Friday, March 27, 2009

Crazy Morning

This morning I woke up at 4:00am and was wide awake so I decided to get dressed and hit the gym early. Life Time is open 24/7 so you never have to worry about when it's closed (except I'm sure on holidays).

I hit the gym, burned out my arms and chest and then did the 5:30 cycle class. The instructor for this class happens to be an instructor at LA Fitness also. He was one of my favorites at LA so I'm very glad that he's at Life Time too.

Afterward of course I hit the shower and then as I unfolded my pants I realized that I had picked up my size 38s. Dadgummit.

January 08 I was size 40. I had dropped down to a size 38 fairly quickly and then a size 36 sometime last year.

So anyway, this morning I put the size 38s on and felt like I was wearing MC Hammer pants. That just wouldn't do. So I went to dependable Wally-World for some more pants. I felt like it was a good time to try on some 34s to see how they fit. YEP! They fit! Awesome. Bought a new belt too since my old one was worn out and was too big (I was on the last hole). In retrospect, I'm glad I grabbed the wrong pants because it gave me the opportunity to try on the 34s.

Honestly I cannot remember the last time I wore a size 34 pant. I may have worn them in college but I believe it was in high school.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Wow

This morning I was pleasantly surprised to see 210 pounds on the scale. That was my goal for the end of the week. If you look at my weight log over on the right you'll see that I'm dropping weight pretty rapidly now (about a pound a day). So how am I doing it?

Well, I'm working out and eating right.

I have not has a Diet Coke since Sunday, which for me may be a record. Yesterday I was very lethargic and had a massive headache. I think it was the caffeine withdrawal. I am also eating fresh fruits for breakfast and a Lean Cuisine meal for lunch and a reasonable dinner.

Hard to believe that in 4 more pounds I will hit the 40 pound milestone. After that I will shoot for another 10 pound loss down to 196, which will leave me at 50 pounds total. I know I can do it now, it's just a matter of time.

People ask me when I will stop losing and try to maintain my weight. Well, I will stop no sooner than 196 pounds total. I will stop when my love handles are gone. That's my metric for success.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

213 Pounds

I weighed in this morning and I am now at 213 pounds, yet another all time low.

Jaime and I also went and joined Life Time Fitness yesterday. It's a really nice place and I think it will work well for Jaime with Tyler and the child care facility they have. Now I just need to go through the absolutely ridiculous, ludicrous process of cancelling my LA Fitness membership. This involved logging into my account on their website and printing a form. The form has a barcode on it. I have to SNAIL MAIL the form the LA Fitness headquarters. I'll tell you what, some companies will do ANYTHING and EVERYTHING to get a couple more days of billing out of you.

I'm excited to turn over this new leaf of a new gym at Life Time.

Next week I am also going to start eating fresh fruits and/or a smoothie for breakfast. Smoothies are generally pretty full of calories but they certainly have all of the good stuff as well, which is what really matters.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Sausage Biscuits

This morning I had a really good workout at the gym. I ran a full 10k on the treadmill (6.2 miles). My time was 57:03, but I did walk the first .2 miles to warm up.

I had entered my weight into the treadmill before I started running. I always do this to allow the treadmill to calculate my calorie burn. After running, the treadmill estimated that I had burned 1090 calories.

On the way to work I decided to stop by Chik-fil-a to get some breakfast. I was really hungry so I got a sausage biscuit. One of the things I like about Chik-fil-a is they have a meal calculator on their website that will tell you all of the nutritional information regarding your meal. Suffice it to say, I was not pleasantly surprised when I saw that one sausage biscuit contained 590 calories and 41 grams of fat. Holy cow (I guess holy pig would be more appropriate). It actuall has more calories and fat than the bacon egg and cheese biscuit. Man, I grew up eating sausage biscuits every morning for breakfast. No wonder I was overweight.

I also had an OJ and a 4 count chicken mini, meaning that my total caloric intake for that meal was 1080 calories. Again, holy cow!

So basically I'm back to square one for the day. All of those calories burned, all for nothing.

I have now printed the nutrition info for all the restaurants that I frequent so I can make informed choices about my diet. I'll keep the info in my vehicle from now on.

Also, I think that I will start brining some fruit in the mornings for breakfast. It's gotta be a lot better than what I had today.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Berry 10k

Jaime and I flew over to Rome yesterday after work and spent the night with my folks so we could get up early to go and run the Berry 10k. Berry College is one of the most beautiful college campuses you will ever see. Growing up just a few miles from there you never really give it any thought, but the place really is beautiful.

Anyway, the course was very nice and much flatter than some of the other courses Jaime and I have done. My time was 57:17, which is a little over a 9 minute improvement over my first 10k. I was really aiming for 55:00 but I'll take what I got, especially since I ran it feeling pretty sick.

Jaime's time was 1:01:34 which was also a big improvement for her. We really enjoyed this race and we are planning on making it a tradition.

If we find any photos of ourselves running this race we'll post them here.