My name is Scott and I am a OVERWEIGHT American

Some may be saying “WTF?”  Some may understand why I am writing a post declaring that I am an overweight American.  Some may not see the pride I take in that statement, but I’ve worked hard to be able to say that.  For as long as I can remember – dating back to AT LEAST 1996, more likely 1993, I have weighed well over 225 pounds.  My weight as been into the 300’s in the past.  Most recently – 280 was my high.  Regardless of the actual number, for the past 10+ years of my life, I have been obese.  I didn’t really know that until sometime last year when I looked up the definition and plugged my weight into a little BMI calculator and said “holy shit”.  Being a good fat kid, I said “I’ve got big thighs”, “that doesn’t apply to me because I can still ride 100 miles” and any other number of things.

As of this morning – I weighed in at 218.4 pounds.  Still overweight – no doubt, but for the first time in over 10 years, I can honestly say “I am overweight, I am not obese!”  I’ve been dreaming of typing that sentence for a long time, thinking of how proud I would be and how excited I would be.  I am both – but at the same time – I now face a daunting task – getting my weight down to “Normal”.  Formal for me (based on the BMI ranges) is anything below 184.  That’s 35 pounds away.

Not to sound like a fat kid, but I think my body structure and frame are a bit heavy.  I do have big thighs… I build muscle fast and perhaps 183 is not a reasonable goal.  So today – I lay out in front of myself and anybody else reading – a two part goal.  First – change the significant digit in my weight to a 1.  I think – no, I am pretty sure, the first Friday I wake up and see 199.8 or below, I will probably cry.  When I get into the 190’s, I will consider getting some body fat testing done and analyze my weight to determine what my final weight goal is.

One day at a time – on pound a week… give or take… It’s not easy – but it’s something positive!

August Status

It’s come to my attention that I didn’t give a proper status for August – though – I wasn’t really sure that was in the requirements… here you go!

Status - After August
Status - After August

It’s not been the best month of weight loss, but it hasn’t been too bad.  I had a bit of a scare last week, with just a .2 pound loss, but the streak of consecutive Fridays is still alive and well.  Its harder and harder to lose and it’s harder to stay motivated.  Some days it’s easier than others, but sometimes you just want to pig out.

I was pretty proud of myself last night (not in August, but …) I went to my favorite bbq place and had a sensible meal.  I don’t think I would of if I didn’t have to weigh in today, but you have to do what you have to do – that’s how things go.

My riding in August faded just  bit.  Nothing to worry about – but I just didnt get out as much as I should of and in some cases as much as I would liked to have.  I decided to capture a little graph of my riding.  It’s much easier (and more accurate) when my computer isn’t broken.  I did figure out how to add stuff manually – so that helps, but its vague and the speeds are a bit flakey.

Mileage Totals
Mileage Totals

I am missing a few earlier in the season rides, but for the most part – that’s my mileage.  In comparison to last year – June much greater – July is a little lighter…. August I didn’t ride last August… I should beat September without much problem.   I’m looking at a 4000 mile year – which I will be proud of.

Finally – I looked at my graph of the last 2 years and was happy.  While I did falter – I have come back and made up for it.  Thanks to all who have helped and supported.  Every “Are you losing weight?”, “How much have you lost?” or other related comment REALLY helps me.  More than you could even know.

My weight - the last 2 years
My weight - the last 2 years