Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Another bout of sickness, but the clouds are parting.

Today's Weigh-In: 201.6 lbs. Average: 205.56 lbs.

So, yeah, I've lost a lost of weight the past few weeks. Unfortunately this was partially helped along by a vicious attack of stomach flu on Saturday night, which ultimately kept me from consuming any real amount of food until Tuesday. Add to that the fact that I was sick most of last week, and we're not talking about a good weight-loss scheme. But I'm feeling pretty much 100% today, and I've got my appetite back, so I'm trying to get some extra calories for the next few days to build my strength up.

I did still manage to get my Crossfit Level 1 certification on Sunday, even without the benefit of any sleep the night before (and with a very strong desire to curl up into the fetal position throughout the day), so I'm super happy about that. I learned a lot, and aced the written test, only missing one question (out of 45 scored). We're having a trainers' meeting next week to figure out how best to apply the new trainers in the gym, so we'll see where it takes me.

I did get one easy workout this week, on Monday. I felt wobbly and weak, but it was good to get moving again after being sick for so long. It's going to take me a week or two to ramp up to my previous levels of intensity and consistency, so I have to be patient there, but all in all things are looking up.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Doing awesome

Today's Weigh-In: 204 lbs. Average: 207.15 lbs.

Well this week has turned out great for weight loss. On Tuesday I hit 205.6, Wednesday I was 204.6, and today I was 204.0. These little spurts of weight loss are a nice mental boost for someone who's been trying to lean out for so long. I think the combo of intermittent fasting along with alcohol restriction has really done most of the work, because I haven't gotten to work out a day this week. I'm finally feeling good enough to get a workout in, but I had minor oral surgery this morning and they said I can't exert myself today because of the risk of bleeding. So I have to wait until tomorrow to get a workout, but that's okay, cuz I know I'll be getting at least a good workout or two at the Crossfit Level 1 certification this weekend, being held at Crossfit 714 (my gym). I'm super excited about finally attending a cert, and I'm glad I got this flu thing out of the way. I'm already under my goal weight for the month, so now I'm going to just make sure I keep it that way and not regain. All in all everything is going great, and I finally have some good momentum in the right direction.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Out sick

Today's Weigh-In: 207 lbs.

Ugh. The throat issue I mentioned in my last post turned into a full on fever/flu deal, and I was stuck in bed for most of the weekend. In addition to that I seem to have developed an infection on my gums which hurts tremendously. I'm feeling better today, and I've got an appointment with a gum specialist tomorrow, but it made this weekend not a lot of fun.

Weight is down mainly because it's hard to eat, but I've made sure to get enough food to sustain me without issue. Hopefully I'll get these issues resolved in the next few days and get back in the gym.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Don't blow it!

Today's Weigh-In: 207.6 lbs.
Average: 208.52 lbs.

My morning weigh-ins have started to come down, as expected. My workouts have been intense this week, and my eating has been spot on. I've been just about perfect with my calories every day, and the intermittent fasting is going well too. I got a good 9 hours of sleep last night, so I'm feeling pretty good today. I thought I would be really sore from the past couple of workouts I've done, but the good rest and quality food seems to have taken care of that for the most part. My performance in the gym this week has also been markedly improved. The only bad thing in my life health-wise is I woke up at 4:30 this morning with a sore throat, which I handled by gargling some Listerine. I went back to bed, and when I woke up again at 8:30 it was feeling a lot better, so I'm hoping it's just from being irritated (the other night I hung out with one of my buddies who was smoking) and not from any kind of infection. I'm taking the day off from the gym to rest up a bit more, and hopefully I'll be alright tomorrow. All in all everything is going really well right now. All I have to do is not blow it!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Current status and monthly goal

Today's Weigh-In: 209.8 lbs.

Weight is still high, although it should begin a downward trend pretty soon. I've been eating super clean (most of the time, had a big calorie blast on Saturday), so it doesn't have a say in the matter. As of September 1st I haven't had any alcohol, nor will I for (at least) the rest of the month. This always helps a lot with weight loss for me, and it's been really easy this time for some reason. I've been sleeping great, training hard 4-5 days a week, and I'm injury free, so it's time for a hard push in the right direction.

The goal for this month is to be under 205 pounds by October 1st. My weight has been fluctuating between 208 and 210 for the past few days, so I don't think it's unreasonable. I'm still doing 16 hour fasts on weekdays, although on the weekends I usually only go about 14 hours, which is still fine. That's why it's called "intermittent" fasting, it doesn't have to be perfect every day to work. I tracked my calories a couple of times last week, and on an average weekday I've been getting around 2200, perfect for me to lean out.

I know I've been a bit lax on updating the blog and commenting on others' posts, so I'll try to be more active on here this week. That's it for now.