Weekly Weigh-In, Week 6

2018/05/22 at 8:53 pm | Posted in Discipline, Exercise, Health, Inspiration, lifestyle change, Weekly Weigh-In, weight loss, weight loss blog | Comments Off on Weekly Weigh-In, Week 6
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Folks, this one’s going to be pretty short as I’m feeling a little bit under the weather.

Weekly Weigh-In for May 22, 2018: 236.6 lbs.
Loss/Gain for the week: -0.6 lbs.
Total lost: 8.2 lbs.
Weekly average loss: 1.6 lbs.

At 236.6, I’m at my lowest point since starting, beating my previous low of 236.8. It’s coming along.

And a bonus: my pants are starting to get bigger. Always a good sign.

I was back at it this weekend by running 3 miles on Saturday and cycling 17 miles on Sunday so that definitely helped. This week’s lunchtime bike rides at work have been short since I’m not feeling well — to my car and back so that I can take a nap for a bit. Being sick is fun!

Also, I ate a Subway Veggie Delite for two days in a row. They were a staple when I lost 100 pounds because I would walk to my nearest location, get a footlong, and eat half one day and half the next. It just worked and I’m now making my own at home with French bread loaves from Sam’s Club.

Sorry for the short post but I think that’s all for now. Time to get some rest. Let’s see what happens next week!

Weekly Weigh-In, Week 5

2018/05/15 at 8:55 pm | Posted in Discipline, Exercise, Health, Life, lifestyle change, Motivation, Weekly Weigh-In, weight loss, weight loss blog | Comments Off on Weekly Weigh-In, Week 5
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Hey all. It’s Week 5 and I can already tell these results aren’t going to be good. So with that out of the way…

Weekly Weigh-In for May 15, 2018: 237.2 lbs.
Loss/Gain for the week: +0.4 lbs.
Total lost:  7.6 lbs.
Weekly average loss: 1.5 lbs.

While not exactly promising, there’s still 39 weeks left and if I can average that 1 pound per week, I’ll be just under 200 lbs. by my 50th. Still a realistic goal.

But let’s break this week down even further.

Weekend exercise: None because I was once again busy with the family. I took my son to the Dodger game on Saturday and we took all the moms to lunch on Sunday, Mother’s Day. I will be back on it this weekend for sure.

Food: On Saturday night and I had my usual Dodger Dog and fries. No complaints there — I really enjoyed them both and what’s a little cheating every now and then, right? Sunday consisted of the Sizzler salad bar where I stuck with a salad and a baked potato but maybe should have just had the salad. Then again it was Mother’s Day and moms will wonder if you’re feeling okay if you’re not eating.

I’m still sticking with the egg for breakfast and have since tried cereal for a day and it just didn’t feel right. Cereal seems to be much more compulsive to me in that you can’t chew it the way you can a more solid food since it’s sort of already making its way down your throat by the time you reach 10 chews (yes, I’m counting how many times I chew). That said, you can see how unsatisfying it really can be.

On the other hand, here’s something that’s been working for me as a suitable lunch: a bag of beef jerky. Although a little high on sodium, most beef jerky is low in fat and very high in protein. With the bags I’ve been eating, that’s about 240 calories, 4.5g fat and 30g protein per bag (at three servings per bag). Plus it takes a lot of chewing to break that jerky down to a smaller size. Alternating between that and the tuna, my lunches at work have been pretty satisfying.

So okay, let’s get last week behind us and start on fresh this week. Hitting that reset button right NOW with no regrets.

See you next week 🙂

 

Weekly Weigh-In, Week 4

2018/05/08 at 11:03 pm | Posted in Discipline, Exercise, Health, Inspiration, lifestyle change, Motivation, Weekly Weigh-In, weight loss, weight loss blog | Comments Off on Weekly Weigh-In, Week 4
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Folks, this will be a short post tonight. I’m pretty tired and it’s late so let’s get to it.

Weekly Weigh-In for May 8, 2018: 236.8 lbs.
Loss/Gain for the week: -0.8 lbs.
Total lost:  8.0 lbs.
Weekly average loss: 2.0 lbs.

I’ve reached 8 pounds lost! It sure doesn’t feel like it but I can definitely see the difference in my waist (read: handles are disappearing). And although a loss is still a loss, it looks like I’m slowing down. While the average is still well above the 1.14 lbs. per week I need to achieve in order to reach my goal, it will level off very soon.

I did manage to go running (5 miles) and riding (18 miles) this weekend so that’s a plus. I’m also mixing it up a little at work by walking the last few days instead of riding the bike, which doesn’t burn as many calories but is a nice change. It’s given me the opportunity to carry my camera around town and take pictures, a hobby I enjoy tremendously.

So I think that will do it for tonight. Eight pounds down, 36.8 to go! We’ll see how next week’s weigh-in goes!

 

Weekly Weigh-In, Week 3

2018/05/02 at 9:59 pm | Posted in Discipline, Exercise, Health, Inspiration, Life, lifestyle change, Motivation, Weekly Weigh-In, weight loss, weight loss blog | Comments Off on Weekly Weigh-In, Week 3
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Sorry about posting this a day late. I fell asleep early last night and didn’t get around to it. At any rate, here we go.

Weekly Weigh-In for May 1, 2018: 237.6 lbs.
Loss/Gain for the week: -1.6 lbs.
Total lost: 7.2 lbs.
Weekly average loss: 2.4 lbs.

As anticipated, the weight loss has tapered off from the first few weeks but it was not unexpected. It definitely won’t discourage me.

But with the week I had I’m surprised I lost as much as I did. The weekend was filled with poor choices when it came to eating (read: Big Mac but hey, no fries) and for the first time in months, I took a break from my Saturday run and Sunday bike ride. The family had things to do so I thought I’d better skip my routine. Despite it all, I have to admit that not getting up so early to go out and exercise was a welcome relief — I’ve been doing it so long that I suppose I deserved a break.

The one thing I have been consistent with is the tried-and-true 30-Day Plank Challenge. There are diagrams on how to do it but like everything else, there’s also an app and this is the one I’ve been using.

The app not only gives you diagrams on how to do the exercises (more than just a standard plank), it also keeps track of your progress and sends you reminders to keep it going. I’m sure there are others out there but I tried this one and I’m sticking with it because it just works.

In the past, I’ve completed Beginner Level 1 and 2 so this time around I decided to start with Intermediate 1. It’s been challenging to step it up and at first the new moves were difficult master but as I enter Day 18, they are much easier. The best part: my dreaded love handles are starting to disappear thanks to the hip dips and core twists that the app makes you do on this level. I’m very happy with that.

One more thing. When I first started to change the way I ate 10 years ago, one of the things I decided to ditch was dairy milk. Being lactose intolerant I really should have done that long ago. In its place, I tried every kind of “milk” on the market: rice, soy, and now almond and cashew (with rice being my least favorite). But lately I’ve been buying hemp milk and I’ve got to say that I like it. The only drawback is that it’s mostly only sold in 1-qt. boxes so I usually end up buying two.

The good thing is that it’s shelf-stable, meaning you can store it unrefrigerated until ready for use. I also like that it’s low in fat and packed with vitamins and minerals. It’s an excellent source of Omega 3. Read more about it here. Give it a try if you need something different.

That’s all for this week. At this rate I’ll definitely reach my goal in time and possibly earlier. See you next week!

Doing It Again

2018/04/19 at 9:49 pm | Posted in Discipline, Exercise, Health, Life, lifestyle change, Motivation, Weekly Weigh-In, weight loss, weight loss blog | Comments Off on Doing It Again
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Hey all, it’s me. Hope you’re doing well.

You may find this hard to believe but it’s been about 10 years since I met my goal of 200 lbs. by my 40th birthday. That also means that I’m now 49 and, unfortunately, I’ve made some bad choices.

I got on the scale a couple of Sundays ago and wasn’t happy with the result: 244.8 lbs., which is an average gain of a little under 5 pounds a year over 9 years. I believe on my last blog post I had stated that I was at 235 lbs. which wasn’t really good but not where I want to be, so 244.8 was a wake-up call.

But it’s not because I’ve become lazy. In fact here are a few pictures:

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This was after the 20-mile Long Beach Marathon bike tour last October, my annual event. I ran the 5k on Saturday and rode the bike tour on Sunday. It’s a busy weekend for me.

More recently, here I am at the top of Mount Lee, aka the location of the Hollywood Sign (see the letters at the bottom of the picture). I hiked up there — something I’ve been wanting to do — on my 49th birthday in February of this year.

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Don’t worry — I’ve since cut my hair.

So yes, I’m still active. I still partake in the company’s bikeshare program and still logging miles that way, plus walking/running on Saturday and riding on Sunday (no days off). The fact of the matter is I simply started eating more calories than I was burning and that’s not good.

All things considered, I’ve decided to challenge myself yet again.

As of this post, my 50th birthday is 10 months away and my goal is to get down to 200 lbs. by then, meaning a drop of 44 lbs. since I got on the scale and shook my head in disgust. Doing the math, that means an average loss of 1.1 lbs. per week from now until February 2019. It’s totally doable.

And you know what? I’ve already started. On April 10, I topped the scale at 244.8 lbs. Since I’m starting all over, I’d like to proclaim my next phase officially open with this:

Weekly Weigh-in for April 17, 2018: 241.4

In my first Weekly Weigh-in, that’s a drop of 3.4 lbs. last week. Don’t worry — I’m not starving myself in order to reach my goal, but I have made a few changes.

For breakfast, I’m avoiding two things I would normally have: cereal and bread. Since starting last week, my breakfasts have simply been a cooked egg and small glass of soy or almond milk, lately with a side of sausage for added protein.

Lunches at work have been either a salad with chicken or tuna salad. It’s been hard avoiding the convenience of frozen, processed foods that I’ve become so accustomed to throwing in my lunch bag but it’s change that needed to happen. Making your own meals is work, but it’s worth the effort.

I’m also tracking everything I eat in the MyFitnessPal app. Well, almost everything. I will track breakfast, lunch, and snacks all day and don’t really bother with dinner if I have a decent amount of calories remaining for the day (I’ve gotten pretty good at determining how many are in a given meal). And since I have it linked to my fitness app, calories from activities logged with Endomondo are deducted.

I’ve also gotten into the habit of drinking more water while at work using the Water Minder app. My goal is 100 oz. and I have reminders set throughout the day for when I should drink more. While I don’t always reach that goal, I’m pretty close most days.

Plus with the recent office remodel, I’ve gotten myself a Varidesk which means I can stand as long as I wish, which is better for blood circulation than sitting all day. It looks a little strange and I sometimes feel like a Pet Shop Boy standing there at the keyboard but it really is a break from the monotony of sitting all day.

Blogging about my journey last time was a big part of my success because it gave me the motivation to do better. For 200by40 I made a promise and kept it, and I’m doing it again.

50by50* has officially begun!

Thanks for reading. I’ll see you next week at my weigh-in!

 

*Although my goal is 44 lbs,. this is a much catchier moniker. But hey, 50 lbs. could happen…

 

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