So this was the first week of my RESTART. Busy week over-all, and I did not get in as many workouts as I would have wanted. But it was a positive week as a whole. I was not expecting to reinvent the same experience I had in March of 2011, but I wanted to see progress and I wanted to see consistency with positive habits and food choices.
Weight – 295 Lbs (No Change)
Chest – 50 Inches (down 1 inches
Waist – 52 inches (down 2 inches)
Hips – 45.5 inches (down 1.5 inches)
Biceps – 17.5 inches (up .5 inches)
Thighs – 28 inches (no change)
Neck – 17 inches (no change)
So, no weight loss, so why am I happy? Check the reductions on Chest, Waist and Hips. I lost 4.5 inches there and that means I am burning fat. My body fat percentage dropped meaning I built a little muscle and lost some weight. Next week I wills work in some more runs, as only a kick boxing routine covered my cardio for the week. I also had one big trip to the gym to lift meaning, I put on some beef.
This is a good start. I am proud of this start and looking forward to a solid 2nd week. I will probably have a baby this week so, um, that will be a distraction. But I am doing this for our little family, so eating healthy will be the gift I give to myself this time.
Today I missed the Bootcamp due to a disagreement I had with myself about when I should get up. So it hit the gym. First day back in over a year, so I tried an Occam’s Protocol workout.
15 min Eliptical
6 sets of inverted Grip Dumbbell Shoulder Press:
20 – 20’s
10 – 35’s
6 – 55’s
6 – 60’s
5 – 65’s
6 Sets of Inverted Lat Pull Downs
20 – 30
5 – 60
5 – 75
5 – 105
5 – 120
5 – 135
Let’s see if less is more. Feel really pumped right now.
There is a heavy emphasis in the book about eating organic foods. It is really key. There’s a number of chemicals, adjustments, anibiotics, growth hormones and all kinds of bio-engineered Whack Attack going on in food today. The preservatives alone in most foods are both difficult to pronounce and difficult to understand.
My wife started us on a journey a few years ago towards eating more organic foods. It happened when we were pregnant with our son. The Doctor highly recommended we use organic food products for a more healthy child. And boy is this kid healthy. Yeesh. Anyway, we started making more ROUTINE trips to the Farmer’s Market. What was once a month has turned into once a week, mostly because she buys bread from Bezian’s Old World Bakery. (Side not, Bezian’s is a crazy fermented sour dough proofed for 30 days, and folks who are GULTEN Intolerant swear by this stuff. So, if you live in L.A. Give it a shot.)
Anyway, this is where we now buy groceries, and relatively in-expensively I might add. For example, we bought a flat of 20 organic brown eggs that were 1 day out of the chicken for $4.00. We bought about two pounds of fresh green beans, I will use to cook up for breakfast this week. And, Miracle of Miracles! I found a stand that sold Macadamia Nut products including the highly elusive Macadamia Oil that I can never find. Well, guess what? I found it for 2 bottles for $11.00. Pretty good find!
Anyway, Framer’s markets just aren’t about fruits, you can get some meats there, breads, jams, organic honey, flowers, and bunch of stuff. AND, they aren’t just about the produce. Farmer’s Markets are about communities. They are a great place for you to get to know your neighbor. So, give it a try. Usually you can find a Market in your area with a simple google search. I encourage you to seek your produce and other stuff there.
I am doing a COMPLETE NEW RE-START of my FITNESS PROGRAM! This is complete with a complete RE-DESIGN of the WEB SITE. Everything is going to be FRESH. No more baggage, no more denying the reality. No more being ashamed. I think I made the mistake of turning Spare Tire Project into something other than my own web documentation of my personal journey. It became something else, and in the end that clouded the issue. The issue is Me. So, without further adieu. Here is my starting point for the RESTART.
- Weight – 295lbs
- Chest – 51 inches
- Waist – 54 inches
- Hips – 47 inches
- Biceps – 17 inches
- Thighs – 28 inches
- Neck – 17 inches
- Body Fat – 35.76%
So, as you can see, I am UP quite a bit from my LOW in October of 2011. My low in 2011 was 20lbs lighter. I was at the time training for the Spartan Sprint and I was at 275 lbs going into that race. As a whole, I’m still down from when I started this process in 2010, where I was at 315 lbs. HOWEVER, I’ve given back quite a bit. Time to take all that back and then some!
This week was a good week for me. I was able to maintain the Slow Carb Program and get some solid work outs in (Total of 3). I am up a pound from my last measurement back at the start of this month, but that was three weeks ago. And that’s the problem. I stopped being vigilant about this process. I started to get sloppy and unfocused. With a new baby coming in a few weeks, you might thing it is fool hardy to even attempt the process. But what is my alternative? Wait a few months? Gain it all back? I don’t think so.
“If you looked back a year from now, you would have wished you started today,” is a phrase that comes to mind. So, I’m going to honor it and start. Sure life is throwing me a wonderful curve ball, but I need to honor the blessing of my new child and set the right example for my family and for myself, that health is important.
Re-Join me on my journey. I need your help. I got 95 lbs to lose, and I go a year to do it!
Well it has come down to this. I’m stepping up my fitness regiment as I feel that while my diet is consistent, I need to re-commit to my physical fitness. After my first child I REALLY let myself go. In two years, I had gained 40 lbs, and I am not going to do that again. My wife and I already discussed it, and we’re embracing the new change to our lives while also learning from what happened to us before. Health and Happiness cannot be sacrificed because of the stress of a big change. In fact, health and happiness reduce the stress during a big change.
However, with me dropping down to once a week at Boot Camp, what’ a guy to do? Well, I have a few things I have debated trying, so I’m going to see how my body responds.
The idea here is to try more frequent but shorter work outs each week. In some ways, I’m playing off the Four Hour Body Occam’s Principal concept to determine if I see better results. So, here goes.
- Sunday – Occam’s Protocol Workout #1 (a.m)
- Monday – Run (30 – 45) minutes (p.m)
- Tuesday – REST / STRETCH
- Wednesday – p90x Random Workout (cardio) or Run (30 – 45) minutes (p.m.)
- Thursday – Occam’s Protocol Workout #2 (p.m)
- Friday – BOOT CAMP
- Saturday – REST / STRETCH
I know what you’re going to say if you’re a strong believer in Four Hour Body. This is way too much time a week, and I’m not abiding by the true sense of the Occam’s Protocol which calls for literally (2) workouts of 30 minutes each week. I get it, and I’m not going to argue. However, as a man tipping the scales now at just about 290, I have to work more cardio into my life for my over-all cardio-vascular health.
No offense to TIM FERRIS, but if that guy has ever been as fat as I am, I’m pretty sure he’d make a few extra trips to the treadmill! So, other than the obvious criticism. You tell me what you think! I’m going to TRY this out this week and see how it goes.
Today was my only day at Boot Camp. Change is coming in a big way, as my wife and I welcome baby #2. With the elder child starting a new pre-school early in the morning, I am unable to go to Bootcamp in the mornings. This means I’m reducing my time there to once a week. From 4 to 3 to 2 now down to 1. I have to face the facts that my exercise regiment is going to change. I’ll blog about that more later.
But WHAT a FRIDAY! This was an exercise in what the worst things in the world are, let’s do them 50 times each and all in a row! Wah-freaking-hoo! The first cycle wasn’t too bad as it involved Jumping Jacks and Circle Kicks. However, a seconds cycle of bear crawls, crab crawls (which I can’t do) and spider crawls forced me towards a religious experience as I prayed to God that it would all mercifully end.
We finished this up with a cycle of I think 15,000 burpies or some crazy thing, and another round of abs. SWEAT WAS POURING off of me, and right now I’m recovering as best I can. What a workout today. Even though I can only go once a week, I can always count on getting the biggest challenge at Boot Camp!
This morning I was met with an unexpected obstacle when I attempted to hit ye’ ole Boot Camp. The traffic was horrible. It was the kind of traffic that moved so slow you had to fight to simply keep your sanity from slipping away into the ether. It was beyond frustrating to get up, want to work out and then find out you can’t.
BUT, I decided the best option was to turn around and latch on my NIKE+ and head out for a RUN! Yes, the weather was just cool enough that I didn’t think I was going to die out there. I don’t think it was anything incredibly impressive, but it was a healthy start as I jogged 1.65 miles at a surprisingly better pace than when I was running in prep for the Spartan Sprint. Regardless it felt good to run early in the morning.
I have never really done that kind of cardio work in the early morning before I went to work, but I actually feel better today in the office due to pushing a little wind through the pipes before heading in to the salt mines. With this being said, I will probably push to incorporate the early morning run twice a week into the rotation.