Wednesday, October 09, 2013
So at the 25th mile of this four year weight loss marathon that I've been on for four years. I'm having to face some realities about the future. Some really harsh. For example:
* I've never really focused on building muscle. It's a new thing to me.
* My trip to the beach is only 10 months away.
* I've never *not* focused on my weight before. It will be a new thing for me.
* If I ever get engaged, "That" conversation may happen with my fiance
Some though, really *Awesome*.
* I'm on the verge of achieving a huge weight loss goal.
* I'm in about the best shape of my life since high school.
* My eating is finally under control para siempre
* The 2014 Triple threat
**THE TRIPLE THREAT!!!
"What is the Triple Threat?" you may ask. It's the next phase of the plan.
Since May, I've been going hard and heavy on the weights and cardio. I've noticed recently though that I'm not getting the bang for buck that I was. It's time to take it to the next level. 1 Minute at a time for 40 weeks.
For now, I am still doing the same workout, but replacing 1 minute incrementally each week with:
* Kick Boxing (will start at the beginning of next year)
Currently, I'm doing two minutes on the spinning bike and two kettlebell exercise each workout.
When I hit the 15 minute mark on both, I will start to separate the two workouts onto different days. Maybe start taking actual spin classes. We'll figure something out, anyway.
**TH3 3ND GAM3:
The end game is to work my way up to a 40-45 minutes spin or kick-boxing class.
There is an online kettlebell workout, It's a 40 minute "beginners" workout using 12 and 16KG bells. Yeah, a 40 minute kettlebell workout that uses 25 and 35 pound kettlebells. My goal is to be able to do it by the end of next year. Until then, I will be adding the exercises in at lower weights and working my way up. add 1 exercise each week (approx 1 minute per exercise).
Each Saturday morning I will post my Saturday morning's main event kettlebell workout in my blog (It may soon replace the weigh-in blog). Practice two minutes each workout on non-Saturdays. I'll blog about the workout soon.
So there you have it. The Triple Threat:
* Kickboxing for the legs, arms and core
* Kettlebells for the legs, arms and core
* Spinning for the legs and core
2014, here I come. You're on notice.
- TD Out!
Saturday, October 05, 2013
So last night, as promised, was my first Beer and Pizza night in a while. I honestly didn't feel like eating pizza or drinking pop (spoiler alert: it was gross). At the same time. If I write a several paragraph rant about doing something as I did this week, it's a defacto promise in my mind.
Also, per my blog, I want to really drive home the point that if one's general diet is healthy one can enjoy basic foods that one enjoys with friends. Not in the "sure, it's OK to splurge/treat oneself occasionally" way. But in the "I feel like having pizza on Friday" sort of way. Ironic, given that I didn't feel like pizza last night.
As a former Econ nerd, I used the law of diminishing marginal utility to my advantage wrt "beer" (pop). I knew that anything in a plastic bottle was going to be way too much. I couldn't do 16-20 ounces of pop when I was 249+ and 12 ounces felt kind of overwhelming.
Usually I enjoy the first few sips . By about sip 3-4 I start to enjoy it less. By the end, I'm just drinking it bc it's there. The pizza place I go to sells the 20oz bottles, so Thursday night, I went to the grocery store and bought a six-pack of the mixer 8oz cans of ginger ale. And yes, I brought one with me and drank it with the slices.
**16-20oz bottles of pop......Economisted!!!!
But still, I ate "bad" fatty foods that were "bad", "fatty" and "foody" so that must have totally killed my weigh-in. I must be over 200 again.
08.31: (198.4@22) Below 200!!!!
THIS WEEK'S WEIGHT:
10.05: (198.6@20) a-WHASSSSSSUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUPPPP!!!
See!? bleeding edge up to date references here in TD-land
- Down 0.6 pounds. But most importantly
- Down 19 pounds since the beginning of the year
- Down 16 pounds since my return to SparkPeople
- But most importantly...
IT'S NOT **LIKE** I'M 20 AGAIN....
I am!! 20% body fat. And down on a week where I lost weight!!!
20% is the lowest I've ever been since joining SP and that was over 2 years ago.
I have been adding extra pounds and minutes (1-2 per week) at the gym. Slowly, but it's been paying off. As you may have noticed, I'm big on the concept of consistent moderation (steady progress wins the race. Slow vs. fast progress is up to my body).
Diet has been tough, because my body has been wanting more calories, but it's all balancing itself out.
So yeah, I hope to consistently lose 0.5-.75 pounds over the next several weeks.
Wish me bona fortuna
- TD Out!
Tuesday, October 01, 2013
These past few weeks I watched most of the last season of Extreme Weight Loss. I think it might be the last weight loss show of it's genre that I ever watch (EWL, Biggest Loser, etc.). When I was overweight, I was inspired by watching people lose so much weight. Nowadays, I kind of see the weight-loss religious aspect a little more clearly.
There are "good" foods and "bad" foods. There's a lot of guilt about eating "badly". There's a lot of guilt and a sense of "letting people down". There's "temptation" to eat the "bad" foods. It was all starting to drive me a bit crackers frankly. Both BL and EWL are shows about people competing to lose 100's of pounds (even if it's against just the trainer's goals).
One notable cliche is the noise whenever a contestant/client let's himself/herself/their trainer down by giving into the temptation. This is demonstrated by showing a collection of unhealthy food (with a dark grainy visual filter) with a soft poof-like sound (*boomph*)
Back in the late 2000's and until the end of 2011, I had a Friday night ritual that I called "Beer and Pizza Night". After a long week of work, I would stop at my favorite pizza place and get two slices of pizza, sometimes a ginger-ale and usually a candy bar. I would cap off the night by watching a few hours of TV when I got home. Even though there was no actual beer involved, I called it beer and pizza night.
Now to be totally honest, I made a lot of other needed changes to my eating. My lunches became a lot less calorie intense. Though not many more vegetables were eaten, my fruit, low fat dairy and lean protein intake skyrocketed. Yes, as I was coming close to 200, it became mostly 1 slice of pizza and either the ginger-ale or the candy bar (not both). This was because I wasn't hungry enough to eat as much.
Though I did not have a beer and pizza night the night before my first sub-200 pound weigh-in back in 2010, I did for many afterward.
I lost almost 30 pounds during that time. Yes, while regularly consuming pizza, a candy bar and ginger-ale for dinner *boomph*
its more recent incarnation the past few months has been having Burger-King for breakfast Saturday to celebrate the weigh-in (again, *boomph*). Somehow, despite eating the evil fatty foods that are fatty, evil-ly and food-y, I've managed to lose about 20 pounds. Last week after consuming three slices of pizza on Friday (out with friends), I gained a whopping 2 pounds of water-weight which are already gone, per the mid-week weigh-in.
I've only stopped eating at burger king on Saturdays because it tastes gross. Not in some attempt to get back on any wagons.
If that didn't kill me, then how much harm can 1 slice and a ginger-ale or coke do me. If that's consistent and the rest of my week is the high nutrient, low sodium foundational foods that have lost me 20 pounds these past 6 months, I'll still be 195 in a matter of weeks.
I really do get the religious mentality of foods being good and bad. I get the inherent desire to turn healthy weight loss into a "competition" and the sense of accomplishment that comes with a big number on the scale. I've been there.
At the same time, I am so done with it. I also get the sense of guilt and failure that come with trying to conform to the standards. I know the feeling of let-down when the number on the scale doesn't reflect the effort. I see people who judge themselves and start the self loathing and try to live up to standards that shouldn't (and barely do) apply to even the 400+ pound people on the shows. It makes me really sad. Like, REALLY sad (again, I've been there).
For me it is and always has been about laying a foundation of healthy eating, basic exercise and a real motivation for a healthier life. It's about addressing health issues and getting to the root(s) of what's getting in my way.
Yes I lose weight at a not-so blazing average speed of 0.75-0.80 pounds a week, but it's without guilt and disappointment.
So yeah, Friday night is now once again "Beer and Pizza Night" (*boomph*).....
...unless I feel like eating something else.
- TD Out!
Saturday, September 28, 2013
So I've noticed over the past few weeks that my weight has been kind of staying put. With both mid-weeks and weekly weigh-ins, if I eat out the night before, I'm around 199. If I don't, I'm around 197. This week was no exception
Yesterday, some friends and I got together for pizza and my weigh-in reflected that. Don't take the number too seriously. I certainly don't.
Cure the numbers.
08.31: (198.4@22) Below 200!!!!
THIS WEEK'S WEIGHT:
I'm going to focus on really healthy carbs and upping the ante protein-wise. We'll see.
- TD Out!
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Really, it wasn't all that long ago.
I had just graduated from college and was back on campus every couple of weeks to visit all of my friends still on campus. I was continuing a three year old tradition of getting together with my guy friends on Friday/Saturday nights. We'd cram into my 10 year old compact car and hit the local off-campus dive Chinese food buffet (7.00 buffet even for dinner).
We'd laugh and say the usual guy things that dudes say on the weekend when together in groups. Determined not to be taken to the cleaners by the extravagance of $3.50 plates of food, we'd go up at least 3 times (not including the free soft serve ice-cream for desert)
I was proud to be the heaviest eater of the group. Yes, that even included one of my friends who was well over the 300 pound mark. I was in great shape then (This was when I actually was 195 pounds and 15% body fat).
This weekend, I took a two hour drive up the freeway to visit my one friend who still lives in the area. The Chinese restaurant closed a couple of years ago, but a steakhouse that we ate at is still there. Suffice it to say, I knew that my eating habits had changed. But wow.
I didn't order the 1/2 rack of ribs, two sides and huge soda. If I thought I had a remote chance being able to eat that much, I seriously would have (for old times sake). But I knew I couldn't. So I ordered the "rib basket". An extremely down-sized portion of ribs and fries. Usually reserved for 10-13 year olds and women who don't want to make a bad first date impression. Like 5 baby backs and a small portion of fries.
I got through the pre-dinner rolls/biscuits ok. Then the food came. First rib? good! Second and third were OK. Picked at the fries but knew that I wouldn't be able to eat all of them. Then I started to feel really full. I stopped on the fries and decided to just finish the ribs.
As I bit into the 4th, it felt gross in my mouth. As I held it up it started to smell really gross. Not rotting gross, just fatty disgusting gross. I felt like I would be sick if I continued.
Then my friend who, just a few years ago, watched me regularly slam down 2-3 heaping plates of spare-ribs, fried rice and chicken fingers, watched me gently push the basket away and lightly tap the table three times. I just couldn't take eating them any more.
I never made a decision to eat clean. Several of the foods I've been using to fight the sugar addiction are though. The meats that I eat are mostly salmon and relatively low-fat chicken and turkey.
Until this weekend, I never truly understood why people who ate really healthy found typical American meal foods as disgusting as they do. I get it now.
So yeah. From 3 full plates of Chinese food to tapping out after 3 ribs. Going forward, I hope to find many more foods that are that unhealthy to taste/smell that unbearable.
Thanks for reading.
- TD Out!
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