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Diet starts at sunrise and I’m ready!

Surprise! I’m back again and it’s before waiting six months!

I never thought I’d say this but…. I completed my first 5k on Saturday!! My time wasn’t anywhere near impressive but I didn’t finish last which was my only goal. I was 83 out of 89. I have another one in two weeks so I’m pretty excited to beat my first time or place. For anyone who has always dreamed of doing a 5k but want to wait until they are in better shape, I recommend to just sign up. If anything it will only further motivate you to continue on your weight loss journey and it’s fun. Even if you can’t run for more than 30 seconds they make 5k’s where you can either walk or run so there is no excuse not to meet your goals.

I forgot to mention in my last post that I made a “bet” that I will lose 4% of weight in 4 weeks for money on Dietbet. Someone mentioned that they were going to do this a couple weeks ago and I finally checked it out and it appears to be legit. What better way to motivate yourself then money??? I could probably lose 10 lbs in a week and a half so I’m feeling extremely confident! This is another reason I am starting my diet tomorrow. I took my measurements and before pictures once again. They are pretty similar to my last pictures I posted so I decided I’m not going to share them until my next update for comparison. I will, however, post my current measurements because I am currently at my fluffiest.

Weight: 201 lbs (4% of my weight would bring me to 193lbs)

Biceps: 14.25”

Chest: 43”

Stomach: 45.5”

Waist: 43.5”

Hips: 47”

Thighs: 27.25”

Calves: 17”

I made Keto Chow shakes to take to work tomorrow. I have four more shakes and then I can start drinking the newer formula that Chris Bair invented. It uses Acacia Gum fiber instead of the Psyllium Husk powder which makes it really smooth. I have a feeling I will like this formula much better making it easier for me to be successful with my diet.

My classes resume Tuesday  so I will be updating in a week or two depending on how I adjust to my new schedule. See you later!

 

 

 

New Measurements (Keto Chow Week 3-ish)

Hey there! I know it has been a while but my last week results were not worth posting in my opinion. My weight has been yo-yoing especially on weekends since I don’t have much to keep my mind off of those delicious carbs. Not only that, but my girlfriend and I have very bad habits of eating out on weekends. I know that it is possible to get low-carb food on most menus but the temptation is greater… especially when you’re at your favorite sandwich shop or you’re eyeballing what’s on everyone elses plate! Also, I’ve got it in my head that once I cheat and go over my carb limit for the day, I might as well go all out.

That said, my results are not nearly as great as they could be but I’m still motivated to push forward. I knew this wasn’t going to be easy. I did make better progress this last week. I’ve also gotten in the habit of riding my bike 4 miles on the metro park bike trail near my house everyday. I even experienced my first mountain bike trail! It was intense and exciting however, it also taught me that I need to do a lot more training before I hit that trail. I feel that this new habit/hobby is responsible for some of the inches lost in certain parts of my body. I’ll get to that in minute.

One last thing I’d like to share, I currently have bronchitis. Besides not being able to breathe, it has its pros. For one, I have had a loss of appetite since Saturday which really helped me to not cheat. I have lost some weight resulting in this and have reached my lowest weight since September when I first started this blog. That’s pretty exciting!

Anyways, Here are my current results in measurements and weight:

 

Weight Loss since last Measurement: 5.1 lbs (2.5 weeks ago)
Weight Loss from heaviest Weight: 15.3 lbs     (Feb. 9th 2016)

Inches Lost since last Measurement: 9.25 in
Inches Lost from first Measurements: 12.75 inches

I just compared my first ever measurements back in September 2015 on this blog where I weighed 188.4 lbs to my current body measurements and I am pretty close measurement wise. My body fat percentage is the only real difference and that’s probably due to human error since I kinda don’t know what I’m doing when it comes to that. I’m pleased so far with my weight losses. I definitely need to start going back to the gym and work on my upper body strength and I’m going to keep up with my bike routine once I can breathe again. I haven’t decided yet if I want to post pictures since they are probably the same as the ones I posted in September last year but if I change my mind you will probably see them within the next few days if not tonight. It’s kind of a pain in the ass for me to take before and after pictures since I need someone else to take them which is still a daunting task for me since it’s my girlfriend that takes them. Also it takes me a couple of hours to get it all together and post. Not complaining… just explaining.. 🙂

Keto Chow update… I’m still making my shakes and average about one a day. Two if I’m lucky. I’m still struggling finishing them. Not giving up! My goal as of today is to get at least two down and remember to take my multi-vitamin and fish oil pills daily. (This is probably why I’m sick since my body is probably not getting everything it needs) I’ll be officially starting this goal once I’m feeling better and can go back to work! That’s all for now!

See you later!

 

Keto Chow… (Take 2) W/New Measurements

As always, I had trouble following through with my plans. It’s been almost three weeks since I first started my keto diet and for the first two weeks I had problems with not eating carbs. I mean, come on, carbs are delicious. I could live off of sandwiches… During these weeks I managed to go from 196 lbs to 191 lbs which is actually pretty decent but my weight fluctuated a lot. I’m sure if I didn’t cheat every other day I could have lost a lot more and I’d probably be almost in the 170’s by now.

But Easter happened and I dug in. (and I don’t regret it!)  So I started this week weighing 196.4 pounds  on Monday, March 28th, 2016.

I’m happy to say that I have completed almost a whole week without cheating on my keto diet! Check out my weight log below:

Monday: 196.4 lbs

Tuesday: 196 lbs

Wednesday: 194 lbs

Thursday: 193.4 lbs

Friday: 192.1 lbs

Saturday: 190.2 lbs!

I weigh myself every morning naked before eating or drinking anything and after using the toilet so that my weights can be as accurate as possible.

I’m thinking I’ll probably lose 8 lbs for the first week assuming I don’t cheat when I go to a family game night tonight. There are going to be A LOT of delicious snacks but I’m feeling pretty confident right now.

My week really hasn’t been as miserable as my first couple of weeks that I attempted to change my eating habits. Probably because I allowed myself to eat keto foods instead of just drinking the shakes 3x a day to loose weight faster. In fact, I even have bacon for breakfast this morning! I would eventually like to switch over to just shakes to save money (since I won’t be buying food all the time) as well as to lose weight faster but if I try again now, I’ll probably be setting myself up for failure.

Eventually I plan on doing daily blogs but for now it’s more of when I can get around to it.  I’m completely exhausted after watching infants all day for work and weekends are my best bet.

Speaking of weekends… Last weekend was so nice outside I decided to take my bicycle out on a bike trail (Ohio to Erie Trail) which was basically my first time ever! I managed to go 17 miles (by myself I might add) without stopping and it was AWESOME! So awesome, in fact, that I am going to start cycling and mountain biking. We have a mountain bike trail close by and I’m super excited to try it. I will say that I didn’t feel anything until the day after. I thought I  was going to have to amputate my legs they hurt and burned so bad. Probably not a good decision to go so far my first time and being in the shape that I am in… Still worth it!

Body Measurements are pretty similar.. I mean, it only has been 6 days…. But I want to do weekly measurements so here it is!

Starting Measurements (at my fattest point)                        Current Measurements

Weight-200.4lbs                                                                               190.2 lbs

Body Fat%-36.2%                                                                               36.2%

Neck-14.5                                                                                              14.5 in

Chest-  42.5                                                                                           42 in

Navel-43 (44.5in at largest point)                                                  42 in (44 in)

Hips- 46in @ middle of butt/ 42.5in @ waist line                     46 in/41 in

Biceps- 13in Flexed 13.5 ish         (14in@largest)                          13 in/13.5in

Forearms-10in                                                                                        10 in

Thighs-27.5in at largest                                                                      27.5 in

Calves- 16.5in(R) 16in (L)                                                                    16.25 in/ 16 in

I used a different measuring tape this time since my cat knocked my good one into the trash can a while ago and I didn’t notice until it was too late. It is very possible my measurements haven’t changed at all.

Total inches lost so far: 3.75 inches! Not much but it’s better than nothing.

 

One last thing to add..

I tried a keto recipe for keto chow jello. I used cherry sugar free jello and made pina colada whipped cream from heavy whipping cream. Honestly it was not bad. Also, it was a nice break from the shakes (even though everything that’s in my shakes went into the jello) and recently I’ve been craving ice cream and it helped reduce that craving.

That’s all for now.. I’ll probably be seeing you again next week! 🙂

 

Take a Look at these rolls! (New Before Pictures)

I’ve been spending the last three hours trying to figure out how to combine two pictures together and I finally figured it out after much frustration. I’m about to show you my current before pictures (at 200lbs) versus my previous before pictures (at 188lbs) from when I attempted to complete the p90x3 Challenge a couple months ago (September, I believe..).In my Opinion, they kind of look the same besides having more defined rolls on my back.. and maybe a little rounder in the muffin area.. (Yes, I call my stomach a muffin)

It’s hard for me to compare them since the previous lighting was really shitty and I’m in a different place wearing different clothes. My current pictures are the ones that are better quality (all on the left)! I will try to keep my next comparison pictures as similar as possible.

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Don’t mind the major farmer tan I got going on in my previous pictures… I use to seal asphalt in +90 degree weather all day. That job definitely made me sweat my ass off…. you’d think I’d be in better shape. :p

Workout Schedule (rough draft.. Still tinkering with it a bit) along with supplements/diet I am taking will be in my next post this weekend.. See you then!

My New Weight Loss Goals

If you read my previous post/update, you may have noticed that I have gained some weight since the last time I posted measurements. With that said, it’s safe to assume that I have not followed through with p90x3 once again. I’ve come to the conclusion that I am not mentally/physically prepared to be able to complete this challenge. I’ve basically been setting myself up for failure by biting off more than I can handle. Mostly because I don’t want it enough to go through the discomfort and sacrifices. At least that’s how I feel at the moment.

Instead I have decided to come up with my own workout routine that I will be posting later to get in the habit of working out and eating healthier for a better lifestyle. My biggest goal when hitting the gym will be to work harder than the day before whether I’m dealing with cardio or strength training…. One step at a time, right?!

 

(My current weight is 200.4lbs and my goal is to be 150lbs. My weight goal I am focusing on right now is 180lbs to break it down so it feels more manageable. My goals below are based off of my old measurements from around 2011/2012 that I found in an old workout journal. These goals are more of a starting point than my ideal weight and measurements. I find it hard to make up ideal measurements because I feel like the sizes I’d pick would make me look like a deformed Barbie or something…)

Here are my current measurements along with  my (long term) goals:

Weight-200.4lbs                                                                                 150lbs

Body Fat%-36.2%                                                                               29%

Neck-14.5                                                                                           14in

Chest-  42.5                                                                                        38in

Navel-43 (44.5in at largest point)                                                    36in

Hips- 46in @ middle of butt/ 42.5in @ waist line                           39in/36in

Biceps- 13in Flexed 13.5 ish         (14in@largest)                                  11in/11.5in

Forearms-10in                                                                                          –in

Thighs-27.5in at largest                                                                    23in

Calves- 16.5in(R) 16in (L)                                                                  14.5in

It says in this workout journal that I have pictures on my old computer. If I ever find them I will be sure to post them so we can compare everything. At these measurements, I worked out inconsistently maybe 2x week (mostly elliptical), took stackers daily, and worked +12 hours 7 days a week at a fast paced restaurant that was short staffed. Hopefully when I reach 150lbs I will look even better since I will be weight lifting and taking supplements!

Speaking of supplements, The two meal replacement drinks (Lean shake I believe) I talked about in my last post were decent. Well the natural chocolate one was pretty tasty. I wasn’t a fan of the natural vanilla. Either way, I’m not planning on buying this brand for meal replacement drinks since they’re a little pricey for me.

I plan on posting current pictures, supplements I will be taking, and my workout plan sometime before Monday. Hopefully I didn’t ramble too much as I am running on little sleep and it’s my bed time! Until next time…

Attempt Number 2! New Measurements

Hello Everyone!

I know it’s been a while and I have no excuses. I fell off the wagon and I’m just going to leave it at that. Keeping the right mindset to lose weight and get healthy is the most difficult part! For me, it’s the slow results that make me lose motivation. Plus now that I’m an adult and can do whatever I want, I find myself often taking the easy route. That ends right now! I need to stop being lazy and get my shit together. As noted in my previous post, I finally hit the 200lb bench mark so why not start now? I joined a new gym probably about a month ago and have been going there at least 2 times a week. I will be honest and say I don’t always push myself as hard as I should.

Here are my current starting measurements with my previous recorded measurements from September 6, 2015

Weight-200.4lbs                                                                                 188.4lbs

Body Fat%-36.2%                                                                               32.4%

Neck-14.5                                                                                           14in

Chest-  42.5                                                                                        41in

Navel-43 (44.5in at largest point)                                                    43 in

Hips- 46in @ middle of butt/ 42.5in @ waist line                           45in/40in

Biceps- 13in Flexed 13.5 ish         (14in@largest)                                  13in/13.5in

Forearms-10in                                                                                          10in

Thighs-27.5in at largest                                                                    25.75in

Calves- 16.5in(R) 16in (L)                                                                  16in

 

Today I went to GNC and bought a body fat caliper and tape measure. I’m not sure how accurate the caliper is when I use it but I seem to get the same results every time. The tape measure (GNC Pro Performance body tape measure) is awesome! and I recommend it for anyone who has to measure themselves instead of using the standard body tape measure.

I also got some kind of meal replacement samples from LEAN SHAKE… At least I think that they are meal replacements. I’ll try one of them out tomorrow and see how I feel.

More exciting news.. (at least for me) I am finally a proud owner of a Charge HR Fitbit! I’ve heard mixed reviews on these things but I’ve always wanted one and with tax return season here I figured why not!

 

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I will be updating before pictures and goals as well in the near future with my workout plan and more so don’t forget to come back soon to check it out!

Goals and P90x3 Fit test!

3 Days in a row.. I’m on a roll! Well I still have yet to start p90x3 but I have high hopes for later today.

I just know that once I start, I’ll have to do the program basically every single day for 90 days and that’s a pretty big commitment when you are going to that from absolutely no exercise besides a fast paced job.

I just don’t want to quit this time.

Here are my goals. I based them off of what my measurements were about a year or two ago when i was at my lowest weight. I feel like that is a good starting point for me since I know it’s achievable and more importantly realistic. At that point in my life I was just doing some light exercising maybe two to three times a week and started jogging/walking around a mile to three once a week. It wasn’t consistent but it was probably the best exercise schedule I’ve had my whole life… until now I hope. So that being said… I feel it will be fairly easy to surpass the goals I set but I need to start somewhere.

Starting Point                                                              Goal (90 days from the start of my program)

Weight- 188.4 lbs                                                         145 lb

Neck- 14in                                                                     14 in

Chest- 41in                                                                    38 in

Navel- 43 in                                                                     36 in

Butt- 45 in                                                                       39 in

Hips- 40 in (waistline)                                                      36 in

Biceps- 13in Flexed 13.5 ish                                           11in Flexed 11.5 in

Forearms- 10in                                                                9 in

Thighs- 25.75in                                                               22 in

Calves- 16in                                                                    14 in

I  want to be able to starting running on a weekly basis so I can eventually run daily. I made it a goal of mine to complete a marathon probably 5+ years ago but I’m not going to focus on that now. I also want to learn rock climbing once I build my upper body strength since columbus has some good places here for climbing and I always thought that’d be fun. Maybe one day, I’ll even get to climb a mountain but for now, my goal is to be able to run for longer than 3 seconds.

P90X3 Fit Test

I’m going to be honest. I am way too lazy to do the fit test again. I’m going to use the results I got the first time I did it in May 2015 (when I only completed 3 days) because if I do this.. It’s probably going to take a couple more days till I work up the motivation to start the program and I would like to lose at least 10-15 pounds within a month because I am going on vacation to Florida for a week.

Resting Heart Rate- 82 bpm

Pull-ups- 1/8 of a pull-up

Vertical Leap- 10.5 in

Push-ups- 5 girl pushups

Toe Touch- 0

Wall Squat- 1 min

Bicep Curls- 15 with 10 lb weights

In and Outs- 15

Heart Rate Maximizer-

heart rate immediately after jumping jacks- 146

2 min- 84

3 min- 83

4 min- 78