BACK ON THE WAGON!!

God it’s been awhile a lot has happened the last couple of months. It’s a long story but it involved me pretty much having a “nervous breakdown” and some counseling which I’m still attending. It’s sad to say I put back on a few pounds but nothing major but it’s time to get back on track as of TODAY. I’ve experienced a TON of emotions and stress the last several weeks but we all have things that we go through. I have discovered that when you go through major bumps in the road in your life and when you feel your whole world is crashing down on you really see who cares and who doesn’t and you find new friends and people who care for you. So as I type this I am making a pledge to get back on track not only for myself but for my family. Everyday is a new day and it’s what you make of it. I need to start living my life again!! Thanks for reading I will be checking back in soon!!

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BACK ON THE WAGON!!

My Latest Facebook Posting!

Here’s a copy of my latest Facebook posting thought I would share since so many people are asking us how we are losing so much weight.  Feel free to follow me on Facebook too https://www.facebook.com/andrew.peck.589

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After getting a couple of requests last night and others wanting more information what Darcie and I are doing the past 4 1/2 months. I have decided to post more pictures, links, recipes, and info on my personal Facebook wall. I apologize to those that don’t want to see it or care but it will be another way to keep us motivated with our healthier weight loss journey and if we can help anyone in the process that would be awesome. Don’t worry I won’t be blasting your wall with posts LOL.

We use the My Fitness Pal app and log every calorie we eat. We have tried to eliminate all processed foods, fast food, and are eating more natural foods. We also stopped drinking soda, alcohol, and sugar drinks. I drink mainly water, water with lemon, and goat’s milk now. We pay attention to labels, servings sizes, and have a kitchen scale to weigh servings. We try to eat lean proteins with every meal. We don’t follow any certain diet plan. We have found the foods we like after trying a bunch of different things the past several months and we exercise when we can.

This is a journey that my family has embraced and I know there are people that have lost more weight than we have and to be honest at first it was all about losing weight now my mindset is changing and I just want my family and myself to be healthy and HAPPY. I know there will be more weight we will lose and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for us.
My wife posts sometime’s too look for her on Facebook: Darcie Peck
Here’s a link to blogs Darcie and I started on WordPress. I try to update mine every couple of days.

My Blog: https://supermancollector.wordpress.com

Darcie’s Blog: https://darciepeckbooks.wordpress.com

My Fitness Pal: http://www.myfitnesspal.com

My Fitness Pal Username: supermancollector
(I have changed my settings so anyone should be able to view my food diary.)

I’m an open book and will try to answer any questions you may have. Feel free to follow us on Facebook and on WordPress and please share your tips and recipes too.
Thanks so much if you actually read all of this post LOL 🙂

My Latest Facebook Posting!

Family That Exercises Together Loses Together

We started our Yoga routine Monday night that we found on Hulu and we all lasted about 30 minutes until we switched over to doing other exercises that we knew. We are going to try a different video for beginners and we will see how that goes. The important thing is that we were off our butts and moving around together for about an hour every night and everyone was having a good time without all the gizmos and gadgets in their hands.

I also finally took the plunge and shaved off my beard and what little hair I had left on top of my head and it will defiantly take awhile to get used to it but no more hiding behind a beard, I’m glad to show off what I’ve done and can’t to see what the difference is by the end of summer.

I am also changing my dairy needs over to goat dairy and we are very blessed to live about 4 miles from an Amish ran health food store so we did some shopping Monday night. I think I could spend hours in this place now, we bought fresh laid eggs, goats milk, goats cheese, and some other things but we had to leave because the kiddos were with us and thought spending 30 minutes looking at local healthy food was boring. Not this health nut, do you know how many calories you can burn reading all the labels at a health food store? Well I’m not sure either but it’s more than watching tv LOL.

One more thing before I end this entry. My wife hid the scale, the idea we have is to wait 30 days then remeasure our bodies and weigh ourselves then to see the difference, I hope I can wait that long, I’m already missing the scale. So I’m going to push it hard and make every minute and bite of food count. I can tell you that I’m more sore from what exercises we have been doing the last few nights than when I go to the gym.

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Thanks for reading and we will see what tonight brings…..

Family That Exercises Together Loses Together

Today We Start Our 30 Day YOGA Challenge!

Tonight the beard finally came off after three years of covering my heavier face! Tonight we are going to start a 30 day Yoga workout routine every night for the next 30 days to see the results. My wife, my four and five year old, and I are committing to throw something else into our healthier routine and Yoga sounded like a good idea and something we can all do together as a family. We are still going to count our calories and defiantly watch what we eat but this is something we are going to add to see the results and hopefully continue. We plan to hide the scale (I hope), take measurements, and take before & after pictures then wait 30 days to see what happens.

My confidence is growing EVERYDAY and I take pride in how I look and what goes into my body now. Officially down 74 pounds now and feeling AMAZING, we finally got a good snow the other day and I went out and shoveled 7 driveways, last year I would have just zoned out in front of the tv!! I hope in the next month or so my wife says the same thing she is down 36 pounds and looking absolutely GREAT but it took me a while to see the difference that everyone else saw. It will just take time, it wasn’t gained in a day and won’t be lost in a day.

This is NOT a diet, it’s a TOTAL lifestyle change and I couldn’t be more excited to see what our future holds.

Thanks for reading and I will keep you posted if I become a Yogi.

Today We Start Our 30 Day YOGA Challenge!

72 Pounds Gone And Never Coming Back – My Weight Loss Story

Not sure what to blog about today everything is good on the home front so I’ll share a little bit of my weight loss story.

Last October I went to the doctor for a back problem and I got the wake up call that I desperately needed. I was depressed to find out I weighed 320 pounds it’s still embarrassing to admit that! I’ve always been a big guy but never payed attention to my weight or my overall health for that matter. I also found out my blood pressure and blood work was not good to say the least. The nurse even said and I quote “Your playing Russian roulette and you don’t even know it.” I was warned the doctor was going to chew me out, that didn’t really happen but I was put on blood pressure medicine and encouraged to lose some weight to help with my back. The best thing that did happen that day was that my loving wife put her foot in my butt and I started my healthier journey on October 6th, 2014 and I haven’t looked back since.

The first week was the hardest I will admit I dreamed about junk food. This journey has been easier for me because my wife is involved, she is also wanting to get healthier and lose weight. If you have read any of my other blogs the hardest thing lately is getting the kids to eat but it’s getting easier for ALL of us.

Over the past 4 months 13 days yup I’m keeping track. I’ve lost 72 pounds and I’m off the blood pressure medicine. I haven’t even had any heart burn medicine either I used to pop that stuff like candy. I’m in the best shape I’ve been in over 20 years. My wife has lost 34 pounds and I couldn’t be more proud of her. Without her in my life I honestly don’t know where I would be.

My only regret was not taking more pictures of my bigger self. I actually wanted to keep a photo diary but hated my photo being taken and just couldn’t bring myself to do it. However I don’t have that problem now. I’m proud to pose in photos with my wife and kids. This healthier dad feels like he can tackle the world now and it’s an awesome feeling to have.

I’ve put back on almost a pound in the last three days. I’ve kept track of what I’ve been eating and tried to stick within my calorie limit on the My Fitness Pal app but it’s been hard to get a full nights sleep lately and the weather here in central Illinois has been extremely cold and windy so no walking but I’ve got a lot of family time and that’s not bad either. I know this shouldn’t be a big deal but I have a doctors appointment in 26 days and I want to be down at least another 10 pounds, it’s a goal I set for myself hoping I can get there if not I’ve come a long way in a short time already.

The weight loss journey is not easy but it is a journey defiantly worth taking!!

Thanks for reading!

72 Pounds Gone And Never Coming Back – My Weight Loss Story

FOOD FIGHT!!

When my wife and I first started eating healthier we continued to let the kids eat chicken nuggets, chips, chocolate milk, fast food but just a few weeks into eating better the light bulb went off. HEY, if I’m not going to put this stuff in my body why would I want my kids to eat junk.  So the great food fight began.

My kids were so used to eating junk food that it has been a fight to get them to change their young minds on the new foods we eat. My five year old son Lex (yup he is named after Lex Luthor) was so used to eating chips in a blue bag, let me translate that for you Cool Ranch Doritos and McDonald’s that it’s been a fight to have him try vegetables or fruits. We hear GROSS that stuff looks disgusting well so does a Big Mac now. My four year old daughter who I honestly wouldn’t mind the switch has fought the hardest over our new food choices. She used to want to eat what mommy and daddy ate but not so much anymore. I know it will just take time.

I can’t wait to watch my kids grow up strong, healthy, and confident. I know what it was like to be the fat kid that had no friends and was always picked on and I wouldn’t wish that on anyone.

Tonight it’s chicken taco salads yummy, don’t tell my kiddos but it’s going to have lettuce on it 🙂

Thanks for reading….

FOOD FIGHT!!

Beard On Beard Off

I grew a beard almost three years ago to cover up my face and as of today I’ve lost 72 pounds and now I’m seriously thinking about taking it off just to see my skinner face which I haven’t seen in at least 20 years. It’s amazing I never thought I would care how I look but losing this kind of weight has made me feel so much better about myself in ways that I never imagined. My wife has never liked the beard and I said I would never shave it off but I think at this point it’s just a matter of time before it’s gone. I’m just not sure if I should wait for another weight loss milestone or a special occasion.

Please comment and let me know what you think, I will defiantly be taking pictures if it happens.

I listed the Valen-Tater on eBay thinking about making a deal with my wife if the heart shaped potato actually gets a bid the beard will come off this week.

I am sitting here wishing for warmer weather to get here sooner than later, this healthier dad wants to go outside and play with the kiddos, take a walk, and just finally start to enjoy my healthier life.

Thanks for reading!

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Beard On Beard Off