Saturday, June 30, 2012
Happy "last day of June" everybody. This month, although it had 5 weekends, seemed to go by pretty fast for me. Perhaps I'm just looking forward to my vacation in August. Tomorrow it will be July and on Wednesday we will be celebrating our country's birthday. Happy Birthday America!
So this week was pretty good. I didn't get in as much gym time as I had last week (just 185 minutes) but I worked pretty hard when I was there. My back is still giving me trouble, but it hasn't been as painful as it was a week ago, so that's good.
Instead of just filling this blog with a bunch of words, I'm just going to get to the numbers. Here are this week's numbers:
Weight : 227.4
Lost : 2.4
Total : 89.8
Just missed hitting 90 lbs lost! I guess I will have to cross that milestone next week. Getting oh so close to the magic 100lbs lost... I'm 20.2 lbs from my original goal and it can't come fast enough.
Sometimes I think about how far I've come and I can't hardly believe it. Despite knowing exactly what I needed to do, I spent years feeling like I would NEVER be in decent shape again, that I would live the rest of my life fat unhappy and alone. While today I am still alone, I am not nearly as fat or as unhappy I was just 15 months ago. Turning your life around is possible, it just takes a while to get it done.
"Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be." Abraham Lincoln
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Another week is in the books and boy am I tired! I logged 305 fitness minutes this week, which for me is a lot considering I am usually at 165 minutes. I only log time I actually spend exercising, I don't log all of the little things (yard work, shopping, etc.). So this week has seen me spending more time sweating in the gym. I wonder if my last blog, about wasted time, had anything to do with that??
Anyway, I sweated a lot this week and I ate pretty decently but all week the weight was just sticking to me, I hate when that happens! But sometimes it does happen and all you can do is to keep up the work knowing that IT IS WORKING. It might not show this week or next week, but in the long run, all of this hard work is doing it's job on the inside. Just have to keep going even when it seems like there is no payoff. As the 80's rock band Journey would say, "Don't stop believin' ".
Enough of this talking business, I know why you're here, to see the numbers. So here they are for your viewing pleasure.
Weight : 229.8
Lost : 1.0
Total : 87.4
Hooray for me, I broke out of the 230's this week. It was only a 1 lb loss, but according to my little handheld body fat tester I've gained 1.1 lbs of lean mass in the last 2 weeks. This could be true since I changed my weight training routine 2 weeks ago and have been feeling much more good muscle soreness.
I leave for vacation in 6 or 7 weeks and I really want to hit 100 lbs lost before I leave. I have approximately 13 lbs to drop to accomplish this and I really need to push myself if I'm going to make it. Wish me luck!!
"Try not. Do or do not. There is no try." Yoda
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"
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