Started my day with a short run and nearly barfed because I paced myself like I hadn’t taken 6 weeks off. Then I went and got my first checkup in almost 5 years and got a nice ego boost as my doc told me what an improvement I’ve made. I hadn’t been going out of guilt about my weight.
Day 0: Time to reset. I lost my routine and my motivation sometime around July 1st. I’ve worked out twice in 45 days, stopped counting calories, started “closet eating” again and gained over 20 lbs from my lowest. I blame it on not doing these updates. Get ready for me to be annoying again!
A year. It is a pretty incredible feeling to be able to say I’ve spent the past year improving my health. I’ve lost weight. I’ve gotten stronger. I’ve completed two 5K runs and a triathlon. I’ve hit personal records for weight lifting. I’ve dropped more cloth sizes than I could have imagined when I started. I’ve had good days. I’ve had bad days, but I’m proud to say truthfully that the bad days don’t consume me to quit. I’ve definitely succeeded in changing my lifestyle and I couldn’t be happier!
In this next year my goal is to improve my body fat percentage, continue to get stronger through weight lifting, and complete a longer running event or triathlon (either a half-marathon or an “Olympic” length triathlon).
Here’s to my 2013-14 “season”! ;)
This morning I weighted over 200 lbs, meaning I’ve gained more than 15 lbs from my record low in January. Positive sign is my body fat percentage is a still around 25% meaning that I gained equal parts muscle and fat. Still not a fun psychological barrier to “unbreak”. Gotta buckle down, I want to be 180, make it happen Brian.
Today I readjusted my goals in MyFitnessPal from losing 2 lbs/week to the more attainable goal of losing 1/2 lb/week. I think this will help unstick me. Rather than be confronted with “failure” daily so I stop entering data all together, I will see success daily.
It’s been a while since I posted a “Day X” update because I’ve been feeling like I don’t have much to share. I’ve been maintaining my weight for the past few months which unfairly feels like failure since I’m not progressing toward my goals. I started weight lifting again in an attempt to break the stagnation. I’m taking it slow so I don’t injure myself. My left knee, ankle, and shoulder all have their issues so I don’t want to get hurt.
But I think the real cause is I’ve lost some motivation and I’m not tracking my calories as regularly as I did he first few months when I lost a lot of weight. More late night snacks, weekend big meals and poor sleeping habits are adding up. Wish I could find that level of motivation again.
Boy, this turned into an “Eeyore” post.
I started barbell lifting again this week and worked out 5 days in a row by alternating strength training and cardio. First 5 consecutive days at the gym since October. I also recovered very quickly from my intense soreness early this week. I remember it took well over a week when I first lifted last year.
I used my heart rate monitor for the first time while lifting and I won’t stop now. It was incredibly helpful to see if I was working hard enough and adjusted the weight as feedback. Upped my bench press in one session back to 85 lbs which is where I left off in October thanks to the monitor feedback.