Monday, August 22, 2011

Weigh-In Results

It's been a tough week.  I haven't gotten as much exercise as I got last week, but I've still been bicycling to work every day.  I just finished week three of Couch to 5k and I'm really enjoying running.  I'm excited for my 5k in October.

My diet still consists of whatever I can cram in my gullet, but I'm tackling one thing at a time at this point.  I'll get my eating under control soon, but I'm building good exercise habits in the meantime.

Let's get to business.

245.5.  I'm down another pound.  I'm happy with that.  I'll get more moving in this week and hopefully I'll drop more than a pound.  But overall, I'm pleased.  Now I just need to find more time to write my blog.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Weigh-In Results

It's Monday and I stayed home from work today.  My wife, Claire, was up sick again most of the night last night and I was up with her so we didn't get much sleep.  When I don't sleep, I stress eat.  I snacked a lot today but I tried to only eat when I was hungry, which was often.

I did finish week two of Couch to 5k.  It went pretty well.  I'm getting used to running again, but I'm feeling some slight pains that worry me a little.  I hope they don't amount to anything.

Well, let's get to the fat guy show.  How much do I weigh this week?
246.5.  I'm down 3.9 pounds.  I'm pretty sure most of that is an adjustment because I posted a gain of 3.3 pounds last week.  I really am proud of my exercise this week though.  I biked to work every day, went to the gym twice, did the Jillian Michaels Yoga DVD twice, and finished week 2 of Couch to 5k.  I have been eating like crazy though and don't think I'll post a loss like this again without gaining control of my eating. 

Saturday, August 13, 2011

A Quick One

Tonight I went for a run.  It felt really good.  I just kind of feel like I'm shooting myself in the foot with the whole eating piece.  I know it's not as bad as it could be, but it could definitely be a hell of a lot better.  I'm going to work on that. 

Not much else to say.  It's late and I have to be up early.  I just thought I'd write something to remind myself I still have a goal.

Friday, August 12, 2011


I woke up sore this morning.  Very sore.  At first I thought it was because I had two beers last night.  After my wife reassured me that I'm not that old, I realized that it was a good sore.  It was the type of sore that comes from pushing your body with lots of exercise.  I've been biking every day and I've been lifting weights, running, and trying out the Jillian Michaels yoga thing.  I have been active. 

I've also been eating like a hoover vacuum cleaner.  I don't know if I'll be able to shed any weight this week because I've been snarfing down everything in sight.  Well, it's not that bad, but with added exercise, I feel like I'm hungry all the time and eating too much.  Plus work is really hard right now and I've been stress eating a little.  I will get my eating under control soon.  I will get my eating under control soon.  I will get my eating under control soon.

So I've been doing Couch to 5k and I skipped straight to the second week because I only have 8 weeks to do the 9-week program before the 5k I'm going to run.  That hasn't been so bad.  I've been listening to Pandora on my phone during my runs and it's made me realize how much music can psych me up.  I created a station for Cake and while I liked almost every song on the station, it made me feel old because it was all music from when I was in high school. 

I need to create a playlist I can really get into, and I need your help.  What gets you to move your body?

Monday, August 8, 2011

Weigh-In Results

So after I wrote my blog yesterday I decided I wanted to start Couch to 5k again.  If you're unfamiliar with the program, it's a really great 5k training program that gets you running a 5k from nothing in 9 weeks.  Since there was a little light left and I didn't finish my Jillian Michaels workout with Claire, I decided I'd go for a run and start.  The running came easier than it had in a long time.  I felt like I had to wait a really long time to run and had to stop after too short an interval.  This is great.  I'm in better shape than I've ever been at the beginning of C25k.

When I got home, I felt very motivated so I found a 5k to run.  There aren't a lot of races in October, but I found one on October 8th.  That's two months from today, so not quite the 9 weeks C25k suggests so I'll have to squeeze in an extra 3 workouts somewhere in the mix.  If you live in the Minneapolis area and you'd like to run a 5k with me, here's the link: 8th Annual Historic Riverfront 5K Run.

Let's get to the weigh-in.

Gross.  That's a gain of 3.3 pounds.  It doesn't matter though.  I'm done with this gaining B.S.  This is my low (high?) point.  I can only go up (down?) from here.  I'm declaring my slump officially over.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Postponed Weigh-In Results

I almost quit the blog.  I was telling myself that I needed a reboot.  I thought I needed a break from the whole blogging thing, and I don't know if I would have come back.  I'm still frustrated with the slump I'm in, but I'm starting to understand it.

Last Monday I got home from my bike ride and weighed myself.

If you can't read that, it says 247.1.  ACK!!!  That's a gain of 4.4 pounds.  My weight climbed all month in July.  Understandably so; my mind was in other places.  Between my wife, Claire's, health and a thus far fruitless job search, my heart really wasn't in the weight-loss game.

I have been doing a lot of bicycling.  I thought it was enough to get rid of some weight.  Clearly, that's not the case.  While cycling is a good workout and a great idea, it isn't the end-all be-all of losing weight.

Yesterday, Claire and I celebrated her 24th birthday and she did something that inspired me.  She signed up for Weight-Watchers.  She has shown me that she's committed to losing weight and I want to be right there with her. 

Today we went to target and she bought a couple Jillian Michaels workout DVDs.  She bought the 30-Day Shred and the Yoga Meltdown.  We put in the Yoga Meltdown DVD and started it.  I've never really had a lot of faith in yoga.  I just couldn't see how it was a good workout.  Holy crap, was I ever wrong.  10 minutes in, I was coated in sweat and trembling.  I couldn't even finish the workout.  I feel a little rubbery now, but I realized something.  In order to lose weight, I need to work really hard

So here it is.  I am going to work really hard and melt away this squishy outer layer I'm carrying around with me.  247.1 is not acceptable, and neither is phoning it in.