Sunday, January 26, 2014
The Official Weigh In: So Far So Good
This morning, I weighed in at 257.8 lbs. Down 28.2 lbs. from the 286 lbs. I weighed 12 weeks ago, but only 0.2 lbs from last Saturday. After experiencing rapid weight lost when I first started my new program, my weight loss has slowed significantly. That was to be expected.
I should point out that I put together my program for fat loss in consultation with my family physician and a professional kinesiologist. For anyone setting out on a fitness quest I highly recommend doing so. First, it is very helpful to get professional advice along the way concerning nutrition and exercise. Second, your test results give you an empirical measure of your progress. Presently, I am being monitored through blood tests and standard fitness measures. Since I have already established my baseline measures, I am looking forward to my first verification of my progress, and I also look forward to sharing them with you.
In a nutshell, my program is focused on three variables: increasing my daily activity level, following an exercise program, and sticking to a diet that severely restricts my consumption of fast carbs. More precisely, I try to walk at least 10,000 steps a day, I follow a workout regime from The High Performance Handbook by Eric Cressey, and I make a point of not eating anything high in starch (bread, pastries, potatoes, and rice) or that contains added sugar. I'll have more to say about each component.
So far, so good. I have gotten off to a very good start. Pyschologically, a fast start increases my motivation to stick with the program, knowing full well that I'm in this for the long haul.
The other thing that I find very important is to recognize that when we have accomplished something important, we need to give ourselves credit for the accomplishment. Too often, it is our inner critic that rains on our parade. The effects of positive thinking are cumulative, and I think that regardless of whether the impact of the act is large or small, making the habit of giving ourselves credit when credit is due creates a positive attitude from which we can draw strength later on when anticipated results don't appear as quickly as we would want them too.
In closing, I just want to say that I rocked my world over the last twelve weeks and I know I can do it again.