March 27th

As promised I’m going to get back to a weekly post to go over weekly progress.

Last week I don’t have to much to report on and the only time I was able to walk was with my mother at the beautiful Des Peres Park we did 5 miles together. However, it was a new milestone for me because I did raise the amount of weight in my backpack to about 25 pounds. The extra weight on my backpack I could defiantly tell a bigger strain on my back but I talked to my trainer and he said for me to work on my posture and keep doing what I’m doing and it should improve. I was able to make it to the gym twice and work on mostly upper body it was quite encouraging when I asked our trainer if he can notice any difference in only the month that I have been going and he said that physically he cant see much of a difference but he can tell that I’m lifting more weight and my stamina is night and day from when I started. Tomorrow when I actually post I will be weighed and get the amount of body fat that I currently am at.

Getting the compliments recently from both my Dr. who can tell I’m getting healthier and my trainer who can tell I’m getting stronger have been a great boost on my psyche. In the past times where I have successfully lost weight the only thing to quantify the progress were the numbers on the scale. To receive those positive remarks add a different type of satisfaction as well as regret in past decision. Once I saw that I was closer to 350 pounds than 300 pounds and got blood work that had terrible reviews on my liver, cholesterol, and high blood sugar,  I knew that I needed to make a change or risk rotting away and killing myself on the inside by potentially becoming diabetic, potentially getting a fatty liver which I got an ultrasound for, and  putting nothing but crap in me and risking heart failure.

With all the recent successes and good news as opposed to failures I can tell that I am happier and getting the compliments really keep me going because again its not just the weight but so much more.

On another note I wasn’t able to make it to a big walk this weekend because I had distinct honor and privilege in being a groomsman in the newly Mr. and Mrs. Jonathon Haller wedding this weekend and although I still did get my workout in by tearing up the dance floor but it may not have been the healthiest weekend in the world however I wouldn’t change it in a heartbeat. I know you two will read this and I am so happy for the both of you and have a blast in Italy!

It being the wedding season and the fact that I have no photos of any hikes I’m putting together two photos one taken this weekend and one taken on December 31st, 2017 I think I can see a difference but if you do let me know.

Haller Wedding Slick

March 24th, 2018                                     December 31st, 2017

I will add the weight numbers tomorrow due this weekend I’m stalling but I want to get the body fat % number and weigh in this week but I wanted to get the pictures uploaded because I’m leaving for Florida tomorrow.

Thanks for reading and come back tomorrow for an edit on the numbers.

-Stephen

 

 

 

 

 

March 20th

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                            Bald Knob At Buford Mountain

I want to apologize for the absence of any post for the past month. It seems as though I just haven’t had that much to talk about other than all the same old stuff so it has slowed my writing down but that will change moving forward. For now on even its just a sentence or a paragraph discussing the weeks progress that is what it will be.

That being said it has been an extremely successful month with me going on some beautiful hikes, losing weight, and starting to go to the gym twice a week. I can already feel that I’m getting skinnier because some of my smaller clothes are starting to fit again. Over the past month my weight loss has been 25 pounds and I’m feeling great. Reasons for my successes have been simple, who would have thought that cutting drinking during the week, not as much fast food, and exercising would be the key.

Along with the successes in weight loss to I have also had the opportunity to add an unbelievable hike in Missouri called Buford Mountain near Ironton, Missouri which is the third highest peak in Missouri and offers stunning views of the Belleview Valley. This hike also is quite challenging it took me and my friend Brad 45 minutes just to do the first mile, which is a clear indicator that I’m still no where near ready for what I’m going to do in Patagonia. Along with Buford Mountain I’ve also done a plethora of hikes at Castlewood as well and have been lucky enough to have done them on slow days. The more hikes I’ve been on the more I’ve come to enjoy them. When I travel places I generally go with a friend but at Castlewood I generally go alone. On some days where the weather just bad enough to scare people away I have literally had the whole trail to myself and there’s nothing quite like the tranquility of being outside getting a good workout and having time of peace and self reflection of what I’ve been doing and what I’m going to do. Everyday I remained focused on my goal by dreaming and visualizing the utter beauty of South America and the challenge the will coincide with it.

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Castlewood                                       Buford Mountain

Our decided departure date has been decided as being November 16th we are flying from St. Louis to Miami to Santiago, Chile to Puerto Natales spend the night there and then travel to Torres Del Paine and we just about have our camp schedules booked as well with the KM’s hiked daily between 8KM-20KM daily over 8 days. For those of you wondering 1 Kilometer equals .62 miles and you are to check in at each campsite each night so its encouraging to know if you don’t show up there will be people looking for you promptly.

Finally, I have two final points one of which is a successful doctors visit where the doctor asked if I was “withering away”. About six months ago I had to get blood work done for insurance reasons and needless to say the results where less than ideal. although we didn’t do a total test everything we did check has gone done significantly and all my numbers where in good working order. I told him about my trip and he told me to keep up the good work and sustain it because in the big picture everything I do now will have significant impacts on the future. Lastly, I have debated with myself for sometime whether or not to reveal my starting weight and have elected to keep it concealed until the end of the journey so I can keep people interested. So again the current total of weight lost is 25 pounds since the beginning of this blog.3251346_orig

Thanks for reading!

-Stephen

Week 3

I am pleased to announce that I have had a very successful week this past week. Not only did I put in 27 miles of walking/hiking I also continued my diet and lost a total of 10 pounds bringing my grand total to 15 pounds loss since the start of my endeavor.

This weekend John Haller and myself went to Hawn State Park right outside of Farmington, Missouri. We started at 11AM and hiked for 4 1/2 hours on the trail covering a total of about 9 miles, on this one hike alone I lost about 1,700 calories. Although I can say that I cannot wait for my big trip in Chile to anyone who enjoys hiking Missouri has a plethora of fantastic trails overlooking bluffs as far as the eye can see this one being no exception. Also, during this week I put in a 5 mile hike at home in Brentwood Forest to add to my total.

Once again I have changed the itinerary of my trip but this time is that last I finally know everything I am going to do. Just a side note I have every intention on going to all 7 continents in the world and the launching point for Antarctica happens to be in Argentina so I’ll be able to cover that later on. Therefore, I have decided to stay in Torres Del Paine National Park for my whole time in South America with an exception of one night in Santiago. They have a route there called The O Trek or The Circuit which consist of a 75 mile loop around the park and takes approximately 7-10 days. There is still a lot of work to be done to get the endurance to achieve this goal. However, after a month walking/hiking with no weight I intend to start walking with a pack and gradually increase weight every week.

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The plan going forward is pretty straight forward as I intend to continue my walks and will try to end each week with a hike somewhere and to continue my diet. That being said if anyone ever wants to join by all means just reach out and I’m always looking for some company.

One last thing I will now try to stick to a schedule where I post every Monday instead of Sunday with this week being the exception.

Thanks,

Stephen

Day 7

I am pleased to announce that after one week I have officially lost my first five pounds. The first week was defiantly a challenge and if anybody saw me at the grocery store it most likely wasn’t difficult to see a fish out of water but I managed through.

One of my major breakthroughs this week was until the weekend i totally cut out booze on the weekends and have been using the app Lose It to track everything I eat which consisted of lots of fish and vegetables.

As I have reflected on my journey ahead I often think of all the times I have tried to lose weight but have ultimately failed after recieveing positive results I have always returned to square one. The reason for the failure I think is that I was doing it just to do it. That is the reason why I have picked something way out in future to serve as a finish line. It just so happens I have picked one of the most beautiful places in the world. I also am well aware that if I don’t get in shape I will not be able to do what I want.

Today on January 21st, I did my first hike at Castlewood State Park a 3 mile hike and was quickly reminded that once you get the top there is instant gratification accompanied by great view that makes it all worth it. Albeit, there is still a lot of work to go to get in mountain shape you have to start at square one which is what I’m doing. My buddy and I already have a trip planned to Ha Ha Tonka State Park to keep at it.

I think after weeks of research I have my route officially picked out. I intend to fly into Santiago, Chile and spend one night there and then go down to Torres del Paine and spend five days there. After that I intend to go to Ushuaia which is the Southern most city in the world. This is the city where people often take the Drake Passage to go to Antarctica it also gives people not going as far South the opportunity to go to surrounding islands and visit penguins and again look at beautiful glaciers. After Ushuaia I plan to head back north to Buenos Aires and spend a night and the following day go to a place called Iguazu Falls which is the largest waterfall system in the world. This is a rough draft and times in areas may change but this is more than likely the route.

All in all this has been a difficult trip to plan because between Chile and Argentina they are each massive countries filled with many natural wonders that are mesmerizing. I also want to be challenged which I know it will be.

One week down 5 pounds lost good habits started and two training hikes done. I’ll check in next week.

Thanks

Stephen

Day 1

January 14th, 2018,

To everybody that chooses to read I thank you. I have been inspired to write this blog with the hopes that it keeps motivated to achieve my goals. I know that mostly only friends and family may read this and that is my ideal audience because I know its you all that will hold me accountable and help me achieve my current goal.

Just recently I have been planning a trip to Patagonia in Chile and Argentina and potentially see Monte Picchu in Peru. This will be a journey which requires strength an stamina to achieve stunning views and personal  accomplishment. This is the ideal destination and I realize that personal lifestyle changes must accompany theses ambitions to have the dreams become a reality. I don’t plan to see the mountains and hills from the bottom but take stunning pictures from the top.

A friend of mine and myself are potentially thinking of a departure time of early September which will be the Chilean and Argentinean Spring season and thus for I have made it a  personal goal to train and to lose 100 pounds between now and our expected departure date.As this is a personal mission to me again I want to reiterate that one of the main purposes of me doing this is to have you all hold me accountable in hopes that I won’t give up. Furthermore, I will update my progress every Sunday from here until the departure.

I couldn’t me more excited for these challenges to come for this is a process were I have started before and although there were result I’ve always landed back on square one each time which makes clear to me that this is an attainable goal. This time with help of family and friends I will not let myself down and revert to old habits. I am extremely excited for my South American adventure but most importantly for the prospect to become a healthier more active person with the drive and personal responsibility to be better.

From here is where the true challenge begins and I will be uploading my progress every Sunday or Monday to Facebook or group texts. The one thing I can be sure of is that I will not let myself down.

Thanks,

Stephen