Soo….a little bit of an update on the weight loss front.

Figure I haven’t done one of those in awhile. Sara and I started doing daily walks in the morning, to attempt to jump start my weight loss from this prolonged plateau, but so far no luck. Still 515 pounds, but I’m still having people tell me I’m slimming. So it’s not all bad, just annoying.

I have been seeing some Training Mask around the internet recently, and seeing how fat is expelled from the body as carbon dioxide, I thought I’d check it out.

I’ve only had the thing one day, but I can tell you that I think it works and very effectively. Being a bigger guy, I have tons of people that try to talk to me about losing weight. They all say the same thing, Walk! And while I completely agree it is the best method to lose weight, when you’re a quarter ton and struggling with each step, not the best advice to give. I don’t have a problem walking, (other than it’s boring to me) but when I do, I struggle to breathe. The pain hurts, and is a major part of why I continue to struggle, but when I’m gasping for air it’s hard to keep walking even when I want to.

I struggled for a way to explain this before, but once I opened their instruction booklet and started to read, I found a passage that explains it perfectly.

The booklet says “The best example of this is a person running for the first time in three years. They start off fine, their breathing isn’t labored. But, before long, they start breathing deeper and faster, and for a short time this works. Once they get halfway down the block, they notice they are breathing faster and shallower, and despite the fact they are breathing faster, they notice they are short of air, winded so to speak. Their legs start to burn, their back gets tight, they start to slow down, and then those beloved side cramps kick in.”

Now, I don’t know about you, but this explains my excistence. I go to take a walk, and before I reach the end of the block, I’m just find myself falling apart. I’m hoping to keep a running update on this, as I use it longer, and continue to walk with Sara. Hopefully I won’t forget about updating it. (Like I did with the Kombucha! Love that stuff, but it’s not an everyday thing anymore. Maybe once a week.)

ADDED BONUS: Something I didn’t consider when I purchased it though, it is a breathing trainer. I meditate on a regular basis, and have for years, but even to this day I struggle sometimes to master my breathing. This helps with that. It forces you to slow down your breathing, making for a nice even inhale and a nice smooth exhale. I used it when I meditated this morning, and now my stomach burns like I’ve been doing sit ups. So not only will it help strengthen your lungs and diaphragm, it will teach you how to breath properly for meditation.

I know I’ve only had it a day, but so far I would happily recommend it to people looking to improve their breathing capabilities. You WILL notice it the first day.

Woot! I’ve sold my first two books EVER!

And I haven’t even been able to format them right for the premium catalog!

Now I really feel like an author. To the two people who bought my book, thank you(BTW, could you leave me a review on the first one? Lol)! Sara and I should be posting the last one on smashwords soon, then I need to find some help formatting them correctly for their catalog. Stupid TOC, they won’t accept it into their catalog unless I have one.

Been a pain in the ass editing this last book from my phone. I feel like Missy is sitting on my shoulder, whispering in my one good ear that the book isn’t done, running down to my thumbs and putting them to work on this android keyboard! Now I know why Nord hates fairies, they’re annoying!

And Sara will have her weekly post up tommorrow. We’ve both been fighting the head cold from hell! Anyways, time for the special post, I hope you all enjoy!

Mangoes:

I’be always liked mangoes, though with how I grew up, we never had them. It wasn’t until I was 25 that I tried my first ones. Dried and prepackaged, they were a gift from a phillipino coworker. They’d been coated in singer, and were delicious!

Now that I’m making my life changes, I’ve gone back to eating them. And since they’re perfectly sweet already, I buy frozen, no sugar added.

Pros:

Full of vitamins! Lots of vitamin A, E, C, K, and B6.

Filling! One cup is equal to only 110 calories.

Fiber! As an American, I can say we as a nation do NOT eat enough fiber, the good carb!

Cons:

High in sugar! 25 grams in a cup.

Low in vitamin B12! Going to have to keep the supplements close for that mid day boost.

A pain in the ass to peel! Mangoes are dense, full of water, and have a slick outer coating. These fruit are an accident waiting to happen if you don’t know how to peel them safely. That’s why I suggest buying frozen, just way less of a hassle.

Recipes:

Mango salsa

2 cups sliced mangoes

2 cups sliced peaches

2 cloves garlic

2 Tablespoons fresh ginger

1/4 cup basil

2 chilli peppers

1/4 cup fresh lime juice

Make sure your stuff is diced to a size you like. Mix it all together and place in the fridge overnight. Nice healthy additive free salsa!

Curried mango chicken:

1 tablespoon butter

1 onion chopped

3 cloves minced garlic

2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast

3 Tablespoons curry paste

2 cups diced mangoes

Melt olive oil in a pan. Add onion and garlic, sautee until onions are see through. Add chicken, turning to brown the meat. Add curry paste and coat chicken. Toss in the mangoes and cook until chicken is done.

Best place to buy!

Honestly, your local grocery store. I usually just buy frozen, no need to peel them! $4.50 a pound at Safeway here in Washington.

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.

It’s my birthday, yay!

I actually forgot until I checked Facebook x D

But that’s okay. I was hoping to post some of my GTA story up today, but to no avail. Spent the last week scouring my friend’s old PCs to get mine running, but it didn’t work. So they’re still trapped on a dead computer. Oh well, I guess I’ll keep giving weight loss advice.

Meditation: If you don’t meditate, you really should start. Fifteen minutes a day, helps you focus. Helps you prepare. And it helps you RELAX! Which is something we all need to do in this world. Lots of simple techniques to use. Not to mention that with practice, you’ll find it helps with pain management, as well as a general sense of well being. But just like anything else in life, you get out what you put in.

Favorite technique:

Step one- breathe in through your nose. Internally ask yourself, “Who am I?” Three times.

Now breathe out through the mouth over the course of six seconds. Count it if you need to.

Step two- In through the nose again. Ask yourself, “What do I want?” Three times.

breathe out over six seconds.

Step three Breathe in and ask, “What is my purpose?” Three times.

Exhale, and clear your mind to relax.

Don’t try to answer the questions, just ponder them as you relax.

One thing I have noticed about health is that your body and mind are connected. You work on one without the other, and you’ll send everything out of whack.

Weight loss food of the day:

Tumeric

For those of you who like curry, you know this spice. Bright orange with a savory smell, this is a miracle herb. Just a tablespoon a day has AMAZING health benefits.

Pros

Contains most of the vitamins and minerals your body needs! From vitamin A to magnesium, tumeric has everything but protein.

A little goes a long way! Just a dash added to salads and soups brings out a lot of flavor.

Proven to help with prostate and other cancers! http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=nE7T5FZUgu4

Cons

If you eat too much, it turns your poop orange! And I mean neon. Freaked me out the first day I used it.

Stains easily! Not just clothing, but skin too. So be careful when handling it.

Recipe:

Tumeric chicken

Two chicken breasts

pinch salt

two pinches pepper

quarter tablespoon tumeric

Place chicken in a baking pan. Sprinkle herbs on them. Bake at 325 for one hour. Cover the pan for juicier meat.

Slow cooker curry chicken noodle soup

Two chicken breasts

Five cups liquid(I use chicken broth)

One and a half teaspoons salt

tablespoon pepper

tablespoon tumeric

Two cups noodle of preference

One and a half cups frozen vegetables(I prefer corn with this recipe)

Place all the ingredients in a slow cooker. Set to low, and walk away for eight hours.

Best place to buy:

Since tumeric is a spice, you can readily find it in spice aisles, but I’m a frugal spender, so I like to look for deals. http://www.swansonvitamins.com/starwest-botanicals-turmeric-root-powder-organic-1-lb-pkg?SourceCode=INTL405&CAWELAID=1509247513&mkwid=gESnxh2Y&pcrid=59192791447&gclid=Cj0KEQjwtb6hBRC_57Pvyfn66LsBEiQAtlFVu7fjz3zaFqu6u7k7YFx8ipRovyJqRxFemKOlqiHh62kaAv9d8P8HAQ was the best deal I could find.n

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.