It’s been a bit since I’ve posted on ‘Ye Olde Weight Loss Programe’ or hell, even posted here at Cinema Fromage in awhile. Real life gets busy though and sometimes it’s just plain not easy to check in for awhile. Things have been moving right along…I’ve still been dropping weight, lifting other weights and running like a fool, so that’s good. At the same time, the weight hasn’t dropped quite as I had hoped it would continue here as of late; in fact the past three weeks have seen me in another plateau. These things suck of course, but they’re par for the course. So no real need to panic.
The plateau has had an unforeseen side effect unfortunately, which is more of a surprise to me. I’m sure it’s a full expected side effect to those in the know. All the same, I’ve found myself a bit discouraged and in general, ‘pouty’ about the whole process. I’m closing in on 100 lbs lost here in the next 8 lbs or so, so there’s a heightened sense of frustration involved. As much as hate to admit it, I’ve had a moment or two of ‘why bother’ when stopping myself from eating that piece of candy out of the Halloween bucket and even getting out to run in the early morning cold is just plain old hard to do. There was even a brief moment or two where I tried to half heartedly convince myself I need to take a week or two off from the whole diet thing. (Even in my bummed out state, I knew this was stupid.) But again; it happens. What’s important is that I’ve pressed on and continued doing what I do, despite not being happy about it at times. As of this weekend, I finally started to break the 260 lb barrier and weighed in at a svelte 259, so that plateau is starting to change. With that change, I’m sure my motivation will change as well and things will be back to normal.
Despite my moments of mental self doubt and feeling sorry for myself in general, things in the physical space still continue to improve so I can’t really feel too sorry for myself. The picture above was taken this past Monday, the start of Week 10 of the Starting Strength weight lifting program I’ve been doing. When looking at the weights that I’ve been hitting, compared to where I started, serves as a great motivator for myself and gives me a sense of improvement that the frozen scaled does not. In Squats, I’ve got from 115 lbs that I started at to a whopping 245 lbs. In Deadlift, I’ve gone from 105 lbs to 225 lbs. In Bench-press, I’ve seen the numbers go from 105 to 175, and all the numbers from the other lifts have grow just as proportionately. At 10 weeks, I’m now getting to the point where I can start to see muscle where there wasn’t any before and when shirtless, I can see definitely changes taking shape in my chest and my torso. Nobody wants to see a shirtless picture though, as I look like a balding Sasquatch with my shirt off, so you’ll just have to take my word for it!
On the running front, things stalled a wee bit due to injury. Nothing bad mind you, but I was suffering a bit from a pulled hip flexor. The pain was never excruciating, but it was a nuisance and I figured it was best not to aggrivate things and set myself back. So…I took a week off. This is big for me! The week off was well, but when I returned from that week off, I pushed too hard, too fast, and hit a wall early on. On what was a routine 5 mile run, I ran out of gas at about 1.6 miles in and felt miserable afterwards. So, I took the rest of last week off and restarted again yesterday. This time, I’m easing back in and it’s going well, so problem averted. All the same, I closed out October with a total of 55.6 miles which was fantastic. This puts me at 213 miles run for the year, and 242 miles walked! I didn’t think about this until just now as I typed it; I’ve now hit 455 miles traveled by foot this year. That’s a little staggering to me! Back in February, if you had told me I would close out 2012 with nearly 500 miles, I’d have laughed at you between fistfuls of Cheetos!
Here we are in early November. Things are going slow, but I’m feeling more resolved and set in my ways again. I attribute a lot of last month’s ‘weakness’ to a lot of work stress, lots of family stuff going on, Halloween and just a whole lot of being busy. But, we’re back to being strong and the weight’s starting to move again. I just can’t expect to be dropping the 4 to 5 pounds a week I was early on. It’s easy to get hung up on that number on the scale and it’s easy to forget that that number is not always what’s important. Looking back, it’s pretty laughable that I can beat myself up mentally over not dropping any weight for three weeks as I running an ‘easy’ 5 mile run, forgetting the fact that I’m running an ‘easy’ 5 mile run. Coming up, I’ll be running the Drumstick Dash in Broad Ripple on Thanksgiving morning, so the whole ‘what am I going to be able to eat on Thanksgiving’ thing is not even a worry for me! I think it’s fair for me to think that if I’m running a 5 mile race that morning, I’ll eat whatever the heck I want!
So there you are, caught up with my state of wellness and well being. Now that things are back in more of a rhythm with the exercise, weight loss, work, etc. etc. I’m going to try and get back to blogging about everything a little more regularly. If you’re interested, feel free to check back in regularly. Heck, feel free to leave your questions, your comments, your encouragements or if you’re my mother…tell me I look like a refugee. All are welcome!