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!
Sunday, December 11, 2011
This week was a little better than last week. But I have still been feeling lethargic and that has led to not doing much physically. I need to get up and move more this week, spend some time on the treadmill, as well as some time with my kettlebell.
We buried my grandfather this last Thursday, at a veteran's cemetery. It was very nice, he had a full honors ceremony, with the rifle salute, taps played on a bugle and the folding and handing over of the flag to my grandmother. It was all very nice. Tears were shed.
But now onto the numbers for the week:
Weight : 252.7
Lost : .8
Total : 64.5
So, I'm heading back in the right direction, but at a snail's pace. Hopefully I can shake off some of the cob webs this week and have my first good week in a while.
On the up side, I did get my scholarship judging done this week. I also took my pre-assessment test for Strategy, Change and Organizational Behavior Concepts and scored 6 points over what is needed to pass the class. So I will start to study up on some of the areas of subject matter that I scored low on and schedule the actual test for a week or so from now. Boom, 7 units complete in a couple of weeks!
That's all for now folks,
Sunday, December 04, 2011
Ok, so obviously this has been a rough week, with my grandfather passing and watching my dad trying to remain stoic through all of the little things that must be taken care of. Seeing my dad hurting has taken more of a toll on me than the passing of my grandfather.
But let's not get sidetracked here, this place is about the numbers and the numbers this week weren't too good (not too bad either, all things considered).
Weight : 253.5
Gain : .4
Total : 63.7
So, a little backsliding for me this week. But I will not punish myself for losing focus, nor will I let myself make a plethora of excuses. Last week was just what it was, a bad week for me personally on more than just the "diet" front.
With that being said, I will try harder this week, I will put forth more effort into achieving a loss this week. Although I should be pretty busy for a while, I am going to make time and do this.
Other things to do this week: I am one of 3 judges for a scholarship competition and have to go through several student packages and score them; Also need to start my classes which opened on the 1st - Strategy, change and organizational behavior concepts and Quality, operations and decision science concepts- 15 units in those 2 classes and I WILL be done with them before the end of January! That is my own little personal education challenge :)
That's all I have for now, everybody take care of yourselves.
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