Week 21 Weigh-In

October 24, 2006

Original Weight: 229
Week 1 Of Diet: 227
Week 2 Of Diet: 225
Week 3 Of Diet: 223
Week 4 Of Diet: 221
Week 5 Of Diet: 223
Week 6 Of Diet: 223
Week 7 Of Diet: 218
Week 8/9/10 of Diet: 218
Week 19/20 of Diet: 222
Week 21 of Diet: 223

This has been a good week for me. I have been going to the gym pretty steadily for about 3 weeks now, and I’m definitely seeing a marked improvment in gains, while not so much in the actual visible department.

However, I did gain a pound, which is a good thing, because my diet has been pretty steadily good, besides on the weekends, when I partake in more beer than I probably should. However, it is light beer and I’m sure I run that off during the week.

So keep up the dieting. It’s been a long time since a lot of began, and some of us need some refreshment. Trying something completely different can bring something new to it, so if you feel like you are in a malaise when it comes to do your diet, do some different to make it new and exciting for you.

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I finally bit the bullet and did it. I finally got a gym membership, which is going to force me to get in shape. Not some nancy pansy gym membership either. No no, a year membership. I’m in it for the long haul. I’m committed. I’m determined.

It was the one thing that was holding me back from getting into shape. I don’t really need to run much more or lose much more weight. This was the bigun’ and now it’s done. Next up is a scale to report my progress. I want to come up with some other way to track my progress, because in all likeihood I’ll be gaining weight. Maybe a measurement or maybe just a before and after picture would be suffish.

I don’t really want to get huge, but I just want to be able to scare people if I have to. I have short man’s complex even though I’m 6’5″. I don’t really belive that, but it is fun to be able to beat someone up if you so desire, and I desire it often. Again, another lie, but one of these days it may be true, and I’ll have the resources to be prepared when my epic battle for survival takes place.

Original Weight: 229
Week 1 Of Diet: 227
Week 2 Of Diet: 225
Week 3 Of Diet: 223
Week 4 Of Diet: 221
Week 5 Of Diet: 223
Week 6 Of Diet: 223
Week 7 Of Diet: 218
Total Weight Loss: 11 pounds in 7 weeks

I weighed in last night, and this isn’t an excuse, but this was with an additional pair of soaking wet pants with a wallet, medicine, cell phone, and who knows what else in them. With that said, with all those in there I still lost 5 pounds over the last week. I won’t have another chance to weigh-in again before next Tuesday so I am sticking with the 218 and see how it goes next week.

I had an extremely good week exercise wise this week. I did loads of situps and played a good amount of basketball in some pretty high heats. Needless to say as a fat guy I worked up quite a sweat and I’d say that helped quite a bit. I’ll most likely have a pretty active weekend, but I also think I’m going to eat a lot, so we’ll see how it goes for next week.

Keep up the good work everybody.

To anyone who is on “the diet” with us or anyone else who would just like to see how much calories/fat/etc. they eat throughout the day, I would highly suggest downloading Calorie King’s Nutrition and Exercise Manager (this link Mac only, Windows link here). This is shareware software that gives you a week demo to see if you like it. After using it only for a couple minutes, I’m sure this is going to be one piece of software that I invest in. It has a comprehensive database that has almost every food I could think of in it, from fast food to vegetables to how many calories basketball burns.

Another wonderful feature of that software is that based on your weight, height, and age it gives you the suggested amount of calories you should eat daily to lose a healthy amount of weight. I know this is a huge benefit for me. When I dieted previously I ate an unhealthily low amount of calories, which accomplishes nothing besides burning muscle instead of fat since your body will think you are starving and will store the fat for later use. Just a quick reminder to everyone that the range you should lose weekly on a diet is 2-4 pounds. There will be some weeks where you will lose less or more than that, but that should be a general average. Anything drastically over that is definitely not healthy for you, so remember to keep your goals realistic and healthy.

As my brother says, the way you lose fat and not muscle is by eating a lowering your caloric intake slightly and doing a slower paced, longer lasting cardio workout. Most machines will tell you the proper heart rate you should be at to burn the most fat.

This morning, when I was supposed to weigh-in, I conveniently forgot to weigh myself. I’m actually quite annoyed by it because now I have to wait an entire day to weigh myself fresh in the morning after a good night’s rest.

Last night at basketball, I was worried that I may have suffered a minor setback when I clicked knees with someone and by the end of the night I was in quite a bit of pain. So much so that I wasn’t even able to drive home. I iced it and today it feels almost 100% so hopefully if I take it easy it will be a non-issue.

Good luck and hope all is going well to everyone who is participating in our group effort to get healthy. Check back tomorrow to see the results of the weigh-in.