Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Paging Mister Meatball...

This last week has brought me back to where I should be on this path to better health, I have refocused myself in a way that I feel like I am unstoppable once again. Eating the way that I should, exercising daily and staying hydrated has become my goal each day and I have that competitive feeling in me once more. I am enjoying the gym experience thus far and ended up trying a new machine yesterday while I was there, I rode a stationary bike for 25 minutes and while walking down the path between the machines my eye went to an elliptical machine and since I have never really used one besides the random hop on in sporting goods stores I thought that I would try it out. Upon mounting this awkward looking skeletal thing I soon realized that it just was not the piece of equipment for me as I floundered ungracefully and just could not get a good rhythm going even after learning the controls and adjusting the resistance. The stride length is where I had an issue, I think my height makes me need a longer stride length and since I did not ask someone I don't know if that is an adjustment on the machine or if they are set at a standard distance and that's that, perhaps I will ask next time I go. After my skillful adventure on the elliptical machine I thought I would try a treadmill out and here is something that I liked! I ended up walking at 3.4 mph on a 3.5% grade for 25 minutes, I did go to a 8% grade for about a four minute segment about 15 minutes in just for kicks and I can honestly say that I am enjoying the gym.

My intake was spot on as well for Tuesday, I came in at a grand total of 1590 calories and when you see my menu you will see just how much of a creature of habit I am when you compare Tuesday and Monday's menus. I drank 1 gallon of green tea and just about 1 gallon of straight H2O.

Have a look at the menu.

7:15 AM
2 cups honey combs 220
1 cup 1% milk 110

11:00 AM
1 banana 105
1 T peanut butter 95

2:45 PM
4oz hot capicola 240
1 lavash bread 100
lettuce/pickle 15
less than a T miracle whip 25

6:30 PM
2 Multigrain English muffins 200
2 oz light mozz cheese 160
1.5 oz turkey pepperoni 105
2 T pizza sauce 30
onion/jalapenos 15

8:00 PM
2 oranges 170

Other than dinner Monday and Tuesday's menu's are pretty much exactly the same and that's just fine by me, I am hydrated and with the 25 minutes on the bike along with the 25 minutes on the treadmill not to mention the 5 minute fit that I had on the elliptical which I am sure amused at least a couple people I am very pleased with my exercise for the day as well. I will not make it to the gym today so I will exercise at home, it is down pouring rain with lightning currently so I will have to get creative, perhaps a yoga dvd and some calisthenics, we shall see.

It would appear that I am back in full swing again and am looking forward to Friday so that I can see how many pounds I dropped this week, something tells me it will be a decent week on that front. I am finding that going to the gym is actually very productive for me in the way that I somehow feel like I should work a bit harder because I am there, or maybe its the being in an atmosphere where everyone is working out that makes it easier to do 50 minutes of straight cardio and only stopping because its time to pick up the little one from school, either way so far its been a good choice to join.

With that another day in the life of the fat man is out there for your eyes, Thanks for following along and don't forget that H2O because in my mostly humble opinion its a very important part of weight loss.

As Ever


  1. Wow! Congrats on the two hundred! I just stumbled upon your blog, I will definitely have to add you to my list ;) Anywho, I know a thing or two about ellipticals. I have been researching the purchase of my own. So, feel free to e-mail me for some advice. As for the stride length, you are exactly correct. For a taller person you need a longer stride length. A few ellipticals are adjustable but the vast majority of them have a set stride. You should probably look for one with a 20 or 21 inch stride length. Most gyms have theirs at 18. Smiles!

  2. Back in full swing, alright! Looking forward to seeing how Friday works out.

    annnnnnnd, now to drink some water.

  3. I must have missed that you joined the gym! CONGRATS! I am so glad you have found your groove again, I know you will kick ass and take names!

  4. Great job at the gym- can't wait till Friday :D

  5. Elliptical machine... Number one way to get in shape. I have started back on it..Try it again. go real slow, lowest level, just like me...After the first 10 minutes get off and walk around. You will be amazed at the euphoric feeling and want to do it again. Thanks for the inspiration also...