Sunday Update: April 19, 2015

I Still Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter

Hello again kids!  I hope your week was entertaining.  Mine was uneventful.  Although I did get to see almost all of Alberta in a week, so there was that.  And visiting with old friends (Hi Steve!)

I did end up taking a week off from everything.  Well, almost entirely.  I managed to get into a gym on one evening and did a basic workout.  Mostly to keep muscle mass up and maintain.  Go me!

As I said last week, taking a week off isn’t a bad thing, and I think it helped as well as it could have.  I didn’t overindulge in my diet, and tried to keep it as in check as best I could.

All things considered, I think I did well this week.  But enough about that (and because I really having nothing to rant about here), let`s get on with the results.

Last week`s results:

  • Weight: 306.4 lbs
  • Chest: 125.1 cm
  • Right Arm: 46.4 cm
  • Left Arm: 46.4 cm
  • 2″ Above Navel: 120.7 cm
  • Navel: 126.4 cm
  • 2″ Below Navel: 122.6 cm
  • Hips (widest point): 118.1 cm
  • Right Thigh: 68.6 cm
  • Left Thigh: 68.6 cm

This week:

  • Weight: 306.6 lbs
  • Chest: 122.6 cm
  • Right Arm: 45.7 cm
  • Left Arm: 45.7 cm
  • 2″ Above Navel: 120.7 cm
  • Navel: 126.4 cm
  • 2″ Below Navel: 120.0 cm
  • Hips (widest point): 115.6 cm
  • Right Thigh: 68.6 cm
  • Left Thigh: 68.6 cm

I made some improvements.  Nothing major, which is to be expected from not having done much.  All in all though, I am not upset.

The week that was, in internet land – Volume 5

More awesome from the interwebs.

3 Science-based steps to curbing your appetite – Examine.com
Putting less food in your face is the key to getting less fat. Here are a couple of tips to help with that.

The Pre-Workout Supplement Scam – Scott Tousignant
Lots of supplements out there are a scam. And most pre-workouts are complete garbage.

Vetting Your Personal Trainer – Tony Gentilcore
What should you look for in a personal trainer? Here’s a good place to start.

Your Butt Cheeks Are Making Me Sad – Jessi Kneeland
Your butt cheeks make baby kittens cry.

How the powerlifts and sport(s) go together like peanut butter and jelly – Kelsey Reed
Lifting and sports are not and should not be mutually exclusive pursuits.

Strengthening the Core: An Interview with Bret Contreras – Kimberly Mills
Dis is gud.

Sunday Update: April 12, 2015

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!

 

Welp, another Sunday has come, which means it is once again time for me to post about my (hopeful) success.  I do hope you all had a happy Easter, and that it has been a great week all around.

This would have been posted much earlier today, but as I mentioned previously, life happened and my job has taken me on the road.  On the plus side, I get to visit with Lincoln for the day (hi asshole!).

Anyways,  I will still do the update next week, but I am probably taking the week off from the gym (unless I can make it to one).  Which is not a bad thing.  Taking a break from the gym is great, and it lets your body relax and recover.

I was talking things over with the other half (hi Stef!) and after her being gone for two weeks, and her coming, she has noticed a definite improvement, which I didn’t notice (see previous rant).  Which made me very happy, and is awesome encouragement to keep going.

I feel awesome.  More energy again, able to relax more, I don’t feel as much stress from “Janice-the-bitch-that-called-me-fat-but-doesn’t-even-know-me” (by the way, this is not her real name.  It’s just a generic title, so Janice if you read this, it is not actually intended for you).  Working out has tons of benefits.

I’ve delayed enough.  To the meat and potatoes!

Last weeks results:

  • Weight: 308.7 lbs
  • Chest: 127.3 cm
  • Right Arm: 45.5 cm
  • Left Arm: 45.2 cm
  • 2″ Above Navel: 122.6 cm
  • Navel: 127 cm
  • 2″ Below Navel: 126.4 cm
  • Hips (widest point): 123.8 cm
  • Right Thigh: 68.6 cm
  • Left Thigh: 69.9 cm

This week:

  • Weight: 306.4 lbs
  • Chest: 125.1 cm
  • Right Arm: 46.4 cm
  • Left Arm: 46.4 cm
  • 2″ Above Navel: 120.7 cm
  • Navel: 126.4 cm
  • 2″ Below Navel: 122.6 cm
  • Hips (widest point): 118.1 cm
  • Right Thigh: 68.6 cm
  • Left Thigh: 68.6 cm

Huzzahs!  I’m going down!  Unfortunately not as fast as the Toronto Maple Leafs (if you’re a sports fan, or just Canadian, that’s funny).  Anyways, I’m doing something right, and that’s the key.

I’m not going to lie, I haven’t been strict, and I have chowed down on candy and other items that are delicious, of the devil, and not good for me.  But that’s okay.  You need to, as it helps long term.  I had some, enjoyed it, craving is gone, and I’m more happy happy!  And less stabby stabby.  How did I do it without putting it all back on?  I didn’t binge on five pounds!  I had enough to satisfy myself, and I went about my day.  That’s the trick though, isn’t it?

Making yourself feel satisfied is the answer.  That and not guilting yourself when it happens is also very key.  If you have it, don’t worry, you haven’t fucked up.  One cheat item/meal isn’t the end of the world.

The week that was, in internet land – Volume 4

More good words from smarter people than we. And no, we’re not linking to the Food Babe fiasco. You all need to read the first article listed here at the very least.

The REAL Worldwide Epidemic is NOT Obesity – Paul Nobles
He has some really good points here.

4 Ways lean people think lean – Bryan Krahn
Y’all need to read this if defattening is on the agenda.

5 Things People Need to Stop Overthinking – Greg Nuckols
Most of this crap doesn’t matter in the slightest for most people.

Complete Guide to Bar Speed Trackers – Carl Valle
I’m more than a bit of a geek, and this kind of thing is super cool.

Eight Tips for Long Term Lifting – Eric Bach
If you want to be in the iron game for more than a year or two you should probably think about more than just what is on the bar on any given day.

My Switch to Strength: The Tale of a Former Cardio Queen – Jen Comas
This one is for the ladies. And some of the men, too. Don’t be scared of the iron.

Losing Fat Without Macro Counting – 10 Simple Strategies – Jason Helmes
These are all good tips. #10 is especially relevant to stress-eaters like myself.

Sunday Update: April 5, 2015

Zombie Jesus Day Update!

 

Hello there!  So it’s been two weeks since my last update.  I was going to do one last week, but life had gotten in the way.  That, and I kind of wanted to wait until the first Sunday of April to do the measurements.

I plan on doing a measurement update every week, with a weigh in update as well.  It didn’t happen last week because, well you know, life.  I had left home at 7 am and got home and sat down in front of my laptop at 10 pm.  So trust me, I get it, life happens.

Anyways, it’s been a fun ride so far since the beginning of January and since I updated with my measurements from little over a month ago.

Everything we do on a daily basis can affect the measurements we take.  Example:  I tend to have a lower carb consumption.  I have potatoes at breakfast in the morning, as it’s a good way to get my day going and for energy.  I then tend to not have them as much over the course of the day.  But yesterday, I had a heavier carb day.  Which is needed once in a while, and it prevents me from snapping.

This can change results slightly, which isn’t a bad thing.  It’s just something to keep in mind so you don’t go crazy and get discouraged.

In any case, so long as your stats are going down, you’re fine. If you show no sign of measurement change or reduction, and the scale is going up, then you need to change something.

Previous:

  • Starting Weight (Feb 22/2015): 317 lbs
  • Chest: 127 cm
  • Right Arm: 43.5 cm
  • Left Arm: 44.5 cm
  • 2″ Above Navel: 129.5 cm
  • Navel: 134.5 cm
  • 2″ Below Navel: 129.5 cm
  • Hips (widest point): 132 cm
  • Right Thigh: 81 cm
  • Left Thigh: 81 cm
  • Weight (March 22/2015): 310.5 lbs

And now for the results:

  • As the weight I had last time was on a different scale, I am using today’s weigh in.  Weight: 308.7 lbs
  • Chest: 127.3 cm
  • Right Arm: 45.5 cm
  • Left Arm: 45.2 cm
  • 2″ Above Navel: 122.6 cm
  • Navel: 127 cm
  • 2″ Below Navel: 126.4 cm
  • Hips (widest point): 123.8 cm
  • Right Thigh: 68.6 cm
  • Left Thigh: 69.9 cm

The good thing is there is a decline from my first “weigh in”.  That’s the important thing.