Archive for October 2012
I weigh in on Saturdays at Weight Watchers. I had planned to consistently post my weigh-in each Wednesday.
Well, that hasn’y happened, so I’m just going to say that I plan to weigh in SOMETIME during the week. And because I missed last week, I owe you two weigh-ins this week.
Date: October 20, 2012
Change from Last Week: -1.0 pounds
Change from Highest: -36.6 pounds
Date: October 27, 2012
Change from Last Week: -1.2 pounds
Change from Highest: -37.8 pounds
Is a pound a week game changing?
Is it sustainable? Am I losing weight?
So therefore, I’ll take it. I AM about to start chiseling away at my points. I’m being MUCH more careful with my fruits, but I’m probably still take in too many calories. I’m going to shave two points off per day next week and see if it makes a difference.
Part of it may be (seriously) that I’ve put on a touch of muscle with Body Revolution. I’ve definitely toned up. I can feel more strength in my legs, and I can feel a big change in my biceps (underneath the fat that coats them).
I write this, having finished Weeks 1 and 2 of Body Revolution, and I have a big change to my workout that I must make.
The first two weeks started off tough but doable. By the end of week two, they were, dare I say it, easy.
That said, I tried Workout #3, and I had to make so many modifications, I am not comfortable progressing.
I am not throwing in the towel, but I am also not proceeding with her schedule. And yet, workouts 1 and 2 are now a bit too easy for me. So, my game plan?
I’m going to do them each once a week at a higher intensity (all challenging moves, heavier weights, et cetera), and I am going to do two body weight workouts on my own. I like the progress I am making and I want to keep moving forward, but my body needs more than Workouts 1 and 2 but it isn’t ready yet for Workouts 3 and 4.
It sucks. I wish I was more fit. But I’m not quitting. I’m just going more slowly than some people.
One aspect of Body Revolution that I do get to keep doing for two more weeks?
Holy crap. Jillian Michaels is an evil monster (and I love her for it).
This is truthfully the hardest 30 minutes of cardio I have EVER done.
I’ll be honest; it’s a little boring. But it is NOT easy.
Especially suicides. If that didn’t send my psyche screaming back to 8th grade PE, nothing will.
Dear Moon Pie,
Oh baby boy Logsdon. I mostly only call you Moon Pie here on the blog, because I don’t want you googling yourself when you are in your teens and discovering that your dad posted adorable half-naked baby pics of you on the internet.
You have turned your mom and I into a family, and for that, we are so grateful.
For the next year (at least), we plan to post these monthly updates on the 22nd of each month.
At 3:37 a.m. exactly a month ago, you came screaming into the world.
I didn’t know how much a person could change in just one month.
We love you more than we know how to express.
Now don’t get me wrong. I am keeping a mental tally sheet of the nights you make me stay up until 2 a.m. because you don’t want to sleep, and when you are a teenager, you are getting those paid back, Mister. We’ll see how you like it when someone wakes you up right as you are trying to get to sleep and wants company until the wee hours. Yeah, we’ll see if you like it then.
But for now, we’ll happily put up with your unreasonable demands, because I just can’t say no to this face.
Moon Pie at One Month
Sam the Seahorse
The changing table (although this is a recent development, because for the first two and a half weeks of life, you hated it)
Mama’s boobs (they calm you down, fill your belly, and put you right to sleep – see, aren’t you glad I’m not using your real name on the blog? This will be embarrassing in a few years.)
Being carried in the car seat
Being held (seriously – we’ve already created a monster. Lay you down and your eyes snap open.)
The hours of 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. (as evidenced by your fussiness during these hours)
Socks (we assume, because you always kick them off)
Not being held
Mom & Dad
P.S. – And because every photo series needs a little bit of humor, we present to you Baby Plank before…
…and Baby Plank after…
P.P.S. – No babies were made fussy in the making of this plank.
Yeah, I should have posted this on Wednesday, but with a newborn (and my sloppy blogging skills anyway), I often don’t quite manage to make that happen. Whoops.
Date: October 13, 2012
Change from Last Week: -1.0 pounds
Change from Highest: -35.6 pounds
It’s not really where I want it, but it’s down, so I’ll take it!
I always wonder if I am eating too much on Weight Watchers. I’m going to give it another week. If I do not lose at least two pounds this week, I am going to start chiseling away at my daily point target (you are allowed to do that on PointsPlus) until I am consistently losing two pounds per week.
I’m a big guy. I’m working out hard. This is very doable.
So, how is Body Revolution going so far?
I have not yet had to modify any exercises, so I am excited about that.
I am also still in Workouts #1 and #2 of Phase #1, so it makes sense that these workouts are the easiest.
This is why I am excited about this, though.
Back in the summer, when I was going through my artificial sweetener withdrawal, my joints ached so badly that I could barely exercise at all. Anything more strenuous than walking in the pool was painful.
Now that I am finished with my withdrawal (it took about three-ish months), I am able to do exercises that are weight-bearing on my joints. I can do the pushups on my knees. I can do the bird dog (she calls it table, but regardless, you are putting weight on your knees). I can get up and down from the floor with relative ease to switch positions.
I am thrilled!
One thing I will say about Jillian’s video – she uses PRETTY people for her workouts. These people are freaking fit.
One of her athletes is named Kenta Seki. He has an amazing body.
I want to be Kenta Seki when I grow up.
What I Miss About the Gym
One thing I miss about going to the gym is that there were classes I could attend, and if I wasn’t there when the class started (or even earlier to get a spot), I didn’t get in.
If Zumba was at 5, I had to be there at 5. If Yoga Weight Loss started at 7, I knew I had to be out the door at 6:30.
I no longer have a gym membership, and I am completely fine with that. While I enjoyed lifting weights, I do not believe that a gym is required. I know some people find working out with others motivating, but I don’t. Frankly, I was happiest at the gym on those rare Saturday afternoons when I would go in and be the only person there. As a result, I decided to save the $65 a month and work out from home.
Unfortunately, that pre-set class time apparently provided me with a bit more motivation than I realized. So how can I reclaim that at home? Several bloggers have written about following along with a DVD workout series, and it seems that it provides them with motivation to stick to their workouts.
I have TONS of DVD workouts, including a few programs. I have P90X, RevAbs, and Body Revolution, among others. Yes, I am well aware that I own THREE intense workout programs and I haven’t done more than a single workout or two. Well, that needs to change, so I’m starting one of these series.
I adore Jillian Michaels. I know some bloggers think she is a sellout, but I think she’s awesome. She’s the right mix of motivation and yelling for me. So, for the next 90 days, I am scheduling a workout at 8:30 every night to have my butt kicked by Jillian through Body Revolution.
I actually started the program on Saturday, so I’ve already done my first two workouts. Today is a cardio day, and I look forward to seeing if her cardio workout is as challenging as her 1st two weight workouts.
The Holiday Trifecta
But the holiday trifecta of Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas is coming up!
Every year, I gain weight over the trifecta. Every… single… year…
I plan for 2012 to be different. I want to lose weight.
I am not following the Body Revolution diet plan, but I am going to continue going to Weight Watchers, count my points, and eat real food. The Trifecta isn’t going to tear me down this year. I’m going to go into the holidays armed and dangerous for weight loss.
I plan to blog once every two weeks about the program, as that is how often the program changes. The first two weeks seem easy enough, but I’ve looked ahead, and I know there are going to be some modifications that will need to be made. I’m totally okay with that. My right knee is a cartilage nightmare, and my flexibility rivals that of uncooked spaghetti. But I also anticipate that the next 90 days will bring a lot of welcome changes to my body. I can’t wait to see what I look like on January 5th!
This isn’t about literally exercising with a baby, although I do have an awesome book that my wife got me for Father’s Day about how to use a baby as free weights. As soon as Moon Pie has a little more neck control, I’ll be giving this book a try.
But today’s relatively short post is about exercising with a baby. And frankly, it is hard.
I’m lucky. I didn’t have a seven pound object coming pushing its way out of my genitals, so while Tina has a good excuse for taking it easy for a while, I most definitely do not.
And yet, it’s been tough. I’m back at work already (I got a week off, which I am SO grateful to my boss for letting me have), and sleep is still at a premium. Just last night, I was up with little man until about 2:30, and then Tina and I were up twice more for about forty-five minutes each time for feedings) and then I was up at 7 to take a very hurried shower and fix an English muffin sandwich to eat on the drive to work. (And I was still late to work.)
So when I get home from work, if Moon Pie is doing okay and Tina is rested, I’ll often take a quick nap before I fix dinner. And we’ve been VERY lucky that we’ve had so many friends and family bring us food. I think I’ve cooked dinner twice since we’ve come home from the hospital.
It’s just VERY easy to sit on the couch, cuddled up with a baby (or watch my wife cuddled up with a baby), that when he looks like he’s about to go down for the night, I want to go to sleep, too.
I know that if I exercise, I’ll have more energy, and getting so little sleep will be easier on me.
I also know that if I lose weight, I’ll have more energy and will need less sleep.
I also know that if I eat healthier, I’ll have more energy and, you guessed it, will need less sleep.
And exercise and healthy eating are requirements for losing weight.
So I have to do it.
I recently heard research that said if you exercise at the same time of day, each day, you’ll perform better and give your metabolism a slight boost.
So I have decided, at least until Tina is able to exercise with me, that 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. is my exercise hour, each night. I am NOT an early morning exerciser. I’ve always been an evening exerciser, and I’m consistently awake from 9 to 10 each evening, so… this time of day makes sense for me. And exercise has never kept me up at night; if anything, it lets me sleep better.
My son is definitely a driving force in me wanting to be healthier, but… and I hope this doesn’t sound wrong, he’s not the only reason.
I have to lose this weight for me, too. If I lose this weight just for him, I’ll never keep it off.
I want to be the best father I can be, and in my mind, I equate that with physical fitness. Right or wrong, that is how I view it. (And frankly, I believe I am right.)
I hope he never sees a fat dad, except for when he looks back at old baby pictures.
But more than anything else, I want him to grow up with a father who decided to become the best he could be, not just to be an awesome dad, but to just be awesome.