A Month Ago:

A month ago, I blogged about a Christmas weight loss plan. The plan emphasized creating goals for weight loss through the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons when family, eating and celebrating are cornerstones of the season. At the time of the post, my own personal goals for the season: 67 days until Christmas, 60 pounds to go. It is always important to set goals, set them high, even if you don’t meet them, you can accomplish a lot in that time.

The Check-In:

So, how much weight has everyone lost? What are your successes? Where do you need to improve? As many of you know, early May, I woke up at 409 lbs, today, I weighed in at 270. I haven’t maintained my 1 pound a day goal, however, as I mentioned above, look at your accomplishments. I have lost 15 pounds in the 30 days since the original blog. Who doesn’t want to lose 15 pounds? My successes have been simple. I have stayed right on point with my plan. I haven’t “cheated” on my diet. I have maintained drinking delicious H2O. My challenges are always the same. At this point, My body adjusts very quickly. At this point, my weight plateaus when I follow my diet, so I need load days. Load days are when I eat something to increase calorie counts like grains (baked potato or rice). It is important to maintain great portion control during the load days. My portion control has been stellar. I just could not shake a plateau for about 10 days, even with a load day.

LOOK AT YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

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Don’t look back at what hasn’t happened, look forward. For example, I set a goal of 60 pounds in 67 days. It is easy and discouraging, to say I only lost 15 pounds, and should have lost 30 pounds. Losing 15 pounds is still losing 15 pounds. My big accomplishment is the title of this blog. Many people know DXL is a store that caters to big guys. They have a great selection of clothes and they have kept me looking very stylish for a very long time. As my wife would describe me as a “clothes diva”, I do love nice clothes. While they have made me look like a million bucks, I will say I have spent a million bucks. Folks, there aren’t sales for big guy clothes unless you are wanting to start your own “zoot suit riot”. Yesterday, Ashley and I went to DXL for 1 pair of jeans. It is simple, I ran out of current clothes months ago, now I am running out of old clothes because I no longer fit in them either. Ashley hands me their smallest size jeans and says to me “humor me”. I hate trying on clothes because, well, the scale and sizes have never been kind to me. They always seem to get bigger.Yesterday, to my surprise, after a million dollars spent at DXL over the last few years, I fit in their smallest size jeans!!!!!! Next time I need clothes (mid-December), Jos A. Bank HERE I COME!!!!!!!!! When my wife reads this, she will surely put her foot down. If I spent a million bucks at DXL, I will easily spend 2 or 3 million at Jos A. Bank. I just hope she doesn’t read this while drinking coffee. (I should mention for laughs, she proofs these posts while drinking coffee before they go live!)

What’s next?:

What’s next? How are you going to adjust your goals? Have you wanted to lose weight and missed the first blog? Does it feel overwhelming to start now? Remember, IT IS NEVER  TOO LATE TO START. I was looking at weight loss surgery. I neither encourage nor discourage it, I look at it from my decision to lose weight vs weight loss surgery. If I had opted for that, struggle to lose 20 or 30 pounds, wait until a doctor and nurse decide I am mentally ready for surgery, 10 thousand dollars for the surgery and throwing up everything that goes into my mouth until March. I can definitively attest, I am not worse off weight wise, for losing weight on this diet. I feel like I am better off. If you haven’t tried to lose weight, this is a perfect day to start. My plan: after a load day yesterday, I am going to strictly follow the plan:

Breakfast: 4-6 ounces of fruit

Snack: 3-4 ounces of veggies

Lunch: 4-6 ounces ea of veggies and protein

Snack: 3-4 ounces of fruit

Dinner: 4-6 ounces ea of veggies and protein

Drink water, eat a little dairy ( 1-2 ounces of cheese), stay away from sugary sauces;

Thanksgiving day, I will make sure my portion sizes are spot on, use it as a load day. Then push to Christmas (32 days from Thanksgiving). My goal is 30 pounds by Christmas (set them high). Why is this a perfect week you ask? It will show you don’t have to gorge yourself on Thanksgiving to enjoy all the delicious foods and family time. You will also set new habits before the first of the year. The cliche is true: it takes 21 days to make a task a habit.  My question is this: What do you have to lose? besides weight. By Christmas, you will have a new pants size, dress size, shirt size. By Christmas, you will have fantastic eating habits and be able to move better.

We Support You:

I wouldn’t have been able to do this without support from Ashley, family, and friends. I am here to say, we support you. If this is what you want, do not hesitate to email us, or contact us through our social media accounts. You are not alone.