Wednesday, March 23, 2016

30 Days In: Things Are Changing

Day 30: 3/23/2016

I made it 30 days into this journey and haven't dropped dead. Sure, that's a morbid way of looking at it, but that's me. This blog has maintained my interest in being healthy. I can honestly say, right behind the support of my wife, writing this blog has been the key to keeping me on point.

I have maintained the topic of my relationship with food throughout this blog. Today was a BIG eye opener in the way I see food. I actually did some research for today's post. I wanted to know how I was able to get myself from a nice 252 pounds in 2012, to an extra hefty 393 pounds in 3 years.

Below, you will find the nutritional value of some of the foods that I love to eat on the regular.

VendorItemCaloriesCal from FatFat (g)Sat Fat (g)Carbs (g)Sodium (mg)
Arby'sBeef n Cheddar Classic450180206451280
Burger KingWhopper w/cheese6004004415511260
Chik-Fil-AChicken Sandwich430150174381410
ChipotleChicken Burrito w/pinto beans, white rice, cheese, sour cream, guacamole, fajita veggies, red sauce130555461201272910
Culver'sSingle ButterBurger w/cheese460N/A251040710
DominosMedium (12") Hand tossed pizza (The Whole Pizza)172064872282004160
KFC3 piece meal (breast, drumstick, thigh) w/mashed potatoes and gravy, biscuit10405205717643320
McDonaldsBig Mac540250281047970
Olive GardenSpaghetti w/Meat Sauce640200227851050
The HabitSingle Charburger470200226431140
Wendy'sDave's Single5503003413351180

I did all of this research on each "Vendor's" website. I think what this did for me is put into perspective what I used to consume. It wasn't uncommon for me to have multiple items on this list in one day.

Prior to having gastric bypass surgery, I weighed 530 pounds at my heaviest. I had routines that I stick to. I would leave my girlfriend's (now wife") house late at night to go home, on my way home I would stop at whatever food joint would be open at the time and ravage the menu as if I hadn't eaten all day. This could equal anything from 500 calories to 3000 calories (I'm serious)

This is what I looked like right before I was being wheeled into the O.R. (mind you, I lost around 50 lbs from my heaviest, prior to this photo) (July 5th, 2011)

This surgery was no joke. It was painful, I puked all the time, my hair started to fall out, my relationship with food was down to strict survival. If you asked me to eat a bite of a cheeseburger, I would have slapped you.
Not very long after that surgery, I looked like this after doing a mud run 5k with some friends.

I lost a part of me by allowing myself to consume food at an alarming rate. 

I'm not at the end of my journey. In fact, it's just beginning. I have zero doubt in my ability to achieve my goals. The next 30 days are going to incorporate some hefty fitness goals. 

I learned today, that I have readers in Canada, Sweden, Spain, and Portugal.

Thank you SO much for your time and your support.


  1. Aaron I love your passion for this. Keep it up!

  2. Im proud of you for being brave and sharing your story Aaron. That takes a lot of guts and I am sending you so much love.

    1. Thank you, Krystle. I appreciate your kind words.

  3. If you want to replace your lunch hour with a trip to the gym let me know. There is room in the gym crew for you!