Well, as I reported yesterday, my 46-day Lenten Challenge ended and I did all of the weigh-ins and blood pressure checks and all of that. So, without further ado, I will get to the final results:
To the left is me after. The pic to the right is the very first one I ever did. Wore the same shirt, and I think it’s pretty obvious the shirt fits a lot better, and I definitely lost weight in my face.
So, how did I celebrate Easter? Not kidding…we spent time with the kids, and invited friends over for Easter dinner. I did start the morning by going to pick up our dinner. Having just gotten back into town, we knew we wouldn’t want to cook, so we ordered the Easter Feast from Boston Market. While out, my wife asked me to get breakfast and the kids wanted Burger King! So, my first official meal after this diet was the Burger King Egg-normous breakfast burrito. It was huge and delicious, but I could only east half of it. Oh, and I drank a cup of hazelnut coffee too. I have really missed that in the mornings.
So, that took me to starting the heating factor of our Easter Dinner and making a couple of other sides like a crock pot green bean casserole. But, I did have to eat lunch too, so for that, I ate the rest of my wife’s PF Chang’s Hot and Sour soup from last night, and chased it down with my first non-Heller Bock in 46 days. It was my own homebrew. I drank a “BadAss LAAD” Belgian Citrus Wheat beer I brew in honor of my brother-in-law, Major Lenny Niedosik, USMC, who started off in the 2d LAAD Battalion.
For dinner, well, I ate ham, white corn, mashed potatoes and gravy and stuffing. It was all great food! My awesome wife also provided me with my favorite Easter candy…Jelly Beans!
Ok…Ok…I know, you all are saying…HOW MUCH WEIGHT DID YOU LOSE? Don’t worry, I am getting there. However, this was about way more than that. Remember, I also said this was my Journey to Get Closer to God Through Beer. This Journey really made me realize how strong my Faith was because there is no way I would have finished this had it not been for the fact this was my Lenten Promise to God. So, over the course of all this, I came to a deep yearning to finally act on my desire to serve the Lord. So, I have begun the process to apply through the Charlotte Diocese to be able to become a Deacon of the Catholic Church. I truly feel my calling is to serve the Lord and the Church.
Ok…so how did this whole thing end? Well, if you remember on that first day, I also showed my blood pressure, taken at a local CVS Pharmacy. So, today, I drove back to that same location and tested my blood pressure again on the same machine. On the left is my blood pressure on Easter Sunday, 4/16/2017. On the right was Day 1, 3/1/2017.
There you see it…34 points less on top and 10 points less on the bottom. So, while my wife would like me to get the top number down some more, it is still a great improvement in just 46 days. As for the increase in pulse, she attributes that to my being out and about that morning, picking up the dinner, and being dehydrated from the beer diet.
Well, you’ve made it to the end…So, what about the weight?
If you remember, I started this weighing 277.4 and before I left for vacation with the family over the final week, I was at 244.4. But how did it end???
So, in 46 days, I lost 43 pounds…yes, 43 pounds. I am still in awe and have become so thankful to those who supported me and even the many who have told me they found me to be an inspiration and were amazed that I actually stuck it out. Where do I go from here? Well, I don’t know yet, but I do know that I have to continue to watch my health and I certainly want to make sure I never gain the weight back. I hope you’ll follow me on my Journey through the rest of my life as I begin my next blog:
I will be getting that up and running in the next few days. But until then…I leave you with one final picture, my t-shirt to celebrate this Journey…
See you at The Houseman Chronicles!