Saturday, January 07, 2012
So, this is my first weigh in of the new year, the weigh in that will set the standard for the rest of the year.
At least that's what I kept telling myself last weekend. But, let's face it, New years Eve and New years day are made for snacking. I was good for Thanksgiving and even pretty good at Christmas, but this was New Years!
So the 31st and the 1st both became free days for me. I really ate a lot on the 31st, and on the 1st I had too many carbs but didn't eat too bad overall. Still, that extra day of eating took a toll on me. Had me feeling lethargic most of the week.
But, even in my lethargy I was able to ride my new bike 3 times (total of 30 minutes, still getting used to riding, legs have been like jell-o!) and I did 480 kettlebell swings between Monday and Thursday. More work than I have done in a single week in quite a while. On the flipside, I am one sore puppy! lol
Enough about what I did, let's move onto the numbers:
Weight : 248.1
Lost : .7
Total : 69.1
So, I didn't lose very much, but after all that I ate last weekend, I wasn't surprised, I was just happy to have posted any loss!
On the news front, I and a few friends have signed up to do the Tough Mudder in September here in Northern California. 12 mile obstacle course, looks harder than chinese math! But I do enjoy a challenge and I think this will be a good one.
It's 5:30pm here and I'm going to get off of here and go eat some delicious chicken mmmm. Good night and God bless!
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Where did the time go? I does not seem possible that 2011 is over. It certainly does not seem like it's been 38 weeks since I started my journey to lose weight. I have accomplished in this year what I had all but given up on, becoming a better me. If someone had told me at this time last year that in 2011 I would lose almost 70 lbs, I would have laughed at them, but here I am, almost 70 lbs lighter! It seems so surreal to me. I was talking with one of my cousins Christmas day and in the middle of our conversation she blurted out "damn, you're skinny!". I have seen her a couple of times in the past month, but this was the first time that she looked at me and realized that I had lost a bunch of weight. That affirmation felt good. Tonight, when I gather with friends for New Years I am sure to get a few more compliments from people I haven't seen in 6 months or more, I'm looking forward to sharing my experience as well as this site with them.
I don't believe my weight loss would have been possible without Sparkpeople. I know everything I need to do the task, but I was always lacking the motivation, for one reason or another. But here I was able to track my food easily, which helped me to see what foods were sabotaging me (I already knew, but to see it visually was a big help). The biggest thing that has helped me though has been my Spark friends. If not for you guys posting encouraging words, hearty congratulations and sincere thanks for my own kind words to you, I would have not done as well as I have. I really do not like letting people down, leaves a sour feeling in the pit of my stomach, and I feel like if I don't keep pushing to be better, I will be letting down all of you who have been there for me this whole time. My hats off to you guys for helping make me a better person, thank you.
Weight : 248.8
Gain : .1
Total : 68.4
So, I was hoping for a 1.5 lb loss this week to take me to 70 lbs total lost for the year. But as I have shown so many times, hoping for a loss is not the same as working for a loss. This week found me cheating a little too much with left over Christmas cookies and assorted nuts. Nothing terrible, but I didn't move as much as I should have. I got a bike for Christmas but have only taken one ride so far because it's been so cold. From now on, I don't care how cold it is, I'm going to ride it much more, try to get a ride in every day. Also, my little brother just got a job as a salesman at a local gym (5 mins from my house) so I will hit him up for a cheapo membership (we'll see what he can do). Those 2 things should make a world of difference, just have to see if I really put my head down and do it.
68.4 lbs in 38 weeks equals a 1.8 lb loss per week. I would have liked to average 2.5lbs per week, but sometimes life gets in the way (and we get in our own way also). I will not complain about the 1.8lb average because I know that there are many people who would kill for that kind of weekly average. It's like complaining to a guy that drives a used Toyota that your Bentley gets poor mileage. It may be a big deal to you, but to him you sound like a whiny little bi**h! So I will be happy with my average and continue to smile about what I have done, with all of your help.
Thank you Sparkfriends, couldn't have done it without you!
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Little setbacks this week kept me from doing much exercising (beginning to become a pattern for me). But I was pretty darn good on my diet and I did more walking due to Christmas shopping. Yeah, I usually do most of my shopping in the last week, I always tell myself that I will start early and get it done, but it always ends up the same!
Anyways, shopping is done, wrapping is done and I am done! I'm glad that I got through this week and am looking forward to the last week of the year.
I will cut to the chase, because I know we all have more important things to take care of at this time.
Weight : 248.7
Lost : 2.1
Total : 68.5
Yes, 2.1 lbs down this week! Finally out of the 250's, it seemed to take forever, but I got it done finally!
A very Merry Christmas to all of my Spark friends and to any one else who happens to come across this post.
Monday, December 19, 2011
Some of what I write here may seem a little offensive, and that's too bad. I do not follow politically correct guidelines, I believe that we should call things what they are instead of always being expected to sugar coat things so some person won't be offended. There's a difference between being honest and being rude. I try to be honest and avoid being rude. But as they say "you can't please everybody".
I figure most people who are on this website are fat, or at least believe they should lose a few pounds. For those of us that are fat, we can't hide it. We can buy bigger clothes, and still look pretty good, but we still know that we aren't where we should be.
As a former athlete and idiot, I have physical problems which are just compounded by being over weight, so I might as well be honest about how I sometimes struggle. Besides, I hope it helps other people to realize that they aren't alone, that someone else is going through similar circumstances. If my being honest and open helps one person get over their bad day, or makes one person feel a little better about themselves, then I feel like the true winner here.
We are all here for the same reason, to be healthier. And here is where we learn how to achieve that goal as well as meet people who are in the same boat. We come together to cheer each other on, to help lift someone when they're feeling down and most importantly to just listen.
If losing weight and being in great shape were easy, we would all be models! But it's not easy, it's hard work, both physically and mentally. Yet, if you are here, you have decided it's a struggle worth undertaking and you deserve applause for that. Not everybody is mentally tough enough to handle the cravings and junk food withdrawals. It takes power of will to say no to something that you know tastes so darn good. It's an internal battle we all face, but we know that the reward is worth the fight.
We all came to SparkPeople hoping to find something that would help us change ourselves, and we have. All of the info and guidance you could ask for, but I think we found something worth more than that. Non-judgemental Sparkfriends. People who know exactly the struggles we face. It's important to feel like you're not alone.
Every week when I type my blog, I may come across as crass, rude, funny, angry or indifferent, it all depends on how I feel. I just hope that at least one person reads it and gets something out of it. Whether it cheers them up, makes them feel like they are not alone, or gets them to laugh at my expense, it's all worth it. So cheers to my Sparkfriends, thanks for being there.
Building a better me, one day at a time.
Saturday, December 17, 2011
What a week it's been. Last week I talked about how I needed to get on the treadmill more and swing my kettlebell more. On Sunday night I was planning how many minutes I would swing and how many miles I would walk/jog the following week. All was good in my world.
Well, as usually happens I woke up on Monday in pain and with my plans for the week dashed upon the rocks of reality. Stupid left shoulder anyway. This left shoulder is always half out of socket (torn ligaments on the front and the rear), usually it is subluxated (med term for partially out of socket) to the rear, which is manageable and I can still use the arm fairly normally. But on Monday when I awoke, it was subluxated to the front which for some reason is way worse. I can't pick up my 32 oz water glass with my left hand if my arm is extended. It is painful to raise my arm or to extend it out to the side. So no kettlebell swings for me, it already feels like my arm wants to fall off, I don't need to swing 35lbs of iron around on top of that!
So I have been mopey all week. didn't even get on the treadmill :( They say "sh*t rolls downhill", well sometimes I feel like I am the bottom of that hill, in the "pool of stool". Sorry for the language and the horrible visuals.
But I did some Christmas shopping, which meant walking around. I walked briskly and did some muscle tensing (isometric contractions). It wasn't much, but it's what I did. I also really watched what I ate this week. That doesn't mean I didn't go all food nazi on myself, I had some starbucks, but over all I was a very good boy. My son even had to create an art piece out of food for his art class final this week. We made a castle tower and outer wall out of cookies. Part of the wall was broken down and part of the tower was destroyed as if it has been damaged during a siege. In the 2 hours we worked on it I ate only 3 broken pieces of generic oreos, not even equal to one cookie! Come to think of it,I was so good, I deserve a cookie!
Today was my weigh in day, and my free day. Today was also the day that we had my grandfather's memorial service. It has been a long day. It was a very nice service, held at the church my grandparents attended for over 50 years, which is only a 3minute drive from their home. Afterwards we had a nice buffet style lunch. I had 2 rolls with lots of roast beef, turkey and ham and some cheese. It was good. So far today (it's 6:30pm) I've had about 2300 calories and will have about 1300-1600 more before bed. I like free day! Then it's back to the grind tomorrow.
Let's look at the numbers for this week:
Weight : 250.8
Lost : 1.9
Total : 66.4
So, almost 2 lbs gone on a bad week, or what I thought was going to be a bad week. Here's hoping that my shoulder feels better soon and that I have more gumption next week.
I will leave you with something the pastor said today at the service; "live your life so that no one has to lie at your funeral".
Be good, and be good to each other!
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