Back on Track

Finally below 260 lbs! πŸ™‚

Lost about 8 lbs this week alone. Amazing what happens when you work out every single day. I’ve started doing Leslie Sansone’s walking tapes daily every day this week… and then today, on Saturday I did 20 nonstop laps of the breaststroke around the outer edge of the pool this morning.

I’m going to try to use the walking tapes to keep me motivated to actually work out daily. When I was doing the Slim in 6 a while back I was having problems doing the workouts every single day so it wasn’t giving me the amount of calorie burn I crave since my body couldn’t keep up with the workouts as I just wasn’t quite at that ‘level’ yet in endurance/strength. I could do the workouts but I was pretty sore after some of them, etc. I’ll probably do the walking tapes til I’m comfortable doing at least 3 miles every day for 6 days a week before I try integrating in too many other workouts… then I might do Power 90 again or something… or use the walking as the cardio days on power 90 or something like that. Feeling great. It’s awesome that I’m below 260 lbs again. Hope to stay here and keep going with this!!! I’m well on the way to where I want to be.

46th evening…

It’s the 46th evening of the 1000 day challenge.. and I’m feeling the burn tonight…

I did a full one hour intense cardio workout and then afterwards did approximately 3.5 minutes of nonstop kettlebell swinging as quickly as possible without breaking good form.

Sweating a ton and muscles are screaming with some level of pain head to toe… but not extreme pain… good type of pain.. the kind that will get me strong as my body repairs itself. πŸ™‚ πŸ˜‰

day 46

It’s the 46th day of the 1000 day challenge. This morning I did a 20 minute cardio workout followed by 30 kettlebell swings with 22.5 lb weights on the kettlebell. The swings are starting to get comfortable enough that I should probably up it to 30 lbs, but I’m not ready for that yet since I don’t want to overdo things yet… That and I’m thinking I might try that 50 minute kettlbell tape again someday soon… So far I’ve only been able to do half of that tape and that was at the 15 lb weight level… have never tried it at this weight level yet.

Last night I didn’t workout. At a meeting at work they had cake, so since I messed up the morning I figured I’d just count yesterday as ‘rest day’ for this week – so I made spaghetti and garlic toast out of some bread last night and we had that for supper. I’ll probably try to do at least one workout each day this weekend to make up for the rest day yesterday. I’m trying to get away from rest days in midweek since they work better on Sundays when I do laundry and other household chores, run errands, go shopping, etc. but sometimes the situations just call for rest in the middle of the week… and as long as I do try to get back on schedule I’m not going to beat myself up for those times… I am human and part of this process is learning to listen to my body’s needs – including the need for rest from time to time.

43rd morning of the 1000 day challenge

This mornings cardio routine is now complete. It was very tempting to go back to sleep after getting up this morning since my bipap mask was not on all night, so it was not as restful of a sleep as it should have been… and I also had nightmares about having to kill a rattlesnake and a python that had gotten inside… but I didn’t go back to sleep… and got through the workout and feel great now!…

36th evening of the 1000 day challenge

It’s the 36th evening of the 1000 day challenge and I just got done with the Cardio Abs about an hour ago tonight. Unfortunately, I let myself have coffee at work again, so the workout was kinda tough. The jumping jacks and run lunges are still hard on the shins, calves and ankles for me and the caffeine just makes that worse… it tightens up the muscles much more than they should so during the workout it’s more pain… but sometimes, it’s really just hard to avoid that cup of java, especially like at work where it’s free, not far from my cubicle, and there’s sugar free cocoa to mix in with it to make up something similar to a cappuccino now and then… Need to back off of it though…

I am liking the two a day workouts, but I do feel the difference in the intensity I am able to do between these days and the days when I do the one a days… with one a days, I always feel like I’ve got enough energy to pick up the kettle bell and give it some swings after the main one a day workout… on these two a day days, there’s no way that is gonna happen… I can barely make it through the workouts near the end sometime… but usually the workouts do loosen up some muscles by the end.. and then after a nice hot shower, I’m feeling great later in the evening…

31st morning of the 1000 day challenge…

Well, it’s the 31st day of this 1000 day challenge, and today I decided to do a little kickboxing… The workout was Fitness Blender’s Cardio Kickboxing. Be careful if you do this one after doing Power 90 like I have been… the punches are much quicker than in P90, and if you are not careful you can overextend arms or legs and hurt yourself.

Day 30 of the 1000 day challenge

It’s day 30 and the morning cardio session has been completed. Today is the first day I’m going to try to do a workout twice a day. I’m hoping to do this every day. This morning’s sugar was 99 though so hopefully it doesn’t go too low today. I’ll definitely need to keep a close eye on it.

Day 29 – (warning: there’s a weigh in and video)

one month of weight loss

Well, it’s the 29th day of the 1000 day challenge. Tomorrow is day 30, the time of no more taking it easy…

Tomorrow I will start the 2nd month’s challenge, which will be doing that second workout every day, at least 5 days a week – 6 if possible. I will keep doing the one workout a day in the morning, and then do this second workout after work. I expect to see some major calorie burning going on since I’m basically going to be doubling the number of calories burned daily through exercise. Because of that I probably will need to keep an eye on my blood sugar a lot more than I have up til now because going low on sugar can be a big problem for me since I’m diabetic. It’s never been an issue too much up til now since I never really went to my max on exercise, but doing two hard workouts daily might put me there…

Today I also tried doing a little writing at lunch. I’m going to try to make that in to a habit over time.. I’m using the habit tracker from the LDS that was linked to from one of the first posts about the 1000 day challenge. I’m using that tracker for stuff like that instead of the main ones because it lets me track a little easier than the regular one that tracks day by day… since it’s a cross off tracker. I’m also using that tracker to start tracking my times of going to the gas station and paying at the pump (instead of going in, and likely picking up some diet soda and snacks in the convenience store while at as I typically have done in the past – a bad habit I’m trying to start to break…)

I decided to go ahead and shoot the video for this ‘month’ tonight since it’s still afternoon so the light is good…

Plus I really just kind of want to see where I am visually with the video comparisons so that I know where I need to go as that sort of gives me inspiration about what level I need to aim for tomorrow and going forward. The videos take a little while to upload and link to, etc. and this blog posting takes a little while to put together so I’m probably going to not exercise tonight, or on other month ends when these types of videos get posted.

Today’s weigh in weight is 273.6 lbs. That’s 19 lbs down since 9/3/2012, and 22.9 lbs down since 6/24/2012. That puts my goal of ‘getting in to my BMI target range’ at somewhere between 96.6 lbs -133.6 lbs more to lose. It’d be nice if I reach that goal in the next year or so, but if it takes longer, it takes longer… That’s why I’m making this is a 1000 day challenge, not a 30 day challenge, not a 90 day challenge, but 1000 day challenge… In the past I’d have seen this sort of progress and just quit after that… not this time… going all the way to that 1000 days, exercising and doing other things to live a better life than I ever have in my entire life. It will be so nice to actually get to the ‘BMI’ weight that Doctors are always talking about… that weight where people can’t say you are obese any more… where you can look at them and say I got down to my goal weight, why aren’t you there yet?… πŸ˜‰

Here’s the video I shot this afternoong, Day 29 of the 1000 Day Challenge (10/2/2012)
273.6 lbs:

Here’s the video from Day zero of the 1000 day challenge (9/3/2012) – 292.6 lbs

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Below are the videos and weight ins from before the 1000 day challenge when I tried to do the Power 90 but had to quit around day 60 because of an accidental stab wound… which caused me to have to ‘rest’ 2 weeks which really was not good on the weight loss thing, but that’s the past… I’m looking forward now… Just looking at the videos for comparison purposes… Even though the past is the past, it’s good to know where you came from so that you can tell where you are going…

8/21/2012 – 284.6 lbs

8/16/2012 – 285.3 lbs:

8/9/2012 – 281.8 lbs

8/1/2012 – 284.8 lbs

7/24/2012 – 286.2 lbs

7/17/2012 – 289.2 lbs:

7/14/2012 – 288.6 lbs

Before then

6/29/2012 I was 292.1 lbs

6/24/2012 I was 296.5 lbs

Memorial Day – May 28, 2012 –

4/30/2012

4/10/2012

I have to thank my amazing wife, Tekla, for being behind me all the way in this crazy 1000 day challenge thing. Sorry I wake you up so early darling but now you can start to see the progress…

This is only the beginning…

Much more to come. πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚ :p

(*note – if some of the videos don’t show yet, it’s probably because they are not done uploading yet… Currently uploading the oldest ones and they are only at 5% upload progress so far in youtube at the time of this posting… if you really have to see the vids, come back and look again tomorrow…*)

Day 24’s Workout…

Just finished Day 24’s workout… Did Level III-IV Cardio Abs and then tried to do a little bit of medicine ball workout with this little 54 minute video:

I only made it to 6:25 on the medicine ball workout since my back/abs are exhausted from the cardio abs tape. I really like this adding either kettle bell or medicine ball workout after the evening workouts like I’ve done the last couple of days, so might continue with it after I after I start doing the 2 a day workouts again, assuming I will have enough energy to do that… I think the kettle bell may actually be easier to handle than the medicine ball since it has a handle I can grip. Medicine ball tends to slip a little if it gets sweat on it since it’s made of plastic.

Day 21 – crazy hard morning workout

This mornings workout was Fat Slaughter Real Time Sweat from Bodyrock.

I got up to the last round of star pushups at 14:15 or so out of this 17 minute workout before I had to quit because I was beyond exhaustion and could not continue. It’s only 17 minutes, but it’s 17 minutes from the pits of hell! It is a good workout though. If you can complete it – kudos to you! I might try it again another day at some point in the future.

18th Evening… Went shopping! ;)

Today was staff appreciation day at work so I got a nice bbq lunch for free! Also, the boss decided to hand out ‘incentive cards’ today… We don’t work on a commission, but do work on a system that is somewhat similar to that sort of, where we have monthly audits done, and if you do so well in an audit you are eligible for an incentive card. There’s been a few months before now that I was not getting cards since our section was not eligible for them because of a joint team agreement to not have audits done for a few months due to a massive change in job duties (we wen’t from a single payer per patient account rep system to an alpha split based on patient’s last name so we all had to learn one another’s payers websites, phone numbers, contact info, special billing procedures, etc. inside and out and have been doing that the last couple of months)… The max incentive is $100.00, and we get a percentage of that based on audit scores. This round – I got the full one hundred bucks… so I decided to go and spend it…

Went to Wal-Mart with the intention of buying a doorway pull up thing that I saw a few months back… but ended up getting a 7 in 1 system that included that from Gold’s Gym. This thing has the door way pull up system, a ab roller (which basically is a lawn mower tire with an axle on it), and something very similar to the ‘perfect pushup’ infomercial item that is always blasted on late night tv these days… UNFORTUNATELY I won’t be able to use the pull up bar for a while until I get below 250 lbs since the Walmart employee at Wal-mart that I asked about the weight max on it (since it didn’t have it on the box, just on stuff inside of the box in manual, etc.) lied and said that the max weight was 300 or more lbs… I should take it back based on that premise alone, but won’t… It’s just an incentive to get down to that weight. I’ve come so far… hopefully a few more months and I’ll be there. I can still use the other parts in this kit for now… Also got a neat little tool in this gizmo… comes with a gizmo that has screwdriver and little hex wrench and hex screwdriver thingy too.
(there was another combo set from Gold’s Gym there that didn’t have the ‘perfect pushup’ gizmo but had something similar to the ‘shake weight’… after watching the South Park Episode on Shake Weight a few weeks back, and also after feeling how much strain is on my wrists doing the close pushups in the Power 90, I figured I definitely wanted the pushup gizmo instead of the shake weight deally bopper, lol)

Then decided to look around at Walmart for a few other things while I was in the exercise equipment aisle…

Found a nice little 8 lb medicine ball… Its a lot softer than most medicine balls I’ve seen… it’s like a plastic ball with sand inside of it… the plastic is soft. I hope it holds up. Seems like it’s very much more ergonomic than most medicine balls I’ve seen before that are made from hard plastic that is more like a basketball… this thing is more like a volleyball/kickball type of material… and it’s nice design… looks like a bowling ball from a distance.

Then… found a nice little dumbbell set that comes with a adjustable kettle bell handle so went ahead and picked it up too. I figure I better learn how to do the swings on this lighter adjustable system instead of trying to use that heavy ol ghettobell/concrete block and rope monster I put together a few days ago. There are four 7.5 lb weights there so there’s a max of 30 lbs if I use them all (unless I mix and match with some of my other weights that I already own). I’ll probably start with just two of them – or 15 lbs since that’s a fairly light weight amount, but enough that it’ll be a challenge at the start of learning this thing… I’ve read and heard on various kettle bell instruction videos in various places online that if you are going to get in to it, you need to use a weight that’s not too heavy but not too light because too light of a weight (which I suspect 7.5 lbs would be for me) will teach you bad form… which is bad news for when you go up in weight…

Well, about 75 bucks out of the hundred is now gone… but this is some stuff I’ll be using for years from now, and the benefits of having it will be enormous. I will still keep the ghetto bell in the car for now, but won’t probably approach it for a while til I’m ready because I think the last couple of times I tried it my back/neck was really strained afterwards much more than they should have been. Need to build up to that…

The other 25 bucks will probably go doing something fun with Tekla tomorrow… (on rest/s day). We are thinking about going to see a movie, but the only one that looks like it’d be worth spending money on that’s playing is Judge Dredd, which I’m not really sure if either of us wants to see or not… if we don’t do that we’ll do something else.. maybe go out and eat or something.

18th morning of the 1000 day challenge…

I decided to go light on the exercise a little this morning since my upper back/neck was still hurting a little from the Ghetto Bell and Circuit last night, so went with this little cardio workout from exercise tv… It’s a little dance-ish in places, but is more of a walking tape than anything.

16th evening of the 1000 day challenge…

Tonight’s evening workout has been completed! πŸ™‚ I just got through the the Level III-IV Power 90 Cardio/Abs video. The abs were definitely tough but I got through all 20 of every exercise somehow! I used a camping mat that I bought a few years back as a yoga mat and I think that helped a little but it’s sort of made out of foam, so my back was constantly sticking to it with suction cup tightness… might need to get a real yoga mat someday. I think I will use this mat a lot more in the future since I think part of my past leg and knee problems earlier in this 1000 day challenge was due to knees on our floor.. we have carpet on the floor but it’s a concrete floor in a basement so it can’t be that great on the knees and back.

Day 15 of the 1000 day challenge – Kick Boxing…

Courtesy of Youtube and Bodyrock, here’s the stretching I did this morning before my workout:

Courtesy of Youtube and Adrienne White, here’s the thirty minute workout I did itself right after the stretching:

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, it’s really amazing how many free workout tapes there are online if you just know where to look! πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚

Day 9 – switching it up

It’s Day 9 of the 1000 day challenge, and today I decided to do something a little different…

so.. Tonight I’ll do the Power 90 tape that I’ve normally been doing in the mornings up til now since I really ‘want’ to do that every day if possible, and my body is starting to get used to that workout so it’s nothing unexpected and too hard on me like the fit for duty was the other day. I think doing it at night will make me not give up the evening routine as much as I have been.

That leaves the mornings open to try something new… so I just completed a Martial Fusion Cardio Blast workout this morning on the All Fitness TV channel in the Roku. That was a nice slow paced cardio workout that was awesome. My back is a feeling a little pain since I’m not 100% used to the ‘horse stance’ yet, but it was light cardio and a nice sweat, so I think I might do more things like this in future mornings from time to time. Switching it up works more muscles and makes me work harder since it’s not the same movement every time, keeps me from getting ‘used to’ the same ol routine and also makes it a little fun to try something new now and then.