Thursday, October 30, 2008
There had better not be a broken chip in that bag.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Today was my five-week assessment to see how I've improved, and I've made some really good progress, if I do say so myself. In addition to the weight loss, my waist is apparently down five and a half inches! Like any normal guy, I don't actually wear my pants at my waist, so I never really noticed, but that's certainly a significant amount. My other measurements are shaping up nicely, though I don't have numbers. The amount of weight that I can handle has increased pretty dramatically as well. On average, I've doubled the weight I can do on each machine; some more, some less. On the leg press I did a ridiculous 820 pounds (!) today, though the trainer cautioned me that when we start on free weights next week, I won't get anywhere near that. Sometime during my senior year in college was probably the time in my life where I felt like I was in the "best shape" (whatever that nebulous idea is supposed to be), and I could do 495 with about as much effort as I spent pushing 820 today. I don't know for sure if the machines were similar enough for those numbers to be comparable, but it's a nice little feeling regardless.
Nineteen weeks to go. Some length of time less than that until I get to eat bread occasionally again. That's sort of my interim goal now. The cravings for "bad" foods are so incredibly strong now. They've been saying all along that they'll go down, and within a week or two the cravings would go away, but they're totally wrong on that. I want bread and sugar more than I have ever wanted them in my life right now. I actually think about sugar and bread while I'm eating now and how much I want them. I don't know if I've ever done that before. I hope this doesn't get more severe.
Somewhat coincidentally, Jason and I have been dating for a month now. Yay! That's less of an accomplishment, though. Exercise and dieting sucks and I hate it. Jason is really easy to like.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
It's certainly been a lot of work (and money), but it seems to have been worth it so far. It's still twenty weeks until I'm done with everything, so I've got a lot of time to get used to this and think about how I'm going to adjust my life to stay in shape once everything is over. I'll freely admit that that thought scares me a little. I don't know how different I'll be in five more months. But I'm interested in finding out.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
At first I was really skeptical of having three life changes all at once—a boyfriend, strenuous exercise, and a bizarre diet—but I seem to be handling things okay. My guy's perfectly cool with it all, and it's all been pretty positive this far.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Ian: How was your workout today, Travis?
Me: Just great. (exaggerated sigh of relief)
Ian: Excellent, that is good to hear. I'll see you around, Travis. Have a wonderful day.
Me: Have a good one, sir.
Ian: Do you remember my name? I don't mind if you call me "sir," but do you remember my name?
Me: Ian! I'm always impressed that you know everyone's names.
Ian: Don't be impressed. Just do it. It's the most important thing you can do at a job. Show people that you respect them, that you care for them, and that you like being around them. That's more important than anything else, right?
Seems like pretty good advice to me.
I will try to be more specific in the future. Until I forget.
Currently listening (really): Katy Perry—I Kissed a Girl
Saturday, October 4, 2008
But, they're the only multivitamins I've ever taken that haven't made me really sick to my stomach, so that's nice. Based on what I've heard from my doctor and dietitian, it's possible that the prior kinds have all contained iron (a stomach irritant), and these don't. (Men don't need to take iron daily because our vaginas do not bleed monthly.)
On the upside, I've begun to feel a little bit of change in my health level and weight. I do feel a little generically "healthier," even though I'm still tired and sore and occasionally hungry. I have to wear a belt pretty much all the time now; I could get by without one on certain pairs of pants before, but now everything's noticeably looser. That's encouraging, even if the numbers don't agree.
That was an expensive parking spot. Stupid Seattle. :(
Currently listening: Enigma—Seven Lives (seizure warning; Good Lord...)
Friday, October 3, 2008
Currently listening: to people playing Rock Band while I'm attempting and failing to work
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
That worked out better than I was expecting. I was getting a little bored with my usual dinners, so I decided to mix things up and combine a few sort-of-random diet-safe ingredients I had around. It ended up being pretty tasty, actually.
- 1.25 pounds ground turkey breast
- 1/2 jar organic no-sugar pasta sauce
- 1 onion (I'd probably make this 1/2 next time)
- liberally apply garlic powder
I browned the turkey breast, then tossed the rest of the stuff in and let it simmer for a little bit.
On Tuesday I had one, and today I had another one. My dietitian seems to think it will be fine if I have an occasional Diet Coke, as long as I limit it to no more than one a day, and preferably have one with food and without caffeine. It's pretty inconvenient and unpleasant to have water with lunch, so that's probably when I'll have it. It's nice to have my addiction back, at least a little bit.