People just don’t understand.

I hate walking.

It hurts. I try to explain to people how and why, but I still get judging looks. My lower back begins to throb, before changing to a sharp stabbing pain. Feels like someone is shoving an ice pick in the base of my spine. Then there’s my mid-back. A constant spot of tightening muscles that never lets up, one that I have to deal with 24-7. Turn wrong in my sleep and I’m paying for days!

But i digress, let’s get back to the subject at hand. It’s even stranger when I walk with Sara. The looks we get when we walk hand in hand. EVERYONE, without fail, does a double take, as if unable to believe a guy as big as I am could put this little petite woman under my spell. I’m going to let the young guys in on the secret. You’re all screwed. I was lucky. Sara is the rare mix of 1950’s I should listen to my husband woman, mixed with just a splash of the current american woman, loud, out spoken, and powerful.

We keep trying to tell her, she needs to be louder, more outspoken! But she loves the humble pie, and is an inspiration of what my ego won’t allow me to be. I could tell you something that could be a contributing factor, but Sara says I can’t tell you. Most of the time I’d tell you anyways, but I’ve been pushing buttons lately, and I fear if I continue she’s going to stab me in the neck with a fork. She can fight when she wants to, and she does not pull the punches when I get out of line. Maybe that’s what I need though, someone to remind me I am just a man.

Walnuts

The brain nut! Chock full of good fats and protein, and just a little fiber. Everyone talks about an apple a day, but in my book, nuts are better.

Pros:

Lots of antioxidants! That’s right, the same thing that has me drinking green tea everyday.

Good for the heart! The amino acid l-arginine helps to keeps your blood flowing smooth. (Careful if you have herpes, NOT a joke.)

High in omega 3 fatty acids! That’s right, the good fat!

Cons:

A lot of calories for a little nut! They are horrible if you count calories.

Expensive! Even at the cheapest, you’re going to pay $8 a pound.

Best place to buy:

I really hate Walmart! Why do they always have the lowest prices! We’re going to live in a Walmart world soon, I sometimes fear. Still, when the next closest price is FIVE DOLLARS more a pound, and you’re poor like I am, you do what you have to do. $8.32 a pound.

Recipes:

Good Old Fashioned Nut Butter

All nuts should be roasted, but unsalted. Only for low sodium diets. Salted nuts for no sodium restrictions.

1/2 a cup peanuts

1/2 a cup almonds

1/2 a cup walnuts

1/2 a cup cashews

Easy to make, just takes time. Put all the nuts into a food processor, and chop them til it looks like peanut butter! Have utensils ready to scrape the sides. When desired consistency, scrape into a container. It will be good for six months.

I hate being broke!

Another five pounds this week! I used to think finding a way to workout on my sore back would be the hardest to accomplish. It’s not! The thing that’s the hardest is watching others eat refined sugar! And then I came to a realization. Sugar is a drug! It gets you high, people are irritable if they don’t have it, and I know people that will do just about anything to sugar. Hell, from looking at this picture, it may well be more addictive than cocaine! Chew on that for a moment.

And the problem with 3/4 of the fat free foods, is they replace the fat with sugar!

Flaxseed-

Another amazing seed! These are extremely healthy for you, and recommended for any life style, once you acquire the taste.

http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/nut-and-seed-products/3163/2

PROS-

Cheaper than CIA Seeds!

The chia seeds big little brother! Has a almost nutty taste. *WARNING* Can be an acquired taste. I found eating the seeds like already shelled sunflower seeds the easiest.

Complete protein! Good for vegans in search of protein. Chia is a more complete one. Try mixing the two for snacks!

Great sourse of fiber, b-6, and omega 3 fatty acids! Its greatest advantage over the chia seed, it has vitamins!

CONS-

Acquired taste! If you grew up eating american food, you WILL face an adjustment eating these. However, the health benefits out weigh the taste.

Not good to soak, like chia! While the seeds do swell at a 3-1 ratio, they aren’t really that good for adding to desserts or things of that nature. Should stick to this in breads, crackers, and raw.

Interesting facts:

If you do eat these raw, you need to chew them up very finely. The shells really need to be broken down to receive the benefit.

Glutten free

Recipe:

1/2 cup ground flaxseed

1/2 cup chia seeds

1 cup juice, I prefer home made

Combine in a bowl, mix well. Place on wax paper lined baking sheet. Bake in the oven on 350 for 15 mins. Made a nice sweet cracker, but this recipe is easy to experiment with. Add garlic and salt while replacing the juice with water. The key is using the flax and chia like concrete to hold the food together.

Best place to buy:

Walmart again! Bob’s Red Mill is the cheapest again!

Y’all ready for some fat blasting?

So, let me give you guys a little background. I have been obese most of my life. From when I was six years old, and 120 lbs, to eighth grade when I weighed in at 300 lbs, I have been a big guy ALL of my life. But I wasn’t lazy. I played football, wrestled, and played baseball a couple years (Though I hate baseball, so it didn’t last too long). I was NOT your stereotypical fat and lazy person.

I worked for two years in a warehouse, working with metal roofing components and stacks of razor sharp sheet metal. At 300 lbs, I was climbing up the side of shelving units that went to the ceiling! But the work was mostly seasonal. Then I became a CNA at a Mental Hospital here in Washington, which in all honesty is a WAY harder job than being a warehouse worker. I LOVED working with people, and LOVED my job. I never faced the same situation two days in a row, and it kept me on my toes! Then I was injured by a patient, and things went down hill.

In the past couple of years, my past has come back to haunt me. Severe back pain, that almost led to an opiate addiction, leg pain and muscle spasms, inability to get around without losing my breath, things of this nature.

I smoked, from when I was seven until just this past year. Almost a pack and a half a day of cigarettes. Greatest thing I ever did was quit.

I’ve also quit drinking soda, something I used to feel I would be unable to survive without. Up until this past year, I used to drink a 2 liter bottle of Mountain Dew EVERY day, without fail! What a horrible habit that was! You know those things they talk about regretting in life? Mine is that I didn’t start on these problems sooner.

And now, I’m continuing my weight loss journey, hoping to lose at least another 200 lbs. Along the way I’ll be sharing tips and tricks that I learn, as well as sharing my favorite healthy foods. I’ll also try to include the equipment I’m using. Hopefully sometime in the future, another man (or woman) like me can use it to lose the weight they want to.

Either way, I hope you all stick with me on this journey, it’s going to be a long uphill battle, but I just have too much to live for.

Oh, and I want to apologize to anyone that has sent me an e-mail back in the past, if I never replied to you it’s because the e-mail said, “DO NOT REPLY” so I assumed I couldn’t >.> Learned that lesson yesterday. And yes, I know I can be such a dork sometimes.

CHIA SEEDS

Now, I know what you’re thinking. Chia? You mean like the Chia pets? YES! Exactly the same product! Who’d of known those little seeds for your pet were healthy as could be for you? Need some proof?

http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/nut-and-seed-products/3061/2

Why chia seeds rock:

A complete protein! If you’re a vegetarian, which I am not, you’ll LOVE chia seeds for it’s protein content. Contains full levels of ALL proteins your body needs.

Full of Omega Three Fatty Acids! You know, the healthy kind you normally get from fish? This is for people like me who aren’t the biggest fish fans and hate taking capsules the size of a frickin’ house. Get all that you need in a one ounce serving!

High in carbs, low in sugar! I know, that sounds like a contradiction. How can something be high in carbs, but low in sugar? Easy, have 11 of the 12 grams of carbs be fiber! Too many people these days are not eating enough fiber. This comes from the medical side, all of you people are full of crap. I mean literally, and these little suckers chocked full of that fiber will blast you out!

Also a good source of Calcium! Yeah, enough said.

They swell! Chia seeds have almost no taste. In all honesty, I compare them to eating sesame seeds for taste. That is until you add them to something. Then the magic of the chia seed happens and it absorbs the taste of whatever you put it in. I use mine in smoothies as a thickener, or in a poor man’s mocha to extend that rich creamy taste, but in a healthy way. (Recipes below)

So as you can see, these little buggers are fanfreakingtastic, and I can’t stop telling everyone about them! Now comes the fun part, the recipes. The most amazing thing about these bad boys is, they’re so easy to use!

Recipes:

Smoothy

10 oz your favorite fruit (I use a frozen Fruit Medley from Safeway, because I’m poor and I like variety)

5 oz water

3 Tbsp of chia seeds

A blender

This recipe is simple, put your fruit and water into the blender, blend those suckers up. Add your chia seeds, be sure to push them below the surface of your fruit and blend again. Let sit for a couple minutes, then enjoy the sweet goodness that is a kick ass energy drink. Forget the Guarana and added sugars of an energy drink, I’ll stick to nature’s candy and a smattering of rich protein.

Poor Man’s Mocha (My guilty pleasure)

1 cup coffee

2 Tbsp hot chocolate

cream to preference

3 Tbsp chia seeds

Another simple recipe. Make your coffee as you normally would, substituting any sugar with hot chocolate mix. Add cream to preference, then add the chia seeds. Be sure to stir them up well! Let sit for 3-5 minutes.

The cons to Chia Seeds:

I LOVE these little buggers, but there are some down sides to them.

Get stuck in teeth! I hope you’re handy with a toothpick, because these things get stuck in teeth sometimes. Not painful or anything like that, just an annoyance.

Texture throws some people off! I compare the texture to the little frog eyes in Tapioca pudding. It’s just a texture that some people don’t like.

Best place to buy:

Walmart.com offers the best deals on Chia Seeds, which fills me with conflict because I’m the guy who hates walmart. Bob’s Red Mill is the brand I use the most, as usually it is the cheapest. Remember folks, I am poor here.