It’s been two months since my last blog post and I wanted to give an update:
- I’ve significantly decreased my alcohol intake. I’ve felt better because of it, too. The older I get, the less enjoyment I get from drinking heavily, and the worse the hangovers are. One or two drinks on occasion has often sufficed, and I’ve tried to choose alternatives to beer when I can. For the most part, beer isn’t a good choice for those trying to lose weight.
- The experiment with Soylent failed. Kind of. As soon as I tried it, I knew I wouldn’t be able to eat it on it’s own. It lacks any flavor which is bad if you’re someone who enjoys tasting, but that can also help because it can be added to things like smoothies and protein shakes. I’ve spent the last week just starting to use the Soylent in my protein smoothies (2 scoops protein, 1 scoop Soylent) and found it to be an adequate meal replacement. That seems to be the way I’ll go for the next little while, especially since I have so much of both protein powder and Soylent.
- My sleep hasn’t been terrific lately but overall I am getting up earlier, in time to make my bootcamp classes in the mornings. I’ve gone quite regularly over the past two months, actually, which I’m glad I’ve been able to do.
- As for exercise, I’ve been going to bootcamp most days of the week, either 4 or 5, and I’ve spent the past two weeks trying extra hard to reintroduce running a few times in my week. I would like to be able to get back up to the paces I was running a year ago, but that will require some weight loss first. For now, I’m focusing on consistently running every other day between 20-45 minutes at varying speeds. I run on a treadmill indoors but did get outside for my first run in a while, and it was harder than I expected! 8km took me almost 39 minutes, which is longer than it took me to do 10km in April 2015! It’s numbers like that that make me want to keep working to improve. I have to add that I did 45 minutes of running on the treadmill, which amounts to the longest run I’ve done in ages (6 miles/almost 10k) and I felt absolutely fine at the end of it, so I’m making progress with my legs and lungs.
So, with all that said, you’d think I was able to lose some weight, but unfortunately, I haven’t lost a pound. I think I’m seeing some changes in my body but it’s still too early to see anything noticeable. My waistline may have shrunk a little, my legs might be a little slimmer, my chest may have a tiny bit more definition to it, and my arms and shoulders have definitely grown bigger. I know I’m stronger and I have more endurance, so I’m going to take all that as a positive and keep moving forward.
Weight loss is still very important for a few reasons, number one being overall health. The older we get the harder it is to lose weight, so there’s no better time than the present to take the pounds off (and hopefully keep them off.) I know I never slept better in my life than the stretch of years when I was 15-20lbs lighter. Another reason is, as mentioned, running. It comes down to math: 210lbs (current weight) is heavier than 190lbs (weight on this date 1 year ago, exactly and yes I track my weight over the years), that’s 20lbs of extra weight I’m trying to move quickly and over a long period of time. Simple math tells me it’s going to require more energy and more effort to move my body over the distance of, say, 10km at 210lbs than it did at 190lbs.
As if this blog wasn’t enough, I’m writing a fairly regular journal to also keep myself somewhat accountable. The effort is there, I just need to stay on track.
I’m hoping to lose a few pounds this month. I have a lot of confidence that no matter what, by the end of the month I’ll be in better shape, but I’d like to be 205lbs by month’s end just so I can see some progress in that department. I just want to keep this momentum up, moving forward, trying to be better every day.