Tuesday, January 04, 2011
Happy New Year!
I took a little break from spark towards the end of 2010, it was a mixture of lots of things going on and the monotony of logging my life was getting to me a little. As a result the exercise and healthy eating dropped a little. I'm pleased to say that I didn't slip into my old ways, just wasn't as disciplined as before. I noticed that even despite the lack of tracking I was still more conscious of what I was eating, and made the choice to not eat as well- instead of just not knowing or caring.
Anyway, excuses aside, the spark hiatus cost me around 10lbs. I'm pleased with that- not pleased that I added 10lbs, but pleased that its all I added, which to me was a demonstration that I was still able to exercise control.
Christmas was just peachy as my sexy lady was up to visit for a whole 18 days! Woohoo! We both made a re-commitment to eat healthy and exercise more and that's where I stand.
As of today, I've refreshed the spark profile a bit, updated some comments, and signed up for the January boot camp to kick start my efforts. My immediate goal is to get rid of the 10lbs and smash through the 100lb loss barrier I was struggling with towards the end of last year. I hope to do this before my birthday mid feb.
That's all for now, just checking back in. I everyone had great holiday seasons! If you got off track a little, don't worry about what happened, just focus on what you are going to do in 2011 to make it an amazing year!
Here is a little glimpse of what I had to eat on Christmas Day, mmmmm! I'm a lucky boy to have such an amazing girlfriend supporting me.
Sunday, August 01, 2010
It's that time again folks. Time for a little monthly goal setting, but first an update on July's challenges.
1) Keep up the good eating. Measure of success - being 'in range', on average, for the main four nutrition goals. - Done! One thing I was please with was cholesterol reduction. July was the first time I had kept it in range on average for the whole month! I dont have a cholesterol issue, and hopefully this will ensure it stays that way.
2) Focus on lowering the sodium a bit. I don't think its a problem at the minute but its the only nutrition goal I have yet to master. Measure of success - eat less of it, on average than June. - Done! Considering the amount of food I'm still supposed to eat at my size, I'm pleased that I have reduced this by 1000mg per day on average since April.
3) Increase my exercise to exceed last month. Measure of success - 1 calorie more burn than June will make me happy. - Done! This took an epic 2hr final exercise session today to hit, but I'm pleased I made it, even with a poor business trip week in the middle.
So, good times, good times. It's amazing what you can do with a little bit of focus. I hope yourJuly went well too!
Now, goals for August. This is going to be a tough month for me as I have many disruptions planned, the biggest being me having to return to the UK twice for different weddings. Big eats, lots of travelling and not much room for excuses. excuses, excuses, excuses.
Anyway, my goals are going to be around managing these events this month.
Goal 1) First week coming up, tour to the UK, four day indian wedding. My goal is to get in more exercise than my business trip week to Phoenix. Measure of success: one more calorie burned is good.
Goal 2) First trip: eat within my fat range for that week on average. Measure of success: 1 calorie under is ok, I know its going to be towards the top either way.
Goal 3) Second trip, but tougher, longer trip and no access to gym. Goal is to get in at least some exercise each day. Measure of success: 20mins running or walking each day.
Goal 4) Second trip- eat within my fat range for that week on average. Measure of success: 1 calorie under is ok:- if I achieve this I will be amazed, haha.
That's it for August, a tough month and if I come out unscathed I know the new me will last forever! woohoo! What are you plans for August? Write them down and let us know. Good luck!
Friday, July 30, 2010
Yesterday was an odd day in the world of me. I ran.
I ate quite a big lunch, and then quite a big dinner. Blew the daily goals, but its ok, I've had a great week and I will just manage to that and I enjoyed everything I had with friends, so I'm none too concerned. All this food though meant I had quite a bit of energy.
I managed to get my swim in before a friend came round for dinner, 60mins tick. Me and friend, lets call him Peter. Not because it's code, that's his name. Me and Peter, went for dinner at a thai place over the road from where I live. During dinner I got talking about food processors. I know, rock and roll. he must have been bored out of his mind. I had seen a couple of videos at the weekend though while I was researching them with lots of "no way", "how did it do that", "where did all that onion go". He mentioned he had a spare. Hellloooooooooooo. That would save me $300, so he kindly offered to lend it too me.
Peter had come over on his bike (push), so I said, why dont we both go back to his, then I'll grab the device and walk back. Peter lives about 1.4miles away from me, so its a nice walk, and allows me to squeeze some extra calorie burning in, so off we went.
This is were the weirdness starts, about a block from my apartment i get the sudden urge to run. What is going on. I don't run, never have run, never liked it when they forced us at school, never, never, never. Peter runs all the time- every year he runs pikes peak, which is essentially a marathon up a mountain- crazy man. We always joke about me going running with him, as he knows how much I hate it, or the 'idea' of it at least. Last year he got hypothermia up the mountain and almost died, but still claims it was a great race. I will never understand these people.
Anyway, Peter is walking along with his bike and I say "why dont you get on it", and he says "because im walking with you", so then I say "well what if I run" and took off. At which point I think he was stood there amazed and shouted "did I just see you run?". I shouted back "maybe" - which was a blatant lie as I was running away from him. This continued for one block, then two blocks, then three blocks.
I start singing the chariots of fire music out loud "dee deerrr deeer deerrrr derrrr' inbetween pants. I past a couple of people and it felt really good, and weirdly quite natural. The pace was good and I ended up running for about a mile out of the 1.4m. Part of it was a rough area, so to be fair, I had other motivations to run faster there at 11pm at night.
I walked back, figured I didn't want to push it too hard :-)
When I woke up this morning, I did ache, my body hated me. "Whhyyyyyyyyy" i shouted, as I lay in bed, but after some breakfast and a morning swim I feel just fine now.
I think I might reserve this C25K thing everyone talks about for my plateau or when the pool closes at the end of the summer. I am going to need something big then to replace it and this might be just the ticket to 'slim-dom town' that I need. Hmmm, this is going to need some more thought.
I blame a large portion of this whole episode on GEOMUSIC19 and JODIANN421. GEOMUSIC19 for the passion i feel when she talks about her running and what seems like smashing every PB she had in the last week, and JODIANN421 for the emotional moment she had when reaching 30mins of running! What a blog folks, what a blog. I'm reading updates from these too, then I start dreaming about running, it all snowballed from there.
Well that's it. It turned into quite a long ramble for what essentially was me saying "I ran yesterday for the first time". Good luck sparking!
Sunday, July 25, 2010
I love living in an apartment building. It has all the wonderful amenities I need, and at this stage of my life its right where I want to be. The walls are thick in this building, so I don't hear any neighbours, the doormen are nice, and its a hop, skip and a jump away from work.
There is, however, one issue which I discovered earlier this week, that will no doubt be familiar to anyone else who lives in an apartment building.... cock roaches.
During some late night trips to the facet for a refreshment I noticed a couple of our little friends frolicking in the left over drops of water in my sink. Now I, like the next man, can be partial to a bit of water frolicking during the summer heat, but this was not on.
Over the next couple of days I notice some of them making daring runs across my work top in the evening. Not only were they using my facilities without permission, they were now rubbing it in my face. This too, was not on.
I did a bit of research and found out some methods to rid myself of these pests. I'm a tidy person anyway, but I learnt I would have to get military on their asses if I had any hope of removing them.
Firstly, the food. Most things in my kitchen are in sealed containers. There were a couple of open packets of things - these got sealed. Tea bags - got sealed. My scotch tape and matches - got sealed. I don't know if these little preditors like to wrap presents and were due to use my tape, but I wasn't going to take the chance. Nor did I want them playing with matches while I was in the other room.
Everything was now sealed. Fresh food supply had been cut off. Next for some more day to day changes. After each meal, I washed and cleaned everything down. After I had finished with the sink I wiped all the remaining water away, then microwaved the sponges to remove any sexy smelling smells the roaches might be sniffing. Not under my roof sunshine.
This was all good, but it wasn't going to remove the ones that were already there. So I move on to operation "kill the roach" (I am aware I'm not going to win any prizes for naming here).
I went to my local shoprite and purchased a couple of things. The first was a roach trap and sterilizing kit to reduce their baby making abilities. The second was some eco friendly instant bug spray. I have a cat, and value my health; these two combined with my forthcoming trigger happy episode of extermination, I felt it necessary to get something that wasn't toxic.
Then came the big day - today - Sunday - d-day. It started with a deep clean. No corner was left untouched. I pulled the fridge out, the stove out, the dish washer out. Every was disinfected, swept and wiped down. I found a few things behind the stove that the previous tenants had kindly left behind, but no sign of roaches there. I moved onto the offending cupboards where I had seen them gallivanting about in previously. The first one contained a couple. *SPRAY* *SPRAY* - they were gone, and I cleaned up.
The final chapter was about to unfold. The cupboard where I stored a lot of paper bags. A roaches paradise of dark folds, nooks and concealed places, right under where food prep takes place. I open the door and one bolted for it. I chased him around the kitchen, spraying him just before he reached an opening in the side board. Phheww. That was close, but it wasn't over yet.
I looked into the cupboard and was disgusted by what I saw. It was a roach play ground; roundabouts, swings, picnics. It was a party in there. Not for long. In a matter of seconds it turned into a roach sequel of "The Day After Tomorrow". As I pulled out each bag a couple would spring out and make a run for it. Spray in one hand, a tissue in the other I squashed or soaked each of them one by one (soaking the bigger ones, squashing the little ones- I ain't daft). As my kill count racked up I finally got to the last bag and disposed of it.
After cleaning up the mess I laid my traps. A little poison trap in each of the cupboards where I had found the boys playing. A couple behind the cooker and a few under the sink. I set my lazer guard system to 'ultra-sensitive'- if anything moved in that kitchen I would know about it. The cat will probably get a shock next time she goes for a drink, but after a couple of lazer shaves, she will learn.
Now, I wait and hope. When their wall buddies come out for a play tonight they will find their friends gone and a couple of black boxes with free buffet dinners for all. Go on boys, tuck in, help yourselves there is enough for everyone. Take it back to your mates, don't be selfish now.
Fingers crossed the master plan will work but at the very least, you work up quite a sweat chasing cockroaches around the kitchen. I couldn't find it the fitness tracker though.
Friday, July 23, 2010
I've learnt so much on my spark journey thus far; lots about food, exercise, motivation and so much more. The journey is going well, I've been dealing with challenges as they come, and coming out on top every time. The weight is falling off steadily and safely, and I'm so much more healthy.
It made me wonder, why hadn't I done this before? Why had it taken me so long to get to this point? After some thought I think the most significant reasons is my pursuit of perfection.
I used to start, and then life would come along and I had a less than perfect day, so i threw it all to the wind thinking "well the day has gone now, I didn't get my exercise, or I ate something bad, so I may as well just forget it till tomorrow". That turned into a bad week, or a bad month, then you find yourself saying "ill start on January 1st, a new year a new me". Before you know it, I got where I was because I couldn't deal with not getting it right every time.
Fast forward ten years later. The new me I kept referring to has finally arrive, why? I now understand that it is not about perfection, its about being consistently good. I no longer worry if I have an excessive eating day, or I dont get in all the exercise I wanted because its just one day.
A little tip - I use the reports page on spark people so much, because I can look at my trends! I rarely look at individual days, I always study my weekly averages, or my monthly averages. I look at everything; nutrition, cardio, spark points.
What was the big thing holding you back?
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