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Its Been A While

3 Jun

Posting on here has been quite the challenge. It is disheartening to open wordpress everyday and see the number of people who are visiting, or I should say aren’t visiting. If I do get visitors, it usually ranges from 1 to 4 and involves about a minute and a half on the site. I’ve asked what everyone wants and get nothing in response.

From here on out, I am using this as a personal platform. I’m going to use it to keep track of my own progress. I’ve been on a weight rollercoaster all of my life and I hope that this platform allows me to share the journey, my struggles (which are by the dozen) and my successes. If you want to read, great. If you want to comment, even better. I realize the web is inundated with millions of health websites so I am not going to try to be that source anymore.

So where has my journey brought me? I’ve going from 245 pounds down to 165 and back up to 225. On my last weight loss scant, in thirty days I went from 230 lbs to 205. I haven’t weighed myself in a while, but I’d say I’m still right around that same weight. I have not worked out in over a year, but I’ve worked really hard to change my diet.  The last couple of weeks, I’ve noticed some major changes in my body like some thinning around the neck, and legs but still think I’m in the 205 range.

In June, I am working on my own challenge. With an 8 month old, it has been quite hard to get sleep let along get up before work and get a workout in.  June is going to be different. June is going to be the month I take control and start working out before work. This means I have to get up at 5:00 am get the dogs out, and then get as much of a workout in as possible. My goal is to work out at least 4 days a week. for 10 to 60 minutes each morning depending on intensity.

The first two days were great. Monday I completed a HIIT from the website Grokker. The workout was just what I needed to get started. It was 15 minutes of pure insanity, constantly moving and pushing myself. Today, I had a little less time to work out so I opted for the 7 Minute App. This app is fantastic and gives you 30 seconds of high intensity work followed by 10 seconds of rest. The workout left me completely exhausted, which is a combination of being sore from yesterday and the intensity of the workout today.

How will you challenge yourself in June? Are you beach body ready or are you like me and hoping to have a beach body by September?

Figuring Things Out

29 Apr

I seem to be really struggling to get traffic to the site. I’m at a crossroads as I’ve been doing this for quite sometime. I used to have the blog Intrinsic Fitness but never seemed to get the reach I was looking for.  I thought I would change things up and see if taking on a new niche as a new dad trying to stay fit and see if that would inspire others to get fit. I was hoping to build a community that encouraged dialogue and helping one another. Unfortunately I seemed to have flopped once again.

I really want to hear from you. What do you like about the site? What don’t you like about the site? What do you want to see more of? Are there topics you’d like to see? Do you have questions that you want answered?

I really want to make this blogging thing work out. I love writing and I love the sense of community that a lot of blogs create.  I could really use your help in figuring this thing out. Do you have any tips or advice on how I can increase readership? What are you doing that works well? Am I missing the mark by having a .wordpress.com site?  I wanted to build a following before diving into my own .com.

Any feedback you can provide would be wonderful! I hope to hear from you soon!

Progress Updates

21 Apr

I know I had said that during the thirty day challenge to focus on how you are feeling and what changes your are experiencing with your body; however, this weekend  I just had to take a peek at my progress.  Changes have been happening pretty quickly and I’ve been feeling great. The last time I had weighed myself was around late February.  At the time I was pushing the scale at 225.  Needless to say, that number reflected how I felt. I was miserable, unhappy with myself, and looking for change.

This weekend I had the opportunity to weigh myself again. I’ve stuck to the challenge (minus 1 cheat meal) and thought I would reward myself by looking at the scale.  I was astonished at the results I had seen despite physically being able to see such great results already.  I am 21 days in and I am already down to 205 lbs.  That is astonishing! I will say though that some of the weight loss could have come in the month since the last time I weighed myself to the start of the diet.  Either way, I am inching closer and closer to my goal of 175 lbs. My next big progress mark that I am hoping to hit is 190 lbs. That will mean I crushed across the 200 threshold which has been the big barrier my entire life.

I had hoped to have started getting up early to get a workout in as it has been completely impossible to workout at lunch or after work.  With a baby and house projects, there is just zero time to get any type of a workout in.  Today I was all set to get up at 5:00 a.m. but unfortunately my alarm just did not cooperate and the white noise from the baby’s sound machine completely drowned out the alarm. I won’t give up though and will try again tomorrow.

How is the progress on the goals you have set for yourself? Have you reached a plateau? What exactly are your goals?

5 Lessons Learned About Temptation

8 Apr

I’m not going to lie, with a new job and new temptations, this week was much harder than the first time I did a 30 day cleanse. Yesterday was the cap on the temptation wagon.  I had a training which meant tons of free food and some of the most unhealthy choices you could think at one buffet.  Breakfast was full of sticky buns, cinnamon rolls (with caramel and nuts), donuts, and bagels as far as the eye could see.  Anyone who knows me knows I’m a sucker for cinnamon rolls.  Luckily for me, a little coffee with heavy cream has been my staple to help me get over the sweet cravings. I love my coffee and it helps to knock out the sweet tooth.

Lunch wasn’t much easier though I actually had options.  There was a smattering of meats including baked chicken, Italian sausage, meatballs, pasta with a meat sauce, corn, salad and a smattering of different dressings.   While I wasn’t able to ask about the ingredients in each of the dishes, I made the best choice I could going with chicken, sausage and a meatball with a side of salad topped with olive oil and vinegar.  While the meal was protein heavy, I kept the portions reasonable and it actually helped get me through the next temptation… FRESH BAKED COOKIES! I told you, they were throwing the whole gamete at me when the train arrived at temptation town.  All that being said, I did learn some valuable lessons when it comes to overcoming obstacles.

1. Always Keep Your Goals in Mind

It’s easy to give in, especially when others are there calling you crazy for not eating a cookie! Just keep in mind that the grass at the end of the tunnel is much greener than the grass on the other side of the fence.

2. Have a Go-To Temptation Squasher

For me, at the time, it was coffee with a little heavy cream. For you, it might be different. Having your own snacks on hand like almonds, carrots,  dates, or whatever you like. These snacks really can mean the difference between success and failure.

3. Ignore Others

Yes, others might make fun of you for your choices, but it’s simply because they don’t understand where you are coming from.  After I turned down the cookie, everyone at my table looked at me as though I had 3 eyes.  They then made a comment on how I had skipped out on breakfast as well. After explaining to them my situation and how I was trying to overcome some bad eating habits, they immediately warmed up and understood.

4. Best Available Options are Good

Was the food I was presented the healthiest I could have eaten? No! But, I would have had to travel several miles to get food on only a 30 minute break.  I did the best I could and used my food knowledge to make the best of what I was presented to me.  I actually don’t think I made too shabby a choice either.  Yes it was light on the veggies, but the salad did have carrots, cabbage, and olives while the sausage had really good spicy peppers. On top of that, the sausage was baked with a chicken broth base and the chicken was baked.

5. Don’t Beat Yourself Up

I probably could have kicked myself for eating the meatball after remembering it was probably made with breadcrumbs. What good would that have done though? Most likely it would have caused me to doubt my decision making and push me right into eating the cookie after lunch.  By feeling a sense of pride, I was able to boost my own confidence and make a better decision when the cookies came around.

What are your tips for overcoming temptation? What is your biggest temptation? What would you like to see more of on this blog?

Day 4: Resisting Temptation

4 Apr

Call me crazy, but just four days in and I feel amazing. Headaches are gone, my pants are already starting to feel better, and the belt that was hard even getting to fit on the last notch is just about ready to move one notch tighter. The last time I had weighed myself which was about 4 weeks ago I was at around 225 and I am almost certain that I had added weight to that over those four weeks. Like I had said in my first post, I really refused to look at the scale beyond that out of sheer embarrassment and knew that I was well on my way to obscurity because my fat pants weren’t even fitting anymore.

If you follow my Facebook posts you probably have noticed that I haven’t been 100% true Paleo simply because 1. we’ve been eating Greek yogurt and I don’t see the harm in it and 2. because I had corn yesterday, only because we had it in the house and I wasn’t going to let it go to waste. Despite those two minor details, I have stuck 100% true to my word of eating clean (which yogurt and corn isn’t necessarily not clean). I can’t wait to see what the end results are at the end of the 30 days.

Yesterday was probably one of the more challenging days because someone brought in to work what looked like some delicious muffins and cinnamon rolls. I’m a sucker for cinnamon rolls. While the temptation was great, I held true and resisted it the entire day.  My biggest secret was avoiding the room they were held up in much of the day.  Resisting temptation is definitely like building a muscle, the more you use it the stronger you get, but you can also become very fatigued and give in quickly. Therefore you really need to make sure you limit the number of times you need to resist temptation.  The other thing that helped really well was knowing that my wife was going to ask me, so did you have one? Having to tell her yes would have been a huge letdown and I know I would have been mocked and teased for giving in.

I’m signing off for the weekend but I hope everyone that reads this has a wonderful weekend.  We have a lot of big projects on the house in store including refinishing the cabinets in the kitchen and doing our taxes (yikes!).  Remember if temptation calls, it is okay to say no!

What is your biggest food temptation? How have you overcome it? What would you like to see in future posts?

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