This is the part where I lose 40 pounds in 40 days

Can I lose 40 pounds in 40 days?

To be honest, it probably isn’t likely, but won’t it be cool if I manage to pull it off?  My mission is to lose 40 pounds in 40 days.  There, I said it and it’s out there.  I have never achieved this type of weight loss in such a short time frame before.  I know that most people would say this has no chance of happening, but that isn’t going to stop me.  If I go over the 40 day weight loss window, so be it, but I need something to aim for as a goal, and 40 days seems like a good number.  If I give myself too much of a “reasonable” goal like losing 40 pounds in 3 months, I know from experience what I’ll do…

I need to lose weight

My drawing of how I feel at my current weight.

I’ll talk myself into regressing  into bad eating habits and thinking that the 3 months is still pretty far off.  At that point I’ll talk myself into eating too much of one unhealthy thing or another and end up being another pound heavier the very next day.  Yes, I do know my patterns.  I just don’t always handle them in the best way.  THAT is why I’ve got a goal weight and time set for myself that may seem totally nuts.  I’d rather push myself and come up a little short than give myself the wiggle room that I have historically abused on my way to morbid obesity.

How Much Weight Do I Need to Lose?

I actually need to lose more than 40 pounds.  I’d say that I could easily stand to lose 70.  Heck, I’m 6 foot 1 inch and weighed in this morning at 277.5 pounds.  That is my new personal heaviest and I’m not celebrating it.  Something as got to change.  The recommended weight charts say I should weigh between 144 and 182 pounds.  I guess losing 40 pounds in 40 days would just be like a warm up for that kind of weight loss story.

lose 40 pounds in 2 months

I probably won’t eat a lot of mushrooms, but I think they look pretty cool.

OK.  So lets go with the idea of eventually getting down to 177 pounds.  That would be a nice round number to lose and I would have a cool story to tell about how I lost 100 pounds to regain my health.  Not such a bad plan I guess.

The truth is, I do really need to get some pounds off.  I had a stroke earlier this year.  I also found out that one of my carotid arteries is totally blocked.  Yep, that can be rather motivating.  I’ve actually made some attempts at losing weight, but I haven’t done so well.  In fact, I weigh more now than I did when I had my stroke.  I don’t smoke or drink at all now, so that’s good, but I seem to have some kind of oral fixation or something and the result is I shove a lot of food into my pie hole.

One other thing, and I don’t say this as an excuse, merely for information… Some of the meds I’ve been put on seriously drain my energy and make my whole body hurt.  I’m talking about you Mr. Lipitor!  My doctor doesn’t seem to believe me about this part, but he likes that my cholesterol numbers are way down since  my cerebral event.

lose 30 pounds in two months

I really wish I liked vegetables. I’d rather draw them than eat them.

You may be wondering why this site even exists.  Actually, I’ll honestly be a bit surprised if anyone stumbles across this site.  Put simply, I do better if I have a way to keep myself accountable.  If I am writing a weight loss journal, I can’t really sell it on a line of BS about why I decided to go ahead and eat those donuts that someone left on the table at work.  This is also a distraction for me when my brain is screaming at me to go eat something good before I start throwing things.

I am not a weight loss guru

Please get clear on this.  I am not a weight loss guru and I do NOT recommend doing anything I am doing to lose weight.  If you want to lose weight, you should talk to your doctor and follow his or her advice.

Why does this site exist?

This site exists because I am using it as a sort of weight loss journal.  I like to write and I like to draw.  If I am writing a blog entry or drawing some goofy picture to include in a post, then I am not shoving handfuls of unhealthy junk into my mouth.  If my success serves to inspire someone to follow the advice of their favorite health care professional, then that’s a bonus.

What will I eat on my diet?

When I’ve lost weight in the past, I’ve achieved the best results when I cut back on carbohydrates.  I’m not following one particular plan.  There is a book that I like that I may recommend later, but

diet and exercise

These don’t work for me on a low carb diet, but I do like me some pretzels.

for now, I’m mostly doing the most obvious things to cut out carbs.  I’m avoiding pastas and bread products as well as anything with sugar as an ingredient.  I’m not going crazy counting individual carbohydrates, and I’m also not eliminating all fruit from my diet.  I just know from experience that if I try to go too hard core to start off, I’ll be done with this eating plan within two or three days.

What will I do for exercise?

For now, I’m probably going to stick with walking and using my handy dandy Bullworker.  The weather is still nice around these parts, but I do have a treadmill for when things start to get rainy, snowy, or cold.  As for the Bullworker, I really like using it because I’ve previously had issues with a herniated disk in my back.  I’ve got weights, but I’m totally OK with never blowing out my back again.  Since I am starting out in pretty cruddy shape, I’m not going to do anything to put myself at risk if I can avoid it.  I don’t like being injured.  If you have never used a Bullworker, you should check them out.  I really do like using mine.