Sunday, February 19, 2012

Judgement "Free" Zone

Planet Fitness is a "Judgement Free Zone".  And yeah.  The judgement, totally free.  It's free right here, and you'll get my 2 cents to boot.

Free Judgement No. 1:
You're not gaining weight, endurance or any other measurable benefit while you're sitting on the work station.  Maybe you're chatting, checking your iPhone, or keeping your towel off the floor while you "hydrate".  Kick it into gear and do some dips, ab work, or curls.  Do something.  I've done my normal 20 minute workout and seen folks on the same workout bench they were on when I arrived.  I know it's only 10 bucks a month, but I bet your chair at home is more comfortable to sit on than the bench or dip station you're keeping down.

Free Judgement No. 2:
If you're the overweight guy or gal on the elliptical, you can back the tempo and still get a nice workout.  Promise.  Lift some weight and get strong.  If you do manage to lose weight, you'll want to hold onto some of that muscle you've earned just from the "weight bearing exercise" of being fat.  No lie, bigger women are less likely to get osteoporosis for this same reason.

Free Judgement No. 3:
What's up with the 4 funky ab stations no-one uses, and the 1 combo dip/abs station and the 1 assisted chin-up/dips station.

Free Judgement No. 4:
Your iPhone App sucks, why are you advertising it so heavily.

That's it for now guys.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Preparing for Cave Baby

Nesting is, I am happy to say, a very real phenomenon.

Tomie has become very suddenly and urgently involved in making the baby have a space to call his own when he gets here.

It's been wild, but Craigslist once again saved the day for us and got us a great deal on the crib (pictured)  as well as a changing table.

Cool stuff.

In the meantime... what have I been eating this month?

Well some healthy stuff like Pineapple-Pork Chops, brussel sprouts, chicken sausage and veggie kabobs...

And some not so healthy stuff like a gut-busting Whataburger featuring onion rings.

Yes, that's a lot of gluten.

Yes, I felt bad afterwards.
I also ate like 3 pieces of chocolate raspberry cake from our baby shower.

I totally paid for it, but it was a worth it.  It's nice to reaffirm your diet via self-destruction while totally savoring the greasy fried bread grease.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Thanks for Breakfast Jeff

Bacon and Eggs.

The eggs came from my buddy Jeff H's chickens.  They were nice and runny and had a good whack of beta carotene.

Not like those "wormy" store bought eggs as my great-uncle would say.

Also, fried up some Brussels Sprouts in the rest of the bacon grease with a quarter onion.

Great breakfast.

Chinese Buffet

All you can eat.  Raw fish and some oysters.  Eating out again has been fun.  Go February!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Junk Free January Post Mortem

I lost about 10 pounds this month.  That's huge!

I think the first 4 or 5 pounds were "Christmas and Thanksgiving" weight, however.  You'll notice the dotted line (which represents my actual weight ins), drops sharply until 244 before taking a 2 day rebound and then another sharp drop.  After the 11th, I think the real weight loss started and I was done with my fluff weight from yummy Christmas binge eating.

A review of my strategy:

  • No calorie counting
  • No carb, fat or protein counting either.
  • No grains, legumes or dairy. 
    • Especially wheat!
  • No sweeteners, real or artificial
  • No booze
  • Only olive oil, coconut oil and various animal fats for cooking
  • Lots of veggies
  • 10 - 20 minutes of "lifting heavy things" every 3 days or so
  • Sprints every 7 - 10 days.
  • Cooking my butt off
  • Blogging my butt off
  • Bars and bars of 85%+ dark chocolate
  • I ate a lot more fruit than I thought I could get away with.
    • Think 2 apples and a banana per day.
I feel good, though I do feel that eating out 2 - 3 meals a week would have made life a lot easier.  I like how I feel when I eat my own food, real food, but sometimes it's a hassle.  I ended up eating out 3 or 4 times total, when real life got in the way of "plans".

The graph above is an iPhone screenshot of the True Weight app.  White line represents "true weight" whereas dotted line is actual recorded entries.