Jan. 26: Today was kind of a blah day. Eating went OK, but didn't get to eat dinner until almost 10 p.m., so it was very long between my late afternoon snack and dinner. Got very hungry and gave into some bread with my meat and rice. I am hoping for a good report at the end of the week. I feel better most of the time.
Jan. 27: Did great during the day, but it was busy at work and didn't drink enough. I am finding it hard to keep drinking liquids. My quantity of food has not been difficult to deal with, but planning ahead of time is difficult. My swim meet was cancelled because of the weather so we went out to eat. I had six wings and some fries, but was quite full. I normally would have eaten all 10 and a whole large order of fries, along with three or four full strength Cokes. Maybe the stomach is shrinking?
Jan. 28: This was one of the most difficult days physically that I have had in a long time. I had an early morning workout with Trevor and he "beat me up." I then went to work for about an hour and then off to the hospital for the second part of my "stress test."
This was postponed from last week because I take a beta blocker for my blood pressure and it would not allow my heart rate to get high enough to complete the test. I went off of my meds for three days and then we did the test on the treadmill. Every three minutes, the treadmill increased in speed and incline. After about 12 minutes, I was getting very tired and my heart rate was more than 150 beats per minute. Then, the medication was injected and I continued for about another 30 to 40 seconds and then the test was over and the treadmill slowed down.
After resting for a bit, I was given water to drink. The best part was that I got to eat a bag of Fritos to replace some of the sodium and to help clear out the contrast solution. Then, I had to lie on an X-ray machine while it took pictures of my heart to compare to the resting pictures taken a week before - result to follow next week.
Then, I got to go back to work and brushed snow off of cars for a couple of hours. It was heavy snow and I got a very good supplemental cardio workout, in addition to making my arms feel very heavy. Got home and had a bowl of chili, worked on swim meet stuff for an hour or so and collapsed. For the first time in years, I did not wake up at all until the alarm went off for another 6:30 a.m. work out with Trevor.
Jan. 29: Today's workout was hard because we had to speed everything up because we did a weigh-in and measurement session. Trevor has made some adjustments in the workouts to work my weaker areas. He added sets in some cases, increased weight in some cases and increased reps in most cases. We have decided that because of my swim schedule and his work schedule that we will only be doing two workouts a week through February. I have only had nine workouts and have lost 26 pounds and 8 inches. My body fat percentage has dropped almost 3 percent, my body mass index dropped 3.6 to 41.3. I would like to get into the mid 20s. My biggest inch loss was in my waist of 2.75 inches and my hips, 1.5 inches. Overall, I am very happy with my accomplishments this month. I need to really work on the nutritional part both in planning and consumption.