Day 98 — Down 2.4 lbs and 2 weeks to go

Had my official weigh-in today and a workout with my personal trainer. So far in the first 14 weeks of the program I’ve lost a total of 35 lbs. All of the numbers don’t quite add up so don’t do the math yourself. I was down 2.4 lbs this week.

I have 2 weeks left in phase one of the program and if weight loss stays on track I will have lost 40 lbs in 16 weeks. Roughly 2.5 lbs a week. My target weight likely will require a bit more weight loss following phase one. I had originally hoped to get down to my target weight during phase one. But I suspect I will need 3 – 4 more weeks to get closer to 165.

Following phase one I will move to 2 workouts a week, but will likely delay that change until I hit my ideal weight. At my dietician appointment last week we added back beans and this week we added back starchy vegetables.

I made turkey chili in the instapot which turned out really good and I had it for lunch all week. Will try a beef version next week and hopefully Chris and Zoe will like it.

Day 84 — Down 32.8 lbs & 19″

Haven’t updated in a few weeks so have a bunch of things to cover. I was in Vancouver over the weekend getting my hair done.

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Last summer I wanted to do something different and always wanted to try blue hair. Worked out well, so I figured I would make it a tradition.

After Vancouver, I flew to Las Vegas to participate in the World Series of Poker for the first time with a good friend from work. We both played in the $1,500 no-limit texas hold ’em event starting on Monday, it was supposed to be a three-day event, but we both got knocked out the first day. So instead I played in eight single table tournaments with buy-ins ranging from $125 to $275. Here is how I did:

$125 – chopped with two people ($360)
$125 – didn’t finish in the money
$175 – chopped with one person ($1,000)
$175 – didn’t finish in the money
$275 – chopped with one person ($1,230)
$125 – chopped with one person ($600)
$125 – didn’t finish in the money

So total I cashed in 50% of the single table tournaments. Total buy-in was $1,125 and I ended up winning $3,190 for a net profit of $2,065. The big tournament was an additional $1,500 and I lost a last longer bet with Scott for an additional $100. So total for the week I was up $465, minus hotel and airfare. So not too bad. If I was to go back I think I would just play in the single table tournaments.

On the 20/20 front, I have new measurements from two weeks ago (week 10) and a new weigh-in this week with my dietician.

My original and updated measurements are:

Neck: 16″ vs 14.25″ (-1.75″)
Chest: 43.5″ vs 40.50″ (-3.00″)
Waist: 42.5″ vs 37.00″ (-5.50″)
Hips: 44″ vs 39.5″ (-4.50″)
Biceps: 13.75″ vs 11.5″ (-2.25″)
Thighs: 24″ vs 22″ (-2.00″)

So total I have lost 19″. I had planned on only buying new clothes after I had reached my target weight, but almost none of my pants, shorts or bathing suits fit me anymore, so I had to break down and buy a few pairs of shorts and pants. I was wearing size 37/38 pants before I started and ended up buying one pair of 34 and one pair of 32 jeans and shorts. The 32 are a bit tight and the 34s are a bit loose, but I’m thinking the 32s should fit pretty good by the time I’m done.

My blood pressure when I started the program was 135 over 71 and is now 110 over 50. And I have lost a total of 32.8 lbs, 5.2 lbs in the last two weeks. I’m still tracking slightly above my targeted weight loss per week and on an aggregate basis. I have four weeks left in phase one and I hope to lose approximately another 10 lbs which will get me very close to my target weight. Then I will use the 10 weeks of phase two in order to figure out how to maintain that weight over the long term.

The garden seems to be coming along fairly slowly. Only a few of the plants have sprouted leaves and it looks like a deer walked through it and crushed some of the plants. Good news is I remember that we have two large huckleberry bushes in the backyard so I picked a bowl of huckleberries last night.

Chris, Zoe, and Ainsley are in Palm Desert for Zoe’s horseback training until Sunday and then Chris and Ainsley will fly home, and Zoe will stay on in Palm Desert and drive with Mark and Keith to Las Vegas for the EMO/Celebration Circuit show next week. Chris will meet her there and I have Ainsley at home all next week.

Hannah, our Au Pair, finished her year here this week and is traveling around the US with her friend Sarina for the next month and then will fly home to Germany. I can’t believe that it has already been a year, seems to have gone by even fast than normal. Next month Melanie will arrive on July 12th from Germany and we will start the process again.

In August Zoe has two big shows, the first is the AQHA Youth Worlds Show in Oklahoma City, this will be her first time attending the Youth Worlds Show and she is super excited. Then she will go to Tulsa, Oklahoma for the NSBA Worlds Show with Ainsley, Melanie and I.

Day 70 — Down 2.6 lbs and many inches

Missed my dietician appointment today, but did weigh-in and measurements with my personal trainer. Ended the week down 2.6 lbs and I lost 7″, detailed measurements below:

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Today was the second time I did a box jumping test at the gym. Last time I managed two jumps at 33″ and unfortunately was not able to beat that this time. I did manage two jumps at 33″ again, but couldn’t get to 36″. I tried once but was a bit short. I think it mostly comes down to being fully committed to the jump, and I just couldn’t get my head around that. Hopefully next time I will be able to conquer 36″.

So far only the radishes have germinated in the garden, but I’m expecting many of the other vegetables to germinate in the next few days.

Day 63 — Down 6.2 lbs

It’s been 14 days since I last posted. Sorry. Seems more like a routine now and never seems like anything new to post, so I guess that is a good sign.

I’ve had two dietician appointments since my last post and so two official weigh-ins. Last week I lost 4 lbs. and this week I last 2.2 lbs. So overall I’ve lost 25 lbs from my starting weight and still on track for losing ~42 lbs after phase one which lasts 16 weeks. I am now more than half-way through phase one and two months in.

Everything is going really great with the program. I have managed to stay on diet without a single non-approved food for 63 days. Not a single cookie, candy, cake or chip.

I planted a garden last weekend with Zoe, so looking forward to being able to cut down on the grocery store visits for vegetables and maybe some fruits in the future. Right now we just have one 4′ x 4′ raised bed, planted with carrots, cucumbers, peas, lettuce, radish, basil, cilantro and bell peppers.

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We are using the Square Meter Gardening technique. I accidentally built the box a little incorrectly, so the other cross boards didn’t fit, it is supposed to be a 4 x 4 matrix, but we eyeballed the spacing. I am keeping notes of what we planted when we planted it and will track when it sprouts and when we harvest it. We only planted two rows, we will plant the other two this weekend so that all of the plants aren’t ready to be harvested at the same time.

I had planned on not buying any new clothes until I hit my target weight so that I didn’t buy clothes that I would then not fit. However, it turns out you can easily lose 25 lbs and still keep your pants up. So I broke down and bought one pair of shorts at Eddie Bauer. I went from size 38 to size 34. I remember being size 35 in my 30s but I think it has been a long time since I’ve been 34.

 

Day 49 — Down 3.4 lbs

I had my dietician appointment today. She was away last week, so this was first official weigh-in in the last two weeks. I was down 3.4 pounds which is the same amount as at the last two-week weigh-in, so roughly 1.7 lbs per-week over the last 4 weeks. My target is 2.75 lbs per week over the first 16 weeks of the program. I lost a lot more at the beginning so I am still technical “on track” having lost 19.8 lbs versus my target loss of 19.3. However, at the current rate of weight loss, I will fall below my target next week.

I will focus on getting more daily steps over the next week. I think I have been averaging about 12-13,000 on work-out days, but closer to 6,500 on non-workout days. I will also try to drink more water, which I think is down quite a bit over the last few weeks.

I added phase 3 (“low-fat cheese/yogurt”) to my diet this week, we skipped phase 3 a few weeks back and added phase 4 (“fruit”) so now I’m still on phase 4, but including cheese. We talked a lot at my appointment about the relationship between the three main macronutrients fat, carbohydrates and protein, and how it is important to eat either protein or fat with carbohydrates. I’ve been struggling a bit with this, especially at snacks.

Carbohydrates are converted very quickly to glucose that can be burned by the body for nearly instant energy but only last a short time, less the 2 hours. However, they can create a large amount of energy in the short time. Proteins are slower to convert to glucose, create less total energy and take longer to be consumed, closer to 4 hours. Fats convert very slowly to glucose, don’t create much energy and take around 6 hours to be consumed.

So it is important to have a balance of either fat or protein with carbohydrates in order to stabilize the blood sugar level into flatter peaks and valleys. This will also be a focus for this week.

Gotta run to the gym! Thanks for reading and for all of the encouragement both online and off. Especially from my amazing wife!

Day 43 — Still here

Just checking in. Not much new to report at this point. I didn’t have a Dietician appointment this week so no weigh-in. I have my five week doctor’s check-in next week and a Dietician appointment on Thursday so should have some results to report then.

Diet is going fine. With maybe a small exception of something that snuck in through a sauce or restaurant meal I haven’t eaten a single thing off diet in 43 days. No refined sugar, no grains or rice, no dairy, no processed food and no fried foods.

I looking forward to getting cheese added back into my diet (hopefully this week) and maybe rice, but still not sure about whether I will ever add wheat.

The hardest part for me has been tracking restaurant meals as I usually have to replace or eliminate many ingredients which makes it super hard to track. Also not doing very good with water. But will work on that this week.

Really enjoying the spring weather and have gotten a lot of work done around the yard to get ready for patio, BBQ and bonfires. Kinda bummed that my tractor is in the shop as I really need to cut the lawn and I am eager to aerate and fertilize asap, hopefully next week.

Day 35 — Week 5 weigh-in and measurements

I had my official week 5 weigh-in yesterday and did my updated measurements, which I will do every 5 weeks. On the weight front, I am down 3.4 pounds over the last 10 days. So I have lost a total of 16.4 pounds, versus my target loss 13.8. My original BMI was 31.6 and now it is down to 28.9, which is just slightly below obese. Nice to have broken that barrier even though it is a small first step.

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My original and updated measurements are:

Neck: 16″ vs 14.75″ (-1.25″)
Chest: 43.5″ vs 41.75″ (-1.75″)
Waist: 42.5″ vs 38.75″ (-3.75″)
Hips: 44″ vs 41.5″ (-2.5″)
Biceps: 13.75″ vs 12″ (-1.75″)
Thighs: 24″ vs 23″ (-1″)

My blood pressure when I started was 135 over 71 and is now 115 over 57.

All around good progress on getting my body fat down, weight and blood pressure. I’m planning on holding off on getting any new clothes until I reach my target weight. Fortunately, we are heading into summer weather and I can start wearing shorts.

Everything else is going great. Feeling good. Sleeping good.