Saturday, June 16, 2012
Another week has come and gone, 7 days that we can not get back to do over again. That's 168 hours or 10080 minutes if you're playing along at home. If I subtract 8 hours per day for sleep I still have 112 hours or 6720 minutes per week of awake time. Now, since I am not currently working I don't have a pesky job to take up my time, however I do have school work that I spend about 3 hours per day on. That leaves me 91 hours or 5460 minutes per day left to do something good with.
Wow, that's a lot of time I have on hand to spend working on me! How much of that 5,460 minutes did I use up at the gym this week??? 35 Yes, you read that right, 35 minutes. Now, I have been averaging around 185 minutes per week up til now, but that still seems rather paltry when compared to the amount of minutes available. I think I need to be more diligent about getting in good quality gym time from here on out.
Really, this was all for my own benefit. As I sat down to write today's blog without knowing what to write, I thought about how much time I waste in a week. Question answered!
Anyway, my back hurts sitting here so let's get to the numbers and get this wrapped up so I can stand up and walk around a little.
Weight : 230.8
Lost : 0
Total : 86.4
I was completely shocked to see no gain this week. Honestly, on Wednesday I was 5lbs above last Saturday's weight. My back wasn't cooperating with me and I wasn't able to spend time in the gym, so I tried like crazy to eat clean, cut back my calories a little, made sure to avoid sodium and drank at least 18 cups of water a day. I am so pleased to have broken even this week, I really did not want to have a gain.
Have a good week ahead people. And to all of the fathers out there, Happy Father's Day!
"Being a role model is the most powerful form of educating...too often fathers neglect it because they get so caught up in making a living they forget to make a life" - John Wooden
Saturday, June 09, 2012
This last week was pretty good. Honestly, I could have eaten cleaner and pushed myself harder in the gym, but I avoided lots of bad snacks and left a decent amount of sweat behind during my workouts. So overall I feel pretty good about how the week went.
The home front has been a little off kilter this week. My best friend (who is going to school and working 12 hour days as an apprentice) lives at his mom's house with his 2 kids; a son, 16 and a daughter, 15. Well, early this week his son was able to really tick off his grandmother (it started over some laundry) and after a while of stewing she decided to throw him out of the house! This happened at 11 o'clock at night while my son was there so they decided to walk the 2 miles back to my house; they made it just fine.
So now, since Tuesday I have had another teenage boy at my house. My friend's mom does not think she is in the wrong at all... sending 2 teenagers out in shorts and t-shirts after curfew with the temp below 60 and windy. She hasn't said if or when she would allow him to go back home, so I may be stuck with him for a while while my friend tries to find a new place to live. On the plus side I have been able to get the 2 boys to do a bunch of clean up in the side yards and back yard, ahhh sweet child labor :)
But enough with the long winded speeches, let us get to what is really important, the numbers!
Weight : 230.8
Lost : 3.0
Total : 86.4
Yay me! Down 3 lbs this week! There really is nothing I can complain about this week as far as weight loss goes. This truly was a good week.
"Perception is reality" - ME (at least I never heard it before I started using this quote last year)
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
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