Making some plans – Weight Loss Part I

In the past couple of years, I try to come up with some things that I can do to get into better shape. Clearly, I’m not doing something right because I have not significantly dropped any major poundage. Usually, this idea comes right off of the heels of the NYC Marathon. After running the marathon, it takes me about 2-3 weeks to care about doing physical activity again. Recently looking at my beer gin gut, I guess now is the time.

For the longest, I have not been happy with my body. Not like sad, depressed unhappy. More like, I want to have a better figure/share. Yeah, yeah, yeah, men can have self-image issues. I’m not super big, fat, thick, chunky (whatever you wanna call it), but I would not mind dropping a few pounds over the next few months. Right now, I am hovering in the 203 – 205 pound range, which is not HUGE (for the average individuals of my height), because I have some muscle. I’ve even been told that I “hold the weight well” because of my somewhat muscular frame. Perhaps, this was a back-handed compliment. Unfortunately, I have inherited the body type of my mother’s side of the family, and all of my uncles generally plump (and that’s being nice) up around the age of 40. It’s funny, one of my uncles was pretty lean and fit at 37 years old, then by 39, he gained like 50 pounds.

A few things that I plan to do going forward. We’ll see how much I screw this up. 

  1. Track my calories . . . again. I accidentally updated the Lose It! app to Lose It! Pro (or whatever the hell the highest tier is called). In the past, I’ve tried (and failed in)  logging my daily food consumption. My biggest issue (aside from not logging my food) was logging my food after finishing a meal. One thing that I realized when logging my food (for the past two days) is that I snack A LOT at home. Since they are little bites to eat here and there (a few pita chips, a small glass of egg nog, a slice of ham, another small helping of dinner), I did not realize how much the little things add up. It’s like they say, losing weight is more dieting than physical activity. 
  2. I have started intermitting fasting (IF) again. Right now, I’m fasting for 14 hours. Although IF is not really a dieting plan per se, I did find that I got fuller with less food after a fast. Also, it works well because I get drunker too so I spend less money on booze. Yes, I’m a nut. 
  3. In terms of my physical activity, I have not really made in any concrete plans. I have been running a bit and going to the gym, but I’m kind of all over the place. I’ll need to sit down and think about my goals and plans that I can do for completing these goals. Word on the street is the NYRR is holding its drawing for the NYC Half-Marthon for March 2019. Maybe if I’m selected for that, I can better devise something to help with my getting more fit and losing some damn weight. Actually . . . Why do not I just “pretend” that I’m running a half in March and devise a training plan that way? Yeah, I’ll do that. Running 13.1 miles on my own is not as an arduous task of running 26.2 miles. Look, I’m already making some progress. 

 

TO BE CONTINUED . . .

A couple of questions:

  1. Do you have any plans for dropping some pounds over the next few months?
  2. What has your experience been tracking your food (i.e. counting calories)? Did you find food apps useful?

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Training Update

Well I have been in a bit of a lull; because for some reason I have been super tired. Back when I used to be a scientist, I always thought people with desk jobs had it made. Boy was I wrong.

Intermittent Fast:

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Now that Lent is over, I am done with my fasting program.

Pros:

  • I lost 7.2 pounds in 40ish days. My scale was acting weird, so I couldn’t determine if there were any changes in my BMI.
  • When I break the fast, I do not need to eat as much.
  • It kind of nice to change up your eating patterns.
  • I do not drink as much booze, because I get buzzed faster.

Cons:

  • Since my first meal of the day is typically around 4 PM, I think know that I have been smoking more cigarettes and drinking more coffee and diet coke. I’m gonna try to switch over to drinking green tea.
  • Because I’m drinking way more water (about 4-6 liters a day), I have to urinate at lot. Yes, drinking water and urinating are good, but it can be a little rough when you have back to back meetings.
  • Once I stop doing the fasting program, it’s hard to start it again. Since I was “celebrating” the Resurrection, I really did not follow my 16-hour daily fast during the past weekend. Today, I was EXTREMELY hungry . . . I almost purchased a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich twice.

For the most part, I think that the IF program worked. I do have to consider that when starting a dieting/work out program, you do lost weight really fast in the the first couple off weeks. Going forward and since I have a vacation to Cancun in 75 days, I think that I will keep up with the IF plan until the trip. What do I have to lose . . . except for some more weight?

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Working out:

This week was pretty much lame in terms of physical activity. I went to the gym once this past week for Zumba, but I went to another Zumba class. At first I was a little concerned because there were only 8 women in the class (usually a low number of attendees means that the instructor is kind of lame), but the class turned out to be really fun. I think that I actually surprised the instructor, because she thought that I was going to be “bad” since I am a dude. I showed her 😉

Working out and Lazy Sundays:

I have noticed that I have been pretty lethargic when it come to Sundays. For the past few weekends, I did not leave the apartment for the entire day. I always say that I’m gong to the the gym, but 4, 5, 6 PM comes around and I’m still watching Hulu or Netflix on the sofa. I decided to check out Beach Body on Demand, since it has a free two-week trial.

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After dealing with technical issues for about an hour, I managed to do two Cize workouts. Basically, Cize is kind of like a hip hop Zumba class. The classes that I streamed were fun. However, Beach Body on Demand is pretty cool because you have access all of the Beach Body workouts.

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That’s it for me, I hope everyone a great “Welcome Back, Jesus” weekend . . . if that’s your cup of tea.

 

Fasting Intermittently

I know that I put this term in reverse order. Last week I was kind of dissing this eating program, where I fast for 16 hours and eat within a 8 hour time frame.

I have not weighed myself but I do have some positive (and not so positive) things to report:

  • Although it doesn’t look like I have lost a ton of weight, I think that I have lost a little (we’ll see what the scale says on Easter). The other day I wore one of my somewhat slutty long sleeved, tight shirts and I didn’t look too disgusting … just a little. 😉
  • When I break the fast, I notice that I get fuller faster. Sometimes, I cannot finish restaurant portions of food. Normally, I would destroy this burrito plato, but I could eat only 1/2 of this. Random plug: If you are ever in lower Harlem, check out Dirty Cash/Sexy Taco on Lennox and W116.img_1186I was kind of disappointed, because this shit was gooooooood. I did pick the meat other of the other half though.
  • Sometimes I do not realize I have not eaten by 4 PM, but usually occurs when I have 80 million things to do at work.food
  • I am drinking more water; however, it may be too much. Before starting the fasting program, I would drink about 3-4 liters of water a day. Now, I’m close to 5.5-6 liters.the thirst is real.gif
  • I drink way too much coffee (and diet coke). Keep in mind, I rarely drank coffee before starting this fasting program. Btw, these flavored diet cokes are amazing. img_1181                                                            It was very zesty.
  • Since I’m drinking more liquids (outside of booze), I’ve been pissing more. Now, my job is very meeting based, so I have too make sure that I go twice before a meetingpee.gif
  • I think that I’m smoking more cigarettes. Matter of fact, I’m smoking as I write this entry.
  • I drink less booze during my slore adventures, because I’m buzzed after 4 gin n sodas.
  • I constantly have to be doing something so I can ignore my food cravings. This past Sunday, I was home all damn day and I was constantly grubbing. In my defense, I do not fast on Sundays, since the Lord (well, maybe a pope) says that you don’t have to fast on Sundays during Lent.

Bah Humbug Training Update

Ugh, my fitness goals are all of the freaking place and nonexistent at the same time. Just last week, I was thinking that I hate not having anything to train for. These series of injuries really have put a damper in my fitness goals. I think the back injury is over and the tendinitis in my left arm is recovering.

Intermittent Fasting Woes

I do not know how well this intermittent fasting thing is going. Just to refresh your memory, I decided to do this fast as giving up something for Lent, which is from Ash Wednesday (Feb. 14, 2018) to Holy Thursday (Mar. 29th, 2018). Typically for this season, one is supposed to give up something for 40 days . . . in my case, I guess that I’m giving eating for 16 hours every day. Although this is a religious tradition and I not super religious, I like to give up something every year just to tell myself that I can live without something. Before you ask. No, I have not given up cigarettes or booze during Lent. I mean, word on the street is that Jesus did turn water into wine, so I’m sure that he probably turned water into hard liquor too. I really do not have any excuses for the smoking vice. Ok, I’m getting off topic.

The point of all of this rambling. Basically it has been about 26 days into the fast, and I have not seen any noticeable changes in my physical appearance. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah. I know that 26 days is no time on a diet  on an improved eating program, but I was expecting to notice SOMETHING. I have not actually weighed myself, because I want to save that for the end as a big finale. But, it looks like my big finale will be a bust. . . because I will be busting out of my pants 😉 I really do not get it. I have been working out more or less the same since December, but I’m eating less (and somewhat healthier). I just do not know what I’m doing wrong. Also, it’s annoying that when I see people who live more unhealthily lifestyles than me (yes, there are people who live more unhealthy than I) lose weight by changing one thing.

I swear, I’m going to be very upset if I do not see significant weight loss by Easter aka “Welcome Back, Jesus” Day.

Let me stop there, because I feel like this entry could go down a very dark path, and I still need to saving some hating energy for the rest of the day. . . today is monday Zumba day. I’m going to bring it back to the original idea of this post, training for an event.

The “Event”

As of this morning the BF and I, booked a week getaway to Cancun in June. To be more specific, our trip is in 97 days!!! I know that Cancun is pretty much a typical tourist trap, but I wanted have a super lazy vacation. This means going to an all-inclusive resort, drinking fruity, sugary drinks, laying on the beach, and stuffing my face at the buffets for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Well . . . the resort does have a few swim up bars, so that will be my physical activity. Perhaps, I will fit in a SCUBA diving excursion.

Matter of fact, we are going to the same resort where my cousin had his wedding a few years ago. 

The funny/sad thing is that I was drunk in each picture. (Left) I had gotten back to my hotel room at 8 AM after sloring all night outside of the tourist areas in Cancun (Yo queria practicar my espanol). Matter of fact, I have a gin and juice in my hand. (Middle) The family took an excursion to Las Islas Mujeres and I wanted a pic with our tour guide. . . who was a fun nut. (Right) I had had it with family time, so I ventured out own my own on another night in Cancun. The funny thing is that my aunt was stayed up waiting for me in our hotel room, like I was late for curfew. Well I did arrive at 4 AM. LOL, I was so trashed that I need to take a nap on the beach before my cousin’s actual wedding.

TMI warning (highlight this line to find out). Ugh, my goddamn  poop had a blueish color and  I vomited in the ocean. Oh well, YOLO. I had a blast at Club Once/Once.

My updated training goal is to get a least somewhat beach ready by Jun 18th. I kind of have some ideas of how I can improve some physical issues regarding my workouts and (most importantly) my diet.

Question: How do you get over not meeting your physical goals, especially in regards to weight? Help a brotha out.

(Training) Update

The title of this entry is a bit weird, because I’m not training for anything and I barely did anything last week.

A fast from the fast

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This weekend, I wanted to let my hair down and not be bound too much by my 16/8 hour intermittent fast. On Sat, I went to a bday party, which had an open bar at bougie bar. You know that I can go to town at an open bar – Manhattan (a whisky martini) was my best friend that evening.

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I was imitating a woman, who was taking all of skanky photos (probably for her Instagram)

After the party, which was in midtown, a few of us wanted to shake out booties in Jackson Heights. Unfortunately, I could not shake my booty too much, since my infected toe was killing me. Also, I just was not feeling it; I wanted to eat tacos and cuddle with the bf. Maybe, I am getting to the age where I do not want to slore after midnight. Or, getting to the age where I’m more attracted to a taco than more booze. Actually, I think that I have to be a little more inebriated to enjoy that slore life (I think the beverages at the open bar were a little watered-down. I had 8 Manhattans and was barely tipsy). Also,  I am becoming that guy that is screaming why the music is so damn loud?!! loudHonestly, your club has about 20 folks in it, so you should bring the music down a few notches. Just saying.

Oh, gentrification really has hit Jackson Heights, because a simple gin and soda (yes, I was mixing my dark and light liquors) was 12 damn dollars!!! Beverages used to be 8 bucks at that particular club. Do not be trying to charge Manhattan prices in Queens . . . deep Queens at that.

I think that my friend and I stayed at that particular for about 15 minutes or two gin and sodas, before we hit up some Mexican food. Clearly, I was way outside of my feeding window but I couldn’t resist a big ass order of chilaquiles. Even though I did not have a taco for my “dinner”, I did order a taco to go for the cab ride home . . .

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If you are ever in NYC and you want some down-home latin food, you need to take a trip to Jackson Heights. It’s a little out of the way, but it is totally worth it. I especially love Tierras Colombianas.

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 You can get a crap ton of food for under 20 bucks. Por ejemplo, the Bandeja Campesina is $15 bucks, and you get grilled steak, crispy pork, rice and beans, an arepa, plantains, eggs, and an MFing avocado.

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The next day at 9 AM, I had to judge a high school science fair. The organization that was hosting the fair had a sit-down breakfast that consisted of eggs, hash browns, sausage and bacon, and a shit ton of assorted pastries. Since starting this fast, where my first meal of the day is around 2:30 pm, I have forgotten how much I love breakfast food. I even got seconds.

Injuries

I’m pretty much in quicksand with my injuries (toe infection, back pain, and now my left arm). Since my left arm is the latest thing on my injury list, I cannot even lift weights or do most body weight exercises. Actually, I guess that I still can lift, only if I work out the right side of my body. Yes, I know that I am a mess. Although I am not an MD  (see my previous rant, ***), I’m pretty sure that I have acute tendinitis in my elbow, so I’m pretty much doing RICE to treat it. In terms of working out, this has been a week of Zumba, stationary bikes, and elliptical machines without using the arm handles.

Regarding the toe infection, I had a great LOL moment (well, it was a rant that became an LOL). Essentially, it took me three days to get my prescription. After my dr.’s apt, I went to pick up my prescription, which was not at the CVS. Later, I found out that the damn dr’s office did not call in the prescription. Wasting time because of other people’s fuck ups is one of my biggest pet peeves. However, I do not mind wasting my own time. The next day I went to CVS, but the pharmacy did not have the prescription. The followingcvs.gif day, this hot mess of a conversation place. Keeping in mind that I already was in attitude mood, because this was my third time going to that damn CVS. I go to the counter and give the pharmacist lady my name and my birth date. She looks at me weird and spouts out an address in Virginia and tells me that my address on my driver’s license does not match the Virginia address. Ok, this has happened before, so I tell her that is my father’s address . . . we have the same name. Then, she asks if I’m sure. Yes, b*tch, I’m pretty sure that I know my father’s name. In an accusatory tone, she says that it is weird/funny that we have the same name. I swear to a bottle of Hendricks, I was so close to saying something like: I’m sure if you knew the fathers of any of your eight kids then they may have their fathers’ names. Note (again): I was in a crabby mood. The manager finally figured out what happened, even though I gave her my birth date, she just went by the name and clearly there are two KOS’s in the CVS prescription system. But then my question is: Do I look like a 69 year old man?!!! so clearly I’m the other KOS. These are the people filling our prescriptions. She probably gave me the wrong prescription. 😉

There was some other rant that I was supposed to whine about, but I’m running late for a meeting.

Oh I remember.

Why don’t people have their necessary things ready by the time they get to the cashier?!!!! Honestly, I was in the pharmacy line for like 20 minutes, but the woman in front of me took forever to find all of her stuff. Picking up a prescription, you know that you will need some form of an ID, money, and your damn insurance/prescription card. Why not prepare that crap while you are waiting in line? The woman actually, had to dump the contents of her purse on the counter. Totally unacceptable.

Also, this crap applies to people riding the bus. You know that you will have to swipe your metrocard; have that shit ready. . . it’s too cold outside to be waiting for you to get your life together.

Ok, I guess this has become a bitch/rant/complain session, rather than a training update. Hey, at least I’m self-aware of my constant complaining.

 

Random Thursday Update

Intermittent Fast:

So far, so good . . . for the most part. I have not been weighing myself to see if there is anydiet weight loss, but I do “feel” lighter. Well, I feel lighter until downing 1 liter of water to ward off my hunger. Actually, now that I am in week three, I really do not feel intense hunger pangs any longer. Outside of drinking water, green tea, and diet coke (here and there), my first meal of the day is around 3 PM – a time of day that I never thought I could have my first meal. Also, I have noticed that I do get a sense of fullness faster, since I have started this fasting program. For example, today I ate a little more than a quarter of a sub and I was still stuffed after an hour. Well . . . I also did have a small oatmeal cookie. My downfall to this diet will be late-night drinking, because my eyes become bigger than my stomach in those cases.

Foot infection (don’t worry, there will not be any gross photos).

Ok, I totally understand that a Ph.D. in Molecular Oncology and Immunology is not aphd medical degree, even though the field is biomedicine, but cut me some slack. This semi rant comes up, because I had an appointment with a podiatrist to figure out what’s going on with my foot infection (technically an infection between my pinky and ring toes). From jump, one of the doctors (I was seen by a chief resident and the main doc.) asked about my profession. Told her what I do now and mentioned that I used to be a cancer researcher. Asking that is not a big deal, because I know many doctors like (or should want) to know more about their patients’ lives. Long story short, the chief resident starting to give me a crash course about the epidermis, fungal versus bacterial infections, and the healing steps involved with the skin. All of which I know. Remember, Ph.D. in a biomedical field. She cleaned the wound with betadine, an antiseptic, then she started to explain what it was. Um, thanks, DOC. I used betadine to prevent bacterial contamination in cell culture for over 15 YEARS!!!! I know what it does.

Basically, the doc prescribed me more antifungal cream and to keep doing what I have been doing regarding cleaning the infection. Great a $30 copay and $25 cream well spent.

Half-Marathon

Ugh, I think that I’m not running (or walking) this thing. I feel really shady, because so many folks are posting about it on WordPress and on Facebook. And, I’m all like whatever. I guess that’s how people were when I was always talking about running the NYC marathon during the summer.

Vacation:

The BF wants to plan a vacation (oh snap, this topic reminded me that I need to checkvacation how many vacation days I have) . . . Sweet 7 days (I accrue two days for every month I work, with 24 being the max). Any recommendations for us? We gotta act soon because it’s already March and prices are gonna start going up . . . if they haven’t already. I’m thinking of a lazy vacation, so maybe a resort type of thing. He really wants to go to eastern cost of Costa Rica, which I’m not too big on because I’ve been to that region two times. I do not want to be the person who is the “know it all” on a trip. I would like to go somewhere where I haven’t been but I’ve traveled extensively in Latin America and he has not. Cuba has come up, but I do not know if I can travel there anymore (he can go, since he is a citizen of Spain). HA! Just as I was typing this a coworker stopped by and started to talk to me about his weekend trip. Then, we talked about my potential trips, and he recommended Nicaragua.

Quick List for vacation:

  1. Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic – easy breezy resort trip. I’ve been there a few times, pretty nice (and cheap) accommodations
  2. Cancun, Mexico – resort trip. Laying on my big ass, sloring, and eating tacos are fun things for me. Maybe this time I can check out some culture.
  3. Limon, Costa Rica – adventure  vacation . . . maybe not.
  4. Nicaragua – adventure vacation . . . need to do more intel

That’s all for me.

Where in the Western Hemisphere would you visit multiple times?