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16 Jun

 
Wow, it’s hard to believe but it’s been almost a year since my last post. How time flies. Life simply got in the way and I’ve had to let things go. 

Things have certainly changed since my last post. Not only has my son grown tremendously but so has my waistline. At the same time, my motivation has shrunk and we’ve moved to yet another city. 

I didn’t want to start writing again until I’ve gotten things in order and begun to make changes. One of the biggest changes I’ve made is getting up at 5 am and hitting the gym by 6. My workouts have been meticulous and focusing primarily on weight training. Things have been going really well and I’ve been able to hit the gym solidly 5 days a week since March. 

I’m noticing big changes physically, but I’ll get to that another time. Til then, what have you been up to the last year? Have you reached your goals?

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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?

New Goal in Mind

7 May
Photo Credit: Jan Willem van Wessel

Photo Credit: Jan Willem van Wessel

This past weekend was the Pittsburgh Half Marathon. When I was in Nashville, I dreamed of running the Music City Marathon every year, but just couldn’t muster the courage to get on the horse and run it. This year I am declaring that I will run the Pittsburgh Half Marathon next year. I will not let another year go by that I do not challenge myself.

Through this site, I will post my workouts and keep you updated on my progress. I’ll also post the dates of other races that I might attempt in preparation for the even next May. Long distance running has always been a challenge for me, but this year I am going to make it my own.

I’m tired of living my life as I should’ve, could’ve, would’ve, but… I am going to grasp my goals and push the envelope.

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 Things You Need to Know About Weightloss

3 Apr

If there is one thing I know, it is weight loss. I have been through the gamete when it comes to weight loss and I’ve always had success achieving my goals.  The first go-round I had with it was the p90x experience. With p90x I saw results I never thought I would ever see before and was ultimately in the best shape of my life. The great thing about it was, I mostly continued to eat what I wanted, though healthier versions, and still saw results.  Let’s face it, with all that working out, why wouldn’t you lose 20 to 30 pounds.  That is exactly what I experience.  The second go-round of weight loss I changed things up completely. Yes, I worked out, but I wasn’t nearly as crazy about it and the only thing I really focused on was weight training with very little cardio.  Following the Paleo diet, I saw tremendous results having lost 70 + lbs in a little over 3 months. I had started in March and by June I was at my goal weight of 165. Here are the five things I learned about weight loss that should help you along your journey.

1. Consistency

I’m not going to tell you one diet is better than another; or that you need to work out x number of hours using y program to see the results you want. What I will tell you though is that you need to be consistent in whatever you choose.  Whether you are trying out Weight Watchers or Nutrisystem, Insanity, or CrossFit, one thing remains the same, you have to stay consistent. Even if you are trekking out on your own plan, staying consistent matters because it helps you develop habit and prevents you from straying off course.  Our bodies are naturally wired for homeostasis and being consistent allows us to rewire our bodies to a leaner, healthier version.

2. Weight Loss is Hard

If you’re getting into weight loss thinking it’s going to be a piece of cake, it won’t take very long before you’re cooped up in a mountain of cake and trying to eat your way out of it.  Weight loss is hard and most people don’t experience more than a few pounds of weight loss each week or even each month.  Only the lucky ones are likely to see big results quickly. However, if you stay consistent like I said above, the weight loss may start out slow but then build the snowball affect as you get toward the middle of your goal.  Slow and steady wins the race.

3. 90% of Weight Loss is Nutrition

I learned this the hard way. If you noticed in my introduction, I tackled weight loss through both routes, physically and nutritionally. While working out certainly helps you build a base and makes weight loss easier to accomplish and maintain, the secret ingredient in this battle is your nutrition.  When I did p90x, I certainly saw the results but even having dropped 30 pounds by my wedding, I still wasn’t seeing the results I had hoped for. I will pre-curse that with the fact, I did not follow their nutrition plan and I certainly wasn’t eating as healthy as I could. When I switched to a nutrition packed diet and moderate exercise, the results came much quicker and the working out was much easier.  Nutrition is the key to helping your body heal and setting up the chemistry just right for optimal weight loss.

4. It Is Easier with a Partner

Going about being healthy and losing weight is much easier when someone is there fighting the good fight with you.  This case is 100 x more true when that person fighting the fight is your significant other (I’ll get to that in a minute). Having someone who can hold you accountable is key and making sure they hold you accountable is very important. If you are ever in a situation where you are going to cheat, think about the disappointment that you will bring to that other person.  Someone told me one time (this is related to quitting smoking) that when they wanted to have a cigarette, all they had to do was picture themselves telling their mom or their children that they had to have that cigarette for x reason and it immediately caused them to lose the craving.  The feeling of disappointing someone is deep and hurtful and a lot harder to bear than the thought of missing out on a pleasurable scoop of ice cream.

If you are married or living with someone, having them join you in the fight is doubly important.  1 reason and 1 reason only is this the case; if you are eating healthy and they are eating junk, it is going to be much harder to avoid temptation.  If you are both in it together, you can remove all potential temptations from the beginning and set your environment to be more successful.

5. It Takes Commitment

Weight loss takes commitment even beyond the day you reach your goal. I will go one further and say that the commitment needs to be stronger after you reach your goal.  It is easy to feel satisfied and fall off the wagon, get into old habits and see the weight pile back on.  I got comfortable after my last round of weight loss and got back into old routines after the stress of life caught up to me with having a baby on the way, the threat of losing my job, and the thought of moving 11 hours away.  I allowed those comfort foods to creep back into my life instead of finding healthy comfort foods that could ease my stress. You need to stay committed from the moment you make the decision to lose weight. If you don’t it’s going to be a cyclical pattern and you’ll never see the results you want long term.

How are you doing in your weight loss journey? Have you had some stumbles along the way? If you have progress updates, let us know with a comment below!

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