Friday, October 24, 2008

A much much better week and a look at the last month or so

Well I will quickly tell you that this last week has been so much better.  I have been staying within my points, I have given up diet coke (again), and have been eating pretty clean.  I did have Papa Johns Garden Fresh pizza for dinner last night because it was easy and I had the parent teacher meeting and all.  But other than that I have been pretty much on track.  I think I will have a decent loss coming up on Tuesday as long as I do not blow it this weekend.  I will be making every effort to not over indulge on the beer and tailgate goodness.  We will see how that goes.

Looking back over the last month or so I can tell you a couple of things that happened to me that caused me to stall out.  Or at least things that I think contributed to me stalling out.  The first is frozen box syndrome.  Be it Lean Cuisine, Healthy Choice or Weight Watchers, they all have these froze meals.  They are pretty small in size for a guy of 300 lbs on a 6'2" frame.  I have been eating those primarily for lunch over the past couple of months.  I think that lead to more binges and definitely lead to an increase in sodium intake.  Combine that with the fact that I had began to drink more and more diet coke and it was a recipe for disaster.

Factor two is more psychological.  I was training for the 5k.  I was really putting a lot of energy into that training and put my dietary concerns on the back burner.  I stopped tracking my food intake and was not all that concerned.  I needed fuel to run right?  Well maybe if I were an elite athlete maybe, but for a guy who was just heading out to try to finish.  I needed to focus on both.  I to restate.  I lost sight of the real goal which is to loss weight and get healthy.  The 5k was awesome and I will continue to run and run in races, but I will remember that I need to keep my priorities straight.

In the coming months I will be running at least one if not 2 races before the end of the year.  Both will be 5k's.  I will get back to the gym and start my weight training again.  I will also get reacquainted with the elliptical.  Most importantly I will be tracking my food again. 

On a side note-
I write this blog primarily for myself and try to make it as readable as possible for those of you who happen across it.  So given that I do have a pretty loyal readership I will throw it out to you guys.  Is there something you want me to discuss, a question I can answer?  My readers are always great and I appreciate all of you, even you lurkers out there. :-)

If I don't see you prior to Monday, have a great weekend!


The Incredible Shrinking Family said...

No suggestions, but I just want to say i really enjoy reading your blog. We are losin weight as a family ( myself, 16 yr old son and 53 yr old hubby). Women seem to think of weight loss in slightly different ways than men do, and I really enjoy seeing how the other half thinks. It helps me to relate to my own guys a little better.

Anonymous said...

I like to lurk, it's true. Haha. Anyway, I'm a lady and I've never tried WW but I enjoy reading your posts. I was inspired by your training for your 1st 5k and all your sucess! I started training around the same time you did for my 2nd race (a 5 miler this Sunday...eek). You've been motivational for me to get my rear out there even when I don't want to (i.e. most of the time). Basically, I'd suggest you don't change a thing! Keep up the good work and congrats on all your accomplishments thus far. Lose 80 Pounds said...

I'm now calling my stall over the last couple of months a "self-inflicted plateau" since I wasn't doing what was working prior to that, which was working out. And I've tracked everything this week, too.

I had 2 fried eggs (in Pam) this morning with toast...thanks for bringing them up in your previous post. I forgot how much I like them! And I was full till lunch time, which was great.

I like your blog...nice to hear about weightloss from a guy's perspective...just keep posting and I'll be happy! =)

MizFit said...

lurker here too...
I do sometimes delurk.


like now :)

SuperDave said...

Hey Matt is always good to read your blog because we are a mirror of each other, the only thing is that I have 6 months "up on you on running." Thats about it. 6 months from now, you will look back at your running at see how much farther you have come. It seems that we have the same priorities. You always bring up good ideas for myself. Buddy , keep up the good work.