Tuesday, May 30, 2017

40 and counting

Brief Update today
Last week I hit an amazing mark. I am 40 LBS down from my start and counting. My goal just for this year was 50 Lbs. We have reached 80% of that in less than 5 months. This is AMAZING. I hope to keep cranking away, bad weeks and all. Meanwhile, I have been measured for my Jedi Robes, and the amazing people at Saint's Customs and Deitrick Leather are moving forward, and I should be able to model everything for you guys by the end of June. I love and thank all of you for your amazing support.

May the Force Be With You
Nogi Limor

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Obligatory Star Wars Day post

MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU!

There, I said it. Now that that is out of the way, a few quest updates.

I am incredibly happy to be moving forward with a non-weight related part of the quest. That part is the charity work of the Jedi. The Rebel Legion is a Lucasfilm-Approved cosplay organization that does events like cons, baseball stadium Star Wars days, and, more importantly to me, hosptial visits for sick kids. Here in KC, our local outpost is Dantooine Base.  At Planet Comic-Con last weekend, I got to talk with some amazing people, and start the process of joining this great group of people. Part of the requirement of joining is having an approved Cosplay outfit. I have decided, of course, to choose to be a Jedi. As I have NO TALENT in sewing whatsoever, I have commissioned my jedi tunic and pants from Saint's Customs. I got to see a lot of their stuff at PCC, and it is TOP NOTCH. My belt and pouches (part of the requirement from Rebel Legion to have an approved outfit) will be coming from Detrick's Leather Craft. Again, QUALITY work. I am super excited to get working with these guys, and get my outfit put together, so I can go work with kids!

Here is a picture of the color scheme I will be going for.
I think it will suit me very well.

I don't remember if I have talked Lightsabers yet. Again, another requirement for both the cosplay, and for my own training. I picked up two (so my sparring partner would have ones to work with) back in March. Here they are:

Nice, right? These are great sabers from Ultrasabers. I got two of the Grab bag sabers, and got these two beauties. Nice. I wasn't super happy with the Red blade though. At PCC this weekend, Ultrasabers was there, and did alterations. I had them change the red blade to purple, and ended up buying one of their random boxes too... and...may have gotten the munchin her own saber so she would stop grabbing mine, dangit!... here's our new saber family.

The two oldest are to the left, the orange is the grab bag, and Amelia's is the Short Purple saber. I love them all, and am super happy that she will have this great thing to grow into as she grows into her nerddom :).

Lastly, I realize I haven't posted an update photo since day one of the quest. So without further ado, here is my update photo, almost 40 lbs lighter.

Pardon my mess.

Still lookin pretty heavy.. but let's do a comparison.


HOLY CRAP. VERY noticeable progress!

This makes me... actually.. kinda speechless.

Nothing more today. 

May the Force (or the 4th) Be with you!
Nogi Limor

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The little things.

In life, sometimes the littlest things can make a huge difference in a day. A smile from someone we love. A nice word from a co-worker or boss. A compliment from a stranger. A number ticking down on a scale.

Today it was the last of these that completely made my day. Last Thursday, 4/27, was my check in for the Fat Furnace. I posted about it in my last post, but as a reminder, I clocked in at 301.4. Shana, as I entered the gym today, said "ready to weigh in?". I had actually forgotten that we even weigh in only a few days after the check in. I shrugged, said "sure", took my shoes off and stepped on the digital scale. I jokingly said to Shana as the numbers blinked on the scale, getting its reading, "I doubt i'm down, but I will be super happy if i could just get that pound or so to get me under 300." Then I looked down.. and embarrasingly enough... yelled. 2-9-7. 297 Lbs. that's 38 Lbs down from my start weight. And it is the lightest I have been in over five years.

I am over the moon. Can't stop smiling. Today's workout barely phased me and I feel fantastic. We are back on track.

Tonight's dinner, Honey Sesame Glazed Chicken and Green Beans, what once would have looked like a scant nothing portion, looks and tastes like a feast.

I CAN do this. I WILL do this.

Thank you all for your support. Only 152 lbs to go.

May the Force Be With You.

Nogi Limor

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Still going.. not strong.. but going

... So.. I know I say this a lot. Depression Sucks.

I have had about a month or so of really hard hitting depression, and it derailed me on my diet, and some of my exercise. I have pushed to get back on track, but not much has worked. It has been hard to re-find that enthusiasm I had back in January, and harvest the feeling.

It has been so bad I would have sworn I would have put at least 10-15 lbs on.

Turns out.. that's not the case. It is already time for another Fat Furnace at Legacy Fitness here in Gardner, and I did my weigh in the other day.. Since March 8th, my last "official" weigh in, I'm actually down 3 Lbs, meaning my weight has stayed about 301 since March. Here's the amazing part. Even eating not as well as I would like, or going to the gym as much as I should... I am down another 3.3% of my body fat, 2 inches off my belly and 1.5 inches off my chest.

This blew me away. I almost started crying when Shana (my amazing trainer) told me this. Here's why.

This means that I have made REAL life changes. Not simply a temporary diet, not simply an effort. I have actually changed the way I think and approach what I put in my body.

This re-energized me and my resolve quite a bit. The Fat Furnace dieting starts in full tomorrow, May 1st. My goal is to also make it to the gym 4 days per week for at LEAST the next month. You all can help me with this, if you are a friend on facebook. Please feel free to message me before 4pm Central time, and ask me "you going to the gym today?" It is a reminder how much support i have out there, and will help me stay on track.

I could never do this without all of you.

Some other good stuff from Planet Comic Con came this weekend. I met the leaders of the Rebel Legion in my area (Go Dantooine Base!) and learned the best path for getting my Jedi Robes and outfit. The BEST part is the amazing people in RL pointed out that due to the way the jedi robes hang, I don't really need to wait to join up till I lose a lot more weight. most of the parts can be altered minimally or even not at all as I get thinner to hang well on my frame! I am going to go forward with two great companies here in the KC area to get my outfit. Saint's Customs and Detrick's Leather Craft. ( links HERE and HERE). These guys do AMAZING work, and are super nice and informative!

I am excited to see where this all goes, and to start posting more here again. The quest is not over, did not fail.. we all just lose our paths at times.
Until the path brings me back here again, hopefully soon,

May The Force Be With You,
Nogi Limor

Sunday, March 19, 2017

March Update

It has been a while since I have updated
I am partly frustrated with  my progress, because i haven't been doing as well with my eating as i want to be. I will however give you the amazingly good results of my month of Fat Furnace!

Overall in the month of February-
I lost 11.6 LBS.
My neck went from 18.75 inches to 18.25 inches.
My bicep went from 16.75 inches to 16.5 inches
My chest went from 53.75 inches to 51.75 inches (A WHOLE 2 INCH LOSS!)
My stomach went from 57 inches to 55.25 inches! (1.75 inches. BOOYA)
My hips went from 48.5 to 47.25 (1.25 inch loss!)
My Thighs went from 27.5 to 27 inches..
overall, added up, over the month, I lost 6.5 inches off my body!
... the best part is this.. I went from 37.7% body fat.. to 35.3.. thats 2.4% in just the month!

My weight is hovering at just above 300 lbs.. and I so badly want to get under that big 3-0-0. I KNOW I can do it, I just have to push and eat well!

One last note for this post.. I tested out at my gym for how much I can do in back squats (in order to base my exercises off a percentage of my max). And I maxed out at a mind blowing (for me) 265 LBS! It totally caught me offguard, and reminded me how good it feels to continue to do well for myself... 

Oh. and serious last note.. My right knee, which I have had to be careful of for a long time... doesn't really hurt anymore.. I have seemed to already exercised and strengthened it to the point of not being as scared of damaging it.. 


Typing this is reminding me both how far I have come, and how far I have to go... and how much support I have.. and that I CAN DO THIS. Yeah. Back on track with the diet tomorrow. Back on Track with tracking what I eat..

May the Force Be With You

Nogi Limor

Monday, February 13, 2017

WEIGHT DOWN

So things have been progressing well. The fat furnace.. seems to be working. In the last week, I lost 6.1 lbs, going from 315.5 to 309.4. I cannot tell you how thrilled I am with this. This puts me at a total of 25 (roughly) lbs lost! I couldn't be happier, honestly, and at this rate, will drop below 300 in 2-3 weeks!

I'm so happy about this, I can't really think of much else to say for now, so this will be a short one!

May the Force Be With You

Nogi Limor

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

It's ALIVE

HEY GUYS! Time for an Update!
First off- Current Weight- 315.5- That's almost 18 pounds from where I started!
Things have been going well, with the great people over at Legacy Fitness kicking my butt every day mon-friday. I am actually pretty proud of myself, I find myself pushing myself harder and harder almost every workout I do! I ache, but I can almost feel my muscles tightening and improving...

I will say.. I hate situps... with a passion... and I only today really somehow got my hands and body to cooperate do jump rope more than two jumps in a row, (I got to 17! YAY ME).

As for my diet, I am doing this thing with other Legacy members called "the Fat Furnace". It is mainly more accountability, as the guys at the gym check My My Fitness Pal every day, give me my target numbers I should be eating each day, along with recipes to try and have for dinner. Two days in, and so far so good, though I am having trouble hitting my carbohydrates goal.

My daily goals for the fat furnace are 350g Carbohydrates, 160g Protien, 60g Fat... and having lowered my main carb intake, i am having troble hitting what i need to while still eating healthy carbs... meh, work in progress.

I do need to get my hands on some protein powder. I think I will be going with a Protien+Greens powder from Costco. I dunno. I have no clue what the hell the difference is, besides i know whey protien has lactose.. which makes me fart.

Overall, things are great! Thanks for the love and support guys, and see you all soon!

May the Force Be With You

Nogi Limor