Wednesday, May 14, 2008
No witty title, so this is it.
I woke up this morning feeling like I would surely be down in weight from yesterday and yet I am up 1.6 lbs from Fridays weight. I am very frustrated with this fluctuation upward the only thing that has changed is that I had that bad meal on Sunday and that I have my bike back and am working out more as well as adding the calisthenics in with some light lifting again, I wonder if there is a connection because I jumped right in instead of taking it slow, I guess it is possible that I am retaining water because of the extra working out, I am sore and have been doing some weight lifting and that can be a cause for retention because of the inflammation, I am unsure and will find out with the coming week but that is my best guess for now. My son has taken notice that I am working out and has become active with doing exercises throughout the day. last night he was doing crunches so I told him that I would do double what he could do, he is not the most athletic kid on the block so I knew I would be relatively safe from failing the super dad challenge. He only did 13 crunches, which surprised me, I thought it would have been more, so I had to do 26 which was an easy number. then he was feeling bold and started in on some push ups and I said to him "I could probably do push ups with you on my back" challenge accepted. 10 push ups later (even though they were not flat on the floor I used the stairs for leverage) my son looked amazed that I did it, I don't think he will challenge me any more for a while. I have lost more weight than he weighs so I knew I could do the push ups beforehand, but I don't think he realizes that fact.
Last nights workout consisted of 20 minutes on the bike at a decent pace, followed by 40 push ups and the above mentioned exercises with my son, not a bad workout, but it was later in the day 7:00 pm ish. I am taking a break from the bike today and I will not take a walk either I want to see if giving my body a break helps the weight, and I know that a single day won't give me a definitive answer but it helps mentally sometimes. Intake was pretty good for Tuesday and I stayed under goal.
1 banana 105
1 tbsp peanut butter 95
dannon lite yogurt 60
2 boiled eggs 140
2 slices whole wheat bread 140
1.5 tbsp miracle whip 50
1/4 tbsp newmans own lite honey mustard dressing 15
large dill pickle 10
6 oz deli Turkey 180
3 slices of light rye bread 150
1 oz Tings 160
1.5 tbsp Miracle Whip 50
2 tiny apples 7.8oz 110
1 quaker granola bar 90
Grand total of 1355 calories for the day, frustration is creeping in because of the gain this week so far. I will try taking it easier with the exercise for a few days and see if it evens back out and if that does not work I will become insane workout guy for a few weeks and force a loss. people talk about addiction to food and being under the control of the food, welp I think I am coming back around to the old me, the 22 year old me that was working out every day and when I was in workout mode thats all that I wanted to do. It would be very easy for me to turn into crazy workout guy and beat my body into submission, I am addicted to losing weight at this point in the game and a gain will be unacceptable. now maybe I am just in a mood this morning and feeling driven and determined or maybe the old me is surfacing because I have seen real results and I am feeling better so a different me...the real me is taking over the wheel, time will tell but it doesn't look good for the fat on my body either way.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
The bike is back
I have an easy feeling over me because I have my bike back, so now I feel like I can get in a good cardio workout in no matter the weather. for the first time in probably 2 months I rode the bike and I have to admit that I must have come a ways physically in that time as I rode for 20 minutes and barely felt it, and back when I was riding the bike exclusively for exercise 20 minutes felt like a lot more work. In fact, I only stopped riding because of the seat hurting my behind, so with that said if anyone that rides a bike for exercise reads this and has a suggestion for a nice cooshy seat or knows where one can be had for a fair price I would love to know. Being limited by the seat making me uncomfortable is not good. the workout went like this, start the mp3 player and load it with some Bad Religion and turn that up loud, got on the bike for 21 minutes, 20 mins of riding with me sprinting for a minute at a time every 5 minutes and a 1 min cool down. I stretched and did 50 push ups, 20-15-15, and onto some light dumb bell work, 3 sets of 10 concentration curls, 3 sets of 10 hammer curls, followed up with some lateral raises, 20 to the front 20 to the sides (using fairly light weight for the laterals) . finished up with a nice stretch routine and a glass of water. Even though that was not what I would consider a hard workout, it was a good solid routine and I can really feel it this morning especially in my biceps. I want to try and work a routine like that into the schedule three times per week while keeping the cardio up, and the walks steady through out the week. I feel like I have made it to a point in this weight loss regimen where I can step the exercise up a bit to include some more strength movements because losing muscle and strength is a worry of mine with this much weight to lose. so with that said, even though I am very sore this morning its that good sore, and I will just ride the bike today without the weights, I may or may not do some push ups because I don't want to over do it this being the beginning of the soreness again.
My calories ended up at 1285 for Monday, I ate balanced and spread through out the day. I did not write down the times etc but the food I did, but because I don't have it structured on my excel sheet I am not going to post the exact times and meals for today, I plan on putting the menus back up here regularly in these posts. My weight has stalled at the same weight that I was on Friday, Usually by Tuesday I am down at least a pound so this weeks weigh in should be interesting, and hopefully I do lose something by Friday. I have to admit that I am slightly worried about it but it is what it is and if nothing drops so be it, but hopefully because of the reintroduction of the bike that will not happen and the weight will keep on dropping. the week is looking up because of the bike and yet down because of the no drop as of Tuesday, there is not a gain so I guess thats a positive.
Until next time...
Monday, May 12, 2008
I log into spark and theres this thing there that says that I motivated enough people to get this little thingamajig on my page along with an email stating the same. who wouldda thunk? some random fat dude that made a page to try and drop some poundage could actually motivate someone else. Thanks to whoever voted me for that, pretty cool.
Friday, May 09, 2008
This 1996 GSF600 Bandit weighs in at 438 pounds.
Weighing in and the Spiders have return.
Wakie wakie eggs and bakie, ummm not really but the spiders are back..Last year around this time my wife walked out onto our back porch and between the wrought iron hand rails there was spiderwebs, and when I say spiderwebs, I mean a lot of webs and it was covered in about 2000 tiny yellow spiders with black markings on their abdomen. I opened the back door this morning to show my daughter that it was still raining outside and she says "look dad buggys" so I take a look at her eye level on our screen door and its covered in tiny yellow spiders again. She takes off running like in the cartoons with her legs becoming a blur, pausing for just a moment and I could swear I heard the sound track from an old Scooby Doo cartoon as she shot into the living room, and out came the 409 spray because bleach works well and they were all over the screen and in the jam so I gave them a spray and this set is gone, but if they are like last years batch we will have 4-5 days worth of huge ol piles of them at a time. ahhhh spring time, ya gotta love it.
Onto the weigh in for the morning. This morning at wake up time I was 437.6 then 438 on the nose then 437.8, I always take the highest weight so we will call it 438 lbs, so I am into the 30's solidly. That is a 3 pound difference from last week and I am happy with that, even though it was a 4 lb drop on Wednesday. I know that I will weigh less in an hour or two because last night before bed I drank almost a half a gallon of water while watching ER. but since 438 is what the scale said thats what the weigh in will be counted at. I am 4 pounds away from being 100 pounds down now, that is very cool to me. each week I put up a photo of something that weighs as much as I do and usually its a motorcycle because when I hit goal weight (or close to it anyways) I am rewarding myself with a motorcycle, and since I am so close to 100 lbs lost and I feel its a significant enough number, I will be posting something that weighs as much as I have lost along with the other pic on weigh in days. here is the first in that series.
Sorry people on spark, I can only put a single photo per blog on here but if you want to see the photo of what weighs the same as me its @ zeusmeatball.blogspot.com/ it is Eva Longoria :)
I have to admit that I really did not think that I would have lost this much weight in so little time but I also have to admit that I am impressed with myself because of it. I also wanted to mention that my wife is down 43 pounds as of this morning as well, I am equally impressed with her loss and feel that I am very lucky to have someone that is following the same low calorie plan that I am. She looks great and we both feel better than we have in a long while. if you add together what we have both lost the number is 139lbs, that is truly insane to me that we were carrying that amount around just over 4 months ago, a lot of hard work and a ton of determination goes a long way it would seem. Thanks for reading.
Thursday, May 08, 2008
Bike pedals and a Thursday morning.
We start the day off with the sound of rain bouncing off of the sill of my window, its gray its gloomy and the first thing out of my daughters mouth is "Daddy go park" sorry not today honey. so far neither mine nor my daughters days were looking like they would end the way we wanted them to. I had to run out this morning to Downtown Hartford and all of the little worker bees were running about trying to get to their respective offices on time. 9:21 am a nicely dressed man enters the cross walk, there he stood waiting patiently for the sign to initiate his forward motion. standing there in his suit, tie and very nice pair of shoes as I thought to myself about the fact that I would need a new suit myself soon given the weight I have lost, 2 steps into his journey across the street an SUV tears through the intersection and totally covers this man with puddle water. An umbrella flies in the direction of the SUV and muted by the falling rain and my windshield was the obvious curses and yells by this totally soaked if not well dressed gentleman. I think to myself, well his day is surely more disappointing than mine at only 9:21 am. onward homebound as I attempt to convince the kiddo that our day will be just as fun at home as it would have been at the park, she totally can see through my cunning ruse but I mention that an ice pop may be in her future and I enjoy a quieter ride with a smiling child in the back seat. There you have my morning summed up nicely, now to come through on the more fun day part of my earlier conversation.
The scale was kind with its words today when I woke up and I am expecting a pretty decent weigh in tomorrow. Keeping within meal plans is second nature at this juncture of the game, it is to the point where I can cut meat, potatoes, and pile veggies without a scale or measuring spoons or cups, I still use the cups and scales etc but I honestly don't need to. It IS a lifestyle change now, This is how I eat this is what I eat It is who I am now, pretty cool if ya ask me. Also I got an email today that stated that the pedals that I found for my bike are shipping today! this makes me happy as I will not have to rely on good weather to get in some exercise when they get here. once they get here I think I am going to email the fella that was nice enough to take the bike apart and ship me just the pedals a link to my blog and let him know that they are indeed going to a good cause.
Here is my menu from Wednesday.
1 banana 105
1 tbsp peanut butter 95
1 pear 85
4oz BBQ rubbed roasted chicken 220
2oz sweet potato fries 50
sliced tomato 10
quaker granola bar 90
2 gortons fish fillets 340
3/4 cup white rice 150
2/3 cup corn 100
1 dannon lite yogurt 60
Grand total of 1325 calories for the day, not too bad over all but I do want to find an alternative for the Gortons fillets. slowly but surely I am fine tuning my intake to be as healthy as possible, I think I do a fine job but there are places it can still be tweaked. making dinner for a family of four which includes a 2 and a half year old, a 9 year old with type 1 juvenile onset diabetes and 2 adults following a low calorie intake routine has its challenges. as always I thank you for reading along with my trip to the half.
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