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Monday, September 3, 2007

Week 31 Weigh-In

Bleh! I weighed 295.4 lbs. this morning. This is a gain of 2.6 lbs. That sucks! I was hoping to break 290. But, I am not deterred. I am determined. I will be heading down to dad's house later this week, so hopefully I will remember to grab my tape measure. Then I will be able to start getting my other measurements.

I could try to rationalize this gain, but there would be no point. I could have eaten healthier. I could have exercised more. However, I did eat healthy. I did exercise. Considering, how I have lost weight around 28 of the 31 weeks, I am not too worried.

Two weeks ago, I was on vacation. I exercised that week, but much less than usual. Healthy eating declined toward the end of the week. Last week, eating was fine. However, I did change up my exercise routine. I did this for two reasons: 1) I can no longer keep up the intensity of 2-3 hours of exercise a day and maintain all the other crap going on in my life. It's all starting to catch up. 2) It's time to take weight training to the next level (as far my weights will let me).

Previously, I trained my whole body twice a week: Mondays & Thursdays=Upper body; Tuesdays & Fridays=Legs & core; in addition I tried to do 2 hours of cardio Monday-Saturday. The weights consisted of one lift per muscle group.

My weights are a set of dumbbells up to 35 lbs.

My new lifting routine is:
Mondays: Push ups, Chest Press, inclined chest fly, military press, front lateral raises, side lateral raises.

Tuesdays: Standing bicep curls, hammer curls, concentration curls, straight crunches, left & right side crunches, reverse crunches, and pelvic tilt.

Thursdays: One-arm dumbbell row, dumbbell pullover, dumbbell shrug, squats, lunges, standing calf raises

Friday: Bench Dip, French press, tricep kick-back, kneeling butt blaster, side-lying leg lift, inner thigh lift, kneeling leg curl

Cardio will be 1 hour a day.

This reduces my time exercising, but increases the intensity. I am sure the trade off will be worth it in the long run. I do need heavier weights. I hope to be able to afford power blocks one day.

Oh, here is a before and now picture.

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11 comments:

Kim Ayres said...

You have no idea jut how exhausted I feel just reading about your exercise routine...

Spidey said...

Great progress! You are looking lean and mean!

WeeeSplat said...

That is such a huge difference, but there's a much more subtle difference. You may be smiling in those "before" pics, but you actually look HAPPY in the after one. And that's what it's all about.
Good for you :)

Sayre said...

Half-man, you're looking great!!! You've come such a long way, I know you can go the rest. And Weeesplat is right - your smile in the middle picture says it all!

Christine said...

I wouldn't worry to much about that gain - best of luck for the next weigh in - I am sure that it will be the numbers you are looking for.

Your before and after pictures are amazing and really inspiring! I am kinda kicking myself for not having more before pictures of myself - I know that I am making changes, but I would love to see it like in your blog today!

You look great - and really happy.

Great tie. :)

Shell said...

Hey!

After reading your blog for ages I have just realised that you are in the USA.. Who would have thought that a picture of my arm would end up on the internet.. ha ha!

Seriously though congrats. You look great and so much younger - no offence.

Good work!

Shell said...

Hey!

After reading your blog for ages I have just realised that you are in the USA.. Who would have thought that a picture of my arm would end up on the internet.. ha ha!

Seriously though congrats. You look great and so much younger - no offence.

Good work!

Lily T said...

Wonderful progress! What a tremendous difference!

The gain sucks, but I’m glad that you’re looking at the big picture.

Changing your workout routine is always a good idea. I was told that you should probably do this once a month, since the body has a tendency to adjust.

Twix said...

I just stumbled onto here. And quite frankly, you ROCK!!!! Wooohooo!! Congrats on the major weight loss!!

I just started not to long back and so far it's just diet and walking. I've been wanting to add in weights and jump roping. So, I really like what you're doing with the weights!

You look great for how much you have lost! Keep going! :D

Half Man said...

Thanks for all your comments. For the most part, I hate having my picture taken because of my weight. Those pictures were taken the week before I started my journey while vacationing in FL.

The current picture was taken right before I went to a job interview. I had my wife snap it so I could compare pictures.

CactusFreek said...

You look AWESOME!! And very content :o)

That arm sticking out of the building looks gross. I hate veiny limbs. Ewwwwwwww :op