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.

 

 

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 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 🙂

Weekly Weigh-In, Week 10

2018/06/19 at 8:37 pm | Posted in Exercise, Health, Life, lifestyle change, Weekly Weigh-In, weight loss, weight loss blog | Comments Off on Weekly Weigh-In, Week 10
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I had already warned everybody that this week’s results probably wouldn’t be where I wanted them. I had two extra days off, attended my son’s 8th Grade promotion to high school, his friend’s high school graduation the next day, and Sunday was Father’s Day. Needless to say, there was a lot going on.

Now here’s where the fun begins.

Weekly Weigh-In for June 19, 2018 (Week 10): 234.8 lbs.
Loss/Gain for the week: +0.6 lbs.
Total lost: 10.0 lbs.
Weekly average loss (targeted goal: 1.14): 1.0 lbs. 

Sooooo…yeah. It’s a gain of just over a half-pound which I guess, all things considered, isn’t that bad with all the celebrating I did during those four days. But it also washes away my 0.6 pound loss over the previous two weeks which is a bit discouraging.

Adding to this was my lack of exercise on the weekend. We took our son to the driving range early Saturday morning to practice for his new high school’s golf team, and Sunday was Father’s Day and I rightfully stayed home with the family. And with Thursday and Friday away from work I didn’t do my usual lunchtime bike rides so it was an attack from both sides: little exercise and too much food.

With this, my weekly average loss dips to 1.0 pounds which is below my targeted goal of 1.14 pounds. What all this means is that it’s time to get back on it (as I did today) and stay there, plus practice greater self-control around food. I’m not making any excuses this week — I just messed up, plain and simple.

It’s a new week and a new start and I think we’re done with the celebrations for a bit. Time to hit that RESET button and get it in gear. Thanks for reading and see you next week, hopefully with better results!

Weekly Weigh-In, Week 9

2018/06/12 at 10:08 pm | Posted in Cycling, Discipline, Exercise, Health, Life, lifestyle change, Motivation, Running, Weekly Weigh-In, weight loss, weight loss blog | 1 Comment
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First off, I have to apologize for the typo in last week’s post title. It should have been Week 8 but I had written Week 7. Not like anybody noticed or anything. But I did change it so everything is all better now.

That said, let’s see what this week brings me.

Weekly Weigh-In for June 12, 2018: 234.2 lbs.
Loss/Gain for the week: -0.4 lbs.
Total lost: 10.6 lbs.
Weekly average loss: 1.2 lbs.

Well, it’s better than last week in which I lost 0.2 pounds. Either way, I’m still above the 1.14 pounds per week in order to reach my goal but not by a lot. As I long as I keep it in that zone then I’ll be fine.

At work, I rode an average of 3.36 miles a day during lunch. And here was the weekend.

Walking/running:

Photo Jun 12, 9 04 33 PM

As you can see by the little notification at the top, this was my best time for a 10k walk/run this year, besting my previous mark by a good 10 minutes. That means I did a lot more running this time around which makes me happy. It may take 4 miles for me to finally get in a groove but it feels good to run again.

Cycling:

Photo Jun 12, 9 04 44 PM

Another improvement: an increase of 1.75 miles over my longest ride this year. I’ve been spending a lot less time on the bike trail and more on city street just for a change because, frankly, I needed it. The trail is nice but there’s something to be said about getting lost in your own city and discovering so many “new” places.

I did that during lunch today and found parts of the city I didn’t know existed, which made for some great photographs. I’m a big fan of abandoning your car and seeing anyplace by foot — it just gives you a better perspective of everything around you, and who couldn’t use a few extra steps in a day, right?

So that’s it. I’ve got a few days off coming up to attend my son’s middle school graduation and to spend the first day of Summer Vacation with the family. Plus Father’s Day is on Sunday but we’re not exactly sure what were going to be doing. All I know is this week will be a challenge so let’s see how I end up next Tuesday.

Thanks for reading!

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