Saturday, March 03, 2012
I'm feeling like George Jetson ... "Jane, get me off this crazy thing".
Last weeks' road to recovery turned out to be a cul-de-sac. I let myself get too distracted, too hungry and ate too much while having not enough focus, enough drive, or enough sweat pour off of me at the gym.
This week I had to write a resume and prepare for an open interview with a large national coffee company, spend half a day standing around with 130 or so other hopefuls waiting for my number to be called so I could sit down and actually get interviewed. Missed the gym that day.
I've also been trying to figure out how to get my 15 year old son into summer school. Mind you, his grades are good, 3.3 gpa, but he wants to knock out some required courses over the next 2 summers so he can either graduate early or at least have an senior filled with fun classes. But due to budget constraints they are not allowing any student that does not NEED summer school to take summer school. Makes no sense, they will be having algebra 2, and other courses available for students who have flunked them during the year, but they won't let him in to take them of his own accord. The teacher will already be there, getting paid, my son's presence will not add to any costs for the school. It's hard to teach kids to be go-getter's, to reach for goals, when the one place that they have the opportunities to work harder won't allow them to do so.
enough ranting. I just plain screwed up this week. It's so easy to slack off a little when you're seeing good results. I weighed myself on Tuesday morning and I was 242.5. I thought "Great!, this is going to be a good week". Boy was I wrong. Too many carbs the last three days and too many calories and too little hard work. I have got to straighten myself out, I'm going nuts being in the 240's for over 2 months now.
Anyway, here's the numbers:
Weight : 244.2
Gain : .5
Total : 73.0
I know it's just half a pound, but I really thought I had turned a corner after last week and was headed nowhere but down. So that half pound gain is just like a kick in the stomach. I'm pretty angry with myself right now. Of course that will pass by this evening because I know that I can't change the past, I can only dictate what I will with the future. I have to just put one foot in front of the other and make it happen.
Oh, and after my interview I was told that they would contact the people that they wanted to hire by Monday. I haven't heard from them yet and doubt if they will be making any calls on Sunday.
“In brightest day, in blackest night,
No evil shall escape my sight
Let those who worship evil’s might,
Beware my power… Green Lantern’s light!”
Saturday, February 25, 2012
It was a much better week...
I got a little of my mojo back this week. Maybe not 100%, but enough to make a difference. I pushed myself harder in the gym, both in strength training and aerobic work. I was also more diligent with my food intake and overall consumed more water.
I wasn't sure how this week was going to go, I had a test scheduled for Friday for an 8 unit class and I was pretty stressed about it all week. The class was "Quality, Operations and Decision Science Concepts". All about ISO standards, Six Sigma, Total Quality Management, etc., a real bear of a class even for a guy who ran a high 6 figure business for several years!
Anyway, I passed the test (it was close though) and can chalk up 8 more units towards my degree. For those keeping score at home, that's 71 units in 15 months. I like working at my own pace :)
So the real reason any of you have come here isn't to listen to me brag about my academic accomplishments, it's to see how I did this week in the realm of body recomposition. So without further adieu, let's look at the numbers:
Weight : 243.7
Loss : 3.1
Total : 73.5
Yay me! For this week at least I have gotten back on track, now to see if I can get 2 weeks back to back with a loss.
Thanks for reading. I'm off to find stuff to do.
"What we do in this life, echoes in eternity." Russell Crowe- Gladiator
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Wow, what a terrible week.
I just felt crappy all week. I don't know if I'm coming down with something or if it's just all of the stress of my life finally caught up with me, but it's been a bad week. My diet was all over the place, I had no enthusiasm in the gym and spent less time there because of it. I've been in pain from my shoulder to my back to my hip. When it hurts or is uncomfortable to do something, you just don't put as much effort into it.
I have felt hungry all week, which is not like me. I ended up snacking too much, taking in too many carbs and just plain failing at eating right. I almost feel like there's a light fog in my head, I feel slow and lethargic.
To the numbers
Weight : 246.8
Gain : 2.7
Total : 70.4
Yep, I gained 2.7lbs this week. I think (at least I hope) it's mostly water weight from taking in too many carbs. But either way, it's damn disappointing. I feel like I have let myself down and what's worse is that I feel that I have let a lot of you down as well.
Okay, it's time to take a break from the computer for a while. This afternoon I will be looking back at my food choices for the week to see what mistakes I made. I will also try harder to get more time in the gym. I still have a ways to go on this journey and I really want to finish what I started.
"Only the dead have seen the end of war" - George Santayana
Saturday, February 11, 2012
I promise to keep it much shorter this week!
Pretty good week overall. Walked a few miles throughout the week, had a good hard strength training workout on Wednesday. Friday I had my partners and I do a Tabata style workout on the spin bikes. We did 15 seconds all out sprint and 45 seconds moderate pedaling. We did that for 10 minutes and were completely wobbly and gasping for air by the end. A good time was had by all.
On Tuesday I went to the local sales yard (flea market) and bought lots of fresh fruit and veggies. It was windy and kept trying to sprinkle so there was only about 1/10 the normal crowd, was very nice.
So without further adieu, let's look at the numbers, shall we?
Weight : 244.1
Lost : 1.8
Total : 73.1
Pretty good week for me. Hopefully I can keep this train on the rails and keep heading in the right direction.
"I'm in lesbians with you" Scott Pilgrim vs The World
Saturday, February 04, 2012
When reading this blog post, please keep an open mind and reserve judgement for later. You never know, what you may think is true, may just be wrong.
I have changed my diet, at least mostly. Gone are the beans. I lived on beans from May of last year until earlier this week. I lost 70lbs eating beans, but my health and weight loss have stalled. I broke the 260lb barrier back on 10/15, almost 4 months later and I've only dropped 14.1 lbs. I have tried upping my calories, reducing my calories, increasing my exercise, etc. all to no avail. So I decided to phase out the old ways of eating and replace them with something new (or very old, depending on how you look at it).
I have begun to go Paleo. I have studied some of the research done by top heart doctors and have found that dietary fat is just a scapegoat. Carbohydrates are the real enemy. I know what you're thinking, "but the government tells us to eat plenty of whole grains and limit protein and fat intake." Of course the government wouldn't lie to us would they? Did you know that Senator Barry Goldwater chaired a committee in the 60's in charge of setting dietary guidelines? Did you know that he was, at the time on the Pritikin diet which extolled the virtues of a high carb diet? Did you know that many Dr.'s and scientists argued to the committee that we need fat and that grains were bad for us? I bet you didn't know that. Senator Goldwater had one of his aides write up the government guidelines for diet (that aide was a young vegetarian, very much against meat). From that point on, grains and carbs were good for us, fat and protein were bad. Scientists and Dr.'s for the most part since then have kept their mouths shut because if you go against the government, you get no grants or funding. Without grants and funding, you are out of a job. Bet you didn't know that! Humans can't consume grains, that's why it has to be milled into flour. And Gluten is a defense mechanism against animals. It causes everything from death to destruction of the reproduction system. Animals are smart enough to know that they can not eat grains, why aren't we? There is only one species that survives on grains, birds.
In the last 3 days my macro nutrient profile looks like this:
Fat : 49%
Pro : 32%
The last few weeks have not been all that impressive, as far as losing pounds go. But, by my hand held bodyfat meter, I've dropped my bodyfat .2% in the last 3 days. When I do the math on my numbers I see that in the last 3 days, I lost .6 lbs of fat and gained .1 lb of lean body mass. That equals my total weight loss of .5 lb.
Onto the exercise ...
In those last 3 days, my exercise consisted of walking 2 miles @ 3mph on Thursday and a 10 minute weight lifting session on Friday. The weight lifting session consisted of 5 exercises, one set each, to failure. Lat pulldown, shoulder press, seated row, chest press and leg press. I use a weight that allows me to perform each rep with a 5 up/ 5 down cadence, without stopping for 45 seconds to 1.5 minutes. I am still fine tuning this system and sometimes end up going for more than 1.5 minutes, but that is the target. If I can go for more than 1.5 minutes, I need to increase the weight next session. I am currently doing this protocol every 4 days, but will soon increase the rest interval to 7 days.
My first workout using this protocol took place on 1/26/12 and if you add up the weights that I used from each of the 5 workouts it totaled 505lbs. The second workout was on 1/30/12 and the total poundage from the 5 exercises was 537 lbs. The third workout was yesterday, 2/3/12 and the total poundage from that was 605. The amount of weight I can lift for the prescribed window of time has either gone up, or the amount of time under load (TUL) has increased for each exercise. Either way, it shows an increase in strength.
So I still working out the bugs in the diet and exercise protocols and luckily I have 2 workout partners that I am tracking as well. So I have 3 subjects (all of which have had similar gains in strength so far) to monitor. I have 3 spiral notebooks, one for each of us, that I track the date, the exercises, the weights and the TUL for each exercise. As of Friday I am also tracking my partners weights and bodyfat %, a little more info never hurts!
Now, if your brains don't hurt too much from reading this wall of text, I have some suggestions for your viewing pleasure. These videos were recorded at a conference in 2010. Not a medical conference, but a conference for young men on how to be better at everything, including picking up chicks! So occasionally the language can be blue (the occasional F bomb). But don't let that turn you away. There is a wealth of information in these 3 videos.
Primal/ Paleo living with Mark Sisson 1 hour 54 min
High Intensity exercise physiology with Dr. Doug McGuff 1 hour 38 min
High Intensity exercise personal trainer with Drew Baye 1 hour 6 min
While we are discussing videos, if you have Netflix, great, if you don't have it, get a trial account and watch the movie FatHead. A complete debunking of Super Size Me and shows that if you have a working brain, you can lose weight eating fast food. This is definitely worth watching if you want to learn how the public has been fed a pack of lies concerning what we should eat.
Another good one is Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. It's about juicing for health. I have a crappy juicer and I have started using it a few times in the last 2 weeks. I can't hardly stand to eat veggies, but I enjoy them juiced. Bunches of veggies with a couple of Granny Smith apples thrown in is good stuff!
That's enough for now. I feel like I have written a term paper. I'm sorry about the length, but the info demanded explanation. I hope you have enjoyed this blog post.
If the entirety of human life was crammed into one year, we would only have started farming yesterday.
This weeks numbers:
Weight : 249.5
Lost : 1/2lb
Total : 71.3
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