5 dieting questions answered

December 13, 2006

Colin asked me to complete five questions for the diet, so here goes.

What are the top five reasons you started to diet in the first place?

My first diet, I had gained almost 90 pounds in a single winter and was up to 260. I just got sick of myself becoming something that I never was. When I saw myself in pictures it was painful to see. I was being extremely lazy and needed a kick in the butt. So that’s what I did. My main problem is that I go to extremes with things and I did it for too long a time. I got down to about upper 170’s again and then realized I was going a little too nuts, and then got back up around 200 while exercising, so it was good weight. Then I got a little under the weather and got up to around 220.

That leads me to this diet. The reason I started this diet was just that I wanted to get more fit. It was also because it was our idea to have a competition that kind of evolved into the diet, so I was motivated by that as well. I didn’t want to lose a lot of per sé, but I did want to be healthier and lose the excess fat and replace it with some muscle.

What was your biggest failure on the diet, and how did you overcome it?

My main failure is getting into slumps, which has been more disappointing this time around because I never really got into slumps on my last diet. I was pretty gung ho the entire time. I’ve had ups and downs when I haven’t been feeling well, and for me my biggest failure is not being able to bounce back and get into the flow of things as quickly as I should.

Did blogging help or hinder your success?

For me personally, blogging wasn’t a huge factor for me. If I was having great success, it would be nice to be able to motivate other people. But personally, when no one knows, or I should say thinks, I’m going to do something then I do better at it. When people don’t think I am able to do something I am more motivated pretty much just to spite them. When someone says I can do something and encourages me, it is all good, and it doesn’t stop me from doing what I’m planning on doing, but it doesn’t really get me super fired up.

What things did you do to help ensure your success?

Getting the membership to the gym was my major thing. It forces me to go especially when I’m committed for an entire year. If I don’t go it’s wasting money and it’s me not using something that could be a great help to me. So that motivates me a lot.

What is one recommendation you’d have for someone on Day 1 of their diet?

Don’t go to extremes to lose the weight and realize that stuff doesn’t happen right away. If you don’t see pounds falling off right away, that doesn’t mean you haven’t accomplished anything.

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Week 25 Weigh-in

November 21, 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
Week 22 of Diet: 224
Week 23 of Diet: 225
Week 24 of Diet: No weigh in
Week 25 of Diet: 221

So I’m down four pounds from last weigh in, which I guess can be deemed a good thing. However, it was a bad week at the gym and I didn’t get as much work in as I would have liked. I would have liked to keep gaining a little good weight, but I guess there will be other weeks for that.

This doesn’t look like it’ll be a good week either for the exercise, so hopefully I’ll be able to ramp up again starting next week.

Week 23 weigh-in

November 10, 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
Week 22 of Diet: 224
Week 23 of Diet: 225

I have been very pleased with my results since going back to the gym. I have gained a pound consistently each week and I have been eating very well. I am far less flabby then before so I’m convinced this is a good weight gain. I’ve also been making progressive gains while lifting.

I will try to post some measurements so I have some barometer of success. Also, another goal I need to set is writing down all my sets/reps/weights while I’m at the gym to really track how successful I’ve been.

Keep up the good work, y’all who still be pluggin’ at it.

Before, even when I was going to the gym and running a lot, I hated doing abs. But now, they have sort have become an addiction for me. I really like doing them, even when I’m done with my program for the day, I find myself doing more. I’ve been alternating between two ab workouts.

One is the cheesey 8 minute abs that you used to see on TV all the time and my abs feel like they were worked pretty good my first time doing those. You can see the video here if you are interested, but if you can’t take the horrible 70’s porn music you may just want to read a description. It’s basically this:

All sets are 45 seconds worth and each exercise has 1 set. These are done in one continuous amount of time. If you need to see an example of the exercises you can see how they do them in the video linked to above:

  • crunches
  • rt. oblique crunch
  • lt. oblique crunch
  • toe touches
  • reverse crunch
  • rt. side crunch
  • lt. side crunch
  • push throughs
  • leg pushes
  • alternating curls
  • curls

The other workout I alternate with is the following, again done in one continuous amount of time:

  • 50 crunches
  • 25 russian twists – sit up with your butt on the ground, lift your legs about a foot off the ground, keep them up while you twist your torsoe, so you touch your hands to the ground on alternating sides of you body. These will seriously hurt if you’ve never done them before.
  • 25 straight leg raises
  • 50 more crunches
  • 25 toe touches – basically a leg raise while trying to touch your toes with your hands
  • 30 lifted leg crunches – touch your knees to your chest and do a curl
  • 25 scissors – basically the same thing as an alternating curl
  • 50 more crunches

Both these seem to be working relatively well. However, if anyone else has ab workouts that they swear by please post them in the comments or a link to where you can find them.

There are many different theories on how often you should do abs, and I’m not going to go into all them, because personally I don’t know what the absolute best way to do them. I’ve heard 20 different ways and everybody swears their way is the right way, so basically you’ll need to figure out what you think is best for you.

Other than that, hopefully the diet is going well for you all, and keep up the good work. I couldn’t recommend a gym membership enough, though, especially since the winter months are pretty hard on us all.

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.

Weigh-in Week 19

October 12, 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 of Diet: 222
Total Weight Loss: 7 pounds in 19 weeks

Wow, it’s been this long since a weigh-in. I just haven’t been keeping up with the weekly weigh-ins. I have been weighing myself in the previous 9 weeks, at one point being as low as 213.

Now that I got my gym membership, I’ve been trying to eat a lot more so I can gain some muscle, so I’m actually quite pleased with that. I have been going to about 3 times a week for the last two weeks, this week being my third.

Everyone stay healthy.

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.