I‘ve got a couple different kinds of results for you today, so let’s get right to them.
Donations going to Japan
After the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, I pledged half of my blog income would get donated to relief. Now, I have to preface this by saying my blog is young, and March was actually the first month I made any solid loot. It’s not much, but I am thrilled to send $50 to the Salvation Army’s Japan Earthquake Relief. I was going to donate to the Red Cross, but they already have $120 million. Then I thought about World Vision, but they also have enough for their 2 year plan. The Salvation Army is still accepting donations, and they’re well known and trusted. Thank you again for your support for my Japan pledge!
March Challenge results
This challenge was not as successful as the Japan fundraiser. I did learn a few things during the month, though, so I’m happy to report about it. The good news is I lost weight. It was only 3 pounds, but each one counts. I also lost over 2 inches in March. I’ve learned a few things in the process.
Water is important
We know that water is important, but it’s more important than we realize. They tell you to drink at least 64oz in a day, but the days I drank more I lost more. It helped with expulsion (high-protein diet = difficulty in the bathroom). I also can tell when I’m thirsty (when most people realize they’re thirsty, they’re already dehydrated). I’ve also realized I can use water as an appetite suppressant when I want to eat but know I don’t need to.
MED is real
When I first heard of the minimum effective dose, I was skeptical. I found out – at least for exercise (and tanning) – it’s legit. I did a little over an hour of exercise all month, and I feel stronger. My wife has told me my muscles are bigger. And the proof: I was able to increase my set! And I did it without ridiculous soreness like I used to experience at the gym. As an added bonus, I did it at home with stuff I already had (I don’t own a kettle bell yet)
Counting calories alone isn’t enough
This one could get a little controversial. If you’ve read The 4-Hour Body, you know that calories in/calories out is touted as a fantasy. Yet we all know people who use that method to lose weight. I was curious how much I was eating because we’re told in the book that we don’t need to count calories. Eating what I wanted to and tracking later showed me that my days were coming in around 1700 calories. So mathematically, I should have lost around 13 lbs (I used myfitnesspal with a 10 lb goal). What do I think the reasons are?
- I ate stuff other than protein, legumes, and vegetables at times I shouldn’t have
- I didn’t spend an hour at the gym every day
I think you can eat whatever you want and lose weight by calorie restriction. But I also think you have to work out a lot more. Only doing the three strength exercises in the book is enough, but only if you’re also following the food guidelines exactly. That’s my main goal for April.
Latest weekly results
Now, in terms of weekly results, I am frustrated. I continued this week doing things the way I was supposed to. I do feel bloated and backed up today, so hopefully some of that will be relieved soon (I’m going to eat lots of kimchi and drink lots of mate). I also don’t know why my inches aren’t moving in the right direction.
Last time I reported it, my weight was 291.6.
Today, I weigh 291.6. That’s a change of 0 lbs.
Last week my total inches were 209.
Total: 209.75, for a change of +.75 inches.
Overall changes since Dec 22, 2010: From 309.8 down to 291.6 (-18.2 lbs). From 218 inches down to 209.75 (-8.25 in.).
You can hold me accountable by following my progress on my fitness tracker spreadsheet.
Plans for the coming week
Now that the weather is much nicer and the sun is out longer, my wife and I will be spending more time outdoors. We are walking in the evenings, and next week we’ll start training for a couple races I want to do this year. I’ve already missed the 10K I’ve done four times, but there’s a 5K in May that I’m excited about that ends with a 100m crawl through the mud! The second is a half marathon in November. I keep thinking I have plenty of time, but my friends remind me that 13 miles is a long way to run! So I’ll be training for the 5K, and then I’ll just keep going for the half marathon. More on these things to come.
How about you? How is your progress? What challenges or victories have you had recently in your journey? Please let me know; I’d love to hear from you!