#lifewiththegillians – March 28, 2015

Posted on March 31, 2015 by Slim

There’s literally nothing you could say to convince me we aren’t fun people to hang out with….

Enjoy this week’s episode of #lifewiththegillians for all the latest of what’s happening in our lives. Watch below, or click through to view on YouTube here:

#lifewiththegillians – March 1, 2015

Posted on March 3, 2015 by Slim

There has never been, nor will there ever be a dull, boring day when this gal is around.

Here’s this week’s video update. As usually, it’s full of nothing and nonsense. Watch below, or click through to watch on YouTube here:

Love youse guyses!

The end of one challenge, and the beginning of the next!

Posted on February 9, 2015 by Slim

Unfortunately, I got tied up at work all weekend and we didn’t get the chance to film an update video yesterday. Perhaps we’ll film one later this week, or just wait until this coming Sunday.

In any event, I just wrapped up my last workout of this challenge, but certainly not my last workout ever! This has been a really great challenge for me. After the setbacks at the end of this past year, I was very much looking forward to a bit of a reboot! I’m so thankful that my sweet wife fights so hard through these challenges with me.

We started out very diligent with this challenge, before we quickly realized that on performance days (for me), it was increasingly difficult to find the time for a full 60-minute workout. We had to make a slight change to the plan and make a small addendum: for this challenge, we would EITHER do a Diamond Cutter workout or 60 minutes of intentional cardio each day (a couple times, I was actually able to do both!) That definitely made it a bit easier for me to stick to the challenge, as there are days that I work 20+ hours a day, and just can’t find time for a straight hour workout, but found that I could easily do several 5-10 minute workouts!

I saw myself lose two holes on my belt as I completely had to retire the pair of pants that I wear the most. I saw myself start to become even more flexible and even did several DDPYoga moves that I’ve never been able to do before!

While my new found flexibity and lost of inches on my waste are a great feeling, the scale doesn’t necessarily represent the way I feel.

Unfortunately, as many of you that follow my journey have come to know, my body just does not handle antibiotics well. Any time that I have to go on them, I easily gain 5-10lbs per week while on the medication. A couple weeks ago, I went to the dentist for the first time to get some pretty serious issues looked at. He determined that I had a pretty dramatic disaster zone and scheduled me for emergency surgery to have 6 of my teeth extracted, all the while prescribing massive doses of antibiotics in preparation of the coming surgery.

Sadly, just before the surgery, the dentist called to let me know that he was uncomfortable doing this surgery himself on account of how bad it was, and referred me to a specialist.

After two weeks of the antibiotics, I was able to step on the scale the other morning to see “438” on the read out. Despite losing a couple pants sizes and belt holes, I GAINED 8 pounds this past month. As I was talking with fellow Team DDPYoga member, DJ Clark, we came to the conclusion that the gain of flexibility and loss of inches is still a total win, especially knowing how jacked up the antibiotics make me.

I’ve just finished this round of antibiotics, so I’m looking forward to seeing that weight fall off quickly!

I can’t help but think that I’ve lost a month towards my goal of weighing less than 370lbs at the wedding of a couple of my best friends in just a few short months. Despite that, I’m going to keep moving forward the best that I can! Maybe I’ll make that goal, maybe I wont… either way, I know that I’ll be a healthier happier Slim even if I come short of that goal!

With that being said, tomorrow morning starts a brand new challenge: the “40 Days of Love” challenge”, in honor of Valentine’s Day!

For this challenge, we’ll spend the next forty days identifying and show gratitude for things that we really love about our life together. I’m really excited about this challenge as it will definitely help us be more intentional about letting the people and things we love how much they mean to us! What do you say, you willing to take this challenge on with us?

Peace, snugs, and MEGA love,

#lifewiththegillians – February 1, 2015

Posted on February 2, 2015 by Slim

There are genuinely no words for the ridiculousness of this “update video” which contains no actual “updates”… it’s not short of laughter and shenanigans though.

Fair warning: it was too gorgeous outside to film this with the windows up, so the windows went down… and the wind came in. We promise though that putting up with a bit of wind distortion here and there will have a great payoff!

Watch above, or click through to watch on YouTube here:

Enjoy! -SnL

#lifewiththegillians – January 25, 2015

Posted on January 27, 2015 by Slim

There’s really not much to report this week, despite the longest video we’ve ever uploaded!

All is really well! We both feel great and are enjoying our recently revisited flexibility, as well as the benefits from eating super clean again. I’ve found myself with so much energy again; too much, at times, it seems.

I’ve always been apprehensive about going to the dentist. Since I didn’t know what to expect, I’ve always been a bit nervous on account of seeing a pretty traumatic dentist appointment go awry with my brother when we were younger. Sadly, he found out the hard way that he was allergic to the anesthetic they used and his visit ended with an ambulance ride to the the hospital.

Couple that with the horror stories that I hear from the apparent disdain for the dentist and the astronomical bills I hear about from my friends, I was genuinely uninterested in passing the threshold of one of these torture factories, despite the fact that I desperately need some work done.

Fortunately, a new insurance plan at Laura’s work made it possible for me to obtain dental insurance.

Yesterday, I went to the dentist for the first time. I think I was noticeably a bit on edge. The staff truly went WAY above and beyond to make me feel comfortable and as if I was part of the family there. After a thorough exam, I’ve been scheduled for an emergency surgery to extract four of my teeth next Monday. I’m sure that will make for a rough week, but hopefully I can still plug through it and stay on track!

If you haven’t yet, watch the video above for some shenanigans from #lifewiththegillians or click through to watch it on YouTube:

Wish me luck, friends!!

Peace, snugs, and MEGA love,