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Yes!  This morning I stepped on the scale and that wonderful, beautiful, glass digital measurement device from Germany read that magical number: 200!  That means so far I’ve lost 55 lbs, and as I was telling my son, David, I have not weighed in at 200 since college.

So, what does it really mean to lose that much?  20 lbs ago I wrote what it meant to lose 35, so here is an update:

Losing 55 pounds means:

  • Now the ‘new’ pants are falling down.  (Arrrrgg – back to Kohls!)
  • (– Can I really fit into 32s? –)
  • Baggy is getting to look ridiculous
  • Two less chins
  • A 55-lb weight-loss journey is now over
  • Now the ‘keeping it off’ journey has begun!
  • Realizing how cool and beneficial fish oil is!  (I take 6 – 1,200 mg capsules a day)
  • Figuring the cost of another new wardrobe
  • Really needing to work out more
  • Marble Slab last night with the kids 🙂
  • Looking forward to seeing anything under 200lbs on that scale!
  • Thinking that maybe 190 is better!

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Stuck 10 Pounds from Here

I didn’t realize how overweight I really was.  Not until now, anyway.

Every time I see someone I haven’t seen in a while, they comment on how much weight I’ve lost.  I love it, but I am taken aback that some people even remember how heavy I looked – so much so that even after not seeing me for a while, they still notice it AND remark about it.

I really can’t even fathom what the contestants on The Biggest Loser must go through – after losing 100, 150, 200 pounds!  It must be amazing.  Like people must not even recognize them anymore!

But, on to the point of this post….A fellow who comes in to the place I am at building web sites at recently started the ‘Brodsky Diet’ of taking African Mango and stopping eating before being full, and he’s lost some weight.  Fantastic!  I saw him last week and he mentioned how he was still losing, just not as much as he hoped.  I hoped I encouraged him when I told him that I was stuck, have been stuck before, and to keep going.  He needs to lose about 100 pounds.

So being stuck at a certain weight for more than a month can give you some pause, especially when on a journey you expected to be over by now!
My wife’s aunt said something pretty profound (or at least I thought so at the time)… she said to me, ‘Mark, you’re not going to lose any more of that weight (belly fat) by dieting alone – you really have to start exercising….”

And she is right!  This week, I started back working out.  I need to build strength, muscle and take off the extra pounds that simply won’t come off.
I have noticed that crunches are easier to do now that I’ve lose weight.  In fact, almost everything is easier to do!

Well, 10 more pounds to go….looking forward to the day the scale stops just shy of 200.  I can’t WAIT!!!!

Have a great day!


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Sounds like the beginning of something HEAVY.  Like, when things weigh 45 pounds, it’s eh, not that heavy.  But when you hear, ‘please grab that 50LB SACK OF CONCRETE’ or some such thing, it just sounds heavy.

But that is how much weight I have lost in the past couple of years, mostly in the past 9 months or so.  I’ve lost 30 just since July, which was only 6 months back.

And mostly all I’ve been doing is eating slower so I STOP EATING BEFORE I FEEL FULL, to let my body ‘catch up’.  I thought that was a ridiculously simple (and quite unique and inventive) method of losing weight, however in reading a year-old Reader’s Digest from February 2010, I came across a tidbit that goes like this:

“Hot peppers raise your metabolism, but the real benefit of food with a little zing is that it slows your eating, says James Hill, PhD, past president of the American Society for Nutrition.  “Americans eat too fast”, he says.  “By the time your body signals that it’s full, you’ve overeaten.  Eating slower is a good weight-loss strategy…”

How’s about that?!  I don’t eat much spicy food, but the concept is there.  Eat slow, or stop eating before you FEEL full.  The pounds will come off.

A couple more interesting notables on the journey:

1. Fit into and bought a couple pairs of 34 waist Levis.  34s!  And they are not tight!
2. I’ve been asked if I am sick
3. I realize I better start getting more muscle on cause I’m looking puny
4. My dear, well-meaning but viciously honest 15-yr old son, David, no longer tells me I’m fat

One thing I’ve been doing in addition to simply stopping eating before I am full, is taking African Mango.  Dr. Oz calls it a ‘Miracle in your medicine cabinet’, and from what I can tell, it works.  It helps to make the leptin in your body more effective in managing how full you feel, along with the added benefit of lowering cholesterol and other things.

I hope this all helps.   If you’re on the same journey, good luck and know that you can do it!



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Breaking 210

Hey folks, been a while since my last blog post….  This weight loss stuff takes time!

If you are reading this on Facebook, this is being imported automatically from my blog at https://brodskyblog.wordpress.com

So it’s been like 90 years (or so it seems) since I started this journey.  Started because I was sick and tired of being overweight.  Our local homeschool group put on its own little version of “The Biggest Loser” in December 2007 – where anyone who wanted to participate could enter with a cool $20 and the biggest loser at the end of May would win all the money in the pot.  Not a bad deal!

I lost.  Not weight – just the contest. 😦

My weigh-in was 255 lbs – and even I was amazed how much I weighed.  Previously I had been up to 240, and twice before had lost around 40lbs to get down to a more normal and healthy weight.  I will eventually post a picture of me at the beginning of the contest and one after I’m at my goal which is less than 15 lbs away!

So far this time, I’ve lost about 46 pounds!  Yeehah!  Finally broke that 210 lb barrier!  Down to 209.2 this morning, and not looking back!

This is NOT about ‘yay Mark!’ but more about how YOU can do the same thing.  It’s  simple once you get it in your head – and once it’s there, your body will follow suit.  But really, it’s all in the head.  Make the decision, and don’t EVER stop.

My main thing (which may not be yours, but it really does work) is that I’ve found that my mouth is faster than my body.  Meaning – my body feels full much slower than I can eat.  So, if I stop eating before I get full, my body will catch up, and I won’t overeat!  Once you learn to stop eating before you are full and do it for a little while, you WILL FEEL FULL SOONER!  Every time!

Drinking lots of water helps, too, and not eating late, not snacking on garbage, etc., etc., etc….  BUT, I do eat whatever I want, including chocolate ice cream (yummy!), pizza, lasagna!  And I’m not talking Lean Cuisine, either – I’m eating the real deal!  Just not so much of it.

Until next time, eat well, just eat less!  God Bless.

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Is My Scale Broken?

That was my first thought yesterday when I stepped on and it registered 215.  What?!?!!  215!!  That’s awesome! (I thought) But the next thought was, ‘Gee, is this thing broken?!’  How awful would that be?  Just as I think I am really getting somewhere in my weight loss journey, my scale methodically, slowly over time, breaks – 2-5 lbs at a time!

Ok, so it’s probably not broken.  I guess I am actually losing this weight.  It’s almost unbelievable because I have carried it around for years.  I have lost a lot of weight (about 40 lbs) twice in my life – once when I was about 30, and then again when I was about 37.  I lost it then gained it back, lost it again, gained it back.  But this time, it’s been 10 years, and I didn’t gain 40 lbs back – I gained about 55 lbs.  Egads.

So I was older, and had 30% more weight to lose.  The ‘older’ part made it hard enough – but to lose more weight than I had ever previously?  I guess that’s why it has taken me this long.  I’ve always wanted to procrastinate – but I just keep putting it off 🙂

So here I am – down to 215!  I have lost the 40 lbs.  A ‘familiar’ 40 lbs.  So what’s all this fat still doing here?  Oh yeah – the last 15.  Which may turn into the last 20 if I decide to go down to 195.  I may.  I’m about 6’2″ tall so 195 wouldn’t be bad.  If I got some more muscle on….

But remarkably, I actually can now see some things I haven’t noticed previously:  my stomach looks flatter.  Yes!  I wore a pair of jeans that was (last year) one of the tightest pairs I owned (even the stretch jeans I bought were snug).  I was able to pull them right down, while they were buttoned and zipped up.  (Could be embarassing!)  And those stretch jeans – I can’t wear them at all now – they fall right off.  And my biggest client told me the other day, ‘well you’re just wasting away to nothing!’ – and he usually doesn’t say much about personal things…

Why am I boring you with all this minutia?  Well if you’re still reading then there’s something that is keeping you interested.  If that something is hope, then please let me give this to you:  YOU CAN DO IT TOO!

This is the only reason for writing this series of blog posts.  For you, hopeful reader.  You CAN do it!  Mine certainly isn’t one of those amazing stories of someone losing over 100 lbs.  I did not overcome a major illness, I did not have surgery, and most importantly, I am not on any special diet. What is pertinent is that I am just a regular guy who was overweight by about 30% of my body weight (probably a bit more than usual), but nothing extreme.  I am middle aged (47) and I am a web developer (not a world class fitness instructor), etc…

I lost this weight one simple way.  I just ate less.  I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again.  I have not lived solely on salads and fruit.  I eat ice cream!  I eat hamburgers, pizza, even fettucini alfredo (one of my favorites!)  But, I don’t eat a LOT of those things.  Or anything, really.  It’s pretty easy now.  Leaving food over at the end of a meal.  Or even better – simply taking less, and finding that when I’m done with that smaller portion – that it’s enough.  I do not need to go back for seconds.

There’s something else here that is key:  I wait for my hunger to abate.  I do not eat until I am full.  I have found that when I do that, usually I have overeaten.  The body metaboilizes food slowly.  Much slower than you eat it.  So say it takes you 20 minutes to eat.  You may not feel full for another 5-10 minutes.  If you stop eating a little sooner than you become full (eating a sensible-sized portion) then your hunger will abate, your body will feel satisfied, and you will not really need (or want) to eat anymore.  That is basically how I lost this weight.  It’s easy, and it is all in the mind.

If you take this approach dutifully (out of duty to yourself) for one month – you will never stop.  And you WILL see results.  Try it.  Do it for a month and then get back to me and tell me how it worked for you.  But don’t do it selectively. Don’t use excuses like, ‘well we’re eating out’ or ‘ it’s a special occasion, so it’s ok, this once’…

NO!  It’s NOT ok.  If you allow yourself those excuses, it will not work.  It’s your mind working against you.  Your mind needs to work for you.  Tell yourself you can do it.  Tell yourself that you will stop eating now, you will surely feel full in a few minutes.  Let your body catch up to your mouth.  Please.    And the very best of luck to you.


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It means:

  • Carving new holes in old belts
  • Pants falling down
  • The ‘Baggy’ look
  • Comments from wonderful people I haven’t seen in a while (‘You’ve lost weight, haven’t you?!’)
  • Passing the halfway mark in a 55-lb weight loss journey
  • I’ve lost over 1.5 times my baby Joy’s weight
  • Regret at having tossed some old (smaller) clothes in frustration (though they were given to a family in need, so it’s really OK)
  • Figuring the cost of a new wardrobe
  • Being less hesitant before sitting on a fragile-looking bench or chair
  • Wondering ‘so what’s all this fat still doing here?’
  • Better gas mileage 🙂
  • One less chin
  • The thrill of only having 20 more to go!

Actually, this morning the scale told me just shy of 220, so it’s 219, but I’m calling it 220 for now.  Look out 215!  I’m coming at ya!
We just came back from a trip to the NC mountains at a friend’s cabin.  The leaves were great, the weather perfect, and the food, plentiful.  Thankfully, I left over a good portion at each meal, and managed to lose a little, as opposed to gaining any weight this trip.

I’ve found that one of the biggest, most profound hurdles for me, was to stay the course, especially on trips, special occasions, and holidays.  Now, I have Thanksgiving and Christmas staring me in the face.  While I won’t have made my goal to have it all lost by December 1st, I am well on my way.  20 to go, and these holidays can just come and give me their best shot!  I’m not backing down!  Coming from a family where getting together is ALL about the food (and lots of it), it’ll be a challenge, but one I am ready for.

If you are in a similar situation, or want to be, just remember that it’s all in your head.  There’s nothing really physical about it.  Once you have your mind made up, nothing can stop you!  An occasional mistake (like today I had a Triple Lindy at Moes Southwest – my favorite!) should not stop you, or even let you down.  Just get right back on the horse, and ride on into the sunset. 

And losing that weight will make your horse feel better, too.  Good luck!

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Room 222

Remember that show?   Well, this post has nothing to do with that show!

But when I stepped on the scale this morning, behold, I saw the little needle pointing to that magic number – 222lbs!
33 lbs less than when I started this journey.  Needless to say I am ecstatic… but also let it be said that for the past several weeks, it’s been teetering between 228 and 225 or so. 

It averages out to about a pound a month since December 2007, so nothing miraculous here, but most of it has been lost this year.  And it’s really all just eating less.  Of the stuff I really like… Oh, I eat pizza – but instead of 2 or 3 slices, I eat one.  Yesterday I had only half my sandwich (we made paninis – yummy!) because I was full!

So I saved the other half for later.  I still have ice cream (my downfall) a couple of times a week – not a huge helping, but anywhere from 1/2 cup to a cup.  Not bad.  No toturous routine of Lean Cuisine or Nutrisystems meals, and while I do eat salad several times a week, it’s not my main staple.

Ok, this is getting boring – just wanted to check in with you and let you know… 220 is right around the corner.  And then my goal of 200 will (almost) be in view.

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Down to 228!

OK, a long journey is marked by the experiences along the way, and that journey of losing 50 pounds, which I started back in late 2007, well, has been… eventful!

Spending more time off my diet than on it, about a month ago, I started tracking what I ate, and to exercise a bit more.   I am happy to say that from a top weight of 255 in December 2007, that today, 8/20/2010, I am down to 228 – a  loss of 27 pounds!

So, I am about halfway to my goal.  My goal his shifted ever so slightly to an ideal weight of 200.  Monk would be proud.

The best way to explain what I did to lose this weight (most of which has been in the last couple of months) is, I simply ate less.  Instead of eating for enjoyment, I eat until I am almost full, then let time have its way.  It always manages to make me feel more full after a few minutes.  This would be the same for you, I suspect.

I also have been eating lots (about 6 1200 mg capsules daily) of fish oil.  It has numerous benefits – just Google it, you’ll see.  And water.  Not as much as I should, but I try never to leave the house without a full water bottle.

More later – just wanted to post this and with great hopes of a great (and lighter) future.


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Had some oatmeal this morning with ground up walnuts and wheat germ,  some organic sugar and lactaid milk after doing 4 sets of crunches.  I meant to do much more, but got sidetracked with a long new year’s day call to my sister and my family wanting to go and get the day moving along!

Went shopping (well, actually returning and shopping) and then to see the new National Trasure movie with Nick Cage.  Very good.  Lots of action – probably too much for where we were sitting (3rd row because the theater was pretty full), and a decent plot.  There were tinges of Arnold’s ‘True Lies’, and some rehashing of similar themes found in the original National Treasure, but all in all, a good family movie (a tiny part of the oval office scene could be seen as offensive to some, so avoid that if renting the DVD), excellent acting and good suspense.

Anyway, Happy New Year, may our Lord bring you the desires of your heart this year.

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Holiday Fitness

OK, never try and go on a fitness kick around Christmas, ok?  With my in-laws in town and not one, not two, but THREE Christmas celebrations (with family, etc.), I’m afraid that getting started has become more of a battle than I bargained for!

But in all, I have lost about 4 pounds and continue to strive to complete my workouts as often as I can.

Many blessings to you in the New Year, 2008!

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