The Morning Weigh-In

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Episode 3: I Lose My Mind

Sorry about the lateness.  Technical problems.  Also, sorry this video is crazy, but there was little to be done about it.  The next one will be a lot more reasonable.


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December Continues to be Difficult, Episode 2

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Arrrrgh, Frustration in The City

I haven’t posted in a while because I moved to New York City a few weeks ago and have been very busy.  That said, I’ve also been dieting my ass off.  Unfortunately I can’t claim that literally.  Well, not that I want to lose my ass, but you know.

Basically I’ve been dieting 5 days per week now instead of 4, and I’ve been only consuming about 1500 calories on each diet day.  This doesn’t seem to be working well.  Unless it’s the fact that I’ve run out of multivitamins and 5 HTP pills.  I’ve also been working at this one vegetarian restaurant and eating most of my meals from there.  And while I have been counting calories and eating mostly vegetables from there, some of it has been fried, so I’m going on a nothing fried diet for at least a week (yes, even on off diet days), and then I think I’ll make “nothing fried” a rule for all “on diet” days after that.

I’m going to buy more of those pills too, but I also think I’ll change my calorie totals to this:

Wednesday: Off diet day, Strength Training, cardio: 300

Thursday: Off diet day, Cardio: 500

Friday = 1800 – ST, and c: 200

Saturday = 1500 – Cardio: 400

Sunday = 1800 – ST, c: 200

Monday = 1600 – C: 400

Tuesday = 1500 – off work out

Because I think I must be going into starvation mode sometimes.  This is going to work, folks, it’s. going. to. work.


Monday: 140.0
Tuesday: 140.1
Wednesday: 140.2
Thursday: 140.0
Friday: 139.5
Saturday: 142.4
Sunday: 143.4
Monday: 143.0

Obviously I was bad this weekend. But I’m back to my diet this week of course. And, due to some advice from a blogger, I’m going to try to do my cardio completely separately from my strength training. I’m also going to try to do at least some of that cardio in the morning before breakfast again, to burn more fat. Here goes!

Okay, time to revamp

I’ve been weighing myself almost daily, naked and after my morning pee, and the results have been dismal:

Sunday: 140.9

Monday: Missed weigh in

Tuesday: 141.4

Wednesday: 141.9

Thursday: 141.9

Friday: 141.8

Saturday: Missed weigh in

Sunday: 142.4!

This is a chart of first my old workout, and then the new, revamped workout I’m starting today to turn this train around:

Mondays: Ab workout, and circuit training prescribed by the book

Addition: 200 calories on cardio machines

Tuesdays: Interval running: 5 minute warm up, 16 minutes of alternating between high intensity running and lower intensity walking, 5 minute cool down

Addition: Same, but this must last until I burn at least 350 calories, so instead of 16 minutes, it’ll probably be more like 20

Wednesday: Ab workout, circuit training

Addition: 200 calories on cardio machines

Thursday: Interval running

Addition: Must burn at  least 400 calories in run

Friday: Circuit Training with extra leg exercises the other days’ program doesn’t include

Change: Now Friday will be the Abs workout that used to be on Saturday, plus some light cardio (this is basically the “rest” day)

Saturday: Ab workout, interval running

Change: Circuit Training with extra leg exercises the other days’ program doesn’t include, plus 200 calories of cardio

Sunday: Off

Change: 450 calories on machines

Other than the interval running, the cardio can be on the treadmill walking or running, or on the stationary bike, or the elliptical machine, or I can walk, jog or run outside, or swim, or play tennis, volleyball etc. (and then just guess at the calories).

This will mean way more calories burned throughout the week.  I’m into the idea of building muscle to burn fat, but the fact is, a couple extra pounds of muscle isn’t going to make up for all of the cardio I’ve dropped, so it’s time to bring it back.

Of course my diet has still changed in accordance with the Abs Diet, and the workouts are from the Abs book, and I’ve incorporated ideas from it into this schedule.  And I got those 12 lb weights, so that’s been good.  Anyway, we’ll see how this goes in the coming week.


Okay, so a few weeks ago I was frustrated that my crappy scale kept showing me at 137.4 every day, despite all my dieting and exercise.  I hadn’t used it in weeks until this morning, and now I’m at 141.4.  I guess I knew it would be this way, I can tell looking at my body naked or clothed that I’ve put on a few pounds, but I supposed there was still hope for a prettier number.  And that scale is generous. Generously low, that is.  I’m fairly certain of that anyway, and I’ve ordered a better one, which should arrive tomorrow.  Anyway I did have a really excellent poop later this morning, so maybe that weigh in number was inflated…

I will try my best not to weight myself daily as has been my habit for most of the last 8 years.  The morning after my new scale comes in, I’ll weigh myself (after peeing of course) on both scales, just to see how that compares, and then I’ll start weighing in only on Sunday mornings before I do my weekly blog update.

I’m really trying to give the Abs Diet a fair shake here since it all sounds reasonable, logical, and scientific, and a lot of the stuff I’ve done  in the past has been, well, open to criticism (i.e. dried peanut butter mixed with sugar free maple syrup for dessert).  Maybe I have to let my body have enough of all these good calories and refrain from doing so much potentially muscle burning cardio for long enough to get into a good system, but I’m afraid of gaining more weight.  I think maybe part of the problem could be that the strength training program just isn’t tough enough for me, so I’m trying to find ways to make it more challenging without spending too much extra time since that’s one of my goals for this diet: not having to spend 10 hours or more per week in the gym.  I plan to buy 12 lb weights when I next get to Target or Wal-Mart (yes, Wal-Mart, you hippies).  At my apartment complex’s dinky little gym, all we have are two 8 lb weights and one 10 lb weight, so I’ve been switching one 8 lb and one 10 lb between hands for each exercise.  A neighbor of mine donated 2 adjustable dumbbells, but some jackass has subsequently stolen the clips to keep the weights on from one of them.

Here’s what let’s do.  I will continue the Abs Diet as I have been doing it, with interval cardio only thrice per week until Sunday.  If I weigh in at the same or more (“god” forbid), I will add more cardio next week.  I really don’t want to start counting calories again since my friends will not stop ridiculing me for it, giving me a hard time if I don’t want to go out to restaurants or have a drink or two any ol’ day of the week.

Speaking of which!  I have done well this week on alcohol.  I had three glasses of champagne on Thursday night for my sister’s birthday, and that is all I’ve had for the week.  The goal is only 2-3 per week, but I can have them any time, so I’m doing well there.  This shit’d better start translating into weight loss, goddammit.

Abs Diet

Okay, so I’ve made some new decisions.  My Abs Diet book arrived from the seller, and I’ve read it all the way through again.  I hope that even if I don’t technically lose weight, I can at least lose fat in my stomach.  To that end, I have switched to the Abs’ exercise program, though at a more advanced level than the one at which it suggests one starts out.  I’ve been working out hard for years though, so doing the minimum doesn’t seem advisable, and anyway I’m sticking to the basic outline.

Mondays: Ab workout, circuit training prescribed by the book

Tuesdays: Interval running: 5 minute warm up, 16 minutes of alternating between high intensity running and lower intensity walking, 5 minute cool down

Wednesday: Ab workout, circuit training

Thursday: Interval running

Friday: Circuit Training with extra leg exercises the other days’ program doesn’t include

Saturday: Ab workout, interval running

Sunday: Off

Changes to my diet:

1. I am going to try to not count calories!

2. Oh, yeah, I also stopped smoking cigarettes.  Before I usually smoked a few when I drank alcohol.

3. I’m going to try to limit myself to 2-3 drinks per week, which can be consumed any days, but I know myself well enough that I should probably try to save them up for Friday or Saturday night.  I’ve also purchased some stuff that should make it easier to stick to this.

4. Per the Abs diet instructions, I am supposed to include more protein in my diet.  As always I will try to limit simple carbs, especially high fructose corn syrup, of which I try not to consume any, and saturated fats.  And obviously I will try to avoid all trans fats/hydrogenated oil.

5. Also, I will be having 3 meals and 3 snacks each day, spaced out like so:


3 hours later


2 hours later


3 hours later

Snack (almost always a protein shake, before my workout regimen)

2 hours later


2 hours later


Each of the meals should have two of the Abs diet “super foods”, and each of the snacks should include at least 1 of them.  The “super foods” are basically veggies, fruits, nuts, whole grains, whey protein, beans, low/non fat dairy, lean meat, eggs, and healthful oils like olive and canola.

The meals I’ll have will be roughly 400 calories and the snacks roughly 200 each, so a calorie counting will be built in, without me painstakingly and neurotically counting them.  There will also inherently be some variation between days in how many calories I have, probably ranging from 1700 to 2000, which is good since I was wondering if having the exact same amount every day made my body less vigilant about depleting its fat stores.

With last week’s holiday and travelling, I wasn’t really vigilant myself about following the diet, so this week I’ll be starting in earnest.  Call it a New Year’s Resolution if you want, though it’s not like ‘m not always resolving something about weight loss.