Monday, November 30, 2009


So I know you're not supposed to weigh yourself every day, but because I'm trying to keep weight loss on my mind, I have been. Even though it's only been two days, I'm very encouraged by the results.

Today, I worked a little harder at the gym. I warmed up for 8 minutes instead of 5. Then, when I was waiting for my wife to finish her routine, I spent another 7 minutes on the treadmill. I figure the real way to achieve success is to just keep pushing myself. I was planning on breaking my push-up record of 26 tonight, but I only managed to do 20. Boo...

On another note. I have had some success with weight loss and exercise in recent history. In April, I weighed myself at 313.2. So I have managed to lose 23 pounds since then. Most of that was over the course of a couple months though. I need to have more months like that.

Weight: 290.2
Pounds Left: 94.2
Days Left: 363

Sunday, November 29, 2009

My Workout Regiment

I try to work out 4 days a week. This past month, I've barely been able to get to the gym 3 times a week. If I swipe in 12 times a month, my insurance covers $20 of my gym membership. I made the 12th swipe-in today. One day to spare. This needs to improve.

My work-outs are pretty simple. Half the time I run on the elliptical machine for 15 minutes at resistance level 7, then walk on a treadmill at an incline of 10 at 3 miles per hour for 5 minutes. The other half of the time, I warm up on a treadmill or elliptical for 5 minutes. Then I do 3 sets of as much as I can of the following exercises: Push-ups, a modified plank exercise that's kind of like a push-up, and something else where I prop myself up on my two hands and one foot, then try to touch my knee to my elbow. If anyone out there knows what this is called, please let me know.

That's it. 20-25 minutes a day, 4 days a week. It seems simple. Why can't I get myself to do it more than 3 times a week? Life isn't that hectic. I'm going to make this happen.

Pounds Left:97.9
Days Left:364

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Am I being too ambitious?

I remember the first time I was called fat I was in second grade. I didn't quite know how to handle it. Since then, like many people in this world, I've struggled with my weight. I've been growing ever since. I've moved up the ranks through chubby, husky, chunky, overweight, fat, and obese. I now weigh nearly 300 pounds. I was up to 312, but I managed to drop back down to a svelte 296. It may not seem like a lot, but anyone my size can tell you 300 is a particularly nasty psychological barrier.

I realized today that to lose 100 pounds over the course of one year, I would have to lose, on average, less than two pounds a week. That's something I can do.

So over the course of the next year, I'll be writing about my experiences. I'm not entirely sure what I'm doing. I've tried WeightWatchers, going to the gym, and even SlimFast. Hopefully, this goal and this blog will keep me on track. I'd really like to weigh 196 pounds in one year.

Weight: 296
Pounds Left: 100
Days Left: 365