Saturday, July 02, 2011
So after a week of not eating all the way clean, I feel pretty good. Weighed in this morning and was happy to see what the scale had to say:
Loss of: 2.6lbs
I have pledged to lose 15 lbs this month (there are 5 saturdays to weigh in for me). So wish me luck!
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Okay, I have changed my weigh in day from Monday to Saturday. Simple reason is that Saturday has always been my "free day", the day that I do what I want (including eating). But, the local Biggest Loser challenge that I did from April 11th to June 20th had their weigh ins on Monday evenings, so, Tuesday became my "free day".
The challenge ended last Monday and I had the opportunity to weigh in at 6 am Monday morning instead of waiting until that evening, so I did just that and turned that Monday into my "free day". Following me so far?
So I ate clean from Tuesday the 21st until Friday night the 24th and weighed myself this morning (my new official weigh in day and time). I also have a change in weigh in attire; before I was wearing a pair of cut off sweat pants and light weight running shoes and a t-shirt, now I will be getting on the scale with a t-shirt and underwear. I figure there's about a 1.5 lb difference in my attire, which is reflected in today's weigh in. Since I will be wearing the same thing from here on out, each week after today will not be effected by a change in attire.
So, without further ado, let's get to the numbers:
Today's weight : 286.1
Loss for Week : 4.1
Total Loss to Date : 31.1
Even leaving out the 1.5 lb wardrobe change, I'd be down 2.6 lbs in 4 days. Not bad at all.
So there you have it, a good loss for the week and a good total for eleven weeks.
Monday, June 20, 2011
So today marks the end of my local Biggest Loser (BL) contest. I weighed in at 290.2 for a loss of 2.6 lbs. Approximately 12 minutes of kettlebell work done this week, that's it for exercise. Officially I lost 27 lbs in the ten week period. In the beginning I had hoped for better then a 2.7 average loss, but I'll accept what I've done with a smile on my face.
There isn't another BL contest until the end of September, but the lady that runs it decided to do a summer maintenance contest. $20 entry and if you weigh the same or less on Labor Day, you get your #20 back plus a split of the money forfeited by others that gained weight. Easy-peasy, since I've lost 13.8 lbs in the last 5 weeks without even trying :) I expect to be below 270 by labor day (hopefully below 260).
I should be able to lose 10+lbs per month until I get into the 230 range I think. My previous best shape was 220lbs, 10% bf at 23 years old. Now that I'm 41 yeas old I want to get to between 200 and 210 with bf under 15%. But heck, if I continue to lose weight all the way down to 190 or even 180, I won't complain. It will feel weird, but I won't complain :)
Well, that's enough babbling for now. Talk to y'all later.
Week 10 loss of 2.6 lbs.
Total lost in 10 weeks: 27 lbs
Monday, June 13, 2011
Week 9 of my local biggest loser challenge and I lost 3 lbs. at today's weigh in! Slowly but surely the weight is coming off.
I've lost 11.2 lbs in the last 4 weeks with zero exercise (for the last 3 weeks, 20-30 minutes the first week). Eating well and feeling good, not feeling like I'm depriving myself of anything.
My back is feeling better and I think I may be able to use my kettlebell this week (10-20 minutes 2-3 times) for a little extra boost. I'm going to look for a decent bike so I can get in a little cardio without hurting my back, knees or feet.
I'm nowhere near being in decent shape yet, but this will be the first Summer I haven't dreaded in many years. It's mostly because I know I am going to continue losing weight and the 100+ degree days won't bother me as much as they used to.
If you can afford it, purchase the book "The Four Hour Body" by Timothy Ferriss, (check Amazon) it has opened my eyes to weight loss and the ideas and tips are the reason I am feeling good and not starved. Before I got the book I had 2 weeks where I busted my ass on exercise, ate within my calorie range and still only lost a total of .2 lbs. Since implementing the strategies in the book, I've lost 11.2 lbs. and not exercised except for a tiny bit.
Do yourself a favor and check it out!
Sunday, June 12, 2011
In 3 weigh ins (May 24, May 31, June 6) I managed to lose 8.2 lbs. In the first week I did approximately 20-30 minutes of exercise. (I hurt my back that week and it hasn't fully recovered yet.) In the 2 weeks that followed I did zero fitness minutes. In those 3 weeks I have not had any issues with hunger although I am eating fewer calories than I was in the month and a half previous to these weeks.
I have had a couple of people ask me what I'm doing differently and have not yet had the time to sit down and reply properly. That is what this blog post is for.
I bought a book and I read it. The book that I read is called "The Four Hour Body" by Timothy Ferriss. In his book he outlines what he refers to as a "slow carb diet". My meals consist of a good protein source, beans and some veggies. No fruit. You eat this way for 6 days then you have a day off, what he refers to a "dieters gone wild" day. On that day, you eat whatever you want and as much as you want. The explanation is simple, for 6 days your calorie intake will be reduced because protein, beans and veggies are filling. I currently weigh 295 and I consume 800-1300 calories most days on this diet. On my free day I take in around 3500+ calories. What this does is let my body know that I am not starving it while overloading it with the carbs it craves.
The morning after my free day I usually weigh 2-3 lbs more than before the free day. That weight is mostly water being held onto by the carbs. Tuesday is my free day and by Friday morning I am usually at or 1 lb below my Monday weigh in weight. As I write this blog post on Sunday, I am 2.1 lbs below my Monday weight, with 25 hours left to go before my next weigh in. Again with zero exercise.
If my back would cooperate with me I'm sure I could up my loss to 4 lbs or more per week. But for now I'll settle 2.8 lb losses.
Again the book is The Four Hour Body by Timothy Ferriss. I highly suggest checking it out, what can it hurt? He also has information on reversing injuries, running faster, how to train for long distance running (hint, short runs!) It's a book that aims to make the reader better at whatever they choose to do. Amazon has it for around $15, invest in yourself and get the book and try his methods, give them a fair shot. It is totally working for me.
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