Archives for November 2013

Weekly Weigh-in (2013-11-10)

Weigh-in – 304.4 PoundsI’m on the road again on my journey to getting fit by fifty. Certainly a 1 pound loss is nothing to get excited about, but the key thing for me is that I’m once again documenting my journey, and I know from experience that if I can keep that going then this weigh-in will be the first of many losses. Getting started is one thing though, and sustaining it is quite another.

There isn’t much I did this week to deserve a loss, so let’s recap a few things:

  • Did pretty well most mornings with protein laden rocket fuel breakfasts like 3-egg omelets with cheese and a side of avocado.
  • Did pretty well throughout most of the days with reasonable lunches and minimal snacking.
  • Did 30 minutes on the eliptical one day.

Not much on the positive side of the ledger. Negatives?

  • Overate at many dinners and then snacked into the nights after.
  • Didn’t drink much water.
  • Didn’t do any walking.

Clearly, this is not a long-term formula for losing weight. I’m going to try very hard this week to make a push to lose at least 3 pounds. My plan for doing so? I plan to get up early every day and start the day with a 4 mile walk with my dog. With winter approaching Minnesota this can get a little chilly but it is always an invigorating start to the day. I’m also going to try to add some strength training and more elypitical, plus focus on drinking lots of water. I should be able to maintain solid breakfasts, and I’m going to focus on smaller portion sizes at dinner and no nightime snacking.

If I am able to pull all of this off I think a 3 pound loss is very doable. Hopefully I’ll be able to be honest with myself (and my readers) if I have the inevtiable slip-up.

On the road again, and I feel fine.

Commitment is Tough

CommitmentSo what’s worse than a weight loss blogger going on hiatus for 7 months? Maybe one like me who calls out a bunch of other weight loss bloggers who fall down and still haven’t got up!

No, I’m not going to call anyone out. But one of the more disappointing things I discovered yesterday when I wrote a blog entry for the first time since April was that most of the new weight loss bloggers I had started to follow have had similar stalls, if not complete failures. Commitment is tough!

I started this weight loss blog at the beginning of the New Year as I imagine a lot of others did as well. I started linking out to other guys I found, some of whom have been around for awhile but others who were new this year as well.

Here is the tally for how things went out of the 14 guys’ weight loss blogs I linked to in my sidebar (there are 15 now as I just added GratefulRick):

One didn’t post from February – July, and has only posted a couple of times in August. But in fairness, he did write “You’re not welcome here. Fuck off.” in his first August post, so I shouldn’t be surprised!

One was doing great until June, then dropped off the planet. Hope you are OK.

Two deleted their websites entirely.

One hasn’t posted since January.

One skipped March and April, got it going again in May and then stopped.

One made it through most of January, then wrote failure posts in July and October. I have hope he’ll keep it going this time. Admitting failure is a great sign.

One has been posting every couple of months, so still there and recognizing they need to do more.

Six have been pretty consistent with posting throughout the year.

Keeping any blog going is tough and when it’s tied to something as difficult as weight loss, all the more difficult. I hope everyone figures out what they need to do to be happy and healthy.

Good luck!

 

Weekly Weigh-in (2013-11-3)

Weigh-in – 305.4 PoundsI weighed in on March 17th with my 11th consecutive week of weight loss from when I started this blog. It’s been all down-hill since. I lost my job at the end of April, and I’m still looking for work and now it’s way past time to start looking for my health again. I’ve gained back all but 2 pounds from my starting point at the beginning of the year. Embarrassing!

The worst part is, if I had done nothing but focus on my weight loss from the moment I had lost my job I would be so much better off right now almost 7 months later. I still wouldn’t have a job, but I’d realistically probably be at around 250 pounds rather than 305.

One day at a time, starting over.