Thursday, July 31, 2008

I'm beat

Today's Weigh-In: 201.8 lbs.
5-Day Average: 201.75 lbs.

Boy howdy. I've been really busy this week, and this is the first time I've even thought about blogging since monday. We've been doing 9-hour training sessions at work, which are leaving me mentally deflated. Add to that the fact that I've been having to come into work early, and you get a recipe for me missing workouts. I haven't worked out since Sunday. Plus the boss has been providing lunch every day from take-out places, so the eating hasn't been the best. That said, I have been tempering the bad food by simply eating less throughout the rest of the day. And it's working, I haven't gained anything, and I've lost a bit off my average. I'm going to try to get a workout in tonight, and I'll definitely be back in the gym tomorrow morning (training just finished a few minutes ago). Gotta get back into the routine.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Updated goals

Today's Weigh-In: 202.4 lbs.
5-Day Average: 202.15 lbs.

Howdy folks. Just thought I'd pop in and put in a few words.

My 5-day average is down over a pound from last week, so it looks like I'm headed back in the right direction. A pound a week lost seems pretty doable to me, without having to do a real major restriction. With that conservative goal in mind, I've updated my long-term goals. I'm going to shoot for 195 by September 15th, with the ultimate goal of 185 by December 1st. That will put me at just over a year in weight-loss land, and will allow for my week-long vacation in August (where my goal is just to not gain any weight) to not hinder my goals.

I worked out both days this weekend, but not today. I have to go into work early all this week, so I'll have to work around that and find time to get into the gym. My brother and I went to the track yesterday and he ran me through sprint drills. Man, that's hard work. But it felt really good and I'm aiming to increase my cardio capacity, so we might start doing that on a weekly basis.

Weekend eating was bleh. I did eat out twice, but I tried to allocate my daily calories accordingly. All other meals were homemade and healthy. Admittedly, not perfect, so I know I'll have to focus a bit more and keep my weekend calories down.

Hope everyone else is doing well. Weekend's over, get back to it :)

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Feeling better

Today's Weigh-In: 202.8 lbs.
5-Day Average: 203.35 lbs.

My neck and back are feeling much better today. I had my girlfriend massage them last night, and tried to sleep in a more ergonomic fashion, and it helped tremendously. I have no issues today, but I am taking the day off from exercise just to make sure, and to give myself one more day to rehab it a bit.

My weigh-in was finally lower today, which is great, although it still makes me feel sad that I let it go up after dropping under 200 (which was a month ago already!). It's really a wake-up call as to just how quickly all that hard work can be undone if you let your mind slip for a week or two. It also brings to me the knowledge that restaurant and fast food really is utter garbage. When I eat whole, natural foods, that I prepare myself, with limited grains and starches, I lose weight, and feel good. When I don't, I gain weight and feel bloated, constipated, and all around bad. It's that simple. So I know what to do, and I'm doing it. Just gotta stay consistent.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008


Today's Weigh-In: 203.8
5-Day Average: 203.35

I don't know what the problem is. I've eaten perfectly for the past 2 days, but I keep weighing in heavier. I worked out hard yesterday, and all last week, but I'm not going anywhere. Sigh. It's frustrating, to be sure. I know it's only been 2 days since I've been spot-on, so I'm going to keep trucking and I know that it'll start dropping soon.

I'm really sore today for some reason (like, uncomfortably sore). Feels like my neck and back might be out, but I'm hoping it resolves itself soon. I'll make sure to hit up the jacuzzi at the next opportunity and break out my foam roller for good measure.

I've got all my food prepared for today, and I'm ready to continue the good days, so hopefully we'll see some lower numbers soon.

Monday, July 21, 2008


Today's Weigh-In: 203.2 lbs.

Ugh. I've been slacking so hard on the diet front it's not even funny. I've allowed myself to get in the mindset that I'm thin, I'm healthy, I don't need to be so strict about my diet. But that's just not true. I'm still overweight, and I still need to do something to make sure that I get rid of these additional pounds. This weekend was bad, last week was bad, it's just been bad all around.

But I'm tired of all that jazz. All of the bad food that was in my house is now gone, and I won't buy any more. No ice cream, no chips. Just good, whole foods. I made a big batch of chili yesterday, which I'm using for lunches throughout the week. I've got a pork loin marinating in the fridge for dinner tonight (and lunch tomorrow), and I've got almonds and walnuts (and protein powder) in my desk at work in case I need a snack. I'm lowering my caloric intake to 2000 calories per day (instead of 2200). If I can stay on track 90% this week I know that the weight will come back down.

On the workout front I've been doing really well, thankfully. My body is handling the load that I'm putting on it admirably. I've learned that working out with intensity 5 days a week is just too much for me to sustain without injury or burnout, so I've dropped the amount to 4x a week. That allows me to maximize my gains without killing my CNS or risking too much inflammation or injury.

As long as I can be consistent in both of these goals I think we will see some really good results.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

No TV for Me

Today's Weigh-In: 202.4 (wtf)
4-Day Average: 201.7

Today's weigh in was disappointing. Yesterday I weighed in at 199.8, and I ate really well without any alcohol. Not really sure where those two and a half pounds came from. Oh well, I know that I'm doing what's right in the food and exercise departments, so that's all that really matters. I've been back to tracking my food (under 2200 calories a day) and working out consistently (2 workouts down this week, 2 more to go). I'm really trying to work on slowing my life down a bit and really learning to enjoy quality things rather than fleeting pleasures (along with breaking some bad habits).

To this end, I will be avoiding television for a while. I find that if I come home from work and sit down in front of the television, a few negative things happen: First, I don't do anything else, such as cook dinner or clean dishes. Second, I start drinking. It's almost like a knee-jerk reaction to have a beer or a cocktail while I watch TV, and if I don't have one then I get very uncomfortable. So that *has* to change. The third reason is that I simply don't need it. I don't even really like television, and I went for a few years without watching hardly any of it. There's nothing good on, so it's just a mind waster. I'm going to replace TV time with chores, reading, and computer games (I have a huge list of games that I'm trying to finish, and I just never get around to it). This should give me a boost in the mental health department, if not in the weight-loss department (cutting out alcohol should help, though). It's good to re-evaluate where you're at every so often and come to find that you engage in negative behaviors without even thinking about it.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Feeling motivated

Today's Weigh-In: 201.6 lbs.

I'm not going to comment on my weight other than to say that it is completely my fault.

For the past few weeks I have just been slacking off. The number one mistake is that I haven't been counting calories. The second mistake is that I haven't been exercising. The third mistake, which stems from the first (and somewhat due to the second, due to motivational issues) is that I've been eating crappy food (ice cream, cereal, prepackaged things). I've been "living it up," so to speak, but that stops today.

I've finally got my schedule hammered out, so I have no excuses for not getting my scheduled workouts in. I got today's in, and I felt so crappy and performed so poorly that it really motivated me to get my butt in gear again. When I was motivated and on fire I was making performance gains like crazy. Now I feel like passing out halfway through a workout that isn't even particularly intense!

I will be preparing all my food this week, and will count everything that goes into my mouth. I'll also make sure to avoid sugar, and to reduce my total carb intake (too many carbs make me feel bloated and sluggish). I won't be eliminating any food group or macronutrient, but I need to get my protein, fat, and carb ratios balanced again. I'm feeling pretty motivated, so I'm going to try to chain together as many perfect days as possible. This is what I need to move past the 200 pound mark for good.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

I'm not dead yet

Today's Weigh-In: 200 lbs.
5-Day Average: 200.5 lbs.

I'm still here, folks. Just been busy with the new job. My weight is still around the 200 pound mark. I've eaten out twice this week, with my new colleagues (I didn't want to be rude) but I made good decisions instead of going all out. I haven't been able to work out all week, though, as I haven't finalized my schedule yet. I should have it nailed down by tomorrow, so hopefully I can get back to business.

Life is going pretty well for me right now, but it's a bit stressful. I haven't been counting my calories as I should, so that's the reason I'm not really losing any weight. Once I get settled into a good schedule I'll be right back on track.

Sunday, July 6, 2008


Todays Weigh-In: 201.2 lbs.
5-Day Average: 200.6 lbs.

Hey everyone! Long time, no blog. I finished up my last day at my old job on Tuesday this week, and spent Wednesday and Thursday getting stuff done around the apartment. I start the new job tomorrow, so I'm pretty excited, but also pretty anxious. I don't know what's in store for me, and not knowing is the worst. It looks like it'll be good, but I always get scared right before I have to jump into some unknown.

My weight is fluctuating right around the 200 pound mark. I haven't taken pains to monitor my calorie intake since Wednesday, since I've been away from the computer, so I've probably been eating a bit too much. I'm back in the office tomorrow, though, so no excuses there.

Wish me luck!