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Friday, March 2nd, 2007
10:54 am
ive made a livejournal to track my progress... add me if you want to catch up and see how many weights i lift : )


i think this is the best way only because i can look back and see all my progress in one place. i also posted nearly naked "fat pictures" taken the day before i joined the gym, and recent pictures (last week) to show the progress. 

i will be posting updated pictures in a week or so (maybe pictures every two weeks) 

im back to doing the elliptical everyday and noticing the biggest change from it. also lifting weights every other day without excuses. and doing 50 situps almost everyday. as my "cooldown" haha.

ive also given up eating at restaurants for lent and we are eating a ton of chicken and veggies. getting into the habit of filling up on protein instead of the rice, or breads which we used to do. also we are eating chicken for lunch almost every day now too. that helps a lot. lots of nuts for snacks and green tea in the afternoon. 

still all whole grains (we even made a whole grain pizza the other night!).

still drinking, but im pretty much only drinking budlight (which i drank before too, but would sometimes have white ales or guinness). and i pretty much drink every day, but no more than two drinks, and usually only one. also drinking a lot of water still. about two pints per day (or more). and my wife has been making us protein shakes for breakfast every morning. 

thats about it. 

ive lost about 10 pounds and im feeling pretty great. tired, but great.
Wednesday, February 21st, 2007
11:19 am
Thanks Casey for starting the thread up again!

Sad to say I have very little to report apart from my lameness. It's been stupidly hot here and I've had a cold that won't die for over a month. I've taken antibiotics and overdosed on vitamin c and drinking enough water that growing gills is in my near future but to no avail. My hippy aunt is sending me some stuff in the mail that will apparently fix me right up. huzzah.

but: I today signed up for a special deal at one of my local gyms, so i've got 30 days to get my arse back in gear and start exercising again. I've had to cancel my swim membership because I wasn't going and can't afford it, so this is my kick start.

I'm also hoping that working out will somehow get rid of this cough.

Monday, February 19th, 2007
9:57 am
how is everyone doing with workouts? keeping with it?

i took a few days off due to sickness, but im still going everyday. we changed our day off from fridays to mondays since we work out so hard on the weekends it makes the most sense and the gym is packed on mondays. on fridays its really slow and we get a lot done. 

anyways, i just wanted to check in on the rest of you.
Tuesday, February 13th, 2007
9:36 am
quick update
so ive lost about 6-7 pounds and i am now really starting to notice a big difference in my body. 

i was sick so i took a week off from the gym but started to get into yoga (a show on tv version that i tivo)

and now ive been doing the yoga everyday since friday and i really love it so now that im back at the gym everyday too and then the yoga before i go to bed, things are looking exciting again.

im also being really careful about what im eating and getting much stricter which is helping too. thats all for now.
Friday, February 9th, 2007
8:16 am
i havent been to the gym since monday because i have been real sick. body aches. ugh. and i am missing it terribly. 

i think i will take today off too, but do some good stretching on my mat at home and then try to go to the gym tomorrow. im hurtin though. we will see. i just hate missing all this gym time! the good news is, that my weight has maintained for the week, so at least i dont feel like im going backwards. 

its really discouraging to stop working out though. im looking forward to doing something tonight though. that will make me feel a little better. then maybe the gym on sunday. 

isnt it weird though that ive been working everyday (except this week) for a month and only lost 4 pounds?
Wednesday, January 31st, 2007
8:05 am
Update on Progress
I have lost 5 pounds and I feel great.

Ability so far: (remember when i first started it was hard to walk for 30 mins at 3mph)

Walk 3.7 ten minutes
Walk 3.3 for thirty minutes
(ive been doing a fast walk at 3.7 for ten minutes for a warm up, but i start to get a little cramp in my side nearing ten mins)
Run 3.50 minutes at 4.6 speed (i just tried this the other day for the first time, i got bad leg cramps so ill need to stretch way better next time, my goal is to be able to run for 5 minutes straight in a week or two)

30 minutes (not everyday, i usually do every other day 30 mins, every other 15 mins)

4 miles (I've been riding the bike for a 10 minute cool down, real slow and relaxed and I really like it. i am hoping that ill be strong enough by spring time to ride my bike to and from the gym as my warm up and cool down... but we will see since i only have a BMX which means no speeds and i live on a giant hill)

10 minutes (i could probably go longer on this, but i havent tried)

25 (10, rest for a few seconds, then 15-- my goal is to be able to do 25 in a row every day, then build up to 50)

We have been going to the gym everyday (we took one day off) for over three weeks. We are going to continue this, but take Fridays off every week because we really need one resting day. I have been sleeping really well and eating really well. We have been good about snacks throughout the day and eating three meals.

I havent had any major knee, hip, or ankle (my problem spots on the right leg) problems much since the first week. The elliptical is really easy on my joints, so if i feel anything starting to tense up on the other machines i just slow down and go to the elliptical. Also, i have been able to just work through minor cramps and tightness and see it clear up on its own.

My anxiety issue is almost completely resolved. It really helps to be so active.

We are eating only whole grain pastas and breads (when we eat them) generally and are lucky to have a good grocery store close by. I am also getting used to protein shakes and we are starting (today) to have them every morning before we leave for work.
Saturday, January 20th, 2007
6:25 pm
I feel all rubbery.

Tonight, I ran three miles. Slow miles (averaging about 12 minutes each), but this is progress.

In other news, coworker's in-office birthday party found me eating pizza and ice cream cake yesterday. The ice cream cake was the first processed sugar I'd had in weeks. I was giddy for a bit, then I totally crashed. And I didn't even have that much! Next time, I'll just have a few bites.
Friday, January 19th, 2007
9:47 am

I've lost three pounds and three inches as of this morning! woohoo!
Thursday, January 18th, 2007
2:53 pm
11 Days
So far I have gone to the gym every day (for a minimum od 30 mins) for 11 days. 

I am making progress. I'm able to walk on the treadmill at 10% incline for about 40 mins with no pain.
I can usually do the elliptical for about 30 mins (some days are better than others)...

I was having a weird numbness in the side of my left foot (which is my healthy foot!) on the elliptical so i bought some really really comfortable new running shoes (for only $50!)... womens shoes this time, not mens, so we will see if that makes a difference... they are definitely way more comfortable. and i got some more shorts and sweats (with my old navy card from christmas!)

anyway, things are going great. i love going to the gym and look forward to getting stronger.

as far as eating goes we are eating all whole grains and things are going great there. there is a coop on the way home from the gym so we are eating really well and not eating out as much at all. 

drinking... we are drinking alcohol WAY less and it feels great.

weight: i havent lost really any weight yet but im sure i will start to see something soon. 

anxiety: i havent had any real anxiety problems since i started working out. 

overall, everything is going great. im still really motivated and it is starting to really feel like a routine...
12:26 pm
On soreness and salads.
I ran two miles at the gym again last night, slightly faster than the day before. I was a little more tired while running, but by the time I left the gym, the soreness was setting in. Today I'm really fucking sore, so much so that I drove to work. I don't really mind, though. I remember when I was in high school, I'd feel this way all the time after practice or long club rides. I think this is the feeling of progress, of muscles growing and being used.

Fit Day says I'm still not getting enough protein, and still eating too much fat. Funny, that, I can't imagine how bad the stuff I used to put in my body would look on that pie chart! To combat the protein issue, I grabbed some soy protein powder at Whole Foods and will be adding it to yogurt or soymilk every day. I also got baked tofu for my salads. This stuff is so yummy! My salad today is kicking butt. It's just mixed greens, citrus baked tofu, sunflower seeds, and lime juice, but it's delicious.

That's my update. Not point really, except to document where I am in all this.
Tuesday, January 16th, 2007
7:42 pm
I'd made this goal that I was going to be able to run a mile by February. I've had some injuries and had ben sticking to the low-impact ellipticals, but not tonight.

Tonight, for the first time, I got on the treadmill.

Tonight, I ran TWO MILES! And it wasn't even that hard! My time was pretty slow (12 minute miles) but the point is that I did it. And I plan to do it a lot and pick my pace up significantly.

So I guess by the end of February, I'd like to be able to run five. Yeah.
1:12 pm
trying to convince myself
to do anything in this heat! gag. It's 102 F today and rising. The air is all smokey from the fires but that's not stopping the bright bright sun!

I was going to go to the local pool and do laps to start out the week, but a much better option has presented itself in a beach trip. I'm currently waiting on my friend to come get me and drive down to the peninsula to the ocean.

(we'd normally cycle, and have done so before but wow. not in this heat!)

Saturday, January 13th, 2007
10:54 am
Yummy high-protein breakfast.

Gimme Lean sausage-style
Veggie Slices pepper jack flavor
whole wheat tortilla

Cook the "sausage" until brown (we used a dash of olive oil.)
Throw the "sausage" and "cheese" into tortilla, and grill for about two minutes.

Mmmmm. That's nearly 30 grams of protein, and it's delicious.
Friday, January 12th, 2007
9:16 am


I have gone to the gym everyday since Sunday.
I kinda plan to go everyday for the rest of my life.

I havent done any weights yet, but I am going to do those today. 
I really loooove the PreCor elliptical. oh man. i did 3 mins the first day. 10 mins the second day. 30 mins the next day. and 20 mins last night. unreal. 

i can believe how great my body is responding to the workouts. my knee is bothering me a bit, but once i get warmed up, it's doing fine. a little sore after, but pretty good, considering.
i am starving to death and eating tons of veggies and protein and loving it. 

i've lost 1.5 pounds and an inch from my waist. i was going to try a yoga class, but i dont think im ready. i feel like it would make me too sore right now and would hinder my daily workout. im going to wait until im stronger. 

3:09 pm
next week.
Now my grad school applications are in I can actually start participating.

Goals for this week:

1 swing dance class
1 bike ride with Tessa, maybe one with the bike club
swim a kilometer at least 3 times.

eat something other than cake during the week between my mothers birthday and my own. I've already made her three cakes for three various parties.

Thursday, January 11th, 2007
8:11 am
i used fitday.com yesterday for the first time and i love it. thanks for the recommendation! i really like being able to track my nutrients. it's like a healthy little game that i can play. today's mission, find more vitamin d, folate and zinc! i found this website to be pretty handy in figuring out how to calculate how much protein, etc. i should be aiming for and also where to find some of these elusive vitamins and minerals. have you found any other websites that are helpful with these sort of things?

Current Mood: vitamin d deficient
Wednesday, January 10th, 2007
1:22 pm
i am noticing, last night and today that i am STARVING. way more than ever. and i am eating 3 meals a day (way more than before). last night we left the gym and went out for dinner and got huge cheeseburgers and fries and i ate it all. i never ever ever am able to do that. what is going on with me?

has anyone else noticed this?
9:00 am
Thanks to Fitday.com, I know I'm only getting about 15% of the protein my body needs. I bought some yogurt today to snack on before I leave work and head to the gym, and I have grilled tofu for my salad and almonds to munch on. I'm considering buying protein powder to mix into my yogurt or soymilk. Does anyone have any other low-fat, vegetarian protein suggestions? I'm sure the lack of protein is part of the reason my energy is lagging so much.

In other news, Tazo "Zen" is the best green tea ever. I'm hooked.
Tuesday, January 9th, 2007
9:07 am
Goals and Day 1
OK so it is my turn for goals.

1) The biggest one I have is to be aware of what I eat. And notice my portions. I have a habit of eating without even looking at my food.

2) Work out 4 times a week. This is mostly going to be on my bike as I am going to be riding in the SF->LA AIDS LifeCycle. Though I need to do Pilates as well.

3) Lose weight. I need to lose 35-45 lbs total. But I really want to lose 20lbs by June 3rd.

So the first day: I ate a ton of veggies, rode my bike to the ocean (which means a 3 miles uphill home), and I am happy about it all.
9:38 am
Ok, Lou's right about this one. Fitday.com has awesome software for healthy eating and workouts. You can even enter custom food. It gives reports based on what you put in, letting you know if you're lacking vitamins you need, not getting enough exercise, or eating too much fat. Nice.

Today I layered up and biked to work. I'm going to hit the gym tonight and do another 20 minutes or so of cardio and some strength training. I realize not everyone in this community goes to a gym. Does anyone have any good suggestions or links for ways to exercise at home? My preferred method is bicycle commuting, but as Lou will tell you, that's not everyone's cup of tea.

If anyone has time, we should put some suggestions out there.

PS. Would it be too incredibly nerdy if I got a cyclocomputer so I could track my speed and mileage?
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