Archive for January, 2008

Bing, bing, bing…I’m Ricochet Rabbit

Man, I don’t know if this is a one time thing or if I’m going to be like this all the time. I am bouncing off the walls with energy today. I always get a good night sleep, 8 hours minimum, so it’s not that I’ve been behind in my sleep. But today I woke up and I just can’t sit still, I’m running around everywhere, my body feels like it’s a dynamo, I’m fidgety when I’m sitting at my desk, my wife asked what the hell got into me. If this is what I should always feel like if I’m healthy, I love it. And I didn’t need any sugar to get this way, amazing!


What does 200 calories look like?

Here is a good site that helps you visualize what 200 calories looks like in different foods. It’s a pretty good reminder of why we should be eating more fruits and veggies. Thanks to Stanimal’s site for this link.

Have I been fighting my heredity?

As I take a look back in my life and then look at my parents and grandparents, I start to realize that I alone am the reason for why I reached 210 pounds. I used to be skinny, probably a bit too skinny. When I joined the Navy, I was around 160 pounds (72.57 kg). I was active in high school, playing baseball and wrestling (just to get in shape for baseball, because I sucked at wrestling) and I was active out in the neighborhood all the time. My high school’s cross country coach (our gym coach) wanted me to join the team after I did a few laps around the track for a Presidential Fitness test. I declined that offer because I couldn’t see the point of getting up early in the morning in the summer to go for a run. Who knows, that may have been a poor decision. Thinking about that now, it may have got me into a running routine that I might have enjoyed and stuck with. Regardless, I used to not have weight issues.

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Feeling fantastic today

I just wanted to write a quick post to say that I feel great today. My pants have been feeling looser the past week along with my belt. But today, my pants feel like they’re going to fall off me. And my belt… it’s more for decoration right now because it’s not tight enough to hold my pants up.

Couple that with the fact that I finally figured out how to use the “Interval Training” setting on my gym’s treadmill and it’s been a good day. It sure is easier to just push a button once to change my interval pace between my 3/10 and 8/10 settings. Before I figured out how to do it, I would press the speed increase/decrease button until I reached my desired setting. When I’m completely gassed towards the end of my intervals, holding onto that little button as it goes from ~8mph down to 3.7mph can be difficult.

So, all-in-all, it’s been a good day so far.

Bodyweight 200

Another Bodyweight Challenge is in the books and having completed it in the target time, I feel amazing! Sure, it was hard work, but that’s what makes it even better in the end. Knowing I’m able to finish workouts that looked impossible just a few short weeks before is a huge moral victory.

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20 (ok 21) days into Belly Off! 2008

I meant to write this yesterday, but obviously I didn’t. So instead of a 20 days posting, here is a 21 days post on my thoughts and feelings as I go through this weight loss journey.

I feel fantastic. This has been one of the best decisions of my life and I feel better for making that decision each and every day. My energy levels are up, my belly fat and moobies are shrinking and I feel more physically fit.

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A few minor annoyances

I just wanted to take a quick moment to vent about the Men’s Health Belly Off! web site. Overall, it’s been a great tool to keep me motivated and connected with others in the program. My beef is with the site itself.

What do I think is wrong with the site? Here are a few issues I have;

  • It’s SLOW
  • Lack of integration between forums and profiles
  • It’s SLOW
  • Right now it’s down – I cannot login after a few minutes of trying
  • Did I mention, it’s SLOW?

I know, these are minor issues, but I thought I’d just point them out and see if anyone else feels the same way?

Of the three issues, the integration (or lack there of) between the forums and the member’s pages is the biggest annoyance to me. I would think a large media company could figure out how create a social network site that is completely integrated and fast. There are tons of open source (free) software packages that could provide a better integrated experience than the cobbled together package in use now.

OK, I’m done. Anyone else have any issues with the site or is it just me?


Date Started: 1/7/2009
Exercise plan: Men's Health Belly Off! 2008
Height: 5' 11"
Starting weight: 208 lbs / 94.35 kg
Current weight: 194 lbs / 88.18 kg
Ultimate goal: 180 lbs / 81.65 kg
Current goal: 190 lbs / 86.36 kg
Eating plan: Sensible, no soda or sugars, lots of water, higher in protien.