Saturday, December 22, 2012

Frosty the Snowman's Drastic Weight Loss & Extreme Body Makeover

Frosty the Snowman is providing some weight loss inspiration for the upcoming period of New Year's Resolutions. That being the time of the year when so many of us strive to get to that ideal figure of ideal measurements so few of us ever manage to get to, even after year after year and decade after decade of trying.

I think if Frosty the Snowman can be such a Big Loser, so can I.

So can you.

I also notice that Frosty got a nose job as part of his Extreme Makeover. That is too drastic. No nose job for me.

Actually, now that you are making me think about it, Frosty the Snowman is a really bad example of a role model for dieting and getting in shape. All Frosty needed to do to re-shape his shape was get a hot air blower.

No need to reduce caloric intake, or increase exercise.

All Frosty needed to lose weight and get in shape was well placed heat.

I think there is a lesson for all of us in this....

Thursday, November 8, 2012

The Airlines Are Getting Serious About Flying Obese Customers Of Size

I have no fear of flying. I do have a fear of the claustrophobic nature of flying.

When I get onboard and find my seat I sit there hoping that I end up having the row to myself. That has happened only once. My next wish is that I have the window seat, someone has the aisle seat, with the middle seat empty.

If all the seats are taken it is my next hope that it is a small kid sitting next to me, next hope a small teenager, next a small female, next a small male.

I have only been stuck next to a full sized male once. This felt very crowded.

My greatest flying fear is to be in my seat and see an obese person making their way down the aisle, with me sitting there hoping this person is not going to sit next to me. This has never happened and I've only been on one plane where there was a hugely plus-sized person on board, with the plus-sizedness coming from both height and girth.

The various airlines have been getting a bit tougher with their policies regarding hugely overweight people getting onboard, with Southwest Airlines leading the way.

With Southwest you either fit in the 17 inches between the armrests or you buy a second seat.

United is now urging passengers who require extra seating to book that extra seat prior to getting to the airport, where you may be refused plane entry at the gate if you have not purchased an extra seat.

I wonder how many obese people are actually flying? Like I previously said, I have only seen one really big person on a plane.

It seems sort of unfair to the non-obese that a person weighing 150 pounds pays the same as a person weighing 500 pounds.

If you check in your luggage and it weighs even slightly over the allotted weight, you pay extra.

It takes a lot more airplane fuel to lift 500 pounds off the ground than 150 pounds.

Maybe some planes should be retrofitted with special seats for the obese, like two in a row, rather than three. The obese person then books their flight on these special retrofitted planes and pays a surcharge.

That seems fair.

An obese person has spent a lot of money on food to add all that extra girth. It really does not seem fair that the non-obese should basically subsidize the lifestyle of the obese by paying the same for an airplane ticket.

And how is it fair for a person who is well within that 17 inches between armrests to be placed next to a person who spreads outside that perimeter? It clearly is not fair.

I am almost 100% certain I will be flying soon. Hopefully without a "customer of size" as the airlines like to refer to the obese, sitting next to me.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Betty Jo Bouvier's Shampoo Weight Loss Discovery

This morning I got email from Betty Jo Bouvier with what I thought was an amusing joke. Googling for an image to go along with this joke I quickly learned that this joke has been widely disseminated on many websites.

But, it was new to me, so I thought I'd share Betty Jo Bouvier's Weight Loss Discovery...

FINALLY!  A practical and useful health warning. 

Shampoo Warning!

I don't know WHY I didn't figure this out sooner! I use shampoo in the shower! When I wash my hair, the shampoo runs down my whole body.

Printed very clearly on the shampoo label is this warning: "FOR EXTRA BODY AND VOLUME."

No wonder I have been gaining weight!  


I have gotten rid of that shampoo and I am going to start showering with Dawn Dish Soap instead.

Its label reads:

Problem solved! If I don't answer the phone, I'll be in the shower...

Friday, August 3, 2012

Colin Farrell Uses NBC's Biggest Loser to Get in Shape for Total Recall

NBC's Biggest Loser is one of Irish actor Colin Farrell's favorite American TV shows.

When Colin Farrell got the lead role in a 2012 remake of the 1990 version of Total Recall, playing the Arnold Schwarzenegger character, Douglas Quaid, Farrell faced the dilemma of needing to get himself in Schwarzenegger shape.

And, so Farrell decided to follow the same course of action he'd seen work so often on Biggest Loser.

When Colin Farrell began his Biggest Loser losing plan he was not hugely overweight, or hugely out of shape. What he needed to do was get himself in fighting trim, with his gut sucked in and his manboobs firmed up.

To quote Colin Farrell on his get in shape plan...“One of my favorite shows on television is The Biggest Loser. When people that size can lose weight and get healthy again, it is possible for anyone, I ate lots of greens and chicken, I didn’t order dessert for four months. I stayed off the sugar and got myself on the treadmill. It’s just discipline and not that hard when you apply the science to it."

I hope Colin Farrell is able to keep in the good shape he got into for Total Recall and does not blimp up again, a phenomenon that happens to so many of us after successfully getting in good shape for a movie part.

Friday, July 13, 2012

I Did Not Know I Am On The Six Weeks To OMG Diet Plan Which Has Me Skinnier Than All My Friends

I had not heard of SIX WEEKS TO OMG til yesterday.

When I learned the details of this new fad diet I was appalled to realize I've basically been on the OMG diet for months.

I did not realize this was the reason I'd gotten skinnier than all my friends.

A guy calling himself Venice A. Fultion, who also goes by Paul Khanna, is the creator of this magical way to lose weight.

Apparently weight loss professionals have been critical of the   OMG diet.

As I understand it, the claim is that following the OMG method will allow you to lose 20 - 30 pounds in Six Weeks, thus causing your friends to say "OMG" when they see the new skinny you.

The Six Weeks to OMG plan, as I understand it, is each morning of the Six Weeks, you get up and drink a lot of coffee to amp up your energy level and metabolism.

Then you go get yourself some calorie burning exercise. I assume this would be walking fast, jogging, riding a bike, swimming, that type thing.

After you are done getting your exercise you're supposed to get into a tub of not warm water, thus making your body work hard to keep you warm.

You let 3 hours go by from the time you drink the coffee til you eat your first food of the day.

And the food you consume must be heavily weighted to lean proteins, cutting way back on the carbs.

Does this sound all that much different from the Atkins Diet?

The claim the pseudo diet doctor is making is that with no food in your system you body is going to burn fat to energize the exercise, with additional fat burned when your body has to work to warm you when you're in that tub of cold water.

My version of the OMG plan has been that I drink coffee, then do some exercising on a Nautilus machine, then go swimming, then take a cold shower after the swim. And then have something light and lean for breakfast, which usually takes place a couple hours, not three, after I've had my morning coffee.

I have gotten skinnier. I don't know if it my accidental version of the OMG diet that has caused me to get skinnier than all my friends. I suspect the real culprit is I've been eating less and exercising more.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

I Am Inches From Being In As Good A Shape As A 72 Year Old Man

The ad on the left has been showing up lately on my Durango Texas blog. I don't know why this ad shows up. I don't remember blogging about being an old guy in great shape.

If it is true that this is an actual photo of a 72 year old doctor who has used science, nutrition and exercise to achieve the results we are looking at in the picture, well, sign me up for that program.

I have a couple decades to go before I am 72 and, hopefully, in as good a shape as this particular doctor.

I am currently having some success at reducing the beer gut-like growth that I mysteriously grew without having had the pleasure of consuming excessive amounts of beer.

My around the middle waist measurement has receded about an inch since I started receding. I can now suck the measuring tape in to just under 36 inches.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

I Wish I Was As Thin As I Was When I Thought I Was Fat

I saw this amusing vintage poster this morning on Mary Kellogg Bishop's Facebook page. I can identify with the sentiment expressed by the lady in the Lounger Chair, due to the fact that I would not mind being as thin as I was, back at a weight, that at that point in time, I thought was fat.

As in, let's say, around 195 pounds.

At 195 pounds I would feel really skinny at this particular point in time.

I am almost 100% certain that is not Mary Kellogg Bishop lounging in the Lounger Chair in the poster.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Losing Weight For Jesus To Get A Bod4God

A few days ago, when I confessed I'd ballooned way over 200 pounds and had grown what amounted to a minor beer belly, that I had acquired without the pleasure of drinking beer, I said whenever I have detected shrinkage I would blog about it, along with a piece of interesting info of the weight loss/health variety.

Well, my ongoing shrinkage has now shrunk my pseudo beer gut to being under 37 inches in circumference.

After I blogged about my ballooning beer gut I discovered that several pairs of pants, which used to be baggy on me, no longer are. Discovering this has increased my desire to shrink.

As for a piece of interesting info of the weight loss/health variety.

Well, there is this preacher, Steve Reynolds, head pastor at the Capital Baptist Church in Annandale, Virginia, who has tossed aside all the usual reasons people motivate themselves to lose weight, you know, like me, to fit into jeans that are now too tight, to return to a high school reunion, to feel better about yourself, to lower your blood pressure.

Toss all those familiar weight loss reasons out the window.

Pastor Reynolds wants you to do it for Jesus.

Pastor Reynolds has written a book titled "Bod4God."

Since 2007 Pastor Reynolds has led his congregation to lose over 12,000 pounds.

Pastor Reynolds practices what he preaches. He has lost 120 pounds.

Pastor Reynolds says, "I want to show people, all types of people, especially Christian people, that we're made by God, but we're also made for God, and we need to honor him with our bodies,"

So there you have it, lose weight for Jesus and get yourself a good Bod for God.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

To Lose My Beer Gut I Want to Lose Weight Like the Japanese

A couple days ago I fessed up to the fact that not only did I re-gain the weight I lost on last year's Super Bowl Goal Diet, I went past that previous high, to a new one in the 220 pound zone.

But, like I said in my fessing up blogging, My 2011 Super Bowl Weight Loss Disappeared with a Beer Gut by the Start of 2012 the weight this time is concentrated in my waist zone, creating a beer belly without having had the pleasure of drinking too much beer.

For my 2012 Beer Gut Reduction Plan I am not going to document my ongoing weight loss. I am not even going to get on the scale. All I needed to know is I have gone over 220. What I am going to do is document the shrinkage of my waist.

When I am in non-beer gut mode, my waist is around 30 inches. My beer gutted waist is currently over 37 inches. I am calling 37 inches my starting point for shrinkage. Whenever I have detected shrinkage I will blog about it, along with a piece of interesting info of the weight loss/health variety.

This blogging's interesting info of the weight loss/health variety came from FoxNews online in an article titled "Want to Lose Weight? Eat Like the Japanese" by Valerie Frankel of

Want to Lose Weight? Eat Like the Japanese
7 ways to become healthier today

Think it's time to make some healthy lifestyle adjustments? Dan Buettner, author of "The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who've Lived the Longest," is right behind you. Buettner is crossing Iowa in a bus, attempting to change American towns into healthier places. "More than 40 percent of Americans smoked in the '60s, and only 20 percent do now," he points out. "We can turn around our diet and lifestyle, too."

One thing we Americans have going for us: We are always up for a challenge. So try these healthful ideas inspired by healthy women around the world.

1. Take 20 percent off
Blue zones—like areas in Italy, Japan, Greece, California, and Costa Rica where the people have traditionally stayed active to age 100 or older—are some of the healthiest in the world. "In every Blue Zone, they eat less than we do, by at least 20 percent," Buettner says.

One trick for slashing portions: "Instead of putting big platters of food at the center of the table, fill each plate at the counter," Buettner says.

2. Pile on the plants
Not only are plant-based diets rich in antioxidants and other good-for-you nutrients, they're also better for your waistline. "A plate of food in Okinawa has one-fifth the calorie density of a typical American meal," Buettner says. "You can chow down for a fraction of the calories."

Buettner suggests thinking of meat as a condiment rather than the main event, and subbing in more beans, legumes, and nuts.

3. Love the foods that love you back
A diet of berries and elk or tofu and sea vegetables might seem utterly foreign—but taste buds can be retrained. "Americans love fat, salt, and sugar because that's what we're used to," says David L. Katz, MD, founding director of the Yale Prevention Research Center. "But studies show that if you eat more wholesome foods, you can learn to prefer them."

An easy way to start: Search for stealth sugar, which Dr. Katz says is found in many packaged foods. "Once you get rid of that hidden sugar, you'll start to prefer less-sweet foods," he notes.

4. Sit down—and slow down.
It might be too much to cook every meal. But we can sit at a table to eat our takeout instead of scarfing it down in the car. Savor each bite as the French do; stretch your meals out for 20 whole minutes. You'll end up eating less and enjoying more.

5. Get up
"The longest-living people don't think of exercise as a chore," Buettner says. Instead, little bits of movement are a constant part of their everyday lives. Make like a French woman and take a short walk after dinner.

Shovel your own snow instead of paying the kid next door; make extra trips carrying laundry up and down the stairs.

6. Get out
Every Blue Zone is known for its strong social and family bonds. Besides spending quality time at home with family, surround yourself with healthy-living friends—good health habits are contagious, research shows.

Be sure to get involved in your community, too, whether it's at church, a gardening group, or a volunteer organization. These connections can add years to your life, Buettner says.

7. Take it easy
Even the world's healthiest people get stressed out sometimes. What they all have, Buettner says, are daily strategies to shed stress. Meditate, go for a run, make a dinner date with your best friend—and don't worry about your inability to be a French woman or a Greek farmer.

It's OK to enjoy the occasional cheeseburger. What matters is a cumulative lifestyle pattern of enjoying healthful food, staying connected to others, and keeping yourself moving.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

My 2011 Super Bowl Weight Loss Disappeared with a Beer Gut by the Start of 2012

I use this photo for illustration purposes. It is not me in the picture.

In December of 2010 I started this blog you are reading right now. The reason I started this blog was because I had once again gained weight and gone over the 200 pound mark.

I knew at the start of every New Year millions of people make a resolution to lose weight. I thought I'd do the same thing and track my weight loss on this blog.


My goal was to hit 190 pounds by the time of the Super Bowl. I forget what I had ballooned to before I began re-shrinking. I think it was, maybe, 211.

So. I got to my Super Bowl goal. And then proceeded, as 2011 progressed, to gain the weight back, til I surpassed my old high and nearing the start of the New Year of 2012 I was closing in on 220.

I have not weighed myself in weeks.

Yesterday I was horrified to find that multiple pants that fit me loosely, what seems a short time ago, are now uncomfortably tight.

I was appalled.

I am down to two pair of pants that are comfortable to wear.

I somehow had convinced myself I was getting more muscular, hence the size gain. Maybe there is some of that. I do get a lot of exercise.

But, added muscle does not explain the swelling of my waist.

I pretty much have a beer gut without having had the pleasure of drinking a lot of beer.

In April of 2006 I returned from an annoying visit to the Pacific Northwest. At that point in time I weighed something like 205 and comfortably fit into the pants I tried on last night, hoping to wear them to an event, that caused me to realize I've reached a new low of getting fat.

When I returned to Texas in May of 2006 I amped up my exercise routine, mostly really long bike rides of the mountain bike sort. I began to shrink. I did not actually go on any sort of diet.

By July of 2008 I returned to the Pacific Northwest again. I had shrunk down to around 170. I was skinny. People made note of me being skinny. Some said gaunt. I felt good. And the plane ride was the most comfortable ever, due to being skinny.

Upon my return to Texas, in August of 2008, I was again annoyed with my visit to the Pacific Northwest. This time, apparently, the annoyance did not cause me to shrink, instead it caused me to swell.

Like I already said, the last I weighed myself I was approaching 220. I have not weighed myself again, because I don't care how much I weigh.

What I care about with this bout of shrinking is to shrink the pseudo beer gut. The last I measured I was 37 inches around my waist. On some people that would be skinny. When I weighed 180 my waist was 29 inches.

So, during this latest, and I hope, my last bout of losing weight, I am not going to keep track of my weight. I instead am going to keep track of the number of diminishing inches around my waist.

Every few days I will blog my progress.

I am hoping the shrinkage occurs quickly. I don't see why it won't. I get a lot of exercise. I eat very nutritionally, albeit, obviously, too frequently in too large a quantity, for too long.

I need to get myself shrunk back to being comfortable on a plane size by the late March/early April time frame. I am planning on getting on a plane in early Spring. I don't want that seat belt to feel like it is squeezing me.

The current size of my "Beer Gut" is 37 inches. The goal is 30 inches.