So where have I been?

Sorry about the massive cliff hanger that I have left for those of you who follow my blog. About a month ago I left you with the fact that I was only one pound away from my goal weight and that I was heading in to the next week determined to hit my goal weight.

Well…

I made my goal weight, in almost exactly 9 and a half months. I started on the 9th of January and finished up on October the 23rd, on that day I weighed in at 226 pounds and I had lost 228 pounds!! Then two days later I had family come to town, followed by a death in the family, followed by a crazy busy time with the ministry, so I forgot to write about it here! There has also been some other goals met during my blog silence.

  • Saturday the 27th I was able to complete and compete in my first official 5K. I ran it in 31:35 and finished 3rd in my division. It was a super cold morning and the course was not the easiest, but it felt amazing to be out their!!
  • I was also able to fly without a seat belt extender for the first time in my life, that was a truly amazing feeling!
  • I ran 6 miles this last Sunday without stopping, and while feeling great about it!
  • While home for a few days, I got to reintroduce myself to all my family, and I was constantly confused for my younger – and until now smaller – brother!

So now what? That is the question that I always get asked, and to be honest I don’t know. Now that I have found fit, I am learning that finding fit may have been the easy part, keeping it may be the real challenge! I will most definitely keep you up to date and in the loop about how it looks for me fighting the fight and sticking with it! I will leave you with a couple of my more recent pictures of me since reaching my goal.

  

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A new level to reach for

So I have talked previously on this blog about my desire to run a 5K or 10K at some point before thanksgiving time. It looks like according to the local racing calendar there is a 10K on the 3rd of November that I am going to be preparing for and running in. I have already begun to prepare for this race, by doing some road running 2-3 times a week. I got up and ran 2 miles this morning, after spending an hour on the elliptical yesterday that was all my legs would let me do. I am really encouraged though, cause that gives me 3 months to work up to the 10K level and I have no doubts that I can make it there. So now that my goal is public and official, I need to go and work hard at reaching that next level.

How to keep it fresh?

After being on this journey for over 6 months now I have begun to get restless with my gym workouts. For most of this journey I have been in the same weekly routine at the gym.

  • Monday is weigh in day so I workout hard on the elliptical.
  • Tuesday I swim laps
  • Wednesday I do circuit training
  • Thursday I get back on the elliptical
  • Friday I swim laps
  • Saturday I do circuit training
  • Sunday I do the elliptical

This cycle has served me incredibly well, I never worried about time just how many calories I burned. The HMR system provides you with a chart based on your current weight and the intensity at which you are working. So my 28 min sessions on the elliptical at the beginning of my journey are now 60 min long sessions.

So lately I have really begun to branch out and explore lots more options for exercise. Some I have really liked others, not so much.

  • Hiking, I really love this one! The chance to get out in nature, explore the woods or trails is awesome. It also has the added benefit for me of being a great mind clearing time. The only thing that frustrates me about hiking is I am just now after 7 years in Jonesboro discovering all of the cool hiking trails.
  • Running, this one will take some more getting used to. I have however, gotten more and more used to running. Just last week I ran for thirty minutes! That is an awesome accomplishment for me. I may never be an everyday runner, but it is awesome to break up a routine!
  • Biking, I could probably do this one! I like the fact that biking is easy on your joints, plus there is the added benefit of being able to be outside and enjoying the great outdoors.
  • Spinning, the jury is still out on this one. I went to a class the other day and promptly dubbed it the hardest workout I’d done! There is no doubt that this is a touch workout, but it is an amazing feeling when you successfully complete a class!

So in short I have had a ton of fun exploring all the different options there are to get a good workout in! It has most definitely helped me stay in the gym and not quit out of boredom.

Week #22 update

I really must apoligize for not having an update last week. The summer camp season has started and I was at camp with senior highers last week. The week was exahausting, but very rewarding as well. The good news is that i was able to stay 100% in the box the entire week. I mean in retrospect when I look back at it camp cafeteria food does not rate with hot wings or burgers, and if I can resist them then that should have been no problem, and it wasn’t!

I was able to do a couple of things while at camp that I normally wasn’t able to do. I played ultimate freesbee with all the kids for about an hour and a half one afternoon, and then played soccer the next day! I was so excited to actually be in the game that I didn’t notice that I really was acttually bad at it…haha.

These two weeks were also really sucesfull on the weight loss front as well in the two weeks I was able to lose 10.3 pounds, bringing my total up to 151.1!! I am so pumped to cross another huge milestone like this! You can see my complete numbers here.

I am off to another wild adventure with teenagers next week, so an update may not be likely, but you can rest assured that I will be in the box and on the way to more weight loss sucess!

Another First

As most of you know most of the reason that began this journey was because of a conversation that I had with my senior minister about running a 5k. Well I was super stoked today when I was able to run a half mile on the treadmill without stopping!! I know that is not a long distance, but for someone who was north of 450 only a few short weeks ago, I am very, very excited!! I hope to work up to running a 5k by the end of April!

Week #5 results

Yesterday was an odd day here in Jonesboro with the sleet and snow that we had yesterday afternoon, my normal schedule was off and things had to be done a little differently. I haven’t posted in a few days so I wanted to catch up on several things this morning.

  1. I finally ventured into the world of HMR Entrees last week. Last Saturday night I made a vegetable soup with some Chicken Muffins (I use the word muffins loosely). I can not express how good that tasted to a guy who has just had shakes and Oatmeal for the last 5 weeks. I was in heaven eating that, I guess it just goes to show that it is indeed a matter of perspective. Now I am actually getting to the point where I am looking forward to the day that I can add fruits and vegetables back into my diet!
  2. I have really started to get into the whole swimming thing. I cant believe how winded I get just from swimming several laps in the pool, but a half hour in the pool is a whole lot less mundane than churning away on an elliptical for 30 minutes or so, it is a great way to keep my daily workouts fresh! The other thing about working out that I never thought I would say is that I think I am actually starting to like it. I have found that I have got to do something every day, cause without it I feel sluggish and not on top of things at all.
  3. I wanted to update you all on my weight loss progress through week #5. here are the numbers so far:

Starting……1/9……455.3……0 pds lost

Week #1……1/16……443.4……11.9 pds lost

Week #2……1/23……432.1……23.2 pds lost

Week #3……1/30……424.0……31.3 pds lost

Week #4……2/6……414.9……40.4 pds lost

Week#5……2/13……409.0……46.3 pds lost

I did want to thank everyone for there words of encouragement and support over these first 5 weeks, they have been awesome! Hopefully the next 5 weeks are as successful as the first 5 were!

It’s all about the exercise

So lately I have been in real good groove when it comes to my exercise routine. I have been using the elliptical for about a half hour every day. I really enjoy using the elliptical just because it has no strain on my knees and ankles, when you are my size is a real concern right now. The other thing that I like about it, is that the machine has a built in TV so I can watch “Everybody Loves Raymond” while I workout and take my mind off the monotony. Well yesterday I decided that I would try something new, since I workout at the new Health and Wellness Institute and there is a wealth of options available to me. So yesterday I decided that I was going to swim laps for a while, I had no idea what I was getting myself in for. I will say people who can swim lap after lap in the pool with out stopping are amazing. I was wiped out and so out of breath after just a few breaths that I had to stop. So now swimming will most definetly be apart of my arsenal of options to keep up my exercise routine.