Going Down & Going Up: Blood Pressure & Energy Levels

I am feeling so great at the moment that I have to tell you all about it! I hope that this encourages and inspires my fellow comrades in arms that are also in the war with the wobbly stuff.

I had my blood pressure tested today and I was glad to hear the nurse say , “130/80” so that is cool. Some of you will remember when I had my blood pressure checked a few weeks ago and it was at a vain popping 145/93!

[ I e-mailed someone this week, and this next part was inspired by that e-mail; you know who you are 😉 ]

After having lost 7.4kg (15.3lbs) and I am feeling that my energy levels have been boosted and my endurance while workout out has increased.

This extra energy boost has its advantages;

First of all my son Daniel is now over 10 months old, has 7 teeth and has become feral, which means that a quick burst of energy is needed in getting away from chomping (razor sharp) baby teeth. He just wants to test drive (through something) his munchers into anything within reach (namely my right armpit which he chewed into last night ::ouch!::).

Second of all I am a grade 4 English teacher, my students are about 9-10 years old and that means that they have enough energy to go to the moon and back, and I have to keep up. I am an active teacher and I rarely sit down when teaching. I have noticed that I am not feeling as tired as I normally would after a few hours teaching. Especially on Thursdays when I have a grilling 8 hour teaching schedule. Also a few comments from these little half-pints has been encouraging; “Mr. Andrew, you’re getting smaller”, “Mr. Andrew, you don’t look so tired this Thursday”. Now working with kids this young (that are Indonesian) for about 4 years I know that they mean what they say and they say what they mean and what am I saying… huh? Oh yeah, so that encourages me 🙂

And the third energy boost that I have noticed is with my wife and I. When Daniel is asleep and the mood is right…………..BEEEEEEEEEEP………….. [Transmission Lost]

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Monday, March 3rd – Munching & Crunching!

Breakfast – oatmeal, whey, peanut butter & hot low-fat milk

Snack 1 – low-fat yogurt & 1 boiled egg

Lunch – prawn salad (peppers, lettuce & cucumber) & a tbsp of mayonnaise & a handful of nuts

Snack 2 – an apple

Dinner – half a grilled chicken

Drink – 3 liters of water

Sunday, March 2nd – Charged and Ready!

I have been feeling all my muscles since Saturday morning (they are aching!), but that’s the game and thats the pain I have chosen!

I am looking forward to tomorrow’s workout, It is 6:53pm here and Daniel is asleep early as he is not feeling to well (he has a cold and bit of a cough), I am going to turn on my listening ears and go listen to my wife; this is an exercise most guys miss out…. just listen to her!

Then at 8pm I am switching off this will be my final charge for tomorrow’s workout!

Breakfast – oatmeal, whey, peanut butter & hot low-fat milk

Snack 1 – nothing

Lunch – two slices of whole meal bread, 1 chicken breast & a tbsp of mayonnaise

Snack 2 – whey shake

Dinner – fresh steamed tuna salad (peppers, lettuce & cucumber) & a tbsp of mayonnaise & a handful of nuts

Drink – 2.5 liters of water

5th Weigh-in: Surprising Results

I am happy with this 5th weigh-in; every step forward to my goal is a step away from a life of regret. My weight has changed but surprisingly my waist and hip measurements have not changed.

Weight losses for this weigh-in: 1.4kg (2.3lbs)

Waist loss: 0

Hip loss: 0

So I am having a nice rest this weekend and I am powered up for tomorrow’s workout, bright and early!

Saturday, March 1st – The Simple Things in Life

 

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Breakfast – whey shake & a low-fat yogurt

Snack 1 – nothing

Lunch – two slices of whole meal bread, 1 egg & mayo

Snack 2 – oatmeal, whey & hot low-fat milk

CHEAT MEAL – fried fish & soy noodles and chicken with an iced lemon tea

Drink – 2.5 liters of water & 1 BLOND 😉

Friday, Feb 29th – Hunger Strikes; Almost a Catastrophe!

It was 7pm and I was soooooo hungry and was getting my wife to call for a pizza, when they said we’d have to wait an hour I told my wife not to bother.  Eating pizza during the day would kill my progress never mind after 8pm!

I popped open the oatmeal and had a few spoonfuls with some cinnamon powder and I am content and glad the pizza didn’t work out; I would have regretted it!

Breakfast – oatmeal, whey, cinnamon powder/peanut butter & hot low-fat milk

Snack 1 – low-fat yogurt & 1 boiled egg

Lunch – grilled pork salad (peppers, lettuce & cucumber) & a tbsp of mayonnaise & a handful of nuts

Snack 2 – whey shake

Dinner – omelet; 3 eggs, handful of mushrooms, 1 chicken breast & a thin-cut slice of cheese

Snack 3 – oatmeal, cinnamon powder & hot low-fat milk

Drink – 2.5 liters of water, 1 cup of green tea & a low-fat glass of chocolate milk

Top Ten Weight Loss Methods; THAT SUCK!

First lets clear up what most of these weight loss methods have in common; they all use the same lie to sell their diets (which has given the word ‘diet’ a bad name). Their lie is hidden and we are blinded by their use of the words “weight loss”. Their deception and our ignorance go hand-in-hand for this to work.

Most of these weight loss methods actually do help you to lose weight, but that’s not what you want.

What you want is fat loss not weight loss!

Weight loss can occur in many ways; losing muscle, losing body fluid, losing your marbles, etc.

Fat Loss is fat loss

So don’t be fooled by their use of the words ‘weight loss’.

Most of these weight loss methods set us up to fail, they take us into an unnatural way of eating, or speak to the lazy bugger inside of us and say, “No exercise needed!” and we like to hear that.

So let’s look at the top ten weight loss methods for morns;

10. Coming in at number ten is Weight Watchers; which is easy for those of us with a mathematician brain and confusing for the rest of us that can only count to twenty if we are wearing sandals. The amount of people that stay on this and lose the fat are the very disciplined few; the counting calories and daily totaling of the points system can send some of us around the bend and into the nearest Pizza Hut. To poke a hole in their point system you could eat junk food and still have the points add up. Weight Watchers causes you to eat too little and that’s also another reason people find it hard to stick at.

How to avoid it: be dumb at mathematics.

9. Striking in at number nine is the South Beach Diet; this is a shame, because the South Beach diet has all the things a great food program should have; it helps you stay satisfied throughout the day, you build muscle, you have a bit of freedom, but no exercise plan!? Eating right is half right, you need to have regular exercise to kick-start your metabolism to fire up fat burning.

How to avoid it: If you are on this diet then that’s fine (you’re not a moron) but just get your butt off the beach and go swimming!

8. Eating it at number eight is the Zone Diet, ok so it’s based on combining; carbs, proteins & fats. Every time you eat you must have 40% carbs, 30% protein & 30% fats. So cased in the Zone Diet is what dieticians have been saying for centuries, and it’s out of date. Some times putting together this 40-30-30 combo can come up with strange results; you want to enjoy that ice cold beer? Go ahead, but have some cottage cheese and some olives with it (Zinczenko, 2004).

How to avoid it: If you can’t balance your cheque book then stay a way from this diet.

7. Slipping in at number seven is the Scarsdale Diet, frankly a load of crap if you ask me! The Scarsdale diet is a rapid weight loss diet, there’s that word again “weight loss” ::hint, hint, nudge, nudge:: It boasts of being able to help you lose up to 20lbs (about 9kg) in only 2 weeks! Rapid weight loss like this is very dangerous and you’ll get scared (ha ha, boom boom, maybe that’s how it got its name) because when you stop or stray from this diet ten ton Tessie will become King Kong!

How to avoid it: being patient; know that rapid weight loss is dangerous and you’ll end up putting more weight on.

6. Scoring a six in our countdown is the Chicken Soup Diet, now please you are a professional plonker if you attempt this diet; at least I was when I tried it. So what you do is have a hardy breakfast and then go cuckoo slurping on chicken soup for the rest of the day. Look, if you single out one type of food and that’s all you eat then of course you’ll lose weight (theirs those words again, remember what they mean!). Now come on, how long do you think you’ll be able to last eating flipping chicken soup everyday? And when you get bored (and you will) you’ll binge ::muahahahahaha!!:: and the fat will come rolling back (with interest).

How to avoid it: hate the chicken soup, down with the chicken soup, grill that bird mate!

5. Falling flat at number five is the Atkins Diet, which is thankfully disappearing like a bad fashion trend. Atkins gave carbohydrates a bad rap and robbed the people that followed it of vital vitamins from fruit and vegetables (that can protect us against cancer). There are also concerns that long-term dieting with the Atkins Diet could cause heart problems and high cholesterol. But the thing that I have found about the Atkins Diet is that it takes out so many types of food that are very good for you. The selection that you’re left with will eventually bore you, and once off; BOOM!

Carbohydrates; there are good carbs and bad carbs Atkins doesn’t distinguish between the two and just rules out the carbs. On a healthy diet you need the good carbs (found in fruit and vegetables) to help you lose fat.

How to avoid it: don’t follow an old trend.

4. Busting in at number four is the Lemonade Diet, if you like solids then this diet is not for you. If you do decide to follow this diet then please reframe from operating heavy machinery, driving, walking, basically stay out of the public eye because there is a high chance that you will have diarrhea and you will be dizzy and could faint.

How to avoid it: grow a brain

3. Stomping in at number three is the Slim Fast diet, slim F-A-S-T also rapid weight loss. If the weight loss is too fast then chances are your not going to be giving your body proper nutrition and that means weight loss ::pause, tumble weed rolls by:: and we know what that means folks! Now something amazing will happen to you when you come off this diet, you’ll be come a star… yep when you step on those scales again that needle will shoot to the right and then up-up and away!

How to avoid it: seek slow and permanent weight loss. And if you want a strawberry milk shake then dust your blender off and stick in some fresh strawberries, add some low fat milk, chuck in some ice and some peanut butter if you like and set that bad boy on super whiz! There you have it a delicious strawberry milk shake, who needs Slim Fast!

2. Tanking in at number two is Pill Diets, now you need to be careful at what you shove into those two flaps of skin between your nose and chin. There are some wicked pills out there that advertise; rapid weight loss, rapid muscle growth, burn fat while you sleep, etc, etc. They say they are scientifically designed but some of them have enough caffeine to send you to the moon. Folks this rapid weight loss ::pause:: wont work, when you come of the pill you’ll get pregnant, err I mean you’ll put on weight, same thing right; anyway you’ll start spreading again.

How to avoid it: Say “NO” to drugs!

1. The titanic diet fad of all time is the Water Diet, drinking as much water that you can until you are bloated and have a false sense of been full; you will also prove very useful as a life raft. If you go on this diet your body will start to eat away at your muscles and you will be come very weak and then maybe fall into the big vat of water that you’re drinking from and drown!

How to avoid it: try not being a moron!

Ok I know that all people that come to Discipline or Regret are not morons and I have used that word a few times throughout this post, I wasn’t talking about you. But if you are a self-confessed moron then click here now.

Disclaimer: Don’t try any of these diets you’ll only hurt yourself! Don’t say I didn’t warn you!