Heh… the last time I wrote a post on this blog was in August of last year. I was really motivated but then it just fizzled out and too many things got in the way. I did a half-hearted try at following the slow carb diet from the 4 Hour Body book, but that didn’t last very long. I don’t really know why I stopped. A few minutes ago I took out my measuring tape and compared it to the numbers I posted here the last time. On a whim I decided to get back to posting about this. Here are the numbers.
Height: 180 cm (5’11’)
Weight: 109 kg (240.3 lbs)
Hips: 117 cm (46.1 in)
Waist: 107 cm (42.1 in)
Chest: 116 cm (45.7 in)
Left thigh: 64 cm (25.2 in)
Right thigh: 65 cm (25.6 in)
Left bicep: 37 cm (14.6 in)
Right bicep: 38 cm (15 in)
One thing that became obvious to me was that I had measured my thighs wrong. I had used the wrong end of the tape. I did it right this time and concluded that these are the numbers my thighs should have been at last year. That means that my thighs haven’t magically shrunk by A LOT.
I’m encouraged by the numbers because I haven’t really made an effort to eat healthy this year. It’s been the same old thing where I limit myself sometimes and go nuts with too much shitty food on other days. A mixed bag, as usual. But I’m still a little bit smaller than in August.
I talked to my brother about motivation and weight loss a few days ago. He had some clothes that were too big for him so he gave them to me. A few running shorts and shirts, a suit jacket and a complete suit. The suit and suit jacket are too small for me right now, but they are definitely within reach. I’ve also gone through some stuff in my own closet just to motivate me. I’ve consciously kept a lot of things that have been too small for me for a couple of years just because I want to have that as motivation. Obviously it hasn’t worked… yet. I don’t know how to get to that point where I’m really going but I think it’s because I have quite a few goals inside my head that I want to reach and sometimes it becomes overwhelming for me. I should just simplify my approach, which is easier said than done, but I have to try.
I’m putting up a few loose ground rules for myself. They won’t be hard rules because I can bullshit my way past those anyway. That means that if I break them here and there it won’t be a big deal, but if I do it consistently I’m going to guilt trip myself.
– No more candy or snack binges. Sometimes I buy way too much shit that tastes good the first few bites and then I associate the rest with guilt even if it also tastes good. So if I’m buying crap I’ll just buy less of it and ride that first wave I get from it.
– More cooking from scratch. I’ve always been pretty good at cooking most of my own food. The last six months I’ve gone back to a lot of premade meatballs and other stuff like that. On my birthday I got a grill pan and a wok pan and I want to use them for more proper cooking because it’s fun and it also tastes better.
– Find good sites and apps that help me on my way. I’ve kinda sorta used fatsecret.com and Runkeeper. I should use them more. I might go back to using Flickr for food pictures again. It’s just a matter of routines.
– More casaual runs. I went out on my first run of the season a couple of days ago. Going for another one tonight. I mapped out my route and apparently it’s something like 3.1 km. Another variant that I’ve done a bunch of times is roughly 5.2 km. So I’m doing the 3k run a few times until my legs are going and I can do the 5k for a while.
So yeah… motivation while keeping things simple. That’s the key, I think. Gotta get into that suit and all the other clothes in my closet, right?
This summer I’ve been dabbling in something called the Slow Carb Diet. I haven’t adopted it fully because I didn’t want to make an overnight change that I wouldn’t be able to sustain. Now I know that I can do it long term because I’ve tried all the stuff that it entails. Then this month I kind of fell out of it and went back to eating fairly crappy.
I’ve been reading the book The 4 Hour Body by Tim Ferriss and he talks a lot about how tracking leads to results. It doesn’t have to be counting exact calories, but as long as you do something you get better results. Something as simple as taking a photo of your meals helps you get more aware of what you eat and how much. So here’s the plan for me. I’ve connected my pretty much unused Flickr account to this blog. I intend to take a picture of every meal that I eat, even if it’s just a snack. I haven’t made up my mind on whether or not I will upload pictures of myself at this stage. I might later on, but for now I’ll settle for measurements. These will be taken every week or more frequently.
According to Tim Ferriss I should be measuring the following things: Hips across the navel, waist at the widest point, mid-thigh and mid-bicep. I’m doing those and I’ve also added chest across the nipples. I’m taking all of the measurements in a relaxed way, except for the biceps, where I bend the elbow but don’t flex the muscle. So here they are.
Height: 180 cm (5’11”)
Weight: 111 kg (244.2 lbs)
Hips: 119 cm (46.8 in)
Waist: 111 cm (43.7 in)
Chest: 118 cm (46.5 in)
Left thigh: 84 cm (33.1 in)
Right thigh: 85 cm (33.5 in)
Left bicep: 37 cm (14.6 in)
Right bicep: 39 cm (15.4 in)
The measurement that is the most interesting to me right now is the waist, since I usually wear 38 inch jeans.
Alright, so this is the start. I already had some success losing weight this summer doing this, but that was on no exercise whatsoever and with only a cursory knowledge of the Slow Carb Diet from reading a quick rundown on a website. Now I’m armed with the book and I’ve started doing some running and floorball during the weeks. I’m also going to review what I eat to make sure I don’t do something stupid that way.