Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Fat guy meets yoga oh my!

This week I feel so focused that even the fact that I am right now as I type this sick with an itchy throat and all groggy feeling I am looking forward to my trip to the gym later. Today will be nine days in a row with no break from the gym and I did some yoga last night with wify right before bed and I have to admit that the yoga took more work than I had anticipated. I was totally relaxed after the yoga workout which lasted 20 minutes and my muscles felt loose so I may add this to my evenings tasks as wify does this every night anyways. Sara Ivanhoe is the woman on the yoga routine that we did and her voice is distractingly sexy as the backdrop of her silhouetted figure sits on a dock slowly describing the movements while there is a chant in the back ground that sounds not unlike Darius Rucker, as I said its quite relaxing and I do think I will be adding this to my evenings.

My goal for this week is to get a new low weight, if I can get out of the 320's while doing that I will be more than happy with myself. Something was brought to my attention by my loving wife and that is that my weight loss has slowed down at roughly the same time that I started lifting weights more seriously so I am beginning to think that I will have to slack off of the weights a bit to get the chub coming off faster again. This makes me a sad sad boy because I am starting to see gains with the weights, For example when I started off lifting more seriously again I was warming up with 50 pounds on a preacher curl and then working out with 70 pounds and it was a challenge. I am now warming up with 70 pounds and working out with 90 pounds flirting with 95 pounds on my middle set so definite progress is there but I am still above 300 pounds and I think that taking weight off should be priority one right now so I may lighten up on the weights for a while and see what I get but since I am really enjoying the way my arms are starting to look we shall see what happens.

I am very exercise driven as of late and that can't be a bad thing, I don't think anyways! I look forward to getting my cardio in for the day and I crave the feeling that I get after a good solid workout. Not so long ago, just about 784 days ago now the cravings were for cake, cookies, greasy fast food and bacon pizzas and if you would have told me that I would some day honestly crave exercise and that feeling afterward I would have called you crazy and laughed in your face. I swear that if you do something for long enough it becomes second nature and does not feel like work like it did in the beginning, for me a once 534 pound guy to look forward to working out each day like a kid at Christmas and to be doing yoga poses?! I say anyone can get to this point if the time is put in.

My regimen is simple, eat less, move more, stay hydrated, sleep 8 hours per night and essentially that's all I am doing! no surgery, no miracle pills, no super funky sports drinks and no one elses plan to follow. It's not a miracle, and its not amazing, I am just doing what I need to do if I want to stay on this planet a little longer while being able to do everything that I want to.

From five hundred thirty four pounds to three hundre....wait right there! that number will have to wait until Friday! and seven hundred eighty four days later I am a changed person mentally as well as physically. I will get to my goal and I will be healthier than I have ever been in my life so pull up a chair and a plate full of baby carrots and watch me as I get there.

That's all I got for today.


As Ever


  1. I don't know if stopping the weights is a good thing, if your weight loss has slowed its because you are gaining muscle as you continue to lose fat. Just make sure you don't up the calories because of the lifting and the change will be positive, health is more than a number on a scale.

  2. No, no, a thousand times no! Don't stop the weight training. Your weight loss may seem to have slowed but that is likely due to an increase in muscle. With more muscle comes an increased BMR so it can only help you in the future. If you don't believe me you can find verification all over the internet. I also recommend checking "The Body Fat Solution" by Tom Venuto out at your local library. It would be a big mistake to cut back on your weight training.

  3. Hey you ... I would NOT back off on the weights at all. Lean muscle burns calories. You are still losing fat my friend. Try and watch what you eat a little more carefully (and I say that with much respect) and make sure you get in your cardio. You are a success story Tony. Remember that.

  4. I won't tell you whether to lift or not to lift.. that is a personal decision... but I will say I KNOW how you feel when you say you would have called them crazy if they told you you would crave exercise- and love to do it! ... I made myself run in the snow yesterday- no wait.. I could not even talk myself out of running- even though it was snowing, I had a headache and had been up since 4am and on a plane all day... I STILL Ran.. wanted to- craved it.. (like I used to crave Ice cream and nacho chips & Cheese! I KNOW!)

    Thanks for the hard work- and for sharing your journey- every time I stop by I love what I read!


  5. Have you been taking measurements? Would be interesting to see if you are changing shape if not weight...
    Good luck with whatever way you decide to go! I love learning what works for others :)

  6. Remember weight training causes you to retain water. So while you already drink a great amount your muscles are hoarding some water to help repair themselves. I wouldn't quit altogether because in a few weeks you'll definitely see some shape and toning! Muscles don't grow THAT fast- keep it up and you'll see those numbers drop fast again. Muscle weighs more than fat (well it's more dense than fat) BUT muscle burns calories... The more you build up the more calories you'll burn :D