PORTHOS75's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=PORTHOS75 PORTHOS75's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Big change is coming. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6355844 On Tuesday, 04/25, I was laid off from the job I've enjoyed (usually) for the last 10 years. Ordinarily, this would be cause to enter panic mode, but some good is actually going to come from it. <BR> <BR> First, I've been going back to college for the past two years, and making great, but slow, progress since many semesters I could only do 6 credits (two classes) at a time due to finances and work obligations. <BR> <BR> At almost the exact time I was in a meeting getting downsized, I was be... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 23:10:56 EST One Month In... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6349986 Just gonna check in for a quick update.... <BR> <BR> I've been back at it for about a month. The first couple weeks I only made it to the gym twice per week, 3rd week made it..4 times I think? and Week 4 I got in 5 solid workouts. <BR> <BR> I've had a few "bad" days but this is not a short-run game, it's all about building solid habits that don't feel like a "diet" or "workout" routine but making better choices part of the daily ritual. Diets are temporary. Change is real. <BR> <BR> I drop... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:51:17 EST Best workout in a while... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6346830 If you will allow me to toot my own horn for a moment, I pretty much owned my workout tonight: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/20960adb-4154-46f0-80d9-f1dfe28e8c4c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 63 minutes of cardio or higher, 140bpm average over 70 minutes at the gym. <BR> <BR> Normally I do 15 minutes on the bike before and 15 minutes after I do a circuit of various weight machines (trying to keep my heart rate in the cardio zone the whole time, so brief or no breaks between ... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 00:25:29 EST 40 Things About Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6345790 This has been making the rounds, and I'm bored (taking a break from homework for a few) so figured I'd play along. <BR> <BR> Learn 40 things about your friends and let them learn 40 things about you. <BR> <BR> 1. Do you like blue cheese? <BR> Growing up, it was one of my dad's favorite things. I thought it was gross. As a grownup, I've discovered I love it as a dressing or a cheese on a burger or salad. <BR> <BR> 2. Have you ever smoked cigarettes? <BR> For over a decade, unfortunately.... Sat, 8 Apr 2017 23:26:06 EST Never give up, never surrender. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6337059 In November of 2015 I had lost 50 or 60 pounds. An emergency gall bladder surgery meant I couldn't work out for a month. The month turned into 2 and then 6 and then 16, and eventually the good eating habits were lost as well. <BR> <BR> After a recent doctors visit, I realized that I've got to get this started again. I've been tracking food again for the last 5 days, and just got back from my first workout in way too long. <BR> <BR> Part of my brain keeps telling me that since I've tried and... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 01:10:12 EST Tonight it starts again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6157173 Ok, the horrible-ness that is tax season has ended, and I'm back to a normal 40 hours work week for the next 7 or 8 months. <BR> <BR> Additionally, my schedule is 7am-3:30pm instead of 11am-9pm so that should give me a lot more time to work gym time in. <BR> <BR> I just finished my pre-workout protein snack, and will shortly be heading to the gym for the first time since my gall bladder surgery. <BR> <BR> I'm oddly nervous...like the feeling you get before a date with someone you're really... Thu, 5 May 2016 21:05:11 EST Where's my horse? Has anyone seen it? I need to get back on it.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6106968 Man, after my surgery I just haven't been able to get back into the swing of things. It doesn't help that this is my crazy season at work, I've been working 110-130 hours every two weeks and am still taking a couple classes (cut down to part time school for tax season, but it's still pretty exhausting). <BR> <BR> I've made peace with the fact that I'm not going to be going back to the gym anytime soon (unless I want to only sleep 3-4 hours a night) but I've also been making horrible, horribl... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 18:03:46 EST Time to renew... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6053736 Well, ever since the surgery I've been pretty lax in keeping up the good habits. <BR> <BR> Of course I couldn't go to the gym for a few weeks, but that was done a couple weeks ago and I still haven't gone. And I haven't been paying nearly enough attention to food intake. I think I'm up 5-8 pounds from where I was before/just after the surgery. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow begins the road to recovery. Back to the gym, back to full-time careful calorie counting, basically back to just caring about good... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 02:20:18 EST Surgery update: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6033431 Great news: <BR> <BR> They were able to complete the procedure laparoscopically. I was in the hospital about 11 hours, then sent home to recover. <BR> <BR> Apparently among the contents of my gall bladder were 3 "golf-ball" sized stones! I'm honestly surprised I wasn't in worse shape than I was after hearing that. I'm not intimately familiar with the innermost workings of the organ in question, but 3 stones of that size sounds....incredibly unpleasant. <BR> <BR> Regardless, I'm home, drink... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 01:27:20 EST The gall of some bladders! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6031256 Alright this may be a little long, forgive me. <BR> <BR> I got woken up a bit before midnight by some pretty severe abdominal pain. Couldn't get back to sleep for several hours, it was some pretty excruciating stuff. <BR> <BR> At work today it got worse, to where I was doubled over in pain a time or two and my coworkers said I was turning an ashy grey color and looked at time like a woman in labor. Finally they persuaded me to get myself to a doctor. <BR> <BR> So I left work a couple hours... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 23:30:30 EST It's been a while... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6025437 Several weeks since my last entry..... <BR> <BR> Not much has been happening really. Weight loss is kind of at a stand-still due to a combination of health issues, life issues, and bad-choice issues. <BR> <BR> I think I'm recovered to the point I can start back at the gym hopefully within the next couple days, assuming life calms down enough that I can find time. <BR> <BR> School is going well. I'm not sure I'll end with a 4.0 like last semester but probably above 3.5 so I'm not too worrie... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 14:01:34 EST Random update because random update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6012212 I haven't made an entry in almost a week so I figured it was time. <BR> <BR> As of last weigh in I was under 348 so the 350's are behind me. <BR> <BR> I'm declaring today a cheat day (mostly because 2 out of my 3 meals are being provided by work, and I will be here from 8am-midnight so seems like a good day to cheat. I'll probably end with a slight caloric deficit for the day really, so I'm not too worried. <BR> <BR> I've felt sick for a while and it hit me full force yesterday, so I ende... Fri, 9 Oct 2015 14:30:09 EST When you mess up, stay up. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6008656 It's easy to give up when I mess up. <BR> <BR> I had about a week and a half where I wasn't tracking, wasn't going to the gym, and wasn't really trying all that hard to keep the lifestyle change going. <BR> <BR> The last few attempts have made have been thwarted by going through something similar, and just giving up. "Might as well stay lazy," says my silly brain, "because you'll never get back on track and end up fatter than ever." Well, brain, you're wrong. <BR> <BR> Those days of wild a... Sat, 3 Oct 2015 16:22:31 EST The 350's are almost behind me.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6007100 Things have slowed down after the first month of drastic weight loss. The last 8 or 9 pounds have taken as long to drop than the first 20 did. But, it's still coming off! <BR> <BR> As of this morning's weigh in I was at 351.8, so just a smidge under 2 pounds remains before I can kiss the 350's goodbye. <BR> <BR> I can't wait! Wed, 30 Sep 2015 23:55:11 EST Update and such... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6005892 Alright, here's a long overdue update. <BR> <BR> I've had 12 days of laziness, but kept my eating mostly in control, just haven't made it to the gym for nearly two weeks. <BR> <BR> Basically, work and school and home life coincided in a gigantic crapstorm of "not enough time to do everything." Most days, I literally had to choose between keeping up on homework or going to the gym, and homework won - mostly because I pay 25 bucks a month for the gym vs 900 a month or so for school. <BR> <BR... Tue, 29 Sep 2015 00:08:00 EST Been a rough few days... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6001143 I normally work out on Friday, but I had to host a bachelor party for a friend. <BR> <BR> I was his Designated Driver, so I didn't consume a lot of empty alcohol calories, but we did buy some pizza and I kinda pigged out. <BR> <BR> Also, on Saturday I had what I can only describe as the most unfair hangover ever.....because it felt just like a horrible hangover even though I didn't drink on Friday night. I think it was just working a full day, then driving an hour to pick him up, an hour ba... Mon, 21 Sep 2015 00:53:33 EST Another small victory..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5997905 Around a year ago I bought a shirt from our company store, to add to my collection of company-branded business apparel that I have begun collecting since moving into a management role. <BR> <BR> Even though it was the same size as all other shirts from the same sources, this one was either mislabeled or just differently sized, because I could not even button the last two buttons on it, and the buttons I could use were pulled tightly enough that I worried they were going to pop off and put ou... Tue, 15 Sep 2015 12:08:20 EST When people want to see you fail.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5995442 I doubt I'm the only one who has encountered this. <BR> <BR> A team member of mine brought in a huge box of donuts today. (Seriously, what is it with office jobs and donuts? They are so often associated with cops but really, I think the true face of donut abuse is the American cubicle denizen.) <BR> <BR> As I sit there, eating my greek yogurt and a granola bar, this coworker proceeds to spend 5 minutes trying to get me to take a donut. <BR> <BR> Could I eat a donut and still lose weight? S... Fri, 11 Sep 2015 12:10:03 EST Pushing myself into a better workout..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5994769 I've kind of hit a point where my workout wasn't as effective as it used to be - my physical condition (while still old and busted) has improved a lot in the last two months. <BR> <BR> When I first started in late July, I began by just doing a few minutes on an exercise bike - just to get the blood flowing and burn a few calories. <BR> <BR> Over the course of 2 or three weeks, I started incorporating some weight training, so I would do 5 minutes on the bike, and then a set of weights for ea... Thu, 10 Sep 2015 11:39:03 EST Bad News/Good News Scenarios and other ramblings: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5994185 Bad News: I'm only down 1.4 pounds so far this month. Which is actually still decent progress, just a far cry from last month where I dropped 18 pounds over 30 days. <BR> <BR> Good News: I'm still 12+ pounds below my "goal line." And, I'm still moving in the right direction, which ultimately is the only only news that really matters. <BR> <BR> Things are off to a solid start for the new semester. I almost aced my first math quiz - I missed one question because I made one tiny error in copyi... Wed, 9 Sep 2015 14:09:02 EST Progress is still being made... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5991001 I've definitely hit that point where progress slows down. From late July to late August, I dropped 18 pounds in a 30 day period, which is basically .6lb/day of loss. Pretty phenomenal I think, especially for not doing any crazy starvation/fad diets. <BR> <BR> This month I expect I will not make numbers nearly that high, I think my body is over the initial shock and awe of the drastic changes, getting more used to gym time, and that loss will slow down. I'm ok with this, because I have discov... Fri, 4 Sep 2015 14:32:43 EST My pants fit better today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5988188 This makes me happy. <BR> <BR> At my recent heaviest (390+) some of my nicer work pants were getting a bit snug. <BR> <BR> Today (~360), I noticed that they fit almost perfectly. <BR> <BR> This is a great feeling. <BR> <BR> Who knows, another 30lb and maybe I'll have to buy smaller pants. We'll see! Mon, 31 Aug 2015 15:28:24 EST I hope my scale is being honest with me this morning.......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5986906 Because, if so, I'm now in the 350's! My goal was to hit this by tomorrow, and somehow, in spite of a couple set backs, I did it! I even got on and off the scale a couple times to make sure it wasn't a mis-read, because last reading was 366. But that's how I lose weight, no change for days or even a week or two, and then BAM down a substantial amount. <BR> <BR> I'm been pretty sick the last couple days, which may be part of it. So it could spring back up as I get healthier, but to even see i... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 15:11:24 EST I'm not normally one to toot my own horn but.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5985788 *toot* <BR> <BR> Final grades for the semester have officially been posted, and I officially have a 4.0 for the semester! <BR> <BR> That will bring my overall GPA (from transfer credits) up to a 3.0 so that's awesome as well. <BR> <BR> For the first time in a long time I feel like my life is coming together (in spite of some amazingly crappy things that have happened as well.) I'm to a point where I look forward to going to the gym, it's become a habit to eat under my calorie limit every d... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:25:39 EST Recovering from lapses in judgement, and other random musings..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5984644 Well, according to the scale on Sunday, I had gained 7 pounds since mid-way through last week, likely as a result of my crazy, bad decision filled Friday night. <BR> <BR> Luckily, when I weighed in today, about 5 of that had dissapeared - maybe 5 1/2. <BR> <BR> Whew. <BR> <BR> I made sure to hit the gym hard on Sunday, and I've been drinking even more water than usual 150-200 ounces average per day. I think my system definitely needs a good flush after that weekend. <BR> <BR> I've had a ... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 16:49:02 EST Rough night! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5982759 So yesterday I went over my calorie range for the first time in about a month. <BR> <BR> Mostly from Tequila and beer. <BR> <BR> It was one of those "I'm just going to hop by the party for an hour, not drink, and then head home for a nice responsible night's sleep" deals that just didn't work out that way. I ended up being there until 1am and had to have the events that transpired after about 11:30 told to me the next morning, because at around the 11:30 mark, my memory kind of fades out w... Sat, 22 Aug 2015 17:41:55 EST First plateau reached.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5982134 I've been hovering right around the same weight for about a week now. <BR> <BR> This is totally expected, from past experience I've learned that I tend to hit a wall about every 20-25 pounds. <BR> <BR> I'm not worried about it. I feel great, and I've reached the point where people have started noticing the loss. Also I know I've gained some muscle mass, because I've had to add 15+ pounds to most of my strength exercises (except for triceps, those things suck to build up for me.) <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 21 Aug 2015 14:49:50 EST Ever get that feeling.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5980622 Specifically, the feeling like you should blog something, but have nothing that feels worthwhile to share? <BR> <BR> I do, constantly. For this same reason, my personal blog hasn't been updated in like 17 months. <BR> <BR> I feel like I have a busy life, but busy does not equal interesting. <BR> <BR> So, in the spirit of blogging for the sake of staying invested in this site and therefore in my self-improvement, here's what I've been doing to keep on track. <BR> <BR> 1. Fitbit: I purchase... Wed, 19 Aug 2015 02:08:50 EST The Old Man and the School http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5979560 Not a diet or exercise log, but just some musing on going back to college at 40. <BR> <BR> Education has been a lot like weight loss for me. There have been a lot of false starts, some small successes, and some pretty abject failures. <BR> <BR> When I was 18 and fresh out of high school, I had my first college attempt. My first year was pretty horrible, for a number of reason. Because I had breezed through high school pretty easily, I figured 21 credit hours was doable (wrong) and that coll... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 12:05:33 EST Goodbye, 390's, 380's, and 370's, and hello 360's. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5979057 When I first weight in at the beginning of this re-re-re-re-redo of getting healthier, I was 385. <BR> <BR> At at least one point prior to that (when I was weighing in just to torture myself even though I was doing absolutely nothing about it) I remember being in the 390's. <BR> <BR> So I kissed the 390's goodbye at some point this year prior to July 20, when I first rededicated myself to this adventure. Since July 20th I have left the 380's, blown through the 370's, and as of today's weigh... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 17:10:42 EST Good day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5977586 Let me lay down the reason why today was relatively awesome. <BR> <BR> 1. Made it to work on time, in contrast to the crapfest that was yesterday morning. <BR> <BR> 2. Things are picking back up at work, so I get to swing back into supervisor mode instead of "worker bee" mode, and management is where I'm happier and feel more accomplished. <BR> <BR> 3. Got a 98% on my History final so with the 11 extra credit points I picked up during class my final my final grade will be around 101.5%. Sw... Fri, 14 Aug 2015 00:30:55 EST Long Day: The Sequel. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5976975 10pm local time. <BR> <BR> I was up until almost 3am this morning doing homework and studying for finals. <BR> <BR> Because I'm way too old to be doing that kind of crap, I overslept this morning and was over an hour late for work. Ooops! Luckily my boss and I have the kind of relationship, and I have the kind of work ethic, were my boss just shrugged and said "It's not a problem, here's what I need from you today." <BR> <BR> I worked through lunch to make up part of the time, and one of... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 00:41:45 EST Long day.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5975682 Seriously, exhausted. <BR> <BR> 7:30-4:00: work. <BR> <BR> 4:30-5:00: home doing last minute homework. <BR> <BR> 5:30-8:10: class. <BR> <BR> 8:30-09:00: quick snack, home for 15 minutes to change into gym clothes. <BR> <BR> 09:10-09:50 - gym. <BR> <BR> All with a piercing behind-the-right-eye-throbbing-with-every-<BR>heartbeat migraine. Miserable. But, at only a couple weeks into it I don't want to start getting in the habit of not going. <BR> <BR> Hopefully I'm still alive and functio... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 00:24:57 EST Non-weight loss benefits of good choices.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5974312 I wanted to talk for just a moment about some things I've noticed improving after just a couple weeks of better eating, exercising more (or in my case, at all) and drinking lots of water. <BR> <BR> Here's what I've noticed, much of this due to my Fitbit: <BR> <BR> 1. Resting heart rate: In just a couple weeks I've gone from a resting heart rate of 82 down to 69. In terms of heart health, that moves me from a "Below Average" heart health rating, blows right through "Average" and lands me in ... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 18:43:44 EST Fighting Tempation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5973075 It was a tough morning at work today. <BR> <BR> Someone brought in Dunkin' Donuts for everyone. I politely declined, which was easier than it sounds because I like donuts but I don't love donuts. <BR> <BR> Then, another coworker brought me a delightful little breakfast sandwich called a HeartStopper. Surprisingly, in spite of the name this is not a healthy sandwich. Asiago Bagel, cream cheese, ham, bacon, sausage, and eggs. <BR> <BR> That was must harder to say no to, since those are basic... Thu, 6 Aug 2015 10:30:16 EST What a workout! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5970431 I helped a friend move today. <BR> <BR> He and his family were moving out of a 4 bedroom apartment to a 5 bedroom house. As you can imagine, there was a lot of stuff. <BR> <BR> Out of all the people who had been asked to help, only myself and one other person showed. So we basically moved a 26' UHaul worth of stuff with 3 or 4 people (plus some pre-teen and young kids, but I'm sure most of you can guess how much they helped...) <BR> <BR> I wore my fitbit the whole time and captured some in... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 19:53:43 EST Pretty decent start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5969118 I'm now down about 12 pounds from when I started. <BR> <BR> A couple weeks ago I started tracking my food again. <BR> <BR> Saturday I started going to the gym for stationary bike riding. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I did the bike and 20 minutes of strength training. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I'll add a few more strength exercises in. <BR> <BR> I could really see/feel the difference combining cardio and weight machines made. My heart rate declined to resting fairly quickly after the bike alone, last nig... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 10:07:50 EST FitBit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5968714 I picked up a FitBit HR Charge on Monday. <BR> <BR> I really enjoy the "live" tracking of Resting Metabolic Rate, steps, and calories burned vs. caloric intake, I truly think this will help me stay on track. Anytime I want I can pull up the app or web page and see what kind of caloric surplus or deficit I'm running for the day. <BR> <BR> Another interesting feature is the sleep tracking, which tell you how long you slept, how much of that was "restless" sleep, and how many times you woke up... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 15:24:37 EST Migraines really stink http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5967375 Obvious title is obvious. I doubt anyone will disagree with this premise. <BR> <BR> Woke up yesterday with a "mild" migraine - mild in that instead of making me want to stop existing it just made me unable to actually accomplish anything. I missed my weekend gaming group because of it, and wasn't able to start on my laundry list (which actually included my laundry) until late in the afternoon. <BR> <BR> Because I don't like to make massive life changes one at a time, I'm also going back to ... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 11:22:42 EST Deja Vu http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5966649 I've been a bit depressed after reading my oldest available blog entry (just over 8 years old) and realizing I was talking about struggling to break below 300lbs. I did. At one point I hit below 290 I think. 8 years...and I'm 70-80 pounds heavier than I was then. <BR> <BR> Man, I stink at willpower. At least, long-term willpower. <BR> <BR> I'm at it again. Started going back to the gym, lost 10 pounds in the last couple weeks. <BR> <BR> One of these times it's gotta stick. Might as well be... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 23:15:35 EST The double-edged sword of initial weight loss. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751751 One thing I've noticed about starting the journey to healthier living is that the scale tends to be your best friend during the initial few weeks. Having just returned to this site and journey a week ago, my recent weigh-in has granted me some insight. <BR> <BR> You see, when you are substantially overweight, your body burns a lot of calories just to sustain itself. And perhaps it's the shock of suddenly being fed fewer, and usually higher calorie food, but it seems like the first few weigh-... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 15:40:53 EST Food & Eating & Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749976 Even though I, like most people, do like food that is horrible for you, I actually (usually) prefer eating a little better. Nights like tonight are a reminder. <BR> <BR> But backing up a little - I had today off of work so I slept in....no breakfast. Great, that gives me a calorie cushion! It was a co-worker's last day at the office though, so I got a text to meet them at Olive Garden to celebrate, or mourn, depending on the viewpoint I suppose. <BR> <BR> I tried to be good...only having t... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:24:45 EST I keep forgetting... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748372 I keep forgetting that this is an EVERY DAY battle. I do well for a few months, then stop tracking daily. Then at all. Then the old eating habits kick back in, laziness becomes easier, and eventually I end up back at my starting point. <BR> <BR> I keep forgetting how much better I feel when I'm making the right choices. <BR> <BR> I keep forgetting how much my physical state affects my mental one. When the weight is back on, my brain just doesn't seem as "snappy." Which is a detriment in my ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:35:50 EST Been a while.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5343360 This year. Man, this year. It's been crazy. <BR> <BR> My job deals with tax and accounting software, so it's no surprised that January-April15 is CRAZY. This year, more so than ever. Things went badly. Very badly. <BR> <BR> Our software was a mess, trying to support it was a mess, customers were mad and leaving us in droves. <BR> <BR> But we made it. April 15th came, and we were celebratory and happy. <BR> <BR> April 16th, half of the company got laid off. <BR> <BR> Luckily, I wasn't one... Thu, 2 May 2013 14:23:00 EST Slow, but steady apparently! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5194582 I haven't blogged in a while, oh well. <BR> <BR> After the business trip I had a rough patch getting back into the swing of things, but I'm now down 27 pounds total since November 10th when I started all this jazz. I consider that a win. <BR> <BR> Now for the bad news. Things at my job have exploded and I've been working 10-12 hours days pretty consistently. It may sound like an excuse but I think it is going to prohibit me from getting to the gym for a while. By the time I get home at nigh... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 09:22:34 EST Business trips and diets don't play well. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5172013 I had to go out of town for work for the past several day. <BR> <BR> The biggest problem with this has been that every meal was a restaurant meal. I tried to make good choices but in some places (since I had no say as to where we went) it was difficult. Plus I had a beer with dinner more often than not, since my boss and I both love us some beer. <BR> <BR> Sunday night I was planning on cheating, as we were going to an awesome rib and BBQ joint, but that ended up actually being one of my lo... Thu, 20 Dec 2012 12:01:56 EST Very bad, no good, pretty horrible choices weekend. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5161660 After being stuck at the same weight (but still losing inches, I think) for 3+ weeks, I finally saw the scale go down on Friday....by almost 5 pounds. <BR> <BR> Of course I blew that all out of the water by going to a party Friday night at midnight and having what felt like 30 beers. It was probably more like 10 or so (plus a handful of vodka shots), but it left me feeling incredibly bad Saturday morning, after I woke myself up from 3 or less hours of sleep and drug my carcass to work for a ... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 00:21:50 EST Oops I did it again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5155474 Yep, made it to my gym night again. So far I've stayed pretty consistent. Tonight was harder than usual, I only did about half the weight stuff I normally do. <BR> <BR> I never thought I'd consider doing a vigorous 45 minutes at the gym to be slacking off, considering I probably have spent less than an average of 1 hour at the gym per year of my life at this point. <BR> <BR> I may be developing willpower? Today at work they brought us donuts for dealing with all the crazy super-stress in th... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 01:38:19 EST Back to the gym! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5154209 After a good part of a week not going to the gym due to illness and stress, I went back tonight. And I hit it HARD! It was awesome. <BR> <BR> 33 minutes on the bike, 30 minutes of really hard lifting. I did like 300 reps totally in that 30 minutes, and more weight than I've been using in the past, so progress is being made! <BR> <BR> I ate more calories than I wanted (should have checked how many calories were in a chicken burrito, a lot more than expected!) but I stayed within my limit so ... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 01:20:38 EST Yeah, so my body is weird. As I'm sure all ours are... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5153760 After a week of staying under my calorie cap, and working out 4+ hours a week, and gaining 5 pounds back, I was a little frustrated. Not horribly, because I figure it easily could have been muscle or water weight (as I have been drinking LOTS of water and lifting weights as part of my workouts), but a little frustrated nonetheless. <BR> <BR> On Thursday, my girlfriend's parents took us to a fancy steakhouse, and I decided to have a "cheat day" and have some delicious steak and potatoes and r... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 17:04:02 EST