November Weigh-In: Up 5!? WTF!

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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First Weightlifting Week In!

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!

Did I Eat Vegetables Today???

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!

Pissed Off Prophecy

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.

October Weigh-In

Well, it’s been an interesting morning. I got a big surprise at my beginning of the month weigh in. I’m exactly 3lbs lighter than I was yesterday!

Sep 30 – 248lbs
Oct 1 – 245lbs

Off top I’ll tell you I didn’t eat any meat, bread, potatoes or sugar and I went running. That wasn’t hard, but it was also only 1 day. I’ve already made up in my mind I’m not going carb crazy today just cause it’s October; I really want these results. I really want these gains! It’s going to come with great sacrifice and I’m here for it.

Fasting is done at 12pm. Then it’s time to make smart decisions until 8pm.

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Day 30: September Discipline Reflection

Good morning!

It’s officially day 30 of my September discipline challenge. For the last 29 days I have not consumed bread, potatoes or alcohol. There are results, revelations and realizations. Let’s talk about them.

1. I had no idea that I consumed so many carbs and starches in a day. Sandwiches, dairy free pizza, pretzels, chips, roasted potatoes, fries. It was literally something I would indulge in every single day. What I’ve done this month was opted to have a green vegetable or another plant or nut in it’s place. So instead of chips or pretzels, I had cashews. Instead of fries I would have kale or asparagus. Sometimes I would just have catfish or grilled chicken and nothing else with it. Not the most balance meal but it became more about the discipline than the courses in a meal.

2. The worst thing I could have done in the last 30 days was weigh myself somewhere in the middle of the challenge. Because right now, I’m not as happy as I should be in the process.

Sep 1 – I weighed 255
Sep 22 – I weighed 242
Sep 30 – I weigh 248

The focus should be on the fact that I lost weight no matter what. Unfortunately I’m sitting here thinking “how did I get back that 6!?”

3. The most inconsistent thing this month was my workouts. I only got 1 week in where I did 3 days or more. It became hard to create time for one reason or another and I slacked hard. Think my only workout last week was Saturday. I got to get these workouts up if I’m going to hit my 215 goal by NYE.

4. With the lack of carbs and starches, I noticed my craving for sugar increased. It wild, but I had a craving for things like cookies and ate more fruit snacks and wanted chocolate more than ever this month. If anybody can help me process or curbed that, I’m all ears.

Alcohol was so easy that it’s not worth even mentioning. I’ve been a heavy drinker for only a couple years of my life and those dark days are over.

5. It’s day 30 and success was made! My results are light but as a person that see’s my body everyday, I’m proud of what’s on the horizon. Oct 1, I take another weight tally and a waist measurement. All my slacks and jeans fit bigger this month and it was more room in a couple XL shirts that were snug in July and August.

October the challenge is Intermittent Fasting every day. I practiced it towards the end to mentally prepare. Lets see what happens when I get that in, with the workouts.

The Marathon Continues – Nipsey Hussle

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