Joined March 2010
Weight History

Start Weight
280.0 lb
Lost so far: 17.0 lb

Current Weight
263.0 lb
Performance: losing 2.0 lb a week

Goal Weight
220.0 lb
Still to go: 43.0 lb
I am a 47 year old man that has let himself go more than a few times over this life. I have been up and down on my weight all my life. In High School 5' 6" weighing 240 lbs. In the Marine Corp at 6' 1" weighing 160 lbs. Living it up in Hong Kong to 270. Losing weight in Hong Kong to 190. Gaining weight in Kansas to 290. I am ready to get down and stay down. Back problems have been my number one protagonist. An amazing therapist has gotten me off that roller coaster.

I am an Engineering Manager who spends a lot of time behind a desk. I have a wonderful wife and two great children. We live in the Midwest though I was born, raised, and lived most of my life in California. I love the Midwest, the people are the absolute tops, and the longer I live here the more my "Coast" bias leaves me and the more I come to love flyover country.

We, my family and I, have made a commitment to changing our lifestyle completely. We are arming ourselves with knowledge, motivation, and a big heaping scoop of willpower. We just joined a gym and are all working hard to improve our life's, now and for the future.

I am a positive person who has always embraced the best in life and hope with the changes I am making that I will be able to embrace life for a long number of years to come.

wookieks's Weight History

wookieks's Latest Member Challenges

  11,000 steps per day average
status: Completed
ended: 17 Oct 10
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  200 Miles in 12 Weeks
status: Completed
ended: 24 Jul 10
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last weighin: gaining 0.2 lb a week Up
Pinki Thai
last weighin: steady Steady

wookieks's Cookbook

cals: 149kcal | fat: 4.04g | carbs: 20.90g | prot: 7.05g
Tuna Rice Balls
Homemade rice balls that your tummy will love.
cals: 571kcal | fat: 14.92g | carbs: 59.63g | prot: 58.99g
White Chili
Chicken chili jam packed with vegetables and flavor.
cals: 92kcal | fat: 4.23g | carbs: 4.15g | prot: 10.29g
Crustless Spinach Pie
A delicious low carb, low calorie alternative.
cals: 325kcal | fat: 13.99g | carbs: 22.18g | prot: 31.94g
Flank Steak Souvlakis
Tasty Greek wrap with flank steak and delicious fillings.
cals: 351kcal | fat: 4.55g | carbs: 53.12g | prot: 30.28g
Chili Macaroni
Spicy beef chili with macaroni makes the perfect meal in a bowl.
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wookieks's Latest Posts

From Obese to Fit with Calorie Counting and Exercise!
You dear lady are an inspiration. Seeing what you have done with yourself inspires me to continue on this most important of journeys. I am also inspired how you always are there helping people along their journeys. We are all blessed to have you here...
posted 05 May 2010, 12:46
exercising with mono?
Sorry to hear your sick. Mono is no fun at all. Get yourself healthy first so that you can continue you to get healthy. Huh... Smile Be well, prayers are with you...
posted 05 May 2010, 12:40
How often should you check your RDI
Awesome question. I went out and found an RDI Calculator. I looked at it in both maintenance and weight loss and noted that for every 5 lb loss it lowered my RDI by 34 calories for maintenance and 27 calories for weight loss. Of course each person is different as weight, height, age, and activity affect this number. What I did, so as to gear myself for my ultimate goal weight, was to use that weight to calculate my RDI. The down side is that I am not likely getting enough calories at the heavier weight, however the upside is that I will be conditioned for that level of intake by the time I reach my goal. The current difference between the two weights is only 293 calories and I tend to be on either side of that number in any event. The type of food to eat is of course a whole other conversation. Good luck on your journey and may you find the success you desire...
posted 29 Apr 2010, 09:34
How often do you weigh?
k8yk wrote:
...then weigh yourself every day. I do because I feel it is educational...

That right there. I weigh everyday to help me understand what it is I am trying to do to myself and with myself. I believe that educating myself along this journey will ultimately allow me to stay the course for a lifetime. I grew up in a house that espoused the use of Vitamins (or food supplements according to my father) and of healthier choices. I fell of the rails as life jumped up and got in my way but still considered myself knowledgeable. Since starting this current and final journey I realize how little I really knew. By weighing daily, and honestly, and roughly at the same time, as well as religiously tracking my food intake and exercise output it has allowed me to really analyze the raw data. I even record when I go off the rails and overeat the wrong foods. As an engineer I guess it comforts me to be able to thoroughly analyze all data and the net effect. Weighing daily may not be the proper tool for everyone however in my case it fits the bill. Decide what you need for you and go with it. Good luck on your journey and may you be successful in attaining your goals...
posted 20 Apr 2010, 13:05
I agree that sleep is a very, very important component to weight loss and for that matter life. When we are tired we tend to make bad decisions. I know that I do. Having said that the gym might be a solution to the base problem of having trouble sleeping. I know from experience that when I go to the gym and exercise myself stupid, that being just a short trip for me Smile, I sleep excellent and fully from head down to alarm clock on. Try to get to the root of why you are having sleep difficulties and address that to the extent possible. As for whether to go to the gym or not I say "To each their own to their own abilities", or, do what you feel is best for you based on what you need. Good luck and I hope you get a good nights sleep tonight...
posted 20 Apr 2010, 12:51
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