Weight Loss Journey… On Pause…

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve had to put the challenge on pause due to health concerns.

If you look back you will see that I had a sickness and a pain that I wasn’t sure about. As it turned out my gallbladder was building up sludge and I had to have surgery. I had the surgery last Monday August 18th (1 year and a day after my dad passed away). It was quite an ordeal to go through.

I made it through with flying colors and the surgeon also explained that he took out my appendix too as a precaution. I was extremely lucky. I only spent 1 whole day in the hospital. I’ve been home recuperating since and had a follow up appointment today.

I am proud to say that I can resume normal activity starting next Monday Sept 1st. I can’t wait.

I know that I am a few weeks behind now on the weight loss journey blog and plan on updating it soon. I just wanted to share what was going on. I also plan on laying out the whole month of August events for everyone as soon as this month is over.

Have a great night everyone!

~ Rob


Weight Loss Journey…Day 41: Sickness has sent in…

8/4/14 – Day 41

Well today the sickness or whatever it is got the better of me today. I woke up in pain on my left side. I tried to go to work but only lasted one hour. I called the doctors office and made an appointment right away. They saw me later and took some time to rest. I told the doctor what was wrong and he couldn’t seem to pinpoint the issue right away. He sent me home and told me to look out for a rash on my side. 

I didn’t eat anything or do any activities…

My starting weight was 185.6

Weight Loss Journey…Day 40: I made 40 days!!!

8/3/14 – Day 40!

Well I made it to day 40! Wahoo… I still don’t feel right though even though I ate like a pig. Something doesn’t feel right. I can’t go to the gym and I’m super tired. I don’t know what’s going on. Even though I ate a lot, I didn’t enjoy it and I wasn’t truly hungry.

I hope I do…

Starting Weight: 187.0


Breakfast: pretzel approx calories: 460

Lunch: None

Dinner: 4 slices of cheese pizza – approx calories: 780

Ice cream with banana – approx calories: 860

Total consumed: 2100



total burned: 0

Weight Loss Journey…Day 39: Still sick… this doesn’t feel good!

8/2/14 – Day 39

I’m still not feeling well and it’s Saturday. I slept in until 2pm. I knew that I wasn’t feeling super well and chose to stay in bed. I didn’t really want to get up but knew that I needed to. We went to Starbucks and I grabbed a grilled cheese sandwich because I didn’t eat dinner either. I didn’t feel like eating but knew that I needed to. I forced myself to do it. The same with dinner, I wasn’t super hungry and didn’t even eat everything that I got but it was something.

Starting Weight: 185.0


Lunch: Starbucks Grilled Cheese approx. calories: 560

Dinner: Wegman’s Buffet- approx calories: 1000 calories

Total consumed: 1560



total burned: 0

Beyond the Grave… Is Dad trying to tell me something?

So over the past couple of weeks I have been having some odd dreams. They all seem to have a common theme… my dead father.

In about 11 days it will mark the 1 year anniversary of his passing, he would have been 73 this year.

I think the odd part of this started back when I went camping 3 weeks ago. I went back to the last place that I saw him alive. One of his favorite places to visit, Greenwood Furnace State Park. Last year my family started a new tradition of having a family reunion at the park. We had it last July, and it was the last time I saw my dad still alive.

This year I decided to spend the week prior to the event at the park to get my emotions in control. On the second day of my trip, I thought I saw my dad sitting on a bench. There was this man sitting there dressed just like my dad. He had on jeans, a baggy blue t-shirt with a pocket, which appeared to have a pack of cigarettes in it, along with a ball cap. I took a second look and then snapped a picture. I returned to what I was doing and started to cry. I finally let my emotions go while at that place of great memories.

The first dream was taking place during a snow storm and my parents were visiting. We had to walk to the store and he asked my very peculiar question: “Can we get that soda that I like from the movies?” ” Cherry 7-Up?” I asked… and he replied yes.

Now I don’t know if he actually enjoyed cherry 7-up or not, that’s a question I need to ask my mother but it was odd.

The second dream came on Sunday night into Monday morning. I wasn’t feeling well and I haven’t for a few days now. He appeared to me again. This time I was in my military uniform which I haven’t worn in over 15 years and he didn’t say anything. He kept pointing at his side, which was the side that I was having an issue with.

It freaked me out so I went to the doctors office on Monday and again on Tuesday. I still don’t know what exactly is wrong with me but I feel like Dad is trying to send me a message of some sort. I’m hoping to get the test results soon and have another appointment scheduled for Friday. I hope it isn’t anything serious and if it is maybe because of dad I caught it in time.

I keep you posted… oh and if anyone can interpret these dreams, please let me know.

Have a great night…

~ Rob

Weight Loss Journey…Day 38: I feel sick… :(

8/1/14 – Day 38

I started the morning off feeling sick. I woke up around 3am and felt like I needed to vomit, which sucked. It was one of those feelings like that I drank too much the night before and needed to get it out, but I didn’t have any alcohol. It was hard to fall asleep after that and I was exhausted. I felt a slight pain on my left side and it was annoying. I skipped breakfast and dinner because I seemed to lose my appetite. It sucked. I know why I went back up in weight because on Thursday I made those bad choices again. I know better and will be better going forward. I just need to get through whatever this is.

Starting Weight: 187.0


Lunch: Qdoba Cheese Quesadilla w/black beans approx. calories: 620

Total consumed: 620



total burned: 0

Weight Loss Journey… Day 37: Moving the Needle!

7/31/14 – Day 37

Finally moving the needle! I’m off of the 187 weight plateau and have moved down to the 185 level. At least it’s something. I’m happy to see some movement and have realized the mistakes that I was making. I can’t just keep eating whatever I feel like if I want to make it to my goal. That’s the honest truth right there! I’m glad that I finally had that epiphany. Now I can really focus!

Starting Weight: 185.6


Breakfast: Shake calories: 345

Lunch: Zoe’s Kitchen spinach wrap and hummus: approx. calories: 880

Dinner: Wok fixings, vegetables, rice and pasta – approx calories: 500

Total consumed: 1725


Gym Time! Elipitical: 47 mins, 4.5 miles, 517 calories burned, level 10

total burned: 517