Oh Great, Another Weight Loss Post…

I’ve picked up the weight loss motivation once again. Before the new year I was pretty much at an all time low in regards to fitness and weight. People who hadn’t seen me in a while were usually pretty surprised at how much weight I had put on. Walking was difficult due to my ankle surgeries and I probably didn’t realize it but I’m sure my weight was not helping my ankles either.

In December, the office decided to start up a “Biggest Loser” contest. I figured that was as good of a way to get started as any.  Also, my mom had also put herself on a weight loss journey and had done a great job getting herself back into shape.  I found her to be very inspiring.  That made the $50 buy-in a no-brainer. It’s pretty much a winner take all sort of contest. The contest would start on Jan 3, once we had all returned from our holidays. The contest is supposed to last 90 days and will end on April 3. My starting weight was 255. My target weight is 190. That’s a lot of weight to lose in 90 days and I’m not going to lose any sleep if I don’t hit that number at 90 days exactly. But you have to set a goal so you know what you’re driving for.

Changes I’ve made include getting my butt into the gym more often. Right now I’m planning on hitting the gym at least 6 days a week with Sunday as a day off. I’m going to run a balance between doing cardio and lifting free weights. My membership at 24 Hour Fitness is renewed and I should have no problems getting to the gym before work.

My diet needs to change the most. I’m frequently finding myself indulging in sweets and sugary foods. Also, my intake of high gluten foods such as breads and pasta is very high. I’m going to cut down my intake of carbs and fats and try to go with as much lean protein as possible. I’m also going to reintroduce supplements into my diet. I’ll also be changing from 3 meals per day to about 6 smaller meals.

— 45 Days In

Before and Now

Well, everything seems to be on track. I’ve been really good about hitting the gym and have only missed one day due to a snow storm. My fitness level is much better than it has been in a long time. When I first started, I pretty much just rode the stationary bike for my cardio. I’ve read that the bike is good, but honestly I felt like it wasn’t getting my blood circulating as much as it should have. So I decided to start working out on the stair climber and I have to say that machine has been kicking my butt. I’ve been getting some really good sweats going with that. From that machine I’ll go back to the bike and continue the sweat from there. I haven’t been hitting the weights as much as I’ve been doing cardio. I do some legs once per week and I’ll do upper body once per week. And some back maybe once per week. I feel much stronger than before, I can feel the muscles coming back to life and gaining strength but I don’t want to go crazy with the weights.

The diet has been the biggest challenge. I’m hungry quite often. It’s difficult not to go crazy. However, I have stayed honest to the plan and have not strayed. Since Sunday is my off day, I tend to go a bit crazy on these days. Football weekends at Steve’s place have definitely filled my belly a few times. I need to do some more research on the diet or become a bit more creative with my menu. I need to get my Body for Life cookbook back from Steve. I’m tired of chicken. Although I do have to admit that I’ve become very fond of spinach salads with balsamic vinegar.

So, I’m typing this up as we are now just over halfway through the contest and my current weight is about 222. I see the biggest difference in my face. Losing the weight is good and looking thinner is even better, but what I’m really excited about is how much more energy I have again. I’m noticing that my ankles no longer hurt as much as they used to. I’m sleeping much better. All-in-all, a very positive start. My hope is to get myself into condition to do a lot of cycling this summer. Anyway, that’s the update on that. I’m going to continue doing what I’m doing at the gym and keep up with my diet.

Maybe 190 is doable? I’ll tell you 45 days from now.

Impersonation

Should I be annoyed that one of my relatives created a Facebook page in our deceased Grandmother’s name? I guess I could understand it if the person responsible did it to pay homage to her, but apparently this is an account to be used only for Farmville. Well, I have to say that I do find it a bit disturbing. Maybe I’m just being cranky.

Graduation Day!

We’d like to announce the graduation of our daughter today! She has now officially completed high school and will now move on to college at the University of Colorado this summer!

It’s been an amazing journey over the past 18 years. She started off in Japanese schools and then moved on to American schools when we moved to the states. Starting with little to no english skills was a challenge and she overcame it nicely.

We are very, very proud of her!

Weight Loss Update

Not much new to report. I’m still working out. Haven’t really been killing myself too much. Some light weightlifting, mostly upper body. The pain hasn’t been bad. I’ve also been doing a bit of cycling on the stationary bike. Just doing about 20-30 minutes per workout. Cycling has been a bit stressful on the right ankle but I just bear through it. Have a feeling that I’m going to need to get that ankle fused but I’m going to wait on that until the summer is over and Amanda is in college. Haven’t gotten around to weighing myself recently so no word on that. Don’t really care about the weight at this point, just really focused on getting my stamina back.

Out of shape and need to change

Well, after a year’s worth of ankles surgeries and excuses not to walk on my them, I’ve finally run out of excuses not to get my ass back into the gym. To be completely honest I’m in pretty horrible condition. Probably the worst condition of my life. It’s become so bad that I’m starting to become concerned about my overall health. Tomorrow is my first day back into the gym. I’m not going to go crazy on day one, I’m hoping to get some cardio on the bike in and then some upper body free weights in. I’ll be stepping on the scale here in a few minutes to see how far I’ve let myself slide. If I had to guess I would say somewhere around 250 lbs. Regardless of where I start, I need to get myself below 200, 190 would be ideal.

As far as my diet goes, I’m going to have to make some changes, but I’m not sure what plan I really want to follow. The last time I went on a plan I followed the Body for Life plan and used EAS supplements. I went on a high protein, low carb, and no fat diet. It worked pretty well and I may go that one again. We’ll see.

Tonight I’ll be taking my “before” picture. The fat picture. The motivational picture. I’m not going to post it, there’s no reason to humiliate myself. Maybe when I start to see some results will I be encouraged enough to do that. So you’ll have to stay tuned in here to see.

Update: Oh, the weigh in was 252.6 last night. I did actually make it to the gym this morning. Did some cycling and some elliptical. This was the first time I’ve tried the elliptical and it didn’t hurt my ankle at all. The cycling felt good but strained the ankle a bit. Needless to say, I’m out of shape. The workout definitely showed me where I’m at fitness-wise. More motivation to keep on going. Also, finally got word of Osama Bin Laden’s death. Some surprising good news.