Mid April update

Well getting to 87 point anything proved to be really bloody hard. I got down to 88.0 a few times and bounced back up.

Anyway eventually I made it last week. I got down to 87.5 kg (193 lbs : 13 stone 11 lbs)

I think a big thing that helped me break through the barrier was an article I read about calories and trigger foods.

Basically highlighting that many ‘healthy’ options still have tons of calories. Made me realise that some of my chocolate replacements didn’t have any less calories. So I was missing out of my favourite snack but not missing any of the calories. Whats the point in that??

So I cut those snacks out.

Then there was the trigger foods, foods that trigger uncontrolled eating. I seem to have a few of those. Its something I was aware of, but the article really crystallised it in my mind. I must see if I can find a link. here you go. Or possibly it was this one, they are both very good (if you can cope with a bit of blunt honesty!).

Target for this coming week is 86 point something.

I’m not tooooooo worried about my weight because I am doing lots of exercise including weight training, so I should be adding a bit of muscle somewhere, hopefully. I do need to drop lots of fat, for sure, but I also need to fuel my exercise, so I’m ok with slow weight reduction, being fairly sure its all fat and no muscle loss. Cardio and strength improvements are just as valuable to me at the moment. And more motivating.

My reward for hitting 87 was a nice bottle of Redbreast 12 yr whiskey. Seems nice, not convinced its as nice as Green Spot, my current favourite. I’m planning a bottle of Auchentoshan 3 wood when I get to 85, or maybe a weightlifting belt…

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finally I am back to 90kg

Famous last words…

Last update that was me just back to 90, I had a little wobble, and now, again, I am back to 90.0 kg (198 lbs : 14 stone 2 lbs).

It’s like groundhog day…

(90 kg is 30% body fat for me, which is ‘obese’. which seems a bit harsh. But that is because the people I would call obese are actually morbidly obese, and the people I would call fat (like me) are technically medically obese… This is a common underestimation).

I would really like my weight to oscillate around 88 in March, and then perhaps 85 in April??

Onwards and downwards. hopefully…

Autumn 2017

Well it’s feeling a little more like winter than Autumn – we have had the first frosts already.

But my ‘cut’ went well, very well in fact. But I have had enough of that for now.

A few weeks ago I was 88.0 kg (194 lbs : 13 stone 12 lbs)

Yesterday I weighed in at 85.5 kg (188 lbs : 13 stone 6 lbs)

Happy with that…

I now just want to grind out a gradual progression focussing on the next kilo to lose, and stepping back up the activity. That cut was about 1kg per week for 3 weeks. Now I plan to aim for 0.5kg (1lb) per week whilst working on strength and cardio fitness.

Gym Rest Timer

One of the things that has thrown a spanner in the works of my body-weight based fat loss program is weight training.

I have been doing lots of it. And added a good bit of strength, and therefore muscle, and therefore fat free weight.

So if I weigh the same, but can lift more weight, have I lost any fat? Yes as it turns out.

One key element to weight training is controlling rest breaks between sets.  If I am pushing hard I might need to take 2 or 3 minutes, but on a lighter day I can recover enough in 60 seconds.

I have been using this Gym Rest Timer app (for Android devices only), every session.

Prior to that I was just kind of guessing or using my (unwieldy) phone clock. I failed quite a few sets because I probably didn’t have enough rest. And a few times my weights session seemed to last hours – probably due to much too long rest breaks.

Anyway my new app is super simple to use, at the end of a set I decide how hard it was, easy: 60 or 90 secs rest, hard: 2 mins, killer: 3 mins, didnt finish: 5 mins. Click the button, chill and wait for the beep.

GRTvertsml

Check it out.

Holiday Lard

How is your holiday lard removal program going?

Mines not too bad actually.

I reckon I put on 2kg (4 lbs) and I have lost one kilo.

Today was not a good day though.

Sadly I am still looking at 90 from the wrong side, but at least it is in sight at the moment.

Happy New Year 2012

Ready for the January Detox?
I have got some serious work to do to shift my festive lard this year.
Not done an official weigh in yet (too scared!)

A Temple

My darling wife offered me a chocolate cookie last night. I am on a bit of a health kick at the moment (which is different to actually having lost some lard). so I said:

“not for me, my body is a temple”

At  which my 7 year old son looked up quizzically and said “what… big and round with a point on top?”