Weekly Update #6

Current Weight is 261.6 lbs
Previous Weight was 262.2 lbs

I lost .6 lbs this week. I was aiming for 3 lbs but considering I lost over 7.5 lbs last week it makes sense that my body might have to re-calibrate as it were. I worked out 6 days last week and burned an average of 1470 calories per day in exercise. Consumed an average of 1300 – 1700 calories per day.

Goal for this week is to consume no more than 1734 calories per day. Burn an average of 1064 calories per day in exercise over 6 day period. Weight loss goal is to lose 3.3 lbs.

Team Sunflower Stride

Team Sunflower Stride

Now that we’ve got business out of the way lets talk about how awesome this weekend was. I had the good fortune that some friends of mine from a previous employer where forming a team to participate in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event from the American Cancer Society held here in sunny Orlando. This was my first time participating in an organized event of this sort in which I got to both support a great cause while being able to celebrate my own personal fitness accomplishments.

Survivor Registration

Survivor Registration

At this time last year I still weighed 438 lbs and walking from my desk to my car would leave me breathless. It’s amazing what focusing on my health has yielded in a year. As we waited around a bit for the our other team members to gather I got to walk around and check out the sights. One thing that caught my eye was this tent with a banner above the entrance that read Survivor Registration. When I saw that I took stock of how awesome it was that people would be able to celebrate surviving this terrible disease. I also felt like a survivor granted not at the same level as these folks but a survivor nonetheless. Obesity has the distinct fortune to be a reversible condition a stark contrast to diseases such as cancer. My father died due to complications that arose from Multiple Myeloma several years ago now. He never gave up he always pushed forward no matter how many times the cancer kept knocking him down. It is this same determination that flows in my blood that has helped me persevere. Below is one of my favorite poems it reminds me of my fathers strength and the strength that I hope develop for myself.

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Do not go gentle into that good night by Dylan Thomas, 1951

Finish Line

Finish Line

1 Comment Weekly Update #6

  1. Sandra

    Hey David! Love the team photo – looks like a great group of people to enjoy the event with. Glad it was such a positive experience.

    A friend passed away Saturday from what started as breast cancer. She survived for many years before succumbing, because of her absolute determination to not only live, but thrive, as well as because of advances made in research on this disease that are supported by just this kind of event.

    So thank you for walking in support of her and for so many others. Thanks too for sharing the poem and the strength of your father, which he passed on to you.

    These events and “races” are so much fun and I hope you’ll do more in the future. I enjoy the upcoming “turkey trots”. We have one in my neighborhood that is really a canned food drive with a fun, goofing around walk with some people dressed up as turkeys. Pretty funny.

    And great job on the .6 pound loss. It’s continued forward momentum and awesome considering last week’s phenomenal loss.

    Take care!

    Sandra

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