Day 34 – Cleared for Takeoff

After agonizing pain in my foot for the past few days, I stopped in for a visit with the doctor today. Of course he was shocked to see I had lost 25 lbs, and very happy, after all last time he had seen me he told me I was Obese, which, if I make my goal weight, apparently I will still be.. The doc checked out my foot and diagnosed a ligament strain due to the exercise, and have me some naproxen ( aleve on steroids) to mitigate the swelling. My to my relief, he approved continue exercise so long as pain was not present. I went to the gym tonight to celebrate and took it pretty slow/easy.

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Day 32 – Resistance Is Futile

Started the day with a metabolic test @ the Y. The goal was basically to find out how many calories you burn at rest, which helps tailor nutrition and workouts to make weight goals. The test have some crazy number like 4800 calories as my metabolic rate which is almost impossible. Needless to say I got my money back. The trainer who gave the test told me the basics – calories in and calories out. Eat no more than 2000 calories if you work out 30 min per day. If you don’t work out , eat 1500 calories to stay on target.

He also showed me some new resistance machines which I decided to use tonight. I was unable to do cardio since I apparently pushed my foot to hard yesterday and its really sore. These new machines are pretty cool, easy to use and take guess work out of lifting. Press the levers for resistance and lift, no seat adjustments or bar adjustments. It was quick and easy. I’m still bummed about no cardio, since I feel like weights aren’t enough if a workout. I guess I’ll know tomorrow when I can’t move my arms :). I’m thinking to add this to my cardio regiment every other day.

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Life Fitness resistance band equipment

Day 31 – Pushing It

Back to work this morning after a nice weekend with the family. Weather was great tonight and played outside with the kids. Mosquitos are horrible and the little ones seem to be the tasty ones. Made delicious lunch for everyone (for tomorrow) and went to the Y around 9pm.

Caught latest episode (had never seen it before) of Extreme Weight loss, which is inspiring in an odd sort of way. I really wonder if they don’t have many people doing it at the same time and only selecting the person who makes the goal to air.

Decided to push myself to a new goal at the Y. Instead of 5 kilometers I did 5 miles. Took 45 minutes instead of 30 but I made it!

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Precor AMT 855. 3/10

Day 30 – Labor Day

Happy Labor Day! All in all I think I did pretty good today despite all the fantastic food at our BBQ.

Started the day with wife and kids at the Y. Put on my McDavid Level 3 Ankle Brace to stabilize my ankle and did my 5k on the AMT. The brace really helped me out and is quite comfortable, so I was able to complete the workout with no real pain. Kids played in the Y daycare area and the wife tried out the new Sh’Bam, where apparently as she described it “you shake all your assets”.

Signed up for myfitnesspal yesterday to help with calorie counting. Up until now, I’ve haven’t been counting but the more I get into fitness/healthy lifestyle, the more data I like to look at, so I figure I’d track my calories. It’s pretty neat , easy to use and 100% free. I’m using smartphone app for entry on the go. The also have the cool ticker, which track your loss/#togo , which you can now see on the site. It’s eye opening how easily the calories add up.

Ended the day with a 2 miles walk after the BBQ to burn off some delicious brownies. I am feeling really energetic today for some reason, not sure if its because I took the day off or if its the fact that I am so close to my first goal.

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AMT 3/8

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Sirloin Steak, Dijon Mustard, Grilled Veggies, potato salad (made with veganaise) and Jamie Oliver’s best pasta salad. ( missing from pic, brownie and watermelon )

5 miles today.. Woohoo

Day 28 – Injuries

Working out has been especially challenging lately due to a muscle strain on my left foot. The irony of the whole thing is that I seem to always injure myself doing the most mundane tasks. Was able to complete 30 minutes on the AMT. Did another 1/2 mi on the treadmill for cool down and then went swimming with the kids.

AMT 855 Workout - 3/7

AMT 855 Workout – 3/7