It’s time for another weight loss challenge update.
I’ll start off by mentioning Tyler’s stats so far.
As of this morning he was at 206.6lbs which is a total loss of 6.2lbs so far in this challenge. Not bad.
My weight as of this morning was 212.6lbs which is a total loss of only 3.4lbs so far in the challenge.
I am definitely not on pace to hitting my 30lbs weight loss target if you look at things from a linear point of view.
Here’s a graph of my progress so far.
The blue line represents my actual weight. The red line is a 7 day average of my weight. The green line is my “pacer” line of where I should be at in order to hit my target of losing 30lbs by Sept 21st.
Now, if you look at that graph you can see that I’m not on target to hit my goal.
However, there are a couple of things to keep in mind.
Firstly, let’s take a look at the same graph but instead of starting out on May 24th as my starting point, let’s start on January 1st, 2011 as my starting point.
I didn’t track my weight every day since January, but I did take my weight on several occasions and I tracked it in my spreadsheet. Then, what I did is I drew a linear line between the different weight points.
It’s not exact, but it will give you an idea of what my weight has been like since the beginning of the year.
Now, when you look at the graph from January 1st till now, it paints a slightly different picture, doesn’t it?
As you can see my weight hit a low point in the first week of February or so, and then I began gaining weight from there until I started my challenge on May 24th.
Like I mentioned above, I’m sure the weight gain was NOT that linear, but since I didn’t weight myself every day I can’t show a more detailed graph. What I do know is that I was 198lbs on Feb 12th, then I was 205lbs on April 19th and then 216lbs on May 24th. Based on those numbers I drew the line linearly.
When you look at the graph from that point of view, even though I’m not currently on pace to hit my 30lbs weight loss target, you can see that I have stopped my weight gain since starting the challenge.
If I was to continue the graph outwards on the same trajectory as it was heading in before my challenge I would probably be weighing in at over 220lbs by now.
So really I’m probably close to 8-10lbs lighter than I would be if I didn’t start this challenge.
And the cool thing is that I have only just started making “physical world” changes to my exercise/diet plan in the last week or so. Prior to that I was mostly working on the spiritual & mental side of my plan.
Speaking of exercise, here’s what I’ve been up to with that.
Getting Back to Running
Last week I got inspired to clean out my exercise room so that I can start working out and running again.
I don’t know why, but there’s just something about running on my treadmill that I really enjoy.
I know running is not necessarily the best fat-loss exercise you can do, but I don’t really care. I enjoy it, so that’s what I’m inspired to do right now.
I did my first run on June 23rd. I was super excited to see that Nike has put out a new app for the iPhone which allows you track your runs with no shoe sensor!
You can track your runs either on a treadmill, or outside, and it doesn’t even need the Nike+ shoe sensor anymore to track things. It uses the sensor in the iPhone itself, which is really cool.
The app only cost $1.99. I highly recommend it.
Besides tracking your runs, it also graphs them visually which I really like.
Here’s the graphs for my runs so far:
June 23rd Run
June 25th Run
June 26th Run
June 27th Run
June 28th Run
June 29th Run
After completing my 3.6km run today, I also decided to go for a brisk walk with my wife in the evening. It turned out that our walk was just over 5 kms.
So far, since getting my exercise room cleaned out last week I’ve done 6 runs and 1 walk for a total of 25.25 kms and burned 1964 calories according to my Nike+ app.
If I just look at my weight of 212.6 lbs this morning, that is not a very encouraging metric to look at.
However, I feel really good right now.
Since I started running last week, I’ve been feeling like I have a lot more energy and I’m finding myself automatically drinking more water and eating less and less junk food.
I have yet to make any drastic changes to my diet, but I do feel that those changes are just around the corner.
I’m a bit surprised that my intuition has guided me to start running first, instead of changing my diet first, but I trust it’s purpose.
I saw something today that really inspired me. Apparently, BeachBody is coming out with a 2nd part to their P90X program which will be called P90X2.
I saw the trailer for it today and it really inspired me to lose this fat so that I can go back and finish the complete round of P90X and then to one day do P90X2.
That would be sweet.
What would also be awesome is if BeachBody finally opened up their coaching opportunity to people in Canada. I totally want to be a BeachBody coach. I love their products.
Here’s the video. This thing looks so hardcore.
When I first started doing my P90X workout last year, I searched all over the Internet for a p90x tracking sheet or p90x tracking software package of some sort. However, I couldn’t find anything out there that was any good, so I created my own P90X tracking sheet in Excel and put it up on this Blog as a free download for everyone.
The P90X tracking sheet became very popular but I received many requests from people who were looking for additional features such as:
- Ability to track P90X Lean workouts
- Ability to track P90X Doubles workouts
- Ability to track P90X+ workouts
- Ability to schedule workouts on different days
- Tracking of P90X nutrition plan
Unfortunately I was unable to add all those features into the excel spreadsheet, but I did finally find a really cool software package created by Workoutsoft called XtremeFit Tracker™ that does everything you need for tracking P90X workouts.
Here are a few screen shots and details about this software.
Last week I started thinking about getting back on track with my plans to get in shape. It’s been more than a month since I’ve put P90X on hold an I want to get back on it. I haven’t yet decided when I’m going to start back up, but in the meantime I’ve been taking some smaller steps to get back on the bandwagon.
A week ago my wife and I went for a 75 minute walk, and this past weekend I also did about 3 hours of gardening on Sunday. It’s not much but it’s a good start to get my body moving.
I actually haven’t weighed myself in the last month, but I just did and I’m at 207.8lbs and my Body Fat is at 26.2%. It looks like my weight dropped a bit but I think it’s all been muscle. That’s a bit depressing, but I have been on a break for a month and haven’t worked out at all so it’s to be expected.
One thing I definitely want to figure out very soon is my diet. I think it is crucial to be eating properly if you’re going to be on a fitness program. My problem is not knowing what I should or shouldn’t be eating, but making it a priority in my life above all the other things I’m working on in my life.
On another note, does anyone else here live in Canada and have any interest in becoming a P90X coach? They are currently not accepting Canadian applicants, but if you contact me I have a contact that will be speaking to BeachBody in the next while who’s trying to get the Canadian market opened up. If you’re interested, contact me and I’ll provide more details.
As I’m sure you guys have noticed, I haven’t been updating the site in the last week or so. I’ve been going through a life planning process and really getting clear on my values and goals in life.
As part of this process I’m really re-evaluating my goals in the Fitness and Health category of my life. As some of you who have been following this blog from day one have seen, I started off my plan on February 9th and for the first 30 days of the plan I was following the P90X fitness plan pretty much exactly as laid out in the system, and I was following the diet part about 80%.
In the second phase of the program (After day 30) I went back to eating my normal diet which isn’t as healthy as I’d like it to be, but continued on with my exercise plan. Surprisingly, even though I ate crappy I actually lost some fat weight in the second phase of the program, but probably not as much as I could have lost if I was eating healthy.
I’ve been getting really busy with some projects I’m working on for my businesses and it’s been putting a strain on my workout schedule and eating patterns. In the first phase, I was mostly doing my workouts during the afternoons but lately I haven’t been making time to do my workouts until well after midnight which makes it really hard to stick with the program.
Probably the most frustrating thing has been that I’ve been working so hard on the exercise part of the program, but because my diet sucks I haven’t been losing as much fat as I’d like to and as much as I know I can, so it just feels like I’ve been getting “bigger”.
I need to do something about my diet. It’s just getting too hard to keep exercising when I know that my diet is not up to par. It feels like all the hard work I’m doing during the workouts gets wasted with the crappy foods I eat.
I think I need to work out a diet that’s not as strict as the P90X diet, but not as “loose” as what I’ve been doing lately. I need something that’s going to give me the energy I need to complete the workouts.
My biggest problem is my addiction to sugar. Almost everyone I know has this addiction to varying degrees. I’ve gone off of sugar in the past a few times and always experienced “withdrawal” symptoms during the first few days very similar to those that drug addicts experience when getting off of drugs. Most people don’t believe me when I tell them this, but that’s because they’ve never tried getting off of sugar before. Some of the research I heard on white sugar suggests that it’s actually more addictive than Cocaine.
I’ve tried reducing my sugar intake before, but I find that it’s actually easier to just completely go cold turkey and just survive the first few days and then you’re no longer craving it at all. Now, when I say “Sugar”, I don’t just mean the white sugar you put in your coffee or tea. I’m talking about ALL types of refined sugars, like white breads, corn starches, breakfast cereals with sugar in them, white pasta, white rice, artificial sweeteners like Splenda or Aspartame etc. Basically the only kind of sugars you’re allowed to eat is the sugars you find in whole fruits and vegetables. It’s not easy to do this, but it’s a really good way to lose fat weight.
Anyway, I’m still working on deciding if I want to do this, or if I want to just gradually cut down on my sugar intake and just work on making sure I eat healthy foods in my diet and allow myself to eat crappy stuff too if I want, but only after I’ve had my nutritious foods. For example, if I want dessert, I could eat an apple first and then if I still want some ice cream after then I can still have it but only after I eat my apple.
I’m working on figuring all the “mental” stuff right now, and in the meantime my workouts are on hold for a few days. Also, the last few days I’ve been feeling like crap. I’ve been waking up with a sore throat and feeling lethargic. I hope I didn’t create a flu in my body with the crap I’ve been eating. That’s another reason I wanted to take a few more days off, to let myself rest and recover from whatever this thing is.
Not much to report today. I did my Plyometrics workout today, but for some reason my quads were really sore today so I only did about 3/4 of the workout and then I stopped and did some martial arts training instead.
Doing that still burned a lot of calories, but it wasn’t as harsh on my quads. I’m not totally sure why my quads hurt. It’s actually my left one especially, but I can’t figure out why it would hurt more than the right leg. I don’t remember doing anything in the last few days that would make my left quad so sore. Weird.