Getting Stronger And A Little Depressed

Todays post I just wanted to give a quick update on my progress.

As I said in a previous post, I have a goal of 215 to reach by May 15. Here we are only a little under a month away and I am at a stand still. The weight is not coming off. Today is one of those days where I just want to quick and binge on pizza and doughnuts…mmmm doughnuts.

However, I went to the gym in the office a couple of days ago and did not chest and back. When I looked in the mirror I saw this…

Do you see those shoulders? Are you serious? I never had muscles like these just sticking out before. I was a little depressed about how I was looking and the pics from the Spartan Race this past weekend were less then flattering. It showed me that I am on the right track and mine might be a little slower then everyone else but I will get there.

I have went up on the amount of cardio I do every week. I am now running on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, and on Monday and Friday afternoons around 3 miles. I am going to continue to do the training routine my coach has provided me but also throw in some target area session four times a week.

As far a nutrition is concerned. I am going to start carb cycling next week. I have been doing a lot of research on this and I am going to just dive in a give it a go. I have nothing to loose but 20 pounds of body fat.

That is my plan and I hope to fill you in as I go. Have you ever fell in the dumps about not loosing any weight? A trainer once told me it does not matter how much or how fast you loose it is that you never stop trying.

(#9) Running For Apps Sake!

As many of my readers know I have begun a quest to shed some pounds and I have found that this is not the easiest thing to do. My story that I am about to share after the challenge declaration a few weeks ago is both awesome and disappointing. Please still continue to come by the blog and please don’t be mad at me. I can at least I can say that confession is both true and honest.

I was so excited about this challenge and I could not wait to get started. i had the gym membership, the workout gear, and my awesome new water bottle (It’s awesome cause it has a filter. Beat that Propel!). I decided to go to the gym Monday morning at 5AM. This seemed easy to me cause that was the time I went when I was in college. I was pumped and ready!

That morning my alarm clock went off and I bounced out of bed with the quickness. I brushed my teeth and put on my shoes and workout gear and headed for the door.

Once I arrived at the gym I met my brother and his friend and decided to workout with them. I started out with a very slow jog for about 10 minutes and then I started to struggle. I could not breathe and I had to slow down.

After we finished that I was done and ready to head to bed. I felt defeated. This was going to be a lot harder than I thought. We started to weight lift. I have never done this before cause I was never that athletic in high school. We worked on our back and I sure did feel the burn.

I left the gym barely walking. I was so sore. I knew then this was going to be a challenge.

As the weeks went by I did not go to the gym as much as I should have been. I kept telling my wife I would go the next day and that turned into the next day. I was loosing my commitment that I set myself.  I felt really bad about it.

I started to look on the net for some great apps to help me with both my cardio and weight lifting adventure. I found a great app called Nike+ for running. it tracks how far I run and helps me set goals and pushes me every mile.  Go lift is the app I found to give me an introduction to weight lifting. It sometimes is hard cause I have to learn the proper form in order to successfully perform the exercises but i like it.

Now that i have these apps it makes completing this challenge a little easier and I can’t wait to knock this number off my list. I told you that you might be disappointed in me and I am sorry. I am new to this whole fitness thing and I have learned a lot. I am still struggling with the whole food thing. I am not always sure what to eat and how much of it to eat. Any tips you may have, please send them my way.

Thanks Everyone!