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Embarking On A Brave, New Workout Program…

March 5, 2013

Maybe, We’ll see. Joining a gym and getting a trainer sounds like a great idea to me…so we’ll see if it really is. I’m thinking if I’m paying for it I will be more inclined to actually go do it and see more results than I’m seeing now, we’ll see. I’ll keep this post updated a bit as I go through it and decide what I’m doing. I think this will be as important a decision for me as the one about eating better was, I’m keeping my fingers crossed.  I’ve been keeping pretty steady on it (even though my hatred of working out is on the record) but just not going as hard as I know I can and should be doing. I even found a way to slack off at cross fit so you know that’s sad. Anyway, here’s hoping this is better. Updates to come.

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Workout Update: Week Four

September 27, 2012

Well I’ve kept at it for roughly four weeks now. This week I bumped up both my elliptical and my stationary bike training, going 30 minutes on the former and 20 on the latter. Then about 15 minutes of weight training. I do that about four times a week and in the intervals I do kickboxing or absolutely nothing. I’m starting to build up some restraint for my hatred of the whole activity and am noticing my stamina increasing quite a bit. I’ve also started taking the stairs at work for a quick hit during the day, we’re only three floors up but it’s something, I also take the stairs at most of my doctor’s appointments except the ones on like the tenth floor, I’m not that brave yet. 🙂

I have also started hating my Nike FuelBand and I’ve had the FitBit Zip for a little while now and I don’t care for it much either. Next month I’m going to try to acquire another piece of tracking tech and I’ll review that here. The FitBit Zip has great battery life but doesn’t see any more accurate than the FuelBand. The FuelBand has a terrible battery and needs to be charged no less than every other day but usually every day. I’m still considering taking up jogging and I’m going to discuss it with my doctor in the next couple weeks so more to come on that as well.

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Workout Update

September 20, 2012

Today I entered roughly week three of my light workout regimen and it is going okay. Don’t expect too many excited posts about huge breakthroughs I am having during working out, it is not going to happen because as I’ve told you, I hate working out. I did bump up my time on the elliptical and am now hitting 3 miles on it regularly. I was already hitting 3 miles on the stationary bike so I think 6 miles total is plenty, no matter what my Nike FuelBand seems to think. That is the other update, I’m not digging it too much so I’m going to go back to using the FitBit and see if I like it better, if I recall correctly it was at least accurate and the FuelBand doesn’t seem to be that accurate.

I also bumped up my weight lifting routine a little bit, from five sets of ten to ten sets of ten. I do seem to be getting a bit stronger from that change alone and I’m working in some ab work, much to my chagrin but the definition is starting to come as well so I guess that’s good. I’ve also noticed that since bumping up these things I’m not sleeping as well, no idea if its related but since I don’t sleep much anyway it isn’t that much of a big deal.

One other thing I have noticed though is that the more regularly I work out, the hungrier I feel throughout the day. I’m trying to counter this by moving my workouts to the evening just before dinner, we’ll see how it goes. Any advice is welcome as usual, this is one are where even my research-bent mind is bored and I’m a guy who researches everything and anything so you know it must be bad.

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The Workout Routine

September 12, 2012

Alright so like I’ve said a few times, I HATE working out. Due to my immune system being as poor as it is I can’t go the gym so I have that going for me. 🙂  I have a mini-gym in my basement that is currently supporting my needs, I have a stationary bike, an elliptical, a heavy boxing bag and finally a weight machine. I usually start off with the stationary bike, about 3 miles at a time then a 1/2 mile to a mile (depending on how I feel) on the elliptical. I then life weights in various way (bench press, shoulder press, squats and crunches) and then I hit the heavy bag for about twenty minutes or so, again depending on how I feel. I usually do a walk or two during the day when I can but that is about it for my workout regimen as it currently stands. I also, as I’ve noted here , have a Nike FuelBand that tracks my activity during the day. I’m not entirely sure how accurate it really is but it does encourage me to keep my butt moving throughout the day.

I’ve read  a lot on how you should alternate your exercises every day or so basically do cardio one day weights the next and alternate the weights for targeting different body areas. Honestly, I’m not sure I know how to do that so I’m still trying to learn and tweak the program a bit.  I’m looking for some pointers, hints, things I’m doing wrong, etc if anyone is dishing them out. At any rate, some people have asked what I’m doing and the above is it. I’m not as disciplined about it as I am about what I eat but I am trying REALLY hard to do so. Wish me luck.

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Workout Plan Part I or Nike Got Me Again

August 27, 2012

Here is the truth, completely unadulterated, I hate working out. I hate ellipticals, treadmills, stationary bikes (hate the least). The only things I don’t mind too much are the heavy bag and lifting weights, that’s because I really like to hit things and work out my frustrations that way. Basically, I guess, I hate cardio, even when I was younger and more in shape I hated cardio. Now that that is out of the way and I’m trying to get myself healthier I guess I’m figuring out that working out is a necessary evil because, well, I don’t want to be all flabby when the rest of this weight comes off and working out is the only way I know of to avoid that. I’m building a new routine that is heavy on the cardio (because that’s the best way to tone up and shed fat so even though I hate it, I’m going to do it) and uses light weights and kickboxing (because I love those activities). Basically to augment all of that I want to increase my daily activity like taking the stairs, walking around more and possibly, though I’m not completely sold on it, running. The geek side of me said I needed to measure my current activity so I can know what I’m increasing from. Enter Nike+ Fuelband .

The Nike+ Fuelband is basically a really fancy pedometer that keeps track of steps, calories burned (estimated) and your accumulated “NikeFuel.” NikeFuel is a completely made up metric that is entirely useless, the ones I care about are the steps (activity) and calories burned (estimated is better than nothing). I got my Fuelband today and got it all set up, it was painfully easy to do, just plug the thing in to the USB port, go to the website on the box and click next while answering questions. After you let it charge, which is quick, you put the thing on and it just collects the data about you. So far I have only one real complaint about it, it is uncomfortable, especially when trying to type so I doubt I’ll be wearing it much while at my desk or sleeping but otherwise it will probably be okay. I’ll update more as I use it and maybe post some pretty screenshots of my progress, etc. Wish me luck.

 

 

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Three Pounds & Counting

July 20, 2012

The other day I reported that I had seven more pounds to go before I have officially lost 100 pounds. Believe me I understand what an accomplishment that is and for sure I posted it to mainly keep myself moving in the correct direction after a few days of weakness. I didn’t outright cheat or anything (okay so I might’ve had a little, very little chocolate) but I was feeling the weakness settling in so I posted it. The reaction has been pretty awesome, people congratulating me and everything and honestly I am a little confused.

I didn’t start eating right/healthy/whatever to lose weight, I’ve said it a couple of times that that was not my primary goal. I wanted to both feel better and get my blood sugar under control and that’s the rub. My blood sugar has not been above 95 in about five months and I’ve been eating pretty healthy for about six months. The problem? I’m not really feeling any better. I know that I’ve dropped a lot of weight pretty quickly and I think that really highlights how poorly I was eating before. I say poorly because I never really ate a lot, I just ate badly. A whole plate of carbs basically for breakfast (when I ate it), lunch and dinner with very little balance to it, very poor. Here the basic breakdown.

I was misdiagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, the actually problem I have causes that sort of diagnosis. Without getting too technical or too personal, I basically have a horribly broken immune system. When germs come in, instead of fighting them off, my immune system welcomes them in and helps them set up shop for a while. It is essentially a birth defect, which has haunted me for most of my life and it sucks. I never expected that to get better with eating better or weight loss but I really did expect to at least feel better, not be so tired all the time or at least have a bit more energy. The truth is, I don’t. I do not feel any better now than I did nearly a hundred pounds ago. Headaches all the time, tired all the time and not a normal kind of tired but a “you seriously expect me to open eyes and move this week, I don’t think so” kind of tired. It is fairly annoying and I was really expecting better. Trust me, simply losing weight, even successfully is not enough so here’s my next phase plan.

Hopefully this coming week, my energy level be damned, I will be starting a workout program. I’ve been walking a bit but really haven’t done much working out with this eating plan. I’m going to be really striving to do this 4 or so times a week and will report back here on my progress. Wish me luck and as always and advice or recommendations are appreciated.