Saturday, May 05, 2012
What a week. I've been fighting my way through a tough math class the last few weeks so my focus feels like it's going a bunch of different directions. Get through this class, eat clean, get to the gym and work hard, rinse, repeat. But I seemed to make it all the way to Saturday, the day that I can rest and relax. I had hoped for at least a small loss this week, after all I did make it to the gym and I did work hard. My eating was also fairly good, no big mistakes were made in that department this week. So this morning I got up and shuffled down the hall to my bathroom and got on the scale. It said that I had lost weight. I like this new scale of mine, it keeps telling me that I'm lighter each time I step on it :)
Here's the numbers for the week:
Weight : 238.6
Lost : 2.8
Total : 78.6
Hooray!!!! I finally made it out of the 240's!! I crossed into the 240's on Christmas Eve 2011, almost 4 1/2 months ago. 18 weeks to lose 10 lbs... thank God those 10 lbs are now behind me! Time to move on and conquer another 10!
This is going to be a short blog today, I'm in too good a mood to sit at the computer and type words :)
"Happiness depends upon ourselves" Aristotle
Saturday, April 28, 2012
What a week. I really feel (and the tracker proves it) like I ate like a horse this week. Almost everyday my calories were higher than normal and I seemed to feel hungry more this week. I drank copious amounts of water this week also, in an attempt to nullify some of the hunger I was feeling. My lowest amount of water consumed for a day was 16 glasses, the highest was 22. Even today, my free day I have consumed 7 glasses of water (it's 1 pm now). More water, more better. Besides, in the last 2 weeks, 2 attractive women have commented on how nice my skin looked. Considering that I am not what you would call a 'handsome man', I attribute the skin looking nice to drinking lots of water, plus of course not eating junk food. So, yeah.
I had a somewhat more average week in the gym. Stayed up too l ate a few times and just couldn't drag myself to the gym at 7 am. I know, that's not very early. My son has a an A period class at 6:55 am and I usually drop him off then go to the gym for an hour or so. But, when I feel exhausted, I instead go back home and climb back into bed for 2-4 hours. I know, LAZY! Sometimes when I get up I go to the gym then, but not always. Note to self: GO TO BED EARLIER!
Enough of the idiotic blathering, let's get to the numbers:
Weight : 241.4
Lost : 1.0
Total : 75.8
A 1 lb loss in a week where I was kind of scatter brained, yeah, I'll take that.
"It feels like I am just too close to love you" Too Close by Alex Clare
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Saturday, April 21, 2012
Another week has passed and I'm still moving forward. This was a pretty good week over all. I definitely spent more time in the gym this week (185 minutes this week, 75 minutes the rest of the month!). My eating is still kind all over the place. Seems that I just can't quite get both the diet and exercise aspects to mesh properly! Some day they will work together and it will be awesome!
I really don't have too much to write at this time, so instead of just rambling on, I will get straight to this weeks numbers:
Weight : 242.4
Lost : 1.6
Total : 74.8
I am glad to finally be moving that number down on a weekly basis (4 weeks and counting!). One or two more weeks and I will finally be out of the 240's!!! Can't wait to see a a number below 240 :)
Alright, that's about all I have today. Now I'm going to try and avoid dying in the 90 degree heat here! (Was about 75 three days ago!)
"They can because they think they can" Virgil
Saturday, April 14, 2012
This week I celebrated my 1 year Sparkversary. Yay me! Anyway, I am still 45 lbs. from my goal weight, so while I got to celebrate the occasion, my work is far from done.
This week I really had low expectations. I had a nice Easter dinner with my family on Sunday, way more starchy carbs than I would normally eat. Then of course there were leftovers that had to be eaten (waste not, want not). Tuesday was my dad's 65th birthday and he wanted Mexican food. So we had tacos, tostadas, beans, cheese, guacamole, etc. It was a very good meal, but again, way more than I would have eaten normally.
On top of all that, I only made it to the gym twice this week :( Definitely was not looking like a week to lose weight. I really need to step up my actions now if I want to attain my fitness goals this year!
Okay, let's take a look at how the numbers panned out this week.
Weight : 244
Lost : 1.0
Total : 73.2
I couldn't believe my eyes this morning when I saw the 244.0 on the scale. Somehow I managed to lose a pound while not exercising and eating too much. Dumb luck maybe. The one thing that may have helped was the fact that I drank a ton of water this week. more than I usually drink. I kept thinking I need to drink more water, to hopefully move food faster through my system... guess it worked.
"Difficulties strengthen the mind, as well as labor does the body." -Seneca Roman stoic philosopher
Keep Sparking my friends
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Wow, it's been a year since I took the plunge and decided to change myself for the better. I had a hefty goal last April when joined this site; to lose 110 lbs (or more) by March 31 2012. Well, that date has come and gone and I didn't reach my goal. I did however lose over 70 lbs, become much more healthy and regain some of my old confidence. The longer that I travel this path, the more I see the old me. The happy, fun, energetic guy that loved to play sports, be around people and just generally enjoy life.
For the last 15 years that guy that I once was began to disappear. A severe back injury led to depression and rapid weight gain. A failed marriage, being a full time single father and eventually a failed business kept me on that lonely path to ruin.
In December of 2010 I decided to go back to school to get my bachelor's degree in business. This helped me gain some confidence. Then I saw a picture of myself with my brother, dad and grandfather. I'm on the left, in the blue t-shirt, looking like a parade balloon.
I hated how I had let myself go. How could I do this to myself? I had spent years before in gyms and nutrition classes. I knew what it took to be in good shape and yet I wasn't doing any of it. Finally in early April of 2011 a couple I know told me about a biggest loser challenge they were signed up for and I decided I would do it myself. April 12 was the first weigh in day, 317.2 was the bad news. The nice folks at the weigh in had lots of info about websites to help with weight loss and SparkPeople was one of them. I signed up that evening and began tracking my food intake right away. Best thing I have done in years.
Now it's one year later and I am down over 72 lbs. I've had lots of ups and downs but I have continued to move forward. This is not easy, if it were we would all look like movie stars. I still have a ways to go, but I will make it there eventually as will every one of you, if you just stick with it. Rome wasn't built in a day and we didn't all get fat overnight.
Here's me today, after pulling some weeds in the garden.
This trip wouldn't have taken me as far as it has without help. Of course my family has been very encouraging, which is nice (some folks don't have that help at home, that's shame). But the friends that I have made here on Spark have been so instrumental in my success so far. So my hat is off to you guys.
A special thanks to some of the folks that have been with me for the last 12 months: Chris, my brother from another mother; Helene, like the French Canadian sister I never had; Colleen, a strong willed woman who loves to dance; Mary, My dear Spark friend living in Japan; Nadine, a fellow Tough Mudder trainee who is always kept busy here on Spark and Holly, A very busy baker who was my first Spark friend and still encourages me.
Good Lord willing, let's make this year great!
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