Change Up

At the end of last week, I made a couple changes. On a whim I did leg raises instead of situps and walking lunges instead of squats. The difficult and intensity was surprising and every day my legs and abs have been extremely sore. Because of this, I have decided that I will switch between my normal workout and replacing with leg lifts and lunges on a regular basis, to keep spreading the workout around to different muscles and keeping my body working hard.

Today I was excited to find that I am down another 1.2 pounds putting me at 188.2 pounds total. I am still very behind on my weight loss goals overall since I had some weeks that went up instead of down, but I am excited to have two weeks in a row where I lost at least a full pound. My health eating for lunches has continued to stay pretty strong, and I think that has been a big part of it.

This week I can tell is going to be a bit of a struggle already. Since my legs have been so sore, I opted out of working out Monday and Tuesday morning. Luckily I squeezed a workout in this afternoon so that I am not a full two days behind. But I will be pretty busy Friday, and then I will be visiting a friend all weekend. Which means I will need to workout Wednesday, Thursday, and then find time Friday, or workout over the weekend while I am visiting my friend. Both of which will be difficult. But I am going to do my best to make it happen.

As far as my videos go, I was proud of myself for rerecording my video on candle charts. In addition, I made a couple of edits to my board game videos and posted my “How to Play Exploding Kittens” video. Making that my first official youtube video. Now I just need to make sure I make another video this week as well. Check out the video below!

What A Week

The end of last week going into this week was a challenge. I have had trouble getting a full nights rest, which has made working out in the morning a challenge. This caused me to miss a couple of morning workouts. I am proud to say that it has not caused me to fall behind. Instead, I forced myself to come home and do my exercise when I got home from work.

Not only that, but this weekend was labor day weekend and I spent it at my girlfriends family cottage in northern Wisconsin. This tends to be a place with lots of food and alcohol. I also thought I was going to go on that trip with only three workouts for the week completed. But I Saturday morning, I powered through and quickly did my fourth workout before leaving. That workout plus trying to limit the negative foods and drinks I consumed on the trip, allowed me to get through this holiday weekend, not only avoiding weight gain but actually successfully losing my pound for the week!

We did not come back until Monday afternoon, and sadly I used the trip as an excuse not to do my workout on Monday morning. My sleep troubles have carried into this week as well. With that, my morning workouts have continued to struggle and so I failed to work out Tuesday and Wednesday morning. However, today I did my workout after work. To add to it, my girlfriend was over and just for fun, she climbed on my back for my squats.

When we first decided to have her on my back, I did not expect to be able to do very many. But surprisingly, it went really well, and I was able to power through them almost as quickly as I normally do. This makes me wonder if I should be planning to add some sort of weight or add another challenge to my daily squats to ensure I continue to challenge my body. But for now, I am just proud of myself for being able to do it.

Tomorrow I plan to get going on at least one video. Hopefully one of my board game videos, but I would be happy with a cryptocurrency video as well. No news on my stretching. I might have to look into better ways to gain flexibility because my regular stretching does not seem to be making much progress.

Looking forward to hearing from you. What are the goals that you are trying to accomplish? What should my next goal be? Is there something I could be doing better? Let me know!

Holding Strong

Recommitting seems to have worked so far. It helped that yesterday when I weighed myself I was back to 190.6 pounds. This is not an overall improvement, but it is an improvement from last week.

After this morning I was worried that I was going to fall behind again on my workout, because I was running late this morning and did not get to work out. Instead, because of my recommitment, I chose to do my workout this evening after work. It would have been so easy to just say, “I will just do it tomorrow morning, and then do one this weekend.” But it is easy to say that today and then tomorrow give another reason why I need to put it off again. So I put my foot down and did it this afternoon.

It felt good and put a little fire in my belly to keep at it. I am confident that I will be able to finish the week out strong. Along with that, I made a cryptocurrency video yesterday about how to read candles on a chart. It was a short and simple one, and I think I will be redoing it because I repeat myself and ramble a lot, but I am still proud of myself for taking the time to make it. I will try to redo it either tomorrow or Friday so that I still have a completed one by the end of the week.

In addition to that I have come up with a possible way to keep my cryptocurrency videos relevant and have almost endless material. I am going to start looking into the white papers of different cryptocurrencies and giving a basic overview and review of it, to help people quickly decide what they think of the coin. This will both help others and improve my overall knowledge of the industry.

Thanks for following along with me. I would love to hear what people think in the comments below. Let me know if you have suggestions for new goals, topics, or support for the ones I already have. Also, tell me what goals you are trying to accomplish and how it is going for you.

Recommitting

I have been struggling. As I mentioned last time, I am way behind on my videos for both cryptocurrency and board games. I made zero progress on them last week. In addition to that, I gained a pound back last week. To make it even worse I only worked out 2 times instead of my planned four times last week. Obviously this is a lot of failures, and the most failures all at once that I have had since the very beginning. It goes without saying that I am very disappointed in myself.

With that being said, I believe it is time for me to recommit myself. I may be down but I am not out. This week I am recommitting myself to accomplish all of my original goals. I will work out the full 4 times, I will make at least one of the two videos, I will eat veggies with each lunch. I refuse to let myself fall out of my workout rhythm completely, and I refuse to give up on my videos.

It won’t be easy, and I know I am going to start making excuses again, but I am not going to give in. This week I WILL power through and accomplish all of my goals. No ifs, ands, or buts. I need to be accountable to myself and to my followers on here. Today, is the new beginning of my new beginning, and I am going to achieve my goals. Period.

Finding Balance

As far as my workouts are going, I feel very accomplished. I have kept up with them, had no problems adding the fourth workout into my weekly total. In addition, I was struggling with my jumps for my jump rope but realized that the part of the rope that was inside the handle was getting caught and not letting it spin. This meant that every 15 or so jumps, the rope would get wound up and then I would catch it on my foot. I fixed it so that it does not get caught anymore, and now I can do 100 jumps in a row with no trouble, meaning I upped my jumps to 200.

I have a feeling I did well on weight loss, but I don’t know for sure because I forgot to weigh myself on Tuesday with the scale at work. I did weigh myself at home with my scale. It says I am down a few more pounds but I do not trust its accuracy. Unfortunately, I have some special cases this week, and so I will not be in the office to weigh myself again until next Tuesday.

It feels great to be succeeding with all of the weight loss and exercise, but as you may notice, I am still slacking in some areas. This week is almost over, and it looks like it will be the second week in a row where I did not make a single video for either my cryptocurrency videos or my board game videos. It is unlikely I will make these videos up before the end of the week because I will be out of town all weekend. Not only that, but I have not edited or posted any of the videos that I have already finished. Then, on top of that, you might have noticed that my blog posts have been pretty scarce, even though I do not have a set amount I am supposed to be posting.

With all of this in mind, I figure I need to find some balance. I do not want to only succeed in one goal and then fail at the rest. They are not all directly related since I do my workouts in the morning and my videos in the afternoons. But, I think I need to get more committed to my videos and blog. One of my first thoughts is to set up some form of punishment if I do not complete my tasks. Not sure what that punishment would be yet, but my first thought is donating money or giving it away to something. Especially something I don’t like or support. I will let you know when I decide for sure.

The final thing I want to mention is my stretching. I have not mentioned it much because I do not seem to be making much progress. I do my stretching, but at the start of my stretch, I am exactly where I started originally. By the time I am done stretching I am a lot closer than I thought. My thought is that I will add a stretching session in before I go to bed each night, making it two stretches every workout day, and at least one every day. I figure this will cut down on the amount of team between stretching.

Turning Frustration into Motivation

Last week I was pretty down about all of my failings. But a failure one day does not need to be the nail in the coffin on your goals. Instead, I used my frustration with those failings to motivate me to have my best week yet. Thursday I followed through and recorded not two, but three videos. I recorded the rules to card game Exploding Kittens, redid my video for Mascarade, and a video on how to buy, sell, and transfer cryptocurrencies on the crypto exchange, Coinbase.

Friday I had a pretty busy day after work and was only able to make one video. But overall that still added up to 4 total over just two days. Then, to add to this success, I made a “What is Blockchain” video, “What is Mining” video, and a “How to Play Blend Off” video. Adding three more videos for good measure. In addition, I started setting up my youtube channels so that I can actually post these videos and hopefully start getting some youtube followers. (The videos are not live yet, but will be soon).

As for my fitness goals, I bought a weighted jump rope and added it into my workout routine. I now have been doing 100 jumps with the jump rope in addition to the rest of my workout. Thursday I did an extra workout, which allowed me to get to my new goal of 4 workouts a week with my Friday workout. Then, this weekend my volleyball team that I play volleyball with on Fridays decided to play some pickup games at the beach, causing me to spend almost 3 hours playing some very intense 2 on 2 and 4 on 4 games of volleyball, which were intense enough for me to consider it almost a fifth workout.

Not only did I succeed with my workouts, but I turned down cupcakes and bagels this week at work. All of this seems to have paid off as today when I weighed myself I am down 1.4 pounds! It was extremely exciting to hit so many goals and then also see my weight drop a little extra from what my weekly goal is. My hope is that I can keep this momentum up and continue this success long term.

Feeling Frustrated

Today I weighed myself once again, and I am frustrated. I went up 0.6 pounds. I know that is not a lot, but it feels like a lot when my goal was to lose 1 pound. I am falling behind, and it makes it hard to stay motivated. But I am not ready to give up. I am sticking with my gut check motivation from last week.

If I am being perfectly honest though, this little bit of weight gain should not be a surprise. I was on a family camping trip where we ate a lot of food and drank lots of beer. That is not a recipe for successful weight loss. But even if that had not happened, it is clear that my plan is not getting me the success I had hoped. Because of this, I am upping my mandatory workouts to 4 times a week. I am also requiring myself to get a jump rope by Monday of this coming week and will need to do 100 jumps in at least three of the workouts per week.

Tomorrow and Thursday my girlfriend works, so I plan on jumping into my videos and trying to knock out two each day. This will get me a little closer to back on track. It will really put some momentum in my corner. If I can prove to myself that I can get two videos done in a day, that will give me no excuse for not making at least one video a week. Wish me luck.