About Fogdog's Weight Loss


Through failure we learn to succeed! This is a blog about fighting back. It's about picking yourself up off the floor, dusting yourself off, and getting right back in there. It's about holding yourself accountable, having the right mindset, and learning to live a healthy lifestyle.

I have failed more times than I can count. I've reached a point in my life where I've decided that giving up is no longer an option. I've decided to devote 360 days toward my health and well being in the hopes that I can turn my life around.

Join me as I take the journey and try to stay on the path. Learn from me through my successes and failures, and help me learn from you. As one blog I am weak, but as a community we are very strong. Let's Succeed Together!

Friday, January 1, 2016

Day #360 - Was It Another Wasted Year?

At the end of 2014 I was miserable.  For the third year in a row I felt like I was worse off than the previous year.  I was depressed and only a couple pounds away from my highest weight ever.  I was also smoking a pack of cigarettes a day and binge drinking every weekend just to escape reality.  For me it truly felt like I had hit an all-time low.

My wife and I decided to take a trip to New Orleans at the end of the year.  During that trip I made the decision that if I didn't change my ways, I wouldn't have too many years left.  At 43 years old I had to make a change and I had to stop filling my years with failure.

On January 5th, 2015 I started a new 360 day journey.  The goal was simple... Make my health a priority in 2015 and turn my life around.  So how did I do?  Did I change my ways or was it another wasted year full of empty promises?

In order to turn things around I set 3 very aggressive goals:

  1. Quit Smoking
  2. Quit Drinking Alcohol
  3. Lose 100 Pounds
I knew this was a tough order... completing even just one of these goals would be incredibly tough, but I also knew that I have a tendency to aim low and under-achieve.  I wanted 2015 to be different and I needed some drastic change.

January - March 

My very first focus was to quit smoking.  For the first 3 months of the year almost all my energy went into quitting smoking.  It was tough but I quit cold turkey.  During those first three months I also managed to not gain any weight.  However, to compensate I started drinking more.

During the first 3 months I put a lot of focus on being mindful about my health.  I found myself thinking about it everyday.  It was this mindfulness that really helped me stay focused on the long road I had ahead.  I also started to accept that I couldn't be perfect and that I had to look at the small victories instead of focusing all the time on the failures.

April - June

After my first 90 days I was feeling pretty good.  I was still smoke free and now putting focus on drinking less.  As I cut back on my drinking I realized that it also became easier to stick to a diet plan and lose some weight.  By the end of April I had managed to drop almost 20 pounds.  However, the road was still long and hard and it only got worse when I started having knee problems.  May was a depressing month with lots of knee pain.  I gave back some of my weight loss and by the end of June, after 6 months of being smoke free, I fell off the smoking wagon.  I started to get depressed thinking I was heading right back to where I started and thinking it would be another wasted year, but I refused to give up.

July - September

July brought a change in plans.  Specifically my new doctor recommend I try a no sugar, low carb diet.  It worked better than even I expected and I lost almost 25 pounds in July alone!  I was still off the wagon with the smoking but my drinking was much more under control.  Instead of drinking all weekend every weekend it became more of a once or twice a month thing.  More importantly, my drinking became less about escaping reality and more about just relaxing and having a good time.  After a few months of smoking I also decided I needed to act or risk finishing the year as a smoker again.  I did some research and ended up buying an e-cig.

By the end of September I was down about 27 pounds, had much better control of my drinking, and had again stopped using tobacco.

October - December

With 90 Days left in the year I made the last big push.  At one point early in December I pushed past the 50 pound mark and got below 300 before giving a little of it back during the holidays.  I'm still using the e-cig, with the occasional slip up here and there.  My drinking is well under control, in fact I only drank once in December (New Year's Eve)

The Final Results

Quitting Smoking - Good
  • Completely tobacco and nicotine free for 6 months 
  • Mostly tobacco free for 4 months
  • 2 month slip-up
Quitting Drinking - Fair
  • Still drinking, but under much better control and not being used as an escape from reality
Losing Weight - Very Good

Day 1 Starting Weight - 347
Current Weight - 300
Weight Lost in 2015 - 47

Any year that you lose 47 pounds is a good year!

So as the clock ticked over to 2016 I felt a deep sense of satisfaction.  Was my 2015 perfect?  Not even close!  However, I did make my health a priority and I have turned things around.  I made significant progress in all three of my areas of focus and I'm stronger mentally.  For the first time in a long time I feel like I'm back on the right track.  

The journey is not over, I still have a long way to go, but I know I can do it.  Best of luck to all you out there trying to make a change.  Day 360 is in the books, on to Day 361 and a new year with new goals.

Stay Strong!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Day #237 - Staying Accountable

I know I haven't been around lately, but I wanted to put a post out just to keep myself accountable.  My numbers are below...

Day 1 Starting Weight- 347
August 1 Weight - 318
Current Weight - 308
Weight Lost in August - 10
Total Weight Lost This Year - 39 lbs

Obviously it was a good month with 10 pounds being shed.  I've settled in to this new lifestyle of eating low carb and avoiding sugar.  When I started this change I was afraid that maybe I was a sugar addict and that any small amount would send me right back on the old path.  It turns out that's not the case for me as I've had small amounts of sugar here and there in August.  Each time I was not compelled to simply abandon my plan and easily went right back to it the next day.

All in all I'm in a pretty good place right now.  In July I had fallen off the wagon with the smoking but recently I quit again and switched to vaping.

As for the alcohol, I barely touch it anymore.  The need to drink on the weekends just isn't there.

Mentally I feel great.  I might not get to 100 pounds this year, but I'm definitely on the right path.  Someday I'll get there!

Stay Strong Folks!