Enter the flagon!

Still drinking coke by the bucket load.  I really hope diet drinks don’t give me cancer or diabetes or kidney stones or some crap like that. I might have to get into some class action.

Anyway, tonight we are on 190.96 lbs. A light eating day, mainly stews. Not much in the way of physical action, I plan some gym work tomorrow, although the beautiful wife in back in hospital tonight for monitoring. Poor little lassie.

Some red wine to drown my sorrows, so random stumbling to distract my brain. Be excellent to your wives. (I myself have many…)

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Back into it, Suckerrr!

I wish I was being 100% honest when I say that, when I was not diligently recording my progress, I was gaining massive amounts of muscle and shedding body fat much the way microwaved bacon does.

The fact is, I was within spitting distance of the end of the four week challenge and then got complacent, lost motivation and lost a wee bit of control. So here we are back again, with me recognising the value of dutifully recording my progress, which in retrospect was a good way, if not fool-proof, of reinforcing the behaviours I was seeking.

So a quick summary of the status quo. Currently 194 lbs (up from 179.3 lbs on day 20 of my challenge.) 4 lbs heavier than when I started the challenge.  Doesn’t sound too good.

I should mention that some of that is muscle developed since my last post, with a few strength gains in the chest and back and shoulders. As I recall, I wasn’t doing too much weights during the challenge. So rather than being a total disaster, I have built a bit of strength and proven that over 3 weeks, even without much in the way of cardio and weight training, I can shed almost 12 lbs.

So. From now on, daily reports. Although if my wife goes into labour in the next few weeks, that might prove a minor distraction. I won’t box myself into a rigid time-frame, on this occasion and will try to follow the rules below:

  • Daily reporting on the blog;
  • Low carb, high protein meals;
  • Extra water – 2 litres;
  • No crap food unless it be the cheat day;
  • Cheat days are not to be abused as a goddammed crazy motherf@$king bingefest which makes my work colleagues think I have an eating disorder, just a sensible controlled reward;
  • Twice weekly gym sessions (interval cardio and weights), and
  • Supplement exercise with evening and weekend activities (currently inspired by http://www.IWantSixPackAbs.com – at a purely visceral level of course)

Ok. That’s it for now. Tomorrow morning, the weigh in and maybe a protein shake (soy isolate, milk & a tiny bit o’ choc topping). Stew for lunch, beefy & hearty and definitely no carbs after 4pm.

Day 23 of the 4-Week Challenge

Well yesterday was a stellar binge even by my standards.

Two quarter pounders, fries, two large bowls of the most oily pasta I have ever made and plenty of chocolate and biscuits and lollies in between.

Result – Happy to avoid junk today, but weight jumped up to  183.26 lbs.

This week coming: ramping up the cardio slowly on the treadmill to get some decent intervals happening. Should be a standard of 20 mins with 30 sec sprint and 90 sec recovery. I will try to make at least three days this week. I should probably not rush this however remembering how my hip tends to respond.

I may defer more weights until later in the week until my tendons and muscle soreness diminish. I love the feeling, but not for too long. Very tender tendons in my elbow where the bicep inserts. But easing up nicely.

This is the last week of the challenge and the Mrs is asking what is going to happen after next Saturday. At this point I anticipate continuing on in some fashion and experimenting to reduce fat, but perhaps re-building a solid muscle base. We will see.

I kind of like the binge day, although I wonder if I take it too far…

Naahhh!

Day 20 of the 4-Week Challenge

179.3 lbs for today and yesterday.

Yesterday involved a wee bit of unscheduled carbs and sugary foods. I blame the missus, but it takes two to tango. Some nice bread and meringue for lunch. Despite this, the scales were kind and as penance, today I made my first visit to the gym in several months.

 A 20 min session of intervals on the treadmill, very sedate, although I notice this evening the old hip is a bit inflammed. I hate this getting old shit. I swear I have bursitis and I am supposed to be almost in my prime .

Following the cardio, an introductory session of weights, with a keen focus on not crying at how much strength I have lost in the last year. The session included:

  • 3 sets of incline flys with 22lbs dumbells;
  • 3 sets of lat pulldows (about 90-100 lbs) on the machine (I have to use a relatively close, inwards facing grip to minimise elbow grindage);
  • 3 sets of seated, slightly reclined, alternate dumbell curls with 22 lbs dumbells;
  • 3 sets of tricep pushdowns (60-70 lbs), and
  • 3 sets of lateral raises with 22 lbs dumbells.

Therefore, some basic upper body exercises. I generally refuse to do lower body exercises due to my leg bulk, and I only have so much time for the gym at lunch. I have a swiss ball at home for some basic abs exercises.

Dinner was some baked chicken with dukka spices, green beans and refried beans with a touch of salsa.  Definately looking skinnier, however at the expense of beefcake. Gym mirrors suggest a lack of lat width to support shoulder width and my neck is far to delicate for such a potato head.

Day 17 of the 4-Week Challenge

A few days without entries, but I’ve been pretty consistent up till now, so forgive me.

Cheat day went well. Made myself sick on nachos (so cheesy!)  a 250g block of chocolate, BBQ shapes, a gourmet burger, and some odd chocolate bars. A nice effort all round.

Yesterday was light on the intake, probably directly as a result of Sat, and I had to work most of the evening, so nothing significant to report.

Today’s weigh-in however, is a personal best since starting the challenge. 180.18 lbs. Another 2 lbs and I will be the lightest since I was 18. Weird.

Some of my clothes, especially the shirts are a bit baggy around the waist, but there is plenty of residual chub around the kidneys and arse. Didn’t have time for photos this weekend, but I will try to get some soon.

Day 14 of the 4-Week Challenge

Weird how sometimes after a day of modest meals you creep up but a fairly large dinner…and down she drops.

181.28 lbs which is fine by me. Another day of resisting temptation. An afternoon tea with so many cakes, sweets, chocolates etc. Enough to make you cry.

My main areas of concern are the amount of water I don’t drink and the amount of caffeinated soft drinks I do drink. But I guess with the somewhat constant decrease in weight, this is a hard one. I hate water and a coke zero is my main pleasure during the day. I don’t smoke and drink rarely, so this is my vice.

Anyhoo. Tomorrow is cheat day and I am getting the same sense of anticipation and caution as last week. It actually feels like cheating when the day is there a number of reasons, not the least of which is to protect my sanity.

I am planning to post some updated photos and measurements this weekend to see if there is some discernible difference to the camera’s unlying eye. Let me know what you think when I do. And no, I am not waxing or fake tanning just to please  people. You know who you are…

Day 13 of the 4-Week Challenge

Nothing special to report.

183.26 lbs. Creeping up a wee bit.  Why? Dunno. Maybe I need to cheat more often : )

I will struggle though tomorrow and then ease up on Sat.