Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Back To Work

Ya know what? It stinks that a 4-day weekend passes by so quickly. It seems like it wasn't that long ago that it was Thursday evening and I didn't have to worry about work for 4 days....4 days! Ha! Oh well. It was a nice weekend and I had a good time. Yesterday I rode the exercise bike for right at 11 miles in 45 minutes and then later went for a 2.65 mile walk. The weather was very hot though. I broke down and turned on the AC last night. I just finally started feeling uncomfortable from the heat and thought, "Why not?" I slept well last night which I needed. I've been having trouble falling asleep at night and I still had that problem but once I fell asleep, I slept like a log.

Well, it's getting nearer and nearer the time to go to work so I better finish getting ready. Where oh where did the 4-day weekend go????? ARGH!!!!! HAHA!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day Weekend

Well, this Memorial Day Weekend has been pretty decent. I took Friday off of work and went to see a couple of movies. I took my buddy Ryan to see Kung Fu Panda 2 in 3D in the afternoon. That was a lot of fun. He's a good kid and pretty funny. After that, we threw the football around some. It was nice to throw it around and Ryan catches and throws pretty well. It was a fun to spend some time with him.

After that, I went and saw The Hangover Part II. It was pretty funny but not as good as the first one. I wasn't expecting it to be as good as the first though but I enjoyed it alot. Poor Stu (Ed Helms)!!

The rest of my weekend has been pretty boring. I've read a whole bunch. I finished the book "Open", the autobiography of Andre Agassi. It was a good read and fun since I remember watching a bunch of the matches that he talked about. I also remember all the "Image is Everything" commercials and marketing ideas.

Then I read "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot. It's the story of a line of cells taken from a black woman in the 50s. Her cells have lead to many advancements in medical fields. The woman's family had no idea for the longest time that the cells and tissues taken from her were used in this way. It was a pretty good book.

I've also started watching the TV Show "Justified". I'm only a couple of episodes into the first season but it has been good so far. Raylan Givens is an interesting character.

Monday Morning Weigh-In #45

Things have not been going the best. I gained back 7.6 pounds this week to bring my overall total to 110.4 pounds. Not a great week or a great month for me. I've been struggling through a bunch of things and eating/exercising has not been good. Things haven't been going smoothly but I'm trying to keep my head up. I've hit a pretty big bump in the road but I'm doing the best I can. I know this weight is just some temporary crap from eating all the wrong stuff but I'm trying to turn things around and will be going in a good direction soon.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Just an Update

The reason I hadn't posted an update for Monday morning was for problems with blogspot who hosts my blog. I could not seem to use 'Publish Post' button after I had upgraded to Internet Explorer 9. Sooooo, I downloaded Google Chrome and I can use that to publish posts.

I'm taking off Friday for a 4-day weekend and to just get away from work for a little bit. My boss and her boss are off all next week which will be difficult because of all the things we've been having go on lately but hopefully I'll be able to get a bunch of work done. Fingers crossed. I'm also looking forward to going to see 'The Hangover Part II' this weekend. I really loved the first one and if this one is half as good as the first, it'll be a fun time. I also hope to play some Portal 2 on the PS3 this weekend to make my friend Sam happy who keeps asking me if I've played it. He loves it!

Anyways, I thought I'd let everyone know I haven't fallen off a cliff or anything and actually had a reason for not posting. Thanks for reading guys and we'll talk to ya later!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Monday Morning Weigh-In #44

I've been having some troubles. Work and stress and just an overall crappy mood has been bringing me down. My eating hasn't been horrible but it hasn't really been as good as it can be and my exercise is down. I've been really struggling and I'm right now, to tell the truth, I'm just trying to maintain things. May just has not been a good month for me. This morning I was up 0.8 pounds to bring my 44-week total to 118 lost. I got below my 119 goal and then have just been all around with it. The next time I get there, I will stay there. I'm struggling but I am still really trying. For now though, just keeping my head above water is enough. The train is a little bit off the rails right now but it's going to be better. Tomorrow will be a little bit better than today.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Blood Results...Finally!

My father reminded me yesterday that I had said I would post my results from bloodwork that was done on my trip to the doctor a couple of weeks ago. Well, I'm finally going to put those on here. Honestly, for a fat guy, I'm in pretty decent health. I'm no Olympic athlete or Ironman triathloner or anything but the numbers are good. Well, here go:

Cholesterol: 139
HDL (good cholesterol): 32
LDL (bad cholesterol): 101
Triglycerides: 61
Blood Glucose: 86

What the Doctors Like to See:
Cholesterol: Under 200 Woo-hoo!
HDL (good cholesterol): 39 and up Still some work to do
LDL (bad cholesterol): 100 or below Almost there!
Triglycerides: Under 150 Dang!
Blood Glucose: Between 70-109 Well within that "Good" range!

The Doctor's office also gave me what my results were almost 4 years ago when I was about 60 pounds lighter than I am now:

Cholesterol: 116
HDL (good cholesterol): 32
LDL (bad cholesterol): 74
Triglycerides: 42
Blood Glucose: Didn't get this one from last time...it was good though

So, as you can see, I still have some room for improvement and with each pound lost, many of the numbers above can get better. I do still have that pesky high blood pressure which I take medication for but 4 years ago, they took me off of that for a short time...had an 'adverse' reaction to it but hopefully I'll once again be able to get off of that if all goes well.

Overall I was very pleased with what they told me and excited about getting the numbers down even further. I'd really like to get that LDL back to well below 100 again. Go away bad cholesterol! Far, far away!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Monday Morning Weigh-In #43

I had a nice bounce back week from the "horror" of the prior week. I lost 11 of the 13.5 pounds I had gained back. Sooooo, overall I'm at 118.8 pounds lost. It's a pretty good total but things are a tough go right now for some reason. I just don't seem to have the energy going that I did even just a few weeks ago. I'm really struggling with that and just not getting past it quickly. I'm working through it the best way that I can right now. Work has been rough, weight loss has been sketchy...nothing is going very smoothly right now and I'm just feeling it. This too shall pass but things have punched me a few times but with all of you in my corner I'm sure I'll come out of it. Sorry for the boxing analogy but the Rocky movies have been on and I've watched parts of a few...still love those except for Rocky V, which doesn't actually exist.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Much Better Week

It's been a much better week so far. I've still been extremely busy with work but it's just a different kind of busy or stress from the last few weeks. I've been putting in some extra hours here at home to try and get something done early.

My car was making a horrible sound over the past week and it wound up being metal on metal with the brakes on my rear driver-side tire. Kinda crazy. I'm glad to have it fixed though so I don't have to listen to that noise and I'm assured that my car will stop.

I've been exercising and eating well again this week. I'm embarrassed by last week but not killing myself for it. I need to keep a level head and just keep trying to get better. Last week was BAD, but that doesn't mean that this week has to be as well. I'm walking and riding the exercise bike again and soon should be taking out the real bike. Need to get out there on the trails and log some miles on the real bike out in the real sun.

It's been very warm here the last few days...humid as well. I have my fans on but am against turning on the air conditioner right now. I needed to switch my sheets over from the flannel ones too, just too damn hot.

I need to put on my blood test results from two weeks ago. Maybe I'll do that tomorrow night. The results were really good which pleased me alot. Of course, then I spiraled crazily for a week or ten days so I guess there was that. I'm still a work-in-progress and trying to figure stuff out. I feel better now though. Onward and upward!!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Monday Morning Weigh-In #42

Embarrassed. It's the only word I can use to sum up how I feel right now. Embarrassed and ashamed....I guess that's a 2nd word. I totally went off the reservation last week for the WHOLE week. I let stress at work get to me and some disappointment and some depression as well. I didn't really work out all that much or that hard and when that's combined with eating and eating and eating, it's come to the result of this week which is just astounding. I gained 13.5 pounds this week to roll back all my hard work to 107.8 pounds lost.

I need to start digging myself out of this hole starting today. I'm eating my normal breakfast and need to rededicate myself again. I know I sound like a broken record sometimes on this but I wish I was perfect and didn't let things bother me but this week was just rough. I know some of this weight is just water weight and my body holding on to calories I had not been giving it so I'm hoping over the next 2 weeks or so if I buckle down, I can regain my footing and get back on the right track.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!

I'd just like to say Happy Mother's Day to my wonderful mother. I went home yesterday and took her some flowers, some books and took her out to dinner. Mom, you're wonderful and I love you!!!!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Monday Morning Weigh-In #41

It's going to be a short post today. For the first time in awhile, I gained a little weight. The weekend wasn't great but still was not bad and the week was pretty good. Got in my exercise, ate just fine...just one of those weeks. I had had some really good weight loss numbers over the past month and a half or so. I gained 1.5 pounds to bring my total back to 121.3 total pounds lost. A little disheartening but I'm not upset or mad. I don't want this to happen again but I'm not discouraged. Just got to have a better week and try even harder and try to be even better.