Archives for January 2014

Muscle Fatigue

WeightsOne of the things I need to start doing in order to win my weight loss challenge is to start lifting weights again. I’ve never been a big lifter, usually when I’ve done it I’ve focused more on reps than weight.

I have a spreadsheet that I used in the past to track my reps and weights, and I started a new one this morning for 2014. Using the old sheet as a template, I saw that the last time I had lifted was 2010! Not coincidentally, that is the last time I had a better than average run at losing weight.

So this morning I sucked it up and hit my upper body strength training exercises, which took me about 35 minutes and resulted in a wonderful feeling of muscle fatigue and even a little sweat. It’s -10 degrees outside and it felt real good to get a little sweat on indoors. As I am typing this my arms still feel a little fatigued.

I used my Bio Force home gym machine for some of the lifting, and then free weights for the rest.

One day does not a trend make but this is a good start to the year.

 

I’m Joining a Weight Loss Challenge!

Yesterday’s post It’s a New Year! Weight Loss Goal for 2014 was randomly linked to by a friendly-sounding blogger named Carolina who is starting a challenge called Sprint to May Challenge. Since I can use all the help I can get I decided to sign up.

The Challenge

The Sprint to May Challenge doesn’t have to be about weight loss, but it will be for me. Here is Carolina’s description:

Welcome to the new year! It’s a time for renewal and regained hopes. A few of us have personal goals we want to achieve this year and in the ones to come. This is not a new year’s resolution challenge, nor do we expect you to reach your ultimate goal(s) within the time frame of this challenge. We just know how hard it is to stay on track. We want to invite you to join us on this challenge and stay on course to reach any goal(s) you may have.

Read the full description for more, there looks to be a bunch of challenges and mini-challenges that I will have to learn about.

My Bio

To enter the contest you need to provide a bio, so here is mine. My name is John and I turn 48 this year. I started this blog last year as a tool to help achieve my goal of Getting Fit by Fifty. As usual, I started off well and ended poorly. It didn’t help that I was unemployed for the last 8 months or so (wouldn’t you think it would be easier to lose weight when not working?!?). I start this year at 306 pounds with about 2 1/2 years left to hit my ultimate goal of 200 pounds. My goal for 2014 is what should be a very attainable goal of getting to 269. It’s been about 6 years since I’ve been at that weight and it would mean a lot to me to get there.

Losing 37 pounds in 12 months is only a smidgen more than 3 pounds a month. The first pounds are the easiest, so I am shooting to lose 5 pounds a month, a total of 20 pounds, between now and the end of April. If I somehow manage to kick butt and take names I reserve the right to change my goal to even more weight loss!

Let the challenge begin!

It’s a New Year! Weight Loss Goal for 2014

Well here I am joining the millions of people setting New Year’s resolutions that include losing weight.  Most of us will do well for a few weeks and then everything will fall apart.  Hate to be a Negative Ned, but the data bear this out as fact.

306 PoundsHere’s where I am starting the year out.  Just a pound less than when I started this weight loss blog last year.  My goal for the year is to get to 269 pounds, a loss of just a little over 10%, but a weight that would be a good milestone for me.  There is absolutely no reason why I can’t get this done, and I’m starting off the year steeled to make it so.

One thing that will be helpful to my efforts is that I start a new job next week.  You would think being unemployed would make it easier to exercise and eat well but I found the opposite to be true.  If I am ever in that position again, I will know how important it is to push yourself to exercise and eat well while not working because it truly was a missed opportunity.  But hopefully I won’t have that opportunity again.

I have an early challenge to my plan, a nice celebration dinner out tonight on New Year’s Day at a very nice restaurant that will have all sorts of fatty foods to eat.  I’m going to have a little of this and a little of that, and in doing so won’t deprive myself, but I am not going to pig out.

That would be a good start to the year, a year in which I plan to see the 260s for the first time in 6 years or so.

Good luck on your resolutions!