Saturday, June 15, 2013
What a week this has been. I was doing pretty good with my "cut the calories" experiment, then some chocolate chip cookies made their way into my house... damn their soft chewiness! Anyway, I ended up consuming more calories the last few days than I had planned so things didn't turn out like I had hoped.
Still posted a loss for the week, but it was much smaller than what I had set for my goal. In other news, the weather was really nice this week. We went from 105 last Saturday to 80 on Monday. It stayed in the 80's all week and is about 90 today. So it was a nice respite from the hot weather.
My numbers for the week.
Weight : 210.0
Lost : 0.2
Total : 107.2
So a total loss of 0.2 for the week, I was on course to lose 1 lb until the cookies showed up! Oh well, they were some good cookies!
On a down note, a friend of mine passed away on Wednesday afternoon. He was involved in a head on accident, riding his Harley. We weren't real close friends, but he and my brother were and I knew him through my brother and having played some semi-pro football with him years ago. It's a real sad situation as he was only 38 and leaves behind 2 kids, son is 20 and daughter is in her teens. So now I have to make sure I have something to wear to a funeral on Wednesday.
Have a great weekend all of you.
Saturday, June 08, 2013
Another week has come and gone and it's getting hot here in central California, 100+ . I'm spending the majority of my time indoors because I'm too old to be out in heat like this!
This week I did things a little differently, I haven't been to the gym once. Matter of fact, I have done very little in the way of "fitness", with the exception of a few hours of work at my grandmother's house, preparing it to be sold. Instead of busting my butt at the gym I concentrated on keeping my calories low this week. In fact I averaged about 1,500 cals per day which is below the low end of my scale as per SP.
The reasoning for doing this is both simple and very complicated.
Simple: Our bodies are already carrying around lots of stored energy, we don't NEED to fuel it up as much as we currently do. In other words, our gas tanks never get anywhere near empty before we fill them back up again.
Complicated: When we are at rest, our bodies burn ~50% carbs and 50% fat to keep us alive and breathing. Once we start doing something, cardio, strength training, etc. the ratio changes so that much more carbs are being burned than fat. Also, when doing strenuous activities, like exercise, we are doing damage to our bodies (on a small scale) and that damage requires us to take in fuel to help repair the damage. Thus we end up in a cycle of eating to repair the micro damage, and doing micro damage to off set the eating.
I have found through this last week that it is easier to cut back the calories, below what Spark People and all of the other mainstream outlets say that I need than it is to bust my butt in the gym everyday, which was aggravating my back and hip pain.
Let's take a look at the numbers for the week.
Weight : 210.2
Lost : 1.0
Total : 107
I lost one pound this week and I did nothing to earn it. I cut back my calories and drank a lot of water that's it.
I know what I've said here sounds like blasphemy to a lot of people, but stop and think about everything you've ever been told about weight loss and fitness, so many contradicting theories and plans out there. What if the real truth about health was known by scientists over 100 years ago, but since then people have learned how to twist the truth so they can make a buck? Weight loss is a multi billion dollar industry and just like that other multi billion dollar industry, pharmaceuticals, the money is in keeping people needing what they're selling, not in selling them a real "fix" to their problem.
I urge you all to check out a blog that I have followed for about 2 years
This blog is written by a NASA scientist who worked on thermodynamics for the space program. He had some weight to lose and did it like a scientist would, testing. He has since built his own lab and conducts tests and trials on himself and others. As of this point in time, he has nothing to sell, he does accept donations to help pay for lab equipment though. I think he may be planning on writing a book in the future, to help people learn the truth about weight loss and health.
The scientists name is Ray Cronise, and he may be familiar to anybody who read the 4Hour Body by Tim Ferriss. He's the guy that used cold therapy to shed excess weight.
Have a great weekend!
Saturday, June 01, 2013
I had a slight gain this week, I'm not upset about it, in fact I kind of anticipated it. After having my free day on Saturday, on Sunday I had a birthday party for my cousin's 1 year old daughter to go to. Had a few birthday related snacks there. After that a bunch of friends of mine had planned a BBQ get together. I kind of went off the rails there, my friend Jason is an excellent BBQ'er! I had tri-tip steak sandwiches on sourdough bread, bbq chicken sandwich and a couple pieces of very rich desserts. It was good and I had a good time with friends so I wasn't concerned by the weigh in implications.
With that said, let's get to the numbers.
Weight : 211.2
Gain : 0.6
Total : 106
So not too bad really. I just gained back what I had lost last week! So this week I will try a little harder to stay on task (don't have any gatherings to attend that I know of!)
I hope you all are having and will continue to have a great weekend :)
Saturday, May 25, 2013
This week went by quite a bit faster than the last three weeks. Not having to go to work at a very boring job made time fly by a little bit faster :)
I did alright this week, I didn't get in very much gym time but I did get some school work worked on so that's a plus. I ended up with a small loss for the week, but it could have been more if I hadn't snacked too much or had too many Frappuccinos. But with my new found freedom, everything tasted better than it used to. Those 3 weeks I spent as an indentured servant was almost like going to prison, if prison was 8-5, Monday to Friday and you had to dress professionally. It's funny how fast a bad job can drag you down, I literally felt like a man walking out of prison last Friday at 5 o'clock. (there's a hint of sarcasm in that whole paragraph, I would never actually equate a bad job to being in prison. You can't get a tattoo at a bad job!)
Anyway, let's look at the numbers for the week.
Weight : 210.6
Lost : 0.6
Total : 106.6
So just a small loss of 0.6, but still a loss, still moving in the right direction!
I hope you all have a great Memorial Day weekend. Take a few moments to reflect on what the weekend is all about.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Another week has passed, another week of being bored out of my skull. For all of you that have grown weary of me complaining about my 'job' I have good news for you, Friday was my last day there!!!!!!!!!!! Yep, I went in on Friday morning and told my supervisor that it was my last day. Of course she asked why and I told her that being a full time student and working 32 hours just wasn't working for me. I explained to her that I have 2.5 years invested in my schooling and can be finished in the next 6-9 months if I hit it hard, which I can not do if I'm working.
I didn't tell her that the job was so boring that I felt like my brain was melting and that's the reason why I wouldn't be able to work and do school work at the same time. I'm sure there are lots of jobs that I could do and still get my school work done. But the stress of being constantly bored but always trying to find things to do so as to not get into trouble for just standing around was exhausting me mentally.
Weirdly enough she understood. She had gone to school (online) while working full time several years ago and told me that she knew just how difficult it was. Honestly I think she probably was thinking about how she must be smarter than me since she was able to pull it off, and I was throwing in the towel. But I was getting out of that place and didn't mind if she sat there all day telling herself how much better she is than me :)
I have had several conversations with our security guard about how boring it is there, he agreed whole heartedly. In fact, it's probably worse for him since he doesn't have any tedious office tasks to do, just sit on a stool and periodically walk around and go outside and walk the perimeter. I thought I had it bad!! And this guy speaks 6 languages, and he's stuck making $9.00 an hour as a security guard! Anyway, as I was walking out at 5 o'clock, Omar was right behind me, I told him to have a good weekend and he smiled at me and said "you have a good weekend, you've got your freedom now".
So with all of this going on I didn't care that I had a bad week, sodium and snacks had gotten the better of me. Didn't care if my weight was up a couple of pounds. I had gotten my freedom, nothing else mattered!! So let's get to the numbers.
Weight : 211.2
Gain : 0.2
Total : 106.0
I gained 2/10ths this week and I'm smiling :) I figured I was going to be up a couple of pounds and I'm not and I don't have to go to work on Monday. This has been a very good Saturday. Now I just need to do better next week and get some school work done, I've got no excuses now!!!
Have a super awesome weekend everybody!
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