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Getting It In the Open
The last year, not been so good for me for the whole weight loss / getting in shape thing. I did great last winter. Between Christmas and May, I lost forty-five pounds, and did an 80km ‘race’ in two hours, thirty-nine minutes; just shy of 30km/h.

Then we got Zaphod:


Tiny Puppy


And a puppy? Frig, they’re a ton of work and time. He’s awesome, don’t get me wrong, but when people joke about puppies being like children, they aren’t kidding. The first four months were come home at lunch to let him out, back to work, rush home after work to let him out, play with him, entertain him. If you left him alone, he’s start barking and going nuts.

My normal routine had become (pre-puppy), walk to work (winter), come home around 3:30, hang out for an hour or so, set up the HTPC, throw a show on, and hit the elliptical for forty-five minutes. This, and watching what I was eating? Worked wonders.

Once his poopness arrived, though, things changed, as they’re wont to do.

And I did ok. I got through the summer without putting too much on. I was biking occasionally in the evening, eating reasonably well, and basically maintaining. I wasn’t getting any better, but I wasn’t getting any worse, either.

Then the fall hit. And he was bigger, needing longer walks, and was more insistent about his attention. At the same time, I felt really, really guilty about the time he spent in the crate. He spends nights, and work hours (9-3) in the crate. That’s plenty. More than that, and it starts into “unfair” territory. So, I walked him unconscious, and hung out with him on the couch. Can’t leave him around the house unattended: he gets in too much trouble (read: eats things he’s not supposed to. Like couches).

So, here we are. It’s February, a year later. Zaphod’s a year old next week:


dead dog


And I’m fifteen pounds heavier than I was in May last year. I’m at that point where I can feel the weight hanging from my ribs and gut, and generally, feel uncomfortable. Shirts I like don’t fit in a way that doesn’t make me feel self-conscious.

The good news is, if I can force myself to walk home, walk the dog (or even just play with him for forty minutes, hard), then I can close the door to the basement, and he’ll just collapse, chew his bone, and nap. And I can hit the elliptical.

I’ve been trying this this week.

And, I’m making a deal with AnnieKik and K, two of my regular email buddies, to log and share my progress. This not only keeps me honest, but keeps me going.

So.

February 1st, 2011
Weight: 221lbs

That’s all I’m dealing with. The reality is, I should, with effort, be able to see a very, very healthy 180lbs. That’s not primary goal though. First is back to 210lbs, maybe 208lbs, by March 11th, 2011.

Why?

That’s the weight I was when I went to PAX last year.

After that, I’m looking for 200lbs by the time I do the CHEO ride again, the first weekend in May. That gives me six weeks, give or take, to lose ten pounds, and nearly eight weeks to lose ten pounds after that.

Then it gets difficult.

Then we’re into summer, and I’m looking for 185lbs by Canada Day. I’ll have eight weeks again to get another fifteen pounds off me. The last time I was even close to that was the winter of 2005/6, when I got down to 187lbs. That took me a year. Admittedly, I started at 265lbs that year, too, but even so. I’m gonna have to bust ass to pull it off by July this year. 190lbs may be more realistic, given my lifestyle, but we’ll see what happens.

Are there tools involved? YOU’RE A TOOL. Wait, no. Yes, there are. Last year, I still had my iPhone, and I was using Lose It to track both calorie in, but out as well. As in, food + exercise = weight loss. However, I’ve switched to Android now, and they don’t yet have a LoseIt app for Android. So. New tracker. I had originally found FatSecret.com’s “Calorie Counter”, but I found it tough to read, and the interface was not excellent. However, AnnieKikki pointed me at Map My Fitness, who have both Android and iPhone apps, and you can add food and exercise via their website too. The only downside is not being able to see your entire week in the app (that I’ve found yet), you’ve got to hit the website for that. This isn’t a huge issue, however.

Like all the rest, it lets you set your goal, as well. The highest you’re ‘allowed’ to lose in a week is 2lbs, they recommend 1lb. I’m, of course, splitting the difference. That said, I know in the past I’ve dropped 2lbs a week with a little effort, so I don’t think there’s really any reason I can’t do it again. And, of course, no matter what the app says, it's not like I'm gonna go eat a pint of ice-cream, just because the app says I've already lost 2lbs for the week, and I should be 1.5lbs. Ok. I MIGHT. But it's unlikely.

Saturday (tomorrow) is going to be interesting, too. I'm going to, for the first time, hit the elliptical and then the YORX machine that's been sitting downstairs for the best part of a year. Forty-five minutes of elliptical followed by twenty to thirty of weights, that should prove both interesting and painful. But it appears I'm drinkin' Saturday afternoon, too, so there is THAT to consider and plan for.
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ardently From: ardently Date: February 4th, 2011 10:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Throw in 20 minutes of stationary rowing, and that's my workout three days a week!

I've just started using Lose It! this week, and am finding the set-up a bit frustrating. I cook from scratch A LOT, and having to put in each recipe is time-consuming and is the main reason that I haven't tried something like this before. With that said, I can definitely see how useful it will be once I've got most of my regular recipes in it, and think it's probably the tool I've needed - I've been spending eight hours at the gym a week, and working REALLY hard, and I haven't lost ANY weight. I've dropped about 5 inches in total in the last two months, but at half an inch here and an inch there, it doesn't seem like enough. I'm going to give Lose It! a month, and see how well it works. Did you like it?
boozysmurf From: boozysmurf Date: February 4th, 2011 10:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I loved LoseIt, to be honest. The only reason I'm not just sticking with it is that they don't have the android version available yet. If they did, I wouldn't be looking.

And you're right: getting your recipes and portions in DOES take time. But yeah, once they're there, it's dead simple. Definitely worth the effort.

Also, if you're losing inches, then the training is working. It's not all about weight. I couldn't care less if I'm 220lbs, or 180lbs, as long as the waist (or rather, lack thereof) disappears. :)
yumikid From: yumikid Date: February 5th, 2011 01:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Good for you - let me hop on your bandwagon. The week after I go back to work, I'm going to go back to Weight Watchers. I'll see what the new routine allows me in terms of exercise time - I have a perfectly good treadmill in the basement I can use. Even if I can do 15 minutes I day, it's better than nothing.
kazzibee From: kazzibee Date: February 6th, 2011 04:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Good on you... keep it up!

Zaphod is gorgeous :D
treekins From: treekins Date: February 12th, 2011 11:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

:)

You can do it!

I'm in the best shape of my life right now...here's what I do:

- Use myfitnesspal.com to log calories and exercise. Keeps me honest with myself and helps me set goals.

- Exercise for at least 30 minutes every single day.

- Eat well. I mean I have drastically altered how I eat, and I feel amazing. Lots more fruits and veggies, less meat and only lean meat at that, lots of water, whole grain breads only, and less processed foods.

- Lots of sleep.

My energy levels are at an all-time high, I feel great both physically and mentally, and gosh I'm seeing the results in the mirror, too.

It's freaking hard, but it's worth it. I have lots more energy for my kids and myself, too.

Good luck, man. It's about making the changes that work for you...you've done it before; you can do it again. :)
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