Monday, June 16, 2008


Alright folks, it's time for me to plateau. I know that I haven't been writing on here as regularly, and, unfortunately, that has also been the case in my workouts. Over the last two weeks, I have worked out four times (compared to five times per week before), and I also ate a steak the size of my head. Here are the numbers:

June 16June 9Nov 2007
Blood Pressure127/80Sunburn160/115
Heart Rate77Hurts103*
*Taken from March 10 reading

As a side note, Nicole and I went camping the weekend of June 6-8, and I walked around with a muscle shirt on all day on Saturday. I was quite sunburnt; very lobster-like.

Now back to the plateau thing. Over the past five weeks I have netted only one pound of weight loss. I blame no one but myself for it. I just need to make sure that I am getting in my time exercising while staying away from the cookie tray at work. It was certainly a lot easier to do this when I wasn't working.

I also went to the doctor on Saturday, and my blood pressure cuff might not be so accurate. Although a marked improvement from my November numbers, he measured me three times right around 148/90. I have an appointment in four weeks, and I am to bring my cuff so that he can double check it. I so don't want to be on blood pressure medication; this is yet another motivator to keep active and eat right.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Busy Times

Continued Progress

I have not gone anywhere, and I am just as focused as ever to continue down the healthy path. Here are this week's, last week's, and Novembers numbers:

June 2May 26Nov 2007
Blood Pressure126/82133/83160/115
Heart Rate7364103*
*Taken from March 10 reading

I had a few Memorial Day bratwursts and burgers, and, combined with an inconsistent workout schedule, I did put on a pound from May 19 to May 26. This does not bother me at all, because the trend is still downwards.

The heart numbers are also holding strong. I still can not get over how much the blood pressure has dropped. I am almost at a healthy level!

Addition to the Equation

So now that my six month layoff is officially over, I have to manage my time so that I still can fit in workouts. This is going to be difficult because the gym does not open early enough for me to workout in the mornings, and I am going to be getting home around 6:30 every night. It is significantly easier to work out when you don't have anything to do during the day outside of watching King of the Hill on FX.

Now that I am talking through it, perhaps the challenge isn't time management so much as motivation and drive.

My motivations:
  • An October 4 wedding
  • Not having a heart attack way too young
  • Actually, not having a heart attack at all
  • Being able to buy more smaller clothes