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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?


Targeting Fat through Exercise

23 Apr
The following excerpt has no scientific basis behind it and is simply my own opinion of fat loss. The statements should only be taken as opinion and not as scientific fat.  Please consult your physician if you have any questions in regards to losing weight and before starting any type of exercise regimen.

I have read hundreds of articles on whether or not you can specifically target areas of fat through diet and exercise.  I am going to use this forum to talk through the process and try to better understand this myself. While the research says it is a definitive no, that it cannot target specific areas, I honestly feel that it is more of a gray area no.  Let me be clear, I do not think that doing a million sit ups or squats will burn the fat only in those areas, however, I do think that you burn more fat in areas that you are moving than other areas of the body you aren’t, especially during exercise.  Please, do not take what I have to say in the following paragraphs as scientific fact.  This is simply me, talking myself through some logic.

We live in a world where one principle, following the path of least resistance, is true for most anything in physics. Take for example, water or electricity. Water when it is flowing down a stream and comes to a bend is going to more likely try to cut that bend off over time, making as straight a path as possible. Electricity is going to travel through wire that is made of copper faster than it will other materials like aluminum or steel because copper is more conducive to carrying the electricity.

Wouldn’t you think our bodies would follow this same principle. I’m only talking during exercise and not after.  Think about it. The first thing our body uses for fuel is glucose and glycogen stores within the muscle and the bloodstream. It does this because it is the easiest energy to obtain and is the most readily available.  After that, the body is going to pull from one of two sources either fat or proteins in the muscle.  Hopefully it is pulling from the former.  That being the case, wouldn’t you think that, during exercise, the body would want to fuel the muscle with fat from the nearest source? I understand that while yes, the rest of the body is going to be breaking fat down into glucose to get it into the bloodstream as quickly as possible, it has to be pulling a more readily available source of energy.  That’s where I feel that it has to pull the glucose from the broken down fat nearest to the muscle. So if you are doing squats, before the rest of the body has an opportunity to break down the fat, it is already pulling fat from the leg area.

Again, I’m not saying go out and do a bagillion squats and your legs will be fat free. Eventually, I’m guessing within a minute, your bloodstream is going to be infatuated with energy from broken down fat from all over the body. Think about fat accumulation, the first places that fat is going to accumulate is around major arteries, first around those closest to the surface and second around the ones deeper in the body. The second place is going to be around major organs.   The first scenario, around major arteries serves a couple of purposes. First, it helps to insulate the body and prevent heat loss through the bodies surface.  The second is, having it so close to those major vessels allows for quicker absorption to get energy to where the body needs it. The second scenario is clear, the fat accumulates around the organs to protect it from impact as well as provide lasting energy to help it perform its basic duties.

Don’t you think these same principles would apply to the muscles as well? We tend to accumulate fat first in the arms and legs and then the excess beyond that goes into the stomach or buttocks regions. Depending on your body shape and genetics, some may accumulate more in certain areas like the buttocks more than others.

I don’t know about you, but anytime I read an article that states definitively that fat isn’t targeted through exercise has left out the gray area that I have mentioned.  One last time, I’m not saying that doing a specific exercise will eliminate fat in that area. Keep track of your fat loss and see what happens when you walk more, squat, bench press, or do pull ups.  My guess is that you will see the fat diminish from the legs and arms first, followed by the chest area and then last but not least, you will begin to see adipose disappear from your mid section.

What are your thoughts on fat loss? Do you have any tips to help others lose weight? Where do you think the science will be in 10 years?

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?

Confessions: and 4 Ways to get Over Cheating

17 Apr

Sometimes we get ourselves into a little pickle. This past weekend was especially tough. Back to back days of working on the house with a sick little guy in tow made for a very difficult Sunday evening. After heading to pick up a bunch of things from my parents, the plan was to go to our local grocer Wegman’s, pick up a roaster chicken and then throw some veggies in the oven for a quick meal before bed. Unfortunately things didn’t quite turn out the way we wanted them to. When we got to the store, there were no pre-roasted chickens to be found. Prepared foods were scarce and our little one was cranky and starting to run a fever. We did everything we could to find an alternative that met my criteria but the longer we were there, the more in a panic we were just to get out of there to tend to our little one. So I broke down, with no other options, and we ordered subs for dinner. To make it as healthy as we could, we piled on every vegetable they had behind the counter and limited our dressings to olive oil and spicy mustard. While it didn’t meet my 30 day criteria, it was the healthiest option we had available for the time constraints. Here are some things I could have done, and you could do, to avoid a mess like this and how to get over it:

1. Be Prepared
I should have had a meal prepared earlier in the day (like a crockpot meal) that would have been ready to go when I was ready to eat. Lack of my own preparation put me in a sticky situation and I failed.

2. Know Your Limits

We had been busy all weekend and I shouldn’t have made the extra effort to get more things from my parents house. We were already pushing 6:00 and I knew we wouldn’t have time to put something in the oven or on the stove.  Instead, I should have called it quits, prepared a decent meal, and settled down for the evening. Knowing your limits helps you manage situations better and allows you to make a calm rational decision rather than a quick one.

3. Don’t Let It Spiral

If you find yourself caught red handed and cheating, you need to move on and not let it fester inside of you.  If you see it as a failure, your more likely to fall off the wagon.  Those cookies can’t hurt now, it’s not like I stuck to my plan anyway.  The truth is, those cookies can cause a spiral and every bad food you see will fall under the, well I already ruined my day category.  I had a moment like this yesterday and after I realized what I was doing, I stopped immediately.

4. Your Next Meal is your Healthiest

So what, you made a boo boo (parent terms for mistake). You have two choices to make here; 1. you can let it eat you alive and continue to make bad choices or 2. your next meal is the healthiest meal you can possibly make. Think lots of veggies in a rainbow of colors with a decent portion of protein thrown in there.  This is quickly going to allow you to hit the reset button on your appetite (because the cravings will come back quickly) as well as set the healing cycle from the damage you caused from any sugar or gluten intake you may have had.  Don’t let one bad meal lead to the next. You HAVE TO make a conscious decision to make the next meal healthy.

How have you been doing on your journey? Have you had any stumbles? Have you been able to recover from them?

Headaches Begin

2 Apr

It didn’t take long, less than 24 hours actually for the sugar headaches to begin.  This happened the last time that I went completely clean eating.  I thought the caffeine would help cut the headaches but it appears I have more of an addiction to sugar than I do caffeine. If you are joining me in the clean eating experiment, the headaches shouldn’t last too long. For me it took about 6 days last time for them to subside, but once they were gone the feeling was amazing and the energy that came back was beyond anything I had ever experienced.

I have definitely hit the fatigue button as well. Last night I was ready for bed about 8:30 and when I woke up this morning, I was in a complete fog and still tired.  I know this too will subside in a few days and am looking forward to seeing the great results.  I am hoping that once the fatigue subsides I’ll be able to start hitting the gym to give myself a much needed boost in the fitness department.

Are you doing the 30 day challenge? What are you experiencing right now? Have you given up after 24 hours?
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