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Did my double walk today to make up for yesterday's splurge a bit, and also just because I can 'smell blood' (i.e. I can see the progress of my stomach getting leaner), and I want to shred the last bit of fat away. I'm going to take in only 1,000 calories each day starting today, and going through next Friday (i.e. 8 days). If I burn 2,000 calories just being alive each day, then an extra 500 per day in double workout, and take in only 1,000 per day, that's 1,500 per day more burned than taken in. That's 3/7 of a pound! That's gotta be like half of my fist size in fat!
Reminded me that I read an article about Anne Hathaway losing weight for a new role where she plays a starving prostitute. She takes in "at least 500 calories a day" her trainer assured the media! And she's doing it for more than just a week. That's insane (but in a weird way inspiring). But then you'd start losing muscle mass too, and that's no fun. :)
Activities: UPPER BODY - Hand-stand push-ups, push-ups, ab-wheel, Walking.
Splurged a bit on take-out food tonight. Did a great workout, but I think I'll start my week of calorie reduction tomorrow along with double workouts.
Thought about how, if you work 10 hours at a job during the week (ex: 7 to 5), get home and exercise, then eat dinner, it might be about 7 at night before you can do anything else. Made me realize that maybe only 2 hours each night during the work week determines who you are in terms of what you do aside from your job. When my M90F ends, I think I'll have to do 30 min of workout each week night, then 30 minutes of my next blogging activity. I don't think it's realistic to dedicate 1 hour to exercise during the work week and still have time for another hobby as well, especially 1 hour of another hobby. It really makes you think about priorities.
I noticed on my walk today that just doing something difficult, like walking for 1 (or sometimes 2) hours and pushing through when you start to realize how long you've been walking give me determination in general. It makes me think about other things I want to do, not even fitness-related, and makes me determined to do them. Kind of cool how pushing yourself generates an even more determined attitude.
Activities:UPPER BODY - Hand-stand Push-ups, Ab-wheel, Push-ups, Walking (X2).
I did my workout along my walk today; something I'm trying just like the stretching - makes it easier to do it. It kind of tricks you into doing it. For example, if you're at home after your walk and still need to do push-ups, etc, then you are having to choose to work out vs. watch T.V., etc. But if you workout along the walk, then you're choosing to workout vs. walk, which is basically the same, so it's not hard to say: ok, I'll stop here for a sec and do some push-ups.
Everything is going well, but I ate too many calories today and yesterday! Nothing to do but go forward, though. So I'll keep my diet structured again since spring break is over.
Activities: UPPER BODY - Hand-stand Push-ups, Ab-wheel, Push-ups, Walking.
I'm half way there! Just finished my workout for today. A few things on my mind: the benefit of a 90 day program, my diet, and a surprise.
I thought about how a 90-day program is perhaps a more natural alternative to bariatric surgery. It's kind of the same idea: take care of the existing problem as quick as possible. Then maintain the result through a change of habit. The two must go together, but the ideas I used to have about a 90-day program being a bit silly, well, I think it's a good way to kick yourself into shape, as long as you back it up with a follow up program that you can maintain for the long-term.
It's becoming easier for me to be optimistic when I'm working out, now. It used to seem like the extra weight had the upper hand. For example, if you think about it in numbers, if I had 20 extra pounds on me at the beginning and worked hard during the week and lost 1 pound, that's only 5% of the weight. But now, after I've lost some weight, say I'm only 10 pounds of excess weight. If I do the same amount of work and lose 1 pound, that's 10% of the weight! It's much easier mentally to feel like you're 'winning' vs. the extra weight when what you do takes a big chunk out of the entire picture. The hardest part is getting to a point like this, and the more weight you start with, the harder that becomes. So again, I think a 90-day program is a great way to help get to a mentally optimistic point.
This made me think about my diet. It's hard to make huge long-term changes. But if I could do a short burst of low calorie intake, high calorie output, I could lose a bunch of extra pounds all at once. I think I'm going to do this as the end of the program gets closer, partly because I'm showing everybody my results (I want to look good, and beat my friend who's doing the P90X workout!), and partly because I think it's got the same benefit as this 90-day program. So here's my thoughts: I'd take in 1,000 calories a day for a week, while also burning about 500 calories via workout each day. On a 2,000 calorie per day equilibrium, that means I'd be net -1,500 calories per day. In 7 days that's 10,500 calories. In one pound there is 3,500 calories, so that's exactly 3 pounds. 3 pounds in just one week. I think I'll do it 3 weeks before the end, have 1 normal week again, then the last week shred the last of it off.
Ok, my last surprise: I fit into 2 pairs of old shorts that haven't fit since college! I didn't even know I still had them, but then when I was looking for shorts for the warm weather, I remembered I might still have them. Sure enough, and they fit! It's like that Progresso soup commercial where she tells the guy on the phone, he says "uh, yeah?" and she asks if there's a woman she can speak to. Anyway, what a great surprise at the half-way point of my exercise program!
Activities: LOWER BODY - Walking (X2), stretching.
Went on my double walk today from missing yesterdays. It's not the most fun, but doable. Just need 2 hours of time to do it!
Almost reached the half-way point of the 90 day program. Brought up a point I've been meaning to talk about: setting goals. My first week, the goal was to finish the first week. Then I started thinking about 10 days: nice even number. After that, 15 days I realized was 1/6 of the entire program; also half of a month. 30 days is obviously a mile stone, as is 45 days.
By setting little goals, it splits up the big program into manageable little chunks. I also do this while on a long 2 hour walk with the different pieces of the walk I'm on; just a little trick I do to keep myself mentally committed, and thought it might help you too!
Activities: UPPER BODY - Hand-stand Push-ups, Ab-wheel, Push-ups, Shoulders.
No walking today; I got busy posting stuff on Craig's List for our move coming up. Man does that work quickly! About 20 emails in the first 20 minutes it was posted for all sorts of items we're getting rid of. So anyway I'll have to do a double walk tomorrow, which should be fine. I just hope it's not as windy as it's been here lately.
Speaking of Craig's List, the last person should be showing up any minute now; they're already 17 minutes late. Then I gotta make dinner, I'm hungry!
Thought about an extra long walk again today, but here's how old I feel sometimes: my right foot was hurting because of the wind. That's right, because of the wind. It's like when I go swimming and tread water, the upper-inside part of my foot will sometimes hurt because of the weird angle and resistance of the water. There was a wind advisory today (and that's windy in NV, let me tell ya), and I was wearing wind-breaker pants (they should call them wind-catchers I think). So for an hour my right let was being blown sideways, and I had to correct on every step I took, a lot like treading water. But perhaps I'll do a double walk tomorrow and take advantage of the extra time from being on spring break!