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Monthly Archives: March 2007
Yes, that’s it, I’ve done. I have reached my first major weight loss milestone having lost 30 pounds since January 1st. I am very proud of this accomplishment, but I know that I have a long way to go. Last weekend I had to buy some new pants for work as my current pants are falling off of me. We stopped by a near by Eddie Bauer outlet and I picked up two pairs of pants for 12.99 each. I was shocked that I fit into a size 40 waist without the pants being tight on me. As recently as last fall when I bought shorts while at Disney world, the largest size they had on the hangar (44s) were snug on me. Those same shorts are now falling off of me and absolutely require the use of a belt to stay on me. This was also a good week for working out.I have gotten a little better at going to workouts whether my workout buddy is going or not. I find that I tend to push myself harder when I am alone that when I am not.
Well now, that’s more like it. In fact, that’s a little fast for my taste. Over the last week I lost 4.2 pounds which puts me at 27.6 pounds lost since Jan 1. I’m pretty proud of my progress so far, and this rate makes it very likely that I will hit 30 pounds lost sometime this week. I am really curious (and wish I had a better way of knowing) how much lean body mass I have gained or lost. I know that I can see that my arms are bigger than they were when I started, and my chest is certainly more defined than it was (less droopy man-boobs) and my waist is certainly smaller.
I really wish now I had gotten a good body fat measurment to start with along with measuring my chest, arms, waist, belly and a shirt off pic that I could compare with. I know that all of those things have improved, I just don’t have the ability to quantify it.
Lester Burnham: I figured you guys might be able to give me some pointers. I need to shape up. Fast.
Jim Olmeyer: Are you just looking to lose weight, or do you want increased strength and flexibility as well?
Lester Burnham: I want to look good naked!
Don’t we all.
Uggh. Bad week. Worked out once ate like crap, hit the honey tree.
But, back on track and motivated, staying the course.
I have been meditating this week on the practice of discipline. One of my workouts this week was with a guy who is just about my age, but who has been running faithfully a minimum of five miles a day four times a week for ten years. When I think about that in the aggregate it is quite remarkable. Although it may sound obivous, there is such a profound difference between potential and achievment.
As I have been working out for several months in a row now, which is really a record for me, I am begnining to notice something. Discipline for me is tied deeply to the ability to anticipate and act based on the promise of delayed gratification, but over time that source of gratification changes. Initially when I started working out I would think “I am going to go work out today so that in the future I won’t be so fat.” That then evolved to “I am going to work out today because I always feel better in the evening after working out.” Now, there it stayed until recently when I realized I was begining to anticiapte the actual process of increasing my level of disicipline:
“I am going to go work out tonight so that I will have worked out 4 times this week.”
“I am going to go work out tonight to make sure I hit my weight loss target this Sunday.”
“I am going to go work out tonight to see if I can make my arms sore again.”
I am going to work out tonight because a human body is evolved to work and sweat.
Moderatley good week. 281.8 – 279.2 = 2.6 pounds. I was hosting someone from out of town at work which meant that I went out for beers a few times and also went out to eat at a great mexican seafood place where I really had a blow out, rice, chips, beer in large quantities. All that being said 2.6 pounds is still pretty good. Getting below 280 is a pretty big psychological accomplishment for me — now onward to 270!