Tuesday, Jan 29th – Not A Bother

I have a Peptic Ulcer that has been really bothering me a lot today but a part from that I did ok. I am really looking forward to my workout tomorrow 🙂 Well it’s 7:59pm here now in Indonesia and I want to be asleep at 8:30pm at the latest so I am energized for tomorrow.

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

Snack 1 – raw carrot

Lunch – two slices of brown bread, 2 eggs, mayo & a thin-cut slice of cheese

Snack 2 – apple

Dinner – home made chicken soup (on the bone) with broccoli & carrot

Snack 3 – 2 mandarin oranges

Workout Review: Conqured Cardio

Yes! I tackled my cardio workout today and managed to slog my way through it. I don’t know what it is about cardio that I don’t like, maybe because I am on an exercise bike, I’d rather be out in the open. But then again I am living in the second largest city in Indonesia with a population over 3 million people. A city that never sleeps with petrol and diesel fumes racing into the air, I’m probably healthier and safer on my exercise bike.

Also the fuzz (cops) here are infamous for looking for ‘uang kopi’ (coffee money – AKA money on the side). I got stopped once for walking on the wrong side of the street, I’m serious. This brave PC Plod told me that I had to pay a fine as I had walked on the wrong side of the street. I brought it to his attention that there were about another thousand people walking on this side of the street. He made me wait there for about 45 minutes until a senior officer came on the scene and gave out to him for being such an idiot and let me go. I was glad that day I had a magazine with me.

Ok back to cardio. I managed only 10 minutes on the exercise bike this morning. I am determined to make 20 minutes on Thursday.

Sunday, Jan 27th – Poor Daniel

My eating schedule was a little off today as my wee boy is sick. Yep little Daniel has a cold and some top teeth coming through. So I have bells and baby’s yells in my head. The poor little fella seems to be getting better though. Let’s hope and pray that tomorrow he’ll be better.

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

Snack 1 – nothing

Lunch – two slices of whole meal bread, 2 eggs, a table spoonful of mayo & a thin-cut slice of cheese

Snack 2 – low-fat strawberry yogurt

Dinner – ayam kecap (chicken on the bone cooked in a soy sauce) with a big vegetable mix

Snack 3 – star fruit x2

Broken Chairs and Big Muscles (yeah, right!)

You know what the cracking moment was for me to finally become serious and shelf all the fad diets and short cuts that would do more damage than good?

I was in class recently teaching and it was a Thursday, that means I have a full days teaching from 8am to 2pm. I was tired in my last class and although I don’t normally sit down, that day I was really tired. I sat down and took the weight off my feet and children were coming to me showing me their work and asking questions as usual.

Then all of a sudden (as if in slow motion) I felt the chair I was on moving to the side and then…..BOOM! ……I hit the deck!

I was on the ground for a few seconds but it felt like a life time. I said to myself “Oh God make all the kids take it easy on me!”

Then I stood up (big bright red face) and waited for the classes reaction (I teach grade 4 so they are about 9-10 years old). Then one girl piped up, “Wow Mr. Andrew broke the chair, he’s so strong, wooooohhaa!” Now it wasn’t sarcasm because Indonesians don’t know how to be sarcastic, especially when they are speaking English.

The class then seamed to agree with her and came out with similar responses. One little boy came up to me and squeezed my right bicep.

Inside I was still wanting to put my lip over my head and swallow, but their response was not what I expected. I said to God; “Thanks for that quick favor!” I left that class in bits inside, I instantly became chair-o-phobic standing in meetings or looking for a stronger chair.

It is around this time that I started to hit the internet, books, fitness trainers and really educate myself about how my body works and how I can lose weight; slowly, naturally and permanently.

This has to work, for my health, for my wife and son. And I just want to feel good about myself and feel energetic and not a lethargic plodder.

Well, here’s to the pain or discipline, here I come!!

Starting the workout; popping pills, pumping iron and exploding hearts

I am an English teacher in Indonesia (please don’t kill me for the mistakes I make on this blog), I see myself as very energetic in the classroom which tires me out.  And of course the heat over here saps the energy out of you, and the air con in the classrooms came out of the ark.

Ok those are my excuses for looking for a boost to start my workout.  So I took off to the mall and popped into *** and picked up some (expensive) pills; Hydroxycut Hardcore.  The first day I could feel them, they are very strong.  It helped give me that boost to start.

I came through the week being able to do my workouts in the morning @ 4am. I chose this time so I don’t eat into my family time in the evenings and also when I come home from school I am usually quite tired.

But by today I had to call it quite on these pills as they gave me; mood-swings, put up my blood pressure, the shakes, nausea and I found it hard to concentrate on anything.

And today it feels like my heart is going to explode; I am having stabbing chest pains (scary stuff).  So as of tomorrow I am going to put these off the shelf and try the natural approach.

Now I am not saying they don’t work, they do but the side affects are just to strong.

Current Workout schedule

This is my current weekly work out;

Mon, Wed & Fri – Strength Training
  • Crunch – x12 (for upper abs, no six-pack yet but keg is showing well.)
  • Reverse Crunch – x12 (lower abs)
  • Obliques Chrunch – x12 (for the muscles at the sides, that I never knew I had; ouch!)
  • Back Extension – x12 (lower back)
  • Squat – x12 (Glutes)
  • Pile Squat – x12 (Hamstrings)
  • Fly – x12 (Chest – man boob extermination)
  • Bench press – x12 (Chest – ” – )
  • Dumbbell Rows – x12 (Back)
  • Overhead Shoulder Press – x12 (surprisingly the shoulders)
  • Bicep Curl – x12 (for sexy arms)
  • Tricep Kickback – x12 (Triceps)

That is my strength training that I do three times a week.

Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday – Cardiovascular

  • 15 minute cycle

My blood pressure is quite high at the moment so I am building up slowly. For my strength training next week I want to do the circuit three times and the cardio I want to build up to 30 minutes. Sunday is my day off.

1st Weigh-in

Weight: 137 kg / 302 lbs / 21.5 st

Waste (57) divided by Hip (52) = 1.09

[As of the 4th of January 2008]