Wednesday, August 27, 2008
First things first, last night around 12:30 am as I walked through the kitchen to use the bathroom the bag of Jax on the table called to me and I grabbed a handful out of the bag and munched them down, upon leaving the bathroom I grabbed another handful and thought to myself "why are you taking these" but alas by the time I had come up with an answer good enough to make me want to put them back they were gone and orange finger tips were mine, then I thought "wow that was a silly move mister worked out like a demon today" so I decided that I will add the calories to my todays intake number since technically I did eat them after mid night so thats the confession for the day, its all about accountability so there you have it.
Onto the exercise, I started out the day with the thought that I would try and get 2 rides in on the bike, one in the afternoon and one in the evening and roughly around one or two pm I rode for 25 minutes and went into a calisthenics routine afterwards and was feeling good, then I went out with wify and we ended up walking around for about an hour or two so my afternoon had movement for sure, then it was back to the house for dinner and after dinner I asked "hey wanna go for a walk?" sure thing she stated and off we went, it was not an epic walk but just about 1.7 miles and I came home and thought "now I don't have to ride the bike a second time" yet 20 minutes later there I was on the bike pedaling away for another 20 minute ride so all in all it was a pretty active day exercise wise and this morning I have that rode hard and put away wet feeling going on and I am a little sore all over.
Intake came in at 1690 calories not including the late night er..um... ok I will call a duck a duck, Binge, and was pretty decent as far as what I ate as well and it was spread out through out the day pretty good, take a look at the menu for yourself.
2 Multi-grain english muffins 200
1 serving Turkey pepperoni 70
2 wedges laughing cow 70
sliced tomato 10
1oz jax 140
4 slices light Italian bread 160
2oz low fat Mozz cheese 160
1 serving turkey pepperoni 70
light parm cheese 10
pizza sauce 30
2 cups home made soup 300
1 cup white rice 200
sour cream/salsa 25
1 pear 90
1 peach 70
1 dannon light and fit yogurt 80
Grand total of 1690 calories and then a late night snack which will be added to todays intake number and I will be on the bike for at least a 20 minute ride at some point today but I will be up late because my Mom is flying in from LA for a visit and her flight gets in at mid night so I don't want to over do it today so a single 20 minute ride will have to suffice for today and another post comes to an end.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Today is the day after the second day that I am back in the exercise game and I will say that I am glad that I am back to doing it. I only got to ride once yesterday for 20 minutes, its just how it worked out and I almost did not do it but wify said "just do it you know you will regret it if you don't" so I took her advice and rode and then added 70 push ups and that was that. I have added a column on the left side of the page to show the deficit tracking and I don't know what I will shoot for this first week, I want to see what I end up with by the end of the week and then set a goal slightly above that for next week, I do think that I want to go for 3500 calories burned in a week but I don't want to jump in head first without an idea what that is. calories for the day were right where they should have been coming in at 1690 total, and I will continue on a 1700 per day goal for a while more and see where it goes. I also wanted to post a sort of recipe which is really nothing more than a pile of pizza like ingredients that I have been making lately, we call them pizza pockets round here and they came about because I remembered that we had a sandwich maker in the cabinet, I needed something for lunch and well yeah that was that, here is what you will need.
Light Italian bread (4 slices)
Low fat Mozzarella cheese (2oz)
Light pizza sauce (2-3 T)
Turkey pepperoni (30g)
Sliced jalapeņo (4-5 slices)
Light parm cheese (just a shake)
Olive oil cooking spray
This has got to be the simplest thing in the world and is pretty self explanatory as to what happens next but here goes, and I do have a piling order. start by spreading the sauce on all four slices of bread and then shake a small amount of garlic powder and the light parm cheese on each slice of sauced bread. Next put about half of the shredded mozz cheese onto two of the slices of bread and then chop the jalapeņos up and spread them evenly over the same slices with the cheese, next layer the Turkey pepperoni evenly over the cheese and then add another small shake of parm cheese and black pepper, finish it off with the remaining mozz cheese and top it off with the other slices of sauced bread. give the sammy maker a very very light spray of the olive oil cooking spray, place the 2 sandwiches into the sammy maker wait until the green light comes on indicating that they are cooked and bamn! spicy Jalapeņo and pepperoni pizza pockets and all for a total of 435 calories. My wife substitutes mushrooms for the jalapeņo and you can basically use your favorite kind of pizza toppings, these are very customizable and 2 sandwiches make 4 pockets which is very filling to me as a meal.
I will try and get on the bike today for two 20 minute rides for a total of 40 minutes of cardio, and I will do as many push ups as my wrist allows, I did not mention this but for whatever reason the push ups are making my left wrist a bit tender so I am watching that. I am approaching one of my goals which is to have lost 150 pounds, as of last Fridays weigh in I have lost 141 pounds and as of this morning its a bit more than that and my body is really starting to show the weight loss, in positive as well as negative ways. the positive is obvious, I am thinner, I am more healthy and I am back in a big way, now the negatives I am not so enthusiastic about and the issue of loose skin is becoming more apparent lately, I can't help but worry about how it will be remedied when the time comes. it looks like surgery is really the only way to fix it and its not a procedure covered by insurance (unless problems come of it) and its way expensive, so this weighs on me a bit with my recent visits to the mirror where I am seeing some of the damage that I have done with the weight gain. Oh well thats a fight for another day I think and all I can do is to keep doing what I am doing and maybe it will tighten up a bit more as time goes by, and for todays post in the words of porky pig, Thats all folks!
Monday, August 25, 2008
I'm Back!!! I took a ride on the stationary bike last night to test my lungs out and 20 minutes later I was sweating and happy that I was back on the bike, the first couple minutes I was thinking that I may have lost my love for it but then something kicked in and I was pedaling away and 20 minutes seemed to come too fast and I was done, so I hopped off and did 30 push ups in sets of ten just to get back into it and I woke up this morning and am full of energy. so the plan is to get on the bike again this afternoon and possibly again later tonight because I split the rides up as to save my nether region from the long exposure to the crushing sensation that riding a bike for long periods of time can have and I would like to do 40 minutes. I am also going to start deficit tracking calories burned and will start off with a goal of 3500 calories burned in a week, I found an online calculator that allows me to put in my weight and which exercise was done and it estimates the calories that were burned for any given exercise or movement so I will use that to count what I have burned, I have not decided whether I will post the amount calories burned once per week, perhaps on weigh in day or if I will do it daily in my every day posts.
Intake for Sunday was good coming in at 1628, so actually a little bit lower than it should be but close enough for me to say it was a good day. my average calories for the week came in at 1583 which is again a bit low but not so bad that I am worried about it and I think considering the week I have had I did well. I am looking forward to a good loss this week and I think that by putting the exercise back in place and watching the intake that I will have just that, I am putting last week behind me and am back in full swing and all systems go.
in conclusion, I suspect that I will have a good drop in weight this week and I want to predict a 5 pound loss come Friday because of putting the exercise back in place but I will not be disappointed if I don't get that number, and thats that for todays post. Tune in tomorrow kids for another exciting episode of as the fat guy turns.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Sunday afternoon has come and as I sit here I am thinking about just how much weight I have lost in these almost 8 months, 141 pounds as of Friday has been shed from my body and I am physically able to do things that I could not do just last winter, lives have been changed 100% since starting on this regimen of eating better and moving more and mine is the one most drastically changed. I eat a total of 1700 calories per day, I exercise on a daily basis a lot of the time it is more than once per day and I am hardly sitting still for more than a few minutes during any given day, jumping up to do a few sets of push ups randomly or running up the stairs to use the bathroom upstairs instead of the one that is 10 feet from me. I snack on baby carrots and an array of fruit along with sugar free Popsicles now when I feel hungry, and go for a walk when I need to relax or hop on my stationary bike and get lost in some good music. Let us now flash back to last summer, and we will talk about some of my habits from that time in my life. 1700 calories might have been the total calories of a single meal which was in a string of the same type of meals. exercise for me was to walk up the stairs to go to bed and 10 of 10 times you could find me sitting on the couch with a clicker in my hand and a half of a bag of something sitting next to me, whether it be a big bag of BBQ chips, or a bag of Doritos. a push up? in my wildest dreams maybe and the back pain that would come with all of it was just the icing on the cake, and speaking of cake there was lots of that around as well, I am reminded of a line from fight club where Edward Nortons character says "this is your life and its ending one second at a time" that was me before I decided to change my life and control what went into my body and what I did for myself in the area of health and nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle. This works for me because it is not treated as a "diet" it is not something that will be a temporary fix or the next thing that I tried to do in 2008, it is a lifestyle change plain and simple.
Stronger now than I have been in nine or more years, mentally as well as physically I can say that statement with one hundred percent certainty that it is true, nothing will stop me from reaching the goal that I have set for myself.
You met me at a very strange time in my life.
Friday, August 22, 2008
This 2006 Yamaha R6 weighs in at 393 lbs
Friday is here and the time of week to record my weight has arrived, I won't keep you in suspense and I won't try and dazzle you with anything more than the number this week which is smaller than I thought it would be but I have a theory on why, but before I get to that I have lost one pound this week and I weighed in at 393 pounds upon waking today. onto the theory, I have had an extremely stressful week (not related to weight loss so I won't bore you with the details) on Monday I weighed 390 pounds and thats when the stress came into the picture as well, I have not been hydrating myself like I normally do and lack of exercise is definitely a factor and I have not been eating every few hours, its been more like 6 hours between meals and they have been larger and not so healthy but the fact that I was 390 on Monday means that I was actually seeing losses and when the stress reared its ugly head I gained back 3 pounds but I believe that some of it is because I drank heavily last night to try and make up some of the fluid that I know I have been missing out on but it is what it is and 393 is the number that shall be recorded. Am I happy about the one pound? sure, its a pound thats not on me any more, am I satisfied with it? no I am not, I know that I could have had more of a loss but life happens and such is the way of the world. so thats the way the cookie crumbles this week and a one pound loss is realized for the week, I am not happy about it and I am not upset about it I am sort of feeling neutral.
You will notice that my menu is well, $hitty from yesterday I had 3 meals and a tiny pear that I picked off of a tree and dinner was an Italian BMT from Subway and I did have Mayo on it, I just didn't care because its what I wanted at the time. I also had some chocolate but when I say that I mean a new phone, I picked up a new LG Chocolate 3 phone and am getting use to how it works this morning and since its a new gadget I wanted to mention it. I have been pulled in two thousand directions in the past few days and its hard to get intake into my body when I need to so its been just trying to eat when I can and make it count calorie wise, the total is 1690 calories but as you will see its 3 lump meals and that random pear, here is a look at my dismal menu from yesterday.
2 cups raisin bran 380
1 cup 1% milk 110
1 can progrsso soup 120
1oz Tortilla chips 140
tiny pear 40
Subway Italian bmt 900
Over all things are still going in a positive direction and I am staying on track where calories are concerned its just the execution that I am worried about, in the past few days I have eaten fried chicken strips and fries at Friendly's, an Italian BMT with mayo and cheese and lots of peanut butter and jelly and home made pizza pockets, to say that my intake is flawed this week would be putting it lightly but as i said life happens and all ya can do is what ya can do and thats what I have been doing. I have been home barely and it could have been much worse in the form of McDonalds or the likes but I chose to grab the quick meal from home most times and I always kept track of the calories, I know that when this stress blows over I will hit it it hard again and get some real numbers flying again where my weight is concerned and get a rhythm back, so Until next time thats that.
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