Archive for April, 2011

As you probably noticed in my post yesterday I mentioned that I’ve been working out with the Wii.  This may sound kind of strange, but to be perfectly honest I’m used to spending 90 percent of my day sitting on my ass.  Either on the couch or in a chair or on the toilet.  For the most part I used to rarely move at all, sitting at the computer or watching TV or even sitting down washing dishes.  So when I started this program, I needed to find a way to get myself moving that wasn’t intensely boring.  I tried walking inside the house since it was too cold to consider going outside.  That was both boring and also difficult since our house isn’t really that big.  I even tried just doing a few laps around the house every time I needed to get up for some reason. That didn’t really work either.  So I ended up playing Wii Sports for about an hour a day.  I made it a point to get up off the chair and get into it actively, kinda jumping around and stuff. It’s a good easy way to start moving again after such a long time of being sedentary.

Recently I’ve sort of ramped up my activity by doing Wii Active, a game actually designed for exercising at home.  Unfortunately the items included with the game(a thigh pouch for the Wii nunchuk, and an exercise band) are a bit too small for someone my size, but I’ve found they aren’t that difficult to adapt with a bit of ingenuity, duct tape, and rope. So far it seems like these two things are doing the trick.  Heck the Wii Active even calculates burned calories for you which is great.  I think my best advice here is to just get moving, however you can.  Don’t push it too far too fast, I think that’s what stopped me so much previous to now.  You start too fast, push it too hard, and you get frustrated and quit.  The key to making this work, at least as far as I can tell, is working it slowly.  Take your time.  It took years to put weight on yourself, it will take a good amount of time to take it back off.

Hey all, I just finished a 45 minute Wii workout with my wife(with post workout cooldown shower!), and I realized while I was in the shower that I forgot the most important thing in my posts and videos this week.  My measurements!  So here they are:

Rt Bicep: 21 3/4″(23)

Rt Wrist: 8″(8)

Neck: 23 3/4″(25)

Chest: 69″(73)

Waist: 70 1/2″(74)

Rt Calf: 28″(27)

Rt Thigh: 36″(36)

Lt Calf: 25 3/4″(28)

Lt Thigh: 36″(38)

Which is a pretty good in comparison to last week’s numbers which are italicized in parentheses there.  As you can see I lost at least a little bit in almost every area.  Going over my points I can see that my average points intake is 37, a full 7 points below my maximum.  So.. there we go.  Now you know.  Next measurements update on Sunday May 1st!

My YouTube Channel

Posted: April 27, 2011 in YouTube
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Alright folks, my YouTube channel is finally live.  I uploaded both an Introduction video to give you a little idea of what I’m aiming to accomplish here as well as my first update video. I will do weekly update videos and possibly a few intermittent videos as well with tips and things and to let you know where I’m at.  My goal right now is to do a daily post here to the blog and put my weekly updates on the YouTube channel. So, what are you waiting for?  Go check out the YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/ThePortlyPaladin

It’s time to fight.

Posted: April 27, 2011 in Uncategorized

My name is Mike and I’m fat.  That’s right, I’m fat.  Not fluffy, not big boned, not husky or any other word that people use to make themselves feel better, just plain fat.  I’ve been fat for most of my life.  Recently I decided that I’m done being fat, and I’m going to do something about it.  Being well over 400 pounds though, it was difficult for me to find anyone out there who has gone through the same struggles as I have.  So here I am.  Over the next several months, or years, or however long it takes I will be posting here and putting up videos on my YouTube channel.  You will get to be a voyeur as I wage a long and painful war against my waistline.  A war I fully intend to win.

Along the way you may come in hoping to fight the good fight by my side.  If you do, I will do my best to give you an idea of what to expect, give you some intelligence that might help you defeat the enemy.  Make no mistake, this is a brutal war, and there will be casualties, the goal is to keep those casualties as localized to the scale as possible.  So, put on your sweats, pick up your forks, strap on those plates, and prepare to fight.  We will come out victorious!