Day 11 – Weight recovery and a corner turned?

The scale this morning suggests I have recovered from Teusday’s excess. That’s a good thing. I may not be able to weigh in until Tuesday since I will be driving all Monday. But, right now I should be showing continued loss. My weight fluctuates during the day, so mornings are better…

Since this is Adam’s birthday week. (I can only assume this is because he has a wife who does such things…) We haven’t walked much. Monday afternoon, but the rest of the week is a wash. Not complaining (much) but what it has done is forced me back to walking alone.

I can’t complain about the view.

I don’t really look forward to it as much, but I find myself less resistant. Maybe it’s because I am keeping myself accountable here? I dunno.

Anyway, with the doctor’s appt., a full work day, and plans to leave tonight around 1/3am (read: nap) I won’t have much time to do some extra work. So this morning I made it out and forced myself to do another half mile.

Day 10 – Ugh.

Yesterday night was not a good night. It was Adam’s birthday, but through some miscommunication, I ended up eating a sandwich (Subway Sweet Onion w/ Lots of Veggies) because they kept mentioning how full he was after going to a chip shoppe for fish and chips. Then they had Turkey Burgers and some grilled veggies. So, I mean all in all it wasn’t terrible as far as content goes… Lots of veggies, few carbs… with the exception of that piece of chocolate cake. I don’t really have a sweet tooth, but the cake was pretty good. Dense and Moist. Yum. Anyway, I would say that I had an extra sandwich, a pint of guinness, and a slice of cake. And less sleep than I would have liked. Mostly due to me losing at redneck life…

The winner is the one with the most remaining teeth.

So I used that as motivation today to get myself down to the gym. Which I am glad I did. Made it through all the expected work, but I was running late. so I short-rested (60s vs 90s between sets) most of the workout. I felt it for sure. Numbers wise is improved the work:rest ratio a lot. (from 1:5 to 1:2) So I felt good about the workout.

Breakfast was a protien shake, mixed with DnD Vanilla Iced Coffee. I was surprised how much I liked it. Lunch, I finished off some leftover rotisserie chicken, and sautéed it with the rest of my cabbage kimchi and added some Pickled onions. I had a couple slices of smoked gouda I stuck on there. It was a pretty good.

I had to force myself to stop procrastinating my walk, but big storms rolling in got me out the door and a standard out and back. Again using the whole extra food from yesterday driver.

Not sure what I’ll have tonight, something lightweight. I am going in for my annual physical tomorrow, so I need to fast until after 11am. Bleh.

Speaking of tomorrow. I am going to try to (weather permitting) get my walk in early in the morning. I am travelling tomorrow night late (leave between 1am and 4am), I’ll be driving all day Friday, so it’ll be tough to get any workouts in Friday-Monday. I’m going to make an effort to walk, but I’ll miss a couple weights workouts most likely.

All that said, my next few posts may be pretty brief.

Day 9 – Still Dropping

Today will be tough. Very busy with work today. Trying to figure out when I can get a walk in. Luckily it’s a rest from weights day, so that helps some.

Without any really tough changes in diet. I am still dropping. This morning, I weighed in at -3.9lbs. It’s good to see daily progress, even if it is just a couple 10ths of a pound here and there.

More Chicken and Kale Superfood salad.. Though I added some smoked gouda, and thinly sliced sweet onions.

Day 8 (New Week!) – 3.2lbs Down 96.8 ToGo

First week in the books. As normal a little fluctuation in weight day for day, but so far so good. Officially 3.2lbs down in the first week. The weekend was pretty good. I didn’t starve myself, and I stayed reasonably active. Even Sunday, I was washing/drying the Kayaks, and cleaning out my truck. Which while not especially strenuous, thanks to the steamy Atlanta summer, resulted in a good bit of sweat.

Foodwise I think I did okay. I did make some Chicken Tacos w/ Fried Flour Tortilla shells. I wouldn’t say they are particularly healthy, but they tasted good. The portion control is working well, that will only carry me so far most likely… but for now it works out.

Today, I got my Morning Weights in, my walk will be a little later in the afternoon due to meetings. So Maybe I can squeeze out a bit of longer walk today. I did go ahead and cheat up my Arm Curl/Ext and Military Press up 10lbs. That felt better for sure. It feels pretty good to be back on the horse, and to some degree I think this blog is helping me keep it going. So you know, Yay Me.

I need to figure out some options for this weekend. I will be travelling, so I won’t have my normal workout options available to me. Obviously I can go take a walk, that’s not an issue, I was thinking the weight days. I’m driving, so I suppose I can throw a couple Dumbells or plates into the back of the truck to have with me. It won’t be perfect but at least it will be something. I’ll sort it out.

Lunch, Chicken and Superfoods Kale Salad

Finished a quick (for me) 2 mile Tugboat, but in reverse direction. It was later in the day so quite hot.

Day 7 – Full Rest.

Today is all rest. I can do something more if I like but nothing overly strenuous. I need to get the house cleaned up anyway. I am really struggling this morning with food. I just want to order pizza, or burgers or eat copious amounts of Chinese food… I dunno. Instead I am going to go make some BLT lettuce wraps, maybe with some leftover meat sauce from last night. But man I could go for a triple cheese 4 corner from jets, with Banana peppers, pepperoni and and mushrooms extra bake…. I better get something in my stomach quick it is making some gurgling noises…

Wraps Win Over Pizza!

Funny observation from yesterday, my Garmin Fenix marked it as the laziest of days. I didn’t track my paddling, so my steps where lower than expected. Sokay.

Day 6 – Active Rest

So today, as active rest I went a paddling my inflateable kayak in the chattahoochie. About two hours or so. It has been a longtime since I did that. So I was definately working harder than I thought I would. After grabbed dinner with friends up in Roswell. A place called 120 Tavern. I want to say I stuck to my diet plans… But, I had 3 Short Rib tacos and split a burratta caprese salad. Lots of Ice Tea and water.

For dinner, it was gnocchi with meat sauce. Again probably not ideal, but portion size was smaller than normal, and generally unrefined ingredients. It was store made gnocchi, but all in all not awful.

Day 5 – Back to Weights after soreness.

I’ll do official weigh-ins on Mondays. Today is Friday. I did notice that my weight has started to drop again, supporting my water/food weight theory. My eating has been reasonably good. I eat 2 meals a day, try to supplement with a protein shake. Though there are times I simply get distracted and miss a meal. This is actually a good thing in my opinon. I am, for the moment at least, focused on portion control so I don’t subconsciously eat larger meals after going long stretches without

Anyway, Today was back to weight after the initial soreness. It felt good. The way 5×5 works is essentially there are two workouts:

Workout A:
Squats, Military Press, DeadLift, Bicep Curls, Tricep Extensions.

Workout B:
Squats, Bench Press, Bent Rows, Bicep Curls, Tricep Extensions.

I added the last two exercises (Curls and Extensions) to get a little more work on my arms. In general, you add 5lbs to the exercises after each workout (Squats go up twice as quick as any other workout), until you get to the point where you can’t finish the 5 sets of 5. then you work until you can. Anyway, the point here is that the first day made my legs so sore I had to miss the next workout on Wednesday. So this morning, will be the first chest/back bit. I don’t think I will be as sore since the aggregate weight is much lower. (Squats technically includes my body weight, where bench presses do not)

I’ll get through Monday and Wed of next week, then I’ll start cheating to +10lbs/Workout until I get back into feeling like it’s an actual workout.

Another little bit, is I turn on a space heater to warm the room up, so by the time I am finished the room is near 90+ degrees. Which actually gets a good sweat going. as well.

Good Walk, Took a little different route, through a it of woods, and along a main road. Was a nice change. Adam’s dog slows us a bit, but only marginally and let’s be fair it’s always fun to have dogs around.

Day 4 -Ugh Daily Gains.

I’m going to go to weekly noted weigh ins. I gained a bit last night, I suspect it was just an extra bit of water weight. Stills feels like a set back

Today I got a walk in later than normal, but a nice long talk with Gabby helped d me get through it.

Food Wise I didn’t do awful. For lunch I had some Sweet Jalapeño chicken and green beans.. the for dinner I ate the left over green beans with some chopped up and Sautee’d deli chicken and pickled Vidalia onions.

Day 3 – 4.3lbs Down 95.7 ToGo

Well, my leg soreness is horrible. I am not sure I’ll get weights in today. The fist day back to lifting soreness is brutal. I should be good by Friday I think. That said, I did make sure I got my daily walk miles in, and found a way to add some stairs into that walk to help squeeze out the soreness.

Overall it was a good walk, a little rushed as Adam left the dogs at home but didn’t blow my pace out of the water or any thing. Temperature was 89/97 (temp/heat index) so a bit cooler and dryer. I would have expected a little better timing. I’ll chalk that up to soreness.

Still seeing some weight loss, but that’s likely just the benefits of a heightened portion control. I had a chicken salad (which sound healthier than it really was.) for dinner. And healthy breakfasts, but protien shakes for lunch. Well see when this initial loss wave flattens out where I am at.

It’s not as healthy as it sounds, but man it tasted good.