I am really horrible at keeping up, partially because I forget I have a blog, partially because I figure things aren’t that amazing in my opinion and my thoughts aren’t always worth typing/reading, but mostly because my thoughts are very jumbled and sometimes don’t even make sense to me.
I started this blog as a way to stay accountable to myself for weight loss, as my about me (which I need to update) says I kind of drifted away from that, then I came back but quite obviously I suck at updating this thing.
I haven’t quit trying to lose weight, actually this year since January I have been more accountable, my weight loss is still not happening but I work out at least 5 times a week (usually) and I log my food 7 days a week (mostly). I say usually and mostly because sometimes life happens and I have to let stuff go, and just let life happen.
I have found the keys for me to stay accountable have been finding a program that actually pays me to work out and log my food, and if I don’t I end up paying for the day(s) missed unless I have scheduled a break. The app its self is great, I have ran into a couple issues with it and when I contact them they are able to fix it right away. I am in no way affiliated with them but if you are interested or haven’t heard of it, its called Pact, it syncs with a few apps, and can log you into the gym via GPS, and food logging syncs with MFP which is really convenient for me.
I recently also bought a Fitbit Flex. Its amazing how much that thing gets my ass moving, if I do my regular workout and come to work I barely get over 2000 steps in a day, however if I do that workout, come to work and then go for walks on my breaks, lunch and after work I get way more steps. It was eye opening to me to see that even though I was going to the gym 5 times a week, I was still very very sedentary so that could be the point why I was stuck, I hope it was the answer. I was wearing a heart rate monitor during my workouts but it showed me as burning 400-500 calories a workout, I have since quit wearing my HRM and am only going by my fitbit. I have only had it since the end of April so I don’t have any major revelations about anything really. This week however my fitbit has been neglected because of a small set back in the form of a pulled muscle in my leg. It is fine, and I am able to walk more as of today but it is still a little upsetting for me.
On to the progress, I started watching me weekly averages as I was having issues with the scale, I took it a little further and have also started watching my monthly average as well. It is nice to see a downward trend for once, God knows I haven’t seen any kind of trend but upwards as of late. The below graphs are of that.
The other place I am making progress is in the weight lifting department. I started out fairly light – due to a previous injury and being a little nervous as to how good it was to be back in the weight room (best decision ever Bee Tee Dubs. I have been able to get more mobility in my injured shoulder, so much so I can move my arm behind myself and touch my back, I haven’t been able to do that in years!) Below shows my starting weights and what I was at the last time I did those exercises.
|Wide Grip Lat Pull Downs||30||60|
|Dumbell Tricep Extension||5||12|
|Tricep Rope Pulldown||25||40|
|One arm dumbell Row||10||15|
|Squat W/Shoulder Press||5||10|
|Lateral Dumbell Raise||5||8|
|Alt. Front Dumbell raise||8||10|
|Dumbell Chest Press||10||12|
|Dumbell Hammer Curl||10||12|
|Incline Chest Press||10||12|
So there is progress in all those numbers, I haven’t done any measurements or progress pictures because I am quite honestly too scared to do it – I am worried I will not have lost anything or I will look the same so there is that. I should do my measurements but I will just be discouraged if the scale AND the measurements aren’t changing.
Well this turned out to be way to long I should probably update more than once a moth.