Tuesday, December 13, 2011

100 Days of weight loss - continued.

My trusty Honda Accord (113K on the clock but paid for) was a little dirty but working just fine last Friday.  Then I took it in for some routine maintenance: an oil change and to fix a leaking air-conditioner inlet pipe.  I did not know the specifics in advance, all I knew was the air-con was kaput.  Got it back $500+ later, and now the rather alarming 'check engine' light comes on every time I start up. WTF?  So now I have to take it back there, listen to some inane apology, and have them fix something that was never an issue in the first place.  Shoddy service.  Why is it that one has come to expect it in the American workplace nowadays? 

But back to more pleasant things. 

It's amazing how quickly the body responds to a bit of TLC.  One day of avoiding excess calories from sugar and alcohol, and I'm down 2 pounds.  No I haven't just fallen off a digital scale.  I know it is mostly water weight lost overnight and I will eventually gain it back towards the end of the day.  Nonetheless it is nice to start with a bang!

It is very early days yet but I am 100% committed to make this program work: even went on an early run this morning due to a social obligation this evening!

Exercise for the day:
5 mile easy run with Leopold and Lewis.  High humidity so I was sweating and they were mouth-breathing big time.
45 minute workout with PT:  A few squats and lunges, lots of pushups (4 different types), chest presses, two other shoulder and chest exercises with belt fixed to a stationary resistance machine.  Upper arms and shoulders definitely fatigued. 

Breakfast: Steelcut oats with soy milk, half a banana; 1 slice whole wheat bread with Marmite.  For the B-12, of course.  Easiest way to prepare steel-cut oats?  Pre-toast 2 cups of steel-cut oats aka groats (not too $$$ when you buy it in bulk from Whole Foods) in the oven for 30 minutes or so and then cook it with plain water and 1 tsp salt in the pressure cooker for about 25 minutes. Voila.

Mid-morning Snack:  left-over edamame and corn
Lunch: Brown rice and Cuban black beans
Afternoon snack: Baked Asian tofu

Dinner will be at a country club tonight; I might not get much - if anything - to eat.  Maybe salad and rice.  Too many restaurants in this town assume that vegetarians  must have a lot of grease and cheese on anything: salad, pasta, whatever. Put more cheese on it, load up on the olive oil. Oh and don't forget the bacon. 

100 Days of weight loss: Day 2
Weight this morning:  171
Body fat percentage:  22% ugh


Anonymous said...

Most of your time and effort on abdominal exercise and abs workouts to try to flatten your stomach and bring out 6-pack abs is simply wasting your time from doing the correct workout programs that will actually reduce your body fat for good.

Bert said...

You are 100% correct. I know only too well that I have to reduce my body fat for good, in order to find my long-lost abs.