INSANE, no more

July 31, 2006

I find myself having to think a lot about what I am eating, every time I want to put something in my mouth, or thinking , calculating , planning , How can I make exercise fun and exciting?

We have to make decisions that affect our health, every day, almost constantly:

Do I go to the Gym or not ?
Should I walk to work ?
Jane invited me for a hike, I ma tired, I'll go next time!
That chocolate chips ice cream looks delicious, just one scoop!
Foot long Cheese Steak with mayo on it please!
Is only one big Mac, I can handle it !
I haven't have a snickers in long time, I deserve one !
Wow , Red Lobster have a Shrimp special, I better go !
The Filet mignon at the Keg is to die for, lets go!
Just 2 Peanut butter cookies, well maybe 3, 4....!
Venti mocha Frapuccino with extra power, please!

And time and time we make the wrong choices, yes, "Choices", is our choice to do or not do something, we are in full control of our life, as adults, but we can't seem to get it right. We keep hitting the rock with our toes, ouch, it hurts. We are insane, "The definition of Insanity, is doing the same thing, over and over again and expect different results".

The law of physics tells us, every action has a reaction, effect-results. We make the wrong choices, we get FAT, period. I have known this fact for a long time, and I bet you also do, and time and time again I chose the wrong option. I was INSANE, totally nut, loco, cucu, nothing up-there.

I also know, that is hard to break this pattern. The solution is the "PUSH". The push is what you do when a car is stalled on the street and you need to move it, out of the way, you push it. We need this extra push to get going in the right direction, because most of us has the Niagara syndrome, we just cruise life without direction, enjoying the trip on the river, until we see the falls, or hear the roar, then we try hard to steer away, when is too late. So we need a push, an event, a happening, that start our motors in the right path, the path to a healthy, happy life. Now, for some people this event is a heart attack, for others is the death of a friend, for me I think it was, the failing of my marriage, but it doesn’t have to be bad news, could be the birth of you son, you just have to have to find your "PUSH".

But the push is just the start, we need more. Once we get ourselves moving, we need juice, power, gas, stamina to keep going , and going and going. We need to keep the momentum , and this is as or more important than the start. We don't want to stop and sit idle, or worth reverse the course taken, we need to keep motivating ourselves, constantly, day in and day out, so we keep making good choices, every day. You have to tap into that huge emotional reservoir, every day to do the hard work. Could be imagining yourself running with your daughter a race, or playing some soccer, or remembering your mother advice, what ever it is you have to find it , because the work is not easy, it requires time, sacrifice, pain and sweat.

Like I say before , our struggle is a fight to the death, no bells, no 10-count, no draw., is victory or defeat, success or failure, health or sickness. Is also a sustained battle, long, no easy shortcuts, our health requires a lasting effort, forever, for life. Sometimes we get into the diet and weight-loss business without sight of the real issues, the real problem and hope that this will be over soon and that we will attain our goal fast and efficiently. We get bamboozled by anyone trying to sell the latest miracle diet, "lose 16 pounds a month", lose weight exercising 7 minutes, 3 times a week. BULL , CRAP. The moment you start believing any of that non-sense , you are determined to FAIL, FAIL. To lose weight we need to be focus, to have it present all day long, every day, every single day, make good choices.

WAKE UP and Smell the Coffee, is YOUR LIFE.


Overweight for life

July 20, 2006

This last few days, have been full of hard and long work on the exercise side, as I changed my daily goals of calories-loss due to exercise to 750 calories a day(minimum), and I start a preparation plan for walking the Niagara Falls Half Marathon, as they don’t have a 10 km run and I am lazy to look somewhere else. A half marathon is 13.1 Mile or approx 20 Km. This is a huge challenge but I think I can do it, as I still have 3 months to improve my walking stamina. I will be posting details , so those of you that live near by, or just want to join me, DO IT. It should be fun if we get a group and do it together. If you think about it, is just walking 4 hours @ approx 3-3.3 mph.

Today’s weight-in, stopped the scale at the 288.2 lbs mark. It feels great, I am so excited. After three full and long months since I made my decision to lose weight and started doing something about it( My new motto is "Do something, Do anything, Get going, NOW"), I have made a big improvement as I already loss a total of 34 lbs, an average of about 11 lbs a month. I promise I will post a photo , so you can check how handsome I look(hehe).

So this is my new Statistics:

Weight: 288 Pounds
Waist: 44 inches
Height: 6.0" +
BMI: 38.6

Based on the categories associated with the Body Mass Index (B.M.I) definition used by the World Health Organization (WHO), I am not anymore Morbidly Obese. I dropped down into the Severely Obese category. I am still an obese man but I feel like screaming loud and clear, WOOOO-HOOOO!!!!!. See table :

Now, having fun and playing with my future weight numbers I get an interesting observation, just follow thru: I need an extra loss of 28 lbs, a weight of 260 lbs, to get into the lower category of Very Overweight or Obese. Now an extra 29 lbs, on top of the previous loss , a Weight of 231 lbs gets me into the Overweight club. What is funny is that the final 11 lbs I need to lose to get to my goal of 220 lbs will keep me in the Overweight category, with an BMI of 29.5.

There is a newer guide called v2 that takes in consideration Age, as we age we tend to gain body mass, so that is considered in the calculation of obesity. The problem I have with these tables is that they don't take in consideration body type, or percentage of Lean Body Muscle. If we used those tables, all Football players, most of the Basketball players, Hockey players etc... will be overweight( excepting Baseball bellies of course). So I am not that concerned about it, once I get to my goal or closer to my goal I will start using my body fat index, to measure the percentage of fat in my body and try to decrease fat and increase muscle, but staying in the 220 lbs mark.

So I guess I am destined to be Overweight for the rest of my life, but for now I will enjoy my Severely Obese status.

Have a good day and Do something, Do anything, Get Going, NOW.

Complement to previous Post

July 17, 2006

One song to complement the picture slider, enjoy


Pictures of Alex

I promised you some pictures of my son's Alex band, Sentient. So here it is.

Alex is wearing a green sweat.


Another Pound Down

July 14, 2006

I just weigh-in at 291.4 lbs, that is about 1 lbs less that last time, so all is good. This week was fun, I tried many things, just testing my capabilities and also ensuring that I have fun exercising instead of getting bored. I just don't get people that says they enjoy Working-Out more than anything else. Please.

It and was really fun, I really enjoyed doing it. I have the fundamentals, so I did' look like a total newbie. Although the group was really a mixture of all ages and all skill levels, so instead of feeling intimidated I fell encouraged. My local YMCA has this Co-ed all ages, open court, volley-ball night on Wednesday, running from 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM. Let me tell you, I was sweating a lot by the middle of the season, I guess you don’t' notice ,but once you get into the heat of the game, you start running hard at balls and jumping a lot. No idea how it ranks on calories-loss , but it as definitely a keeper. I will try to go every Wednesday.

Let me tell you , is hard. I thought I was at a decent cardio level, I am NOT. My lane -swimming attempt was the probe that I have way, way, ways to go. Some how the Bike is misleading, it makes you feel better that you really are. Any way my first day on lane-swimming was horrible, I experienced, first hand, one of my phobias, which is asphyxiation, please God don’t le me die that way. I came early , put aside 1 hour for the project, and wamp 5 minutes later I was done. I barely finished 3 pool-lengths, I was exhausted, short of breathing, scare to go to the deep end,. It was a rude awakening to my stamina and cardio strength. I felt so discouraged, so uneasy , so demoralized. It make me think that those 10 years of health-procrastination , really took a toll. My imagination started going on, and on. I am an imagination genius, so I came to about 10 different ways that I could die on the water, in less than a second. How long could I last on the water ? What an horrible death that will be.

Anyhow , I stayed in the pool , just doing short swims like a kid and working on me holding my breath, for the rest of my hour. The good part of this was that I decided , incorporate , swimming into my weekly activities. I need to feel I can do this. I just remembered my childhood and teens years. I was born on the beach, I learn how to swim before learning to walk, I was a beach bump, I could be on the water for hours. I need to get back to that state of health, PRONTO.

Aqua-fit is a low impact , aerobic program offered at the YMCA. It follows the same format that most aerobic programs, jump, run, ski, jumping jacks, weight resistance etc... but on the water , what makes it really low impact. Trying to schedule my time in the pool, I decided to combine my swimming attempt together with the aqua-fit program, on a sliding scale. My goal is to get-out of aqua-fit slowly as I can spent more time swimming.
It was fun, trying to do this aerobic moves under water. The weight section I fell it was worth it, as I fell some of my upper body muscle really worked-out. Will see how it goes, for the moment I'' do it twice a week.

I took the decision to easy out of the bike all-together, I feel the work-out and calorie-loss is not as strong as it could be. Let me tell you I sweat a lot and feel tired, but I think I can increase my aerobic better on the treadmill and of course lose more calories as well. So I started alternating and higher speed on the treadmill, so far is working fine. My sheen splint pain is not as strong and can do the few minutes without problem. So I alternate between jogging at 4mph and walking at 3.6mph, when I feel I need a bit of a break I walk at 3.0mph before going up again. I will keep that until I can increase more time jogging and of course increase the speed of the jog.

I ran into this girl, she works-out sometimes at the same time I am on the treadmill. She lost 70 pounds, she looks amazing. All she did was walk, walk and Walk. I know we all can do this, I just sometimes wish I could do it faster than possible. I Got to learn to be patience and keep working on my plan.

Have a good week.


292.6 and going down

July 06, 2006

Hello everyone

I am so grateful, that my weight keeps going down, I am afraid to weight myself and find out that nothing happened, but so far, so good. I weighted-in at 292.6 lbs so for now all seems to be going in the right direction.

I have kept a very strict watch on what I eat, I feel myself more in control, because I know when I can go for a treat, yesterday I had an Ice Cream Smoothie. I started adding a lot of protein to my diet as well, "Tuna is good for you". I also happen to love tuna for some weird reason and is easy to prepare.

On the exercise front, I feel I am doing excellent. I miss the odd day now, instead of going the odd day, a total reversal of fortune. I am still doing the same stuff, Bike, Walk, Treadmill and Basketball.

I decide to add a bit of swimming , specially now that the weather is getting hot, they way I see it is like a nice refreshment. There is Lane swimming at my YMCA from 6-9 AM, so I am heading there once I am done typing this. There is also an Aqua fit Work-out I will try it once to see if I like it. I still do not know how to fit it in and what kind of portfolio I will create, so stay posted.

I also starting to look into Martial Arts , is something that I did long ago and wouldn't mind starting again. I am just not sure if I can do it yet, I may need to get into the 260 lbs are before will see.

My walking kind of hit a snag. My sheen splint issue is really bugging me, I can walk without any problem to about 3.8 Miles per hour, when I try to Jog @ 4.0 or higher, it starts bothering me after a few minutes. I found some exercises that I Am doing to strengthen my calf and spleen muscles. I'll keep you posted.

My daily routine is between 1.5 and 2 hours a day, I usually do 30 min of bike, then 30 min on the treadmill, then 30 min back on bike. Some days I just switch and do the treadmill for 30 min, then bike , the treadmill again. Some days I add 30 min of basketball. I also find myself with more desire to the hard stuff, no more treating myself with soft gloves, I am focusing a lot better on the exercise, really sweating now. Really I notice a change on attitude towards the hard work. Before this I use to justify slowing down or stopping for a short break , not any more. So please do not take a book and start reading when you are on the stationary bike, you can’t do both well, Focus on your heart rate and maximizing your effort when on the bike and go read to you living room.

Update on my son Jorge's trip. It seems he's having a blast, I am kind of wishing to be there. Here's a picture

to entice you to go check his travel blog at
Jorge's Travel Log

Well everyone, keep going.