Today's Weigh-In: 209.8 lbs.
So today was the first day of my hard routine, and I've gotta say I've done perfectly so far. I ate exactly 16 blocks of food, but I chose higher fat protein sources to make sure I don't get under 2000 calories. If I do that then I end up not recovering from my workouts and start feeling run-down. Between 2000 and 2200 calories per day is the perfect range for me to lose weight and still perform well. My meals consisted of bacon, eggs, and an English muffin for breakfast, a turkey sandwich for lunch, protein powder and an orange for snack #1, crackers and kippered herring for snack 2, and steak with onions and mushrooms for dinner, with some watermelon for dessert. I'm still a bit hungry, but it's that good hungry feeling that makes me know that I'm doing something effective.
I did a gnarly workout at Crossfit 714 which included lots of cleans and pull-ups. I'm writing this 2.5 hours after I finished and I still can't stop sweating, and it's not particularly hot here. I didn't think I was going to be able to finish, but I found that second wind that I remember so fondly but had forgotten as of late and finished as strong as I could.
Haven't touched a drop of alcohol today. This is the first day in 4 months that I haven't had any (since my fast in January), and I thought it would be harder. I actually feel great right now. My drive is very strong today, and I can only hope that I can keep it up.
My weigh-in today was taken this evening, after dinner, since I forgot to do it this morning, so it's a bit higher than it would be in the morning. Also, as promised, current pictures, taken yesterday:
So there you are. I also took measurements, but I'll post them later because this post is long enough as it is.
UPDATE: Here are my measurements, as of 5/31/09, for posterity's sake.
Waist (flexed): 38"
Waist (relaxed): 40.25"
Chest (flexed): 44.25"
Chest (relaxed): 42"