Let’s see what did I do yesterday…
Yesterday’s weight: 166.8 Net weight: -1.2 lbs
Must’ve been the basketball lol
And yes, my scale is also a wall clock … Thanks Ikea!
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 today was the day that I did two 5ks in a row. One was timed, one was for fun. Both had their own perks but I believe the 5k I did for fun was the best one I have ever done. Here’s the breakdown:
Fighting Hunger 5k
This 5k was pretty tough for some reason. My goal was to get under 27 minutes but that didn’t happen. I started out way too fast and for about a mile I was 7 people behind the leader of the pack, but I definitely couldn’t keep that up. I was aiming too high and ended up with a slower time than my last 5k. On my phone (below) it said I did the course in 29:20, but on the official results, my time was 29:31. I could have been faster but I burned myself out so fast. Never again lol.
In the end, we still had a great time with all the free drinks and bananas and oranges, lol. Me and my friend started at different paces and ended up finishing 2 people apart which was kinda cool, but proved that I burned out quick. Next time, I will try to keep a steady pace throughout.
Do Life Tour 5k
Now for the fun stuff. This 5k was so relaxed and there were about 36 people that participated, so it was really fun. This run was different from any other 5k I have done because 1) it was for fun, and 2) I actually had a conversation with the other runners during the race, which I never do. The race consisted of other bloggers and people that follow the Do Life Movement. It was such a great experience because I really got to get to know the people I was running with. In a normal 5k, people usually keep to themselves and their own groups. In those races, you are just a number, but in this 5k, everyone was given their chance to shine and each person finished the race with a round of applause by those who already finished.
The course was pretty nice on the West Orange Trail which is a beautiful bike trail that runs for I believe 12 miles. We commandeered a course of 1.55 miles so that it totaled 3.1 from start to finish. I was able to keep up with Jed and a couple other guys for about 2 miles but I was still kinda burnt out from the first 5k that I had to take a walk break a couple times and ended up finishing right after them. In the end, it was an experience that I am glad to have been a part of.
After the race, we headed to Four Rivers which is an amazing barbecue restaurant. All the runners that decided to eat after were able to speak to each other and share their stories. Ben and Jed were really cool and easy to talk to. I wish them all the best of luck on their tour. Pa was kinda behind-the-scenes but he was a really cool dude as well. Everyone took pics and had a great time and I definitely will go to this tour again if they do it next year.
Me and Ben (I wanted to take pics with Pa and Jed as well but I didn’t for some reason)
I know the race wasn’t timed, but this is just what my phone said. For all you guys that are contemplating on whether or not to do the Do Life tour, please do it. Ben, Jed, and Pa are such great guys and are doing this for you guys. For more information, check the links below:
Ben’s blog: Ben Does Life
Jed’s blog: Life Does Jed
Pa’s blog: Pa Does Life
Anyways, sorry for the long post, but check them out. Cya guys later…