Archive for April 23, 2007

I like breaking up my long term goal of losing 45lbs over several months into two-week sections- maybe it is my lack of patience, I don’t know.  The two-week segments allow me a time to reflect on what is working and what isn’t.  Moreover, if I make one of those big mistakes (eating a whole pizza) a new beginning is never more than two weeks away.  And so today, yet again, my weight loss journey begins again.

Today I began the first week of a larger three week test.  How much more might I lose if I ran immediately after my resistance workouts?  That is what I aim to find out this week.

Not surprisingly, I was totally exhausted after my run today.  The workout itself was hard enough, with plenty of sprints, squats, bench presses, etc.  When I began running I felt certain that I couldn’t finish.  However, once I had pushed through the first five minutes my attitude and my body felt much better.  I cruised in at fifteen minutes- not pushing hard, but still out of breath.

I think this week will be fruitful.  At least, I am hoping as much.

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I opened my Men’s Health magazine yesterday only to read an interesting and workout altering factoid.  Apparently, a study in Japan found that if you run immediately after your resistance training session you burn TWICE as many calories. Now, I have also heard (although I don’t know of any study to confirm this) that if you run first thing in the morning before eating you can burn 300% more calories.

So, how about putting it to the test?

Over the next three weeks I will be conducting a fitness experiment.  My body will be the lab rat.

Week 1: Three resistance training sessions with a run following immediately after.

Week 2: Run first thing in the morning.  Each run will take place on a day when no resistance training is scheduled.

Week 3:  If possible, both training and run will take place immediately after waking up and before breakfast.  I really hope I don’t pass out during either activity.

When all is said and done we can compare weight and inches lost.  Admittedly, the more weight you lose, the harder it seems to lose weight.  So, I think weeks two and three will need some kind of handicap.  Maybe spot them a pound or two?  Let the experiment begin.

In the beginning I asked how much change could be accomplished in just two weeks. The answer? Well, you are about to find out.

Weight: 186.6; Waist= 37 1/2 inches

And today?

Weight: 182.2; Waist= 36 inches

So that means over the last two weeks I lost 4.4lbs and 1 1/2 inches from my spare tire- not to mention unmeasured fat from my face, second tire, and legs.

And now the pictures that show the weight lost. I will post here my very first before pictures and my newest pictures (from this morning). If you want to compare the newest pictures with those from the beginning of this two week process just click here.

As always, old pictures are on your left, new pics are on your right.

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So what’s next?

Another two week challenge sounds good to me.