Archive for April, 2012

C2 W5 Week 19.

April 28, 2012

Last week I was at 256.8. This morning I’m at 254.6. So that’s 2.2 in a week. At this pace, I could be under 250 in two or three weeks. That’s awesome when I think back to December of last year and thought 230 by Christmas 2012 would be awesome. Overall, it was a tough week thanks to work. Hopefully, today will be a bit less work centric. Maybe have an afternoon off today. Maybe. In a week, it’ll be time to do pictures and measurements as I reach the half way point of challenge number two.

So far, I’ve noticed changes everywhere. Most notably in my upper chest, upper back and arms. They’re all more muscular and thinner. The legs seem a bit thinner, but they were already pretty muscular compared to the rest of the body. I guess when you weigh 300 pounds, something needs to hold up the rest of the body. Even my mid-section, which I’m a bit disappointed in has started to shrink a bit. I’ve noticed the six pack abs trying to peak out a bit near the top. And even better, I’m really starting to feel thinner and that’s the best part so far.

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C2 W4 Week 18.

April 21, 2012

Last week I was at 260.2. This morning it’s 256.8. That’s 3.4 pounds in a week. I sometimes wonder if I’m not eating enough. I mean, I get a little hungry around the time I should be eating, but otherwise, I feel okay. Especially if I get all the water I need. I dunno.

This past week, the workouts have been pretty good. Even with my basement having some renovations done (having a geothermal heating/cooling unit and new duct work installed), I’ve been able to get all of my workouts in first thing in the morning. For now, the shoulders have returned to normal, hopefully I’ll have nothing to say about them for a while.

Also, I’m able to fit in to a size 40 pants and XL shirt for the first time since high school. Sure both of them are a little tight, but they are are slimming compared to the XXXL shirt and 46 jeans I could wear. I think I’m starting to be a bit disappointed in myself that I let myself go like that for the better part of a decade. I thought the 250’s were pretty light weight 4 months ago. Now I realize that even in the 250’s, I’m not skinny and I’m not light weight. However, I feel great. I wake up in the morning and I don’t feel sore and tired. My back isn’t as stiff, my knees aren’t cracking, my hip isn’t sore. It feels like I’ve returned to my early 20’s. Minus 50 pounds…

I mentioned back in January I was at 230 a few days before graduation. But part of that was I was in football and track. When the school year began, I was 260. I’m now lighter than the day I started playing football in August of 1997. I find it very satisfying that I’m where I was when I was in high school. If only I could go back and ask that girl out and do better in that one class, then things would be….probably the same as they are now.

 

4 Months In.

April 18, 2012

I started Body for Life four months ago today. I can’t believe it’s actually been four months already. It seems like I just started a few weeks ago. I started a week before Christmas. I survived Christmas, New Years, a road trip, my birthday, Valentine’s Day, St. Patricks Day, Easter Sunday, the Penguins probably getting swept out of the playoffs and a terrible first week for the Pirates.

I can’t believe that in two months it’ll be 6 months. I wonder how I’ll look by then…

C2 W3 Week 17.

April 14, 2012

Well that’s three weeks of challenge 2 in the books. I was at 263.2 last week and this morning I’m at 260.2.

I did a pretty good job avoiding beer considering how awful the Pirates and Penguins were this week, in the sense that I didn’t have any. So yeah, that’s pretty good. Furthermore, I was able to have dinner on Easter and stick to the rules and I didn’t have any pie, although it looked awesome. I have an uncle who’s diabetic so the two of us sat in the living room and watched the game when my mom and aunt were slicing up the pies.

I ended up having to skip the upper body weight lifting on Tuesday morning. This time it was the left shoulder, again. I couldn’t even left my arm above my head without it being incredibly painful. I had to do some shoveling at work so I think that’s what caused the problem this time. It’s all better now so tomorrow I’ll be ready to do the upper body stuff again. It seems like since the beginning, my shoulders are just not very good at all this.

Also I was in a very bad mood this week. I think some of it was sleep depravation. I was staying up to 12:00 to 12:30 and waking up at 5:30. Throw in some awful sports games this week and not being able to eat some of my comfort foods/beer and pretty much every little thing just made me angry this week. I stubbed my toe and I was upset about it for about 10 minutes.

Hopefully this week will be better when it comes to that…

C2 W2 Week 16

April 7, 2012

Last week I was at 264.8. This morning it’s 263.2. That’s 1.6 pounds in the last week. Overall a bit low, but I guess I’m adding muscle mass and I did have some of that evil cake and ice cream on Sunday.

It’s strange that what used to be so difficult, especially when it comes to food, is so normal now. I think that as time goes on, eating healthy is less and less abnormal and difficult. That’s pretty much it for now, got some Easter to celebrate tomorrow and stuff!

Jerry in the Best Shape of His Life!

April 5, 2012

Today is opening day in baseball. Personally it was okay, but I spent most of the day working and I didn’t get to see the game live. I did watch it tonight and it was pretty bad. The Phillies basically wouldn’t let the Pirates do a damn thing and the Phillies were able to get a run later on in the game and that’s all they needed. Meanwhile, the Pens won and Da Bulls won. So yeah, overall it was an okay sports day. But I just want to see the Pirates win it all, they hadn’t done so since I was still about 5 or 6 months away from being born.

Anyways, this time of year, a lot of baseball writers seem to run out the “Best Shape of His Life” stories about players who actually eat right and get fit for their freaking jobs. It happens so much that there are some sites out there that keep track of the stories. If you spend a lot of time during spring training reading baseball stories, you find yourself reading one, even if by accident.

I guess they don’t do these stories about fans. I mean, that’d just be crazy, unless it’s the Onion.

Random Fan X is in best shape of his life for opening day. This year he will restrict his eating during the 81 home games that he bought season tickets for to just 3 cups of beer and 2 servings of nachos. He will park his car in downtown Pittsburgh and walk across the Clemente Bridge instead of parking a couple blocks away. He will also only order one pizza during road games and will invite someone over to his house to help eat it. Manager Clint Hurdle said that it was great to see some fans get ready for the standing ovations and drunken excitement of victory. He also said that if Pedro Alvarez just doesn’t cut it at 3B, then maybe Random Fan X can sign a contract to come in and take over for defensive purposes later in games and maybe even take a few at bats for him.

Of course, former SS Jack Wilson complained that Random Fan X wasn’t in that good of shape for the 2007 season, but since he’s no longer with the Pirates, only idiotic fans who thought Wilson was better than Derek Jeter care what he has to say about anything. The Mets are wondering if he could come over and replace former Pirate Jason Bay in LF…

Yeah, I should have gotten a job writing for the Onion, I mean who there is referencing a fight between Jack Wilson and Jose Castillo 5 years after the fact and three years since either of them played for Pittsburgh?

Anyways, for me, the hard part will be to not fall back in to drinking during the baseball season. It’s relatively easy to not drink when your team is doing pretty well (Steelers, Penguins, Bulls) but when your team stinks, you just wanna pick up some beers and drown the sorrow away. Of course the 2010 season was so awful I drank and ate myself to probably over 320 lbs. I was too afraid to even step on a scale in those days.

On the other hand, I’m wearing an XL t-shirt for the first time in years. Well, I had this one on back in December, but in that before picture it didn’t fit at all. Now it’s actually kind of slimming on me. Which is different, I should try to remember that slimming feels better than drinking the losing away…

I just like to look at the weights and hope it works.

April 1, 2012

I was just watching a video with Joel Hanrahan giving a tour of the Pirates Spring Training facilities and he said that about the weight room. I agree. Just look at them and hope they work there. Hanrahan has such a great Iowa-ish type attitude. Glad he’s the Buccos closer.

I went to my grandma’s 88th birthday party today and had some cake/ice cream. It meant I missed the Pens and Bulls getting their butts kicked. Considering both are in the playoffs already that’s fine. I think the Bulls are still without Rose and Hamilton. Meanwhile, the Pens I watched them jump out to an early 2-0 lead. It was 2-1 when I went to eat lunch and get ready to leave. I’m glad I missed the bad stuff there.

So the family party was cool. Most people didn’t say anything, which is fine with me. I just want people to say “Oh, there’s Jerry all studly now and stuff.” I just don’t like compliments. Compliment me on something important, like “Good job having a job, a nice car and having cool friends.”