Friday, October 12, 2012
Like everything in life, actions have a catalyst. With me, losing weight started with two pictures. The first was the engagement photos I took with my fiancée. “Who is this fat guy in the photos?” I asked. It couldn’t be me. But, of course it was. I was motivated, but it wasn’t until I saw a photo with less than a year to go until the wedding and I realized that it was getting worse (or wider) instead of better.
Now over the past year I haven’t been 100% on top of this weight loss thing. Unfortunately, my weight has had a tendency to fluctuate up and down drastically (I am talking 5 pound swings in a day). Over the past year, I was able to lose over fifty pounds, reaching an all time low of 178 pounds and being able to pull off a medium consistently.
With stress and business from the wedding and getting back in the swing of things with work and new home life (the wedding was a smashing success fyi), I have put back on quite a bit of the weight. I blame not going to the gym consistently for the last four months as the primary reason. I currently weigh in at between 192 and 197 pounds depending on if it is morning or after dinner (like I said 5 pound shifts [crazy, right?]). For the first time in my life, I have been consistently less than 200 pounds for a significant number of months. I plan to keep it this way.
I am ready to re-commit to going to the gym and losing weight. My ultimate goal is 170 pounds and to keep myself there this time.
After this weekend and my birthday, I am swearing off my new found favorite vice:
DOUGHNUTS. Gourmet Doughnuts!
I am also going to limit drinking to one night a week. No more after work beer nor Monday bottle of wine with the wife (don’t think she will be too happy at first, but will love the results).
Hopefully these two things as well as going back to what works for the diet will help jump start everything and knock this weight back off fast!
Thanks for reading and I will be sure to post more from the progress!
Have a great weekend!
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Sunday, February 26, 2012
After taking a week off from blogging, I am finally below where I was before my travels and diet cheating ways . . 188.4.
Let's hope this weight continues to come off and for the 1st time in 4 months, I have NOT hit my monthly target. To be honest, its extremely disappointing, but I have lost over 40 pounds from where I was almost a year ago and well over 30 from when I started this crazy diet experiment.
Thank you for keeping up with me and keeping me honest. To another 19 weeks and hopefully 30 pounds!
Have a great couple days! Let's hope George Clooney walks away with Oscar Gold tonight.
Monday, February 13, 2012
My weigh in was 192.4. This is a gain of over 3 LBS. I am going to double down on my efforts as you can see here.
I really need to step it up so that I can hit my new goals.
Thanks for reading.
Saturday, February 11, 2012
I haven't gone to the gym as much (usually 3 times a week in stead of the typical 5) and I have eased on the diet much more than I should have.
To motivate me more, I have decided to do take the following steps:
- My new goal is 165 LBS. This is ten pounds more than my original goal (175 LBS)
- By March 31st, my goal is 180 LBS
- By April 30th, my goal is 175 LBS
- By May 31st, my goal is 170 LBS
- By June 30th, my goal is 165 LBS
- Until I reach 175 LBS, I am going to abstain from going to Starbucks.
- While I typically will get regular coffee, I have ordered lattes with more frequency than I would like to admit.
- I am not saying that I won't run to McDonalds for an occasional coffee at lunch, but no more Starbucks.
- No alcohol until I reach 175 LBS. I have gone out with friends a number of times and alcohol is usually involved. Alcohol and mixers are extra calories that I really should not be consuming.
- I am going to run/walk in at least TWO 5 Ks before the wedding. This will help me train more and keep me motivated.
- I am going to try to blog at least twice a week to keep me honest and on track for the diet.
Sunday, February 5, 2012
For the first time in my adult life I weigh 189.2 LBS. This sets me at just over 14 LBS from my goal of 175 LBS. This weight also lowers my BMI to under 30, as mentioned in the post here.
This week set up some milestones:
- No longer obese
- You can test your BMI by checking on this NIH site
- Finally after weeks of trying, my weight has fallen under 190 LBS
- I have started to modify the diet to focus on calories taken in, rather than limiting carbs
- I have begun training for a 5K
Have a great and safe Day!
Friday, February 3, 2012
Sunday, January 29, 2012
With a stomach bug most of the week and traveling the second half of the week, I didn't get to the gym this week.
Today's result was 191.8 lbs.
This week I traveled for work and for first time in a long time and my suit fit well. More blogging and more going to the gym this week.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
I started gradually:
First I cut down big ticket carb items-
Sweets (Muffins, Cookies, Candies, Scones)
Over time, I have added:
They have low-carb bread and tortillas, probably other things too. We buy these instead of normal bread.
I limit myself to two a day (which may seem like a lot, but it really isn't). The goal is to limit total carbs to under 70 grams a day.
After a week on the diet, I joined a gym.
I started slow, going 3 - 4 days a week and walking on the treadmill.
After about two weeks of this, I started increasing the incline of the treadmill. The sharper the incline, the more calories you lose.
Right now, I am slowly starting to eat normal, but I am watching my calorie intake. I am about 15 pounds from my goal. I will probably try and lose more weight, but its tough getting there.
This isn't a diet where you drop 10 pounds a week, but should be able to drop 2 - 5 pounds a week.
During the second half of the week, I have been out of town still feeling the stomach sickness that has plagued me all week. The last two weeks have knocked me off of track for the diet, which is horrible. I will try to post more on here to update what I have been doing with the diet and exercising.
Let's hope that I am able to keep the weight under 200 pounds and am feeling better so that I can hit the gym hard this weekend and next week.
Sunday, January 22, 2012
I will post a Week 15 total. The great news is that I hit my lowest weight of 190.0 LBS this morning. . .
Sunday, January 15, 2012
When I weighed in this morning, I hit a new weight of 192.6 LBS.
This means that I am under 20 LBS from goal and have lost 30 pounds since I have begun this diet and almost 40 pounds from my all-time-high of 230 LBS.
I have a number of comments on the blog that I will respond to soon, hopefully today or later this week.
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Today I have reached one milestone, I had once thought long impossible- while fully dressed, the scale read under 200 lbs. I am looking to the day where I will weigh 175 LBS and I may even change my goal, given the excellent success that I have had thus far and reach for an even lower end weight, but that will come in time.
If I keep up my routine and lose as much weight as I have been in the last several weeks, over the next two weeks, I will hit yet another milestone- having a BMI under 30. As you may recall from my post on body mass index, found here, the NIH and the World Health Organization use a simple calculation based on weight and height to determine if you are obese.
To see your BMI, you can use this handy NIH Calculator. Having a BMI under 30 means that I will no longer be considered obese.
On a side note, I really hate the word obese.
For more information about the World Health Organization's (WHO) definitions of obese and overweight, you can visit their website here.
Sunday, January 8, 2012
I went to the gym five days this week, and while my workouts were not as intense or as long as they had been in the weeks leading up to the Christmas and New Years Holidays, I have great results.
At weigh in today, I was at 195.2. This is the best I have seen yet and a loss of over 3 pounds from last week.
My fiancee is looking to join the gym with me, though she has already lost enough weight through joining me as my support team on this diet.
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Taking a full week and then some off of the gym taught me a few things.
- When taking time off of a diet and exercise routine, it is very difficult to get motivated again
- When exercising through an injury, it is important to watch for signs of pain
- Even one week off of the gym, kills your endurance and energy
- As my routine grew over the first 10 weeks, I was able to get more energy after exercising and I didn't feel tired and sore the next day
- After one day of starting back up, I am very tired and a little sore.
- I have to push through the next two weeks of exercise to build up this endurance
I am going to go to the gym as much as possible over the next two weeks. My hope is that my leg fully recovers over the next few weeks and that I continue to lose weight. Once my leg is at 100%, I will re-evaluate where I am and how I can best reach my goal by May 1st
Sunday, January 1, 2012
At the end of Week 10, I pulled a muscle in my calf. With the sore muscle, I decided not to go to the gym this week.
With the holiday festivities and not going to the gym, I gained a little weight this week. My weight is up to 198.8 LBS. This is a slight gain this week, but I am still under my December end goal of 200.0 LBS.