Sunday, March 25, 2012
50 weeks, 2 weeks short of my one year sparkversary, one year since I stepped on the scale, determined to take back my life. April 12, 2011, the scale read 317.2, it was bad, but my mind was set on losing 110lbs (maybe more) and celebrating my 42nd birthday with a much healthier body. Well, my birthday is 6 days away and I didn't make it.
I'm not going to whine and throw a a pity party, that's not my style. I'm just disappointed with myself for slacking off and not pushing myself harder. So it's time for some changes. Time to get much more serious about what food I'm putting into my body, (of course, I'm drinking Starbucks as I type this lol). I will be re-doing my ticker, which I told myself I would never do, I wanted to see the long haul on my ticker, see how far I have come. But it's time to change things up, so a new ticker will be configured. Not sure about whether or not I will change my strength training routine, it has been working (I track all ST workouts in a spiral notebook for myself and my 2 workout partners, we've all seen nice gains). But I thing I need to be more intense in my cardio workouts.
I will write an updated 'about me' section on my spark page, it has been a while since I updated anything there. I may even change my name here on Spark, something more reflective of what I am doing, not just the old "first initial, last name" that I seem to always use.
I know I've gone up in weight in the last couple of weeks, I can feel it. But it's not the end of the world, so many people here have a bad week or two or three and go up for a while before finding their path again and continuing on their trail. So be it, if I've gone up, I've gone up. I can't change that now, but I can get back on my path and steel my resolve and move forward once again.
I went out and bought a scale yesterday, so here's to hoping that it works properly and shows me only good numbers!
"Never, never, never, never give up." Winston Churchill
Sunday, March 18, 2012
So it's week 49 and I didn't weigh in yesterday. Why? you ask, because I didn't feel like it. This is my journey, and I have decided to not weigh in for a while. I will probably weigh in on the 31st of March. I have been plateauing for the last couple of months and I just don't need the stress of the scale right now. I need to get a few things sorted in my head and in my life and I'm walking away from the scale for a while.
I'll still be logging my food and exercise each day and I won't be slacking off. Just not going to be beholden to the scale. The 31st of March is my 42nd birthday, So I think that will be the day that I weigh myself. I will probably still post a blog next week, just not about how much I weigh!
So until next time, goodnight and have a pleasant tomorrow.
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Well, it's week 48 and I have had a substandard 2+ months. Plateaus and up and down weights have been the norm for me lately. But today is something new. I think my digital scale gave out from all of the stress I've given it.
I had a pretty good week for me, I ate decently and spent more time in the gym sweating than I have been as of late. I had high hopes for a loss this week, at least a pound or so. But this morning when I got on the scale it just didn't want to cooperate. I must stepped on the scale a dozen or more times this morning, just being amazed at what it was doing. At first it said that I was up over 5 lbs, then I was up 4 lbs. Eventually it told me I was up, down and neutral, all in the span of about 3 minutes. I moved it around the tile floor thinking maybe it was just not on a totally flat spot, but nothing got it to show the same weight twice in a row.
So I said the hell with it. Got dressed and went about my day. Oh well, I'll take a look at it later on, check batteries and make sure it's clean inside the battery compartment. But as for this week, there's no weigh in to report on.
So here's the numbers:
Why are you even reading this,
I told you I didn't weigh in today.
You have wasted your time here.
I'm just going to keep on doing what I was doing this week and hopefully I'll have my scale straightened out, or replaced by next weekend and then I can report a loss. FIngers crossed!
"Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul" - Gen. Douglas MacArthur
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
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