So guys, this is the start of a new lifestyle, as a blogger. I’ve never thought about doing this, but it is always great to share your thoughts on the many aspects of life. I am using this blog as a way to share my experiences with my weight loss journey, my food experiences, optometry school, my friends, and any other cool stuff that happen through the day that get me going. Well, that’s all for intros, check me out later
It’s hard to believe that I once was 195 lbs.
I know back when I took this pic, I thought I looked fine. But once the weight came off, I saw that I did need to lose weight. Here I am now.
I am so glad I found something to do while I wait for optometry school, and that is losing weight. It’s just fun now to go to the gym and exercise. I used to go to the gym before and do a little exercise here and there and think it was enough. Thanks to my friends, I was able to work out correctly and transform myself to a thinner me. Goal is to have a 6 pack by August, lol in my dreams.
So this is the first time I have heard this phrase before, but it is exactly what I am going through. I am trying to get a six pack by August and what the term means is that you have rock hard abs but they are covered by a layer of fat (mud). So I am struggling to get rid of my “mud” but it is so hard. Does anyone know how to get rid of body fat most effectively?
So I have learned something about weight loss this past few days. For one thing, I skipped a day of working out after working out everyday for a week and the day I skipped, I ate so much food. When I weighted myself the next day, I lost weight from the previous day. Check it out:
Sunday morning weight: 166.2
Monday morning weight: 162.4
And on monday night, I ran with my friend (helloorganics) a good 3 miles + a bit more, as seen through my RunStar app on my phone:
So I weighed in the next day, and look at this:
Tuesday morning weight: 160.2
I learned that weight loss is not about how many pounds you lose, it is about how much body fat you lose and muscle gained. My workouts that week consisted of 1 hr a day of muscle and cardio. So my muscle mass increased at first, making me look like I gained weight at first, but then when I skipped the workouts, my muscles continued to burn fat. That just shows that it is not necessary to workout everyday. I hope my experimenting with working out can find a more efficient way to work out without having to over work myself. Anyways, I can post my workout on here if you guys want.
As any runner knows, transitioning to swimming is not so simple. I simply did not know how to swim when I was little and my family didn’t really help out when I wanted to learn. My friends showed me that I already knew how, I just had to stop being scared of the water. But swimming for exercise is pretty tough. Breathing is such a hard concept for me and that alone throws off all my technique and movement. I really want to get into swimming but it will take quite a while. Maybe few weeks practice will do the trick. Anyways, I’m gonna stick to running for right now, lol
So I’m trying a new workout circuit. I actually started on Saturday, but basically here is how it goes. Just do each of these exercises back to back with very little rest in a circuit. 30 reps each, light weight. Repeat the circuit 3 times. Rest one day in between workouts.
Basically, each exercise is working out a different part of the body (in parentheses), so you don’t really need to rest that long between each. You can even make the circuit longer by adding in more exercises just as long as the same part of the body is not worked out back to back. The idea is that the limited rest period allows for a strength workout and cardio at the same time, which makes for higher results. I’ve done two of these workouts already and it seems to be working, but my main goal is still to lose weight, not look swole lol. Lemme know if this works out for anyone.
While at work, I got to thinking … I spend a lot of time just counting. What I do at work is make copies that go into a packet that nurses use when they go visit patients for home care. What I do is simple, and it involves a lot of counting. It got me thinking of all the counting I do nowadays.
Counting papers to make sure I made the right amount of packets.
Counting the minutes until work is done.
Counting papers for my next origami project (pictures soon)
Counting the days until optometry school.
Counting the tips at my other job.
Counting the seconds while running.
Counting the weight reps at the gym.
Counting the pounds lost since I started trying.
Counting the calories that I eat.
Counting the money I should be saving.
You see, my life has been all about counting recently. Seems fitting since my favorite subject is math. But in the end, I wouldn’t trade my life for anything. I’d much rather be counting than sitting and doing nothing. So, how many more days til school starts? …
Okay, so I posted an experiment earlier and lemme say that it actually is working. I have no idea why I didn’t record my weight before, but my weight now, as of this morning was 159.8. (my weight at the beginning was like 165 ish)
With this workout, I have been taking day breaks and I noticed that I am still maintaining my weight loss that started when I began this experiment like 2 weeks ago, I think. My boss was the one that told me about this and when I told him it was working, he started bragging that he was a fitness expert, it was so funny lol. So far, I’ve done about 5 of these workouts and I have already lost weight.
But anyways, the workout that I did isn’t anything new that no one has done before, its just something I haven’t done before. Maybe I should start P90x again. I remember stopping after week 4, but P90x was what actually started my weight loss goals and provided a catalyst for my exercise habits to the point where I could go to the gym and make my own workout without relying on a video. But I want to start the program again with me in better shape now than I was before to see if it will get me to meet my fitness goals.
Anyways, I’m gonna keep doing the experiment for a few more weeks, just until optometry school starts. Now that I have a weight posted, I can see what my weight is in August. For now, cya laterss
So, my friend Justine asked me to do this event with her and I have to say, I kinda wanted to do it. A 12 mile course with ice cold water, a run through fire, ropes courses, a electric shock sprint, and need I say it … tons of MUD! I really wanted to do this as a personal goal, but this year, I won’t be able to since I have a final on that day. Bummer … maybe another year, the race will be at a different date.