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June 30, 2008

Taking Stock II

Lately I've been writing about me stopping to consider where I am and where I'm going with my efforts toward being more fit.  Last week I talked about walking.  Today I want to continue this self-analysis and talk about some other things that I think it is time to change.

Let's look at a bad food habit that I like to call 'breakfast'.   6

Breakfast has always been my undoing.  This is for a couple of reasons. I've always been fearful of misunderstanding what I could and couldn't eat.  And I didn't want to mess up my workouts by overloading myself with the wrong foods.  So my pre-workout breakfast has been a half glass of V8 Fusion.  Just enough carbs to get me going until my body could start to mobilize energy from my fat stores.

Lately, I've questioning if this is the best approach.  And after doing some research on the subject, it appears that I could do better with an easy change. 

One of the things I've noticed about my workout is about halfway into it, I start to lose my momentum.  By the end of the workout, I crash.

This wouldn't be so bad but my post-workout food is just a protein shake.  So I'm just getting a slow burning protein...and that has to last me for the next 3-4 hours when I finally eat lunch.  So even if I don't crash during my workout, I usually do somewhere before noon. 

This is backed up by the data from my Body Bugg that shows my burn rate drop from 1.9 calories per minute to around 1.3. 

So last week I implemented a change.  For my pre-workout, I started eating this....

  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 serving of Cabot 50% cheese
  • 2 slices of 100% whole wheat bread

ted3 Or in other words....an 'egg and cheese sandwich'.  Only takes a few minutes to cook...tastes great...and so far I've stopped crashing before lunch.  The reason is that along with the protein that the eggs provide, I'm getting a slow burning carb from the wheat bread that stays with me for a long time.

This also solves another problem of me getting too many of my calories late in the day.  Now I'm getting them when I need them.

The next change that I'm making is my weigh-ins.  I weigh-in EVERYDAY.  And while I have enough sense about my body to know what the scale is telling me, it does lead to some bad habits.  Like not eating or drinking until I'm able to use the bathroom...so I can get a more accurate weight.  Which is fine to do once a week...but I was doing it everyday.  So I'm throttling back my weigh-ins to just a couple times a week.

Fame!  I Want to Live Forever!

Fame Okay...this is just for my ego...but I think it is just too cool.  I'm featured on the Ballantyne YMCA web site.

Check it out....

TFG's Moment of Fame I

And if that wasn't cool enough, I also got featured on the front page at Spark People.  Unfortunately, that link didn't stay up but for a few days and has already been replaced.  But it was fun while it lasted.

Progress Report

Big...big...big news!  Sunday I stepped on the scales and saw something amazing.  I now weigh 199 pounds.  Did you see that?  Did you see how my weight started with a ONE instead of a TWO?

Total weight loss....93 pounds!

At a party this last weekend, I saw some friends I haven't seen in...hmm....I guess its been a year...maybe a year and a half.  Anyway, one of them described me as 'tiny'.  'Tiny'...can you believe it?  Talk about an ego boost...and I still managed to weigh in at 199...even with the inflated ego.

I increased my long run to 5 miles this weekend.  First time I've EVER run that far.

Well, that does it for this week.  Tune in next week for another exciting and educational episode of 'The Adventures of Token Fat Guy'.


KetchuPug and MustPug remind us that hot dogs are okay some of the time...but remember to get ones with low fat...and not so much pug.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

TFG, you are doing so great. I love your blogs, and the dogs pics are awesome. Love those pugdogs!

June 30, 2008 at 9:16 AM  
Blogger Candice Benjamin said...

Woo! Great job!

Also Love the Pugs, so cute!

June 30, 2008 at 1:33 PM  
Blogger The Diva on a Diet said...

HUGE congrats on entering "onederland". That is a tremendous accomplishmen!

Love those pugs! (my bro has 3)

June 30, 2008 at 3:50 PM  

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