Day 22 of fitness plan

first snow

It snowed last night as you can see from the picture. I ran on the treadmill today because of the snow. I got to watch a half-hour of the Karate Kid on AMC while I was at it. The odometer on the treadmill says that I went 1.75 miles. I seem to be making progress on this front.

However, I did the progress test for the hundredpushups.com plan also, but I only managed 10 pushups. I did 12 last week, so I’m getting worse. I think I’m going to have to repeat week 2 again.

As for my diet, I’m still not even attempting to eat right. That has got to stop or I’ll never get in shape. I’m not Michael Phelps. I can’t eat thousands of calories a day knowing that I’ll burn them off by exercising because I’m not going to be training for the Olympics. I need to stay under 2000 calories. No more just trying to do Weight Watchers one or two meals a day. I’m going to have to go back to it full-time.

Weight:285.5 pounds

Exercise:Week 4 Day 1 of the couch-to-5k plan. Push-up progress test: 10 push-ups.

Yesterday’s water:Two 1-liter bottles of tap water.

Many homes on the web

I was updating my media collection on Amazon today so that I can get better recommendations of new books to read, and I realized that I’ve got public profiles on a bunch of social networking sites. I thought I would try to keep better track of what they all are, and get rid of the ones I don’t use anymore.

Here’s the ones that I managed to wrangle this evening that I still actively use:

Day 21 of fitness plan

Weight:forgot to weigh

Exercise:It’s my day-off from running and pushups, so I just took Ollie on a 40-minute walk around the neighborhood.

Yesterday’s breakfast:1 cup All-Bran Strawberry Medley cereal, Half-cup skim milk, 1 orange. (5 WW points)

Yesterday’s mid-morning snack:skipped it

Yesterday’s water:Two 1-liter bottles of tap water.

Yesterday’s lunch:ate breakfast so late that I just skipped lunch.

Day 20 of fitness plan

I finished redoing the second week of the hundred pushups plan. I’ll do a progress test Sunday morning to determine whether I’ve improved enough to move up to week three.

I think I’ve found a way to make the pushups easier, or I could just be fooling myself. I trying adding a kind of pop to the end. Instead of pushing myself back up slowly and steadily to the point where my arms are fully extended, I started trying to pop back up quickly after a slow start. It might at least help me build fast-twitch muscle fiber which will help me with throwing a baseball or swinging a bat.

Weight: 283.0 pounds

Exercise: Week 2, Day 3 of the hundredpushups.com plan. 5 sets (5,7,5,5,8).

Yesterday’s breakfast:1 cup All-Bran Strawberry Medley cereal, Half-cup skim milk, 1 orange. (5 WW points)

Yesterday’s mid-morning snack:skipped it

Yesterday’s water:Two 1-liter bottles of tap water.

Yesterday’s lunch:It was Thanksgiving dinner so there was a ton of stuff: turkey, mashed potates, chicken noodles, rolls, sushi, tortilla chips, pumpkin pie, apple pie, pumpkin crisp, cool whip, etc. (5,000,000 WW points)

Day 19 of fitness plan

Jake and I went to the Bridger track this morning to run. It was definitely a lot more of a workout than running on the treadmill. I was surprised by this, but I guess I shouldn’t have since running on the treadmill Sunday and Tuesday this week had seemed easy. I just had to run on the track again to feel the comparison.

That tells me that I’ll have to turn the speed up on the treadmill some more the next time the weather forces me indoors. Michelle got me a pair of nylon track pants at Wal-Mart yesterday for $9.00, so maybe I can continue to run outdoors more often. I was feeling kind of stupid when I was out running in a pair of blue jeans.

Obviously, I’m going to have trouble sticking to any kind of diet today since it is Thanksgiving. I think the best I can hope for is to drink my allotment of water.

Weight: 283.0 pounds

Exercise: Week 3, Day 3 of the couch-to-5k plan.

Yesterday’s breakfast: 1 cup All-Bran Strawberry Medley cereal, Half-cup skim milk, 1 banana. (6 WW points)

Yesterday’s mid-morning snack:skipped it

Yesterday’s water:Two 1-liter bottles of tap water.

Yesterday’s lunch:Lean Cuisine BBQ Chicken Pizza (7 WW points) and a Pink Lady Apple (1 WW point). I love the Pink Lady variety of apples. They taste kind of like Sweet Tarts candy.

Day 18 of fitness plan

I’m on vacation today and I slept in until almost 11:00. Obviously I gained more weight. Exercise alone (especially the tiny amount I’m doing) is not going to help me lose weight. Last night for dinner I had Kung Pao Chicken from Cathay Express followed by 3 doughnuts from the Quiktrip. I didn’t even try to calculate the Weight Watchers points for that, but I bet it is more than all the points I’m allowed for the day. I’ve really got to cut out this overeating or I’ll end up back where I was in April.

Weight: 285.0 pounds

Exercise: Week 2, Day 2 of the hundredpushups.com plan. 5 sets (5,6,4,4,7). I must be improving because it seems to be getting easier.

Yesterday’s breakfast: 6 Weight Watchers points. 1 cup All-Bran Strawberry Medley cereal, Half-cup skim milk, 1 banana.

Yesterday’s mid-morning snack:skipped it

Yesterday’s water:Two 1-liter bottles of tap water.

Day 17 of fitness plan

I’m doing terrible with the diet end of things. I’m just eating whatever the heck I want in whatever quantities make me feel good, except for breakfast. I’m on vacation starting tomorrow, so maybe I can take the extra time to go to the grocery store and get something healthy for lunch. It might help to actually plan out lunch the day before so that I don’t even have to think about it. I already do this with breakfast so I don’t even have to consider cheating on the diet at breakfast time, but it’s late and I’m tired right now, so I’ll think about it tomorrow.

Weight: 284.0 pounds. (I weighed after lunch.)

Exercise: Week 3, Day 2 of the couch-to-5k plan. I used the treadmill doing the walking bits at 3.0 mph, and the jogging bits at 5.0 mph.

Yesterday’s breakfast: 6 Weight Watchers points. 1 cup All-Bran Strawberry Medley cereal, Half-cup skim milk, 1 banana.

Yesterday’s mid-morning snack:skipped it

Yesterday’s water:Two 1-liter bottles of tap water.

Day 16 of fitness plan

We had Thanksgiving at my folks yesterday, and I stuffed myself. Somehow, the scales still show a half-pound loss.

Weight: 282.0 pounds.

Exercise: Week 2, Day 1 of the hundredpushups.com plan. I did 5 sets (4,6,4,4,6). Yesterday, I did the two-week progress test, and I maxed out at 12 push-ups. This is better than the 8 that I started at, but it isn’t good enough to move up to week 3, so I’m repeating week 2. I have to be able to do at least 16 to get into the lowest category in week 3.

Yesterday’s breakfast: 6 Weight Watchers points. 1 cup All-Bran Strawberry Medley cereal, Half-cup skim milk, 1 banana.

Yesterday’s mid-morning snack:skipped it

Yesterday’s water:Two 1-liter bottles of tap water.

Day fifteen of fitness plan

I had a side salad from McDonalds for lunch yesterday, but with hamburger and fries, I cancelled out the healthy. Today, we’re going over to my parents’ house for Thanksgiving dinner, so it’s not terribly likely that I’ll be eating healthy today either, so I guess I’ll try starting the healthy lunch thing on Monday.

Michelle and I went out to a couple of bars last night with friends. I’ll try adding the pictures to facebook later today.

Weight: 282.5 pounds.

Exercise: Week 3, Day 1 of the couch-to-5k plan. I used the treadmill today because it was 45 degrees outside. It was easy, but I think that just tells me that I need to pump up the speed of the treadmill a bit. I started walking at 2.5 mph, and jogging at 4.0 mph. I ended walking at 3.0 mph, and jogging at 4.5 mph. I think I’ll try taking the jogging speed up to 5.0 mph on Tuesday.

Yesterday’s breakfast: 6 Weight Watchers points. 1 cup All-Bran Strawberry Medley cereal, Half-cup skim milk, 1 banana.

Yesterday’s mid-morning snack:1 Granny Smith apple.

Yesterday’s water:Two 1-liter bottles of tap water.

Day fourteen of fitness plan

walking the dog

Weight: 285.5 pounds. Holy crap! What happened? Actually, I know what happened. I ate out for lunch and dinner yesterday and didn’t even attempt to limit myself. I guess it’s time to take the next step. I already eat a healthy breakfast, so the next step would be to have a healthy mid-morning snack and a health lunch. Maybe in a week or two, I can expand it to health afternoon snack and a healthy dinner.

Exercise: It’s my off-day from both push-ups and running, so I took Ollie for a 30 minute walk. Jake went with me, and Michelle went with us for one lap around the block, but she got cold and went back in the house.

Yesterday’s breakfast: 6 Weight Watchers points. 1 cup All-Bran Strawberry Medley cereal, Half-cup skim milk, 1 banana.

Yesterday’s water:Two 1-liter bottles of tap water.