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9/12 Weightloss Wednesday: Moving Forward

It’s time for Weightloss Wednesday!  As of this morning I am at 232.0 lbs which means that once again I am stick in this 230-235 range and am just not budging.

I am trying to be as Zen about this as I possibly can.  After all, I am no stranger to plateaus but COME ON!  I just want to know that it is possible to drop back down into the 220s.  It is like my body wants to be 230 and will do whatever is necessary to stay there.

My exercise has been on point for the last month or so as well.  A lot of weight lifting and kettlebell exercises.  I am seeing much more definition in my biceps and shoulders but there is a limit to what I can see with this much body fat still hanging around.  My goal right now is to continue this process of lifting as heavy as I can and trying to grow my biggest muscle groups.  I need those muscles to absorb all that sugar so I can get to my fat burning zone faster.  I’m choosing to believe that I’m putting on muscle at about the same rate that I’m losing fat but I’m not so sure that is the case.  My pants don’t feel any looser and that has always been a reliable indicator of fat loss in the past.

Overall, I feel pretty good.  The consistent exercise has allowed me to feel strong every day, no little aches and pains or nagging injuries.  My commitment to do more warm up and stretching especially before the kettlebell exercises seems to be paying off.  My sleep needs some improvement as I keep getting into the “stay up late, sleep late” trap.  That is definitely not what is best for me.

So another week where things are moving along.  How are things going for you?  Let me know in the comments below!

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9/5 Weightloss Wednesday: Listening to my Body

It’s time for Weightloss Wednesday!  As of this morning I am at 230.6 lbs which means not only have I lost about 2 lbs since last week but marks the 3rd consecutive week of weight loss.  Not bad!

My big commitments for the last week or so was to really get after my workouts.  Alternating weight lifting with cardio kettlebell swings.  But most importantly, I’m not afraid to stop for a day or 2 of rest if I feel like I need to.  It took me years to learn how to listen to my body when it comes to food and I’m only just now learning how to listen to it when it comes to exercise.

One thing that has become clear is I really need to buy more shoes.  I’ve been on my feet a little more than usual lately and I have developed a bizarre blister on my toe.  I almost never have any foot problems since I lost the weight so it is a little surprising.

As for my diet, everything is going well.  I got a new toy for the kitchen, an Anova Precision Cooker for Sous Vide cooking and spent Labor Day trying it out.  So far I’ve cooked soft boiled eggs that I didn’t really like because I don’t like runny eggs.  Then I cooked chicken thighs that were great and then some frozen shrimp I’ve had in the freezer for forever that turned out very well.  My next project is going to be a big roast that I’ll cook for more than a day.  I’ll let you know how it turns out!

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8/29 Weightloss Wednesday: Done with OMAD

It’s time for Weightloss Wednesday!  As of this morning I am at 232.8 lbs which means I am about 3 lbs down from last week.

So I am DONE with OMAD.  It was a terrible experience but at least I learned a few things about myself in the process.

#1 I can eat one meal a day when I don’t have to but as soon as I say it is something I have to do, it becomes a miserable experience.  I would start thinking about dinner and fantasizing about what it was going to be about lunch time.  Waaaaaaay to much of my time was spent thinking about food.

#2 My food addition issues are less than they were but they are still there.  You did not want to get between me and my food when I got home.  I tried to work out before I ate but I found myself cutting the workouts short because I just wanted to eat.

#3 My will power is trash.  I would find myself just mindlessly picking up little snacks or eating MASSIVE amounts of food.  Just no self-control.

#4 I love the little experiments I do but I need to allow myself the freedom to cut them short when it is obvious they aren’t working.  I should have stopped this weeks ago.

So that’s what I learned.  I really like food and don’t like not eating it, go figure.

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8/22 Weightloss Wednesday: OMAD Sucks

It’s time for Weightoss Wednesday!  As of this morning, I am at 235.8 lbs.

So I’ve been doing OMAD (One Meal a Day) for about 3 weeks now and while I’m going to stick with it until the end of the month, I feel like I’ve experienced it enough to pass judgement on it.  I hate it.  Seriously hate it.

The idea that I would be fat adapted enough to go through a 24 hour period without feeling hunger was one of those things that sounded really good on paper but in practice just didn’t work for me.  Turns out I hate being hungry, who knew?

So here’s the surprising thing I learned.  One meal a day for 2 or 3 days a week, no problem at all.  In fact I feel pretty good.  But once I start trying to stretch that out to to 7 or more days in a row, I get crazy.  Like scrounging for anything crazy.  My work had a dessert contest so I walk into the break room and it is filled with pies, cakes, fudge and who knows what else.  That dessert table was absolutely screaming at me and if truth be told I did try the dessert pizza.  It was delicious and I gained about 5 lbs the next day so definitely not worth it.

It was when a giant slab of sugar covered bread that I really zeroed in on the biggest problem I was having with OMAD.  As I got through my shift at work, any will power I had to avoid temptation went down as my hunger went up.  I was uncomfortable and getting a bit obsessive with what I wanted to eat.  It just wasn’t a good situation to be in and any benefits I enjoyed wasn’t worth the price I was paying.

Rereading the above I feel like a bit of a wimp.  After all, who can’t keep their commitments and just suffer through but I don’t want to suffer.  I want to feel satiated all the time and not have to think about food ever.  So I’m finishing out the month and going back to a 16-8 eating window on most days with occasional days of OMAD.

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8/8 Weightloss Wednesday: My Week of OMAD

It’s time for Weightloss Wednesday!  As of this morning I am at 231.8 lbs which means my first week of OMAD netted me about a 3 lb weight loss.  I’ll take it!

So before I dive into what I’m learning, in the interest of full disclosure I shout say that I cheated a little on Tuesday morning.  I had the opportunity to eat breakfast out with my wife and daughter so I had 2 meals that day but other than that, just a large dinner at night of mostly meat and vegetables.  If you want to see examples of what I’m eating you can head to my Instagram page here and see pics of my meals but sometimes I forget to take pics until after I eat so it’s a bit sporadic.

So a couple things I’ve been noticing this week.  First of all, my worries about being tempted to eat on my days off out of boredom were unfounded.  It wasn’t any issue to focus on other things and not think about food.  The only slight difficulty was my grand-daughter really didn’t understand why I wasn’t eating with her.  I would typically cook an extra piece of bacon or cut an extra piece of cheese and she would eat with me and now I was just making her food and not really sharing mine.  I was tempted to eat not because of hunger but more because I really like doing things with her and the thought of this ending was a little uncomfortable emotionally for me.

Second, hunger fades.  I knew this but it is nice to be reminded of it.  If I have a little bout of hunger, all I have to do is wait and it fades away.  I haven’t experienced any loss of energy or general grumpiness (I think!) so I’m good there as well.  I haven’t had any crazy “I have to eat now or I will die!” type feelings.

Third, fasted exercise has its challenges.  I like to work out just before I break my fast and I don’t have any issues with weight bearing exercises like what I do in my Stronglifts program.  But the cardio I do on the other days is a totally different animal.  I am swinging my kettlebell for 20-30 minutes and by about minute 8 I can really feel the lack of food affecting me.   I get a bit nauseous and feel a little weak.  Of course I should say that I’ve always been a bit prone to this when doing cardio as I just have never had much endurance for exercise.  Short bursts of strength are one thing but sustained output with high heart rate has always been rough for me.

So all in all, it’s been a good week and I can’t wait to see what the next week brings!

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