New Years’ Spicy Resolutions

While that picture of the jalapeno mac ‘n cheese dog I ate last year was more than 1 person can handle, I say it is the polar opposite of what people would think about for their New Years’ resolutions. Traditionally the resolution for the new year was to correct something in one’s life that needs to be corrected. It is a spring board of positiveness that we use to help fix the part of our lives we feel needs fixing. Most of the time it involves our health. Whether it might be a stand on a diet or working out more, it is something most Americans chose to make as their New Years’ resolution. I am no different.

I have lost so much weight over the years of my life that it depresses me that I just can’t take the bull by the horns and make it a permanent routine for a healthier lifestyle. I have lost over 50 pounds at least 6 times in my life. Each time putting the pounds back on and then some. I got so frustrated with it, that I had lapband surgery back in November 2006. It was great the first 9 months, but I quickly realized I was failing it in my choices and was having a lot more trouble maintaining than I anticipated. Now I am coming close after 5 plus years post-surgery to getting back to where I once was. If I had more discipline and better drive I would have kept most of the weight off and been healthier for it. BUT, as most overweight people will do, they will give up and just enjoy the food because, hey, it takes so damn good. I gave up.

Despite giving up, and I have done so many times over, (hence the years of successful weight loss which led to weight gain), I am at a point in my life that pain has crept back into my legs and back and I need to do something about it. I have to be realistic, I know how hard the dieting has been for me. I have to take baby steps, and tackle the things that give me the biggest problems first. Sugar. At the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Day, I will give up all soda, regular and diet, and give up any form of sweets like candy, cake and for me my biggest achilles heel – ice cream. I have this huge caffeine fix that I should not have in reliance to cola, and I had stopped after the surgery for 2 plus years, but slowly it has taken me over. So much so I would leave the house just to get me a 7-11 Big Gulp. Ice Cream, well I love the stuff, so I miss it, but I know I can do without it, I did for years when I was on the Adkins Diet. That was the most successful diet I ever was on, but got off of it when a gym trainer said I would not gain muscle while on it. That led me to add on 100 pounds in less than 6 months and end my days at the gym. Not again.

It is a harsh statement about myself, but the one thing I can not stand about my life is the way I look. I hate feeling fat, but even more I can not stand looking fat. The Buddah nickname was obviously bestowed upon me for my weight. It took time to embrace it and I have. It is now a part of who I am, but it doesn’t mean that I like being shaped like the almighty Buddha. I am a single guy with no female partnerships, no kids, and no drive to correct it because I have given up on that part of my life for so long that I often ignore how my life could be filled with a spouse and children. People can fill my head with all the positives in the world, but the realty is, and has always been for me, I can not be happy unless I feel happy about myself when I look in the mirror. I have been there, and I would like to get that back. All in good time.

So on January 1st, 2012, I will take steps, baby steps to start, but steps in the right direction. A course to get me to a better place where I can try to get myself a healthier lifestyle and more confident outlook. It will start with eliminating sugar from most of my food and drink. Including spicy food and products that I love. Benito, no more spicy pepper infused maple syrup! No more sweet sauces or spicy brownies/blondies! Sniff sniff. Hopefully, I will be able to lose another 50 pounds, and this time keep it off for good.

Do you have a resolution to share? Maybe not as honest as I just did. Hell, you guys are probably thinking about making yourself one of those fattening jalapeno mac ‘n cheese dogs. Happy New Year everyone. May it be filled with promise, success and happiness!

11 thoughts on “New Years’ Spicy Resolutions

  • December 31, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    I resolve to stand by you brother, and counsel you as needed in your efforts! I will PM some links to you- it is well documented now that weight loss, without addressing the underlying psychological motivations, is doomed to ‘worse than failure’ as you have seen for yourself.

  • December 31, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    Good luck Al. It sounds like you’ve come to that place of true commitment. We’re here to back you up if you ever need support in your quest. I know it’s hard, and I admire your brutal honesty and openness in the post. Here’s hoping 2012 brings you good health, happiness, and a good woman to share it with 🙂 Love you, man!

  • December 31, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Al, Stick to it man. Everybody is different. I don’t believe there is one program for everyone. For me it was a combo of P90X and the Bill Phillips Body for Life Diet. I lost 26 pounds in 120 days and 6 1/2 inches on the waist line. Six small meals a day and a 60-90 minute workout at my pace did the trick. I wish you the best with your journey. You can do it.
    As for me, my New Years resolution has nothing to do with giving up any bad habits. I want to focus on being a blessing to everyone I meet. If I can make them feel better about their day, or consider the brighter reflections of life, then that will make a difference to them that day. Life really is good.

  • December 31, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    Al we wish you the best in your goals. We also will be nice and not send you any Slow Burn Toffee or the Scorpion Stinger Caramel. I am sure you will achieve your goals and beyond.

  • January 1, 2012 at 2:20 am

    my goal is to make that same hot dog in that picture and eat it 🙂 . and then i will lose 10 pounds 🙂 that would put me around 165 and i am 6ft 1 .. even tho i can lose 10 pounds by stop drinking .. best of luck to you guys . i am quitting drinking for a whole year , with my brother . Should be easy i stop doing drugs and other shit in 1 day and been clean for many years . well happy new year 🙂

  • January 1, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    I would be glad to take those off Al’s hands for you! 🙂

  • January 1, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    Wow Al, I feel like I’m reading my own diary. Good luck. If you want a partner in this goal then count me in. I’ve gained back most of what I lost a few years back. So we just can’t eat what I make;-)

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  • January 2, 2012 at 12:10 am

    I too have always been a yo-yo, Buddah. I say every year that I’m gonna get my ass back down below 200, and I do well for a month or two, than something interupts me and I get off track. I can really see where you are coming from with the companionship issue, that will be great motivation for you, good luck!! Your post is inspirational. :winner:

  • January 3, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Dear Al,

    I applaud your brutal honesty my brother! I pretty much gained like 10 pounds per year until at age 45 I found myself tipping the scale at 336 pounds! Last year, I lost 92 pounds on HCG. I felt so much better. That lasted for a few months until stress and life’s crap took over and I went off the deep end. Now I’m 46, on toxic overload, back in the 300’s and I feel like I’m a ticking time bomb. It’s time for real change! I feel your pain, you are not alone! Let’s kick this crap together! Fat Chileheads Unite! Thanks for sharing your struggles! We are all connected.

  • January 3, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    If my post can inspire others to lose weight, then I guess it was good to come clean with you all. The toughest part of losing weight is when you start to slide a little. You can give yourself all the excuses, but in the back of your mind you start to worry that you are losing control. I have tried so many diets over the years, this is something I know I can do, but I am very afraid of what happens when that slide starts. It will eventually, and I have to be prepared to stop it as soon as I recognize it.

    I love the support, and I am happy to keep the support going with you if you need it. Chef, FT, Sauce Goddess, and whomever needs it. Thanks folks for sharing as well. :_toastbeer: <--lite beer

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