Tuesday, January 17, 2012
So my brother got a job as a 'membership counselor' at a local gym a few weeks back and finally got around to getting me a 7 day pass this weekend. So the last 2 days I've been in the gym with my friends Mike and Navy (Navy's name is Mike also, but he was in the Navy, so we call him Navy). Anyways, yesterday we warmed up on the ellipticals for 10 minutes then hit the weight room to work a little back and chest. I was careful to take it easy, but alas, my back and chest were sooo sore today. The old 'back to the gym pains'.
So today Mike and Navy wanted to hit the gym at 8:30 am, a good 1.5 hours before my standard wake up time (I'm lazy, so what). But I get up at 6:00 and get around and make it to the gym. They look to me to plan out what we will do because I have years of gym experience and I decide that I don't want to do any upper body work because I still can't hardly raise my arms from yesterday! So legs it is ... We start off doing squats on the smith machine (I usually prefer completely free weights, but I'm older and more broken down now and opted for the safety of the smith machine). 3 sets of 10 reps with 95, 115 and 135 lbs. I actually only got 6 reps at 135, my thighs and butt were really feeling it. THen to the leg press machine, 2 sets of 10 at 225lbs and 1 set of 10 at 145 lbs. It was hard to stand back up afterwards. As I walked out of the weight room, it felt like there was an earthquake happening because my legs were so shaky and unstable.
Ok, leg workout done for the day, but I needed to get some cardio in. So onto the treadmill for a 15 minute walk at 2.5 mph and 2% incline. All I can say is that it's a good thing I kept hold of the handles the whole time because my legs kept buckling the whole time. That was the hardest 15 minute walk I have ever had! But the worse part was having to step down 8 inches off of the treadmill when I was finally done. Holy crap, I was clinging to the handle for dear life as I stepped down and still nearly dropped to the ground in a pile of sweaty, unstable manhood.
As of this writing it has been almost 9 hours since I walked out of the gym, and my legs are still unwilling to cooperate with me. God help me if those sadists want to hit the gym tomorrow morning!
Then again, I'm a bit of a masochist, so I'll probably be at the gym at 8:30 tomorrow, not working legs or chest or back. Maybe time for shoulders and arms.
Til next time,
p.s. This just in: Mike texted me just now, asking if I was ready for 7pm cardio ... HELL NO!
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Middle of January already, time is already flying.
This week saw some ups and downs for me. On the upside I really did a good job of maintaining my diet, only a couple of small hiccups all week, but that's pretty good for me! Also, early in the week I logged 3 bike rides for a total of about 10 miles. Now I think that is exceptional because I have only ridden a bike 4 or 5 times for a total of 15 minutes since I bought my first car in 1986.
On the downside however, I have had a slight feeling of malaise, not sure why all week. Then on Wednesday I got a flat tire on my bike. Now I need to get a rubber solid tube or maybe a puncture proof tube and fix my bike. Either way, I wasn't looking forward to tearing my new bike down this early in the ownership. Sad panda :(
But I woke up this morning feeling more chipper than I have most of the week, jumped on the scale (after draining the bladder!) and was pretty happy with what I saw. Then i got dressed and went to the local blood bank and let them suck a pint of my life force out of me. But hey, I got a couple glasses of orange juice and 2, count 'em, 2 oatmeal raisin cookies out of the deal, so I was happy. Am I the only one that likes to watch the needle get pushed into their arm? I see most people look away at that point (point, get it?, point!).
Anyway, enough with the blabber, you have better things to do than to look at my words all day. Let's look at the numbers.
Weight : 246.7
Lost : 1.4
Total : 70.5
Finally reached the 70 lbs lost mark! Yay! So officially I have 39.5 lbs to get to my goal weight, I don't think I'll hit it by February 28. But I will keep marching on and doing my thing.
I have registered and paid to enter the Tough Mudder NorCal in Sept. I registered as a team and am just waiting for my friends to get their funds together to pay their registration and join me. We have a team starting time of 10:40am on Sat. Sept. 22. I think the course will be 12 miles with 16 obstacles I think. the temperature should be between 90 and 100 so the jumping into, swimming through and generally splashing around the water hazards will be a nice respite from the sun. Looking forward to this amazing event with anxious anticipation.
Wounds heal, chicks dig scars!
Saturday, January 07, 2012
So, this is my first weigh in of the new year, the weigh in that will set the standard for the rest of the year.
At least that's what I kept telling myself last weekend. But, let's face it, New years Eve and New years day are made for snacking. I was good for Thanksgiving and even pretty good at Christmas, but this was New Years!
So the 31st and the 1st both became free days for me. I really ate a lot on the 31st, and on the 1st I had too many carbs but didn't eat too bad overall. Still, that extra day of eating took a toll on me. Had me feeling lethargic most of the week.
But, even in my lethargy I was able to ride my new bike 3 times (total of 30 minutes, still getting used to riding, legs have been like jell-o!) and I did 480 kettlebell swings between Monday and Thursday. More work than I have done in a single week in quite a while. On the flipside, I am one sore puppy! lol
Enough about what I did, let's move onto the numbers:
Weight : 248.1
Lost : .7
Total : 69.1
So, I didn't lose very much, but after all that I ate last weekend, I wasn't surprised, I was just happy to have posted any loss!
On the news front, I and a few friends have signed up to do the Tough Mudder in September here in Northern California. 12 mile obstacle course, looks harder than chinese math! But I do enjoy a challenge and I think this will be a good one.
It's 5:30pm here and I'm going to get off of here and go eat some delicious chicken mmmm. Good night and God bless!
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Where did the time go? I does not seem possible that 2011 is over. It certainly does not seem like it's been 38 weeks since I started my journey to lose weight. I have accomplished in this year what I had all but given up on, becoming a better me. If someone had told me at this time last year that in 2011 I would lose almost 70 lbs, I would have laughed at them, but here I am, almost 70 lbs lighter! It seems so surreal to me. I was talking with one of my cousins Christmas day and in the middle of our conversation she blurted out "damn, you're skinny!". I have seen her a couple of times in the past month, but this was the first time that she looked at me and realized that I had lost a bunch of weight. That affirmation felt good. Tonight, when I gather with friends for New Years I am sure to get a few more compliments from people I haven't seen in 6 months or more, I'm looking forward to sharing my experience as well as this site with them.
I don't believe my weight loss would have been possible without Sparkpeople. I know everything I need to do the task, but I was always lacking the motivation, for one reason or another. But here I was able to track my food easily, which helped me to see what foods were sabotaging me (I already knew, but to see it visually was a big help). The biggest thing that has helped me though has been my Spark friends. If not for you guys posting encouraging words, hearty congratulations and sincere thanks for my own kind words to you, I would have not done as well as I have. I really do not like letting people down, leaves a sour feeling in the pit of my stomach, and I feel like if I don't keep pushing to be better, I will be letting down all of you who have been there for me this whole time. My hats off to you guys for helping make me a better person, thank you.
Weight : 248.8
Gain : .1
Total : 68.4
So, I was hoping for a 1.5 lb loss this week to take me to 70 lbs total lost for the year. But as I have shown so many times, hoping for a loss is not the same as working for a loss. This week found me cheating a little too much with left over Christmas cookies and assorted nuts. Nothing terrible, but I didn't move as much as I should have. I got a bike for Christmas but have only taken one ride so far because it's been so cold. From now on, I don't care how cold it is, I'm going to ride it much more, try to get a ride in every day. Also, my little brother just got a job as a salesman at a local gym (5 mins from my house) so I will hit him up for a cheapo membership (we'll see what he can do). Those 2 things should make a world of difference, just have to see if I really put my head down and do it.
68.4 lbs in 38 weeks equals a 1.8 lb loss per week. I would have liked to average 2.5lbs per week, but sometimes life gets in the way (and we get in our own way also). I will not complain about the 1.8lb average because I know that there are many people who would kill for that kind of weekly average. It's like complaining to a guy that drives a used Toyota that your Bentley gets poor mileage. It may be a big deal to you, but to him you sound like a whiny little bi**h! So I will be happy with my average and continue to smile about what I have done, with all of your help.
Thank you Sparkfriends, couldn't have done it without you!
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Little setbacks this week kept me from doing much exercising (beginning to become a pattern for me). But I was pretty darn good on my diet and I did more walking due to Christmas shopping. Yeah, I usually do most of my shopping in the last week, I always tell myself that I will start early and get it done, but it always ends up the same!
Anyways, shopping is done, wrapping is done and I am done! I'm glad that I got through this week and am looking forward to the last week of the year.
I will cut to the chase, because I know we all have more important things to take care of at this time.
Weight : 248.7
Lost : 2.1
Total : 68.5
Yes, 2.1 lbs down this week! Finally out of the 250's, it seemed to take forever, but I got it done finally!
A very Merry Christmas to all of my Spark friends and to any one else who happens to come across this post.
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