WORKOUT – The Return – Part 3
Yes, it’s been a long time between updates on my workout progress. If you are patient, still believe I can do this and are ready for honest and labored details, you are in for a treat. Otherwise, wait for my next blog post.
Since We Last Updated
Way back in November of 2008, I updated my progress on how my workout plan was going.
But then something happened. My gym closed in early December 2008. Not a problem. 24 Hour Fitness was offering Bally’s members to work out for free for the rest of the month, which I continued to do. But when it came time to sign up for a regular membership, their payment plan wasn’t something I wanted to do. They required first and last months up front and took the monthly dues from a checking or credit card account [I have some serious issues with gyms in this area] and didn’t have a pay up front plan that worked for me. So as of January 1, 2009, I was without a place to work out.
No problem. I’ll go over to my wife’s sister’s house three days a week. They have a treadmill, elliptical and free weights. But even though they were gracious hosts, after a few visits, it wasn’t what I was looking for.
And so the year ended up being me not working out.
For the most part of 2009, I kept to my diet, but by the end of August, I reintroduced hamburgers and other messy treats into my weekly intake of carbs. Drinking alcohol was still moderated well, so I had that going for me [except for the occasional party]. But eating what I wanted and not doing any formal exercising, I was back to where I was at the end of September 2008.
My basic stats through Dec 31, 2008
As you can see from above, when I was regularly working out, my stats were showing results and a healthy drop in weight in just a couple of months. My weight today is 185. I gained 13 lbs over the course of a year. Nothing extremely bad, but for me, a sore disappointment.
same as it ever was
The photos that were in my first workout post still reflect what I look like. The little bit of loss and toning that happened came back. I’m sure there is a bit more on my chin since then, but in the end, I’m in the same place I was. Frustrating, but it’s the result of doing pretty much nothing.
From Nothing To Something
Now four days into 2010 and I’ve done nothing, until now. I am making a plan for both diet and exercise, heavier on the exercise side of things. It’s time that I got myself back into shape. I’ve had all I can take of myself feeling tired and out of shape.
Does this mean I’ve joined a gym? Not at this time, but I am open to that. Most of it involves finding one that has multiple payment options, including pre-paid. Until then, I am starting with the basics: walking, stretching and using an exercise ball. In discussing this matter of getting me back into shape with a medical professional, it was suggested that I start with simple exercises before I go full on into running 30 mins a day. Work up to it over the next four weeks, building some stamina and then working in more cardio. I also have something fun I’m going to add in here and will reveal it in a future update [no, it’s not Wii Fit Plus, but maybe down the road].
On the diet side of things, soups and salads, veggies for snacks and an increase of water are part of this first 4 weeks. Also, a couple nights a week, some protein in the form of meat or soy [which I am not a fan of, but will try it as was suggested] and minimal starches like rice and potatoes. One positive that I did in 2009 was to start eating smaller portions, so that habit is set. It’s rare that I eat any big meals as I get full pretty quick. When my wife and I go out to eat, we almost always share a meal. So the diet will not be that difficult to stick to.
I went back to my previous posts throughout the year to see if there was anything that I did that tried to kick me back into gear. I found a post by Nilsa where she challenged her readers to some form of exercise. I accepted that challenge, made whatever efforts I did, and then let it go. Not that I did it on purpose, mind you. But it was just something that happened.
So I’m reinvigorating the challenge from Nilsa and am going to make this work. There are other pieces to my life that need some attention, which I will cover in a separate blog post. But for this one, I think getting more energy and starting to get fit again will help the other lacking parts.
As before, my wife is doing her own workout schedule, but wishes for me to not include her in updates. But I’m sure at some point, she’ll allow me to do some sort of update out here. At least a photo showing some progress.
All future updates [yes, there will be future updates… I’m holding my own feet to the fire this time.] will be under the Exercise category. I may title this set of posts going forward and get fancy with a logo.
And here we go….
I still believe in you Marty! You will get into the swing of things with your new routine and drop the weight at a healthy, steady pace. 🙂
I can’t wait to see what the challenge is. Hmm, the Couch to 5K? Will Marty become a runner?!
My bicycle mileage is way down this year. Even though I ddin’t cycle much, I continued to eat as if I did … so I’m up a bit over 13 pounds.
(While you are up 13 pounds, at least you are nipping this in the bud before you hit 20.)
I also weighed 185 yesterday, but it only took the period from Thanksgiving to the end of the year for me to gain that last 10 pounds (the first 10, from my achieved goal of 165 this summer, took a bit longer). As of yesterday I am back on my diet, but a lingering cold has prevented me from starting the exercise program I had planned. At this time, I have no intention of joining a gym. Rather, my exercise will consists of pushups, sit-ups, Wii Fit and probably some running.
Perhaps we can make similar progress. Are you using any Apps for tracking?
Good for you! I can’t wait to read the updates and see progress pictures.
We gave up trying to find the right gym and have started collecting workout equipment at home. We have weight benches, a treadmill, an elliptical, and all that jazz. Now I just need to DO it, which is still the hardest part.
Good for you mate. I look forward to reading your progress. I’m doing the whole Wii Fit thing for a couple of months to see how that goes. My goal is to lose 18 pounds. Good luck to us both then 😉
As someone who suffered her own mini setback towards the end of 2009, I wholeheartedly believe in you and am with you! You’re a braver man than I…you will nevah evah see a pic of me naked-ish on mah blog. 🙂
NOTE TO ALL: I fixed some missing code that left out some of the original post. Please re-read.
kilax – Thanks, Kim. I’m excited about the challenge once I get to a comfortable point of knowing that I am starting to get my fitness back.
delmer – Biking will be a part of my summer activities. And yes, if I reached 20 extra pounds, I would be pretty miserable.
ren – My routine will bring in push-ups and sit-ups (per the sidebar items in both mine and your blog). I’ve yet to research any iPhone apps, but would like to find something besides an Excel file to keep track of my progress. Any that I find, I will update here.
tori – Thanks, Tori.
lisa – I think at some point, I would like to add a nice treadmill. Going to use my wife’s sister’s isn’t an option, as I think easier access to one at home would be better.
kevin – Yes, good luck to you. I may have to change my wife’s mind about the Wii Fit if I try it and like it.
hilly – Thank you, Hilly. Setbacks are hard, but it’s being able to overcome that brings strength and results. Brave is a good word to explain my semi naked pics. The one’s that Adam posts have another word. 😉
That’s great that you’ve found a renewed energy to get in shape. I’m there, too. I’m getting excited for running season, even though running outdoors is still a few months away. This week, I agreed to run a 5-mile race in March and a 10-mile race in May. Those goals make me excited about working out seriously again.
nilsa – Running is something that I plan to get into. Between you and Kim and these marathons you are preparing for, it’s quite intriguing.
Of course, running outdoors here is just a limited for the next few months.