The company is like any other in the sense that they have their ups and downs but I like it and the people directly in charge of me are those I choose to follow which is a huge thing for me. Overall the work is time consuming and if done right will make a difference in someones life which is all I have ever wanted to do. My current schedule has me working from 10am-7pm M-Th and then 9am-6pm F and it pretty much dominates my day once you factor in the drive. I wouldn't change it though, my Associate Director and I where talking about it today and we came to the conclusion that this is all just conditioning and will just build character and make it that much more enjoyable once I move closer.

I had done almost zero working out or walking since the last time I wrote and I felt horrible for it. To top it off I went from 265lbs back up to 271lbs and that nearly broke my spirit. This morning I weighed in at 267lbs after a week of hard dieting which put me close enough to my desired weight to being the next chapter of me Dropping The Weight. 

Gold's Gym in Culver City, Ca is now my home and today I started my two a day routine that I will push myself through for the month of November. It will be hard and trying but I know I can do it and after missing out on almost a month of weight loss I am willing to work through any hurdles that may come up. I hit the gym in the AM before work and then in the PM right after work and do my best to get home as close to 9pm so I can take care of my best buddy Brett, shower, get ready for tomorrow, and BLOG! I will do nothing but Cardio this week in efforts to get below my previous all time low of 265lbs just so I can feel better about starting the gym above that weight. I do have to say I impressed myself today, I did 5 miles on the bike in the AM and then for the first time in many many years I actually jogged an entire mile!!! I even finished the last 2 minutes in a full sprint which was just epic and I felt AMAZING!

I am damn tired and I am sure my Blog Post from here on out will be short for the most part but I will try to blog throughout the day maybe to help out with that.

I am happy to be back and Thank you all who still showed their support while I went MIA....It really means the world to me.


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Day Seventy Five

Monday Weigh In: 265lbs

So I lost 2lbs this past week which is less than what I thought it would be but enough to get me beyond my half way point. I have lost 37.5lbs which is more than I ever thought I could have done and I fully believe that I can make it to my goal of 230lbs. I took a day off today but the rest of this week will be one full of sweat and hard work. These are my last few free days because of I start work on Monday which is awesome. Not everything fell into place like I needed it to but I will work through it and know that I am blessed for the good things that happened. The set backs I go through both mentally and physically conditioning me to be better so not having them in my life is not much of an option. I did get to the blog pretty late today so I will have to make up for it tomorrow. 


Sunday, October 5, 2014

Day Seventy Four

I needed this great week so bad and I am very happy that it went as well as it did. Even though not everything that I have been waiting for was settled I was still happy with the amount of positive results. Weeks like these make the hard ones a bit more bearable since in the back of my mind I know that they will pass and that I will have amazing weeks soon enough. The Angels where swept out of the playoffs but I can deal with that since I know they will come back stronger next season. I have noticed that my perspective has gotten a lot more positive and I hope that I continue in that direction. I was a bit negative the last month or so but I was proud of myself for staying strong on and not giving up. I new this new chapter in my life was going to be difficult and trust me it was that and then some. I knew I would have weak moments and that reflecting on the past or things out of my control would work against me. I did my best to keep my eyes on the prize which just a shot to make it in LA to prove to myself that I am capable of chasing my dreams. I though that getting this full time well paying job would end the chase but really what it did was give me a foundation. I expect to be really busy right out of the shoot but I have a great supportive family and loving friends that will be along for the ride. So many new adventures await me and that is exactly what I wanted and now with a little more hard work I will be able to have it all.

I completed 6 miles today which left me at 52 Miles completed and that my friends is a NEW PERSONAL BEST!

Monday - 10 Miles
Tuesday - 10 Miles
Wednesday - 10 Miles
Thursday - 10 Miles
Friday - Zero Miles
Saturday - 6 Miles
Sunday 6 Miles

I wanted to get a lot closer to 60 than I did but I was very happy the result I created and I have this up coming week to reach 60 miles before I start work the following Monday. I am going to give myself a week or so to get adjust to work and most likely my new location but then I will sign up for the Gold's Gym right across the street from my work. I looked it up and it has everything I need so hitting that place up after work will be great for me and will for sure save me on gas. I look forward to doing a lot more home cooking outside of what I nrormally cook right now. The idea of having my dog back inside is awesome, I just hope he didnt regress from how great he was doing after I potty trained him. Either way I plan on getting him a nice kennel for him to stay in while I am at work. Still my Unemployment issue will dictate what my funds are but I have nothing but positive thoughts about that and just hope I get an answer very early into the week.

I feel really great going into tomorrow weigh in and I am sure I will lose sleep over it like I normally do.

Life Is Great....#NeverSettle

I went out to dinner to celebrate my Oldest Sister Bday which was awesome and we took some pictures:

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Day Seventy Three

46 Miles Have Been Completed

The combination of Saturday, The Heat, and doing some last minute nephew sitting didnt give me to much of a chance to get to 50 Miles today but I was able to get to 46 and tomorrow morning I will knock out a 4 mile walk. Then I will do my best to push hard the remainder of the day in anticipation for my  weigh in on Monday. This has been a really good week with a lot of positive moments in it. I really hope it carries over to next week, I need another positive week. Everything has fallen into place nicely and I just have a few things hanging over my head that I need resolved. 

My first 4 mile walk came at about noon, and it was really hot to the point that my frozen water bottle became unfrozen rather quickly. It didnt kick my but to much but I did feel the heat and I was drenched by the time I got home. I wanted to knock out another 4 mile shortly after but the heat rose and I was just not feeling it. When it did cool down I had already agreed to stay with my nephew so instead of going for a 4 mile walk I decided to go on a 2 mile walk which put me at 6 miles for the day. It got dark quickly and that left me with no time to get anymore walking but I was ok with getting in what I did and ending a few miles short of 50 Miles. We are going to take my oldest sister out to dinner so I may not get to far past 50 miles but I know I will get in a few miles past it for sure. I feel really good when I am walking and I hope to get down to 250lbs soon and maybe give jogging another chance. 

So tomorrow will be a great end of the week and next week will hopefully be better and I will get the results that will put the final pieces of the puzzle together. 

Life Is Good.... #NeverSettle

Friday, October 3, 2014

Day Seventy Two

I spend the entire day in LA getting some stuff done for my new employer and also visiting with one of my most favorite people ever. I didnt get any walking done so I am still at 40 miles but I have not doubt that I will get to 50 Miles by the end of tomorrow and then I will try and get as close to 60 miles on Sunday. I feel great and I am keeping a positive outlook on things that I need resolved but dont have any control over. So far everything has worked itself out so I have no reason to believe that the rest will fall into place. On the drive home I got to speak to Scott who is pretty much my brother from another mother and that is always nice, I miss him and his family so talking to him always brightens up my day. Overall the day went well outside of the lack of working out but I will make up for that tomorrow. Its late and I am tired, so this one will be a short one....Goodnight!


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Day Seventy One

Another great day in the books, I was able to get my walking out of the way early enough to enjoy The Green Bay Packers blowout win over The Minnesota Vikings. Anytime The Packers Win it puts me in a great mood so giving the fact that I am have still been up in my head over things I cannot control it was nice to have this nice distraction. Now the Anaheim Angels are in extra innings in the fist game of The ALDS so that has me distracted too, I had to shut it off so I could write tonight since I couldn't think with it on. I have been a sports junkie ever since my early teens and I have been extremely loyal to The Packers, The Angels, and The Lakers ever since. As a fan I have fortunate enough to witness all three of these franchises Win Championships so that has been really rewarding. I hope to see more of these games now that I am in LA as far as the Angels and Lakers go and I hope to see a Live Packers game in Wisconsin before I am 30 years old. Should I get my Unemployment I do plan on seeing a Angels Playoff game but thats only once I get all my finances settled and I move into my new place.

My morning walk was fine, I was able to get going without to much trouble and like normal it was done rather quickly. I didn't sleep to well last night so I was pretty tired once I got back and I tried to fight off the sleep but I ended up knocking out rather quickly. I woke up around 1pm which was not cool because I missed my usual noon lunch and I wanted to be well on my way for my second walk no later than 1pm. So I got ready and headed out as fast as I could so I could stay within the schedule I have been using this week. One thing I did not think about was the fact that I ate fruit for breakfast at around 8pm and that was all I had eaten during the day. The first mile went by fine but when I got thirsty during the second mile I took a good sized drink of water and the moment it hit my stomach I felt the urge to throw up. I had to stop and compose myself for a few minutes and it took everything I had to fight my body to not throw up. Thankfully after a few minutes I began to feel better and was back on my way, by the time I hit the 3rd mile I was over the feeling but I was a bit gun shy in regards to my water. To top it off I had left the house knowing that I had to use the restroom so I was fighting that urge as well. I tried to go use a restroom at the only place that has one on my route but it was out of order. I toughed it out and kept on pushing and thankfully did not have an incident like a month or so ago where I feared that I was going to go potty in my shorts. Since I had so much to think about I feel that my 2 walk was a bit faster than my 1st which was new and rally needed.

Breakfast - Fruit
Lunch - Pita Sandwhich
Dinner - Soy Chorizo and Eggs

I finished my walking with a nice 2 mile walk with my puppy Brett and my Nephew Nick, I really enjoy when I have my nephew on these walks. He is such a great conversation starter and he always finds a conversation that includes both what he likes and what I like. He and I have similar interest which is always cool, and I just love his perspective and how he is a sponge when it comes to knowledge. The last time I lived with my sister the hardest part when I moved was not seeing Nick on a daily basis. Now I will be moving again and it hard enough not being around my sister Mayra who has always looked out for me and of course the twins but I will have to not see my Mom an Nick on a daily basis....its going to be hard. I have some plans in place so I could see them all considering that I will only be about slightly over an hour away. With this new job I will have my weekends free and thats when my mom, sister and her family are always free so I dont intend on becoming a stranger once I leave. There is so much to do in LA that they have not scene so me being out there will allow me to visit with them and make it worth there wild. I love my family so much and it was because of them that I was able to get over the move I made when I left Nevada and came back homr to California.

I have to head into LA tomorrow and visit with the ICDC College HR and get my paperwork filled out, I look forward to it. I plan on going to see a few places I am considering living and I hope they have units availble at the price I saw listed online. I will try and get some walking in tomorrow so that I could not only get to 50 miles on Saturday but also surpass it and set a new record. If I have it my way I will get to 60 miles by Sunday and that will be amazing. I really am looking forward to my weigh in on Monday!


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Day Seventy

Another productive day, I was able to get my 10 miles done fairly early and my dog joined me for the last two miles. I am still hating the early wake up call but I feel better overall, not being achy at night has really helped me sleep. That makes it 30 miles completed and I should knock out 10 miles tomorrow before I have to go into LA and fill out some paperwork for HR. I am happy to finally be employed again and I look forward to the new challenges that lie ahead of me. Having a Gold's Gym across the street from the gym is a huge plus, I will be able to get out of work and go right into a good work out. I have found some apartments near my work that would also leave me only about 15 minutes from the beach so that is great. I do plan on getting closer to the beach than that but I will have to find a roommate first so thats something to keep in mind. The area that I am looking into seems like a great fit and I should be able to get a 1 Bed Room instead of the Studio I though I was going to end up with. LA is so damn expensive but it will be nice to have my own place again and it will be even better having my dog back in the house. He has been loving the walks that he has gone on the last few days so that is something I am going to have to add to my schedule. My weeks are going to be pretty packed but it will all be worth it in the long haul. Another great perk will be being closer to Trina, she is by far one of my most favorite people in the world and seeing her on a regular basis is going to be awesome.

I have done really well with my diet and the amount of calories I am taking in, having the right food available makes a HUGE difference. I noticed that the more I tried to just wing ended up with me being hungry and wanting a quick fix. Its like I cant think straight if my hunger hits before I actually have my meals planned. Also I have scene great results from the fruits I eat during breakfast and sometimes for snacks, the energy kick is always there. I am still having my bigger meal at dinner but I am not eating later then 6pm and really the meals are no more bigger than what I eat for lunch most times. I used to eat small for dinner but when I stopped eating after 6pm I noticed myself getting really hunger at about 10pm and that didnt help me trying to get to sleep at all. I dont always snack due to my meals being pretty balanced, sometimes I do come out short calorie wise so then I will eat a banana or some grapes. I am keeping my carbs pretty low since that has helped me lose a good amount a weight weekly in the past. Once I get to Culver City I am Gym bound and I'm pretty sure that I will get a personal trainer to get me going and point me in the right direction. I know that I have the walking and dieting down but its been awhile since I hit a real gym so I will need some guidance. Burning fat is the number 1 goal but here pretty soon I will get into the body sculpting portion of my journey and I really want to get that right the first time around. A personal trainer will also help me not understand leg days and also hopefully help me not skip those horrible days.

Breakfast: Fruit
Lunch: Fajitas
Dinner: Navajo Taco (Pita Bread/Fajitas/Salad)

Still waiting of my Unemployment stuff to come trough, I am getting nervous and trying to come up with a plan be is getting pretty difficult. I am going to stay positive and just expect for the best while preparing for a more difficult situation without freaking out.


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Day Sixty Nine


These last few days have been full of pleasant surprises and the news of me getting the job I had interviewed for last week kept it going. I had not heard from them in slightly under a week which started to make me nervous. Of course I began to assume that I may have flopped and not got the job which didnt help motivate me so I kept myself focused on what I could control. I was called while on a walk and to my luck a Ice Cream Van was driving by me with its music so I could not anwser the phone. They left a voice mail requesting that I contact them asap and that put me into overdrive. I began to hustle to get home so I could get on the phone and get the new, good or bad didnt matter anymore because I just wanted closure. So when I got home I gave them a call and it was someone I had never talked to before so I got even more nervous. Maybe they gave him the call so that he could shoot me down and since he didnt know me it would be easy for him to move on. Yeah thats a bit dramatic but it was what I was thinking so I listened to him and finally he gave me the good news that they where going to offer me the job. He gave me the details and I accepted with the only request being that I push my start day back a week so I could move and not have to travel since it was a ways off with a lot of traffic. He is going to give me a call tomorrow but he assured me that it would not be an issue so I was happy to hear that. 

That was the highlight of my pretty productive day, I was able to knock out 10 miles and my puppy joined me for the mid day 2 mile walk. I was up early and had finished 6 miles before noon so that is always a good for me, I hate having to rush more than 4 miles after 3pm or so. I had to go do some shopping with some already sore legs so that was fun, but any walking is a good thing for me! I purchased enough good healthy food to hold me over this week since I am going hard and want nothing to stand in my way. I picked up some chicken and will balance that out with my regular fish meals to mix it up a bit, I was starting to get tired of just fish. I did have a good nap once I got home from shopping which felt great, I really needed it. Once I woke up from that I quickly got going on my last 4 mile walk of the day and that is always a good feeling, achieving yopur daily goals always feels nice. 

Breakfast - Fruit
Lunch - Chicken Fajita
Dinner - Vegetable Stirfry w/ Left over Fajitas

Tomorrow will be another consistent day as I will aim for another 10 miles and focus on eating correctly in the day. I dont think that will be a problem because I have my meals preplanned in my mind so that should help it all fall into place. 

Things are begging to work out....NEVER SETTLE!

(My mom made some fajitas that kicked mine in the ass today when she got home, I look forward to those tomorrow and will of course miss her and also her amazing cooking. Thank goodness that I will be about an hour away as apposed to the 4+ hours I was when I live in Nevada.)

Monday, September 29, 2014

Day Sixty Eight

Monday Weigh In: 267lbs

So I bit the bullet and jumped on the scale early this morning assuming nothing good but fortunately I was very surprised. When I glanced down and saw that I had lost 3lbs I almost jumped out of my skin, I could not believe it. After having such an up and down week I expected nothing good from the weigh in to the point that I almost skipped it. The prior I had gained 2lbs and that just broke my heart so to have lost those 2lbs and then 1 pound more was just a fantastic result. I re-weighed myself about 3 times on 2 different scales just to make sure and both came up with a 3lb loss so the confirmation made it even more special. Looking back I know I didnt have many good days but the ones that I did have where clearly better than an average good day so that must have made the difference. Also I did a good job of watching my calorie intake to make sure I didnt do to much damage so that also must have helped my cause. 267lbs is the lowest I have ever weighed as an adult so it meant the world to me that I was able to achieve it even though mentally I was not in the game for the majority of the week. This was very much the insparation that I needed and I am very happy that I did not skip my weigh in today.

Soon after my weigh I was off on my first 4 mile walk of the day, like most of my early week walks it went by really fast and I am really starting to get by these walks pretty quick. When I got home I intended on taking a short break and heading out again but I opted to relax a bit more and try and fix my broken PS3. After I failed to bring the PS3 back to life I decided to get going on the second 4 mile walk of the day and it went well but I could see myself struggling to keep a solid pace. I pressed on and finished just fine with no pain or aches so I knew with that I would be having a strong walking week. I spent the rest of the day doing laundry and cleaning which was not to fun especially without my normal douse of Netflix which I normally watch on my PS3. I managed to pull through just find and shortly after eating dinner my nephew, puppy and myself head out knock out a quick 2 mile walk. Its always fun walking with my nephew, he always has something to talk about so it keeps my mind of negative things and then this was the 1st time I took my dog on this type of walk so that was new too. Brett (My Dog) kept the pace solid and we finished the 2 miles rather quickly which make me wonder why I took so long to get my dog going on these. I am sure my nephew will be joining me on more of these walks so thats awesome too. Overall it was a great day work out wise and in combination with my weigh in I really cant complain. 10 miles walked with the goal being set at doing more miles than I have ever done before in a week. The number to beat is 50 miles. 

Breakfast - Fruit
Late Lunch/Early Dinner - 4 Shredded Pork Tacos with Tons of Vegetables
Snack - Cup of Coffee

The Tacos where packed with so much food that even as I type this I am not hungry so I enjoyed the meals today. I tried to make some Fish for lunch but it came out really gross so I passed on it and by the time I finished making the tacos it was almost 4pm so I just made enough to hold me over and counted it as my lunch and dinner. 

Tomorrow will be another great day....This is going to be a great week!


Sunday, September 28, 2014

Day Sixty Seven

Well this was an up and down week, I am kinda glad its over other than I finished How I Met Your Mother on Netflix. This has easily become one of my most favorite shoes ever, the ending was not what I was expecting but I loved it and am sad that its over. I am sure that I will watch it over again a few times before I could officially move on. The new season of Once Upon A Time is starting so that will hold me over for a bit until Walking Dead comes back on. I have spend the last 3 months watching a lot of Netflix, I think I am looking forward to getting back to work and not having my life be about my shows. I think this up coming week will be a big one for me and I hope it is, I have been wanting to move onto bigger and better things but there is always a hold up that sets me back. I am over the hold ups and I just want to move on, chase some dreams and really I just want to be happy. I know that I am the one that creates my Happiness and I feel like I allowed my professional set backs to hold me up because I invested so much into it and I didnt want to admit that it did not become everything I wanted it to be. Overall I have grown from everything that went down but I need to find the avenue that will allow me to actually move on.

I spent this weekend in neutral, I ate well but that was about it.

Tomorrow starts the greatest work out week of me life and nothing will get in my way, because I am in control and will Never Settle.

Oh and My Packers Won!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Day Sixty Six

Family Day!

My Saturday did not go as planned, I ended up going out to watch my nephew play football in the morning then we went out for breakfast. I kept some control and ate well but then we came home and I passed out. I went to sleep late yesterday and then after waking up early my body was done. Tomorrow's goal is to get 14 miles in so I can at least get to 40 miles done for the week which will still be pretty good. Dont have to much time tonight to write so I will keep it short. Gonna go hard tomorrow and carry that into the new week and go even harder!


Friday, September 26, 2014

Day Sixty Five

This was one of my most stressful yet productive days in a very long time, these last few weeks have been similar stress wise but today was different. I finally got out of my poor pity me rut and actually did something instead of eating or wasting my day. I was awaken early, I accidentally left my alarm on after having it off for the week and it startled me. I looked at the time and it was 8an and a cool 65 degrees out but I tried to ignore that and go back to bed. It didn't take, so i summed up all my energy and rolled out of bed and began to get ready for a walk. I was out the door at about 8:30am and to my surprise I had a lot more energy than I thought I would have. When I got home I tried to go back to bed but I couldn't so I watched some more of the final season of How I Met Your Mother on Netflix. After a few episodes I got ready and went out for another 4 mile walk and this one was a bit harder because the heat had kicked in but it went well overall. At this point I am thinking I am done for the day and was proud of myself for doing as much as I did. That's how low the bar has been set for a little bit now so when I got back home I tried to keep myself busy but I was restless. I then got a call from Dave the HR from the job I am hoping to get, he asked me a few questions and then told me that he was going to make some reference calls. I was not nervous about it before he mentioned it but once he did it was all I could think about. So then I got up in my head and of course it was all worst case scenarios and I was getting all worked up.

So I did what I normally would not have done, I got up and got my shoes on and went for my third 4 mile walk of the day. I felt the tightness in my legs and I was tired early on but all of that combined with a perfectly time phone call I received really became a much needed distraction. The call was from a person who really was my biggest supporter back at my previous job. Her name is Erin and I have known her for years but it was in the last year and a half or so when we became closer. She was a counselor and worked with me and the student that I served and truthfully I couldn't of asked for a better person to share the kids with. She and I left at the same time and she was just calling to check up on me and to let me know how her journey was going. I was on mile 3 when she called me and before I knew it I was well into mile 4 with a huge smile on my face once the call was over. It makes me feel great to know that she thought of me and I am really happy to still have her in my life even though we both had moved onto to new chapters in out lives. That women deserves nothing but the best and I do pray that she gets it, the kids she works with now are blessed to have her.

Right at the end of my third 4 mile walk my sister snuck up on me, she was out ridding her bike with my niece in tow and my nephew on his scooter behind her. I plan on getting the part we need to get the other bike ready so she and I can ride the bikes when she is here and so I can began to expand my range. I was feeling really tired at that point but it only lasted for a but because shortly after eating dinner I got my shoes on again and this time knocked out a 2 mile walk which put me at 14 miles done in the day and 26 miles done for the week. So again I am at striking distance of my goal of 50 miles for the week and will only have to do 12 miles on both Saturday and Sunday to get to the magic number for only the second time since I started my journey. I believe I can do it and after watching a video that a friend from Twitter sent me I am even more motivated.

Check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OU0BzZlwU4o

I really want to make up for gaining 2lbs last week and if doing all of this gets me back in to the 260lbs marks even by a little I will be happy.

Breakfast: Fruit (Apple & Grapes_
Lunch: (Left Over Steak)
Dinner: Talapia with Sautee Vegetables and slices of Tomato and Avocado

That was the best I have done meal time in a long time and I plan on keeping it up for the next 30 days for sure, I really want to get into the 250lbs range so I can have a chance at completing my overall goal by The New Year. I am still up in my head a bit, early next week I will find out if I got the job and if my other financial issue has been resolved. I have done all I can do in regards to the job and other issues so I will keep myself focused on my health which is just as important as anything else. I feel good, here's looking forward to feeling GREAT!


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Day Sixty Four

So I think my final interview went very well, really it was more like
3 interviews in one but I did well in all of them. I know that I came
off genuine because the questions they asked where straight to the point
and very direct which is what I prepared for. I wasn't to nervous, more
than anything else I was anxious. I new that I was in a good position
but in no way did I have a guarantee so I wanted to put my best foot
forward so I could be in the best position. I felt very good walking out
of the office and I felt even better during the drive home. I feel like
I will be a great fit for the position and I see myself potentially
working my way up. They have so many positions that interest me but for
now I am focused on cashing in on my experience and desire to help
people. The person I met was one of the original employees for ICDC and
from what I understand she pretty much helped build this very successful
company. Being in her office and having a great conversation meant a
lot to me because even though I knew she was very important I didnt
stumble of doubt myself. It wasn't until I was half way home that I
realized who I talked too and how well the conversation went. I have
grown so much in the last 10 years and it really showed today and I am
very happy with how I showed up.

Tomorrow is a 10+ Mile
Day and I plan to finish the week off like that to try and have a
decent weigh in. I have a chance at meeting my goal of 50miles but it
will be hard.

Back to eating healthy....with the
stressfull part of my week over I know I can hit my diet hard again and
get some great results.


Oh and just in case you missed it.... #RE2PECT

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Day Sixty Three

Today Was A Good Day

It started off with an early call, I thought I was going to have to wait all day for it but it came early and went well. I have a few days of waiting to see the results of it all but I have a good feeling about it all so it shouldn't be to bad of a wait. This has all been going on for over 3 months so a few more days is music to my ears. After the phone call I thought I was good to go for the day but shortly after I finished the first call I got another important call. The call was from the Recruiter, last time he and i spoke we set up my 2nd Interview for next week. The call was informing me that some hire ups reviewed my Resume and the results from my first interview and because of how it all went they wanted to meet with me asap. I was very surprised and happy, it was not expected and it really made my day. So the new interview will be tomorrow at 2:30pm and even though I know they want me know I am still nervous. I really want this job so I will be on my A game and be ready to hit it out the park again. This week is going really well and I hope for it to continue, I especially want the results from the first phone call come through positive. 

I was not able to get any walking done, mainly due to the soreness that I have been going through. Doing my interview on Tuesday I couldnt stand the soreness in my legs so when I knew that I had a bigger interview tomorrow I decided to call it a day and rest up for tomorrow. The remaining days after tomorrow will be 10 mile days and I hope to get some good results from the walking. I really cant wait till tomorrow and I hope to have even better news to write about. 

Its late and I am going to bed because tomorrow is a BIG DAY!


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Day Sixty Two

12 Miles Walked So Far This Week

The goal is to get to 50 by the end of the week and I think I will be able to get there, assuming I can keep up some consistency. Tomorrow I have to be available from 8am to 4:30pm so my entire day is locked up waiting for a phone call. I am not complaining since I have wanted this phone call to happen for over 3 months now. If all goes well on the call I will be able to move on to the next chapter of my life and am hoping all the positive energy I have build up pays off now. I am very nervous because is this doesn't go well I don't know what I am going to do. I am trying to focus on the positive and the fact that I know I deserve what I am asking for so that is somewhat working. Things this week have began to fall into place and I hope to have that continue since all my plans rely on all these things coming through. 

I had my Job Interview today and it went really well outside of the fact I ended up at the wrong office and was about 30 minutes late to the interview. Fortunately they where all very understanding and I was still able to meet with the Department Head and the Administrator. So really I had two interviews and I believed that they both went really well. I walked out of the offices with my head held high and even tough I had that minor set back I was able to work with it. The information I gained during the interview made me feel better about what I was getting into. When they spike about metrics I really understood what they meant and after excelling at retaining my students in my previous jobs I feel really good about being able to create similar results. The office setting was very work heavy, I never had a cubicle before so that will be a new experience. On my way home I was called by Dave, he is the Talent Acquisition's manager that reached out to me initially. He wanted to know how I felt about the job and after we talked about that he let me know that the Admin I met with also felt good so they wanted me to come in for the 2nd Face to Face Interview. This would be an interview with HR and I would be filling out paperwork, before letting me know about the interview he asked me if I still wanted to pursue the position. When I said yes he said he was happy to hear it so I feel like the position is in hand barring any unforeseen setback.

I missed Breakfast and Lunch because of the drive and the interview so I ended up having a Pastrami Sandwhich with some fries for dinner. Shortly after being done with that I completed a 4 mile walk for the day and wanted to do more but I dont like walking to late into the night. I didnt know if I would get any walking in today or tomorrow but I planned on doing my best and working towards my goal of 50 miles for the week. I really need to focus on limiting my sugars and carbs again and doing a better job of sticking to it. When my schedule gets messed with I begin to settle for less healthier alternatives but I have done well this week and the Pastrami was a bit of a celebratory one. Tomorrow I am back on my Fruit/Salad/Fish Diet so that is gonna be fun and I will be sitting at home watching the final season of How I Met Your Mother which just came out on Netflix and waiting on my phone call. 

So not a bad start to the week, really hope tomorrow is great and I look forward to sharing some great news. :)


Monday, September 22, 2014

Day Sixty One

So I gained 2lbs after having a very non productive week, so after I knocked out 10 miles yesterday I did 4 miles back to back today. I was going to go for 10 but my feet began to feel a bit raw so I called it a day. I have high hopes for this weeks work out so I didnt want to run into any problems with it just being Monday. I was a bit frustrated with myself about the 2lb gain because I knew it was self inflicted and that sucks. I think in the back of my mind I thought that I would be able to get away with an off week like I have done in the past but it didnt work out that way. I have learned a vital lesson and will make sure to hold on to it so I dont repeat it again. I am really tired right now which is a good thing because I might get some good sleep now. Tomorrow is my interview in Culver City, its at 11am so I will be leaving the house by 9am. I am a little nervous but more than anything I am anxious about getting a shot to better myself professionally. I know I am the man for the job and I will make sure to hit it out of the park tomorrow and lock the job down.

Got a few things to do before I go to bed so this one is going to be a short one and I hope I have a lot to right about tomorrow.


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Day Sixty

2 Months

I cant believe that it has been two months since I started this epic weight loss journey. In the past I have tried and tried but never followed through but finally I think I am over any of  the walls that would put me in a situation to quit and I really believe in myself. I have received so much support from families, friends, strangers and athletes which was so much more than I expected. Due to my dedication and the overwhelming positive support I made it through some dark moments both in the weight loss process and in my life overall. I have always been a confident guy but now I am on top of the world and I know that I can do anything that I set my mind on. I have goals and dreams that some would deem as far fetched and unreasonable but I know that I can achieve it all because I have heart and that will carry me through. These last two months have been life altering and I will never forget the struggles and how I overcame them to get to this point, I still have a long road and I am ready for it. It took my lowest low to get me to make these changes and it was hard, but now I know that I can do it and can find motivation in anything even the negative. I cant thank everybody that has helped me, supported me, and even doubted me since I began this and slightly before that. I am a better person today and it took sacrifices to get here but it was worth it and I will continue to strive to be better.

After having a lack luster week and finished off with a bang and completed 10 miles today and did really well with my calorie intake. This was the first time all week that I went walking so I wanted to go big without hurting myself so I set my goal for 10 miles and I got it. The first 4 mile walk felt amazing, my sister would have been proud of me for the pace that I was keeping. I pushed myself as hard as I could and at one point was almost at a light jog before I hit a stop light that killed my momentum. My legs held up great and I felt really good about completing the rest of my walking for the day. When I got home I was restless and full of energy so I did some stuff around the house but then I crashed and even though I gave it my all I fell asleep. This set me back a bit because I wanted to finish my walking before the sun set so I went off for my second 4 mile walk around 5:30pm. That one was not as fast as my first walk but I was still fighting off the abrupt wake up my alarm gave me but I finished strong. The sun was pretty low when I got home and after sitting down with my sister and mom for a bit I decided to get my last 2 miles done before I convinced myself to call it a day. My legs where still warmed up from the 4 mile walk so these last two miles where a piece of cake. By the time I was done the sun was set and the night sky reminded me of how much I miss the night sky in Amargosa Valley. I was fortunate to have some great music for all of my walks and that made them go way faster so overall it was a good day. I wanted to jump start my body for the upcoming week, I am gunning for a 10lb loss starting after tomorrows weigh in.

Brunch: Chilaquiles with Chorizo Beans
Dinner: Shrimp Cocktail
Snack: White Peach

I dont have my hopes set to high for tomorrows weigh in, as long as I have a loss I will be happy. I have not gained in any of my weigh ins and I would like to maintain that. After I cut my hair and shaved and felt so much better, I look slightly different and have gotten great compliments. Well I did look pretty bummy but I have lost the majority of my double chine and I dont fit into my clothes and that just puts a huge smile on my face. When I went clothing shopping I tried on a size 40 pair of pants and they fit, I have not worn that size since High School. The pants looked horrible and thus I didnt purchase them but when I was wearing them I never felt so good. I went with a more stylish dress shirt than I normally would buy and thats just because as a big guy I never wore anything that was not a solid color, it was a confidence thing so I wanted to change that.  Over a year ago I purchased some pants that didnt fit me and I kept them so they are brand new and now I will be able to wear them to my interview. I look forward to the interview, I think my confidence will carry me through it and I have the experience necessary to do a great job so I am confident about it.

This week is huge because so many things that will be decided during it, I have not had a week like this in quite awhile. I am a little nervous but I am trying to shake that and just keep the energy positive. Regardless of what happens I will continue to push to better myself and knowing that allows me to keep a positive outlook on everything. God will never give me more than I can handle, I just have to figure out a way to handle it.


Oh and my Packers had a tough loss today but I know we will bounce back....#GOPACKGO

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Day Fifty Nine

Great day, spent the majority of it with my mom out and about and the rest finishing the rest of Season 3 of The New Girl. It has been awhile since I have binged watched Netflix so that was awesome and I had a great burger with my mom and we did some shopping at Five Guys. The day was pretty chill, I was stuck at home early in the morning because someone was going to come by and pick up a love seat from me so that was boring but it worked out. With the little money I made off of that I went out and purchased some interview clothing for Tuesday, the clothing I had in my closet did not fit me anymore. That was a great feeling and would have been better if I had more money to really spend but I did the best with what I have. I will make sure to post a picture when I get all dolled up for my interview, a 2x shirt fit me loose for the first time in for ever and I cant wait to get myself into a XL shirt. I have the job interview on Tuesday, I am pretty nervous but I know that I will hit it out the park because I am the right man for the job.

Tomorrow is my last day to get a work out in for the week and on Monday I will aim for about 40 Miles for the week even though I have the Job Interview on Tuesday and then another phone interview on Wednesday.

Got a late start on my blog tonight....I need to get back on my work out grind so I can have more to write in this thing....lol!


Friday, September 19, 2014

Day Fifty Eight

Oh man I cant wait for this cleansing to be over with, I took my last pills todays and I can assure you its been a tough week. But I do feel better and have been watching my diet and trying my best to eat healthy and stay within my allotted calories. Tomorrow will be fun, I will be up early so I can get some walking down, I will be in bed early tonight to make sure I have no reason not to wake up. I have been sleeping better but I started to go to sleep later which has not worked for me at all. I have to remain consistent so I dont let all my work be for not. I am so close to my two month date and I never thought I would get this far, I am just excited to continue my journey. I was a little nervous since I had not done any walking this week so I took a sneak peak on the scale and the results made me feel better. I wont put them down here but I can assure you that it made me want to push hard this weekend and make the best of this week. I really do see myself going all the way with this, I feel better both physically and mentally so why would I stop this now right? I will continue to push and should my financial issues work out I will be in  great position to hit the gym hard and really tone up muscle wise.

I did do some small work outs in my room, still cant do situps the way I want but I did do some crunches and some work with my huge ball. I am weary of doing anything that might do more harm than good right now, I just want to continue to lose weight so I am at my best whenever I hit the gym. The weight training has been going well here but I am limited in what I can do so I just make the best of it. I think I have my road mapped out well and this upcoming week will be huge in getting the ball rolling more than I have already. Here's hoping that all goes smooth and I can take the next necessary big step in my life. The work that I have put in to lost the weight I have lost already is nothing compared to the work I will put in to achieve my goals. I feel great and I will do everything in my power to not lose this feeling.

Gonna get ready for bed....


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Day Fifty Seven

My foot was still bothering me when I woke up this morning and it was difficult to walk on it for a bit. The good thing is that as I am typing this I feel no pain or discomfort so I think I will give walking a go assuming the pain stays away. I feel guilty for not being able to follow up my walking from last week with a similar amount this week but what can I do. I do think I will be able to finish strong and make the best of what has been a down week work out wise. Like I said a few weeks ago, if I can manage to lose a few pounds this week I will call it a win. I do plan on going to bed early in an effort to get up bright and early tomorrow so I can get some walking in early and before it gets to hot.

I got a hair cut today and I shaved, I was not going to do either until I lost 50lbs but because I have the interview next week I decided against that. So here is the before and after picture:

I was looking a bit a rough but I like it, I probably lost a pound or so just by losing the hair so that is a plus for sure. My day was busy running errands and getting my for cut so it did go by pretty fast. I hope to have more to write tomorrow regarding my walking, if I can muster it up I would love to get over 10 miles in, that would really be nice.

Well off to bed I go....


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Day Fifty Six

The blister that was given me issues a few weeks ago turned into what I though was Callus and up until yesterday gave me no issues. Early today I went to step I felt something on my foot, it was the Callus peeling off. I put pressure on it to see if there was going to be any pain and when I didnt feel any I peeled off what ended up being a huge chunk of skin. After I had peeled it off I felt to pain or discomfort so I went back to sleep for a few more hours. After I awoke I went to take a step off my bed and I felt a sharp sting, it was to painful but it was uncomfortable. So it seems that the raw skin that was under the Callus is still pretty raw and now I am off my feet again for another day or so in hopes that it heels quickly. I didn't intend on peeling the entire piece of skin but when I tugged on it the majority came off without much effort. I wanted to aim for 10+ miles today or average near that for the rest of the week but that has been shelved. Now all I can do is life weights and watch my calories to make sure I don't take a step back. Pretty frustrating to say the least but I will manage and continue to find a way to push towards my goals. I feel better and after doing some research I believe that bike riding is my next big step. I do plan on buying a real nice bike whenever I get my finances settles which shouldn't be to long now.

I am looking for ways to work out and get a nice calorie burn but my damn foot seems to get in the way each time. I tried putting my socks on and that was uncomfortable so the goal now is to let it be so I can limit any problems. This weeks meals have been pretty sloppy in comparison to how I have been the last few weeks so I need to get a grip on it all. I have not had a good work out day since Sunday so that sucks. My personal life seems to be getting more stable which is always nice and I confirmed my face to face interview for next Tuesday which is awesome. I really feel like I will be a good fit with this company and the job seems to be what I have been wanting. Something that I can work hard it but it wont overcome my life and I will have time to do other things with my free time. I cant wait to move to the beach and I hope that a few of my friends will be able to join me when I get out there. I see myself taking some really positive steps mentally which has made it possible to overcome some mental hurdles. Now if I could just get a grip on my mental, emotional, and physical hurdles I feel like I could conquer the world if I wanted to.

Meals for the day:

B - Greek Raspberry Yogurt
L - Beef Stir Fry Burrito
D - Fish with Vegetables
S - Apricot

I hope my foot heals up overnight so I can make up for some lost time tomorrow and get a decent work in for the week. If I can manage to lose 3lbs this week I will consider that a huge win. Another positive thing is that I have been sleeping great, last night I didnt wake up once, I cant remember the last time I managed that. Here's hoping that I can keep that up and continue to continue to build up this positive momentum.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Day Fifty Five

Well I wasn't called for my interview at the scheduled time in the morning which was a bit of a let down. I skipped my morning walk just to make sure I didn't miss it or that something out of the ordinary didn't occur. The heat was over 100 again so I spent the majority of the day keeping my dog cool and as comfortable as possible. Outside of that I organized a bit of my room and did some work online to kill some time. I was pretty let down that I didn't get the call in the morning because I was really looking forward to the interview process. Then at about 1pm I missed the call from the hiring manager wanting to reschedule the interview, I don't know how I missed it and when I called back it went to voice mail. I again felt that let down feeling and took to my PS3 to distract me a bit since I didn't want to get into a funk. Up to this point I did no walking and had not gotten the interview so my day was quickly becoming a bust. A few hours later my phone rang and it was the Hiring Manager, she was apologetic and asked if I wanted to reschedule the interview or if I had some free time to do it right then. I of course chose to do it then and by the end of it I she told me she was going to set up a face to face interview in the very near future. My day went from a bust to one of the best days ever, I am one step closer to getting a great job in an absolute great city. Now I have a big reason to get a hair cut and a shave, I am starting to look pretty rough.

My meal times where a bit off today as I ended up eating dinner after 7pm:

Morning: Fruit
Lunch: Leftover Teriyaki and white rice
Snack: Granola Bar
Dinner: Turkey Sandwhich

I put together a salad which I will eat for lunch for the rest of the week and I have my fish for dinner so I am set on that. I started taking a body cleansing pill that really has me wanting to stay near a toilet but tomorrow is day 3 on that and it should get a bit more manageable after that. Tomorrow will be my first walk for the week so I hope to make it a good one. I really want to get out of the house by 7pm like I did this past sunday so I can try to get 10 miles in. Who knows if I average 10 miles a day I can maybe get to 50 for the second consecutive week....I will at least try.

So what started out as a bad day ended up as a great day so I am good with that.


Monday, September 15, 2014

Day Fifty Four

Name: Alvaro Pico
Height: 5ft 9in
Start Date: 7/24/2014
Start Weight: 302.5lb
Current Weight: 268lb
Goal Weight: 230lb
Goal Date: As Long As It Takes

I joined this site MiniMins.com and it has helped me so much, the support is tremendous and the information is stores for me is great. Every week I punch in my weigh in and it kicks out some great information, that's where I got the info above. The people there are tremendous and so much success is achieved there that it inspires you to continue to push. Not only does it have an outstanding amount of information on a variety of diets its a really fun place to just chat. Most of the people are women from Europe but to me that makes it even cooler because I think European's are AWESOME! Check it out if you are looking for inspiration or just to be understood. 

Here is my thread on MiniMins.com: http://www.minimins.com/lot-weight-lose-then-join-wemitts/343962-70-pounds-lose-i-started-yesterday.html

So after my weigh in I was super stoked at the idea that I am only 38lbs away from my goal. I did take the day off and I treated myself to some amazingly good/horrible fast food so the day was pretty simple. It made it up to 109 Degrees which sucked for me and my dog, my pooch got the worst end of it but I did a good job keeping him cool. I am hoping to be in my own place in less than a month and I am sure he is too. I got some good news from my Unemployment case so that also made my day, I have a scheduled phone call coming up that will decide it all and then I can move on. Tomorrow I have that phone interview which I know I will do great on, I really want this job. It is the perfect scenario for me and will allow me to pursue so much. I plan on doing some more reading on the company so I can be well educated on the job I am attempting to land. I feel really great about it all and I hope to feel just as great tomorrow night when I am writing my blog. The idea of finally taking that big step and moving to LA is all I want right now, because with that move I am taking ownership of my life and chasing my dreams. 

My goal for walking this week will be to reach at least 40 Miles with a few trips to the pool and some weight lifting. I also plan on hitting up a mountain hike or two this week just to change it up a bit so I can keep my body progressing. I am going to do my best to get into the low 260's and maybe even into the high 250's this week. I am finally feeling the weight loss, my sister needed help clearing out the back of her huge truck and I climbed it and did the job with no issue or strain. 2 months ago I would have been out of breathe just getting up the truck let alone doing the job so I felt good after that. 

I aimed for a 10lb Loss this last week and I made it to 7lbs so I will continue to reach for 10lbs so even if I miss it by a pound or two I will still feel great about it. 


Sunday, September 14, 2014

Day Fifty Three (50 Miles Goal Completed)


Monday - 8 Miles
Tuesday - 8 Miles
Wednesday - 8 Miles
Thursday - 8 Miles
Friday - 4 Miles
Saturday - 6 Miles
Sunday - 8 Miles

Total = 50 Miles

I was up and out of bed by 6:30am and out the door slightly before 7am, I was ready to seize the day. I began with a 4 mile walk which felt great, I was wide awake and full of energy which is not how every morning walk starts. The streets where pretty empty but considering the fact that it was Sunday it didn't surprise me. The sun had not fully risen so the air was really fresh for the first half of the walk and then it heated up and I really enjoyed that. I was walking at a pretty fast clip and my goal was to get the 4 miles done so I can get another walk in before it got too hot. Once I arrived home I chatted a bit with my mom and sister and I felt so good that I couldn't sit down. I couldn't believe I still had so much energy so I convinced my mom to join me for a two mile walk. For whatever reason I had convinced myself that I was only 2 miles shy of completing my goal even though I was actually 4 miles from it,. My mom and I chatted which made the walk go by really quick. She did get a bit winded since it had been a few weeks since she walked with me but she made it through just fine. When we got home my sister had gotten herself and the kids ready and apparently we where going out for brunch. I took a sec to get cleaned up and we where off, I at that point thought I had completed what had been my hardest goal while on this journey so I was on cloud 9.

For brunch I had a ham omelet with a few pieces of Sausage and Bacon, I got full pretty fast so I didn't finish it all. Later on in the day for dinner I had a Grilled Chicken Salad which was on the smaller side because I was not that hungry. I did snack on a few peanuts but not to many, I wanted to stay on the lighter side since my weigh in is tomorrow morning. 

After brunch I came in to write about my Blog and like at the top of this one I broke down my walking and laughed so hard when  I noticed I was not done. Due to the weather and the fact the Packers vs the Jets was on I decided to wait until late to really complete my goal. So shortly after The Packers beat the Jets who at one point held a huge lead I decided to get dressed. Physically and Mentally I felt fantastic, I even considered pushing myself and getting 4 miles done but in the end I opted to reach my goal and then plan on surpassing it later. On my way out I was joking with my sister and that led to her joining me with the twin in their red wagon for my 2 mile walk. Even hauling the twins she kept a great pace and it only got better when my niece said she had to use the bathroom shortly into the second mile. We talked about a diet she can manage while working a hard and sometimes inconvenient schedule. I told her that my next step was to start a video that would be the focal point of my work out in addition to the walking that I do. I was thinking of P90x or Insanity because I have heard some really good things about them. So she and I should start that as soon as I could get my hands on the video, I hope to get them tomorrow. The last half mile was one step from being a jog as my niece had to use the restroom so we pressed on through as fast as we could. The walk had gotten my heart rate up and I was sweating and I loved it. 

I thought once I reached 50 miles that I would be falling apart or at least really fatigued but I am not. My feet are blister and pain free and the rest of my body feels great.  Due to the way I feel the natural feeling is to raise the bar and continue to push but I am on a adrenaline high so I will hold off on the planning. I really needed this victory and plan to use this momentum and positive feeling to balance out any stress that may come from other not so secure areas of my life. A few days ago I felt defeated and now I feel like I am king of the world and I could accomplish anything and everything I set my mind on. I use to want to bottle up this feeling but now I know that I can recreate it every time I persevere, overcome and succeed at something that means the world to me. This is one huge step for me and I cant wait until I take the next one, life is good.

I may take a day off tomorrow but knowing me I highly doubt that, I will continue to push and I really cant wait for tomorrow's weigh in. I feel fantastic!


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Day Fifty Two

42 Miles Completed....8 More To Go

Much better day than yesterday and I feel really good about tomorrow and completing my 50 Mile Goal. This goal has been near reach before but something always comes up and stops me in my tracks. Physically I feel great and mentally I am not to far from feeling great, I have done well bouncing back from yesterday. I am of the mind that a comeback happens asap if not you risk the chance of getting comfortable and thus extending the negative results. Completing this goal will give me such a huge win and that is what I need, kinda makes me feel like the Universe was helping me out be giving me something to chase. My feet feel absolutely great which is good news after spending more than a week not being able to walk right. I have been getting better sleep and like my family says "Getting closer to settling my financial issues is much better than not". We are our own worst enemies and as much as I try to lean on the lighter side of life I sometimes do fall into working against myself. Learning and understanding has always been my way of getting better and when I fall into these down moments that is always my way out. Asking why has always gotten the ball rolling and because of that I try to be honest with myself.

I had fruit for both breakfast and lunch which was not planned but kinda worked out that way. Then for dinner I had a soup made from an assortment of beans with some beef in it. I really wasnt hungry today but I made a point to eat because I know its better that I do. I also ate some salted peanuts, not to many but I figured they would be a good snack. 

I spent most of my day trying to keep my pooch Brett cool, he enjoyed some of my methods but not the more extreme ones. I was happy to see him eat and drink because he has a tendency of not feeling well and then neglecting his basic needs. I decided to wet down the ground today and because I had the hose out and it was hot Brett got a nice cool wet down. He tried to get away from me but in the end he let it be and I think it was for the better. After his extreme cool down he ate some more and drank some more which earned him some peanut butter. All day he was sluggish until he saw the spoon, he leaped up and headed my way because he knew what he was getting. I have some plans on how to keep him cool but for the next couple of days it will be over 100 degrees so I will just make more of an effort to keep him and his water cool throughout the day. I wish he could just come inside but my sister was nice enough to house him in the backyard which I appreciate, getting him inside is not an option. Just another reason I need to lock this new job down so I can get a nice place where Brett can get the life he was getting prior to the big move and the financial struggles. I can wait to take him in to get pampered, I really need to get his damn claws trimmed. 

I look forward to tomorrows blog....I was starting to believe that 50 miles was just to much but now I am knocking on its door. 


Friday, September 12, 2014

Day Fifty One

I Was Momentarily Defeated Today....

I woke up late which I though was going to be the worst that happened today after having such a great week. Then I made what I thought was going to be a simple call that turned out to be full of bad news. My financial situation is still about a month away from being resolved when I thought it was gonna happen any day now. For the first time all week the temperature hit triple digits which prevented me from going on a walk and because I woke up late I was going to be limited to just 4 miles today. I have a interview on Tuesday that I wasn't stressing over until I realized that my Unemployment Case was not gonna be resolved anytime soon. I have done a great job of not missing any payments or screwing up the positive work I have done bettering my credit. My room was ridiculously hot today and I was miserable, it wasn't until late in the day when I glanced over and saw that there was a gap where the cool air was escaping. My dog was overheating in the back yard and I had to force him to drink water and could really do nothing else because he is not allowed in the house. I broke this weeks structured diet albeit with Subway but that ended up being more of a downer than a reward. I didn't prepare anything for dinner so I ate what was already made which was Chicken with Broccoli and White Rice....oh and I drank a Arizona Green Tea w/ Ginsing.

From when I woke up up until about 6pm I wanted to do give in to the defeated feeling that had overwhelmed me and just give up. I thought today was going to be the day that I let everything I have no control over begin to dominate the little that I had a firm grasp on and just send it straight to hell. 


At about 6:30pm I fixed the issue that was letting the cool air escape, I went over to make sure my pooch was good and he was. When I made it back to my room I began to get dressed and got myself out the door before I realized what I was doing. The heat had gotten better with the sun slowly setting and I was off on a very needed 4 mile walk. For the week I have 36 Miles Completed and am more than in striking distance to my goal of 50 miles. When I got home from my walk I explained my financial situation to my sister and she like always made me feel better about it. we talked some more before I made it back to my room. Shortly after getting cleaned up I started messing around online and submitted a trade for my Fantasy Football, within an hour the trade was accepted and finalized. Its 10pm right now and after I finish tonight's entry I will go out and get some lifting in before calling it an early night so I can ensure to get up early tomorrow to beat the heat and stay on course to make it to my goal. I will eat healthy tomorrow and continue to limit my carbs in an effort to have a great weigh in on Monday. 

My problems will not defeat and I will Never Settle when it comes to my happiness and the betterment of my life as a whole. 

Worry won't take away tomorrow's problems, it only takes away today's peace.
(Thanks for posting this Michelle)

I made it through the day which for sure has made me stronger and I will take what I have learned and apply it to tomorrow and the future. I wasnt going to write about any of this today, honestly I didnt think I would write anything at all. I have gotten so much support from so many people that I felt to have these thoughts and to let them defeat me even if it was for a moment was bad. But really I know that I like everyone else has their week moments and for me to overcome it is as much of a success as it was when I completed my first week on this journey.   


Day Fifty

I Am Tired

Yeah I never intend on taking time off from walking or working out in the near future. I am so tired and it is simply due to the fatigue that I had gotten over weeks ago but I let myself down. So I will push through it because that is what I did last time and I will continue to push to my goal. I actually almost fell asleep without writing tonight blog and that is just no bueno.  But I am sure this one will be one of my shorter ones because I am really looking to go to sleep. 

I did two 4 mile walks today, one in the the morning and the other pretty late and they both went great. I have had no issues with my feet this week and I am already at 32 miles for the week and will get to 40 by the end of tomorrow. I have stuck to my meal plan of Fruit for Breakfast, Salad for Lunch, and then Fish for Dinner. It leaves me well under my established calories so I have had to make sure to eat a snack to hold me over for the night. One thing I hate is going to sleep hungry especially when Jack in the Box is right around the corner and opened 24/7. My snack very from some type of atkins bar or just simply a banana. I have noticed that my energy level stays pretty high outside of when I talk a walk during a real hot afternoon. I do feel like this week will be a good when in regards to my weigh in on Monday which will make me feel less guilty to get some maybe not so healthy food in my belly soon. I really want to go to the Buffet my mom and I went too but I cant right now because I want a big loss and that food is crazy good. 

Gonna go to bed now, I really want to knock out my morning walk as close to 8am as possible but I may sleep in. We shall see.....


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Day Forty Nine


Nothing has stuck with me more over the last 12 years than the idea to Never Settle and I dont think I will ever let it go. It has gotten me through every difficult, emotional, demoralizing, and just sad moments in my life with the simple understanding that it can get better. Through dedication and hard work anything is obtainable should one not allow the obstacles that life throws to defeat you. My biggest enemy is myself whenever I get into a comfortable feeling about where my life is because that's when I begin to negotiate with myself and that is not okay regardless of the circumstances. This saying, feeling, idea, mentality has been the driving force behind my weight loss because without it I would have thrown in the towel shortly after I began. 

Today was a great day, I slept in a bit later than planned but I got my early walk in after eating my breakfast which like always consisted of fruit. The morning walk was kinda nice because I missed the busyness of the sidewalk that has now begun because school started. Normally it doesn't bother me but on those days I just want to get the walking out of the way I seem to have dozens of moving obstacles in my way. I have moved on from my Holiday music and am back to listening to good ole Country Music on my Pandora App. Blake Shelton has always been my favorite Country Artist way back before he became the it guy for County Music. So I listed to his channel on Pandora and I would say that about 90% of the music is exactly what I would listen to so its awesome. The morning walk went buy pretty quick and I felt great both physically and mentally. I am still fighting the soreness that came from me taking so much time off from heavy walking but it doesnt bother me and sometimes actually feels pretty good. My sister keeps telling me to put weights on my ankles but I dont think I am to that point yet and I hope never to be there. By the time I need to add weights to my ankles I hope to be running or biking since walking has always been the beginners stage in my journey.

I didnt nap at all today which was good, I really need to get away from doing that since I will eventually need to get back to a working person's schedule. I did have to run a few errands which I think helped but I also kept myself pretty busy. I got going on my second 4 mile walk of the day at around 2pm and it was around 90 degrees out which felt really good. I love to sweat and in the heat I was doing just that, I was able to keep a good pace but I need to get a bigger water bottle. In the heat like that I finish my water right in between my 3rd mile so I am left fighting my thirst for slightly over a mile and that sucks. I do have a few extra bucks so I think I will put in a order for a bigger insulated water bottle so I can keep my water cooler for longer. I hate warm water so I think thats why I drink it a bit faster so the problem could be solved pretty easily. Today I drank a ton of water, way more than usual but I think it was because I chose to walk in the heat. In the morning I drink maybe half a water bottle during my 4 mile walk so I can tell how much the heat impacts me. I think I am beginning to enjoy water a lot more since my failed experiment with the low calorie/sugar drinks.  I just can get over the fake sugar taste and the bitterness so I decided to reintroduce Gatorade back into my diet but with a few restrictions. I can only drink out 6oz in a cup full of ice and it can only be 1 cup max per day. Also I cannot have it in consecutive days so that really helps me out because I have to drink water so its a win/win. 

During my second 4 mile walk I got a call from ICDC College which is based in LA, they saw my resume and where interested in me for a vacant position they have. They are a school that offers Certifications and Associate Degrees in specific areas like drug counseling, hvac, medical assistant and they have a Student Services position open. I was skeptical at first but as he described the position to me and then stated that it is a salary position within range of what I am looking for I got excited. I explained to him my history and he let me know that based on my the information on my resume and what we talked about that I would be great for that position. We scheduled a phone interview for Tuesday morning and I really hope that goes well. They are based in Culver City which is right where I want to be with a straight forward work schedule which is what I want and its a salary position with benefits. I am doing my best to not get to hyped up about it but I can help to really want this to work out, I really really want this to work out. During my call with them Mrs. Posada called me which made me laugh because my phone had not ranged all day and in one moment I get 2 calls that I would not want to miss. I did speak to Mrs. Posada later on in the day and that was a good chat like always. She has been hitting the gym hard and I am really proud of her, she is so busy and has to really manage her day and she does it so well. I was worried that I would struggle when I got back to work but she is showing me that if there is a will there is definitely a way.

I hit the weights again today and it went well and I am happy to say that more weight will be added on Monday! At my current weight I am able to push through 3x sets of 25 reps without much struggle now so the hard work and consistency is paying off. Moments like this leave me wanting to join a gym so bad but that will come in due time and I just have to be patient. I had my salad for lunch and then my Talapie and Vegetables for dinner with a Banana for a snack. 

Oh my sister kicked some ass again during her weight training, she impresses me every time we are out there. She is so much stronger than I thought and if not for her busy and sometime stressful schedule she would be miles ahead of me. I really need to make some adjustments so she can join me on my walks since those are my best walks. Her schedule is not consistent and that's what I do my best to be but I think I can manage to shoot from the hip a bit more considering I do have all day to make up for any unforeseen schedule conflicts. Had a great talk with my mom too and that is always awesome, I really missed her when she was gone so its good to have her back home.  

I can wait till my Monday Weigh In!


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Day Forty Eight

Lesson Of The Day: Make Sure To Use The Restroom Prior To Going On A 4 Mile Walk

I'll get to the reason of why I chose that to be The Lesson Of The Day a little later....lets just say for now that it was a close call. So my morning started if great, I got on to my walk shortly after 7am and was able to keep a strong pace throughout. After taking so many days off from walking I am having to go through the soreness that I had overcome a long time ago. Before my feet issues I was pushing 10+ Miles a day with no issue and was gunning for 20 miles one day before a blister put me on the bench. Now after two days of walking and 16 miles later I am feeling but just knowing that the bad soreness will go away soon enough makes me happy. My feet have not bothered me to much, I make it a point to put powder on them so they dont sweat as much and thus ensures that I dont have any blister problems. My legs are sore but really its my shins that bother me and if I remember it took about 2 weeks of walking for that to go away. Either way I was able to follow through and get up bright and early which is always a great way to start off the day. 

Breakfast: Fruit
Lunch: Large Cobb Salad
Dinner: Grilled Talapia and Vegetables
Snack: Atkins Peanut Butter Bar

I really look forward to The Talapia and love to have it for dinner because its light enough that if I have it early I am still able to have a snack before 7pm. Grilled vegetables are always amazing, I have been sticking to green, yellow, and red bell peppers as well as some onion. I season them both with a little salt and some Mrs. Dash and I absolutely love it. I have always been a fan of fish so I am sure I will have little to no trouble enjoying this weeks main course. I do know of a few other ways to prepare the fish but for now grilling it along with the vegetables is working out well. The salads are what they are, I enjoy them and do my best to mix it up but at the end I know I am eating because I have to but not because I really want to. I tend to not be to hungry around lunch time but I make it a point to eat my salad around noon so my body can work it out and I can really enjoy my fish at around 5ish. I mix up the protein that I add just for fun, I dont want to get tired off everything I have so I limit the use and it does help make the salads taste a bit different. For the most part I use an Oil and Vinegar Dressing or some Simple Ranch Dressing. So far I really like the Atkins Snacks and will be picking up some more in the near future. 

Now onto the lesson of the day. So I was ready to finish up my walking for the day and the sun was beating down but there was a nice breeze so it was balanced out. I started off very quick and I felt really energized and was really looking forward to this walk. About half way into the first mile my stomach rumbled a bit but I didnt pay it no mind and kept on pushing. Then after right as I finished the second mile it hit again but it lasted a bit longer and then I knew. I thought back and the last time I had used the restroom was a little over 5 hours and normally I use it before any walk but not today. So my I picked the pace up because I knew it was going to be a close call, I was two miles out and the local middle school had just let out which I new would slow me down. The faster I went and the more I had to bob and weave through traffic just made the feeling worse. The rumbling became more consistent and the feeling that I was not going to make it home was setting in. I tried to jog out the rest of the 3rd mile but I quickly realized that I should definitely not do that. I missed the walking signal at the 3 mile mark and was waiting my turn and I was feeling horrible. Sweat was just running down my head, one reason was because it was 90 degrees out and the other was because my body was just ready to release. After taking a few deep breathes I hustled off and was going faster than I was when I started and I was into my 4th mile. I felt no fatigue and I couldnt even tell you what song was playing on my phone, I just kept thinking what are the chances that I pick a random house and they let me use there restroom. Finally I made it to the final half mile stretch and I could see my car and how I wished I was driving it as I would of been home by that point. The last block seemed like a million miles and I was sure I was going to make a mess of things on the street....

I MADE IT HOME and avoided any issues or life scaring events and well the rest of my day went just great. :)

So please remember to use the restroom before going on such a long trek and make sure you can make it back without complications. I did get a good work out with the weights and I continue to see the improvements in my lifts so that is really encouraging. Getting into a gym will be one the of the first things I do whenever my financial issues get resolved and I will be better for it. 

Gonna do some more job hunting online tonight before bed, one great thing I have been doing is going to bed earlier than normal. I wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day so I will continue to do that from here on out. 


Monday, September 8, 2014

Day Forty Seven

"Believe in yourselves. Dream. Try. Do good."
~Mr. Feeny
This was the best Monday I have had in almost a month, I feel good and had an overall productive day. I've been feeling a lot better and I will to continue to feel that way and do everything I can to improve the feeling. Keeping my mind focused and my overall energy positive has been difficult but by not complaining and not making up excuses I see myself overcoming. I see value in struggles and setbacks, they can offer a person an avenue to get stronger and smarter which is what I want. I never want to struggle in vein and I always want everything in my life to be measurable in some type of way. Being happy is all good but being productive while happy is an achievement that I have struggled to claim do to my complacency. So I focus on the now while dreaming of my future and building a firm foundation for me to achieve that future and then some. I definitely believe in myself, I dream, and I never settle for less than good and even great in some areas. For those who dont know who Mr. Feeny is, he is the guiding light in a show that helped shape my youth called Boy Meets World. The show was created by Michael Jacobs and stars Ben Savage as the main character Cory Matthews with the amazing William Daniels playing the unforgettable role of Mr. Feeny. If you have not seen please do yourself the favor and check it out, the cast spectacular and the stories hit home and can be understood and appreciated by all. I have had to dig deep these last few weeks and this show and the memories I have from it have helped me out tremendously. 
My day's work out consisted of two 4 mile walks and a few weight lifting sessions that again left me with noodles for arms. I kept a strong pace during my walks and pushed myself to finish strong and it left me out of breathe and feeling good. The weight lifting is getting a bit harder as my arms continue to get more sore but I am getting through the lifting and I see the positive gains that I am making. I had very little down time today as I spent a good while prepping food for the week and then working out so the  day went by pretty quick. I was happy to prep the vegetables I planned on using for the week because I know I will have a down day so having the food ready is an obstacle I dont have to deal with. When I say prepared I means chopping up my vegetables in the cuts I need for the food I plan on making. Since this week is consisting of just Fish with vegetables for lunch and a salad for dinner the cuts where pretty much the same so that was easy. I have gotten pretty rusty with my knife skills which is something I plan to improve on, if I learned anything in my time at culinary school it was how to cut and I paid a lot for that. I hope to go with my mom and get my knife set back from her storage but I have a feeling it will be a pretty long dig to try and find them in that mess. 
Breakfast: Fruit
Lunch: Talapia w/ Vegetable Medly
Dinner: Cobb Salad
Tomorrow should be similar to today as I have no errands to run or anything to throw me off my game and I am really happy for that. My goal is to lose 10lbs this week so I will have to spend all my free time moving and being active if I want to even come close to my goal let alone surpass it. 
Oh and I ended up losing 2lbs last week which is awesome because last week sucked and I was nervous that I was actually going to gain. So now I sit at 275lbs and if all goes to plan I will be in the mid 260lbs by next Monday which is just closer to the goal of 230lbs. 

Looks like I will get an early sleep today, that is always nice and welcomed! 


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