My Journey to a Healthy Me, Day 334

It’s Friday! How has everyone’s week been going? I noticed I am feeling the weight of getting all the exercise in this week. My body is ready for “rest” day. haha.

Got out this morning, and completed walk number 1. Almost to 5,000 steps. So I still need to push another 5,000 or so still. Also finished my workout today. 

3 x 10 squats
3 x 10 elevated push ups (against the kitchen counter)
3 x 10 Doorway Body weight Row
3 x 10 each arm Dumbbell rows. 25 lbs

At some point, I need to cook a bit more food for me. I am almost out of all my “convenience” foods. 


Things went really well yesterday, despite some hiccups. I was a bit late to finish my 10,000 steps. My second walk didn’t happen until after bowling. My wife had a doctor’s appointment that I took her too. Her car started acting up a bit.

I also hadn’t posted to the blog yet, so I was doing that on my phone, while I was bowling. It actually was working out OK. I just needed to make a couple of tweaks from home.


1671 Calories, 8 net carbs. 1482 Calories remaining. I ate a little less yesterday. Mostly since I was a little behind with getting my steps in. I didn’t want to go to far over my limit, and not be able to make it up. Everything ended up working out.


11:39 PM to 6:35 AM. 6 hrs 27 mins. 15 x awake for 29 mins. I got off my computer in time to read, but was delayed a bit because my older son was talking to me for a little while. Didn’t actually read until 10:50 PM. Not going to count it against me though. Was fielding questions, not chasing after videos or something on the computer 

Got into bed on time. Slept well enough. Had a weird dream, and it woke me up early. 


10,825 steps. 62 active minutes. I mentioned in my last blog about running out there in the rain also. So I did completed Week 1 Day 2 of the RunDouble C25k app. 

Up Next…

Still to come, running tomorrow! That will finish off my week of doing things each day. Sunday will be a rest day, buy I plan on walking a little bit still. I want to build up the calories I can eat. 😉  There is a special Pokemon Community Day (weekend) that starts today, and lasts until Monday I think. So plenty of special stuff to get out there and catch! 

My Journey to a Healthy Me, Day 333

Today was rain filled day. Still I got there and got my run in today. 😁

Lots of rain, slippery mud, and plenty of puddles. I almost didn’t do it, but I decided a little rain isn’t going to kill me. 😂

I’m off bowling now. I still need to get in my steps for the day.


I had a pretty good day yesterday. Pretty much got my goals for the day. Even worked out in the gym complex. Dumbbells and a little bit of the weight machine.


1926 Calories, 11 g net carbs. 1088 calories remaining.


11:37 PM to 7:01 AM. 6 hrs 54 mins. Awake for 30 mins

Overall my sleep has felt better. I have woke up a couple of times, but overall I am feeling rested.


11,543 steps. 124 active minutes.

3 x 10 bodyweight squats

3 x 10 elevated push ups (on the dumbbell rack)

3 x 10 one are dumbbell rows each arm (25 lbs)

3 x 10 lat pull down bar. on set

Had rain, so I worked on the treadmill for 45 minutes, then did my workout. It felt pretty good.

Next up…

Workout day tomorrow. Looks like more storms on the way. I might just have more treadmill days ahead.

My Journey to a Healthy Me, Day 332

We had a bit of raid this morning. I elected not to go walking around in it. Instead, I came back to the apartment. 

Once I was back here, I headed off to the gym in our complex. Nothing fancy, but decent enough. I hit the treadmill, then decided to hit up a workout there as well.

3 x 10 bodyweight squats
3 x 10 elevated push ups (on the dumbbell rack)
3 x 10 one are dumbbell rows each arm (25 lbs)
3 x 10 lat pull down bar. on set was 50 lbs each side. 2 sets were 70 lbs each side. 

Plus I got about 6,500 step in. 40 minutes of walking.


Yesterday, I got in my run, I got in my steps, and did well with my sleeping. I ate a little over 2000 calories, and was still at a deficit. 🙂


2038 Calories, 10 net carbs. 1022 calorie deficit. Not too bad.


11:25 PM to 7:00 AM. 7 hrs 11 mins. 13 x awake for 24 mins. I got to reading a bit early, and headed to bed before the alarm went off.


10,083 steps. 114 active minutes. Just barely made the steps. I could have went out for more if I needed. I also got out and did Day 1 of C25k.

I haven’t checked my past runs, but it felt like this day 1 was really good. 

This Week

Just have to keep focusing on each day. I hope to keep this progress rolling. 🙂

My Journey to a Healthy Me, Day 331

Well, I got out this morning, and started my running again. 

It felt great getting out there again, and being able to finish it.  I was listening to some Spotify, and this song really helped me push the last two runs a bit harder 😉

I still have plenty to get done today, but I fell like I am getting this moving in the right direction already.


I killed it yesterday, or at least felt that way. 🙂


1711 Calories, 11 g net carbs. Calories remaining 2126. I think this was the most deficit I have had haha. 


11:35 PM to 6:59 AM. 7 hrs 5 mins. 12 x awake for 19 mins. I got to reading at 10:44 PM. Almost missed it. Started reading Book 3 of the Culture novels. Headed off to bed on time as well.


13,574 steps total. 118 active minutes. I got in two walks, plus bowling. I was actually over 10k before I went to bowling

Workout was done!
3 x 10 squats
3 x 10 elevated pushups (against the kitchen counter)
3 x 10 Doorway Bodyweight Row
3 x 10 each arm Dumbbell rows. 25lbs

Taking each day one at a time

I did great yesterday, and I am working on rolling it into today. Each day building on the last.

My Journey to a Healthy Me, Days 317 – 330

Well, it has been another few days. I meant to get a blog post in before I left out for Thanksgiving, but just didn’t make it.

The last couple of months have been a bit of a struggle, but I feel like I am breaking through it these last few weeks. Focusing on making sure I am in a decent calorie deficit has been helping. I have also been stepping up my walking game. 10,000 steps quite a few days recently. Not really much last week, as it was all time to get ready for Thanksgiving.

We traveled down to my Sister-in-law’s place for Thanksgiving. I kept it Keto, even though it wasn’t easy. Of course we had turkey. We brought a Honeybaked Spiral cut ham with us. Of course, that is like 5 carbs a serving from all that sugar. Still, that is pretty much what I ate. I had a few green beans. I brought some spicy pork rinds to snack on too since we were down there for a few days. Other meals I kept it pretty simple. Eggs and ham, I had eggs and sausage from McDonalds one meal. I did have one bite of cranberry sauce. I cut a piece of cheesecake and pumpkin pie for my wife too. I wanted a piece, but I settled for just having a small taste of what was left on the knife. That made me really want to eat something sweet after that. haha. I refrained though. I did have a few sips of wine over the couple of days as well. Just taste of ones they were all trying. Man, they were super sweet. I could see drinking a bunch of that. It was better just to avoid it.

While I haven’t been making the progress I had really wanted, I have been doing pretty damn good this year.

My biggest failure, was to gain all my weight back so fast. October 7th, 2014 I was 257.3 lbs (my lightest). September 21st, 2015 I was 385.2 lbs. 127.9 lbs gained in less then a year’s time. I floundered over the next 2 1/2 years or so, only getting to 367.6 lbs at the beginning of 2018. January 1st of this year was my time to get back at it. I wanted this to me my defining year. The year to help erase that horrible failure of a year.  So far, I am doing it.

AS of this morning, I am 265.1 lbs. 99.7 lbs gone this year. I still have a month to go. Can I get to my lightest weight ever? That is my goal.


To help my with my goal if hitting that 257 mark, I am doing the final NerdFitness Challenge of the year. I got my thread up last night. Tateman – Finish of 2018 with a Bang!

I am taking on many goals this challenge. Much of which, I have done over this last year.

  1. Keto with a deficit.
  2. Read and Sleep
  3. Walking with a chance of running
  4. Workout!
  5. Posting to my Blog, and Nerdfitness daily
  6. Take a Linux course

I had worked on my deficit tracking last challenge. I did have a few days of 1000+ calorie deficit. I should be able to hit that 1000 calorie deficit each day with the help of working out, running, and walking.

Sleep/Rest is super important too. If I am doing all this extra movement, I for sure need to make sure I get the rest and recovery I need to keep at it.

I’ve also been back about keeping the blog updated. So I am working that into my challenge.

The Linux course is mostly for fun. Plus learning. I really want to see if I think it would be a good fit for me to pursue as a career choice.

My possible wrinkle to my plan

I started to apply for a bit of work. One job would be 12 hours shits running 3 days one week, 4 days the next. I did this kind of shift a long time ago, and loved it. Of course, that was before two kids and 20 years later haha. Money is tight though, so I really need to get out there and work again. If I get sometime soonish, I will probably have to re adjust my goals to fit in the new schedule. Still excited to try.

My Journey to a Healthy Me, Day 128

Yesterday was amazing! Well, at least it felt amazing. 🙂

I started off with my C25k Week 2 Day 1 run.

I was pretty happy that I finished that. I worried it was too much for me to handle. I just kept going though. Since I knew I upped my step goal to 8,000 steps, I had to get in all the steps I could. I walked around the park after the run.

This put me in a really good spot before it was even midday.

Before I went to bowling, I was already over the 8,000 step threshold. I knew I had my daily goal, now it was just how many extra would I get.

Bowling went well as well.

Yup, I messed up that 3rd game and missed out on the triplicate 215! haha. I was perfectly happy to miss out, because the guy I bowled against was pretty close to me as well. I checked the stats, and had 23 strike and 7 spares. 3 splits on the night. So pretty pleased.

At the end of the day, I hit 10,421 steps.99 active minutes. I can tell I really pushed it yesterday, because my legs have been really sore.


I got out and walked this morning. Plus another small bit when picking up my son from school. I’m at 6,800 right now. Still more work to be done! I may hit up a small walk after my raid tonight. I also didn’t pay attention to my carbs, and am already at 17 net carbs today. Dinner will be lite on the carbs for sure. Oddly enough, I had a dream last night, that I accidentally went over my carb limit for the day. Then I went crazy with all the eating. It would be how I would do it in the past for sure.

My Journey to a Healthy Me, Day 127

Here we are, a new week. Time to get refocused on my goals, and prep for having a successful week.

I started off today with C25k Week 2 Day 1. I moved my step goals up to 8,000 per day, and I am sitting at 7,500 right now. I still need to bowl tonight. 🙂

I’m starting off the week strong. Let’s see how last week was.

Week Review

It was a tough week, at least at the end. Two days I shut down. Kept food and sleep goals in, but exercise went to nil.

Weight Loss:

It wasn’t much this week, but I did lose weight. 1.7 lbs this week. Bringing me to 314.7 lbs. Total since the 1st of January, I have lost 52.9 lbs. I am hoping the stall I had is gone. The last couple of days is where my weight start to drop off again.


04/30 MyFitnessPal – 1783 Calories, 13 net carbs, 91 oz of water tracked
05/01 MyFitnessPal – 1657 Calories, 11 net carbs, 64 oz of water tracked
05/02 MyFitnessPal – 1561 Calories, 13 net carbs, 54 oz of water tracked
05/03 MyFitnessPal – 1817 Calories, 13 net carbs, 76 oz of water tracked
05/04 MyFitnessPal – 1571 Calories, 14 net carbs, 52 oz of water tracked
05/05 MyFitnessPal – 1482 Calories, 17 net carbs, 51 oz of water tracked
05/06 MyFitnessPal – 1649 Calories, 11 net carbs, 79 oz of water tracked

Food was fine this week. Even when I was mentally out of doing any exercise, I tried to stay focused with my food. There were a couple of days that I finished eating after 6 pm, but I had started before that. I was just late on making my food.


05/01 – 12:07 am to 6:48 am. 5 hrs 49 mins. 9 x awake for 52 mins.
05/02 – 12:10 am to 8:51 am. 7 hrs 51 mins. 20 x awake for 50 mins.
05/03 – 12:01 am to 8:31 am. 7 hrs 54 mins. 16 x awake for 44 mins.
05/04 – 11:38 pm to 6:57 am. 6 hrs 49 mins. 22 x awake for 30 mins.
05/05 – 12:08 pm to 9:28 am. 8 hrs 24 mins. 22 x awake for 56 mins.
05/06 – 12:21 am to 8:04 am. 6 hrs 54 mins. 19 x awake for 49 mins.
05/07 – 1:01 am to 8:03 am. 6 hrs 39 mins. 14 x awake for 56 mins.

All nights, I got in my reading, and was off to bed on time. Last night I got to bed, but didn’t get to sleeping until close to 1.


04/30 – 8,845 steps. 106 active minutes. C25k Week 1 Day 1 repeat done.
05/01 – 7,577 steps. 92 active minutes.
05/02 – 8,692 steps. 100 active minutes. C25k Week 1 Day 2 repeat done.
05/03 – 7,246 steps. 86 active minutes.
05/04 – 1,788 steps. 0 active minutes.
05/05 – 663 steps. 0 active minutes.
05/06 – 7,444 steps. 85 active minutes.

I planned to have one rest day, but I got in two this last week. The mental barrier was strong, and it kept me down. Sunday I had enough of that though, and got in my steps at least.

This Week

Time to get everything back going. Today is going well, and I need to ride all that into each new day. One day at a time.

My Journey to a Healthy Me, Day 123

Well, I have made cheesecake!

It is the first time I have ever made a cheesecake before. I followed Headbangerskitchen.com’s recipe for his Keto Berry Cheesecake. My tin was a little smaller, so cook times were off a bit. I think I may have over baked it a bit. The flavor is still great though.

I got out for a walk this morning. Though, I don’t think I got in enough steps to cover me for the day. I still have bowling, but I have a feeling I will be shy of my step goal. If so, then I’ll have to get out for a second walk. 🙂

I had talked to a Verizon rep in the store yesterday about the problems with my phone. They sent a refurbished replacement phone to me today. I hope to have no more random reboots! Only time will tell.


Wednesday was a good day overall. I had to fight it a bit, but it worked out well. The biggest battle was making myself get out there and run. I almost gave in, but just pushed forward.


05/02 MyFitnessPal – 1561 Calories, 13 net carbs, 54 oz of water tracked. Ate with in my eating window. Blood sugar this morning seemed fine as well. So hopefully, that is stabilizing again.


12:01 am to 8:39 am. 7 hr 54 mins total. 16 x awake for 44 mins. A little restless again last night. Woke up in the morning, but really didn’t want to wake up all the way haha. I got in my reading, and was off the computer a bit before 11 pm.


Fitbit had me at 8,692 steps 100 active minutes. I completed my repeat of C25k week 1 Day 2. Even finished it faster then other days last week, and felt like I wanted to die after each run. 😉


I have a doctor’s appointment at 8:30 am. Blood work looked good. I also need to get a Hep B vaccine shot while I am there. I also need to figure out when I am going to go for a run. I either have to go once I am home, or I try to get it in Saturday before my son’s bowling (if we go).

My Journey to a Healthy Me, Day 122

This morning, I did not want to go out and run. I was trying to fight it so much. Checking other things, trying to delay it until I gave in. Too bad for fat me, I did it anyway. 🙂

Even when I was doing the runs, I wanted to stop. I had to keep telling myself I could do it. It felt like I was done after each run. Like no way I could push to do another. I just kept trying. Funny enough, It is the farthest I have done. I was pushing harder then I wanted to, even with me wanting to stop. Healthy me, back behind the scenes, taking over! I was happy that I did it, and did not give into the “done run” impulses.

In phone news, Verizon is sending me a replacement for my phone. Should be here tomorrow. I hope that it will not crash on me like the current one has been.

I also made cheesecake a bit ago. It’s cooling now. I’ll take pictures tomorrow when I take it out of the fridge. First time I ever made a cheesecake.


I failed at trying to make low carb tortilla. I went on a couple of walks to get in my steps. I also picked up my car from the service department, and played with some friends online for a bit. Got to reading, and bed on time.


05/01 MyFitnessPal – 1657 Calories, 11 net carbs, 64 oz of water tracked. Pretty boring day food wise I suppose. I had hoped to perfect those tortillas, and have some tacos. Eating done in my eating window, so Intermittent fasting is still going well. Blood sugars were also decent levels yesterday.


12:10 am to 8:51 am. 7 hrs 51 mins. 20 x awake for 50 mins total. I woke up a few times last night that I can remember. So sleep was a little broken up. Here is to hoping I get some solid sleep tonight!


7,577 steps. 92 active minutes. Walk one in the morning. My son was sick, so there would be no extra steps picking him up from school. I headed out for a second walk, after I was done playing World of Warcraft. I almost didn’t do it. The healthy me prevailed again.

This Week

More planning. Wife has been applying to a few places. So we are starting to get things ready to pack up. Even if she gets a decent job up here, we will need to move. Hopefully, finding a place here.

I’ve got a few more recipes I want to make. First, I need to get the dishes done!

I’ll have bowling at night, so I need to get most my steps in my morning walk.

My Journey to a Healthy Me, Day 121

Well, today was busy, and a bit draining. Had to take the car in for some service this morning. This meant getting up earlier then I normally do. This also meant I couldn’t get in my normal walk time. Also, my son was sick. So no extra steps getting him. Still, I went for a walk when I got back from dropping off the car. I was short of my step goal, so I went out for another walk this evening.

Today I tried making the Keto Connect Low Carb Tortillas. I could not get them made to save my life. I had one that sort of came out like it should, but it was too thick. Wasted some ingredients, but I still tried at least. 🙂


Monday had running, blood work, and bowling! 🙂 I got in my repeat of C25k Day 1 Week 1. Then I ran off to get my blood work done. Later I bowled. I did OK. First game was bad, second game was 244, and I don’t recall the 3rd game.


04/30 MyFitnessPal – 1783 Calories, 13 net carbs, 91 oz of water tracked.

Decent amount. Blood sugars still hanging a bit lower, but I think it will balance out soon.


12:07 am to 6:48 am. Truth be told, I was awake by 6:15 am. You know those days when you are worried about getting up on time? That was me last night. So of course I woke up really early. So too little sleep. Hopefully, tonight will be much better.


8,845 steps. 106 active minutes. I finished off C25k Week 1 Day 1. Did a little extra walking, then finished getting even more steps at bowling.


I might try making cheesecake tomorrow. It is a recipe from Headbangerskitchen.com I also want to make some bread as well.

In the morning, it is run day again. So we will see if I can get all those steps in.