Monday, September 25, 2006

Monday Weigh-In for 9/25/06

Well ... last week I had a .4 gain. I made up for it this week with a loss of 4.2 pounds! I had a really good week exercise and diet-wise. I was able to workout every day and followed the weight-watchers diet plan to the letter for the whole week. I didn't even use any of my flex points until Sunday night! It all worked well for me. I have now lost 34 pounds in the last 77 days and am 113.4 pounds lighter than I once was.

More importantly, I woke up this morning a little after 6 am and had to get out of bed to workout. It's not that I had to. It's that I wanted to. I was really looking foward to running on the treadmill today. I think I am finally turning the corner on my workouts. They are beginning to become a routine that I look forward to. It's about time!

I did some quick math and found that there are 98 days left in the year. If I continue on my current pace, I will be within a stone's throw of my 225 pound overall goal by the end of the year. That would be great ... but I'll be okay even if my weightloss slows down a little. I need to remind myself that this is a marathon, not a sprint!


Sunday, September 24, 2006

My Running Plan

With the coming of fall and winter right around the corner, I have to recognize that my bike riding season is going to come to an end. With this in mind, I have started a new running program to help me continue losing weight. I guess "Phatty on Wheels" is now "Phatty on the Treadmill!" I should make it known that I hate running, but I love the fact that I am good enough shape that I can teach myself to do it. When I was 390 pounds, just walking a few minutes would make my right foot and leg go numb. After losing 100 pounds, I'm still not good at running, but I can do it. That much makes me feel great. The plan I am going to use for the winter is the "Getting Started" plan taken from the book Triathloning for Ordinary Mortals by Steven Jonas. It is a 13 week program that begins with a balance that favors walking over running and eventually begins to favor running and ultimately eliminates the walking. I started last week and am currenty in the middle of the second week of the program (for purposes of the program, my week begins on Friday and runs through Thursday).

My last workout was yesterday and was 25 minutes total. Here's how it looked:

5 minutes walking @ 3.5 mph
3 minutes running @ 4.5 mph
5 minutes walking @ 3.5 mph
3 minutes running @ 4.5 mph
5 minutes walking @ 3.5 mph
2 minutes running @ 4.5 mph
1 minute running @ 5.0 mph
1 minute walking @ 3.0 mph

25 minutes total for 1.61 miles

I realize that I am incredibly slow, but I figure speed will come later. Besides, my goal isn't to win a duathlon someday, it's to complete it! The first phase of my running plan covers 3 weeks and slowly increases in duration. At the end of phase 1, my minutes will only slightly favor walking. Hopefully, I'll lose enough weight and enjoy it enough that I'll be able to move my running outside next spring!

I'll be back tomorrow for my weekly weigh-in!


Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Time For The Biggest Loser!

The weight-loss show Biggest Loser premiers tomorrow night. Call me weird, but I really enjoy watching it. There's something pretty inspirational about watching people who are at the end of their ropes fight back and succeed against all odds. I watch VH1's Celebrity FitClub as well, but I don't enjoy it quite as much. There's always a number of "celeb's" on the show that think they're too special to have to work to lose the weight.

As much inspiration as I draw from show's like this, I am a realist. I get the fact that these people are afforded an opportunity that I'm never going to get. They get to put their "real-life" obligations on hold for a period of time and focus on nothing but weight-loss. How great would that be? If I could be given the chance to hit the cosmic pause button on my life and take six months hiatus to do nothing but lose weight, there's no doubt I would already be at my goal!

That's not gonna happen for us real people though. We have to struggle to meet our fitness goals while still going to work, meeting our obligations, participating in life, and such. For an hour a week though, we can tune in to shows like The Biggest Loser and hopefully draw a little inspiration from what we see. I'm looking forward to it.


Monday weigh-In (A Day Late)

Ok ... I'm a day late with the Monday weigh-in information. Sorry. I haven't been feeling very "bloggy" lately because I have had a terrible cold/flu infliction for the past week. I am finally getting over it, but man I felt like crap. It started last Monday when I was at work. I could feel a scratchy feeling in my throat. It blossomed into a really sore throat, fever, aches, and a lazy cloud that seemed to surround my body. It really sucked. The last thing I wanted to do was blog. Or diet. Or workout. As a result, I gained 4 tenths of a pound this week. It could of been worse I guess, so I'm trying not to allow myself to get too upset. I had big losses the last two weigh-ins, so I kind of figured I was due for a let down. Hopefully, I'll be able to break into the "270's" next week and work from there. I'll be happy with any weight that begins with a 2 and a 7!

Here's my week in review:

- 70 minutes run/walking
- 20 minute stationary bike ride (6 miles)
- 30 minutes lawn mowing
- 38 minutes road bike ride (10.34 miles)

Not bad considering I was sick all week and didn't do any activity at all until Wednesday. Hopefully, I'll get a loss next week!


Monday, September 11, 2006

Monday Weigh-In

Today I weighed in at 280.4 pounds to give me a 3 pound loss for the week. That gives me a 30.2 pound loss since I started following the weigh-watcher's plan and 109.6 pounds off since I started this journey. I could easily be proud of what I have done, but that is tempered by all the work that I still need to do. I still have 55.4 pounds to go before I reach my stated goal of 225 pounds. That is made much easier to cope with since I have realligned my goals (see my last post).

Here is my week in review:

Weight-Loss 3 lbs for a total of 109.6 lost.
2 hours and 25 minutes cycling for 34.3 miles.
45 minutes running/walking for 2.8 miles.
55.4 pounds to go to my goal of 225.

The week went pretty well. I got in a bunch of exercise in my aerobic heart-rate zone which is supposed to be good. It's gonna be hard to get in as much time on the bike this week because my schedule is going to be real crazy ... but I'm ready to give it a shot!


Saturday, September 09, 2006

Adjusting My Goals

The other day I was surfing the logs of other users on PEERtrainer. I find it helps me stick to my diet when I see other people sticking to theirs. I don't know why ... I guess my mind thinks, "If they can do, I can do it!" While surfing the logs, I came upon the log of a user named alester. Alester's profile says he's an all-around great guy and I have no reason to doubt that, but it was something else that caught my eye. In addition to listing weight-loss goals, alester maintains a list of fitness goals. Among them are goals to compete in stair-climbing competitions (you know, the ones that go up the sky-scrapers), running goals, and duathlon goals (he's already completed one of these). After I sat there reading alester's goals and accomplishments, I found myself thinking that there is no reason why I can't set similar goals for myself.

I've lost over 100 pounds so far and while I have set some fitness goals here and there for myself, the vast majority of my goals have centered on numbers (weighing less than something by a certain date). For the most part, the last two years of my life have been focused on losing weight. It's time that I start setting real fitness goals for myself and start focusing on enjoying life. Don't get me wrong, I still want to lose weight (almost 60 pounds), but I have always caught myself thinking, "When I reach my goal weight, then I'll have fun." I wanna have fun now and lose weight in the process!

In addition to alester's log, I have also been reading a book called Triathlon Training for Mere Mortals and I have decided that I would really like to start training for a sprint level duathlon (running & biking). Maybe I'll consider adding swimming at some point but I'm not yet ready to train shirtless in public. I know that's vain of me, but it's the truth. So for now, I am thinking a duathlon would be perfect. In all fairness, I had already decided I want to try riding in the TOSRV bike ride next year (2 days of century bike rides through southern Ohio), but for the first time I am really starting to think this goal is attainable. After all, alester completed a duathlon and he's only 40 lbs lighter than me. If I stick to my diet and exercise program, there is no reason I can't complete that ride next year!

In light of all this, I have adjusted my goals somewhat:

1. To ride in the TOSRV next year!

2. To complete a sprint duathlon either in 2007 or 2008 depending on how my training goes.

3. To compete in Captain Thurmond's Triathlon in 2008. It looks like the funnest thing I have seen in awhile.

In all honesty, I may be selling myself short by giving myself the option of waiting until 2008 for goals number 2 and 3. I have a long way to go though and I don't want to ruin the process by trying to do too much too soon. To meet the 3 goals listed above, I have to meet several little ones.

1. Continue treadmill training through the winter. Eventually working up to running a mile strait, then a 5k. I need to pursue this goal slowly to keep from injuring myself.

2. Next spring I plan on moving my running outdoors.

3. I need to keep losing weight and get it down to a weight that gives me a better chance of completing my performance goals without injury.

I now feel like I have a real purpose behind my weightloss. I am excited by the thought of participating in organized events. I am no longer dieting ... I am training!

Thanks alester!


Monday, September 04, 2006

Monday Weigh In

Okay ... here's the numbers for Monday, September 4, 2006.

Weight: 283.4
Loss this week: 4.2
Total Weight Loss: 106.6 overall
Pounds to Goal: 58.6
Total hours exercise for week: 2 hours, 15 minutes
Bike - 55 minutes
weightlifting - 25 minutes
walking/jogging - 45 minutes
crunches/stretching - 10 minutes

I had a pretty good week. It seemed like the weather was working against me riding my bike this week, but I was able to work in some other forms of exercise. I guess it was good practice for the winter. I am little concerned that I lost over 4 pounds this week. That's a pretty big loss so I hope I'm not setting myself up for failure next week!


Sunday, September 03, 2006

It's Hard to be Phat

I was thinking about something yesterday. I think drug addicts and alcoholics have it easy. Obviously I'm being a little sarcastic, but hang with me. If you are an alcoholic or drug addict, you just quit using your drug of choice, right? Granted, it's hard ... but you quit by going cold-turkey and totally seperating yourself from your addiction. Wanna quit drinking? Stay out of bars and avoid cocktail parties. It's that simple.

People who are addicted to food have it much worse. We can't just stop eating. It's like telling an alcoholic he must learn how to drink in moderation. No one would dream of telling an alcoholic this, right? But those of us with food addictions have no choice. We have to learn how to re-train ourselves. We must learn restraint and portion control. We must have to learn to master our addiction and cravings. I think it would be easier to quit drinking!

I am not trying to suggest that it is easy to quit drinking or to quit using drugs. In all honesty, I've never had a problem with either so I have no idea how tough it is. I've never walked in an alcoholic's shoes. But I do think it is ironic that in today's society, we like to call alcoholism a disease while people with weight problems are considered lazy, weak-willed sloths. It's still considered socially acceptable to make fun of a fat person ... and that's just sad.

Two side notes:

  1. I found a neat website this morning while I couldn't sleep. It's called PEERtrainer and it offers all kinds of free stuff. You can join weight-loss groups and teams. It looks pretty neat to me.
  2. My weigh-in is tomorrow. I don't expect a a huge loss this week. The rainy weather has worked to keep me off of my bike all week and I have struggled to find other ways to work out. I am hoping to hit a 2 pound loss though. No matter what happens, I'll write about it here.