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An Albert Einstein Weigh-in

Let’s just get right to it, shall we? What kind of a weigh in is this? This is an Albert Einstein weigh-in. I’ll explain in a moment.

February 25, 2011
Last Week’s Weight: 359.0
Today’s Weight: 358.0
Change from All-Time High: -44.8 pounds
Change from Last Week: -1.0 pounds

Hey, I lost a pound. That’s great. Right?

Yeah, not so much. I was FLAWLESS this week. No splurges. No cheat meals. Healthy, nutrient dense food. Every point counted for. Every bite marked.

And I lost ONE pound.

One measly pound. In the words of Ned Flanders, big diddily deal.

Albert Einstein is alleged to have said, (and I roughly paraphrase), “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.”

I have flippin’ lost my mind, then, because I keep playing with the same few pounds. I’m tired of it.

I’m not giving up. I will NEVER give up, even if I am still struggling to get below 350 on my dying day. So… don’t worry. This isn’t going to turn into a woe-is-me-I’ll-just-die fat post. It isn’t.

But I’m not going to lie – I am FRUSTRATED to the nth degree.

So, when I realized this happened this week, when a week of SUPREME effort resulted in a loss of one pound, I decided to put on my scientist hat and try to figure out why this happened.

What are the major culprits? Let’s get those out of the way first.

Water gain caused by… salty foods… and weight lifting.

Okay, salty foods. Not going to blame that one this time. I purposefully ate very low sodium foods yesterday (i.e. – no spaghetti or popcorn, two foods that will make me gain water weight every single time). I drank lemon juice in every glass of water I had. That’s a diuretic. Can’t blame salt.

Okay, did I lift weights? Lifting weights will temporarily make me gain water weight because it engorges my muscles with blood. (And please pardon the twelve year old version of me who is now snickering in the corner because I said engorge.) Well, I can’t blame this one, either, because I did cardio yesterday. Cardio doesn’t make me gain weight, even temporarily.

Is it my thyroid? I was having some pretty ugly problems with my thyroid all last year. I don’t really think it is, because I don’t have the lethargy that came with that. I think my thyroid is fine, now. If I’m still struggling in a month, I’ll go have blood work done again, but for now, I don’t think that is the problem.

Is it stress? No, not stress. I’m happy as a clam, except for this weight loss problem.

Did I eat too much? I measured EVERYTHING, including things that I had been eyeballing before. I realized just how small a cup of cereal is. I ate less this week. Bingo.

Except for fruit.


On the new Weight Watchers Plus, fruit is unlimited. Zero points. Is it really possible that I’ve screwed up my calorie deficit by eating FRUIT?

Okay, let’s think about this rationally. How much fruit (and veggies) might I eat in a day?

Four oranges. Three bananas. Four apples. LOTS of pineapple. Unsweetened applesauce…

Shit part deux.

I should have KNOWN this was going to happen! I cannot be given unlimited reign of ANYTHING! If I knew how to frickin’ limit myself to normal servings of food, I wouldn’t have ballooned up to 400 pounds in the first place!

“Okay, calm down, you’re scaring the twelve year old you in the corner.”

So, we’ve potentially identified the problem. How are we going to fix this?

As I see it, I have two options. One, I can continue doing Weight Watchers (which is a program I believe in, I really do) and just be more aware of my fruit.

Or I’ll just count calories. Of everything. Including fruit, which I do realize is not evil in any way, shape, or form. It’s just that 1,000 calories of fruit on top of a day of healthy eating is still 1,000 calories too many.

I’m counting calories. I’m a member of a Weight Watchers @Work meeting, and I am paid up until March 17th. I’ll continue going, because for one, I’ve already paid, and for two, I still enjoy the group atmosphere. But I’m going to count calories.

I’m still going to eat REAL food as often as possible. I think that’s just simply a matter of health. Even if I was a stick, I still think real food is preferable over processed frankenfood, which I’ll eat only in limited amounts.

I’ll continue exercising. I’ve already gotten in an excellent hour of weights and cardio at the gym. After all, I still have Run For Your Lives to train for.

And I’m going back to weighing in everyday. I promise myself I won’t freak out if my weight fluctuates a bit, day by day, but if I’m creeping steadily upward, I want to know. I may change this later, but for now, that’s where I am.

So, please don’t give up on me. I’m still trying. I swear I’m not stuffing myself with hamburgers from fast food restaurants and drinking Coke by the gallon. But I am struggling. I have my game plan. I just hope it works. And if it doesn’t, I’ll figure out why it didn’t work then.

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My First Walking 5K

Tina has a wonderful guest post lined up and waiting about her wonderful amazing whole wheat pizza dough. However, I’m going to let it wait one more day, because I did something today that I have never consciously done before.

I walked a 5K. Instead of doing an hour on the elliptical at the gym, I picked a treadmill, punched in 5K loop, and set off at the fastest walk I could muster until I was done.

I have a LONG way to go to running a 5K. I am well aware of this. I have seen plenty of people post sub-30 minutes times on running. I’ve seen people post times in the range of 45 minutes for walking. I knew this was nowhere near possible for me.

Going in, I was hoping to not go too far over an hour.

The 5K seems like such a long distance to me, a complete non-runner at the moment, but I realize it’s only 3.10 miles. I’m not up to running it yet, but I can definitely walk it now.

I’m not crippled. I pushed myself hard, but not so hard that I won’t be able to walk tomorrow. So, how did I do?


I’ll do even better on Tuesday.

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35 Weeks to Go And Counting: A Run For Your Lives Update

I have decided to write a post every weekend, detailing our training for the upcoming Run For Your Lives. Tired of hearing about it yet? I’m not. I’m so excited I can barely stand it!

And yet… I realize I have a LONG way to go.

I’ve always been jealous of runners. The very notion of running is antithetical with being a fat kid. I never managed to complete the one mile run that was held in P.E. class every year. I just couldn’t do it. Didn’t want to do it, frankly.

I villainized running. I made it the enemy. Not me. It. Running is stupid.

And I’m finding myself slowly changing.

Even in the last two years that I’ve been a part of the weight loss blogging world, my attitude has begun to change. Before, I held the attitude, “I only run when I am being chased.” (Rather ironic, then, that I WILL be chased during the first 5K I’ve signed up for.) Then, as I got fit, my attitude turned to envy. I can’t run without pain, and I was extremely jealous of those of you who would go out and run a 5K (or 10K… or half… or full marathon) with no more energy than I would devote to an hour long workout in the gym.

I’ve tried Couch to 5K more than once. I’ve never made it past week three.

So what am I doing to prepare for this race? I’m not EXACTLY tackling Couch to 5K again, but I am breaking out the jogging shoes.

Last night, my knee was terribly swollen. It’s just something that’s wrong with me. I don’t even know if I can blame it on my obesity, because my left knee NEVER swells. But it was pretty tight, and it hurt to do too much activity on it. I wasn’t overly sweating it, because I know that pain will go away in two to three days, and it was almost over. But how can I work out on it?

Ah, I know! I’ll do Couch to 5K in the pool! So last night, Tina and I went to the gym, changed into swim gear, and walked and jogged in the pool a la C25K style for thirty minutes. It was a better workout than I was expecting.

The activity helped my knee, and today, I woke up almost pain free. We went to Russell Sims Park here in town, which has a nice one mile track.

Knowing our past attitude toward C25K, Tina and I decided we were going to just walk and run as we felt like it, gradually increasing the run time. In other words, we didn’t do sixty seconds of jogging after ninety seconds of walking. We probably did less jogging than we would have otherwise. As we walked, we would pick out a light post and jog until we had passed two more. We did that four times over the course of a mile, and I stuck to my slow, plodding, painfree pace. Tina is considerably faster than me, which is perfectly fine by me. She has crazy long legs and she’s a LOT lighter than I am, so it stands to reason she would be faster.

I know I have a LONG way to go in training for this run. We want to do an actual 5K before it, just so we know what it’s like to run a 5K that isn’t infested with zombies.

So what does the rest of our week look like? This is my proposed training plan for the rest of the week.

Sunday – An hour on the elliptical at the gym (to build lung and heart endurance) and a 5K walk with Malcolm (our dog) at a local park in town
Monday – An hour of Zumba, followed by an hour of Aqua Zumba
Tuesday – I have a late meeting at work, so in-between regular work hours and my late meeting, I’m going to hit the gym for an hour of cardio on the elliptical.
Wednesday – Finally, a weight session!
Thursday – Another weight session!
Friday – Cardio recovery day from two days of weights

We normally do a lot more weights than that, but this is what’s going to fit with my work schedule. We need to get back into the groove of doing more weights, but I also need to strengthen my heart and lungs. I’m surprised at how weak they got from just taking about two weeks off from my eye infection. It’s so hard to gain that endurance but so EASY to lose.

We’re continuing to do ten minutes of stretching yoga every night before bed, courtesy of Netflix Watch Instantly.

Oh, and to stay in the zombie mood, we’re going to watch the 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead.

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5K Training Update

Last week, I mentioned that we have signed up for the Run for your Lives in Darlington, Maryland, a zombie infested 5K obstacle course, taking place on October 22, 2011.

I’ll go ahead and warn you – you should expect LOTS of talk about us preparing for this race.

It was monumentally huge for us to sign up for this race. Neither Tina nor I have ever come close to running a 5K. However, we are now in training for it. Right now, I’m just working on getting a good walking speed for a 5K. Later, I’ll add the jogging and running elements to it. I know I can’t take too much time, because even though we have eight months now, I know this race will be here before we realize it.

What am I hoping to accomplish in the next eight months?

I want to get a few non-zombied 5Ks under my belt. There’s one at the end of March that I plan on walking, and I HAVE to be able to run one well before October.

I want to lose eighty more pounds by October, at least. That’s always a work in progress, and yes, I’ll be happy with any weight that I can lose. However, ten pounds a month times eight months equals eighty, so that’s what I’m shooting for.

I want to greatly increase my flexibility by then, too. This is an obstacle course, so I’m sure agility and strength will come into play just as much as speed.

I’m sure I’ll post periodically about how the training is going. Right now, I want a good walking speed for a 5K.

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Run For Your Lives!

If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time at all, you may have encountered my attempts to become a runner. I’ve tried Couch to 5K at least three times, and each time, I just can’t stick to it.

It’s not that I become injured or necessarily even in pain. I just end up so freaking bored that a part of me hopes I’ll get hit by a car while jogging just so something interesting may happen.

I love exercise. As soon as our financial situation is in better condition, I’m going to start taekwondo again. (I left at senior 1st degree black belt, and I am dying to test for probationary 2nd!) Tina and I both love lifting weights in the gym. I even like yoga, as I find it rather soothing and the perfect exercise to do before bed. (It’s also exercise that I need to do more often, as I am ridiculously inflexible.)

However, running… meh. I can tolerate doing cardio, but the Couch to 5K program just doesn’t appeal to me. The last time I did it, I resolved to simply not becoming a runner. That made me sad, because I love reading various runners’ blogs and living vicariously through the joy they clearly experience.

Well, a little. I think bleeding nipples and blackened toenails is just ten kinds of crazy, but aside from that, I do like the idea of getting to race periodically and getting a t-shirt for it.

But something happened yesterday, and things have changed a bit.

Steve posted a link on Facebook of a run in Darlington, Maryland. The run was called Run For Your Lives, and it was being held on October 22, 2011. It looked like your typical Halloween fun run, I thought, where you do a 5K while dressed up as a zombie. I think the very idea is amazingly cool, but it wasn’t enough to get me to actually sign up.

But then I clicked on the link. Go ahead. Go visit. I’ll wait for you.

Are you back?

Holy crap!

It’s more than just a race. It’s a race for your life! You are literally chased by zombies through a 5K obstacle course that has multiple routes and obstacles through it, and you are running to survive. (I assume they are Zombieland zombies and not Night of the Living Dead zombies, because really… anybody can outrun the black and white zombies.) You wear flags, as in flag football, and if the course zombies get your flag, you can’t win, you can only place as a zombie.

Can you hear my childish squeals of glee?

Tina is as excited about it as I am. We’re signing up.

Err, scratch that.

We have already signed up.

That’s right. I weigh over 350 pounds, but I am officially committed to running a 5K zombie-infested obstacle course in eight and a half months.

Okay, so that means it is time to train, right? Right.

Well, I’ve established that I suck at Couch to 5K. So I’ve got to come up with a different plan.

Granted, we have eight and a half months, but I know that time will slip away from us before we realize it.

Keep in mind, this is more than just a 5K. It is also an obstacle course where we will LITERALLY be chased. Therefore, strength and flexibility will also be important skills.

So, for training, I am committing to the following.

Endurance – at least three cardio sessions per week, slowly increasing the amount of my jogging until I can actually jog a 5K. Just for the practice of it, we plan to run a normal, non-zombie-infested 5K before the Run For Your Lives race.

Flexibility – at least two yoga sessions per week, along with daily stretching.

Strength – We’ll do four strength sessions a week as well. We do this anyway. I don’t know how important strength will be during this obstacle course, but I’m picturing the possibility that I may need to scale a wall or something. Regardless, strength will be an asset, no matter what the course looks like.

Zombie Survival – We’re going to watch one horror movie a week. We’re also watching the t.v. show Angel every night before bed (I’m slowly introducing Tina to the wonder that is the Buffy-verse), and I’m thinking that watching a vampire fight crime might offer skills that can transfer to surviving a 5K zombie apocalypse.

And hopefully, a wonderful side effect of this training is that I will weigh about 80 pounds less by then. We’ll see…

This is a big event for us. Darlington, Maryland is about twelve hours away from us by car, so we are making a big commitment by signing up for this race. But you know what? I am so excited, it is driving me through every workout right now. Every move I make, every muscle contraction, every stretch, every bench press, every squat, is in training for this event now. And on October 23rd, I’ll have something to show for it. I’ll either have a medal that says I survived, or I’ll be giving some zombie indigestion. Either way, it’ll be a fun eight and a half months of training leading up to it.

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