Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Weigh in

You may have noticed a lack of posting recently on my Non-diet/new eating patterns/lifestyle change. This is mostly because I haven't had anything significant to share.

You see, I started off with a BANG, loosing 9 lbs. after the 1st week. I knew better than to expect this to continue, and figured I'd loose a pound or 2 each week. Slow and steady wins the race, right?

But that's just not happening. Despite maintaining my weekly personal training session AND adding trips to the gym 2-3 times a week for cardio and weight lifting, I seem to be stuck. And not stuck where I want to be.

Here's my progress:

  • Starting weight: 204
  • after week 1: 195 (-9)
  • after week 2: 193 (-2)
  • after week 3: 191 (-2)
  • after week 4: 193 (+2)
  • after week 5: 191 (-2)
  • after week 6: 191
  • after week 7: 191

You may think that 191 is a perfectly respectable weight for a 45 year old man (although I've been told I look 32) who works out, but I don't think I'm tall enough to weigh that much. I'm 5' 9", and at 191 I still think I look 'heavy'.

I must admit that I have 'treated' myself a few times with french fries and desserts. Maybe this is the cause of my plateau. So, I'm going to 'treat' myself less and try to increase my cardio (calorie burning) at the gym. Usually I do 20 minutes on the treadmill, random difficulty at 3.5 speed, followed by 30 minutes of weights. Perhaps I should reverse that to 30 minutes on the treadmill and 20 minutes on weights.

Hopefully I'll have better news to report after next week's weigh in.

I know many of you are also working out and trying to lose weight. How are YOU doing?

Crush du Jour: Alan Valdez


Bob said...

You're on one of those plateaus, meaning you have to bust through that wall before you drop any more weight.
I think if you've lost 13 pounds from the start date, and this plateau is your halfway poitn, you should end up around 178 or so.
Just don't get discouraged.

Mistress Maddie said...

I agree with Bob. I don't need to lose weight, I just have to maintain what I have now. Now ,I go work out two times a week and four times a week walk/run the 8 miles around the lake. Of course my job is also very physical. Hopelly before long we will all look like Alan up there! My hands would constantly be on my body!!! i think your doing well you just have to hit the next hurdle which takes work and patience.

Breenlantern said...

I'm struggling in solidarity, buddy! Just keep on keeping on...even if the weight loss is stalled, you can maintain your healthy life style and wait for your body to catch up!!!!

A Lewis said...

Your choice to be more healthy and lose weight is for the long term, not the short. It's for life, not a fad. So the number doesn't really, truly, matter. Your commitment is to being healthy. period. And I read an article recently that said that losing one's tummy is 90% done in the kitchen (what you eat), 9% cardio/fat burning, and 1% ab/core workouts (like situps).

Unknown said...

I think the winter blahs have a bunch of us fighting with our weight issues... I am not anywhere where I want to be and have to make changes soon (getting off my fat ass and getting to the gym would be a good start)...i have been hovering around the same 215 for over a month now... need to get the downward movement going... so hang in there, and know some of us are fighting the fight too

Dwayne said...

I'm not a fitness expert but the summer I lost a significant amount of weight was when I would sort of fast for a day or two at a time. I called it a no food diet. I didn't tell anyone because I didn't want to hear the criticism. I would see how long I could go without eating food while still drinking juice and/or pop. Like I said, not the healthiest thing but it did shrink the stomach so when I did eat, it was more filling. Dolly Parton fasts. Check it out.

tornwordo said...

Let me know when you figure it out. I'm 186 and 6'3" and think I'm a bit heavy. This is a new thing for me in my life though.

Jeff said...

I fell off track a while ago. Ever since mom has been in the hospital (over a month now), I've been eating whatever/whenever, eating out a lot, and making a lot of bad choices - just because they taste good, i.e., comfort food. Hopefully, I'll get back on track soon.
As others have said, with you it's just a plateau and nothing to beat yourself up about! As the musical card that mom received says, "Don't worry, be happy!" :)

Anonymous said...

Considering the amount of training you are doing, perhaps it is because there is a build-up of muscle mass that is replacing the weight of the fat that you wanted to lose? Did you find out your body mass index before starting your diet and training?