Saturday, June 02, 2012
This was a pretty good week for me, not spectacular, but pretty good still. I ate fairly decently, and got a decent amount of gym time in this week. I always feel like I could do more in the gym, but these torn up old joints sometimes make life difficult, especially when I'm really trying to push myself. Weight lifting has always been enjoyable for me, but now it's more painful for me. My muscles are willing to do more work, to lift heavier, but the joints just yell "NO!". So I do what I can do, making much slower gains than I am used to (from previous gym experience). I knew it would be terrible to get old, I just didn't think it would this bad at 42!!
Diet wise, I still have not achieved a 100% clean week. I don't know if I've ever had a 75% clean week come to think about it. But what I've done these past 60 weeks has worked much more than it hasn't worked so I'm not going to try and reinvent the wheel here. I will however keep trying to be a little cleaner with my diet and avoid gorging myself when I come across cookies :)
That's about enough jawing for now, let's get to the reason why you are all here, to see the numbers.
Weight : 233.8
Lost : 1.6
Total : 83.4
Yay! down 1.6lbs for the week. However I don't feel like this is that much of a victory after gaining 1lb last week. If this had been 2+ lbs lost for the week, I would feel better. But I guess if I ate better and worked a little harder, it could have been 2+ lbs! So it's my fault and I need to increase my fortitude if I'm going to continue to lose this weight.
On to the next week!
"There are brave men knocking at our door, let's go out there and kill them" - Tyrion Lannister, Game of Thrones. Season 2, Episode 9 "Blackwater"
Saturday, May 26, 2012
I had a bad feeling about this week almost from the beginning. I felt kind of bloated most of the week and I know that I ate too much bad stuff. A large package of chocolate chip cookies made its way into my house and, well, I think you know what happened to them. Needless to say, those cookies will not be getting in my way next week! I also had pizza on thursday night, I wasn't going to have any, but it smelled sooo good, so I had just a few slices (doggone it anyway).
Oh well, I can't change what I have done, I can only plan on doing better this week. I plan on avoiding chocolate chip cookies and pizza, that's for darn sure!
I had good gym time this week, lifted hard and sweated hard. Good thing too, if I had half assed it in the gym I would probably be worse off than I am now!
On to the bad news.
Weight : 235.4
GAIN : 1.0
Total : 81.8
So I gained 1 lb this week. Could have been a lot worse honestly. It might not even have been the cookies and pizza (although I'm sure those didn't help). My body just didn't feel right this week, like I said earlier, I felt bloated for some reason and my, ahem, 'movements' weren't up to par (probably why I felt bloated). Anyway, this week is behind me so I shall begin to look forward to next week.
Have a great Memorial Day weekend and don't forget to remember the fallen service members while you are enjoying your bbq.
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Another good week is in the books. I am feeling blessed right now as we head into summer. My son has just one week left in his sophomore year and he got his first driving lesson today from yours truly. He talked a lot of big talk until I made him get behind the wheel, then he was terrified, scared to death. We spent about 45 minutes with him driving in his school parking lot, around and around and around. I made him slow down for the speed bumps, speed up a bit between them, stay on his side while taking the corners, stop when he came to the driveway to make sure there were no cars that were going to turn into the lot. Then I made him scoot close to the sidewalks to try and avoid the speed bumps, he didn't like that! Too close to the sidewalk for his liking :) It was a fairly successful lesson, after all I made it home to type this. He didn't hit anything, although he did get a little too close to a light pole which made my voice go really high yelling "TURN, TURN", lol.
All of that aside I had a good week. Made it to the gym everyday, worked pretty hard while I was there too. My food choices were not as good as last week, a little too much snacking on the wrong things. I swear someday I'm going to nail diet, exercise, stress and mindset and have one helluva week!
Anyway, onto the numbers:
Weight : 234.4
Lost : 1.8
Total : 82.8
A 1.8lb loss for the week is awesome. However I do see that my losses are less each week, I hope to reverse that trend and post a bigger number next week. That would great :)
Today's quote is in honor of my son's driving lesson.
"I'm not sure... about automobiles.... With all their speed forward they may be a step backward in civilization - that is, in spiritual civilization. It may be that they will not add to the beauty of the world, nor to the life of men's souls. I am not sure. But automobiles have come, and they bring a greater change in our life than most of us suspect. They are here, and almost all outward things are going to be different because of what they bring. They are going to alter war, and they are going to alter peace. I think men's minds are going to be changed in subtle ways because of automobiles; just how, though, I could hardly guess. But you can't have the immense outward changes that they will cause without some inward ones, and it may be that... the spiritual alteration will be bad for us. Perhaps, ten or twenty years from now, if we can see the inward change in men by that time, I shouldn't be able to defend the gasoline engine, but would have to agree... that automobiles 'had no business to be invented.' " ~Eugene, from Booth Tarkington's The Magnificent Ambersons, 1918
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Another week passes, seems like it was only a week ago that I was sitting here writing a blog post...
So this week wasn't too bad. Between Sunday and Friday I did 4 math assignments to finish an 8 unit math class. Fun stuff, converting word problems to algebraic equations, then solving those algebraic equations using different numbers to come up with a series of correct answers than inputting those answers into an excel spreadsheet and creating a coordinate plane graph showing all work. Yeah, I'm damn glad to be done with that class :) Next month I get to write a paper comparing and contrasting different periods of art and different styles; i.e. Renaissance painting, classical music and modern motion pictures. This should be a hoot as well!
Anyway, I didn't get to the gym as much this week, stayed up too late and slept too long :( but still it wasn't a bad week overall. Plus, I was kind of stressed about getting the math done and spent a good amount of hours just working on that stuff. But I did eat pretty well and when I did get to the gym, I worked hard. So all was not lost! Let's have a look at the numbers, shall we?
Weight : 236.2
Lost : 2.4
Total : 81
Yes, another 2+ lbs lost and I crossed the 80 lb mark finally! An excellent week for me in the weight loss category as well as the school work category. I need to do better at getting into the gym though. Must get more gym time!
Happy Mother's day to all of my spark friends who happen to be mothers :) Have a great weekend and be ready to hit it again next week!
"Chicks dig scars" Keanu Reeves in "The Replacements"
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
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