Week #18 – Mid-Week Review

Weight: 242.7 pounds.

A gain of 17.7 pounds since I began!

I sit at my desk all day, and my exercise now consists of walking up and down hallways. A far cry from running through the woods twice a day, and hoisting logs on my shoulders. Welcome to the wonderful world of the full-time job. It’s murder. Literally.

So, a new beginning for a new year. More to follow….

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Week #11 Review

Weight: 228.7
Weight loss this week: -3.7 pounds
Total weight loss: -3.7 pounds.

Yup. Eating at my desk, not exercising, sitting in front of a computer all day, eating chips and dip for dinner. Also, not getting any sleep. I have been adjusting to my new work schedule, and spent many a day on 3 or 4 hours of sleep. That does not help with weight loss, or training.

Well, my work schedule right now is 8am-4:30pm, so my runs in the country can;t happen just yet (hunters and coyotes abound). I’ll try to put something together that I can do in my own yard. And, the diet, of course, is paramount.

Onwards and upwards!

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Week #10 Review

Weight: 225.0
Weight loss this week: -0.3 pounds
Total weight loss: 0.0 pounds.

Halfway through, and I have arrived at my starting point! The journey of self-awareness always returns to the center. Ha. The center of a donut.

I just completed my first week of my new job, on my new schedule, so that took some adjustment. No workouts this week, but my breakfasts and lunches were very healthy and disciplined. Dinner was somewhat O.K., but I did have some chips and dip and other junk here and there.

The good news is that I have plateaued at the weight of 225, because for the past two years I was at 235. So, at least I have dropped 10 pounds permanently. And, of course, my stamina and flexibility have improved immensely.

This coming week my plan is to incorporate some light exercises in the morning. I can’t exercise in the evening just yet, because that always keeps me up all night when my adrenaline kicks in during the evening. The morning workouts will have to be light, because it is still dark out and coyotes are all over the place, and so are hunters. So I will just have to stay in my yard and do some calisthenics and stretches – no running.

The diet will again be a disciplined breakfast and disciplined lunch, and a healthy dinner.

Work comes first right now, and since I am in training at work, I have to be sharp and focused everyday, else I would try to get back into vigorous exercise this week.

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Mid-point Review

Nine weeks down, and eleven to go. Let’s do the numbers.

Beginning weight: 225.0
(Projected) End weight: 165.0
Current weight: 224.7
(Projected) Current weight: 198.0
Difference between current goal weight and current real weight: 26.7 pounds.

Seems I’m a little off. What happened?

Scheduling, that’s what happened. My workouts became too time-consuming, averaging over an hour for the morning and two hours for the evening session. On top of this, my sleep suffered, because my work schedule was erratic, so I began to do my morning workouts, sometimes, in the early afternoon. The schedule was entirely chaotic. Then, when I had a commitment in the early morning, I had no sleep, so that affected my workouts and my recovery.

Sleep discipline is what did me in. This is not a surprise, as insomnia has plagued me for most of my adult life.

Sleep discipline. There is always something that holds us back from achieving our goals, and rarely does it have anything to do with the goal itself (as an example, an injury or physical deformity for an athletic goal). My main enemy right now is sleep. Sleep controls me, I do not control it. I am at the mercy of when my body tells me it is tired. In a modern, industrialized setting, I cannot let my body be my guide for my rest, I have to control my body. But it is the modern, industrialized setting itself that is causing this problem: artificial lighting, television and internet browsing, over-eating, caffeine, sugar, and other chemical ingestion which messes with my body’s natural rhythms.

I always thought that it would be great to have a switch on my neck so that I could sleep at will. I think I will now begin to build that switch.

How?

Well, start with the simple things: what I just listed. Stop eating at night. Stop watching TV and internet surfing at night. Stop ingesting caffeine, sugar, and all that other crap which has never been in the human diet in all of history until now. Start to meditate and reign in my emotions. I am building a sleep switch for the rest of this workout regime. And once that switch is built and in place, it will allow me to pursue and accomplish other goals in my life as well.

Cool.

Now, the following week I am on a new work schedule. It is a long, 9 hour day with a commute. So, I have to begin my workouts very early in the morning, and finish when it is dark in the evening (as it is winter). To avoid injury and sickness, I must ease gently back in to my regime. One thing I am looking forward to, however, is the diet discipline that my new schedule will bring. If I can control my breakfast and lunch, then dinner will be the only wildcard on the table. That will be 2/3 of my diet taken care of.

Breakfast will be a bowl of oatmeal, and a piece of fruit (orange, plum, etc.) I will still drink coffee, but will begin measuring and weaning myself from my caffeine addiction. Once my coffee intake reaches a certain point, I will switch to green tea for the benefits of that leaf.

Lunch will be brown-bag, so I can pack a nice couscous salad or bean salad or some other such healthy fare. No biggy. Once I bring it to work, I am stuck with it. So that is good.

Alright. Here we go. Just to remind myself, the focus is on weight-loss, flexibility, and stamina.

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Week #9 Review

Weight: 224.7
Weight loss this week: -4.7 pounds
Total weight loss: 0.3 pounds.

I haven’t worked out at all this week. Celebrated Thanksgiving, sat around. A series of injuries were set in motion this week. I was moving boxes several times a week at work, and my plantar fascitis acted up when I worked a full 9 hour shift doing so, on no sleep the night before. I began to favor my right foot, so that caused my left adductor longus to be strained.
My left arch always heals after a good night’s sleep. The adductor took a couple of days to get back to normal.
My high kicks and stretching has not suffered, but my stamina might have done so. At work, I was the strongest and had the most stamina of my crew, even though I was the oldest. So that made me feel good. So my stamina may still be intact. However, my weight is obviously not. I am still eating most of my calories in the evening, and I have been hitting the Lays w/sour cream snack hard. It’s addictive.

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Week #8 Review

Weight: 220.0
Weight loss this week: 0 pounds
Total weight loss: 5.0 pounds.

I haven’t worked out at all this week. I still stretch my legs, punch the bag, and do front kicks, all randomly, but no workouts at all.

Yikes.

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Week #7 Review

Weight: 220.0
Weight loss this week: -3 pounds
Total weight loss: 5.0 pounds.

I haven’t worked out at all this week. The weight is starting to come back on. Sleep is beginning to suffer. The cold, dead hand of FAIL rests upon my shoulder.

Ah, well. Start again tomorrow, see what happens. Hopefully, I have not lost too much strength.

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Upavistha Konasana

Upavistha Konasana (oo-puh-VEESH-tah cone-AWS-ahna) or Seated Wide Angle Pose.

This is the root of my inner-thigh stretch that I do on my outdoor structure that I built (see: here ). If you could imagine two pegs in the ground holding my ankles in place, and a rope tied to a stake in front of me, then that is my inner-thigh stretch. I used to just clasp my hands in front of me, and lower my torso as far as it could go, but this week I added the rope so that I can begin pulling myself forward, for a more intensive stretch. Of course, I am always mindful of keeping my back straight, and my toes pointed upwards. I do not elevate my seat however; I am not sure if that will affect the stretch or not.

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Week #6 Review

Weight: 217.0
Weight loss this week: 2.7 pounds
Total weight loss: 8.0 pounds.

Great news! I added another board to my hamstring stretch, so now I am stretching at a height of 55″, an improvement of 4 inches. Here is the third board:

And here is the entire thing – I stand on the stones, do a front kick to the post, and rest my heel on the board for a count of 20, while keeping both legs straight, knees locked.

This week was a very easy week. I only did the morning routine, and that was only Monday thru Wednesday. I took Thursday thru Saturday off. I actually was ill Saturday, caught a bug from China. All better now.

I think taking the past two weeks off has actually helped my muscles become more flexible. I did not plan on it, but it seems that all of my exercises are stronger now, thanks to the break. So was I overtraining? Perhaps. But I enjoyed it. I needed a good dose of hardcore pain and sweat and tears to kick-start my fall workout season.

I have to take tomorrow morning off for a routine medical appt., but shall resume the full monty tomorrow nite!

As for weight loss, I have plateaued at the ridiculous level of 52 pounds overweight. Obviously, I am eating too many calories. I suppose it is my habit of eating most of my calories in the evening, as I am not drinking or eating junk food anymore. We’ll have to work on that.

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Week #5 Review

Weight: 219.7
Weight gain this week: 2.7 pounds
Total weight loss: 5.3 pounds.

No workouts this past week. I have just been distracted with other, more pressing things.

This is not really an excuse, as there has been no real reason for me to not keep up the routine – I have not been constrained by time or energy.

Well, overall my health is good. No injuries, no aches or pains, no tightness or soreness.
It will be interesting to see how I do tomorrow, resuming my normal routine after taking 10 days off.

Now that the weather is turning cold, I will have to adjust to running and stretching in the cold, and in the dark as well, befitting a work schedule. I don’t mind it so much, it just takes some getting used to after summer. The transition period between extreme hot and extreme cold is what bothers me – I don’t like sweating, and then having a cold wind against my body. But, such is life in the Stone-Age Gym.

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