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A Lentils Weigh-In

If you watched my vlog last night, then you’ll know that I said I forgot to weigh-in but I am trying to eat more calories in an attempt to lose weight.

Crazy, right?

Well, apparently, eating between 1500 and 2200 calories, for a guy of my size, weight, age, and exercise frequency, was not enough. An online BMR calculator revealed that I need to eat around 3,100 calories to lose weight. So that’s what I did, for the past week, even if it felt weird. Awkward. Wrong. Almost like I was cheating, even, as I ate more.

How did my body respond?

My body loved it.

I feel better. My skin is even better, my joints don’t ache nearly as much, and my hunger, as expected, has dropped. How did I do?

March 27, 2012
Weight: 370.2
Change from Last Week: -2.4 pounds
Change from All-Time Highest: -32.6 pounds

Woo hoo! That’s the best loss I’ve had in a while, AND that includes not doing actual cardio or weight lifting (just lots of physical activity) for three days.

There is one thing that I want to change, though, and that is the source of my calories. I’ll admit that a few of my calories were obtained in the form of Girl Scout Cookies. I still believe that the occasional splurge is fine, but when 160 of my calories were obtained, every day, from 4 Thin Mints, well… that’s not as okay.

I want to get my calories from good, healthy sources. And that is why this is a lentil weigh-in.

I’ve never been a fan of beans. I think they are gross, and at best, I tolerate them in dishes for their health benefits. I’ve recently discovered lentils, however, and I’m in love. They are tasty, healthy, and cheap (the latter is great for someone trying to save money). A cup of cooked lentils has 230 calories, so for someone trying to up his calorie intake while eating healthy foods, lentils are a great way to go.

Yay for extra calories! I never saw this one coming.

Watch out 360s. I’m coming for you next week.

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Pre-Holiday Trifecta Weigh-In

It’s the Pre-Holiday Trifecta Weigh-in!

What do I mean by that? I’ll explain below. But first… the weigh-in!

September 9, 2011
Weight: 374.0
Change from Last Week: -1.8 pounds
Change from Highest: -28.8 pounds
Waist: 53.5”
Change of ½” since 9-2-11

Woo hoo! I definitely feel like I am on the right track now.

I’ll be honest – I had two pretty splurgy days this week. We had labor day at both my parents’ house and Tina’s mom’s. While I didn’t eat AWFUL, I did eat quite a bit, too. Lots of meat. Quite a bit of desserts. More than a few brats. And a few handfuls of chips. I feel confident in saying I didn’t binge, but I did eat WAY over my points.

However, and this is where I’m really proud of myself, I got back on track Tuesday morning. I didn’t say, “Eh, I’ll just wait ‘til Friday and start over.” I actually counted my points beginning Tuesday and just finished out my week.

I don’t know if I can stress how big a deal this is for me, because it’s HUGE! I am the King of the Delayed Start. “Well, it’s Sunday… and Mondays are better days to start a diet.” Or “I’ve heard that people who start a diet on Wednesday or more successful…” I seriously read that in the Weekly World News when I was about ten, and it’s been in my head ever since.

And who wouldn't believe such top-notch reporting...

And who wouldn't believe such top-notch reporting...

But I did it. I stuck to it. I’ve been running. I’ve been counting my points. I’ve been eating a spinach salad every day for lunch. I’m doing this.

Why didn’t I do it sooner? I dunno. Doesn’t really matter, though, does it? I’m doing it now.

I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to drop big numbers like I did when I lost weight the first time in my mid-to-late twenties. I’m 33, and honestly, even at 33, my metabolism is slower than it was five years ago.

But it doesn’t matter. The weight is coming off.

Why the holiday trifecta? In the past, I could have easily made an excuse for just waiting until New Years to start a diet. After all, we have Halloween (candy!), Thanksgiving (turkey!), and Christmas (everything!) coming up. Oh, and Tina and I are going to Vegas (Buffets!) in December, too. Not this year. I’ll diet hard until then. I’ll indulge a bit on and around each holiday. I’ll keep track of my points. In Vegas, we’ll do some running on the strip every day. I’ll exercise. I may not lose weight over Christmas, but I’ll at least gain less than I have in years past. I’ll enjoy my life. I’ll keep getting smaller.

The holiday trifecta will be here next year, too. It isn’t like this magical food only happens once in a while. It happens all the time. And I’ll enjoy it. In moderation.

I realize I have not lost enough weight this time to truly say, “You can do it! Don’t give up! We can do this together!” Except I’m going to. We can do this together! If you are struggling with your weight, join me, and we’ll be thirty to forty pounds lighter by the end of the year. If we don’t… well, then what?

Do you have a survival plan for the upcoming holidays?

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I Think I Like Running Weigh-In

I think I like running.

More in a sec. Let me get my weigh-in info out of the way first.

March 11, 2011
Last Week’s Weight: 356.9
Today’s Weight: 355.1
Change from All-Time High: -47.7 pounds
Change from Last Week: -1.8 pounds

What can I say but woo hoo!

So why is this an I Think I Like Running Weigh-in? I think I like it.

I can’t believe it. I’m shocked. But Tina and I have taken to doing a weight session and then a 5K. We’re in the gym longer (and therefore more exercise, which always equals good), and I think it shows in my weight loss this week. I haven’t even had the most perfect calorie counting this week (more on #7daychip, which is helping, later), but I still lost. And I am attributing this one to the drastic increase in exercise going on this week.

I’m finding that I actually ENJOY the running.

Well, real quick, let me clarify one thing.

I’m not running. I’m jogging. And I’m jogging slow. I jog at 4.1 miles per hour. I know for someone with longer legs (I may be six feet tall, but my body is crazy long and my legs are little stumps with a 32 inseam) 4.1 mph would be a fast walk, but for me, it’s a slow jog. And I’m perfectly fine with that.

I haven’t even worked up to jogging a 5K without stopping yet. I’m going at my own speed. Today, I did 1:15 of jogging at 4.1 with 1:45 of walking at 3.2 for the entire 3.1 miles. I completed it in 51:23.

I have a HUGE plan about 5Ks coming up very soon. I’ll announce it early next week.

But for today, I am celebrating my 1.8 pound loss and the fact that I am enjoying running. Yay me.

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Please watch out for goalies…

This is just a real quick post explaining that I am moving my weigh-in days back to Friday.

Friday has always been my favorite day of the week. Aside from the fact that more people are brutally murdered at summer camps on Friday than any other day of the week, Friday means the beginning of the weekend.

Jason Voorhees is a BIG fan of Fridays, too!

I am not doing this because I think last week was spectacularly bad and I need a few more to sweat off a few more ounces.

I am doing this because Sunday doesn’t feel right as a weigh-in day. On Sunday, Tina and I are both off from work, we have church, we have things to do around the house, both practical (such as cleaning our mess of a garage) and personal (such as cuddling up to watch a Netflix movie we’ve kept putting off so we can put it in the mail Monday morning), and I just don’t always want to write a weigh-in blog post on Sunday.

I like to put time and thought into those, and frankly, I don’t always have that in me. So I’m moving back to Friday.

There are plans in the works for me to post later this week. It is the last week before the semester starts back in earnest, so I’m sure I’ll be pretty busy this week. Still, I have plans for a Biggest Loser post on Wednesday night, and I’ll also post about our newest veggie meal sometime this week.

Just now that I am still working out and I am still following my diet. I have discovered that I definitely need to up the amount of non-processed foods in my diet, but I’ll talk about that in more depth on Friday.

Friday’s post is going to be an exciting one for me. I don’t know if I’ll post huge numbers, but I had a mental breakthrough this past weekend that is definitely going to pay dividends for me in both weight loss and general health, physical and mental.

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A Fresh Start Weigh-In

Is Monday morning the start of a new week, or is Sunday the start of a new week?

I like Sunday, because it’s part of the weekend, and I love the weekends. I used to despise Monday mornings with a white-hot passion, but now that I actually like my job (even if Monday = 12 hour work day now), Mondays aren’t a big deal. Sundays are enjoyable, because they aren’t spent dreading the next horrible work day.

I’ve ultimately decided Monday morning is the start of a new week, and as such, I’m going to treat Mondays as my weigh-in day. Yeah, I know, I know, I said Friday last time… well, it’s Monday, ’til the next time I change it. At least I’m publicly weighing and keeping myself accountable, right?

And this week is a Fresh Start Weigh-In!

September 20, 2010
Weight – 334.0
Precious Weigh-in – 337.9
Change of -3.9 from last week
All-Time High 402.8
Total Loss – 68.8 pounds

I’m also going back to setting myself some weekly goals. I like to give myself some that are easy to accomplish and some that may require a bit of stretching.

1. Complete Week Two of Couch to 5K.
2. Drink one gallon of water on at least four days.
3. Learn the new dance steps Tina has for us for our “first” dance as a married couple. (She has the rhythm. I can spell the word rhythm. That’s about it.)
4. Work out every day for the next week.
5. Drop at least three pounds this week.

In other C25K news, I have started week two! Last night at twilight was our second run. I am already feeling some changes in my body; I think my speed is even improving. Still pain free, although after the run, I found myself thinking, “I wonder if I can do another C25K run tomorrow?” A few hours later, I found myself a tad bit sore. More than I was expecting, because I’m not truly COUCH to 5K. I’m more like Elliptical to 5K, but running is definitely different on the body. That’s okay. I’ll stick to the routine and take a day off like I’m supposed to.

(Do you get the Electric Boogalo reference? If so, you earn ten points!)
(*points are nontransferable and essentially worthless*)

In wedding news, we had our Wedding Shower yesterday. I am truly involved in all aspects of the wedding, but yesterday was definitely a day for Tina. Still, we did get a pretty good haul of various kitchen gadgetry, and it was nice spending the afternoon with people who care about us.

The wedding is only eighteen days away! Holy crap! How did it get here so fast?! As I mentioned previously, we are “choreographing” our first dance. It isn’t some crazy elaborate thing, but we don’t want to just stand up in front of our guests and sway together to a slow song for three minutes, either. We’re dancing the rumba to Michael Buble’s “Everything,” and we are putting a few little extra special moves here and there. Nothing elaborate, and we would totally be voted off first week of Dancing with the Stars, but we’re trying to make it a bit more fun for our guests (and ourselves) than just slow-dancing to one of our favorite songs. All that said, I’m not much of a dancer. I’m not afraid to dance, and I enjoy it, but I definitely suck.

Tina’s trying to teach me, and she has helped. However, I have realized one thing that has helped me a lot. During one session, it kind of occurred to me that I was having SO much trouble with this while doing a taekwondo form is doable for me. I started viewing our choreographed steps like that, and I’m improving and enjoying it a lot more. I jokingly mentioned to Tina that if I treat it like a form, I may end up yelling at some point during the dance and ending it with a loud, “Thank you, ma’am!” She suggested I not do that at our wedding. I promised to try.

We still have tons to do on all wedding fronts, and since we’re crafty people, we’re doing a lot of it ourselves, which means there is still tons more to do. Some easy, some not so easy, but it’s all saving us money (and is uniquely us), so we’re definitely including it in the ceremony.

One thing that I am doing is printing off our favorite quotes from t.v. shows and movies to set at each place setting. The quotes range from “The Simpsons” (me) to “Glee” (us) to “Steel Magnolias” (us) and “Gilmore Girls” (Tina) and even more obscure shows, but they are all things that make us laugh, and we’re hoping our guests will see them, perhaps chuckle, and realize they are at the wedding of two dorks who love each other very much. I’ll make sure some quotes are included in the photos I’ll definitely post after we return from our honeymoon.

So, today is the start of a brand new week. I hope to post at least twice more this week – not entirely sure what about yet, but we’ll see when it happens. What great plans do you have for this week?

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