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Gentlemen, We Can Rebuild Him... (Day #1)

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Well, it's been a while. A very long while. In fact, this is my first time logging into SparkPeople in 6 months (183 days according to the website). It's been an interesting past 6 months to say the least, I had some great times and not so great times.

So the biggest development and the primary reason for my disappearance was that I lost my job. As some of you knew, I was a government contractor. Well, my contract ended on September 30. The bad part about it was that I was lead to believe up until September 26 that I was ok. I was told that either the contract was going to be extended or that I would be transitioned to a different contract within the same agency. Neither happened. So on September 30, I said my goodbyes to the people that I had worked with for 2 and a half years and I went home.

So here it is, the middle of January and I still haven't found anything. The last few months have been hard. I'm not even talking about hard financially, they've been hard mentally. Up until now, I had been continuously working since 2005. The only other time where I was unemployed this long was right after I graduated college in 2003.

So needless to say, being unemployed and battling the depression associated with that has taken it's toll on my weight. I gained the weight that I lost back over the summer and some additional weight. My weight topped out at 299 over the holidays. It was a mixture of eating poorly and not exercising. But I decided that I'm not going to let this job thing keep my down and unhealthy.

Over the past couple weeks, I've dropped a couple pounds by cutting out the fast food, ice cream and soda, so my starting weight for Day #1 was 295 pounds.

So let's talk about the exercise from Day #1, Wednesday, January 15:

5.0 miles of walking - Went for a walk around my neighborhood

15 minutes of Nike+ Kinect Training (Xbox 360)

So I finally got out of the house and went for a walk. I'm glad the extremely cold weather is gone. The temperature yesterday was in the upper 40s, so I didn't really need to bundle up to go outside. It was a good walk, I just had to dodge a few dozens kids on the sidewalk since my walk coincided with the end of the school day at my neighborhoods elementary school. So I did 5 miles (2.5 going and 2.5 coming back).

Later that evening I decided I would try the Nike+ Kinect game that I bought for a week ago. Needless to say it kicked my butt, which is why I only did about half of the workout (15 minutes). It's a pretty cool concept, you do a fitness assessment (I did that a couple days ago) and then they design a personalized workout program for you. The only problem is a lot of the exercises, especially the cardio ones are high impact and pretty difficult for me at my current weight. I may need to just play Dance Central and Kinect Sports for a little while until I lose some more weight, lol.

Well, that's all for now...

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X5X52000 1/23/2014 7:29PM

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SUGAR0814 1/16/2014 10:49PM

    I'm praying for you! A job will come. emoticon

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PANFRIEDTROUT 1/16/2014 8:24PM

    I'm sorry that you lost your job & especially the *way* it happened. I also "get" your depression and turning to food as a way to address the hurt and uncertainty.

How awesome that you're back on Spark, have made some eating changes, and that you're moving and doing stuff. Just don't do too much too soon and end up hurt so that you get derailed.

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TRAVELGRRL 1/16/2014 6:03PM

    Sorry about the job, that really does suck.

But you don't have to compound the suckiness by continuing to gain weight! That never helps anything. So kudos for you for starting to turn it around.

Keep logging in and blogging to keep yourself accountable. We'll be rooting for you!

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GARDENQE2 1/16/2014 4:46PM

    That was a good workout!

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SUZIPAM1 1/16/2014 1:25PM

    there are a few things that we can do to assist with the depression, one is exercise and diet - but real depression does not go away on its own you need help to get over it. is there anyway you could get to speak to a professional?

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CLESHER 1/16/2014 12:19PM

    Hi Buddy,

So glad you are sorry to hear about the job...that really company shut down for 3 weeks, but they let us use vacation and even borrow vacation to get paid if we did not have enought - really awesome of them) by October 21 we were all back in business....

We are opening a new facility in Chantilly, Virginia...please check out our job board...
reers/ we also have a crystal city location....let me know if you find anything and if you want to use me as a reference...

Don't give up....any company would be lucky to have you...remember that!!!!

Anyhow I am very glad you are back....let's make 2014 the best one ever!!!


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Week #13 Review and Weigh-In

Friday, July 19, 2013

Wednesday morning (7/17/13) was my 13th weigh-in. This week was about getting back on track after my vacation last week, where I gained .5 pounds. The challenge this week was getting in exercise since the ridiculously high temperatures hampered most of my outside walking.

Well I'm happy to report that when I stepped on the scale it was down 1.5 pounds. So I'm down from 277.5 pounds to 276 (16 pounds from when I started). My average weight loss per week is now 1.23 pounds per week. I definitely wish the average was closer to 2 pounds a week, but I'm still happy with my progress so far.

Looking back at Week #13, my exercise was ok, but it was definitely cut back by the heat. For Week #13, I walked 10.5 miles, did 60 minutes of spinning and spent 195 minutes on the elliptical trainer. I also got in 3 days of weight training, where I hit all of my major muscle groups (I think the only one I missed was my shoulders).

Week #13 food was pretty good. I remembered how much that I like asparagus. I just need to learn to start cooking fresh asparagus, because the frozen stuff is pretty expensive (over $3.00 for a frozen pack that has 2.5 servings where I can get a pack of frozen spinach with 2.5-3 servings for $1.25). Given the severe heat, I also need to up my water intake.

So overall, Week #13 was another good week.

Week #14 will be a tossup. With temperatures of 95-100 degrees (and heat indices of 105 - 110 degrees) along with high UV rays and code red air quality, it's a pretty bad idea to go out walking during the day. Exercise will once again be a challenge. We'll see how it goes...

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CLESHER 7/20/2013 9:55AM

    Great work.....really proud of you...

Cooking fresh

First of all do not cut the ends off the fresh asparagus...instead use your hands and let it snap apart where it wants to when you bend it....even if the end that snapped off is a bit long through it away as this part will be can roast aparagus in the oven 350 for about 30 minutes...or you can toss it in boiling water for about 7 minutes....both methods work great....

Hmmm...I love asparagus...


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CHERYLE51 7/19/2013 9:51PM

    Grilled asparagus, awesome. I only eat fresh spinach in a salad, so that would be the way I would handle that. It's been pretty miserable here in Pittsburgh, PA also. I just can't wait to go to the beach and try to get in some relaxation. I just hope it doesn't rain.

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TRAVELGRRL 7/19/2013 2:46PM

    Oh! And congrats on the weight loss! 16 pounds LOST is better than the alternative, right?? emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 7/19/2013 2:45PM

    I love how you blog about your week -- really keeps you accountable. I may have to do the same.

Your weight loss is sure and steady, which is how you know it is FAT and not water, so WTG on that!

A super-easy way to cook fresh asparagus? Roast it. Coat it with a little cooking spray and bake at high heat (400) in the oven for 10-15 minutes, depending on your oven. Turn once. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese before serving. The tips get crispy and nutty and it doesn't get all soggy. Delish!

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SUGAR0814 7/19/2013 11:24AM

    emoticon emoticon on the weight loss!!

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Day #91 - Heatwave Continues...

Friday, July 19, 2013

Tuesday, Day #91, 7/16/13 was another blazing hot day. I am definitely not enjoying this heat. It's making it very difficult to get any exercise in during the day.

Here's the exercise that I did Tuesday (7/16/13):

1.6 miles of walking

65 minutes on the elliptical trainer
15 minutes of weight training (legs) - the picture above is the view from the linear leg press machine

I had a good time at the gym again and I finally got to do some weight training on my legs. I'm always a little hesitant to weight train my legs, because that generally means that the following day, I'll need to take a rest day (no walking, no elliptical or anything like that). I've tried to set up my workout schedule so that I weight train my legs on Saturday before my rest day on Sunday, but it never seems to work out since I can't consistently make it to the gym on Saturdays. Oh well, I guess I'll be resting tomorrow...

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CLESHER 7/19/2013 10:03AM

    Great job.....great way to avoid the if needed...nothing wrong with that...


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JOHGLO2011 7/19/2013 10:01AM

    I'm ready for it to be a little cooler too, but glad we can still get that exercise in! Best wishes to you!

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DWSCHUYLER 7/19/2013 9:52AM

    Sounds like you are doing fine, heat and all! emoticon

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SUGAR0814 7/19/2013 9:48AM

    You're doing great! emoticon

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Day #90 - Heatwave...

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Monday, Day #90, 7/15/13 was hot! According to the weather forecast, this will be the hottest week so far this year. Temperatures will be in the mid and upper 90s all week and the heat index will make it feel like it's 100 - 105 degrees..

Here's the exercise that I did Monday (7/15/13):

1.6 miles of walking

60 minutes of Spinning

So because of the heat, the only walking I did was my morning walk from the train station to my job. It was way too hot to do anything more than that outside. I didn't feel too bad though, because I knew I would get an intense workout that evening at the spinning class I go to at LA Fitness.

Spinning was fun again. This is my third time going so far. I really enjoy the instructor, Sylvia. Her training methods, smile, sense of humor and musical selection almost make you forget how hard you're working. Almost... I think the most challenging part of the class for me is when she has us add tension (to simulate going up a hill), but has us keeping the same speed. My favorite part of the class is sprints (pedaling as fast as you can for a 30 seconds) and when she has us pedaling standing up. Every time I've done this class, I've have been soaked with sweat by the end, it's a great feeling.

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TRAVELGRRL 7/17/2013 9:44PM

    60 minutes of spinning is a good workout! WTG!!!

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SUGAR0814 7/17/2013 4:30PM

    Great job with the spinning class! I need to give it another try. I have a spin bike in my home garage but I don't like it. The seat is so uncomfortable. emoticon

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CLESHER 7/17/2013 3:45PM

    Spinning what a great idea....I think I need to join a gym...


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Day #89 - Rest, BBQ and Sweet Frog

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Sunday, Day #89, 7/14/13 was a nice rest day.

Sunday was good. Started off with church which was cool because we had our annual Youth Service. After that, my wife and I went out with Jason and his girlfriend to lunch (the same couple I mentioned in my Day #82 blog:
). We went to this local BBQ spot which was absolutely delicious. We had some Honey Habanero Wings for an appetizer and then for my meal I had BBQ pulled pork with fries and mac and cheese.

After that, everybody decided that they wanted dessert. I actually wanted an ice cream sundae, but everybody else wanted frozen yogurt, so I went with the crowd. We went to this place called Sweet Frog (picture above) and it is the best frozen yogurt that I have ever had! Of course I added plenty of toppings to mine (nutella, marshmallows and oreos), but the actually yogurt tasted fantastic (I had three flavors of yogurt: vanilla, cookies/cream and coffee).

After that, I was thinking about going out to exercise with my wife and some of our friends, but I decided to fully enjoy my rest day and ended up playing video games until late that evening. So it was another great day.

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CLESHER 7/17/2013 10:52AM

    Sounds like a perfect day....


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SUGAR0814 7/17/2013 9:51AM

    Great pic of you two! emoticon

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JESS0107 7/17/2013 9:17AM

    I'm glad that you had a wonderful day!! I love frozen yogurt too!!

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