Alright, now that I've gotten that out of the way, I can get on with the post. No, I'm not actually on a break from losing weight, just a break from work. It's been tough staying away from the refrigerator when I'm at home all day. I've been trying to take in smaller meals, but I keep grazing. I'll make more of an effort to get out of the apartment tomorrow.
The weather has gotten nice here and since I have the week off, I thought it would be the perfect time to start Couch to 5k. It was exhilarating. For those of you who aren't familiar with the program, it's a 9-week 5k training program for non-runners. I haven't run in a long time and it was so freeing. I started with a 5-minute warm-up walk and then I alternated between running for 60 seconds and walking for 90 seconds for 20 minutes. The best part was I got to utilize the fantastic Midtown Greenway. I've officially stepped it up a notch.
On a less exuberant note, I attempted to complete my 100 push-ups challenge on Saturday. I managed to squeeze 43 out of myself. I took a break and came back for a second set. This time I got 40 out before collapsing. The third set was comprised of a piddly 17 push-ups. So I did exactly 100 push-ups, it just took three sets to accomplish. I'm going to repeat week six. Hopefully, I'll have a little better luck on my next test. Life isn't always about success. Sometimes it's about you deal with failure.
And now it's time for the weigh-in.
The Daily Plate, but I've decided I just won't eat any desserts unless I've logged everything I've eaten that day. Speaking of logging everything, I'll be right back.
<5 minutes pass>
Alright, I'm back. I have a plan for a great weigh-in next Monday:
1. Do a morning and afternoon work-out this week. Since I'm doubling the time I spend exercising, I'll do something fun as one of my work-outs.
2. Count my calories very closely. I'm going to shoot for 2200 a day.
3. Kick up my water consumption. Someone suggested to drink as many ounces of water as half my weight in pounds per day. Since I weigh 265 pounds, I would drink 132.5 ounces. That's just over one gallon of water per day. So for the next week I'll be drinking 5.5 bottles of water a day. That's almost double what I was drinking before. I'm going to be doing a lot of peeing this week.
Lastly, I've decided to start taking measurements as another way to monitor my loss. I had no idea what I should be measuring, so I found this site. It's not a weight-loss site, but it was the only site that I could find that explained how to take measurements on a man, which I am. I think I'll be measuring every two weeks to start. If I'm not seeing much of a change, I'll switch to monthly. Let's get started.
This is exactly what I look like, including the black, shadowy groin region.
Shoulder: 54 3/4"
Chest: 50 1/2"
Hips: 46 1/2"
Thigh: 28 1/2"
Calf: 18 1/2"
And that's how big I am. I'll pull out the measuring tape in 2 weeks to see how well I've done.
I once heard a speech analyst say how much he hated that politicians don't actually end their speeches anymore. So on that note, thank you and God bless the United States of America.