Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The post in which Fatboy talks about food.

While at the local Whole Foods, shopping for veggies and a grape jelly with no high fructose corn syrup (or corn sugar, as the geniuses at the local Corn Union started to call it), I couldn't help but think of how much has changed in the past 25 lbs.

The best change is probably the actual 25 lbs. But what led to this reduction of unnecessary fat?

For one thing, I stopped drinking sodas and other sugary, mass-produced drinks. Other than one time during Lent (the Mrs. bought me some Inca Cola when we went to her grandfather's beach house as a treat), I can't remember the last time I had soda. When we go out to restaurants, I will order iced tea (unsweetened) or settle for a glass of water. It was hard at first, sure, but it got easier as time went on.

Certainly, another contributor to my improved health is my reduced caloric intake. Having a smartphone, I decided to download the MyFitnessPal app from the android marketplace. Should be on apple app store too. I plugged in my info, and it tells me how many calories I should take in a day and helps me keep track of how many calories I take in and how many I burn. Its super easy to use, and in addition to typing, it lets you scan bar codes to make things easier on your thumbs. Watching calories helps you get fuller too. For example, I can eat a pack of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups for 200 calories, or I can have 3 oz of chicken breast, 1 cup of chopped orange bell pepper, and 140g of steamed broccoli for UNDER 200 calories. More food, and its healthier.

I also noticed that as you eat better, the healthier food starts tasting better. Example: During high school and my freshman year of college, I hated vegetables. Never ate my salad, never asked for seconds of broccoli, never tried anything new. Now? I love broccoli (steamed is best). Bell peppers are frickin' delicious. I still don't like most salad dressings, but I don't mind eating the salad plain.

The hell happened to me?

Monday, April 25, 2011

The post in which Fatboy talks about shoes.

A curious thought: Why do quality shoes cost so much?

I remember growing up and getting a pair $125 shoes that I wore once or twice and then outgrew. Is it the style, or the look? Or does a celebrity endorsement automatically add $100 to the price of a pair of ordinary, run of the mill shoes.

For basketball shoes, maybe. The latest pair of Jordan's, or Kobe's, or whoever can easily fetch $250/pair. Do they make you play better? No, because if they did then every white boy and fat wannabe (i.e., me) would own a pair. Its all in the name. Which makes me think about how multisport athletes are much luckier than those for basketball, or soccer, or any other really mainstream sport.

We get quality for our money.

On Friday, I went out to play basketball with my father, brother, and my cousin. When we got home, I realized I had blisters on my right foot. I hadn't had blisters on my feet since I used to wear Nike shoes for running (I think maybe 3-4 years ago). The shoes I wore on Friday were Adidas.

Saturday, I went out for a run wearing my pair of Newton running shoes. My feet felt great. The blisters I had acquired the previous day didn't bother me in the least. Very happy about that.

This begs the question: why is there such a difference in quality between one of America's largest shoe manufacturers and tiny shoe company with extra rubber on the soles?

My opinion is that Adidas or Nike, or most other major brands are only looking for profit. All their shoes are meant for the same type of feet; no special insoles for flat-footed individuals, or for those who over-pronate. Their running shoes are not very good, either.

Newton, or Brooks, or Asics, or other specialty shoemakers, on the other hand, build different shoes for different feet, with varying levels of cushioning and support. They offer quality shoes at the same price, and are sometimes even lower.

Its amazing what a jumpman logo can do to a shoe's price.

Some will probably argue that because my feet aren't used to playing basketball that I got blisters.Or that I should drop some weight before trying to play. Or that I'm a stupidhead who shouldn't show his ugly mug around a basketball court again if he knows whats good for him.

Whatever, I'll stick my Newtons, Brooks, and Asics, thanks.

PS: Yesterday's weight is 265.6 lbs.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

The post in which Fatboy gives an opening statement.

I have been overweight all my life. I've always been involved in sports, but I just eat too much.

I'm sick of it. And if I don't do anything to change it, I'm gonna get worse.

I've been asthmatic since I was 6. A few years ago, I was diagnosed as pre-diabetic. After changing up my diet and exercising more for a few months, I went back to my old ways. In 2010, I maxed my weight at 291 lbs. Not very healthy for a 23 year old male, now is it?

Last year I started to make the change. I changed my diet (somewhat) and started exercising more. I had always liked running (started training for a marathon in 2007 but a knee injury and overall laziness stopped me from ever finishing) so I started doing 5k's for fun. For 2011, at age 24, I decided I was going to do a triathlon.The Redondo Beach Triathlon will be held on June 12, 2011 and will consist of a 1/2 mile swim, 6 mile bike ride, and 2 mile run.

Triathlons are multisport events, which consist of swim, bike, and run legs (in that order). My fiancee is a swimmer, so I can learn from her. My running may not be fast, but I can go for miles if I just pace myself. As for biking? I'm still working on it. The whole "ride in a straight line" thing and "not falling" technique are kinda tricky.

I started training this year, and as of 4/22/11, I weight 267 lbs. Being very proud of my accomplishment, I went online to check what the optimum weight for a person my height (5'10") is.

167 lbs, maximum.

I am still 100 lbs short of being healthy. I have a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 39. I am obese. So I started this blog as a way to keep track of how I'm doing, and to make public my efforts. If I am able to drop down to a healthy weight (God willing), and if I can stick with the blogging aspect of having a blog (also God willing), then hopefully I can be an example to someone else who is in my situation.

If anyone is reading this, welcome to my journey.

Questions? Comments? Cheap shots?

Lemme know.