Monday, November 29, 2010

Week 2: Day 1

Second week of my work out! Everything is going good so far. I wish I had this dedication a long time ago. But thats the past, no need to fret over it right?

So today I had a big decision over whether to add supplements to my diet. The more research I did the more I saw how much debate their is over them. Since the FDA doesn't regulate supplements the field is rife with crap.

So the thing I wrestled with today was Creatine. I hear it come up a lot in talks about athletes. A wide majority seem to take it with a low incident of side effects. But the question is should I even be looking at it this early in the game? Creatine seems to help you safely increase your maximum muscle ability. And make no doubts I want to be muscular, just not at the risk of my health or my overall health goals. Creatine seems to cause you to gain weight from water retention as you need alot of water to keep from getting dehydrated. And while numbers aren't my goal I'm worried my overall size won't decrease.

So after a full day or so of debating it and researching I've decided not to for the time being. I'm going to just focus on losing the weight and inches in my problem places. Then when I'm happy with that I'll worry about bulking up. Its just hard not to see the ads for these supplements and not want to improve my workout.

But patience right? Indeed I'm trying. Trying so very hard.

Treadmill: Cardio L3 - 1.5 miles, 324 calories
Stationary Bike: Cardio L3 - 1.57 miles, 317 calories
Pec Fly: 3 sets of 10 reps at 60lbs
Rear Delt: 2 sets of 10 reps at 60lbs (current max)
Leg Press: 3 sets of 10 reps at 170lbs (machine max)
Supine Press: 2 sets of 10 reps at 60lbs (current max)
Incline Press: 6 reps at 60 lbs (current max)
Lat Pulldown: 3 sets of 10 reps at 60lbs
Bicep Curls: 2 sets of 10 reps at 70lbs (current max)
Tricept Curls: 2 sets of 10 reps at 70lbs (current max)

End Weight: 301.5
Total Weight Lose: 5.5 pounds

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Week 1: Day 6

Technically I'm writing this on Day 7. But thats only because I was too tired to write this post on the appropriate day, haha.

So on Day 5 I rested, it was hard to find energy to work out after a long 16 hour shift at work (Stupid Black Friday). But I sticked to my diet no matter what.

On Day 6 I hit it hard to make up for it! I did an hour and a half of cardio in the morning and then that night I did another half an hour of cardio and a hour and half of weight training.

So I was doing some research on fitness and training so that I can make sure I'm doing everything right, and I came across an interesting article. The author was explaining why crash diets fail in the fact that people always regain the weight.

Dieting and exercising causes you to lose weight, everyone knows that. The interesting fact is that you also lose muscle with the fat. As much as 30% of the weight you lose is muscle. This is very bad because muscles consume more calories than fat. So those people on crash diets are losing muscle and fat and then going back to their normal diets. But with less muscle it means there naturally consuming less calories. So to keep everything good you have to weight train with cardio to MAINTAIN your current muscles and calorie burning effienciency.

So that leads to an interesting and disappointing fact. You can not lose weight and gain muscle mass at the same time. The two concepts on how to do both are too opposite. To lose weight you have to burn more calories than you consume, which means careful dieting and heartpumping cardio. But to gain muscle you have to consume more calories and protein to be able to convert it into muscles with minimal cardio as to avoid muscle lose.

So its going to take me longer to get to where I want than I thought. First step is to lose the weight. Drop the 50 pounds I want. Then step two is to increase my muscle mass. I think I can do that in a year.

Treadmill: Cardio L2 - 1.26 miles, 283 calories
Treadmill: Cardio L2 - 1.23 miles, 276 calories
Treadmill: Fat Burn L2 - 1.28 miles, 253 calories
Stationary Bike: Cardio L2 - 1.23 miles, 276 calories
Pec Fly: 4 sets of 10 reps at 40 lbs
Rear Delt: 4 sets of 10 reps at 40 lbs
Leg Press: 4 sets of 10 reps at 170 lbs
Supine Press: 3 sets of 50 lbs
Incline Press: 2 sets of 50 lbs
Lat Pulldown: 4 sets of 60 lbs
Seated Row: 3 sets of 60 lbs
Leg Extension: 3 sets of 100 lbs
Leg Curls: 3 sets of 100 lbs
Bicep Curls: 3 sets of 60 lbs
Tricep Curls: 3 sets of 60 lbs

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Week 1: Day 4

So even though I've only been doing this for 4 days now I feel like I've been making progress. I think my daily regiment is going to be the cardio and fat burning program on the treadmill and fat burning program on the elliptical. I find that I hated the treadmill at first but I'm slowly getting use to it.
Did some research as to what would be an effective routine. Apparently your not suppose to weight lift the same muscles daily. You need at least 48 hours to rest your muscles. Interesting information indeed. However you can do running/cardio everyday. So basically the key is to revolve the range of muscles you work out. So this is what my workout schedule is gonna be.

Monday: Cardio then chest and arm workouts
Tuesday: Cardio
Wednesday: Break (only treadmill)
Thursday: Cardio, abs and back
Friday: Cardio
Saturday: Cardio, legs
Sunday: Break (only treadmill)

And thats my routine!

Treadmill: Cardio Program - 1.01 miles, 200 calories, Fat Burn Program Lvl 2 - 1.5 miles, 300 calories
Elliptical: Fat Burn Program - 1.5 miles, 350 calories.
End Weight: 302
Total Weight Lose: 5 pounds.

Somethings gotta give.

First off let me explain myself. I'm fat. Always have been. If you saw pictures of me as a kid you'd see a fat and unhappy kid. In fact everything I've ever done in my life is held back by my weight. Its something I've known all my life and have been trying hard to deny. My friends have always been good about trying to make me see the positive time even though they know the truth.

But I'm not stupid, I know. However I thought that I could make it up with personality and charisma. And for the most part thats right. I have always punched above my weight when it comes to dating, well at least in high school. Now that I'm out and in the real world my opportunities have steadily dropped to non-existent. It has brought me to the deepest depression I've ever been in in my life. Its made me have thoughts so dark that I dare not share them with any of my friends.

I can either sit here and wallow in my sadness or I can do something about it.

So I'm doing something about, I'm exercising and dieting seriously. Not in a casual sort of way. But in a complete and serious way. I wanted a way to chronicle this to help keep myself motivated.

All thats left now is to see how far this can take me. Shall we see?