So I have been hitting the gym as often as possible. I ran into a bit of a snag last night. The gym was closed. Seattle city light was doing some construction and had to shut down power to the entire building. So that limited my gym time to 0 yesterday.
Some recent updates in regards to clothing I am down to an XLT shirt. It’s rather awesome to not have any numbers in my shirt size anymore. The tall thing I can’t help because I am tall. I am down to a 42” waist with a 34” inseam. I can’t actually ever recall being an XLT shirt. I on;y have 2 short sleeve and 1 long sleeve that I have recently purchased. With summer coming around the corner that makes me down to 2 shirts. I have some 2XLT’s and a few 3XLT’s left but I really don’t like to wear them. The pants are awesome but I really don’t want to buy anymore pants as I am on the cusp of the 40” pants. My goal for this year was to get down to a 38” so I feel like I am well on my way but the months are creeping up with June almost over.
I have bumped up my cardio to 1hr on the elliptical doing an interval of 2 minutes at max resistance and 2 minutes at 3/4 of the max. The machine says I burn around 1300 calories in an hour. I don’t really buy that. Afterwards I do 15-30 minutes on the rowing machine. Usually until I have so much sweat in my eye I can’t see and stop.
The diet thing I have trouble with at times I fall off the wagon. usually when I get home from work and trying to figure out dinner. I’ve been around some steady weight loss of a 1 pound a week the past few weeks. But the scale suggests that I have dropped 15lbs of fat in 3 weeks. Is that good or expected I have no idea.
I went on a hike with my sister and her roommate today. That was pretty fun I found myself a sweating a great deal more than I would have expected. I guess I will need to work on that.
I also would really like to start training again for a 5k. I got to week 4 Day 3 and just kinda stopped as week 5 seems so intimidating since it’s the first week where you run more than you walk. I need to just suck it up and do it. Maybe start over and see if week 1-4 are easier the 2nd time around and week 5 won’t seem so daunting.
It’s 2:04am and I just got home from the gym. I am tired. Thanks for reading.
So I started this journey on October 1st with a goal. To be awesome. My last crazy meal was September 31st and I had a 48oz steak dinner. Yesterday was my birthday and went to the same steakhouse and I had an 8oz filet and I was super full. Crazy how far I have come in this amount of time. After a crazy birthday weekend of drinking and eating crazy food back on the diet.
Had some watermelon and oatmeal for breakfast. Gym has been going well I also took this weekend off to relax a bit. But we are back on the workout train tonight. Hope everyone that reads this is doing awesome.
I have been hitting the gym usually starting from 10:30-11:00 until 1:00-1:30am I am losing sleep over this. But I fucking want to be healthy. I want it so bad I don’t want to give up this time. I will not let anything get in my way to get this goal. I fucking love feeling good. The times I am sleepy and want to not go to the gym. I watch this and I am like fuck this shit if I want this sleep is secondary.
You see that number on the right hand side keep creeping up? That’s some pretty awesome stuff. I need to get this turbo charged and up and running. I have lost 7lbs in the past two weeks. I really wish I hadn’t been so embarrassed in the beginning. I wish I would have taken measurements and had a scale that could weigh me. I got below the 400lbs and started checking around 370 and started tracking after that and down and down.
I am going to switch to a delivered meal plan here in the next week or so. Hopefully that can keep me really on track and I can supercharge this thing. Oh well progress is progress.
So just wanted to post a quick check in after my absence. A few updates on my journey so far.
I started this on October 1st trying to be a juice only thing. Well that lasted about 3 days and well the Kale killed me. My girlfriend has been giving me crap about getting rid of the juicer. But I really find it to me more of a motivation piece on the counter to remind me that I can do this so far. Maybe when I get some more progress under my belt I can get rid of it. She will read this and go why didn’t you tell me that sooner.
At the beginning I couldn’t get the WiThings scale to register a weight for me and it was floating between 390 and over 400lbs so I am not really sure where I started this journey since I couldn’t find a scale to go over 400lbs. Didn’t really want to buy one either as I knew I would be under that shortly.
So last Sunday as a New Year stereotype I joined a gym last Sunday. I wanted to wait 2 weeks after the new year to feel better about joining. Maybe that’s a stupid reason but it works for me. We had a bit of a snow storm in Seattle over the past week and that prevented me from going. I finally went on Friday and it feels really good to get back into it. I also went again tonight so 2 times in a weekend. My goal is to go 4-5 times a week. I go later in the evening after the lady goes to sleep just to make things easier.
On the clothes front I was at a 5XL – 4XLT when I started. Today I put on a 2XLT coat and can wear a few 2XLT shirts and that is some awesome progress. Pants I started off at a 56” waist and down to a 44” at the moment. I would like to be down to a 36” by the end of the year.
My diet has been fruit for breakfast I am really digging on watermelons and bananas. Sometimes I get some pineapple or apples. Which reminds me I need to have some apple slices. I get a salad for lunch and I have soups as a treat on Friday’s. I have been really wanting some cornbread on my lunches. It’s been really hard resisting that at the salad bar I walk to for lunch.
Dinners are usually salads or some other type of vegetable dinner. I have been breaking a bit for when people come over. I haven’t had any soda since October and only been drinking water. I had a few beers on New Years Eve and a few when my friend Ashley was in town from the Bahamas. I also had a buffet on Christmas as well as Thanksgiving dinners on Thanksgiving. One at my Dad’s and one at my Mom’s it was good times. Also had a few breaks here and there with a burger or Taco time. I see those calories and feel super guilty.
I will need to wear my fitbit more to get points for that. Will use the WiThings scale a bit more and will also be using MyFitnessPal to track things with a bit more detail. With all of these get fit social networks coming up I think that is pretty cool.
Special thanks to my girlfriend for being so supportive with all of this. I know it can be a pain and my anxiety about some of these things can be a bit over the top. I love you and thank you for again for being there for me.
It’s 12:02am at the moment and I am exhausted. Thank you for reading and I am still here and doing it.
Hey Everyone! It’s been almost a month since I have updated this site. My apologies on keeping you updated on my journey. I just get side tracked and then forget. But I wanted to let it be on the record that I have been still doing this thing. I have gone from a 4XLT to a 3XLT shirt and from a 52×32 pants to a 48×32 pants size. I am feeling really great and have far more energy that I have had in the past. I have also noticed that my stomach has shrunk and all of the changes have been awesome.
I plan to eat a “real” meal this Thanksgiving and probably back to the vegan thing most days of the week. I think the real secret is just to dramatically reduce how many calories you intake. I need to up my output which I have been having a hard time doing.
I would like to get skinny enough to ride a bike and begin that exercise plan when the weather gets a bit better here in Seattle. If you have been a loyal reader I apologize if I have disappointed you. But I am still holding to my guns and enjoying life.
I must admit I haven’t been to the gym yet. I have been dealing with some personal issues. But I am still on track with the whole vegan thing. I expanded things a bit with Boca Burgers the “chicken” and “beef” variety. They are pretty good with a bit of salsa and have some nice flavor.
But I am like 95% raw fruits and veggies and the rest is vegan foods as mentioned above. I was really missing things that have been heated up. But intent is to go to the gym tonight or tomorrow. Have a halloween party this weekend I will be attending.
Well loyal blog readers I have failed in writing a blog update for you to enjoy. Currently I am in a training class for this week and today was the first day that I have packed my own lunch.
Yesterday I found myself being far more hungry then I have been in the two weeks where I have been doing this reboot of myself. Mainly because I didn’t have the normal structure of having my meals at an expected time.
Being at work is a bit easier when doing this. But I find myself missing going out to lunch with my coworkers. Around here I usually walk up to the organic grocery store and get a salad when I really need to get out of the office.
I haven’t had any slips but I have been wanting some hot food now and then. I picked up some Vegan meat balls. The problem with this is finding items that are low in Sodium. But I am just going with minimal amounts of quantity instead of just eating that as the main source. So I made some vegan meatballs. A serving size is 6 “meat”balls and tossed them on my salad for 120 calories.
I went to a Harvest Party on Saturday and resisted Beer, Brats and pretty much everything. I did have some sweet potatoes and they had some oil on it. I was shocked at how ill I felt from having them. But lesson learned minimal oil is better.
But I haven’t had any slip ups even though the girlfriend keeps tempting things around. Oreos, Cookies, Candy. But she doesn’t really eat meat so that is a good thing in my case.
I have found myself in a smaller shirt size. Down from 4XLT to 3XLT and my belt is on it’s last hole so I think that is doing pretty good. I haven’t had any time to really hit the gym. I am going to attempt for twice this week. But we shall see how it goes.
I need to get back to class but things are going well and on track.