Weekly Update - 10/28/2007

October 28, 2007 · 11 comments

  • Diet starting weight: 295
  • Week starting weight: 275
  • Today’s weight: 274
  • Week weight loss: 1 lb
  • Total weight lost: 21 lbs

It certainly feels good to be able to post a loss again, but I’m still not down to where I was a couple of weeks ago which is a little disappointing.  Still, a loss is a loss and I have the graph moving in the right direction again.  I really want to see the 260s soon.

Things I did well this week:

  • Followed my strength training plan every day.
  • Spent an hour playing soccer.
  • Officially started week 3 of the couch to 5k on my cardio plan (but I didn’t get the full week in).

Things I did not so well this week:

  • I didn’t get my full cardio program in.
  • I had a foot long sub at Subway for dinner one night on the way home from work.  I’d like to say that I at least was somewhat good and had a turkey sub or something but I can’t even say that - I had the real bad for you Spicy Italian.  And Fritos.
  • I took my daughter to a college volleyball match, which was great fun.  But then we stopped at a Denny’s at 10:00pm and I had a sandwich with fries and a shake.  I’m glad we went out afterwards but I should have stuck to decaf coffee and just had a few spoonfuls of her sundae.  That would have been enough.
  • I’m doing great drinking water when at work but not when at home.  Need to do better at home.  In fact here it is 7:25am as I am writing this, and I have been up since 4:30, and I have not yet had anything to drink.

While the results on the scale weren’t as good as I was hoping I did lose another inch on my waist, down to 51 from a starting 53.  The next two weeks should be good ones for me - no travel this week and the week after I’ll be on vacation (staying home winterizing the house and taking care of the kids while my wife is at a conference). 

260s here I come!

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kathyj333 October 29, 2007 at 9:16 am

Hey, you’re still losing. And that’s a good thing.

Sarah October 29, 2007 at 2:53 pm

Great job on the loss and good luck making it to the 260′s! You’ll be there before you know it!

Diana the Scale Junkie October 29, 2007 at 3:33 pm

Congrats on the pound. You are indulging and still losing thats a great sign. This week is a new week, the 260′s are just around the corner!

JoLynn Braley October 29, 2007 at 9:58 pm

Hi John, congratulations on your loss, not only on the scale, but also in inches, WTG! :)

Al October 30, 2007 at 10:59 am

You are doing very well. I would like to add you to my blogroll because we are close in weight, and I am motivated to succeed thanks to your efforts.

Sarah November 7, 2007 at 1:44 am

Hi John,

I came across your blog while looking for info on overweight people playing soccer. I am 32 and about 75 pounds overweight. I have a chance to be on a recreational soccer team and I think it could change my life. I could get in shape, make friends, build confidence. But I’ve never played soccer and I’m afraid it will be too hard, I’ll fail, people will laugh, etc. I do go to the gym a few times a week, so I’m not totally UNfit, I just don’t know if I’m biting off more than I can chew. What do you think?

john - from fat to fit November 7, 2007 at 7:19 am

Sarah - I think that when you have an opportunity to get in shape, make friends and build confidence that you have to accept a little risk and just GO FOR IT!

If this is truly a recreational team, and there is an understanding that it is open to people who have never played soccer before, then I believe you should be welcomed with open arms.

I’ll tell you right now that you will be getting the workouts of your life - soccer will really keep your heartrate up. Your job, once you learn the game and figure out your role in it, will be to carefully monitor your heart rate during the practices, scrimages and games, and to adapt accordingly. When I played in a game with a bunch of 10 year olds I needed to take breaks and since we were not substituting I needed to do it while playing the game, so I walked sometime instead of ran. That was ok in the game, and it should be ok if you are in a real rec league.

I would be open with your team from the beginning - you are looking to learn a lifetime sport, have fun, and get some good exercise in.

Soccer is like any other sport where all it takes is making a good play or two and you’ll be hooked.

Good luck!

Sarah November 8, 2007 at 1:41 am

Thanks, John! I sent an e-mail to the leader today telling her to put me on the roster! My next step is to buy some shoes and a soccer ball and practice dribbling. Thanks for your support. :)

Sally Parrott Ashbrook November 8, 2007 at 11:34 am

I love the support you offered Sarah here, John!

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