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  • Let’s get this party started

    Posted on July 6th, 2012 Scott No comments

    Let’s get this party started RIGHT!

    You have all heard it before, I hope, pray, dream of not typing this post again.  I’m not going to make any predictions – I’m just going to tell you what’s up.

    The other day I got this crazy idea that I would start video blogging – sure, why not!  I’ve done blogs, micro-blogging, facebook, Google+, Myspace… why not try out this video option.  I have a phone that can do it, I have the idea – lets roll.  Well, then I got this other idea that I talked about in a video blog …. It’s about 2 months until Labor day, I need to get focused, let’s pull together some folks and get going.  Call it a challenge, encourage others to join in.  Check up on each other – call me out if I don’t log my food – point it out to me!  Tell me wassup…. so here is what I came up with that *I* am going to do.

    • I’m going to use Google+ for most of my discussion.  Of course, my G+ public posts go to Facebook and Twitter, so it will end up there.
    • I’ve created a hashtag (#LaborDayChallenge) and I will post that in all posts related to the challenge.
    • Not all of my post will be posts will be public.  I’ve got a Circle for this.  I will add those I am comfortable sharing my inner feelings and stuff!  Those posts will be locked – those who it was shared with can reply, but they will be mine to control!
    • I will share lots publicly, but not all.
    • I will probably vlog about some of it, but not ALL of my vlogs will be related to working out or eating right!

    That’s the challenge…. here are my personal goals for the challenge!

    1. Consistency!
    2. Form several positive habits!
    3. Maintain accountability
    4. Consistently log my food
    5. Eat healthy
    6. Consistently log my workouts
    7. Continue to work the 8 principles of Celebrate Recovery

    Last year, I was winning or placing in bicycle races.  I weighed 20-30 pounds less than I do today.  4 months ago, I ran a half marathon in 10:30 pace – I could not do 6.2 at that pace on Sunday.  Yes – I’ve gone backwards but I have not quit, so I have not lost!

    So there you have it!  If you see me screwing up – you can call me out on it!  If you see me doing something right – compliments are appreciate but not necessary.  As Dave Chapel would say…. “But I didn’t get arrested!  You’re not SUPPOSED to get arrested!”  … I’m SUPPOSED to do the right thing!

    I am going to kick this thing off with a bike ride tomorrow!  Hope to see you on the comet!

  • Week Three – what to do?

    Posted on August 23rd, 2010 Scott No comments

    A couple of quick updates…

    The weekend went quite well.  I believe I actually came out about 2 pounds lighter than I went into it!  YES!  I lost about 7 pounds last week which some will say is too much, but I know my body, it won’t continue at that rate.  That was my first week “excitement”.  Now comes the second week slump.  I had ‘grown’ to an embarrassing 245 pounds.  I weighed in this morning at about 238.  Feels good to be doing the right thing again.

    On the One-a-Week plan:

    o  Drink More Water – EVERY day this week, I drank at least 2 full Nalgeen (32 oz) water.  In many cases, 3 or 4.  Mission accomplished.
    o  Work out 5 days:  Rode Monday, twice Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday for a total of 151 miles.  (Second longest week of the year).
    o  Won a bike race!  A race where weight matters – and I still won!

    This week – I am going to give up ‘plate cleaning’.  I can make a ‘happy plate’ myself, but the rule is simple – if it didn’t start on my plate, I aint eating it.  This may not sound significant, but I finish off Max’s dinner a lot of times.  A lot of calories there.  The *ONLY* exception – vegetables.

    I know – its really only a week since I have been tracking weight loss but the small added focus on fitness and health has helped me to make smart choices and this doesn’t feel like its the “total overnight change” that you often feel in a diet.  Let’s see if we can keep this train rolling!

  • My Unsolicited Review of the Body Bugg #bodybuggtweet

    Posted on January 31st, 2010 Scott No comments

    As some of you may know, I’ve been using the BodyBugg for just over 4 weeks.  Many have asked me “Do you like it?”, “Does it work?” – well – here’ my story.  I’m sticking to it!

    First – if you don’t know, the bugg is a small device you wear on the back of your left arm.  It’s light, comfortable and you really get used to it quickly.  All day long, as you go through the paces of your every day life – it keeps track of your motion, your skin temperature and your core heat release or something like that.  You can go read all about it – but in short – it keeps track of how many calories you burned through the day.  At the end of the day, you can view a graph that looks something like this:

    Daily Activity Log

    It gives you a standard time (mine is 5:00 am to 11:00) as that’s my typical day.  If you aren’t wearing the unit, you can tell it what you did and it will calculate all of your stuff based on your weight and the activity you did.  Form 12-5:30 ish, I was asleep.  I didn’t wear it so it says I burn 1.5 calories per minutes sleeping.  If I wear it, I get a little more credit for sleeping (1.8-2.1 calories per minute) but your arm can and will get itchy from wearing this thing 24×7.  They actually recommend NOT wearing it one hour a day (at least).  As you can see, I don’t burn many calories at work, but you can also see that during my lunch break – I did a nice eliptical workout.  The numbers on the bugg differ (greatly) from the fitness equipment – but more on accuracy later.   All of this data is transmitted to the computer by a little online java app (the provide).  It’s a pain on the Mac, but I can get it to work.  They also have a wireless uploader – but I have no experience with that.

    One of the neat things – which can be done with any inexpensive pedometer as well – is your step count.  “Fitness experts often use the number of steps a person takes as an indication of their daily activity level.  The software set my goal at 10,000 – which is a lot, but at the same time – very achievable.  The bugg keeps track of this for you and you get a daily graph like this:

    How Many Steps?

    On any given day, if I don’t work out – I’m in the 7-8,000 range.  I’m trying to change that through simple lifestyle changes like parking in the back of the parking lot – much like the gangstas with their fancy hondas.

    As you progress through the day, you REALLY have to keep your food log if you want this to work.  It’s tedious but it works much better if you do keep track of EVERYTHING.  Portions are key.  I’ve started to measure and weigh things and my weight loss is coming in pretty close to what the bodybugg would predict.  When I loosely guestimated everything – it wasn’t so close at all.

    All of this comes together on a common section of the page that looks like this:

    Core Screen

    You will learn to hate that woman in her pink jacket – I don’t know why… but you will.  You can see my calories burned, how much I consumed and my deficit.  I can tell you – it may have been that I was making too big of a deficit or it may have been that I didn’t log my food correctly last week, but this week I kept the deficit right around 1000 calories and the math worked out.  (3500 caloris = 1 pound – my weight loss was VERY close to that equation).  How do I know this? when you look at the week – you get a graph like this:

    Measurement Based Details

    Measurement Based Details

    Based on the amount of weight I lost last week – over a 7 day period, I had an average deficit of 1500 calories a day.  In a week where I FOUGHT to be accurate in my food log – I came up with this as my “food log based deficit”.

    From the Food Log

    From the Food Log

    As you can see – I was really pretty close.  Honesty – measuring – and some self control helped out a lot!  Being honest with your food diary will also help you show things to other people as you can do a complete download of your food diary.  Here you go – this is what I ate!  Food Report

    They provide a food plan and everything, but I have not used that yet so I really cant comment.  I do like the nutrional analysis that it comes with each day.

    Nutritional Analysis

    Nutritional Analysis

    I could have picked a day I ate better to post this – but well – I’m being honest here.  I ate it it happens!  (check out the calcium… 1234 – that’s kinda funny!)  I realize I need to work on more protein.  I plan on discussing the protein/carb ratio with some people who have a clue – something I generally lack when it comes to that stuff.

    You can also keep track of your overall progress.  I find this a little “lacking” but gets the point across – so I guess it’s not all bad!

    Progress Information

    Just a lot of space to show this information and the graph is weak at best!  Free applications like Calorie King and Calorie Count will blow this away:

    Weight Loss Graph

    So – what is all of this about?  Weight loss.  Why is this of ANY benefit?  I mean – weight loss is theoretically FREE!  Eat less, do more – lose weight.  Poppycock!  (I always wanted to use that in my blog).  As any of you who have ever battled with weight loss know,  it is a total mind game.  It sucks.  You want to eat as “comfort food” makes you feel comfortable but then you hate yourself for eating it.  You try to workout and think “Wow, I worked out, I can eat anything I want!” but really – you can’t, as you only burned a fraction of the calories the fitness equipment told you you burned.  It’s not easy – but the Body Bugg DOES HELP!   At least it helped me to understand things.  They claim it’s at least 90% accurate and I’m leaning towards believing them.

    The downfall of the system would be a combined factor of cost and the work you have to do.  I got mind for $179 with a year subscription (a $99 value).  The standard one will set you back $199 – with 6 months.  You have to use their website which costs money.  I don’t have to worry about that for 49 weeks – but it is a cost.  The work – you have to log the food.  It’s a pain in the ass sometimes.  Then again, so is being fat.

    So – let me break it down for you:

    Pros:

    • Reasonably accurate monitor of your calorie burn
    • Comfortable
    • Easy to use
    • Almost invisible for me, women with sleeveless… well?
    • Fun to use

    Cons:

    • Cost
    • Tied to their software
    • Finicky on the Mac
    • Food diary is not as robust as others
    • No instant feedback w/out $80 wrist unit
    • It’s not water proof, only water resistant.  That scares me when the rain potential goes up.

    Worthy of comment:

    • You HAVE to keep a food log or it’s worthless – but accountability is key
    • The software is hooked into Twitter, which helps find others using it if you have questions
    • You “get” a training session which I hear is “more useful than expected” – but mine is not until next week.  It’s a 1 hour phone call.
    • I’ve HEARD it can be flakey on a bicycle – I don’t have experience yet, but look to change that soon.

    If you are willing to commit some time and focus to your food log.  If you want to know what your body is doing, this is a good tool.  If you aren’t going to keep your log up to date, you are probably better off getting a pedometer and counting steps (at least that’s what I think).

    As Forest would say – That’s all I have to say about that!

    Questions? comments? concerns?  You know where to find me.  I’d be happy to reply!

  • A good day

    Posted on January 21st, 2010 Scott No comments

    Today has gone better than yesterday.  I’ve had my ups, I’ve had my downs – but you know what, it’s ok.  I’m sure tonight will be interesting.  Trying to guide Max and Derek though their grieving should be different, but we can handle it.

    Saturday – we will have a memorial service for Tiger.  It’s a small service planned for our back 40… (behind the fence).  We will bury his collar and remember him a little bit.  All are invited… we will not be providing seating or anything fancy, dress is as you are 😉  You know – come to think of it … Tiger was always happiest IN the backyard – I’m going to do it inside the fence.  There was nothing as funny as seeing a 20 pound cat with his belly swinging side to side running through tall grass thinking his clawless self was some sort of jungle cat!  Yes – Saturday, we will remember our favorite fat cat!

    I was reminded, internally, how good a “drug” working out can be.  I don’t know all the exact details – but I know that when you work out, specifically when you work out hard, you release a lot of chemicals into your brain.  Endorphins are part of that chemical cocktail.  All of the stuff releases into your mellon and makes your brain work better, which makes you feel better!  I had a good workout today.  Not my hardest, fastest, longest… just a good session on the Eliptical machine.

    Tomorrow will be running – most likely.  I’m enjoying the running as long as I do it every other day.  I’m just too big to slam down on my body over and over again.  I need a break.  I’m pondering trying to re-start MaxFit on Monday.  I really like that program, I just found the doctor to be pretty much a loser.  He may be the greatest in the world, but if you wont reply to emails sent directly to you – you are a loser.

    Tomorrow – I weigh in.  Things are going well on that front – I’ve got a long way to go – but I’m ahead of the past couple of years (by a good margin).  I’d like to be a lot lighter for the PeachTree… That will help me pull my extra 5 minutes off the top!

  • A good week

    Posted on January 15th, 2010 Scott No comments

    Things are picking up at work, which is good.  I don’t like being idle, I don’t like not knowing what I am doing.  My team has been tasked with a new project – not really what I was hired for, but a good project that will give us all an opportunity to get to not only know each other – but also get to know some people around and above us in the organization.

    As I mentioned the other day – I am working out again.  I’ve done well this week and think I’m actually in better shape than I thought.  I ran about 2.5 miles in the wood yesterday.  The thing is, I thought it was 2 miles… it took a long time, but then I found out it was 2.5.  I’m thinking I want to try to get up early tomorrow and get in a good trail run at Kennesaw Mountain before the rain, but “early” and “rain” are two problem words.  I’ll try!

    Weigh in – i’m not going public with the number until the beginning of Feb – but I can tell you I weigh a considerable amount less than I did last Friday.  The BodyBugg can’t be given TOO much credit for it, but it is showing me a lot.  It does require some work on my part, but provides tangible feedback and helps me to understand what I’m eating, how much it “costs” and how much I am burning.  As long as I keep the burn ahead of the fuel, the weight will go down.

    As sort of an ongoing review of the BodyBugg I will give a bit of feedback.  It’s VERY easy to use.  Charge it up and put it on.  It does the work.  The software it “comes” with is lame.  The content is good, the application gives you good information but it has several issues.  On one occurrence, I could not load my data from the bugg in FireFox, I had to use IE.  On the mac, you can load it using Safari – HOWEVER – you have to set it to 32 bit mode if you are running Snow Leopard.  It’s not a big deal – but they need to get on top of that.  Finally – after you load it in Safari – the browser basically craps it’s pants.  Not a huge deal, but it’s egg on the face of the product… I personally think they need to do something like MotionBased did – and have a component you can install that will pull the data and transmit it for you.  If they aren’t going to do that – i’m sure there are a bunch of competent java developers out there – they could fix this!  (The app is written in Java).  So far – I really enjoy the tool.   I look forward to getting results next week and seeing how it all shakes out.

  • It’s that time of year again

    Posted on January 13th, 2010 Scott No comments

    By now – my 3 blog fans have figured out that sometime in the winter (or spring) I get may big arse in gear.  I get angry about my weight gain from last year and go on the offensive.  This leads to a lot of posts about weight loss, progress, training, etc…. well.  It’s that time of year again!

    The good news is – much like last year, I’m not starting off as heavy as I did the year before.  Additionally – I didn’t have the month long back injury in 2009 that I did in 2008.  I’m feeling a little bit better than I did last year after my first workout.  Part of that is less weight, part of that may be my MaxFit stuff I did not that long ago.  Regardless – I’m doing better and am lighter.

    The first thing I need to do is lose weight, the second thing I need to do is get ready for my assault on the Peachtree Roadrace.  I’m in!  My goal for the year is to break an hour.  I ran for the first time yesterday and I plan on running all they way until July 4th.  Will I?  Who knows.  There are some other factors in life, like my addiction to 2 wheeled speed, that may affect my funky strided running career – but the goal exists and I plan on achieving it!

    Many of you watch the Biggest Loser.  You know those little things they all wear on their arms? They are called the “BodyBugg”.  They track your caloric burn for the day.  That coupled with accurate caloric tracking can help somebody to figure out how many calories they NEED, how many they over ate or under ate.  I got a great deal on one (Costco – $179 w/1 year online access which is $20 cheaper and 6 months longer than other places).  I’m going to give it a try and see how it works.  I’m pretty excited.  It will show me how many calories per minutes I am burning all day long.  I don’t have the wrist watch option, so I just have to download later.

    First public weigh in – 2/5/2010 – See you there!

  • My name is Scott and I am a OVERWEIGHT American

    Posted on September 11th, 2009 Scott 1 comment

    Some may be saying “WTF?”  Some may understand why I am writing a post declaring that I am an overweight American.  Some may not see the pride I take in that statement, but I’ve worked hard to be able to say that.  For as long as I can remember – dating back to AT LEAST 1996, more likely 1993, I have weighed well over 225 pounds.  My weight as been into the 300’s in the past.  Most recently – 280 was my high.  Regardless of the actual number, for the past 10+ years of my life, I have been obese.  I didn’t really know that until sometime last year when I looked up the definition and plugged my weight into a little BMI calculator and said “holy shit”.  Being a good fat kid, I said “I’ve got big thighs”, “that doesn’t apply to me because I can still ride 100 miles” and any other number of things.

    As of this morning – I weighed in at 218.4 pounds.  Still overweight – no doubt, but for the first time in over 10 years, I can honestly say “I am overweight, I am not obese!”  I’ve been dreaming of typing that sentence for a long time, thinking of how proud I would be and how excited I would be.  I am both – but at the same time – I now face a daunting task – getting my weight down to “Normal”.  Formal for me (based on the BMI ranges) is anything below 184.  That’s 35 pounds away.

    Not to sound like a fat kid, but I think my body structure and frame are a bit heavy.  I do have big thighs… I build muscle fast and perhaps 183 is not a reasonable goal.  So today – I lay out in front of myself and anybody else reading – a two part goal.  First – change the significant digit in my weight to a 1.  I think – no, I am pretty sure, the first Friday I wake up and see 199.8 or below, I will probably cry.  When I get into the 190’s, I will consider getting some body fat testing done and analyze my weight to determine what my final weight goal is.

    One day at a time – on pound a week… give or take… It’s not easy – but it’s something positive!

  • August Status

    Posted on September 4th, 2009 Scott No comments

    It’s come to my attention that I didn’t give a proper status for August – though – I wasn’t really sure that was in the requirements… here you go!

    Status - After August

    Status - After August

    It’s not been the best month of weight loss, but it hasn’t been too bad.  I had a bit of a scare last week, with just a .2 pound loss, but the streak of consecutive Fridays is still alive and well.  Its harder and harder to lose and it’s harder to stay motivated.  Some days it’s easier than others, but sometimes you just want to pig out.

    I was pretty proud of myself last night (not in August, but …) I went to my favorite bbq place and had a sensible meal.  I don’t think I would of if I didn’t have to weigh in today, but you have to do what you have to do – that’s how things go.

    My riding in August faded just  bit.  Nothing to worry about – but I just didnt get out as much as I should of and in some cases as much as I would liked to have.  I decided to capture a little graph of my riding.  It’s much easier (and more accurate) when my computer isn’t broken.  I did figure out how to add stuff manually – so that helps, but its vague and the speeds are a bit flakey.

    Mileage Totals

    Mileage Totals

    I am missing a few earlier in the season rides, but for the most part – that’s my mileage.  In comparison to last year – June much greater – July is a little lighter…. August I didn’t ride last August… I should beat September without much problem.   I’m looking at a 4000 mile year – which I will be proud of.

    Finally – I looked at my graph of the last 2 years and was happy.  While I did falter – I have come back and made up for it.  Thanks to all who have helped and supported.  Every “Are you losing weight?”, “How much have you lost?” or other related comment REALLY helps me.  More than you could even know.

    My weight - the last 2 years

    My weight - the last 2 years

  • July Update

    Posted on August 3rd, 2009 Scott No comments

    I like to do monthly re-caps – sometimes for my 4 readers, sometimes so I have something to go on.  This one – is a bit of a mix.  I have to compare where I am to last year, to see how things are going overall.  Weight loss, cycling, job, etc… it’s all crazy lately.  Weight loss… well, my update would have likely been better without last week.  While I managed to lose a pound, the stress caused by all that – my not riding for a few days – the insanity – it all weighed heavily on me.  Having said that, I have to say I hit a many year low on Friday at 227 pounds.  The five more I need to lose for my next goal/milestone seem SO HUGE!  Bigger than the last 40 – I have to say.

    2009 - July

    2009 - July

    Overall – things are good on that front.  I’m losing a bit of focus, but still in the game.

    On the riding side of things, I’m really riding pretty well (or was until a few days off… but it will come back).  I have to compare today to last August when I did not ride.  I’ve got 5x as many miles in this August as I did last year… I’ve only ridden 25!  Those who know me might recall, my back went bonkers last August – and that SUCKED!

    VeloLosers – a great idea, a great motivator – but a bitter mistress, I have to tell you!  I’m pondering the concept.  It works great for one “cycle”, but then its so hard for those who stick around.  I will have to see how VeloLosers 3 sorts out.  If all of the Alumni are suffering like me – maybe we have to have a Cat 5 tour to get you started – then you can join the pros?  Regardless – knowing I have to tell a bunch 0f other chubbies my weigh each week makes for good motivation.

    Lunch is over – back to work!

  • One year later – I lost a pound!

    Posted on May 15th, 2009 Scott 2 comments

    A year ago, I kept people updated on my weight loss.  I was proud of it – I was working quite hard.  I had a bad period and gained a bunch back.  I as not proud.  There were some circumstances that led to the weight gain, but simply put, I ate too much – the key to weight gain.

    Well, a while back, I threw together something to help me stay a bit motivated – I started a contest called “VeloLosers” – a group of cyclist trying to lose some weight.  It’s been going pretty well.  You can check out http://www.velolosers.com for details.

    Anyway – I have avoided looking at last years weight because I still feel a bit of a sting, a sadness for the work I did that I “threw away”.  Well, today I mustered up the courage and looked at last year (look at “Weight Loss” at he top of the page).  Funny thing is – I am 1 pound lighter than I was last year.  Not that it matters – not that it’s good that I gained that back, but it’s good that I’m back to the ‘same place’.  I just need to focus and keep it rolling.  Things are going well.

    And now – the truth … here’s the graph.  Nothing to write home about, but better than not doing anything about it!

    17 Month Weight Graph

    17 Month Weight Graph