Day four of my exercise program

Apparently I tried too hard on the initial test I did on the hundred pushups program. I ended up in the second category, but I’m not able to do all the sets called for in the plan for people who are in the second category. Today, I was supposed to do five sets of 6, 8, 6, 6, and 7. I only managed to do 6, 8, 5, 2, and 1. And I was still hurting from Monday’s sets. On Friday, I think I’ll fall back to the first category to see if I can actually finish a workout.

As for my diet, I weighed 282 pounds on the scales this morning, and I ate like a pig last night. I always seem to do fine for breakfast and lunch but I fall off the wagon in the evening. Maybe I should stop eating the same evening meal that my family eats. They aren’t particularly focused on weight loss and I completely pooch the portion control. I always seem to go back for seconds, and sometimes even thirds. So, I need to plan my own meals and provide my own snacks, and I need to make sure I only prepare enough so that I can’t go back for seconds.

Day three of the exercise program

It’s cold and rainy today, but I ventured outdoors to do the workout from Week 1, Day 2 of the Couch-to-5K running program. I did a five-minute warm-up walk, followed by 20 minutes where I alternated 60 seconds of jogging with 90 seconds of walking. By the end of it my fingers ached, but I otherwise felt great. I wonder why running would make my fingers hurt.

Anyway, I weighed 277 pounds on the bathroom scale this morning. I did pretty good on my diet yesterday except when I got home from work in the evening. Jill had made a baked penne pasta dish for dinner. I ate a bunch of that and then had 2 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I have no idea how many points any of that stuff was and didn’t bother to try to find out. I really need to fix my attitude in that regard. I need to find out how many points a meal represents before I start eating it. Otherwise, I’m going to gain all the weight back that I’ve lost this year.

Oh, yeah, as a follow-up to the gay marriage topic I was talking about yesterday. I was wrong in one major respect. Even if gay people live as if they were married, they still can’t adopt children or act as foster parents in some states. I thought of this as I read a post on digg that was talking crap on Arkansas for being a backward hellhole because they had voted in the election to not allow unmarried people to adopt or be foster parents. So there are some rights that you get via the state’s legal recognition of your marriage that you wouldn’t get from a separate civil contract. But still, I think gay people should go ahead and make de facto marriages even where they can’t make them de jure.

Happy Monday :(

I did Week 1, Day 1 of the hundred pushups program this morning. I didn’t do very well. I did five sets (6,6,4,4,1). The last set I was supposed to max out but do at least five. I only managed to do one. And the bathroom scales say that I weigh 280 pounds this morning. I didn’t do very well following Weight Watchers yesterday. Michelle and I went to a “celebration of life” which is sort of like a wake or a funeral, and they had a potluck buffet. I didn’t really pig out but I also didn’t try to count my points.

To make this post relevant to other people, I’ll guess I’ll make a point about the funeral. The funeral was for a gay friend of the family. His husband kept talking about the “holy union” that they had had 15 years ago in St. Louis. I kept wishing that he would just call it a wedding. For all intents and purposes, they were an old married couple. I figure that’s how to make gay marriage a legal reality. First you have to make it a reality of daily life in this country, and then it will become a legal reality. If gay people want to get married, they should go ahead and do it. A marriage in the legal sense is a contract between two people. The government has predefined the terms for straight people, but there is nothing that says gay people can’t make a contract between themselves. They can then call it a marriage even if the government won’t. Then eventually, the anti-gay-marriage laws will seem as archaic as the anti-miscegenation laws.

Getting in shape

First a brief history: I’ve had neuropathy in my feet for about five years, I was diagnosed with high cholesterol a couple of years ago, and I was diagnosed with Type II diabetes last year. In the fall of 2007, I started an exercise program but I only lasted a couple of months and I didn’t lose any weight. Michelle and I joined Weight Watchers in April 2008 and I went from 312 pounds to 272 pounds in 5 months. Our meetings were on Monday evenings, and we ended up quitting when volleyball season started because we’d rather see Jill play volleyball than go to the meetings. Unfortunately, this also meant that we haven’t exactly been following the diet. I’m back up to 278 pounds today.

I take my Zocor to keep my cholesterol under control, and I take my Metformin to keep the diabetes under control, but I just wonder what else is going to go wrong because I don’t eat right and I don’t exercise. So, I’ve decided to stop wondering and make a public commitment to get in shape. I’m going to track my progress in my blog.

I’m going to follow some ready-made programs. For strength training, I’m starting with the hundred pushups training program. For aerobic training, I’m starting with the Cool Running Couch-to-5K Running Plan. For my diet, I’m going to get back on Weight Watchers, but I’m not going to rejoin because I don’t want to spend the $39.95 a month that it costs.

For the pushups, I did the initial test today, and I was able to do 8 push-ups in a row. I’m going to start Week 1, Day 1 of the program tomorrow. It’s a three-day-a-week program, and I’m going to do it on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

For the running, I did Week 1, Day 1 of the program this morning. Jake and I went to the track at Bridger. I did a 5-minute warm-up walk, and then for 20 minutes I alternated between 60 seconds of jogging, and 90 seconds of walking. It is only 40 degrees and windy today, but I still ended up pretty sweaty. I didn’t get worn out, and I actually feel pretty good. It’s been awhile since I got my blood pumping.

As for the diet, I’ve still got my food journal built into my daily checklist, I just need to start using it again.

So, I’ll check in tomorrow with my weight, my exercise log, and my Weight Watchers point count from today.

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