11-04-12 - Fit by 40 Week 13

Sunday, November 04, 2012

I broke the 300 lb mark for the first time in a couple of years! 12 weeks down. 64 left before my 40th birthday!

Weight - 296 lbs - change of 14 lbs (44 lbs total)
Stomach - 51" - change of 2"
Waist - 45 inches - change of 1 "
Thigh - 27 inches - change of 1"
Arm - 16 inches - change of .5"
Neck - 16.5 inches - change of .5"

I have recently beefed up my exercise regiment. 3 days a week I am doing the weight loss program on the elliptical followed by the complete 30 minute circuit in the circuit training room. (Nautilus Machine for 1 minute, 30 second rest, Steps for 1 minute, 30 second rest, move to next machine, 10 total Nautilus machines and 10 total steps). As a result, I am starting to see a little return to muscle definition. On other days I have moved up to the 1 hour interval training on the elliptical machine. I am up to a 5 mile hike at least once every two weeks with my buddy. We'll be going out this afternoon in fact. Still prepping for Yosemite.

I am still brewing green tea 3 times a day. I really do feel like it is helping. if nothing else, the warm liquid is tricking my body into feeling fuller longer. My caloric intake has come down a little to meet my loss in overall weight. I am eating more fruit than ever. As starchy as they are, I have found that I can palate bananas the best, and are eating up to 3 a day. With the amount I am sweating, I can use the potassium. I am still drinking chocolate milk as a post workout drink. Even after the circuit training, I have not been experiencing any soreness.

I am excited about the prospect of being Fit by 40, but realized that I did not have any weight loss/fitness goals out past the Yosemite trip. After seeing several recent posts by friends who have been doing The Color Run, Tough Mudder and the Spartan Sprint, I have added each to my longer term weight loss goals. After I reach 265 lbs, I am going to start running again. At my current weight I shred my knees (which I am already having to take Osteo Bi Flex for), my shins and lower back when I run. My first goal will be a 5 k such as the Color Run. I will then begin training for a Spartan Sprint obstacle race (3+ miles and 15 obstacles) (www.spartanrace.com) (I have even gotten some buddies who are also excited about the Sprint. My daughter has even expressed interest in the Kid's version) Afterward I will move on to training for the Super Spartan (8+ miles and 20 obstacles) and then train for the Tough Mudder and Spartan Beast (roughly 13 + miles and 25 obstacles). I feel like it'll take a while to prep for each so that will keep me busy for a while. My ultimate goal will be to complete all 3 Spartan events in one calendar year in order to earn a trifecta badge.

Best of luck to other's struggling with weight loss! I'll post again in a month.

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    Congrats on your weight loss! It's a great challenge to be "Fit by 40"; I am sure you can do it. I think your interval training is a big help too; it seems to be the maximum return on exercise and replacing fat with muscle. You might want to look up Tabata workouts :-)
    I was interested in your take on green tea and chocolate milk too, especially the fullness and the lack of soreness.
    It sounds like you have a great and fun/motivating set of goals to get you to where you want to be on your journey to health. The Spartan Trifecta will keep you busy for awhile, but you can do it! emoticon
    1998 days ago
    Congratulations! Keep up the good work.
    1998 days ago
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