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These notes are from last year (March 2013). One of the many tools that I brought into my toolbox was My Fitness Pal. 

I am loving this journey!  I am now consistently drinking 18 cups of water per day (6 of my water bottles).  I owe much of my consistency to the iPhone application My Fitness Pal.  It has a simple water cup tracker to help keep up with your hydration. It has a built-in bar code scanner now allows me to log things as I go, after the fact or even at the grocery store.

It is great.  I can actually scan items right at the grocery store and add them to my foods or a meal as zero servings and then put in what I actually eat when I do.  It is VERY convenient.  I enjoy weighing myself most mornings and understanding the body works on a cycle.  I also love that I can drink tons of water and it doesn’t stay with me.

2014 update:
What I eventually discovered was that I am most hydrated in the evening; that is typically when I weighed the most – after dinner / before bed. I figured out the daily cycle based upon weighing in at different times of the day when I was off work last year and in close proximity to a scale.

 

When I was regularly tracking my weight, I liked to use my morning weigh in after a bathroom break. I could measure without clothes, before I got dressed and it takes away many of the variables that provide uncertainty when tracking your weight. Things that leave doubt in your mind can steer you away from your goals. Find a private spot, weigh in naked and you eliminate the concern about whether your clothes weigh five pounds or a half pound; they are not a part of the equation.

I have learned so much. It helps to be a little obsessive about tracking what you are doing. What many people think is an unhealthy obsession can more aptly be termed LASER FOCUS.

 

By weighing in multiple times per day, at the same times each day, I discovered that you cannot rely on an individual weigh-in or snapshot to evaluate where you are in the process. My weight would fluctuate as many as SEVEN POUNDS during a single day or two.

Only by looking at weekly snapshots over several weeks can you see if you are trending up or down in weight.

Back to 2013:

My TapouT XT workouts 6 out of 7 days a week are extreme in their intensity and test my resolve, but the calories added to my daily food intake are worth the effort.  Plus the changes in my body are fun.  I am really starting to burn fat around the middle and I really didn’t think it was possible.  I had always just considered that the spare tire would remain no matter what I did…I guess I just hadn’t found the right thing yet.

Keep smiling,

Mark
@MochaVegan

Working Hard

I wrote this note last spring regarding how I was feeling trying to change my fitness level and overall health, entitled Day 20: I Wonder What They Think.

Last night was the 6th workout of my 3rd week in TapouT XT.  As I grunted and growled through Sprawl and Brawl on my garage floor, I thought of Monica Seles in a championship match and wondered who might be walking by outside.

I didn’t think it would happen.  I weighed in at 218.8 on day 1 and could barely limp downstairs since my right knee hurt so bad from the Pinnacle Peak run on Super Bowl Sunday morning with Craig.  218.8 pounds after a morning pit stop and wearing nothing but a sad look on my face.  I was still working my way through another crappy illness brought home for me from school by my kids.

The workout was a lesson in the ridiculous.

 

I struggled through the warm-up with my knee, but it complied eventually.  I don’t know how many times I exclaimed: “Seriously?!” during the workout while I tried to work past my still injured right shoulder and elbow and my general upper body weakness.

My push up(s) looked like I needed a Medic Alert necklace and someone to push the button for me.

I pressed on through the first workout.  My glimmer of hope rested in two things: I liked K-Train.  His approach appealed to me and there were portions of the workout that were designed to be more cardio than strength and, in these, I held my own.

I pledged to return for the second day looking forward to a challenging journey towards an eight pack stomach.  Seriously, is that really something ever proven visible in my family?  My equator measurement was 40.5″ that first morning.  How far towards the center of the earth will I have to go to find this mystical eight pack?  Must be WAY down there.

No more excuses.  Just honest effort and a LOT of sweat.

Through the first six workouts and onto the couch for my first rest day.  Seriously on the couch, bed rest-like, with my 9-year-old son home sick from school.  We watched Netflix and dozed a good portion of the day away while my wife, Lynn, home from her travels that day, entertained my 2 1/2-year-old, Michael.

The rest helped and the killer cold subsided gradually.  The family in general coughed less and I hit the second week with energy after seeing a half-inch slide off of my equator in a single week and feeling sore in places I didn’t know you could feel anything.

Think of how you could change things up in your daily routines.

Before TapouT XT

Day 1 Lizzy, take my picture before I start this workout series thing.

 

A year ago I started an exercise program that changed my life.

 

20130430 - Day 85 picture

Day 85 and I was feeling good. I went through the program AGAIN directly after the first 90 days doing my workouts in the garage in the Arizona summer.

After 90 days I was pretty happy with my progress.

I will tell the long version of this story another time, but suffice to say that something I read years ago in Younger Next Year about working out, pretty hard, six days a week for about an hour each day was what you needed to do each day for the rest of your life. During the periods of the last year when I held to that plan, I prospered and improved. During the lazier times, I slowly slid back toward a softer side of me…growth or decay. Think of it. You are either getting better or fading away. Remember Shawshank Redemption: “Get busy living or get busy dying.” You decide the direction you want to take. Just start moving, whatever you can do every day. Once you can, add more.

The name of the workout series is TapouT XT. Mr. Mike Karpenko and this series of workouts brought out things I did not know I had. My Facebook page relating to TapouT XT – mostly about how I felt at times.

Remember that money you put into self improvement, always pays you back in the long run.