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Planet Fitness Day 10

Yesterday was day 10 for me at Planet Fitness. I am still doing the same workout routine which includes 25 minutes on the elliptical trainer which is now at level 2 and running between 4.0 and 5.0 mph. The first ten minutes is warm up and then I start to sweat and get my heart rate up to about 155 bpm. The last 15 minutes is where I believe I am starting to burn some calories. If I were to do that for an hour I would burn 780 calories. I will have a long time before I can run on that thing for an hour and I may never do that. I do want to work myself up to 30 or 45 minutes at some point. The more I can do that the more weight that will come off.

Once I am done with the hard part which is the elliptical trainer then I cool down for a spell and allow my heart rate to lower and then I hit the weight machines. Yesterday I tried out the torso machine for the first time with about 40 lbs. The left side of my abdomen seems a bit sore today which means I worked a muscle set that is not used to getting that kind of exercise. I work my upper and lower body with assorted different machines and then I do the bench press and free weights for the curls.

What are some of the benefits other than the weight coming off? My goal is to lose 1 lb per week and thus far I am losing between 1 lb and 3 lbs per week. One of the benefits is that I have lost 2 inches on my waist and my pants are fitting much loser. I figure when I lose another 5 to 10 lbs I am going to be forced to take all my big pants to the cleaners and have them reduce the waist size by 2 inches. I am looking forward to doing that.

Another benefit of regular exercise and eating right is that I feel so much better. I have more energy, my blood pressure is much lower than it used to be and my mobility has increased. My left knee no longer hurts, I can get up and down out of my recliner at home with much less hassle and I can climb the steps on the boardwalk at work without having to hold on to the side rails as much.

I am noticing that as I focus on getting regular exercise and try to build some muscle and cardiovascular endurance that I no longer want to eat garbage. At lunch I go to the general store next door and get their chef salad which is the only healthy thing they have. They have a lunch line where they sell fried chicken and french fries to all the contractors on the island. They have other fried things that is no longer of interest to me because I know that I know it is not good for me to eat and only leads to adding pounds to the body.

I hate the word diet because it reminds me of all the times that I half heartedly tried to “diet” so I am going to use the terminology “eating habits”. I am trying to retrain my mind to realize that if I eat garbage I am going to look like garbage and feel like garbage. Now that I am serious about my regular exercise I no longer feel like garbage and I can feel my body responding to the exercise nicely. When a person feels good it is so much easier to motivate one self to do the harder things such as increasing the work out time etc. My goal is to not eat fried foods and other things such as those foods that are “white” such as mashed potatoes, potatoes in general, rice, pastas etc. I am trying to stick to lean meats and veggies during supper time and at lunch I eat a salad and breakfast which is my worst offender I eat a breakfast burrito. I try to stay away from the biscuit with sausage egg and cheese. I will have one of those per week but that is it.

One other thing that I need to do more of that I am struggling with is to drink more water. I have gotten away from the sugary sodas and now drink either Diet Dr Pepper or Coke Zero Cherry. I need to drink 8 glasses of water per day and I struggle with that. At work I have a 2 quart container in my refrigerator in my office and I have sugar free drink packets that flavor the water so it makes it easier to consume. I guess the mind set is that if the taste is good then I will consume it. I need to get better at drinking that 2 quarts of water each day and only have the canned drink for lunch.

I hope that my blogging about my personal journey as I lose weight will encourage someone else. I weigh 340 lbs so I am no small person. I am six foot tall and big boned so I carry the weight well. At the gym the other day someone guessed me at 280 lbs. I am looking forward to the day that I am 280 lbs and I know that if I keep up the hard work and be consistent then I can get there. I can do it and so can you.

One of the things I love about Planet Fitness is that it is not your typical gym atmosphere where all of the jocks and hard bodies get together and laugh at the fat out of shape people that might wander in. I have seen people that are in shape at Planet Fitness and I have seen people that appear to be in worse shape than I am. The important thing is that we are there trying to make a difference. What is the cost for membership? You pay 10.00 per month and you have access to 90% of what they offer. Full membership is 20.00 per month and neither plan requires a contract. If you need to take time off because of illness or injury you can stop paying and then when you are ready to go back just pick up where you left off.

I know that I have said that one of the benefits of regular exercise and changing my eating habits is that I feel so much better. I feel stronger and more confident. My main goal is weight loss and my motivation for doing this is to increase the quality of my over all health. I have no desire to become Mr Universe even though I did dream last night that I was invited to be a part of that program. I do desire to live a longer and more healthy life so I can be around for my family. One of the wake up calls for me has been to realize that there are not very many old obese people around. The reality of this issue is that if I do not do this now at this point in my life I am a candidate for heart attack and stroke. Both of those events could be life ending or crippling in so many ways. I really do not care to reap those consequences nor do I want my family to witness it or experience the aftermath of those events with me either.

As I say in my accountability forum on Battle Plan Ministries I am starting over every single day. Every day is a new day and I have the ability to chose to eat right and get exercise. It is my choice and I can make the right choice every single day. I invite you to start your own journey and to do the right things. If I can do this any one can do this. The choice is yours.

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  1. Go for it, brother!!! … And … < …