Thursday, August 15, 2013

Weigh In 4:22

If consistency is the name of the game, then I have that in spades.  I lost another 1.2 pounds this week, taking me down to 386.4.  I am within shouting distance of losing 30 pounds overall, and that is no mean feat.  Are things moving more slowly than I would like?  Absolutely.  But a positive difference I feel this time over three years ago is that I am developing a lifestyle.  I am imperfect and I am allowing myself to be.  But the curve of progress is bending in the right direction.  I am fairly consistently losing about a pound a week.  And if I can do that with what is, lets be honest, very little effort then when I decide to pour it on a bit I can maybe get ahead of the pace.  This week was one of those times where I made steps to maybe gain a little momentum.

I met on Tuesday with a former theater colleague who is a personal trainer.  She and I crafted a game plan of some exercise I can and should do every day to build core strength, balance, and start to build up some muscle.  What effect this will have on the number on the scale is hard to say, but if I replace every pound of fat I lose with a pound of muscle I am ok with that for the time being, because eventually biology will catch up with me and I will start to use up some of that stored fuel.  I have a 1 pound baseline of progress that I have maintained for half a year.  As frustratingly slow as that is it is not all I can do, but rather a foundation to build on.  This week is the first of trying to attack this problem on two fronts.  Anybody familiar with military history knows that defense on two fronts is difficult, and I plan to take the advantage it gives.  Add in the bonus of having considerable movement in some of my rehearsals for my show and I am going to have some pretty good activity in my life.  I expect some good things in the coming month.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Weigh in 4:21

Another late post!  one of these weeks I will get back on the stick and post on time.  Wednesday was actually quite busy for me so not only was I not able to post, but I didn't even weigh myself, so this week's numbers are from Thursday.  I was down 0.8 pounds, which while small is a loss, and consistent with my results to date.  Considering my complete lack of exercise it will have to do.  I weighed in at 387.6 on the new scale.  385 this week would be fantastic, and I feel I am doing pretty well so far.  I had a very vigorous dance rehearsal on Thursday as well as some other intermittent physical activity.  Paired with good good choices so far I think I am on the way to good results.

My appointment with the personal trainer got pushed back a week, so this Tuesday I should get some new strategies for building physical strength and stamina.  Rehearsals for my show should start to be more consistently movement heavy as well, so I feel good about where I will be going forward.  I now need to commit to it.  I hope for a more thoughtful and detailed post (and on time) this Wednesday.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Weigh In 4:20

Decent week.  I am a bit behind in posting due to a combination of things, including booking a show!  I will be performing in Route 66 at Metropolis PAC in Arlington Heights this fall.  I get to sing, dance, and even play a little guitar.  Back to the weigh in, I ended up at 388.4 on the new scale, which is a loss of two pounds.  I was able to get back my small gain and then some, and considering I still have the difficulty of a night shift job I feel pretty good about that.  I did not work out beyond walking on my lunch breaks, so I have lots of room for improvement there.  This week I will have my first meeting with an acquaintance who is a personal trainer, and I hope she can give me some techniques and workouts that will be effective in boosting my metabolism and building a little bit of strength.  Given the difficulty I have had thus far I am hoping this is the missing link between me and some good results.

A new month means new goals.  I am going to keep them ambitious, as there is no reason to be anything but bold when setting goals.  I would like to get to 375 by the end of this month, which gives me about 5 weeks to lose 13+ pounds.  That is big, but very doable.  My friend Sam has given me the extra motivation of a possible theme park trip in Florida next summer, and I want to get back on some roller coasters.  That is going to take big weight loss, and as slowly as things have gone so far this year (less than 30 pounds in 6 months) I know I can do it.