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MY LIFE

As per usual I am the worst. 

Back to 101Kg. Feel fat, bloated and depressed today. Perfect time to hit the gym. I’, 100% done with the worst day I’ve had all week and I need to beat myself up at the gym a little. Probably won’t feel much better but hopefully I wake up tomorrow feeling a little less fat.

It’s an odd thing for a guy to say but I really cant stand my body right now. I feel desperate as I can’t seem to stick to anything. Not diet or exercise. The stupid thing is I can happily run 10k and don’t feel out of shape but I simply just don’t seem to lose weight. I almost feel embarrassed by it.

Well carry on, right?

Well it seems that I am truly my own worst enemy and even a simple 7 to 14 minutes of exercise is hard for me to stick to.
That said I am pretty surprised with the impact that the 7min workout has been having. Ok, I have been doing 14minutes or 2 sets each day but I have been taking plenty of time off (because I’m slack and let events get in the way).
Some result is far better than non and despite my 4 day beak and being unable to stick with more than 2 days in a row I have noticed my general fitness and core strength improve and I have dropped a slight bit of weight and maintained it.

So whats next? Well I have to stick with it every day for a week and see if there is any noticeable improvement.

So my challenge is to start with 4 consecutive days, report back and then try a whole 7. We shall see.

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Ok so I tried the 7 min workout last week for two days. Obviously I saw little result, after all no workout can truly offer a result in two days.
It was a test trial to see what was involved and how it impacted me.

I can tell you that I was surprised at how much it felt like I had done afterward for how little I had actually done. I was became clammy, short of breath and sore in some targeted muscle groups. 
Ok so it definitely has an effect but os it enough? In further reading I found that that 7min on its own is good but wont do all that much. Trainers I know recommended two to three sets to see results from the routine on its own.

Ok well after an indulgent weekend I have begun my Monday with a 2 rep set. I feel like I ran on the treadmill door about 40 mins and my discomfort level to wards the end of the second set was an easy 9 out of 10.
I aim to compleat this once a day with a possible 7min single rep at lunchtime where I can. I will report back at the end of the week to see if I can start to see results.

Ok so I tried the 7 min workout last week for two days. Obviously I saw little result, after all no workout can truly offer a result in two days.
It was a test trial to see what was involved and how it impacted me.

I can tell you that I was surprised at how much it felt like I had done afterward for how little I had actually done. I was became clammy, short of breath and sore in some targeted muscle groups.
Ok so it definitely has an effect but os it enough? In further reading I found that that 7min on its own is good but wont do all that much. Trainers I know recommended two to three sets to see results from the routine on its own.

Ok well after an indulgent weekend I have begun my Monday with a 2 rep set. I feel like I ran on the treadmill door about 40 mins and my discomfort level to wards the end of the second set was an easy 9 out of 10.
I aim to compleat this once a day with a possible 7min single rep at lunchtime where I can. I will report back at the end of the week to see if I can start to see results.

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Discipline to decide to eat healthy diet.

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Discipline to decide to eat healthy diet.

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One of my biggest struggles is making time to exercise daily. Although it is often time related it can often be that I get bored easily when exercising so I tend to give up too soon.

Well this could be my answer. A workout that is too short and intense for my mind to get a look in.
THe 7min workout has been getting alot of mixed press of late but looking at the criteria it seems to suit me.
It’s short. I can do a quick 7 min when I get a break in the day or take it on with 3 reps to get the most from it.
It’s too short or intense for my mind to wander. 
Though weight is my big issue I have moderate fitness so it’s not too hard.
I can take it with me when I travel.
All in all I have bought an app for this to help me both time and get though the workout as well as track my progress. 
As usual I will keep you all posted on my results.

One of my biggest struggles is making time to exercise daily. Although it is often time related it can often be that I get bored easily when exercising so I tend to give up too soon.

Well this could be my answer. A workout that is too short and intense for my mind to get a look in.

THe 7min workout has been getting alot of mixed press of late but looking at the criteria it seems to suit me.

  • It’s short. I can do a quick 7 min when I get a break in the day or take it on with 3 reps to get the most from it.
  • It’s too short or intense for my mind to wander. 
  • Though weight is my big issue I have moderate fitness so it’s not too hard.
  • I can take it with me when I travel.

All in all I have bought an app for this to help me both time and get though the workout as well as track my progress. 

As usual I will keep you all posted on my results.

Hi, Its been a while

Ok so it has been way too long since my last post here. The truth hurts that while I was at the gym all I managed to do was lose about 4Kg in about 3 months. 

"Thats not so bad" i hear you say in support. No, it isn’t but the real issue is my diet. I have a real drive through addiction. I’m driving all day and when I get hungry I tend to grab whatever requires the least effort, both in time, energy and money. Unfortunately that all too often ends in burgers and fries.

So what’s my next move? Well after a disastrous turn of events, including moving right down the road from Dominos with an all too tempting $5 pizza menu and my sister who bakes incessantly moving in with us causing me to regain the 4kg lost, I have moved to sustaining myself throughout the day with low sodium vegetable juice. 

This has made saving off the hunger till I can get something better than burgers a whole lot easier though I have to admit it is a process and I have not yet gone a whole week sober from my drive through addiction.

I will keep you posted.

Nov 1

A treadmill to far

Ok update time.

I now approach the end of the third week since I started hitting the Gym every day I can and I still haven’t lost any weight. But that may not mean that I’m failing. You see I am now standing straighter and can lift more on the weight machines. My gut also looks a little smaller and my one off 5 and a half kilometer stint has now become my norm. 

My fitness is slowly progressing and I hope by the end of week 5 that I will be able to make it 6Km in the same amount of time. The most noticeable change however is my breathing. Its becoming deeper and more prolonged as I run. This is prof positive that I’m getting fitter and fitter despite what the scale thinks of me.

Still, in saying all this and keeping positive about my progress, I would have expected to have lost at least a couple oh Kg by now. It is a little disheartening that watching my calorie intake and regularly exercising is having little effect on my weight. But I press on.

Next week I will face one of my biggest challenges so far as I will be away for work for three days and have little to no Gym options where I’m going. Plus after driving for at least 4 hours each day I feel I’ll have little energy left to put much effort in. However I’m putting a few exercises I can do in my motel rooms together so I will report back next week on how I went.

I think my biggest enemy next week will be food. As My schedule is tight it will be hard to avoid drive throughs and eat responsibly. I am planning to at least deal with the snack issue before I set off with prepared healthy goodies to nibble on and extra water bottels.The important thing is to stay positive and not end up getting down on myself if  I eat something I shouldn’t. That will likely lead to a full binge rather than a little deviation.

Well thats all for this post. Remember to keep getting off the couch.

Moving on up

Wow it has been some time since I checked in. 

You’ll be pleased to know I have rejoined the Gym and managed to go more than consistently. In the first week I went twice. The second three times and in the past week I have been every day from Monday. That means I have done a minimum of a 45 minute stint on the treadmill each day and have added weights two of the four days.

I have also started to log my food with a great App called My Fitness Pall for iPhone. Not only does this have a very comprehensive list of foods nutritional info, including calories, but also allows you to use the iPhones camera to scann barcodes of food you are eating so you dont have to guess or scroll though lists to find something close to what your actually eating.

So far I have been below my calorie goal all week so in a five week plan will have lost 5Kg. However so far I have not lost a bean. This has been very disappointing as I thought a week at the gym and watching what goes in my face hole would at least get me down 1Kg but maybe I need to think more long term, we shall see.

That said its not all defeat but plenty of da feet. You see as I may not have most any weight and my waist seems non the thinner I have noticed that my fitness is improving quite rapidly. The first week I could barley get through 3 minutes of running at a time before I had to slow to a walk and let my heart rate drop from 170bpm! All I managed in the first three days was a total of about 3kms in the 45 minutes I set myself.

Today I was able to manage 5 minutes at a time with a 5 minute walk. This menat that I managed a total of just over 5Km in the 45 minute period and it was only after the 30 minute mark that my heart rate moved above 165bpm. 

In conclusion both my muscles are remembering what they use to do when I ran a lot and my heart is starting to get stronger. This is very encouraging as my main goal in all this, other than wanting to loose my traveling companion (my gut), it to be able to run 10Km in under 1 hour. It’s something I use to do almost without breaking a sweat and though I know that my age would make the lack of sweating unlikely, I know I can do the distance again.

Well thats all for this log entry. I will post again, maybe in a weeks time with an update on my progress. 

I hate stupid decorative steps.

Why is it every time I try to get myself in shape I injure myself. Are forces conspiring to keep me fat so I’m easier to catch during a zombie apocalypse or is my own subcontous sabotaging me. Who knows. All i do know is that if i ever find the man who decided to add an extra semi-step in doorways (not a necessary one but one that is obviously an aesthetic choice) I will punch him full in the face before breaking both his ankles so he can feel what its like.

There I was minding my own business, feeling good about having exercised and made a wonderful slow carb meatloaf, as I stepped out of my apartment into the wet cold night to go pick up my wife and BANG! Down I go in an blaze of, lets face it, awkward glory. Twisting my ankle before landing face first in a puddle. 

So now I’m on the couch with a pag of frozen peas on my leg, hoping the damage is minor. Worst is it’s my right foot so if it’s bad I wont be able to drive and wont be able top work. So Mr Architect, watch your back!

Bad Carbs Bad Carbs, what you gona do? What you gona do when they come for you?

Today is my cheat day after a pretty good week sticking to whats good for me. Though there may have been one slip up involving a a craving and two pieces of Whitikers Peanut butter Chocolate.

I chose to Friday for a cheat day as I find it easier to stick to the diet on a weekend than on a week day. Also its payday so, BURGERS!

THat said I still did a pretty intense work out tonight involving arms/shoulders and back with a little boxing tainting thrown in. I feel it will help keep my cheat days in check as well as taking what ever free time I have to get in some sort of work out. Sore, tired and ready for the weekend.

Now to go hunt some Pizza.

Ok lets start with my dinner tonight. What should I have, hmmmm. I know PIZZA!
WHAT?! ARE YOU MAD?! 
No really I found this great recipe for a slow carb crust using cauliflower. 
You Won’t Believe it’s Cauliflower Pizza Crust1 cup cooked, riced cauliflower*1 egg1 cup mozzarella cheese1/2 tsp fennel1 tsp oregano2 tsp parsley
**pizza or alfredo sauce
toppings (make sure meats are cooked)mozzarella cheesePreheat oven to 450 degrees Farenheit.
Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray.
In a medium bowl, combine cauliflower, egg and mozzarella. Press evenly on the pan. Sprinkle evenly with fennel, oregano and parsley.
Bake at 450 degrees for 12-15 minutes (15-20 minutes if you double the recipe).
Remove the pan from the oven. To the crust, add sauce, then toppings and cheese.
Place under a broiler (grill for the Europeans) at high heat just until cheese is melted **.

Notes:
*I use frozen cauliflower prepared according to package directions. After cooked and slightly cooled, I shred cauliflower with a cheese grater, and then measure for the recipe. (Don’t pack down the cup with cauliflower. Just fill it with a spoon or the cup itself.)
** The pizza sauce I use is Great Value Pizza sauce from Wal-Mart. At only 3 net carbs per quarter cup, you get a lot of punch for little carbohydrate pow.
*** You can try re-baking the pizza at 450 once you add toppings if desired, but the crust is not quite as crusty. There is a minimal difference, so see what works best for you.


Nutritional Information for the entire crust:calories: 434, fat: 25 g, carbohydrates: 8 (net), 13 if counting all, fiber: 5 g, protein: 41 g.
Nutritional Information for one serving: 109 calories, 7 grams fat, 2 net carbs, 1.5 grams fiber, 10 grams protein.

Oh yea Pizza! And its not even a cheat day. Now we’re talking.

Ok lets start with my dinner tonight. What should I have, hmmmm. I know PIZZA!

WHAT?! ARE YOU MAD?! 

No really I found this great recipe for a slow carb crust using cauliflower. 

You Won’t Believe it’s Cauliflower Pizza Crust
1 cup cooked, riced cauliflower*
1 egg
1 cup mozzarella cheese
1/2 tsp fennel
1 tsp oregano
2 tsp parsley

**pizza or alfredo sauce

toppings (make sure meats are cooked)
mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 450 degrees Farenheit.

Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray.

In a medium bowl, combine cauliflower, egg and mozzarella. Press evenly on the pan. Sprinkle evenly with fennel, oregano and parsley.

Bake at 450 degrees for 12-15 minutes (15-20 minutes if you double the recipe).

Remove the pan from the oven. To the crust, add sauce, then toppings and cheese.

Place under a broiler (grill for the Europeans) at high heat just until cheese is melted **.

Notes:

*I use frozen cauliflower prepared according to package directions. After cooked and slightly cooled, I shred cauliflower with a cheese grater, and then measure for the recipe. (Don’t pack down the cup with cauliflower. Just fill it with a spoon or the cup itself.)

** The pizza sauce I use is Great Value Pizza sauce from Wal-Mart. At only 3 net carbs per quarter cup, you get a lot of punch for little carbohydrate pow.

*** You can try re-baking the pizza at 450 once you add toppings if desired, but the crust is not quite as crusty. There is a minimal difference, so see what works best for you.

Nutritional Information for the entire crust:
calories: 434, fat: 25 g, carbohydrates: 8 (net), 13 if counting all, fiber: 5 g, protein: 41 g.

Nutritional Information for one serving: 109 calories, 7 grams fat, 2 net carbs, 1.5 grams fiber, 10 grams protein.

Oh yea Pizza! And its not even a cheat day. Now we’re talking.

Stop being a Twat about it and get off your ass.

Ok time to resurrect this blog from oblivion. I started it off with good intentions of sharing myself some more while using t as a diary for trying to loose some weight. It was all fine and dandy. I even went running regally. Then I got sick, really sick. Problem is that it became a great excuse to give up. So I stopped posting and exercising and giving a damn about what I ate.

Now I’m back to being a fatty and my pants are tight round the waist and I shudder to think how my cholesterol is looking. So It’s back to it. Clearly my biggest weakness is food. I love food and it’s too easy just to get burgers or pizza. So in my quest to better myself I will be seeking out better choices in food that don’t leave me looking elsewhere.

Onward to realistic goals and tasty snacks that wont make my heart explode!

So it’s been a while….

I’m still a bit sick. My fitness update is that I’m not fit and nothing had happened in my life since my last post.

Ok so that may not be 100% true but as it stands I have been very sick with a terrible virus that causes me coughing fits. Those fits lead to me getting spitting headaches and momentary impered vision. Not to mention the disrupted sleep patterns. I am now on a course of antibiotics that I hope will knock the bastards for six and get me back into my old jovial self.

All in all the last week has fallen into a void and I have little recollection of it.The one thing i have had to look forward to however is that at he end of this week we will be house,cat and peacock sitting for a week at a very good family friends house. Its an amazing house on a large property and will be like a holiday in a flash hotel for us. I look forward to the change of scenery and hope it aids in my speedy recovery. 

I guess thats all for now.

-Roger