It has been a crazy summer

I am getting engaged, we are getting married in the fall of 2021. We are paying for it ourselves so we can make sure we have the wedding we want. We both want to lose be our best before the big day so we are now laser focused on losing weight and saving money.

I am fitter than I have ever been, everyone talks about the benefit of strength training but I have found cardio to be more my speed. Just turning off my brain and running for an hour on an elliptical or my favorite is the arc trainer. In better shape but still 19 lbs heavier than my recent lowest. Working on getting there. Luckily my fiance Liz is also trying to lose weight so we are keeping all the carbs out of the house. I am going to try to keep updating this more frequently and keep a journal of the trials and tribulations.

This morning I weighted 272.2 lbs, I am going to weight myself every week on Wednesday mornings. Going to be working as hard as I can in the gym and keep the food under control. That has always been my biggest problem, when I last got down to 253 I was using appetite suppression drugs and I am determined not to use them again. If I get back to 280 I will go back on them, that is the deal I made with my personal trainer. I think I will be able to lose from here on out, I really want to see 25x on the scale. I know it is going to be a lot of work but together Liz and I are up to the task!

Partial Tear of the hammy!

Hamstring partial tear

6 weeks of not climbing mountains! Partial tear of my hamstring but I just got back from the orthopedist. No surgery just PT, so that’s great news, we are going to do some longer not as steep walks. More to come but I can’t work out like a fiend, going to really have to focus on making sure I pick my food correctly.

That has always been the problem, I always figured I would work it off because I love pushing my body. But I want to be careful because if I make it worse summer is over!

Had a weigh in this morning and it was sad but we are getting back at it hard to try to get back in the 260’s as soon as possible!

Soooo Weak

So I didn’t exercise at all yesterday, I worked a super long day in order to get a presentation done for Tuesday, I didn’t realize that Monday was a holiday, oooops.

I think I need to make sure I workout either first thing when I get home or before I go home. I have zero chance of doing a workout after I have had dinner.

Part of the reason I generally bring two lunches to work is so that I can eat at noon and a little later. That holds me over so I can workout and get home without getting too hungry. If I come home super hungry it is way more likely for me to binge during the evening.

So lesson learned for the 14th time, need to keep the gym clothes in the car, and not come home until I have done my workout.

I think Saturday I am going to go skiing, and Monday I am going to go hiking with my buddy Nick, going to get a good workout in on Sunday!

Spinach and cheddar omelette with three eggs Salad with ranch dressing, it is hard to see but there is celery, grape tomatoes, carrots, bell pepper, mushroomsLow carb breading (pork rinds and Parmesan cheese) with broccoli and cheddar.

I also have to get more efficient at my trips to the grocery store, went and bought everything for Valentine’s Day dinner but I didn’t think about anything after that! Come on, I am smarter than that!

More meal planing, writing a list before going to the grocery store, utilizing some different stores (Trader Joe’s) for what they do best. I can walk to Stop and Shop, Wegmans and Trader Joe’s, there is no reason I shouldn’t be walking to them regularly. I also work near a Costco which I think is going to be my least expensive option for the basics.

Thanks for listening to the rant! Sad that time is going by and I am not making any progress but we will see what the scale brings Wednesday morning!

Keep working, the results will come!

Valentine’s Day

Salad with ranch dressing, I have found eating at noon, 2-3pm and then that will hold me until dinner at 7-8pm.

Gotta have protein, grass fed ground beef topped with a little cheddar and mushrooms.

3pm salad to hold me over until Valentine’s Day dinner.

Valentine’s Day dinner and not a carb in sight, sugar free shrimp cocktail home made, salad, green beans, broccoli with cheddar (not pictures) and filet mignon.

I didn’t do any exercise, going to make sure I get in a TRX workout today and hopefully going skiing tomorrow!

Accountability partner

Welcome, I have been struggling to keep losing weight and I want to make this blog my accountability partner, I am going to post everything I eat so lots more smaller posts.

Three egg omelette with mushrooms and spinach, cooked in half tablespoon butter.

Going to have some salad with a burger for lunch here shortly. Also going to post when I exercise too, been slacking on that and I need to get back on board. TRX workout coming this afternoon. Happy Valentine’s Day to all!!!

Keto breading

So I am currently in day 2 of my keto adventure but during the holidays I did some practicing. I made pork rind/Parmesan breaded chicken tenders and I they were awesome! I think the hardest part was finding pork rinds, I had to go to a gas station to find them.

Breading for Keto Chicken

Three step process, almond flour, egg wash and then into the 50-50 split of Parmesan and crushed pork rinds. I used a Phillips Air Fryer to cook the chicken and man did that work well!

Doesn’t that look good?

It was very very good and tasted just like regular fried chicken, I didn’t add a lot of seasoning. I am going to try to add a little of the coronals 11 secret herbs and spices and see how that tastes.

I both highly recommend the air fryer and the recipe!

Weigh in Wednesday!

Last years progress. Trying to make sure we don’t give back all the progress I have made.

Refocused on my diet and and exercise luckily we have seen some trending down, I haven’t weighed myself for the last two weeks and there was a peak in there.

On Nov 28th I weighed 273.2 I did a little bit of sticking my head in the sand over my birthday (December 11th, only 356 more shopping days). I went back to eating low carb high protein decent amount of fat. Three meals, no snacks and I spoke with my job and they are going to let me go to the gym in the middle of the day which is very nice!

Now that I have the food figured out for now, the battle is never truly done. I went to the gym for the first time in a long time. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. http://www.weightymatters.ca/2018/12/successful-weight-management-may-depend.html This article shows talks about a study in how black and white thinking can lead to weight loss. When I was at my most successful I was not saying “Oh well I can’t be perfect I will binge for the rest of the day and start fresh tomorrow.” Just consistently doing the best you can and not getting a case of the “fuck its” and blowing all your progress over a weekend. As you can see from the above weight I had a nasty case of the fuck its for a few months. Now we are back and ready to focus and get back to just making good decisions.

I went to the planet fitness near work and was able to get through an hour on the arc trainer. I think it went well considering that I haven’t been on a cardio machine in a while. 

I am enthused by how good my legs feel today. Saturday I am hiking the entire Skyline Trail in Blue Hills in Milton, MA that should be like 12-14 miles. It is a good training hike for some of the crazier trails in the white mountains, the best part is it is 20 minutes or so from my house.

Going to head there again today! Going to do some arm workouts as well, gotta work out everything!

Keto/Paleo as a reset

So I have official been carb free for at least 24 hours :-D. I think I have realized why this is going to work. For one it really eliminated all the things I enjoy snacking on. In the 24 hours I have been tempted to eat numerous things. I <3 ramen, both the good kind at a restaurant and the not so good kind that comes from a package. I have turned down a few chances to eat ramen. My roommate has a package of individual Reese’s peanut butter cups in the fridge.  

One of my main concerns about Keto is keeping my vegetable intake high, I understand the science of ketosis but I still can’t get over that eating large amounts of meat and no vegetables can be healthy. I do know that if I keep the carbs out and veggies high good things will happen.

I have been keeping things to mostly frozen veggies, cheese, eggs, and meat. It has been pretty good at keeping the hunger pains down. In having sugar I use to have much worse hunger pains. After 36 hours, it took a while to write this, I have felt a lot better. I think that the frozen vegetables are really keeping me full. I have found that keeping my fiber intake high is what matters most to how I feel. I think this sort of diet works best for me, I have always been a savory fan. I do not think is the only diet for anyone. I think that this diet works for me and fits in my lifestyle. 

Breakfast: spinach and cheddar omlette

Lunch: Meat and 24oz of frozen veggies (broccoli and cauliflower)

Dinner: Meat and 24oz of frozen veggies with some cheddar cheese (broccoli and cauliflower)

It makes my life easy because I just have to microwave the frozen veggies and grill some meat and I have a meal. I tend to grill meat in batches and then put it in to go containers and microwave veggies. Presto dinner is served in about 10 minutes. I do hate washing all of the containers but it is still pretty simple.

The key is to find something that works for you! I hope I have found it. I realize this goes against what I have said in the past “DON’T DIET, FIND A FOOD PLAN THAT WORKS FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE”. I am doing this for a short period of time to try to break my nasty habit of eating in the evening. This is the best way I have found to do that. Go no sugar during the sugariest time of year. I know I am doing this for a limited amount of time, so I go into this eyes wide open. I am doing this until I get back to 250 lbs. Weigh in tomorrow hopefully it will not be as bad as I fear it is. I will report back. 

It’s been a long strange journey!

Here are my latest numbers, as you can see it has been a long trip, I lost a bunch of weight really quick and then gained a lot of it back. I used appetite suppressants to lose the weight and have finally stopped using them. I think that the appetite suppressants have been very helpful in allowing me to change my habits. The lesson I didn’t learn the first time was that you cant just eat the same foods but less. At least I can’t, this time I have replaced a lot of the bad food with vegetables and I have really tried to stop with the evening snacking.

The goal has been set for the start of 2019

I wanted to start out my first post in the revamped blog to state my next goal. I am going to try to complete the Presidential Traverse both north and south bound in two days and three nights.

Almost 40 miles and 17,000 feet of elevation

It is going to be a pretty brutal challenge, but the good thing about this challenge is it is two nights. I am also going to make sure we have a car at the turn around point so if we want to bail and only do half, an accomplishment in it’s own right, we will not have to hitch hike back.

After speaking with my personal trainer, Chris. we are going to modify the training that I have been doing lately. We have been doing a lot of HIT circuits and instead of doing three strength exercises we are doing two exercise routines with 2 minutes of jogging as the third exercise.

I am really looking forward to trying this new training style. I think it will be good for hiking and I like the thought of combining the cardio and the strength, doing them separately takes up a lot of time.  If anyone out there has any suggestions on different body weight exercises to try I will be happy to do them.