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Signing Off

2018/07/23 at 10:01 pm | Posted in Health | Comments Off on Signing Off

All,

At some point, we will all experience life-changing situations that were completely unexpected and demand our immediate attention.

Today my family received news of just that. I will not go into details.

But it’s at a time like this when you suddenly realize what’s most important in your life, and now my attention must be shifted to exactly that and not myself or my weight loss progress.

My family has a long road ahead of us that we hope will not be marred by any speed bumps or potholes, but we must prepare ourselves for any possibility.

So as of now, I’m singing off from the blog and have no immediate plans to return. I ask that you please respect my decision and privacy.

Thank you for everything,
Dave

Weekly Weigh-In, Week 14

2018/07/18 at 9:49 pm | Posted in Exercise, Health, Life, lifestyle change, Weekly Weigh-In, weight loss, weight loss blog | Comments Off on Weekly Weigh-In, Week 14
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Ugh, let’s just get to it.

Weekly Weigh-In for July 17, 2018 (Week 14): 234.5 lbs.
Loss/Gain for the week: +1.5 lbs.
Total lost: 10.3 lbs.
Lean weight: 159.0
Weekly average loss (targeted goal: 1.14): 0.7 lbs.

Last week was rough, even more rough than the previous week. Without getting into details, I ate a lot — I tend to do this when I’m either angry or stressed, and this weekend I was most certainly stressed with what was happening in my life.

But despite all of that, I managed to go to the gym early each weekend morning where I ran 5k on the treadmill both days plus rode the stationary bike and did some ad crunches. I felt those for days afterward. The treadmill runs left me soaked from head to shoulders, definitely a good thing.

And while I’m getting more and more disappointed at my results, I’m going to give this one last try before I have a decision to make: stop blogging about it and really, really focus on losing the weight or quite simply, quit. I’m by no means a quitter but when you’re trying your best to get results and there’s very little to show for your efforts, that seems to be the only logical option. I’d hate to see myself do this but it’s becoming a more likely scenario.

One last-ditch effort is to keep track of my lean weight, or muscle mass (included in the stats at the top). I wouldn’t mind the gain if it were muscle which is why I’m going to start keeping track of it. Keep a eye on that for at least the next couple of weeks while I decide what to do here.

So that’s it. Hopefully there will be some better news next week.

 

 

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Weekly Weigh-In, Week 13

2018/07/11 at 10:16 pm | Posted in Discipline, Exercise, Health, lifestyle change, Weekly Weigh-In, weight loss, weight loss blog | Comments Off on Weekly Weigh-In, Week 13
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Will the Week 13 be unlucky for me? Let’s find out.

Weekly Weigh-In for July 10, 2018 (Week 13): 233.0 lbs.
Loss/Gain for the week: 0.0 lbs.
Total lost: 11.8 lbs.
Weekly average loss (targeted goal: 1.14): 0.9 lbs.

I seem to recall saying in my last post that I was committed to losing 3 pounds this week so that I could get myself to 230. Well, that obviously didn’t happen. Granted it was very ambitious to begin with but this week I didn’t even drop a single pound — or even half of that.

I’m frustrated and annoyed with myself, especially now that my weekly average has dropped well below my targeted average of 1.14 lbs. I have 30 weeks left to reach my goal and that sounds like plenty of time but in order for me to reach it, I’ve made some changes.

First, I’m restricting myself from the elevator at the office. I work on the second floor and usually take the elevator but no more. Those extra steps will help out as will every little bit of extra movement I can get.

Second, I’ve gotten a membership to Planet Fitness. They are having a great deal that ends July 12: $10/month with $1 down, no commitment, and an annual membership fee of $40. It’s the basic membership that has some restrictions but if you’re just looking to get a good workout without the frills, you can’t beat it. I used to have a membership but canceled it because my location wasn’t open 24 hours yet. I like to get up early but apparently they didn’t. They’ve since changed to 24 hours and I’m okay with that.

I may have said in the past that I didn’t really need a gym but the weather out here has been downright dreadful. Last week, one day reached 114 degrees — I’m not exercising in that! I figure I can do a little of everything while I’m there also. This will be my new weekend routine and while I’ll miss going outdoors to run and ride, I’m not going to put myself at risk of getting heatstroke.

So that’s it. Time to turn it up — haven’t I said that already? — and get serious. Hopefully next week I’ll have better results. If I don’t, well, I’ll have to sit down and really figure out what’s going on.

Weekly Weigh-In, Week 12

2018/07/05 at 8:51 pm | Posted in Discipline, Health, Inspiration, lifestyle change, Weekly Weigh-In, weight loss, weight loss blog | Comments Off on Weekly Weigh-In, Week 12
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Sorry about the late post, folks. I’ve been busy with the Fourth of July holiday and all that jazz, so I hope you had a good one!

Here are this week’s stats:

Weekly Weigh-In for July 3, 2018 (Week 11): 233.0 lbs.
Loss/Gain for the week: +0.2 lbs.
Total lost: 11.8 lbs.
Weekly average loss (targeted goal: 1.14): 1.0 lbs.

Grrr. It shouldn’t be going in that direction even if it’s just a small gain. But it is and I need to fix that.

Exercise was practically nil this week with none over the weekend as I’ve been fighting off a cold for a little bit. It’s hard to do much of anything when you’re congested so I did absolutely nothing.

I’m holding steady but it’s getting old still being in the 230s after 12 weeks. So I’m setting a lofty goal for my next weigh-in: 230 or 229. Sorry, but I’m getting a little angry here with the way things are going and need to motivate myself into getting serious again. That will be a loss of between 3-4 pounds by next Tuesday or Wednesday that I’ve committed to — I posted it so I have no choice, right?

That’s all for now. Hopefully things will be better by next week and more importantly, I will have reached the goal I set above.

See you next week!

Weekly Weigh-In, Week 11

2018/06/27 at 10:00 pm | Posted in Cycling, Exercise, Health, Life, lifestyle change, Motivation, Weekly Weigh-In, weight loss, weight loss blog | Comments Off on Weekly Weigh-In, Week 11
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It’s week 11! Let’s see how this one ends up.

Weekly Weigh-In for June 26, 2018 (Week 11): 232.8 lbs.
Loss/Gain for the week: -2.0 lbs.
Total lost: 12.0 lbs.
Weekly average loss (targeted goal: 1.14): 1.1 lbs.

Well, not too bad considering how last week was. I’m inching closer to the 220s and I’ve achieved a small victory: tightening up my belt another notch! Most people go by clothing size but if there’s ever a true indicator of the loss of belly fat, this is the one. And I’m pretty happy about that.

This week’s loss also gets me closer to my targeted weekly weight loss goal of 1.14 lbs.

Weekend exercise this week was just a bike ride:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Granted it was a 23-mile bike ride but it was enough. Saturday was definitely a lazy day for me and I worked around the house with the family.

So it looks like I’m getting there, slowly but surely, just like last time. And I apologize for my posts being a day late. My computer is probably on its last leg and incredibly slow to start and run, and sometimes I just get frustrated by it all and walk away. If it keeps up I’ll start to compost posts from my phone, something I have done with my personal blog but not here.

That’s it for this week. See you for Week 12 🙂

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