Saturday, March 14, 2015

Feeling it...

The one great thing of eating healthy and getting a good night's rest and no partying is that Saturday mornings you feel so awesome.

My morning started with a couple of meetings that took me from 9 am - 12:30 pm. For some reason I find that weekends are really great work days for me. I'm not sure why other than it's very quiet time or I just feel I'm getting ahead of the game for the following week.

After those calls I headed to the gym. Something was pulling me to go work out. It's like I have my old training work ethic back.

I do know one of the motivations is to gain more muscle as it helps get your metabolism up and help burns fat.

Today's weight training session was the hardest I've had in a long time from memory. This would be my 4th session this month and I had no strength. Right from the beginning on the lat pull downs with my normal weight settings it felt heavy.

It was a struggle. Not that I didn't mind it. I knew when you really have to work through it you are getting great benefit. My upper body was not the only struggle, it was lower body too. It was a whole body struggle.

After this session I felt I really did something. I felt sore. My body felt like it had a good workout. There was no mailing it in on this one. Even for the rest of the day and night my body felt like I worked out hard.

I really like that feeling. I'm getting used to it again. I feel like an athlete again. There is something about shuffling a little around the house or feeling the burn a bit as I walk up or down the stairs. It's a feeling that makes you feel like you still alive.

There was moment today that it just popped into my mind as I was shuffling to the kitchen that I know others my age are not feeling be after affects of a good workout. I was thinking that it wasn't that long ago that I had all but lost the memory of this feels and how gratifying it is to feel like you are doing something physically good for you.

When I got home my next stop was to do my weight loss hypnosis. I had no time before my meetings today and I didn't want to procrastinate going to the gym. I figured it would be a great post workout thing to do.

I was right. It was the most relaxing hypnosis session I've had since I started. At one point I almost drifted into a sleep. I think it was from not having to think about work, or my workout and doing it post workout my body was ready for the rest. It was really an enjoyable session.

My weight has been coming down slowly and to keep motivated I went to the web to see what does 3 pounds of fat look like? I've basically lost 3 pounds since on weight watchers. If I look at my high in early February I've lost about 7 lbs. But the 3 pounds I've lost in the last two weeks I'm most proud off. I earned every ounce of weight loss.

When I saw what three pounds looks like I had two thoughts. The first was that losing 3 pounds is a decent amount of fat. My second through was holy crap, I've gained 20 lbs, that's a lot of weight to have gained.

Mentally I know I'm going to be getting down to my old weight. It's certain in my mind. The question is not if it will happen, the question is how long will it take to happen. I'd really like to see it happen in less than 2 months but I think it may take 3 months.

The biggest reason it takes so long is my age. I was reading articles about weight loss as you get older and most say it's near impossible. You lose muscle, you lose testosterone and you metabolism slows down.

I remember dropping weight for Ironman Cozumel. I got down to 188 lbs and it was the toughest thing I ever did. It took about 66 hours of training, no beer and total eating healthy for 30 days to drop 12 lbs. I vowed I wouldn't gain that weight back because I didn't think I ever had it in me again to dedicate myself to work that hard to lose weight.

Now not only did I gain the weight back, I gained even more. When I think about it. I got to 210 lbs and if I can get down to 180 lbs that would be a 30 lb weight loss. That's insane. How did I let myself go that far.

This time around it's not as painful. I'm learning to eat properly and with portion control. I'm not going to bed hungry and I'm not beating the hell out of myself with tons of training. This is just a slow steady process. It's a stay the course. It's kind of a reverse to gaining weight. You gain weight slowly and steady and now I'm losing weight slowly and steady.

Even though I'm down only about 3 pounds in 2 weeks I am most proud of these three pounds than any other weight loss I've ever had. Strange but true. It's like I value my weight loss more than I ever have because I'm really earning it.

As a final comment it was the first time I really realized my body is a little bigger than it was. I tried on one of my favorite t-shirts today and the minute I put it on it felt like I had it on backwards. It didn't hang like it once did. I give it another 30 days and it will feel much better.

Weights - 40 minutes
203.2 lbs.

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