Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Another a week out....

So it's been about a week since I posted.  I have since come home and worked with my super cool kids and wonderful wife to get us moved into our new home.  It's been a stressful week, had to finalize contractual stuff with my old house in addition to all of the moving activities.  So here we go...

The bad, I have not been consistently working out, it seems my "random" routine at home has made it tough for me to stick to that commitment.  For the same reason, I have not been 100% onboard with the detox program.

The good, I have continued to keep sweets out of the picture, have noticed that the number of portions and size of portions I wish to eat is much smaller.  I am also drinking lots of water and no soda or sweetened drinks, with the exception of an occasional gatorade. 

Moving forward, I have hooked up my scale directly to our WiFi, so no more manual weight entry, I will be leaving it here when I travel out of town.  I think  I have a good hold on what my food and exercise routine should be so a weekly checkup on weight should be fine.  I will continue to use my FitBit daily.  Additionally I am going to start up the Insanity workout again, going to push through more time in it.  I hope to lose 5% of my BMI in the next month, so now that I can measure that, I am at 34% now, so aiming for 29%.  I want to continue lose weight, but since I am working out I don't think that should be my primary measure of success, as I will gain muscle and my guess is that this will offset some percentage of my weight loss.

Be well!

John

Monday, July 29, 2013

What a weekend.  It was really tough, I put in about 40 hours from Friday - Sunday.

Not that it's an excuse, but I blew my detox yesterday,  I simply was working too long under a lot of pressure and ate the Pizza and Pasta as an escape.  I recognize that it wasn't healthy, but it was what I did to cope.  I did avoid the soda temptation and avoided eating candy and other easily available sweets.

I am back on the ball today with the program.  Detoxing my body with that setback.  I am hopeful that all of my progress wasn't lost, as I still did over 4 miles of walking yesterday and have hit 2 today.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Another day...

I'm not 100% sure I'll post every single day but I am a bit frustrated today.  I am up another 1.9lbs.  Not sure why.  I was super careful yesterday, loaded up on water.  The chicken at lunch was probably loaded with salt (It was Chinese carry out, what they provided),  I wonder if I am retaining water due to that.  I will carefully re-evaluate my food intake and work the detox routine more carefully.  Doing the nutritional shake for Breakfast/Lunch today, so it should be easier.

As for my workout, I did it again today, same length and routine.  When I woke up my legs hurt terribly.  I wasn't sure I could move for a moment, but I did.  Any way to mitigate that?  Maybe pre-bed stretches?  Open for suggestions here?

Keep on pushing.

John

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Good and Bad....

So first I will say that I really feel the effects of the Insanity workout, I completed it again this morning, the same workout as yesterday and MAN I HURT.  I didn't think I could push through it but I did and strangely I seem to hurt a bit less after?  Maybe I am nuts...  I slowed down a bit and on the moves that require more coordination I focused on one aspect of it.  I figure better to get the form right, even partially then to be flailing around like a fish out of water and just jumping around the room.

Now for the bad news.  I worked about 14 hours yesterday and they served food...  Ravioli...  grrrrr  I ate... Should have avoided the massive carbs, but I was hungry.  I am somewhat ashamed, but I think I need to be careful as my new activity level will certainly cause my body to crave energy and starving it of that is probably a mistake, so looking for advice here...  What can I do to help stave off those cravings.  My detox program has "appetite chews" that help me through normal days, they actually seem to work pretty well, I could double up on those and stick to leafy greens and lean meat/protien items...  Thoughts?

My weight is up slightly today, to 255lbs from 254.9.  I figure it's mostly the remaing pasta in my system and possibly some water retention from the salt in it... :(

I will keep pushing...

John

Friday, July 26, 2013

Let's talk about accountability...

Ok, so I haven't fully disclosed why I am doing this now that I think about it. 

Traveling on my own, I face a number of potential temptations, slacking on my job (as I don't have a direct manager that is micro-managing me), my morality (you would not believe the number of hrrm let's just say innapropriate establishments are within arms reach) and my family (it would be "easy" to forget them as my highest priority).  I could get away with alot and no one except God and myself would be the wiser.  While on all of these items I have been doing well, I have NEVER done well with my body.  I developed bad habits as a youth, super-size meals, love of sweets, soda, no desire to regularly exercise... and until now I have not had a real consistent desire to break out of them..

So as for the reason I am writing this blog is for accountability, if you folks see that I don't post for a while ping me, facebook, phone, email, whatever... I could really use your help keeping me accountable!

I feel optimistic.  I will have good days and bad days, but my responsibility to myself and my family does not change.  Please help keep me accountable!

John

PS: I hadn't posted the picture below until today because I was embarrassed, honestly I still am.  I took this when I first started this journey a month ago.  I will take another one next week for comparison.

WOW.  Started Insanity today.  I knew I was out of shape but really?  I got through about 12 minutes of workout before I started to feel light headed and nauseous.  Now that I have had my taste, starting tomorrow I am going to cut to 1/2 speed and get all of the moves down form wise.  Trying to keep up in my condition is obviously not smart.  So the 60 day program, may be more of a 120 day program for me...

The good news is that my detox program is going well.  I checked my wieght this morning it was 254.9.  I have just barely started so I am confident that combined with gradully increasing my Insanity workout time and moving to full intensity will enhance my weight loss.  I may stick with the Plyometric Cardio Circuit by itself for for the rest of the detox program, from what I see, I think it will generally improve my body's health and efficiency.

Additionally I had NO idea how much I lacked coordination.  I will admit that I am happy that I am doing this alone in a hotel room, no embarrassment necessary.

On another note for those who may be worried, I am getting protien and key nutrients while detoxing,  it is a complete nutrition program, not some silly starvation deal.  I will pay close attention to what my body needs as I move forward and act appropriately.

It's going to be a long journey, but at least now I have a plan!

TTYL,

John

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

This has been an exceedingly trying month...  This last weekend we finally got our old house completely empty.  I will admit I have not been motivated, honestly, dealing with contract issues on my old house, the move and travel on a weekly basis have not been good for my motivation.

I am back in Minnesota, excited that my  30 day detox and weight loss pack came in...    With new tools to jump start my healthier lifestyle I got up at about 5am this morning, picked up the box waiting for me at the front desk and began reading the details of the program. 

I now realize I need to pick up a few things from the store, just some basic items.  Flax seed oil and coconut oil seem important also some kind of thermos or container to hold the shakes and such also going to pick up a case or so of SmartWater, as it is alkaline and I think will fill the needs of the program.

Right now my weight is at 258, a couple of pounds more then I was a few weeks ago, I think most of that is "junk" the Detox program should help rid my body of it. 

(A note to folks reading this, I check my weight in the morning after I use the restroom and shower in just my skivies... Probably TMI for some, but I find this is a consistent habit I can count on and a good way to get a "true" weight.)

I will also start my Insanity workout today, I was told not to mix a new exercise program with the detox program, but in the Detox program notes it stated that 20-30 minutes of exercise is good.  (That makes sense to me.)  My hotel room is pretty small, I re-arranged the furniture today to make room for the workout... :)

I want to take a minute to say why I am doing this.  I love my family, my wife and children.  I am healthy now, with the exception of my weight.  I am grateful that God has granted me this grace, as it is truly grace.  At 35 the clock is ticking, diabetes, heart problems, stroke, bone and joint problems can all be traced to being overweight.  I want to live a long life, I expect and desire to work into my 70s and I also want to enjoy life with Erica and my grandchildren and great grandchildren.  I have alot to give and want to be able to give it.  I also have a ton of very bad habits that I developed as a kid and young adult, I hope to break them over the next several months and years to live that long life I desire.

Have a great day!  You can do it to!

Your Friend,

John

Friday, June 21, 2013

So, I have started my journey to lose weight and get healthier.  As a "stats" guy the first thing I did was order a Fitbit One and a Fitbit Aria Scale.  Now I have the means to track my activity levels and my weight on a daily basis.

This is my public Fitbit profile, I am still working out the bugs, so the content may change over the next few days/weeks: http://www.fitbit.com/user/26FPFL

My scale won't hook up to the hotel's wifi, so my other stats may be somewhat lacking, but I will be manually logging my weight in the meantime and as soon as I figure out how to get my scale online it will automatically log it.

I have not yet started the Insane Workout routine, I am going to be doing a lot of walking and working this full weekend and have been warned that my muscles will be very sore in the first few weeks.  So I opted to hold off until after this very busy weekend.

What I have started doing is watching my carbohydrate intake, especially breads and sodas.  And working to walk at least 10k steps a day.

I want you all to know that I am not doing this for vanity, but for my family.  I want to live a long time and thankfully my health is holding up well at this point in spite of my weight.  But I know that being this overweight is not good and will catch up with me if I do not get it under control.

That's it for now.  Until next time.

Your Friend,

John