Wednesday, May 15, 2013
To my dear SparkFriends, who I love very much:
It confused me at the time. Back in November of 2011 one of my Spark Teammates put a comment on my page saying that visitors and friends should nominate me for the Motivator award.
At the time, I thought, "That's a nice gesture and I appreciate it". I didn't figure enough people would recommend me for it. Upon review, I figured the Spark Jedi Counsel would review my page and take the recommendation into consideration. When push came to shove though, I figured that they would see a guy with no before/after picture whose weight loss was stagnant and hadn't reached goal.
I was very surprised the next day to see that I actually got the award. To be totally honest, I lost respect for the award itself. Yes, I had lost a lot of weight but I was kind of in limbo as far as my goals went. Friends would tell me that they liked my blogs and appreciated comments, but I wasn't seeing how either was actually making a difference in anyone's life.
In all honesty I saw the award as kind of a token of appreciation. Kind of a glorified SparkGoodie. I didn't get why. A month later I burnt out and wasn't active much on Spark until about a month or so ago.
Last week I re-read several of my blogs from when I was losing the weight. The NSVs, the weigh-ins, the milestones, the week leading up to breaking 200. And yes, the blog where I actually went below 200. It made me remember those days. I want it again.
Though it sounds conceited to say "I read my old blogs and they motivated me." I want 195 and 15% more than I ever have. I can see why the nomination.
So to all of my SparkFriends who nominated me (even if this is a year and a half late),
Thank you for nominating me for the Motivator Award.
- TD Out!
Thursday, May 09, 2013
OK, so I'm kind of naturally the rebellious type, but mostly the "rebelling against the cool kids who think that they're being individuals by doing the same individualistic thing that all of the other 'cool' individualistic kids are" type. Get my drift?
When I was much younger and all of the kids were wearing loose t-shirts and baggy pants, I put on the pair of nice khakis, button front shirt and yes even a tie occasionally. To high school.
When all of the kids in college were slacking, drinking and partying, I worked hard, shot for the highest honors that the school would give me and left with a solid education that has more than paid for itself in my professional life so far. I made great friendships which I am happy that I've maintained since.
There were a lot of unspoken "rules of success" that the first gym out of college had that I flagrantly broke as I lost about 30 pounds and got member of the month status.
in the past few months, my current gym has embraced yet another fitness fad. It's a perfectly legitimate concept, but you can't walk 5 seconds without seeing a poster or hearing someone grunting loudly doing some exercise that will probably lay them up or burn them out in a month.
It's very HIITS, body weight and kettlebell oriented, which is good in moderation, but I would like to see more diversity in their emphasis. The people I see there more than once or twice are the ones who are already in great shape.
You can probably already guess from my first few paragraphs what my plan is :)
Yes, my exercise plan for May and June involves....wait for it...
* Main Focus: 30-45 minutes on cardio machines 4-5 days/week
* Basic upper body weight exercises (benchpress, bicep curls, etc.)
If I can find a pair of Zubaz at a second hand store I may buy them (grow a mustache and sport a mullet) and a few tank tops or vintage ringers. As I continue to lose weight, I will start to do the exercises right outside of the new program's classroom and training area.
The end game is when I've lost the 20 pounds (which I will) and one of the trainers evangelizes the new program to me (Yes, they will approach me and suggest I try it), I will do a full flex and say, "dude look at my arms!!! I think I'm going to start jogging and power lifting now". Why be 20 years out of date in fitness trends when one can be 30 years out of date?
As always, in about a half of a year, the training area will be empty most of the time and the gym will have moved on to something else.
At that point, I will make what's "in" now the main part of my workout at the time of my greatest visibility. This will keep the personal training staff thinking.
Especially the really cute one who already rolls her eyes when ever I'm around ;)
Now THAT'S what I'm talking about.
Saturday, May 04, 2013
Earlier this week, I was wondering why I have been stagnating both weight and body fat wise. My eating is far better than it's been in the past. Sure I eat out a bit, but I did when I was below 200 as well (Worse even. We're talking twice a day).
I never ate vegetables when I was fresh out of college, chopped my weight down to 195 and was member of the month where I worked out. I ate tons of chocolate then, again even more than I do now.
My strength workouts were awful back then. Never pushed myself. Maybe benched 40 pounds tops.
**Then it occurred to me. Cardio!**
Back then, I took two step classes a week with the prototypical drill sergeant instructor. She was off the charts tough. On two of the other three days, I would do the exercise bike, but was always pushing to get a few extra .10ths of a mile for each 40 minute session.
These days, I've been using my "cardio" time as warm up for weights and kettlebells
So earlier this week, I decided for May to refocus and reestablish cardio as the main workout (I'll blog about my program Wednesday). The result?
This weeks numbers:
Goal Weight: 195 @ 15%
Jan 1 Weight: 217.8 @ 25%
Last Week: 215.6 @ 24%
This week: 214.6 @ 23% (-1.0 pounds)
But weight (*) there's more.
Anyone who has read my blogs about my scale and BF% knows that when I lose 1-2 pounds in a week, I temporarily gain a percentage of body fat per the scale. This week, I both lost weight AND am down a percent.
**Oh and yes, I ate out yesterday**
Today, I will take a rest day from cardio, probably do walking and core.
As you can tell, I am cautiously optimistic.
- TD Out!
(*) See what I did there?
Saturday, April 27, 2013
***Warning: This blog contains expressions of frustration. If you are someone who is not comfortable reading such expressions (or dealing with "negative" emotions) , please either don't read or please read and don't comment. I take my right to have a bad day/week and b**ch about it very seriously :)***
I've got to stop eating out on Fridays. When I first started on SP, I was very religious about this. I ate relatively well this week.
Much like for the past 4 years (maybe 5, I've kind of lost track) I have almost exactly 4 months until labor day. My plan is always to lose a lot of weight by the end of summer and hit the beach. Every summer, I still somehow manage to not lose any weight and end up not at the beach.
I'd say that I fear the same thing happening this year, but it's more of a resignation than fear. The two years where I was near goal weight, I still didn't like the way I looked in swim trunks.
One of my general mottoes in life when dealing with redundancy is "When you're stuck on a treadmill in life, you may not go anywhere, but you do get exercise"
In this case, after 4 years, all I've got is sore legs and cramps.
Oh well, whatever. Here are the numbers:
Goal Weight: 195 @ 15%
Jan 1weight: 217.8 @ 25%
Last Week: 214.4 @ 23%
215.6 @ 24% (+1.2)
When I eat out the day before weigh-in, I kind of mentally subtract 2 pounds of water weight. This week, I will try to not eat out Friday. We'll see.
- TD Out.
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