First of all, I wanted to thank everyone who commented, posted, suggested, complimented, and/or just plain supported my last post. It’s great to have so much feedback on what I’m doing, and it really forces me to be accountable. So a big THANKS goes out to all of you! (More on that next time.)
So it’s been a little over a month since I started focusing on losing weight, gaining muscle, and just downright looking and feeling healthier (and better). So far, so good, and I’m sure you’ll be as happy as I am with the results. Take a look at this hot pic (sorry about the poor lighting):
Weight 563.4 lbs
Body Fat 94%
Blood type: Hershey’s Syrup
OK, so I backslid a little. After all, it’s holiday season. It’s hard to eat healthy with Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas all coming up. And Veteran’s Day. And the end of Daylight Savings. And a Black Friday potluck dinner. I’ll just eat whatever I feel like and then start my diet and exercise goals again after the new year….
Ah, but seriously….
Actually, I’m usually serious when I say that. I often get derailed and then plan to start over at a convenient time, like the turn of a century or at the beginning of a month that ends in “dwarp.” (No months do, by the way. Get it?) I have no problem with falling off the horse and getting back on, but my routine is a bit more convoluted:
- Fall off horse
- Go to nearest ice cream parlor
- Order a double scoop of something highly caloric, topped with whipped cream and a 3rd scoop
- Consume swiftly
- Order another scoop, say it’s for my horse, consume it behind a dumpster in an alley in shame
- Plan the perfect time to get on the horse—perhaps 3 weeks from now on Monday?
- Eat whatever I want since it’ll “all go away” once I get back on that horse
- Has anyone seen my horse? I swear it was just here…
- Hey, is that a new pizza restaurant that just opened up?
You catch my drift, yes? And I’ve been drifting a lot this year.
But I will say that this past month has gone well so far. I won’t say I haven’t indulged at all, and in some cases, I’ve overindulged. (The hardest habit to break: trying out a restaurant’s take on macaroni and cheese at least once per restaurant.) I’ve had some dairy, sugar, and alcohol of special occasions (going-away party, outings with friends, Tuesdays), although in much smaller quantities than usual. Overall I feel like I’m off to a slow but productive start. I’ve abstained more than I’ve partaken. I’ve gotten in more cardio than usual (mostly just lots of walking). So here’s where I’m at:
Weight 155.2 lbs
Body Fat 15.6%
(Lowest weight 153.6 lbs, lowest body fat 15.3%)
I’m pretty happy with the numbers, and I’m pretty much at my weight goal. (I surpassed that goal but didn’t quite maintain it.) And I’ve made a dent in my body fat percentage as well. Not bad for just over a month of small changes. But of course, numbers don’t tell the whole story, so I won’t put too much “weight” (pun intended—didn’t you see the glaringly unnecessary quote marks??) on numbers. In fact, it looks like my belly might have gotten a little bigger! *gasp* “Patience, young grasshopper,” I tell myself. But along with being patient with the long-term plan, I’m also going to bump it up a notch with some revised goals:
- Weight 150-152 lbs (I’m now focusing on a range rather than a set number)
- Body Fat 12% (still shooting for this)
- More intense cardio (more walking, cardio at gym)
- Work out at least twice a week
- Start (and finish!) the 30 Day Abs Challenge (I fizzled after day 24 the first time)
- Better focus on diet (fewer processed meals and eating out)
- Better sleep habits
The target date for these goals is 11/22/15. The first two can be easily measured. The others will need some monitoring and reevaluating as I go, and hopefully the photos will show some more substantial results. As they say, the proof is in the pudding.
Damn, now I want pudding.
Anyway, by the time you read this, I’ll be knee-deep in one of the three Halloween parties I’m attending today. Don’t worry. I’ll exercise moderation. And tomorrow, I’ll exercise.
Look, I even got new sneakers! Progress! Sort of!
Thanks for reading! I’ll post an update in Novemberdwarp!!
(Note the reflexive sucking in of the gut? Must stop that!)
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