Slacking Off, But Still Losing Weight

I haven’t been working out enough.  I haven’t been tracking my food or weight everyday.  I’ve had a few days where I ate way too much.  I have been blogging far too little.

I have two excuses:

  1. Holidays can do that.
  2. I’m having some personal issues I don’t want to talk about.

Take your pick :)

On the bright side, my weight is down to 271.6.  I’m really looking forward to dropping below 270.

I use to often use eating to combat depression and stress.  I think I have overcome that.

Lazy

Yep, I’m fat and lazy.

I haven’t had a real workout in days.  I skipped two days of work.  I slept a lot.  The truth is, I was sick.  So on the bright side, I lost weight.

I didn’t track my eating while I was sick, and I didn’t bother tracking yesterday’s weight, but I’m feeling better today, and although I still didn’t work out, I did keep track of my food.  I also ate a bit more than normal.  That’s okay, I’m just making up for yesterday.

I’m down 23 pounds, only 93.4 more to go.

Some Progress, Some Setbacks

I went a couple of days without working out.  I’ve been busy, and I’m naturally lazy.

I had been eating well, until today.  I had three slices of pizza and two breadsticks that totaled more than 1300 calories.  It’s also too many carbs this late in the day.

I did workout on the elliptical for nearly 90 minutes today though.  My weight is still trending downward, so I’m happy.

Reading on the Elliptical

I had done a short but intense workout on the elliptical earlier, then sat down at my computer to get some work done.  My daughter, who has barely touched the elliptical, grabbed a book, and did a hands-free, slow-paced workout for over 80 minutes.  I was impressed.

When she was done, I grabbed a book I’ve been meaning to read, and tried the same thing.  It was difficult at first due to the motion.  After figuring out the best way to keep the book stationary, I was able to get into the book and read a chapter.  I did 51 minutes, at a slower pace, but I still burned 440 calories.  I could have done it longer, but I don’t want to be up too late tonight.

If you’re curious, I was reading The Phoenix Exultant: The Golden Age, Volume 2 (The Golden Age).  Yeah, I’m a sci-fi geek.

Food and Mood

Saturday night my wife and I went out to eat.  I tried to eat somewhat healthy, but I did drink a beer, and ate too much food.  My calorie intake for the day wasn’t too bad, but it was too many carbs, late in the day.

On Sunday, I felt fat and bloated.  I ate much less food.  I drank a lot of water.  I didn’t have much energy.  I did make a token effort at a workout, but it was difficult.

Today, I am totally exhausted, and feeling a little down.  I hope to have a good workout when I get home, but what I really want is sleep.

I wonder how much effect our diet has on our mood and energy level.  I used to never consider the consequences before, unless large amounts of alcohol were involved.

Push-Ups

I have an elliptical for cardio, but I need to build some strength also.  I don’t have any weights, and I’m not prepared to buy any now, but partially due to a few guys at the office, I started doing push-ups.

I’m pathetic at it.  However, throughout the day, I did 25.  It is a nice change from just using the elliptical.  I think I can get to the point where I can do 25 at one time within the next few months.

No Workout Today

I sat at my computer all day long.  I was working, not just wasting time, but I didn’t manage to sneak in a workout.

I ate well today.  My weight has been holding steady for three days in a row at 279.8.

I posted on my other site that I had learned to use jQuery a little, and received an offer to review a book about jQuery.  I agreed, and now have my new book.  As luck would have it, a new project I’m working on required jQuery.  I hope I have time to review the book before starting another project that uses jQuery.

Basically, I’ve been busy as hell.

How Much Do I Need to Eat?

I’ve been talking about raising my calorie intake so that my workouts don’t cause me to start burning the muscle instead of fat.  The trouble is that I can’t seem to eat 1500 calories, and still eat healthy, but yet, I’m not hungry.

I ate 1144 calories today, and I feel no desire to eat anymore.  I mean, I could handle a scoop of ice cream, but I don’t want to start down that road.

Do I not need many calories because I sit at a desk all day?

I’m Back to Losing

I feel great today.  I weighed in at 280.4, the lowest since I started this.  I have worked out harder in the last two days than any other day other than one.  I’m sore, but happy.

I’m still unsure what my target heart rate should be when working out.  I guessed at around 150.  I set my monitor to keep me between 140 and 160.  Today, that didn’t seem like I was working hard enough.  I went a little harder, and pushed my heart rate to 170 for about ten minutes of my 30 minute workout.

After the workout, I walked around and drank some water to recover.  Then I sat down with a bowl of yogurt.  It’s weird.  Yogurt has become my new comfort food.

Six Days of Nothing

The last six days my weight has fluctuated, but I haven’t seen any lasting loss.  I ate too much yesterday, so I’m not really sure when I’ll see more weight loss.

I did work extra hard on the elliptical today.  I’ve finally gotten to where I can do a thirty minute session and burn over 400-500 calories.  If I can do that twice a day, and eat a little healthier, I think I’ll make progress.

Hiding

Tomorrow is my daughter’s 16th birthday.  We are having a party today, and a bunch on noisy teenagers will be taking over my house.

There will be cake, ice cream, soda, and chips.  I’ll be hiding in my office (that also serves as a workout room & laundry room), working on a website for a client.  I will allow myself one scoop of ice cream, and that’s it for junk food.

Update:
I didn’t hide enough, and I ate 2478 calories.  Most of it was worthless carbs.  I will try harder.