Won’t lie to you, I’m discouraged and angry at myself this morning. As I got up and went to the bathroom this morning, I looked at myself shirtless in the mirror and noticed my gut was hanging a little more than it did last week. Then I hopped on the scale. It read 250lbs. I am pissed at myself. My goal was 235 or less. I can’t believe this and I’m honestly angry at myself for this.
As a positive, I have lifted weights 3-5 times a week for 3 weeks this month. My legs and arms look bigger and there is increased definition in my chest. I really hope that muscle is the 5 pound gain but it still upsets me. It upsets me because I know I consumed more bread and french fries than what I wanted to. Not because of craving but because “I did so well last month that it shouldn’t hurt”. Now look at me. This sucks, man! My emotions are going crazy over this!
I set a goal. That goal was 215 lbs by 12-31-19. I gave myself 4 months to lose 40lbs. I want to hit the goal. It will be a testament of my will power, discipline, dedication and execution. Not sure if 215 is even possible now, but I’m not wavering on that being the finish line. I’m definitely not stopping, but I must go harder. I’m also going to weight myself in the middle of the month. It’s time to put it all together.
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October is becoming a great and challenging time! I’m here for it all! Of course I’m doing the fasting but I was also given a 5 day weightlifting routine that has been pushing me to every limit!
The first week was pure struggle! I got to day 3 and was in so much pain that I couldn’t continue. The workouts were great, but I was feeling like I had never lifted a weight in my life! I took my time, got my rest and hit Monday hard and officially completed my 5th work out this morning!
I’m spent! I’m in slow motion and trying to muster up enough strength to continue my weekend. It’s hard and I love it! These are the days I need. I must hit 215lbs before this decade ends. I must continue doing things the smart and efficient way. I’m putting cardio in 3rd place as I zero in on my nutrition and weight training. So far I love the results and it’s only the beginning.
8 lifting days total for the month. 1 full week of of lifting officially in! 235lbs or less is the goal! Lets go all in!
While on my goal oriented health journey, I’ve been coming to some interesting revelations. As you monitor what you eat and when you eat, you start to look at options. For the past couple weeks I’ve been trying to eliminate so much bad that I realize I have to diversify and increase my good. While analyzing my good and bad choices this week, I realized something terrible; I don’t eat vegetables everyday.
Since I’ve cut back on potatoes drastically, I’ve notices sometimes I literally don’t have a vegetable with some of my meals. It’s not intentional, but as Jeff from ATHLEAN-X would tell me, that’s killing my gains! I’m not worried about being “protein deficient” I’m worried about the fiber and vitamins that are needed daily for me to keep breaking this fat down! Also, because vegetables will give you adequate protein too! Last month my vegetable gain was so high I began to see and feel the difference within 2 weeks. I got to get back to that, especially since I’m heavy into weight training this month!
So as of today, I will make it a point to have vegetables everyday! That’s step one into the right direction. Eventually I want to have vegetables no less than 3 times a day. Getting serious about my health has honestly been fun. The challenge is daily and temptation is always present. 215 isn’t far away and I got my foot on the gas!
Between reading my goals last night and waking up this morning, I increased my fire for change. I took September more serious than probably any other month in the last few years as far as my health goes. I want this achievement so bad that it literally made me think to myself and say out loud.
“If I weight 235lbs or more at the end of this month and look the same…I’ll be pissed!”
That statement came after being asked if I wanted pretzels or chips from the store. My response was “Honestly Neither”. It’s a cycle thing. I don’t want to get into the cycle of heavy carb consumption and not monitoring what I put in my body. I want to continue this great workout I received and keep seeing and feeling those constant gains. I really want the lifestyle change that I have been chasing and failing at for over 10 years.
As I increase my knowledge, create goals and challenge myself through monthly disciplines, it’s a reminder that I can do anything! The question is am I really down to put in the work and make the sacrifices needed to get what I want. Now more than ever in life I can answer, “Hell Yeah I do! LET’S GET TO IT!
The goal is still 215 by December 31st. 27 more days to let the work speak for itself.
Tomorrow a new challenge begins. Instead of cutting out a food purposely, I am going to try Intermittent Fasting. I been reading on it and hearing from people that have tried it and it sounds like a very interesting concept that is beneficial to my body goal. As a person who was never really hungry during “breakfast hours” I think it’s something that may be ideal for me. Specifically the 16:8 fast. Fast for 16 hours and eating in an 8 hour window. I’m officially up for the challenge.
I don’t want to go crazy with the eating of carbs or meats, but I think eating high protein and as clean as possible in an 8 hour window may serve as a great benefit. I also think I’m going to focus more on weights than cardio in October. The results I want involve muscle growth and cuts. I’m setting October up to be a great month for gains!
Lets get to it! That 40 pounds won’t lose itself! I got 33 more to go!
Since I had my annual check up and physical, I been on a mission to go hard and make new changes. The main reason is because I realized I was no longer 240lbs or less and my doctor told me to lose 13lbs.
Sure, I had my clothes on but my attire for that day was definitely less than 15 or more pounds. Like many Americans, I’m considered “obese” for my height. At first my goal was between 225-235, but honestly today, I’m thinking of dropping it to 215. I think that would be a great weight for me especially with all the working out I’ve been doing. I even took time to Google what 215 looks like on a. 6’2″ frame and let’s just say not even Google could give me the dark side of that weight class.
How will I get there? Rededication and a new discipline challenge to start. I want to drop that 13lbs before the month of September ends and lord willing be at my goal on New Year’s Eve. So I decided that for the month of September I will challenge myself to do no alcohol, bread or white potatoes!
Alcohol is honestly super easy! I just want to throw that in there just in case I have that occasional “drink or two”. Absolutely no worries on this part.
Bread and Potatoes are pretty much staples in my current eating habits. Chips and sandwiches see me probably 3 times a week. It’s probably why I can’t melt this fat pouch completely. I’m so tired of seeing this meat pouch hanging! So I got to make this happen.
My plan is to replace that bread or potato with a green vegetable. It’s great for me cause it’s not too many green veggies I don’t like. I believe this challenge will stop my “progress plateau” and take my fitness journey to the next level. I’m officially giving myself 4 months to lose 40lbs! I believe that’s more than attainable if I put in the work! This plus remaining to keep dairy and fast food out of my diet are bound to help me get to where I want to be.
So here goes everything! New challenges for new results. Time to reach a new personal milestone!