Too far too fast.

Ever wonder if you pushed a little too hard, too fast when it comes to loosing weight?
I was sick all weekend, and missed a few gym days. I got myself back on track as fast as possible. I almost made my goal for last week. I was down 1.2 instead of 1.5 pounds. Not too shabby all things considered.
However, since my official monday weigh in, this morning I find myself down 3 pounds.
It’s not that I think I hit the holy grail of weight loss techniques. I think my hard work and consistency are starting to pay off. But I have this nagging voice in my head telling me I am pushing too far too fast. And if I don’t scale it back a bit,  if I lapse the weight will just pile back on right quick. 
I don’t plan on changing anything just yet. I will ride this out to the end of the week. It may be just some sort of fluke. If weight loss still continues at that rapid of a pace, then I will try and slow things down.
Interesting dilemma.

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Monday, Monday, Monday!

Monday,  I am gonna kick your ass today. I may still be a little sick, I may feel like ass, but today I am not going to let “monday” beat me.
Your just another day.
Despite being sick, I still managed to lose 1.2 pounds over the last week. I guess when I did give into temptation this weekend, it wasn’t as bad as I thought. I would have readily accepted a week of no progress, or a slight back slide after being that sick.
So this mornings official weekly weigh in was a welcome surprise. I am still feeling a bit bloated. Probably from the bad food I ate over the weekend. That would explain the sudden half inch I gained in the waist. But I suspect that will be gone in a day. 
Onward! The day awaits.

Sick days

It started Thursday at work. I was wasting time yapping with my friend Derek in his little office when he told me that he had gone to the doctor that morning and he had bronchitis. Thanks Derek for coming to work ….that would have been useful information in the days prior when you were coughing and hacking.

So Thursday I started to feel it a little. By afternoon, I knew I was sick. I took a sick day Friday after not getting a lot of sleep the night before, and my chest feeling like it was full of hot rocks. By afternoon I had about every cold symptom there is.

Today, my chest has cleared up somewhat. But now everything has moved upstairs. My nose is running, one sinus cavity is completely clogged. I feel like hammered shit. Of course the only tissues I had in the house were cheap ones, so my nose has been paying the price. I have since upgraded to something with lotion.

Nutrition -wise this has been sort of a abject failure the past few days. The only thing saving me right now , is the fact that I am not that hungry, thus not eating that much. Luckily I was already down some weight for the week prior to getting sick. So I may just break even this week. It’s hard to eat clean when you don’t feel like making anything healthy.

I may just try and keep some organic canned chicken soup , or something of that nature in the cupboard or freezer as a back-up plan. Being sick should not be used as an excuse to eat bad. Besides, I am sure all the processed crap is adding to my feeling like shit. Especially as clean as I was eating.

I am keeping up on my water consumption, supplements, and have added in some extra zinc twice daily, and vitamin C with echinacea twice daily. Also, a big shout out to Traditional Medicinals. Their Gypsy Cold Care and Herba Tussin bo0th did an excellent job combating the worst of the symptoms. And they taste good with a shot of honey in them.

Another thing that is really getting me down is not going to the gym. I miss it, and I am probably well enough to go. But why do that to everyone else there? So I will keep doing as much stuff as right as I can and look to return Monday afternoon.

I still plan on posting a Monday update anyway.

Holy crap

I haven’t ran in a while. I mean besides the 200/400 meter intervals in crossfit abd the occassional 800 or odd mile.
So about a week ago I tried a walk/jog interval on the treadmill. I didn’t have a goal when in started but eventually I wanted to see if in could do two miles in under thirty. I came up just short. 1.97 miles. I was really pissed.
That was a few pounds and a bunch if workouts ago.
So today I decided to try a repeat. call it a benchmark. I definitely ran as much as I walked this time. 28:45. It felt a lot better. Not that I had a long and glorious running career, a few half assed 5ks…..but I didn’t realize my running has suffered this much.
So my spring goal is surely a 5k now. I would like to get back up there again to where I can manage one in under 45 minutes.
Now I just need to work on adding in distance. Then reduce the interval….or do I have that backwards? This will require some research.

Hidden calories and having a plan

So it’s been a week since I posted. Since my last official Monday weigh-in I have lost 2.2 pounds and taken 3/4 of an inch off my waist. Not bad at all. I suspect that I am actually a bit lighter, but I am still a bit bloated from the cheat meal on Friday and my body hasn’t quite recovered but I think that by tomorrow morning things should be normal. That’s the curse of a slow moving digestive system and an borderline gluten intolerance. I made thin crust boboli pizzas Friday night and ate some of the leftovers on Saturday. What I should have done, was chucked any leftovers and not gone beyond that one meal.

I have learned a few more things this week that I thought worth mentioning. First, beware the hidden calories in the form of liquids. Not just the caloric total, but the actual basis for the calories themselves. This is how crap sneaks into your healthy eating. First, is the coffee creamer. I love coffee. I love it even more with a slug of flavored creamer in it. However, it’s all sugar derived from high fructose corn syrup and some bastardized dairy. Not to mention a host of other “items”. None of which are natural. Also, I got used to having a beer while cooking dinner. I am somewhat of an aficionado of craft beer. That needs to be less. Maybe substitute a glass of red wine. This is not necessarily a calorie issue as it is a gluten issue. Beer leads to bloat.

The next thing I have come to appreciate is having a plan. I plan my meals out for the week to line up with my nutritional needs. I prep and cook everything on Sunday and pack it up in the fridge. This way all I have to do is grab the containers i need each day. Simple, fast, and effective. It keeps me on point with my nutrition. It also helps to make grocery shopping easier and I can find ways to cut costs.

Along those lines, I ma trying to work out a weekly workout plan. I desperately need to set some gym goals. Right now I do challenging workouts but with no real point other than working my muscles, working up a good sweat and burning off fat. Yes, that is good in one regard, I can’t really plateau because my training constantly varies.

I am working a crossfit-hybrid structure into my workouts. I am shying away from mostly isolation-style exercises and the whole traditional back/biceps-chest/triceps model that I used to follow. This is more programming in lots of compound movements with barbells , kettle bells and dumbbells, Olympic lifts, and other things such as sled push/pull, tire flips, etc.

I think a good goal in-line with mine would be a 5k, but in order to save on the knee pain and shin splints, maybe a 5k trail run. I know there are some in the spring. So I have plenty of time to prepare. I wi8ll look into that and decide before the next Monday update.

 

Not a bad week overall. I fully intend to make the next week just as good.