Monday, December 31, 2012
What kind of grade would I give myself since I started this journey 240 days ago? Hmm...
Has it really been 240 days since I started? It seems hard to believe to me, but it has indeed been 240 days! 240 days of aches, joy, pain, relief, angst, worry, guilt, joy...I could go on and on and on, but I will spare you. I will simply sum up 2012 for me (as far as diet & exercise goes) in one phrase: SO FAR, SO GOOD. I suppose I could use the phrase "work in progress" as well because as much progress as I have made, I am not done! In fact, I am excited for the possibilities of 2013 as far as my fitness and health can go. It would be easy to rest on my success so far, and perhaps pre 2012 Brad would have but not 2012 and beyond Brad!
Back when I started this on May 5th, I titled my Spark page, 'My Odd-yssey'. But now looking back over the nearly 8 months of diet and exercising, there really hasn't been much "odd" about. I really wondered to myself if I could climb that hill all the way to my goal. I set a goal of losing 166.6 lbs. When I started, it seemed an even more enormous number than it actually is! How long would I be willing to stick to this process? Could I do it?
Well, 110.3 lbs. later...so far, so good.
It has been a long and hard process that has tested me at every turn. It is a process that has tested my will and character. Just how hard am I willing to push? Just how much discipline am I willing to enforce upon myself? Could I be mentally & physically strong enough to do what I needed to do?
Well, 110.3 lbs. later...so far, so good.
If I sit back and give myself an honest appraisal, an honest grade, I would give myself an A-. I think that is fair. I know I haven't been perfect as far as diet and exercise go so I do not deserve an A+. Anyways, there is always room for improvement. I think an A- is fair and gives me room to move up in 2013! But for my 2012 evaluation, I have learned that I can push myself! I can stick to this process! I can enforce discipline upon myself! I am mentally and physically strong enough to make this happen! I can do this! I am doing this!
A large part of my 2012 success has be due to you Sparkville! You guys have been great friends to me through the year. I have met some truly great & inspirational people along this journey! I am fortunate! I am fortunate to have you all along this ride! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
So let's welcome in 2013 with open arms and embrace the new start! Its a new start for us to all work towards an A+ in 2013!
BE THE CHANGE
EMBRACE THE POSSIBILITIES
EVERY DAMN DAY
Happy New Year Sparkville!
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
I was sitting at home the other day, kind of lost in thought about life. You all know how that is, right? You have a plan to do something and you get that "thousand yard stare" and you don't really do anything because you are just lost in thought. Well, that happened the other day when I was getting (trying to at least) motivated to do my workout. I really wanted to do it but I got in that "state" and just sat there and thought about this whole journey. This whole journey that I started again the first week of May. This journey that has brought me to 107.7 lbs. lost since that start in May. This LONG journey. Has it really been 7+ months? Really? How do I keep doing this day after day after day after day...
I thought about the fact that I have worked out 164 of the last 169 days with the 5 days I missed with a double ear infection. Other than that, I have NOT missed a single day! I thought that I have finished Insanity & Tap Out XT & am almost 1/4 way done with P90x now! Most of you don't know that for the last nearly 2 months now, when I have a break at work (2:30am to 3:30am) I head down to the gym on campus here and play basketball for 30 minutes and lift weights for 30 minutes alternating days between upper and lower body. So basically, I have been doing 2-a-days for almost 2 months now!
The hardest thing to believe is that I WANT to do this! I don't feel right if I go to long in a day without doing my workouts! Wait...what? I have NEVER been that person! I played sports in high school and baseball in college and HATED working out! HATED!!! Thus the weight gain over the years since my competitive athletic days ended. If I don't have to do it, then I won't! Simple.
But that has all changed and I do not ever want it to change back! People tell me to take some time off or enjoy the holidays a little more and give your self a break. I say F' that! Why should I? This has become my life. This has become my routine. Do I hurt? Absolutely! I have had pain in both knees, my left hip, both shoulders, and both feet through this journey. But guess what? I'M NOT GOING TO QUIT! I have had enough of the excuses! We all know the excuses...I'll just start tomorrow, it's only one day, it's only this, it's only that, blah blah blah BLAH! No more, that is not me anymore! If that is not me anymore, than I know anyone who actually reads this, it can NOT be you too! We all have the strength within us! This isn't an easy journey or there would be no reason for Spark. There would be none of this. It is hard, so why not embrace it? Be the change!
So as the title of this blog says, Worth All Of The Pain! Why? Because it is! If it isn't worth the pain, maybe it's not worth it. Well, this is worth the pain and I will keep pushing EVERY DAMN DAY!
I have lost 107.7 lbs but I will not quit until I reach my goal of 166.6 lbs! At that point, I may even go a little farther but one big goal at a time!
You guys are the best and I don't think I could do this without my Spark friends...Spark family! Thank you for your continued support on this long journey!
Good Day Sparkville!
Monday, December 03, 2012
Crazy how time can seemingly just get away from you and it is so easy to get behind. That has happened to me lately with my Spark time. I have to admit, I am quite a bit behind on the things I did here on Spark and it isn't on purpose. Fortunately for me, I haven't fallen behind on tracking and exercise, but I have fallen behind keeping records of it here on Spark.
I was doing my weekly recaps for my tracking and exercise but I have not done that in 3 weeks now! But I am still on track with everything. I finished Tap Out XT last week and I have already finished the first 4 days of P90x! Workouts are going great!
As for eating, I haven't missed a step. I haven't tracked everything but I am still doing the right things which showed in my weigh-in from November 30th in which I was down almost 12 lbs. over 15 days! Great!
Even better is the fact that I am down 107.7 lbs. since May 5th! That is 107.7 in 210 days! I am really happy with my results so far and am pushing hard every day! I still have a good ways to go but I believe more than ever NOW, that I CAN DO IT!
Update on my dog Tate...
For those who know Tate's story (if you don't, check back on a blog 2 months ago) he is doing much better! He is walking pretty much normal. He eats normal. He does everything almost back to normal which is hard to believe knowing how bad of shape he was in just 2 months back!
I would also like to thank everyone who supports me and takes the time to read this blog or any of the others I have wrote. Spark has gotten me to where I am today and I am not giving up on Spark, not at all! I will be here most days and you can darn well believe that if I am not, I WILL be somewhere PUSHING!
Good Day Sparkville!
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
I finished Tap Out XT today! It is just about as hard for me to believe that I finished it as it was when I finished Insanity back in August! Tap Out XT was a 12-week program that I did every day, minus the 5 days I missed due to a double ear infection. Still, I did not let that slow me down and I did Tap Out every day! I will hopefully get my weigh-in and measurements done tomorrow!
I have now done Tap Out XT or Insanity for 145 of the last 150 days! Dare I say that it is a routine now? It is! There is no chance I am not doing it for the day. Yes, I did it on my birthday. Yes, I did it on Thanksgiving. Yes, I will keep on keepin' on!
Ok, so now it is time to move on because I am not done, not by a long shot. This lifestyle change is on the tracks and the train is going to keep on rolling!
I am not sure what is next honestly. I am either going to do Asylum or P90x. Asylum is just 1 month and P90x is 3 months. Either way, I am looking forward to continuing this journey! I will make my decision in the next day or two and will be starting the new program on December 1st!
I really appreciate all the support I have gotten from all of my great Spark friends. Your encouraging words helped push me during Insanity and Tap Out, even when I wasn't sure I could make it. THANK YOU!!!
I AM DOING THIS!
I WILL DO THIS!
I WILL NOT STOP!
Good Day Sparkville!
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
I have finished 19 weeks of working out & diet! Had a pretty good week overall. I was supposed to weigh-in on November 5th but I couldn't because the scale at work that I was using, apparently broke and is off for repair. Problem is, I don't know when it will be back. Oh well, going to keep pushing until I am done with Tap Out on November 28th and I will find another scale then if I need to.
(7/1-7/7) Week 1 - 2,246.0 cal/day...28.6 fat/day...334.0 carb/day...174.7 pro/day...260 fitness minutes & burned 3,416 calories.
(7/8-7/14) Week 2 - 2,260.7 cal/day...34.0 fat/day...321.4 carb/day...174.4 pro/day...370 fitness minutes & burned 4,594 calories.
(7/15-7/21) Week 3 - 2,234.7 cal/day...33.0 fat/day...321.7 carb/day...172.0 pro/day...405 fitness minutes & burned 5,120 calories.
(7/22-7/28) Week 4 - 2,229.7 cal/day...32.6 fat/day...315.9 carb/day...174.7 pro/day...485 fitness minutes & burned 5,706 calories
(7/29-8/4) Week 5 - 2,106.7 cal/day...30.0 fat/day...287.7 carb/day...179.7 pro/day...545 fitness minutes & burned 6,496 calories
(8/5-8/11) Week 6 - 2,121.0 cal/day...36.7 fat/day...281.7 carb/day...176.9 pro/day...555 fitness minutes & 6,187 calories
(8/12-8/18) Week 7 - 1952.3 cal/day...36.7 fat/day...249.4 carb/day...165.7 pro/day...515 fitness minutes & burned 6,022 calories
(8/19 - 8/25) Week 8 - 1,975.6 cal/day...35.6 fat/day...261.4 carb/day...165.0 pro/day...570 fitness minutes & burned 7,170 calories
(8/26 - 9/1) Week 9 - 1992.0 cal/day... 35.7 fat/day... 264.9 carb/day... 160.6 pro/day... 465 fitness minutes & 5,947 burned calories
(9/2 - 9/8) Week 10 - 2,016.5 cal/day...35.5 fat/day...266.5 carb/day...162.8 pro/day...335 fitness minutes & burned 3,286 calories
(9/9 - 9/15) Week 11 - 1,974.9 cal/day...35.7 fat/day...252.4 carb/day...162.1 pro/day...440 fitness minutes & burned 4,898 calories
(9/16 - 9/22) Week 12 - 1,968.0 cal/day... 36.1 fat/day... 240.3 carb/day... 168.3 pro/day... 565 fitness minutes & burned 6,532 calories
(9/23 - 9/29) Week 13 - 1,992 cal/day...39.3 fat/day...239.7 carb/day...174.0 pro/day...665 fitness minutes & burned 6,901 calories
(9/30 - 10/6) Week 14 - 1,962.7 cal/day...39.0 fat/day...244.0 carb/day... 171.4 pro/day...625 fitness minutes & burned 6,586 calories
(10/7 - 10/13) Week 15 - 1,956.6 cal/day...39.6 fat/day...244.1 carb/day...172.3 pro/day...525 fitness minutes & burned 5,821 calories
(10/14 - 10/20) Week 16 - 2,004.0 cal/day...37.1 fat/day...237.4 carb/day...167.0 pro/day...460 fitness minutes & burned 4,869 calories
(10/21 - 10/28) Week 17 - 1,991.1 cal/day...40.0 fat/day...245.4 carb/day...167.1 pro/day...565 fitness minutes & burned 5,786 calories
(10/29 - 11/04) Week 18 - 2006.1 cal/day...38.3 fat/day...249.1 carb/day...173.4 pro/day...565 fitness minutes & burned 5,786 calories
Here are my week 19 numbers...
Spark says I can have between 2,010-2,360 calories/day.
November 4 - 2,079
November 5 - 2,054
November 6 - 1,939
November 7 - 2,028
November 8 - 2,005
November 9 - 1,990
November 10 - 2,011
I averaged 2,015.1. Aiming for around my minimum of 2,010. I amreally happy with where I was for the week!.
As for fat, Spark says I can have between 45-92. My week in fat...
November 4 - 43
November 5 - 42
November 6 - 43
November 7 - 40
November 8 - 38
November 9 - 41
November 10 - 40
I averaged 41.0 I was aiming for around 40. I am right where I want to be for the week!
As far as Carbs, Spark says I can have 226-384. My week in carbs....
November 4 - 260
November 5 - 250
November 6 - 238
November 7 - 224
November 8 - 241
November 9 - 218
November 10 - 244
I averaged 239.3 I was aiming for being as close to my Spark minimum(226) as possible. Was a little high but not to bad all and all!
As for protein, Spark says I should have between 60-206. My week in protein...
November 4 - 166
November 5 - 164
November 6 - 154
November 7 - 171
November 8 - 169
November 9 - 177
November 10 - 166
I averaged 166.7. Wanted to average over 170. A little low for the week but not bad.
*500 fitness minutes for the week*
*4,958 calories burned*
My fitness numbers were a little low for the week due to some time issues. Back at it this week!
I WILL NOT STOP! I WILL KEEP GOING!
Good Day Sparkville
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