Wednesday, February 25, 2009

New All-Time Low

I finally got back down to my all-time low. I hit 216 once last week.

Today I weighed in at the gym and I was a little suspicious of the scale (looked too good to be true), so I weighed in again when I got home. Our bathroom scale is very consistent and it agreed with the gym scale. You can get on and off our digital bathroom scale multiple times and it will show the same weight. I've been using my home scale for my 'official' weigh-ins.

Anyway, my weight was 214 in the middle of the day. Too cool. I'm going to hop on the scale again tomorrow morning and see if I'm at 213 in the morning. Could be.

Anyway, I'm taking this one step at a time. My next immediate goal is the consistently be at or below 210. Then I'll shoot for 200.

Today's workout consisted of running like a mad man on the treadmill. I ran for one full hour and no walking. I started out with the treadmill at a speed of 6.0 and by the time I finished I was at 6.4. It seems like when I go to 6.5 or greater it's just a little faster than my desired pace. It looks like 6.5 miles per hour average yields a 10K finish time of 57 minutes, so I will probably still not qualify for the Peachtree Roadrace. Maybe I can make it my goal next year.

Love handles, where do I begin. I hate these things and it is appearing more and more that the fat in my love handles will be the last to burn.

I've asked several people who's opinions I really trust and they all tell me that the only way to get rid of love handles is by burning fat. Get rid of the fat, get ride of love handles. So that's been my goal. I've been doing lots of cardio and trying to build lean muscle mass. Muscle burns calories 24/7, so it can't hurt. In fact, doing daily weigh-ins I've pretty much discovered that I will see GREATER weight loss a day after doing free weights than I will after a day of spinning or running.

Sorry for the rambling post, but I've gotta say how proud I am of myself with sticking with it. It's really a great thing to do in one's life, and I know that I'm improving my chances of staying around a long time for Tyler.

I know that when Tyler gets older I'll actually be able to go out and throw a ball with him, or run some bases with him and not feel like I'm going to fall apart. Jaime and I want to set a good example for him, and show him that decent diet and regular fitness is a good thing to do in one's life.

I love the gym. I love the sweat. I love squeezing out one more mile or one more rep on the weights, and I love being surprised every time I step on the scale.

Now, if I can just cut out the Diet Coke! I know it's not good for me, but I'm an admitted caffeine addict.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

One Year Update updates are few and far between. I'm still going to the gym. I've changed up my gym routine a little. Sometimes I'm going during my lunch break at work instead of the mornings. It's nice to change things up a bit.

My weight is pretty much stagnant. Unfortunately Jaime and I were not able to run very much during the winter. It's hard to run in the cold with a little one. We are now getting back into it though and we are going to run a 10K at Berry College in Rome next month. That should be fun. Hopefully weather will cooperate.

As soon as my weight drops below 216 again I will update my weight chart. It's getting really difficult to drop more weight. I know that there's plenty there to drop. Heck, I must have 15 pounds in my love handles alone. I hate those things!

I have changed up my workout routine by running on the treadmill more and doing more free weights. I like the free weights because they are definitely more challenging than the machines. My treadmill routine now is running for 50-60 minutes straight at 6.5mph. I hope to increase that to 7.0mph. That should get my 10K time around the 53 minute mark, which is fine by me.

As of January 20th I have been going to the gym for a year. I'm glad I stuck it out for a year. So many people quit going after a short while.

My goal for this year? 196. If I can hit that goal it will mean I have lost 50 pounds. For me that would be extraordinary. I think that I should be able to make it if I concentrate on my diet.

Sorry for the rambling post -- not a lot of time and lots to say!