Saturday, November 24, 2012
Happy last Saturday of the month! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving (for those who are not U.S. residents, I hope you had a wonderful 4th Thursday of November!)
I had a great dinner with my immediate family; my son, my folks and my brother. Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, King's Hawaiian Bread rolls and gravy. It was some good eats and I wasn't about to miss out! Damn the scales, full speed ahead!
However, the weight from the previous Saturday's free day of overeating wasn't coming off so after Thursdays festivities, I expected a big gain this morning. I wasn't disappointed either, it wasn't as big as I thought it would be, but it was definitely up!
Weight : 216.8
Gain : 2.4
Total : 100.4
Yep, up 2.4 lbs for this week. But the good news is that I wasn't up 5 lbs and I didn't cross back over the 100 lbs lost mark. Whew. I've already crossed that 100lbs mark twice, I did not want to have to do it again!!!!
I didn't end up going out for pizza and Pepsi today, as is my normal routine. Instead my son and I went to breakfast where I loaded up on eggs, bacon, sausage, etc. Switched it up a bit and really took in a lot of protein. Of course I am enjoying my Starbucks Java Chip Frappuccino as I write this, mmmmm.
That is all for now. I gained 2.4 lbs and I don't really care :) It will be gone again in a week or two (maybe 3) and I will be back on track (until Christmas dinner probably!). So to you all, have a blessed weekend, next week, and rest of the year.
Don't sweat gains over the holidays people, if you did well over the course of the year, it's okay to indulge yourself with family and friends at this time, you can always get back on the wagon a little later, I'll save you some room :)
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Happy Saturday everybody, I hope you are all feeling well this weekend. As for me, I think I'm getting over the cold I had a few days ago, thankfully it never got too bad; sore throat and stuffy head mostly. All I have now is a slightly runny nose, so not too bad.
I've been on my weight loss / get healthy pilgrimage for 17 months now, all of it here on Spark. My first week I decided to write a blog post and I've written one every week since, which I feel is a good thing because it lets me put on virtual paper what happened to me during the week. It also gives insight into who I am to anybody who wants to take the time to read them. I believe it was a good habit to get into. Sometimes I don't write much and other times I may write too much, it just depends on how I feel at the moment that I sit down to do it. But the one thing that has remained throughout each and every blog post is the fact that I write honestly, I lay out my screw ups as well as my accomplishments. I am imperfect, take me as I am!
It is in this spirit of honesty that I must now say that I had a good week :) I bet you thought something else was coming, didn't you? Although I felt pretty terrible all week I still got some gym time in, albeit not a lot, but I did get a couple of hours in. I also was careful with my diet, kept my calories in check and drank lots of water. It all paid off for me this week.
Let's look at the numbers, shall we?
Weight : 214.4
Lost : 2.6
Total : 102.8
a 2.6 lb loss this week! I'd say that's excellent (of course being sick might have made it a little easier, I wasn't ever 'really hungry'). Now that I'm writing this however, I'm getting hungry! My son and I will be heading out for pizza in a little while and I will have my usual large salad, some pizza and a Pepsi. It's a weekly celebration!
So that's it, my blog for this week. Enjoy yourself out there people, be safe and warm and have a great weekend.
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Another week has come and gone and I feel better about my output. I could have done more, but the sudden onset of cold weather makes me want to just stay home bundled up! My diet was better than last week (not great, but no donut triggered typhoon of eating!) and I at least made it to the gym a few days. So overall it was a better week.
On an unrelated note, I went and saw Skyfall today, the new James Bond film. Really good picture and if you're a Bond fan, I would suggest seeing it. Myself, I've always been a moderate fan of the Bond films and of course Sean Connery was my favorite Bond. But the older films always had a very campy feel to them that just kept me from being super psyched about them. The Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan films had less of the completely unbelievable gadgets and focused more on Bond's use of intellect. But the new Bond, Daniel Craig, I think I like him best. His Bond is edgier, bold, bordering on self destructive. I like that aspect of the character. He wears his emotions on his sleeve and we get to see him fighting through his pains, which makes the character seem more believable.
Enough about James Bond, let's get to the numbers for this week.
Weight : 217.0
Lost : 1.0
Total : 100.2
Yes! A 1 lb loss takes me to my lowest point so far (by .2 lb). My previous low (August 11) was 217.2, so I have bested that by the smallest of margins. Hooray!
So there you have it, a 1 lb loss, reaching my lowest point so far and a good movie on the big screen. Overall it's been a pretty good day.
Have a great Veteran's day weekend. And to any and all veterans out there, thank you.
Sunday, November 04, 2012
On August 11 I hit my all time low weight of 217.2, the next day I went on vacation. I came home and on August 20th found an additional 12 pounds had clung to me while spending time in Alaska. I did enjoy the meals (and desserts and milkshakes) on board the ship! It has been approximately 2.5 months since I returned home and I have not been able to get back down to that magical 217.2 (which coincidentally is exactly the 100 lbs lost mark for me. I reached 218.0 last week, just .8 away from getting back to feel good status. Then this last week comes up, this week where I vowed to eat better, exercise more, be more active and all that jazz.
But none of that jazz happened this last week. I didn't get to the gym once this last week! I ate like an emaciated velociraptor for the first few days of the week, anything and everything in sight!
I ATE DONUTS!!! I hadn't had a donut in probably 4 years, I always liked them, but they were never a 'gotta have it' type of food item for me. Then last Sunday some donuts got brought into the house and I had half of a chocolate glazed one and it was on! I think I ate 8 donuts between Sunday and Monday! Good Lord, It was like watching a horror movie! On both days that I was eating donuts, I seemed to be eating everything else that looked good. I wasn't eating to just be eating mind you, I was sincerely feeling deep, painful hunger. I believe it was psychologically triggered by the donuts because I can easily go 36 hours with no food without feeling the empty pit of the stomach hunger pangs I was getting.
With that being said, I think I may experiment every once in while with a single donut type item. I believe the problem stemmed from not having had a donut for so long and the smell and taste brought up memories of workday mornings long since past with the pretty pink box full of doughy sweetness. I think the first bite of donut triggered a release of endorphins, because I felt pretty good all day, as long as I periodically stopped by the pink box to grab another 'taste'. The sad thing is that my favorite donut treat wasn't even in the box, the mighty Apple Fritter.
So I feel I have 2 choices here, either avoid donuts (as I had done for around 4 years with ravaging consequences) or occasionally visit a donut shop and purchase one Apple Fritter and leave to consume it elsewhere (somewhere where there are no innocent donuts to fall prey to my donut triggered Mr. Hyde personality switch). I think this will work to keep me from ever again being triggered like a dough loving Manchurian Candidate.
Now aside from the donut story I think it was apparent that I didn't have a great week. But on the other hand I had a good week. How can I say that? How can this be true? Well, after all was said and done and I got on the scale on Saturday, my weight was exactly the same as it was the previous week. Wed, Thurs and Fri I ate clean and light and drank tons of water. Had I gone to the gym, I probably would have posted a loss and maybe even gotten back to my magic 100 lb mark. But I did not do those things and I can't change it now.
Here's the numbers.
Weight : 218.0
Lost : 0
Total : 99.2
Overall, after everything I did (and ate) I am pleased to have walked away from this week only psychologically scarred. Now I can vow to do better this week! (again) Talk is cheap, I need to do the things that need to be done, not talk about them.
So everyone, get out there and have yourselves one fantastic week!
Saturday, October 27, 2012
So I had a better week this week, not great mind you, but better overall. I am feeling a lot less stressed out and that is a big improvement. I didn't get to the gym very much this week, but I'm not angry with myself over it and that's a good thing.
My weight was pretty good most of the week. I was on track for a decent loss, until Thursday. I don't know what happened, because I was basically doing the same thing every day, but Thursday morning, my weight was over a one pound up from Wednesday morning and that carried through to Friday as well.
Short explanation on my weighing/ dieting process. I follow a 6 on /1 off system. Sunday through Friday I am on a diet, but on Saturday, I eat whatever I want! It works for several reasons which I won't go into here, but suffice it to say that I've lost 100lbs this way. Anyway, I weigh myself daily (I know, I know), I do this to monitor progress, not to stress myself out. On Sundays typically I am 3-4 lbs heavier than Saturday morning (due to overfeeding on Saturdays). Usually by Wednesday that 3-4 lbs is gone and I am already below my previous Saturday weigh in. So that gives me all day Wed., Thurs, and Friday to remove an extra before Saturdays weigh in. Like I said, this works for me, it may not work for everyone.
With all of that said, let's get to the numbers.
Weight : 218.0
Lost : .6
Total : 99.2
So I only managed to shed .6 this week. Oh well, it's still a loss :) Time to relax, go have lunch with my son and then get back to relaxing. Tomorrow starts another week and another chance to get it right.
Have a great weekend everybody!
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