Tracking My Progress.

Recently I have been asked on several occasions how my weight loss is progressing and some people (in fact nearly all) are quite surprised when I say I have no idea.

They cannot quite grasp the fact that I am not allowing myself to be obsessed by my weight loss figures.

Don’t forget, the last time I was checking myself on a regular basis, I cocked up all of the figures to such a degree that I was convinced that some weeks I “put on” weight instead of “losing”. However, it turned out that I had actually made a complete mess of my figures all along and when I finally let professionals take care of it, the correct readings showed a loss of nearly one stone in weight! (I think it was 13lbs or 5.9kgs) To this end I believe it is wiser for me to allow myself to be measured at certain points of my body and weighed on the same scale all by the same person each time so we have an absolute reading and not  “Cameron’s interpretation”

Today I actually go for such a measuring session and hopefully the results will be as encouraging as last time with positive steps made so please look out for those results over the next couple of days. Once again I shall lay myself bare as before and all of those who have been wondering how I am getting on will be able to see for themselves and decide whether I am achieving or failing in my bid to create a better me…

On another subject, yesterday saw me return to the Doctors surgery for my B12 injection. As I have explained before the B12 is a vitamin we produce with our gut but since I have drastically reduced the size of mine, I am required to be artificially boosted by injection. These injections effectively raise energy levels and although I had a series of 5 booster shots shortly after the operation and I found a little increase in my “mojo”, I believe that because I was so badly depleted and was still recovering from the effects of the operation, most of the benefits were lost in my general well being. This time around however I am looking forward to a good boost as my levels should be a little higher than at the start of my previous course thus giving me that extra “boost” I am hoping for.

Obviously only time will tell but I shall certainly keep you up to date with how I am feeling and if the magic serum has done its job. I can say that today I am feeling good but that may simply be down to healthy eating, regular fitness sessions and the fact that the sunshine has been belting out (that was unfortunately until yesterday when I posted about it – and whenever you do something daft like that, you know it was bound to get dull and overcast…..)

Still onto today. Some good old positive visualisations and the weather will no doubt improve again, taking us away from the usual British Summer Time and back into more Mediterranean climes… 😉

FOOD DIARY:Wednesday 1st July 2015

Qty Measure Food Calories (gr) Protein (gr) Carbs (gr) Fat (gr)
Breakfast  1  175mls  Phd Diet Whey Protein  91  17  2.75  1.4
 1  Medium  Lean Pork Sausage  111  10  4  8
 1  Small Smoked Rasher Bacon  140  32  0  20
 1  Large  Poached Egg  82  7.8  0  5.6
Lunch
 1  160gms  Piri Piri Chicken Breast  200  40.48  3.2  2.72
Dinner  1  150gms  Pork Mince Ragu  289  41.7  10.2  7.5
 1  60gms  Shiitake Mushroom  30  3.3  2  0
Snacks  1  50gms Quinoa and Greek Feta Salad  49.5  2.1  5.5  1.75
 1  50gms Garlic Prawns  48  8.6  0  1.4
Totals  1040.5  162.98  27.65  48.37
Water  3  500mls  Fizzy Mineral Water  0  0  0  0

Because the day this diary comes from was a rest day, I have relied mainly on Protein based meals, keeping the Carbohydrates as low as possible and looking these readings I am inclined to think that at a ratio of nearly 6 to 1 in Proteins favour, I smashed it 🙂

So it was back to training after my rest day and I was feeling good. I managed my usual set in and cardio in the gym, doing my best to keep up the pace thankful for a slight drop in the heat only when I was in the gym.

  1. 3 x 30 Reps 25kg Abductor machine
  2. 3 x 30 Reps 25kg Adductor machine
  3. 3 x 30 Reps 30kg Abdominal Crunch machine
  4. 3 x 30 Reps 30kg Lower Back machine
  5. 3 x 30 Reps 25kg Cable Row
  6. 3 x 30 Reps 20kg Chest Press
  7. 3 x 30 Reps 25kg Pec Deck
  8. 3 x 30 Reps 20kg Tricep Pull Down
  9. 2 x 30 Reps 6kg (each arm) Bicep Dumbell Curl
  10. 1 x 50 Reps 6kg (each arm) Bicep Dumbell Curl
  11. 3 x 30 Standing Oblique 20kg Barbell Twists (15 each side)
  12. 3 x 30 Standing Russian Oblique Weighted Bar Twists (15 each side)

Add these strength training figures to my cardio of 19 minutes bike at level 3, 5 minutes stepping at level 5 and 6 minutes cross training at level 5 and we ended the session with a Polar H7 reading of:

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The dog walk was taken care of by my Mother as the temperature drop was cool enough to allow her and Archie to go for a nice Septuagenarian stroll and remain cool all the walk long. This meant the end of the day brought a reading from the Jawbone Up 24 of a slightly less than sterling 4036 steps.

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But even with the slightly less steps taken, I did find myself making some repairs in the loft of my Mothers house so because of the accumulated heat, was able to treat it like a sauna session which has all helped in the lead up to my next weights and measures session which is happening today in the gym at 11am.

Wish me luck!

‘Till tomorrow,

Stay out of the fridge.

7 thoughts on “Tracking My Progress.

  1. edmooneyphotography says:

    Well done my friend, Im finding your regular posts an inspiration as I know who difficult the battle can be. Im currently down to just under 21 st. I used to do a weekly weight check but after the first few weeks of loss I started putting weight on, which was very disheartning. On the plus side it turned out that the six pounds I had gained in one week was actual muscle mass 🙂
    So now I rely on the various body measurements to track my progress, its a great feeling when you have to buy a smaller belt to keep then trousers up! Every few weeks my kettlebell coach weighs me on the tanita scales to check Hydration, Muscle ass, Visceral fat etc.
    Thanks for sharing, and keep up the good fight 🙂

    Eddie

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    • Worlds Biggest Fridge Magnet says:

      Thanks Eddie, very kind of you to comment and share.
      I know I have had the gastric sleeve operation but it really is only a tool that was used to kick start my life into this current phase. As long as I watch what I eat and I exercise regularly then I am (at present and fingers crossed 😉 ) pretty sure of losing weight each month until my target has arrived.
      The one thing I am enjoying is getting so much mobility back in my arms. I can once again scratch my own back and I even though that is the simplest of things, means so much to me!
      Keep up the exercising, this kettle weights won’t move themselves…!

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      • edmooneyphotography says:

        My pleasure, its all about motivation and state of mind. In my teens I was super fit, did loads of sport and Martial arts, even had a six pack. Now I got a keg and stuggle with shoe laces. I remember my first kettlebell class last year, I nearly passed out. I guess the mind had different ideas to my body 🙂
        Although my strenght has improved massivly, I still cant run to save my life, but that will come with time 🙂

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  2. sleeveforme22 says:

    I love looking at my weight loss as percentages. For example, what % of my excess weight have I lost? Figuring that out always puts things in a good perspective. I love the idea of having one person measure you too. I never did take measurements because I always felt I wouldn’t do them right.

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    • Worlds Biggest Fridge Magnet says:

      That is a good idea. If I do that then at just over 25 stone at my heaviest I have lost 6 stone. Now my target weight on the charts is 13 stone so I would have to lose 12 stone to get there (although I think it is nearer to 14 stone) this means I have already lost 50% of my excess weight when percentaged against my highest weight.
      If we go from the date of the surgery I was just over 23 stone. This would mean my total excess weight loss would be calculated at 10 stone so that works out to me (now I am just over 19 stone) having lost 40% of my excess weight. Given the sleeves is only good to 60% (which I don’t actually believe when you add in healthy eating and healthy activities) I only need to lose two more stone and I have achieved what the charts say I will, yet I know I have at least another 5 stone to come off….!
      All very interesting stuff so thanks for the new perspective!

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      • sleeveforme22 says:

        Exactly! I found looking at it that way really helped me see progress while also not letting the remaining weight I need to lose seem like such a big number or overwhelm me. Congrats on your awesome progress!

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