Monday, December 31, 2012

The Great Diet Run of 2013

I'm typing this while laying down in my bed because I can't hold my arms in an extended position for any length of time.

I just had my first workout with my new personal trainer, Mr. Brian Kizzia of Fort Gibson.

Some of you might remember the little "Journey through the Xs" I made a couple of years ago. You know, the one where I lost 73 pounds in about 13 weeks, taking me from 370 pounds to 297.

A look at "The Shirt" pics that I took over the course of the year. 
I was losing weight. The Missus was losing weight, even Kid Funk was losing weight. I was happy. I was working hard, but I was happy. 

When the moment of "under 300" came, I was thrilled. I lambasted Facebook with pictures and joyous outbursts, and swore I would never again rise above that dreaded weight. 

Then the next week I weight 301 pounds. 

I was devastated. 

From there I spiraled out of control, trying to desperately to contain the damage, but I had lost all hope on the inside. Eventually, I gave up trying, and the next time I bothered to weigh I tipped the scales at 363 pounds. 

That was January 1, 2012. 

I made a New Year's Resolution, and I busted my tail for about 3 months. I dropped about 30 pounds, then...I gave up again. 

Today is December 31, 2012. 


The Stats: 

Height: 5'11"
Weight: 353.6 lbs

My measurements. I don't need any comments about my right bicep being bigger. I've worked on that since I was 12. 
Currently I am taking 4 prescription medications: 

Metformin 1500 mgs a day

These drugs control my Type II Adult Onset Diabetes, my blood pressure, and my liver enzymes. 

I am, to put it mildly, in bad shape. 

If I had to guess, my daily caloric intake ranges from 4000-7000 calories, and aside from a few heated games of Call of Duty per week, I lead a very sedentary lifestyle. 

In short, just like every other male in the Sloat family, I'm on track to die before I turn 40. 

A few weeks ago, I asked Brian if he would work with me in return for a little publicity. He agreed, and we're going to work together to make a new Travis Sloat in 2013. He's preparing a meal plan, he's going to train me in cardio and weight lifting, and in general be the bane of my existence for the next couple of months. 

I've agreed to go 100% with him through the month of January, and given him my word that I will stick to a food plan, in order to show people what an actual diet and exercise "diet" can do. 

Now here's what you can do. 

You can head here and "Like" my Facebook page. There you can see in-depth the struggles and successes of my previous journey, and the new one. 

You can head here and "Like" Brian's Facebook page. If you are interested in having him help you out, you can contact him. If you want to wait to see what he does with me, that's fine too. 

And, starting tomorrow, if you see me out and about, and I'm eating something I shouldn't be, I want you to punch me in the face. No questions, just slap the food from my hands and punch me in the face. 

Then run away. Because I for sure can't catch you in the shape I'm in now. 

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  1. This is great! I can't wait to see how it goes. Plus, I figure since I live just down the street I might get a chance to punch you and run if I see you hiding by the trash can gnawing on a Whopper burger. :) Good luck - I think it's a great idea!

  2. I can't like you on facebook cuz I don't have a face. But I can like you and support you in blog land. I use food as a crutch much as I do smoking. I think I need someone to follow me around to see I eat right and exercise and am happy and......
    Perhaps one thing at a time, right?
    Hang in there. If you slip, begin again the next day.

  3. I'm proud of you for how far you've come already. I know it's a hard road, and I'm on it with you. This year, as well as getting rid of my last 40 pounds, I'm going to be a diligent supporter of you in your goals, helping and cheering all the way. You got this buddy. Let's do it. 2013: Gettin' Lean.

  4. I got caught in that damn cycle too. Worked my ass off for a year, lost some weight, felt great. Gained all but five pounds back.


    I'm exited to see how this time works out for you, as I'll be working on my own again.

  5. OK Trav, this is still Angel Shrout I just had to make a new addie just to be able to get emails when ya'll want to respond to my comments.. Sighs.. Like you I need to lose weight. Thus far I am not on any medications, but I can tell if I don't do something and fast it won't be long. This is OUR year my friend OUR year

  6. Travis I'm proud of you! It's ok to not be perfect all the time though. I realized that every time I'd slip and eat something i wasn't supposed to. gained a pound, or didn't work out... I'd screw the whole week thinking I'd already fucked up so what's the point. I know you can stick with it!

  7. So, I have followed you in some capacity for a few years now. I used to blog at Mind of a Mad Woman and tracked my own weight loss at Looking For My Feet. I've got my own struggle going on and I'd really like to go along with you again. I know that you can do this. I know that *I* can do this.
    Can I come on this journey with you? I'm on the other side of the world but dammit...I want to succeed too!


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