My 5th Quarterly Review

So it’s been another three months at this. Just as I have in the past (here, here, here, and here), it’s time to look back and reflect. And look to the future.

Where am I now? Well, as of yesterday, I’ve reached 115 pounds lost since January 2, 2011, and about 13 pounds lost in 2012 so far. Not bad. I set myself a goal of 40 pounds by June at the beginning of the year. I think it’s pretty clear that I’m not going to reach that, unless I start losing 4-5 pounds per week from now on. Which, to be honest, I hope I do not because I don’t think that is too healthy.  I should still, however, make my other goal of under 200 by June. And even if I don’t, it’s not like I’m going to stop trying!

Where am I going? I think I just keep chugging along like I’m doing. Everything seems to be going well at the moment. I think I’ve gotten over the plateau that I’ve been on for most of the year and I should get back to regularly losing weight again rather than this seasaw back and forth. As I said above, I should reach under 200 by the summer, and then we’ll see where I go from there.

An Update

So, this year hasn’t started off as great as I was hoping.  I’m still losing, but it’s been much slower going than I would have liked.  My weight loss has been like that, so I’m not too concerned.  I think I can get back on the 2 pounds/week rate pretty soon here.  I should finally get out of the 220s next weigh-in.

As far as my other goals…I haven’t really done that push-ups thing yet.  I can do more push-ups though, since I have been doing push-ups every now and then and the workout class I do works on arm strength.  I wanted to get into P90X also, which I have sorta been doing with the class I have been going to.  Unfortunately I can only go to it once a week since it falls at the same time as my work, but c’est la vie.  I fell out of going to the gym and walking regularly for a couple weeks there and I’ve just started to get back on that bandwagon.  Hopefully I don’t fall off again.  Losing weight is always a struggle.  The struggle doesn’t end just because you’ve reached your goal.

2012 Goals

Here’s the write-up I’ve been promising on my goals for the new year.  I still have a piece in the works on hitting my 2011 goal.  I’m also probably going to do some site maintenance in the next week or so to reflect my efforts moving forward.

First, I want to lose 40 pounds by June.  If I keep up with my 2 pounds/week pace I tried to maintain last year I should not have any trouble making that goal.  There are 23 weeks from January 1st to June 3rd, so that gives me a little wiggle room in which to make that goal.

Second, I want to start weight training and working on upper body strength.  To accomplish this, first I want to start doing push-ups on a regular basis.  Awhile ago someone pointed me towards the one hundred push-ups a day program.  That program has you doing 100 consecutive push-ups in a day within 6 weeks.  I would just like to be able to do 100 push-ups in a day by the summer, but I’ll follow the program.  I’m also going to see about taking a weight-training class at the gym.

Third, I’ve been really enjoying the yoga workouts that I have.  I’d like to increase the regularity of yoga into my regular workout routine.  Also, I’d like to go to an actual studio at least once before the summer.  Mainly it’s just difficult to tell if I am doing the poses correctly when I’m doing the workout privately in my own home.

Fourth, this isn’t really a goal, but I also want to start taking measurements as part of my weekly weigh-in record.  Probably my waist and my belly, the two main targeted areas that I’m trying to flatten.  I might think of other areas too.  I don’t know how to get body fat percentage either, or else I would add that too.

Fifth, this is also not a goal, but I was originally planning to start P90X training this year.  However, it is way more expensive to get the DVDs then I thought it would be, so I’m going to hold off on that.  Maybe next year when I hopefully have a full-time paying job!  Instead I ordered a Jillian Michael’s ab workout video.  I really like her Yoga Meltdown video, so I hope the ab workout one is just as good.

Something good

So I’ve weighed-in a few times this week at 227 pounds, which means that I have lost 100 pounds this year.  It’s not blog official yet until I weigh-in under 227 on an official weigh-in day (next one is Christmas Day!), but it’s pretty awesome!  For all intents and purposes, I’ve made my goal, whether or not I “officially” weigh-in at that weight this Sunday or the next.  That sorta takes some of the pressure off. 🙂

I still want to lose another 30-40 pounds, and my next goal is going to be under 200 by the summer.  After that, we’ll see.  I don’t see myself ever stopping what I’m doing.  This really has been a true lifestyle change.  Blogwise, I plan on continuing the same way I have been going for the time being.  At least until I reach a point where I want to maintain my weight.  Then we’ll see.  I’ve thought of spinning this blog off into more general health blog, but I’ll cross that bridge when it comes.

I also plan on doing an “end of the year wrap-up” post and a more detailed post on my new goals, but to be honest I’m not sure what those posts are going to look like at the moment.  They are still just ideas in my head.

Just thinking

For a little while there I was posting every day. I have, unfortunately, been a little bit more busy with school lately, so I fell out of that pattern. Once finals are through I’ll see if I can get back into it.

I’m really close to my goal now. Several people have asked if they think I’ll make it before the end of the year. I wasn’t sure there for a bit, but I think I will. The thing is, though, is that it doesn’t really matter that much to me. I’m doing so well that I know that even if I don’t make 100 by the end of the year, I know I will get there. It’s not like I’m going to quit and gain it all back if I’m only at 99 on January 1, 2012.  Wherever I get to by the end of the year, I will make my goal and beyond.  I’ve already decided that my new goal is to be under 200 by the summer. I’m confident that I can make that.

Last year I set out to make this physical change in my life, but now that I’m almost to the other side of it I’ve realized that it’s much more than that.  This lifestyle change of mine has, as promised, changed my life. Physically, mentally, spiritually, all of the above. In many ways I’m still the same person, but in many other ways I’ve completely changed. I’m more confident in who I am. I have more pride in how I present myself to the world. I’m more assertive. I take care in how I look. I have more energy.

I’m still the laid-back, easygoing guy I’ve always been, but I’m also no longer complacent.  Complacent is what brought me to 300+ pounds; I no longer want to be complacent. That’s no longer good enough for me; I want more. I want to be pushed, and I’m thankful that I have friends and family that continue to push me to do better.  Setting out to do this amazing thing has taught me a lot, but most of all is that it has taught me that I don’t have to be the person I thought I was. I can be the person I want to be. And that’s pretty cool.

Alrighty, back to the grind!

Things learned while running

I did this awhile back ago about walking, and I thought it would be fun to do the same thing for running.  So here are some random tidbits I’ve picked up while running:

  • If I don’t stop before the halfway mark I will most likely make it all the way without stopping.
  • If I do stop before the halfway mark good luck getting me to start running again!
  • Don’t underestimate the power of a cute girl to motivate me to previously unobtainable feats of exercise.
  • Also, don’t underestimate the power of my own laziness.
  • After running for a mile I’m not sure how much faster me running is compared to a good walking pace.
  • To be honest I’m not sure how much faster my normal running pace is compared to a good walking pace.
  • Somehow I can always count on a surge of energy when I reach the end to finish strong.
  • Cool down walks are a must.
  • I’ve never vomited after exercising, but I now understand why some people do after running.
  • Slow and steady wins the race, right?  I’ll take the tortoise any day of the week.

Yesterday morning I ran for 1.7 miles at just around 23 minutes.  I think that means if I’m able to run the whole Turkey Trot I can probably get it done in 45-50 minutes.  That’ll be what I’m shooting for!

Some thoughts 75% through

It has been nine months since I started this project, so it’s time for another look back like I did three months in and six months in. So I’ve lost somewhere in the 75-78 pound range so far, which puts me at 75% completed. That’s pretty damn good.  3 months in I was slightly behind, 6 months out I was slightly ahead, and now I’m pretty much right on schedule.  I bounce around a little bit, but at this rate I’m 99.9% confident that I’ll reach 100 pounds lost by the end of the year. At the very least I’ll be pretty damn close.

I was planning on doing this super long thought out post like I’ve done the past two times, but I don’t think I really need to. Simply put, what I’ve been doing continues to work. Every time I feel like I’m about to plateau something happens, and I’m right back on the losing train. In fact, I haven’t had a gain since July 24th. Sure I’ve had a couple lackluster weeks where my loss has been pretty small, but I haven’t actually gained in almost three months. That’s pretty impressive and shows that something is going right!

So I’m going to just keep chugging along and doing what I’m doing. Maybe I’ll hit my goal on time, or maybe I’ll even hit it a little early. Either way, I know I’m going to hit my goal, and that’s something I wasn’t 100% sure of when I started this. That’s not something I was sure of even six months ago.

Which brings me to my next point: what to do after I reach 100 pounds lost. Well, my plan is to keep going. BMI says that “normal” for me has an upper range of 168 pounds. The last time I remember thinking I was a good weight was when I was in the 170s, so I’d really like to get under 180 pounds again.  Maybe I’ll shoot for “BMI normal” after that. We shall see. Some people have suggested to me that 200 pounds is a more realistic goal, but I’m not sure how I feel about that. I would be ecstatic to be under 200 pounds again, but it feels somewhat like “settling” to me. I’ve gone a long way to just “settle” at some point that seems easier to attain.  We’ll see how I feel when I hit my goal of 227 by the end of this year, but I’m thinking I might as well set my sights at 180.  Go big or go home, right?