Sunday, August 4, 2013

Sucess begins with a decision, then a step of FAITH.

This post is my first since January.   I'm sad to say it, but the past year hasn't been successful, weight-loss wise. However, it is part of my story.   

For those of you who haven't read my story, let me tell you what happened.  As of last July, I had lost just over 170 pounds, on my way to my ultimate goal of losing 280.  Then I went to the mall on July 4, 2012.

During that quick trip to the mall, I stopped at the food court, got a Grilled Chicken Sandwich and a diet coke from Chick-fil-a, and then I slipped.  Yup - I fell in the food court at the mall.  I tell people now that my first thought was, "My COKE!" (It's true...). But I actually hurt my back and hip a little.  

As a result, I had to stop working out and was under the care of a Chiropractor.  For awhile, my diet seemed to hold, but then I started falling back into old habits. As a result, I've gained back over half of what I had lost. At my last doctor's appointment, I weighed in at 390.   

There's good news in all of this, though!  

First, I'm still down from my starting weight of 481.
Secondly, I am still able to do something about it. I can work out again!

This summer, I started swimming again, and doing some cardio 2-3 times a week.  I haven't gotten my diet focused, but that's getting ready to change again, too. 

Tomorrow morning, I will be trying out a new workout at a local gym called "Hard Exercise Works".  Several of my friends have gone there, and one of my good buddies is a trainer there.  I'm excited to see if it will fit my goals. If I like it, I'll be going there every day for at least an hour.... Let's see.  

Also, I'm committing to y'all to start writing here again more regularly.   Not every post will deal with success.  Failure is a very real part of reaching a goal.  I tell students all the time - you learn more from your failures than you ever do from successes. 

And so, I will share my successes AND my failures with you. 

In my next post, I will tell you how it goes in the morning, and share some more thoughts.  

God Bless and Good Night!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

It's 2013, and I'm back! This is the year!

So..... It's been over six months since I've blogged, but there's been a lot that's happened.  First, I fell at the local mall in July (on July 4th of all days...), and hurt my back a bit... That's no excuse, but to say the least, I've been de-railed, of sorts...

Also, I did have the opportunity to sing at Disney's American Idol Experience in July and WON the Dream Ticket!  

Check out my video here:

Well, the Weight Loss Train is BACK on TRACK!

Let me start by saying that I am still on my journey.  This is all part of my story.  I am NOT going to quit.  I'm going to use this entry to discuss goals - Simply put, if you don't set them, you can't achieve them.  So here are my 2013 goals:

1 - Start more regular blog posts -- See?  I'm already starting that!! (again!)
2 - Get back in the gym - REGULARLY!  -- 
3 - Lose 25 pounds or more by the end of February.  
4 - SET UP A PLAN for SUCCESS for the Year! -  I am getting back on my Weight Watchers plan.  
5 - Write 2 books!   I have started writing books for use by my students in my classes.  One for Music Appreciation, and another on Student Leadership.

The goals are great, but there are a couple of things to know:

1 - Quitting isn't an option.  No one ever accomplished ANYTHING when they quit.
2 - It CANNOT be done alone.  You MUST have a support system.  
3 - ACCOUNTABILITY is key -- That's why Weight Watchers is so successful, the accountability to the scale and to yourself is paramount to staying honest about your weight loss.
4 - Exercise - Activity will accelerate your success.  It helps you feel better, too!

Well, that's it for now!  I'll see you and post again soon!

Remember to SET YOUR GOALS!!


Saturday, June 30, 2012

It's been a long time....

Well, I know that it's been a long time since I've blogged, but there's been a lot that's happened.

Let me start by saying that I am still on my journey.  To date, I have lost over 165 lbs, and I still have about 110 to go.  I am NOT going to quit.   A lot of you know that I am a high school teacher, and this past year proved to be more of a challenge in scheduling quality activity time.  This summer, I am working on a "jump start", working towards the fall, so that I can have good momentum.

I'm going to use this entry to discuss goals - Simply put, if you don't set them, you can't achieve them.  So here are my summer goals:

1 - Start more regular blog posts -- See?  I'm already starting that!!

2 - Get back in the gym - REGULARLY!  -- During the past 2 weeks, I've gotten in an average of 3 days per week.

3 - Lose 25 pounds or more by the end of August.   --- That's a big goal, but with about 8 weeks to go, I think it's doable.

4 - SET UP A PLAN for SUCCESS for the Fall!

5 - Write 2 books!   I have started writing books for use by my students in my classes.  One for Music Appreciation, and another on Student Leadership.

Well, that's it for now!  I'll see you and post again soon!

Remember to SET YOUR GOALS!!


Monday, May 30, 2011

Setbacks.... End of the Road?

Wow -- This past week (well, actually the past two or three) has been a crazy one... Chorus Banquet, Graduation rehearsal, Graduation, Exams beginning, no gym time... Sounds like a recipe for disaster. To tell the truth, one could argue that in the midst of the celebration, a small disaster did occur. I gained 5lbs. :(

Now, some people might say, "That's it! It's over! I'm off the wagon!", and that is SOOOO easy for a lot of people to do. I think that this is one of the big reasons why people quit. A lot of people think, "I didn't lose, so I'm a failure, so I give up..."

The problem is this: It's that kind of thinking that caused you to get to where you are in the first place. So here are my lessons learned this week:

1) Getting healthy is a process. There's a three-part process to losing weight - Losing, gaining, and maintenance. Sometimes you have to gain in order to lose... Sounds funny, but it's true....

2) The scale isn't the only measure of success.
There are other measures of one's success. Maybe this week you didn't lose. Maybe you gained or maintained... BUT... Did you lose inches anywhere? Did you gain in muscle mass? What size clothes are you wearing, compared to when you first started on your journey?

3) Setbacks aren't the end of the world.
I read on Twitter this week, "3 steps forward and 2 steps back is still ONE STEP FORWARD!. That's such a true statement! We need to focus on the bigger picture.

Which leads me to the next thing. Life Application.

Here's some of the resolutions and revelations I came to, as a result of the past week:

1) I am not just "on a diet". I am changing my lifestyle and how I think about food. WIth that mindset, It grants me freedom that I wouldn't otherwise have. I am not limited to what I can eat -- I just have to put a limit on HOW MUCH.

2) Even with that mindset, you must remember to be aware of everything that you consume. Every morsel you eat equals calories consumed... Keeping track (writing it down is probably the best process) is essential to suceess.

3) Set GOALS & WRITE them down. There are a couple of sayings that come to mind -- "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail." and "Write it down so you can visualize it" Writing it down makes it real.

4) CONSTANTLY evaluate your results. You might not make your goal. You might miss it by two or three pounds. That's still progress! Here's my saying for this one (I wrote this one.): "Missing a goal isn't the end of the world. NOT setting one is."

So, with all that being said -- Let's get healthy together.

There are a few of us that have begun communicating on Twitter, encouraging and supporting one another. Most of the members of this group are people who need to lose weight also. Almost all of us auditioned for the Biggest Loser this past season, and didn't make it. So we decided to embark on this adventure together, without the show.

If you'd like to join us add the hashtag #BLTeamTwitter next time you post on Twitter.

So, in conclusion. We're all in this together! Let's support one another.


ps - I challenged the members of BLTeamTwitter, to post their results on the Facebook group page. Here's mine: To lose 40 more pounds by August 30! Care to join me? Post your results everymonday... See ya on Facebook!

Sunday, May 22, 2011


Well, the past couple of weeks have been filled with many things - chorus concerts, personal performances, more chorus concerts, meetings, rehearsals, worship services, stress, even more concerts, me conducting at a major venue (that was fun!), and banquets. WHEW!! What a ride!

So, now I sit here eating my breakfast, contemplating the lessons learned from the past couple of weeks. I don't know that I had any major revelations, but here's a couple of tidbits.

First - Don't let stress take over. Take one day at a time, but be aware of what is coming. If you try to focus on the larger picture, when it comes to a busy and full schedule, it can be overwheming. Try to capsulize everything.

Secondly, Never over-schedule or over-commit. That one's really for me, but take it if you need it. I'm always guilty of it.

Thirdly - Get your rest. If you're on a weight-loss journey like me, you'll find that improper sleeping habits will limit your body's ability to rejuvinate and can negatively affect your weight loss.

Fourth - Celebrate the successes! Whether it's a weight loss goal you've met, or just a little victory in your day, CELEBRATE, and share with others! Joy is something that when shared with someone else, doubles.

Fifth - Share your defeats. Just as joy doubles when shared, burdens can be lightened when shared with those people who care for and love you. They will help you carry the load, sometimes literally as well as figuratively. Give them the chance to show you how much they care.

Sixth - Find Support. Whether it's a Weight Watchers or Overeaters Anonymous meeting, or an online group on Facebook, Twitter (or both), Find others who are in the same proverbial boat as you. They need you just as much as you need them.

In my case, I - along with some folks I've met in the cyber-universe of Twitter - have started a group called "BLTeamTwitter" - you can connect with us by using the hashtag #BLTeamTwitter on Twitter, or look us up on Facebook - We have a page there. We are a group of people who were hopefuls for the Biggest Loser season 12 casting process, but didn't get chosen.

So we've decided to support each other on our respective journeys even without the show. So we want to invite you to come along for the ride! We're here for you, and we're waiting to hear from you.

As for my journey, well, just wait for my Facebook or Twitter posts (@daddynole on Twitter - follow me!). #BLTeamTwitter posts their updates on Mondays, beginning this week! I'm dying to tell you how I did!

That's all for now - Blessings!


Friday, May 6, 2011

The Weight Loss Roller Coaster

You know, sometimes losing weight can be frustrating. I know --- that's more of an obvious statement than a revelation, but I just had to say it. I'm not really discouraged, to be sure, but the anticipation of losing weight can sometimes be like waiting for ketchup to come out of a bottle, like in that old commerical (I hear the song now, "Ant-i-ci-pation...."

Anyway, here's the deal -- in April, I went on a spiritual fast at church. The fast wasn't about losing weight, but as a result, I lost 14.5 lbs in 3 weeks. You know, when you cut out processed foods, meat, dairy and all sweeteners (natural or otherwise) from your diet, you're bound to lose weight. It was pretty awesome. I completed a physical goal while meeting a spiritual one!

But, like I said, it wasn't about weight loss. SO.... when I returned to relative normality in my diet, I knew that I was bound to have a little bit of a "rebound". I gained 1.6 lbs in the week following Easter. Now, I have to admit - I splurged just a bit on Easter. I had a couple too many deviled eggs (I guess they're called "deviled" because they're SINFULLY delicious!), and maybe a little more than I should have of some other things. You know, I don't really regret it.

Anyway, I gained the 1.6 pounds. Ok, fine. At my size (341 currently), 1.6 lbs is relatively nothing. It's less than one percent of my total weight and less than 1/2 a percent of my total weight when I started this journey 10 months ago. Nothing. I wasn't worried at all.

However, I knew that this past week was a "reboot" for me. Time to get back on track. So I got it together, had a training session with Layne, my personal trainer, and got into the gym 3 times this week. I also tried my best to track my food, and stay within my Weight Watchers Daily Point Target each day this week.

My result? I lost 1.8lbs this week. Statistically, that's really like what I said about the 1.6 I gained. But here's the deal -- I "officially" reached that 140 lbs lost milestone. Today, I weigh 341 pounds, 140.0 pounds less than when I started on July 9th, 2010.

It's a new start.

So, to all of you who are reading this, and you're taking a ride on the Weight Loss Roller Coaster, don't worry -- as long as the end result is that you arrive at your destination without crashing and burning, then you're doing good. You might be just getting into the car for the first time, worried if you're going to like this ride...

Stay on -- the ride is worth it. Keep your eye on the prize and don't quit!

As for me, I'm staying on for the long haul! 140 pounds gone, and 140 to go. As for this next month, My immediate goal is to reach the 150 pound mark by Memorial Day, and 160 by July 9th, 2011!!


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Half Way There!!

WOW! 140 pounds. That's right, I've lost 140 pounds since July 9th! It's really kind of weird to say that. When I started this journey, I knew that I was in store for a long road ahead. I mean, I had 280 pounds to lose!

But now, after just under 10 months, I'm HALF WAY THERE!!

SO... for now, I'm celebrating. I truly know that I still have a long way, but it doesn't seem as big a hill to climb any more.

In addition to all of that, I feel like I'm starting to make a difference with those around me. I hope that's true. If there's anything that comes out of this whole experience, besides getting healthy, I hope that I can find a way to reach out to those around me and really make a difference.

Soooo -- Here's to being half way to my goal! If I can keep this same pace, I'll be writing about reaching 150, 200, and more pounds real soon!