Friday, April 24, 2009

You're in the wrong place


I'm now here:

Daddy is Tired

Come see me.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

A Sample Menu

Here's a sample of what I'm eating these days. I didn't bother putting any amounts (except for breakfast, which is pretty standard) because it will vary based on gender, weight, how much you work out, etc. But it's all reasonable portions, and is so healthy that it's hard to overeat on pretty much any of it. Anything labeled as a meat is actually a vegetarian version. I recommend Morningstar farms for most stuff, but for chicken breasts and tenders (unbreaded) I recommend Quorn.

I didn't put this in, but I also have been eating a couple of points worth of Weight Watcher's treats - cakes or ice cream - throughout the day because without sweets, why should I go on?

  • 1/2 to 2/3 cup egg beaters with onions, broccoli, and 2 tbsp parmesan
  • 1 or 2 strips Morningstar Farms bacon
  • 1/2 cup fat free cottage cheese or yogurt
  • Fruit

Snack (if I need it)
  • Fruit

  • Broccoli and cauliflower sauteed in vegetable broth and garlic
  • Chicken breast
  • Fat free yogurt
  • Fruit

  • 94% fat free popcorn
  • Fruit

  • Curry chicken (made with a sauce from a jar that I can't recall and I'm out of, but it's low fat mild curry and I add a little water to stretch it out; chicken pieces, garbanzos, lots of vegetables)
  • Zatarain's Caribbean Rice with chopped broccoli thrown in
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Green beans w/almonds (Green Giant steam in the bag ones)

Saturday, April 4, 2009

The End...Or Is it?

I realized that I should probably point out to my ones of reader that instead of posting here, I'm now posting every other day at Kristen's Shredheads site for Team Jillian.

In case you're really bored, you can read my other blog at Daddy Is Tired. we go!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Day 30 - The Reckoning (with pictures!)

At long last, the end has arrived - I've finished all 30 days of The 30 Day Shred. It is with great sadness that I realize, now that I am completely shredded, that I'll never need to work out again.

At least I'm pretty sure that's what Jillian said. I still can't hear most of what she says on the video because of the blood pounding right next to my eardrums.

Anyway, 30 days have come and gone, and I can totally feel the difference. I won't officially weigh in until tomorrow, but regardless of what the scale shows, I know my clothes are fitting better. I feel so much better about myself and how I look - dare I say, I even feel a little sexier? That's not really a socially acceptable word for guys to use, but screw that. Yeah, there's plenty of room for improvement, but I'm really proud of the progress I've made (you can click the pics to view them in all their glory, but I wouldn't necessarily recommend it):

March 4, 2009 - Nice crease across my gut

March 11, 2009 - A little better

March 24, 2009 - Hey, some definition showing up

April 3, 2009 - Some side view improvement!

I think I'm proudest of the abs, even though they don't really show up very well. Not that they're like Anita's abs (hello, can you say WOW?), but I've never, and I mean NEVER, had any sort of ab definition before because I've never enjoyed doing ab workouts enough to keep going. Yeah, it's a bit of a stretch to say I enjoy Jillian's ab workouts, but they really aren't all that horrible (now that I'm starting to see results). It's also amazing to be able to do pushups again, and situps, and more than a few jumping jacks without feeling like I'm going to keel over and die.

So at this point I'm looking forward to continuing with Team Jillian and seeing future results. Kristen and her Shredheads idea have been so inspiring to got me started, kept me going through March, and looks like it's going to keep me going through the April challenge. Who knows, maybe one day this will really become a habit!


Thursday, April 2, 2009

Day 29 - Almost There!

Okay, I may be almost there, but where the hell is that?

Tomorrow is Day 30 - Picture Day. I'm really looking forward to a side-by-side comparison of my before and after pics. I know I posted pics for Team Jillian yesterday, and I know there's been an improvement, but I still want to see things side by side. Heck, that's a big reason I was so good with the pizza last night - only one small slice, and then I had a lot of broccoli and some plain veg. chicken. It sucked at the time, but we're all about results here! Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love ya, tomorrow...

Today's workout was intense. I think it was more because I got too little sleep, not because I was pushing it too hard. I made it through almost everything without modifying...all but the mountain climbers and rock stars. Sorry knees, I'd like to keep you the way you are. But the walking plank/traveling pushups (hey, I spelled traveling correctly!) are still unmodified, so that's good. I still have NO idea why that strength series makes the sweat pour out. At least it feels good when it's over.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Day 28 - No Rest for the Wicked

Today was an EARLY shred. But now that it's over, I feel great. I took measurements for the April Challenge, and will post those over at the shred site. I made it through the walking planks and traveling pushups without modifying again. I have no idea why, but I sweat like a pig during the traveling pushups!

And why doesn't traveling have two "l"s in it? I keep having to fix that.

So...I'm off to drink water before I pass out. I sure do wish there were a magic weight loss and fitness pill.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Day 27 - No time to talk

Wow, today is busy. I'm getting ready for the Head to Head Battle of the Sexes Biggest Loser Style Weight Loss Challenge that starts on April 1st. Go Team Jillian!

Today's workout was good. Another tough Level 3, but I did all the walking plank and traveling pushups with no modifications. I didn't quite keep the pace on pushups, but they were still okay. My knees are starting to feel it, though. I really need better shoes, even though I've switched already. These cross trainers just aren't quite right for me.