Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Day 2 - January 18, 2011

Well, I did two days in a row.  In Ranger's terms that is a STREAK!

OK, so today I walked 1.55 miles at lunch and my current weight is 125 325 (corrected) pounds. (Don't get jealous, because I know I am looking at water weight right now so I am not jumping up and down that I hit my goal for the week.)

BTW, my goal is 2 pounds a week.  This is a frightening admission, but if I can achieve it I will hit 225 pounds by 2012.  I like that idea.

4 comments:

Mr. Crap Mariner said...

Whatever your doctor sets a healthy weight loss rate at, aim for that.

However, leave some self-sabotage room in there so that you don't totally lose it.

I'm easing off on the calorie-nazi routine for the winter, but not letting myself go totally nuts. Keeping up the walking rate with the epic lunch walks.

When spring rolls around, I'm back in full force to head for 180... but 190 may actually be right for me.

Keep it up, stay honest with yourself, and know that it's an evil awful nasty ugly road full of bugbears and crooked monsters.

Oh well. Life doesn't come with cheatcodes.

-ls/cm

stickeenotes said...

Add 50 pounds and I was right where you were at a couple years back. I lost 95 pounds .. gained some of it back when I got sick, but I am trying to get back into my good habits. I'll tell you what worked for me.

1. set easily achievable goals. The easier your goals are to achieve the more likely you are to be successful and avoid discouragement, which is the enemy of a successful lifestyle change. (warning: being around people who are not making the same changes will make your task even more difficult). I recommend starting one week at a time. If you maintain your set diet plan and exercise routine, ignore the scale. You'll fluctuate wildly and possibly add muscle, which will increase your weight. Ignore the scale for the first month. And after that check it once every two weeks at the same time of day. But, do not let the scale dictate your sense of achievement. If you stay on your routine, you've won.

2. reduce your carbs. If you like salad, you have a big advantage over me. I went with a low carb reduced calorie diet. For me that meant 2 quesadillas a day with a serving of veggies on the side: a low carb tortilla with boiled chicken, cheddar cheese and salsa. I then would eat a fruit for breakfast like a banana. Make sure you take a multi vitamin when you are changing your diet drastically.

3. Make dinner your smallest meal. And do not eat within an hour before or after of your workout session. If you do, your body will not get the signal to start consuming the stored fat.

4. work out twice a day for at least 30 mins (ideally 45). start slow with light walking and build up your stamina gradually. I eventually bought an exercise bike and I enjoyed doing that to change things up from walking. You may also want to invest in a punching bag. Exercise is easier when it's fun. I have one of those water filled base punching bags (it wobbles so you can use it like a very slow speed bag of sorts).

5. Get good workout music. I liked stuff like 311's self titled album, blur song 2, Lostprophets – Shinobi Vs Dragon Ninja, and Kid Rock's - Devil Without a Cause.

6. set reasonable goals. I am repeating this one because it's the most important. Do not set the goal at 100 pounds. Your goal should never be longer than one week. Stick with your routine and the pounds will come off, but do not put up artificial deadlines or unreasonable goals.

If you have any questions or just need some encouragement, don't hesitate to drop me a line.

-Stickeenotes

stickeenotes said...

p.s. allow some room for life. Don't make your workout routine 7 days a week. It's not reasonable with a job and family to keep you busy. 4-5 times a day max. And allow for the fact that you will slip from your diet .. but limit your allowable slips and make sure you reduce them over time. It's hard work, but it can be done. Best of luck

Wonder Woman said...

Well, no matter what anyone else says, I am jealous... I personally have never lost 202 pounds in one day. Dropped 35 in one 24 hour period about 5 times, but not that much!