Thursday, February 28, 2008

Stupid is as Stupid Does

A coworker of mine showed me this video and I had to include it here. Oh my goodness. People apparently (a) have no idea how to work out or (b) are so lazy they'll do anything besides work out.

This company is still in business which means idiots somewhere are buying this crap.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Visit to Orthopedic Specialist & Weigh-in

Yesterday morning I went to see the Orthopedic specialist in Lawrenceville per the recommendation of my primary care physician. They took a ton of x-rays. The doctor said all of my bones look perfect and he could see nothing wrong there.

He surmised the problem must be soft cartilage behind my knee cap. He says it's very common with adults who were very active and hard on their joints when they were younger. He gave me a cortisone shot behind my knee cap and said no racquetball yesterday or today. I have to go back in 4 weeks for a check-up to make sure my knee is doing better. If so, I'm looking at a lifetime of periodic cortisone shots to keep my knee functioning, but I honestly prefer that to surgery.

Of course today being Wednesday means weigh-in day. I'm down to 230 pounds. At one point this weekend I weighed and was down to 229. Unfortunately I got stranded in Tuscaloosa, AL all day Saturday and we went to a steak place. I had a steak but I don't think it was very lean. It was also smothered in cheese. Again, not very good.

So anyway, as long as I'm losing weight I feel like I'm doing fine.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

The Ol' Plateau

It finally appears as though I may have plateaued with the easy weight loss. This week I was only down 3 pounds. I am slightly disappointed since I was hoping to lose 5 pounds this week, but oh well. I did screw up a little on my food intake this weekend. My parents came into town and brought ribeye steaks which we ate. They were very good, but from my meager understanding ribeyes tend to be the fattiest steaks you can eat. Then Sunday we went to Jaime's parents' house and had lunch. They had this delicious french (white) bread which really isn't that good for you. I made sure there were no crusty pieces remaining. Again, that probably wasn't the greatest thing. Honestly, that is about the biggest thing I screwed up with my eating in the past week (I like to stay away from the word "diet").

Mike is out of town on business so this morning I went to the gym and did the 5:45 spinning class (which lasts 1 hour). It wasn't as hard as Bryan's class. I think Bryan tends to push people a little harder and doesn't let you relax. I'm definately going to continue doing the spinning class when Mike is gone and on Saturday's with Bryan.

I also have an appointment next Tuesday about my knee. We'll see how that goes.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

One day late

I didn't work out this morning because I had a doctor's appointment about my knee. My knee has been hurting me throughout the day. Honestly, it doesn't hurt at all when I'm working out or playing racquetball, but it does throb a bit when I'm sitting in my Dilbert cube. Anyway, he's recommended I see an orthopedic specialist (big surprise) so we'll see how that goes.

I also asked the doctor about how many calories I should be eating. He says that with daily exercise I should be at about 1700-1800/day and if I want to get really aggressive I should be looking at 1600/day.

Anyway, I did weigh-in this morning and I was down to 236, so I am down 10 pounds total now. 10 down, 36 to go!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Week 2 Weigh-In

It's Wednesday morning, which means weigh-in day for me. I was a little dissapointed because I didn't make the arbitrary weight I wanted to, but still I'm losing weight. I can notice the weight loss in my face and my wife says she can too. I haven't been measuring my waiste, but I am down one pant size and I've had to tighten my belt to the 'skinniest' notch.

My weight today was 237, which means I've lost a total of 9 pounds. I wanted to hit 236 so that I could say I was down by 10, but that just didn't happen.

I have been eating pretty good. The only time I screwed up on my eating was Monday when I flew my airplane over to Tuscalooosa, AL to have it painted. I went in to the FBO building there and tried to buy a diet coke (there was no water in the machine). The machine spit out a regular Pepsi. I should have given it to someone or asked the FBO attendents for a dollar refund, but I just drank it.

I'm trying to get my caloric intake right. I've heard conflicting reports on how many calories I should be eating. I'm going to the doctor tomorrow about my knee and I'll ask him then. I'm not on a diet, I'm just following conventional wisdom of counting calories.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008


Today is Wednesday which I have designated as my weigh-in day. I am down to 241 pounds. I probably could have done a pound better if it weren't for the buffalo dip & chips I had at our Super Bowl party this past weekend! Anyway, onward and downward...

I also checked my home bathroom scales against the scales at the gym and they are to within 1/4 of a pound, so that's good enough for me.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Tuesday Morning

Mike and I were planning on working out Monday, Wednesday and Fridays, but this morning we decided to try it out. We played racquetball and then Mike went to swim laps and I worked out my legs, then rode a bike pretty hard for 20 minutes.

I think I like going 5 days a week for consistency's sake.

Tomorrow is the big weigh in. I think I'm going to have to stop weighing every day. It's not good for my motivation. I'm a big guy so my weight can fluctuate quite a bit from day to day so I'm going to try to just weigh myself once a week. Hopefully I'm down a bit. We'll have to see tomorrow.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Happy Monday

This weekend was fun. Saturday morning I did the spinning class with Bryan. It was interesting to say the least. All I have to say is Bryan's a funny guy and he's in fantastic shape. Somehow I managed to do the full hour of the class, but I had to sit a lot. The standing thing was not too easy. I believe the ability to complete that spinning class properly is the true measure of whether or not someone is in shape.

I plan on continuing in the spinning class. Hopefully it won't take too long to get to the point where I can complete the class properly.

This morning it was back to the gym for more racquetball and working out. I have shed some weight in the past week, but I'm only going to post my weight weekly. I'm measuring my weeks starting on Wednesday morning, since that's the first morning I went to the gym.

I think I really chose a good gym. At least in the mornings, there aren't a lot of meat heads there. I guess I had this idea that most gyms were full of a bunch of steroid-pumped guys trying to best each other, but that's not what I've seen at all. My biggest fear was being intimidated when I went in there, but that hasn't been a problem at all. Even though I was the one in the spinning class struggling the most, there was no shame whatsoever.

It's just average folks trying to get in shape. Everyone there is fairly courteous to one another and the shower facilities are nice and clean. Again, I think I made a good choice.

Friday, February 1, 2008


This morning I played racquetball for the first time in my life. It was interesting. If you've never played, it's sort of like tennis but you can hit the ball off the walls and ceiling. It's definately a good cardio workout. I think as I get back into shape and practice more I'll be able to beat Mike. He pretty much mopped the floor with me today. I'll get him though.

After racquetball we did arms and chest type stuff.

Personal Trainer Decision

Yesterday during my lunch break from work I went and had my free one hour consultation with a personal trainer. He worked me over pretty good. I can definately feel it today, especially in my abdomen and lower back.

I don't think I will pay for the services of a personal trainer though. I have Mike working out with me and really all I need is someone to make sure that I get my reps in and that I get cardio. I know how to use the equipment, I just need someone to hold me accountable.

The personal trainers are about 40 dollars per one hour session, and there's a $149.00 "initiation fee" to start using one. If they ever have a special where they waive the fee, I would consider it.