Sunday, November 23, 2014
Only 33 more weeks until my goal date and not much progress. Tonight I am feeling a bit like the Captain [America]. I lifted a few weights, but my mind is a bit clouded by my chemistry homework so I cannot really do a full intensity workout. I still do not really understand it very well, but I wrote it down to ask tomorrow in class. Seems I need to take even better notes by writing what I am thinking as well. When in real life am I going to have to calculate the wavelength of an electron when I know its velocity? My goal is Dietetics, not Physics.
As I said, feeling a bit like the Captain.
The cold is starting to get to me. I thought I packed a thick coat with me, but I only have hoodies. And I think my car battery died, but I walk most of the time to class so it is not going to make much difference until Wednesday, when I have to drive home. This is ridiculous though. My car battery should not have to be changed 3 times within a period of 5 years! I turn the key to start it and it has a REALLY slow turning sound, which is usually the notification that the battery has died. The good thing is that if that is true, the school shuttle goes by the local Wal-Mart, which has an Auto Center. Plus I recently got a Pell grant, which was more than what was left to be paid of my tuition so I got it in a check. That will be helpful for paying for another new battery.
Sunday, November 16, 2014
So, I am passed Goal mark 1: November 15, 200 lbs. I am still at 206 pounds, if not more (since my apt does not have a scale). Honestly, I think the only things that are keeping my weight from rising is my walking to school and that I buy mostly healthful foods. I try not to buy anything that is directly junk food, aside from chocolate chips. As I have said before, no matter what, I seem to be able to turn normal pantry foods into junk food (ex: no-bake chocolate oatmeal cookies). I have found some exercise stuff that my campus has that no one seems to use, which I think I may use for my own gain. This includes monkey bars, parallel bars, a sit-and-reach bench and this other thing which I think is used for trying to climb up (a diagonal wooden beam set between two uneven height vertical beams like this l\. Pretend the period is another beam).
Also, the people that live my apartment really know how to stomp around. I think it's just a thin barrier all around because I can clearly hear people outside as well.
Today's food: A ton of corn, peas and carrots. Two bowls of peanut butter cocoa popcorn, some sweet tea and two cans of tuna salad with lettuce. I've been eating a LOT of popcorn recently and I need to reduce that. Plus I have been getting back to eating pasta because it is such a cheap food. But even though everyone tells me it fills you up, I can eat two packs of ramen with additional eggs and vegetables in each and still be looking for food. (380 Cal per pack = 760 Cal, plus the Calories from the eggs and veggies) This is not good for my previously healthy diet.
Friday, November 07, 2014
AH!!!! It's almost 10% of the way through and I've not only not made any progress, but have gone backward!! So! I am going to reset some of my goals and actions.
Firstly, my main goal is to finish the semester more fit than I started. I would love to say something like "I want to be able to jog a 5k" or something similar, but I want to be realistic here. I also am going to put myself on a diet. I know, I know, a "diet" is only a temporary thing and I should be focusing on the long-term changes. I have tried that and it has worked some, with me having a much cleaner diet than before, but now I want to focus on strictly fat loss, so I will be doing what I call a "sprint." Like a running sprint, one can only expect to do it for a short time as it burns up stamina very quickly, but it does get you a little bit ahead, and that is exactly what I need. I need some kind of progress to help motivate me to go further. Lately, I have become a bit more lazy and been slacking on nutrition (my main downfalls: chocolate and peanut butter). Tomorrow, I am planning to try to go all day without added sugar. I also need to go grocery shopping, but need to stop by the bank first. I wanted to finish off my collards before going shopping again, but I have dwindled down my fresh food supply to the point that it is actually surprising.
Motivations for today: The feeling of being able to run flat out until I am exhausted, not out of breath.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
So, my thoughts about parkour and freerunning is somehow giving me more energy overall. I think that may be caused by an overall increase in sugar intake. I've noticed the amount of sugar I eat tends to counteract the reduction of calories throughout the rest of the day, and hence no weight loss. I think it is also caused by my lack of my 25 hour work week. I mean, I do walk to class, but that is nothing compared to what my old job used to entail.
About today: nutrition included a bit of fat and sugar. Most of today's caloric intake was from chocolate covered peanuts, bacon and sausage. And last night, my dinner included SIX pieces of bacon! If you calculate how many calories that is, it's a lot.
Of course I always feel bad when I have a generally off day, but I always bounce back the next day.
Tonight, I finally started getting tired at a decent time, around 9 PM. I'm like "All right! Homework is done and I have nothing better to do, so I'll finally get a decent night's rest!" Nope! I go to bed as planned, but shortly after, I get hyper. I think it is from the coffee I had a few hours ago, but why such a long delay? Anyhow, I do a bunch of push-ups and crunches, exhaust myself, but I am still awake and hyper, so I thought I would share. I am getting closer and closer to finally actually motivating myself enough to try some parkour stuff, but I still have not even ran...
The take-away from all this is that I need to start eating for nutrition and not so much for flavor. Also, I should add some extra exercise to my daily regime, something I would be willing to make into a habit.
Daily progress pic:
P.S. I need to shave.
Sunday, October 26, 2014
No exercise but a decent caloric intake. I feel like I ate a lot, but looking at what I took it, it's not that bad, at all. I even made some banana-based ice cream and had that and I was still within range. I think starting tomorrow I am going to get serious about running. My only issue is that my biggest problem with progress is that I get really excited about stuff, I plan it, I imagine it, then when I go to actually do it, I lose all momentum and I bail. I am scared of failing and looking stupid. It's to the point that I may consider it to be a phobia. I mean, even unconsciously, I will go out of my way to avoid failing myself and others, to be wrong. I wish I had someone to train with, to push and guide me, to help me progress and motivate me. Even someone just to be there with me.
I took two pics today. One of me normal, and the other with me sucking in my gut. You can really see just how much fat I have to lose when I suck it in.
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