Myself, Dina Mercado from season 8, and my new friend Ashley

Myself, Dina Mercado from season 8, and my new friend Ashley
Say Low-Fat Cheesy!!

Myself, Ryan Kelley from season 2 of The Biggest Loser

Myself, Ryan Kelley from season 2 of The Biggest Loser
Look Mom, I'm taking my picture with Mrs. Tennessee!!

Myself, Sione and Felipe Fa from season 7, Dina Mercado from season 8

Myself, Sione and Felipe Fa from season 7, Dina Mercado from season 8
Go Blue!!

Myself, Ryan Kelley from season 2, and Tracey Yukich from season 8

Myself, Ryan Kelley from season 2, and Tracey Yukich from season 8
Erik I've got to tell you about Spaghetti Squash. . . It's really yummy!!

David Griffin from season 4 of The Biggest Loser

David Griffin from season 4 of The Biggest Loser
David that's some pear you got there!!

Myself and Liz Young from season 8

Myself and Liz Young from season 8
Erik, I'm one healthy momma now, I've been drinking almond milk!!

Myself, Dina Mercado and Liz Young from season 8

Myself, Dina Mercado and Liz Young from season 8
Rudy, Rudy, Rudy. . wait a minute Dina Dina Dina and Liz Liz Liz! Don't they look great. . .Season 8!!

Myself, Dina Mercado and Filipe Fa

Myself, Dina Mercado and Filipe Fa
You're the man. . . Erik Chase!!

Monday, November 30, 2009

337, chug a lug a choo choo

Hey guys and gals, sometimes you feel like the little engine that could. That's me. When hard times affect our daily lives, it's so easy to get off track. . . but sticking with a plan and never giving up enables you to enter into the tunnel of success. Our bodies work the same way, doctors reccommend that we eat a balanced diet, exercise, remove all levels of stress, and get the required amount of sleep per night. With the holidays fast approaching, it's easy to get off schedule and often times we find ourselves spinning our gears in all kinds of different directions. . . but all things are possible.

With Thanksgiving, I thought that I may have put on some weight. . . of course, I indulged in some holiday treats. . . but as I have mentioned earlier, a game plan for healthy living is essential in healthy weight loss. So I cut down the portions that I normally would eat during this holiday time, and I am pleased to say that I have lost more weight. I now weigh 337 lbs. I know it's only a pound from the last post, but it feels great knowing that I did not gain. The battle of the bulge still continues. . . yet. . . I'm conquering it every day. I'm seven pounds away from being able to weigh on a household scale, and you forget the small things that many people take for granted. Just the other day, my wife and I went to a restaurant. Now, normally I would be uncomfortable sitting at the booth because my stomach would hang over the table. Not anymore! Enjoy your milestone successes, it will keep you motivated and accountable to your continued weight loss journey!

Healthy living until next time
and remember that life starts when you start living!!

Erik W. Chase "Kyle's Biggest Loser"

Friday, November 20, 2009

338 lbs, What a relief

Hey guys and gals,

After walking 4 miles this week and watching what I ate. . . you guessed it. . . I did it! I broke the 340lb barrier! I now weigh 338 lbs!! How awesome, I can see myself becoming the man that I am suppose to be. With a little will power, a lot of effort, and even more faith. . . I can conquer my issues with weight once and for all. I'm finally on a routine of trying to walk 2 miles a day, and now that I'm on a schedule, the workouts are going by so much easier! One day, I'll be able to run and jump and play with my kids!

Recipe of the Day:

Loaded Mashed Cauliflower

4 cups of cauliflower-fresh or frozen
1 cup of shredded Colby Jack Cheese
2 to 4oz of low-fat sour cream
2 tablespoons of real bacon bits
1 tablespoon of butter
Cook the cauliflower for about 15 to 25 minutes, or until tender
Mash the cauliflower, and add all of your ingredients and you have a healthy substitute for mashed potatoes. . . and who knew that losing weight would taste so good!!

Thanks for all of your support,
Until next time, continue on with your personal weight loss journey. . .and. . . remember that life begins when you start living!!

Erik Chase

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Walking is so much fun

Hey Guys and Gals,

I just want to take the time to tell you that the holidays are coming. . . and what a great way to take off those unwanted pounds then to walk. Walking builds endurance and stamina. It's a great way to get your heart pumping. . . and here in Texas. . . this is the best time of year to take a stroll in the park. The weather is so gorgious right now, and inspiration comes from when you're looking at the amazing wonders that God has done. Today, as I was walking, I saw a monarch butterfly. . . and. . . it reminded me how how transformation comes from within. We have to almost go into a coccoon like state in order to be able to spread our beautiful wings. I'm still losing weight and with the added exercise routine I am feeling really good. I'm wanted to get down to around 330 or so by next week so that I can enjoy a nice Thanksgiving dinner!! Yum!!

By the way, treating yourself once in a while is okay. Most dieticians and doctors recommend that you do that so that you don't get bored with routine. Also, when you do have a treat make sure that you have hit your caloric burn before you have that savory treat. That way you can budget in that treat. I know if you think of food like money, you will not only lose pounds on the scale, but you will also put money into your wallet. Think about it. . . eating out three to four times a week can add up to 300 to 400 dollars a month. That can be money that goes toward paying off a credit card, put into savings, take a vacation, or buy a new outfit for the new you!!

Remember it pays to be healthy

Weight loss to date 340, come on 339. . .338. . .337. . . and so on!!

Keep on shedding those pounds. . . and . . . until next time!

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God Bless

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Weight loss update

Hey guys and gals,

It's good to see that I have some followers now. Well as you know, Abby Rike is off the show, but wow what an amazing transformation. 80 pounds to date, and she is inspiring and motivating people to lose the weight. And, thanks for the support on my own journey, I may not have the show to be on in front of millions of people, but I still have a voice. My blog has been a blessing for me because I can journal my weight loss victories and triumphs.

I will be changing the format of my blog, and yes it will still be erik's acting corner, but I will change the format to talk about weight loss and food addictions. I want to hear people's triumphs, struggles, and everything in between of how they are fighting the good fight against the demon of obesity. For years I have been an obese person, and when watching this season about second chances on NBC's The Biggest Loser, I'm reminded of how God gives us chance after chance after chance. I remember how good it felt in 2003 when I had lost 140 pounds, and then how bad I felt when I gained it back again. I think that's what led me to trying out for the show back in July. It took three to four weeks of me feeling sorry for myself and dealing with rejection again, for me. . . to realize. . . that I didn't need a tv show to lose the weight.

Although the journey since August 4th has been a tough one, I'm encouraged everyday to take the weight off. So in September when the new season of "The Biggest Loser" kicked off, and I saw Abby Rike who I know of from a fellow co-worker, I was more intrigued than ever to get slim. I may never be skin and bones, but I'm working on making right decisions to have a healthier life. So here's what everybody is waiting for. . . the weight loss to date. . . well . . . when I started this process back in August I weighed in at 390 pounds, and now. . . I am proud to say that I am 341. I have lost 49 pounds and about 10 inches in my waist. I now wear a size 44" pant from a 54" waist!!

Thank you once again for all of the support
If this blog encourages you, tell your friends. . . I need followers. . . I want to hear people's weight loss success stories.

Thank God for Second Chances,

Tune in next time for another exciting blog from Erik's Acting Corner!!!