I haven’t been a very good blogger recently. Although I gave you all the ‘It’s not Okay to be Fat’ article, that’s actually a couple of nights old, and I haven’t had time to post it.
But now it’s up, and here’s the progress report! Two weeks full.
210 this morning
239 when I started the blog, though we called it 240 for the purpose of the whole ’50 pound’ goal-thing.
7 weeks down and 29 pounds off. Ever so slightly more than 4 pounds per week. Still pretty good. I cannot at all complain. I’m more than halfway home to the goals I set for myself. And big picture: I was over 260 last year, so I have now lost 50 pounds. I just want to lose more!
I finally broke down and decided to buy a pair of jeans. I went conservative though and I’m already regretting it. I’ve basically lost 4-5 inches off of my waste, and I went with a 3 inch. Good enough when I bought them, but I’m still losing weight! I had to return one pair of pants, just went too conservative.
On the flip side I bought a tee shirt that was too small when I bought it by a little bit, and now fits really well.
Here’s a funny story…my wife had hidden some of the clothes I’d been trying to wear when I was too fat! It was like…Merry Christmas! Here are three shirts that you now can wear!
To keep moving in the right direction, I’m down to one meal a day. I’m NOT starving, and most nights it’s no big deal. Some nights it takes a couple of extra glasses of water or a couple of coffees to keep the cravings away. The progress has me motivated to keep pushing!
On weekends, however, I have been eating until full every day. And for the most part, while I’m still packing away the meats, I’m not gaining any weight. As an example, Monday morning I expect to be pretty well fed and really close to the 210 I weighed in at today.
Sample foods in no particular order:
- Steak Tips
- Buffalo Chicken Wings
- Flavored Iced Coffee with Splenda (has not affected the weight loss, so sticking with one every couple of days)
- Hard Boiled Eggs
A little less strong
I’m back to my scheduled routine of three heavy lifting days a week with two sprint cardio days. I’ve been skipping one of these workouts based on schedule. Does not seem to have an effect.
What I would say is that my strength isn’t quite what it was. I guess considering I’m about 50 pounds lighter, that I’m close to that level of strength is a positive. Weight loss without muscle loss is nearly impossible.
Just like a few weeks ago, I’m cranking out pull ups like I never had, which makes sense because there’s less of me to pull up. Bench press on the other hand has decreased. At the end of all of this, I hope to gain some muscle mass and really be happy with what I see in the mirror.
But, what do I see in the mirror?
I am just way fitter looking now than I have been in almost 15 years. And the recent weight loss has been accelerated. When I got to the tipping point a year ago, I know I was really fat. But I didn’t see myself as a fat guy. All statistics proved otherwise. Today, I’m confused almost every time I look. I see a thinner guy in clothes that don’t fit, but it’s a surprise every time. And the most confusing thing is that I still have twenty pounds to go to reach my goal. What’s it going to look like then?
I do have some absolutely killer before and after pictures though. Not sharing until the end!