Finding Inspiration For Weight Loss

Weighed in this morning at 159.4 pounds, up two pounds from my last post a little over a week ago.

The Vitamin B12 supplements seem to be working ok. I take one every morning and let it melt under my tongue. I can't say that they give me a big boost of energy, but they do seem to give me a little boost. When I workout, I seem to have more stamina.

Last night I hooked with a gal who hadn't seen me in a long time, and she was amazed at how much weight I've lost. She asked me, "So how did you do it?". And I just said that it was a combination of eating fewer calories and exercising. And isn't it always that? I mean, all the different diets out there are based on those two simple concepts. The differences between the diets are just different foods and eating habits.

But this gal has put on more weight since I last saw her four or five years ago. Her problem is low self esteem. She hates being fat, and hates the way she looks, but that's not enough to get her to do something about it. All that does is keeps her indoors and hidden from society. She needs something else to inspire her to get fit and healthy.

She says she would do something about it if she found a boyfriend who really liked her for who she is. She'd be inspired to improve her body and health just for him. But the irony is that her weight keeps her indoors and away from seeing anyone. She'll never find someone to love her.

The change starts by learning to respect herself.

Vitamin B12 for Weight Loss

Weighed in this morning at 157.4 pounds.

Been as high as 164 pounds earlier this month, due to a lot of things going on in my life. Was able to get it back down to this point just by exercising more, and eating lower-calorie foods.

I don't think I'm eating less, probably about the same volume, just lower calorie.

I'm experimenting with vitamin B12. I bought these pills called "Mega B-12 Dots", from Twinlabs at the Vitamin Shoppe here in town. They're sublingual pills, meaning they melt in your mouth. At 5,000 mcg, they're supposed to give you a boost in energy and reduce constipation.

Curious to see how that works with my exercise regimen.

Also been dealing with a cold the past few days. Sucks.

Being in Shape Equates to Greater Freedom

Weighed in this morning at 158 pounds, down one pound from Monday.

Fitness bootcamp seems to be getting easier for me to do. I'm able to go through an hour of it with fewer rests in between. And afterwards, I don't feel as exhausted.

Yesterday, I did a short hike up and down the mountains here in SoCal. I felt pretty good doing it, was never exhausted or tired, and felt like I could have done several more miles. I just didn't have the time do it.

But considering I bought a new SLR camera, the Canon EOS Rebel 1000D, I want to do more hikes and practice my photography.

Which brings me to an interesting point, the better shape I'm in, the more freedom I have. I can go on longer hikes, enjoy more time seeing the natural beauty of the world.

Cutting Back On Beer Drinking

Weighed in this morning at 159 pounds, up two from last Saturday.

After some thinking, I'm cutting down my beer consumption significantly. I realize over the past year my beer drinking has increased. It's to a point now that anytime I go out to eat, I look for a place with a good beer selection, and drink at least two. That is, my choices in dining are predicated on how good the beer is.

During my weight loss period, I would drink beer usually on weekends, whereas today it's five to six days a week. I want to get back to where its just weekends.

Beer is actually not that bad of an alcoholic drink in terms in weight loss efforts. It contains no fat and has very little sugar. Interestingly, beer gets a bad reputation, while wine is looked upon more favorably in social circles. Yet a typical 5oz glass of wine still contains more calories and alcohol than a 16oz glass of beer.

But as with anything, moderation is the key. In the past, my beer drinking was under moderation, but not recently. So, I'm making an commitment to get back to moderation.

Exercising More But Eating More

Weighed in this morning at 157 pounds.

Since my last post on January 31, I've gained four pounds, but I think it's mostly muscle. I've been working out in this fitness bootcamp for three months now, and I'm progressing well. And just a month ago I signed up at my local fitness center, and workout there about two-three times a week.

I'm getting to a point where I want to exercise everyday, and plan my days around it.

But because I exercise a lot, I get into this habit of eating and drinking more. I keep thinking I can eat more, because I work out more.

I'm also eating and drinking more because I'm going out more. I spend more time out of the house, going to restaurants, public events, and meeting people, and that somehow translates into consuming more calories. I used to stay home a lot, and that gave me better control of my diet. But going out more often makes it tough to control.

So recently I've been exercising more in an attempt to burn off those calories. I try to run 5+ miles either on treadmill or on ground. I lift more weights at the fitness center. I push myself harder at bootcamp.

I'm no longer trying to maintain 150 pounds; I realize that's impossible if I'm building more muscle. But I want to at least stay under 160 pounds. I still want to work on my belly, trim off some lingering fat on my sides, and flatten out the pooch.

Losing Weight Has Become Really Hard To Do

Weighed in this morning at 153 pounds, still no change over the past few weeks.

Looks like I won't be hitting that 150 pound mark by the end of this month. I've been eating reasonably, meaning that I have not gorged myself. My calorie intake has varied between 1,500 to 2,000 a day.

Meanwhile, I've exercised quite a bit over those past few weeks. I'm enrolled in a fitness boot camp and have not missed a session (it meets every Mon, Wed, and Fri). I've also started jogging in between those days (Tue and Thu).

So, all I can figure is that I've gained muscle mass.

Well, if that's the case then perhaps while I've gained muscle I've still lost an equal amount of fat. And I don't have much fat left on me.

I Can't Burn Off Those Last Pockets of Fat

Weighed in at 153 pounds this morning. No change from my last report January 17th.

I thought I'd be able to reach 150 pounds by the end of this month, but I don't know now. I've stuck to my diet for the most part. Yes, I have eaten more calories lately, but I have not gone overboard with it. On the other hand, I'm exercising a lot more too. I'm still going to my boot camp fitness group three times a week, and am now starting to do some hiking and running in between those days.

Yet, the weight remains the same.

I think what I'm discovering is that I've lost about all the fat my body is willing to sacrifice. To burn off those little pockets of fat around my belly, I'm gonna have to really exercise hard and do it everyday. But, I'm just not there yet physically.

Meanwhile, my wife is feeling a lot better about 100 days post surgery since her kidney transplant. She's off much of the pills she was on, and that alone makes her feel better. She's now inspired to do a lot of cooking. And since I'm her husband, I feel kinda obligated to eat it.

I guess it's a good thing I took up that boot camp fitness group.