I’m a fan of Experience Life magazine, published by the folks at Lifetime Fitness. This issue was entitled Rejoice (they are all themed). So, I want to take a page out of their book (not literally) and talk about our successes.
What did you do in 2004 towards your own goals? What got better? What brought you closer to your future dreams?
I lost 6 pounds since last week. This was the first week of Operation Streamline, my winter training regimen, that will hopefully drop a sleek, 210 pound runner on the trails come spring. (If I were in the mood to cheat, I’d tell you I lost 8, because I lost 2 pounds from before the gym to after the gym, but that’s water).
Part of the reason I lost the weight was because I changed up my eating a bit. I carved out a few calories here and there, especially in my choice of monster foods. But the real reason, I think, that things changed, was that I dove into a fairly intense weight lifting program, and started repeatedly banging out 500 calories worth of work on various cardio machines.
Reason # 44,051 why I married Kat is that she is great at challenging me. I mentioned that I’d surfed something like 30 fitness or weight loss blogs, and only found 1 good one. I started to gripe about how many of those blogs say the same thing: “I’m going to start tomorrow,” and “This time, it’ll be different,” or “I’ve stopped working out, but I’m going to keep up on…”
And that bugs me. Really gets me going.
I jumped on the scale this morning and found I’d knocked four pounds off since Monday. Then, I got back from the gym, and I guess I sweat another 2 off. Whewww! Ain’t weight loss funny? (These numbers don’t mean diddly, really).
I’m doing these really weird lifts at the gym. One’s the one-armed snatch (shuddup, beavis), which looks fairly stupid, but works lots of diverse muscles. The other is called loading (I said, shuddup, beavis!), and that involves something that looks like picking up your suitcases and throwing them into the overhead bin on the plane. What I’m doing are exercises from the back of this month’s Men’s Fitness, a magazine I don’t really endorse, except for these workouts.
New Study: Humans were born to run.
Shuddupayerbrucesongs! (BTW, runners have the worst musical taste, normally).
A dude in Maine (my heartland) lost just shy of 500 pounds without gastric bypass. Holy cow-no-more!
I just ran a quick 5K during lunch at the gym down the street. I did it kind of fartlek style (varying speeds), and for whatever reason, though I pushed myself frequently up into 7.5 and 8 MPH speeds, I finished slower than one I did earlier in the month.
Earlier time: 27 minutes.
This time: 28:30.
Did you guys see The Incredibles yet? If you use the “it’s a kid movie” thing, I’ll clobber you. To me, the movie was a perfect picture into how I feel about my professional life.
See the guy in the insurance office? Slumped and grey? That’s me.
While I’m hard at work trying to carve another 30 pounds off my body, I’m paying close attention to what’s going into the engine, and how I’m choosing to burn it back out. Now, I eat really healthy for the most part. I’m well read on nutrition, eat nearly all my calories for value (high fiber, or good antioxidant level, or great protein count, etc.) Still, I’m finding lots of little places where extra calories were adding up.
Breakfast: when I eat at home, I don’t get a big omelette stuffed with light sausage and feta, I don’t eat both slices of buttered toast, and I don’t finish my daughter’s uneaten 1/2 of a large chocolate chip pancake. Instead, I have either a bowl of wheat bran flakes with more bran, raisins, and 1% milk, or oatmeal and similar. 300 fewer calories, at least.