Archive for February, 2013

C4 W12! Challenge 4 Summary!

February 23, 2013

A week ago I was at 209.4 pounds. This morning I’m at 208. When this challenge started back on November 25th, I was 210.4 pounds. So in the last 12 weeks I lost 2.4 pounds. I think though that when I take the pictures later today that I will look different enough to make the lack of “weight loss” unimportant. I did drop down to 206 early in this challenge, but I think that was mostly the result of not eating much after some dental work I had done.

I’m just so amazed that I’ve been doing this for so long. It’s been 433 days since I got started. At first it was a challenge and a project for myself. Now it’s a way of life, the way I decide what to eat, the time I spend working out, the less alcohol I drink, it’s all part of how I live now. I do miss the old ways sometimes, which is why this coming week, it’ll be nice to have a week off and eat some of the things I don’t get to eat much. I don’t miss being unable to get comfortable in bed and stay asleep. I don’t miss not being able to fit in to clothes. I don’t miss being almost too big for my car. I’m probably never going to look like one of the guys in a magazine or a book, no matter how hard I try. But if I stay around 210 pounds and feel comfortable, that’ll be great.

As for this challenge, it was difficult sometimes. Road trips, Christmas, New Year’s, Birthday, Super Bowl, etc. This challenge ended up lasting 13 weeks because of the sore back last month. I would grade myself with an A in each of the first three challenges. This one, I’d grade myself with a B+. It was good, but I could have done a lot better. I think the next challenge will be good to get me back to trying to do better.

C4 W10/W11. Weeks 60 and 61.

February 16, 2013

Two weeks ago I was at 208.6. Due to a bit of overeating/beer drinking most of the week of the Super Bowl and my birthday, I ended up at 211.4 a week ago. My sore back made a comeback last Thursday and Friday as well. It wasn’t a good week. After a good week this one, I’m down to 209.4. I missed doing an update last Saturday because I was excited about trying out the birthday present I got for myself, a beer making kit. Last year’s project got started in December of 2011 (BFL). This year’s new project is getting started in February. I’m making a Hefeweizen style beer off a kit I got from a local home brewing store. One of my goals for the next decade is to have a new project every year to work on, either long term or even short term. In 2011, I got my finances in order and they’ve stayed there since then. In 2012, I got my weight in order. This year, it will be beer making. I’m not quitting BFL, I’m just adding to my life. Maybe in 2014, I’ll have kids…

Looking forward to a good final week here. Looking in the mirror, I think I made some progress this time. It’s not coming out on the scale, but I feel skinnier despite not “losing weight” this challenge.

My plan going forward is to take a week off, have three weeks of no weight lifting active rest and then start Challenge 5 on March 24th. Unless something goes wrong, that challenge would end on June 15th. At that point, my parents will be going on Vacation and I will have to run the family biz while they’re gone and they will be back on July 4th. Then I take my vacation the weekend of July 10-15. I will probably take five weeks off from Challenges and get started on Challenge #6 on July 22nd.

It’s always best to plan ahead. I’m sort of OCD like that…

C4 W9. Week 59.

February 2, 2013

A week ago I was 209. This week I’m at 208.6. Good week at getting back to my routine. Looking forward to checking out the local Gold’s Gym tomorrow and Monday morning.

I’m at my sister’s place in St. Louis. We are having a Super Bowl party tomorrow night and then on Wednesday my parents are probably taking me out for dinner for my birthday. Sadly, because I’m here I’m going to miss my grandparents anniversary party. Last year’s was the one where I thought I looked crazy skinnier at 292 pounds. But yeah, nutrition might not be great this week. Seems like I’ve done well since the end of the holidays in all. Last year I watched the Super Bowl at home by myself so I was able to avoid the whole “party” food thing. But this year I’m cooking up my famous salsa dip, so we will see how well I do. I did bring some healthy food along so I should do okay tomorrow and Monday.

And even worse? It’s the Ravens and 49er’s in the Super Bowl. As a Steelers fan, no matter who wins, I won’t like it. If the 49er’s win, they’ll tie the Steelers for the most Super Bowl wins. If the Ravens win, well, barf. At least we beat them this season in Baltimore. I was really hoping for a Falcons-Patriots Super Bowl. When the playoffs started, I thought it would be the Broncos and Packers. Oh well it’s just football. As long as I don’t have to watch a Cubs-Red Sox World Series any time soon, it’s not too bad.