Phase 2 Weekly Weigh-In #2

2009/01/21 at 6:13 am | Posted in Discipline, Exercise, Life, lifestyle change, Weekly Weigh-In, weight loss, weight loss blog | Comments Off on Phase 2 Weekly Weigh-In #2
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Here are the totals for Week #2 of Phase 2:

  • Weekly Weigh-In #2; Phase 2: 202.0 lbs.
  • Last Week’s Weigh-In: 202.5 lbs. 
  • Gain/loss of: -0.5 lbs.
  • Phase 2 Loss: -1.3 lbs.
  • Pounds to Go: 12.0 lbs.
  • Weight Loss to Date: 95.0 lbs.

As a fella once said, “Ain’t that a kick in the head?”

Needless to say, those numbers are indeed disappointing and I’m beginning to think my scale is getting wiggy on me or something. I can step on it three times and get three different readings–and that ain’t good. And at this rate I will have to shed 4 lbs. per week over the next three weeks in order to meet my goal and you know what? That’s not healthy and I refuse to do it. So while I’ll continue to do the Weigh-Ins, know that there’s a good chance I won’t be at 190 lbs. on the final one. Disappointing, but that’s the way it needs to be.

The good news. I continue to run on the treadmill each night. Perhaps tonight I will take a break and do nothing but the way I am, I seriously doubt it. For as hard as it was to run 1 mile on the first day, it seems that much easier to run 2 miles each and every night. Funny how that works…

Now that this week’s Weigh-In is all done, it’s time to recall what I did last week and make it a point not to repeat it. Let’s hope the same things don’t happen this week.

Gotta go!

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Phase 2 Weekly Weigh-In #1

2009/01/14 at 6:11 am | Posted in Health, Weekly Weigh-In, weight loss, weight loss blog, weight watchers, wii fit | 4 Comments
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Okay, so I know it hasn’t been a full week. Don’t expect much as a result, but at least this will give me a chance to go over things I’m doing different this time. 

  • Weekly Weigh-In #1; Phase 2: 202.5 lbs.
  • Phase 2 Starting Weight: 203.3 lbs.
  • Gain/loss of: -0.8 lbs.
  • Pounds to Go: 12.5 lbs.
  • Weight Loss to Date: 94.5 lbs.

The scale was acting funny this morning, fluctuating between all sorts of numbers. My weight for today is an average of all of them and for the first few days I’d say that’s not too bad. We’ll see how things pan out over the next few weeks.

As I mentioned at the start of this post, I’m going to do things a little different this time around just to shake things up. First and most notably I have decided to abandon my Weight Watchers Point Excel chart for the month, and there are a few reasons for this: a) I need something different and b) after listening to a great podcast the other day, I discovered the importance of BMR.

What is BMR? It’s your Basal Metabolic Rate, or the amount of calories you burn by simply doing nothing–even sleeping. No matter what you’re doing, you burn calories and how many you burn depends on your height, weight and age. (To determine your BMR, go here.) After determining what your BMR is, it’s important to know that that number–mine is 1954.49–is what your body needs in order to maintain your current weight. If you want to shed some weight, simply take in less than your recommended BMR or exercise some more. 

My next change also goes hand-in-hand with the BMR thing. I discovered a fantastic (and free) iPhone/iPod Touch app on the iTunes store called Lose It! This app is probably one of the best I’ve come across because it keeps track of everything: weight, calorie intake, activities/calories burned, goal date, and also has a thorough database of foods to choose from when entering what you’ve eaten. If it’s not there, you can create your own data for it and save it for future use.

In my case, I was allowed 1,637 calories–just slightly lower than my BMR. Calories are tallied up as you enter your food intake and the app determines how many calories you have left to consume to stay in your safe zone. And if you add activities, the appropriate number of calories is subtracted from your total. Can it get any simpler than that? I don’t think so!

And let me tell you: seeing intake in calories vs. Points is a real kick in the gut. 

On the Wii Fit front, I have chosen to run the Island Lap while holding 5 lb. dumbells in each hand. I started that last night and noticed a considerable difference while “jogging” as I sweated much more than usual. Also, I found a little hidden extra in the “jogging” portion of the game. If you follow the different colored dogs, you run at a swifter pace than following a standard Mii. I tried it and yes, it does seem much faster!

Finally, I had mentioned earlier a podcast I discovered so I thought I’d give it a mention. It’s called Fat 2 Fit and it’s pretty much a couple of guys talking weight loss on a human level. Nothing complicated; no degrees in anatomy required. You just listen to what they have to say about their progress, answer listener e-mail, get tips from others, and discover Web sites or other valuable information. (That’s how I found out about BMR!) It’s a good listen and I’d recommend it to anybody who wants to lose weight but doesn’t know where to start.

You can give the Fat 2 Fit podcast a listen here: button_itunes

I think that’s enough for today. If you don’t hear from me the rest of the week, I’ll see you here next Wednesday. Stay focused!

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Weekly Weigh-In #27

2008/09/23 at 7:26 am | Posted in Discipline, Exercise, Health, Life, lifestyle change, Weekly Weigh-In, weight loss, weight watchers, wii fit | 2 Comments
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Originally posted on September 23, 2008 at 200by40, Weight Loss the Right Way: No pills, no surgeries, no excuses, no regrets. Unauthorized use (blog scraping) constitutes copyright infringement and plagiarism. © 2008 David Moreno

A week fighting off an illness definitely kept me from where I’d rather be right now, which is…

  • Weekly Weigh-In #27: 203.5 lbs.
  • Last week’s Weigh-In: 202.5 lbs.
  • Gain/loss of: +1.0 lbs.
  • Weekly average lost: 1.8 lbs.
  • Weight loss to date: 93.6 lbs.

As stated yesterday, it was a bad week on just about every level: sick, not exercising, eating to gain some of my energy back. In short, it was not a lot of fun and concentrating on my weight loss was the furthest thing from my mind.

Here’s a breakdown of activities from last week:

  • Monday: Worked half-day; no walk
  • Tuesday: Called in sick, no walk
  • Wednesday: Worked but only walked 1 mile since I was still sick
  • Thursday: See Wednesday
  • Friday: Went to lunch with co-workers; no walk
  • Only did one night of Wii Fit during that week

So as you can see, gaining only one pound this week might have been a good thing as I could have probably gained more. But unlike Weekly Weigh-In #12 when I asked for a do-over because of a battle with gastroenteritis, I’m going to take this one and run with it.

Moving on. Even with those results, my current weight of 203.5 lbs. might as well be 235 lbs. I’ve been stuck in the 200s for about six weeks now and it’s getting difficult to shake them, even when not ill, so I’ve decided to make a change.

See Traineo my ticker on the right? In case you hadn’t noticed I changed my goal weight, therefore my “To Go” numbers got bumped up a little. I have altered my goal weight to be 190 lbs. instead of 200 lbs. for a reason: those last few pounds were taunting me to hell! No seriously, they were! Now that I’m so close to my goal, I find myself slipping a little bit now and then, making it seem absolutely unachievable. That says nothing of the weight I’ve lost since starting because, well, losing that much seemed easy compared to these last 2 or 3 pounds.

I decided that they were going to be the death of me so rather than carefully try to meet them, I decided to aggressively rip right through them. It’s kind of like that theory I’ve heard about breaking boards in karate: imagine yourself trying to hit through the board behind the board.

I’m no karate expert, so who knows if I’m even right on that, but it seems like a logical way to get past these few pounds: work beyond them.

Gotta go. See you later!

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A New Week Begins

2008/09/22 at 11:17 am | Posted in Discipline, Exercise, Food, Health, Life, lifestyle change, weight loss, weight watchers | Comments Off on A New Week Begins
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Originally posted on September 22, 2008 at 200by40, Weight Loss the Right Way: No pills, no surgeries, no excuses, no regrets. Unauthorized use (blog scraping) constitutes copyright infringement and plagiarism. © 2008 David Moreno

I have to admit that it was a pretty lame seven days last week but I’m more than prepared to make up for it beginning today. I feel fantastic and energetic enough to follow through on everything I missed out on last week when a cold cut into my regular activities.

I started by going for my lunchtime walk and stopping by Subway for lunch, where I bought a footlong Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki sandwich. I originally wanted the Veggie Delite but this fills me up better.

And while I love that sandwich, the cost was over $9 with a drink! Seriously man, that ain’t cheap! But then again I figure that the drink will last me the rest of the day and because I only eat half of the sandwich, I’ll save the other half lunch for tomorrow. So hey, $5 for lunch over two days isn’t all that bad.

I think I’m also going to switch to sit-ups again rather than Wii Fit. My knees, despite having less pressure on them than I did when I was the size of a Yugo, have been aching slightly as of late. Perhaps it can be attributed to being under the weather because that’s when it really hit me. Now they seem fine but the week I was sick they were really achy, so tonight I won’t put them through the rigors of, if you can call them that, Wii Fit. Besides, I really need a change.

Well, tomorrow is Weekly Weigh-In #27. I wish I could say I’m excited about it but all things considered, I’m not expecting any earth-shattering results. Then again, I could completely surprise myself. All I know is I’m feeling nothing like I felt last week, which means this week is going to be good. I might even reach my goal if I play my cards right!

See you tomorrow!

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Slowly Returning

2008/09/18 at 11:41 am | Posted in Exercise, Health, Life, lifestyle change, weight loss, weight watchers, wii fit | 2 Comments
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With my cold kind of disappearing, I’m slowly getting back into the groove of things.

Yesterday I returned to walking during lunch but only a portion of the distance. I just don’t feel well enough to go all the way and my pace is considerably slower than usual. Additionally, save for my daily Body Test, my Wii Fit has gone unused since I came down with this cold or whatever it is.

But I am hungry beyond belief and responding to that call, so I wouldn’t be surprised if next week’s Weigh-In shows some gain. Then again, it could completely fool me and show a significant loss.

Either way, I should stay focused on getting better and not reaching my goal right now.

Here’s to getting better–and soon.

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